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Stencil Hop: Lotus Blossom

Today I've invited three awesome paper artistes to play with the beautiful Lotus Blossom Stencil (available in 12x12 and 6x6):

Those super cool paper artistes are:

  • Nathalie Kalbach: Nat is a messy, creative, paint and mist happy gal from Germany.  As you know, she and I dreamed up the Second Floor Challenge together.  She teaches all over the world and is a wonderful instructor!
  • Jenny Barnett Rohrs: Jenny is the creative genius behind "Craft Test Dummies" -- a craft supply review and how-to site.  She recently reviewed my online class "30 Days in Your Journal."  She is one of the hardest working ladies in the crafty biz!
  • May Flaum: May is a long-time teacher at Big Picture Classes and author of two scrapbooking books (most recently Scrapbook Workshop).  She is a creative soul who loves paint, ink, and experimenting with new techniques!

The Lotus Blossom stencil is one of the four stencils I designed for CHA-Winter 2012 that is meant to layer.  I wrote a post (including an instructional video) about them back in January.

The Lotus Blossom has four designs on one stencil that you can layer in any combination.  On these tags you can see the difference between the two outline designs:

One is "plain" and the other I've been calling a "faux woodcut."  I think they're both cool.  

This is definitely one of my favorite stencils from the new release.  When the new stencils first arrived In immediately made these layered art journal pages:

It's such a beautiful design (if I do say so myself) and super easy to use!  Last weekend my brother's girlfriend's niece came over to "make a lily pad." 

As you can see, she put the Lotus Blossom stencil to good use!  I gave her Distress Ink (cleans up easily with water) and a cosmetic sponge to use (dab up and down) and she had a great time and got a wonderful result to boot!  She was comfortable using scissors by herself to cut the cosmetic sponge when changing colors, but smaller children may need adult assistance with that...or more sponges.

As for me, I painted over an old page in my art journal to create something new:

You can watch the process below in just about 3 minutes of fast forward fun:

If you'd like to win the Lotus Blossom Stencil in 6x6 and 12x12 leave a comment answering the following question:

If you could only do one craft, what would you choose and why?

Now go and visit the three other blogs in the hop for some awesome inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!


P.S. If you're stencil shy, consider taking my FREE online class, "Stencil 101."