One-Time Use Vinyl Stencils

January 28th, 2011

We have been making Custom Lettering Stencils for years.  Today it’s not just custom lettering!  You want designs with style!  So we’ve expanded and will be adding 100’s of new designs cut as one-time use vinyl stencils.  Vinyl stencils make beautiful and affordable focal points for any room and the possibilities are endless. 

How To Apply

Complete instructions follow.  In this example, we will assume you are going to center the design on the wall. Measure the wall and divide by two.  Lightly mark the center line with a pencil.   Position the marked center line of the  stencil on this mark.  If your stencil is cut in sections, be sure the stencil pieces butt against each other.  For horizontal placement, use a level and the lines marked on the sides of the stencil.  To hold the stencil in place, tape across the top edge with low-tack painters tape (usually blue.)  The stencil is a sandwich of three layers.  Once the stencil is in place flip it up so you are looking at the back as shown at right.

Carefully pull off the back layer as shown making sure you do not remove the letter centers (a, b, d, e, g, o, p, & q), as they need to stay in place.  Don’t panic if any pieces are left on the backing paper.  Simply remove the centers one at a time, turn over and place back in the appropriate space or letter.

Once the backing is removed, hold the stencil in each of the bottom corners and carefully fold down to the wall.  Firmly press the stencil to the wall (we’ve used a wall scraper, but a credit card will work just fine) making sure it is securely attached.

Next, remove the top layer called transfer tape.  Again, you will want to make sure that the letter centers remain in place on the wall and are not removed with the transfer tape.  If removed simply position back in the proper letter.  The remaining layer is the stencil.  Make sure it is lying flat to the wall surface.  

We recommend you place blue painters tape over the sections that butt up to one another to insure that no paint seeps in where a gap may be present.  Use painter’s tape to protect the outside edges as well.

General Stencil Instructions

Loading the brush – Use craft acrylic paint and apply a quarter size dab of paint onto a Styrofoam plate.  Dip your stencil brush straight down into the paint.  Using a circular motion, rub the brush on a double layer of Bounty® paper towel folded in half.  Continue until all the wet paint is off the brush.  Look at the bristles of the brush.  If you see wet paint, you will need to rub some more.  The brush should look dry.  Stenciling is a dry brush technique.  Too much paint and it will seep under the stencil.  Remember when stenciling, you will waste more paint than you will use.   

Applying the paint – Keep the brush perpendicular to the surface and either tap/pounce or swirl the surface of the stencil.  In most cases you will simply fill in each letter with paint.  If you wish to shade the edges, use a smaller stencil brush and a complimentary or darker color and just hug or tickle the edges of the stencil.   A sample will be included with your stencil for you to practice your technique. 

Once the stenciling and shading are complete, gently remove the stencil.  We recommend you pull the stencil material at an angle working from a top corner to the opposite lower corner.  The stencil material cannot be replaced once removed.  It will most likely tear or stretch when being removed.   This is why it is a one-time use stencil.

Almost Done!

The last step is to gently lift off the letter centers using tweezers, a pin or a craft knife. 

 

If you stenciled letters, unlike a traditional stencil, these will look like you hand-painted each one on the wall.  With vinyl stencils, the possibilities go far beyond quotes on the wall.  They truly are

. . . another easy way to decorate with paint!

If you prefer not to use paint, choose Vinyl Wall Decals . . . designs that stick.

Think Spring birdhouse SALE!

January 26th, 2011

Today is a grey day!  I’m not a big fan of grey days.  Snow on the ground but, it’s not white snow.  It’s old snow, grey snow.  Days like this don’t inspire.  Days like this make me wish for spring.  So I got an idea . . .

 . . . stencil a birdhouse or two and announce a spring SALE!  Inspire!  All birdhouse stencils on my website stencils4u.com are on SALE!  Half Price!

This photo was added to our website by Julie Krefta from StencilSearch.com who stenciled two birdhouses #714 and #716  (size Lg.) from our collection with #1419 Pole with Vine in a mudroom.  What a great way to brighten a room. 

Gotta run . . . off to design some cute little birds.  Happy Stenciling!

Stenciled Elegance

January 17th, 2011

Once upon a time, I had a retail stencil shop in Chesterfield, Missouri which gave me the opportunity to meet so many talented people.  Partners -n- Paint was a partnership of great girls, who truly are decorative painting pro’s.  They had two favorite Heart of the Home stencils that they purchased over, and over, and over, again. They would tell me they used them so much, they just wore them out.  Here’s an example of the stencils shown decorating the walls of  a St. Louis area interior design showroom. 

Rococo Panel A #1650 and Rococo Panel B #1651 were stacked to create a kind of damask stripe on the wall.  The walls were faux finished and then stenciled with glaze rather than paint for a softer look.  They then removed the stencil and highlighted the edges on one side using a mixture of paint and glaze applied with an artist brush. Now get out the hot glue gun and bling it up!  They finished by embellishing the design with jewels purchased at a local craft store.

