Mixing and matching stencils

I have a LOT of stencils.  And the more I buy, the more I (think) I need!  First I ordered a stock ‘LAUNDRY’ sign.  Made several signs.  Put them in my etsy shop and they sold quite well.  BUT THEN, someone inquired about a BIGGER one.  Then someone else asked if I could make one that says LAUNDRY ROOM?!?!?  And it just snowballs from there!

6.1.13 laundry sign WONG 017

So I am trying to ‘order SMARTER’ when I have custom stencils made.  I ordered a big LAUNDRY ROOM sign and can make it with or withOUT the ‘room’ part on the end!  And on some of the smaller signs, I can make them a tad bigger by leaving more of a border around the words, like in the second from top LAUNDRY sign above.

6.1.13 laundry sign WONG 025And because I sand, basecoat, top coat and distress my sign boards well before I actually need to make signs, I often have boards to use that don’t perfectly fit the stencil.  Of course I CAN (and frequently DO!) just cut off the excess wood; sometimes I like to add some different design features.   Like the one above where I added little fleur de lis on either end to fill in the space.

5.23.13 stars etsy signs 083When I DO cut off the excess ends of signs, I save all those pieces in a big box, then when it gets full I make little signs out of them!   Like these little crowns.  These are about 3-5″ x 3-5″.

5.23.13 stars etsy signs 086And these little chandeliers on slightly bigger scraps.

5.23.13 stars etsy signs 098And signs like these . .

5.23.13 stars etsy signs 093  . .  and these . .

5.21.13 finds signs projects 162And these!   And sometimes I just stamp a big single letter on them,nad when I get a ‘box full’ will take them to one of my booths.

I’ve also been trying to think of new ways to sue some of the stencils I already have by mixing and matching parts of different stencils to create one sign.  Here’s my first ‘experiment’:

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 014For these signs I used 2-3 different stencils and a foam stamp (on the biggest one).

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 017My original small LAUNDRY sign, combined with “French” from a ‘French Market’ sign and small fleur de lis from my ‘Paris Flea Market’ sign.  Not bad for my first attempt.

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 018I was just rummaging through what I had on hand in prepped and ready to letter sign boards that I might be able to use here.  Was thinking of trying to add a border design on this bigger one; but decided that I kinda liked the bare border.    Same as the first one, just on  a larger board.

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 019And on this longer board, I use a bigger fleur de lis foam stamp.

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 014So, which layout do you like best?  I need to pick ONE to produce for selling.  (and can offer the other styles by custom order.)

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. The wide French Laundry at the bottom is my favorite.

  2. I too like the one at the bottom with the bigger fleu-de-lis.

  3. Your an inspiration! Love the stencils!

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