One of the things I find most challenging when I’m making stencilling is the expense of purchasing all those stencils for various projects. In the past, I’ve used a variety of techniques from tracing words and images like on this vintage sign to cutting out card stock letters and making my own stencils by cutting out words on my Cricut Expression machine. Then I discovered transfer tape which is commonly used in the sign industry to transfer vinyl letters onto the final surface. It’s how I’m going to be making a stencil from now on! My first project was this Welcome Spring sign made from an old piece of crate wood.
I recently received a nice package of vinyl and transfer tape from Expressions Vinyl and I was anxious to start using these new products. I’ve used vinyl before to stick letters to items, but without a lot of success. The letters grabbed onto each other and there were a ton of wrinkles, so most of the projects landed up in the great discard pile. Using the transfer tape made this project so easy!! Here’s what you’ll need:
A board – I used a small piece of board from another project. Mine is approximately 7″ x 12″.
Adhesive Vinyl – any colour will do because you won’t be saving it afterwards.
Craft Paints – I used a spring green and soft butter yellow for this project.
Fine artist brush
Paint the board your desired colour. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and gave it two coats. Once it was dry, it was lightly sanded. I also drilled two holes on either side at the top so that I could insert some string to hang it.
Make Your Stencil
Using your electronic cutter, cut out the words “spring” and “welcome” and some “grass” for the bottom border. Then remove the letters from the vinyl.
Cut a piece of transfer tape to the size of your vinyl wording and peel off the paper backing.
Then stick the tape to your vinyl stencil. Press it down firmly removing any bubbles. I used a discarded credit card to smooth it down firmly.
Final step before adhering the stencil to your piece is to peel off the backing paper from the vinyl.
Place your stencil onto your work area and press firmly. If it wrinkles a bit (like in the photo), you can easily lift it off the painted piece and reposition it. Remove the transfer tape and you’re set to paint.
You can now stencil your piece as you normally would using a pouncing stencil brush and a bit of paint. The key to stencilling successfully is to make sure you don’t have too much paint on your brush – pounce it onto a piece of paper towel to remove any excess. Then using a downward motion (rather than a circular or sweeping motion) fill in the stencil. Remove the vinyl immediately.
Once I was done with the stencilling, I hand painted a few bees for some added colour. Made a hanger using bakers twine and double/triple knotting it through the holes at the top. You’re ready to hang it!!
With the snow melting and the birds starting to chirp in the mornings, this “Welcome Spring” sign has been hung just in time to greet the season. Made super easy thanks to Expressions vinyl and transfer tape.