This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living. All opinions and ideas are my own.
Today I am excited to share the trick or treat tote that I stenciled this week for my adorable little dinosaur. (Isn’t he just irresistible?) I received a package last week from Martha Stewart headquarters, and when I ripped it open I knew immediately how I would be decorating that tote bag! If you’ve been here before then you know that I am a cutesy Halloween lover all the way!
Here are the goodies that I found in my package: Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Paints, Martha Stewart Crafts Large Mylar Stencils, and a Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Brush. (Best stenciling tool I’ve ever used, by the way. Truly. I have not had great success stenciling in the past, but this brush made it a lot easier than the foam stenciling tools that I have previously used. They always lead to paint bleeding for me.) Also in the package was a box of the Weight Watchers NEW Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss treats. I don’t know about you, but I am a MAJOR snacker when I am working on projects, so a 2 point option to snack on instead of an entire row of a certain type of cookie that I love (true story) . . . well, I can get on board with that! If you would like to try these or any other Weight Watchers treats you can head to tastingisbelievingchallenge.com to get a coupon for 55 cents off of a box of goodies.
Now on to the tutorial!
I knew that I wanted to make a silly pumpkin face on my boy’s tote, and I decided that it could be really fun to use the fancier, star-like stencils for the eyes.
When stenciling, it’s a pretty simple process, but you have to take your time. If you rush, you could use too much paint and it will lead to bleeding, you could accidentally dab paint into the wrong area, or you could smear the paint. Just slow down and enjoy the crafty process!
Place the stencil that you like in the right surface on your tote and tape it in place. I just used masking tape. I also taped over the shapes around the one that I planned to use so that I wouldn’t accidentally stencil past the edges. You can see that above.
Pour some paint onto a paper plate. Dab the brush into the paint and dab it on the paper plate several times to remove excess. Now dab away in your stencil until it is well covered. DAB, not brush! You may have to do a second coat, especially if you are using lighter colors.
It would be easiest to just place the stencil once, stencil away, and then peel it off while it was still wet, but I moved it around quite a bit to make the face. Just be careful and allow some drying time so you don’t end up smearing the paint all over. I was especially excited to use the glow-in-the-dark paint. How cool is that?!
Allow your tote to dry and then give it to your cutie! (Or yourself!)