Looking SHARP-{ie}!

Hello! Tami Sanders here to share an idea with you for adding a custom touch to your craft storage or school supplies.

When I saw the TCW280 Blazonry stencil, I thought it would be great to use to add word-art to a project. it just needed to be used with the designs running horizontal…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Templates - Blazonry

I had recently picked up a new 12 X 12 plastic zipper tote to carry finished layouts home from crops or retreats — it was nice but PLAIN! I thought it would be perfect to try out my word-art idea on.

I taped the stencil to the front of the tote using blue painters tape, then outlined the shapes using a dark grey Sharpie. Then, with the stencil still in place, I used different colors of Sharpies to add words, adjusting the height and width of the letters to fit in the ovals.

Here is a pic of the finished project…

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and here is a closeup pic of the word-art…

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To finish off the tote, I added borders along the top and bottom using designs from the TCW396 Arrows and Hearts stencil…

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You could use the same technique to customize a canvas tote, t-shirt, wood or paper mache’ box or anything you wanted to make just a bit more personal! Use the 6 X 6 size and a finer pen for smaller projects.

Supplies Used:

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOPTCW280 Blazonry and TCW396 Arrows and Hearts

OTHER:80’s Glam Sharpie Marker Set, 12 X 12 Plastic Zipper Tote and Blue Painters Tape

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Doodling thru stencils by Sanna

Hi there, Sanna here again. Today I´d like to share a little card idea with you.

For this card I used the following products: The Blazonry stencil (6 x 6), a black pen, a white Sharpie pen, a card base, orange and blue green iridescent acrylic paint, a paint brush, twine, buttons and glue.SONY DSCFirst I painted the card base with orange and blue paint and allowed the colors to dry.SONY DSCNext I used the Balzonry stencil as a drawing guide to outline the stencil images onto the card (using black and white pens).SONY DSCAfter that I drew/doodled all kinds of random patterns inside the outlined areas.SONY DSC
Next I just added a row of buttons for decoration, stamped a sentiment, glued it down and my card was finished.SONY DSC

SONY DSCYou could use all kinds of color and pattern combinations or even several different stencils on a project for different results. Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!

Happy stenciling,
xoxo, Sanna

Sabrina’s Sun Class w/Gelli Plates!

SabrinaSunThis “Sun Canvas” using Julie’s Blazonry stencil (TCW280) just makes me smile. Sabrina Somerby will be teaching this as a class, Friday, June 14 at Altered Angel in Alpharetta, GA. Call them: 678-368-4483

The sun’s rays are collaged paper.  And I think the lines shooting out from them are Burst (TCW287).  Enjoy the day, hope this brings you a little sunshine too!!

shieldsTCW287 Burst

Michelle’s Splash of Green Girl

DSCN0103-webI stumbled upon Michelle Mathey’s blog through Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Pinterest board. I like the simplicity of how Michelle used the Blazonry TCW280 stencil.  Here’s what Michelle wrote:

Life has been very busy lately – too busy to draw/sketch!!  AARRGGHH – Despite the chaos around me, I took a few minutes to sketch a girl yesterday but then had no time to post her until now.  She’s a bit contemplative and perhaps sad?. . .maybe she is dreaming about when she will have more time. . .
Colors are from the current Play Date Cafe Challenge.
Used gouache for the first time (Emerald) – not sure if I like it or not – I was in such a hurry to finish that I definitely appreciated that it was easily squirted from the tube but that’s not much of a recommendation for a paint is it?

Martha Richardson









Martha Richardson has been a longtime groupie of ours. So I was so happy to find her blog post showing how she creates papers that she later uses in her layouts and projects.   Here is a photos of some of her background papers just waiting to be cut by her Vagabond and Sizzix dies.

















Click here to read more about her process and see some creations!!


















Have a very Merry Christmas from the TCW elves and I. Enjoy.