Reverse Stencil Wood Sign Tutorial

When I attended SNAP conference in April, I learned a fun new technique for reverse stenciling from the girls at Poppyseed Projects.

Using this technique I made a fun little Halloween sign using some scrap wood and a stencil cut with my Silhouette machine.

When you reverse stencil you start by painting your board the color you want your words to be, then use your vinyl as a stencil.  It doesn’t matter what color your vinyl is because you’re going to rip it off at the end.

To make my sign, I first lightly sanded my wood board, then painted the entire thing light blue.

After letting the paint dry completely, I applied my stencil on top of the board.

I then coated the entire board (vinyl and all) with warm white paint.  I let it dry then peeled off the vinyl.

After pulling off the vinyl, I had a stenciled image on my board.  To finish it up, I used some glue and black glitter to add detail to the bat.

If you like at the end you can sand the edges down well. I guess I sanded mine a bit too well, as I broke my handheld sander— oops… time for a new one :)

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.

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