Fragments and Bits with paint

Hi there, remember the cards I made a while back using Fragments and Bits with spray inks and a Big Shot? Well, the other day I tried the same idea, only changed the spray ink to a regular paint.

Here is how I did the backgrounds: Sanna Lippert I first cut some watercolor paper into suitable sizes and sprayed them with yellow, blue and green spray ink.

Sanna LippertNext I took out some stencils and started dabbing some Distress Paint onto them. I started with the small “Fifties Clock” stencil and orange paint.

Sanna Lippert
After I had enough paint on the stencil, I carefully placed it over the spray inked background and since this particular stencil was too big to fit into the Big Shot, I used a brayer to apply the paint onto the card background. Works as well as the Big Shot, except that you will not get a letterpress kind of image out of this technique.

Sanna LIppert
For the next card I used the “Single Feather” Balzer Bit and green Distress Paint. This time I ran the paint covered stencil thru the Big Shot and the image is similar to a letterpress image.

I did the same with blue Distress Paint and “Crosshatched Frags”. I really like this one a lot!

Finally I used the “Pods Fragments” stencil and dabbed pink, orange and red Distress Paint onto the surface and ran it thru the Big Shot again. There are so many variations you can create with this basic idea.

And here are the finished cards:Sanna Lippert

Sanna Lippert

Sanna Lippert
After finishing the backgrounds I glued them down on white card bases and added stamped sentiments, some doodling around the edges and ink splatters in various colours. There are also some silver and gold wax crayon splodges here and there. If you want the images to stand out more, you can go around them with a black pen, like I did on some of the cards.

I hope you will give the small stencils (Bits and Fragments) a try! They are quite a lot of fun to play with!

xxx, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Distress Paint (blue, green, pink, orange, red) – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Pods Fragments – The Crafter´s Workshop
Crosshatched Frags – The Crafter´s Workshop
Fifties Clock – The Crafter´s Workshop
Graceful Flower – The Crafter´s Workshop
Single Feather – The Crafter´s Workshop
Numbers Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Silver & gold wax crayons – Stockmar
Stamp ink – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Stamps (Dylusions & Tim Holtz) – Ranger Ind. Inc. & Stampers Anonymous
Stamps – Technique Tuesday (Studio AE)
Other – Watercolor paper, White cardstock, Big Shot, black pen
Spray ink – Studio Calico (green, blue, yellow)

Cabbage Roses: A New Stencil from Designer Carmen Medlin

Flowers make the perfect cards for so many occasions and today I used the Cabbage Roses stencil (TCW514) to create a card and a tag.

TCW514Cabbage Roses

I like to create cards that aren’t going to cost me an arm and leg to mail. Lets face it postage is expensive but there is something nice about receiving something hand made in the mail.  To make this card I used the stencil to create embellishments for the card. I cheat a little by buying pre-made blank cards on sale.

To create the focal for the card I use heavy gel medium through the stencil on heavy mixed media paper.  I let it dry overnight.


To add color I added water to Liquitex Ink and use it like watercolors. First I spray a little water on the roses and then add lighter shades of color and let it sit to dry before adding more color. The color spreads on it’s own. You can tip the paper to move the color but I like to be surprised by the outcome.


Once the first layer of ink is dry, I continue to spray water and add more and more color until I’m satisfied with it.


When its completely dry I cut out the roses and the leaves to create my card and tag. You can even use this technique for any project.  Here are my finished pieces.


Any of The Crafter’s Workshop stencils you can use with heavy gel medium and create tons of embellishments to save and use at a later date. It makes creating quick cards, tags, scrapbook pages, etc., easily.

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





Gesso’d Cards by Lynne Forsythe

Hey Crafter’s Workshop Fans….
When I opened my DT box I about fainted…..
I couldn’t WAIT to play!

I picked (3) 6 x 6 stencils to begin.
TCW507S ~ The Story
TCW506The Story

TCW536S ~ Postcard

TCW523S ~ Be In Love
(aren’t they AWESOME!!!!)
I pulled out a package of
Canvas Corp Brands ~ Greeting Cards ~ Kraft
my end of the jug Gesso
and a palette knife!

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

I applied the gesso over the Templates
with a palette knife…it’s that thick!

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

When the Gesso was dry,
I spritzed the card faces
with a wide array of
Tattered Angels ~ Glimmer Mist.

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

I just LOVE how they came out!
Don’t you??

I embellished the cards from

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

to…..Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe


Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

Gesso Cards by Lynne Forsythe

I hope you have enjoyed my cards…..
’cause I sure had fun
makin’ them!!!!

