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.



I used molding paste through the Stick Flowers stencil…


…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!


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


Easy Christmas cards

Hi there, Sanna here again with an easy Christmas card background idea. All you need is two pieces of blue cardstock, a stencil and some white spray ink (of course you could use other colours too, if you prefer!).


Place the stencil onto the piece of cardstock and spray some white spray ink over it. This will create the first background pattern (the paper on the left). Then take the wet stencil and carefully place it over a second piece of blue cardstock and use a paper towel roll or a brayer to press the image onto the paper. Make sure the stencil and the paper do not move, otherwise you will not get a proper image. Then carefully lift the stencil from the paper. You now have a negative image of the stencil and a fun background pattern for your cards.


These are the two cards I created with the blue inked and stenciled paper. I also added some modeling pasted stencil images to create more interest and detail to the upper card. These modeling pasted pieces are leftovers from the “two of a kind” layout I did for the 1 Stencil 4 Ways post here.


For my last card I also used some modeling pasted leftover pieces and additionally pressed the leftover ink from a stencil onto the background. I had used the small “Beaded Curtain” stencil with some blue Distress Ink and now just sprayed the inked areas with some water spray and then pressed the leftover ink onto the background.

I still have plenty of that blue cardstock left, so I can go on and make some more Christmas cards later.

Hope you like the idea! Have fun!
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Beaded Curtain (12×12 & 6×6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Blazonry (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Spray Ink – Dylusions
Pens – Signo Uni-ball white, Stampin´ Up!
Stamps – Studio Calico, Stampin´ Up!
Stamp ink – Hero Arts Shadow Inks
Glue – Aleene´s
Other – Rhinestones, Sequins

I Cut Up My Stencil

Hi Karenliz here. Yes, I cut up my stencil. I can’t believe I did it. Sounds crazy right? Let me explain.

You ever have a stencil that you love because of one design on it? Well this stencil I always seem to use the square and circle frames on mixed media projects. It already has perforations so I cut out what I needed. Here is my stencil, TCW474 Hand Drawn Frames.  Let me tell you it was hard to do.

Karenliz_TCW474This is the 12×12 stencil. I keep my 6×6 six together. Below you can see I used the circle frame to create some texture on this tag.


After the modeling paste dried I added acrylic inks, scrap paper, pieces of embellishments, string and the butterfly is from Prima.


I don’t recommend cutting up all your stencils. I cut this one because it didn’t ruin the all the frames. I can still attach the two missing frames with a little tape to use it as one stencil again.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
Blog: My Creative Endeavors




Creating a Scene with Stencils

One of the things I love about stencils are the many ways you can create scenes on cards, tag, canvas, and scrapbook pages. The list is unlimited.

Today I have a card to show you. The card was a pre-cut card and I used watercolors for the background to make it look like the sky. Once it dried I used the Mini Flying Geese stencil (TCW332s) and modeling paste to the background.  On a separate piece of paper I stamped the cardinals (from Stampendous), colored them in and cut them out.  I attached them to the card with pop dots so it looks like they are in the trees with bird flying in the background.


This type of card can be use for any occasion and is so much fun to make. So dig through all your stencils and find to create a scene for any type of project.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
Blog: My Creative Endeavors






Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Layout

Hi! Tami Sanders here today a fall scrapbook page to share.

I teach a monthly scrapbook class locally and the group had requested that we “play” with TCW stencils for one of the layouts.

I grabbed a few random stencils and some sprays to do a quick demo. The resulting page turned out better than expected and was perfect for a pumpkin patch photo that I took of my youngest…

pumpkin patch layout (1024x1019)

The three stencils I grabbed for the “sample” layout were TCW484 Netting…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Netting

which i used for as a background for the page, sprayed with Lemondrop ColorBox Spritzers with touches of Pumpkin Pie…

pumpkin patch layout - chickenwire (1280x852)

TCW498 Kelp Forest, which was used along the left side of the page with Golf Course and Fireberry Spritzers…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Kelp Forest

pumpkin patch layout - stalks (1280x1216)

and TCW490 Tattered Lace, which is a little hard to see with the other layers that were added, but it was used along the bottom to “ground” the page…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Tattered Lace

pumpkin patch layout - lace (1280x710)

Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Spray in Bubblegum was used.

I added a few more layers once I got home to finish off the layout…

I wanted to add in a little purple to go with the colors in my son’s shirt, so I used Frosted Plum Spritz with TCW454 Specimen…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Specimens

pumpkin patch layout - web (1280x1060)

Then made a title using TC47 Perky Letters…

pumpkin patch layout - letters (1280x929)

And finally, I reused the Kelp Forest stencil along the bottom center and right with Molding Paste to add some dimension. After the paste dried, it was inked using ColorBox Chalk Ink in Harvest and Chestnut Roan. Then the designs were loosely outlined and shadowed using a brown pen. I cut out the tops of a few to slide the photo under…

pumpkin patch layout - stalks raised (1280x925)

So, with a quick random grab of stencils and sprays and about 2 minutes, a scrapbook page emerged. The group liked the layout so much, that several of them made a version of it for their own fall photos, including this 2 page layout…

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It was the first time this group had used stencils and once they got in the swing of it, they started having fun and getting creative…

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tcw mess 3 (600x800)

and here are a few more scrapbook pages they made…

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tcw mess 4 (600x800)

That’s the beauty of stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, even beginners can make awesome projects! The stencils do all the work and allow you to PLAY and take the credit!

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member