Sanna´s Stamps & Stencils week projects

Hello there, here is a canvas I created using Viva Las VegaStamps and The Crafter´s Workshop stencils.

Bildschirmfoto 2014-10-25 um 20.38.01

I have used various stencils and stamps on this project and here is also a little step-by-step tutorial for you:


I first gessoed the canvas and then applied 4 tones of acrylic paint onto it.


Next I took the “Baubles” 12×12 inch stencil and traced the pattern with a pencil onto a piece of white cardstock.


After that I fussy cut the image using a precision knife. I only used a piece that would fit the size of my canvas.


After that I misted the piece,


and then added some stamping.


I then added some black patterns for contrast onto the canvas background using the “Beaded curtain” 12×12 stencil.


I also grabbed a piece of tissue paper and stamped some black butterflies onto it. I then used “Glue n´ Seal” to adhere them to my canvas later.


I love in droplets, so I therefore had to add some also to this piece.


After the droplets were dry, I adhered the fussy cut stencil image piece over the canvas with “Glue n´ Seal”.


Next I took the “Texturized” 12×12 inch stencil and applied some texture paste over the canvas mainly to the upper right corner.


I then took some flower ribbon and cut suitable pieces out of it and adhered those over the texture pasted area.


After the glue and paste had dried, I went and sprayed some yellow and pink spray ink over the paste and the ribbon.


White the spray ink was drying, I took the piece fo white cardstock which I had used previously for the fussy cut stenciled image and stamped an image with black ink onto it. I then went along and used a butterfly die cut for cutting and


then misted it with blue spray ink.


I then glued it over the flowers with “Glue n´ Seal” and adhered a light bulb over it. The light bulb I treated with some gesso and glitter glue for additional interest and to alter it abit. After that I just hand drew a sentence on white paper, spray inked the words and glued them on their places. This is what my finished canvas looks like:


I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step!
Have fun creating,
xoxo, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop (Baubles, Beaded Curtain, Texturized)
Stamps – Viva Las VegaStamps
Spray Inks – Tattered Angels, Lindy´s Stamp Gang, Dylusions, Studio Calico, Heidi Swapp
Adhesives – Glue n´ Seal
PaintsDina Wakley for Ranger, Paper Artsy Fresco Finish
Stamp ink – Ranger Archival ink, jet black
Other – Flower ribbon, Light bulb, Sizzix butterfly die, Tissue paper, Texture paste, Glitter glue
White ink – Liquitex Titanium white
Pen – Sharpie
Gesso – Liquitex


Hello again, Sanna here with a simple and easy card idea. I have used spray inks, a piece of white paper, some stamps (all by Viva Las VegaStamps) and stencils for these cards.

Bildschirmfoto 2014-10-25 um 20.38.01

Here is how I created the cards:


I first took some black ink and stamped various stamp images randomly onto the paper.

Next I sprayed various spray ink colours over the inked images.


Then I applied some Distress ink thru the 6×6 inch “Deco Leaves” stencil onto my card bases.


After that I just took my stamped, spray inked piece of paper and cut it into random sized strips. I didn´t measure them and cut pretty freely.





Then I just glued the pieced down onto the card bases, added a stamped sentiment, some black ink splatters and a ribbon for additional decoration and my cards were done.

Hope you like the idea!
Happy crafting,
xoxo, Sanna
The Crafer´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Stencil – The Crafter´s Workshop (Deco Leaves)
Stamps – Viva Las VegaStamps
Spray inks – Dylusions, Lindy´s Stamp Gang, Tattered Angels, Studio Calico
Stamp ink – Ranger Industries
Glue – Aleene´s
Other – Ribbons

A Week of Stamps and Stencils with Viva Las VegaStamps! – Day 1


Welcome, Karenliz here. I’m so excited to be kicking off this weeks Stamps and Stencils using VIVA LAS VEGASTAMPS! and stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.

Have you heard of Viva Las Vegastamps!? You must go check out their stamps. They are deeply etched pink rubber stamps with amazing detail. If you are looking for that one stamp that you wished someone designed I bet you can find it at Viva Las Vegastamps!.

Today I have an art journal page that I created with a beautiful stamp from Viva Las Vegastamps! and The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils.

Here are my supplies:
Viva Las Vegastamps!: Victorian Flourish
TCW485s – Coptic Impressions
TCW490s – Tattered Lace
TCW361s – Tiny Circles
TCW480s – Number Stencil
TCW251s – Mini Branches
Distress Inks: Shaded Lilac, Broken China
Distress Spray: White Linen
Personal Images: Swans

My art journals are a great place for me to play with new stamps and stencils.  First, I decided to use the stencils to create the background with Distress Inks.


On top of the background I added White Linen Distress Spray and some more Blue China Distress Ink. When the background was dry I added the Mini Branches stencil with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.

Looking at my page it felt like I was looking down into the water so the Victorian Flourish stamp would be perfect to add to the water with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and then I added my swans.  Here you can see a closer look where I added the stamp.


I added more of the Victorian Flourish stamp and baby swans to the page. I think this might be my favorite page.


