Layers of colour canvas

Hi Everyone, Beck BT here again with what is probably the brightest share I have done in a long time.  I just loved building the layers in the canvas with the help of various colours and stencilling.  There was lots of you commenting that you don’t use your reversed chicken wire stencil enough.  It is actually my all time favourite stencil so you see it pop up lots in my work.  I adore how it can add that bit of interest without being too overpowering.  unforgettable canvas For a little depth and interest I added some stencilling with the purple gelato that had been applied through the ‘Mum’s‘ Stencil(TCW259)  and softened with a water brush to the initial layer in the canvas.  You can see it in the background to the yellow area of the canvas. unforgettable canvas step 2 unforgettable canvas detail 3 I use the ‘Mum’s’ Stencil(TCW259) to create the flower like patterning.  I added the pattern with some Whipped Spackle to the background prior to colouring with the Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts Gelatos. unforgettable canvas step 1 I also mixed the pink gelato with their Whipped Spackle colouring it up and then stencilling with the reverse Chicken wire template adding an additional layer of colour.

unforgettable canvas detail 1unforgettable canvas detail 2

I really enjoyed teaming up the stencilling using the stencils and lot of colour with the gelatos, they are like a match made in heaven!

I would love to hear how you enjoy layering your stencilling, so please leave a comment to let me know I might have inspired you to add some stencilling in various ways to your project.

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck Beattie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Simple Project Life Cards with The Crafter’s Workshop.

Hey there.  I am back again this week sharing some really easy Project Life Cards to use as filler cards or just backing cards for your Photos in your Pocket pages.  Of course they can be used a number of ways, but this is what I am creating mine for.  They can also be used as card fronts, or layers on your Layouts, what ever you like. My main objective while doing these was to just have a play.  Play with different media, open new stencils, see what worked best, play with different colours, and have a stash of cards for what ever at the end!…And that I did.  So much fun.  I loved every second.  I have not finished them off completely, as they will need papers to match and photos that work with them, but that will come when I actually sit down to complete a Project Life week in the future.  For now I just played!  Absolute bliss! I got out my supplies. My Templates, My paints and inks, sprays and watercolours.  Sponges, Paintbrushes, and palette knives, the Big shot and my collection of The Crafter’s Workshop dies.  (All of which can be seen HERE.) and this is what I did…… TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo1

(TCW462 Stained Glass) HERE  Using distress PaintTCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo2 TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo3

I die cut,  I painted, I sponged, I spread, I inked and I stapled! TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo4 Die cut using THESE DIES Horizontal Chevron TCW1025 and Horizontal Love Bunting TCW1024 TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo5 TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo6

Both these two are created using a new product Shimmerz Has coming out this month ….Inklingz …… Very cool!

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo7  Distress Paint, Shimmerz Inklingz and Distress Ink

TCW454 Specimen and TCW344 Picture Perfect


TCW261 Art is Using Shimmerz Dazzlerz

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo8  TCW347 Kaleidoscope with Distress paint


TCW422 Dartboard  and TCW462 Stained Glass with more Distress Paint

Then I got out my black pen!

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo10  TCW450 Art Deco Leaves with Shimmerz Inklingz

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo12  TCW417 Starfall and TCW219 Punchinella with Distress Paint

TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo13  and again with Shimmerz Inklingz

This Template (TCW439 Retrobursts)


TCW359 Microbial with Golden Acrylic Fluid Paint

I think this might be one of my favourites! TCW-Lydell-Quin-PL-cards-Photo14 I could have spent hours doing this.  It was so nice just to play.  No pressure, working out what works best, finding new ways to use product.  Now I cant wait to use and further embellish them!   Thanks for stopping in today.  Great to see you! signature  The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member


Bloom canvas step-by-step

I was recently challenged to make a canvas based on a previous project I had created and while making that piece I took some step-by-step photos that I would today like to share with you.

