Shrink Plastic Mosaic Tile Frame

Hello! Tami Sanders here today with a bright and cheery project to share with you.

The weather here in the usually SUNNY San Antonio, has been GRAY and DREARY. So I thought I’d make a little something using VIBRANT colors.

I’ve had a quote running through my head for a few days; although I’m sure someone else has said it or something similar before… “don’t set out to create art, set out to create, and let the art happen.

I wanted to frame the quote and put it in my studio. I pulled out a frame and sat down to figure out how to embellish it. I decided to cover it with mini tiles made from shrink film in bright colors and designs…

tcw - mosaic frame - WM

I first needed to figure out roughly how many tiles I would need. I thought 1″ squares would work well, so I would need to make 2″ squares from the shrink film because the plastic shrinks down to about half its original size. I measured the frame and counted how many 1″ squares I would need to cover it.

Next, I pulled out a bunch of stencils. I selected some with small allover designs to use as bases for the designs and a few with larger designs {similar to the way I selected stencils for my ATC Valentines}.

I decided to use Matte Shrink Film from Grafix as I like the soft white color it takes on when it shrinks. Surfacez Inks from Clearsnap are permanent on slick surfaces, so I decided to use them for this project.

Knowing how many squares I needed for the frame, I was able to calculate that I would need about 2 1/2 – 8 1/2 X 11 sheets of film.

I began inking layers of color on each sheet of film using several different stencils and colors of ink. It’s important to remember to tape down BOTH the medium you are inking on as well as the stencil to your work surface in order to keep both steady.

Here is a pic of one finished shrink film sheet…

tcw shrink film sheet

The colors will darken and become more vivid once the pieces are shrunk. The sheets were cut in 2″ squares and baked according to package directions. The pieces were then arranged and glued to the frame front.

For the quote, I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit the opening and used several coordinating colors of ColorBox Pigment Ink to stencil a small design around the edges and then to stencil a butterfly design at the center. Once the inks were heatset; a black sharpie was used to add the quote.

The stencils used in this project are: TCW454 Specimen, TCW484 and TCW484s Netting, TCW439 Retrobursts, TCW431 Ripples, TCW248 Cubist, TCW478 Beaded Curtain and TCW227 Chevrons.

I’ve put together a Snapguide that shows how you can make this frame step-by-step in both photos and written directions; you can view it here: MOSAIC TILE FRAME

If you liked this project and want to play with more shrink film and TCW stencils, check out this post for a pair of earrings: GRAFFITI EARRINGS

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

A study of PAPER

The inspiration for this post was my desire to create
Valentine ATC’s.
As I didn’t have any papers to do this….
I thought what a great time to do
a study of papers.
I have  LOTS of various papers
and wanted to see how they would react
to mist sprayed though various templates….

So I pulled out my bin of The Crafter’s Workshop stencils
and chose
TCW492S ~ Kasia’s Letters
TCW248S ~ Cubist
TCW478S ~ Beaded Curtain
and a bottle of Lindy’s Stamp Gang ~ Pretty in Pink Pink
and a bottle of Perfect Paints ~ Gold

My first paper I chose was Canvas Corp Brands ~ Crepe Paper.
I placed TCW492S Kasia’s Letter on the paper and spritzed away.
I dried the paper, then decided to spritz the paper with a bit of water.
I LOVED the look.

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

There was quite a bit of ink still on the stencil so I
laid it onto a piece of dry Canvas Corp Brands Tissue Stock.
Sadly, the stencil image is not visible. When the paper was
spritzed with water, for the most part, the ink stayed in place.

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

My next paper I tried was Canvas Corp Brands ~ Suede paper.
I used one of my FAVORITE STENCILS
TCW248S ~ Cubist
I followed the same steps as above.
LOVED this look tooooo!!!

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

My last paper chose was a patterened paper by Canvas Corp Brands.
For this trial I used the
TCW478S ~ Beaded Curtain
When the mist hit the paper….it did not move at all!!

A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe

When all the ink was dry on the papers,
I applied Perfect Paints ~ Bright Gold
TCW484S ~ Netting
TCW483S ~ Spotted
onto my “created” papers.
Here is the final result of my study….

A Study of Paper by Lynne ForsytheA Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe A Study of Paper by Lynne Forsythe A Study of Paper by Lynne ForsytheHope you have enjoyed my Study of PAPER!
and my Valentine ATC’s!!

Thank you for stopping by the Crafter’s Workshop Blog
….and have a SUPER CREATIVE DAY!
Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Lejdi’s book

Lejdi made this lovely book. I think for her mom. My Polish is about as good as my Greek (ie: non-existent!)

She has used a combination of stencils…TCW267 Leger, TCW261 Art Is, TCW271 Cursive Alphabet and TCW248 cubist along with Molding paste and watercolors.

TCW267 Ledger

TCW261 Art is

Click here to see her blog post. Thanks Lejdi!!

TCW271 Cursive Alphabet

TCW248 Cubist

Valerie-Jael’s mixed media

Every once in awhile, I get a nice little email from Valerie-Jael with a link to her blog. Here’s the latest project that she did on canvas for Paint Party Friday (sounds like fun!!)

I really like the creative use of the Numeral template (TCW200) for the head.

and of course the Cubist template TCW248 in the background

Valerie-Jael writes: For Paint Party Friday I have made a large, mixed-media canvas. I have painted it with acyrlics, using templates from crafter’s work shop for the small squares, numbers and writing. It’s something a bit different to usual, I think it’s good to try something new once in a while….

I agree!  Thanks Valerie-Jael.

Valerie-Jael’s Trees

I received a lovely email from Valerie-Jael and a link to her blog about some of her work.  (See below.) I am posting directly from her blog…This first post is about the tag using our Aspen Trees template TCW252s (6×6).

“Today I just have one tag to share. I spent a lot of time painting yesterday, but it’s not finished yet. I have made a tag with a sponged ink background for the Unruly Paper Arts RAQ 1. I used my birch tree mask, and sponged gradient colours of DI through the trees. The word *Treasure* has been used as focal image over the trees, and I added some prima flowers and ribbon in complementary colours. I am also linking to Simon Says Stamp and Show, where this week a TH technique must be used.”

Here’s what Valerie-Jael writes about the above canvas which uses the Cubist stencil TCW248 AND the mini Harlequin TCW202s (can you see it?):

“For Paint Party Friday I have re-purposed another canvas, once again using acrylics in purple and green shades. I have called it *Purple moon-walk*. The canvas is 15×15″. I used my fave squares stencil and structure paste to do the background, before painting and adding Stickles, the moon and the umbrella men. The raised squares have been embossed with embossing powder and perfect pearls.”

Thanks for sharing, Valerie-Jael!