Quoted from High_End_Pins:
That looks nice I had thought about something like that or a fade etc but the need to manually cut it all out makes it hard to shadow complex shapes clean.
Basic ones are easy enough.
In order to do it best I would have to get an extra stencil in for the lettering made about 1/4 of an inch smaller.
I also thought about Shading the shield and lots of other stuff but when you do some of these changes you have stick with things that you can easily duplicate and redo in case there are breakthroughs in the sanding process.
Where it is at now is very similar to the original but just a bit more realistically colored and a bit less basic.
Chris, I’m guessing you don’t care to mess with this, but in case you do.....
I recently bought a Silhouette Cameo 4 vinyl cutter. The software that comes with it for free is actually VERY good. You could take a clean picture of something like that Black Knight lettering on your coin door (or from anywhere really) and use the software to “trace” it (it does this well without much intervention on clean line art) and then scale it to whatever size you want. You can then do internal or external resizing to make cutting extra stencils quite easily.
And learning how to do these various tasks in the software couldn’t be easier...there’s always a few YouTube videos of each thing and they’ve been very easy to find and usually very well done (and short and fast!). I’ve been constantly pleasantly surprised with their stuff, and while yes, I am a computer guy, I am NOT a “computer graphics” guy. And yet making this stuff work just hasn’t been bad at all.
Obviously a cutter this size won’t do a full size cabinet stencil without you having to piece it together, which would suck. Bigger ones are definitely more expensive AND take up a lot more space. But for a good bit of what you do, this might be worthwhile and definitely is a pretty small thing when put away.