Frequently Asked Questions

What are your shipping fees?

Orders shipping to destinations in the USA (*except Alaska or Hawaii)

    • $0.01 - $9.99 spent ------ $4.95 shipping
    • $10.00 - $49.99 spent --- $6.95 shipping
    • $50.00 - $149.99 spent --$8.95 shipping
    • $150.00 and up-----------$10.95 shipping

         *There is an additional $3.00 shipping fee to Alaska or Hawaii.


How soon will my order be shipped?

Most packages are shipped within 2 - 5 business days (this does not include weekends or holidays).  We usually ship via Priority Mail.


How can I subscribe to your quarterly Newsletter, Stencil Talk?

You can sign up to receive our newsletter at the bottom of any page of this website.  Just enter your email address, click subscribe, and we'll put you on the list.  We'll never sell or share your information.


What paint do you recommend?

We recommend Shiva Artist's Paintstiks.  Why are Paintstiks so wonderful for stenciling? Shiva Artist's Paintstiks are on oil based paint solidified into a convenient to use form.  Although many types and brands of paints can be used with our Yowler & Shepps stencils, most of the examples on our website were achieved by using Artist's Paintstiks.  They give stenciling a rich, hand-painted effect.  Because they do not dry quickly as liquid acrylic paints do, Paintstiks allow shading and realism to be added to stenciling with ease.  No jars to juggle or spills to clean up.  No bleeding or running.  No need to waste paint by blotting brushes on paper towels or paper plates as with liquid paints.  No pounding or pouncing with your stencil brushes.  Although they look like large crayons, Paintstiks work best when they are applied with stencil brushes.  The more paint you apply, the darker the color will become.  The colors can be blended together and a wide range of shades can be achieved from each color. Paintstiks don't dry quickly, therefore they won't build up on the stencil while you're stenciling and compromise the design as do acrylic paints.  Most colors will be dry within 24-72 hours, but you can continue to stencil with subsequent overlays while the paint is still wet.  Usually one Paintstik is sufficient to stencil and average sized room (unless the design is predominantly one color).  Paintstiks have no offensive odors and they are hypoallergenic and non-toxic.  They can be wiped right off your stencil when finished stenciling (while still wet) and your brushes can be cleaned with soap and water (also turpentine or mineral spirits if desired). What could be easier?


How do I create a Custom Sized Post, Pole, or Column?

Click HERE for instructions.


Where are your stencils made? USA   


What is your return policy?

Our policy lasts 14 days. If more than 14 days have gone by since you received your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

Returns will not be accepted without pre-authorization. Email us at Paints are not returnable. To be eligible for a return, your stencil(s) must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging. Return your product to: Yowler & Shepps Stencils, 3529 Main St., Conestoga, PA USA 17516 You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the original shipping cost will be deducted from your refund. You should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We can't guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment within 30 days. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted by your bank or credit card company. Always allow 2 billing cycles.  


Other Items of Interest:

Stenciling/Decorating Terms 

  • Overlay - Overlays refer to the numbered sections that are used to complete a stencil's design. Multiple overlays allows the application of different colors, sections, and details of the design to be stenciled.  Multiple overlays or design areas may be cut on a single stencil sheet.
  • Damask - (dăm’ esk) noun (middle English), an elaborately patterned, usually reversible fabric of cotton, linen, silk, or wool.
  • Faux - (‘fō) adjective, (French), false, fake, or imitation.
  • Fleur-de-lis - (flûr’ de lē’) noun, (middle English), a stylized representation of an iris with 3 petals used ornamentally and as an emblem.
  • Frieze - (frēz) noun, (Italian), a sculptured or richly ornamented band as on a building or piece of furniture.
  • Mosaic - (mō zā’ĭk) noun, (middle English), a picture or design made by setting small, usually colored pieces, as of stone, glass, or tile onto a surface.
  • Motif - (mō tēf’) noun, (French), a recurring subject, theme or idea, especially in an artistic literary, or musical work.
  • Renaissance - (ren’e säns’) noun, (French), the great revival of art, literature, and architecture that originated in Italy in the 14th century, and spread throughout Europe through the 17th century.
  • Terra Cotta - (ter’e kot’e) noun, (Italian), a brownish orange glazed or unglazed fired clay used especially for pottery, statuettes, and architectural purposes.
  • Toile - (twäl) noun, (French), an 18th century French scenic fabric usually printed on cotton, linen, or silk in one color on a light background.
  • Trompe L'oeil - (trômp’ loi’) noun, (French), a style of painting that gives an illusion of photographic reality, fools the eye.

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