Stenciled chipboard fun

Hi Everyone, it’s Beck BT here today sharing with you a page in my Art journal.  I had so much fun incorporating the stencils onto it.  They really help give your projects that increased bit of detail and interest.

art journal page

I had fun creating my first real Art Journal page today.  I included some of my favourite The Crafter’s Workshop stencils as well as inks and paint.  So much fun!

I used these three stencils to create my Art Journal page:

TCW487 Alhanbra TCW 490 tattered lace tcw 458                                      Alhanbra                 Tattered Lace             Coffee Splotch

Begin by stencilling with Pink distress ink through the Albanbra stencil.step 1

Take texture paste and the ‘Coffee Splotch’ stencil and add some texture to the background

step 2

Take the Tattered lace stencil and add some brown colour ink through the stencil to give the effect of old worn metal.  I first inked my chipboard piece with a pearl white ink pad.

step 3

Now that you have seen how I used the stencils on toay’s project, here is some detail pictures for you to get up and close with my page.

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detail 3

detail 4.

I hope you enjoyed my share today and have a go yourself at getting your ‘Art’ on!

Happy Crafting!!
xxxBeck BT

Art journal play


I now spend an hour each night nourishing my creative soul in my art journal….no rules, no limits, just play. It’s a great way to play without actually finishing a page! I started by colouring in blocks of colours with NeoColor water-soluble crayons.


I added water and painted the blocks before closing the two pages together for a print on the opposite page.

Art-journal-play-with-TCW-by-Yvonne-YamOnce that was dry, I used The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 470 Geometric Art Layers with some Dylusions spray inks. So fun!


Here’s another page I did the other day. Can you spot the TCW stencils I used?

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team



Making Mighty Mini Works of Art with TCW!

Hello Everyone!

This week in my studio I have been all about making mini works of art with ATCs.

If you’re not familiar with that acronym, it stands for “Artist Trading Cards” and it exactly what it sounds like…small cards, approximately the size of regular playing cards (2.5in x 3.5in) that are made by artist to share with others!


Even thought it’s small, this little guy took about 15 steps to make!

I put together a little step-by-step collage to show you how I did it!


Step 1: Gesso Your surface. Dry completely.

Step 2: Using an old plastic card, scrape a bright yellow paint across your surface.

Step 3: Lay the 6×6 TCW “Numbers Collage” over you still wet paint and rub with a baby wipe to remove some of the paint.

Step 4:  Remove the stencil and you will have a great tone-on-tone look! Dry your piece.

Step 5: Using the smaller hexagons on the 12×12 TCW “Hexagon” stencil, use your finger to “paint” hexagons on three corners. I used a metallic blue from Plaid.

Step 6: Remove your stencil. It’s Ok if it’s messy!!


Step 7: Water down some pink acrylic paint just a little bit. Apply a good amount the top and allow it to drip down. I used a pipette, but you can apply with a small rounded paintbrush. It it’s not moving down you project, you can coax it by adding a few heavy drops in the area you want a drip and it should flow down. Dry.

Step 8: Add bits of washi tape for added details.

Step 9: Using a small lid and a bright green acrylic paint, add “bubbles” all over your project. Remember to keep things in odd numbers  to keep the eye visually moving around.

Step 10: Add a small swipe of gesso or white acrylic paint to your “bubbles” too look like highlights.

Step 11: POP your hexagons with a contrasting color acrylic paint. Since my hexagons were blue, I used an coral color to make mine pop.

Step 12: Using my “Hexagon” stencil again (and using the larger hexagon shape this time) I lightly sprayed an emerald green spray ink through my stencil. This color is from Marion Smith’s new DIY ink collection called “Color Lab.”

Finishing touches….

I didn’t get a picture of my “in progress” finishing touches, but…

Step 13: I felt like my blue hexagons were a little lost on the bottom left corner, so I added them again and outlined them in the orange.

Step 14: Using Heidi Swapp’s Archival Dye in Navy and a butterfly stamp from Graphic 45, I added a few butterflies to my background.

