Stencil 2 ways – Getting creative in more ways than one!



Hello… Today I created a quick and simple page using two stencils from The Crafters Workshop. I used the stencils in two ways. The first was using texture paste and the second was using a pen to doodle the image design.


So lets take a wee lookie at how I created this fabulous page!

Stencils used:

– 12×12 Doodling template believe script 

– 6×6 Doodling template mini patterns


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Step 1: Grab the 12×12 believe script stencil and place on background paper, then swipe some texture paste over the stencil. Remove stencil.

TCW project june 012Step 2: Allow the paste to dry. Once dry using watercolors inks brush and randomly splash inks all over. Remove excess and allow to dry.

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Step 3: Copy and paste  or save my hand drawn doodle feathers to your computer and print out.Top Step 4: Grab your watercolor paints and color each feather.TCW project june 005

Step 5: Once you have colored each feather grab the 6×6 mini pattern stencil and place over the feathers and doodle trace a pattern on to each feather.TCW project june 006

Step 6: Cut each feather out and add machine stitching for added texture.TCW project june 007Now  all you have to do is put your page together. Have fun creating this week!


Leeann Pearce … Design team Member for “The Crafters workshop”



Nature Canvas by Shanna

Hello everyone out there! I (Shanna) am up today with a new creation to share with you. Lately, I have been on this nature kick. I want nature all around me and just this beautiful oasis in my head I thought to add a little of it to a wall.

So I altered a canvas with some tags and created a nature like piece.


I was playing around with this canvas a long time ago and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it so I tucked it away for a rainy day. Then I got this idea to use it for this piece.

I started with some tags. I thought to play with the Distress Paint Resist technique. I used a foam pad and with the stencil  Mini Believe Script (TCW541S).


Once that was dry I went over it with Distress Ink or Distress Stain (or water soluble mediums) and the Distress Paint will resist the water mediums.



Here you can see how well the paint came through the with the ink.


Next I used some Velvet Dimensional Paint with the stencil Bay Branches (TCW534S). I wanted it to stay in the natural look but wanted some extra shine. So once the paint dried I went over it with some Inka Gold for that extra shine.


Before I adhered the tags to the canvas, I used the same Distress Paint I used on the tags to add the dragonflies from the stencil Screen Print (TCW525) in the background. I also used a stamp to add some coffee ring splashes just for a little extra.


Then on some plain white cardstock I used some Black Soot Distress Ink to ink some words from the stencil Word Association (TCW527S) on the paper to add to my tags.

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I just love how this turned out overall and I hope you find some inspiration from this fun piece. Now to find a place to hang it!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Shanna…The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member.

Behind the Scenes with TCW: Stencil U 2015

I was delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of The Crafter’s Workshop very first Stencil U back up in April.  I met up with a talented group of ladies culled from The Crafter’s Workshop design team.


Clockwise from the bottom left:

I stole most of the photos for this post from their instagram accounts, so you’ll see their usernames above the stolen photographs.  :)  By the way, for loads more stencil inspiration, be sure to follow everyone on instagram!

We gathered together at TCW headquarters where there were plenty of beautiful finished samples to look at.


We got a tour of the warehouse and Jaime (founder and owner of TCW) shared the story of how TCW started.  We also spent time making samples, sharing techniques, and discussing absolutely everything about teaching and demonstrating with stencils.  (Plus, Jaime handed out fancy embroidered TCW aprons – you can see them in the photos!)


On Saturday night, we headed into New York City for an evening of too much food and lots of happy bonding.


The dessert was as good as it is big.  So really really really good!

I ate too much and had a lot of fun.  Most importantly, I got to know all of these super talented ladies and that was *awesome*!

Here’s a video montage of photos from the TCWStencils instagram account:

If you can’t see it, click HERE.

And before you ask, here are links to most of the stencils in the photos (if you don’t see the stencil you’re after it means I couldn’t find it for sale anywhere):

Thanks for stopping by!

A “Peace” of Art: A Stenciled Picture Frame

Hello Karenliz here. I’m so excited to show you how I took a picture frame and turned it into a piece of art.

I’m guilty of seeing a great picture frame, buying it and then never using it. Do you do that? Why use them for a picture when you can turn it into something special.

