Mask your Masks Technique

Welcome to Friday! This is Rachel Kleinman here to share a fun technique to try with your TCW masks (or Bits and Fragments). So let’s mask your masks!


This card uses three TCW stencils and is quick to put together…


Start with a Bit or Fragment and a patterned stencil. I’m putting the design on a piece of white cardstock (4″ x 5.25″) with my Rock Crystals stencil on the bottom and the Sugar Skull Bit on top.



I taped the Sugar Skull to the cardstock to keep it in place. Now I inked around the mask onto the cardstock, being careful not to get any ink inside the Sugar Skull. I added a second ink color in a similar shade to add some depth to the background.



Remove the Rock Crystals stencil and position the Sugar Skull Bit back into the masked spot. Tape the mask down so it doesn’t shift and trace the outline.


Now go in with two colors of ink and blend inside the Sugar Skull Bit. I used a yellow and pink to blend the pattern easily.



To finish my card base, I added some black modeling paste through the Word Associations stencil to make the word ‘imagine’. Once the paste dries just add it to a folded card base and it’s finished!



Since the technique was so simple I threw together another card…


For my Dream card I used Daisy Splash as the background and Hot Air Balloon Fragment for the mask.


After creating these cards I see my Bits and Fragments in another light! I hope you give this technique a try to create some unique cards and art journal pages with your masks. Happy stenciling!

Rachel Kleinman

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Certified Educator

Stencils used:

TCW 2053 – Sugar Skull Bit

TCW 527s – Word Association

TCW 2075 – Hot Air Balloon Fragment

TCW 552s – Daisy Splash

TCW 522s – Rock Crystals

create – Documenting Creativity Itself with Stencils

Happy Wednesday crafters!

After sifting thru all the new stencils, I knew I HAD to use this one called ‘Flow Chart’ to document my journey into Art Journaling!

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I just love the graphics, the scale and obviously the word ‘CREATE!’

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I started with a photo of some text play from my journal and the 12×12 ‘Flow Chart’ stencil.

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I am a little obsessed with ombre colors and this allowed me to use lots of mists while keeping the color palette to just a few tones.

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I started with the darkest color at the top and worked my way down, holding the mist farther away towards the bottom of the page.

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After the misting dried, I used black distress ink to stencil some of the numbers and postmark from the ‘Mini Ravenscape’ stencil over a few of the misted blocks of color.

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I used this delicious gold embossing paste over a couple words from the ‘Mini Word Association’ stencil to add some texture.

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I punched a few pieces of patterned paper to lay over a couple of the color blocked areas as well.

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Finally, I layered some more patterned paper, tracing paper and gold thread under my photo and tucked in a couple other embellishments.

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Some doodling, washi and black India ink splatters finished my page!  I know this is a stencil that will be getting lots of use!!

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Thanks for stopping by the Blog today!  Hope you are inspired to create and have an amazing day!

Jenni Calma – The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils used:

 Flow Chart – TCW508

Mini Word Association – TCW527S

Mini Ravenscape – TCW529S

3 Stencils – 3 Mediums

Hi there!  This is Jenni here with my first post as part of the new Design Team!  Yay!  I am super excited to share a layout I made using 3 different stencils and 3 different mediums- spray mist, Distress Inks & modeling paste.

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For my first project I wanted to use a couple of my favorite stencils.  I wanted to use the ‘Number Collage’ stencil since this is a layout about long friendships.  I used the large ‘Confetti’ stencil with some spray mist so the splatters would draw your eye from the photo up to the top of the page.

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I used washi tape to mask off top of the cardstock.  I held the stencil in place and used Distress Inks in a range of greens and blues blending them together as I moved it across the page.

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Finally, I used the irregular solid circles from this 12×12 stencil, ‘Well Rounded’ to add some texture and focus to the area I planned to place my photo.

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I tinted the white modeling paste with silver paint and mixed it in a plastic container.  If there are left overs, I can save it for another projects.

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I used some patterned paper and a few other embellishments to cluster around the photo.

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I hope this inspires you to combine stencils, mediums and techniques on one project! Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Stencils used:

TCW384 – Well Rounded

TCW345 – Confetti

TCW210s – Mini Numbers Collage


A simple background using the microbial TCW359 stencil

Hello, My name is Leeann Pearce and I live in Victoria Australia. I am one of many new design team members for The Crafters Workshop 2015 team. I am very excited to be here today to share my first project.

I create all kinds of art and love to get my hands dirty. I love scrapbooking, cardmaking and mixed media on canvas. Today I am sharing a scrapbook page as we often forget that there are new crafters picking up this hobby daily, and knowing where to start can be a challenge.

Anyway today is all about grabbing a stencil and using it as a stamp.

I’ve used the Microbial TCW359 stencil. I LOVE this  stencil so much, I have a crazy love for circles.

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Step 1: Remove stencil from packaging and place on a scrap of card stock.
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Step 2: Select a spray mist of your desire and give the stencil a light spray.

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Step 3: Grab your background card stock and place on top of misted stencil. A gentle press down,  but no rubbing as you could end up with smudging it and losing the design detail.LeeannTCW 4 Step 4: Flip the pressed card stock over and allow to dry.LeeannTCW 5Step 5: Clean the stencil with baby wipes or warm soap water and repeat the whole process using contrasting colour.

Once the inks  are dry, play around with your stencil stamped backgrounds. When you are happy with your design then scrap it.

…and the end result is this fabulous page with my 3 beautiful girls. Plus some close up detail shots of the stencil stamped design.

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LeeannTCW 8I hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial, especially if you are NEW and feel confident to give this ago! Good luck and thank you for popping by.

Leeann Pearce xxx


“Hindsight” Art Journal with The Crafter’s Workshop

Hello Creatives!

Keri Sallee here!

It has been B-E-A-UTIFUL here in Arkansas and while my littles were playing in the sprinkler recently, I took a few supplies outside and played in my art journal.


I started with a “watercolor” background using Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen that I scribbled on and then used a wet brush to move it around.


I would like to say those water spots were some stroke of creative genius, but…alas…it wasn’t. The kids hit me with the sprinkler! LOL. works!

Here are all of the paint products I used for my background.


Now for some stenciling! I used 3 VERY different stencils by 3 VERY different designers for the project.  (All are 6×6):

“Fly Away” by Rebekah Meier (TCW526S)

“Eye Chart” by Dina Wakley (TCW349S)

“Stone Ring” by Kasia Krzyminska (TCW553S)


Here is my “naked” background after I added my first stencil. The IrRESISTables from Imagine Crafts are AMAZING with stencils. It gives a slightly glossy finish and you can paint over it with out it moving!


Keepin’ in real…I originally was going to go a different way with this page, so I added the bird to my background….AND then…INSPIRATION changed my direction so I made my little birdy just a fun element in the background.


I used my “Stone Ring” stencil with the FIREWORKS from Imagine Crafts to add some interest to by background before I added my title and my eye.


I free handed my eye, using a Scribe-All Pencil in Black, gesso, Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen in Aqua and Black and Design Memory Craft Gelatos.


As you can see, I used my “Eye Chart” stencil again, this time with a dark teal ink, just to reinforce my theme.

So there you go! I used 3 VERY different stencils from 3 VERY different designers and made one harmonious piece of art!

I hope enjoyed today’s project and it inspires you to mix and match styles!


KERI Sallee

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team


TCW Certified Educator