Creating BIG…

…. YES, playing with acrylic paints and stencils to create a 30/30 background.
Cut it up in pieces in the end, and you’ve got one-of-a-kind backgrounds for 6 cards.

A tutorial today on the HOW-TO,
showing the use of 12×12 stencils.


TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (1)

Use a 30/30 scrapbook paper in a blue color as the base.
I used a scrapbook paper from Bazzill.

TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (2)
Brayer some white acrylic paint to the page to add interest.

    TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (3)
Use 3 different greens plus a yellow and a red acrylic paint and sponge it over this beautiful stencil :TCW536 Postcard 12×12
Don’t use too much paint.
Make the colors blend on the page.

TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (4)  Using the same colors of acrylic paint, sponge over a second stencil. …
TCW541 Believe Script 12×12

TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (5)
….and a third….
TCW502 Impressions 12×12

 …and a fourth…
TCW532 Cathedral of Love 12×12]

TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (6)  and finally a fifth one.
TCW514 Cabbage Roses 12×12

TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (7)
To knock back the colors a bit, brayer some white acrylic paint to the page. I scribbled in the paint on the brayer before applying it.

NOW: cut your page into 6 A6 backgrounds for cards.

TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (8)
Add some sponging with red and blue distress ink to match the background.
Also add some white with an acrylic marker to make the sponged images pop.

  TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (9)
Stamp a saying onto the card, heat emboss it with clear embossing powder.
Adhere to a card base.

TCW tutorial acrylic paint bazzill paper (10)
A close-up.

LOVE the chalky effect,
although, as the steps enrolled,
I thought maybe I should have stopped sponging after the first or second application of color.

What do you think?

Ellie Knol
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member



TCW536 Postcard 12×12

TCW541 Believe Script 12×12

TCW502 Impressions 12×12
TCW502 Impressions 12x12

TCW532 Cathedral of Love 12×12

TCW514 Cabbage Roses 12×12

Quick and Simple Gift Tags with Shanna

Good morning, afternoon, or night to you amazing crafter’s out there. Shanna here to share a little holiday inspiration!

How many of you add tags to your gifts? Or labels for the presents you give? We do but normally we buy them. This year I thought it would be fun to make some tags for bags and boxes we will be gifting the family and friends!

So for my first tag I decided to so some embossing! I grabbed my tag and wiped it with an anti-static pouch (this is so my embossing powder doesn’t stick to anything but what I want it too).


Then I push the VersaMark ink pad where I wanted it and stamped a sentiment as well. Using an embossing powder of your choice, I went with gold, you can see here the detail.


Then you heat emboss the powder. Look at how shiny that looks! How fun this will be to add to a goodies bag filled with hot chocolate and chocolate?


The next tag got some black glitter for a touch or shiny and bright! I mixed it in with some soft matte gel medium ( I used Prima but and good gel medium will work).


Spread a good layer through your stencil and clean your stencil immediately if you can or use a baby wipe if you can’t get your stencil to a wash off area (mine is the kitchen sink).


I didn’t get pictures of the last tag but it used the same method as above, instead I used a 3d gloss gel and gold glass glitter.

The stencil I used for these tags was the 12×12 Patterns stencil TCW539. Here are all three tags together. Isn’t it fun? I would love of you all to give tag making a try!

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Thank you for stopping by. Shanna

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Mail art postcards

A conversation with a friend about pen pals prompted me to think about sending out some actual mail to a few friends and family just to let them know I was thinking about them.

Mail Art Postcards using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • #mailart #stencils #mixedmediaIn this age of electronic mail, it is always nice to receive a physical reminder that you are thought of and mail art postcards are quick and fun to make!

Mail Art Postcards using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • #mailart #stencils #mixedmediaHere are the supplies I used:

  • Watercolor postcards
  • Watercolors and a small brush
  • Baby wipes
  • Doodling markers and pens
  • Acrylic paint and makeup sponges
  • A couple spray inks
  • Modeling paste
  • Handmade stamps + letter stamps and black ink pad
  • Words from magazines and glue stick
  • A variety of stencils

Mail Art Postcards using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • #mailart #stencils #mixedmediaI started all the postcards by randomly adding watercolors to all of them with a baby wipe. This is a quick way to lay down a background.

Mail Art Postcards using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • #mailart #stencils #mixedmediaI then chose a stencil for each card to create a feature element. The stencils used above were the the Graffitti Bit, the Painted Cat Bit, the Circled Face Bit and the Radar Remnant.

Mail Art Postcards using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • #mailart #stencils #mixedmediaI also used the Family Bit, the Sequin Waste Bit and the 6×6 Tatting stencil. For some of the postcards I sprayed through the stencils, some I added modeling paste, and some I added paint with a makeup sponge.

Mail Art Postcards using stencils from The Crafter's Workshop • #mailart #stencils #mixedmediaI then had some fun with my markers and pens, and finished off the postcards with a phrase of some kind that I have been collecting from magazines. Now to pick the recipients of some fun mail art postcards!

Thanks for joining me today!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

One Stencil for Big Impact

Hi there and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you here in the U.S.!  With the feeling of gratitude in the air, I made this quick layout using only one large stencil.  I love using lots of layers, different media and over embellishing, but wanted this page to be about the story.

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I used the stencil below in 12×12, but there is also a 6×6 one.  I thought this stencil would be great to bring focus to the photo in the middle and to be able to use the lines as a loose guide for my journaling.


I started with just a plain piece of white cardstock and some gold mist.

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I chose the gold because it looked great with the photo and also to symbolize my children being the treasure in my life.  Cheesy, maybe…but true!

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After the mist dried I trimmed my photo.  I had actually created it in the shape of a circle using Photoshop which helped me trim it more carefully.

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I also added this glitter word phrase sticker, stitching it down to secure it in alignment of the curve of the stencil.story_TCW_Nov 2015 (30)

I loosely planned out the length of my journaling, so I would know how small to write, adjusting at the end of each line.  It worked out pretty perfectly.

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I added some lime green thread that was sitting on my desk in a messy ball under the photo before adhering it down.  The color matched the sea oats in the photo and I can’t help using something that is just sitting around waiting for the ideal place to be used!

story_TCW_Nov 2015 final

Sometimes one stencil can make a big impact and help give an important story an awesome background!  Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

You can follow the links below to the stencils I used.


TCW553 – 12×12 Stone Rings

Be sure to share your stencil creations on our Facebook page or by tagging The Crafter’s Workshop on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest!

Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Stencil + Paste + Ink = FUN

Hello its Leeann here today! And I’m sharing how I made this scrapbook page. This page was quick to whip up. Sometimes I like to keep things clean and simple when creating backgrounds. I find when I only use a couple of mediums my pages stay flat and I’m not also waiting hours for things to dry. I also like to show the design of the stencil! For some crazy reason it excites me!


To start with I use a Modeling paste and swipe it on to the Sunburst stencil. Then peel the stencil away and allow to dry.


Once dry cut a 4.5inch strip of the stenciled Kraft and machine stitch to white card stock base. Next used the woven stencil and lightly spray ink on it away from your base. Pick up the sprayed woven stencil and stamp the design onto the white card stock base. Allow to dry.


Once all the mediums are dry add some watercolour spills and flicks to begin the two side together. Add some random stamping with using stamps and also stencils. Once happy with the finished background,  finish your page off by adding your photos and embellishments.


Here are a couple of detailed shots…



I hope you enjoyed today and were inspired to get creative and show off what stencil designs you love!


Leeann PearceThe Crafters Workshop