0.5mm minimum line thickness
Below is a list of all the artwork sizes we offer for stencils. When designing your artwork please ensure it fits into the below artwork size. Artwork Sizes
Download the correct size templates below and use this to place your artwork inside to ensure it is the correct size. (Note templates are a blank file sized correctly to your required size in Ai and CDR format)
4 x 4" Artwork Sizes & Templates
Our laser cutting machines use vector lines to process each cut. In order for the lasers to recognise the lines being made, they must have a ‘stroke’ line which will be recognised by the laser software.
When the laser cuts, it follows the stroke lines in your file, straight down the middle of the line. When cutting, it cuts away approx. 0.01mm of material on each side of the line.
There must be a 1.27mm gap between inner and outer lines of the designs.
Designs should only be an outline never filled. Artwork needs to be supplied in vector format
Black & white file format
Your artwork needs to meet the following specifications
1.27mm minimum separation between lines
Preparing your stencil artwork file If your artwork exceeds the mail size limit then send us a data transfer link. Simply upload your artwork to dropbox, wetransfer or another file sharing service and send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Intricate patterns take much longer to cut than simple shapes, and straight lines are faster than tight curves or jagged shapes. It is best to have all cut lines joined up so that the laser cutter follows the one single line and therefore cuts quicker. Broken or segmented lines or high levels of intricate detail are not only difficult for the laser to cut, which means a higher risk of your Stencil coming out at a lower quality, but will also push your pricing into the ‘Complex’ band.
Accepted File Formats
Please convert your fonts to outlines and embed any linked images
Once you have submitted your artwork please allow up to 48 hours while your artwork is being processed, checked and a test is carried out to ensure the files are suitable for production. Email confirmation will follow once the artwork has been approved by our in house artwork team. Changes to Artwork
Please send all artwork to email@example.com. Ensure the artwork is sent as an attachment and not embedded into the body of the email as this causes the resolution to be lost. Your artwork always remains your property and we are dedicated to ensuring your designs remain secure.
If at any point you wish to make changes to your designs these must be sent in writing via email to our Artwork Team. Please make it clear what changes are to be made to prevent delay or changes being processed incorrectly. Changes to designs should be submitted by sending the old incorrect file, circling what has changed and then sending new corrected files clearly marked. 4 x 6" 6 x 8" 6 x 6"
Builders/Masking Tape is ideal as it has a low tack, causing no damage to the underside material and allows the stencil to easily be repositioned. Bluetac is another good way to attach your stencil. It us also handy to use if your stencil has unsupported parts that need to be held flat with extra security. Craft spray adhesive can be used to hold stencils down on fabric or walls. Make sure any paint is completely dry before removing the stencil. Care tips for your stencils Storage of stencils How to clean your stencils after use Clean your stencils in washing up liquid and water. Run the stencil under warm water and lightly rub. Please pay attention to the edge of the graphic making sure not to cause damage. Sometimes excess paint along the intricate detail can cause the design to not be as concise and therefore regular cleaning is recommended.
For a more thorough clean you can soak your stencil overnight in warm soapy water, latex solution or a water-based paint cleaner. Dab the stencil dry with a paper towel before use again. Directions of use These reusable Stencils are extremely durable, can be easily cleaned and can be used and reused many times with the correct care and attention. If possible, we recommend storing your stencil flat. Place a piece of paper between each one to keep them from being caught up or torn along the fine detailing. Which materials can you use your stencil on? How to apply paint or ink when using the stencils How do I fix my stencil in place? Press the ink pad or brush lightly and evenly to the entire surface of the stencil. Ensure you don’t over-ink or rub the inker over the stencil for risk of damaging the stencil. Spray paint also allows for an even and easy application. Our stencils can be used on many materials including; card, paper, fabric, walls or MDF/wood. Due to their malleable nature you can use on rounded surfaces where you can apply ink or paint.