Blog Hop ~ Nat Kalbach’s Arabesque Stencil


It’s my pleasure to join Nat Kalbach in another blog hop today. (If you missed the others, here’s what I did with Nat’s Crackle Stencil and here’s a project with her Circuit Stencil.) You can also see all the stencils Nat designed for StencilGirl Products right here.

Today I’m hopping with Nat, Stephanie Schutze, Martha Richardson, and Maria McGuire, and we’re playing with her Arabesque stencil:


I’ve used it on a box:


 I painted the box black and then used Wendy Vecchi’s Silver Embossing Paste through Nat’s stencil.

KemperboxarabesqueJPGThe top is painted black, coated with paste, and then coated with Ranger’s Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  Once dry I rubbed Black Soot Distress Ink into all the cracks.



Nat is giving away one of her Arabesque stencils today and you have more chances of winning by commenting here as well as on the other Blog Hop particpants’ sites:

Nathalie Kalbach

Stephanie Schütze

Marjie Kemper (you are here)

Martha Richardson

Maria McGuire

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And if you are in or near New Hampshire or Massachusetts this weekend, join me for classes!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. This is a great stencil and I love how you used it on your box.

  2. Snap! Crackle! Pop! Love it!

  3. wow, that box is beautiful! Nat’s stencil looks great on it.

  4. Kristine East says:

    Such and awesome idea to use the arabesque stencil on a box!

  5. WOW!!!! The crackle totally transformed this! Love this! What a cool project! Great stencil too!

  6. Wow…I love that crackled top…looks so wonderfully aged. The color palette is right up my alley, too. Beautiful, Marjie!

  7. I love the way you used the stencil on the box! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Beautiful and so creative!! This stencil is perfect for this kind of project! Distress crackle paint is one of my favorite products and is the perfect addition to your box!!

  9. The Arabesque stencil was perfect for this box! Looks terrific! Loving the crackle of the top. These stencils are so versatile, would love to play with it! Thanks for sharing!
    Janelle R

  10. That is gorgeous, I love the crackle on the top.

  11. cool cool cool! did I say cool?!

  12. A fun box with a hint of masculiness. Love the girly flourish stencil and the crackled top.

  13. Very creative! Love the box!

  14. Elegant! xox

  15. just gorgeous dear Marjie!
    Happy weekend!

  16. Your box is beautiful! I love the effect of the stencil on the sides.

  17. Carmen Lucero says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Love the crackle effect on the box, and the stencil too, of course!

  18. This is fabulous!

  19. What a beautiful box Marjie! Love how you used both stencils!!

  20. Susan Schultheis says:

    N is really producing some great stencils! and you, of course, are making them shine with your art projects! I would love to win one of N’s stencils and have some fun with it. the box is great. thanks

  21. Laura Strack says:

    Oh my goodness, I love this box so much and I’d love this technique on a large piece, as well. Truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  22. Great box…wish I had thought about that. It would make a great gift 😉

  23. Jacalyn Claes says:

    I love this arabesque stencil. It has such an elegant look

  24. Thanks for sharing a beautiful piece of art.
    susan s

  25. Another great way to use the stencil. Lovely.

  26. Helen Markee says:

    how beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration

  27. this is exquisite and elegant. Love the crackle technique!

  28. That aged look is something I strive for…you make it look easy.

  29. Gorgeous stencil Marjie and LOVE what you did with it, the box lid is amazing too. Hugs, Anne x

  30. Love seeing you use this on a box.. something useful. Great idea and that crackle.. oh my.

  31. How elegant this is, love it.

  32. love the box idea

  33. I LOVE your box design! There are so many uses for the Arabesque stencil, I’d love to win it! Thanks for sharing your delightful project with us hoppers!

  34. So cool, Marjie – love this stencil, and your metallic crackle lid looks amazing!
    Alison x

  35. So simple and so very effective! Just beautiful.

  36. looks AWESOME Marjie!

  37. What a beautiful stencil, I didn’t know about these. Thanks for sharing Marjie.

  38. Lovely altered box and great crackling, GF!

  39. Oh dear…LOVE your box. Fabolous result you achieved with these techniques.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs from SPAIN

  40. Beautiful!
    I am sure the silver catches the light beautifully.
    I love this stencil. I’ve been using stencils myself for some Christmas cards (with paste, glass glitter and tinting medium).

  41. Linda on the Prairie says:

    I just got the silver embossing paste yesterday. Thanks for an inspiration.

  42. This is way cool!!! Love the look!

  43. Laurie Hunt says:

    Beautiful box. I love the outcome of the process you used.

  44. Cool box!

  45. I recently subscribed to your blog. I love your style! I particularly enjoy how you used this stencil in something three dimensional. I used to live in Concord. What a shame I can’t check out a class of yours. Good luck.

  46. Absolutely adore your stylish and very elegant box.

  47. Ok Marjie … I seriously LOve this box. The stencil is fabulous and looks incredible with the silver embossing paste. And then the lid with the crackle … oh … just marvelous. Great project!!!! — Mary Elizabeth

  48. The box is amazing- adding the embossing paste makes it look stunning!

  49. Love this stencil and LOVED how you used it in your project! thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

  50. Is beautiful your box, the color and the stencil are fantastic in this project

  51. Kathy Gledsdale says:

    how gorgeous!

  52. Wow! I love the effect. Great project. I wonder what you will use the box for?

  53. This is gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeee it!!!!

  54. Oh beautiful- such a gorgeous effect- Love it!!! Thank you so much for playing along!

  55. The box is so elegant. I love it.

  56. what an awesome box! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity!

  57. Marjie, what a beautiful box. I love it!

  58. Gerd Andersson says:

    Wow, your box is just fabulous! Love it!

  59. Love that Box. Great ideas to make this Box beautiful unique.

  60. Love the work you have done with the stencil. Still cannot believe how peoples work is so different. I would love to get the chance to use one.

  61. Love your box! Thanks for being a part of Nathalie’s blog hop & giveaway.

  62. Great effect with the crackle paint. Wonder or you had enough on one jare ? Anyhow, nice way to use the stencil!

  63. I love your gorgeous box created with Nat’s stencil. I would love to be the lucky winner. Great to visit your blog today.