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Stenciled Fall Collage

October 14, 2014

Stenciled Fall Collage

Whew!! Three craft show weekends in a row! I’m finally able to take a breath and enjoy a little blogging, designing and crafting new things. I am sooo ready.

As promised, here is the process I used for my stenciled fall collage.

I used windows that already had broken glass for my initial collages, but since they were such good sellers at my shows, I ended up removing perfectly good glass from additional windows to make more.

I got out my stash of fall word stencils and placed them inside the frame of a window until I had a pleasing arrangement. I then took a picture of the arrangement so that I would remember when I was ready to actually stencil.

The frames were cleaned and dry brushed with orange paint. I added a lighter dry brushing of brown paint to tone down the brightness of the orange.

I turned the frame with the back side facing up and measured from one outside edge to the opposite one. After subtracting a couple of inches, I cut scrap wood to fill the window space.

Before attaching the boards, I dry brushed the fronts and backs using off white paint. The side edges were not painted. Each board was then glued and stapled to the window frame to secure.

Finally it was time to stencil. I repositioned my stencils. Determined the colors I would use for each one. Then I painted them. With most stencil projects, you really don’t know what you have until you remove your stencils. This one was no different, but I was very pleased with the results.

I added hangers to the back and it was done.


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  1. Wow makes me wish we were going to be in a craft show so I’d have good reason to make those signs, they’re perfect. Smart idea using window frames for sign frames if you have lots of windows.
    Love your pumpkins and signs, all of it from last year, went to look at that post also. Great stuff, would you mind if try to copy things as much as I can as I won’t have same materials to work with. Happy Fall
    Did you sell everything at 3 craft shows? Hope so. You make such cute stuff.
    If you decide to reply please do so to my email address

  2. How in the world to you cut your stencils so the middles stay in (like the middle of the a, the e, the o) I cannot for the life of me figure that out! Very cute idea by the way!

    1. I cut my stencils using my Cricut cutter. Before I remove the cut card stock from the mat I weed out the parts I don’t want. I then cut slivers of masking tape and make little bridges between the centers I want to keep and the outer edges of the letters. When everything is finally connected I remove the whole thing from the mat. You might think they would be pretty fragile, but most of my stencils I have used at list a dozen times (and still counting). I’m sure I’ll have to replace them eventually, but I haven’t had to yet.

    2. I have tried and tried with my new cricut air to make stencils..there is some weld and slice thing but I can’t find any help to do it..masking tape sounds hard but may try it

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