Creating art that has personal meaning

Creating-art-that-has-personal-meaning for The Crafters Workshop by Yvonne Yam


Hello there! It’s Yvonne here to share my creative inspiration. I’ve always been a collector of “things”. Now, my family thinks I’m over-sentimental and collect EVERYTHING but I’m really selective about things I collect. They must hold some personal meaning for me. :)

Creating-art-that-has-personal-meaning1 for The Crafters Workshop by Yvonne Yam

And now that I’ve started creating mixed media canvases, I can create art that has personal meaning. Like this brown bow from an old hairclip from my schooldays. And the Dior charm from the first travel makeup kit I had.

I started my canvas with a vintage patterned paper and some walnut ink. After that, I applied Liquitex resin sand medium with The Crafter’s Workshop TCW475 Diamond Lattice. Then I painted with Silks Acrylic Glazes, added the lace, bow and charm. What about you? Do you incorporate items that have personal meaning on your art pieces?

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Faking the Watercolor Look

Hi there!

Do you ever admire the look of a water colored picture? I certainly do but I haven’t really tried to free hand paint a scene before. Well I decided to try and “fake” a water colored look for my layout.

Miae Rowe_TCW_Lily Fairy (3)

I started with TCW499 Koi Pond which is a beautiful, scenic stencil.

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Lay it down over watercolor paper. You might want to tape the stencil and paper down so they don’t slide or move while you are painting. Get your watercolors ready and start painting! I worked relatively quickly and in color schemes (all the greens and aquas first for the lily pads and red, orange, yellows for the fish). The idea is to not get too much watercolor paint get under the stencil or you will loose some of the details (like my fish in the upper right). When the whole stencil is filled, lift up the stencil and you get something like this:Miae Rowe_TCW_Lily Fairy (1)

Next I took Twinkling H2Os and created splatters over the lily pads. Then I replaced the stencil and loosely doodled around the shape of the fish. This created my final background to which I added my photo, embellishments and stamping….page done!

Miae Rowe_TCW_Lily Fairy (2)

Here are some close ups:

Miae Rowe_TCW_Lily Fairy (4) Miae Rowe_TCW_Lily Fairy (5)Happy creating!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member


Together….You and Me! and me by Lynne Forsythe

Today I am sharing a card I whipped up awhile back.

I created my background by applying
crackle embossing paste through
TCW428s ~ Mini Climbing Vine Reverse


After the paste had dried….
I loosely applied Glimmer Mist, with a paintbrush
over the stenciled image. and me by Lynne Forsythe

I, then, loosely traced around the stenciled/painted image.

To finish off my card,
I added flowers and butterflies over the stenciled Climbing Vine. and me by Lynne Forsythe

Thank you for stopping by to view my card.
Hope you enjoyed it!


Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Cards in fall colours

Hi there, today I´d like to share three fall cards in fall tones. I´ve also taken some step-by-step photos while creating the cards. Lets start with card no. 1.

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First I inked the white card base with Wild Honey Distress Ink and then added some water splatters onto the surface.


I then took the “Vineyard” 12×12 inch stencil, placed in over the card and added some Barn Door and Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink thru the stencil onto the card.


After that I used my all time favorite Hero Arts stamp Old Letter Writing and stamped with Forest Moss Distress Ink tone. This is how the card looks like:


The sentiments are made with Tim Holtz Hashtag stamp set stamps and the butterflies are older product from my stash. Now onto the second card:


I made this card background using the leftover ink that had stayed on the stencil after inking it for the first card. I first sprayed some water mist onto the inky area and then placed a piece of watercolour paper onto that area and rolled over it with a brayer. That way the end result will be nice and even. So these are actually the same colours as on the previous card, but in much lighter tone due to the water spray.


This way I didn´t waste any ink and could create a nice negative stencil image background for my second card. I wanted to keep the main focus on the pretty background pattern and therefore just added some yarn, a pin, butterflies and a sentiment onto the card. Now let´s move to the third card:


I again used the same Distress Ink tones like on my previous cards. This time I placed the stencil over a piece of white paper and just wiped the red Distress Ink onto the background thru the stencil. The stencil is again the 12×12 inch “Vineyard” one.


Next I went and wiped some Wild Honey Distress Ink over the stenciled image and then used the 6×6 inch “Vineyard” stencil to add some light texture paste over the inked area.


Before the paste was totally dry, I quickly added a layer of yellow Distress Glitter over the paste and let it dry. After it was totally dry I dabbed the residue off. It stayed put really well – you just need to work fast. If the paste has time to dry the glitter will not stick.


And this is how the finished card looks like. I didn´t add a sentiment on the cover, as I found this card didn´t really need one. Depending on the occation, one can write the sentiment on to the inside later. Here are some closies of the cards.


I had lots of fun creating these cards and layering the stencils, stamps and media over each other. Now it is your turn – have fun!!!

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
The Crafter´s Workshop Stencils – Vineyard 12×12 inch & Vineyard 6×6 inch
Distress Inks – wild honey, ripe persimmon, barn door and forest moss by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Distress Glitter – mustard seed by Ranger Ind. Inc.
Background stamp – Hero Arts Old Letter Writing, wood mounted
Sentiment stamp – Hashtag stamp set, Tim Holtz for Stampendous
Pearls – Kaisercraft
Butterflies – Making Memories
Other – water mist bottle, brayer, metal pin

Working on Wax paper

I had a bit of a play with some waxed paper today, from what I can gather its similar to what is called Deli Paper in some parts of the world.  Here in Australia we have waxed paper, that is used to wrap sandwiches, seperate items in the freezer (and many many other uses!!)  We get it in rolls from the supermarket, and its thin, semi transparent and stands up to wet media.  I used the paper side rather than the waxed side.

First I cut pieces of the paper into sheets directly from the roll.

Then I got out my staz on and stamped some text over the whole sheet and let it dry.


I pulled out a stencil which had a good stand alone image.

I found Live Love Laugh TCW467

I used Gloss Gel Medium through the flower portion on this stencil in the 12 x 12 size, with a palette knife.  (make sure you wash the stencil well afterwards.)


 It goes on white like this, but as it dries it starts to go clear.


I gave it a little help along with the heat tool, because I am impatient, but I did leave it sit a bit as well.


Eventually it started to go clear.


Next I added some colour.  I used Shimmerz Paints, with a paint brush instead of as sprays.  Just remove the spray top and dip your paintbrush directly into the paint.


 I just loosely brushed it over the image and allowed the colours touching to blend into another colour.  I chose colours next to each other that I knew would make a pretty colour when mixed (as opposed to mud!)


The paint clung to the gel medium, and resisted off the background.  I didn’t even really try to just colour in the image, I just smooshed it on!

I added some droplets of the colours around the image and then let the whole thing dry.       I used my trusty heat tool again!

Next I needed to cut the piece down to fit inside my book.  (this one is an insert into my Bible)  You could add this to your journal, diary, what every you like!  I just used my paper trimmer

Run a line of tape adhesive down the side that would be sticking in the centre spine, and carefully press it in.


I adore the transparency of this.


The Shimmerz Gives a lovely luminosity.


Hope you will give deli paper or wax paper a try in your multi media work.  It takes paint and mediums really well.  Just keep in mind it is a resist surface, so if your media is really wet, then it will resist.  The gel medium allowed the watery paint to stick in this project.

Have a good creative week!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member