Lynne Forysthe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

A study of PAPER

The inspiration for this post was my desire to create
Valentine ATC’s.
As I didn’t have any papers to do this….
I thought what a great time to do
a study of papers.
I have  LOTS of various papers
and wanted to see how they would react
to mist sprayed though various templates….

So I pulled out my bin of The Crafter’s Workshop stencils
and chose
TCW492S ~ Kasia’s Letters
TCW248S ~ Cubist
TCW478S ~ Beaded Curtain
and a bottle of Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Pretty in Pink Pink
and a bottle of Perfect Paints ~ Gold

My first paper I chose was Canvas Corp Brands ~ Crepe Paper.
I placed TCW492S Kasia’s Letter on the paper and spritzed away.
I dried the paper, then decided to spritz the paper with a bit of water.
I LOVED the look.

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

There was quite a bit of ink still on the stencil so I
laid it onto a piece of dry Canvas Corp Brands Tissue Stock.
Sadly, the stencil image is not visible. When the paper was
spritzed with water, for the most part, the ink stayed in place.

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

My next paper I tried was Canvas Corp Brands ~ Suede paper.
I used one of my FAVORITE STENCILS
TCW248S ~ Cubist
I followed the same steps as above.
LOVED this look tooooo!!!

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

My last paper chose was a patterened paper by Canvas Corp Brands.
For this trial I used the
TCW478S ~ Beaded Curtain
When the mist hit the paper….it did not move at all!!

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

When all the ink was dry on the papers,
I applied Perfect Paints ~ Bright Gold
TCW484S ~ Netting
TCW483S ~ Spotted
onto my “created” papers.
Here is the final result of my study….

A Study of Paper by Lynne ForsytheA Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe A Study of Paper by Lynne ForsytheHope you have enjoyed my Study of PAPER!
and my Valentine ATC’s!!

Thank you for stopping by the Crafter’s Workshop Blog
….and have a SUPER CREATIVE DAY!
Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

ATC’s for Valentine’s Day

Hello! Tami Sanders here with an idea for Valentine’s Day for you and your kiddos.

My son is taking art this year and is really enjoying it. He likes to draw and play with all my art supplies – including my TCW stencils!

I am not a fan of the current kid’s Valentine exchange cards. I especially DON’T like those that are just a bit of cardboard attached to some candy; nothing to really save. I remember getting a book of all sorts of bits and pieces that you could cut out to make your own Valentines; there were even envelopes to put together to place your valentines in for class room exchanges.

So this year, I suggested instead of buying cards, we make our own! I thought “love and friendship” themed ATC cards would work well.

I decided we would keep it simple and make them “in mass”, but still wanted each one to be unique. I thought the best way to do that would be to stencil whole sheets of cardstock then cut the sheets apart into individual ATC’s.

We started with Heavyweight 110 lb. white cardstock from Core’dinations. Core’dinations heavyweight cardstock is great to use with spray inks – which is what we had planned – they stand up without wilting or warping!

My son and I selected a group of colors from my stash of spray inks – a mix of ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Spritzers and Stephanie Barnard Dye Ink Sprays, both from Clearsnap.

For this project we selected a few lighter shades to use as “base” colors and a few darker ones for “accent” colors.

THEN – the fun part, choosing a WHOLE BUNCH of TCW stencils! You’ll want a mix of stencils with small background designs as well as a few with more defined larger designs. And you can use 6″, 12″ or a mix of both.

Here are the stencils that we used on these ATC’s: TCW2030 Burlap Bits, TCW2038 Tiny Ring Bits, TCW253s Mini Fish Scales, TCW457s Gothic Romance, TCW390s Mini Baubles, TCW347s Mini Kaleidoscope, TCW379s Mini Peacock Pattern, TCW495s Sea Bubbles, TCW408s Mini Shattered Circles, TCW484s Netting, TCW43` Ripples, TCW366 Scallop Flowers, TCW248 Cubist, TCW495 Sea Bubbles, TCW385 Moroccan Tiles and TCW500 Nautilus.

You can get TEN ATC’s from one 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of cardstock, so these Valentine’s are very cost friendly too. And remember, when you use spray ink on stencils, you can turn the stencil over and rub the excess ink off on your paper so you can get more bang for your buck!

Here’s what some of the finished ATC’s looked like…

valentine atcs - wm

I’ve put together a Snapguide that show’s how you can make these Valentine ATC’s yourself; you can view it here: VALENTINE ATC CARDS

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member