Two tone ombre effect

Hi Beck Beattie here again to share with you today a sweet card.  Stencils make it so easy to get some fun effects, and today I’m going to show you how to achieve that with a two toned ombre effect.

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To create this card you are going to need the following items:

products usedFollow the illustrated steps to create base for the card using the TCW381 Quatrefoil template:


Once you have your background created, cut your desired size card base out of it.

Next we will have a litte fun with the TCW454 Specimen template directly onto the background of the card


On and additional piece of cardstock create the butterflies

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Assemble the card with the created elements adding your stamped sentiment in black.  Here is another pic of the card:


Thanks for stopping by today and I can’t wait to be inspiring you shortly again!

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck Beattie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

No Window Die? Grab a Stencil!

Hi Karenliz here.

Have you ever started a project and realized you didn’t have the right tool to complete it? It can be very frustrating.  It happened to me when I wanted to make a card with a window but didn’t have the die to put through my die cutting machine. Look at your stencils! I wanted a round window and using these two stencils I created my card.


Using the Moroccan Tiles stencil I took a piece of cardstock, traced my tile and cut it out.  I added acrylic and crackle paint to my new window to make it look aged.


If you look closely you can see all the cracks. I didn’t use heavy paper so it warped a little but if you put it under something heavy it will flatten.  My next step I created the background with the Harlequin stencil, black acrylic paint, matte gel medium and then painted over it with a wash of gray paint.  With archival and distress inks I created the window scene and attached the window.  My last touch was a big fat furry spider.


Remember there are amazing windows, doors, and portals in stencils. You just have to look a little closer and you will see them.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Knock, Knock, Who’s There?

Hi everyone it’s Karenliz.

My favorite holiday is Halloween. I think its just because my daughter was born on Halloween, 9 weeks early, and it was a scary time. Today I have my first Halloween creation.

First I took a shadow box wood frame and used Liquitex acrylic ink and a stain on it. Then I used a stencil, Peacock Pattern TCW379, with modeling paste mixed with acrylic ink on the front.

2013 08 18_3653HWAnd also added the pattern on all four sides.

HWSidesOnce the frame was dry, I gathered all my Halloween goodies to fill the shadow box; little wooden trees, a wooden raven, Halloween papers, my favorite tree stamp to create the scene, and paper punched bats.

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To complete my shadow box I adhered all the pieces in and added more black and brown acrylic paints to darken it up a bit. Here is my finished creation.

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This shadow box frame is perfect for a little spooky scene and the stencil pattern around the frame is perfect.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Donna’s “faux encaustic” Tiny Circles!!










Have you seen Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday video? Do you see those wonderful Tiny Circles by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer?? TCW361!!













Gorgeous, right? I love the way that lemon yellow sits on top of the surface like that. You can watch Donna’s video here or below. But make sure to stop over at her blog to read the whole shebang!

Kelly Grace’s gorgeous pants!

IMG_1548First, let me say that I’m not usually photographing women’s legs/thighs. But this was just so incredible that I needed to share! This is our sales rep, Kelly Grace.  She lives in Canada and has so much energy and creativity that it oozes out of her.  Here are her black pants that had a minor stain on them.  So sad.  So what did she do? She grabbed her TCW382 Garden Gate 12×12 stencil and went to work.  She used her Lumière Graphite paint with a little black mixed in.  Slowly and carefully dabbing onto the stencil, onto the pants. I think she said she used some wax paper inside the pant so that it didn’t bleed through. Then she used Viva paint pen for the final “texture” beads on top. Awesome!!

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