Stencil Hop with Nat Kalbach’s Crackle Stencil (Tutorial)

*** Crazy schedule today ~ two posts in one day ~ click here for the StencilGirl Crazed Stencil Post ***


I’m back with another Stencil Hop for Nathalie Kalbach, this time showcasing her Crackle stencil.  Love it!



Nathalie is giving away one of the stencils and you have six chances to win (one for every blog you leave a comment on).  Today I am hopping with:

Nathalie Kalbach

Carmen Sanchez

Cat Scanlon

Marjie Kemper (you are here)

Louise Nelson

Maria Mc Guire

I started by adding masking and washi tape to my pages (this is in the new Dyan Reaveley journal… what a great small size it is, measuring 5″X8″).


Next I painted the page with a few diluted acrylic paints, and spread the paint around with a baby wipe.


Never toss extra paint… I always use it up on either blank tags or a new journal page.


I spread embossing ink through the Crackle stencil and heat embossed with clear powder.


Rubbed some dark paint over the embossed areas and into the crevices:


Added more paint through the stencil onto one of the spare tags:


I ended up stamping Dina Wakley’s ‘lonely girl’ stamp onto a spare tag so I’d have a better impression than the one I stamped over the tapes. Stamped my sentiment, added a bit of filmstrip and bling, and called it a day.



Thanks so much for visiting today.  Hope to see you one of these days in class.  Please sign up for my newsletter to keep up on where I’ll be teaching next (just click on the ‘Sign Up’ button at the bottom of my home page) or connect with me on Facebook or Pinterest.


Linking to Art Journal Every Day and to Artists in Blogland for their Seize the Day challenge.  The irony in that is I saw my friend Jessica Sporn’s post about the AIB challenge, and was apparently doing too many things at once because in my head I thought the challenge was to use the quote about ducks in a row.  Thinking of you, Jessica, and your great duck illustration!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Wow, beautiful pages.
    xx Monique

  2. Wonderful as always. Using embossing through the stencil – brilliant idea. Thanks for the tips!

    • Lura Brown says:

      this stencil is amazing as all of nathalies are. how lucky you get to test them out. sure am hoping i win. i am beginning to be quite the stencil hoarder. thanks for the chance. xoox

  3. Sandy Karsten says:

    Great technique

  4. I really love this journal page. The crackle stencil looks awesome with black paint and embossed. I can’t decide which way I like it more 🙂

  5. I love that phrase!

  6. I get lazy and “like” your work on FB but don’t follow through and leave a comment on your blog. Your stenciling is so inspiring! Another great link from Artists in Blogland.

  7. Sandy Karsten says:

    Another great use of the stencil. I like how the tag really showed off the stencil. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great stencil!

  8. Leann Lindeman says:

    Love it! I have been trying to dabble in some art journaling.

  9. Years ago, when I first discovered rubber stamping, I was doing a lot of embossing on the cards I made. Fast forward in time and it’s been years since I made a card or embossed anything. What a fabulous idea for a mixed media art journal page and I love your journal page! And the tag! It helps to have an awesome stencil, doesn’t it?! I love the Crackle stencil and I love the texture embossing adds. Now, if only I could find my darn heat gun!!

  10. Fabulous journal spread. Love seeing your process.

  11. I love your stencil ideas! They rock! I’d love to win one, as well! 😉


  12. Great art journal pages!! Also love the saying you used!!

  13. This is amazing Marjie! That stencil gets a triple WOW from me as does your fantastic creation!!

  14. Totally awesome!!! 🙂

  15. Linda L. says:


  16. As usual your art just SINGS to me – thank you for sharing in this hop 🙂

  17. Those layers are great! Thanks for sharing the process. The stencil and embossing powder were made for each other.

  18. loved what you did with this stencil-just wonderful

  19. Erica H. says:

    I would love this stencil! It’s fabulous!

  20. That quote about ducks in a row cracked me up! Ain’t that the truth? Love your techniques on the Art Journal page…gorgeous!

  21. Cindy Kotora says:

    I love your journal page and this stencil is very cool!

  22. I LOVE how you used this stencil. I have been trying to use embossing powders more often in my art. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. How did you come up with that quote! No wonder my ducks are always in a maze! Awesome page!

  24. Clever use of the embossing powder and yes, that is a fabulous stencil, the texture it appears to bring to your pages is wonderful.

  25. Love the texture and look of your project! Wonderful stencil!

  26. Laura Strack says:

    This has a leopard feel to me…very cool.

  27. Fabulous – I love your pages!

  28. I am such a huge fan of your art. 😀 This spread is no exception. [I recently just used embossing powder for the first time, it was disastrous.] You make it look so simple. Thanks for the easy to follow steps. I’m going to give the whole embossing thing another whirl. (((HUGS)))

  29. E J Brown says:

    Way cool thanks for sharing!! It’s interesting to see how others do their collage….I’ve got one on the counter right now…..gave me some ideas…..thanks again!!

