Watercolour effects card

Hi Everyone, Beck BT here again today with my very last post as a member of TCW’s first design team.  WOW what fun we have had over the last year!  I have enjoyed exploring the use of stencils in so many different projects over the time and in so many different ways.  It has been so much fun being part of this amazing company!  I’ve been a stencil fan for so long and that that love is definitely not going anywhere!

Well onto my project today!

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Today I thought I would share with you a quick process video showing how I created this watercolor effect on my card with the help of the Daily Buzz stencil and some watercolor pencils.

I haven’t had these pencils long – nearly two weeks, but they sure are easy and fun to play with and perfect for this look.  The stencil really helps give an arty effect tracing the pattern onto the card first with the Watercolor pencils and then with a black fine marker.  Rebekah Meier is the true artist behind this design, but I love how she makes it so easy for me to look like an artist too!

Here is a quick process video for you to watch it coming together.  I apologize that the lighting is a bit bright in the start finding it hard to see me trace the stencil, but I have left it as I guess most have traced something before and you can then still see the full process!

Here are some up close pics so you can really see the effects.

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Beck Beattie

The Crafters Workshop

Design Team Member

Layers in a Layout

Hello everyone! Miae here to share my last project and post for The Crafter’s Workshop. I’ve had such a wonderful time being a part of TCW for the past year.

For my final project, I made a layout (my favorite kind of project to make) using some my favorite mediums. And here’s me and my family to bid you all adieu!

Miae Rowe_TCW_Our Family (1)I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and painted this background.

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Next, I took TCW540s Striped Flower Circle and directly colored the stencil with Faber Castell Big Brush Pens…

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…sprayed the stencil and color with water and stamped down on the cardstock.

Miae Rowe_TCW_Our Family (6)Then I used TCW507s The Story with heavy gloss gel. After the gel dried, I painted over the design with more watercolor.

Miae Rowe_TCW_Our Family (7)After this, I used TCW554 Butterfly Collage with super heavy gesso.

Miae Rowe_TCW_Our Family (8)When the gesso dried, I replaced the stencil exactly over the gessoed design and colored the circle with Shive Oil Paintstiks.

Miae Rowe_TCW_Our Family (9)Some paint splatters, glitter and embellishments and I’m done. Here’s some close ups:

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Well, that’s all for me! I hope you’ve liked my projects. I know I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and thank you all for your comments! And thanks to The Crafter’s Workshop crew for all your support and generosity!


Miae Rowe


Stenciled Tin Box Lid TCW 515, 517, 527, 531

After the cookies disappeared from this tin box, it was a blank canvas.

Perfect for this beautiful tree stencil.Along with some encouraging words. And some natural embellishments.

Using iridescent embossing paint in silver for the trees, and gold for the lettering along the sides,

copper for oak leaves,
green for evergreen needles,

more copper for pine cones, 


it grew together.

Layering techniques fit for a mermaid

Hey there TCW fans Rita Barakat here with my last post as a DT for The Crafters Workshop. I have really loved my time here at The Crafters Workshop, the new girls on the team have lots to look forward to! So for my last post I used several TCW stencils on the background of this mixed media piece. I have been doing mermaids lately, I love that there are so many creative color options and cool techniques you can use for a mermaid ~for that you would have to check out my blog on Monday, because today I want to talk about the layered technique for the background.

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First I had to put a little color down, I did a light coat of Gelatos® Colors as I knew I was going to do to several layers of stencils on top.

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I used Sunlit ForestTCW517 several times in different places, using a light touch of color. I used a dry stencil brush and Gelatos® Colors as there are a lot of small details in this stencil.

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I used Bokeh Fragments TCW2069 on top with the same color (raspberry), in other places I also used this stencil with blueberry.

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I used Radar Remnant TCW208 in the top right corner, layering on top of one another gives beautiful movement in the background.

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Up close you can see that keeping all those layers light makes for a fabulous background for any project! I hope you will try this background mixed media technique and I hope you will come visit me on my blog RitaBarakat.com!
Thank you TCW team, Jamie for your generosity and Cheryl for your time and advice – you guys are fabulous!

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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





Travel journal pages with Yvonne Yam

Travel journal pages for The Crafter's Workshop by Yvonne Yam


This year, I am using a Midori Traveler’s Notebook to scrapbook my scrapbook photos. As I like my pages to be relatively flat, it is a great way to use up my washi tape and stickers.

Travel journal pages for The Crafter's Workshop by Yvonne Yam


Of course, I wanted to use some of the cool new The Crafter’s Workshop stencils too. :)

Travel journal pages for The Crafter's Workshop by Yvonne Yam


I used The Crafter’s Workshop stencil with Twinkling H20s for a subtle sheen and added washi tape and fun stickers for a casual vibe.

Travel journal pages for The Crafter's Workshop by Yvonne Yam


As the journal pages are rather thin, I didn’t want to play with mists. So I outlined the figures in The Crafter’s Workshop stencil with a pen and coloured in the figures for a hand-drawn look.

Travel journal pages for The Crafter's Workshop by Yvonne Yam


As I had quite a big of space and not much journaling, I used The Crafter’s Workshop stencil with Twinkling H20s to create a background base.  Then I added washi tape, stickers and my handwriting to create an embellishment cluster for the page.

This is my last post here on The Crafter’s Workshop blog. I’ve enjoyed sharing my creative projects with you in the last year for one of the most generous manufacturers ever. I have enough stencils to last me a lifetime…who am I kidding? Just until the next release!  *winks*

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team