Cricut-Designing a Stencil Frame

To begin your stencil making adventure, I am going to show you how to design a stencil frame. This is the part of the stencil that holds everything in place. I like to make my stencil frames 5.5 x 5.5 to fit in the Stencil Genie, but you can make the frame any size or shape you want- whatever works best for you.

I am going to try to keep the tutorials on the blog very simple and explain each step along the way. I am going to assume that you are a beginner.

I will post the Cricut and Silhouette tutorials separately. They will be the same or very similar stencils, as each software is capable of different things.

 

1Open a New file

Open a new file by clicking >New or the plus sign in the blue square that says, “Create New Project.”

**You can also open previously created designs here by clicking >My Projects.

2Insert Square

Insert a square by clicking >Insert Shapes and >Square

 

3Resize the square

Go to the Edit Panel and size the square to 5.5 x 5.5 inches. If you leave the lock closed, the square will stay in proportion. The lock will open if you click on it and the measurements will not stay in proportion.

4Insert a shape.png

Click >Insert Image in the upper left hand corner. Type the word “shape” in the search box in the upper right hand corner. Choose a shape that you would like for the stencil tab and click on it. (If the image has a letter “a” in the corner, it is a Cricut Access image. I pay monthly for this subscription. It is worth it!

 

4.5Insert Image

You can see the image that you selected in the lower right hand corner of the workspace. Click >Insert Image.

 

5Resize shape

Go to the Edit panel. Select the shape you inserted by clicking on it. Resize the image to about 1 inch wide.

6Align

Move the shape close to where you would like the tab to be at the top of the square. Select both the square and the shape by holding down the shift key and click on each of them. They should both be selected.  Go to the Align tab at the top and choose >Center Horizontally.

**You can also select each one by going to the Layers panel, holding down the shift key and click on each of them. Another way to select both of them is to click and drag over both images in the workspace.

7Select and Weld

Once the square and the shape are centered horizontally, go to the Layers tab and click >Weld. They should become one image. If not, you didn’t have them both selected. Try again.

**You may notice that it looks like there are two of the shapes in the Layers panel. I chose an image that has more than one layer setting on top of the other, but it’s ok because we welded them all into one.

 

8Save

Save your file by clicking the >File tab at the top and >Save.

9Name the file

Type a name for your file.

 

12Public

Click >Save.

**When you see the checkmark in the box under the word “Public”, that means that you can share the weblink to this file with other Cricut users. If this were an image from the web or one of your own that you uploaded into Design Space, the box would not have a checkmark and it cannot be shared because of copyright.

 

10Completed Stencil Frame

Now you have designed a stencil frame for all of the awesome stencils that you will be creating! Give yourself a pat on the back! If you have questions or comments, please comment on this post, because more than likely, someone else will have the same question. As I like to say, ” The only silly question is the one that does not get asked.”  I also appreciate the feedback!

In the next post, we will create an easy background stencil.

cropped-screen-shot-2017-10-14-at-11-48-22-amBe sure to visit the online shop for cuttable stencil files! Stencils are added daily. There are several new stencils and some freebies available for download at The Colorful Cookie Stencil Studio online shop. Click HERE to take a look.

Here are links to some helpful information on the blog–

BLOG POSTS

CUT SETTINGS

STENCIL MATERIALS, SUPPLIES, AND TOOLS

FREE STENCIL FILES

LINKS

Happy Stenciling!

 

 

7 thoughts on “Cricut-Designing a Stencil Frame”

  1. Thank you so much! I have been wanting to learn this for a long time. All of your lessons are so easy to understand. I love that you put pictures to described the process step by step.

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  2. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get started. I’ve had my machine for almost two years and couldn’t figure this out. You explain these so well !

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    1. You are welcome Patti! I’m really glad to hear that I am helping you! I try to make it easy to understand. Sometimes there’s just so much information to cover when it comes to making a stencil, but I try to include everything you need to know. Let me know if you have any questions.

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