El Dia Del Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Sugar Skull

Hello All!

Design Team Member, Keri Sallee, here!

Today, I am so excited to share with you my newest project for The Crafter’s Workshop!

Recently, I have become OBSESSED with a show on Spike TV called Ink Masters, where fellow tattoo artist battle it out to win $100,000. One of my favorite episodes is when they all had to tattoo Sugar Skulls.

If you’re not familiar with what a Sugar Skull is…it is a decorative skull that is used in a Spanish day of remembrance called El Dia Del Los Muertos or The Day of the Dead. It is a time for the people of the Spanish culture to remember those who have passed on.

Sugar Skulls are known for their symmetry  and ornate designs.

Here is my take on a Sugar Skull:


For this project, I used 3 stencils:


I used both the 12×12 and the 6×6 of “Daisy Buzz” and “Elegant Motif.”

I also used the Spiderweb Fragment:

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I made this video tutorial to take you step by step through the process!

Here are a few closeups:

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project and it inspires you to try something new!!!



TCW Design Team and Certified Educator

Combinations of green and pink…

I played with a lot of stencils lately, and want to show two of these creations in this post. They happen to have mostly green and pink colors on them. TCW background collage flower - Ellie Knol (1) Please don’t ask me to list the stencils I’ve used on this card, LOL.
What I like about this one is that, even when you sponge a lot of layers with a lot of different stencils in different colors, in the end it turns out to be a background.
So, go grab your stencils and PLAY!
The flowers are recycled from a postcard… LOVE doing that sometimes if it fits nicely on a background.


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On this card I used, YES, one grand brand NEW stencil from The Crafter´s Workshop!
At the same time it’s a NEW favorite stencil of mine, too!
The black is structure paste. I highlighted parts with a white acrylic marker.

I used this beautiful stencil :
TCW557 Lace 6×6

I also post a lot of creations with TCW stencils on my personal blog which I don’t post here at TCW, so if you’d wish to come and visit, you’re welcome!

Ellie Knol
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Bits, Fragments and Remnants with Karenliz

Hello. I’m going to show you the fun I had playing with Bits, Fragments and Remnants and here is a picture of what all the new ones look like.

You can find them and all the new stencils HERE.


These pictures are actually from a day I just played and created. I was lucky my camera was still in my art room!

I will tell you most of the mediums I used were all over my craft sheet from a previous project. I also tend to use more paint than anything but anything I do here can be done with distress inks and sponges, paint brushes and watercolors, etc., whatever you love to use.

First I pulled out my art journal. I always play in here first before I do anything. I took the Messy Script Bit (TCW2091) and placed in on my page and took a palette knife spread the heavy body acrylic paint on top of it.

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I also added some modeling paste.

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Look at all the cool texture it created. Love!

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Before the paint dried on the bit, I flipped it over and used the other page to take off the excess paint. How could you not love that look?

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I finished the pages by added the Pod Remnant, more paint, and added the words from the Mini Live Love Laugh stencils (TCW467s).

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You can also take a permanent marker and outline any of them. This one is the Berry Branch Bit (TCW2090). I traced the design on paper and cut it out. By just playing it gave a great idea for this bit. You will see that in another post.

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I decided to try this same technique with the Messy Script Bit but I didn’t cut it out.

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I wasn’t sure it was going to look okay but boy was I wrong.

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I added Color Burst in Burnt Orange by Ken Oliver Crafts and a Bat Doodle stamp from Stampendous and now I have a Halloween card.

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Here is the finished card.

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This card was so quick, easy and fun.

I hope you liked my play time with Bits, Fragments and Remnants. Did it spark some inspiration? I hope so. Now go and play!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
Blog: My Creative Endeavors

It’s Complicated Art Journal Page

Hello all you lovely crafter crafty people. Shanna here today and I played with some brand new 12×12 stencils and I love them.
I wanted to play with an art journal page. I have been itching and made quite a few at the same time. It is so easy to get lost having fun isn’t it?


So the way I put this together was fun and simple.

Art journaling can be about layers. I started with a layer of gesso just to prep the page. Then I went in with some paints.


Then I grabbed my first stencil I used TCW586.


I love using a make up sponge because I can control where the color goes.


Then I got to working on my modeling paste. I wanted it black and decided to use a gelato for that. 


I mixed some cut off gelato with water.

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I got it mixed very well and then added in my modeling paste.


I used the stencil TCW567 with the mixed modeling paste.


Then I grabbed my black gelato again using my finger to rub color into TCW559.

I used some leftover black color with water to add splatter on my page. Then I went back around some of the black parts with a white gel pen for an extra highlight.

What do you think?

Here are some close ups!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today…Shanna

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Door Hangers

Hello Everyone, Jen here to show you a quick and easy way to brighten your home decor.

Supplies needed:

1 supplies

  • Wooden door hanger
  • Gesso
  • Paint
  • Palette knife
  • Whipped Spackle
  • Foam paint brush
  • Stencils  (Here I used)  TCW 557 Lace,  TCW 585 Inspired Words,
  • TCW 588 Moroccan Sun

Step 1:

I primed the wooden door hanger with a coat of Gesso. Allow to dry and paint your first layer of color.

Step 2 gesso

Step 2: Painting more layers of color

I did my first layer in Titanium White, then a second layer in Turquoise.

Layer 2 in turquiose

Step 3: Place stencil over door hanger then apply a layer of whipped spackle with a palette knife.

Step 3 whipped spacklie

Here I used the NEW TCW 588 Moroccan Sun stencil

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Loving the raised texture! (TCW 588 Moroccan Sun stencil)


Step 4: Adding more stencil detail w/ TCW 588 Moroccan Sun

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Here I used TCW 585 Inspired Words stencil.



Step 5: Adding more color

I was really happy with how this turned out and was thinking of leaving as is but I felt it needed a blast of color so I got out my spray inks.



Loving this texture and explosion of color!


I decided to use a white paint pen over the inspirational words so they stand out better.


Hope you enjoyed this!


Jen-Signature  2015 Crafter’s Workshop Design Team