Wednesday, November 20, 2013

StencilGirl Guest Designer Judi Kauffman

Maria here....
Today we have Guest Designer Judi Kauffman here to visit with us at StencilGirl Talk. 
Judi is a nationally-known writer, designer, teacher and product developer. 
Take it away Judi!

Shimmer Sheetz Mini Crate
By Judi Kauffman for StencilGirl Products

Stenciled pieces of Shimmer Sheetz add the feel of polished metal to a handy wood mini crate. It's as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Paint the crate with flat acrylic paint.

2. Alter two 5" x 12" pieces of Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks for a mottled effect, allowing some of the original sparkly surface to remain visible. Stencil with black and gold inks. (Use an ink applicator with felt pad to apply all inks.) Stencil Used: Unfinished by Seth Apter

3. Back stenciled Shimmer Sheetz with double-sided adhesive sheet. Cut strips and end pieces; attach to the crate.

Some design strategies and things to notice -

*The strips for the front of the crate were not cut at random. Cut as follows:

--From one of the 5" x 12" pieces of stenciled Shimmer Sheetz, carefully cut 1" strips to keep the words UNFINISHED, CHANGE and INSIDE prominently featured.
--UNFINISHED will run the entire 6.5" across the bottom strip, cropped just a bit on all sides.
--CHANGE and INSIDE will appear at the top right of the first and second strips.
--Piece the strips as needed - the randomness of the stencil camouflages the places where two strips are joined side by side.
--Use the less interesting strips for the back slats.

*Cut two 4" x 5" rectangles from second 5" x 12" piece of stenciled Shimmer Sheetz for ends of crate. Make a paper pattern to use for cutting the handle openings.

*Choose paint, ink and Shimmer Sheetz colors to suit your taste and d├ęcor. See the supply list to duplicate the project using the colors as shown.

*Keep the stenciled Shimmer Sheetz scraps to use for bookmarks, tags, or greeting cards.

*Pick a different stencil - you can't go wrong with hands, words, geometric designs, or  allover patterns!


Turquoise Gemstones Shimmer Sheetz (2 pieces, 5" x 12")
Transparent double-sided adhesive sheet (2 pieces, 5" x 12")

Rustic Pallet Collection Mini Crate #23873 (6.5" x 5.30" x 4.25")

Americana Acrylics - Lamp (Ebony) Black

Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Lettuce, Ginger, Pitch Black
Tim Holtz Metallic Mixatives - Gold
Tim Holtz Ink Applicator

Paintbrush, craft knife, grid ruler, cutting mat

If you have any questions for Judi, please leave them below in the comments.


  1. Looks so fabulous with the yarn in it. Great idea. xox

    1. Thanks, Corrine. I'm getting ready to make a scarf, they were sitting next to my computer, and it was pure coincidence that they looks so pretty in the crate. Judi K

  2. Thank you so much for Guest Designing Judi. Beautiful project!

    1. My pleasure, Maria! I hope you'll invite me to be a Guest Designer again soon. Judi K

  3. I really love how you used the stencils Judi. Very creative project!

    1. Thanks, Seth. I'm crazy about your stencils. Each one is endlessly useful and effortless to use. Judi K

  4. Judi:

    Great job with the crate. It looks like a genuine metallic crate. Great gift idea - thanks for sharing.


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