Creating with “Misfits”

As a Designer, I accumulate many “Misfits”,
pieces parts that never made it onto a creation…
flowers, leaves, textiles etc.
Every once in a while I like to have a free create time
using my “Misfits”!

Here are three ATC’s I created!

Love for a Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

I began with (3) Canvas Corp Brands ~ Canvas ATC’s.

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Using The Crafter’s Workshop ~ Mini Texturized Template
and Distress Markers along with a bit of spritzed water,
I created my background to my ATC’s.

Here is a close up of the ATC’s,
I just love the effect I achieved when I spritzed the
Distress Markers on the Canvas ATC’s.
HINT: Spritz the backside of the Canvas ATC’s,
especially if you will be drying with a Heat Tool.

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne ForsytheI then pulled out my “Misfits” to complete my ATC’s.
Here are my finished little Darlings!!

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne ForsytheLove for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Hope you enjoyed my free create and I encourage you
to whip up something using your
“MISFITS”
and The Crafter’s Workshop Templates!

LYNNEwhite

Lynne Forsythe
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

Pressed Fragments and Bits images

Hi, today I´d like to share with you a simple and easy way to use the cute Fragments and Bits stencils. All you need is a few pieces of watercolour paper, some spray inks and a selection of Fragments and/or Bits and a Big Shot (or a similar tool).

First place a Fragments or Bits stencil into a cardboard box and apply some spray ink over it. I used various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colours for this purpose and they worked really well!

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Next carefully lift the stencil from the box and place it onto a Big Shot plate, then place a piece of watercolour paper over the stencil and make your plate sandwich and roll the whole thing thru the machine. SONY DSC

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This is what the finished result will look like. Now you can use this image on a card or on another project of your choise.
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These are the stencils (above) I used for my four cards and this is how the finished pressed images look like.
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And here are the finished cards:
SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCI have used only a little additional decoration on the cards, as they did not need much in my opinion. I really like to use these small stencils this way. If you change the media for example to markers or acrylic paint, you will again end up with a totally different kind of look. Hope you get inspired to try this idea out! Have fun!!

xoxo, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Rubber Band Fragments – The Crafter´s Workshop
All My Heart Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Butterfly Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Script Star Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Watercolour paper – art supply store
Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels (spring violet, marmalade, turquoise blue, starfish)
Flowers – Prima Marketing
Wood veneer – Studio Calico
Stamps – Viva Las Vegasstamps!
Stamp ink – Ranger Industries (jet black)
Pens – Staedtler, Faber-Castell
Cardstock – Bazzill (kraft)

Cards with metal dies

Hello, Sanna here today. I like to create cards in advance for different occations. I keep them in a box at home and that is my go-to place when in need of a card for a special occation.

I really like the Metal Dies as they the perfect size for cards. Here are four different cards I created with the dies.

Life is good - Sanna LippertSONY DSCFor this card I first created a misted multitoned background, then stamped some stars with a black ink over the misted paper and finally added the “Solace” die cut pattern over it all. The sun in the middle was exactly the right size so I made it a centerpiece of the card. Then I just added the sentiment.

Happy Birthday - Sanna LippertSanna Lippert - Happy birthdayThis card is made using the same ideas and techniques, I just changed the colours and left the die cutted white paper uncolored. I used the “Dots” metal die for this card. Next I just added a bold sentiment in the middle of the card and some small embellishments for additional detail.

Sanna Lippert - celebrateSanna Lippert - CelebrateFor the third card I cut the white cardstock in two half and replaced the lower part with a misted and stamped paper. The upper part is cut using the “Circle Dots” metal die. Some ribbon and a small enamel heart are the only extra decorational elements on this one.

Sanna Lippert - beautiful daySanna LIppert - beautiful dayOn my last card I used the “Circles” metal die and colored the white paper with Distress Inks light blue. Then I made yet another background pattern with spray inks and stamps and glued the two pieces together. Next I chose matching glitter glue colours and covered the circles with glitter glue. When the glue was all dry I added a sentiment banner and tucked a little blue flower behind it.

I hope you get inspired to create some layered, die cut cards yourself! Have fun!!!

Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Materials:
Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics (kraft)
Metal Dies: The Crafter´s Workshop – Solace, Circle Dots, Dots and Circles.
Spray inks: Tattered Angels and Lindy´s Stamp Gang
Stamps: Viva Las Vegasstamps, Studio AE by Technique Tuesday
Glitter Glue: Ranger Industries – Stickles
Stamp ink: Ranger Industries – Archival Ink, Jet black & StazOn, St. Valentine
Enamel Dots: My Mind´s Eye
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Flower: Prima Marketing
Ribbon: Webster´s Pages & Maya Road
Pen: Staedtler
Glue: Aleene´s Tacky Glue

Simple Project Life Cards with The Crafter’s Workshop.

Hey there.  I am back again this week sharing some really easy Project Life Cards to use as filler cards or just backing cards for your Photos in your Pocket pages.  Of course they can be used a number of ways, but this is what I am creating mine for.  They can also be used as card fronts, or layers on your Layouts, what ever you like. My main objective while doing these was to just have a play.  Play with different media, open new stencils, see what worked best, play with different colours, and have a stash of cards for what ever at the end!…And that I did.  So much fun.  I loved every second.  I have not finished them off completely, as they will need papers to match and photos that work with them, but that will come when I actually sit down to complete a Project Life week in the future.  For now I just played!  Absolute bliss! I got out my supplies. My Templates, My paints and inks, sprays and watercolours.  Sponges, Paintbrushes, and palette knives, the Big shot and my collection of The Crafter’s Workshop dies.  (All of which can be seen HERE.) and this is what I did…… TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo1

(TCW462 Stained Glass) HERE  Using distress PaintTCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo2 TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo3

I die cut,  I painted, I sponged, I spread, I inked and I stapled! TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo4 Die cut using THESE DIES Horizontal Chevron TCW1025 and Horizontal Love Bunting TCW1024 TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo5 TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo6

Both these two are created using a new product Shimmerz Has coming out this month ….Inklingz …… Very cool!

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo7  Distress Paint, Shimmerz Inklingz and Distress Ink

TCW454 Specimen and TCW344 Picture Perfect

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TCW261 Art is Using Shimmerz Dazzlerz

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo8  TCW347 Kaleidoscope with Distress paint

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TCW422 Dartboard  and TCW462 Stained Glass with more Distress Paint

Then I got out my black pen!

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo10  TCW450 Art Deco Leaves with Shimmerz Inklingz

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo12  TCW417 Starfall and TCW219 Punchinella with Distress Paint

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo13  and again with Shimmerz Inklingz

This Template (TCW439 Retrobursts)

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TCW359 Microbial with Golden Acrylic Fluid Paint

I think this might be one of my favourites! TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo14 I could have spent hours doing this.  It was so nice just to play.  No pressure, working out what works best, finding new ways to use product.  Now I cant wait to use and further embellish them!   Thanks for stopping in today.  Great to see you! signature  The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member

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