Tribal Scales

by Chris Wallace

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If you are following along with the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop then you are in the right place! Be sure to leave comments on all of the blogs to enter to win this prize package!! The post below this one is another Walnut Hollow Project for the hop! Be sure to check that one out too!

Stencil Girl Blog Hop Prize lowresThis prize consists of Walnut Hollow Mini CrateCard Box12″x12″ Wood Panel6″x6″ Basswood Canvas and a Creative Versa-Tool®! (A $70 Value!)

Enter to win by commenting on the Blog projects that are a part of the Walnut Hollow + Stencil Girl Blog Hop. The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have to win! Giveaway will close on Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59PM Central Time.


When StencilGirl asked if we would like to participate in a Blog Hop with them, we were delighted. StencilGirl stencils are so unique and fun – we love them. The most wonderful part is that all of the people at StencilGirl are simply the best! We met Mary Beth at the Craft and Hobby Association tradeshow in January. Those of you who have had the opportunity to take a class from her are extremely lucky. And Maria is so helpful and great to work with.

So back to the Blog Hop – for years we have told our customers that they can use stencils for wood burning ideas.  But there are stencils and then there are stencils, if you know what I mean. StencilGirl stencils are different and the hard part was trying to decide what to do. I have quite a few ideas so stay tuned for future StencilGirl projects!


I used a 6” x 6” Basswood Canvas ( for my project and the Creative Versa-Tool.


I started my project by taping the Scales stencil by Jessica Sporn  ( on the raw Basswood Canvas. I used a small round sponge to apply Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw and Antique Linen) starting in the upper right corner with Shabby Shutters and ending at the bottom left corner with Antique Linen.

background completeOnce the background was complete and dry, I penciled in the Tribal Hand stencil by Lizzie Mayne (

trace stencil

with pencil

I used the Creative Versa-Tool to wood burn the design by simply following the pencil lines.

wood burn hand

After the hand was complete, I burned an outline to finish the edges of the hand.



I used a metal ruler to wood burn a straight outline of the edges of the Scales stencil on top of the Basswood Canvas.  I attached the Shading Point on the hot tool and burned the top edge to “frame” the design.


I used Peeled Paint Distress Stain to stain each side of the Basswood Canvas.


After it was dry, I used the Shading Point to wood burn the top of each side.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly this project was complete. Of course, having fun while I was doing it made it seem to go even faster.

Great stencils made by great people – doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks StencilGirl, we love being friends and Blog Hopping together!

Be sure to view the post below this one! It is also a part of the Walnut Hollow StencilGirl Blog Hop!

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Carolyn Dube <>

Janet Joehlin <>

Linda Kittmer <>

Mary C. Nasser <>

Julie Snidle <>

Jessica Sporn <>

Judy Shea <>

Maria McGuire <>

41 thoughts on “Tribal Scales

  1. I have to get me one those Versa Tools! Love this box. My Hubbie makes wooden spoons and it might be fun to add a little design on the handles. TFS!

  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am a huge fan of Stencil Girl Stencils, but have never seen them used with a wood burning tool. The effects are amazing! Needless to say you have gained yourself a new follower, maybe two, as I am off to tell my daughter all about this post. Barbara x

  3. You are so right about the team at Stencil Girl, they are simply the best! I particularly enjoyed the technique you show here with the Shading Point to create the nice edge. I want to give this a try!

  4. Awesome canvas! I tried wood burning when I was younger, but got bored quickly. If I had known I could make fabulous stuff like this I would have continued. Thanks for inspiring me to give it another try. Theresa x

  5. wow two chances to win awesome stuff from walnut hollow and stencil girls. love your products, have used them before but would love my own. and stencil girls is just the best ever. what generous prizes and so much inspirations. xoxo

  6. I love how you layered the stencils, with distress inks and then burning over that. It is a great look, one that I’m sure I will do in a future project. Thank you for the suggestion!

  7. Wow!! This is very cool. I love the smell of wood burning. Fantastic designs- I never knew this product existed so add it to the bucket list of craft ideas to try…so little time.

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