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« on: April 03, 2013 05:13:20 PM »



*Note for all former, current, and future employers, I do not condone the use of work time or office supplies for personal projects, this is merely a turn of phrase to emphasize how common the supplies are. 

Supplies:
Computer and Printer (or another source of images to stencil)
Scotch Tape
Scissors and exacto knife
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Something to put your image on (in my case cotton fabric)
Toddler for stealing craft supplies is optional (and not typically found at work)

I bet all these things are currently in/on your computer desk (Ill wait while you round them up so we can begin).

Step 1:  Decide what you want to stencil and steal find some online images that suit your desires (please only do this for personal use, I do not condone stealing others images for selling or anything like that). 

Remember that simple images (ones without a lot of small details or interior parts) stencil better.

Using some fancy photo editing software (like Paint and MS Word) prepare your images for printing by making sure they are the size you want the image to be, and by ensuring you arent wasting a lot of ink printing things you dont need (we don't want to be wasteful of office supplies...). 



Step 2: Gather Supplies (and if a toddler is present, make sure to keep your eyes on the acrylic paint at all timesdont say I didnt warn you)





Step 3: Cut a rectangle around the image leaving a border.



Step 4: Cover both sides with a layer of scotch tape.





Step 5: Cut out the area you want to stencil.  An exacto knife is handy for this but you could use scissors (keep in mind whatever you cut out is where the paint will go).  If your image has interior pieces cut them out careful and keep them for when you stencil. 





Step 6: Place stencil in desired location and apply paint using a stamping sort of motion.  Note: you need to make sure you are holding the edges of the image while painting or it may bleed beyond the edges of your stencil. 





If your image has interior pieces, use your original image (I printed it out a second time) as a guide for placing them on your printing surface.  Use your fingers to hold the pieces in place as you apply the paint (this was awkward and messy, and to be honest didnt turn out all that great). 





Now you not only have unique stencils but a great way to craft while at work, but I didnt tell you to do that. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013 08:56:40 AM »

I love Star Trek!
I love your tutorial (too funny)!
And I love it when people take complicated craft techniques and show how they can be done easily with everyday supplies!
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013 12:17:56 PM »

thanks EerieNoodles, I've been making projects where I want to stencil and wanted to do it with things I already had at home, so this was born. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2013 08:09:50 AM »

Great tutorial!
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2013 01:00:02 PM »

love this tutorial made in the true Craftster spirit-find a way to make it work!  Cute helper you have there too Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2013 06:02:21 PM »

Thanks alteredmommy
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