Exploring Mixed Media Tags with Gabrielle

Dragonfly tag

Hello everyone! It’s Gabrielle here with you today to share a mixed media style tag I made using the TCW 6″ x 6″ stencil called ‘Winged Exploration’ (TCW566).


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I used a variety of Tim Holtz Distress Ink colors to create a backdrop on a manila tag. Then combined some Golden’s Matte Gel paste with some Pearlex mica powders to create a unique texture paste to use on the title as well as on the dragonfly image to create a fun 3D embellishment for the card.

I always like to create a brief video tutorial to show step by step how this tag was put together, so grab yourself a cup of coffee, have a little break and enjoy!….

or you can click on this link – Video Tutorial 

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To create the shimmery dragonfly embellishment I combined some matte gel paste with some turquoise Pearlex mica powder, and then cut the image out, attaching it to the tag by the body. Finishing touch was simply adding a few small adhesive gems.  The water drop stamp I used on this tag was a stamp I designed for The Scrapbook Diaries.

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and wish you all a fun creative week using your TCW stencils! Me 2014 bannerGeneric

Stencils + Apron = Wearable art!

Hello, Its Leeann here today. Ok so I’ve had this apron for like ever! Its from the scrapboxx retreat I went on years ago, like a decade ago. Over that time I have wiped my painted and inked hands on it. And decided a couple of days ago that I wanted to add a little more color to it. So lets check it out!

I used some of my favorite new stencils:TCW559 Triangle Sunburst, TCW570 Woven, TCW562 Shattered trianglesTCW541 Believe Script.

TCWNOV 037TCWNOV 038TCWNOV 044To start with I used an assortment of spray inks with the stencils, then flipped them over to use as a stamp. Randomly on the apron.

TCWNOV 022TCWNOV 021Once the ink was dry I used some making memories foam stamps with paint and randomly stamped a letter/numbers strip. Be creative and turn the numbers/letters around and also upside down… I love being a little quirky about stamping.

TCWNOV 013 Once the paint has dried, grab a doodle gel pen and outline your stamping. This makes it pop.

TCWNOV 015Add extra detail by using your mini stencils and stamping ink. I love doing this! Once you are happy with your painted and inked design, allow to dry.


For extra detail add some rub-ons, buttons, machine stitches and some lace trim. Here’s a few close ups…

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Thanks for popping by today. I hope you were inspired to add a little more color to your apron.


Leeann Pearce… Design Team Member for The Crafters Workshop.

Counting Today – Art Journal Spread

Hi there crafty friends!  For my post today, I am sharing an art journal spread to remind myself about the importance of today & being thankful for it!  I really enjoyed this project because I just went for it without too much of a plan.

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I used the 5 stencils below, but one of them I used both the 6×6 and 12×12 of the same stencil.

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I started with lots of mists on top of the pages I prepped with gesso.

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I used the music notes stencil around the edges with a yellow ink and white modeling paste with the Sequin Waste Bit stencil.

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I added another layer of paint over the modeling paste to help it blend in and added some of the larger starburst pattern with a silver mist.  After finding my quote and printing it out, I was inspired to use the large numbers stencil using a finger dauber and chalk ink.

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After adhering my quote, I stencil the three hearts with black archival ink.  I used several different black and white paint pens to add some definition and doodles around the spread.

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope this inspires you to make a fun project too!  Carpe Diem!

You can follow the links below to the stencils I used.


TCW588 & TCW588s – 12×12 Moroccan Sun

TCW579s – 6×6 Mini Sheet Music

TCW556 – Art Deco Numbers and More

TCW567 – Complicated Hearts

Be sure to share your stencil creations on our Facebook page or by tagging The Crafter’s Workshop on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest!

Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Travel Journal & Stenciled Gift Bag

Hello there crafty friends!  I am excited to share this little project that would make an easy gift or craft to replicate!TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (22)

I bought several of these little composition notebooks to cover and make into tiny travel journals or notebooks.TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015

I chose the three stencils below; inspired by the plane, post card and date going perfectly with a travel journal!

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I measured out some heavy watercolor paper to the combined length of the front, back and spine of the book.  After marking it, I scored along those lines and left a little extra in case I measured incorrectly.TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (12)

I used three different Distress Inks and misted it with water.  I drug the card through the ink a couple times and left it to dry.TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (13)

After the paint was completely dry, I used this gold embossing paste over the plane stencil.  The gold added some texture and obviously, the image of the plane, but is subtle enough to blend with the yellow nicely.TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (14)

Again, waiting for the paste to dry completely, I used a finger dauber and some more Distress Ink to stencil the year across the bottom front cover.  I also added the months across the bottom of the back cover.TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (15)

While the cover piece dried, I moved on to the packaging!  A small canvas bag that was the perfect size received a misting of a couple different peach tones.  I wanted the words ‘post card’ to be visible and chose the colors to complement the book and the change in season!TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (8)

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I added some ink around the outside edges of the cover piece and used spray adhesive to glue it firmly to the book itself.  Finally, I added a couple pieces of fabric tape along the binding to add a little pattern and tie in the dark green color.TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (29)

I made a flower embellishment for the front using scraps of gold foil kraft paper, left over raffia ribbon and gold thread.TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (22)TCW_Travel Journal_Oct 2015 (32)

I hope this project inspired you to use some of the small stencils in a creative way!

You can follow the links below to the stencils I used.

Be sure to share your stencil creations on our Facebook page or by tagging The Crafter’s Workshop on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest!

Stencils used:



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Thanks for stopping by the Blog and have an amazing day!

Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Autumn Greeting Cards with Rachel Kleinman

Happy Autumn to all my fellow stencil lovers! This is Rachel Kleinman popping in today to share some elegant autumn greeting cards made using The Crafter’s Workshop stencils.



Let me take you through the steps to create these cards…

I started with the Leafy Branches 6×6 stencil (how perfect is this stencil for autumn?!) and taped the stencil down to my card.


Next I started mixing my modeling paste. I chose 3 autumn ink colors to mix into my modeling paste: Distress ink Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral, and Spiced Marmalade.


Then I used my palette knife to spread my colored modeling paste on top of the stencil. I added each color individually until the card front was filled…




Now comes the best part! Slooooowly peeling away the tape and the stencil off of the card


I love how the colors mixed together slightly, almost making an ombre look. But seriously guys, how perfect is the Leafy Branches stencil for the fall?!

I still had some modeling paste left over that was already mixed with my ink colors, so I set that one aside to dry and started on another card…


This time I used the Lace 6×6 stencil, which has quickly become a versatile favorite of mine. I’ve already used it for Halloween cards, fall cards, and an anniversary card. Anyways, I followed the same steps as above to cover the front of the card with the inked modeling paste.


Next comes some accent bits! I filled up a page with flowers and butterflies from the new Butterflight 6×6 stencil. These were also made with inked modeling paste, this time using Distress Ink in Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves.


Now time to fussy cut!


Now all that’s left is to finish off the cards…



The one with the Lace stencil on white cardstock is easily my favorite of the two…



I certainly hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your TCW stencils to create some classy autumnal cards! I’ll be putting these in the snail mail soon :)

Rachel Kleinman

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Certified Educator

Stencils used:

TCW 557s – Lace

TCW 589s – Butterflight

TCW 576s – Leafy Branches