Present tags & stencils

Hi there, today I´d like to share with you some quick and easy tags I created. They are perfect for little presents and also can be added as decorational elements to different kinds of artworks.

Sanna Lippert

I first took a piece of watercolor paper and created multi-colored backgrounds with Distress Inks and water. After that layer was dry I mied some texture paste together with various acrylic paint colors and then just started adding the paste onto the watercolor paper pieces.

Sanna Lippert

After that I added some ink splatters here and there in various colors that matched the color scheme of the particular tag. I then went and added all kinds of decorational elements and even stamped some sentiments to my tags. Finally I just added a piece of ribbon on top. While I was at it I created quite a few backgrounds at once. It is kind of addictive once you start.

Sanna Lippert

For this last tag I just changed the texture paste to embossing paste and mixed it together with some green glitter. Once the paste is dry the glitter will not come off and it is much more cleaner and easier to work with the glitter once mixed together with the paste.

Sanna Lippert

I also glued some of the backgrounds onto card bases to create a series of small cards. I used some stamp images to highlight the cards and added a suitable sentiment to go with the image.

Sanna Lippert

On projects like these I like also to use up some older stash. For example the big flowers are ones I bought when I first started scrapbooking and that is a while back. When you mix and match you can use up quite a few older products at once :). I hope you give this idea a try! Have fun!

Happy creating,
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter´s Workshop Stencils – Positive, Persian Gate, Vineyard, Coptic Impressions, Alhambra, Labyrinth, Kasias Letters, Random Stars, Netting, Sea Creatures, Abstract Leaves
The Crafter´s Workshop Fragments – Filmreel Fragments
The Crafter´s Workshop Balzer Bits – View Master Bits
Ink – Distress Inks by Ranger
Archival ink – Ranger
Acrylic paint – PaperArtsy
Spray ink – Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels
Stamps – Dina Wakley for Ranger
Other – Brads, Flowers, Ribbon, Glue

Art With Alcohol Inks and Stencils

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Hello There Creatives.

Here is a simple way to use your TCW Stencils and create a fun art project.

I used my alcohol inks on a polypropylene paper known as Yupo. Make sure the ink is completely dry. Then using my favorite pen ever, Faber Castell Pitt pen in “S” Size and The Crafter’s Workshop stencil TCW493S. Just outline, color in and add line work to the center details. Frame and hang. Really it is that simple.

The stencil I used. TCW493S



Wishing you a Creative Day.



Shrink Plastic Mosaic Tile Frame

Hello! Tami Sanders here today with a bright and cheery project to share with you.

The weather here in the usually SUNNY San Antonio, has been GRAY and DREARY. So I thought I’d make a little something using VIBRANT colors.

I’ve had a quote running through my head for a few days; although I’m sure someone else has said it or something similar before… “don’t set out to create art, set out to create, and let the art happen.

I wanted to frame the quote and put it in my studio. I pulled out a frame and sat down to figure out how to embellish it. I decided to cover it with mini tiles made from shrink film in bright colors and designs…

tcw - mosaic frame - WM

I first needed to figure out roughly how many tiles I would need. I thought 1″ squares would work well, so I would need to make 2″ squares from the shrink film because the plastic shrinks down to about half its original size. I measured the frame and counted how many 1″ squares I would need to cover it.

Next, I pulled out a bunch of stencils. I selected some with small allover designs to use as bases for the designs and a few with larger designs {similar to the way I selected stencils for my ATC Valentines}.

I decided to use Matte Shrink Film from Grafix as I like the soft white color it takes on when it shrinks. Surfacez Inks from Clearsnap are permanent on slick surfaces, so I decided to use them for this project.

Knowing how many squares I needed for the frame, I was able to calculate that I would need about 2 1/2 – 8 1/2 X 11 sheets of film.

I began inking layers of color on each sheet of film using several different stencils and colors of ink. It’s important to remember to tape down BOTH the medium you are inking on as well as the stencil to your work surface in order to keep both steady.

Here is a pic of one finished shrink film sheet…

tcw shrink film sheet

The colors will darken and become more vivid once the pieces are shrunk. The sheets were cut in 2″ squares and baked according to package directions. The pieces were then arranged and glued to the frame front.

For the quote, I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit the opening and used several coordinating colors of ColorBox Pigment Ink to stencil a small design around the edges and then to stencil a butterfly design at the center. Once the inks were heatset; a black sharpie was used to add the quote.

The stencils used in this project are: TCW454 Specimen, TCW484 and TCW484s Netting, TCW439 Retrobursts, TCW431 Ripples, TCW248 Cubist, TCW478 Beaded Curtain and TCW227 Chevrons.

