Mask your Masks Technique

Welcome to Friday! This is Rachel Kleinman here to share a fun technique to try with your TCW masks (or Bits and Fragments). So let’s mask your masks!


This card uses three TCW stencils and is quick to put together…


Start with a Bit or Fragment and a patterned stencil. I’m putting the design on a piece of white cardstock (4″ x 5.25″) with my Rock Crystals stencil on the bottom and the Sugar Skull Bit on top.



I taped the Sugar Skull to the cardstock to keep it in place. Now I inked around the mask onto the cardstock, being careful not to get any ink inside the Sugar Skull. I added a second ink color in a similar shade to add some depth to the background.



Remove the Rock Crystals stencil and position the Sugar Skull Bit back into the masked spot. Tape the mask down so it doesn’t shift and trace the outline.


Now go in with two colors of ink and blend inside the Sugar Skull Bit. I used a yellow and pink to blend the pattern easily.



To finish my card base, I added some black modeling paste through the Word Associations stencil to make the word ‘imagine’. Once the paste dries just add it to a folded card base and it’s finished!



Since the technique was so simple I threw together another card…


For my Dream card I used Daisy Splash as the background and Hot Air Balloon Fragment for the mask.


After creating these cards I see my Bits and Fragments in another light! I hope you give this technique a try to create some unique cards and art journal pages with your masks. Happy stenciling!

Rachel Kleinman

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Certified Educator

Stencils used:

TCW 2053 – Sugar Skull Bit

TCW 527s – Word Association

TCW 2075 – Hot Air Balloon Fragment

TCW 552s – Daisy Splash

TCW 522s – Rock Crystals

Memorial Day Art Journal Page

Hi Friends!  Carmen Whitehead here with my first post for The Crafter’s Workshop 2015 Design Team!  I have a simple art journal page for you today, but this technique can be used to create a canvas, wood pallet canvas, or even a card.

We have so much to be grateful for in this country.  I am a naturalized citizen of the United States, I was born in Cuba, but chose to become a US citizen.  Coming from a Communist country I have a great appreciation for the freedoms we have here and I’m so thankful for the men and women that have served our country to give us those freedoms.

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This sentiment on this art journal page is one of my favorite.  It absolutely takes bravery to join the military and put your life at risk to protect our country and the freedoms that we enjoy.

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I started the page with some gesso, then scraped on with a plastic card some DecoArt Americana acrylics in red, white and blue to create the shape of the US flag.  I used The Crafter’s Workshop stencils  TCW512 and TCW547 for the adding detail to the stripes and  Balzer Bits Star TCW2055.  The sentiment was written with Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen in black, and the smaller stars with my new favorite white maker, Molotow paint marker

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So, this Memorial Day take a small break from the barbeque and festivities and say a special thank you to the men and women that have given us this sacrifice.

Make sure you check back often to The Crafter’s Workshop site for more inspiration and projects!

Thanks so much for visiting!



The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

create – Documenting Creativity Itself with Stencils

Happy Wednesday crafters!

After sifting thru all the new stencils, I knew I HAD to use this one called ‘Flow Chart’ to document my journey into Art Journaling!

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I just love the graphics, the scale and obviously the word ‘CREATE!’

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Flow Chart

I started with a photo of some text play from my journal and the 12×12 ‘Flow Chart’ stencil.

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I am a little obsessed with ombre colors and this allowed me to use lots of mists while keeping the color palette to just a few tones.

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I started with the darkest color at the top and worked my way down, holding the mist farther away towards the bottom of the page.

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After the misting dried, I used black distress ink to stencil some of the numbers and postmark from the ‘Mini Ravenscape’ stencil over a few of the misted blocks of color.

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I used this delicious gold embossing paste over a couple words from the ‘Mini Word Association’ stencil to add some texture.

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I punched a few pieces of patterned paper to lay over a couple of the color blocked areas as well.

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Finally, I layered some more patterned paper, tracing paper and gold thread under my photo and tucked in a couple other embellishments.

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Some doodling, washi and black India ink splatters finished my page!  I know this is a stencil that will be getting lots of use!!

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Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Hope you are inspired to create and have an amazing day!

Jenni Calma – The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils used:

 Flow Chart – TCW508

Mini Word Association – TCW527S

Mini Ravenscape – TCW529S

Scrapbook Layout with roses

Hello everyone! It’s Tanya. Today is my first post for the Crafters Workshop Team. I am very happy to be a part of such amazing team. The Crafters Workshop were the first stencils which I picked up. And I continue to admire each design of The Crafters Workshop stencils.

And my first project it is Layout with roses. This flowers my husband presented me on my 25 birthday! Our life is wonderful!


And this wood key is the symbol of our freedom. We choose our way and our attitude toward life depends on us.





I made background with spray ink and Fleur de Lis Doily TCW373 stencil





I painted a stencil pattern with black liner




I added Vellum and some decorations






Finally I added some splash og black glaze



And that is all! My LO is ready


I hope you enjoyed

Have a wonderful day!

The Crafters Workshop stencil:

Fleur de Lis Doily TCW373

Tanya Palamarchuk, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Layering stencils to create a scene

Hi everyone! This is Consie here to show you how I layered five different stencils to create a scene on a greeting card.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopMy best friend is moving to Florida in a couple weeks to live with her boyfriend. They have spent more than a year living in separate states and I wanted to give her a card that reflected how happy I am for them!

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopHere are all the supplies I used:

  • a piece of 8.5×11 white cardstock and bone folder to crease it in half
  • Acrylic paints in yellow, olive green, cadmium orange and black
  • Makeup sponges
  • Sharpie pen
  • Signo Uni-ball white gel pen
  • Painter’s tape/washi tape
  • Stencils: House • TCW 2061; Mini Sunlit Forest • TCW 517S; Mini Life Tidbits • TCW 504S; Mini Word Association • TCW527S; Daisy • TCW2078

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopThe first step was to add the sun into the corner using the Daisy stencil, a makeup sponge and yellow acrylic paint. Adding paint past the fragment extended the rays of the sun.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's Workshop Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopThe next step was to add in the trees using the Mini Sunlit Forest stencil. I used the House stencil as a mask on top of the forest so that I could fill in the house as I wanted later. I kept the paint near the edges of the forest stencil very light so that I could then extend the stencil design.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopI extending the tree pattern by randomly moving the stencil around until I liked the forest and shadows I had created. I didn’t try to line anything up perfectly.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopNext I added in orange to the door and window of the house.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopI then created some fun doodles in my cute house in the trees with a Sharpie pen. You can freehand the outline of the house if you want (I did) or use the House mask to draw the shape. You have the shape…why not use it!

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopTo personalize this specifically for my friend, I added the words Happy (Mini Word Association stencil) and Together with the figures (Mini Life Tidbits stencil) across the bottom of the card in black.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopThe final step was to add a bit of white here and there with a Signo gel pen and my card is all ready for the note inside to wish my friends much happiness together in their next big adventure!

Thanks for joining me today!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member