There is nothing like watching the faces of little children on Christmas morning discovering that Santa did indeed come and drop off toys during the night. This year my grandson is six years old and we know the magic won’t last much longer. That is why I made stenciled Santa Sacks. In case there’s a tiny bit of doubt, we are hoping that the sight of an official-looking sack from the North Pole that is personalized with his name will erase any doubt. At least this year ; )
There are many great tutorials out there for making these sacks. I have seen many made with vinyl. In fact, I considered using heat transfer vinyl but since I didn’t own a heat press when I made these and I needed to make three of these sacks – well that was too much time spent over an ironing board for me! (Santa, if you’re reading this, a heat press is on my list — and I’ve been really good!) UPDATE: Santa brought a heat press!
I decided to make stencils instead. I thought that the uneven look of paint stenciled on the bags would give an almost authentic appearance of the words being stamped onto the bags. You know, by tiny elves. With big stamps and ink pads.
The first thing I had to do was find the right bags. I ordered mine online through Tote Bag Factory. They’re a very nice quality for the price.
Once I received the bags, I measured how big of a design I would need: 18″ x 26″
In Silhouette Studio, I created an 18 x 26 workspace and starting creating my shapes.
The inspiration for my design came from multiple places. One of them was from Brooklyn Limestone. They offer a free printable that can be printed onto transfer sheets. In fact I used the reindeer from her design and traced it to create a cut shape.
The postal stamp and the check boxes are from the Silhouette® Online Store. Everything else I made in Studio.
To make the letters stencil-friendly, I used the knife tool to make a slice through letters that have a “hole”.
If you look closely at the photo above, you can see the small white line through the letters with holes.
After all of the designs were made and placed where I wanted them on the 18″ x 26″ drawing space, I copied and pasted each one onto a new drawing space sized to fit the size of my stencil blanks. I used the Show-Off brand of stencil blanks that are 12″ x 18″.
I drew rectangles around each shape to create a border on each stencil piece.
Here’s a little tip for you. If your stencil material is sliding around on your not-so-sticky-anymore cutting mat, use a little painter’s tape along the edges. Works like a charm! I do the same thing with glitter card stock.
I started off using a piece of cardboard inside the bag in case the paint bled through, but then forgot about it later. The bags I used are really thick and I didn’t have any issues with paint seeping through.
To keep things simple (and less messy), I only used three colors of paint. I chose Americana Acrylic Paint by DecoArt: Holly Green, Tuscan Red and Black.
The more I did, the faster and better I got at it. I was little heavy handed with the red paint on Jordan’s ; ) I don’t think he’ll notice. The trick to stenciling is to keep the stencil brush relatively dry.
I cannot wait to see those three little precious faces on Christmas morning when they see what Santa left for them!
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My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
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