Layering stencils to create a scene

Hi everyone! This is Consie here to show you how I layered five different stencils to create a scene on a greeting card.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopMy best friend is moving to Florida in a couple weeks to live with her boyfriend. They have spent more than a year living in separate states and I wanted to give her a card that reflected how happy I am for them!

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopHere are all the supplies I used:

  • a piece of 8.5×11 white cardstock and bone folder to crease it in half
  • Acrylic paints in yellow, olive green, cadmium orange and black
  • Makeup sponges
  • Sharpie pen
  • Signo Uni-ball white gel pen
  • Painter’s tape/washi tape
  • Stencils: House • TCW 2061; Mini Sunlit Forest • TCW 517S; Mini Life Tidbits • TCW 504S; Mini Word Association • TCW527S; Daisy • TCW2078

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopThe first step was to add the sun into the corner using the Daisy stencil, a makeup sponge and yellow acrylic paint. Adding paint past the fragment extended the rays of the sun.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's Workshop Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopThe next step was to add in the trees using the Mini Sunlit Forest stencil. I used the House stencil as a mask on top of the forest so that I could fill in the house as I wanted later. I kept the paint near the edges of the forest stencil very light so that I could then extend the stencil design.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopI extending the tree pattern by randomly moving the stencil around until I liked the forest and shadows I had created. I didn’t try to line anything up perfectly.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopNext I added in orange to the door and window of the house.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopI then created some fun doodles in my cute house in the trees with a Sharpie pen. You can freehand the outline of the house if you want (I did) or use the House mask to draw the shape. You have the shape…why not use it!

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopTo personalize this specifically for my friend, I added the words Happy (Mini Word Association stencil) and Together with the figures (Mini Life Tidbits stencil) across the bottom of the card in black.

Consie Sindet • layering stencils to create a scene on a greeting card • TheCrafter's WorkshopThe final step was to add a bit of white here and there with a Signo gel pen and my card is all ready for the note inside to wish my friends much happiness together in their next big adventure!

Thanks for joining me today!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member


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

Breathe art journal spread

Hello there, everyone, Sanna here today with my last post. I can´t believe how fast time has flewn. I have enjoyed every second of it. This has been such a great team to be in and I am glad I have had the pleasure of being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Truly great memories!!

So today it is time for me to say goodbye and share one last project with you. As my final post I created an art journal spread using a ton of stencils (all stencils I´ve used here, are also available at Here is what I did:

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First I applied gesso on my art journal pages and let the layer dry properly.

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Next I took some semi opaque matte mist in purple, pink and yellow (by Tattered Angels) and sprayed random circles onto the gessoed surface and again let the layer dry really properly.

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After that I took various 6×6 inch stencils and started dabbing heavy body acrylic paint (by Dina Wakley) thru the stencils with a foam brush onto the background. I used turquoise, tangerine, lime and magenta here. And again after applying the paint I needed to let the layer dry – this is really hard for me as I am not very patient :).

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Then I took some profile stencils and added those in the middle of my art journal spread. I used black acrylic paint here. I wanted to add another bold pattern to go with the profiles, so I chose to use the number stencil. I again used black paint here and applied the paint with a foam brush.

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I felt that the right side profile was not standing out enough, so I colored her hair with a black Sharpie and after that I added some metallic creative medium thru some stencils onto the ladies hair. I also sprinkled some shabby white embossing enamel here and there for additional interest and then heat set the enamel with a heat gun.

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I then wanted to add some fun hashtag words to go with my journaling, so I stamped words that fit the theme of my page with a black ink and wrote the text along the edges of the spread. I really like how bold and retro this spread looks like. Here are some detail photos so you can see the enamel and creative medium details better:

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and here is my finished art journal spread:

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It has been such a pleasure being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it has been an amazing time designing with TCW stencils. And what a great team of colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with – they have all been such an inspiration! – and what a fab company to work with! I am sure the new team will rock your socks off with their artworks!! I know I am going to be keeping an eye on them and already looking forward to the inspiration they will be sharing!!

ps. a few weeks back I taped a video in Finnish about some fun and easy stenciling techniques and while I was at it, I thought, I might as well do an English one too, so here it is, just a little extra to go with my post:

Thanks for a great time,
xxx, Sanna

Getting started with zentangle

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Hi Beck Beattie here today with a share that I hope will help lots of you get started with one of the latest trends!  There is so much Zentangling out there and I can’t say I have had much of a chance to get to play with the technique.  I would love to do some classes or read a book to help me into it more.

While away at a retreat recently I thought I might have a bit of a play and well I just didn’t know where to start even though a friend had provided me with some printout information and pictures to help.  There I was sitting with all my Crafter’s Workshop stencils sitting in front of me and the light bulb went off!  Why not use my stencils as a starting point!

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I created my main design using the Trapazoid Stencil, tracing it with a black felt marker.

Now the tricky bit… starting those patterns.   I dug into my stencils and found lots of stencils helpful for a pattern starting point so I got busy with them.  Building on the patterns as I went.

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As you can see I used lots of different stencils for some different patterns.  I have a LONG way to go to improve with this art, but it sure was fun giving it a go.

I later took the design area and added it to a card base with a simple sentiment stamp and some enamel dots and it was complete.  I also love how gender neutral the card is, a great one to have up my sleeve for those unexpected birthday gifts!

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I would love to see you give this a go.  If you get a chance to play along with me. Just share them on the Facebook page!

Hope you love my share today!!

Beck Beattie

The Crafters Workshop

Design Team Member

Iridescent Creative Medium with stencils

Hello everyone, Sanna here today with my second to last post (where has the time gone!?) I have a new addiction and that is the Imagine Crafts iridescent paste!! I just love it! It is absolutely gorgous against a black background. And needless to say The Crafter´s Workshop stencils and that paste are a match made in heaven!

Here are four cards I created using the paste with stencils and I am totally in love with how the backgrounds turned out:

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Just look at that fabulous shine when light hits the dry pasted surface!!!

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And creating the backgrounds is super easy! You just grab the tones you like, place a stencil of your choice over the black cardstock and apply the paste:

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I used the iridescent green, pink, blue and purple on my cards. The paste is white when applied, but already has a little shine/shimmer to it. The whole beauty of it will show after it has dried up. And just look at the new stencils in combination with these pastes, aren´t they just gorgeous?

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After removing the stencils (remember to clean them after using them with the paste) leave the paper to dry and when it´s all dry, you can go and finish the cards or whatever projects you were planning on creating. This is what I did:

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I have also used a colored texture spray (the white on on the cards) to create some more interest and contrast to the backgrounds. This texture spray is also a product by Imagine Crafts.

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I kept each card in one color tone (monochromatic) to make the paste stand out more. Only the white texture spray adds a little color contrast. I also did some serious stash busting by using older flowers and embellishments on the embellishment clusters.

Wishing you a lovely day,
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Believe Script – The Crafters Workshop 6×6
Mini Stepping Stones – The Crafters Workshop 6×6
Mini Rug – The Crafters Workshop 6×6
Mini Tiled Flower – The Crafters Workshop 6×6
Iridescent Creative Medium (pink, green, blue, purple) – Imagine Crafts
Colored Texture Spray (Wedding Dress) – Imagine Crafts
Black cardstock – Bazzill
White Cardstock – American Crafts
Other – Flowers, Rhinestones, Stamps, Stickers, Wood veneer, Chipboard, Buttons