Learning to Create Reusable Stencils for Chalk Paste is easy once you know the secrets.
Do you use chalk paste with pre-made stencils (like Magnolia Design Co)? I do and I love them. But sometimes the stencils aren’t exactly what I am looking for or they are too big. So how do we create reusable stencils for chalk paste? I am about to teach you how.
Materials Needed to Create Reusable Stencils
Most of these materials you will have, but I put links to them for easy shopping just in case you didn’t have one or two. I had to order the Heat n Bond and the Silk Screen Fabric Mesh.
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- 651 Vinyl – any color
- Heat n Bond Ultrahold
- Silk Screen Fabric Mesh
- Cricut EasyPress
- Parchment Paper
- My Favorite Weeding Tools
How to Create Reusable Stencils
Follow these steps to Create Reusable Stencils
- Create your image or text in Cricut Design Space.
- Size it and get ready to cut it.
- Now that you know the size, cut out a piece of 651 vinyl and the same size piece of Heat n Bond. Heat n Bond is a double sided tape, sort of. We will start by sticking the Heat n Bond to the top of the 651 vinyl (not the backer sheet). Rough side of the Heat n Bond down on the vinyl.
- Use your Heat Press to secure the Heat n Bond to the top of the 651 vinyl. Press it for 10 seconds on 280 degrees. Be sure to sandwich this between parchment paper or it will get glue on it. After you heat press it, let it sit for a minute till it’s cool. DON’T TAKE OFF THE TOP PAPER.
- Put the vinyl with the Heat n Bond on top on the green cutting mat in the left hand corner, just like we always do.
- Click Make It. Once you click through and you see your image or text on the mat, click on it and drag it down a little so there is space between it and the side. When I chalk I like to have a little safety edge. Click Continue.
- Choose your cutting setting. I cut mine on the Holographic Sparkle Iron On Mosaic Setting. You may need to search for it. Click Browse, under categories choose Iron On, then find the Holographic Sparkle Mosaic Iron On. Click on the Pressure drop down and choose More.
- Don’t cut on Fast Mode. Toggle that off if it is on. It is ready to cut now. DON’T MIRROR.
- Load your mat. Once its ready, click the Go button (blinking C button). Don’t worry if some of the white paper comes up in the cutting process.
- When the cutting is done, unload your mat and take the vinyl off your mat.
- Time to weed. Take off the top layer of white paper from the Heat n Bond. Weed out the inside of your image or text. The part you want chalk paste on.
- Cut a piece of Silk Screen Fabric Mesh the same size as the vinyl. Apply it to the top of the vinyl by using the heat press at 280 degrees for 15 seconds. Be sure to sandwich this between parchment paper or your heat press will get glue on it.
- Take the vinyl out of the parchment paper slowly, being careful the parchment paper doesn’t fall back on it. If it does, glue gets on the mesh. Its easy to clean off, just scratch it off with your nails.
- You are now ready to use your stencil with chalk paste or ink. Practice a little to get the feel for it. You can wash these and use them over and over.
It’s not perfect, but it will do wonders for personalizing my projects!
How to Create Reusable Stencils – The Video
What is Chalk Paste and Magnolia Design Co?
If you have never heard of Magnolia Design Co, you are going to be so excited!
Magnolia Design Co and Cricut are much the same, except Magnolia Design creates the stencils for us instead of us doing it on our Cricut. But as you can see from this blog, they can work hand in hand.
Magnolia Design has a wide range of beautiful transfers that you can use to create beautiful home decor or even use their ink on tote bags or shirts. Much the same as we do with our Cricut projects.
Chalk Paste is one of the mediums they use on the stencils. They also have an Ink that can be applied to fabric and other things that will be permanent. The chalk paste isn’t necessarily permanent. It can be, but you need to cover it with something to make it permanent.
The magic of the paste is if you use it on one of their chalk boards, you can leave it up for a season and then the next season wash it off and add the next pic you want. I am in love with this idea. I love to decorate, but I always want to change it up, especially with each new season.
If you would like to learn more about Magnolia Design Co, please visit my web site, Addicted to Chalk.
No pressure, just take a peek at what they have. If you have any questions, please PM in Facebook messenger and I will try to help. I am still new myself.
Now get out there and CREATE!!!!