I used the following stencils:
TCW541s Mini Believe Script
TCW527s Mini Word Association
TCW506s Mini Stepping Stones

I found a 5×5 silver box frame and took it apart. It has two mats plus I added a piece of watercolor paper for the background.  I used heavy bodied black paint though the Mini Believe Script stencil to add it to the watercolor paper. On each mat I used the Mini Stepping Stones stencil and gel medium.

Karenliz_TCWDT_PicFrame1You can use your favorite colors of acrylic paints for the next step. I’m using yellow, orange, pink, black and silver. I watered down my colors and added them to the back ground and the mats just like they were watercolors. To help spread the color I sprayed the background and mats with water first. I then used the Word Association stencil and Imagine Crafts Silver Metallic Medium to add the word Peace.


I splatted the black paint here and there. I didn’t want to over power the piece. Once everything was dry, I added the stamped image (Small Face Frame- HamptonArt) and the glittered medal wings.


How does it look? I love it. So pull out your box of picture frames and start creating small pieces of art for your friends and family.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karenliz Henderson
Blog: My Creative Endeavors

Stenciled Cloth Napkins

Hello everyone! Jen Lashua here. I’ve been having so much fun stenciling items for the home, I’m keeping up with the theme of using stencils in home decor, (see my other posts on Stenciled Coasters & Stenciled Mugs).  Please enjoy this very easy tutorial on making your own vibrant, stenciled cloth napkins!


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Step 1: Choose your stencil and secure it with tape onto your napkin.

Here I used, TCW 6×6 Humming Bird stencil, I used the the flower portion only.

Step 1 securing stencil

Step 2: Paint the stencil. Choose your color of paint, I used a combo of blue, turquoise and purple.

Step 3 painting stencil on napkin

Step 3: Remove stencil from napkin

Step 3 removing stencil

Step 4: Reversing stencil design. I reversed the direction of the TCW  6×6 Humming Bird stencil- so it would fit the length of my napkin.

Reversing stencil on napkin

Step 5: (Optional) Adding detail.

When your 1st layer of paint is dry, you can add detail/highlights with a paint pen.

Adding detail with paint pen

Detailed work

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Step 6 : Drying. Let napkin dry, overnight is best to ensure the paint is totally dry before moving onto the next step.

Step 7: Sealing the paint in.

Flip your napkin over so you will be ironing the back side where there is no paint. You will want to iron your napkin for 3 minutes, the fabric will be very hot. It is recommend that you iron your piece for up to 5mins. This process sets the paint into the fabric and will keep your design after washing.

Step 5 reversing and ironing


Step 8: (Optional) Creating Tags.

I decided it would be fun to use the mini stencil TCW mini 2077 Good Eats and create a small tag to hang off the napkin for more visual appeal and fun.

Making tag

finished tagsI used black paint, then put silver over the top, I finished by using a pen to trace the words.

Stencil 2 design: Here I decided to try out the 12x 12 stencil TCW 540 – Striped Flower Circle

Following the same steps as above. I overlapped the stencil over the width of the napkin. Here, I found using more paint and a scrubbing effect with a foam brush worked well.

Painting stencil 2

I used a combination of red, orange and yellow hues, and this is how it turned out! Now its ready to be dried and ironed.

Wha-la! Here is how it turned out!


Step 6: Adding more embellishments …(Optional)

Hemp twine or jute can be used to tie your napkin into a bundle while holding the tag in place. Add a sprig of your favorite garden herb onto the napkin.

I also used a few shades of blue and turquoise paint using the same stencil, 12 x 12 TCW 540 – Striped Flower Circle. I love to see how using different colors gives the feeling of a whole new look.


Here are my finished napkins:

Stencil used: TCW  6×6 Humming Bird stencil- Flower portion only

Tag made with stencil TCW mini 2077 Good Eats, tied with hemp string and garnished with a sprig of fresh mint.


In cool hues, stencil used: TCW 540 – Striped Flower Circle

Tag made with stencil: TCW mini 2077 Good Eats


In warm hues, stencil used: TCW 540 – Striped Flower Circle. Tag made with stencil: TCW mini 2077 Good Eats.

Tied with hemp string and garnished with a fresh Chive flower.



Stencil used: TCW 540 – Striped Flower Circle. I made the tag with stencil: TCW mini 2077 Good Eats


Bon appetit!




2015 The Crafter’s Workshop Design team.