Custom Lettering - FAQ's
There are pros and cons for each type of custom lettering stencil. The one- time use takes a bit longer (more steps), the cost is cheaper and the final result is very professional. On the other hand, the reusable custom lettering stencils are a little easier because there are less steps, costs slightly more but you can use them over and over, and the letters look slightly less professional due to the bridges (spaces) between letter parts. (See the "God" example.) Please see the illustrated instructions for both one-time use and re- usable custom stencils.
We have two materials we use for our custom lettering stencils. One material called clay coated polyethylene is used for the one-time use custom lettering stencils, is 8.5 mil in thickness, very flexible and durable, and has a very low-tack repositional adhesive on the back which will not harm your walls. It is white, not clear. The material we use for our reuseable custom lettering stencils is clear, 4 mils thick, also very flexible, and with care, is fairly durable.
Yes, we can. As long as you spell out the phrase and let us know where the accent marks belong, that's all we need.
The same stenciling techniques are used on both. So, the question is not which is better for a beginner, but which is better for my project. What you need to ask yourself is "Will I need to repeat or re-use the stencil?" If the answer is no, then we strongly suggest the one-time use stencils. They are cheaper and yield professional results. If you are planning to repeat the word or phrase, then you'll need the re-usable. Note: We include practice stencils with every custom lettering stencil order, so you can practice before going to your wall.
We include practice stencils with all of our custom lettering stencil orders (both one-time use and the re-usable), so you'll be able to practice before going to your wall. After using the practice stencil, you'll see how easy it truly is. If you have any questions whatsoever, just give us a call at 317-598-0029. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
The answer to this question depends on your project space. If you have a specific space in which the lettering needs to fill, you'll need to select 'Phrase Length'. For example, if the width of your wall (from right to left)is 120 inches, then you would subtract 8 inches (4 inches of space on either side) from 120 inches, leaving you 112". Enter 112" in the 'Phrase Length' field on our pricing page. The letter height is automatically determined. If you are not limited by space (meaning, you do not have to fit a phrase in a specific amount of space) then you are free to choose whatever letter height you wish. For example, if you would like to stencil the phrase, "Now I lay me down to sleep" and you have a 12 foot wide wall on which to put it on, then the letter height is up to you. In this case, select the "Letter Height" field on our pricing page and enter any height, decimals are accepted.
We suggest that you either print out from your computer, or draw by hand, letters in the height you are considering. Cut them out, tape them up on your wall, and leave them there for about a day or so. Usually, you can tell instantly if the letters are too small or too large. As a general rule of thumb, if your ceilings are 8 feet and under, 2-4 inches for capital lettes work well. If your ceilings are greater than 8 feet, 4-7 inch capital letters work well. If you are stenciling in a child's room, you can afford to go larger. Personal preference plays a part in this as well.
Yes, we certainly can do this. Simply return to the top of our pricing page. If you would like arched text, different size fonts, multiple fonts, etc. click on the special pricing form link and email the details to us. We will then provide you with a price quote.
Price is determined by font and size. If you use our instant price form, you can find out the price before you even order. You are not obligated to purchase when using the instant pricing option. If the price is acceptable and you wish to order, simply click on the Purchase button that is provided near the bottom of the form to complete the ordering process.
Allow 5-7 days from the moment you order until the day it arrives. If your custom lettering stencil is more complex (use our special request form) it will take longer. How much longer, depends on the complexity of your lettering project.
Yes, our machine cut up to approximately 24 inches in height, while the lower limit is determined by the font style. Simpy stated, there are some fonts that are not conducive to crisp designs once they fall under an inch. Therefore, the lower limit for most of our fonts is 1 inch. To find out the exact limit, enter your phrase into our pricing page and if your chosen size is beyond the limits of the font chosen, the resulting pricing and graphic will show you the smallest possible size for your font.
No problem. Simply let us know on the special order form and we will be happy to provide you with exact dimensions.
Absolutely! However, we recommend that you use our re-usable stencils instead of the one-time custom lettering stencils. It will be less expensive for you in the long run. Keep in mind when you use our custom lettering stencils, you do not have to fuss with the spacing between the letters. This part can be time consuming and frustrating when using an alphabet to construct the simplest of words or phrases.
After you enter your phrase, select a font, and choose a letter height or width on our pricing form the form will display a graphic that accurately shows the final height, width and letter spacing for your phrase.
A good range is 2-4" tall for capital letters for a phrase that is going in a room with 8 foot ceilings. If you have taller ceilings, you can afford to go a bit taller, 3-6". What letter size is best is partly a personal preference issue, as well as the type of project itself. For example, if your phrase is going in a child's room, it is much more playful and acceptable to use larger lettering (say 3-8" tall). In an adult bedroom, most clients use a range of 2-4". To arrive at a letter height that will most likely be a success for your project, draw by hand or print out from your computer, a letter in the height you are considering. Tape it up on your wall and decide whether it should be larger or smaller.
If you are wanting the lettering to be more on the subtle side, choose a color that is 2-3 shades darker than your base wall color. If you are wanting the lettering to be more noticable, with more "pop", then simply use a color that is much darker than your base wall color. Also, if you have a base wall color that is dark, it will be difficult to stencil a light color on top. You will most likely need at least 2 applications of paint. On the other hand, if your wall color is light, you will have no trouble stenciling a darker color on top. One application is all that is typically needed.
Yes. Just make sure to use light, sweeping coats of paint, so as not to overload the stencil, which would cause the paint to run under the stencil openings. To clean the stencil afterward, simply soak it in acetone and let dry.
Yes. After you enter your text, and select a font and text size, selecting the "calculate price" button will reveal a blue graphic that displays your text to scale. We will be happy to provide you with a proof by email or postal service. There is no charge for an email proof and a $10.00 charge for a printed proof.
No, it will not. Our custom lettering stencils contain a low tack adhesive. It is extremely gentle and will not damage the wall or other substrates.