(originally posted in more art less craft but moved because, hey, stencils!)
many of us learned this in middle school: if you use the edge of your fingernail to peel the silvery stuff off gum wrappers (carefully, of course, without crinkling or wadding it), you can use the back of your nail to press it flat against other things. awhile ago, i was trying unsuccessfully to quit smoking and i found myself bored out of my mind with some stencils and a few dozen gum wrappers that i'd saved for god knows what reason. so of course i decided it was time for a crafty project.
for this guy here, i traced a stencil i'd made of elvis onto a piece of thin, uncorrugated cardboard. veeeeeery carefully, i pressed the silver stuff inside the stencil lines, using my fingernails to define the rough edges. it took damn near forever, but i finally got it! the facial features were too delicate for that particular medium, so i just used sharpie to color them in. i like the two-tone better than i would have liked monotone, too, so it was a lucky break.
numero dos (sorry it's flipped on its side):
same thing, except i stenciled it onto the side of my bookshelf, right next to the pillow on my bed. i woke up the next morning, saw my beautiful deer-head stencil, and felt happy. then i got up and realized how badly my back ached from hunching over to do this project for like four hours, and then felt a little sad.