A Sunlit Forest and a Pinecone: New Stencils!

Hi Everyone! Today I’m excited to show you what I made with two new stencils from the Winter 2015 collection. You can see them all HERE.

For today’s cards I used TCW515s Pinecones and TCW517s Sunlit Forest. Anyone who knows me I love trees so this stencil was perfect.  The one thing about stencils with a scene is that many times you don’t have to do very much with them. Less is more as they say.

For my first card I chose to do a black and white card. I used white cardstock (5×5) and black acrylic paint with the Sunlit Forest (TCW517s) stencil. I then used the Pinecones stencil (TCW515s) and Liquitex Modeling Paste to add an embellishment to the front of the card. Once the paste dried I cut out the pinecone. I cut the greens (Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Holiday Greens) from white cardstock and the strings are leftover from tags.

Here is the close up of the embellishment I made with the modeling paste and stencil. Using this method you can make quite a few embellishments inexpensively.


Here is my black and white card. The black and white card is 5.5 x 5.5.


For my second card I repeated the same procedures except I used Distress Inks to color the background. The pinecone embellishment I added brown ink to the modeling paste while it was wet and then cut it out when it was dry.

Here is a close up of the pinecone embellishment. The string is also leftover from tags.


Here is the finished card on black cardstock, 5.5 x 5×5.


You can’t really see it on both cards but I added some glitter to the sun. I can’t wait to show you more new projects with the new Winter 2015 collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
Blog: My Creative Endeavors


Upcycled Valentine

Hello! Tami Sanders here today with an upcycled project to share with you!

I am usually an INKY crafter, prefering to use inks instead of paints, pencils or markers. But a little while back, I treated myself to a set of gelatos. The colors were fresh and bright and I set them aside to play with “sometime”.

Well that “sometime” came this week. I was having a hard time getting back in the creative groove after the long holiday break. And the bleak, cold, gray and drizzly weather was NOT helping my mood. I needed SOMETHING to help me get going and remembered those gelatos I had tucked away.

The set of colors I had selected were all but SCREAMING valentine – so I thought I’d make a card. Valentine’s Day IS only about a month away!

Instead of cardstock, I decided that a page or two out of a second hand romance novel I’d recently finished would be fun to use. And I had several shopping bags laying around from holiday shopping, so I snagged one to use as the card base.

Here is the finished card…

tcw upcycle valentine - wm

I thought about adding some embellies to the card, but didn’t like anything I tried. I finally decided to just leave it alone!

If you wanted to make this card a little “fancier”, maybe use white cardstock for the background paper and mat on a black card. Sequins, rhinestones, ribbon or maybe a pearl head pin would all work to “dress-up” this card.

I used 3 stencils from TCW to make the card…

TCW382S – Mini Garden Gate

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Garden Gate

TCW228S – Mini Herringbone

and TCW2029 – All My Heart Bits

I put together a Snapguide that shows you how to make this card step-by-step and includes both photo and text directions: UPCYCLED VALENTINE

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

All that glitters

Hi everyone,  Beck BT here and seeing it’s Christmas Eve I’m going to show you a festive Christmas card using one of my favorite Crafter’s Workshop Stencils – TCW479s Random Stars.  It is a quick and easy design with all the glittery punch of the season – perfect for a last minute card.

Christmas Joy card2

I wanted to add some subtle stencilling to this card for a touch of elegance and also to add a little glitter onto the card without it being over the top.  To create the card, first start with stencilling some texture paste onto the card base with the Random Starts Stencil.
step 1Now while wet I added some glitter and then just shook off the excess to leave random thicknesses of the glitter.

step 2

I used the following stencil to create this page:

tcw479 random stars

TCW479s – Random Stars

Here is a detail picture so you can get up and close with that stenciling, don’t you just love how crisp those edges are!

Christmas Joy card detail 1

The perfect finishing touch to a Christmas CardChristmas Joy card detail 2

To finish off the card Just add a flower, some trim and your sentiment.

Christmas Joy card2

I hope you enjoyed my share today!

Happy Crafting!!
xxxBeck BT

Layered Stencil and Stamping background

Hi everyone, Beck BT here to show you my latest layout created with The Crafter’s Workshop templates.  I just love how you can create all different feels when it comes to The Crafter’s workshop stencils as there is just so many to choose from and always one just perfect for my layouts.

I recently taught this layout as a class sharing lots of different techniques that go into making this layout.  As this was a layout of a memory captured outdoors I wanted to incorporate that into my design and the Specimen template was just perfect for this.  I teamed that stencil up with the new Labyrinth template as well for some added interest and layers.  leading the way full

I have created a video focusing in on how I have layered the stenciling and stamping to create a great deal of interest into my page.

I used the following stencils to create this page:

tcw486 labyrinthtcw454 Specimen

Here is a detail picture so you can get up and close with that stenciling

leading the way detail 1

I love how versatile stenciling is for projects, and so I also wanted to share with you a card I created where I’ve taken a single layer of stencilling (just the butterflies) to accent a card with the same background techniques.

spread your wings card

I hope you enjoyed my share today!

Happy Crafting!!
xxxBeck BT

Easy Christmas cards

Hi there, Sanna here again with an easy Christmas card background idea. All you need is two pieces of blue cardstock, a stencil and some white spray ink (of course you could use other colours too, if you prefer!).


Place the stencil onto the piece of cardstock and spray some white spray ink over it. This will create the first background pattern (the paper on the left). Then take the wet stencil and carefully place it over a second piece of blue cardstock and use a paper towel roll or a brayer to press the image onto the paper. Make sure the stencil and the paper do not move, otherwise you will not get a proper image. Then carefully lift the stencil from the paper. You now have a negative image of the stencil and a fun background pattern for your cards.


These are the two cards I created with the blue inked and stenciled paper. I also added some modeling pasted stencil images to create more interest and detail to the upper card. These modeling pasted pieces are leftovers from the “two of a kind” layout I did for the 1 Stencil 4 Ways post here.


For my last card I also used some modeling pasted leftover pieces and additionally pressed the leftover ink from a stencil onto the background. I had used the small “Beaded Curtain” stencil with some blue Distress Ink and now just sprayed the inked areas with some water spray and then pressed the leftover ink onto the background.

I still have plenty of that blue cardstock left, so I can go on and make some more Christmas cards later.

Hope you like the idea! Have fun!
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Beaded Curtain (12×12 & 6×6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Blazonry (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Spray Ink – Dylusions
Pens – Signo Uni-ball white, Stampin´ Up!
Stamps – Studio Calico, Stampin´ Up!
Stamp ink – Hero Arts Shadow Inks
Glue – Aleene´s
Other – Rhinestones, Sequins