DIY STENCIL MATERIAL
SAVE MONEY ON ORAMASK DIY STENCIL MATERIAL WHEN MAKING PAINTED WOOD SIGNS
Making painted wooden signs can get expensive. The wood, paint, SVG files, transfer tape, stencil film, power tools, it all adds up. But, did you know you CAN save money on STENCIL FILM for sign making? I know a lot of people prefer to use anything but Oramask 813 because it can be pricey but you don’t have to compromise.
You CAN use the proper material, ORAMASK 813, for the same price OR even cheaper than other materials that tend to be less expensive. The key is to find the right vendor. With prices varying so much from vendor to vendor it’s hard to know where you should order from. One may carry a 12”x12” sheet for $0.90 while another will have the same thing priced for $1.25. While the difference in price isn’t a lot it does add up when you figure some signs take several feet of stencil film just to create.
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I have ordered through countless companies and I will tell you I have sent some stencil film back. Why? Stencil film is a sensitive type of material. If wound TOO tight it will not cut properly and will leave bubbles all throughout the freshly cut design making it impossible to use. If you ever receive Oramask 813 stencil film from a company and the stencil film is not wound around a large 3”-4” cardboard tube you will likely waste your time trying to use it.
A little comparison, the stencil film on the left cost me $0.66 per fo ot, the one on the right cost me $0.90 per foot AND I have to order a LOT or pay for shipping for the $.90/ft price one.
I haven’t always used stencil material to paint my handmade signs though. When I first started out I used shelf liner…please just save yourself the headache if you are planning on painting signs for a business and DON’T use shelf liner. For me anyway, shelf liner caused more problems than it was worth. I have made THOUSANDS of signs and that is a decision in my business that I do not regret one bit. It caused so many problems, too many to get into for this post but I will make one later about the pros to using professional grade stencil film vs shelf liner later on.
WHERE TO BUY ORAMASK 813 STENCIL FILM IN BULK TO SAVE MONEY?
I swore I would never order rolls of oramask 813 from Amazon again but…here I am telling you that’s exactly where I order from now and where you should too if you want to cut costs on stencil making. After a lot of buying from different companies, Amazon and small business websites, I have found the LOWEST PRICE I’VE EVER SEEN FOR STENCIL FILM and they properly wind the stencil film around a wide enough cardboard tube. It saves me SO MUCH MONEY in my sign making business. That’s more money that our family can put into savings. More money for my husband and I to feed our four daughters. More money we can put back into the business. I couldn’t keep this little secret to myself because I want you to order from a good company AND save money too!
So here’s what I do, I order a giant roll of ORAMASK 813 STENCIL FILM that measures 24’“ wide by 10 yards (30 feet) long. You’re probably thinking ‘seriously, Megan, I have a CRICUT and it only cuts up to 11.5” wide thanks but no thanks’. If you follow me on here or any of my social media accounts you know that’s what I use too, for almost a decade now.
Hear me out… IF you have a miter saw, have a family member that has a miter saw, know someone who has a miter saw OR happen to make a brand new best friend that has a miter saw, you can cut that 24” wide roll of stencil film in HALF! Now you have 2 rolls instead of 1. This makes is super easy to use with a 12″ cutting deck.
Let that sink in. I was kicking myself when I found this out! SO MUCH MONEY WASTED ON 12” ROLLS OF VINYL. But you live and learn and since I’ve learned I’m sharing it with you.
Your vinyl will likely come shipped in plastic to protect it. Leave it in the plastic until you are done cutting it. Measure in 12” from where your stencil film starts, NOT where the cardboard starts. Then make a mark.
Be sure your stencil film is still in the plastic, this will help keep the edges nice and clean. If you don’t have the plastic sleeve don’t worry. Just tape the middle point with wide painter’s tape. Then line your saw up with your 12” mark and cut. Wipe away any saw dust. You don’t want any of that when going to cut your stencils out with your Cricut or Silhouette machine.
I’m not a big math person but I can do simple math lol. When I buy these giant rolls of stencil film they cost about $40. Take $40 divided by 30 (number of feet in the roll) = $1.33. But wait it’s still 24” wide. Divide $1.33 by 2 (because you have 2 12” rolls of stencil film now) = $0.66!
Yes, SIXTY SIX CENTS $0.66 per foot for oramask stencil film. Keep in mind pricing does fluctuate. And since I am a AMAZON PRIME member I’ve already paid for my shipping with my membership. Which is totally worth the super small fee in my opinion.