Materials for this project were provided by Plaid Crafts and Mod Podge Rocks! All opinions are most definitely my own!
It's time for a Math lesson. I hate Math, so no worries: this one's easy!
Mod Podge + stencils + glitter + Amy Anderson = Mod Podge Rocks Stencils
Amy Anderson, the awesome creative force behind the Mod Podge Rocks! blog, came up with a fantastic way to stencil designs easily with glitter. How? Using Mod Podge, of course, with her new line of adhesive-backed stencils!
These stencils fill a definite need in crafting with glitter, and come in six trendy designs:
Aren't they fun?
I've seen quite a few projects on Pinterest using these stencils and was super-excited to get a chance to try them out myself.
I chose the Skeleton Keys stencil for my project.
Other supplies needed for this project include: Mod Podge Spouncers, Mod Podge Podgeable Glitter, and a Mod Podge formula of your choice - I used Antique Mod Podge. I also used a very small paint brush - think small makeup brush - to brush away excess glitter, which I'll discuss in just a bit.
Here's a closer look at a Mod Podge Spouncer, which is used to apply the Mod Podge to the stencil:
The Mod Podge Podgeable Glitter comes in a small tube. Remove the cap and you have an open point, as shown below. This pointed cap also unscrews, so any extra glitter can easily be funneled back into the tube. No waste! And who wants to waste glitter?
What's also simply awesome about these small glitter tubes is that when gently squeezed, they sort of "poof" out little spurts of glitter in a controlled way. I was surprised at how effective this not-really-impressive-to-look-at little tube of glitter was. A really great idea!
Vintage Key Wall Art Tutorial
When I received these materials and saw the purple glitter, I wasn't sure what I'd come up with. But after staring at my paper stash for quite awhile, my eyes landed on a box of shelf paper which is in my stash because I love the vintage-style print. It was a perfect match.
Step One: Using Antique Mod Podge, I decoupaged the shelf paper onto an 8x10 artist canvas, wrapping the paper around onto the back frame of the canvas as shown below. Smooth it out as best you can and let it dry. If there's any wrinkles, however, it will just add to the vintage look of this piece!
Handy tip: I always use wax paper on top of any Mod Podged flat surface when I'm smoothing it out: glue can't stick to my fingers, and any glue that gets onto the wax paper won't stick back onto the project either.
Step Two: Using a sanding block, sand the paper to give it more of a weathered and worn appearance. I sanded more heavily in some areas than others, and love how it began to resemble vintage wallpaper. Wipe away any sanding dust with a soft white cloth.
Once the decoupaged canvas was dry and sanded, it was time to stencil!
Step Three: Using a spouncer, I applied the Antique Mod Podge onto the stencil. Work quickly, so the Mod Podge doesn't begin drying. As soon as the Mod Podge is applied, carefully lift up the stencil and set aside.
Step Four: Using the Podgeable Glitter, cover the Mod Podge stenciled image with glitter. Make sure to have paper underneath your project to make it easy to catch the excess glitter when you're tapping and brushing it off later.
Step Five: Take your small brush and carefully brush away as much of the excess glitter as you can, without touching the wet Mod Podged areas. Here's what mine looked like after my initial brushing:
Step Six: Once everything is dry, use the same tiny brush and remove the rest of the excess glitter. What I loved about this step is that I was able to use my brush gently even on the stenciled keys, without losing any of the glitter on the designs.
Here's a close-up shot of one of the cleaned-up keys:
That's all there is to it!
In a short amount of time, you have a pretty stenciled design in glitter! I spaced out the different keys across my canvas, moving from left to right, so there wasn't any waiting time needed for each key to dry.
Optional tip: to avoid glitter coming off your project, spray with a light coat of sealer.
Here's the canvas hung on one of our mocha-colored living room walls:
And here's a detail shot so you can see how the glittered skeleton key design looks up close:
I love how it turned out, and that I was able to make something using glitter that still retained a vintage feel! Because the stencils are adhesive-backed, they won't let any glue seep underneath and you can also use these stencils on curved surfaces like mason jars and vases.
Fun tip: Try using sand instead of glitter, for a different effect!
You can read more details on the stencils on Plaid Craft's website here. And to see a never-ending supply of awesome ideas from Amy Anderson herself, definitely visit her blog: Mod Podge Rocks!
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