How Do I Make My Own Stencils For My New Airbrush?? Cricut?

Decorating By KloudNineKreations Updated 8 Feb 2011 , 4:31pm by tiggy2

KloudNineKreations Posted 7 Feb 2011 , 9:40pm
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I am starting out, and I bought an airbrush machine for my Cakes this Year... I want to find a way to be able to create my own stencils and then have something cut them out for me using Adobe Photoshop to create the images..

I have no idea how to go about this...lol

A Cricut Machine is expensive, all those cassette's!, All I want to do is find something that will cut things I make out from a program from scratch, not a cassette, or it could use the cassettes if I wanted...

I Do Fondant, Gumpaste, Airbrush, for my cakes....

I hear the Cricut Cake one can cut out fondant and gumpaste, but I havent heard great reviews about ease of use...and most people say their sugar sheets taste like envelope glue...

I would like it to be able to cut cardstock, or thin plastic sheeting, to make stencils, or patterns....


Also for getting needed items, where do you go to get the best deals??



If anyone could please help! Thanks for your time!

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metria Posted 7 Feb 2011 , 10:21pm
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you can buy either Sure-Cuts-A-Lot (SCAL) or Make-the-Cut (MTC). both are software that you can use with your cricut to make whatever you want. no need for cartridges!

i like to find free dingbat fonts and use them in SCAL to make stencils out of cardstock, vinyl, stencil sheeting, etc.

metria Posted 7 Feb 2011 , 10:22pm
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and don't forget there are alternatives to the cricut that include software and don't use cartridges at all.

tiggy2 Posted 7 Feb 2011 , 10:38pm
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I make mine with the cricut and Make The Cut software.

luv2bake6 Posted 7 Feb 2011 , 10:58pm
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where do you find stencils that will work?

sillywabbitz Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 3:44am
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Metria do you have a favorite stencil medium? I got the little cricut (not cake) for Xmas and want to use it for stencil on cakes? I'd love to use it for templates for letters but I don't have good luck cutting out letters even with a pattern.

metria Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 4:24am
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Metria do you have a favorite stencil medium? I got the little (not cake) for Xmas and want to use it for stencil on cakes? I'd love to use it for templates for letters but I don't have good luck cutting out letters even with a pattern.




it depends on the shape that you're making. i've done several stencils with clear vinyl (sry, don't crucify me about the food safety-ness!) smeared with buttercream and it work great ... but this weekend i tried a damask shape and the vinyl was too floppy to keep the "legs" in the right spot. i ended up cutting the shape out of cardstock, then impressing it on to fondant and cutting it out by hand. i have tried the stencil material a couple times, but it was with a really skinny shape and i had trouble getting clean cuts from the cricut.

if it's airbrushing, i'd say cardstock is fine. if it's for smearing bc or ri across, it's gotta be grease resistant but still flexible. if i can get a stable cut using vinyl, that's what i prefer.

sillywabbitz Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 4:41am
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Thanks. That's really helpful.

KloudNineKreations Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 5:03am
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and don't forget there are alternatives to the that include software and don't use cartridges at all.




I would really like to know more! What would you recommend? I would really like something that works well on cutting stencils out of cardstock or thin plastic... that doesnt need expensive cartridges that do new things, I would like to be able to draw my own....

Thank you so much for your help!

I also do have an airbrush, Does anyone recommend any good techniques or have any cool ideas they want to share??

HamSquad Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 5:43am
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I have a question pertaining to cutting a thin plastic cutting board from a dollar store or cutting squares from empty plastic gallon bottled water with a cricut or any of the machines to make stencils or patterns. Would these be thick?

metria Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 6:02am
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Originally Posted by metria

and don't forget there are alternatives to the that include software and don't use cartridges at all.



I would really like to know more! What would you recommend? I would really like something that works well on cutting stencils out of cardstock or thin plastic... that doesnt need expensive cartridges that do new things, I would like to be able to draw my own....




unfortunately i can't recommend (i have only used the cricut) but there are Xyron, CraftROBO and the Silhouette

http://www.xyron.com/enUS/Products/Xyron_Wishblade.html
http://www.graphteccorp.com/craftrobo/about.html
http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/whatcanitdo.aspx

cake_architect Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 6:30am
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Originally Posted by KloudNineKreations


I would really like to know more! What would you recommend? I would really like something that works well on cutting stencils out of cardstock or thin plastic... that doesnt need expensive cartridges that do new things, I would like to be able to draw my own....




i'm not trying to be smart at all, but why don't you buy stencil material from the craft store, sketch your outline on it, and cut it out yourself using an xacto? i have a cricut cake and i use SCAL to cut any image i want. i also own the paper mats, blade housing, and blades so i cut stencils out all the time. if you're having trouble finding a stencil material that cuts well, provocraft makes their own: http://www.provocraft.com/products/detail.php?cl=cricut&scl=accessories&cat=&item=29-0621

CoveredInCake Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 6:36am
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I use Sure Cuts A Lot (have a blog where I give away free files for it too) and make my own designs and cuts with the cricut. I started out as a scrapbooker so I already ahd this software and the cricut before I even started cakes. icon_smile.gif

With Sure cuts a lot you don't ahve to buy all those cartridges at $80 each. You buy the program once and you can cut any trye type font (there's all kinds of sties that have them free) along with all kinds of shapes you can make and any file syou find online that are .svg. There's all kinds of blogs out there they give away .svgs and there's a free program you can get (inkscape) where you can make any black and white image into an .svg files. It's REALLY easy.

tiggy2 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 1:30pm
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I use Grafix, .005, that I got at the craft store in the art dept. It's inexpensive and it cuts easily with the cricut. With Make The Cut software I can scan images or get them off the internet and no need for expensive cartridges.

luv2bake6 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 1:46pm
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Where do you get that tiggy2?
I've tried stencil material that i bought in michaels and it will not cut. Then i bought a thinner one, but it bends and rips easily when being used.
The cricut stencil material has an adhesive on the back...not conducive for what we're looking to do with the stencils

If anyone could recommend a material that will cut with the cricut or silhuouette but not be so flimsy that it tears or bends when stenciling with RI, i'd really appreciate it.

tiggy2 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 2:04pm
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luv2bake6 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 2:36pm
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Thank you for this link. Does it bend at all in the areas where there are find details on the stencil? Do you have a fave site where you get your basic stencils that will work with decorating?

tiggy2 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 2:50pm
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Yes, it's very flexible. I just search for whatever design I need and go from there.

luv2bake6 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 2:55pm
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is it firm enough to smear RI over it without it bending or tearing? I've got ones from culinary stencils that are so sturdy, even the smallest, close knit design, doesn't bend while smearing; But i'm assuming if you've done this, it works!! thanks so much for your help;

i just ordered the graphix from the site you gave and it will be here next week.
I guess i should go and collect a bunch of designs in the meantime....have you drawn your own designs to be stencils?

tiggy2 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 3:00pm
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When doing intricate designs go in the direction away from the cut out (if that makes sense) and you should be fine.

luv2bake6 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 3:38pm
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I'll give it a whirl! Thanks!!

CoveredInCake Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 4:28pm
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I buy the "cu tyour own stencil" sheets from wal-mart (craft setion) and cut that with my cricut. Full pressue, full blade length. It's like $3 for 2 sheets.

tiggy2 Posted 8 Feb 2011 , 4:31pm
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That's a $1.50 sheet, what I use it $.32 sheet. I use the deep cut blade and housing.

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