Creating a Scene with Stencils

One of the things I love about stencils are the many ways you can create scenes on cards, tag, canvas, and scrapbook pages. The list is unlimited.

Today I have a card to show you. The card was a pre-cut card and I used watercolors for the background to make it look like the sky. Once it dried I used the Mini Flying Geese stencil (TCW332s) and modeling paste to the background.  On a separate piece of paper I stamped the cardinals (from Stampendous), colored them in and cut them out.  I attached them to the card with pop dots so it looks like they are in the trees with bird flying in the background.


This type of card can be use for any occasion and is so much fun to make. So dig through all your stencils and find to create a scene for any type of project.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Karenliz Henderson
The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team
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Using a stencil to create a journal spot


For most of us, the journaling is the finishing touch to a layout. But sometimes, it can be hard to find a nice journal spot for our layouts without “ruining” the overall aesthetic of the piece, right?


At first, I wanted to incorporate it under the title work with a white pen.Follow-the-signs-layout-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafters-WorkshopThen I decided that since I’ve used rectangle shapes for all the photos, I could create a journal spot with the same shape. So I applied Liquitex light modelling paste with The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 392 Captured stencil. The hearts were coloured with a red Sharpie and the journaling was done with a white pen.

It’s a fun way to include a journal spot on your layout, don’t you think?

Yvonne Yam

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Stenciled Project Life Cards

Hi there.

Lydell with you again today with a stack of really easy PL Pocket page cards that I created for my stash!  I am always looking for a cute card to poke in between my photos in my weekly spreads….But these can be used as elements on a card or a Layout as well.

I cut up some water colour paper for the wet media, and just some regular Cardstock for the Distress ink cards, into 3×4 cards.










I got out my stencils and my palette knife and texture paste!I

Next I chose some TCW stencils.

I used a LOT!

I laid each on top of the cards and swiped over it with texture paste with a palette knife


Next I punched out a punch from Palette Paper and laid that under the stencil, (masking off an area)…. then applied the texture paste on top through the stencil.

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This looks great too!


I quite like the look of the negative as well after the card was removed….So I did one on a 12×12 sheet of cardstock to scrap on at a later date!  I really like this!!!


Remove the card (this is perfect to colour and use in a spread as well…So pretty!)


And the page with the card removed……


It will be a lovely base to build on.

I used the sheet I punched a star from earlier and am using the negative space to stencil though this time……

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And another one using a rectangle piece to mask off an area…..

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Speaking of masking here is one where the stencil is being used as a mask to stamp through…..

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Now moving onto Distress Ink.  The foam tool helps apply the ink smoothly.  It turns out beautifully.


did the same to the stencil below,


but instead of cleaning off the stencil after I had done the card, I spritzed it with water and then placed another card ontop to get a watercolour print with the ink left on the stencil!


Its fun to stencil with distress inks and blend colours together too!

Love this effect!


and here are some of the completed cards with some stickers and bits and pieces added…..

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It was fun having a play today with a stack of cards, just trying different things, and seeing what happened!  I have a lovely collection to use in my Project Life album!

Thanks for dropping in and have a great day!


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Pumpkin Patch Scrapbook Layout

Hi! Tami Sanders here today a fall scrapbook page to share.

I teach a monthly scrapbook class locally and the group had requested that we “play” with TCW stencils for one of the layouts.

I grabbed a few random stencils and some sprays to do a quick demo. The resulting page turned out better than expected and was perfect for a pumpkin patch photo that I took of my youngest…

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The three stencils I grabbed for the “sample” layout were TCW484 Netting…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Netting

which i used for as a background for the page, sprayed with Lemondrop ColorBox Spritzers with touches of Pumpkin Pie…

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TCW498 Kelp Forest, which was used along the left side of the page with Golf Course and Fireberry Spritzers…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Kelp Forest

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and TCW490 Tattered Lace, which is a little hard to see with the other layers that were added, but it was used along the bottom to “ground” the page…

The Crafter's Workshop - 12 x 12 Doodling Template - Tattered Lace

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Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Spray in Bubblegum was used.

I added a few more layers once I got home to finish off the layout…

I wanted to add in a little purple to go with the colors in my son’s shirt, so I used Frosted Plum Spritz with TCW454 Specimen…

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Then made a title using TC47 Perky Letters…

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And finally, I reused the Kelp Forest stencil along the bottom center and right with Molding Paste to add some dimension. After the paste dried, it was inked using ColorBox Chalk Ink in Harvest and Chestnut Roan. Then the designs were loosely outlined and shadowed using a brown pen. I cut out the tops of a few to slide the photo under…

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So, with a quick random grab of stencils and sprays and about 2 minutes, a scrapbook page emerged. The group liked the layout so much, that several of them made a version of it for their own fall photos, including this 2 page layout…

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It was the first time this group had used stencils and once they got in the swing of it, they started having fun and getting creative…

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and here are a few more scrapbook pages they made…

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That’s the beauty of stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop, even beginners can make awesome projects! The stencils do all the work and allow you to PLAY and take the credit!

thanks for visiting the TCW Blog!



Tami Sanders

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

A Pocket Watch with Rita

Hey there creatives! Rita Barakat here and I am super excited to share this pocket watch project with you! Believe it or not this is chipboard!

My base is this  chipboard pocket watch “Arts Parts” by Wendi Vecchi. I covered it with Gesso  and Gelatos.


I  used TCW470 Geometric Art Layers stencil to paint another layer of Gelatos.This is such a great stencil because there are several designs on one stencil!

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Then I used a layer of Glaze with TCW488 Viva la art stencil. Another great stencil with several designs!

Here it is dry, then I went over it with some metallic embossing powders.

I filled in the edges with Big Stampers Brush, and added one of my girls in the center.

While the embossing powder was hot I added this little heart charm and a brad to secure the pieces together.

This close up shows all the fun layers.

Here it is open, I added some Icelets (Poly fill) on the inside.

Here is the back, same concept but it always comes out different with embossing powders.
I hope this gives you some ideas and maybe an inkling to make your own pocket watch!

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Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacture websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®, DCWV, The Crafters Workshop, Deflecto and freelances for a variety of manufacturers