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!

TCW 545: Many Faces Stencil

I hope that you will love my “Many Faces” stencil as much as I do!

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This versatile stencil features five faces of varying sizes and styles.  If you have both the 6×6 and 12×12 versions, then you have TEN different faces!  I designed this stencil to leave you as much creative room as possible, while still providing plenty of guidance!

This is a very-typically-Julie-face, made with this stencil:

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And yet, here are six more faces (made with the same stencil) in a wide variety of styles!

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I hope you’ll give the “Many Faces” stencil a try.  No matter what your style, it’s sure to help you create the kinds of faces you’d like to!

I hope you’ll visit my blog for lots of artsy tips, tricks, and projects!

xxxooo, Julie

Molding Paste & The Stick Flowers Stencil

BlogPostHeaderHello!  My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I’m the designer behind the Balzer Designs line of Crafter’s Workshop stencils.  I love stenciling and I’m delighted to be sharing that passion with you!  Look for posts from me on this blog once a month.

I love using molding (also known as modeling) paste through my stencils!  Today I’m going to show you two projects that use the exact same technique with the exact same stencil.

First up: a scrapbook page.  I’m usually known for my super bright and colorful projects, but today I wanted to share a layout with you that’s mostly monochromatic.  In fact, the only colorful thing about it is the background paper.

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I used molding paste through the Stick Flowers stencil…

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…over an old piece of patterned paper that I no longer liked.  By mostly masking the paper, I turned it into something that I now love!

I used the same technique on my art journal cover!

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This time I used gold molding paste over a background that was painted red.  A super duper easy way to jazz up the cover of my journal with very little effort.

Molding paste is a great way to make your stenciling really stand out!  And I particularly like how it looks with a stencil like “Stick Flowers” that has plenty of open space to let the molding paste shine!

Talk to you again next month!

xo Julie