Cardstock Stencils

CIMG0476I have been wanting a butterfly punch for awhile but the ones I have seen are too small.  My MIL has a die cut of larger sizes I like but that would require buying the entire die cut machine.  So since I cannot rationalize spending all that money for one little butterfly, she punched some for me and I traced them into cardstock stencils. CIMG0472Silly you think?  Well, I actually do it quite a bit…that big triangle?  Often my banner template.  Takes a little time but for how little I use some of these shapes, way more economical and helpful when making 2, 3, 10 cutouts.  And if I am making a cutout by hand, it is great to have a stencil for later. CIMG0485 So that I can do little projects like this…  CIMG0477How do you cut out paper shapes?



15 comments:

  1. Love it!!! It looks so cute and I'm glad you're getting good use out of the music sheet. Best! Vanessa

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  2. I have a seldom-used Cricut, but I have also used hand-made stencils. :) Love your glittery butterfly. :)

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  3. I also use plastic hand drawn stencil thingers, but I have a Cricut too. Only problem is that those little cartridges are not cheap! I will have to borrow from friends, I guess!

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  4. I absolutely love this project! It's wonderful! And so beautiful! I use the trace and cut method with my crooked cutting techniques.

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  5. I might have to do something like this but see if I can make some angel wings instead, it would be perfect for a birthday present I'm mulling over.

    I'm the same as you, I trace mine on cardboard boxes, usually cereal. They last that way and are free! Works for me.

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  6. I love your butterfly! I have a Cricut for some cuts but I also make cardboard stencils... I've don the triangle for pennant style banners and use it all the time.

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  7. I love my cardboard stencils! I often find a die cut I like and do the same thing. I also like to use old file folders to cut stencils. It brings me back to when I was growing up and my mom and teachers used stencils to cut out letters and shapes for projects before die cut machines became common place.

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  8. This is so darling. I have a sweet little frame that would work great for a project like this.

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  9. I like card stock too for these kinds of projects. I usually get the shape from Google "images".

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  10. I use an xacto type knife and images from the internet.

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  11. Oh, Ashley....how cute these are! Love the little glitter-outlined wings. :)

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  12. I usually trace whatever shape I want and cut it out with scissors or the x-acto knife. I love this little butterfly frame. Too cute!

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  13. ooo, this is so cute! i have to restrain myself from buying martha stewart craft punches, but they're just so much easier. i did the cardboard cut out, trace, then use scissors thing for st. pat's day and it just took so much longer...glad i found ur blog!

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  14. mmtncrfts.etsy.comMarch 28, 2010 6:53 PM

    So cute! I love the glitter edging! Great idea to use the card stock instead of a punch. I use recycled manila file folders for stencils too.

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