Christmas, Crafts, Winter

Card Making with Sleigh Ride Holiday Craft Stencils

Season’s greetings! It’s the time of year to stencil your greeting cards and holiday party invitations before your hands get too cold. Card making is easy with our Sleigh Ride Holiday Craft Stencils. Make a unique copy for everyone on the guest list for your next party. For this project you will need:

Sleigh Rides Craft Stencil –
Repositionable Spray Adhesive –
Stencil Brushes –
Frog Tape Painter’s Tape –
Americana Acrylic Paints:
Burnt Umber –
Mississippi Mud –
Forest Green –

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The first step in card making with craft stencils is to spray the back of your stencil with Spray Repositionable Adhesive. Hold the can 8″-12″ away to spray a light coat of spray repositionable adhesive on the back of your stencil. Give the spray about 30-60 seconds to dry and become tacky. The adhesive on the back of your stencil should be sticky to the touch but not wet. If you spray too much adhesive on the back your stencil may rip or tear the paper. Try pressing the stencil to a flat surface like a table top or piece of paper then peeling it off to help make your stencil a little less tacky. Once you have prepared your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive you’re ready to place your stencil onto your card. We’ll be stenciling a portrait card but this technique works for landscape cards as well. If there are any stencil details near the edges of the stencil you will want to border your stencil with Frog Tape Painter’s Tape to keep paint off the edges of your card.

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With your stencil details pressed to the card you are ready to start adding color. We will be using 3 different colors which means you will need 3 different stencil brushes (or two double sided stencil brushes). The plan is to use Burnt Umber for the letters, Mississippi Mud for the antlers & arrows, and Forest Green for the pine tree. To do multiple repeats of a multi color design you will need to distribute each of your 3 colors of acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Stencil one color at a time starting with the green since there are less green elements in this design. Swirl your stencil brush into your green acrylic paint, then swirl the excess paint onto a paper towel until your brush feels dry to the touch. Using the dry brush technique your paint won’t bleed beneath the edges of your stencil. Without swirling paint into the antlers, swirl your green acrylic paint through the pine tree until you get full coverage. Once you stencil all the green elements of your design set your stencil brush aside for later.

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The next color you should stencil are the letters Burnt Umber since the letters aren’t too close to the green pine tree and dots. There shouldn’t really be any wet paint on your stencil or paper but by waiting to stencil near the green you reduce the risk of paint mixing into your other colors. Swirl your brush into your Dark Chocolate acrylic paint then swirl the excess paint onto a paper towel. With your brush dry begin swirling the color into the letters of your stencil. You may need to do 1-2 swirling passes over the letters. If you find it difficult to stencil the letters without going into surrounding design elements use Frog Tape to mask them off. Once you finish stenciling the letters, set your stencil brush aside to stencil the next design element.

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We saved the antlers and arrows for last since they are close to other parts of the design. You may find it helpful to mask off the letters with Frog Tape Painter’s Tape to prevent your brush from going into other elements of the design. With the letters masked off you can start swirling Mississippi Mud acrylic paint into your last fresh stencil brush. Once your brush is coated in paint, dry the bristles by swirling them off onto paper towel, then swirl the paint through the antlers and arrows in the design. After 1-2 passes with the swirling technique you should have full coverage. It is important to note that if you have too much paint on your brush you will end up getting too much build on the edges of the stencil. Gently peel your stencil off the surface of your card. Now you know how to replicate the card design with three different paint colors.

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Take your stencil and press it to the surface of your next card. Repeat the steps for the first card by swirling each color through your stencil one at a time. You may not need to load your brush with paint between cards because less is more when it comes to stenciling. Use Frog Tape Painter’s Tape to isolate design elements when you find yourself stenciling in any tight places. Another option is to stencil your cards in a single color but we prefer the flare of multiple colors working together. Once all of your cards are stenciled they should already feel dry to the touch. Write in your season’s greetings and send out your homemade cards to friends and family. They won’t believe you took the time to paint your holiday cards, but the joke is on them since you had help from My Crafty Stencils.

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Christmas, Crafts, Home Decor, Winter

DIY Stenciled Reindeer Burlap Table Runner

Crafting a DIY Stenciled Reindeer Burlap Table Runner is the perfect touch to your Christmas decor repertoire. All you need is a length of burlap from your craft store, 1 or 2 Reindeer craft stencils by My Crafty Stencils, and the tools below.

In this tutorial we used:

Reindeer Craft Stencil –

Stencil Brush –

Repositionable Spray Adhesive –

Frog Tape Painter’s Tape –

Self-Healing Cutting Mat –

Americana Acrylic Paint –

Americana Matte Finish Acrylic Sealer –

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Burlap can but a bit unruly when it comes right off the bolt so expect it to be somewhat wrinkled. These wrinkles will come right out with the highest heat and steam settings on your iron. Start by figuring out how long you want your runner to be either by measuring or eyeballing it. Once you know your dimensions it is time to start the tricky part. Burlap is a woven material making it somewhat easy to unravel. This makes it a tricky material to use if not treated to prevent fraying over time. We will show you how to keep your burlap from fraying at the end but for now we want to take advantage of the fray. Identify the strand that you wish to cut along then work it out of the weave by snipping and teasing out the length of fiber. Once you have removed a single strand, cut along where the fiber you removed was. After this point you must be careful not to unravel your material along the edges as you stencil.

