Create a unique background using multiple stencils

Layered-stencils-layout-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafter's-WorkshopI love to create a unique background for my layout by using a few stencils…working in the layers one at a time.


I started with some residual Dylusions ink sprays [from a previous project] on watercolour paper. Then I used TCW481 Northstar with Distress Ink in Barn Door to create a random pattern layer.


After that  I used TCW 475 Diamond Lattice with Maya mist in black to create a “frame” layer for my photos. The layers that overlap each other add texture and interest to your background.



Then I finished with patterned paper and journaling on the photos.

You can create so many fun backgrounds by using multiple stencils. Use your imagination and just play!

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team



TCW Summer 2014 Stencils Are Here!

Hello all! Like the title says, the new stencils are here! There are so many different, unique, cool stencils and I’ve been having such a grand time playing with them! Here’s a summer layout I made using several different ones.

MiaeRowe_TCW_Le Galion (1)I wanted to create a whole beach scene for this photo from a recent vacation. I loved that there were many aquatic themed stencils from the new collection. And of course the wonderful thing about stencils is the almost endless ways you can adapt even non themed designs to suit your project, using your imagination!

I used TCW496s Mini Sea Creatures along with TCW500s Mini Nautilus to create the underwater scene…how beautifully they worked together! When I saw TCW493 Folk Art Flower and TCW493s Mini Folk Art Flower, I thought of the sun and a sand dune….themed, non themed, so easily used together!

Let me show you how I made this page. I started with Core’dinations 110 lbs. Heavy Weight Smooth Cardstock (it stood up very well to all the mixed media and embellishments I put on it!). I stamped randomly on the background using solvent based inks (so the images would not blur when I added water). Next I painted most of the cardstock with watercolors, no gesso.

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Once the page was dry I wanted to add a light textured look so I sanded the cardstock with Core’dinations Sand It Gadget. Can you see the lighted scratched lines?

MiaeRowe_TCW_Le Galion (7) Next, I used TCW493s Mini Folk Art Flower and molding paste to create a sun.

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While that was drying, I used TCW496s Mini Sea Creatures and TCW500s Mini Nautilus along with my Faber Castell Big Brush Pens to create the underwater scene.

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Once the sun was dry I replaced TCW493s Mini Folk Art Flower stencil over the raised sun and colored it yellow with the Faber Castell Big Brush pens blending with my fingers.

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Lastly, I used TCW Folk Art Flower stencil along with sand paste (here is a link to my youtube video on how I make the paste) to create my “sand dune”.

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Once the sand was dry I added my photo and embellishment, some more paint here and there and my page was done!

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Happy Monday!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Summer Stencils &Templates are HERE!!

10329781_10204656412068319_7014695295532676224_o We are excited to share some amazing new stencils that are in stock and shipping now.  If you are a store owner, get your orders in now.  If you are a retail customer, let your stores know which are some of your favorites!

TCWSummerRelease-0005TCWSummerRelease-0003  These are already in the hands of our designers and I was completely blown away when I received my package in the mail.  Can you believe all I get to play with? I am so excited–I can’t wait to start playing.  Many of our designers are already playing with these as you’ve seen a few posts this week and will continue to see more each day.

We have new lines by our signature designers and we even have a few new signature designers who you will be learning more about soon.

You can see them on the website by clicking on New Product.

Want some close up sneak peaks? stopped by our booth at the Sierra Paper Crafts Show in Salt Lake City, Utah this last week and got an up-close and personal look at the new releases.  Check them out below:

Tell us below in the comments which stencil/template you want to play with the most and we’ll have a few give-aways!

TCW makes Art Journaling easy!

Welcome to The Crafter’s Workshop Blog today!

Hope you have had a great weekend and are ready for the new week.

I have a journal page I have been playing with, using lots of different media and some of the TCW brand new stencils. (swoon)  See them in all their glory HERE.

I started off with a roughly gessoed page….and added paints sprays, watercolour crayons Texture pastes and gelato’s with a selection of the new stencils.


Shimmerz Paints, Dazzlerz works beautifully through TCW stencils.  Below you can see TCW492s Kasias Letters.

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along with layers of …….

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More colour and pen doodling…..


More gesso and a book page heart cut from an old book I sit alongside me when using the stencils….(Todays fun TIP ;-) …..I just slip the paint/spray covered stencils between the pages after I have used them, to remove the residual ink/paint…..this assists with cleaning the stencils and prevents wastage of remaining media on the stencils….. AND leaves you with some beautifully patterned and coloured book pages ready for you to use in your art work!)  I think this is the centre of the dartboard stencil in yellow you can see here on the book paper.


Here are the finished pages.


I used white ink and a copperplate nib and calligraphy pen to handwrite journaling randomly on the piece.

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Thanks for stopping by today, and remember to keep your eyes peeled for the New Stencils that are being shipped all over right now!!!  You will love this release.


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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When One Door Closes……

I had a hankering to create a “Lil’  Inspirational Canvas”.
So, I pulled out one of my Canvas Corp Brands 4″x4″ canvases
and let the creating begin!

When One Door by Lynne Forsythe

I began with
The Crafter’s Workshop ~ Mini Numbers Collage ~ TCW210s
and a bit of Studio 490 – Wendy Vecchi’s – crackled texture paste
which I applied through the template with a palette knife.


Just LOVE this stencil!!

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When the Texture Paste had dried,
I spritzed my canvas with various
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist,
then I blotted any extra mist off
the Texture Paste.
HOW FUN is that background???

When One Door by Lynne Forsythe

I created a flower cluster with various Petaloo Flowers,
a piece of chipboard, a loopy bow
and a little quote.
What an AWESOME gift for someone
who needs a bit of inspiration!


Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team