Friday Awesomeness – Giveaway Time!

Ready for another giveaway?! First off, the recipient of the giveaway from last week’s giveaway is:

Charmane Koch on  said: I’m OBSESSED with your fabulous stencils and would LOVE to win those gorgeous doilies!!! They will be fantastic to work with XO Charmane

Charmane, please contact us so we have your address and can get the stencils to you when they are out.

Now, on to this week’s give away! How about something geometric this time?

I can already tell you I will be using both of these on all my pages!

So like last time: To win a chance to receive BOTH of these stencils at 6×6 size, please leave us a comment and if you want to have an extra chance to win, you can also Like our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crafters-Workshop/115725575146779

In your comment tell us “Which of the upcoming stencils do you like the best?” You can see them all here.

Please note that these stencils will not be available until after the CHA show, so around August. You will be first in line when they start shipping.

We will leave this open until next Friday (when there will be another giveaway!)

Blending Inks with Stencils

Today I’m here to share an album by Ronda Pallazzari. If you haven’t seen Ronda’s amazing art, you’re totally missing out. What I love about Ronda’s work is that she uses our stencils to create beautifully colored and blended backgrounds.

Recently, she took a trip to Doha and created this wonderful mini album to create cross between a travel album and an art journal. Here’s a peek into some of her beautiful pages:

See how she uses multiple color mists in each page and the stencil makes it look like it’s blending from pink to orange to yellow? I also love the way the soft background and the black inks offset each other.

To see much more of Ronda’s album click here and if you haven’t used your stencils with multiple sprays to create this blending effect, give it a try! (and if you have, link us up in the comments so we can see!)

Ps: You have two more days to comment for last week’s give away. See you on Friday for another giveaway!

April Derrick’s Staining Gesso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you see those wonderful Chevrons on the left side in blue? Well the very talented April Derrick created those using our TCW227 Chevron template:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what April writes on her blog:

* Two months ago I was playing around with my stencils and I ended up creating a stack of textured watercolor canvases. I applied gesso with and without stencils to several sheets of watercolor paper and then just set them aside to dry. I knew I would use them later and since I had everything out and the table covered why not go ahead and just make a bunch at one time right? Well a couple of weeks later I was showing one of my friends how to use distress stains and I brought out one of my gessoed watercolor sheets to demonstrate on. Let me just tell you – the minute I put the first streak of stain on my page my eyes lit up and I knew exactly what I was going to do with each and every single one of those textured watercolor canvases that were just sitting in a stack waiting for me to play with them! The distress stains from Ranger look quite frankly “Outstanding” on top of the gesso and when you mix the colors and rub them with a towel to blend them the results get even better. The piece above is one of the first ones I constructed using my freshly stained papers and I am quite happy with it because it ended up being another one of those projects that just flowed. I didn’t have to struggle with anything while I was creating, or worry about where to put what…it all just came together and since it doesn’t always happen like that I cherish the times it does!! I look forward to sharing more “Stained Gesso” projects and if you have any questions about the process please feel free to ask!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Sorry the picture is a tad blurry – but to achieve the amazing chevron texture, I laid a chevron template from The Crafters Workshop on top of a sheet of watercolor paper and then used an old i tunes card to swipe gesso over the top of it. I lifted the template off of the paper and then let it dry. When I applied the distress stain later, I made sure to wipe over the tops of the chevrons with a paper towel so it took a little bit of the color back off and helped the chevrons really stand out! I got a lot of use out of that one sheet of chevron paper as I cut it up and have it used parts of it on several different projects since!

To read more, click on April’s blog.

Friday Awesomeness – Giveaway Time!

Now that you’ve seen the amazing new stencils coming very soon, how about we give some away?

I will start with doilies because they have a soft spot in my heart and I love using them on my art. So, today, you have a chance to win both of these beautiful stencils at the 6×6 size:

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To win a chance to receive BOTH of these stencils at 6×6 size, please leave us a comment and if you want to have an extra chance to win, you can also Like our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crafters-Workshop/115725575146779

Please note that these stencils will not be available until after the CHA show, so around August. You will be first in line when they start shipping.

We will leave this open until next Friday (when there will be another giveaway!)

Summer 2012 NEW Stuff!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We couldn’t hold back any longer.  The new designs are UP! We have some great stuff from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakley and me (Jaime Echt)!!  Look at what Julie made with some of her new stencils:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Dina Wakley has been just as busy.  Check out what she’s been playing with:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Click here to see more…..Start writing your orders (or start haunting your store owner to write her order!!)!!!! We’re shipping in July.