Once upon a time, I made myself a Cullen Crest stenciled tee. I posted it here and started getting requests to share the stencil.
So I did, and then in November of last year, I posted about it here on the sewhooked blog. I pulled the stencil together for myself before there was anything commercially available with the crest on it, back when all fans had was a tiny glimpse from an MTV teaser.
Fast forward to today and The Cullen Crest Stenciled Tee is one of my most visited posts, with a downright ridiculous number of visits each month. The Cullen Crest in general is huge in handmade. If you don’t believe me, search it on etsy or on flickr. Woah.
I have see my version of the Cullen Crest everywhere since I first posted it and I thought it’d be fun to show a few of the ways it’s turned up. If you look closely, you can certainly tell the difference from the official crest (shown below) and the image that I created (shown above), so you’ll always know which images, no matter how they are presented, came from the stencil that I designed.
The first peek, from this MTV article posted June 16, 2008
I took a lot of liberties with the official image to make it into a stencil from the tiny image shown above. Those changes included greatly simplifying the image and adding the “Cullen” text to the top.
The Real Deal – “Rosalie’s Necklace” from Hot Topic
The Cullen Crest goes viral…
My stencil makes it around the world and onto everything you can possibly imagine!
images from a variety of sources
Some of the things I’ve seen the stencil on were for sale, and while I don’t condone the taking another crafter’s stencil, pattern or idea that is free for everyone to use and then making something to sell (in case you didn’t know, that’s a crafty taboo!), I don’t deny the ingenuity of the different uses the stencil has been put to.
To everyone that has used it on something for yourself, a friend, a swap, a gift or any other way that was just for fun and not for profit, A HUGE THANK YOU. That’s why I share my stencils, patterns, crafts and ideas, to spread the crafty love. Thank you, too, to Summit and whoever the awesome artist was that came up with the original crest!