More Summer Stencils!

It’s Ronda here sharing with you today more of my Summer Stencils releases. I am super excited to show you just some of the possibilities of these cool new stencils & fragments!  The design team has been knocking my socks off with their creations. i always love seeing what people create with my stencils so please always feel free to share with me.  Here are some of my latest creations.  

Ronda Palazzari Spoonful

Hand Drawn Frames (TCW 474) is a great stencil in both sizes, 12 x 12 & 6 x 6.  You have so many different options with 9 different frames all drawn by little ole me.  Use them all or just use a few across your page, art journal, card, or any other crafty endevour.  These frames would also look great in your Project Life Pockets.  Don’t forget about those stitches too!  Leave off the frames and use them as a great grid layout.  i started my layout with layers of paint & spray ink dripping down the page.  I then used the 6 x 6 stencil to add frames down the colorful area and filled in with the stitches. i added in bits & pieces of patterned paper into the frames.  My little instagram photo looks great layered over the background.   Ronda Palazzari My Path

Geometric Art Layers (TCW 470) is a fun blocked stencil filled with all kinds of cool shapes & patterns. This stencil has so many uses both as a whole stencil or just using individual pieces. Those white spaces are perfect for photos if you want to use this stencil as a template for a layout or art journal page. My Path Layout uses both the 12 x 12 stencil and 6×6. Those shapes are so much fun to stack around my page. i love that big bold number pattern in black to the left of my photo. i used the triangles on the 12 x 12 stencil with my NeocolorII crayons to give the background some color and layered the small 6 x 6 stencil circles on top.  i could create with this stencil all day long!

Ronda Palazzari Hello Love

Fireworks (TCW 473) is one of those fun background stencils that’s perfect for every occasion. i love all the different shapes you can see within this stencil. Do you see the small gear like shape? The dashed lines? Mask this stencil for so many possibilities. You can be bold with this stencil like the tag below or softer like this layout. Love is a layout capturing those Colorado Sunsets. Since i wanted my photo to be the main focus point, i chose to layer the stencil softly in the background with a tone on tone approach. Did you notice the doodles with the stencil? i love those tiny black triangles sprinkled on the page!

Ronda Palazzari Seabrook

Contact Sheet (TCW 476) is such a fun stencil ready to be filled with your heart’s desires.  The openings on the 12″ x 12″ sheet are approximately 2″ x 1 1/2″, perfect for lots of photos.  Of course you can fill it with colors, patterned paper, paint, stamps, etc. The 6″ x 6″ openings are approximately 1″ x 3/4″.  On my Seabrook layout, i offset the filmstrips using black ink to stencil the image on the page.  i then added in photos and patterned paper into the sections, choosing to leave some areas blank. i loved using this stencil to add lots of photos of my vacation to this layout! 

Here’s a look at some tags using all the above stencils in the 6″ x 6″ size:

Ronda Palazzari Hand Drawn Frames

Ronda Palazzari Geometric Art Layers

Ronda Palazzari Fireworks  Ronda Palazzari Contact Sheet


Ronda Palazzari Signature

Bootiful Canvas: O’Hallows Eve


Hi Karenliz here.

Do you have one holiday or event each year that your creativity, mojo is out of control? Well, my holiday is Halloween. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because my daughter was born on Halloween. I can create Halloween/Spooky themed projects all year.

The great thing about stencils are they give me many options for backgrounds, textures and focal images. I can also use the stencils to match designs on embellishments to give the project a cohesive look as I did with this canvas.

For this canvas I used the 6×6 Bee on Time stencil (TCW489) for my background. I painted the canvas in different shades browns and used the stencil to add my background design around the edge (acrylic paint and modeling paste).


Once it was dry I added all the embellishments to complete the canvas. As I said before I use stencils to match up designs in embellishments. See if you can see the matching embellishment design.


Do you see it? If you don’t see it, it’s the swirls on the frame.  So next time you take out your stencils and embellishments, try to match up the designs.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Quick and Easy ATCs using TCW Stencils

Hi, Karen here sharing a fun and quick way to create ATCs using The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils.

I love creating ATCs. ATCs are easy to work with due to size and awesome to trade. They make beautiful mini pieces of art and perfect for expressing your art form in various ways. Using stencils make this process super easy. I’m including a tutorial below that enables you to create 10 ATCs using 1 sheet of 8 ½ x 11 cardstock, stencils, and ink.

TCW ATCs Karen Jiles (15)


Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW470) Geometric Art Layers, Kasia’s Letters (TCW492)

White Cardstock: (2) 8 ½ x 11

Manila Tags


Ink Sprays (Dylusions)

Washi Tape

Foam Brush


Black Gelatos


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Step 1: Randomly apply washi tape to cardstock.

