Crafter’s Workshop + Balzer designs blog hop | stars & circles stencil

I’m honored to be a part of this Blog Hop featuring one of my FAVORITE of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s stencils. Stars & Circles is the perfect accent, finishing touch, or as a background to my project. On cards, tags, layouts, or canvases, it is my most used stencil so far in 2012! I have and love the 6″ version, but it is also available in a 12″ size.

So, what to make for this blog hop? I decided first and foremost just to play. Mess around. See what turns up. Above you see my stencil (it used to be white… now it’s gold + green mostly). Also there you see some tags – the purple one has a water + gold paint wash experiment… just things I was playing with…

Lets talk about water + stencil with Dylusions sprays. First you give a good healthy coat of mist onto the tag, then let it dry. Once it’s DRY, place stencil over and mist with water.

Here’s what it will look like (below) – now this is a fun thing to play with as the amount of water will affect how much of a faux-bleached look you get.

See how it bleaches out the color where the water was? this is fun to try and another fun way to get stencils worked into my projects.

Know what else I love? Using paints with the stencils as a background or as an accent at the edge of my paper, with mists, soooo many possibilities. One of my faves though is using multi-medium or gel medium in glossy and creating a resist.

Just place stencil over paper, spread (think peanut butter…) your medium, then set it to dry. I love doing this. I just think the process is fun and I could do it all day.

Here’s my layout finished – you can see how the stars & circles stencil really added a lot to my background. When I was ready I just misted generously over the background paper then wiped away excess. No worries about perfect- just fun stuff.

I went with red white and blue for this layout – but I love this stencil in gold, green, and really all colors. I was just feeling some Memorial Day patriotic mojo I guess!

Love how this turned out – and how the stencil really makes my background. Now, I have to put some of my scraps and experiments to use…

The background is misted, the blue strips are from a paper that I had been playing with both stamping my stencil and paint with it in another way that didn’t quite look right… but cut apart I’m loving the look. Here’s a patriotic card…

The center star has some crackle accents applied to it (hence the shine).  Simple! I’ve been loving to use my scraps to assemble cards like this.

Links to supplies used:

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my creative play. So what is next? Go check out other crafters who have been using this same stencil and are taking part in today’s hop:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Diana Trout

Karen Grunberg

Christine Urias

Ali Edwards

Alisa Burke


Looking for stencils on-line? I buy most of mine from Blue Moon Scrapbooking – they’ve got a lot. Including Julie’s latest designs!


16 thoughts on “Crafter’s Workshop + Balzer designs blog hop | stars & circles stencil”

  1. Beautiful projects. Love your technique with the gel medium. Thanks for sharing,

  2. Really love all the ways you used the stencils! My favorite project is the layout. GORGEOUSness!

  3. Because of your work I have become more daring to try new things so thank you for that May! I love your layout and thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Oh my, what a refreshing look at stencils. I love playing with them when I take the time. Guess the time is good now to try some of your ideas. Love every element of your layout.

  5. Beautiful and fun projects! Love the way you used the gel medium with the stencil,. Thanx for the inspiration! 🙂

  6. I get your blog posts by email, so I rarely visit your actual blog, but wanted to come by today and tell you I love this page and the way you used Julie’s stencil. Gorgeous!

  7. Love this post! I love all the fun things you do with stencils….it was one of the most inspiring portions of your Field Guide class. =) I really like the “bleaching” idea. I’ll have to give it a try!

  8. I thought it said spread thin peanut butter – and I thought thats original I haven’t thought of using peanut butter before – then I read it again and it said thinKK peanut butter – I really must pay attention to what I am reading!!

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