How to Make Stencils on the Computer

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When you make stencils using your home computer and printer, you can create your own designs and then use paints and markers to customize T-shirts, tote bags, towels and even bedding like sheets and pillowcases. Design smaller stencils and even make your own greeting cards, scrapbook pages and home décor using the same stencils. Give your stenciled projects to family and friends for birthdays, holidays or other occasions.

Things You'll Need

  • Imaging software
  • Printer
  • Cardstock
  • Craft knife

Open a new page in any imaging software such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw or Microsoft Picture It.

Set the document size to the measurements you need for the stencil. For example, if you want a full-size stencil sheet, set the document size to 8.5 inches by 11 inches, or "Letter."

Create a stencil design on the document. Use the shape tool to create different shapes for your design.

Add text to the stencil using the text tool. Alter the font by selecting new styles from the toolbar at the top of the page.

Go to “File” and select “Print.” Follow the on-screen directions to print the stencil onto solid colored cardstock.

Use a craft knife to cut the stencil out of the card stock. Be sure to cut out any inner parts of the stencil before beginning the outline.

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