$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.

Forever Friends The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles III

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

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:
SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCI have used only a little additional decoration on the cards, as they did not need much in my opinion. I really like to use these small stencils this way. If you change the media for example to markers or acrylic paint, you will again end up with a totally different kind of look. Hope you get inspired to try this idea out! Have fun!!

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)

Cards with metal dies

Hello, Sanna here today. I like to create cards in advance for different occations. I keep them in a box at home and that is my go-to place when in need of a card for a special occation.

I really like the Metal Dies as they the perfect size for cards. Here are four different cards I created with the dies.

Life is good - Sanna LippertSONY DSCFor this card I first created a misted multitoned background, then stamped some stars with a black ink over the misted paper and finally added the “Solace” die cut pattern over it all. The sun in the middle was exactly the right size so I made it a centerpiece of the card. Then I just added the sentiment.

Happy Birthday - Sanna LippertSanna Lippert - Happy birthdayThis card is made using the same ideas and techniques, I just changed the colours and left the die cutted white paper uncolored. I used the “Dots” metal die for this card. Next I just added a bold sentiment in the middle of the card and some small embellishments for additional detail.

Sanna Lippert - celebrateSanna Lippert - CelebrateFor the third card I cut the white cardstock in two half and replaced the lower part with a misted and stamped paper. The upper part is cut using the “Circle Dots” metal die. Some ribbon and a small enamel heart are the only extra decorational elements on this one.

Sanna Lippert - beautiful daySanna LIppert - beautiful dayOn my last card I used the “Circles” metal die and colored the white paper with Distress Inks light blue. Then I made yet another background pattern with spray inks and stamps and glued the two pieces together. Next I chose matching glitter glue colours and covered the circles with glitter glue. When the glue was all dry I added a sentiment banner and tucked a little blue flower behind it.

I hope you get inspired to create some layered, die cut cards yourself! Have fun!!!

Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Materials:
Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics (kraft)
Metal Dies: The Crafter´s Workshop – Solace, Circle Dots, Dots and Circles.
Spray inks: Tattered Angels and Lindy´s Stamp Gang
Stamps: Viva Las Vegasstamps, Studio AE by Technique Tuesday
Glitter Glue: Ranger Industries – Stickles
Stamp ink: Ranger Industries – Archival Ink, Jet black & StazOn, St. Valentine
Enamel Dots: My Mind´s Eye
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Flower: Prima Marketing
Ribbon: Webster´s Pages & Maya Road
Pen: Staedtler
Glue: Aleene´s Tacky Glue