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


Happy Wednesday Crafter’s Workshop Fans!!!

I wanted to share with you one of my creations I made for CHA.

BELIEVE by Lynne Forsythe

I just love how this canvas came out.
I began by applying Perfect Paints ~ Polishing Plaster ~ Organic Sugar through
one of the Crafter’s Workshops classic stencils
TCW191S ~ Bricks


 onto an  5 x 7 canvas panel.
I then applied Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint ~ Rainforest
TCW2085 Crusaders Heart Remnant


When dry I spritzed the entire canvas with TA ~ Glimmer Mist ~ Crushed Shells.

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Do you see the SUPER CUTE dragonfly in the corner??
He is part of TCW521S ~ Whimsy Garden stencil.

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I finished off my canvas with a chippie “Believe”
and a mannequin made with vintage lace and
Petaloo’s Layered Flowers.

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Going BIG with Mixed Media and The Crafter’s Workshop

Hello Creatives!

TCW Design Team Member,  Keri Sallee, here and I am SUPER excited to be sharing today’s project with you.

Once a year, I attend a “scrapbooking” retreat with my sister’s in law and some friends. We rent out a bed and breakfast and just spend 5 days together and scrap. This year, however, I was only able to make it for 1 day so I decided not to even take pictures…instead I took TONS of paints and my TCW Stencils.

I wanted to challenge myself to go BIGGER with my ideas and do a larger canvas in a style that wasn’t my “normal style.” I wanted to do it completely in paint and ink…without any paper (which is usually my style.)

Here is my finished canvas (it is 16×20)


I started with black acrylic paint and used a credit card technique to make my “birch trees.”


 I decided to use my TCW530S 6×6 Stencil “Shadow Tree” to add “branches” to my trees before adding the base colors for my sky and grass.

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To add depth to my sky and grass, I added a few spritzes of Bahama Blue Fireworks to my sky and Dandelion Fireworks to my grass (by Imagine Crafts.)

To fill in my “grass”, I used TCW502 12×12 Stencil “Impressions.” (Using the circular impression on the beginning of the second row.) I used green acrylic paint mixed with Golden Heavy Gloss Gel to add shine.


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Once that was dry, I added some yellows and darker greens just with a paintbrush to add depth. I also added Neon Pink Golden High Flow acrylic as accent shadows on my trees and I added white clouds to my sky using a irRESISTable Texture Spray in Wedding Dress from Imagine Crafts

Using my finger and a variety of Liquitex Acrylic paints, I added abstract “flowers”, mixed fun colors and using various bottle lids to make my rings.


To finish it up, I added the word “DREAM” from Rebekah Meier’s “Word Association” 12×12  Stencil (TCW527) to my sky using black acrylic paint mixed with Liquitex Modeling Paste.

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I hope was you enjoyed my project today and it challenges you to step outside your “style” and try something new!!


KERI Sallee

TCW Design Team Member

Iridescent Creative Medium with stencils

Hello everyone, Sanna here today with my second to last post (where has the time gone!?) I have a new addiction and that is the Imagine Crafts iridescent paste!! I just love it! It is absolutely gorgous against a black background. And needless to say The Crafter´s Workshop stencils and that paste are a match made in heaven!

Here are four cards I created using the paste with stencils and I am totally in love with how the backgrounds turned out:

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Just look at that fabulous shine when light hits the dry pasted surface!!!

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And creating the backgrounds is super easy! You just grab the tones you like, place a stencil of your choice over the black cardstock and apply the paste:

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I used the iridescent green, pink, blue and purple on my cards. The paste is white when applied, but already has a little shine/shimmer to it. The whole beauty of it will show after it has dried up. And just look at the new stencils in combination with these pastes, aren´t they just gorgeous?

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After removing the stencils (remember to clean them after using them with the paste) leave the paper to dry and when it´s all dry, you can go and finish the cards or whatever projects you were planning on creating. This is what I did:

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I have also used a colored texture spray (the white on on the cards) to create some more interest and contrast to the backgrounds. This texture spray is also a product by Imagine Crafts.

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I kept each card in one color tone (monochromatic) to make the paste stand out more. Only the white texture spray adds a little color contrast. I also did some serious stash busting by using older flowers and embellishments on the embellishment clusters.

Wishing you a lovely day,
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Believe Script – The Crafters Workshop 6×6
Mini Stepping Stones – The Crafters Workshop 6×6
Mini Rug – The Crafters Workshop 6×6
Mini Tiled Flower – The Crafters Workshop 6×6
Iridescent Creative Medium (pink, green, blue, purple) – Imagine Crafts
Colored Texture Spray (Wedding Dress) – Imagine Crafts
Black cardstock – Bazzill
White Cardstock - American Crafts
Other – Flowers, Rhinestones, Stamps, Stickers, Wood veneer, Chipboard, Buttons

Spring is in the air!

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Hey there creatives, Rita Barakat here and spring is in the air! When I received the hummingbird stencil I wanted  to use it on something springlike. I have this spiral Memory Book from DCWV and I have been slowly decorating it . Most of the pages are kraft paper with black accents so I needed to prime it with Gesso first.

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As you can see there are flowers already on the page, you can still see the lines underneath the gesso but the gesso allows me to get true color from my paints. I drew around (PITT pastel pencil) the area where I knew I would  save.

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I used another coat of Gesso on the areas where I did not want to see the design.  Not fully opaque but I knew that when I added color later it would cover up these areas.

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 Here is where I used my first stencil, I used a little texture paste (whipped spackle) colored it with several layers of paint ( Twinkling H2o’s).

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I felt like my bird needed a friend so I added another, this one I did not fill in. I also added some mists with water ( the background was covered with Gelatos first), you can see where the  water activated the Gelatos to form those little circles.

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I went back and added more dimension with this stencil and and date.

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Not to mention this fun little date stencil and another bird (texture paste+ Twinkling H2o’s) The possibilities are endless with The Crafters Workshop Stencils, not to mention spring is in the air! What will you create?

Stencils used
TCW519 Hummingbirds,
TCW541 Believe
& TCW2068 “2015” fragments


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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. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,The Crafters Workshop, DCWV, Deflecto, ColourArte and freelances for a variety of manufacturers