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:


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:


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…


…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:


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.


Are you ready for the easy-peasey background technique?


Here are some of the papers from the video:


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:



Talk to you next month!

xxoo, Julie

Art Journaling with Balzer Designs “Many Faces”

Hello Creatives!

Keri Sallee, DT Member, here and today I want to share with you a recent art journal page I did.

TCW July 2015_Art Journal_Balzer Faces_FullLately, I have been practicing drawing faces and sometimes it feels like it takes me FOREVER to get the face shape and the features places right. That’s why I LOVE Julie Balzer’s “Many Faces” Stencil (TCW545). I am able to just lay my stencil down, outline my features and move on to the shading and other parts of my art journal layout.

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{1 Stencil offers you 5 difference face options with various sizes to choose from. For this project, I used the 6×6 stencil but it also is available in 12×12, so you have 10 face options to choose from!}

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It was as simple as using Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen through my stencil, adding shading using my Neocolors Watersoluable Crayons and adding details like hair, the whites in her eyes and blush.

For my background, I used 3 TCW Stencils: TCW519S-Mini Hummingbirds (just the flowers), TCW330S-Mini Numbers & (Balzer Bits) TCW 540S-Striped Flower Circle.

Here you can see the flower….

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Here you can see the numbers….

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And here you can see the striped flowers…

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When you have something to say…and you want to say it quickly, grab your “Many Faces” Stencil by Balzer Designs and get it done fast!

Until Next Time…


KERI Sallee

TCW Design Team Member and Certified Instructor

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.


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.


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!)


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


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!

Breathe art journal spread

Hello there, everyone, Sanna here today with my last post. I can´t believe how fast time has flewn. I have enjoyed every second of it. This has been such a great team to be in and I am glad I have had the pleasure of being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Truly great memories!!

So today it is time for me to say goodbye and share one last project with you. As my final post I created an art journal spread using a ton of stencils (all stencils I´ve used here, are also available at Here is what I did:

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First I applied gesso on my art journal pages and let the layer dry properly.

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Next I took some semi opaque matte mist in purple, pink and yellow (by Tattered Angels) and sprayed random circles onto the gessoed surface and again let the layer dry really properly.

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After that I took various 6×6 inch stencils and started dabbing heavy body acrylic paint (by Dina Wakley) thru the stencils with a foam brush onto the background. I used turquoise, tangerine, lime and magenta here. And again after applying the paint I needed to let the layer dry – this is really hard for me as I am not very patient :).

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Then I took some profile stencils and added those in the middle of my art journal spread. I used black acrylic paint here. I wanted to add another bold pattern to go with the profiles, so I chose to use the number stencil. I again used black paint here and applied the paint with a foam brush.

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I felt that the right side profile was not standing out enough, so I colored her hair with a black Sharpie and after that I added some metallic creative medium thru some stencils onto the ladies hair. I also sprinkled some shabby white embossing enamel here and there for additional interest and then heat set the enamel with a heat gun.

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I then wanted to add some fun hashtag words to go with my journaling, so I stamped words that fit the theme of my page with a black ink and wrote the text along the edges of the spread. I really like how bold and retro this spread looks like. Here are some detail photos so you can see the enamel and creative medium details better:

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and here is my finished art journal spread:

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It has been such a pleasure being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it has been an amazing time designing with TCW stencils. And what a great team of colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with – they have all been such an inspiration! – and what a fab company to work with! I am sure the new team will rock your socks off with their artworks!! I know I am going to be keeping an eye on them and already looking forward to the inspiration they will be sharing!!

ps. a few weeks back I taped a video in Finnish about some fun and easy stenciling techniques and while I was at it, I thought, I might as well do an English one too, so here it is, just a little extra to go with my post:

Thanks for a great time,
xxx, Sanna