Creating with “Misfits”

As a Designer, I accumulate many “Misfits”,
pieces parts that never made it onto a creation…
flowers, leaves, textiles etc.
Every once in a while I like to have a free create time
using my “Misfits”!

Here are three ATC’s I created!

Love for a Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

I began with (3) Canvas Corp Brands ~ Canvas ATC’s.

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Using The Crafter’s Workshop ~ Mini Texturized Template
and Distress Markers along with a bit of spritzed water,
I created my background to my ATC’s.

Here is a close up of the ATC’s,
I just love the effect I achieved when I spritzed the
Distress Markers on the Canvas ATC’s.
HINT: Spritz the backside of the Canvas ATC’s,
especially if you will be drying with a Heat Tool.

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne ForsytheI then pulled out my “Misfits” to complete my ATC’s.
Here are my finished little Darlings!!

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

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Hope you enjoyed my free create and I encourage you
to whip up something using your
“MISFITS”
and The Crafter’s Workshop Templates!

LYNNEwhite

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

A Quick and Easy Watercolor Background

Hello everyone!

I love the soft look of watercolors so here I’m going to show you a super easy way to create your own soft, dreamy, watercolor background!

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I used TCW439 Retrobursts, watercolor paper, a Faber Castell PItt pen, and Neocolor 2 watersoluble crayons.

 

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First, use your template and pen to outline your design however you’d like.

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Next, color in the drawing with the crayons.

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Finally, take a water bottle and spray the colored parts. You can spray everything at once or in sections. I misted in sections so that different groups of retrobursts dripped in different directions.

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And that’s it! Now you have a unique background that you can layer to create your page! Here’s some close ups:

MiaeRowe_TCW_Mi Muneca (5) I used Tattered Angels High Impact paint for the black spots (my new favorite black paint!).

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Hope you take some inspiration from this!

Miae,

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stenciled Faux Glass Technique

Hello! Tami Sanders here to share a jewelry project with you.

I was very intriqued by Sarinda Jones’ post back in May… Kilnformed Glass Using The Crafters’ Workshop Stencils.

I thought it was a VERY creative and interesting way to use TCW stencils. But, I don’t work with glass. I think there would have to be paramedics standing by if I worked with anything that could get THAT hot! But I do love to work with shrink film, and it comes in clear, and it looks like glass when it shrinks. So I wondered if I could use embossing powder and shrink film to mimic Sarinda’s look. I thought I’d use her color palette too, and slightly “grunge” graphic style to make the comparison a little easier.

I started by cutting some white shrink film in strips, then punched a hole in the tops. I laid the strips out on my worksurface and used blue tape to tack them down in a row along the top and bottom…

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then I dusted the film with some anti static powder…

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then taped down some TCW stencils - BRAND SPANKING NEW ONES! - TCW470 Geometric Art Layers and TCW491 XOXO, both in the 6X6 size…

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then started tapping on Watermark Ink using a Stylus…

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and then sprinkled on some black embossing powder…

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and then a little red…

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and they looked SO good, just as I’d hoped, I couldn’t wait to shrink them…

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and then I took them out of the oven, so anxious to see how they turned out and…

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…and, as my kids would say – EPIC FAIL! The embossing powder melted all over the tiles and the great patterns made with the TCW stencils were GONE :(

I’ve shown you what I did step-by-step so you know what NOT to try!

Still determined to try to recreate Sarinda’s glass in shrink film, I took another approach and got out my Surfacez Inks. I repeated the same basic steps as above – omitting the static powder step, and tried just inking the shrink film as I had when making my first DT project – Graffiti Earrings

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here’s how they looked when shrunk…

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I inked both the fronts and backs using the TCW491 XOXO and TCW492 Kasia’s Letters – 6X6.

I wanted to use both opaque white and clear shrink films as Sarinda used both those types of glass. So I again repeated the steps listed above with clear shrink film and inked the front of the pieces with red and orange inks and the back with black to make it a little more 3D. I used the TCW490 Tattered Lace 6X6 Template for both. Here’s how they looked when shrunk…

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The colors and styles looked slightly asian to me when they were finished, and I thought about some beads that I have had FOREVER…

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So I decided to make a bracelet using my “glass” tiles and add in the beads. I also decided to incorporate my EPIC FAIL tiles as I did like how they looked…

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and here’s a closeup…

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I learned 3 things from this crafting experience: 1) If you see a project that you like, let it inspire you to transform it into something different. Use a different medium, technique, color scheme, style etc. 2) Don’t think you can’t make something just because it uses products or techniques you aren’t familiar with – make it YOUR way. 3) Mistakes can be BEAUTIFUL!

Supplies Used: THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOP: 6 X 6 TemplatesTCW490 Tattered Lace,  TCW470 Geometric Art Layers, TCW492 Kasia’s Letters and TCW491 XOXO,

OTHER:Grafix: White and Clear Shrink Films, Clearsnap:  ColorBox Surfacez Inks: Black, Scarlet and Marmalade and ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Beads, 2″ Head Pins, 8MM Jump Rings, Chain, Clasp and Blue Painters Tape

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Using The Crafter’s Workshop stencil as a starting point for your landscape painting

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If you are like me and feel intimidated by landscape painting, why not use The Crafter’s Workshop stencils as a starting point? You can use the stencils to trace out the images or use them to create some dimension on your mixed media landscape painting. Here’s how I did mine…

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I started with an 8×8 canvas that I covered with wrapping tissue using matte medium. After a layer of gesso, I added some bold colours using Derwent Inktense blocks and water.

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Then I stamped with a Stampers Anonymous stamp and Ranger Archival ink along the edges for some texture and interest.

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I placed the Branches Reversed TCW251 stencil on the edge on my canvas, then applied Liquitex Light Modeling Paste.

Mixed-media-canvas-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafter's-Workshop6The next step was to colour the branches. I used Art Anthology metallic paint for a subtle shimmer. Once that was done, I used a small paintbrush and painted in my leaves with Daler-Rowney Pearlescent Acrylics.

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I “finished” my tree by adding some Golden Gold Mica Flakes.

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I added a little more stamping to “frame” the photo of my niece.

There you have it, a mixed media landscape painting. :)

Cheers,

Yvonne

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

Pressed Fragments and Bits images

Hi, today I´d like to share with you a simple and easy way to use the cute Fragments and Bits stencils. All you need is a few pieces of watercolour paper, some spray inks and a selection of Fragments and/or Bits and a Big Shot (or a similar tool).

First place a Fragments or Bits stencil into a cardboard box and apply some spray ink over it. I used various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colours for this purpose and they worked really well!

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Next carefully lift the stencil from the box and place it onto a Big Shot plate, then place a piece of watercolour paper over the stencil and make your plate sandwich and roll the whole thing thru the machine. SONY DSC

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This is what the finished result will look like. Now you can use this image on a card or on another project of your choise.
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These are the stencils (above) I used for my four cards and this is how the finished pressed images look like.
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And here are the finished cards:
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xoxo, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Rubber Band Fragments – The Crafter´s Workshop
All My Heart Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Butterfly Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Script Star Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Watercolour paper – art supply store
Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels (spring violet, marmalade, turquoise blue, starfish)
Flowers – Prima Marketing
Wood veneer – Studio Calico
Stamps – Viva Las Vegasstamps!
Stamp ink – Ranger Industries (jet black)
Pens – Staedtler, Faber-Castell
Cardstock – Bazzill (kraft)