Family selfie – adding small stencilled details to a layout

Hello there, Sanna here today to share a simple idea how to incorporate small stencilled details onto layouts.

While testing the new stencils I randomly wiped some ink thru them onto a piece of watercolour paper. That is how I ended up with this 12×12 inch piece of paper full of different stencil images.

Sanna Lippert - stencils and inks

Sanna Lippert - stencil images

I was thinking I could use these images in little portions on a layout, so I first created a strong background for these images (I like colour and strong contrasts). I therefore chose a piece of black woodgrain cardstock and dabbed some white acrylic paint thru the “North Star” stencil onto the background.

Sanna Lippert - acrylic paint

Next I chose matching papers and embellishments to go with the stencilled images and colours and started creating and layering the layout. This is what my finished layout looks like:

Sanna Lippert - family selfie

and here are some close-ups:

Sanna lippert - familyselfie
(The journaling says: “We take at least one family selfie on every vacation we are on”.)

SannaLippert - familyselfie

I just love the new designs and they all work together so well!! I hope you get inspired to create with stencils!! Have fun :)

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used materials:
Woodgrain cardstock – American Crafts
North Star – The Crafter´s Workshop
Netting – The Crafter´s Workshop
Persian gate – The Crafter´s Workshop
Fireworks – The Crafter´s Workshop
Chrysantheum – The Crafter´s Workshop
Labyrinth – The Crafter´s Workshop
Alhambra – The Crafter´s Workshop
Folk Art Flower - The Crafter´s Workshop
White Acrylic Paint
Shadow Inks – Hero Arts
Ink blending tool – Ranger
Watercolor paper – Art supply store
Twine – Whisker Graphics
Chipboard butterflies – Scrapfellow
Golden ink – iZink
Pen – K&Company & Signo Uni-ball
Flowers – Prima Marketing
Alphas - American Crafts
Other – glue

Calm before the storm

Hi Everyone, Beck Beattie here again with another layout that I hope you enjoy!  The photo in this layout featured a VERY calm photo I took while on holidays.  I thought it would contrast nicely with some yummy texture in the background.  I thought that the Kelp Forest TCW498 mini stencil would be PERFECT for this!

Streaky bay layout

Kelp forest TCW498

Kelp Forest TCW498

I started off by inking with the new Kelp Forest TCW498 mini stencil on the background with some white ink.  I then added Tinby Designs Metallic Melts in Glistening snow.


I decided a little later that the white on it’s own wasn’t enough so if you look to the picture below you will see some added copper Metallic Melts by re-heating the white metallic melts and sprinkling over some Copper and re-melting.   I also added some contrasting blue stencilling with a blue ink pad.Streaky bay detail 3

Next I wanted to add some of the same pattern to the foreground of the design.  To do this I stencilled with the blue in on a white strip of paper


I also inked the edges with some brown ink to accent it a little more.3

Here are some detail pictures of the finished layout.  As you can see I added additional texture with some gesso that I added to some bubble wrap and then when dry removed the bubble wrap for some lovely texture pieces ready to add to another layout, as well as some more pattern paper twine and bunting.

Streaky bay detail 1

Streaky bay detail 2  I hope you enjoyed my share today and experiment with your stencils too :)

Happy Creating!

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Makin’ tags…..part 1

Hello TCW Fans…..
How are you enjoying the NEW RELEASE of stencils??
I’m having a BLAST playing with them!
I’m also having a blast playing with some NEW TEXTURES
with my NEW STENCILS!!

Today, I am going to share with you
2 of the 4 tags I recently created!

I cut my tags from Core’dinations Heavyweight 110lb White Cardstock.
This paper is AMAZING….
it’ll take all the liquid you can give it and pretty much
retain it’s shape!! Lynne Forsythe

For my first tag I used
TCW494s ~ Trapezoid Flower.
I applied both Metallic Gold Embossing and Crackled Texture Pastes
through the stencil.
When dry, I then spritzed the tag with Kraft Glimmer Mist
and painted on a bit of Blue Bubbles Glimmer Mist
over the Crackled texture paste. Lynne Forsythe

I then ran a bit of Watering Can Archival Ink over the entire tag face. Lynne Forsythe

When dry, I then embellished the tag with Petaloo flowers. Lynne Forsythe

For my second tag….


