This is another half baked post only because I came up with this great idea and then had no idea what to do with it.
I have access to a pile of old transparencies that are blank. No one uses transparencies any more so I have been playing with them. They are fun. One day, I was thinking I wanted to buy more stencils when I realized I could use those pages to make my own.
Now if you don’t have access to blank transparencies, no worries. Any sheet of hard plastic will work – including old packaging. It just has to be firm like a stencil.
Since last month’s Let’s Play prompt was using neglected supplies, I pulled out a supply that has been severely neglected. Ages ago, I bought this neat product from Fiskars that had hard stencils and a cutter. It never worked right. I don’t know if it was me or the product but the cutting was next to impossible. I rediscovered that as I tried to use it for the plastic sheets.
You can sort of see the outline of the plastic sheet if you look to the right upper corner. Not sure why I am sharing this picture but somewhere in my head it was important.
The stencil I used to make my stencils. Now you may ask yourself “why is she using a stencil to make a stencil?” Part way through this project I found myself asking that exact question. It was one of those moments when I realized I was making more work than I should have but I wanted to know if I could turn one of those sheets into a stencil so why not use the simple shapes on this stencil.
After I asked myself that question, I switched to using my circle punches which were not really designed for something as thick as this plastic but I got a fun stencil out of it. I’m thinking it might be fun to borrow some die cuts from friends and make more stencils. I wish I had a project in mind but I didn’t. I love that I can recycle something that is just “trash” and make something I really want. Now to figure out how to make more fun stencils.
You can see in this last picture my little cutter. It was a great idea and came long before die cut machines but it never worked right. The blade is at a weird angle and probably lost its edge the first time I used it. It tears up everything and usually no where near where you want it to cut. I do love the stencils though and think they’ll be coming out to play more often now that I have realized they can be stencils without the cutter (don’t you love how dumb the brain is).