It’s all about the WRAPPINGS!

Let it Snow Bag Tag by Lynne Forysthe

Well the presents have been bought….now it’s all about the wrappin’!!
I am putting together a box to send to my boy in Florida
and I thought I’d remind him of his home!

Let it Snow Bag Tag by Lynne Forysthe

So I pulled out one of my Old Faithful Templates….
TCW164 ~ Flurries


I applied texture medium through the template
onto a Kraft Tag.
Then I spritzed the tag with Glimmer Mist.

Let it Snow Bag Tag by Lynne Forysthe

I then applied a bedazzled snowflake
embellished with a colored flower.

Sooooo VERY simple but my Let It Snow Tag
will touch his heart!!

Two ways to add subtle interest on your patterned paper


I reach for The Crafter’s Workshop stencils when I want to add subtle interest to my patterned paper. Can you spot them on my card?


The Blue Fern Studios patterned paper was really pretty so I didn’t want to cover the blooms up. So I used The Crafter’s Workshop Quatrefoil TCW381 stencil with watered down gesso. The water thins down the effect of the gesso so you can a dreamy ethereal effect that works really well with shabby chic patterned papers.


Another subtle way to add interest to your patterned paper is to use Golden Glass Bead Gel. It dries clear with the sparkly effect of glass beads. I applied it with the swirls from The Crafter’s Workshop TCW489 Bee On Time stencil.

Hope you can give these 2 ways a try to create subtle interest on your patterned papers.

This is my last post for 2014 so here’s wishing you happy holidays! See you in 2015! :)


Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

{Merry} Christmas Canvas

Hello! Tami Sanders here today!

I recently taught an altered canvas class using TCW stencils. Since I sometimes find it easier to teach by example, I decided to make my own canvas during the class…

merry canvas wm - tcw,the crafter's workshop,izink,mix'd media inx,tami sanders

I wanted the class to be geared towards both beginner and advanced students, so I showed them a variety of techniques and let them experiment with those they were comfortable with.

For my canvas, I tore some pieces of music paper and adhered them at the center of the canvas. Then I added a background using TCW481 North Star stencil and white acrylic paint – you could also use Gesso. When you paint over the canvas adding layers, the pattern will show up.

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - North Star

Next came some more background layers using TCW381s Mini Quatrefoil stencil…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Quatrefoil

Then I added lots and lots of snowflakes using TCW164s Flurries stencil…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Flurries

I started layering using ColorBox Mix’d Media Inx which are creamy, blendable pigment inks. I heat set each layer after I was happy with it to avoid blending over it when applying the next layer. Once the background patterns had been applied, I added a final inky layer using Izink inks, which are a quick drying, shimmery hybrid ink.

And to add a little dimension, I added some chipboard snowflakes inked using Izink Inks in Gold and Silver…

tcw canvas 2 (1280x853)

Ribbon, vintage sequin trim and a foil chipboard title completed my canvas and it was all ready for the photo.

I thought I’d like to be able to change out the photo from year to year, so I adhered a clothespin to the canvas.

A photo taken at the Christmas Tree Farm in front of our tree looked perfect on the canvas.

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

An art canvas with Crafter’s Workshop

Welcome back to the Blog today!  I have something to share I have been working on over the last few days.

Here’s the finished canvas.


I had some serious creative fun creating the background for this canvas.  There are many, many layers, so I will just share a few of them with you, and you can see how the texture and dimension was achieved.


I cut up scrap paper and used Pebeo Gel Medium to glue it down.


Next is torn up pieces of surviettes and then Pebeo Texture paste through TCW204s Mosaic Squares


More layers with Gesso, texture paste and black ink  I used a very versatile Template for this layer.  It is a really cool one for adding a variety of textures.  TCW470s Geometric Art Layers



This template gives a lot of options as you can see!  Very cool Stencil!


I drew the girl and coloured the Image with Mepxy Markers (alcohol markers)


I painted the sides to finish it off, and its ready to hang on my wall!

Thanks for stopping in…..and have a great day!

Lydell :-)

The Crafter’s Workshop Designer

Christmas Gift: All Is Calm, All Is Bright

Hello! Karenliz here. Are you like me? I know Christmas is coming but I’m never ready for it.  This year I decided to make a few Christmas gifts and stencils are the perfect tools to help.

I have lots of wooden frames that I picked up in the dollar bin a few years ago. I like to turn them into a home décor items that you can either hang up or put on a table. I took the frame and painted it white and added Random Stars stencil (TCW479s) with modeling paste. When it dried I added many different layers of white and gold paint.


I also used the same technique on an embellishments but this time I used the North Star stencil (TCW481s).


Now that everything is dry I was able to put it all together.


Here is a close up of frame and deer to see the stencils I used.


Here are all the supplies I used:

Do you make Christmas Gifts? Yes! Go grab some stencils and start creating. There’s still lots of time left before Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
Blog: My Creative Endeavors