New Stencils Are Coming!

Hey!  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer here and I’m super duper excited about the new Balzer Designs stencils!  I thought I’d share a peek at one of my faves:

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This one is called “Hex Flowers.”  It’s super lacy and delicate.  Here’s a photo of the 6×6 version of the stencil with my hand for scale:

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And here’s a peek at an art journal page made with this stencil (in both 6×6 and 12×12):

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I can’t wait to share the rest of the release with you!  So excited!!!

Talk to you next month!

Gelli Printed Scrapbook Page Backgrounds

Hello and happy Tuesday!  I’ve got a simple stencil technique coming your way today.  I made this scrapbook page…

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…using my Snow Branch stencil and a Gelli Plate and I wanted to show you how very easy it is to do!

Let’s take a peek at the page details first:

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The “You Are Here” tag was created with my US Map stencil.  It has the compass and the words “You Are Here” along with the map.

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Are you ready for the easy-peasey background technique?

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Here are some of the papers from the video:

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Stenciling doesn’t always have to be bold and dominating.  I really like the softer look of the second technique.  Here’s a scrapbook page I put together with the second background I made in the video:

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Talk to you next month!

xxoo, Julie

Behind the Scenes with TCW: Stencil U 2015

I was delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of The Crafter’s Workshop very first Stencil U back up in April.  I met up with a talented group of ladies culled from The Crafter’s Workshop design team.

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Clockwise from the bottom left:

I stole most of the photos for this post from their instagram accounts, so you’ll see their usernames above the stolen photographs.  :)  By the way, for loads more stencil inspiration, be sure to follow everyone on instagram!

We gathered together at TCW headquarters where there were plenty of beautiful finished samples to look at.

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We got a tour of the warehouse and Jaime (founder and owner of TCW) shared the story of how TCW started.  We also spent time making samples, sharing techniques, and discussing absolutely everything about teaching and demonstrating with stencils.  (Plus, Jaime handed out fancy embroidered TCW aprons – you can see them in the photos!)

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On Saturday night, we headed into New York City for an evening of too much food and lots of happy bonding.

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The dessert was as good as it is big.  So really really really good!

I ate too much and had a lot of fun.  Most importantly, I got to know all of these super talented ladies and that was *awesome*!

Here’s a video montage of photos from the TCWStencils instagram account:

If you can’t see it, click HERE.

And before you ask, here are links to most of the stencils in the photos (if you don’t see the stencil you’re after it means I couldn’t find it for sale anywhere):

Thanks for stopping by!

Sun Printing with Balzer Bits

Back in 2011 I attempted sun printing for the first time.  I wrote all about it here.  It remains one of my favorite easy and magical experiences.  Simply put, you paint your fabric, slap down some stencils, come back an hour later, and you have printed fabric!  Magic!

Here is a video I made explaining the process.


Balzer Bits are perfect for sun printing because you don’t have to deal with any of the hard edges of the square stencils.

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Here’s the fabric I made in the video:

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I used that fabric to make a jewelry roll.

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If you liked this tutorial, please visit my blog: Balzer Designs.

Letterpress with Balzer Bits

Hi!  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer here! It’s super easy to create letterpress (i.e. a debossed colored image) with any of my Balzer Bits!  Watch the video for the how-to:

Here’s the sample from the video:

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I used the same technique to create the focal images for these cards:

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The sentiment was created with one of my hand carved stamps.

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To create the pattern on the house, I stamped an image onto the House Bit and sprayed it with water just before I put it through the die cut machine!

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I hope you’ll give this technique a try!  Be sure to visit my blog for more tips, tricks, and tutorials!