Faking the Watercolor Look

Hi there!

Do you ever admire the look of a water colored picture? I certainly do but I haven’t really tried to free hand paint a scene before. Well I decided to try and “fake” a water colored look for my layout.

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I started with TCW499 Koi Pond which is a beautiful, scenic stencil.

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Lay it down over watercolor paper. You might want to tape the stencil and paper down so they don’t slide or move while you are painting. Get your watercolors ready and start painting! I worked relatively quickly and in color schemes (all the greens and aquas first for the lily pads and red, orange, yellows for the fish). The idea is to not get too much watercolor paint get under the stencil or you will loose some of the details (like my fish in the upper right). When the whole stencil is filled, lift up the stencil and you get something like this:Miae Rowe_TCW_Lily Fairy (1)

Next I took Twinkling H2Os and created splatters over the lily pads. Then I replaced the stencil and loosely doodled around the shape of the fish. This created my final background to which I added my photo, embellishments and stamping….page done!

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Here are some close ups:

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Vintage Inspired Wall Initial

Vintage Inspired Wall Initial/Sue Carroll

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by:)  Today’s project started with a great find at Hobby Lobby… A wall size galvanized steel letter purchased with 50% off!

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Next, a couple of GREATstencils from The Crafters Workshop latest additions



TCW 470 Geometric Art Layers


TCW 488 Viva La Art

Vintage Inspired Wall Initial/Sue Carroll

Using Heavy Body Gesso, I stenciled right on top of the metal letter.

(I added some stenciled gesso to the sides of the letter as well)

Vintage Inspired Wall Initial/Sue Carroll

Once dry, I randomly added some areas of embossing liquid, then sprinkled rusting powder on top of the still wet areas.

To activate the rusting powder, you simply spritz white vinegar over each area and wait.  It can take up to 8 hours to fully transform into a delicious bit of rust.  Be patient:)

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What can I stencil next?!!!

Hope you feel inspired to create a fun stenciled project today!

Thanks again for reading:)

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All Occasion Card using TCW Stencils

Karen here, sharing an All Occasion card that I created using TCW stencils. Creating your own backgrounds for your cards gives you flexibility to customize with colors and preferred themes of choice. In the card below, I was able to add pops of color using ink sprays and the Netting (TCW484) stencil to create an All Occasion card that can be tailored to any theme. Take a peek at the tutorial below:

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White Core’dinations Cardstock (2 Sheets)

Black Cardstock

Patterned Paper

Stencil (Netting-TCW484)

Dylusions Ink Sprays (Vibrant Turquoise, Postbox Red, Lemon Zest)

Distress Stain (Vintage Photo)

Foam Tool




Embossing Folder

Spellbinders Die

Die Cut Machine

Corner Rounder

Adhesive: Xyron 9” Creative Station


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Step One: Lay stencil on Core’dinations cardstock white cardstock and spray inks to transfer Netting (TCW484) to cardstock.

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Step Two: Lay 2nd sheet of Core’dinations cardstock on top of inked stencil. This extends the use of the ink that remains on the top of the stencil, enabling a reversed image. The reversed image was used for this card.

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Step Three: Trim cardstock down and emboss using die cut machine.


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Step Four: Apply distress stain to the embossed card layer.

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Step Five: Enhance card layer with foam tool and vintage photo ink. Set aside.

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Step Six: Create scalloped edge die cut using die cut machine and die.

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Step Seven: Adhere card together using Xyron 9” Creative Station.

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Step Eight: Continue layering card together and adhere bow, button and pins

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All Occasion Card by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop (TCW484) Netting, Cardstock: Core’dinations, Bazzill: Buttons: Prima; Pins: Maya Road; Ink: Ranger; Embossing Folder: Sizzix; Die: Spellbinders; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Craft-Dee-BowZ, Grand Calibur; Other: Ribbon

Thanks so much for visiting today!


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Adding a little grunge with stencils

Hi Everyone, Beck BT here again with another layout, and I hope you enjoy my share today!  I just love playing and experimenting with different mediums and my stencils.  Today I thought I would share a great technique for using gesso with stencils.  This application can be used just as well with paints as well.  I created the background to this layout using gesso and the Sketch grid template.

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Usually if you try to stencil with a more fluid meduim like gesso or paint, it will bleed under the stencil and create a mess, but it might be that your project calls for it.  Well today I thought I would show you how you can achieve stencilling with these mediums without creating a big mess.  I have even created a video for you to enjoy seeing the process in action, so sit back watch and enjoy the process of my short little video.

As you can see the gesso gives a grung like feel to this layout.  The gesso was perfect as it lightens off but still has a chalky feel.  By using this application I was also able to tie the background in better with some additional gesso and texture paste as well.

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I can’t wait to try this application out with the new Coptic Impressions stencil as I can see it is going to be just perfect for a layout calling for a more circular feel!

I hope you enjoyed my share today and experiment with your stencils too :)

Happy Creating!

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Hello! I can’t believe that summer is over!  Hope you all had many fun adventures:)

Today’s post is a project I did for my Granddaughter Annabelle’s first day of preschool.  She is soooo excited, and recently told me that she would start school as soon as the leaves started to fall off the trees -or September 4th, which ever came first:)

I wanted to make a fun outfit in honor of her big day.  The Crafters Workshop’s new BRUSH ALPHABET STENCIL would be perfect for this project!PM:TCW:AUGUST:SKIRTThis is the pattern I used, below…found on Etsy at

The Little Lizard King 

Skirt Pattern found on Etsy Click on photo:)

I definitely made a few minor changes…and although this pattern is done extremely well (LOTS of GREAT photos!) I am still challenged when it comes to following written directions!

Besides that, I am a very basic, self taught
“seamstress”….hmmm…I mean beginner:)

FYI- I made the apron completely separate. (This pattern has it attached)

Annabelle LOVES to help in the kitchen and LOVES all things alphabet, so I wanted her to be able to use the apron anytime….so I made it “detached” from the skirt.

The pattern is adorable, but the STARS of this skirt & apron, are the stenciled fabrics.

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils used for this project are below

BACK TO SCHOOL SKIRT/ SUE CARROLL   TCW411 Circles in Lines           TCW469 Brush Alpha            TCW478 Beaded Curtain

After mixing up the colors  (“going with the back to school fall colors!”) I added textile medium to increase the flow, increase the drying time, and assure a permanent color once heat set with an iron.

I cut all my pattern pieces out of inexpensive white muslin, and then added detail with paint and stencils.


With an iron, I heat set each piece once dried, and then followed the pattern directions to construct the skirt and apron.  NOTE: I decided to keep the apron separate from the skirt (as I mentioned above)



I found this cut top at Kids Gap…it matches the yellow stenciled letters and apron print perfectly!BACK TO SCHOOL SKIRT/ SUE CARROLLThe skirt is a bit stiff, after using orange (over that whole section) and then brown on top of that…2 layers of paint. (The bottom band made with the stencil  beaded curtain is not stiff at all) To make this main section a bit more soft, choose an orange fabric for the main body of the skirt and stencil with brown paint…eliminating the 2 layers of paint.

It’s cutest on Annabelle:)

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Stencils are a FANTASTIC way to add a personal touch to anything you sew!

It’s a joy to share with you!  Thank you for taking the time to “stop by!”

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