I’ve experimented with freezer paper stencils several times now, and while a few of the better projects have shown up here on the blog a time or two, my stenciling skills are still very much a work in progress. One thing I do know, is that for me at least, choosing a simple design is crucial to getting an end product I’ll be happy with.
Shirts must have pictures around here–especially if I want them to be worn, so I oblige my customers as much as possible. Two weeks ago, in the throes of some last minute day-before-we-leave-on-vacation sewing (tell me I’m not the only one!), I hit upon a resource that I think will serve me well in the future. I only got one shirt stenciled pre-vacation, mind you, but I’ll be finishing up the rest soon using the process I outline below.
So, without further delay I give you: How to Use Icons for Freezer Paper Stencils.
As I mentioned above, many icons have a clean, simple design which makes them the perfect choice for creating freezer paper stencils. There are many free icon sites out there to choose from; I went with FlatIcon because they popped up at or near the top of my search and I liked what I saw.
I found searching icon sites much easier than doing a Google image search because I didn’t have to narrow down the types of images I was sifting through. Most categories on the icon sites had a wide variety of options to choose from, but weren’t overwhelming.
To begin, search for the category or exact object you’re searching for. I chose “camping”.
My search turned up 66 results–more than enough to choose from. I don’t know exactly how the user interface works on other free icon sites, but FlatIcon’s could not be easier. As you browse through icons, you can select icons to add to your download “cart” by hovering your mouse over the icon and then clicking “+”. You can add any number of icons to your download cart until you’re ready to exit.
When you’ve collected all of the icons you want in your cart, click the download arrow (next to “My Icons”). A new box will drop down giving you choices for the type and size of file you want to download. You will also be able to see all of the icons you will download in your cart. For the purpose of a freezer stencil I chose a PNG file, size 512px for all of my icons. Once you’re ready to continue, click the download arrow next to the PNG File button.
Another screen will pop up, giving you the choice between a free download (along with proper credit reference code) and a premium license. Click the green “Free” button and your download should commence as it usually does with any other file you download.
Once your files have downloaded you will need to extract them from a zip file. These will remain in your download folder. If you think you will need the same files again later, I would recommend saving them to another file where you can easily find them. For example, I save the freezer stencil image I like in my “Sewing” folder in a file labeled “Freezer Stencils”.
After you’ve saved your files where you want them, open a program like Word, and insert the icon (the PNG file you downloaded) for your stencil as a picture into a new document. Print and proceed as you normally would when preparing to freezer stencil.
And there you have it–a new resource for freezer paper stencil images! Don’t say I didn’t warn you, but collecting icons is almost as addictive as collecting fonts!
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