Hi everyone! This is Jennifer Priest with you for a Sizzix eclips2 tutorial. Junking and antiquing have been on my mind lately and I think it has something to do with how easily Spring lends itself to farmhouse chic decor. I love the look of weathered wood with white stenciling. In home decor and craft stores I am always drawn to the white washed and stained wood items with metal accents and vintage typefaces. But then I look at the price tag and get a reality check since I like changing up my decor often and affordably. I knew there had to be a way to get the look for less by using the Sizzix eclips2 DIY Electronic Cutter with vinyl to create custom stencils. If you have sticker shock at the price of fashionable vintage-looking home decor items then you'll love this affordable DIY project that will have you staining and stenciling everything.
I recently ordered a set of 12x12 vinyl sheets from Cut At Home via Amazon. These vinyl sheets are high-quality, easy to cut vinyl that fit perfectly on the 12x12 Cutting Mats for the Sizzix eclips2. Using fonts, I created an image in the eCal Lite software, inspired by vintage typography I found while searching Pinterest. It's easy to use the grid lines in the eCal Lite software to arrange various elements of an image to create custom typography and graphics to cut.
I've used vinyl and paper as disposable stencils and I like the durability of vinyl best. In order to make paper stencils stay in place while painting or staining through the stencil, tape has to be applied to the sides of the stencil or removable spray adhesive must be applied to the back of the stencil. Vinyl is already backed with adhesive, making it easy to apply to rough and curved surfaces and helping the stencil stay in place while painting. The rustic wood tote box I used for this planter has a very rough surface but the vinyl stuck to it like a champ. When I removed the vinyl, there was no residue left on the wood, which is very much a concern when working on a rough, matte surface like this wood box.
I also used the eclips2 to cut out two 12x12 pages of butterflies using the Butterflies Set 1, Butterflies Set 2, and Butterflies Set 3 cutting files by Michelle Renee from the Sizzix eShape Store. I mounted these butterflies to painted bamboo skewers using adhesive dots, adding a button to the center and a strip of ribbon the skewer for interest. These fun plant stakes dress up any potted plant for Spring: Pretty Paper Butterfly Plant Stakes
Check out this video showing the process from designing in the eCal Lite software to cutting the vinyl to stenciling the box:
I'm definitely going to be stenciling more projects around my house to get the popular farmhouse chic look. I hope you're inspired to use your eclips2 to create custom decor for your home this Spring and Summer!
Other Supplies Used:
- CutatHome.com 12x12 Vinyl Sheets - Trendy Home #3
- Font: Baskerville
- Stencil Brush
- Sanding Block
- Walnut Hollow Rustic Tote
- Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths - Walnut
- DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint - Everlasting
- Thompson's Water Seal Waterproofing Stain - Solid - Acorn Brown
- Thompson's Water Seal Clear Multi-Surface Waterproofer
- 2 Sheets Patterned Paper
- Tombow Adhesive Dots
- Bamboo Skewers
- Fabric Ribbon