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!

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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!

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!