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




Stenciled Faux Glass Technique

Hello! Tami Sanders here to share a jewelry project with you.

I was very intriqued by Sarinda Jones’ post back in May… Kilnformed Glass Using The Crafters’ Workshop Stencils.

I thought it was a VERY creative and interesting way to use TCW stencils. But, I don’t work with glass. I think there would have to be paramedics standing by if I worked with anything that could get THAT hot! But I do love to work with shrink film, and it comes in clear, and it looks like glass when it shrinks. So I wondered if I could use embossing powder and shrink film to mimic Sarinda’s look. I thought I’d use her color palette too, and slightly “grunge” graphic style to make the comparison a little easier.

I started by cutting some white shrink film in strips, then punched a hole in the tops. I laid the strips out on my worksurface and used blue tape to tack them down in a row along the top and bottom…

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then I dusted the film with some anti static powder…

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then taped down some TCW stencils - BRAND SPANKING NEW ONES! - TCW470 Geometric Art Layers and TCW491 XOXO, both in the 6X6 size…

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then started tapping on Watermark Ink using a Stylus…

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and then sprinkled on some black embossing powder…

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and then a little red…

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and they looked SO good, just as I’d hoped, I couldn’t wait to shrink them…

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and then I took them out of the oven, so anxious to see how they turned out and…

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…and, as my kids would say – EPIC FAIL! The embossing powder melted all over the tiles and the great patterns made with the TCW stencils were GONE :(

I’ve shown you what I did step-by-step so you know what NOT to try!

Still determined to try to recreate Sarinda’s glass in shrink film, I took another approach and got out my Surfacez Inks. I repeated the same basic steps as above – omitting the static powder step, and tried just inking the shrink film as I had when making my first DT project – Graffiti Earrings

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here’s how they looked when shrunk…

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I inked both the fronts and backs using the TCW491 XOXO and TCW492 Kasia’s Letters – 6X6.

I wanted to use both opaque white and clear shrink films as Sarinda used both those types of glass. So I again repeated the steps listed above with clear shrink film and inked the front of the pieces with red and orange inks and the back with black to make it a little more 3D. I used the TCW490 Tattered Lace 6X6 Template for both. Here’s how they looked when shrunk…

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The colors and styles looked slightly asian to me when they were finished, and I thought about some beads that I have had FOREVER…

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So I decided to make a bracelet using my “glass” tiles and add in the beads. I also decided to incorporate my EPIC FAIL tiles as I did like how they looked…

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and here’s a closeup…

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I learned 3 things from this crafting experience: 1) If you see a project that you like, let it inspire you to transform it into something different. Use a different medium, technique, color scheme, style etc. 2) Don’t think you can’t make something just because it uses products or techniques you aren’t familiar with – make it YOUR way. 3) Mistakes can be BEAUTIFUL!

Supplies Used: THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOP: 6 X 6 TemplatesTCW490 Tattered Lace,  TCW470 Geometric Art Layers, TCW492 Kasia’s Letters and TCW491 XOXO,

OTHER:Grafix: White and Clear Shrink Films, Clearsnap:  ColorBox Surfacez Inks: Black, Scarlet and Marmalade and ColorBox Stylus & Tips, Beads, 2″ Head Pins, 8MM Jump Rings, Chain, Clasp and Blue Painters Tape

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Journal cover process with Crafter’s Workshop Stencils

Welcome back to the Crafter’s Workshop Blog today,  Lydell with you again, sharing a Journal cover I have been meaning to get to.  I always squirrel away old books and childrens board books in case I feel like altering something.  I am a little partial to books, and have several journals on the go.  Some I tangle in, some I add loads of paint to, some I use watercolours and some are just for play, but I love each one.

This one began life as a microwave cook book.  I don’t ‘cook’ in the microwave so when I found this tall thin book, I knew I could not wait to try the different sized pages to art journal on.

I glued some pages together, and cut out some others here and there with a scalpel blade to reduce the bulk, and I primed the cover with gesso.

Sometimes things dont go to plan though and I ended up not liking several layers, so gessoed over and added some more.  Something I need to remind my self of, is that one needs to know when to stop.  But….the layers create depth, and it is the process that is important to me.  the playing, the experimenting, the finding what doesn’t work and what does……I enjoyed the process…..and I like the final result in the end, even though I was unsure at several stages through the process.

I used LOADS of stencils. You can find them all HERE.   I will try and remember which ones and list them as I go.

