A Week of Stamps and Stencils with Viva Las VegaStamps! – Day 3

Hi everyone,

We have another exciting week here at The Crafter’s Workshop as we are partnering with Viva Las VegaStamps to bring you many projects with stamps and stencils!

Viva Las VegaStamps makes and sells deeply etched pink rubber stamps. And they have so MANY different subjects, styles and patterns…I’ve been to their store before and believe me, I’ve never seen so many stamps in one place!

I decided to make layout about a place I’d like to visit but haven’t yet been to…Greece! And it’s on my bucket list!

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Photo courtesy of inObrAS from deviantart

I used stamps from Plate 880:

VLVS Two ColumnsVLVS Steampunk Flying Greek, VLVS Drunken Baby/Cherub

And from The Crafter’s Workshop I used:

TCW438 City Grid, TCW487s Alhambra, and TCW471s Positive

Here’s how I went about making this page:

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Stamp entire background using two different shades of grey.

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Mix a paste of super heavy gesso and black gesso to get grey and apply paste over TCW438 City Grid.

When paste is dry, lay down the stencil again and apply crackle medium.

When paste is dry, lay down the stencil again and apply crackle medium.

Heat emboss stamped images and cut out.

Heat emboss VLVS stamped images and cut out.

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Cut out shapes on vellum paper (I used my Cameo) and decorate them with Positive and Alhambra stencils and chalk ink.

Now you have your background and main embellishments!

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See what fun you can have with Vivs Las VegaStamps and The Crafter’s Workshop!

Miae

The Crafters Workshop Design Team

 

 

 

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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

Adding an arty feel

Hi everyone, Beck BT here again with another layout.  This time I went a little out there with my colours really featuring one of the extra versatile stencils in the new release.  I just LOVE these stencils that have the different number of patters in them perfect for layering to create interest in your background.  Here is the layout I created, and below a little more about what I did, supplies used as well as video so that you can see how I used the stencil on the layout. Art brings us together tcw This is the stencil I used on this layout – yes only one stencil created all that interesting background!  TCW488 Viva La Art Capture   Here is a link to my video for you to see how I used the stencil

I really had fun adding the pops of colour on this one with the stencil.  I actually only used the 6 x 6″ size but as the pattern is a repeatable one I was able to match it up and continue the pattern.  You can see this very clearly in the video.

The ‘ART’ word was perfect for this layout as you can see by the rest of the title.  I created the title by adding black gesso through the ART word on the stencil.

The pops of metallic goodness were created with my Tinby Designs Metallic Melts I applied this by inking through the stencil with a Tsukineko Brilliance ink pad in Sky Blue, lifted the stencil and then sprinkled the metallic melts over, added the excess back into the jar and then heated to melt. I just LOVE how all the stencilling takes centre stage on this layout because of the bold colours used.

Here are some up close pictures of the stencilling on the layout

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Happy Creating!

xxx Beck BT

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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!

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