Making your own stencils can follow a om the easiset way to the professional one, the latter without necesserily buying any expensive material but using a service provider to do the technical part.
Just scissors and papers!
Paper cutting can be used for making stencils as well. And symmetry will help us to cut, well, ...time. (I already mentioned this in my other webpage)
Here again and you can use my template here.
You cut out the parts highlighted in blue
You can invent more symmetric shapes, for instance, a (Christmas) tree!
You can use my standard template here.
...or just be as creative as you like and create not only stencils but cut-outs like these...
Just like working with paper and scissors but now get more precise and use a different material: using stencils foils and an Xacto X3311 N0. 1 Precision Knife With 5 No. 11 Blades .
And cutting out can get sophisticated as well, in a real "Scherenschnitt" fashion
Finally, you can use a proper, professional, Electric Stencil Cutterl to facilitate the task on vinyl or acetate:it's much faster and easier than with an exacto knife!
Choice 1: Buy a Vinyl Cutter , and use it for friends and clients when airbrushing.It will repay for itself quickly.
Choice 2: Buy a stencil Laser cutter . I contacted the manufacturer and it seems they have new products coming. Check them here:
Choice 3: Buy a service an avoid expensive machinery. You don't even need to know vector graphics. PONOKO
Choice 4: START YOUR OWN STENCIL BUSINESS! Not only for making stencils but for marking and engraving tools, knives, jewels, glasses, surgical tools, anything you think of!