Crafts, Home Decor, Spring

Home Sweet Home Stenciled Fabric Placemat

Adorn your plain placemats with a Home Sweet Home stencil design from My Crafty Stencils! Stenciling onto fabric is an easy way to add some color to your decor. You will need the following tools:

Home Sweet Home Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2SPJqTA

Americana Fabric Painting Medium – https://bit.ly/2DKkc4p

Americana Avocado Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2TIZ6Z0

Americana Hauser Medium Green Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2CgdYah

Americana Black Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2POD1GS

White Bristle Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2M75Hd9

Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK

Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb

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Start by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive. Use the repositionable spray adhesive from about 8-12 inches away to for a few seconds. Give the spray 30 seconds to become tacky before using your stencil on the surface of your project.

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Put your stencil on the approximate center of the placemat then use a ruler to center it. Measure how far the stencil is from the edges of the placemat then press it to the surface when it is centered. Use Frog Tape painters tape around the edges of the stencil to keep from stenciling outside of the design. When painting with different colors, determine which element you will be painting first. Let’s start with the lettering. Mask the other elements of the design like the vine and flowers.

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Mix Americana Hauser Medium Green with Americana Fabric Medium using your stencil brush. Once the fabric paint is mixed, swirl the excess paint off of your brush onto a piece of paper towel. The stencil brush should feel about dry to the touch before you begin painting the design.

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Take your time as you swirl the stencil brush through the letters of the stencil design. Stenciling a surface is different from painting because applying the paint is a more gradual process. This is to prevent excess paint from seeping beneath the details of the stencil. Paint seeping beneath the stencil is a process known as bleeding. It takes a few light coats of paint to completely fill in the design. Swirl in the paint until you reach the desired color and fill.

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Now mask off the the lettering and flowers to stencil the vines of the design. Mix Americana Avocado acrylic paint with Americana Fabric Painting Medium using a fresh stencil brush. Swirl the excess paint onto paper towel and swirl the paint through the design. We did not mask the buds of the design to stencil up to the base of each flower with the smaller stencil brush. Just the same as the lettering, swirl and build the color of the design until you reach full coverage.

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Remove the Frog Tape from the flowers to stencil them. The color we want to use is a toned down Americana Melon acrylic paint. To do this we will be using a tiny drop of black acrylic paint. The tiniest drop of black goes a long way. Swirl the paint color together before mixing the paint into the Americana Fabric Medium. After mixing the paint, swirl the excess off onto a piece of paper towel, and stencil the buds & flowers onto the placemat.

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This design can be replicated on all of your placemats by repeating the steps. Now you have the tools to make a matching set!

If you enjoyed this project visit https://www.mycraftystencils.com/ and check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial! Let your creativity shine!

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Crafts, New Years, Winter

Decorative Art New Years Eve Invitations

Now is the time of year to send out invitations to everyone you will be ringing in the new year with this New Years Eve! These decorative art stencils from My Crafty Stencils are perfect for invitations, cards, and fliers. Below are the tools needed for this project;

Champagne First Resolutions Later Stencil – https://bit.ly/2PbEdmu

Drink Champagne & Dance On The Table Stencil – https://bit.ly/2TWX8oY

Kiss Me at Midnight Stencil – https://bit.ly/2E5vZv0

Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK

Americana Acrylic Craft Paints – https://bit.ly/2TTMkrH

Black Bristle Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2ErZ5WD

Frog Tape Painters Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb

You will also need Black Cardstock, Clear Elmer’s Glue, a plain brush, and assorted glitters.

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We’ll be starting with our Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table Craft Stencil. Use your Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back of your stencil and give it 30-60 seconds to become tacky. Fold your black card stock in half for your card. Stick the stencil to the card front and center. With your stencil in place, distribute some Titanium White Americana acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Take your stencil brush and swirl it into the paint to load the bristles, then swirl the excess paint off onto a paper towel. The bristles of your brush should feel dry to the touch before you start swirling Titanium White into the design. We want to build the white slowly in 2-3 coats.

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Finish stenciling the white lettering and put some Americana Shimmering Silver acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Swirl a new stencil brush into the paint and excess off onto the paper towel. Once your stencil brush is dry to the touch, swirl the silver through the embellishments at the top and bottom of the stencil. After 2-3 coats the silver should be filled in completely. At this point the white lettering will be dry. Take a normal, small paint brush and paint a thin layer of Clear Elmer’s Glue through the stencil. Lift the stencil and sprinkle the glue in glitter. Shake off the glitter onto a piece of paper to put back into the glitter container. Set your glittered card to the side to dry while you stencil your next card.

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Next we’ll use the Champagne First Resolutions Later stencil design. Use your Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back of your stencil and press it to the center of your card. With your stencil in place, distribute some Glorious Gold Americana Acrylic Paint onto a paper plate. Load the bristles of your stencils then swirl the excess onto paper towel. Swirl the gold acrylic paint through the stencil until you reach full coverage. For this card, shade the edges of the larger letters with black acrylic paint. Paint the clear craft glue through the stencil, lift it off, and cover the glue in gold glitter!

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For the Kiss me at Midnight stencil we used shimmering silver on the clocks, glorious gold on the fireworks, and a romantic Napa Red on kiss. Try using Frog Tape painters tape to keep paint from going outside of your design. On this last card we painted the clear craft glue on heavy, then sprinkled on the glitter before lifting the stencil. They all came out great! We have several decorative stencils to choose from in our decorative New Years Eve stencils. They work amazing for invitations, wall art, or fliers for big New Years Eve events. The only limit to these stencils is your creativity!

Visit https://www.mycraftystencils.com/ to browse more of our products and check out the video below for step by step instructions!

