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« on: February 23, 2007 09:02:23 PM »

If you post a Picture or a link and you take down the picture, remove it or what have you PLEASE remove the image from you post!! Same goes for link that you know do not work!!

I will be editing post to correct this problem but help from you all with your own post is much appreciated!!

The rules of this forum follow all of the same ones as every other one on craftster. I'd like to add that if you post a finished project or a stencil and the orignal stencil was not your own creation, please post a link to the orignal site to give the artist credit. You wouldn't like people stealing your stuff without giving you credit, would you?

Also, please use the search tool before posting a "Do you have a ______ stencil?" The image feature on the search engines can be your best friend!

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.How do I stencil?
Tutorials on site:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10173.0 - Best way to stencil tutorial
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=15045.0 - And another
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17237.0 - A multi-layer stencil tutorial
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12385.msg97866#msg97866 - How to stencil flawlessly.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3225.0 - Basic stencil tut
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44928.0 - Stenciling tutorials
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45311.0- List of several tutorials

Tutorials off site:
http://www.stencilrevolution.com/tutorials/ - A heap of tutorials by Stencil Revolution
http://ohmystars.net/craft/index.htm - Another one!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168065.0- Transpancery and stencil cutting tool

2.Where are some sites I can get stencils from?
Stencil sites:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/stencil_swap/ - A Livejournal community
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10782.0 - This post has useful links
http://www.pumpkinglow.com/Patterns.htm -Pumpkin stencils
http://www.livejournal.com/community/_stencilry/ - Another Livejournal Community
http://www.freewebs.com/stencilry/ - Tons of cool stencils
http://www.yeesjob.com/silhouette-catalog.htm - Good pictures to use
http://photobucket.com/albums/v432/montapop_stencils/ - More neat stencils
http://photobucket.com/albums/v673/star_stencils/ New one! Good stencils here.

3. What are bridges, islands, etc, when you are stenciling?

Many stencils require you to create bridges to islands in the stencil. This allows you to have "floating" sections of a stencil, also known as islands.

Say you want to do a stencil like this:

**Removed picture inactive link** edit 02/23/07 by knitting_nyxxie

You cut out the black. but then you realize the white heart inside falls out, because it isn't connected. To stop this from happening, you make bridges!

Bridges are small pieces of paper, cardboard, that you don't cut when making a stencil to keep the "island" or disconnected piece connected to the main part of the stencil, like so:

**Removed picture inactive link** edit 02/23/07 by knitting_nyxxie

The red areas are bridges. These are the pieces you do not cut and just leave alone. Pretend they are white, and just cut the black out. After you have printed the stencil on something, use a fine point paint brush the fill in where the red pieces or bridges were, so your stencil is whole.

4. Can I make stencils in Paint shop pro? Adobe Photoshop? The Gimp? Microsoft word?

Yes. What I do is change the image to a grayscale and then play with the brightness/contrast until the image is two toned.

5. What kind of paint do I use?
Well for me, I use the cheapo 99 cent tulip fabric paint from walmart. I just use a sponge brush to paint it on. Some people also use a mixture of acryllic paint with a textile medium. The medium makes it so it isn't stiff and won't crack. Another one is Spray paint.

Any more questions, please post below.

**Note I got a lot of this post from the previous Moderator Zombie_Teeth I have taken out the links and the pics that do not work and I will be updating this as new links are posted!! **
« Last Edit: February 27, 2008 05:57:04 AM by knitting_nyxxie - Reason: Updated links » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007 12:47:08 PM »

What do I cut out if I want to bleach stencil a black shirt? The white or black part?

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2007 03:47:13 PM »

hi, can you change the link for kittybuttons.com to stencilry.org

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008 01:51:49 PM »

hey i just thought id let you know that most of the external links are none existent =/ sorry... lol

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2008 05:57:47 AM »

I have updated the links.

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Pretty good site with political stuff as well as a whole lotta punk bands

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