Easy DIY background pattern

Hi there! Sanna here today. I´d like to share with you a layout I created based on a piece of white cardstock. I love to create my own layout backgrounds and one of my go-to products for that are stencils.

This pattern is really easy to make. You first take a piece of plain cardstock (it does not have to be white, you could use other colours too). I then place a stencil, in this case the 12×12 inch “Mechanogrid” stencil, over the paper and take two tones of Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. I usually start with the darker colour and apply it here and there. I leave white areas for the next colour. When I was finished with blue I changed to green and applied it thru the stencil in all white areas and slightly over the blue toned edges. That way the result is smooth.

Inked background - Sanna Lippert

Next I took a piece of blue canvas and cut a wide strip for my background. I then chose the “Hourglass” 12×12 inch stencil to create a white pattern onto the canvas using some gesso. I just dabbed the gesso with a sponge onto the canvas thru the stencil. Then I let it dry properly.


Before gluing the canvas on it´s place I have added colour splatters in various colours onto the background for more interest.SONY DSC

Now the background is finished and I just needed to add some paper for detail and I chose labels in similar colours as my background and canvas were. In addition one of the labels adds to my layout title perfectly. Love it when that happens :). SONY DSC

Now I just layered the labels and glued the onto their places and then added some small embellishments for additional detail. SONY DSC

I also added some outlining with a black pen around the edges of my page. I seem to be drawn to that recently. And black ink splatters – but you know that by now, I think ;-). Here are some detail photos:


I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial. This is a really easy to do technique and I hope you will give it a try!!

Happy scrapping,
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Cardstock (white) – Bazzill Basics
Stencils: Mechanogrid & Hourglass (12×12) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Broken China – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Blue Canvas – Canvas corp.
Gesso – Liquitex
Enamel hearts – Studio Calico
Wood veneer – Studio Calico
Glimmer mist – Tattered Angels
Alphas – American Crafts, Glitz Design
Patterned Papers – Studio Tekturek
Pen – Sakura
Glue – Aleene´s Tacky Glue

Pressed Fragments and Bits images

Hi, today I´d like to share with you a simple and easy way to use the cute Fragments and Bits stencils. All you need is a few pieces of watercolour paper, some spray inks and a selection of Fragments and/or Bits and a Big Shot (or a similar tool).

First place a Fragments or Bits stencil into a cardboard box and apply some spray ink over it. I used various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colours for this purpose and they worked really well!

Next carefully lift the stencil from the box and place it onto a Big Shot plate, then place a piece of watercolour paper over the stencil and make your plate sandwich and roll the whole thing thru the machine. SONY DSC

This is what the finished result will look like. Now you can use this image on a card or on another project of your choise.
These are the stencils (above) I used for my four cards and this is how the finished pressed images look like.
And here are the finished cards:
SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCI have used only a little additional decoration on the cards, as they did not need much in my opinion. I really like to use these small stencils this way. If you change the media for example to markers or acrylic paint, you will again end up with a totally different kind of look. Hope you get inspired to try this idea out! Have fun!!

xoxo, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Rubber Band Fragments – The Crafter´s Workshop
All My Heart Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Butterfly Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Script Star Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Watercolour paper – art supply store
Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels (spring violet, marmalade, turquoise blue, starfish)
Flowers – Prima Marketing
Wood veneer – Studio Calico
Stamps – Viva Las Vegasstamps!
Stamp ink – Ranger Industries (jet black)
Pens – Staedtler, Faber-Castell
Cardstock – Bazzill (kraft)

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

Making Layers with Rita

RBarakat100Do you wonder how people get that layered look on their art journal pages? Hi Rita Barakat here to talk about layers and The Crafters Workshop stencils!

May 2014 001100First no need to have a totally clean page- I am going to cover it anyways. Today I am starting with  Cherry Blossoms TCW177 and a little Twinkling H20 paint! Swirling my stencil brush over my stencil.

May 2014 003100Here is how it looks – note the unclean background…it’s all good!

May 2014 005100Next I misted over my stenciled page with Lindys Stamp Gang  in Hydrangea Blue & Ruby Lantern Lime. I used a paper towel and a brayer to pick up some excess – this also leaves nice marks on the page from the pattern in the paper towel.

May 2014 004100I want a little texture so I add some clear gesso and spread with a brayer. The also is giving me a definite layer between  this and the next layer of paint.

May 2014 006100I don’t clean my brayer very well so it leaves texture on the page!

May 2014 008100Now I go back with another layer of paint with the stencil.

May 2014 009100Yes! I am liking this…

May 2014 021100Now how about mixing some texture paste with Bells of Ireland Green and Hydrangea Blue…

May 2014 024 (2)100I added my pictures and the mixed texture paste around the pictures. Then I grabbed the stencil again and spread the texture paste over the stencil. Then I misted the page again being careful to cover my picture with a scrap piece of paper so they would not get misted.

RBarakat100Here’s a last look! Are you ready to try layers now? You can totally do this! ;)

The Crafters Workshop Cherry Blossoms
Lindys Stamp Gang Mists
Luminarte Twinkling H2O’s
Golden Texture Paste

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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. In addition to The Crafters Workshop she designs for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,DCWV and freelances for a variety of manufactures.

Stenciled layout background

Hello there! Today I´d like to share with you a mixed media layout background on which I used several stencils from the new collection. Here is a little photo step-by-step on how I crated the background:

I first applied some yellow and light pink spray ink onto the white cardstock and let that dry. Next I took the Retrobursts stencil and placed it over the paper and applied some grey dye ink with a ink blending tool thru the stencil.

Then I took the Texturized stencil and first added some blue Distress Paint thru it onto the background. Then I just turned the stencil around and pressed the paint that was on the stencil surface onto the paper. This created a nice negative image and no paint went to waste.

I then did the same using another pattern form the same stencil with a green Distress Paint. Here I again used both the positive and the negative image.

And this is how the finished background looks like. I also added some color splatters and stamping for additional detail.

SONY DSCThen I went along and started layering patterned paper. I used a piece of old book paper that I had misted with spray inks first. See the cross pattern – that is a residue paste from a previous project. I usually wipe all residue paste onto a random piece of paper (mostly using a stencil), that way no paste goes to waste. The stencil I used here is also from the new collection (“Crossed“).

And this is how the finished layout looks like. I´ve added lots of little embellishments (precut paper embellishments, puffy stickers etc.) as additional detail.

Happy stenciling,
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Products I used:
Retrobursts 12×12 inch stencil – The Crafter´s Workshop
Crossed 6×6 inch stencils – The Crafter´s Workshop
Texturized 12×12 inch stencil - The Crafter´s Workshop
Distress Paint, Moved Lawn – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Distress Paint, Broken China – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Puffy Stickers and badge - Evalicious
Spray ink yellow tones – Dylusions (Lemon Zest), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Mustard), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Sun Sisters)
Pink spray ink – Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze (Vintage Pink)
Stamp – 3rd Eye Craft
Stamp ink – Hero Arts, Soft granite