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Step 2: Apply coat of Gesso to washi taped cardstock.

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Step 3: Place stencil on cardstock and spray ink. The pattern will transfer to the cardstock. I used colors: vibrant turqoiuse, pure sunshine, and squeezed orange.

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Step 4: While the ink is still on the surface of the stencil, place an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of cardstock on top of the stencil. Notice the negative inked imprint that results. Add another sheet to make use of the remaining loose ink on the suface. Note: The additional sheets create new prints for future projects or atcs.

TCW ATCs Karen Jiles (12)

Step 5: Continue adding various ink colors and patterns using your stencils to add more interest to your art. I used Dylusions funky fuchsia.

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Step 6: Use tags to absorb additional loose ink on top of stencil. Let dry.

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Step 7: Turn cardstock to portrait view and trim (2) 2 ½ cuts creating strips. After cutting 2 strips at 2 ½ you will have (1) strip remaining that measures 3 ½ x 11.

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Step 8: Turn 2 ½ cardstock strip to landscape view and trim at 3 ½. Repeat for each 2 ½ strip. Trim the 3 ½ strip to 2 ½ creating the ATC size.

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Step 9: Using black gelatos, edge ATCS.

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Step 10: Continue accenting as desired.

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ATCs by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW470) Geometric Art Layers, Kasia’s Letters (TCW492); Cardstock: Core’dinations; Ink: Ranger; Gesso, Gelatos: Faber Castell; Other: Washi Tape

Thanks so much for visiting today!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

How to create depth and textures



Like many of you, I love the look of textures and layers on my projects but not the bulk the actual layers create. Today I’m sharing some of my tricks for creating depth and textures without the bulk…:)



1. Choose a neutral coloured patterned paper and distress the edges.

The all-over pattern on the paper creates visual interest while the neutral colour just makes it easier to add the colorants of your choice. Distressing the edges helps to create texture.

2. Apply clear gesso to the patterned paper and create random splotches of watered down white gesso.

The clear gesso creates the “tooth” for the mediums and colorants to adhere to. Applying watered-down white gesso at random spots on your patterned paper creates some visual interest on your background without any bulk. You can also use watered down acrylic paints.

3. Add stamping.

Again, this creates visual interest without bulk. I went with a darker colour and stamped at the edges where I wanted my embellishment clusters to be.

4. Apply texture mediums with The Crafter’s Workshop stencils.

There are so many texture mediums you can experiment with to create fun textures with The Crafter’s Workshop stencils. I used a thin layer of Liquitex blended fibers with TCW 485 Coptic Impressions and just coloured with Faber Castell Gelatos. The effect is very subtle.

I used Liquitex Sand Resin medium with TCW 490 Tattered Lace for a more gritty effect. I coloured with Faber Castell Gelatos and Silks Acrylic Glazes.



5. Add little bits of mica flakes and bling.

Shimmer and glitter really add visual interest. I used Golden Gold Mica flakes and little bits of bling.



6. Create embellishment clusters with a mix of textures.

I love creating embellishment clusters with a mix of hard and soft materials…like paper, fabric and metal. The light hits them differently and helps to create the illusion of depth.

How-to-create-depth-and-textures-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafter's-WorkshopHope you find my tricks for creating depth and textures useful! :)


Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team


TCW Fragments and Stamping

Hello all! Another happy Friday to you!

So I’m not much of a card maker though I always admire other’s handmade cards. I thought I’d have a try using Ronda’s Fragments and a stamping technique.

Here’s the supplies:

Supplies: Core'dinations Heavyweight Cardstock, TCW Poppy Fragments, inkpad, stamps

Supplies: Core’dinations Heavyweight Cardstock, TCW Poppy Fragments, inkpad, stamps

Basically you hold the Fragment in place and cover the rest of the cardstock with stamped images. This leaves behind a clear area in the outline of the Fragment shape you use. A few suggestions….use smooth cardstock as it will show the stamped images a lot better, and used a variety of stamps with small details as this will fill the empty space better.

Hold the Fragment in place and keep stamping...

Hold the Fragment in place and keep stamping…

This is what the card looks like when the Fragment is removed.

This is what the card looks like when the Fragment is removed.

If you want the outline to be more apparent, you can outline the shape with a pen.

If you want the outline to be more apparent, you can outline the shape with a pen.

Here’s three cards I made using the same technique. The only other thing I did was add some Basic Grey chipboard and brads to each card.

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I didn’t outline the orange and teal cards with black pen.

Have a creative day!


TCW Fragments: Poppy, Pods, Heartstrings


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member