Crafter’s Workshop Stencil Blog Hop – Number 3

Totally stoked to join again into the Stencil Hop for Julie Fei-Fan Balzer‘s Crafter’s Workshop Templates. I guess if you follow my blog…I do not really have to tell you, how much I love them. If you don’t follow my blog…you should (just kidding ;) )

The designs are amazing and Crafter’s Workshop creates them in a high quality way that gives you a huge versatility in usage!

When Julie came out with those amazing Templates that can be layered I was almost fainting…LOL – sooo cool!!! You can use them with different acrylic paints or with spray paints or with Derwent Inktense blocks and Artbars – oh brother…endless possibilities

Today’s blog hop is focused on the Lotus Blossom Template – it is BEAUTIFUL (insert picture of me in cheerleader outfit exclaiming each of the letters while jumping up and down…oh wait…that might be a terrible picture….better proceed reading ;) )

And there it comes another fun way on how I love to use them :) – I created a Luminaria with the n*Lighten Technique

So much fun to use the n*Lighten Technique with the Stencils- they are perfect for this. So let me show you how it works.

You need for the first steps:

  • the 6×6 Lotus Blossom Crafter’s Workshop Template which was perfect for creating a Luminaria in the end.
  • 4 different colored Embossing Powders – I used the amazing WOW Embossing Powders by Suzy West – I’m just so amazed by the vibrancy of the colors- they seriously rock!
  • Pastel Paper – but I’m sure it will work also with thinner water color paper
  • Embossing Ink Pad – clear
  • Heating Gun

How To:

  1. Lay down the template and use the first image (you can also use all four and alternate later – I did this too)
  2. Dab the Embossing Ink Pad on top of the Template
  3. Make sure that you got the whole image
  4. Lift the Template
  5. Use one color of Embossing Powder and heat emboss
  6. Let cool
  7. Layer on the second image of the Template and again dab the embossing pad on top and sprinkle the second color on top
  8. Now with the second layer you have to be a bit more careful – you do not want to remelt the first layer in a way that it get’s lumpy or starts getting to melt into the second color – just watch closely the reaction
  9. and now repeat with image 3 and 4 and the other two colors of embossing powder
When you lift the paper and hold it against the light you see that  the image got translucent- the embossing powder diffused into the pastell paper and created a plastic layer. Perfect to use to create a Luminaria. Since I hadn’t had a paperback (read I couldn’t find it in my messy studio) I had to come up with something else

I draw a circle around the image that would give enough space to hold adhesive. Then I cut a letter size kraft paper sheet length wise in half. I cut circles with a craft knife out of the kraft paper that would just show the image. I adhered the Lotus Image to the back and bend the paper and glued the ends together forming a role.

And there you go – a summer luminaria- perfect in the garden or on your dinner table.

Warning: Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep out of reach of children, playful husbands & pets. Be careful to not have the kraft paper too narrow to the candle!

Don’t miss out the others on this blog hop:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Nathalie Kalbach you are here :)

May Flaum

Jenny Barnett Rohrs



My new Über*Media Online Workshop is here – Learn the whole Shebang about Acrylic Paints


Supplies I used for n*Lighten Technique:


Comments (43)

  • hartofhearts1016


    beautiful use of the stencil….. i love this stencil…..


  • Paula McLane Jennings


    absolutely LOVE your luminarias. The image is so elegant and perfect for that. Awesome idea!


  • jane w.


    just gorgeous!


  • misty


    How beautiful! I can just imagine how gorgeous several of these would look surrounding a patio area at night!


  • Sue Clarke


    Love how your sense of humor comes through in your posts.
    Beautiful way to use the stencil as well.


  • The Scrap Yard


    Awesome. This project looks so easy. I will have to try this. Love the lotus stencil!


  • Martha Richardson


    Amazing…I he{art} Julie’s stencils & you really rocked it with this technique!


  • susan


    Woh great idea! I love luminaria on warm summer evenings ( we dont have much of those evenings so you have too really chelebrate the one you have :) )
    I use an electric candle. Way saver, for the cat too.




    what a lovely luminaria…i need to try it and probabli will use a led lamp…lol.


    • Caryn S


      That looks so great lit from behind!


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