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

Letterpress with Balzer Bits

Hi!  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer here! It’s super easy to create letterpress (i.e. a debossed colored image) with any of my Balzer Bits!  Watch the video for the how-to:

Here’s the sample from the video:


I used the same technique to create the focal images for these cards:


The sentiment was created with one of my hand carved stamps.


To create the pattern on the house, I stamped an image onto the House Bit and sprayed it with water just before I put it through the die cut machine!


I hope you’ll give this technique a try!  Be sure to visit my blog for more tips, tricks, and tutorials!

New TCW Stencils in Mass Project Life Card Session!!

Hey there.

Lydell with you again sharing some creations with the NEW Crafter’s Workshop Templates.  There are so many really great templates….I know….there always is….but I love quite a few and can see myself going to several fav’s time and again!

I always like creating a stash of PL cards ready to go to when I need to get cracking with a new spread.  I am often falling behind, with all the things I have on, and I need to be able to get stuff out quickly and use what I have when I am ready.  So this stash will come in really handy, when I am looking for a particular colour, or just the right card!


Here’s a little look at how I did some of these…..


Some cards are simply sprayed over the templates.  This one is just the simple handwritten word ‘family’ with a texture spray from Imagine Crafts, (just before I pulled up the template from the paint)  These cards are really simple in design, and can stand to have some added elements when I go to use them.

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These ones are Watercolour Paints sponged through the stencils.  I used a cosmetic sponge and dipped it in a watery watercolour puddle, stamped off a few times, so its not too wet……then sponged through the stencil.

Something helpful to using some of the stencils effectively is this tip.

Mask off an area of the Templates which have several patterns on the one stencil.  I use painters tape, masking tape will work fine.  That way you get a clean print, without getting unwanted areas printed in your design.

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Another way I got prints Is using texture pastes and a palette knife to swipe the paste through the stencils.  This leaves an embossed (raised) print, which looks really effective.

I used Shimmerz Dazzlerz in varying colours.


This text stencil is gorgeous!!!




Another way I used the stencils to get prints is with Distress Inks.  This is probably the best way to get a crisp clear image, that looks quite graphic and clean.  I used a blending tool (a foam pad) which is sold specifically for the inks.  The results are quite striking on white card.


I liked this particular stencil print so much I did the same print with the same colour to use in one PL layout, so the page has a themed print across the spread.  I will mix it with other cards to coordinate.  I punched out some text shapes to accent.

You can also get creative and mix products together for interesting effects.  Here I used the Texture Spray “IrRESISTible” to spray the watercolour card.  I let it dry and then went over it with the silver Dazzlerz through a stencil.



 Here is the texture spray and brush Pen…..



So that’s quite a stack of cards and all from me today.  Loads of products and varying techniques, and many a stencil from the new release!!!!

Templates Used…..

TCW504S Life Tidbits, TCW508S Flow Chart, TCW540S Striped Flower Circle, TCW541S Believe Script, TCW550S Thoughts, TCW2063 Family Bits, TCW 2068 ‘2015’ Fragments,

Thanks for stopping in today.


Flowers and Butterflies, Think Spring

Hi Karenliz here today to show you a card I created with  the new stencils for 2015. I think these stencils are my all time favorite. You can check them out HERE.

To start my card I used the Impressions (TCW502) stencil with different shades of purples and greens on a piece of mixed media paper.


Originally this was going to be something else but the Daily Buzz (TCW528) stencil completely changed my mind. I saw the flowers on this stencil and knew I wanted to create individual paper flowers.  I traced the flowers and the little bee on to the back of the paper.


I cut the flowers out and added some very different to the inside to create the middle part of the flower.


I added little glass beads and the dried up paint inside the cap of a paint tube. Here is better picture of a bigger flower.


I keep everything! Next on my black card stock I used Imaginecrafts Iridescent Creative Medium in purple through the Mini Butterfly Collage (TCW554s). This medium is so cool. I love using black but it’s hard to get anything to show up on it. When you first use it you will only see white.


When it dries the color pops. It’s like magic!


To finish the card I attached the flower to the front and added Imaginecrafts Irresistible Texture Spray in Wedding Dress (white).  Here is my finished card.


I hope you love the card. Don’t forget that stencils can be used for anything even embellishments for a card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karenliz Henderson
Blog: My Creative Endeavors