Not if you go to design school. or have a friend who has access to one. That is definitely not cheating... that sounds like an old grandma saying that "people that use Photoshop are not creative". You have proven your point by doing it by hand. imagine the intricate processes/reliefs you can cut with a laser... not to mention being able to cut it with acrylic (the life span is longer than paper). It may seem "expensive" but if you cut a sheet of plastic its going to last longer that a piece of paper.
I was somewhat ironic when I said that it was cheating. I would give my left kidney to own myself a laser cutter, and we didn't have one when I went to designschool. Nor do I know someone who have access to one, so for the moment I cut them myself... There's kind of a meditative feeling cutting them as well.
well if you want to keep in touch, I can do it for you and mail it. all i request is you pay for S&H and the material cost ( A sheet of plexi is like 6 bucks) As this is my last year I am planning on doing a shitload of stencils before I leave.