Easy DIY background pattern

Hi there! Sanna here today. I´d like to share with you a layout I created based on a piece of white cardstock. I love to create my own layout backgrounds and one of my go-to products for that are stencils.

This pattern is really easy to make. You first take a piece of plain cardstock (it does not have to be white, you could use other colours too). I then place a stencil, in this case the 12×12 inch “Mechanogrid” stencil, over the paper and take two tones of Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. I usually start with the darker colour and apply it here and there. I leave white areas for the next colour. When I was finished with blue I changed to green and applied it thru the stencil in all white areas and slightly over the blue toned edges. That way the result is smooth.

Inked background - Sanna Lippert

Next I took a piece of blue canvas and cut a wide strip for my background. I then chose the “Hourglass” 12×12 inch stencil to create a white pattern onto the canvas using some gesso. I just dabbed the gesso with a sponge onto the canvas thru the stencil. Then I let it dry properly.


Before gluing the canvas on it´s place I have added colour splatters in various colours onto the background for more interest.SONY DSC

Now the background is finished and I just needed to add some paper for detail and I chose labels in similar colours as my background and canvas were. In addition one of the labels adds to my layout title perfectly. Love it when that happens :). SONY DSC

Now I just layered the labels and glued the onto their places and then added some small embellishments for additional detail. SONY DSC

I also added some outlining with a black pen around the edges of my page. I seem to be drawn to that recently. And black ink splatters – but you know that by now, I think ;-). Here are some detail photos:


I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step tutorial. This is a really easy to do technique and I hope you will give it a try!!

Happy scrapping,
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Cardstock (white) – Bazzill Basics
Stencils: Mechanogrid & Hourglass (12×12) – The Crafter´s Workshop
Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Broken China – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Blue Canvas – Canvas corp.
Gesso – Liquitex
Enamel hearts – Studio Calico
Wood veneer – Studio Calico
Glimmer mist – Tattered Angels
Alphas – American Crafts, Glitz Design
Patterned Papers – Studio Tekturek
Pen – Sakura
Glue – Aleene´s Tacky Glue

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

 TCW1034 today

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.

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll

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.

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media

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!

Layering Techniques in Mixed Media with Sue Carroll

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

New Eye Candy….. TCW Summer 2014 Release.

Hello Creatives….

The Crafter’s Workshop has an amazing release this Summer 2014 season. OH MY Goodness. This is an amazing release.  I am so excited to share this particular stencil. I have so many favorites of this release.

Here is what I used on this latest project.  More to come. ;)

TCW495 Sea Bubbles

Thank you for stopping in and I hope this finds you in a creative mood.:D

Be Well.





Creating with “Misfits”

As a Designer, I accumulate many “Misfits”,
pieces parts that never made it onto a creation…
flowers, leaves, textiles etc.
Every once in a while I like to have a free create time
using my “Misfits”!

Here are three ATC’s I created!

Love for a Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

I began with (3) Canvas Corp Brands ~ Canvas ATC’s.

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Using The Crafter’s Workshop ~ Mini Texturized Template
and Distress Markers along with a bit of spritzed water,
I created my background to my ATC’s.

Here is a close up of the ATC’s,
I just love the effect I achieved when I spritzed the
Distress Markers on the Canvas ATC’s.
HINT: Spritz the backside of the Canvas ATC’s,
especially if you will be drying with a Heat Tool.

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne ForsytheI then pulled out my “Misfits” to complete my ATC’s.
Here are my finished little Darlings!!

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Love for A Lifetime by Lynne ForsytheLove for A Lifetime by Lynne Forsythe

Hope you enjoyed my free create and I encourage you
to whip up something using your
and The Crafter’s Workshop Templates!


Lynne Forsythe
The Crafter’s 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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MiaeRowe_TCW_Mi Muneca (4)

Hope you take some inspiration from this!


The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team