Ever wonder how to cut a stencil with your Silhouette that’s bigger than your machine? Check out how I did it with this Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft!
Nothing says Christmas spirit like the old-school Christmas classics. As a kid I used to love cuddling on the couch under a soft blanket, the coal stove blasting heat in the background, sipping on a mug of hot chocolate, all while a Christmas classic played on the tv. My favorites were always Frosty and Rudolph, and I could watch them over and over and never get tired of them.
When it comes to Christmas decorations, I love making my own. This year I have really gone all out and made a lot of decor for the house and I love it all. Lots of it is themed (like all my Harry Potter Ornaments) but I have some that are regular old Christmas decorations, like this Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft, which I absolutely adore!
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Whenever I watch classic Christmas movies like Rudolph or Frosty, I’m reminded of my childhood and the joys of the holiday season. As an adult we can get so caught up in the commercial aspect of Christmas and forget that it’s really about spending time with loved ones. And for me, the classics are always a reminder to relax and enjoy the little things with the ones I love.
Since everyone is into calligraphy and all things handmade right now, I wanted to find the perfect hand drawn file to use for this project. Etsy has become one of my favorite places to find unique files, and that’s exactly where I found the reindeer! I ended up loving the shop owners work so much that I bought multiple files, and I can’t wait to share those with y’all soon!
How to make your own Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft
- Silhouette Cameo
- Silhouette Stencil Vinyl
- Piece of wood (mine is 12 x 18)
- Wood Stain (I used this color)
- Mod Podge
- Red Glitter
- Paint Brushes
- Reindeer SVG File
+ Stain your piece of wood and set it to the side while it dries.
+ Since I own the Silhouette Portrait I can only cut designs as wide as 10 inches, which is how wide the Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft is. Go ahead and size your design so that it’s as wide as your cutting mat.
+ Because my piece of wood is much larger than my Silhouette cutting mat (and machine for that matter), I had to cut my design into three pieces so that it would fit on my wooden canvas. To do this, I used the slice tool and cut the antlers off of the reindeer.
PRO TIP: Make sure you select your design and hit “Make Compound Path”. Otherwise when you go to cut it the design will cut in a dozen small pieces. You do not want to waste your stencil material!
+ I then moved the face of the reindeer off my cutting mat and sent the antlers to cut.
PRO TIP: Ignore the settings that the Silhouette automatically picks for you. I had my blade set at 2 and double cut everything, and I still had to cut it three times to make sure that the blade cut all the way through the material!
+ Next, send the body of the reindeer to cut.
+ Once both of your pieces are cut put a piece of transfer paper on top and piece the the three pieces together. You can see in the above picture where the ears and antlers have a small space in-between the face.
+ Next, paint a very light layer of mod podge over the Hand Lettered Reindeer craft. This keeps the paint from leaking under your stencil.
+ Once the mod podge is dry paint a layer of white paint over the entire piece of wood.
PRO TIP: The best way to paint a layer over the entire piece of wood is to mix the paint with a little bit of water. This thins out the paint and makes it easier to get a nice light coat on the piece of wood. I forgot to do that and I am so bummed!
+ You do not have to wait for the paint to be fully dry before pulling up your stencil!
+ Once everything is dry paint a light layer of polycrylic over the entire board.
+ Next, take a little bit of glue and put it over Rudolph’s nose and the the four “beams of light” coming from it. Then pour red glitter on top until every piece is covered. I poured the excess glitter into the trash can (I didn’t have much left over!).
I really wish I had a front porch because I think this Hand Lettered Rudolph craft would look so gorgeous next to a few poinsettias! For now I’m just going to put it next to my fireplace with some flowers and call it a day. It’s not what I’d envisioned for the final display, but I think it’ll look nice! Now I just have to get over this stupid cold I’ve got so that I can clean and finish all my Christmas decorating!
What is your favorite classic Christmas movie? Would you decorate with a Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft too?
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