About Custom Layered Stencils
Layered stencils are a great way to make detailed and dynamic works of art using multiple colors. As always, feel free to contact us if you have questions or need assistance ordering custom stencils.
Selecting a layered stencil size
Our custom stencil sizing guide contains detailed information about selecting the correct size for your layered stencil.
If you have specific size requirements, add a note to your order so we can design it to your exact specifications.
Selecting the Number of Layers
The number of layers you choose corresponds to the number of colors you will use. If you’re giving us a photo or complicated piece of art to recreate, we may separate your file into fewer stencils than there are original colors in the image.
Your proof will represent the separate stencil layers like this:
We can separate your image into however many layers you like. Increasing the number of layers can increase the number of colors used. It can also improve the level of detail. In the next example, see how one file can be designed in different ways.
Each layer corresponds to a color that will be used in the final DIY project.
This painted canvas uses 2 stencil layers:
Registration marks are lines that we cut into your stencil to make it easier to line up the layers when painting. They will be shown on your proof if you select "Yes."
Depending on the design, your stencil may be sent with a "cover piece," which is a stencil layer that helps you paint a clean background. The cover piece is in the shape of your main subject and will be placed over the subject as the last step. Using this piece will ensure a clean background and cover any mistakes made along the way. You don't have to use it but if appropriate, we'll send one along anyway!
Check out how a cover piece finishes this painting nicely: