Design Tips for Making Stencils

Welcome to another video tutorial by your’s truly! Today’s tutorial topic comes from a Facebook pole I threw out a little while ago to see what everyone is most interested in learning about. So, come along with me as I take a project from start to finish highlighting your topic of choice: design tips for making stencils!

Design Tips for Making Stencils

The main tools you will be using:

The Rectangle Tool


The Pen Tool


Compound Path

Object>Compound Path>Make

Shortcut: ⌘8


Outline Type

Type>Create Outlines


Minus Front

Window>Pathfinder>Minus Front




If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out the series I did on cut file design basics. I use a Cricut Maker to do my die cut designs, and I absolutely love it!

Once you get the hang of thinking with the end product of a stencil in mind, your options are just about endless! And the great thing about stencils is that, if made out of the proper material, you can use them again and again.

I like to use a thin, craft plastic like this one whenever I’m doing stencil designs, but you can also use vinyl or chipboard if you prefer.

Enjoy learning more about my design tips for making stencils! I hope you found this video helpful, and are ready to give it a shot for yourself. And let me know if there is anything you’re interested in learning how to do in Adobe Illustrator or Cricut Design Space!

Miss Mandee Signature



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