Embossing fun with stencils

Hi Everyone, Beck Beattie here again to share a fun project using your stencils in a little of a different way.    I have decided to create a card teaming up the new Sprial Staircase stencil with some Core’dinations cardstock for striking effect.

TCW Happy Birthday

Here is the divine Spiral Staircase stencil I used:

TCW511 Spiral Staircase

To show you this cool technique I have created a short video showing just how easy it is!

TCW Happy Birthday detail 1

I just love embossing on my projects and when it comes to Scrapbook pages as especially there is no folders that you can achieve embossing on a 12 x 12″ scale….. but with this nifty technique you sure can apply it in that way as well!

I would love to see you using this technique I have just shared so please share on our Facebook page!  We love to see how our followers are inspired.

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck Beattie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Waste Not….

Hello The Crafter’s Workshop Fans….
Lynne Forsythe here and I wanted
to share one of my creations for CHAW2015.

Beauty by Lynne Forsythe

When I am creating with spray inks and paints,
I keep a pile of tags and cards close by
to sop~up the left overs that end up on my craft mat
or on my templates.

Beauty by Lynne Forsythe

When I placed TCW517S ~ Sunlit Forest stencil over
my ‘tover card….it was PERFECT!TCW517SunlitForest

I applied black paint through the stencil and
I finished off my card with a piece of jute
and a kraft flower.

Beauty by Lynne Forsythe

So WASTE NOT you left over color….
you could end up with a “BEAUTY”!!

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

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