Crafts, Valentine's day, Winter

Handmade Valentine Hearts

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Here is your 2 week reminder that Valentine’s Day is only 2 weeks away! Instead of facing your loved one with a hastily bought card and chocolates like last year, why not put in the effort to make your own homemade card? Make your mother proud. All it takes is a stencil brush, some Repositionable Spray Adhesive, & a stencil

1 Start by cutting out a paper heart

Start by cutting out a paper heart. In case it has been a while all you do is fold a piece of paper in half, draw a half-heart guideline on the crease, and cut just inside of the line so that it doesn’t end up on your project. Trim off any rough or straight edges so that your card has the proper curves.

2 Mix your paint and load your brush

Once you cut your heart out you’ll want to figure out how much room your message will take up. I was able to approximate the space I would need by moving the stencil to where each letter would go. After you figure out where to put your message you’ll want to prepare your stencil.

First, apply the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive from 6-8 inches away. Give the adhesive 30 seconds to become tacky before pressing to the surface of your project.

Next, squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint onto a paper plate and swirl your stencil brush in it as though you were swirling onto paper. This will store the paint in the bristles. Once you swirl paint onto your brush, swirl it off onto paper towel until your brush feels dry to the touch. This may seem counter intuitive but this step serves an important purpose.

When stenciling you must use a “dry brush”  technique because you want to build color up gradually. If you use too much paint it will “bleed” underneath the edges of your stencil causing the design to look sloppy, blurry, or unclear. Another problem you may encounter if your brush is too wet with paint is a build-up at the edge of the stencil design. When this happens your paint will gain an undesirable textured look that does not look flush against your project.

Less is more when it comes to stenciling. Your color should be built up slowly until you reach the color you desire. Be patient and don’t use a wet brush or the result will be disastrous.

3 Stencil a light coat through your stencil

As I stencil lettering, I try to plan out where each will go in advance. Sometimes you can get away with eyeballing the position of the lettering but you may want to use a straight line for extra precision. Since this stencil is somewhat transparent I was able to line letters up just fine.

4 Mask the edge of your stencil from your project

For any letters that come close to the edge of the stencil you may want to take precaution. Since the letter E is on an outside edge of the stencil I used a piece of paper towel as a mask to swirl paint through the design without the getting paint where it shouldn’t go. I swirl the paint brush right up onto the paper towel to get complete coverage in your letters.

5 Stencil with a clean brush with white paint

Since stenciling uses the dry brush technique you won’t have to wait long for the paint to dry. You should be able to paint another coat a few seconds after the first one as long as your brush is dry to the touch. If your brush is wet with paint then you have a recipe for bleeding or build up. Anytime you’re stenciling you’ll want to use your paint sparingly.

6 That's all it takes to stencil your message

Since the different colors of paint dry to the stencil while you work you’ll be able to paint on your stencil different colors. As long as you are using a clean stencil brush for each color you shouldn’t encounter any unintentional color blends. I was able to stencil the white letters after stenciling the red & blue. That being said, paints varies by manufacturer so unless you are using Americana Acrylic Paint I cannot verify this to be sure. See how nice the lettering came out? Not a touch of color in the white.

7 Stencil the other side of your valentine and you're done

Make sure that the other side of your card isn’t too basic by covering it in… hearts! My favorite part about the Love Craft Stencil 3 pack is the variety of hearts that come with it. Don’t feel limited to how the hearts appear on the stencil. Rearrange them and put hearts wherever your heart desires!

Be My Valentine Shot

You don’t have to stop here either, there are so many great ways to use these stencils. Try putting hearts on a heart-shaped box of chocolates, Valentines for school, on the bathroom mirror, or so much more! Make sure everyone you ❤ are seeing hearts this Valentines Day with My Crafty Stencils!

Check out the video tutorial below!

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DIY Valentine’s Mason Jar

Not sure what to give your loved one this Valentine’s? Try making your special someone an adorable mason jar valentine!

Personally, I love mason jars because there are no limits when it comes to what you can do with them. So naturally when thinking about what to do for a project, mason jars are always in the back of my mind. So when my friend found this stencil we knew it would go on a mason jar, no questions asked… fill my heart

See what I mean, absolutely irresistible!