So grab your and The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils and lets play!

Don’t forget to check back each day to see what The Design Team created with Viva Las Vegastamps! and stencils by The Crafter’s Workshop.

Become a fan on Viva Las Vegastamps! Facebook page and check out their amazing stamps on Viva Las Vegastamps! online store.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team


Embossed Metal Sugar Skull


Tami Sanders here today with a project for Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – to share with you. Dia de los Muertos honor and celebrates the lives of friends and family who have passed on.

One of the more recognizable symbols used in the celebrations are calaveras – or skulls. Sugar Skulls as they have come to be more commonly known have gone “mainstream” and can be found embellishing jackets, journals, hats and more. They are usually very colorful and are more fun than spooky.

The Crafter’s Workshop has a FABULOUS “sugar skull” stencil – TCW339 Mexican Skull…

I was inspired by Mexican tin pieces that I have seen that were embossed, then painted with washes of bright colors. You see this technique used on Christmas ornaments a lot…

sugar skull wm

I started by taping the stencil down to a piece of heavy-weight brass metal. Be careful cutting and handling the metal as edges will be sharp.

Then I used a regular embossing stylus and paper stump to emboss the design. There are all types of metal working tools you can use. But most Mexican Folk Art is done using materials at hand. So I looked around my studio and used what I had.

The stylus worked well for outlining and defining as well as for first step in embossing. I worked on top of a double layer of craft foam. Once I had the portions of the stenciled design outlined, I used the stylus to emboss, then used the paper stump create deeper, smoother embossed areas. Then, if needed, I redid the outline using the stylus to clean up the embossed design and add more definition.

Izink Inks were applied to add bright sheer color to the skull. A fine point Sharpie was used to outline the designs to make them stand out more.

I glued the metal piece to a 12 X 12 canvas using Beacon’s 3-in-1 Glue, then added tap nails around the piece and finished with a ribbon around the edges of the canvas.

I’ve put together a Snapguide that will show you how you can make this project yourself – guide includes step-by-step photos and directions…


thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Cool kid

Hi there, Sanna here today! I´d like to share with you an easy and simple way I love to use stencils on my layouts. I love the effect you can create with them and I very often use a stencil with some modeling paste just as it is. I simply wipe the paste thru the stencil onto the background and use the stenciled details to enhance my photos. I then only add a few embellishments and/or some pieces of patterned paper, the title and some journaling and my layouts is done.


On this layout I have used the “Geometric Art Layers” & the “Random Stars” stencils. I really like the contrast on the white paste against the dark background paper. Simple and effective :).



I hope you get inspired to try some modeling paste on your artworks! Have fun!

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used materials:
Random Stars (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Geometric Art Layers (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s WorkshopPapers and Embellishments – Studio Calico Kit
White Ink – Dylusions

{BOO} Halloween Decor


Tami Sanders here today and i’d like to share a $ Halloween decor project with you.

I found some black plastic frames on stands on clearance and thought they would be a good base for a Halloween project. I decided to utilize the OBVIOUS perfect 3 letter word to feature in the frames – BOO!

boo framed - tcw_the crafters workshop_stencils_inking with stencils_dye ink sprays_colorbox_halloween decor_tami sanders - wm

I wanted to make a “distressed” background for each letter, so I rummaged through my TCW stencils and pulled some I thought would work.

Just like kids dressing up in costumes to become something “spooky” for Halloween, these “tame” stencils got a “creepy” vibe with the help of some extra layering and inking!

I started by spritzing some basic patterns on white cardstock then layering on some grungy elements:

“B”: TCW439 Retro Bursts using Pumpkin Pie and Frosted Grape ColorBox Spritzers and TCW490 Tattered Lace with Black and Silver Izink…

boo framed - tcw_the crafters workshop_stencils_inking with stencils_dye ink sprays_colorbox_halloween decor_tami sanders - b (683x1024)

“O”: TCW460 Ring Doily using Pumpkin Pie and Lemon Drop ColorBox Spritzers and TCW437 Textured with Black and Silver Izink…

boo framed - tcw_the crafters workshop_stencils_inking with stencils_dye ink sprays_colorbox_halloween decor_tami sanders - o (683x1024)

“O”: TCW431 Ripples with Pumpkin Pie, Grasshopper and Frosted Plum ColorBox Spritzers and TCW437 Textured with Black and Silver Izink

boo framed - tcw_the crafters workshop_stencils_inking with stencils_dye ink sprays_colorbox_halloween decor_tami sanders -oo (683x1024)

The chipboard letters themselves were inked using Mango, Cactus and Anemone Izink, then distressed using Blackbird Cats Eye ColorBox Chalk Ink.

The hat for the skeleton was made using TCW479 Random Stars and Pumpkin Pie and Lemondrop Spritzers…

boo framed - tcw_the crafters workshop_stencils_inking with stencils_dye ink sprays_colorbox_halloween decor_tami sanders - skeleton (764x1024)

Remember to reach for stencils from TCW for YOUR holiday crafting!

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!

Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member