{Give Thanks} Thanksgiving Decor

Hi! Tami Sanders here today with a decor project for Thanksgiving.

One of my favorite TCW stencils for fall is TCW368s Mini Pattern Leaves, the shapes and designs are so pretty. I made up lots of leaves using the stencil to embellish a vintage book…tcw give thanks book - wm

The leaves were first embossed on a light-weight kraft cardstock, then spritzed using ColorBox Spritzers in Lemon Drop and Pumpkin Pie. For a little shimmer, they were also spritzed in a few spots using Spun Sugar Smooch Spritz.

After the leaves dried, they were cut out and the embossed areas were inked using Mudslide ColorBox Archival Dye Ink. The edges of all the leaves were distressed using the same ink as well…

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The book was opened to the center and pressed down to “crack” the spine and help the book lay flatter. Each half was glued to the covers. The right hand page was carefully pulled loose from the spine and then the center of the page was torn out to make room for the sentiment. The loose page as well as the left hand page were inked around the edges using Mudslide Dye Ink and Harvest ColorBox Chalk Ink. The page at the right – once the loose page had been removed – was inked at the center with Harvest Chalk Ink. The left hand page was also inked at the center using Harvest Ink. The sentiment was added using TC47 Perky Letters and a brown pen…

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After tracing the torn out center of the page onto chipboard, the page was adhered to the chipboard and mounted back in the book using 3D squares. Then the leaves were slightly crumpled, arranged and then adhered to the book. A raffia bow finishes off the piece.

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Easy Christmas cards

Hi there, Sanna here again with an easy Christmas card background idea. All you need is two pieces of blue cardstock, a stencil and some white spray ink (of course you could use other colours too, if you prefer!).


Place the stencil onto the piece of cardstock and spray some white spray ink over it. This will create the first background pattern (the paper on the left). Then take the wet stencil and carefully place it over a second piece of blue cardstock and use a paper towel roll or a brayer to press the image onto the paper. Make sure the stencil and the paper do not move, otherwise you will not get a proper image. Then carefully lift the stencil from the paper. You now have a negative image of the stencil and a fun background pattern for your cards.


These are the two cards I created with the blue inked and stenciled paper. I also added some modeling pasted stencil images to create more interest and detail to the upper card. These modeling pasted pieces are leftovers from the “two of a kind” layout I did for the 1 Stencil 4 Ways post here.


For my last card I also used some modeling pasted leftover pieces and additionally pressed the leftover ink from a stencil onto the background. I had used the small “Beaded Curtain” stencil with some blue Distress Ink and now just sprayed the inked areas with some water spray and then pressed the leftover ink onto the background.

I still have plenty of that blue cardstock left, so I can go on and make some more Christmas cards later.

Hope you like the idea! Have fun!
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Beaded Curtain (12×12 & 6×6 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Blazonry (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Spray Ink – Dylusions
Pens – Signo Uni-ball white, Stampin´ Up!
Stamps – Studio Calico, Stampin´ Up!
Stamp ink – Hero Arts Shadow Inks
Glue – Aleene´s
Other – Rhinestones, Sequins

Stenciled Project Life Cards

Hi there.

Lydell with you again today with a stack of really easy PL Pocket page cards that I created for my stash!  I am always looking for a cute card to poke in between my photos in my weekly spreads….But these can be used as elements on a card or a Layout as well.

I cut up some water colour paper for the wet media, and just some regular Cardstock for the Distress ink cards, into 3×4 cards.










I got out my stencils and my palette knife and texture paste!I

Next I chose some TCW stencils.

I used a LOT!

I laid each on top of the cards and swiped over it with texture paste with a palette knife


Next I punched out a punch from Palette Paper and laid that under the stencil, (masking off an area)…. then applied the texture paste on top through the stencil.

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This looks great too!


I quite like the look of the negative as well after the card was removed….So I did one on a 12×12 sheet of cardstock to scrap on at a later date!  I really like this!!!


Remove the card (this is perfect to colour and use in a spread as well…So pretty!)


And the page with the card removed……


It will be a lovely base to build on.

I used the sheet I punched a star from earlier and am using the negative space to stencil though this time……

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And another one using a rectangle piece to mask off an area…..

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Speaking of masking here is one where the stencil is being used as a mask to stamp through…..

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Now moving onto Distress Ink.  The foam tool helps apply the ink smoothly.  It turns out beautifully.


did the same to the stencil below,


but instead of cleaning off the stencil after I had done the card, I spritzed it with water and then placed another card ontop to get a watercolour print with the ink left on the stencil!


Its fun to stencil with distress inks and blend colours together too!

Love this effect!


and here are some of the completed cards with some stickers and bits and pieces added…..

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It was fun having a play today with a stack of cards, just trying different things, and seeing what happened!  I have a lovely collection to use in my Project Life album!

Thanks for dropping in and have a great day!


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Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Layout

Hi! Tami Sanders here today a fall scrapbook page to share.

I teach a monthly scrapbook class locally and the group had requested that we “play” with TCW stencils for one of the layouts.

I grabbed a few random stencils and some sprays to do a quick demo. The resulting page turned out better than expected and was perfect for a pumpkin patch photo that I took of my youngest…

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The three stencils I grabbed for the “sample” layout were TCW484 Netting…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Netting

which i used for as a background for the page, sprayed with Lemondrop ColorBox Spritzers with touches of Pumpkin Pie…

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TCW498 Kelp Forest, which was used along the left side of the page with Golf Course and Fireberry Spritzers…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Kelp Forest

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and TCW490 Tattered Lace, which is a little hard to see with the other layers that were added, but it was used along the bottom to “ground” the page…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Tattered Lace

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Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Spray in Bubblegum was used.

I added a few more layers once I got home to finish off the layout…

I wanted to add in a little purple to go with the colors in my son’s shirt, so I used Frosted Plum Spritz with TCW454 Specimen…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Specimens

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Then made a title using TC47 Perky Letters…

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And finally, I reused the Kelp Forest stencil along the bottom center and right with Molding Paste to add some dimension. After the paste dried, it was inked using ColorBox Chalk Ink in Harvest and Chestnut Roan. Then the designs were loosely outlined and shadowed using a brown pen. I cut out the tops of a few to slide the photo under…

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So, with a quick random grab of stencils and sprays and about 2 minutes, a scrapbook page emerged. The group liked the layout so much, that several of them made a version of it for their own fall photos, including this 2 page layout…

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It was the first time this group had used stencils and once they got in the swing of it, they started having fun and getting creative…

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and here are a few more scrapbook pages they made…

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That’s the beauty of stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, even beginners can make awesome projects! The stencils do all the work and allow you to PLAY and take the credit!

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Buckets full of water

Hi there! Sanna here again today with another simple and fun stenciled background idea and layout. Instead of using plain modeling paste, try mixing it together with acrylic paint or “coloring” it with spray inks. Then just wipe it onto your layout background thru a stencil and you have immediately created an interesting detail and a unique background.


This layout is about my darling boy pouring a bucket full of cold water over himself and enjoying every second of it. These photos date back to summer 2013, so he apparently was way ahead of his time doing his own version of the “ice bucket challenge”. I had a great time creating this layout! Hope you get inspired to grab a few inks, some modeling paste and a stencil and play a little!!

Have fun!
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used materials:
Spotted (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Papers and embellishments – Studio Calico KitsWhite ink – Dylusion
Black ink – Tattered Angels