Using a quart or larger mason jar for this project is probably best because the stencil fits on a bit better. (These jars can be easily found at most super stores.)  To stick the stencil to the mason jar, use spray adhesive on the back of the stencil, let it dry, and stick it on the jar! Make sure to let the spray dry on the back of the stencil, if the spray hasn’t dried it may leave some sticky residue on your project.

Due to the round shape of the jar using painter’s tape to hold the edges down yields the best result, we recommend Frog Tape!

For this project we chose metallic silver for the outline of the mason jar. For the hearts inside we chose to mix pink with the metallic silver. Mixing metallic paint with the regular acrylic adds a really cool sheen to the color. When mixing paint mix a little at a time, it’s easier to add paint that to take away.

To paint through the stencil it is easiest to stipple, or bounce the bristles up and down.  When painting through a stencil you want to use a dry brush. A good way to insure your bristles are dry enough to prevent bleeding is to swirl and dab the bristles on a paper towel until most of the paint is off. Stipple a few layers of paint through the stencil to get the desired coverage of paint.

Once you finished painting, peal back the stencil and admire your work!

Finish up your gift by filling it with your loved one’s favorite sweets, or perhaps place a candle inside.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and let your creativity shine!

Here is the full craft video!

Products used in the video:

You Fill My Heart With Love Stencil

Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Brushes

Americana Acrylic Paint

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Paper Hearts Stencil

With Valentines Day coming up I found myself in search of just the right design to apply to some makeshift craft ideas I’ve had bouncing around in my head. Originally I was considering stenciling some of these cute hearts onto a box of Chocolate hearts but then I realized my significant other wouldn’t want to hold onto an empty chocolate heart. I got to thinking and found myself with the perfect craft for Valentines Day so my sweetie can see the hearts I see around them everyday. Just a few squirts of paint and half an hour later I turned a $15 mirror into a priceless token of my affection!

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Now I am no expert at stenciling but I think this came out marvelously! About a year ago I had no idea that there were specific brushes meant for stenciling but after some instruction I learned everything I needed to shed my amateur stenciling status. Now I’ll share with you the pointers that took my stencil game to the next level!

5 Protect any surfaces that won't be painted

The first step is to protect any surface that you don’t want to get any paint on. For this project I masked off the mirror. Using frog tape should help keep any paper you use for masking in place.

6 Use spray adhesive on the bak of your stencil about 6-8 inches away

Next, you’ll want to apply a light coat of Repositionable Spray Adhesive holding the can 6-8 inches from the back of your stencil. Before applying the stencil to your project you’ll want to allow the adhesive to become tacky, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

8 Get your first paint color

After you’ve pressed your stencil into position on your project, prepare your first color of paint by squirting a tiny amount onto a paper plate, palette, or other surface for paint. I’m using a circle of mylar, the same material used to make these stencils. I’m using Americana Acrylic Paint.

9 Wipe most of the paint off your stencilbrush

Now this may be counter-intuitive but you must believe me. A little paint goes a very long way when stenciling. This is what I struggled with most of all when I first started out. If you use too much paint, it will seep underneath the edges of your stencil and result in a blurry mess at the end. Using too little paint is not a problem you will have. The proper technique is to swirl paint into your brush, then wipe most of it off onto a paper towel. Your stencil brush should feel dry to the touch after this step. An important rule for stenciling well is to stencil with a “dry” brush.

10 Stipple or swirl in your first color

The color you want will likely not appear after your first coat. Using this technique you’ll need to use multiple coats until you are satisfied. After the second and third coat you should be reach your desired color. Since each coat of paint is so light they should dry quickly between coats. To apply the paint you’ll want to stipple the paint by bouncing your stencil brush on the design, or you’ll want to swirl the paint over your pattern.

12 Try using a variety of colors that complement eachother

I try to use colors that complement each other as I stencil. I like painting thing symmetrically but you may want to try something different by swirling in random colors here and there, it’s up to you!

13 Stencil right up onto the tape that masks your project

Some elements of the design come close to the edge of the stencil so I used some Frog Tape to protect the project. I ended up stenciling right on top of the tape; had it not been there I would have painted outside of the stencil onto my mirror!

17 Use an acrylic finish to finalize your project and mask off the mirror

For the last step I applied a coat of American Acrylic Sealer. This protects the paint from getting scratched off. Acrylic Sealant helps to make your project last while also giving it a uniform finish.

18 And now your project is complete

And that’s all there is to it! Let your creativity shine!

See the whole tutorial in the video below: