Creating Custom Pattern Papers

Welcome back, creatives! This is Rachel joining you today to share some ideas for creating your own pattern papers using The Crafter’s Workshop stencils.


I was in a very colorful and watercolor-y mood, as you can see! For all the papers you’ll see today, I started with white cardstock that I applied a thin layer of gesso over, and let it dry. I did this so I could use my watercolor pencils and not warp the paper.

My first pattern paper was a big 12×12 sheet paired with the 12″x12″ Stepping Stones stencil. I grabbed 4 colors of pencil and just started filling in the squares. I find projects like this are very therapeutic and relaxing, especially during a stressful week! Once I finished coloring my squares, I painted them in with water to activate the pencil pigment.


I think the one above is my favorite custom pattern paper I created. The Blazonry stencil has great repetitive pattern with large openings, which was great for watercoloring.


Now THIS one holds a special place in my heart! The TCW “Bricks” 6×6 stencil is the FIRST stencil that I ever purchased. Ever. I don’t even know how many years ago. It’s an oldie but goodie and I just had to show it some love for this project.


My final little pattern paper strip uses just a bottom circle pattern that caught my eye in the Pebble Art stencil. I decided to use cooler colors since the others were so pink and orange.

Now that I have all of these pattern papers I needed to make something with them! I decided to create a scrapbook page, but you could use them for cards, tags, or for collage bits in your journal.


I tied the page together by adding gold paint through the patterns in the Screen Print stencil. My page is: Deep Thoughts by Meeko :)



Thank you so much for joining me in my pattern paper play! I hope you got inspired to create some of your own :)

Rachel Kleinman

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Stencils used:

TCW 280 – Blazonry

TCW 191s – Bricks

TCW 525 – Screen Print

TCW 505 – Pebble Art

TCW 506 – Stepping Stones

Chris Pozzi’s Sunshine Card

chris card complete








Who doesn’t love a little sunshine in the middle of Winter? (Okay you people in the southern hemisphere, don’t start boasting that you’re having a lovely Summer, thank-you-very-much!!  We’re chilly and grey over here!!)

Chris Pozzi, from Scrap That Moment, made a lovely card using our Bricks stencil TCW191.  For supplies list and step-by-step instructions, click here.  Thanks Chris!!

chris card step 3

Mona Pendleton

KK at Kay’s Company in New Zealand sent me a link to Mona’s blog and I was blown away! Check out how she used our “Bricks” stencil (TCW191)Mona even created a tutorial.  There’s a little snippet below of how she used Molding Paste with Pumice to create the bricks. But she uses lots and lots of other fun things including My Favorite Things stamps and dies. If I ever needed some justification to buy more dies and stamps, this is it!  Thanks Mona….I think! 

Wilma Voermans from Switzerland


We received a lovely email from Wilma who has many of our stencils, even though she’s off in Switzerland.  Far, far away from TCW Headquarters!! I like how she used our TCW191 Bricks stencils with molding paste and paint.

TCW191 Bricks

I also like how she found a way to make a layout that is trendy and masculine.  I’ve often heard the complaint that it’s hard to find inspiring layouts for boys and men.  Well here you go! It doesn’t get more masculine than this!!  Thanks Wilma!!