Crafts, Home Decor

Mixed Media Stencil Craft Techniques

Here’s a project worthy of a rainy day! In this demonstration we show you a couple stencil technique you may not consider when crafting. To make an artistic mixed media craft like the one here you will need:

Abstract Floral Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2Dkpt0H

Abstract Foliage Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2TzxLZD

Alligator Skin Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2HXBBdx

Scales Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2WQyrff

Clock Work Mini Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2GvImB3

Craft Stencil Brushes – https://bit.ly/2UQ75nH

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

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

Americana Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2zcS1YK

Mini Squeegee – https://bit.ly/2RKEaQ5

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First we wanted to emboss a stencil design into our paper without an embossing machine. To created a raised design on your paper you will first need to dampen it to make it workable. Use a damp sponge to dab water over the surface of your sheet on both sides in the are you want to emboss. We only dampened a section of the paper but if you want to emboss the whole sheet you will need to dampen the entire paper. Be careful not to overwet the paper or else it may fall apart. Lay the damp paper over a foam pad with the alligator skin mini craft stencil positioned on top. In our demonstration we actually used a mouse pad which worked great. With your stencil in place, use a rolling pin to firmly press the stencil on top of the paper. The foam will flex through the stencil giving the paper raised edges like alligator skin. Once you have embossed the wet paper set it aside to dry.

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Once the paper dries it is time to add some color to this design. To do this we are using a rainbow colored inkpad, but any craft store ink pad or distress ink will work. Position the opening of the stencil over the raised areas of the design and press the inkpad through the top. You may need to repeatedly stamp the ink through until you get even coverage. Once you do, life the stencil and reposition it for the next repeat.

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The next technique is using 3 Dimensional Glue Paste to create a raised design on the project’s surface. Use Repositionable Spray Adhesive on the back of your stencil and press it into position on your project surface. Using a mini squeegee, evenly spread the 3D glue paste through the stencil design. Once the design is evenly coated peel the stencil from the surface. Before continuing allow the glue to dry clear. Before we get to foiling the raised design we are going to paint some more designs on the surface.

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Before adding any more raised designs with 3D glue let’s add more colored stencil designs using acrylic paint. First we sprayed the back of the abstract foliage stencil with repositionable spray adhesive to stick it to the bottom of the page. Use some Frog Tape Painter’s Tape around the edges of the stencil to keep yourself from painting outside of the design. Swirl your stencil brush into the paint then swirl the excess off onto a piece of paper towel. Your brush should feel dry to the touch before you begin painting the design. Swirl the paint through the design in 2-3 coats of paint until you reach full coverage of the design. For the green leaves we went with a solid fill, but for the scales we went with a random color swirl with a dark blue underneath and a light blue on top in acrylic paint. Be sure to mask off any part of the design you don’t want to paint using Frog Tape Painter’s Tape.

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Now let’s get back into using the 3D glue paste and foil transferring. Use frog tape painter’s tape to isolate the section of the design you want on your project. Use your mini squeegee to spread the 3D glue paste through the stencil. Lift the stencil straight off the surface and allow the 3D glue paste to dry until it is clear before continuing. Once the first flower dried we added two more flowers from the abstract floral mini craft stencil. Allow these flowers to dry until clear before continue.

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The last step is to use the foil transfer sheet on the dried 3D glue paste. Place the shiny side up of the foil transfer sheet on top of the design and use the back of your fingernail to rub the foil. By rubbing the foil with the back of your fingernail the foil will transfer and coat the 3D design.

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With the 3D glue paste coated in foil the craft is complete! You can do this and so much more with My Crafty Stencils’ craft stencils. Emboss, deboss, paint, glue, foil, or ink our stencils for your next paper craft project. Check out the video below to be inspired by our step by step tutorial.

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Crafts, Home Decor, Summer

Welcome Home, Golden Pineapple

Welcome! To another My Crafty Stencils tutorial!

Today we will explain how to use our Welcome Home Craft Stencil onto piece of canvas paper to create a framed wall accent. For this craft we could not resist the glimmer of Glorious Gold Americana acrylic paint. In addition to this liquid gold you will also need:

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Start off by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive. The spray should be used 8″-12″ away from your stencil to very lightly coat the back. Put the stencil down, spray side up, for 30-60 seconds to allow it to dry and become tacky. If you use your sprayed stencil too soon the adhesive will bond to your project.

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After you let the spray rest for a minute the back should be lightly tacky. The tacky adhesive will keep the stencil details flush to your project while stenciling but will easily peel off to reveal the design beneath. Put your stencil on your project and adjust it to find the center with a ruler before pressing it to the surface. Make sure that all the little details are pressed into place.

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Once your stencil is in place, use Frog Tape to keep your stencil brush from wandering off the edges of the stencil onto your project. You want to be sure that you are only painting through the holes of the stencil design.

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Take your bottle of Glorious Gold acrylic paint and distribute a small amount onto your paper plate palette. When stenciling a little paint goes a long way. Swirl your stencil brush in the paint until the bristles soak up the paint. In stenciling this is known as loading your brush. Once loaded with paint you will want to unload it by swirling the excess off onto a paper towel. This may seem counterproductive but it is this dry brush technique that you should use to successfully stencil.

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This next step is known as the dab test. This is how you know you have the right amount of pain on your stencil brush. To do the dab, take your unloaded stencil brush and dab it on a piece of paper or paper plate. Next, drag your finger over the dab. If the dab drags and smudges you should unload more paint off of your brush and try again. Once your finger can pass over the dab without smudging your bush should be dry enough to stencil. It takes a few light coats of paint to stencil properly, but it is worth it to not have paint bleed underneath the stencil onto your project.

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After these necessary preparations you should be ready to stencil. Using the dry brush technique, swirl your color through the holes in the design. By stenciling lightly you will create crisp edges in your design. These light coats will help you to shade your stencil in order to create the illusion of depth. Try stenciling the stencil lighter in the center than the edges for a classic stenciled look.

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After about 3-4 coats of light stenciling you should reach full coverage. Try not to rush it! There is nothing worse than globbing excessive paint onto your stencil. Nothing good will come of this. Earlier in this post I mentioned paint bleeding into the design. Paint bleed is the enemy of stenciling. This is what happens should your brush ever feel wet to the touch with paint. Even with repositionable spray if you use too much paint it will inevitably turn the crisp lines of the design into a blurry mess. The dry brush technique and stenciling go hand in hand!

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