Thank you. I cant take 100% credit. I use a vinyl plotter to cut my stencils. I am not a hands on artist, but i can work my way around Adobe Illustrator enough to fake it. I have done hand cuts, but gave them up out of frustration.
Some basic tips
1.) Use iDye Poly for really bright and bold colors. Rit was good, but they changed the formula about a year ago.
2.) Use Oracle 651 or 631 vinyl instead of contact paper. You can find it online or at any sign store.
3.) if you are gonna hand cut, use fresh blades. nothing worse than being almost done and having a dull blade ruin your work.
4.) Learn Adobe illustrator or inkscape. This makes stencils easier. (#1 for me)
5.) practice on misprints. I buy boxes of random misprints from Discraft and DD. They are usually under $10 each. Once dyed, sell them for double to a buddy. Its worth it IMO.
6.) Goof Off to remove stamps, not goo gone or acetone.
I cant really think of any other tips, but I can try to answer any questions. I am gonna try to come to tags next weekend, maybe we can go into more detail.
If you are really gonna dye a lot, it's worth getting the plotter. After the initial cost of the plotter, It cost me about $1-2 per disc for vinyl and transfer tape.