Welcome to Day 22 of my 25 days of Craftmas series!  Today, I’m showing you how to make this pretty Christmas wood slice.  I love the rustic look combined with the pretty stenciled design.  Read on for the full tutorial.

 

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project.  I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library.  These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others.  This library is open to everyone and is free!  You can access the library here. Look for the file called It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It will be listed under the category-Craftmas 2020 – Day 22.

STEP 2: PREPARE VINYL DESIGN

Open the design in your cutting software.  Size the design to fit on your wood.  Mine was about 9″ wide, but that will vary depending on your wood slice.  Draw a box around the design to create a stencil.  Once everything is sized correctly, cut out the design with your Cricut or Silhouette.

Do you need help creating stencil design?  Check out this step by step tutorial for Silhouette Users here and for Circut Users here.

Then, weed away the excess vinyl. Since this is a stencil, you’ll pull out the letters and design elements.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little larger than the design.  Place the vinyl on the transfer tape.

Use a scraper to rub over the design.

Then, trim off the excess transfer tape.

STEP 3: PREPARE WOOD SLICE

For this project, I used the large tree slice.  Start by painting along the edge of the wood slice. You should see a ring around the wood slice and you can use that as your guide.

Once the outline is painted, you can go back and fill the rest of the wood slice in with paint. Try to make this coat of paint as smooth as possible so you don’t have any bumps or ridges in the paint.

 

STEP 4: STENCIL THE WOOD SLICE

Once the paint on the wood slice has dried completely, it’s time to apply the vinyl stencil.  Place the vinyl so it’s facing down, and then pull off the vinyl backing.

Place your bow on top of the slice so you can see how low to place the vinyl stencil.  Then, center it from left to right.

Once it’s in place, use a scraper and rub over the entire design.

Carefully pull off the transfer tape. Rub over the design a few more times with a scraper.

It’s hard to see in this step, but now you want to paint over the stencil with a light coat of the black paint

Once the paint is dry to the touch, fill in the stencil.  You’ll want to do a couple of light coats rather than one thick heavy coat.

 

STEP 5: REMOVE VINYL STENCIL

Once the paint is dry to the touch, carefully pull off the stencil.

You can use a weeding tool to pull out the centers of the letters.

STEP 6: ADD FINISHING TOUCHES

Now, you can glue on your bow.

For a bit of color, you can also glue in some Christmas floral picks.

And that’s all there is to it! Didn’t it turn out pretty?

 

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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the Resource Library.

 

 

 

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