Dimensional Canvas with CM Metallics

Hello! Tami Sanders here with a project featuring CM Metallics from Imagine Crafts.

This canvas has DOUBLE dimension thanks to the mini canvases and the designs on them made using CM Metallics…

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The mini canvases each have a dimensional design done in a different shade of CM Metallic: Gold, Silver and Copper. The Creative Mediums are SO smooth and creamy, which makes them VERY spreadable and VERY easy to use. Here is a closeup shot of the minis…

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I used several stencils to create the background canvas: TCW227 Chevron, TCW278 Circle Explosion, NEW! TCW525s 6″ Screen Print, NEW! TCW527 Word Association and NEW! TCW527s 6″ Word Association.

And for the mini canvases: ALL NEW! TCW548s 6″ Herbarium, TCW 536s Postcard and TCW554s 6″ Butterfly Collage.

Shimmery Izink Inks from Clearsnap were used to paint the canvases and stenciled designs.

I’ve put together a Snapguide that shows how I made this canvas step-by-step. The guide includes both photos and written directions as well as a complete supply list. You can view it here: DIMENSIONAL ALTERED CANVAS

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Letterpress with Balzer Bits

Hi!  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer here! It’s super easy to create letterpress (i.e. a debossed colored image) with any of my Balzer Bits!  Watch the video for the how-to:

Here’s the sample from the video:


I used the same technique to create the focal images for these cards:


The sentiment was created with one of my hand carved stamps.


To create the pattern on the house, I stamped an image onto the House Bit and sprayed it with water just before I put it through the die cut machine!


I hope you’ll give this technique a try!  Be sure to visit my blog for more tips, tricks, and tutorials!

Celebrating Friends with The Crafter’s Workshop

Hello Creatives!

Today is a very special day here at The Crafter’s Workshop…today is the birthday of our amazingly awesome, stupendous, lovely design team coordinator…Cheryl Boglioli!!


With my post being on her birthday, it got me to thinking about our friendship and just friendship in general…and I had this thought: Friends are the Beauty of Life.

When things are going rough and the world seems gloomy and grey…friends are there to brighten it all up and keep you focused on the good things.

Even a butterfly can make a pile of ashes seem less harsh because…even for a moment…it takes your eyes of the negative and shows you there is still beauty in the world despite tragedies and hurts that might come.

So today…the project is for you Cheryl…by birthday twin…my mentor…my soul sister.

Mixed Media using Butterfly Collage-Full Canvas

I started with a gessoed background that I added Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Harvest and French Lime and Tattered Angels Chalkboard in Firefly.

I then mixed cheap black acrylic craft paint with Liquitex Basics Gloss Gel Medium and scrapped it through the 12×12 Butterfly Collage Stencil, using only the cup rings and butterfly portions.


Next, using the 2 sizes of butterflies from 6×6 Butterfly Collage Stencil, I added pink and blue butterflies by rubbing Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos in Watermelon and Cotton Candy through the stencil with my finger.


I added fun accents from the 6×6 The Story Stencil using my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Pen in Black. I also used the same pen to add shadows around my cup print. This pen is great because is remains wet for a few seconds after you apply it so you can move it around and use it for shading, but once it is dry, due to it being India Ink, it becomes permanent.

I also a circle stamp from the July 2014 Layers of Life Set by Unity Stamp company (“Beautiful Wish”) to add more texture using Rangers Archival Ink in Black and accented with white gelatos.

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My words are just handwritten on white card stock with a ballpoint pen, cut out and then distressed with Gray and Black Faber Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Pens and gelatos in Lemon, Margarita and Watermelon.

I finished by edging the whole project in gelatos in Black, Gray and Snow Cone.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today and it inspires you not only to be creative…but to remember the beautiful people in your life.

Happy Birthday, Cheryl!



Tag Crazy!

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 Hey there artsy peeps Rita Barakat here and today I am sharing several techniques to use with your Crafters Workshop stencils! I was playing today with a Gelli plate and found it to be a perfect time to also play with some stencils. Here are three results on tags – I went tag crazy today!

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Tag 1 – pour some acrylic paint on the Gelli plate.

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Use the brayer to spread the color around, lay the first tag down and let dry. Spread the left over color around with the brayer.

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Added a stencil.

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Press the same tag on top and get a tone on tone color.

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Tag 2- A tag that already has a base coat, put a stencil on top and use gel paint on top. I used Radiant Gels – gel paint has a little more body so it doesn’t run underneath the stencil.

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Tag 3 – Use Gelatos to draw on the stencil and spread the color around with a dry sponge.

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Tag 4 – Use inks to add color, different inks have different effects.

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Fun stuff! I love these stencils! Whats nice about tags is you get quick results! So what about you? Think you might be going tag crazy any time soon?
I think you will like it! Just Sayin’ ;)

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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. 

Waste Not….

Hello The Crafter’s Workshop Fans….
Lynne Forsythe here and I wanted
to share one of my creations for CHAW2015.

Beauty by Lynne Forsythe

When I am creating with spray inks and paints,
I keep a pile of tags and cards close by
to sop~up the left overs that end up on my craft mat
or on my templates.

Beauty by Lynne Forsythe

When I placed TCW517S ~ Sunlit Forest stencil over
my ‘tover card….it was PERFECT!TCW517SunlitForest

I applied black paint through the stencil and
I finished off my card with a piece of jute
and a kraft flower.

Beauty by Lynne Forsythe

So WASTE NOT you left over color….
you could end up with a “BEAUTY”!!

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team