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Namesake sign – Creating a shaped stencil in Silhouette

Hey there! I hope you all had a great Christmas – ate and drank plenty, had fun and spent it with family. Don’t worry this isn’t a festive post, now the season is over – but technically it has some connection to Christmas as it was a something I made for a secret Santa gift. One of the great things about your Silhouette is creating custom stencils to create unique namesake signs. Today, I want to show you how you can create a word namesake sign with the words forming a shape. It is so easy to do, you’ll be making loads of them for everyone you know!

Materials required for Namesake sign:

  • SIlhouette cameo, studio and mat
  • Vinyl – suitable to use as a stencil, easy to remove
  • Tools for weeding – I have the Silhouette hook and spatula, but I also use a good pair of tweezers. 
  • Transfer tape and burnisher
  • Painted and prepped board
  • Paint
  • Make up sponge
For links to some of these products, see the end of the post.

Namesake sign details

To begin with, you’ll need to decide on the overall shape you want your collection of words to form. As my sign was to do with a baby, I choose a heart. I created the heart by welding two circles and a triangle together. Once the shape was formed, I altered it to the desired size of my board and made sure the line colour was red. 

To fill the heart, I used a wide variety of words. For added interest I varied the size and fonts used. In addition, I positioned some phrases of more than one word over two lines to help fill up space. 

To ensure I was happy with the look of my heart, I filled all the text in. Sometimes it is hard to picture the finished look when it is just the outline. For easy cutting later, I made sure the line colour was different to the line colour of the heart. I also welded all the words to make sure I get a clean cut later. 

When I was ready to cut, I loaded my mat with my vinyl. As I only need the words cut out and not the actual heart, I utilised the option to cut by ‘action – line’. On the right side of your cut screen all the line colours will be ticked. As I don’t want to cut the heart, I un-ticked the red line colour as seen below. The grey line colour remains ticked as this is the colour of the word lines and I want this to cut. 

Painting your namesake sign

After I had cut my design, I proceed to weed my words. However, as this will be a stencil I need to remove the positive part of my design – the letters. This will leave me with the negative to paint through. Using transfer tape, I positioned my stencil on the board. You need to make sure you burnish your stencil well to prevent bleeding when you apply the paint. If you want, you can also add a quick layer of mod podge to seal you stencil before you apply the paint. This can also help try to prevent bleeding. 

When applying your paint, it is best to apply light thin layers and build the colour up, this is another trick to help prevent bleeding. Lastly once your sign has been painted, remove the vinyl whilst the paint is still wet. 

*please note the blurred patch in the photo is to obscure the date of birth and not a mishap when painting.

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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies. 

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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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