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Julia's Stencil Launch 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 PlaquesTM 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. Below is one small, but sweet sampling of the Prettier PlaquesTM sets that you'll find, with designs for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, all coming just in time!


Here's what they look like in the packaging! 

Actuals in Packaging

Here's what a few look like on real cookies!


And here's another for Valentine's Day in bolder, brighter colors . . .


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 PlaquesTM 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 PlaquesTM 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 and attached at the end of this post), 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 MylarTM. MylarTM 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 widget 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 widget and also at the end of this post! )

Prettier Plaques Cookie Stencil Giveaway

*NOTE: Shipping is not included in the prize value, and at least half of the prize value must be redeemed in stencils.


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  • A Sampling of Julia's New Prettier Plaques Designs: All designs by Julia M Usher, copyright 2016
  • Stencils in Mock-up Packaging: Photo by Julia M Usher
  • Cookie Trio from Julia's Prettier Plaques Series: Cookies and Photo by Julia M Usher
  • I'm Yours Set from Julia's Prettier Plaques Series: Cookies and Photo by Julia M Usher
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Instructions to Accompany Prettier Plaques Series

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Lovely, Julia.  I'm looking forward to taking a closer look.  I haven't dabbled much with stencils yet.  You're giving me a much needed nudge.  As always, thanks for all you do.


Julia, you said you use the Badger Air Brush, and it looked really easy to use.  Does the gun and the compressor come separately?  I don't see a set of both.

I'm working with the Badger BakeAir, which you can buy with compressor and gun as a set online on Amazon. It is super easy to work with, though I am currently working with them to create a branded Julia Usher model that will be even better - and will be available on my stencil site in a month or so.

I don't have an airbrush but you make me want to run out and purchase one. Your line is gorgeous. The results are perfect. I am sure you will be very successful with your new venture!

Such beautiful stencils! I went on the website to order the "Peace" stencil set, but it wasn't bummed, as that is my favorite. Do you know if it is already out of stock, or just not listed yet? However, I think they are all absolutely GORGEOUS. Such a well thought out product! Thank you!

Congratulations!!! A gorgeous collection, it will be a success for sure Julia! Very high quality and original designs are your watermark, so I am not surprised. I don't have an airbrush, can't wait to use them in unconventional ways!!! ❤️

Shiyanne posted:

Such beautiful stencils! I went on the website to order the "Peace" stencil set, but it wasn't bummed, as that is my favorite. Do you know if it is already out of stock, or just not listed yet? However, I think they are all absolutely GORGEOUS. Such a well thought out product! Thank you!

It will be released in mid-December as part of our Stencil-of-the-Month Club. We'll be releasing a "surprise" stencil set or collection of stencils each month for the club, and, if you've subscribed, you'll be able to get roughly 20% off these stencils. The details for how to join the club will be announced at the time of the Peace set release, so stay tuned!