How to Make Stencils Using SHOW-OFFS Stencil Blanks and Cricut Design Space
If you’ve ever wondered if you can use the SHOW-OFFS Stencil Blanks with your Cricut Machine, the answer is yes! I’ll walk you through the process of how I make beautiful stencils using these blanks with the Cricut.
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I personally like making my stencils using SHOW-OFFS Stencil Blanks that can be purchased at Hobby Lobby. I prefer to use the 6″x18″, 9″x18″, and 12″x18″. I don’t use the 8″x10″ SHOW-OFFS stencil blanks because they are a lot thicker.
The stencil blanks have a layer of film covering that needs to be peeled off before cutting. To start the peel, I just look for one of the corners that looks like it’s starting to peel, which then just takes seconds to get the film off. If none of the corners are lifted and ready peel then I use my fingernails to start the peel, and this can sometimes take several minutes to get the layer of film off.
The stencil blank then needs to be pressed onto the Cricut mat. The glossy side of the stencil blanks faces upward, while the matte side faces downward on the mat. (The glossy side will be the side from which the layer of film is removed.) I use the 12″x24″ mat that has to be purchased separately from the Cricut machine.
Once the stencil blank is pressed onto the mat, it is ready to be loaded into the Cricut machine. I usually make sure the stencil blank is on as smoothly and without air bubbles as possible.
I turn the material dial to custom on the Cricut machine.
When I first got my Cricut machine I had to figure out what settings I needed to change my machine to, so that it would cut through the SHOW-OFFS stencil blanks. On my custom materials page (which can be found in the tab under the Cricut login name->Manage Custom Materials) I changed the stencil 0.4mm settings to a cut pressure of 350 and for the machine to cut things twice. Each machine is different and so each user has to figure out what settings works for them.
I make sure the custom materials is set on Stencil-0.4mm in Cricut Design Space.
Cricut Design Space guides users when to load the mat and when to hit the cut button.
The blinking light on the machine also indicates when to hit the load button and when to hit the cut button. I have used both the German carbide blade that comes with the Cricut machine and the Regular blade that can be bought in stores, and both work great when cutting these stencil blanks.
After the stencil has been cut, and Cricut Design Space gives instructions to unload the mat, it is time to take the stencil off the mat. Turn the mat over so that the stencil faces down on a flat surface, preferably a clean table. Then bend the Cricut mat up, so that the mat pulls slowly away from the stencil. Once the stencil is free from the mat, a beautiful stencil is waiting to be used.
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