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Hi there, Sanna here today! I´d like to share with you an easy and simple way I love to use stencils on my layouts. I love the effect you can create with them and I very often use a stencil with some modeling paste just as it is. I simply wipe the paste thru the stencil onto the background and use the stenciled details to enhance my photos. I then only add a few embellishments and/or some pieces of patterned paper, the title and some journaling and my layouts is done.


On this layout I have used the “Geometric Art Layers” & the “Random Stars” stencils. I really like the contrast on the white paste against the dark background paper. Simple and effective :).



I hope you get inspired to try some modeling paste on your artworks! Have fun!

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Used materials:
Random Stars (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Geometric Art Layers (12 x 12 inch) – The Crafter´s WorkshopPapers and Embellishments – Studio Calico Kit
White Ink – Dylusions

Christmas, a little bit early…with the help of TCW and Canvas Corp

HeLLO!  I have an early Christmas project for you today… and considering that Hobby Lobby put their Christmas items out in JUNE  I guess it’s about time!!

Christmas Garland/Sue Carroll

Supply List:

Canvas Corp Burlap Sheet

Canvas Corp Canvas Sheet


Acrylic Paint

Gelli Plate & roller

Scarlet Lime pen, Uni-ball Signo (white)

Red embossing powder

Matte medium

TCW2046 curly holly fragments

TCW2046 Curly Holly Fragments

TCW469 Brush Alpha

TCW469 Brush Alpha


Using a Gelli Plate, I rolled out an even coat of green acrylic paint.


Next I placed the Holly Fragment strategically all over the wet plate and moved it each time with a pair of tweezers to keep from smudging the imprints.IMG_7914 Next, I pressed the Canvas Sheet on top of the imprints.

Above is what I “pulled off.”

I used a Uni-ball Signo pen in white to further define the designs.


For the berries, I added a little “ZING” with embossing powder:)IMG_7926

For the letters, I used a red sharpie to trace the words I wanted using the Brushed Alpha stencil, and then filled them in with embossing powder.IMG_7930 IMG_7965 IMG_7967 IMG_7971

Once dry, I cut them out.IMG_7979

I cut each letter out and reinforced the edges with Matte Medium to keep them from fraying.IMG_7980

To string them, I simply punched holes on either side and threaded them with twine.IMG_7986 IMG_7988 IMG_7995

Hope this project inspires you to “get your Christmas on!”

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

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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:

Miae Rowe_TCW_Lily Fairy (4) Miae Rowe_TCW_Lily Fairy (5)Happy creating!


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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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The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member

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:

TCW Card Karen Jiles


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

TCW Card Karen Jiles

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!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member