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:



  1. SusanHnSC says:

    Love your idea!! and love the stencils…

  2. Cindi Walsh says:

    Awesome! In addition to loving the template and luminaria, I can’t wait to try embossing on pastel paper! I’m going to become a follower right away!

  3. What a clever and cool idea…will look good on my deck this summer! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Vicki Chrisman says:

    Very Cool Nat!

  5. Melissa Smith says:

    Beautiful. I love Julie’s stencils and seeing what everyone does with them is awesome.

  6. Mary Ellen says:

    Another idea is to use one of the new battery operated tea lights instead of a live flame.

  7. Miriam Prantner says:

    This is beautiful! I love the results! What a great project!

  8. Cindi Shearer says:

    Excellent idea, Nathalie. Thanks for sharing your creative and unusual use of this very cool new stencil. It gets me thinking out of the box in using stencils!

  9. Cat Graves says:

    What a creative way to use julie’s beautiful stencil…I love your luminaria!!

  10. lacyquilter says:

    Awesome project. I love Julie’s stencils.

  11. p boszko says:

    wow…luv the lotus and your projects!

  12. B. Poteraj says:

    You are very creative. I’m going to try that.

  13. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I never would have thought to do that. Thanks.

  14. Omg I looooove their templates!!!
    Your project is soooo coooool!!

  15. Hugs and Hi! If you put your tea candle in a drinking glass or jam jar, then you lower the risk of burning your paper: you can also wrap your luminaria paper around the jar as well. Just a thought. Blog Hop On! x LN

  16. HI Nathalie, not sure if you did this or not: but if you put your tea candle in a glass (drinking or jam jar) it is much safer and you can wrap the luminaria paper around it as well and not fear it burning. blessings.

  17. That is gorgeous!! I love the idea. Thank you for the tutorial.

  18. Tammy Shapiro (Demichelis) says:

    Wow! That is lovely. I would never have thought of creating something like this. Love your wonderful and clear directions and supplies. Great!

  19. texasbarb says:

    love what you’ve done with Julie’s cool stencil!!

  20. Wow!! The image just shines through so nicely. I love Julie’s stencils..must get this one on my list. (loved your New Year inspiration class!)

  21. Carol Mc says:

    Love the bright colors. And I am now one your blog followers.

  22. nathalie, gorgeous illumination. creative one! 🙂

  23. Very pretty, thanks for the great idea.

  24. suzannebouchard says:

    I am crazy in love with Blazer’s stencils and I can’t get enough of them. Now what fun we will have with those layered ones!

  25. What a great technique. Thanks for the tutorial.

  26. Stacy Caddy says:

    This is gorgeous Nat…. Thanks for sharing & the tutorial….

  27. I have been n*Lighten’ed! Great technique, Nat! I have never used embossing powder (um, hello 2nd floor challenge!) and never would have thought to use the embossing ink through a stencil! Thank you! I see my patio area getting spruced up with some luminaries this summer for sure!

  28. Great idea! Can imagine these lamps on the garden table when summer comes!

  29. Maggie M says:

    Very cool use of the lotus blossom stencil! I can see many uses for this fabulous stencil. Thanks for sharing your luminary idea:)

  30. Whoa! Totally awesome idea! I love it!

  31. so lovely-great different use of this beautiful stencil-thank you Nathalie!

  32. hartofhearts1016 says:

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

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

  34. just gorgeous!

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

  36. Great tutorial Nat!!! Loved it. -Jaime

  37. Sue Clarke says:

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

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

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

  40. 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.

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

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