Colour your world

Hi Everyone Beck BT here today, and I am sharing with you a canvas I created using The Crafter’s workshop ‘Gothic Romance‘ (TCW457) stencil teamed up with lots of fun Viva Las VegaStamps to create a colouful piece of art.

I stencilled using the various designs as part of the stencil.  I mixed whipped spackle with Gelatos to create the different colours to stencil with.

I used the Viva Las VegaStamps for my tissue paper transfer technique:

  1. Add some pattern tissue paper to the background using a transfer technique:
    1. Stamp some images onto the tissue paper with permanent ink any desired stamps
    2. Apply some modge Podge/gel medium/ decopage paste to the canvas (whichever you have) where you are going to add the tissue paper.
    3. Place the tissue paper over the top and then apply more paste to the top to seal it in.

This created some fun interest with the different images

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Here you can see the texture I created with the stencil by mixing some Fabter-Castell Gelatos into their Whipped Spackle and using a pallet knife stencilling.  I did this with some different colours teal and purple. Oh it was so much fun!

Canvas classI hope you enjoyed my share today and I have inspired to you to get creating!

Happy Crafting!!
xxxBeck BT


A Pocket Watch with Rita

Hey there creatives! Rita Barakat here and I am super excited to share this pocket watch project with you! Believe it or not this is chipboard!

My base is this  chipboard pocket watch “Arts Parts” by Wendi Vecchi. I covered it with Gesso  and Gelatos.


I  used TCW470 Geometric Art Layers stencil to paint another layer of Gelatos.This is such a great stencil because there are several designs on one stencil!

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Then I used a layer of Glaze with TCW488 Viva la art stencil. Another great stencil with several designs!

Here it is dry, then I went over it with some metallic embossing powders.

I filled in the edges with Big Stampers Brush, and added one of my girls in the center.

While the embossing powder was hot I added this little heart charm and a brad to secure the pieces together.

This close up shows all the fun layers.

Here it is open, I added some Icelets (Poly fill) on the inside.

Here is the back, same concept but it always comes out different with embossing powders.
I hope this gives you some ideas and maybe an inkling to make your own pocket watch!

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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

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HELLO! Welcome to another day in our week long fun with TCW stencils and Viva Las VegaStamps! I can’t say enough about these two great companies!

My project today started out with a vintage cigar box I purchased for $1

When it’s finished, it will house coffee & tea- a lovely gift for someone special:)

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I began by pasting torn book pages to the lid with matte medium.
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Next, I added this great Coffee Ad…then I was ready to have fun with the details using TCW Stencils and VivaLasVegaStamps!

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I used Heavy Gesso to stencil with TCW479 Random Stars.  

I LOVE this stencil, and am already thinking of some great Christmas projects using it!

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For the gift tag, I used this great Tag stamp from VivaLasVegaStamps.

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For even more detail, I used the VLVS “MAXWELL HOUSE” coffee stamp along with the Filagree stamp above it and the chicken wire stamp top right and bottom right corners.

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I love the Arrow stamp from VLVS you can see on the tag above.

TCW/VLV -Sue CarrollI used a Brown Pan Pastel to add aging to the stars, but you could also use distress ink.

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The “rusty” areas were done by stamping with embossing ink then dusting with rusting powder, which has become difficult to find. Here are 2 links I found that carry it

TCW/VLV -Sue CarrollAbove is an old ticket stub from 1952:) I love old stuff!

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I’m going to give this box of coffee and tea to a friend who is in need of a coffee/tea break and some quiet time!

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Hope this gives you some inspiration to repurpose a fun find of your own with TCW Stencils and VLV Stamps! Both offer an amazing selection of products…you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for and more!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member

Halloween Canvas

Hi there,

Happy Halloween!!

Karen here, sharing a canvas that I created using the TCW Sketch Grid stencil. This was a super fun project for me, as I do not create a lot of projects with a Halloween theme.  I do take a lot of Halloween photos though, so creating this canvas was a fun way to use some of my favorite Halloween photos from last year. Since I chose to use mini clothespins to attach the photos, I now have a versatile piece of art that I can use year after year.

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To add some fun to the background, I randomly applied white paint using the 12 x 12 Sketch Grid stencil.  I love this stencil. It’s extremely versatile and can transform your work instantly. Take a peek of the close up shots below.

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Halloween Canvas by Karen Jiles Supplies Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop Sketch Grid  (TCW456); Patterned Paper, Stickers, Straws, Brads, Clothespins: Recollections; Paint: Apple Barrel; Adhesive: Xyron 9” Creative Station; Other: Hemp


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

A Week of Stamps and Stencils with Viva Las VegaStamps!


Hello The Crafter’s Workshop and Viva Las VegaStamps Fans!!
So GLAD you stopped by to see my creation made using products from
these two amazing companies!

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

I created a tutorial on how I made my canvas background for you viewing pleasure!
or it can also be viewed HERE!

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I began by applying a layer of Shimmering Matte Artist Acrylic Paint to a Canvas Panel. Then with stamps chosen from my Viva Las VegaStamps Pound O Rubber, I stamped randomly on the surface.

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Next I applied various texture mediums through The Crafter’s Workshop
Coffee ~Splotches 6 x6 template and Today Framed Fragment with a palette knife.

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I again randomly stamped my surface with Viva Las VegaStamps Pound O Rubber stamps and Archival Ink, embracing the imperfect stamping due to the texture.

We Remember Canvas by Lynne Forsythe

I applied a layer of Shimmering Matte Artist Acrylic onto a piece of Kraft Cardstock then proceeded to stamp leaf images onto the surface,
which I in turn I cut out to accent my flower.

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Here is a close up of my finished background.

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I then added Petaloo flowers and stamped verbage to round out my canvas.

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I hope you have enjoyed my creation using
VIVA LAS VEGASTAMPS and the Crafter’s Workshop.

Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team