Postage Paid Art Journal Page

Hi friends, this is Carmen back with you again to share a vintage inspired art journal page titled “Postage Paid”.  I love creating pages with postcards, scripts, letters and anything with letters on it.

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I started off by creating a collage of script tissue, postcard ephemera and some scrapbook paper onto my journal page.

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I gave the page a light wash with Americana Wasabi Green acrylic paint to tone down the background.

I used stencil TCW202s Mini Harlequin with Americana Houser Medium Green.


TCW 536 Postcard with Americana Gingerbread and Blue Haze Light acrylic paint.  I moved the stencil around the page and only used certain elements of the stencil.


And TCW 541s Mini Believe Script with Media Line Black Modeling Paste.


The finishing touch was a small craft envelope glued to the page and a vintage picture of a Victorian family.  I stenciled some Harlequin onto the envelope with the Houser Medium Green.

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I hope this page inspired you to create today and make sure you check back often for more techniques form our Design Team.



The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Two-Tone Canvas with Stencil Overlay

Here’s a quick technique for creating a colorful canvas using both warm and cool colors and stencils.

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Supplies you will need:

  • Paint
  • Paper (thicker stock)
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Canvas
  • Paint Pen (optional)
  • Words cut out from magazines
  • Stencils:
    • TCW 529 (bird portion)
    • TCW 528 (flowers)
    • TCW 546 (pods)

Step 1: Place stencil onto paper trace with pen or marker.

Stencil Trace 1

Tracing TCW 528 (flower portion)

Stencil Trace 3Tracing TCW 546 (pods)

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Images traced on paper

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Step 2: Cut images.

Cut Out Stencils

Step 3: Painting your canvas.

Warm Color Pallet

Begin on one side of your canvas using warm colors (oranges, reds and yellows). Paint half of the canvas and let dry. Make sure the first half is completely dry before painting the other half with your cool colors (blues and greens) or the paint will get muddy.

Warm and Cool Colors

Step 4: Place stencil cut outs on canvas.

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Step 5: Paint over stencil cut outs and canvas.

Remove the stencil cut outs BEFORE the paint dries!

Step 6

Half painted with some stencil cut outs removed.

Step 7

Painted canvas with all stencil cut outs removed.

Step 8

Adding detail with Paint Pen and Distress Ink.

Step 9


Step 10


Finished piece!

I added the words ‘You’, ‘Are’, ‘Beautiful’ that I cut out from a magazine.

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Hope you enjoy this!


Jen-Signature2015 Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Sunny Layout about True Love

Hi everyone!

It is Tanya. Today I have sunny layout that I made with my lovely The Crafters Workshop stencils for my dear friend. I used mists and black gesso for the background. Lets see!

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Do you interest how I create my background!? I have a few photos of process.

1. I choose paper with black and white pattern. Then I covered a part of paper with white acrylic primer

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2. I prepared 2 stencils The Crafters Workshop:





3. I added color on diagonal with mist:




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4. I made texture with black gesso and stensil



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5. Then I again added  color on black surface




6. Some stamping:





7. And finally – black mist:





My background is ready!




I used scrap paper, chipboards, vellum and die cuts for the layering and buttons, drops and sequins for the accent in my LO



Have a great day!

The Crafters Workshop products:



Tanya Palamarchuk

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Circles and Script Scrapbooking Layouts with Amy Prior

 Hi Crafter’s Workshop fans! Amy Prior back with you all again today, this time sharing some scrapbooking layouts that I have created recently using lots of gorgeous The Crafter’s Workshop stencils.

It is so very hard to pick a single favourite stencil from TCW. In saying that, the scripted stencils seem to be my most used and therefore I guess one of my favourite types of stencils available from The Crafter’s Workshop.tn_You & Me by Amy Prior

Underneath the layers of gorgeous flowers and embellishments, lie layers of beautiful Kaisercraft papers mounted on top of Shimmerz Paint Products. For the background watercolor effect, I have used Shimmerz Inklingz just mixed with a little water, followed by some Shimmerz Texturez paint paste through a Crafter’s Workshop Stencil.

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I have used the 6 inch TCW261 ‘Art Is…’ Stencil for this layout and although it is an oldy, it is still one of my most used stencils.

