Do you ever make stencils with your Cricut and after the cut is made the middle of some of the letters fall out, and you wonder how on earth do I keep those middles from falling out? I’m here to share 2 solutions on How to Keep Letters Intact When Making Stencils in Cricut Design Space.
Solution 1-Use Stencil Font
The first solution is really easy; use a stencil font. That’s it.
There are graphic designers out there who purposely make fonts to be used solely for making stencils. The stencil fonts will have the middle of the letters like “o” and “a” and “e” open and attached to the rest of the stencil so that it ensures the middles will stay intact.
There are other stencil fonts to choose from on Creative Market and definitely worth the investment if you’re wanting to create your own stencils.
Solution 2-Make the Font Stencil Ready
The second solution is to make the regular font into a stencil font. Now this solution is a little more complicated and time consuming, but it can be done.
I’ll be showing you how you can make those middles stay intact when you’re creating stencils in Cricut Design Space.
Insert Text in Cricut Design Space
First insert your text in Cricut Design Space and type in your text. I will be inserting a print font and a script font to give a good picture of where the slices need to be in each type of font.
Click on Shapes
Next click on the shapes button in the sidebar and then select the square shape.
Unlock the Square
I like to unlock the square aspect ratio so the square can be made narrow for small slices.
Resize the square to desired length and width. To save time, you can duplicate the square once you have the desired dimension set.
Just make sure the square is selected and then right click and select “duplicate”.
If you have a longer text design that has several letters that need to be sliced, an option would be to only make one “square” at a time to keep things less complicated in the “Layers Panel.” That’s just an option though; it’s whatever you find works best for you.
If you do choose to only make one “square” at a time, maybe write down the dimensions of the “square” to refer back to when making more squares, so all the openings are the same width.
You can position the “squares” wherever you want the letters to be opened.
As long as the middle of the letter is connected to the rest of the stencil it doesn’t matter where you choose the opening or how many opening you add to the letter.
For instance the “O” only needed one opening to connect it but I’ve positioned the “square” where it will slice the “O” giving it two openings.
Just remember anywhere where the letter is closed off, an opening needs to be made
Select Corresponding Layers
Next select the corresponding layers by holding down the shift key on your keyboard and select one square and the corresponding text. Only one square and one text can be selected together at a time for a slice.
When the text layer and the square layer are selected together, click slice.
Delete Unwanted Sliced Layers
Delete the unwanted sliced layers. This can be done by moving your letter or by moving the sliced layers of the square and then deleting the “square” layers. There should be 3 layers that need to be deleted.
Continue to Remove Sliced Layers
Move and delete the unwanted sliced layers
Finished Sliced Result
After the last layer is moved and deleted, you’ll see the letter sliced open and stencil ready.
Slicing Script Letters
The same concept and steps apply to script letters. Sometimes the script letters are more time consuming to slice because there tend to be more loops to cut through.
As you can see I’ve got the “squares” positioned to cut the loops on the “S”. Again only one “square” and the text can be selected and sliced at once. Hold down “Shift” on your keyboard and select one of the “squares” and the corresponding text, then click “Slice.”
Continue to Slice
Slice the remaining “square” and corresponding text which would be the script “S”. Since the “S” has already been sliced once, it’s now labeled Slice Result in the “Layers Panel”, but you should be able to see the picture of the text you are slicing, so it can easily be located, selected and sliced again.
Delete the Unwanted Layers
With more than one “square” that is being sliced on a letter it may just be easier to move the text rather than the sliced pieces. Click on the unwanted sliced layers and delete until they’re all gone.
Ready to Make It
Once all the letters are stencil ready click “Make It” and follow the directions in Cricut Design Space.
I really hope this helps and if you have any questions about this tutorial just let me know.
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A little about the stencil and printable designs on Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015. I had given a white table a makeover, and painted it orange to be an accent table in the living room. Even with the bright color, the table was missing something. I applied a stencil that I had bought at one of my favorite craft stores to the table to give it that something extra and sure enough it really made the table stand out.
After seeing the transformation the table took by adding the stenciled flowers, I was hooked on stenciling. I loved how adding just a bit of detail made the piece stand out and took it to a whole new level.
Adding this detail and seeing the results was all I needed to be convinced that stenciling was the way to go, and thus began my love for all things stencil.
I love how a stencil design can add detail and beauty to furniture,wall art, clothes, mugs and other accessories, walls, floors and so many other things.
It’s fantastic how easy it is to make something beautiful become exquisite and eye catching just by adding a stencil overlay.
After stenciling for a while, I started designing my own stencils in 2016 to cut on my awesome Cricut Explore. It took some time and learning but it was so rewarding being able to cut my own custom designs right in my home.
I went on to write some tutorials on cutting stencils using the Cricut machine:
–How to Make Extra Large Stencil Oversize Stencils in Cricut Design Space Using the Meeting and Overlapping Methods
I also wrote a few tutorials on designing your own stencils and the tools needed to create and make stencils using the Cricut:
Creating Stencil and Printable Designs:
After getting comfortable with cutting stencils on the Cricut and learning how to create my own stencil designs, I began offering stencil cut files for free on my blog and in my Etsy shop.
I have since closed up my Etsy shop and opened a new shop, that offers a variety of cut files that can be made into stencils.
In my shop, I offer stencil cut files which are great for wall and furniture embellishments. I also have a lot of monogram/alphabet stencil cut files for personalization projects. Plus lots more stencil cut file designs to check out in my shop, and plenty more to come.
I design all the stencil cut files and printables that I offer on my blog, and in my shop, using my own hand drawn elements, or fonts that can be found on my resource page, or a combination of both.
I have found a passion for design and strive to create unique and fun designs that can be used in a variety of settings, such as home decor, furniture, wall art, fashion design, accessory items, and so much more.
My eye has always been drawn to the details, patterns, and embellishments in such things as home decor and clothing, so it’s a real joy for me to become part of the design process of such things.
Stencils are a great and easy way to add that something special to a piece whether it’s repurposed furniture or wall art or a brand new canvas or wall.
I share on my blog how I’ve transformed repurposed pieces using stencils:
I like to add stencils to furniture and wall art pieces.
Some of my favorite stencil projects include refinishing a curbside table, upcycling a piece of canvas wall art, and making an extra large stenciled wall art piece, just to name a few of my favorite stencil projects.
I also have some repurposing projects that I hope are fun and inspiring. I love taking old “junk” and turning it into something completely different:
You can check out the repurposing projects here. I have several projects using ceiling fan parts, spindles, old frames, plaques, and furniture.
Some of my favorite repurposing projects are the ceiling fan blades to airplane repurpose, the angels made from hinges and spindle parts, and transforming a kitchen table using stencils, and these are just a few of my favorite repurposing projects.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the projects, tutorials, stencil cut files and printables offered on my blog, in my Resource Library. If you have any questions concerning the tutorials, stencil cut files, printables an/or projects found on my blog, you can contact me here.
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