  30. Wow Marjie, that’s breathtaking. Love every detail.

  31. That really is a fabulous stencil Marjie, with endless possibilities – love your journal page and the way you used the embossing powder – very clever and so very effective! Hugs, Anne x

  32. This is just fantastic, Marjie! I love all the layers (and layers!). Who knew, viewing the first photo, where this spread would go. I have the smaller DR journal, too, and just love it. Also love the technique of embossing through the stencil!

  33. Wow! That’s an awesome background. Love the texture created with the embossing

  34. Debbie Sherman says:

    Love this stencil and how you used it!!

  35. I love this spread! Beautiful!

  36. cheryl donohew says:

    Love the artwork…love the sentiment. It’s a great piece. I really like the tag.

  37. Awesome project-I’m loving all the creative ways you talented ladies are using Nathalie’s stencil!

  38. Such a versatile stencil. Great project.

  39. Barbara K says:

    Love your page! Embossing is a perfect technique for this stencil! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Madeline Rains says:

    This is a great page. What a unique way to use the stencil – with embossing powder. Cool.

  41. So many uses for that stencil!!!
    Fondly, Tami

  42. That’s so very awesome, Marjie! Love the look the embossing creates and the whole background anyway. Adorable pages … Suzanne xx

  43. Beautiful work!! Great use of the stencil!

  44. Barbara I. says:

    I am in love with this journal page, Marjie. Your techniques and the final result are so inspiring. Thanks for being a part of this blog hop!

  45. Fern Edwards says:

    Love the page and the how to- thanks!

  46. Love how you have used the stencil.

  47. md_gawain says:

    I really liked this tutorial.
    There muchs ideas to try.

  48. Audrey Mislan says:

    I love this page. The crackle stencil adds so much dimension to the design.

  49. Carmen Lucero says:

    Your project is fab!! Love how you used the stencil on the tag!

    Carmen L

  50. Mieke ligtenberg says:

    Lovely page! I will use the washi-tape and paint background next time in my journal too!

  51. What an awesome stencil…

  52. efkaplan says:

    Love the idea of EP. With UTEE, would look like glass. Sorry about the ducks, though. 😉

  53. oh Marjie this is extreme perfection love this. Thank you for sharing the tutorial
    susan s

  54. I love the way this came out !

  55. Te ha quedado increible!!! Los colores, mis preferidos, así que para mí perfecto!!! GRacias por el tutorial, besitos

  56. Rosann aka Rea' says:

    Love your art journal pages, still trying to get to mine!

  57. Helen Markee says:

    I love it!! Thanks

  58. Sue Clarke says:

    Sweet! Thanks for another chance to win this cool stencil.

  59. This is so cute about the ducks! True true true too. Love your work. Would love this stencil. Not really clear to me about the part where you sprayed embossing powder spray??? Wish I could see you do it in person. Hugs, Sanna

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Hello, Sanna. Somehow this comment/question ended up in my Spam folder and I’ve just found it now. Sorry for the delay! I didn’t spray embossing powder… I just spooned the powder onto the page, shook off the excess, and used a heat tool to dry it. Hope that helps.

  60. very creative! i love the clear embossing ink technique!

  61. I love your use of embossing powder with this crackle stencil. Great page!

  62. Wow – this is amazing!

  63. Oh wow Marjie this is totally stunning, great work.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  64. Ohh Marjie, Love these pages! the Nurse stamp is so cool! And so is that stencil! Hugs, Sandra

  65. Wow!! Such a cool piece!! I loooove the saying-perfect!

  66. I really liked seeing how you did this – it would be better in person but oh well, you can’t have everything!

  67. Nancy Lee says:

    Well, that was a great page! Call it a day… I call it super great.

  68. What a wonderfull page!! I love it!!! Thanks for sharing

  69. Your page is fabulous Marjie! Thanks for sharing the process! x

  70. K! I’ve just become your latest email follower. LOVE your work! Look forward to more! Love how you ladies are doing a different technique with the stencil. Hugs!

  71. Love what you have done with the stencil. I will sign up for your newsletter now I have found your blog. Your work is super……..

  72. I love the page you created, so much texture and interest! Thanks for sharing!

  73. Lura Brown says:

    i would so love to win this crackle stencil. i just love what you did with it. thanks for the chance to win. xox

  74. Lura Brown says:

    just love, love your art. i dont think i know you but hope to catch up with you on fb. i love the crackle stencil and am becoming quite the stencil addict, cant get enough of them. i love nat and her art and had the pleasure of meeting her last year at CHA, she is so sweet and talented. thanks for the chance to win this stencil, i can think of so many ways of using it. xoxo

  75. I’ve just recently bought some embossing ink. Thanks for the idea of using it through a stencil. I’ll have to try that.

