- 3M painters tape.
- Xacto Knife
- Slick surface cutting tray (something that you can peel the tape on and off, without it sticking like hell. For mine, I use an old Subway tray.)
Make sure your tray is clean. Peel off a strip of tape and stick it on your tray. I tend to make sure the center of the tape is secure, but leave the edges loose so when I am ready to peel, it's easy to get. Depending on the size of your stencil, you may have to overlap a couple pieces of tape. In my case, I used two.
Now, take your pen and trace the outline of your stencil. I traced a "digi" stencil.
Now that you have your stencil traced onto your tape, take out your Xacto and cut along your trace lines. When you cut, make sure you connect each slice, this will save you trouble in the end. Cut as accurate and straight as you can. You are applying this to your gear after all.
You have your stencil cut around the trace lines. Excellent! Taking the edge of your tape, carefully peel the excess tape off from around your stencil. If you connected each slice, the tape should peel away easily leaving your stencil on the cutting tray.
Here is my finished product. I will leave the stencil on the tray and repeat the process until I have no room left. Then, when you paint your marker, or whatever else, you can just pack your tray along with you, pick whatever stencils you want for that color, and apply. Then repeat the process for each new color.
It isn't as time consuming as you may think. Once you get on a roll, it goes pretty quick. I hope this helps someone out there.
This post has been edited by Stewart: 20 July 2008 - 07:59 PM