Balzer Designs Stencils

Today we are playing with TCW960: Cosmic Music. This is the last of the six stencils from this release, but the first stencil I designed for the release. I love how this stencil design is both rigid and free at the same time. It makes for very dynamic images. In this short video I'm sharing how I like to use a stencil brush and acrylic paint with stencils, along with how to make a simple card with your stenciled paper. This is the card that I made in the video: I have really enjoyed sharing these simple stenciling and card... Read more →


Today we are playing with TCW957: Quartered Blocked. This is the stencil that I previously mentioned was based on a photo of an old door. In this short tutorial video I'm showing you how I like to create ghost prints - with a reverse of the stencil - and combine various colors of those ghost prints for a simple and beautiful greeting card! Enjoy! This is the card that I made in the video: You may recall that I used a similar technique a few years ago, but with very different looking results. Stencil links if you wish to buy... Read more →


Today we are playing with TCW958: Splash Whoosh. Have you ever tried stamping through a stencil? It's lots of fun and if you use pigment ink, there's a bonus way of coloring in your image. I took the paper I stamped and turned it into a simple and beautiful greeting card, which I'm sharing in this video! Enjoy! This is the card that I made in the video: I enjoy making holiday cards that aren't quite the expected motifs. Stencil links if you wish to buy any of them: TCW956: Viney Flowers 12x12: https://shrsl.com/3clb8 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clbe TCW957: Quartered Blocked 12x12:... Read more →


Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! Today I thought I would share a quick and easy card that you can make for someone you love. We are using TCW961: Basketweave to make the magic happen! Jaime, from The Crafter's Workshop, wasn't sure about this stencil when I submitted the design. But I'm pretty sure it's going to be in regular rotation for me. The fact is, selfish as it may be, I really design the stencils that I want to use, so I hope you like it as much as I do! In this short tutorial video I'm showing... Read more →


Today we are playing with TCW959: Rainbow Branch Circle. This is another stencil that Maker & Super Learner Members may recall was the SVG of the month several months ago. It's such a great design and I'm so pleased to be able to offer it to a wider audience. In this short tutorial video I'm showing you the single easiest way to use spray inks with your stencils, get great results, and get two prints with just one application of spray ink! Sounds too good to be true, right? This is the card that I made in the video: And... Read more →


Today we are exploring TCW956: Viney Flowers. Maker & Super Learner Members may recall that it was the SVG of the month many months ago. I couldn't stop using it, so I decided it had to be an official stencil. In this short tutorial video I'm sharing how to use ink pads on the gelatin plate with a stencil. This is the card that I made in the video: Stencil links if you wish to buy any of them: TCW956: Viney Flowers 12x12: https://shrsl.com/3clb8 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clbe TCW957: Quartered Blocked 12x12: http://shrsl.com/3clbg 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clbh TCW958: Splash Whoosh 12x12: http://shrsl.com/3clbj 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clbm... Read more →


Hello Friends! I'm so pleased to share that I have six new stencil designs with The Crafter's Workshop. Stencil links if you wish to buy them: TCW956: Viney Flowers 12x12: https://shrsl.com/3clb8 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clbe TCW957: Quartered Blocked 12x12: http://shrsl.com/3clbg 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clbh TCW958: Splash Whoosh 12x12: http://shrsl.com/3clbj 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clbm TCW959: Rainbow Branch Circle 12x12: http://shrsl.com/3clbq 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clbu TCW960: Cosmic Music 12x12: http://shrsl.com/3clbw 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clc2 TCW961: Basketweave 12x12: http://shrsl.com/3clc5 6x6: http://shrsl.com/3clc9 I put together a short unboxing video where I show off each of the designs and chat a little bit about my inspiration for each one and how I think I'm going... Read more →


I recently finished a series of three 5x7 mixed media collages. (You can grab one in my shop, if you're interested.) You can watch this overview video to see them come together: As I mention in the video, I started them for January's Book Club. This is what they looked like at the time of the Book Club recording: And here they are now: A few tips to take with you: Don't be afraid to cover things up. The layers and the texture are still there -- just in a more subtle way. Learn what things make your artwork "feel... Read more →


Great news! My nine new stencil designs... ...are now available to purchase! Here are the links to buy: TCW935: Secret Garden: 6x6 and 12x12 TCW936: Messy Writing: 6x6 and 12x12 TCW937: Rows of Lines: 6x6 and 12x12 TCW938: Mystical Doodles: 6x6 and 12x12 TCW939: Scattered Branches: 6x6 and 12x12 TCW940: X-Trail: 6x6 and 12x12 TCW 941: Rainbow Montage: 6x6 and 12x12 TCW942: Tulip Hexagons: 6x6 and 12x12 TCW943: Garden Tile: 6x6 and 12x12 I had a wonky scrap of leftover tar paper, so I rolled it up to create a little book showcasing all nine stencil designs: Because it's soooooo... Read more →


In case you missed out on all of the stencil fun, here is the replay of Monday's live stencil event: And just to recap, here are the nine designs, which will be available on September 1: And here are links to all of the stencil posts I've done this month: Unboxing Embossing Paste & Embossing Powder Stencil Rubbing Using a Gelatin Plate with a Stencil to Fix Ugly Papers Baby Wipe Removal Understanding Different Mediums Using a Stencil Brush Distress Spray + Stencils 2 Ways to Foil How to Use Watercolor with Stencils Stencil Storage Whew. That's a lot of... Read more →