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Pocket Stencil With a Credit Card

All of us get them. One of those "your name here" false credit cards that try to convince you to buy a real one. Most people simply toss these in the trash. But you don't, right? That's wasting! That's filling up the landfills! No, both you and I know that there's plenty of potential in those pocket-able pieces of plastic. Here's one of their many uses.

A stencil! Who doesn't love a good stencil? Here's a neat, green (not in color, in the eco-friendly sense. Although I suppose it could be both), free stencil that can get the job done.

This is my submission to the Pocket-Sized contest! Although I'm sure there'll be plenty of great entries out there, I'd love a few votes for my first instructable!

**Don't use this to tag somebody else's property or vandalize anything. If you do and get caught, don't come crying to me.**

**There are sharp objects used in the creation of this stencil. Be a big kid and practice knife/pointy object safety**
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

A relatively simple project, you will only need:

-A fake credit card (I suppose a real one could work. I haven't tried)
-A sharpie/marking tool of some sort
-An x-acto knife/knock-off x-acto/something similar
-An ordinary tack

that's all that's required, although I would recomend:
-A styrofoam block or something similar to work on top of
-A bag that the card will fit into (mine was part of packaging that would've been thrown away. Reuse!)
-Some tape, just in case of an accident
-A plan! I didn't have one, but I suppose you could if you'd like

if you chose to build the graffiti pen:
-a permanent marker
-a regular pen
To expand upon what Kiteman said, I think pocket-sized paint would be ideal. You can find a little pocket-sized spray bottle at most art supply stores- I use one to put up stickers. It's easily concealable and holds a fine amount of liquid.
Damage, Inc. (author)  SirBrittanicvs4 years ago
isn't paint a bit thick to get sprayed through that? or is that what those types of spray bottles are meant for?
I was thinking of something like India ink. Something permanent but won't clog the nozzle. Maybe just put a ton of spraypaint in there or something. :p
maybe drill out the nozzle?
heathbar644 years ago
I saw at the home repo a bottle of grout sealer with a small brush made into the tip, you just sqeezed out the juice into the middle of the brush and appied it. It seems like you could fill that bottle/brush with paint, and go at it.
Damage, Inc. (author)  heathbar644 years ago
Hmm, I'm heading down there later today, so I'll check and see if I can find that.
Sick Instructable.
Damage, Inc. (author)  runwithscissors174 years ago
haha, thank you.
Kiteman4 years ago
This is a good idea. Now you need to pocket-size the paint - may put some in one of those little pump-action sprays for misting oil? Or use a bingo dabber?
Damage, Inc. (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Yeah, that's definitely my next step. I was thinking maybe a sponge and one of those ink pads for stamps (or something close), but I'd have to smooth the edges of the letters because they'd probably catch on the sponge.
If you use a sponge and pad, you'll have to hold three things with two hands...
Damage, Inc. (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Unless you put the pad on the ground or floor, or taped the stencil to whatever you're using it on (which would likely provide best results) or, you could make a modification to a watchband.

Another option is PocketSized's http://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-Graffiti-Pen/. I tried something similar out last night and it worked excellently.
You can edit your project to add steps for the pen.
Damage, Inc. (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Mhmm, I did. I think the pen is probably the easiest way to keep it pocket sized.
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