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 –

Abstract Foliage Mini Craft Stencil –

Alligator Skin Mini Craft Stencil –

Scales Mini Craft Stencil –

Clock Work Mini Craft Stencil –

Craft Stencil Brushes –

Frog Tape Painter’s Tape –

Repositionable Spray Adhesive –

Americana Acrylic Paint –

Mini Squeegee –

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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.


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.

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!