Splashes of colour

Hi everyone, Beck BT here today sharing with you a fun background I created with the help of The crafter’s Workshop stencils.  Although I was going for a fun and colorful layout I still wanted to add a little grunge and the stencils were just perfect for this.

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I used the following stencils to create this layout:

tcw458    tcw457

TCW 456 – Coffee Splotch & TCW457 Gothic Romance

I used the distressed circles with coloured texture paste to accent previously added stamping and paint.  I love how the raised circle against the flat area gives that added texture

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Although a rather bright and cheery page I wanted to add a little grunge.  So instead of stencilling with thicker mediums such as texture paste, impasto or gel medium I chose to just use some paints.  In this case I used DecoArt Gloss enamels through the top left portion of the gothic romance stencil for some grungy patterning.

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I would love to hear how you enjoy layering your stencilling and also how you give different textures with them to your pages, so please leave a comment to let me know how I might have inspired you to add some stencilling in various ways to your project.

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck Beattie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Gesso’d Cards by Lynne Forsythe

Hey Crafter’s Workshop Fans….
When I opened my DT box I about fainted…..
I couldn’t WAIT to play!

I picked (3) 6 x 6 stencils to begin.
TCW507S ~ The Story
TCW506The Story

TCW536S ~ Postcard

TCW523S ~ Be In Love
(aren’t they AWESOME!!!!)
I pulled out a package of
Canvas Corp Brands ~ Greeting Cards ~ Kraft
my end of the jug Gesso
and a palette knife!

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

I applied the gesso over the Templates
with a palette knife…it’s that thick!

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

When the Gesso was dry,
I spritzed the card faces
with a wide array of
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist.

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

I just LOVE how they came out!
Don’t you??

I embellished the cards from

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

to…..Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe


Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

I hope you have enjoyed my cards…..
’cause I sure had fun
makin’ them!!!!

Lynne Forysthe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

New stencils and an art journal page by Rita

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Hey there artsy peeps Rita Barakat here! Aren’t you just loving all the new stencils from The Crafters Workshop? Have you seen this one? This one is  TCW 523 Be in Love! Repeating the pattern makes for a fantastic background on my art journal page!

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I love using Gelatos on top of a stencil, rubbing in the color with a dry sponge.

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With great results!

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I love this new stencil! Do you have a new favorite yet?  Visit my blog for a step by step tutorial!


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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers.

Chalkboard Art fun



How about a little chalkboard art fun?



I started with a small piece of wood from my local craft store that I painted with a layer of gesso. The gesso serves a primer for the chalkboard paint.



Then I painted 2 coats of chalkboard paint, allowing an hour between coats. There are many different colours of chalkboard paint to choose from but I love this shade of blue from Martha Stewart Crafts.


Condition the board by lighting rubbing some chalk over the surface.


I didn’t have any coloured chalk so I used Faber Castell Pitt Pastels with The Crafter’s Workshop Life StripsTCW316.

If you are happy with your design, you can spray a fixative to keep the main design intact and just use the remainder of your chalkboard for your messages. I think it’s a fun project to do for your desk. What do you think?


Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Decorating Shoe Boxes for Storage TCW #415

Shoe boxes are great for storage. They are small and stackable; my favorite way to organize clutter. But they aren’t always pretty. So I decided to decorate some by recycling them into craft storage. When decorated, you can display them on an open shelf.

I started with this flip lid shoe box. Perfect for some of my crafting scraps, I wanted a happy design and soothing colors.

So I spray painted the box in this bright turquoise color.


Then chose to use this stencil designed by Dina Wakley for The Crafter’s Workshop. With my color palette in mind, the striped leaves are a great design.

I taped the stencil to the lid of the box vertically. Using just four repeating lines of the design, I painted white, bright green, brown and white.


Then I randomly designed the front of the box with colors and leaf direction.


After the paint dried, and I thought the box needed a bit more. Something more like a label. I intended this one to be for craft scraps labeled “Junk & Scraps”.  So I used this favorite stencil. Because I wanted the leaves in front, I painted in between the leaf lines. (Next time, I’ll reverse the stencil use.)

Here is my first decorated box to get started with organizing!