  76. Gorgeous pages Marjie and the crackle stencil is fabulous ! Sue C x

  77. Love how you have used Nat’s stencil, the extra tags you made, and that awesome sentiment! This is a must-have stencil for me!

  78. Kate Gallegos says:

    You are a creative goddess-love what you did with the stencil-now I have to have it!!

  79. cool stencil, would wonderful to have it to play with! Love the page layout!!!!!

  80. Texture! Yummy color! Pure Marjie style! Love what you did with the crackle!

  81. Christine Kiehl says:

    Love love love the journal page and the tag. I didn’t know that one could use a babywipe! Cool new info that I will have to try! Being a grandma I have plenty of those around! Thank you so much for sharing with us on this new hop!

  82. Wow…love what you created. Really like the tag saying…can we ever get all our ducks in a row!

  83. What a creative journal page and some great ways to use this awesome stencil. Thanks for the great photo tutorial too. Saving this for my journal too!

  84. Wow, this one is really full of goodness! Valerie

  85. Susan Samuel says:

    What a really unusual stencil. Love the effect generated in your page.
    Susan S

  86. Hi Natalie! I just love your art journal work and your use of colors. I never thought I’d like browns and golds so much, but you’re making me wish I had created a page just like yours! That would definitely be something I’d frame and tack on the wall in my artsy fartsy room!

  87. Denise Spillane says:

    Love this stencil. I appreciate these samples, they are so inspiring! This month is my 62 nd birthday so winning would be great.

  88. Valerie Gilreath says:

    What a great stencil! I like that it is not square (all the way to the edges), so that it makes a more organic shape. Great idea about using the washi tape in the background too. I hadn’t thought of that. Thanks for the chance to win. Valerie

  89. This is a great stencil! Would love to win it!

  90. i feel like u are an old friend now and i could not wait to see what u did, i knew i would love it! and i was not disappointed! aloha, angi in hana

  91. Wow — so cool! I love how it looks over the tape!

  92. Nice use of the stencil to give that wild look to your page – ducks in a row – what’s that! LOL xox

  93. Linda Penny says:

    Great idea to try embossing powder! On my list now!

  94. I just ordered the crackle stencil. love your spread!

  95. Wow, that is a fantastic page. I love all the different layers & textures.

  96. Love using the EP with the stencil. Thanks for the great idea.

  97. Love this journal page and the sentiment is so perfect!!! Love what you did with Nat’s stencil – great idea!


  98. Laurie Hunt says:

    Great use of the stencil on a beautiful spread! I love your quote, cuz sometimes we just have to face the facts!

  99. Susan Swedlund says:

    I love how your stencil work never looks like you used a stencil. That really inspires me!

  100. Very cool project, Marjie! Love the embossing and I think that is a great stencil as well! Enjoy the day!

  101. Barb Adams says:

    First of all, I love the woven look to your spread. And the stenciled tag adds such dimension. Really wonderful!

  102. Awesome job on this. I love this stencil. I cannot wait to get one to play with!!!

  103. Love this.
    wonderful art journal page

  104. cool technic thanks for sharing

  105. lovely journal page. so much fun to *hop* and see the different uses of this great stencil.

  106. Thanks for the tutorial…love you AJ page 😉

  107. Love how you built up the layers and that you used yellow and added a timeworn touch to it! The crackle work on the tag- scrumptious! Now I am off to check out your other post!

  108. Oh love what you have done!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! I NEED that crackle stencil!! STAT!!!

  109. Love all the texture you got with the tape — looks like a map of sorts! The embossing with the stencil is marvelously cool. And great duck quote too!

  110. Loveeeeeeeeeee this!!!! LOVING the colors, the textures and I recognize Dina’s stamp on there too!! 🙂

  111. Love this page- what a great use of embossing powder. Well done!

  112. Nice pages. I like your idea of using the washi tape. 🙂

  113. Gerd Andersson says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I love the outcome!

  114. Jeannette says:

    I love your work Marije. And the use of the stencil looks great. I would love to win one !

  115. Awesome spread, so grunge and so arty!

  116. Linda on the Prairie says:

    Love the color choices. And I appreciate the reminder to have something to use the excess ink on a future project!

  117. So much to see and admire Marjie…gorgeous pages!

    kind regards, Alie 🙂

  118. love the clear embossing through the stencil- so cool. Wonderful wonderful art journal page. thanks for playing along Marjie!!!

  119. Great artwork! Love the layers! The stencilpattern is beautiful and works with the girl clothes.

  120. great art !