I found the MR & MRS stencil in our sale bin. If we make mistakes when cutting our stencils they are posted on our web site under 'Special Offers' However, I kept this one to decorate cushions with. I decided that Mr & Mrs would be stencilled onto each of three cushions and placed beside each other. Whilst searching for feather pads and fabric in my store room I discovered a pair of new pillow cases. So, armed with a handful of stencils, some SprayMount, fabric paints and a length of cardboard I set about transforming the pillow cases into something that may bring a smile as an anniversary or wedding gift.
Firstly the fabric should be washed and pressed. Any creases on the fabric will be exaggerated after paint is applied so iron it with care. Cut a piece of smooth cardboard a little smaller than the cushion or pillow case.
Apply a fine mist of 3M SprayMount over one surface of the board, insert it under the top layer of material then smooth the fabric onto the slightly tacky surface to hold it in place.
A light layer of the SprayMount is misted onto the back of the stencil and that too is pressed into position onto the fabric.
Now stencil the letters with a light coloured or metallic paint, I chose True Gold stencil paint because it gives consistently good results.
Take the paint from the lid of the pot so that only a small amount is picked up by the stencil brush. Distribute the paint evenly over the bristles by rubbing them in circles onto paper towel. The circular action dries the tips of the bristles too.
Work the brush through the stencil using the same circular brushstroke.
I stencilled 'MR' but left the '&' until later.
With the letter stencil still in position I placed a pattern stencil over it then stencilled through both layers with a random application of blue and crimson paint.
A separate stencil brush needs to be used for each colour. I used one each for gold and the other colours. Again, the paint must be applied lightly, build up the colour gently rather than risk leaky edges by applying wet paint.
Remove the stencil to reveal patterned gold letters. Now repeat the process with '&' and 'MRS'. I stencilled over the ampersand stencil with a tile pattern called OTT36 from our Ottoman Collection.
I am so sorry that I can no longer post 3M's SprayMount to customers because of postal restrictions. It is the only spray adhesive that I recommend when stencilling onto fabric, however it is found in stores that sell art and office supplies. Also, it can be ordered and collected from our office. To buy a similar 'Mr & Mrs' stencil look at our In Your Own Words selection of lettering stencils. One only needs the letters 'MRS &' The pattern stencils were ones that I keep in my storeroom for projects such as this one.