Crafts, Fall, Halloween

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

In this tutorial we’ll show you just how to trace these stencil designs on your Jack-O-Lanterns to make carving intricate designs a cinch. All you’ll need is a can of repositionable spray adhesive, a marker, and our carving stencils for your pumpkin. Before you get started we recommend leaving your pumpkin inside for a few hours so that the pumpkin guts aren’t cold while you remove them. Gut your pumpkin before getting started. Links for the supplies are provided at the end.

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Start by spraying the back of your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive from about 6-8 inches away and allow the spray adhesive 30 seconds to become tacky before pressing to the surface of your pumpkin.

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Put your stencil into position and use your free hand to hold the stencil in place as you trace the design with a permanent marker. The spray will help keep the design in place but you will need to use your hand to move the stencil to make sure the design looks right. This is to be expected as you transfer a 2 dimensional design onto a 3 dimensional object.

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After transferring the design, cut it out using a pumpkin carving tool. Clean out the inside of the cut area and put the lid back on your pumpkin!

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Repeat the process with your next design by spraying the back of your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive, trace the design, and cut along the traced lines. As you trace, remember to move the stencil so that the lines of the 2d design meet in the right places on the globular shape of the pumpkin.

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Finally, repeat the process once again with the spider. This is the trickiest design because the spider legs are narrow and close together. As you trace with a permanent marker remember to move the stencil so that the design elements end up in the right places. The tricky part is carving as you must work slowly & carefully so that you don’t inadvertently snap off thinner sections of pumpkin around the spider legs.

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Upon completion, stick a candle into your pumpkins and turn out the lights! Your Jack-O-Lanterns will be the talk of the town! For more instruction check out our video here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZhhdtI50pA

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3 Piece Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Set
3 Piece Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Set

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Cat Stencil
Black Cat Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Bat Stencil
Bat Craft Stencil

Spider Stencil
Spider Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive

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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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Crafts, Fashion, St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day Stenciled Tshirt

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Here’s a project I have been quite excited for. Have you ever needed a custom tshirt for yourself or a group? Here’s an awesome way to replicate a pattern on as many tees that you need! All you’ll need is a stencil from MyCraftyStencils.com , a 3/8” Stencil Brush, a can of Repositionable Spray Adhesive, Acrylic Paint, & Americana Fabric Painting Medium. You will also need a flat piece of cardboard that will fit inside your shirt, which you may have on hand.

2.5 Spray Adhesive Cardboard

Start off by applying a light coat of Repositionable Spray Adhesive to one side of a piece of cardboard. Wait 30 seconds for the spray adhesive to become tacky then slip the cardboard into the shirt with the tacky side against the front. It is important that your shirt lies flat to the cardboard with no wrinkles. Don’t stretch the fabric of your shirt when smoothing it out or else your design will become warped once it is no longer being stretched.

3 Spray Adhesive Stencil

As always, apply a coat of Repositionable Spray Adhesive to the back of your stencil. Then give the stencil about 30 seconds to become tacky before sticking it to your project. This is the same spray adhesive used on the cardboard.

4 Press the stencil flat to the smoothed out tshirt

Next you will want to line your stencil up in the center of your shirt. You could measure out the exact center of your shirt… but I chose to eyeball it for the sake of simplicity.

5 Kelly Green Paint

Now you’ll want to select your paint color. I went with Kelly Green, the classic green color of the lush landscapes and rolling hills of Ireland. It is no coincidence that Kelly happens to be a popular surname in Ireland which this paint owes its title. You’ll want a little squirt of paint on your palette. Quick note, you can use anything for a palette. I often use the mylar circle pictured above, which is cut from our stencil material. I have also used paper plates, cardboard, card stock, and even a sheet of paper in a pinch. As long as your palette is durable enough for you to swirl paint onto your brush you can’t go wrong. Go ahead and improvise! A sheet of aluminum foil or wax paper would work fine I’d imagine.

6 Fabric Medium

After getting your paint you will want to mix it 2:1 with Americana Fabric Painting Medium. That’s twice as much acrylic paint to fabric painting medium.

7 Mix in medium 2 to 1

Squirt about have as much fabric medium as there is paint onto your palette, then completely mix it in with your brush. Once again, I choose to eyeball it. If you want to measure it out maybe consider disposable plastic spoonfuls.

8 Swirl paint throught he holes in your stencil

Once you have mixed the fabric medium into your paint, dry off the bristles of your brush. It is vital to use the dry brush technique for nice clean edges on your design. This means that your brush should be dry to the touch each time you stencil. To achieve this you must swirl the paint onto your stencil brush from the palette. After loading your brush, swirl the paint off the brush onto a piece of paper until the color that is coming off appears more as a shade of green than full on green.

Stenciling your shirt will take some time so be patient while swirling paint onto your tshirt. The color should start out faint but then get built up as you swirl more and more paint onto your shirt. When the paint seems to stop coloring your shirt, load up the brush again, wipe it off dry, and then continue swirling until your color is saturated.

9 Peel off the stencil

After about 3-4 light coats of swirled paint the color is perfect and the lines on the lettering is nice and crisp!

11 Use painters Tape to mask off the sides

This shirt needs a little something extra so I’ve decided to border the letters using some clovers from the Field of Clover stencil arranged in a square around the main design. Just because the clovers are haphazard on the stencil doesn’t mean I can’t isolate the design for my own creative purposes. To do this I masked off the clovers too close to the ones I’m stenciling to keep my brush from straying.

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Now that’s one lucky tshirt! It’s important to note that if you want to wash your shirt in the future you’ll want to wash it before stenciling. After painting it with the fabric medium you’ll want to let the paint cure for 24-48 hours before washing it. That’s all there is to it!

Get ready for St Patrick’s Day by letting your creativity shine!

Here are links to all of the tools used in this tutorial.

https://mycraftystencils.com/collections/st-patricks-day-craft-stencils/products/kiss-me-im-irish-craft-stencil-by-crafty-stencils

https://mycraftystencils.com/collections/paints/products/americana-acrylic-paint

https://mycraftystencils.com/collections/brushes/products/white-bristle-stencil-brush

https://mycraftystencils.com/collections/spray-adhesive/products/repositionable-spray-adhesive