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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Thermoflex Frosty Plus Glossy Clear HTV Vinyl

Jan 15, 2021
 

Cookiers! The time has finally come! A heat transfer vinyl that is fantastic for cookie stencils! Let me tell you a little bit about this htv, which one you're looking for (it's easy to grab the wrong one) and what's so special about it. Cookier, Oralia Lloyd told me about it and I am going to tell you. Thanks Oralia!

I did a video tutorial to teach Colorful Cookie Club members how to edit photos using multiple ways to design a cookie stencil and also a coordinating cookie cutter from a black and white image. I used a photo of myself to create my stencil. If you want to learn to design cookie stencils and cookie cutters, consider joining us! 

                                               

What is this product? 

This heat transfer vinyl is called Thermoflex Plus Frosty Clear Glossy. It is a mouth full, especially when you're trying to say it over and over...

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LIVE Tutorial with Katrina from Dots and Bows Designs

Dec 17, 2020

On December 9th, I went LIVE with Katrina from Dots and Bows! What better way to share the Christmas spirit than to participate in her 12 Days of Christmas? We talked about designing a silk screen stencil in Silhouette Studio using Katrina's artwork. 

In this LIVE we covered so many different things that are useful whether you are new to silk screen stencils, need a refresher, or even just looking for some new tricks. We go over uploading an image, tracing, and adding to a stencil frame. We also discuss cutting, weeding, and heat pressing! 

We used Katrina's cute little moose to turn it into a Merry Christmoose stencil. Download the free Merry Christmoose silk screen stencil from this link on Dots and Bows website. It is a silk screen stencil that doesn't require any bridging and can be used as a PYO or a piping guide!

We also discuss different types of silk screen materials that you can use as well. One of the newest and my FAVORITE is the Thermoflex Plus...

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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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