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)

Cards with metal dies

Hello, Sanna here today. I like to create cards in advance for different occations. I keep them in a box at home and that is my go-to place when in need of a card for a special occation.

I really like the Metal Dies as they the perfect size for cards. Here are four different cards I created with the dies.

Life is good - Sanna LippertSONY DSCFor this card I first created a misted multitoned background, then stamped some stars with a black ink over the misted paper and finally added the “Solace” die cut pattern over it all. The sun in the middle was exactly the right size so I made it a centerpiece of the card. Then I just added the sentiment.

Happy Birthday - Sanna LippertSanna Lippert - Happy birthdayThis card is made using the same ideas and techniques, I just changed the colours and left the die cutted white paper uncolored. I used the “Dots” metal die for this card. Next I just added a bold sentiment in the middle of the card and some small embellishments for additional detail.

Sanna Lippert - celebrateSanna Lippert - CelebrateFor the third card I cut the white cardstock in two half and replaced the lower part with a misted and stamped paper. The upper part is cut using the “Circle Dots” metal die. Some ribbon and a small enamel heart are the only extra decorational elements on this one.

Sanna Lippert - beautiful daySanna LIppert - beautiful dayOn my last card I used the “Circles” metal die and colored the white paper with Distress Inks light blue. Then I made yet another background pattern with spray inks and stamps and glued the two pieces together. Next I chose matching glitter glue colours and covered the circles with glitter glue. When the glue was all dry I added a sentiment banner and tucked a little blue flower behind it.

I hope you get inspired to create some layered, die cut cards yourself! Have fun!!!

The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics (kraft)
Metal Dies: The Crafter´s Workshop – Solace, Circle Dots, Dots and Circles.
Spray inks: Tattered Angels and Lindy´s Stamp Gang
Stamps: Viva Las Vegasstamps, Studio AE by Technique Tuesday
Glitter Glue: Ranger Industries – Stickles
Stamp ink: Ranger Industries – Archival Ink, Jet black & StazOn, St. Valentine
Enamel Dots: My Mind´s Eye
Wood Veneer: Studio Calico
Flower: Prima Marketing
Ribbon: Webster´s Pages & Maya Road
Pen: Staedtler
Glue: Aleene´s Tacky Glue

Super Gloss Heavy Gel and Stencils

A happy weekend to you!

Today I’d like to share another medium I like to use with TCW stencils: super gloss heavy gel. This gel works beautifully with stencils because it holds it’s shape well and dries clear with a nice high gloss. So, you can make the stencil effect either obvious or subtle. Also, since it mildly resists watercolors, you can make some really wonderful backgrounds.

MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (1)Here’s how I made this page…..

MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (9)Cover parts of cardstock (CS) with gesso. Take acrylic paint, a dry sponge, and stencil TCW336s Mini Letters Collage onto your CS.

MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (10)Take TCW 389 Fancy Feathers and 389s Mini Fancy Feathers and apply the super gloss heavy gel medium over your page. You can add any stamping you’d like on this step or before you apply the gel medium. Be sure to use a solvent based ink if you don’t want your stamped image to blur. I used a hexagon stamp from VLVS stamps.

MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (7)After the gel is dry, use your watercolors to paint over the gel medium. The colors will gather more along the outline of the stenciled image and less over the gel…this is the one time it might actually be fun to watch paint dry!

MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (8)For this page I really wanted to emphasize the feathers so I outlined them with black india ink. After this I flicked paint splatter everywhere (as I love that look) and then I added flecks of Tattered Angels High Impact Pigment in black and Tattered Angels High Impact Metallic in Platinum. I was so busy flicking paint, I forgot to take photos…sorry!

MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (5)To add some dimensional embellishments I decided to cut circles from this lovely thick canvas from Canvas Corp. First I used acrylic paint and TCW337s Mini Circle Regiment, then I stamped over the circles with a word stamp.

MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (6)Next I cut out the circles.

Here’s some close ups of the page:

MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (2)MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (3)MiaeRowe_TCW_Paradise (4)I hope you found a little inspiration here! Thank you!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team



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.

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