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"Love Stinks" Tote Bag

DecoArt® Personally Yours™ Stencils

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"Love Stinks" Tote Bag

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Make the perfect break-up gift bag using our new Personally Yours Urban Ink Stencils.

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Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics

  • Almond (DA540)
  • Black Tie (DA539)
  • Dark Scarlet (DA508)
  • Lipstick (DA506)
  • Pink Cadillac (DA503)

DecoArt® Personally Yours™ Stencils

  • Urban Ink - Shadow (6" x 9") (PYU04)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • painter's tape (optional)
  • #2 round brush
  • #10 flat brush
  • pen
  • cosmetic sponges
  • canvas tote bag (large to medium; color of choice)


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Use a pen and the tracing and transfer papers to trace and transfer the entire heart pattern to the tote bag.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use a #10 flat brush and Lipstick to fill in the entire heart. Rinse brush.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Use a #10 flat brush and Almond to fill in the entire scroll. Rinse brush.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Use a #2 round brush and Pink Cadillac to fill in the roses following the contour of each petal. Using the same brush, add a very small amount of Lipstick to Pink Cadillac and use the mix to shade roses. Rinse brush.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Use a #2 round brush and Black Tie to fill in the rays behind the heart. Rinse brush.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Use a #10 flat brush and Dark Scarlet to shade the heart. Rinse brush. With the same brush, mix a small amount of water with Black Tie and shade around the whole heart, a little bit of the banner, and under the banner. Rinse brush.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Place the DecoArt Personally Yours Urban Ink Shadow Stencil in the scroll. (You can use painter's tape to hold or just hold in place with your fingers.) Load a cosmetic sponge with Black Tie and lightly pounce the word "Love" on the top scroll and "Stinks" on the bottom scroll. Wash the stencils.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Use a #2 round brush and Black Tie to outline everything. Rinse brush.
    Step 7 Example
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