Lately. I have been using both to look into using a die/stencil cutter controlled by the computer. I like to work with illustrator of Corel Draw to create images, but do not have the patience to cut the intricacies of these by hand. One of these die cutters may be the solution, as I want to make multi layered slab texture sheets for some upcoming projects.
I have been finding a lot of help here.
Pres….I attended a workshop not long ago on using a die/stencil computer controlled cutter. We cut the stencils out of Tyvek. I'll have to say, we had more stencils ruined than we had successes. If the settings weren't perfect, or the pattern wasn't created properly, it was a failure. My reason for taking the workshop was so I could create stencils myself. After the workshop, I decided to try to find them on-line instead of investing in the cutter, the Tyvek rolls, the blades (which dulled fairly quickly), etc. I found a site and ordered a couple of stencils…..excellent quality and they were only $5-$6 each I think, which I thought was very reasonable. They will also cut custom stencils - don't know the price for this though.