I’ve put together a Snapguide that shows how you can make this frame step-by-step in both photos and written directions; you can view it here: MOSAIC TILE FRAME

If you liked this project and want to play with more shrink film and TCW stencils, check out this post for a pair of earrings: GRAFFITI EARRINGS

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

A study of PAPER

The inspiration for this post was my desire to create
Valentine ATC’s.
As I didn’t have any papers to do this….
I thought what a great time to do
a study of papers.
I have  LOTS of various papers
and wanted to see how they would react
to mist sprayed though various templates….

So I pulled out my bin of The Crafter’s Workshop stencils
and chose
TCW492S ~ Kasia’s Letters
TCW248S ~ Cubist
TCW478S ~ Beaded Curtain
and a bottle of Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Pretty in Pink Pink
and a bottle of Perfect Paints ~ Gold

My first paper I chose was Canvas Corp Brands ~ Crepe Paper.
I placed TCW492S Kasia’s Letter on the paper and spritzed away.
I dried the paper, then decided to spritz the paper with a bit of water.
I LOVED the look.

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

There was quite a bit of ink still on the stencil so I
laid it onto a piece of dry Canvas Corp Brands Tissue Stock.
Sadly, the stencil image is not visible. When the paper was
spritzed with water, for the most part, the ink stayed in place.

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

My next paper I tried was Canvas Corp Brands ~ Suede paper.
I used one of my FAVORITE STENCILS
TCW248S ~ Cubist
I followed the same steps as above.
LOVED this look tooooo!!!

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

My last paper chose was a patterened paper by Canvas Corp Brands.
For this trial I used the
TCW478S ~ Beaded Curtain
When the mist hit the paper….it did not move at all!!

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

When all the ink was dry on the papers,
I applied Perfect Paints ~ Bright Gold
TCW484S ~ Netting
TCW483S ~ Spotted
onto my “created” papers.
Here is the final result of my study….

A Study of Paper by Lynne ForsytheA Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe A Study of Paper by Lynne ForsytheHope you have enjoyed my Study of PAPER!
and my Valentine ATC’s!!

Thank you for stopping by the Crafter’s Workshop Blog
….and have a SUPER CREATIVE DAY!
Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

ATC’s for Valentine’s Day

Hello! Tami Sanders here with an idea for Valentine’s Day for you and your kiddos.

My son is taking art this year and is really enjoying it. He likes to draw and play with all my art supplies – including my TCW stencils!

I am not a fan of the current kid’s Valentine exchange cards. I especially DON’T like those that are just a bit of cardboard attached to some candy; nothing to really save. I remember getting a book of all sorts of bits and pieces that you could cut out to make your own Valentines; there were even envelopes to put together to place your valentines in for class room exchanges.

So this year, I suggested instead of buying cards, we make our own! I thought “love and friendship” themed ATC cards would work well.

I decided we would keep it simple and make them “in mass”, but still wanted each one to be unique. I thought the best way to do that would be to stencil whole sheets of cardstock then cut the sheets apart into individual ATC’s.

We started with Heavyweight 110 lb. white cardstock from Core’dinations. Core’dinations heavyweight cardstock is great to use with spray inks – which is what we had planned – they stand up without wilting or warping!

My son and I selected a group of colors from my stash of spray inks – a mix of ColorBox Archival Dye Ink Spritzers and Stephanie Barnard Dye Ink Sprays, both from Clearsnap.

For this project we selected a few lighter shades to use as “base” colors and a few darker ones for “accent” colors.

THEN – the fun part, choosing a WHOLE BUNCH of TCW stencils! You’ll want a mix of stencils with small background designs as well as a few with more defined larger designs. And you can use 6″, 12″ or a mix of both.

Here are the stencils that we used on these ATC’s: TCW2030 Burlap Bits, TCW2038 Tiny Ring Bits, TCW253s Mini Fish Scales, TCW457s Gothic Romance, TCW390s Mini Baubles, TCW347s Mini Kaleidoscope, TCW379s Mini Peacock Pattern, TCW495s Sea Bubbles, TCW408s Mini Shattered Circles, TCW484s Netting, TCW43` Ripples, TCW366 Scallop Flowers, TCW248 Cubist, TCW495 Sea Bubbles, TCW385 Moroccan Tiles and TCW500 Nautilus.

You can get TEN ATC’s from one 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of cardstock, so these Valentine’s are very cost friendly too. And remember, when you use spray ink on stencils, you can turn the stencil over and rub the excess ink off on your paper so you can get more bang for your buck!

Here’s what some of the finished ATC’s looked like…

valentine atcs - wm

I’ve put together a Snapguide that show’s how you can make these Valentine ATC’s yourself; you can view it here: VALENTINE ATC CARDS

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member