I used TCW486s ~ Labyrinth Stencil
and a bit of translucent embossing paste.
I then created a tie-dye effect by spritzing
various Glimmer Mists and letting them run together.


Once again…..
I embellished the tag with
Petaloo flowers, burlap and a bit of jute


I hope you have enjoyed my tags….
’cause I sure had fun making them!!
Make sure to stop back later this month for my other 2 tags.



The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member
Lynne Forsythe

Fun With Chalk Core and Urban Street Art

Hello all and happy Friday!

I got a chance to play with Core’dinations White Chalk Core cardstock and I had heaps of fun using my stencils on it. I must admit, this page didn’t turn out at all the way I planned (including a change of photo), but that’s how projects sometimes go don’t they?

Urban Street Art (1)

I began with Core’dinations Chalk Core, which you can sand or emboss to expose a white center! I wrote a quote in white pen and white pastel pencil.

If you read the quote you'll see it's about sisters because that's what this page was originally going to be about!

If you read the quote you’ll see it’s about sisters because that’s what this page was originally going to be about!

Next, I used the Sand It Gadget from Core’dinations to expose some of the white core and give it a more worn look.

Urban Street Art (6)

After that I played with TCW478s Beaded Curtain using embossing powder and mist, again all in white.

Urban Street Art (7)

Then I took another sheet of Chalk Core cardstock, TCW470 Geometric Art Layers, and applied metallic acrylic paints with sponges.

Urban Street Art (8) Urban Street Art (10)

Finally, I cut them up into strips to use as layers on my page. It’s a simple yet great way to make your own patterned paper!

Urban Street Art (9)

After that I built my layers, including molding paste and TCW492s Kasias Letters and splattered paint. The background became decidedly more grungy so I decided to change pictures ;) I’d just returned from a trip to Melbourne, Australia where I’d taken photos of some alleys filled with amazing urban street art so I choose something from those pics. Here’s some close ups:

Urban Street Art (2) Urban Street Art (3) Urban Street Art (4)

And that’s having fun with Chalk Core!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Pretty Pinwheels: 3 of 3 Quick and Easy Posts Today!

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a fun project to share with you – a trio of pretty pastel pinwheels…

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These pinwheels would be cute for a child’s room decor, party decor or favors. They are easy to make as well. All you need are some TCW stencils, cardstock, ink, straws and buttons.

Start with a square of cardstock, use 3″ for cute mini pinwheels or 12″ for GIANT size pinwheels!

The pinwheels in the sample were made using 4 1/2″, 5″ and 6″ squares. Use the stencil of your choice to ink one side of each cardstock square. I used ColorBox Black Pigment Ink for this project, so I heat set the ink once it was applied.

To make the pinwheels, you need to cut diagonally from each corner toward the center, stopping about 1/2″ to 2″ from the center of the square depending on it’s size. Then fold the tip of ONE corner from each section down to the center and adhere it. I found it easiest to just make an “X” from corner to corner on the back of each square using a pencil and ruler as a cutting guide.

To embellish the centers of the pinwheels, I stenciled designs on buttons using ColorBox Black Surfacez Ink. Glue the buttons to cover the ends of the corners at the center…

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Glue straws to the back of the pinwheels to finish them off.

Supplies Used:

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOPTCW205s Mini Houndstooth, TCW195s Mini Brocade, TCW317 Pattern Strips, TCW278 Circle Explosion, TCW189s Mini Zebra Print, TCW347s Mini Kaleidoscope

OTHER: Clearsnap: ColorBox Black Pigment Ink, Colorbox Black Surfacez Ink and ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Beacon Adhesive: 3-in-1 Glue, Peach, Pink and Lime Cardstock, Buttons and Striped Straws

TOOLS: Heat Gun, Trimmer, Scissors, Ruler and Pencil

Come back and visit the TCW Blog soon!

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member