TCW Summer 2014 Stencils Are Here!

Hello all! Like the title says, the new stencils are here! There are so many different, unique, cool stencils and I’ve been having such a grand time playing with them! Here’s a summer layout I made using several different ones.

MiaeRowe_TCW_Le Galion (1)I wanted to create a whole beach scene for this photo from a recent vacation. I loved that there were many aquatic themed stencils from the new collection. And of course the wonderful thing about stencils is the almost endless ways you can adapt even non themed designs to suit your project, using your imagination!

I used TCW496s Mini Sea Creatures along with TCW500s Mini Nautilus to create the underwater scene…how beautifully they worked together! When I saw TCW493 Folk Art Flower and TCW493s Mini Folk Art Flower, I thought of the sun and a sand dune….themed, non themed, so easily used together!

Let me show you how I made this page. I started with Core’dinations 110 lbs. Heavy Weight Smooth Cardstock (it stood up very well to all the mixed media and embellishments I put on it!). I stamped randomly on the background using solvent based inks (so the images would not blur when I added water). Next I painted most of the cardstock with watercolors, no gesso.

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Once the page was dry I wanted to add a light textured look so I sanded the cardstock with Core’dinations Sand It Gadget. Can you see the lighted scratched lines?

MiaeRowe_TCW_Le Galion (7) Next, I used TCW493s Mini Folk Art Flower and molding paste to create a sun.

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While that was drying, I used TCW496s Mini Sea Creatures and TCW500s Mini Nautilus along with my Faber Castell Big Brush Pens to create the underwater scene.

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Once the sun was dry I replaced TCW493s Mini Folk Art Flower stencil over the raised sun and colored it yellow with the Faber Castell Big Brush pens blending with my fingers.

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Lastly, I used TCW Folk Art Flower stencil along with sand paste (here is a link to my youtube video on how I make the paste) to create my “sand dune”.

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Once the sand was dry I added my photo and embellishment, some more paint here and there and my page was done!

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Happy Monday!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

TCW makes Art Journaling easy!

Welcome to The Crafter’s Workshop Blog today!

Hope you have had a great weekend and are ready for the new week.

I have a journal page I have been playing with, using lots of different media and some of the TCW brand new stencils. (swoon)  See them in all their glory HERE.

I started off with a roughly gessoed page….and added paints sprays, watercolour crayons Texture pastes and gelato’s with a selection of the new stencils.


Shimmerz Paints, Dazzlerz works beautifully through TCW stencils.  Below you can see TCW492s Kasias Letters.

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along with layers of …….

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More colour and pen doodling…..


More gesso and a book page heart cut from an old book I sit alongside me when using the stencils….(Todays fun TIP ;-) …..I just slip the paint/spray covered stencils between the pages after I have used them, to remove the residual ink/paint…..this assists with cleaning the stencils and prevents wastage of remaining media on the stencils….. AND leaves you with some beautifully patterned and coloured book pages ready for you to use in your art work!)  I think this is the centre of the dartboard stencil in yellow you can see here on the book paper.


Here are the finished pages.


I used white ink and a copperplate nib and calligraphy pen to handwrite journaling randomly on the piece.

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Thanks for stopping by today, and remember to keep your eyes peeled for the New Stencils that are being shipped all over right now!!!  You will love this release.


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

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Mixed Media Techniques using NEW TCW Designs!

Mixed Media Techniques with Sue Carroll I just received the most generous package of stencils from TCW!  There are sooooo many new designs to choose from!  And seriously people…TCW stencils are the most affordable stencils out there, and with so many designs to choose from they are a must have!

AND…dd you know that TCW has super cool dies????

Please go check them out here!! Along with their NEW Summer Releases!!

Below are the TCW Stencils I used for this canvas project:

TCW 474 Hand Drawn Frames

TCW487 Alhambra

TCW488 Viva La Art

TCW494 Trapezoid Flower

TCW478 Beaded Curtain

and Dies

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TCW1024 Horizontal Love Bunting

And some GREAT products from The Canvas Corp…THANK YOU CANVAS CORP!

Teal Burlap

Natural Canvas

Burlap Sheet


Tattered Angles High Impact Metallic Paint (white)

7 Gypsies Crystals

Along with…

Rangers UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel)

Stampenous Embossing Ink

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals (Industrial Chic Set)


110 lb. Basic Heavy Weight Smooth Card Stock

The project started with a random covering of my canvas using torn vintage book pages.

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The vintage book pages are so thin that it makes it easy to wrap them around the sides and all of the edges of the canvas. I used matte medium to adhere them.