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 – https://bit.ly/2DDPWJs
Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK
Stencil Brushes – https://bit.ly/2z8MYsm
Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb
Americana Acrylic Paints:
Burnt Umber – https://bit.ly/2F9zNNt
Mississippi Mud – https://bit.ly/2OJpZJg
Forest Green – https://bit.ly/2zcS1YK

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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.

To browse our product visit us at https://www.mycraftystencils.com/ and for more information check out the video below!

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 – https://bit.ly/2OyhZuV

Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2F8va61

Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK

Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb

Self-Healing Cutting Mat – https://bit.ly/2zC1Df4

Americana Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2F9zNNt

Americana Matte Finish Acrylic Sealer – https://bit.ly/2PG5lyv

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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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Crafts, Fall, Home Decor, Thanksgiving

Burned in Design with Stencils

In this tutorial we create a unique serving tray with a burned in design using our Fall Leaves Craft Stencil and our heated cutting tool. Get inspired or follow along, the tools in this tutorial are all available on our site https://www.mycraftystencils.com/

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Start by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive and allow it 30 seconds to become tacky before pressing it to the surface of your project. Once in place, trace the design using a pencil. Once finished, remove the stencil.

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Next, take your heated cutting tool and turn the temperature up all the way. Once heated begin burning along the pencil lines with the tip of the tool. Go over the lines several times without adding too much pressure with the tip in a smooth motion.

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Burn along the pencil lines for the entire design before going back to make less defined lines darker. Finish burning in the design before washing it off with soap and water.

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Once you’ve cleaned off your wooden serving tray you can impress everyone at your next social gathering. Serve appetizers to your guests or put it on display in your hutch. For more instruction check out our video tutorial here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tikjPO2P9xU

All the tools used in this tutorial are listed below!

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Fall Leaves Craft Stencil
Fall Leaves Craft Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Heated Cutting Tool
Stencil Cutting Tool

Crafts, Fall, Home Decor, Thanksgiving

Eat Drink And Be Thankful Fall Craft

Hello and welcome to another My Crafty Stencils tutorial! In this post we will show you a quick and easy way to turn an ordinary piece of wood into a centerpiece welcoming guest to your home this fall. Everything used in this tutorial can be found on https://www.mycraftystencils.com/

Eat, Drink, & Be Thankful Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2RPXDjz
Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK
Americana Glorious Gold Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2yIMU1p
Black Bristle Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2ErZ5WD
Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb

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Start out by putting your clean piece of wood on your table. Take your stencil and use repositionable spray adhesive on the back then give it 30-60 seconds to become tacky before applying to your surface. Be sure to press all the details flush to the project. The Repositionable Spray Adhesive will hold the fine details of the stencil in place. Use painter’s tape on the outside edges of your stencil to mask off the edges of your project.

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Next, put some Americana Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint onto a paper plate. Swirl your flat-tipped stencil brush into the paint being sure to take the paint up into the bristles. Then swirl the stencil brush into a paper towel until the brush feels dry to the touch.

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Once your brush is dry, swirl your brush through the stencil design onto your project. For this project we left a little too much paint on the brush when we went to stencil. The color should not be quite as dark as this when you first start swirling. Go back and swirl the paint off your brush onto paper towel until it feels dry to the touch then get back to stenciling. If you leave too much paint on your brush the paint will build in the edges of the design or worse, bleed beneath the design creating a blurry mess.

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Continue stenciling light coats of Americana Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint until you reach full coverage. This should take 2-3 coats of paint and sometimes even 4! The slower you build up your color the better your design should come out.

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The last step is to gently peel your stencil from the project surface. We hope this tutorial has been informative! For more details watch the video tutorial below!

Let your creativity shine with My Crafty Stencils!

Crafts, Fall, Halloween

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

In this tutorial we’ll show you just how to trace these stencil designs on your Jack-O-Lanterns to make carving intricate designs a cinch. All you’ll need is a can of repositionable spray adhesive, a marker, and our carving stencils for your pumpkin. Before you get started we recommend leaving your pumpkin inside for a few hours so that the pumpkin guts aren’t cold while you remove them. Gut your pumpkin before getting started. Links for the supplies are provided at the end.

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Start by spraying the back of your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive from about 6-8 inches away and allow the spray adhesive 30 seconds to become tacky before pressing to the surface of your pumpkin.

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Put your stencil into position and use your free hand to hold the stencil in place as you trace the design with a permanent marker. The spray will help keep the design in place but you will need to use your hand to move the stencil to make sure the design looks right. This is to be expected as you transfer a 2 dimensional design onto a 3 dimensional object.

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After transferring the design, cut it out using a pumpkin carving tool. Clean out the inside of the cut area and put the lid back on your pumpkin!

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Repeat the process with your next design by spraying the back of your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive, trace the design, and cut along the traced lines. As you trace, remember to move the stencil so that the lines of the 2d design meet in the right places on the globular shape of the pumpkin.

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Finally, repeat the process once again with the spider. This is the trickiest design because the spider legs are narrow and close together. As you trace with a permanent marker remember to move the stencil so that the design elements end up in the right places. The tricky part is carving as you must work slowly & carefully so that you don’t inadvertently snap off thinner sections of pumpkin around the spider legs.

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Upon completion, stick a candle into your pumpkins and turn out the lights! Your Jack-O-Lanterns will be the talk of the town! For more instruction check out our video here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZhhdtI50pA

Let your creativity shine with https://www.mycraftystencils.com/
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3 Piece Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Set
3 Piece Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Set

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Cat Stencil
Black Cat Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Bat Stencil
Bat Craft Stencil

Spider Stencil
Spider Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive