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.


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!!



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.


Here’s what I came up with!


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.


Here is a closeup:


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.


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


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

Spinning Tops

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.


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.



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
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…


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


Stencil love

Hello there! Sanna here to share with you a few layouts I made using The Crafter´s Workshop stencils.


I used one of my all time favorite stencils – “Tiny circles” – for this page :). I mixed molding paste with dark red Color wash spray to get a raspberry tone. Reminds me of ice-cream :).


Recognize the hearts on the background? I used the “Grunge hearts” stencil with molding paste that I colored light blue by mixing some spray ink into it.


And this last one was made for Frog Dog Studio and features the “Hourglass” stencil from the new stencil collection. I have used grey dye ink and the stencil to create the background pattern and then sprayed over it with spray inks.

I hope you get inspired to grab your stencils and create!!
xoxo, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

We play


Hello there! I had been playing with the new stencils yesterday and ended up creating this playful layout about my younger son fooling around with his daddy at his big brother´s birthday party. I wanted to capture the feel of that day and added all kinds of tiny, funny, cheerful bits and pieces for decoration.

I used these 3 stencils, but always added just a little detail here and there. (These are all Rebekah Meier’s stencils.)

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Here are some detail photos:



Wish you a lovely, happy day!!
xoxo, Sanna