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Pretty Border Stencils Desk Accessories

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
Why work at a boring desk? Create cheerful desk accessories and your work area will be more manageable and organized. Using Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Stencils along with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic paints can help you achieve this.
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Skill Level: Beginner


PLAID Supplies
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Habanero
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Yellowjacket
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Root Beer Float
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint - Wedding Cake
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 6oz Multi-Surface Chalkboard Paint Acrylic Craft Paint - Gray
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Foam Pouncers Set - 6pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Utility Brush Set - 3pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Pretty Borders Adhesive Stencils
Find these items in the Plaid Store!
Other Supplies
Desk accessories of yoru choice
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam plate
rubbing alcohol
Fine grit sandpaper


Desk Accessory Instructions:
1.    Basecoat wood surfaces either Root Beer Float or Gray Chalkboard paint.  Stencil Wedding Cake borders.

2.    Use an oval or rectangle border stencil to create a label design, paint Gray Chalkboard paint and embellish with pretty borders using Habanero and Wedding Cake.

Preparation Instructions:
1.    If preparing wood:  basecoat, allow to dry, sand smooth and reapply base color. 

2.    If preparing glass:  wash glassware in warm soapy water to thoroughly clean, rinse well and allow to dry.  Moisten paper towels with rubbing alcohol and wipe over cleaned surface to remove any remaining dirt, grease or soap film.  Allow to dry.

3.    Position adhesive stencils on project surface where desired; press to secure in place.  

Chalkboard Instructions:
1.     Using stencil tape, measure and mask straight lines for chalkboard areas.  Load utility brush with Gray Chalkboard paint and apply a thin, smooth coat of paint; allow to dry.  Reapply two more coats of chalkboard paint allowing ample drying time between applications.

2.    Condition chalkboard paint prior to writing on the label with chalk.  To condition:  lay a piece of chalk on its side and wipe over the entire label area.  Wipe away chalk dust using a moist paper towel and allow to dry.

Stenciling Instructions:
1.    Squeeze a small amount of paint onto a foam plate or palette.

2.    Load a foam pouncer with paint by dabbing into the puddle.  Dab a few times more on a clean spot on the foam plate to ensure you have the entire foam pouncer properly loaded with paint.  Holding the foam pouncer as you would a pencil, begin dabbing up and down over the opening of the stencil.  Continue stenciling until the entire design area has been painted.  Set the foam pouncer aside and immediately lift the adhesive stencil to reveal the stenciled design.

3.    Continue stenciling until the desired effect is achieved.

4.    Set completed project aside to thoroughly dry.

Curing Instructions:
 All project surfaces painted with Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Paints should be cured to increase the paint’s durability.  To cure the paint on glass surfaces, follow either the Bake to Cure Technique or Air Cure Technique.

Bake to Cure Technique – Set dry silkscreened glassware into cool oven.  Set oven to 350°F and bake for 30 minutes.  Glass 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 glass 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.
Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.