Cricut Design Space Offset Tool

Apr 12, 2021

In our last post, we talked about the Silhouette Studio offset tool. If you are a Cricut Design Space user, there is no need to worry, you now have access to the same tool! It has just been added recently with a few other new updates. In this post, we will be discussing the offset tool, where you can find it, and what you can do with it when you are designing stencils in Design Space. 

Offset tool: What is it? 

The offset tool is used when you want to create a larger layer or border around the outside of your design. It helps to give your design a shadow, or decorative edge, which is really helpful when it comes to creating things such as stickers and layering vinyl designs, but it is also super helpful for stencil designing. We can use it to thicken fonts that are too thin and also for widening lines in PYO stencil designs. We use it for cookie cutter design too, but that is going to have to wait for another blog post. There is so much this software can do when we...

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Silk Screen Stencils Materials and Tools You Need To Get The Job Done

Dec 02, 2020

In our last post, we explained the differences between traditional stencils and silk screen stencils. If you missed that post, make sure you check that one out first!

To create a silk screen design, you will start with the original image you'd use to make a traditional stencil with bridges, but you will skip adding bridges.  No bridges are needed because you will be cutting the design and adhering the vinyl to the silk screen. That holds everything in place eliminating the need for bridges. There are many different types of materials you could use, so most of them will be personal preference. I will give you links to what works best for me to help you get started. 

Silk Screen Stencil Materials

1. Silk Screen 

 

 

To make a silk screen stencil, this 110 mesh silk screen is a MUST. If you are unsure of what silk screen is, it is a piece of mesh with teeny tiny openings. It is just like the silk screen they use for t-shirts. It is made of...

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The Differences Between Traditional Stencils and Silk Screen Stencils

Oct 30, 2020

 

When it comes to deciding which type of cookie stencil to use, much of it will come down to personal preference. I want to share what I know about both types of stencils so that you will have the information you need to decide which method will work best for you. Both types of stencils will give you beautiful results but their subtle differences are important to understand. 

What’s the difference between silkscreen stencils and traditional stencils?

  • Traditional stencils: These stencils are cut out of a plastic-type material that needs bridging to hold the stencil in place. They are sturdy, easy to use, and easy to store. Because a traditional stencil is thicker, you will use slightly more icing which gives your cookies more dimension. You can learn more about the different types of traditional stencil materials HERE.

 

 

What is a bridge?    

Bridges are the little pieces of the stencil material that connect the cut design...

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Post #2 in our "Wondering What You Need to Cut Cookie Stencils?" Series

Oct 07, 2020

This is part 2 of the What Do You Need to Cut Cookie Stencils? Series!

In the first post of the series, I discussed some of the most important things you need when you decide to start cutting stencils. If you missed it, be sure to check it out here, so you can decide which machine and cutting mats you'd like before you get started.

In this post, we will be discussing traditional stencils materials and tools you can use when cutting your cookie stencils.  Traditional stencils are made from food-grade plastic type materials. There are also a few tools you can grab to help out with your stencil cutting. Although these tools are nice to have, they are not needed to begin! 

Let's start with the traditional stencil materials you'll need.

 1. Food Safe Stencil Materials  


            
                      

To make traditional cookie stencils(the kind that has images or...

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Post #1 in our "Wondering What You Need to Cut Cookie Stencils?" Series

Aug 19, 2020

Using stencils for cookie decorating is a fun way to add creativity and a unique touch to your cookies! One of the questions I get asked over and over is, "What do I need to start cutting stencils?" So, I've compiled a list of things you will need to get going!

When we start something new, there is always a little anxiety. We worry that we don't know what we are doing. What if I break this thing? It wasn't cheap. What if I waste stencil material? You will waste a few sheets, but probably not as many as I did when began learning. Thank goodness that anxiety won't be around long, because when you begin to learn and cut your first few stencils, you will be asking yourself why you did not get your machine out of the box sooner!  I love to take the guess work out of designing and cutting cookie stencils to make things as easy as possible so that you can focus on the fun of it all!

I am going to be sharing a list of things in the next few blog posts that you need to cut stencils...

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