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My New Stencil Line, Plus Giveaway

Well, well, the day has finally come! After nearly a year in discussion, design, and development with my new partner Stencil Ease, I’m thrilled to announce the official launch of my new Prettier Plaques stencil series, along with a host of other stenciling accessories and general-purpose stencils from Stencil Ease’s Confection Couture line all to be found on the Stencil Ease site!

I couldn’t be more thrilled about this partnership (the Stencil Ease team is terrific) and how the initial launch designs have shaped up. Thank you to Jim, Stephanie, Catherine, and everyone else on the Stencil Ease team! You are amazing!

Of course, I’ll be adding new stencils to this series each month, and additional series over time, but there’s already lots from which to choose - 16 five-stencil plaque sets, all 80 stencils that make up these sets (sold as separates), 22 general-purpose stencils in the Confection Couture line, and several other stenciling tools including airbrush coloring, offset spatulas, cookie cutters, and stencil holders. The photos here show one small, but sweet sampling of the Prettier Plaques sets that you’ll find, with designs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, all coming just in time!

To celebrate my launch, Stencil Ease and I are giving away $200 worth (!) of these stencils (or other related products on the Stencil Ease site). But, before I get to the giveaway details, let me share a little background about this series - i.e., how it came about, how the pieces work together, and some other cool features.

Bit of Background

You can read about the entire genesis of the Prettier Plaques idea, starting back in May 2014 (yes, it was that long ago, folks!), here, and about how they’re laser-cut at the Stencil Ease facility here. But, suffice it to say that the concept was born from my desire to make stenciled message plaques easier to do and more elegant than ever.

Each of the sets in my Prettier Plaques series contains four stencils and one masking piece. Thanks to the masking piece, backgrounds no longer have to compete with words. Plus, all sets fit the most popular 3- to 4-inch plaque cutters, allowing the backgrounds to display beautifully!

In the video below (and also in instructions here), I show how I typically use these sets to create a fully layered look, but feel free to get creative! All stencils can be used on their own or with others in the set; messages and frames can be mixed and matched with backgrounds in other sets; and all stencils work with both royal icing and airbrushing. In short, it’s all very versatile!

Here are those other cool factoids to know:

  • All stencils are made in the USA with 10 mil food-grade Mylar. Mylar is more durable than the standard plastic used on most other cookie stencils, yet still flexible enough to conform well to cookie surfaces.
  • All stencils are laser-cut, allowing for finer designs that can be cut more quickly.
  • I’m building a how-to video library, where my stencil designs and methods will be fully explained. So bookmark this YouTube playlist pronto! 
  • We’ll be introducing a Stencil-of-the-Month Club in mid-December, which will allow you to get the latest designs ($20 retail value per month) at roughly a 20% discount! Stay tuned for more details!
  • Last but not least, we’ll also be creating an area on the Stencil Ease site where you can upload images of your cookies that use our stencils. But for now, please share them on the Stencil Ease Facebook page, where we’ll then spread them throughout social media if you’d like!

Now, for what you’ve all been waiting for . . . that giveaway!

Giveaway Details

All of the details will be spelled out when you click on the giveaway link below, but, in short, we’re giving away $200 worth of stencils (or stencil-related products)* to one lucky winner, whose name will be randomly drawn after the giveaway close on December 6, 2016 (12 am CT). Anyone, anywhere can enter! 

Best of luck, and thanks in advance for helping to spread the word about my most recent labor of love. (Sharing buttons can be found in the giveaway link and also at the end of this post! )


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wish me luck ... for next time .. im reading this post on 10-04-2017

By ashvin on April 10, 2017

Hi, Ashvin! Unfortunately, you’re a bit late on this one, but please check back here and on my Facebook page regularly, as I do giveaways from time to time.

By Julia M Usher on April 10, 2017

Hi, I just joined your stencil of the month club. I can’t wait to get the first set. I don’t have a clue as to the sets coming out since this is late September 2017. Do you have a list of the stencils coming out?

By Linda on September 27, 2017

Hi, Linda! Thanks for joining my Club! I hope you enjoy it. We don’t publicize anything but the current Stencil of the Month in advance, as each new release is supposed to be a surprise. But you can always find the current Stencil of the Month under that section on my partner Stencil Ease’s site (; then look under Stencil Club to the left). They are migrating to a new cookie stencil-only site, and you can also find the current Stencil of the Month in a similar area on that new site: I’m not sure exactly when you joined the Club, but I suspect they will be sending you the September Stencil of the Month (Gobble), but, to be sure, please check with the service team there (; they handle all of my stencil ordering/logistics. Thanks again!

By Julia M Usher on September 28, 2017