Quick and Easy ATCs using TCW Stencils

Hi, Karen here sharing a fun and quick way to create ATCs using The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils.

I love creating ATCs. ATCs are easy to work with due to size and awesome to trade. They make beautiful mini pieces of art and perfect for expressing your art form in various ways. Using stencils make this process super easy. I’m including a tutorial below that enables you to create 10 ATCs using 1 sheet of 8 ½ x 11 cardstock, stencils, and ink.

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Supplies

Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW470) Geometric Art Layers, Kasia’s Letters (TCW492)

White Cardstock: (2) 8 ½ x 11

Manila Tags

Gesso

Ink Sprays (Dylusions)

Washi Tape

Foam Brush

Trimmer

Black Gelatos

 Tutorial

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Step 1: Randomly apply washi tape to cardstock.

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Step 2: Apply coat of Gesso to washi taped cardstock.

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Step 3: Place stencil on cardstock and spray ink. The pattern will transfer to the cardstock. I used colors: vibrant turqoiuse, pure sunshine, and squeezed orange.

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Step 4: While the ink is still on the surface of the stencil, place an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of cardstock on top of the stencil. Notice the negative inked imprint that results. Add another sheet to make use of the remaining loose ink on the suface. Note: The additional sheets create new prints for future projects or atcs.

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Step 5: Continue adding various ink colors and patterns using your stencils to add more interest to your art. I used Dylusions funky fuchsia.

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Step 6: Use tags to absorb additional loose ink on top of stencil. Let dry.

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Step 7: Turn cardstock to portrait view and trim (2) 2 ½ cuts creating strips. After cutting 2 strips at 2 ½ you will have (1) strip remaining that measures 3 ½ x 11.

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Step 8: Turn 2 ½ cardstock strip to landscape view and trim at 3 ½. Repeat for each 2 ½ strip. Trim the 3 ½ strip to 2 ½ creating the ATC size.

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Step 9: Using black gelatos, edge ATCS.

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Step 10: Continue accenting as desired.

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ATCs by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW470) Geometric Art Layers, Kasia’s Letters (TCW492); Cardstock: Core’dinations; Ink: Ranger; Gesso, Gelatos: Faber Castell; Other: Washi Tape

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Karen

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

TCW Fragments and Stamping

Hello all! Another happy Friday to you!

So I’m not much of a card maker though I always admire other’s handmade cards. I thought I’d have a try using Ronda’s Fragments and a stamping technique.

Here’s the supplies:

Supplies: Core'dinations Heavyweight Cardstock, TCW Poppy Fragments, inkpad, stamps

Supplies: Core’dinations Heavyweight Cardstock, TCW Poppy Fragments, inkpad, stamps

Basically you hold the Fragment in place and cover the rest of the cardstock with stamped images. This leaves behind a clear area in the outline of the Fragment shape you use. A few suggestions….use smooth cardstock as it will show the stamped images a lot better, and used a variety of stamps with small details as this will fill the empty space better.

Hold the Fragment in place and keep stamping...

Hold the Fragment in place and keep stamping…

This is what the card looks like when the Fragment is removed.

This is what the card looks like when the Fragment is removed.

If you want the outline to be more apparent, you can outline the shape with a pen.

If you want the outline to be more apparent, you can outline the shape with a pen.

Here’s three cards I made using the same technique. The only other thing I did was add some Basic Grey chipboard and brads to each card.

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I didn’t outline the orange and teal cards with black pen.

Have a creative day!

Supplies:

TCW Fragments: Poppy, Pods, Heartstrings

Miae

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

$1 Thank You Notes: 1 of 3 Quick and Easy Posts Today!

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a $1 project to share. I found this set of thank you notes in a bargain bin – they are nice, but a little boring. I thought they had some potential though, so I picked them up.

BEFORE…

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I grabbed some TCW stencils and some ink and got to work transforming these notes. Here’s what they looked like after their beautification.

AFTER:

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Dress up your thank you notes from fun to formal depending on what “thanks” you need to send. I used a variety of styles here to give you some ideas. I thought the 2 hearts would be cute for wedding or bridal shower thank you’s.

