Stenciled Faux Glass Technique

Hello! Tami Sanders here to share a jewelry project with you.

I was very intriqued by Sarinda Jones’ post back in May… Kilnformed Glass Using The Crafters’ Workshop Stencils.

I thought it was a VERY creative and interesting way to use TCW stencils. But, I don’t work with glass. I think there would have to be paramedics standing by if I worked with anything that could get THAT hot! But I do love to work with shrink film, and it comes in clear, and it looks like glass when it shrinks. So I wondered if I could use embossing powder and shrink film to mimic Sarinda’s look. I thought I’d use her color palette too, and slightly “grunge” graphic style to make the comparison a little easier.

I started by cutting some white shrink film in strips, then punched a hole in the tops. I laid the strips out on my worksurface and used blue tape to tack them down in a row along the top and bottom…

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then I dusted the film with some anti static powder…

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then taped down some TCW stencils - BRAND SPANKING NEW ONES! - TCW470 Geometric Art Layers and TCW491 XOXO, both in the 6X6 size…

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then started tapping on Watermark Ink using a Stylus…

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and then sprinkled on some black embossing powder…

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and then a little red…

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and they looked SO good, just as I’d hoped, I couldn’t wait to shrink them…

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and then I took them out of the oven, so anxious to see how they turned out and…

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…and, as my kids would say – EPIC FAIL! The embossing powder melted all over the tiles and the great patterns made with the TCW stencils were GONE :(

I’ve shown you what I did step-by-step so you know what NOT to try!

Still determined to try to recreate Sarinda’s glass in shrink film, I took another approach and got out my Surfacez Inks. I repeated the same basic steps as above – omitting the static powder step, and tried just inking the shrink film as I had when making my first DT project – Graffiti Earrings

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here’s how they looked when shrunk…

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I inked both the fronts and backs using the TCW491 XOXO and TCW492 Kasia’s Letters – 6X6.

I wanted to use both opaque white and clear shrink films as Sarinda used both those types of glass. So I again repeated the steps listed above with clear shrink film and inked the front of the pieces with red and orange inks and the back with black to make it a little more 3D. I used the TCW490 Tattered Lace 6X6 Template for both. Here’s how they looked when shrunk…

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The colors and styles looked slightly asian to me when they were finished, and I thought about some beads that I have had FOREVER…

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So I decided to make a bracelet using my “glass” tiles and add in the beads. I also decided to incorporate my EPIC FAIL tiles as I did like how they looked…

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and here’s a closeup…

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I learned 3 things from this crafting experience: 1) If you see a project that you like, let it inspire you to transform it into something different. Use a different medium, technique, color scheme, style etc. 2) Don’t think you can’t make something just because it uses products or techniques you aren’t familiar with – make it YOUR way. 3) Mistakes can be BEAUTIFUL!

Supplies Used: THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOP: 6 X 6 TemplatesTCW490 Tattered Lace,  TCW470 Geometric Art Layers, TCW492 Kasia’s Letters and TCW491 XOXO,

OTHER:Grafix: White and Clear Shrink Films, Clearsnap:  ColorBox Surfacez Inks: Black, Scarlet and Marmalade and ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Beads, 2″ Head Pins, 8MM Jump Rings, Chain, Clasp and Blue Painters Tape

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Celebrate the Day


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Looking for a card to celebrate a great moment?  Jean Okimoto here, guest-posting for The Crafter’s Workshop today.

I love the classic simplicity of the mini Petals by Balzer Designs.  It’s cool, versatile and  plays well with others!  Let’s get started…

The Crafter’s Workshop Products

  • Balzer Designs Mini Petals TCW442S
  • Balzer Designs Mini Word Arrows TCW446S
  • Ronda Palazzari Texturized TCW437

Other Supplies

  • Radiant Neons Inkpads – Electric Pink, Electric Orange
  • VersaMark Inkpad
  • Imagine Crafts Gold Embossing Powder
  • Heat-tool
  • Brilliance Lightning Black Inkpad
  • Bazzill Basics Flamingo Cardstock
  • Textured White Cardstock (top-folded A2 card)
  • White Cardstock
  • Foam Dots
  • Sequins

Stencil Mini Petals with Electric Pink and Electric Orange.  Dry the inks.  Stencil portions of Texturized over it with VersaMark and emboss it in gold.  Trim it, ink the edges with Electric Pink and attach it to the card.  Stencil the “today” arrow with Lightning Black, cut it out and attach it with foam dots.  Add the sequins.

Thanks for visiting…enjoy your day!









Summer 2013: Sweet Home, Raindrops, and Switchback

Ronda Palazzari Sweet Home TCW386I am at CHA debuting all my stencils along with having fun doing make & takes at the Crafter’s Workshop booth. I will continue to share my summer stencil release here on the blog so you can see all 19 in detail. So far you have seen:

Fancy Feathers & Giraffe Print
Climbing Vine & Moroccan Tiles
Mix Tape, And So On, & Squiggles

Today i am sharing three more with you, Sweet Home (TCW #386), Raindrops (TCW #400), and Switchback (TCW #399). Sweet Home is reminescent of Urban Landscape but pays homage to our dwellings, for home is where love dwells. You can use the shadow or line drawing by themselves or combine them for a stellar look. Ronda Palazzari Sweet Home
These stencils come in both 12×12 and 6×6. You can see the shadow and detail images were used.
Ronda Palazzari Home

Can i tell you how much i enjoyed making this layout?  I love those bright cheerful houses all stacked up to tell the story of how my home is with Andrew, wherever he may be.

