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  • How to Clean and Care for your Mylar Stencils

    How to Clean and Care for your Mylar Stencils

    Mylar is polyester Mylar (polyester) stencils are lightweight and durable, but paint residue can build up over time, resulting in a blotchy or drippy application of paint. Fortunately, cleaning your mylar stencil is easy. Just follow these steps. What You’ll Need What you’ll need depends on what it is that you want to get off…

  • How to Make a Stencil Card

    How to Make a Stencil Card

    Making a stencil card is easy and fun if you have a craft cutter like a Cricut Explore series. But before we walk you through the steps to create a stencil card, have a look at what the final project could look like. What you’ll need You’ll need a craft cutter, like a Cricut Explore,…

  • How to Paint an Oversize Stencil Using Registration Marks

    How to Paint an Oversize Stencil Using Registration Marks

    In a recent post, we painted a three-panel giraffe to warm you up to multi-panel stencils. Now we’re going to paint a four-panel stencil that uses registration marks on all the corners. It’s easy to follow the video example, but the key steps are shown here. Steps to paint a 3-layer, 4-panel stencil Assuming that…

  • Lionel Messi Stencil Card

    Lionel Messi Stencil Card

    Here’s an interesting DIY project idea: a greeting card that’s also a reusable stencil! Stencils are cool because you can use them almost anywhere. They’re also cool because they’re flat, durable, and can be sent easily anywhere in the world by post. So why not make a card that’s also a stencil? Here’s a look…

  • Holiday cards made with stencils are fast, fun, and infinitely personalizable

    Holiday cards made with stencils are fast, fun, and infinitely personalizable

    This season (okay, every season) we make holiday cards using a smaller sized stencil. This time we made them to fit into an 6″ x 9″ envelope. We like to print on the front and write on the back, so that it’s easy for our loved ones to just plop the card onto the fridge…

  • How To Make Oversize Stencils on your Craft or Laser Cutter

    How To Make Oversize Stencils on your Craft or Laser Cutter

    You downloaded the nifty SVG stencils for Halloween or your favorite band. And you can cut them at up to 12″ x 24″ on your Cricut if you have the extra-long mat (and extra-long stencil material). Take this giraffe for example. It’s a good looking-stencil, but with the giraffe’s head smaller than my hand, it’s…

  • Let’s Stencil…Santa Claus

    Let’s Stencil…Santa Claus

    A perennial holiday favorite, Saint Nicholas makes a great stencil because he is reproducible with just black, white and red paint. If you want to splurge on some reindeer, you’ll need some brown, and if you want to put colored presents in his sack you’ll maybe need a splash of blue or green. Straight up…

  • Versatile Butterfly Stencil

    Versatile Butterfly Stencil

    Sure butterflies are pretty, but it also turns out that ‘butterfly’ is the most often Googled stencil on the Internet right now, so this post should SEO well. Let’s dive in, and check out the video for all the steps! Choosing your butterfly image The Interwebs are a great source of images of butterflies. We’ll…

  • Turn Bricks into Trophies with an Award Stencil

    Turn Bricks into Trophies with an Award Stencil

    Although you can customize and individualize stencils, one thing they’re great at is making a bunch of the same thing. Each year, Alma Alter Theater turns some bricks into enticing awards for their Alteri theater awards ceremony (which was kind of inspired by the Oscar Awards ceremony). This year, we took a break from the…