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Old 09-21-2021, 09:31 AM   #1  
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Is there an alternative to Pixie spray to use with intricate stencils? Elmer's has a Craft 'N Bond spray that is supposed to work permanent or temporary, depending on application. It is available here in Canada from Walmart or Amazon. Has anyone tried it, or something else you would recommend? Thx
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Old 09-24-2021, 11:37 AM   #2  
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Sorry, I haven't used any sprays for my stencils yet. I just bought Pixie spray to see if it would improve some of the intricate stencils but haven't even tried that yet. Hope you find something though. Following for future ideas.
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I will watch as well- after all we did not always have Pixie spray. Before that I might have taped down a stencil but that does nothing for the intricate cuts in the middle.

I might guess there are other temp adhesive sprays from 3m or whatever....a lot art store might be able to answer that.
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I tried the temporary spray adhesives on my stencils years ago and I was not pleased with the after effects. Yes, the sprays held the stencil in place, but after using the stencils there was a sticky residue left on the stencil which was like a magnet to bits and pieces on my work table in addition to the stencil sticking to everything it came in contact with.
To this day I still have sticky stencils after the initial use of the adhesive spray.
I've gone back to taping the stencil down with Scotch removal tape, low tack painter's tape or post it tape.
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Is there an alternative to Pixie spray to use with intricate stencils? Elmer's has a Craft 'N Bond spray that is supposed to work permanent or temporary, depending on application. It is available here in Canada from Walmart or Amazon. Has anyone tried it, or something else you would recommend? Thx
I don’t know if you watch Kelly Latevola-Taylor videos (she’s excellent with copics), but I believe she’s been using tombo mono multi glue for years on her stencils. I believe if you put it on really thin and let it dry, it becomes a temporary adhesive. I’ve never personally tried it, but I think that’s what Kelly has used for a long time. Hope that helps!
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I tried the temporary spray adhesives on my stencils years ago and I was not pleased with the after effects. Yes, the sprays held the stencil in place, but after using the stencils there was a sticky residue left on the stencil which was like a magnet to bits and pieces on my work table in addition to the stencil sticking to everything it came in contact with.
To this day I still have sticky stencils after the initial use of the adhesive spray.
I've gone back to taping the stencil down with Scotch removal tape, low tack painter's tape or post it tape.
Avon Skin So Soft is fabulous for removing sticky residue. I use it on my scissors whenever they get gunky. Some years ago they had individual packets with a wipe with Skin So Soft. I find one wipe lasts me years in the craft room for cleaning scissors, and that's just tucked back into the packet. Never seems to dry out, keeps working just fine. It's my go-to for anything sticky. You can wash the residue off with soapy water.
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I still like paper tape or painter's blue tape for stenciling. A lot depends on the quality and design of the stencils. When choosing new ones, always look for the "bridges" across to join parts of a more intricate stencil. They are less likely to lift up while you are inking if the stencil is more skillfully connected in its design. Think of a simple tree trunk, if the whole vertical trunk is "empty" in the stencil, you may have more trouble inking it.
Hope this helps you....
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My Stencils are Categorized in a Huge Binder that I store flat. After setting up the binder there was a noticeable difference in how well my Stencils sat on my cardstock. I should also admit to being a crafter that cleans all tools as I use them, so I don't fight lumps of paint that collect around stencil openings. My final solution to keeping Stencils flat is using Wendy Vecchi's "Make Art Stay-tion." It comes in two sizes, I use both, and is a metal mat with a white grid. The Stay-tion comes with 4 magnets, you can purchase additional if needed. The magnets really hold well and do not "jump" and attach to each other like standard magnets. With this tool I find using my Stencils a lot more fun. If a stencil does not have much of an outside border, I put painter's tape on all sides, flip the stencil over and add tape on every side again. It is kind of like a frame which I can leave on the Stencil and not remove. It makes using the magnets really easy as it just extends the size of the stencil. So far, after several years, storing my Stencils clean and flat has eliminated any lifting in the center. But if that happens in the future I might try the Tombow Mono as shared earlier. But most likely I will just reach for my temporary two sided tape runner, using it where there is lifting. It just rolls off when I am finished.
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I saw this just today ...

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Default Thanks so much Tawna!

I must admit, my stencil collection doesn't contain anything as delicate as the stencil used in the video, but I am adding this idea to my hints for future use. There are so many applications that come to mind. You have a Winner Tip! 🎯
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This is an interesting tip. I haven't tried it myself yet, but thank you for providing the excellent video and voice instructions. I have a card making relative who loves to use stencils for her cards, so I will pass this idea along (with proper credit) to her.
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I was looking for a way to make an adhesive spry for stenciling on cloth. I do not think this is what I would want to use. Darn!
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karensay, Although it is an aerosol spray, have you tried a quilt basting adhesive spray?
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I was looking for a way to make an adhesive spry for stenciling on cloth. I do not think this is what I would want to use. Darn!
Have you tried a washable glue stick?
Glue sticks are used by quilters to tack down applique to hold fabric in place for sewing.
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I don’t know if you watch Kelly Latevola-Taylor videos (she’s excellent with copics), but I believe she’s been using tombo mono multi glue for years on her stencils. I believe if you put it on really thin and let it dry, it becomes a temporary adhesive. I’ve never personally tried it, but I think that’s what Kelly has used for a long time. Hope that helps!
I’ve done that. I just used tiny drops.
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I buy Scotch Brand Matte Finish Removable Tape with a blue label at Staples (usually online, not often in the store) to hold dies still on cardstock and to hold down edges of stencils. Several short pieces are always hanging from the front edge of my work table so I can get to them quickly. Never a sticky residue, and I reuse some pieces several times before pitching them.
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