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!

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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, 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!

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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!

Crafts, Home Decor, Valentine's day, Winter

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:

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!

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