Crafts, Spring, Home Decor

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!

Crafts, Valentine's day

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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:

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My Crafty Stencils is Live!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our new crafty stencils website! It is the perfect place to find all of your crafting essentials.

Browse through craft stencils for every occasion, whether you’re looking for a spooky Halloween stencil, a festive Christmas stencil, or a stencil for every other day of the year!

Our new website will also carry any crafting accessories you may need to bring your ideas to life!

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