Sympathy greeting card

We recently had to attend the funeral of a dear family friend and as many of us do, I turned to my art to deal with some of the emotions such an event can bring up.

Stenciled sympathy greeting card using The Crafter's Workshop stencils • #stencils #sympathycard #greetingcardTaking step by step photos was not something I felt like I could do, so instead I set up my video camera to capture my process for you.

You can click HERE to see the video on my YouTube channel or watch below.

Making the card was a great way to work through my feelings and connect with the memories of my friend. That is one of the great tools creatives have…the ability to use our art as a way to work out our thoughts through pictures, words, colors, doodling, stenciling, etc. For me, it lessens the stress and bring a bit of peace.

Stenciled sympathy greeting card using The Crafter's Workshop stencils • #stencils #sympathycard #greetingcardStenciled sympathy greeting card using The Crafter's Workshop stencils • #stencils #sympathycard #greetingcardStenciled sympathy greeting card using The Crafter's Workshop stencils • #stencils #sympathycard #greetingcardThe stencils I used to create the card were: Mini Cathedral of Love, Mini Flying Garden and Word Association. I used acrylic paints and makeup sponges to add all the colors. The final doodling was done with a Micron pen and a white gel pen.

I hope the process video gives you some ideas for creating your own greeting cards. Is there an occasion coming up that you can make a custom designed card for?

Thanks for joining me today!


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Faux Marbling with Stencils

Hi Everyone. Karenliz here. I am so exciting to show you this cool technique for faux marbling.

This was not going to be today’s post but while my project was drying I played with modeling paste and paints. I was so excited about the results that I had to show you.

Isn’t it cool looking?

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Here are the supplies I used.

TCW547s Mini Repeating Pods

TCW547 Repeating Pods

You can use any color combinations you like. One tip: Only use up to three colors plus white because adding any more colors can turn it into mud. These are the colors I used.

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When I’m going to use paint on cardstock I paint it with Gesso first before applying anything else. Sometimes the paint soaks through the cardstock and the gesso stops it. I always use 110 lbs. cardstock or mixed media paper.

Once the Gesso is dry I put the stencil on top of the paper and added paint in different spots on the card.

Karenliz_TCWMarbling_PodCard (4)Using an old credit card pick up some modeling paste (Golden) and spread it on top of the stencil. It looks like this when your finished.

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Then lift off the stencil and see the amazing results.

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Once it dried I created this card with it but the possibilities are endless.

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I love this technique and it looks so cool. It’s an easy way to add marbling on paper. Let me know what you think. You have to try it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
My Blog: My Creative Endeavors




Stencils are so much fun!

Two cards for you today – for the second one I’ve added a step-by-step
of how I made them….
they’re similar; just the colors are different!

Layering with stencils and sponging with distress inks give such subtle backgrounds, or with the second card – vibrant backgrounds!

LOVE this stencil!



Use a stencil and sponge with red distress ink over a background.  This background was pre-colored, one from my stash of backgrounds, made with some spray inks.

Use the same stencil and sponge with green distress ink over it.


Apply structure paste over the stencil, leave to dry.

Stamp a flower onto a separate piece of cardstock, color it,
cut it out and adhere it to the background.


some close-ups…

Ellie Knol
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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TCW536 Postcard 6×6


Let’s play “I Spy” to create a card with Karenliz

Hi Everyone!
The stencil designers for The Crafter’s Workshop have wonderful names for their stencil designs. Ronda Palazzari’s stencil called Pebble Art (TCW505s) is a perfect name. You see pebbles, rocks, sand, stone wall, etc.  The name describes the design but what else do you see?

Let’s play a game. I spy in my little eye something white. What is it? It’s not a rock.

TCW505 Pebble Art

Guess it?

In the middle of the stencil you see what looks like a stone wall. To me it’s not stone but looking up to the sky I see clouds.  Let’s make a card.

I cut watercolor paper for the front of the card and added DecoArt Media Crackle Paste through the stencil in three places on the card. It will give it the look of the sky when we’re done. Crackle paste works best if you let it dry on it own. Don’t use a heat gun.


Once it was dry I used DecoArt Media Misters in Shimmer Turquoise and Primary Cyan and mixed each one with water for a watercolor look.


Next it’s time to add some stamped images. I chose to use hot air balloons. You can use your favorite flying stamps or die cuts.


You can see how the crackle paste dried and the color seeped into the cracks. I also added a few tiny clouds here and there with a paper punch (very old punch).


I love the way it turned out. Look like a sky with clouds? So next time you pull out a stencil play the same I Spy. You never know what you may find!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member
My Blog:  My Creative Endeavors



4 ATC’s from 1 TCW Stencil

Hi friends!  Carmen here today and I’m sharing with you one of my favorite creative mediums.  ATC or Artist Trading Cards may only be 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, cut you can pack so much creativity into them, and that’s what I love about them!

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I used TCW539 – Doodles Pattern 12″ x 12″ stencil.  It has 9 different patterns on it and they are the perfect size to fit onto an ATC card.  I had some Inchie Arts cards handy, they are so durable and can really hold a lot of texture.

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I first applied a layer of gesso and then used some DecoArt Media Line modeling paste and crackle paste on the cards.

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The first card had a chevron pattern and I applied some Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Mustard Seed all over the card.  I did used a baby wipe to spread the stain.  Then I used the stencil again to add some acrylic paint and give it a mirrored effect.

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Add a little washi tape from my stash and stamp on the words Seek Your Dreams.

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The next 2 cards I have some vibrant color with DecoArt’s Media Line Misters and some drippage effect.  The card with the triangles I did add some washi tape and embossed some UmWow chipboard pieces with black embossing powder.

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This card I left for last because I wanted the crackle effect to be complete.  I spritzed on some walnut ink and heat dried it.  It gave the card an old and vintage look.

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To finish this card off I rubbed on some DecoArt Media Line Antiquing Cream in Patina Green to give it a patina.  The washi tape with the vintage stamps completed the look.

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There you have them… 4 different ATC cards all from one stencil.  Now that’s versatility!

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Thanks so much for visiting with us today.  Make sure you stop in often, because there’s always something being created here!



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