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

Wall decor and stencils

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a 6×6 inch canvas in pastellic colors. I find that this particular piece would make for a nice Valentine´s or Mother´s Day present.

I used the “Indian Leaves” 12×12 inch stencil on the background as well as on the pink flowers.

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First I treated the canvas with white gesso and when it was dry, I added some light texture paste thru the stencil onto the background. When the paste had dried up, I sprayed some Glimmer Mist colors (pink, purple, blue and green) onto the background and let the colors dry properly. When the background was all dry, splodged some darker pink color spray here and there for additional interest.

Sanna LippertWhile the spray colors were drying, I took a piece of watercolor paper and inked the pattern thru the stencil onto the paper and cut circles in various sizes. I then inked the edges of the flowers with the ink blending tool and scrunched each circle up a bit. Then I layered them to create flowers and added a brad in the middle.

After that I just needed to glue the flowers down onto the canvas, add some stenciled, fussy cut leaves (created with the Mini Abstract Leaves stencil), rhinestones and a stamped, fussy cut sentiment onto the canvas. Sanna Lippert

Here is close-up on the finished piece. I like the happy and cheerfull end result. Can you tell, how much I am already looking forward to spring? :)

Have a lovely, creative day!
xxx, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Materials:
Indian Leaves, 12×12 inch stencil – The Crafter´s Workshop
Abstract Leaves, 6×6 inch stencil – The Crafter´s Workshop
Glimmer Mist (pink, purple, green and blue) – Tattered Angels
Distress Inks – Ranger
Stamp – Technique Tuesday
Rhinestones - Zva Creative
Other – Texture Paste, Brads, Glue, Palette knife

Making an Inspiration Plaque with Balzer Designs

Hello Creative Friends!

Today, I want to show you how you can make this inexpensive plaque using just a chalkboard plaque from Walmart ($2), old alphabet stickers and “Chevron” stencil by Balzer Designs for TCW.

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I made this Snapguide to guide you step-by-step:

Check out How to Make a Chevron Plaque With the Crafter’s Workshop by Keri Sallee on Snapguide.

 

Have an amazingly creative day!!

XOXO,

KERI

1 Mixed Media Project…3 Stencils…one GREAT Cause.

Hello All!

Keri Sallee here and today I am excited to share not only a project, but a cause that is near and dear to my heart.

If you follow me on any social media (or know me in the real world! LOL) you know about my love for an organization called Saving Grace,

Saving Grace is an organization that provides transition housing for girls ages 18-25 who: have aged out of foster care and have no where to go, are homeless, or have a home life that is detrimental to their futures.

I have had the amazing opportunity to work with this organization and with the girls it helps many times over the last few years. Recently, they asked if I, along with a few other artists, would make inspirational works of art for the class room at the Saving Grace home.

When Becky, the founder of Saving Grace, posted this picture of the classroom area where our art would go…I was sssooo excited! I knew I would get to do something bright and funky….something to brighten of our recently gloomy days here in NW Arkansas.

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Here’s what I came up with!

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I wanted to match the fun and vibrancy of the room, without trying to be too “matchy matchy” with my patterns and colors.

I used 3 different stencils from the Crafter’s Workshop for this project.

First, I used “Blazonry” designed by Balzer Designs to cut a variety of patterns and colored shapes. I used papers from Graphic 45, Christy Tomlinson for Pink Paislee and Fancy Pants Designs. Really…just whatever paper I like that went with my color scheme.

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Here is a closeup:

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In this close up, you can also see another stencil by Balzer Designs, “Chevron.” To allow my under colors to shine through, I used my finger and “painted” through the stencil, keeping my paint layer thin.

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Here’s another close up of that one over on the right.

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The last stencil I used was designed by Ronda Palazzari called “Spinning Tops.”

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I wanted to add some texture, but keep things bright and shiny, so instead of using my usual modeling paste (which dries matte), I grabbed my Golden Heavy Body Gel, mixed it with some bring yellow acrylic paint and scrapped it through my stencil with a popsicle stick. With the extra paint mixture on my stick, I added swipes of the mixture here and there to keep the piece cohesive.

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Here are a few more closeups…I used kraft tissue as my base to add lots of texture and added bits of lace and ribbon to keep in very feminine.

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You can see…there is all sorts of splashy messy fun!

Here are a few things I used:

STAMPS: Pink Paislee, Bo Bunny, Pebbles, Inc and Paper Studios
RUB-ONS: Heidi Grace (VINTAGE! LOL)
WASHI TAPE: Recollections, My Mind’s Eye and Paper Studio
INK: Heidi SWAPP and Ranger
SPRAY INK: Tattered Angels (Moss & Coral Reef)
ACRYLIC PAINT: Deco Art and Plaid
PEN: Faber Castell PiTT Artist Pen in Black and White
TISSUE: Hobby Lobby
RIBBON: Heidi SWAPP, Hobby Lobby and Vintage Lace

I hope you enjoyed my project today and if you have time, you can read more about Saving Grace and all the good they are doing here: Saving Grace, Inc.

Until next time…

XOXO,
KERI

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