This is the canvas I created:


and here is the step-by-step process:


I first applied a relatively thick layer of struckture paste with a palette knife onto a piece of canvas. I used the 6×6 inch “Deco leaves” stencil here.SONY DSC
After the paste was dry I applied some acrylic paint in pastellic tones over the pattern and around the edges.


Then I added some white ink splatters using a regular paint brush. I love to use colour splatters :). SONY DSC
Then I went along and added some chipboard elements for additional detail. These I colored with Distress Inks using a water tank paint brush.

Before adhering the pieces (chipboard and the silvery flowers) on their places I added some small silver spray ink splatters for additional contrast.

Then I glued all pieces on their places. The word “Bloom” is written with a brush pen that has a really nice glittery shine to it. I then fussy cut and glued it down onto the canvas. After gluing the flowers onto their places I also wiped some thick matte pink acrylic paint with a very dry paint brush over them for additional detail and more depth.

I also added some “chrystals” to my canvas. They hang down on wire pieces and are a nice additional detail.

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

Used products:
Canvas from an art supply store
Chrystals – Pink Paislee
Wire from an art supply store
Chipboard – Wycinanka
Paint – PaperArtsy Fresco Finish
White Ink – Liquitex Titanium White
Silver spray ink – Studio Calico Mister Huey´s
Deco Leaves stencil -The Crafter´s Workshop (6×6)
Distress Ink – Ranger Industries
Flowers – Prima Marketing, Finnabair collection
Thick pink acrylic matte paint  – 13arts
Struckture paste – Art supply store
Glitter brush pen – ZIG Wink of Stella

Subtle stencilling for the perfect finish

Hi Everyone, Beck Beattie here again today to share how stencils can add the perfect soft finish to your projects.  Sometimes it is the sublte layers that set your projects apart and make them more eye catching.  remember layout

I created some fun stamping into the background for interest.  I always like my photos to be centre of attention and while creating this layout I just knew it needed a special finishing touch and something to soften the background colours a little.  I didn’t want anything that was going to over power the photo so decided on some white texture paste.

I took my reversed Chickenwire stencil (TCW 259) and added the pattern to the almost finished layout, and suddenly it looked finished.  It is a amazing what some texture paste and a stencil can do!

Here is a close up of the stencilling:

remember layout detail

I hope you enjoyed my share today and I have inspired you to use your stencils for that perfect finishing touch on your next project!

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck Beattie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Creating a Masculine Layout featuring Dartboard and Spinning Top Stencil

Hello Crafters!
Keri Sallee here and I am so excited to be here on The Crafter’s Workshop blog today, sharing with you a mixed media layout I made just for my little man.
I must confess…masculine layouts are hard for me, so when I saw The Crafter’s Workshop’s “Dartboard” Stencil I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do!
I also wanted to use Ronda Palazzari’s Stencil “Spinning Tops.”
Wanna see what I came up with?
I put together a little Snapguide Tutorial to take you step-by-step through the process:

Check out How to Create a Masculine Dartboard Mixed Media Layout by Keri Sallee on Snapguide.

Here are a few close-ups of some of my favorite parts:
First and foremost…I love this picture me and my son. We were doing family pictures and we were trying to get pictures of the 2 of us, but we kept laughing and goofing off. I love to feature single pictures on scrapbook layouts, so I tend to cluster my embellishments around my picture. I like that the curve of my arrow draws the eye in a circular motion (like the dartboard) so your eye takes in everything.
If you watched the Snapguide, you can see that my background is a collage of textures and colors, but it also has hidden words like this “believe” and “love” and “Hope.”
Ronda Palazzari’s “Spinning Top” Stencil (combined with modeling paste and red acrylic paint” make for perfect POPS of color against my black and white background and compliment and contrast well with my accent colors of aqua and orange.
I also added a little white paint to my black foam letters because they seemed a little naked. :)
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed checking out my project as much as I enjoyed making it for you.
You can check me out in cyberspace at:
Instagram: thecreativelifestudios
Right here on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog as a Guest Designer!
Until next time…remember to make your art intentional…not an afterthought.