Learn how to use the slice tool in the Silhouette design software to cut a vinyl stencil that is larger than your Silhouette mat for this hand lettered Rudolph craft!
I love Christmas.
It’s my favorite time of the year. And it’s not just because I get to put up my Christmas tree and blast Christmas music from sun up to sun down.
I also really love making things for Christmas. Whether it’s making my own Rae Dunn inspired ornaments or reversible wood signs that work for both Thanksgiving and Christmas I am all about those Christmas crafts. And this hand lettered Rudolph craft is just the next step in my Christmas craft obsession.
I kind of jumped on to the bandwagon a few years back and fell in love with calligraphy (like the rest of the world). I’ve been trying to teach myself how to do it but it’s hard. I have so much respect for anyone who does it and does it well.
I may also be a bit jealous of that skill. ?
And since everyone I know 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 to decorate our home with.
Commonly asked questions about this hand lettered Rudolph craft!
1. Where did you find this file?
2. How big is the wood piece and where did you get it?
I highly suggest going to Home Depot or Lowes and having them cut a piece of wood for you. It’ll be cheap and if you have them cut up a large piece you can get multiple sizes and enough wood for a few signs!
I believe this piece was 18 inches by 24 inches.
3. How do you cut a large stencil that’s bigger than your Silhouette mat?
Use the slice tool!
I like to make my page as big as my wood piece in the Silhouette software and then make my design the exact size I want and need. Then I resize the page to the Cameo setting and slice the image until it fits on the mat.
Once you’re ready to put the stencil on your piece of wood just line everything up and start painting! It’s super easy.
4. How do you stop the paint from bleeding through the stencil?
It took a long time for me to learn this trick but once I did I wrote a whole post about it!
There are two ways to do it and both take an extra 5 minutes to do. I highly suggest going to this post and reading up on the technique so that you get crisp paint lines every single time!
Or you could just do what I did here and sand everything after it’s dry for a more “rustic” look to your piece!
5. How do you white wash wood?
Mix 2 parts white paint and 1 part water and then use a brush to paint on the wood. Have a small rag with you so you can wipe the paint off with it (in the direction of the wood grain!). Repeat brushing the paint on and wiping it off until you’re satisfied with the way it looks.
A few tips to help you achieve a better looking white-washed look:
- Make sure you’re brushing the paint on with the grain. Don’t go against!
- Fill a spray bottle with water and if you feel like your paint is too thick you can quickly spray it to loosen it up.
- Make sure to really blend in the paint at the end of your board. Paint typically gathers at the end of the board and if you don’t wipe it well you’ll see all the wipe marks.
This hand lettered Rudolph craft is:
- a little rustic,
- hand drawn, and
- so easy to make!
How to make your own Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft!
Make it a homemade holiday and do some crafts with the kids to make a really fun and personalized display.
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