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Once you have cut out a nice rectangular section of the burlap for your runner you should get it into position to stencil. Do this by folding the length of the runner in half to find the middle line. On either side of the center line we will be stenciling our first two repeats with the same stencil. You will space them out equal distance from each other along the center line. Use Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back of your stencil then give it 30-60 seconds to become tacky before pressing it in place on the surface of the burlap. We slipped a Self-Healing Cutting Mat that had been coated in Spray Repositionable Adhesive to keep the burlap from sliding as you stencil but to also prevent paint from going through the burlap to the other side of the runner. You could also spray a piece of cardboard to keep the burlap still as you stencil without letting the paint seep. Before getting your paint ready, use Frog Tape Painter’s Tape around the edges of the stencil to keep paint from going over the edges of the stencil.

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For this project we used Americana Acrylic Paint. We used Burnt Umber brown for the Reindeer and Titanium White for the falling snow. For smaller craft stencils you want to be sure that the stencil brush you get is not too big for the design. We used a 1/2″ stencil brush which is pretty much the largest brush I could use for a project this size. Swirl the stencil brush into your paint, then swirl the excess paint off in order to appropriately use the dry brush technique. Stenciling onto fabrics can be more forgiving than stenciling onto a flat surface in terms of paint build & bleeding but these mess-ups can still happen. To prevent this you must be sure that your stencil brush does not feel wet to the touch before swirling paint into your design. Rather than use several repeats, we swirled our dry stencil brush through the design until we achieved full coverage. You may wish to stencil a second coat onto the design after the first for maximum color. After stenciling the reindeer fully we prepared a second stencil brush with Americana Titanium White paint, swirled off the excess, then swirled through each snowflake onto the burlap. Be careful not to accidentally swirl white onto your reindeer or brown into your snow.

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Now it’s time to break out the ruler. Flip to the other half of your runner then measure how far apart they will be spaced. We went with 6 centimeters apart per repeat. Rather than measure from the edge of the stencil we chose to measure between two elements of the design. Space the stencil apart six centimeters then repeat the design. For the rest of the runner we will continue spacing our reindeer six centimeters apart. We want our reindeer to face different directions. While you can measure and leave space to clean your stencil to paint the opposite side, for the interest of time we chose to use a second reindeer craft stencil to stencil the reverse of the design. Use Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back of your second stencil, measure the design 6 centimeters from the last position, and paint the design.

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For this project we stenciled 14 repeats of this stencil up and down our stenciled burlap table runner. Be sure that each time you move the stencil to the next position that you are moving the craft mat or cardboard beneath it as well. You don’t want paint seeping through the burlap to the other half of your craft. Once you have completed your repeats, spray the edges & surface of the runner with a couple of coats of Americana Acrylic Spray Sealant. This Acrylics Craft finish will keep the edges of your burlap table runner from fraying. Be sure to use your Americana Acrylic Craft Sealant in a well ventilated area. Now your craft is ready to dress up your table for the Christmas Season!


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Christmas, Crafts, Home Decor, Winter

DIY Joy Bottles

Two weeks ago I was at an antique shop with a friend looking for old windows to do a project with when we stumbled upon these three matte, black bottles. We had no idea what to do with them but we thought that they were really neat so we went ahead and got them anyway. So glad that we did because the project they led to has to be one of my favorites.

The stencil we chose for this project is simple and elegant, just like the bottles. We thought it would be cool to stencil one letter on each of the three bottles, creating a decorative set.

joy craft stencil

We really wanted the design to pop on the black bottles we chose the colors metallic silver and metallic gold. The silver was for the trees, the gold for the letters and the stars. We also thought that it would be cool to paint the colors on unevenly, to almost give the appearance of gold and silver leafing.

First we cleaned and dried the bottles to help the stencil and paint stick nicely. We used spray adhesive on the back of the stencil to stick the stencil to the bottles. Since the bottles are round we used frog tape to hold down the edges of the stencil. It is really important to secure your stencil well enough so that it will not move around while you are painting, otherwise your design could smudge a bit.

When painting onto a black surface it can be really difficult to get the color to show up. The easiest way to deal with that is to first paint a layer or two of white. We used the Americana white chalk finish paint for this first coat. The white paint was stippled through the stencil on to the bottle. Since the stencil didn’t stick to the bottle perfectly stippling with a dry brush was the best way to paint the bottle because the paint did not bleed.  When stenciling it is much better to apply lots of thin coats than to ably one thick coat because if there is too much paint it can seep out underneath the stencil where you don’t want paint. The easiest way to make sure the right amount of paint is on your brush is to swirl and dab the bristles onto a paper towel  until only a little bit of pain comes off.

*Stippling  is just bouncing the brush up and down to  apply the paint. When stenciling you 

After the white had dried onto the bottle a few layers of the silver paint was stippled onto the trees, and a few layers of gold were stippled onto the stars and letters. We were going for a more vintage look so the coats of paint were a little spotty to achieve the desired effect. However if you want a crisp, solid look just add a few more even layers of paint!

Once finished with a bottle peal off the stencil, stick the stencil onto the next bottle, tape it down and repeat!

This craft was really easy,  yet it came out looking simple, elegant and sophisticated. These bottles would make amazing gifts, fun projects to do with friends, or a festive decoration for yourself!

Have fun crafting, and let your creativity shine!