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Once the canvas was covered, I used the Co’ordinations card stock, and stenciled (TCW488 Viva La Art) with Stampenous Embossing Ink.  

A few tips:

The heavy weight card stock is super smooth and can hold up to the embossing powder and heat.

 I did not always cover the card stock with gesso, which at times you would want to do in order to prevent the embossing ink from getting “soaked up” into the paper.

For some of the pieces you’ll see below, I did use gesso before I stenciled with the embossing ink. You will see the results give a more “filled in” finished look. Because the gesso provides a “barrier” to the porous paper underneath, more of the ink “pools” on top (instead of soaking into the paper) of the page allowing the UTEE to “stick” more fully.

For some of these background pages, I wanted the embossing powder to be more “spotty”, so I skipped the layer of gesso.Layering Techniques in Mixed Media Layering Techniques in Mixed Media You can see above that the UTEE stuck a bit randomly…this is what I was going for:)Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue CarrollNext, I mixed the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals (Industrial Chic) with a little warm water, right in the lid.  I “washed” this over the stenciled image with a brush.

Again, I want to say that the Core’dinations 110 lb. Basic Heavy Weight Smooth Card Stock really holds up to mixed media products including watercolor and sprays!Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll I did this same process with all of the stencils I listed at the top of the page, using both the Core’dinations 110 lb. Basic Heavy Weight Smooth Card Stock and some vintage book pages.

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue CarrollRemember when I mentioned using gesso on some of the card stock first?  The image top right and lower left are examples of this.  I especially love the stencil used for the lower left, TCW 474 Hand Drawn Frames …I have SO many ideas for this one!  

Wouldn’t it be fun to write or stamp sentiments in each frame?! Love it!

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I wanted to have PLENTY of fun texture on this piece, so I decided to use some products from The Canvas Corp

I mixed Tattered Angles High Impact Metallic Paint (white) & Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals and painted a heart on the Canvas Corp burlap.  The High Impact paint gave the color the body to “stand up” to the burlap…kind of “sealing it” so that when I cut it out, it did not fray, and became heavier and slightly rigid. (although still bendable)

It also gave the color a bit more shimmer:)Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll I added more texture by using the stencils with heavy gesso.Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll

For the sentiment, I used two of my favorite Dies  from TCW and cut them out in The Canvas Corp fabrics.

I LOVE THAT YOU CAN USE THE DIES TO CUT FABRIC!Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll Above is a super cute embellishment from The Canvas Corp. (7 Gypsies Crystals)

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue CarrollAbove, is my favorite definition of LOVE:)-(thank you Greg Boyd) Mixed Media Techniques with Sue Carroll

I hope you will go check out all the great new products at THE CRAFTERS WORKSHOP!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member

A Quick and Easy Watercolor Background

Hello everyone!

I love the soft look of watercolors so here I’m going to show you a super easy way to create your own soft, dreamy, watercolor background!

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I used TCW439 Retrobursts, watercolor paper, a Faber Castell PItt pen, and Neocolor 2 watersoluble crayons.


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First, use your template and pen to outline your design however you’d like.

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Next, color in the drawing with the crayons.

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Finally, take a water bottle and spray the colored parts. You can spray everything at once or in sections. I misted in sections so that different groups of retrobursts dripped in different directions.

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And that’s it! Now you have a unique background that you can layer to create your page! Here’s some close ups:

MiaeRowe_TCW_Mi Muneca (5) I used Tattered Angels High Impact paint for the black spots (my new favorite black paint!).

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Hope you take some inspiration from this!


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Round and Round and Round we go

Hi, Beck BT here today sharing with you a fun backgound I created with the help of The crafter’s Workshop stencils.  I chose various stencils that featured circles in all different sizes.  It was so much fun to watch this come together.  I wanted to layer the different stencils featuring circles creating interest and depth to the backgound.  Here is the layout I created.

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I used the following stencils to create this layout:

tcw stencilsAnd here is how the layout came together:

I started the layout with some circles stencilled using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle. I then drew and coloured additional circles with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos.

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I added additional circles and more colour and shading with the gelatos.

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I then wanted to accent the stencilled circles and so added some more definition to them with directly drawing with the gelato onto the textured circles.  Here a video takes over to show you how I layered more than one stencil to alter the finished stencilling, additional stencilling and also using stencils to create embellishments.

You can check out my video by watching below or clicking on this link to watch directly in YouTube.

Here are some detail pics of the background and embellishments created with the stencils

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I would love to hear how you enjoy layering your stencilling, so please leave a comment to let me know how I might have inspired you to add some stencilling in various ways to your project.

Happy Creating!

xxxBeck Beattie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member