Thursday, September 6, 2012

Paris Postage Stamp Stencil Project

Last month I was so happy to hear that I was the lucky winner of a $50 gift certificate from Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio.  Karena from Art by Karena was offering this fabulous giveaway on her beautiful blog and I jumped at the chance to be able to choose from all the fun and creative stencil designs.

It was a tough decision, but I finally chose these two stencils:  Paris Postage Stamp and Postmark.  I couldn't settle on which wall I wanted to stencil, so I decided to take another approach.  I love the look of the postmark across the stamp, but it will have to wait for next time because it was too big for this project.

I always pick up used cork boards at yard sales when I see them for a couple of dollars or less, it's so much cheaper than buying them new.  I already had the vintage frame that got the ASCP treatment a while back, so I just had to cut the cork board to fit the size of the frame.

The size of the stencil was perfect for this frame.

I cut a piece of burlap several inches larger than the cork board, then taped the stencil to the burlap with three small pieces of painters tape to hold it in place.  It's not necessary to tape the entire stencil down because you'll want to check your progress from time to time.

I used a very small amount of black acrylic paint from the craft store, a good quality 1" stencil brush, and a tapping "dry brush" method.  Be sure to have plenty of paper towels on hand for wiping off any excess paint on your brush.  Too much paint will seep under the stencil and make a mess of your project.   There are so many different methods for stenciling and Royal Design Studio has some wonderful tutorials here.  Doesn't it look like I need to use more paint on the burlap?

After removing the stencil you can see that there's plenty.....a little paint goes a long way.

I used spray adhesive to attach the burlap to the cork board and wrapped the excess around the back.  Now it's ready to be a bulletin board...

...or a framed piece of art for your wall.
A BIG thank you and a high-five to Karena and Royal Design Studio for your generous giveaway.

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28 comments:

  1. A true treasure. How beautiful, I want one! You are right about the appearance for the need of more paint, I sure thought that seeing the process, before you even mentioned it. Thank you for sharing.

    Sherrie

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  2. This is gorgeous! Oh my I am in love with this!!! Hugs, Linda

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  3. Betsy,
    Love that stencil!And you project looks so pretty.Burlap,white and french all looks beautiful together!
    xx
    Anne

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  4. I do like it - a LOT! I agree it can be used as a bulletin board or piece of art. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  5. Betsy I love how this Paris Project turned out!!

    Perfect and I really love how you can be so creative with stencils, use them again and again. Even make gifts for our Francophile friends!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  6. This is really lovely-I want one!

    Emily @ Design and Nonsense

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  7. Ohh la la, fabulous Betsy!!!!

    Ohhhh, there is a great pickin site tomorrow but too far for me to drive, well, alone . . . still thinking about it though!!!!

    My consolation is Sunday is the Sacto flea . . .

    Hope you have a great weekend!!!

    xoxo

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  8. Super sweet simple message board! I would never have come up with that perfect little project, Betsy - that is why you are so cool to me.

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  9. What a fantastic stencil project, Betsy--I just love this idea, and I will file it away to try it out myself!

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  10. Nice job, Betsy. Burlap can be tricky. Love it.

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  11. This is so awesome! And such a great tip to buy the cork boards at yard sales and then cut to size.

    Have a great weekend!

    Angela

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  12. Love this project. It made your corkboard so much more interesting.
    Mary Alice

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  13. I love this! I would have totally thought it needed more paint but it is perfect. Thank you for showing that technique.

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  14. Looks great! Good choice on the stencils. I'd love for you to share it at my party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I hope you can stop by!
    Leslie

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  15. Oh, my! That is just perfect! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from French Country. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  16. I love how you chose to use the stencil. It turned out pretty.

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  17. How great to have a big stencil like that. I love what you did. It's so much better than a plain bulletin board! Would love to see something with the postmark too. I love postmarks...
    Liz

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  18. Awesome! I love the idea of wrapping burlap over the cork. What a great look and project. Congrats on your prize!

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  19. How clever! This is a charming piece.

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  20. What an awesome project, Betsy! Turned out beautifully!

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  21. This turned out great! I also love all of your repurposed goodies form the previous post especially the shakers.
    Happy belated birthday! Sorry it took so long to get back to you.
    Faye

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  22. This explains why you won Betsy. This great art work would not have been possible. But then again, I always believe and admire your talent Betsy.

    Have a great week

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  23. Super simple (at least you make it look easy) with a great wow factor!

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  24. Adorable! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  25. LOVE this! I have to get me some of those stencils!

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