We are so lucky to live in a world of convenience.  In the old days, if you were out & about and saw inspiration, you had to either carve the image into your memory bank or run home, get your camera and go back.  Today we just hold up our phone and click.  Image captured.  With a picture, I share!   Hopefully, I “Inspire!”

A special thank you to Melodie Shocklee and Dawn Hoeber of Partners -n- Paint for making Heart of the Home Stencils look so elegant and beautiful.

I see the moon . . . Baby Nursery

January 16th, 2011

One morning, a few years back a customer called our studio with a question.  She asked if stencil #1735 I See the Moon would make a good border.

 

Hhhhmmm, now the way the stencil is cut, the way I envisioned it to be used is as a focal point above a crib or dresser.  Personally, I thought the letters rather small for using as a border and I shared my honest opinion.   The debate went on . . . . . I couldn’t change her mind and you know, the customer’s always right, right?  I told her that when she was done, to please send a picture, I’d love to see the finished room. 

A month or so later, a photo arrived.  WOW!  The customer, Cindy Villa was RIGHT! Here’s her Nursery Project. 

What a great way to make small letters look larger.   She taped out what looks to be a 6+ inch border, painted it dark blue then cut the stencil apart and placed the poem in the painted area scattering random stars in both the border and on the wall.  A ribbon border similar to #1719 Squiggle Border was used to edge both sides of the painted section and #1731 Hanging Star completes the theme.

We were so impressed we included Cindy’s photo as an “Inspire” idea in our print catalog for years and now we are adding it to our blog.  It’s one of those timeless themes that’s just perfect for a decorating a baby nursery.

Construction Zone Mural

January 14th, 2011

No Worries – Paint a Mural!

If you’ve been thinking about trying you hand at mural painting there is no better place to begin than a child’s room.  These pictures should “Inspire” you.  It couldn’t be simpler than this “Construction Zone” mural by Nancie Chopp. You can be an artist too when you use stencils!   A kids room makes the perfect canvas.  Kids won’t care if you make a little boo boo here or there, they will absolutely love your work of art! 

 Nancie used the elements of #1707 John Casey’s Road Construction.  We’ve added a set of registration marks for each of the vehicles so you can cut the stencil apart and use each truck as an individual element rather than a repeating border. 

The mounds of dirt are easy to create.  Buy a roll of kraft paper or recycle brown paper grocery bags.  They work great.  Draw various mound shapes both big and small and cut them out. Next, use a large stencil brush and brown paint to create dirt.  Let’s begin by using a shield.  Take the reverse side of the mound shape and tape it to the wall.  This paper will protect the surface where you don’t want paint.  In the area below the shield you will make dirt.  Load your brush with brown paint and be sure to off-load the brush so it’s very, very dry.  Sweep across the wall to apply paint. 

Once the wall is lightly covered with brown go back in and use a pouncing motion to create texture.  Pounce a slightly darker shade of brown to give it depth.   Finish by shading along the edge of the brown paper bag.  Hold various shield shapes to the wall and shade along their edges to create the hills.  Just remember that what is behind (farthest away) will be darker and what is closest will be the lightest.  And don’t forget the cheat sheet . . . . . print Nancie’s mural picture to use as an example.

Now wait . . . Nancie wasn’t done yet!  We said mural!  She also used stencil #1706 Construction Worker to complete the scene.   This is another one of those timeless themes for decorating a little boys room.  Little boys love, trucks, and dirt and all things construction.  And what a great use of wall space.

 

Pro Tip:  The construction worker is proportionately larger than the construction vehicles.  If you use both stencils on the same wall make sure to place the construction worker in front of the trucks, making the trucks in the foreground.  Same if you are using both elements as a border.  Place the construction worker a bit lower than chair rail height then have the border of trucks running at about his shoulder (chair rail height.)  This way, the trucks appear to be in the distance and sized appropriately. 

 

You’re invited to be a part of our blog

January 10th, 2011

 

Inspire!

 

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Inspire is all about sharing your artful life using stencils and decals.  We want to share stories and showcase the creative things that our friends all around the world are doing with paint and stickers.  There are five senses, but I am very visual.  I just need to see it!  Show Me!  I’m inspired!  I just love, love, love to see what others are doing.  I could get lost on the internet all day long (somedays I do) just surfing google images. 

This is an open invitation . . .  if you enjoy decorating your home . . . . . . or you “WOW” your friends with your artful creations and just wanna brag then share it with us.  We would love to feature your walls, projects, or work of art on our blog “Inspire!”  Send us the fab photo(s) and with your permission, we will treat you to a small gift and what’s even more fun, we will make you iFamous!!! 

Then we’ll all have something to tweet about!