Step 15: To complete my ATC, I added a butterfly sticker from We R Memory Keepers “Inked Rose” line and some words from Cosmo Cricket. I used my Faber-Castell black PITT Pen to make a smudgy outline around them all and the edges of my ATC.

It might seem like a lot of steps, but with the small size of ATCs they go by REALLY fast!

I hope you will try your hand at making some mini masterpieces of your own.


Keri Sallee

18th Birthday Altered Book

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a special project to share with you.

My oldest son recently turned 18 and I wanted to make him something special for this very special birthday but I wasn’t sure what. While perusing some of the latest posts here on the TCW Blog, I noticed Lydell’s post for CALENDAR CARDS. Her neat handprinted dates paired with multiple TCW stencils gave me an idea.

I design lots of altered books so I decided to make one for my son featuring 18 pieces of “life advice” that I would like to pass along to him.

I “rescued” a book doomed for the trash bin; it was a hundred year old book that had been VERY MUCH used and abused in an english class. I embellished the cover with gears as my son is into steampunk…

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I know – there isn’t any stenciling on the cover, but I ASSURE you, there is a LOT of stenciling going on inside! I liked the art on the cover and didn’t want to cover it entirely.

I selected a set of ColorBox Mix’d Media Inx to use; I wanted to use pigment inks as they are creamy and blend nicely on paper. And although I was wanting a variety of colors on each page, I also wanted the book to look cohesive. Limiting myself to a set of colors helped me achieve this.

I started with the inside covers…

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…using several colors of ink and TCW262S Gears 6 X 6 stencil to echo the gears on the the cover…

The Crafter's Workshop - 6 x 6 Doodling Templates - Mini Gears

Then I randomly pulled a BIG stack of stencils to use as I wanted each set of pages to have a different set of designs. I only used portions of each stencil, moving them around the pages to transfer the design to different areas. For those pages that had a definite theme, I used stencils that I thought represented the them…

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TCW480 Number Stencil was used to number each piece of advice. I outlined the numbers with a fine black pen, then scribbled inside the lines to partially fill them in…

Scrapbooking Die Cuts Crafters Workshop Number Template 12X12

I used portions of blank pages found in the book to write out my “advice”. I either wrote them in a block and cut it out or I wrote out phases and cut them out individually. Once they were pasted in the book, I outlined them to make them stand out from the page.

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Stencils & Doodling

Hello there! Today I´d like to share some cards with you, for which I used various stencils and doodling with a black and an white pen.

I first started by cutting some watercolor paper into smaller pieces and misted them with various spray ink colors (reds, greens and blues). After the first layer was dry, I added some Tarnished Brass Spray Stain here and there for additional detail.Sanna Lippert

Next I took out a black and a white pen and traced patterns thru stencils onto the background. I first just traced along the stencil pattern and then did some doodling inside the traced lines. This is how one of those backgrounds looks like.

Sanna Lippert

After that I went along and glued some of the finished backgrounds onto card bases and added some embellishments and a sentiment.



If you don´t like such a bold pattern, you can also just use bits and pieces of these papers, like I did on the next three cards. For these I just punched some stars/hearts/butterflies out of the doodled papers and glued them on their places. This results in a totally different kind of look.

Sanna Lippert

Sanna Lippert

Sanna LIppert

It was great fun creating these cards and playing around with the stencils. I hope you get inspired to try this idea out. Have fun!!!

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used materials:
White pen – Signo Uni-ball
Black pen – Schneider Xtra Document
Spray inks – Dylusions, Distress Spray Stain
Other – watercolor paper, card bases
Stamp ink – Hero Arts, Ranger Industries
Stamp – Technique Tuesday
Geometric Art Layers (6×6 inch) – The Crafters Workshop
Beaded Curtain (6×6 inch) – The Crafters Workshop
Kelp Forest (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Chrysanthemum (6 x 6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Abstract Leaves (6 x 6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Four Ferns (6 x 6 inch) - The Crafter´s Workshop
Folk Art Flower (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
CafeLatte (6 x 6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop