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Martha Stewart Crafts Classic Serif Alphabet Adhesive Stencil Projects

By: Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
I have always loved to draw and paint but I didn't really throw myself into it until after I had my first son.  I wanted to be a stay at home mom and at the same time be able to decorate the new home we had just purchased. I taught myself how to use power tools and began to build furniture which I would paint and sometimes sell.  What was once a hobby became a new part-time career which I feel so blessed to be able to do.
Personalizing has never been easier than now. Creating fun accessory dishes using Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints and Adhesive Stencils is not only quick, it is also easy to create! Change the look of ordinary ceramics to extraordinary by embellishing with fun borders.
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Skill Level: Beginner


PLAID Supplies
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Opaque Glass Paint - Greek Tile
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Opaque Glass Paint - Hydrangea Purple
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Opaque Glass Paint - Pacific Iris
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Metallic Opaque Glass Paint - Antique Pewter
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Transparent Glass Paint - Bright Sky
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Spray Paint Kit
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Paint Dauber and Roller Set, 6pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Patterning Tape
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Adhesive Stencils - Classic Serif Alphabet
Other Supplies
Assorted candles
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Rubbing alcohol
Foam plate


Instructions for Classic Serif Projects:

  1. Stencil monogram letters Greek Tile, Pacific Iris and Hydrangea Purple Gloss Opaque.
  2. Stencil accent trim and borders in Antique Pewter Metallic Opaque, Bright Sky Gloss Transparent and Hydrangea Purple Gloss Opaque.
  3. Using Martha Stewart Crafts Spray Paint System, paint the solid borders in Bright Sky Gloss Transparent and Hydrangea Purple Gloss Opaque prior to stenciling.  Allow spray paint to thoroughly dry prior to stenciling.

Preparation Instructions:

  1.  Wash ceramic surfaces in warm soapy water to thoroughly clean; rinse well and allow to dry.
  2. Moisten paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe over cleaned ceramic surfaces to remove any remaining dirt, grease or soap film.  Allow to dry.
  3. Peel alphabet stencil from backing sheet; set backing aside and save for future storage.
  4. Position adhesive stencil on glass surface where desired; press in place.

Stenciling Instructions:

  1. Squeeze a small amount of paint onto foam plate. 
  2. Load the flat bottom edge of the foam pouncer with glass paint by dabbing into the puddle of paint.  Dab a few times more on a clean spot on the foam plate to ensure you have the entire foam pouncer loaded properly. 
  3. Holding the foam pouncer as you would a pencil, begin dabbing straight up and down over the opening of the adhesive stencil.  Continue painting until the entire design area has been completed.
  4. Set foam pouncer aside in container of water for cleaning.  While paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift stencil by peeling away from the ceramic surface.  NOTE:  Be careful not to drag stencil while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.
  5.  Continue adding stenciled designs over ceramic surface until desired effect is achieved.  NOTE:  When repeating a stenciled letter, it is best to clean the stencil between uses by rinsing in water and allowing the stencil to dry thoroughly.
  6. To further embellish the stenciled letter, use the writer tip to paint swiss dots on the broad portion of each letter.  Position the writer tip where desired, lightly squeeze the bottle until desired dot size is achieved, release pressure and lift.
  7. Set completed project aside for 1 hour to thoroughly dry.

Curing Instructions:

  1.  All ceramic surfaces painted with Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints should be cured to increase the paint’s durability on glass or ceramic surfaces.  Follow either the Bake to Cure Technique or the Air Cure Technique. 

Bake to Cure Technique – Set dry silkscreened ceramic surfaces into cool oven.  Set oven to 350°F and bake for 30 minutes.  Ceramic surface must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage.  Do NOT place glass in a hot oven.  After 30 minutes, turn the oven off.  Allow ceramics  to cool completely in oven.  Wait 72 hours before using.  NOTE:  Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.

Air Cure Technique – Air dry completed project for 21 days before using.  NOTE:  Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.



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