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This is our favorite: Moroccan inspired allover stencil "Casablanca". Try this trendy stencil design for your next DIY project!
This fashionable modern stencil will look stunning on you accent wall. This stencil, like many of our allover stencils, features easy registration system, just use previously painted parts to align the stencil to get that seamless wallpaper look.
While prior stenciling experience is helpful for allover patterns, even beginner stencilers get great results! This design is recommended for feature/accent wall but also works for furniture and fabric embellishment.
Single overlay allover stencil.
Sheet size: 24x29"
Design measures 21x25.3"
Each "opening" is about 4 3/4" wide and 6.5" tall.
This stencil comes with an additional FREE Top edge part: the upper part of the design cut as a smaller separate stencil. It makes it easy to fill the gaps close to the ceiling line.
We also included a FREE little single stencil, just to help you to get into the tighter places around moldings, light switches, tight corners etc.
If you compare our stencil thickness, size, design quality and prices, you will be amazed at the value that Cutting Edge Stencils offers!
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Also, please watch our step-by-step stenciling VIDEOS on YouTube.
You'll find these short free video tutorials extremely helpful for your stenciling project. Even beginners get great results!
You can stencil with acrylic or latex paint, stencil creams or fabric paint of your choice. Use a foam roller or stencil brush.
We find that it is not necessary to use spray adhesive with stencils. However, if you want to minimize paint seepage or are using high contrasting colors, it is very helpful (Elmer’s spray adhesive seems to be the best). Make sure you shake the can well and lightly mist (not drench) the stencil, and let it dry for a moment before positioning it on the wall. This step will prevent the adhesive residue transferring to the wall. You’ll need to re-mist the stencil after a few repeats. Clean-up tip: Spray the stencil with Simple Green to help to remove adhesive residue.
Don't worry about super perfect alignment: in the end your eye will never ever notice if it's a little bit off. We decorative pros "fudge" allover patterns all the time! The walls in most houses are often not straight, so some "fudging" while stenciling helps a lot. Align the pattern the best you can, level it and roll away. Your eye will never notice the discrepancy. Just make sure not to double-roll the parts that were already stenciled.
About seepage and imperfections: Even with a proper loaded roller and correct technique you might get some minor paint seepage here and there. In most cases it’s not noticeable, especially from a couple of feet away and it can be easily touched up with a small brush. Don’t forget that you’re creating a “hand-painted wall finish”. A few imperfections and some paint seepage here and there are natural and inevitable for this type of work. To avoid seepage, use spray adhesive and less paint on your roller and brush.
Did you know you can stencil your own fabric and use it for curtains, tablecloths, pillows, etc.? When stenciling on fabric, please use stencil adhesive to ensure good results. First, tape your ironed fabric to the surface so it doesn't move around while you stencil. You'll get better results with stencil brushes, but sometimes roller can work too, depending on your fabric. Add some textile medium ( sold in craft stores) to your acrylic paint. You can also get a specially formulated fabric paint, but, frankly, good craft acrylic paint with a dollop of textile medium mixed in works just as well, and costs way less! :) Let the stenciled image dry completely, 24 hours is best, then heat-set it by ironing the fabric for about 20-30 seconds on a LOW setting through the piece of cloth. Heat-setting will cure the paint and will prevent it from being washed off in the washing machine. Always experiment with a sample of your fabric first to ensure good results. We have stenciled on silk, cotton, linen and even sheer fabrics with great results. It's always better if your fabric doesn't have too much texture.
The stencil is made out of durable 12 mil clear plastic stencil material. This material is strong but flexible, reusable and easy to clean. We love it so much more than standard 5-8 mil Mylar! It's not brittle, user friendly and just so easy to work with. In our many years of professional stenciling this material has proven to be far superior to any other stencil material we used. Our customers love it too, and we are sure that you'll notice the difference! Our stencils will last a long time and are a pleasure to use.
Our professional decorative company, Specfin Designs, has been a leader in faux painting for over 20 years in the NYC/NJ Metropolitan area. We have hundreds of original hand drawn designs that we have turned into well-engineered, sturdy stencils that are easy and fun to use. For over 20 years we painted, faux finished, plastered and stenciled in hundreds of upscale homes in the New York metropolitan area as well as other states around the country. So when we say, "We know decorative painting and stenciling" we really mean it :)
You can see many beautiful examples of our work by visiting http://www.specfindesigns.com
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