Here’s a bit about the steps I took from start to finish.

So you can see below the primed cover on the left …..I then tore up pieces of Book paper and adhered that over the entire cover with gel medium, and primed it again with another light coat of gesso.

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I used Letters Collage TCW336s  and Coffee Splotch TCW458s with several colours of Shimmerz Paint, with a coat of fixative between each layer to stop the colours going muddy.

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I swapped between the front and the back, adding more colours and more Stencils.  You can see Life Months TCW367s, Numbers Bits TCW2003  and Dartboard TCW 422s

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and you can see some of City Grid TCW 438s with distress ink in Mowed Lawn.


When I am using sprays and paint on my stencils, I keep a book handy and just throw in the stencils between the pages and shut the book on them.  It transfers all the residual paint onto the pages, and most often cleans off the stencil.  I cut a heart from one such page torn out of the book and added it to my back cover with gel medium.


Here’s the finished back cover….That came together nicely without too much effort!  I added some black texta to the spine.


Now back to the front cover.  I added some Shimmerz Dazzlerz with a palette knife through Tiny Circles TCW 361s.


I used the number stencil again with white paint on a sponge.


Next I drew a bird on some of the book paper and used inks to colour him in.  Just wetting the image and dropping droplets of ink using the pipette in the bottles.  I carefully added the colours I needed and let him dry off naturally so the colours dried as they were, without moving with the air from a heat tool.Art-journal-process-11


and here is the finished Cover.  A little different to how it started out, but it turned out ok in the end.  I added distress inks, gelatos, big brush markers and lots of white paint to blend.


So keep all your old unwanted books, they might be perfect for your next journal!

Thanks for stopping in today.

See you again soon.


The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member

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Using The Crafter’s Workshop stencil as a starting point for your landscape painting



If you are like me and feel intimidated by landscape painting, why not use The Crafter’s Workshop stencils as a starting point? You can use the stencils to trace out the images or use them to create some dimension on your mixed media landscape painting. Here’s how I did mine…



I started with an 8×8 canvas that I covered with wrapping tissue using matte medium. After a layer of gesso, I added some bold colours using Derwent Inktense blocks and water.



Then I stamped with a Stampers Anonymous stamp and Ranger Archival ink along the edges for some texture and interest.



I placed the Branches Reversed TCW251 stencil on the edge on my canvas, then applied Liquitex Light Modeling Paste.

Mixed-media-canvas-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafter's-Workshop6The next step was to colour the branches. I used Art Anthology metallic paint for a subtle shimmer. Once that was done, I used a small paintbrush and painted in my leaves with Daler-Rowney Pearlescent Acrylics.




I “finished” my tree by adding some Golden Gold Mica Flakes.


I added a little more stamping to “frame” the photo of my niece.

There you have it, a mixed media landscape painting. :)



The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team






Pressed Fragments and Bits images

Hi, today I´d like to share with you a simple and easy way to use the cute Fragments and Bits stencils. All you need is a few pieces of watercolour paper, some spray inks and a selection of Fragments and/or Bits and a Big Shot (or a similar tool).

First place a Fragments or Bits stencil into a cardboard box and apply some spray ink over it. I used various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist colours for this purpose and they worked really well!

Next carefully lift the stencil from the box and place it onto a Big Shot plate, then place a piece of watercolour paper over the stencil and make your plate sandwich and roll the whole thing thru the machine. SONY DSC

This is what the finished result will look like. Now you can use this image on a card or on another project of your choise.
These are the stencils (above) I used for my four cards and this is how the finished pressed images look like.
And here are the finished cards:
SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCI have used only a little additional decoration on the cards, as they did not need much in my opinion. I really like to use these small stencils this way. If you change the media for example to markers or acrylic paint, you will again end up with a totally different kind of look. Hope you get inspired to try this idea out! Have fun!!

xoxo, Sanna
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:
Rubber Band Fragments – The Crafter´s Workshop
All My Heart Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Butterfly Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Script Star Bits – The Crafter´s Workshop
Watercolour paper – art supply store
Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels (spring violet, marmalade, turquoise blue, starfish)
Flowers – Prima Marketing
Wood veneer – Studio Calico
Stamps – Viva Las Vegasstamps!
Stamp ink – Ranger Industries (jet black)
Pens – Staedtler, Faber-Castell
Cardstock – Bazzill (kraft)