Ronda Palazzari Raindrops TCW400

Raindrops has a variety of sizes scattered across the page giving a great random feel.  I love all the sizes, both fat, skinny, and small.  The 12×12 looks great combined with 6×6 size.

Ronda Palazzari Raindrops

You can see the two sizes next to each other.  The 12×12 is actually on the left and the 12×12 is on the right.

Ronda Palazzari Found

On this layout, i first embossed the raindrops using clear UTEE and then painted the layout using spray inks and watercolors.  I love the way the drops pop up against the color.

Ronda Palazzari Switchback TCW 399

Switchback is a great background stencil that reminds me of our mountain roads in Colorado.  I love the way this background can be broken down in columns, rows, and squares.

Ronda Palazzari switchback

I really love this background stamp.  Alexi had fun with these two using spray inks on the 12×12 and distress inks on the 6×6 stencil.

Ronda Palazzari NachtMusik

The stencils are debuitng at the show today but i thought you might like a sneak of upcoming stencils & samples.  I have been a very busy girl completing 19 layouts for The Crafter’s Workshop booth.  Stay tuned these will all appear here on the blog!

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Easy stencil ideas for cards by Sanna

Hi everyone, Sanna here! When Jaime contacted me and asked if I would like to do a blogpost or two for the TCW blog, I was more than thrilled and immediately agreed. I love the TCW Stencils and have been using them quite intensively recently!! So my first post in May is about cards. I did four cards using the Mini Garden Gate, Quatrefoil, Kaleidoscope, Honeycomb, Tiny Circles and Mini Elevator Gate Stencils. So prepare for quite a long post ;-)

Materials for the first card:
You will need: stencils, white cardstock, a card base, embossing ink pad, clear embossing powder, craft sheet, heat gun, ink pads and a pen.

1. Place a stencil over the white cardstock and press embossing ink over the mask into the paper. While you are at it, cover the whole paper up, so you can use the other images for later projects, if you like.

2. Remove the stencil, cover the embossed areas with clear (or white) embossing ink and heat them with the heat gun until the powder starts to melt (don´t burn your fingers!).

3. This is what everything looks like after you are finished heating the powder.

4. Now add ink over the images with an ink blending tool. I used Distress Inks (bundled sage, wild honey and worn lipstick) from Ranger Inc. You could also use a spray ink here too.

5. After inking, I outlined the stencil images with a black pen for more contrast, but you could also skip this phase, if you prefer the original look.

6. After that just use as much or as little of the embossed and inked paper for a card (or on a layout) and decorate/embellish to finish your project. I used a wide chevron washi tape to create a flower. Just first fold the washi in half and then fold it again lengthwise to create a flower. Fast and easy and adds nice contrast to the card.

Now for the second card. Since I had leftover pieces of that previously embossed paper, I used them for this quick project.




I punched butterflies out of the leftover pieces and layered them over each other and  added a rhinestone on top. Then I used  the “Tiny Circles” stencil, placed it on the card and dabbed some white acrylic paint with a sponge over it. This creates a really nice background for the colorful butterflies – I really like this stencil a lot! Finally just decorated and glued all together. Really fast and easy!

Materials for card number 3:
You will need: craft sheet, Mini Elevator Stencil, card base, embossing ink, embossing powders (white or like me holographic, cream, yellow and orange), heat gun and embellishments of your choice.




SONY DSCFirst place the stencil over the card and add embossing ink. Then take orange embossing powder and add a wide strip over the card. Dab off the residue, then add in the same manner yellow, cream and the lightest color. Next heat the powder with a heat gun. Now your ombré card base is done. You can create gorgeous backgrounds just by changing the colors and stencil patterns! You could now either outline the images or even add spray ink or stamp ink over the white areas, if you´d like to experiment more, but I wanted to leave the image as it is. Then just add the embellishments and your card is finished!

For the last card you will need:
Card base (I prepared the background with Distress Ink – scrattered straw – and a background stamp), “Honeycomb” stencil, twine, needle and a black pen. And later coloring pens – I used Copics.





SONY DSC First place the stencil over the card and outline the image with a waterproof black pen. Then grab your coloring pens and color the pattern. After that punch holes around the hexacon images to be able to stitch through the card with twine. Finish the card with a sentiment and embellishments. I used a hot air balloon stamp and a rub-on, then glued everything down with foam pads for a more dimensional effect.

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorials and got inspired by them! Thank you TCW and Jaime for having me here – looking forward to my next post later in May!! See you!

xoxo, Sanna

Happy New Year Tammy Tutterow!!

tammytutterow-the-secret-25At first I just saw this saying on a tag Tammy Tutterow made and I thought “YES! we all need to count our blessings”. Great thought for the new year.tammytutterow-the-secret-15

And then I saw those little numbers and thought “hmmm?”

And then took a closer look and saw my little friend, Basketweave TCW210.


I know this is totally out of order as far as Tammy’s tutorial goes, sorry about that. I think I multitask too much that I end up doing first-things-last and last-things-first! Sorry. You’ll just have to go to Tammy’s blog and read it properly. But in the meantime, this is the beauty she created in the end.tammytutterow-the-secret-1

Can’t wait to see you, Tammy!! And to remember that when I count my blessings, I’m blessed to count you among my many blessings.