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

Mixed Media Scrapbook Inspiration & a quick video on cleaning stencils

Hi there Crafter’s Workshop fans! Amy Prior here today with you all with my first official TCW Design Team Post eekkkk!!! So today I have a couple of scrapbook layouts to share with you all, both using the TCW195 Brocade Stencil in the 12×12 size. Scroll through the layouts to find a quick little video for you all showing how i clean my stencils without leaving my desk!
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This first mixed media scrapbook layout, titled “Wishing that everyday was a flying fox fun-day”, was created on some white super thick Bazzil Cardshoppe Card-stock. This card-stock is perfect for your mixed media scrapbook layouts as it can handle great puddles of water etc. without piling or major warping. On this layout, I have sprayed the entire card-stock with water to create puddles before dribbling in various coloured paints. For this layout I have used paints from Shimmerz Inklingz range on the background.tn_Everyday by Amy Prior2

When the puddles are dry, I have added some stencilling over the top of the colour using the Crafter’s Workshop TCW195 Brocade Stencil along with some Shimmerz Dazzlerz paint. I had envisioned this gorgeous style of the layout before I had started so I knew that I wanted the Brocade Stencil to show half on either side of my layout. On the left side, I have a larger half showing as this side has the 3 photographs whereas the other side only has one. Once the background was dry and complete, the rest of the layout fell together easily with lots of gorgeous layers of papers flowers and chipboard, plus the long-winded title.tn_Everyday by Amy Prior3

The next layout that I have to share with you all is titled, “Sweet Beautiful Cutie”, and is again created on a white Bazzil Cardshopper Card-stock background as well as using the Brocade Stencil again in 12×12 size.  For this background, I have added some Shimmerz Texturez paints through the Crafter’s Workshop Brocade Stencil before drying with a heat tool and allowing the paint to bubble and boil. I love the extra texture you get when heat drying texture paste and making it bubble.tn_Sweet Beautiful Cutie by Amy Prior

When the stencilled pattern was completely dry, I have sprayed lots of water on the background, like before, to create a puddle. Once sprayed, I have quickly spritzed some Distress Stain Spray over the entire background before adding some little sprinkles of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals powder. This gorgeous powder is very unique as it has a purple pigment but a turquoise coloured glimmer. I just love how this reacted on the background with the water and the Distress Stain Spray.tn_Sweet Beautiful Cutie by Amy Prior2

This gorgeous, bright and fun mixed media layout then came together nicely using lots of gorgeous vintage looking papers that were thrown into layers of bright and vibrant colourful papers. These colourful papers were coloured using the same paints as the background to help bring that bold colour into the layers perfectly. Lots of gorgeous flowers and embellishments finished off this layout beautifully.tn_Sweet Beautiful Cutie by Amy Prior3

Finally I have a quick video to share with you all that shows my super lazy way of cleaning stencils without ever leaving your desk. In saying that, if you do not keep paper towel and baby wipes handy, then you may have to leave your desk to try this out. But I promise it works so great especially for retreats and crop days with friends. Be sure to clean your stencils quickly after using them to avoid getting any clogged up paint jeopardising the gorgeous patterns for future uses.

The mixed media scrapbook pages featured in this blog post were created using the Crafter’s Workshop Brocade Stencil TCW195 in the 12×12 size.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and I hope that I have inspired you all to get creative with your stencils! Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior…The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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


Breathe art journal spread

Hello there, everyone, Sanna here today with my last post. I can´t believe how fast time has flewn. I have enjoyed every second of it. This has been such a great team to be in and I am glad I have had the pleasure of being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Truly great memories!!

So today it is time for me to say goodbye and share one last project with you. As my final post I created an art journal spread using a ton of stencils (all stencils I´ve used here, are also available at Here is what I did:

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First I applied gesso on my art journal pages and let the layer dry properly.

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Next I took some semi opaque matte mist in purple, pink and yellow (by Tattered Angels) and sprayed random circles onto the gessoed surface and again let the layer dry really properly.

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After that I took various 6×6 inch stencils and started dabbing heavy body acrylic paint (by Dina Wakley) thru the stencils with a foam brush onto the background. I used turquoise, tangerine, lime and magenta here. And again after applying the paint I needed to let the layer dry – this is really hard for me as I am not very patient :).

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Then I took some profile stencils and added those in the middle of my art journal spread. I used black acrylic paint here. I wanted to add another bold pattern to go with the profiles, so I chose to use the number stencil. I again used black paint here and applied the paint with a foam brush.

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I felt that the right side profile was not standing out enough, so I colored her hair with a black Sharpie and after that I added some metallic creative medium thru some stencils onto the ladies hair. I also sprinkled some shabby white embossing enamel here and there for additional interest and then heat set the enamel with a heat gun.

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I then wanted to add some fun hashtag words to go with my journaling, so I stamped words that fit the theme of my page with a black ink and wrote the text along the edges of the spread. I really like how bold and retro this spread looks like. Here are some detail photos so you can see the enamel and creative medium details better:

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and here is my finished art journal spread:

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It has been such a pleasure being a part of The Crafter´s Workshop family. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it has been an amazing time designing with TCW stencils. And what a great team of colleagues I have had the pleasure to work with – they have all been such an inspiration! – and what a fab company to work with! I am sure the new team will rock your socks off with their artworks!! I know I am going to be keeping an eye on them and already looking forward to the inspiration they will be sharing!!

ps. a few weeks back I taped a video in Finnish about some fun and easy stenciling techniques and while I was at it, I thought, I might as well do an English one too, so here it is, just a little extra to go with my post:

Thanks for a great time,
xxx, Sanna