Here are close up pics of each of the cards as well as the TCW stencils and inks used…

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TCW464 Mini Dancing Leaves stencil inked with Aquamarine, Spiced Plum and Limelight ColorBox Crafter’s Ink.

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TCW46 Rosetta stencil inked with Berry, Limelight, Tangelo, Aquamarine and Spiced Plum ColorBox Crafter’s Ink.

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TCW457 Mini Gothic Romance stencil inked with ColorBox Crafter’s Ink in Berry and Aquamarine.

Inks were heat set after application.

Using TCW stencils and some ink is an easy and inexpensive way to add some personality to basic stationary.

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Mixed media cards

Hello there, Sanna here today to share with you a few cards I created using a wide selection of stencils from the new line.

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I have first used 3 sheets of the Core’dinations heavyweight white cardstock (cut in half) and misted them with spray inks. Then I have either added a plain white texture paste thru the stencils onto the surface or mixed a transparent texture paste with black acrylic paint together and applied that thru the stencils onto the surface. On some cards I´ve added both. On a few cards there is also a layer of transparent texture paste mixed either with loose glitter or I have just applied the paste thru a stencil and then added a layer of Distress Glitter over the wet paste. Other than that I have just embellished the cards and added the sentiment. Super fun and very easy to do!

Happy stenciling!!!
xoxo, SannaThe Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Cardstock: American Crafts – grey
Cardstock: Core’dinations – heavyweight white 6×6 inch
Spray Inks – Tattered Angels, Lindy´s Stamp Gang
Flowers – Prima Marketing, Kaisercraft
Stamps – LawnFawn, Stampin´ Up!
Stamp ink – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Buttons -  Basic Grey
Wood veneer – Studio Calico
Pens – Copic
Rhinestones – Rayher Hobby
Distress Glitter – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Letter stickers – Making Memories
Loose fine glitter – Knorr prandell
Stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop
Other – white texture paste, transparent texture paste, black acrylic paint, ribbon

Creating Texture with Stencils

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a card that I created using the Sea Creatures stencil from the new Summer 2014 stencil collection. I absolutely love all of the newly released stencils.  They inspire you to create time and time again.

When I received my huge box of lovely stencils, I instantly fell in love with the Sea Creatures (TCW496s) stencil, mainly because of the summer theme and versatility. I can create layouts, cards, tags, and so much more with this beautiful pattern.

The project that I am sharing with you today is a card that I created with loads of texture. It was fun to create as I used some of the older stencils with the new. I love the versatility with TCW’s stencils. The stencils coordinate beautifully together and really compliment each other. Thanks so much to Core’dinations for being so generous with their wonderful products. The Core’dinations cardstock complimented the overall design.

Forever Friends The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles II

Supplies

Cream Cardstock

Core’dinations Cardstock

Stencils

Distress Inks

Foam Tool

Cosmetic Sponge

Ribbon

Sand It Gadget

Buttons

White Paint

Embossing Folder

Dust Buddy

Die Cut Machine

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Step One: Using foam tool and vintage photo distress ink, transfer Art Is (TCW261s) script to cream colored cardstock layer.

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Step Two: Using foam tool and distress inks (Broken China, Crushed Olive, and Wild Honey) transfer Sea Creatures (TCW496s) to cardstock layer.

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Step Three: Emboss cardstock using embossing folder and die cut machine. Enhance by applying Vintage Photo ink to raised areas and edges of card layer. Set aside.

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Step Four: Emboss Core’dinations cardstock using embossing folder and die cut machine. Sand cardstock with Sand It Gadget to expose the color.

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Step Five: Rub Core’dinations Dust Buddy over cardstock to remove excess dust from the sanding. Set aside.

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Step Six: Using Sketch Grid (TCW456s) stencil and cosmetic sponge, randomly apply white paint to card layer.

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Step Seven: Layer card together using adhesive.

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Step Eight: Using Sketch Grid (TCW456s) stencil and cosmetic sponge, randomly apply white paint to word sentiments. Adhere sentiments, buttons, and bow.

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Forever Friends Card by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW496s) Sea Creatures, (TCW456s) Sketch Grid, Art Is (TCW261s); Cardstock: Core’dinations, Stickers: Pebbles; Buttons: Prima; Ribbon: May Arts; Ink: Ranger; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Other: White paint

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Karen

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member