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The next layout that I have to share with you all today is a fun and funky bright layout mounted onto a black cardstock background. Black backgrounds can be so much fun to work with especially when pared with bold and daring colors.

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The background for this layout was very quick and simple. I have mixed some Viva Decor Inka Gold with a little water, before dry brushing onto the background in various strokes. I have used the Magenta and Turquoise colors and have then drizzled some of the Inka Gold/Water mixture around randomly as well. tn_Little Bo Beep by Amy Prior3

For this layout I have used the 6 inch ‘Believe Script’ Stencil from Crafter’s Workshop. Again another script stencil that I just cannot live without. I use this regularly in both the 6 inch and 12 inch designs.

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Finally I have a layout to share with you all that features lots of gorgeous Prima Marketing papers and embellishments, as well as SEVEN stencils all used together. Yes you read right, I said 7!

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The background of this layout was created using lots of gorgeous Crafter’s Workshop circle style stencils. I have gradually added various mediums through each stencil such as Molding Paste (modelling paste/texture paste), plus some Shimmerz Dazzlerz and Texturez paint products. When the base of texture was dry, I have added some various Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Powders mixed with a touch of water to bring some color and shimmer back to the background.  tn_Feeding the Roos by Amy Prior3

Finally I have added some Inka Gold to the textured areas and some Brown Archival Ink through a couple more stencils to complete. I just love how this layout came together, even though I seem to have lost 2 of my letter stickers between creating and photography. The sub-title at the bottom right of the page is meant to say ‘Reptile Park’ not eptil park hehe.

Here are those seven Crafter’s Workshop stencils that were used for this layout.

TCW384S Well Rounded        TCW553S Stone Ring      TCW554S Butterfly Collage 

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TCW2081 Radar               TCW2083 Trivet            TCW454S Specimens

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TCW458S Coffee Stains


Thanks so much for stopping by the Crafter’s Workshop blog today. I hope that I have inspired you all with new and fun ways to use your Crafter’s Workshop stash. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior...The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

“Dreams” Mixed Media Canvas

Hello Creatives!

Keri Sallee, DT Member, here.

Today…it’s all about letting go of your doubt and following your dreams!

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To make my background, I used TCW503  Stencil “Signals” by Rhonda Palazzari. I have to admit…this stencil has always intimidated me. I never really knew what to do with it! Why I chose this stencil for this project was the contrast of straightline…almost masculine background with the feminine colors and embellishments I planned on using.

{On a funny note..I showed this stench to my kids and they said “hey…that looks like a Pokeball & the X-Man Symbol! LOL}

Signals Stencil

For my color, I mixed Whipped Spackle from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft with 3 colors of Gelatos: (L to R) Aqua Dolce, Watermelon & Margarita Mix. To mix them, I used a small spatula to cut a small chunk of my gelato off the stick and then used the same spatula to smoosh and smear (those are technical terms! HAHA!)  the whipped spackle and gelatos together until completely incorporated.


HINT: If your gelato appears a little dry when you cut off a small piece, hitting it with a heat gun for a few seconds with help it mix better. Just soften it…don’t melt it! :)

I then laid my 12 x 12 Stencil over my 8×8 canvas panel, making sure to keep it straight. I used an old hotel key card to scrape my colored Whipped Spackle through my stencil, ransoming alternating the colors.


Don’t try to be perfect. You can see I have some white spaces peeking through my colors.

Next…add layers! Have fun with it…splatter..smear…stamps…whatever! I added layers of a stamped diamond in “Watermelon” in Adirondack Ink, various spray inks from Imagine Crafts and acrylic paint dabbers from Adirondack to make my background messy and grungy, but still keeping with my girly colors.

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I topped my background off with a bunch of fun embellishments like washi tape, corrugated cardboard, Junque & Gems, Stems and Flowers from Marion Smith Designs, misc. flowers and a chipboard word I sprayed with Imagine Crafts IRESISTables spray ink.

TCW July 2015_Dreams_Flowers I added words printed from a word program to finish my quote.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project.


Keri Sallee

TCW Design Team Member & Certified Instructor