Stencil + Paste + Ink = FUN

Hello its Leeann here today! And I’m sharing how I made this scrapbook page. This page was quick to whip up. Sometimes I like to keep things clean and simple when creating backgrounds. I find when I only use a couple of mediums my pages stay flat and I’m not also waiting hours for things to dry. I also like to show the design of the stencil! For some crazy reason it excites me!


To start with I use a Modeling paste and swipe it on to the Sunburst stencil. Then peel the stencil away and allow to dry.


Once dry cut a 4.5inch strip of the stenciled Kraft and machine stitch to white card stock base. Next used the woven stencil and lightly spray ink on it away from your base. Pick up the sprayed woven stencil and stamp the design onto the white card stock base. Allow to dry.


Once all the mediums are dry add some watercolour spills and flicks to begin the two side together. Add some random stamping with using stamps and also stencils. Once happy with the finished background,  finish your page off by adding your photos and embellishments.


Here are a couple of detailed shots…



I hope you enjoyed today and were inspired to get creative and show off what stencil designs you love!


Leeann PearceThe Crafters Workshop

Handmade Holiday Table Tags

Hello everyone, it’s Jen here. Since the holidays are fast approaching and with Thanksgiving here in the US. I decided to create some handmade holiday table tags to jazz up the table while having a personal touch for each guest!


Supplies needed:


  • Paper:  I used this metallic paper from “Bazzill Basics Paper” in Rose
  • Whipped Spackle
  • Palette knife
  • Pine cones
  • Optional : spray paint for pine cones I used metallic gold & metallic sliver
  • Scissor or paper cutter
  • White pen
  • Stencils: TCW 563 Tuscan Wall & TCW 560 Hex Flowers

Step 1:

Cut your paper into strips then cut again in half to create your tag.

Step 1 cutiing paper into strips

Step 2 : Placing stencil over the paper and with your palette knife apply the whipped spackle.

I choose to stencil two corners of the tag while leaving the center open to write a person’s name.

Step 2 stenciling

I love the three dimensional effect the whip spackle gives!

Step 2 detail

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I used portion of both the stencils on the outer edges of each tag.


Close up shot


You’ll want to let these dry to ensure everything sets before moving to the next step.


After creating these tags I thought it would be fun to add a card holder with something from outside! I  gathered some small pine cones from our trees. I love the natural color of these, but was feeling called to try out my metallic spray paints!

Please make sure if you are using spray paint, you do it in a well ventilated area or better yet outside!

Step 3: Painting your pine cones!

put your pine cones on newspaper and get your shine on!

You may also want to wear gloves, as the spray paint can get a bit messy. I also found that you’ll need to flip each side over of your pine cone and give it a coat. Allow to dry.


Step 5: Personalizing your name tags.

I wrote each guests name in a white gel pen and it worked really well on the metallic paper.



Step 6: Setting up your table tags

Place each tag inside your pine cone holder!



Hope you all enjoy this.

Best Wishes for Happy Thanksgiving.

Jen 2015 Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Stencils + Apron = Wearable art!

Hello, Its Leeann here today. Ok so I’ve had this apron for like ever! Its from the scrapboxx retreat I went on years ago, like a decade ago. Over that time I have wiped my painted and inked hands on it. And decided a couple of days ago that I wanted to add a little more color to it. So lets check it out!

I used some of my favorite new stencils:TCW559 Triangle Sunburst, TCW570 Woven, TCW562 Shattered trianglesTCW541 Believe Script.

TCWNOV 037TCWNOV 038TCWNOV 044To start with I used an assortment of spray inks with the stencils, then flipped them over to use as a stamp. Randomly on the apron.

TCWNOV 022TCWNOV 021Once the ink was dry I used some making memories foam stamps with paint and randomly stamped a letter/numbers strip. Be creative and turn the numbers/letters around and also upside down… I love being a little quirky about stamping.

TCWNOV 013 Once the paint has dried, grab a doodle gel pen and outline your stamping. This makes it pop.

TCWNOV 015Add extra detail by using your mini stencils and stamping ink. I love doing this! Once you are happy with your painted and inked design, allow to dry.


For extra detail add some rub-ons, buttons, machine stitches and some lace trim. Here’s a few close ups…

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Thanks for popping by today. I hope you were inspired to add a little more color to your apron.


Leeann Pearce… Design Team Member for The Crafters Workshop.

Counting Today – Art Journal Spread

Hi there crafty friends!  For my post today, I am sharing an art journal spread to remind myself about the importance of today & being thankful for it!  I really enjoyed this project because I just went for it without too much of a plan.

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I used the 5 stencils below, but one of them I used both the 6×6 and 12×12 of the same stencil.

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I started with lots of mists on top of the pages I prepped with gesso.

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I used the music notes stencil around the edges with a yellow ink and white modeling paste with the Sequin Waste Bit stencil.

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I added another layer of paint over the modeling paste to help it blend in and added some of the larger starburst pattern with a silver mist.  After finding my quote and printing it out, I was inspired to use the large numbers stencil using a finger dauber and chalk ink.

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After adhering my quote, I stencil the three hearts with black archival ink.  I used several different black and white paint pens to add some definition and doodles around the spread.

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  I hope this inspires you to make a fun project too!  Carpe Diem!

You can follow the links below to the stencils I used.


TCW588 & TCW588s – 12×12 Moroccan Sun

TCW579s – 6×6 Mini Sheet Music

TCW556 – Art Deco Numbers and More

TCW567 – Complicated Hearts

Be sure to share your stencil creations on our Facebook page or by tagging The Crafter’s Workshop on Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest!

Jenni Calma

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Hand Painted Paper Reflective Lights

Hello everyone, Jen here to share with you a fun home decor project creating hand painted reflective lights. I adore small white lights and this project gives me more excuses to keep them up all year long!

With the holiday’s fast approaching I thought it would be fun to show you how to create something bright and festive for any gathering or special celebration.


  • Paper ( Here I used a heavy weight watercolor paper)
  • Pen
  • Stencils I used: 12 x 12 TCW 589  and 12 x 12 TCW 528 “Daliy Buzz”
  • Scissors
  • XACTO -knife
  • Set of small white lights
  • Paint  (I used watercolors and mica sprays)
  • Paintbrush







Step 1:

Set up your paper, place stencil and use pen to trace shapes. I used the flower portion of both these stencils. Here is 12 x 12 TCW 528 “Daliy Buzz”. I started tracing multiple flower shapes and varying sizes until my page filled up with the traced design.


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Step 2: painting each design. Choose colors for your flowers. I used watercolors but you can use any paint of choice.

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Painted 1st layer

After I painted each flower I then used my Mica sprays, I love how these shimmer!

Step 3: Once your designs are dry then cut out each flower.

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Step 4: Cutting out the center of your flowers with Xacto knife. Poke a small hole through the center of each flower.IMG_2078

Step 5: Assemble your flowers to string.

Using the center cutout you made with your xacto knife, now place each flower center over a bulb. I double my flowers up using one large on the bottom and a smaller one on top, creating more dimension.


And here they are!


Close up:



IMG_2097 (1)Hope you enjoyed this!



2015 Crafter’s Workshop Design team