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Friday, September 7, 2012

Istencils Review & Giveaway

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As a crafter- Stencils are a must have in my craft room. I’m not sure how I would survive without them. I love working with different stencils and stenciling different objects.

I can’t beautify without stencils because I can’t draw a LICK! I really can’t. This is just something that GOD left off on my talent list. I can sew, crochet, write, and multitask so efficiently that people actually stare- but I can’t draw.

I was amazed at how many different choices of stencils they had. I probably spent more than 45 minutes just looking and browsing around before I actually chose something. I loved all of the designs! AND they are very high quality with different sizing options which made it 10x better.

Even if you’re looking to stencil an entire yard of fabric- they have a size for that! How amazing is that?

When they came in the mail- I was SO excited! This time I chose stencils, brushes, and some paint, so I got a rounded out version of everything they had to offer.

I ended up choosing 4 stencils.

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I love all of these stencils. They worked like a dream. They are so much thicker than normal stencils, that it kept the paint from bleeding underneath the stencil and blending together.

 

Graffiti Star

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I love this! It really did looked like a distressed star. So all of the work that I done with this stencil looked so antique and beautiful!

I did a light blue metallic paint outside with a gold star inside. There are just so many inspiring possibilities when working with this amazing stencil. Everybody is loving the Primitive look- so this star could get me a lot of customers if I used it on totes, pillows, placemats..

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Heart Design Wall Stencil

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This says it is for a wall stencil, but I have made full on patterns for totes and pillows with it. It doesn’t have them spaced too far together, so I could do one color, another color, the first color, and keep going.. so that it isn’t just one color throughout the entire stencil.

It looks amazing even with just one color. I am loving this design. It didn’t seep through the bottom of the stencil and blend together like some other stencils I’ve used that had a repetitive design.

Guitar Handle Stencil

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Who seriously doesn’t love to rock out? Maybe it’s in public, in the car, or at home while cleaning- but everybody LOVES music.

I am a big music fan, and couldn’t resist this amazing stencil. I paired it with the baby blue metallic paint and wa-lah.

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I was going to do separate colors for each guitar handle, but when I was doing this I had kids hanging all over me and scared they were going to knock paint into the floor- so this one didn’t turn out all that well. It was my fault not the stencils fault!

Ribbon Heart

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How many times have you seen or DONE hearts with names in a ribbon? The truth? Uh-hum—more times than you can count probably. Especially when in high school or college.

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I was truly amazed at how well this came out. I blended red with green and the colors didn’t smear at all. I didn’t even give the red time to dry before adding in the green. This is absolutely stunning. I plan on making shirts for the kids with their names in the ribbon.

This is also a stencil that will be used on pillows, pant bottoms, pockets, and totes. Simply beautiful design!

I will totally order more designs. I am already thinking and drooling about all the other beautiful designs they have and which ones I am going to be saving for. I want to order a large amount at a time though, so I have more designs for my business.!

All of these stencils are easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store. Before the paint dries on the stencils, run them under hot water and wipe down with a soapy washcloth and viola the paint comes right off!

I love the smaller 5X5 format- and the animal prints are next on my list!!

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There are tons of sizing options and it’s available for every stencil.

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Other than just stencils, they also sell paints and brushes.. which I ordered some! =)

I ended up getting 2 paint brushes.. because there is nothing like using a brush specifically FOR what you’re doing. The paint brushes I had is nothing compared to these! These work AMAZING with the stencils!

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I got the PaintBrush 8 and Paintbrush 12.  Both of these paintbrushes are VERY high quality. If you wash the tip of the brush after every single use, it is guaranteed to last a very long time.

Brush 12 is bigger than Brush 8, so I use the 12 to do the bigger work on the stencils and the 8 to do the detail work. I can’t complement these brushes ENOUGH! They work perfectly with stencils. They are shaped sort of like makeup brushes so that you can dab the paint in without the paint escaping under the stencils.

I can’t believe I had been stenciling with regular paint brushes.. using these are JUST not the same.

I got 5 paints. All in metallic colors.. and they are fabulous. Of course, I am dying to try the amazing acrylic paints. BUT I’ve never had the chance to work with metallic paints before and wanted to give it a go!

The colors I chose were.. (Click on the banners to see the paints on the website)

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These colors are all hinted with a sparkle to it. I loved this. I have never seen options of metallics where I live. I need to start shopping online for crafting items more.

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About Istencils:

We have one of the largest online selections of stencils for home decor, custom clothing and more, including many different wall stencils, letter stencils,graffiti stencils and airbrush stencils.

iStencils is a collection of select artworks of different artists from all over the world. Every iStencils stencil is masterfully laser cut from the highest quality materials by the friendly folks at stencilsonline.com, for user friendly, hassle free stencils that anyone can use. Most of our stencils are made from durable (yet highly flexible) 7 mil Mylar which is strong enough to use again and again, but thin enough to achieve incredible detail wherever you choose to stencil. All of our stencils are reusable and easy to clean, and with proper care, your stencils will last a lifetime.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 

Thanks for dropping by,

 

♥ Jessica renee

 




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Jessica is the writer behind Sweet Southern Mama. She is the mother of 2 adorable kids- Aidan, 7 and Adisyn, 5. She lives in Kentucky with her fiance and kids. She loves designing blogs, reading, writing, crafting, all things electronic, photography, and spending time with her family.

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