Friends & Family  (6"x18")

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Friends & Family
  • Product Details

    Americana Decor stencils offer a wide variety of high-quality designs suitable for home décor. Styles range from the timeless fleur-de-lis to offerings that are more modern. With designs appropriate for indoor and outdoor projects and a variety of sizes, Americana Decor stencils work for almost any home decorating style.

    All stencils are durable and flexible making them ideal for use with texture products as well as paints. Each design is laser cut to ensure crisp lines, and the font stencils have baseline guide markings for easy alignment.

  • How to use Americana Decor Stencils
    SECURING STENCIL

    Adhere stencil to surface with stencil adhesive spray or a light tack tape such as painter's tape or masking tape.

    ALIGNING LETTERS

    To ensure a stenciled word will be straight, use a ruler and pencil or chalk pencil to lightly draw a line. Follow stencil guide lines to align letters or numbers you are stenciling. Position stencil, tape to secure and proceed to stencil letters. For curved lines, use a round or oval object as a template. Lightly trace around object and then follow the previous instructions above to align the letters. Once paint is dry, erase marks before sealing with varnish.

    PROPER BRUSH LOADING

    Don't overload a stencil brush or foam pouncer. Blot excess paint before applying to prevent paint from seeping underneath the edges of the stencil.

    AFTER PAINT APPLICATION

    Immediately peel stencil from surface to prevent paint from adhering to stencil.

    STENCIL CARE

    Wash stencils as needed throughout the project to prevent paint from drying on stencil edges. This step will ensure clean, crisp edges from start to finish.

  • Tips for Americana Decor Stencils
    BASECOATED SURFACES

    Allow basecoated surfaces to completely dry before stenciling.

    STENCILING ON FABRIC

    Try adding fine grit sandpaper between the backing board and the fabric, grit side up. The fine grit sandpaper will "grab" the fabric and prevent it from moving or shifting while you are stenciling.

    CREATING A REPEATING PATTERN

    When stenciling an overall background pattern or border, it is best to begin stenciling in the center of your surface and work out toward the edges. This will ensure that you end up with an even design that is centered and equal at the edges. After stenciling the center section, lightly mark with a pencil or chalk through the alignment guides on the end where the next section will be placed. Remove the stencil from the painted area and allow paint to dry. Match the alignment guides on the opposite end of the stencil to the marks you have just drawn. The painted stencil area should fit seamlessly with the pattern on the stencil. Secure with tape and continue stenciling in this manner until the border or background is complete.

    USING TEXTURE PRODUCTS

    When using texture products with stencils, be sure to apply with a palette knife or credit card at a 45 degree angle. Let texture products dry completely before antiquing or painting.

    FOR HEAVIER COVERAGE

    Apply two thin coats instead of one thick coat. Allow to dry between coats.

    SEAMLESS LETTERING

    For a non-stenciled look, connect the bridges when finished stenciling. Take a small paintbrush and dip the tip into the same color you used for the rest of the letter. Connect the pieces of the letter. This will ensure your finished project looks clean and professional.

    REMOVING DRIED PAINT FROM STENCIL

    Immerse stencil in water for several minutes. Use a small scrub brush (like a nylon dish scrubber or nail brush) to gently remove paint. Rinse and pat dry with paper towel.

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