Learn how to make a DIY Wood Burned Charcuterie Board with Ikonart. Personalize a store-bought cutting board from the Target Dollar Spot with my custom and punny design using the Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit. Y'all know that I love a good pun, so I have included the free printable file that is perfect for a mini charcuterie board for one. And with the Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit, making personalized gifts is quick and easy. Wood burning by hand is actually a relaxing craft, but having the help of Ikonart stencils and Torch Paste makes it quick and easy!
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Here's what you need to Wood Burn with Stencils:
- Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit
- Mini Wooden Cutting Board – found at the Target Dollar Spot
- Torch Paste
- Sanding Block
- Heat Gun – Wagner
- Printer – Laser or Inkjet
- MONO Twin Permanent Marker
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Butcher Block Oil
- FREE SAY CHEESE! PRINTABLE download below ⇓
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Here's how to create a Stenciled Wood Burned Charcuterie Board:
To begin the DIY Wood Burned Charcuterie Board, gather all supplies. New to reusable stencils? Head over to this post for all the beginner information about Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit and setting it up. Size the design to fit your final project, and print it out on either Inkjet Printer Film or Laser Printer Film depending upon which type of printer you have. Follow all of the directions for the best results. The kit does come with a sample print if you want to see how the designs look when printed and use it to make your first stencil. Download my Free Say Cheese! Printable file below ⇓
Next up is exposure. Set up the Ikonart exposure stand with UV LED Light by following the directions included in the kit. Ikonart Stencil Film is light-sensitive, so be careful to keep it out of the sunlight and bright interior lights before exposing it. Cut a piece of the blue exposure film the same size as your design.
Lay the piece of blue exposure film down on the base of the stand with the textured side facing up. Place the printed design on top of the film, making sure it's right-side-up so that you can read any words in your design.
Place a clear exposure sheet from the stencil film pack on top and press to seal the design securely against the stencil film. Turn on the exposure light and expose the film for 35 seconds with inkjet printer film, or 30 seconds with laser printer film. I have found that 28 seconds works perfectly for my inkjet printer film, but make some test exposures to see what works best for you.
Next, the exposed stencil needs to be washed out or rinsed. After exposing the film, the design will not yet be visible. You can soak the stencil for up to one minute in warm water to speed up the rinsing process.
Clip the exposed stencil film to the Ikonart clipboard with the shiny side, or carrier sheet, touching the clipboard. Use the sprayer of your kitchen sink faucet to rinse the stencil film with warm water to reveal your design. Spray the stencil film evenly until the design shows through and becomes completely clear. The rinsing process should take about 3 minutes.
Hang the washed-out stencil to dry. My friend Lindsay taught me this trick, stick the wet stencil on the shiny carrier sheet on your sliding glass door to dry. NOTE: Make sure that the carrier sheet is on the back of the stencil film or it will permanently stick to the glass.
The last step is to post-expose, and it is important, so don't skip it! Once the stencil is completely dry, place the stencil film back on the exposure stand with the textured side up and post-expose for at least 2 minutes. The clear cover top sheet is not needed. Note: Post-exposure increases the durability of the stencils and is very important. Use a MONOTwin Permanent Marker and write “back” on the carrier sheet (shiny side) on the back of the stencil for storage.
Now it is time to CREATE with your new Ikonart Custom Stencil. To prep the wood surface, sand lightly with 220 grit sanding block, then wipe the sawdust away with a damp paper towel and let dry.
Peel the carrier sheet away from the stencil and set it aside, but don't throw it away. Carefully rub the stencil down and apply pressure to help it stick to the surface and get rid of any air bubbles. Add the Torch Paste to the top or side of the stencil with a palette knife. Be careful not to go near the edges. If you feel like you need a little more room, you can place some painter's tape around the edges of the stencil.
Cover all the open mesh areas of your stencil using the black rubber squeegee, or I find that I like the control of using my finger. Then gently scrape away the excess Torch Paste with the squeegee and place it back in the container. Be careful not to scrape the paint off of the edges of the stencil.
Slowly peel the stencil up partially, paying close attention to the design left behind on the cutting board. If you see any parts of the design that need a little more Torch Paste, lay the stencil back down and cover those areas again. Allow the Torch Paste to dry for 2-3 minutes.
While waiting for the Torch Paste to dry, let's clean the stencil. Get the Ikonart clipboard wet so your stencil does not stick to it. Place the stencil on the clipboard with the textured side up, and lightly rub the stencil under running water to remove all the paint. Do not rub or scrub the adhesive side of the stencil, and NEVER use anything other than water to wash the stencils. To prevent the stencil from breaking down, don't ever leave the stencils to soak.
Remove the stencil from the clipboard and lay it down with the adhesive side up. While the stencil is still wet, place the carrier sheet onto the stencil so that the word “BACK” is readable. Hang or lay the stencil flat to dry completely.
Stencils MUST be dry before using, or you could ruin your stencil and/or project surface. Repeat the stenciling process (and washing) again until you are satisfied with the project.
now it's time for the MAGIC! Use a heat gun to apply heat to the design. Move the heat gun around continuously so that you don't burn one spot for too long. Go over the paste until you get the amount of burn you want, meaning the more heat you apply, the darker the burn. Much like embossing, you can see the Torch Paste melt and then burn. I put down some scrap cardboard to protect my work surface from the heat.
Because the board is going to be used to hold all types of charcuterie and cheese, cover it with butcher block oil. I would recommend adding a light coat of oil with a soft cloth and letting it dry completely before using. Not only will this protect the wood, but it will help your project last a long time.
I would not recommend cutting anything on the board because it will leave scratches behind. However, the DIY Wood Burned Charcuterie Board is food-safe, so use the board confidently for all of your punny needs! To clean the board after use, gently wipe it down with a damp cloth. Do NOT put it in the dishwasher or immerse it in water.
Quick and Easy Wood Burned Charcuterie Board
Wood burning by hand can be a lot of fun, but with the help of Torch Paste, you can wood burn in practically any design with a professional finish. Not only can Torch Paste be used on wood but it can also be used on denim, cardboard, card stock, and more! I cannot wait to create more personalized screen-printed home decor, clothing, gifts, and more with my Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit. The possibilities are ENDLESS! Visit the Ikonart website and find everything you need to create custom, reusable stencils using any artwork you want. Get started with the Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit and Textile Add-on Bundle, or shop the line of adhesive Stencil Films, high-quality Printer Films, Inks & Pastes, or Stencil Making Accessories.
Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama is such a HUGE Harry Potter fan that she custom etched her very own Three Broomsticks Glass Mug with the Ikonart Stencil Kit. She now has the perfect vessel for enjoying Butterbeer and has the FREE printable file available on her website.
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