ARE THESE ADHESIVE, SILK SCREEN STENCILS?
No, the stencils we sell are not like silk screen stencils. They are made with 10mil mylar which is a stiff plastic type material. (no adhesive on the back). They can be washed easily and used over and over again. They are durable and will last a long time if cared for properly.
CHOOSING THE BEST SIZE OF STENCIL:
It’s helpful to know the size of your board or frame before choosing the stencil size. The dimensions listed on each of our stencils refers to the overall size of the actual design or lettering - not the outer edge of the stencil material. Choose a board size that will be a little larger than the design size. If you are unsure; contact us and we can help suggest an appropriate size.
WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED?
Brushes: Stencil brushes are round with short, stiff bristles and a flat edge. They will give you the best results and allow you more control over how much paint is applied. A cosmetic sponge also works really well; or a dense foam roller. (avoid using cheap sponge brushes). A finer tip brush is also useful for small touch ups or filling in spots.
**we sell a 4pk of our favorite stencil brushes (small set)
Paint: water based acrylic craft paints work best. Other types of paint can also be used such as chalk paint, latex paint, mineral paint or even spray paint. It’s best to test them out on a small sample first to see how they ’behave’.
Adhesive: (optional) Elmer’s Spray Adhesive works well to hold down your stencil. (found at Walmart) Spray the back of the stencil lightly and allow to dry til tacky for a few seconds. Any ‘wet’ parts are likely to leave a residue on your board. You can also use low tack tape (painters tape) to help hold the stencil in place and protect from painting over the edge.
Paper Towel : for removing excess paint from your brush and cleanup!
Other tools: paint tray or paper plate for paint / carboard or poster board to practice on
The stencil/paint technique is done best using a DRY stencil brush or cosmetic sponge and dipping it in small amounts of paint. Dab the excess paint off on a paper towel until the brush is fairly dry —this is called ‘offloading’. (if there’s too much paint loaded on the brush it will be more likely to bleed underneath the stencil) You can repeat with multiple coats to get the darkness/intensity that you want. Remove the stencil before the paint is dry. If the paint is allowed to dry with the stencil still over it—it may peel or rip some of the painted areas.
You may also try using spray paint. The results aren’t always as nice—we recommend doing some test pieces before deciding. Make sure to protect the area around the stencil with newspaper or plastic to avoid ‘overspray’. A light spray will help to avoid drips and bleeding underneath the stencil. **Use a spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place when using spray paint**
A small dense paint roller can also provide good results. Make sure the roller has a fine/dense sponge or it will soak up too much paint. Use the same “off-loading” technique by rolling the paint roller over a paper towel or piece of cardboard first to make sure there’s not too much paint on it before stenciling.
STENCILING ON WOOD:
A smooth, sanded surface works best! Paint the wood first if desired and make sure the base coat of paint is very dry and hardened before attempting to stencil. If stenciling light colors over dark colors; try using a thicker paint such as chalk paint for better coverage. (still use really light coats repeating as necessary)
STENCILING ON FABRIC:
Use fabric paint (or add a textile medium to regular craft paint to make it washable). Position the stencil onto the fabric with tape AND use the spray adhesive. Let the paint dry for 24hrs and ‘heat-set’ it with an iron on a low setting (protect the painted area first with a cloth before ironing)
(**be sure to follow instructions as per paint product used) **We’ve heard lots of feedback on a brand of paint called Fusion Mineral Paint. It doesn’t need a sealer or anything added to make it permanent on fabric.
WASHING YOUR STENCIL:
You can use the stencils several times before washing —ut as the paint builds up over time, it may affect the crisp/sharp edges of the letters or design. If you want to wash them after every use; try using a toothbrush and soap/water. You can also soak them first in rubbing alcohol. Use a big tub/container and let the stencil soak for an hour or more before washing. We’ve also heard of products like “Simple Green” or “Amaz” that can work well for cleaning stencils.
Note: If using a spray adhesive on the back of the stencil; it won’t wash off completely. But should not affect the use of the stencil.
STORING YOUR STENCIL:
Try to store your stencil laying flat to avoid causing it to curl or bend. Tip: Lay it between two pieces of cardboard to help protect it.
We're not offering custom design services, but if you want to send us a ready-made design we can cut it for you as a stencil. The design file would need to be as an SVG or .ai format...(or a high resolution .jpg might work too.)
There are many sellers on Etsy, for example, who sell SVG files and who may also offer custom design services. Once you find a file you like send it to us to cut!
Contact us thru email to discuss! firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY ARE SHIPPING FEES SO HIGH?
Our flat rate for shipping is $7.95 Domestic USA. We ship thru UPS as they have provided better custom service, faster delivery and fewer lost packages compared to USPS. Their minimum charge for shipping a small item is $7.95. At that rate we are still covering the cost of the box and packaging materials to help keep the fee low for you. We hope that you will take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING offer with any $50 order.
Our shipping rates for international buyers vary based on size and weight. We give customers an option to use USPS or UPS for international orders.
UPS- Only UPS is insured against lost items, covers taxes and duty, and has a reasonable international delivery time.
USPS is more cost effective initially, but does not come with insurance. Deliveries can take weeks. Customers cover any taxes and duty that may be imposed by there local government.