A Graduation Keepsake…ready for the Dorm Room!

Hi TCW friends! I’m honored to share today’s project with you:)

My niece is getting ready to attend college this year and I wanted to create a keepsake that she could bring with her to remind her that she is loved everyday while she is away from home.Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll

I don’t know about you, but I constantly have trouble deciding which TCW stencils to use…I LOVE them all!!  The range of designs to choose from are incredible!

Well, after a few days of thinking, these are the two I decided to use….I like how different they are. One with intricate detail and the other open and bold.

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TCW411 Circles in Lines

Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll

I used extra heavy gesso along with TCW411 (Circles in Lines) and covered the front of my 10 x 10 gallery canvas.

Next I experienced a kind of  “happy accident”…let me explain.

It’s great to use gesso and paints because if you create something you’re not loving, you can usually wipe it off or cover it up with more medium:)  This was the case for me here…I wrote directly on the stenciled gesso that had dried with a Scarlet Lime pen…and I just didn’t like the way it looked…so….

I wiped off as much as I could with a baby wipe, and then used a navy blue (her room color) gelato to add color so that the stencil showed up more.


I like the words left behind…”I meant to do that” haha.Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll

I liked the added gelato color, so I added more layers of it.Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll

Gelatos are easy to apply, simply “scribble” them on and use your finger to blend.  You can also spritz the color with water and move it around with a brush for a more watercolor effect.Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll

I added lines of color on the sides of the canvas.

Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll

Next, I took a piece of white card stock and sprayed TCW463 Byzantine with a Lindy’s Spray. (“grab a guy gold”)

I  cut out the round stencil, added sentiment with a Scarlet Lime pen and adhered it to my canvas with mod podge.Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll

In a previous project I made several vintage book page cut outs with TCW450 Art Deco Leaves and I’ve been adding them to various new projects like this one.

You can see my previous project HERE.

To add some finishing touches to this piece, I added stamps and outlined with both the Navy Gelato and the Scarlet Lime pen.

and a few spritz of the Lindy’s Spray in “grab a guy gold.”

I wrote descriptive words about my niece on the sides of the canvas.

…and finally, the letter A for Amanda:)

Graduation Canvas/Sue Carroll

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by TCW today!  It’s such a blessing to share with you:)

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The Crafters Workshop Design Team Member.

Red White & Blue Card

Hi there,

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Karen here, sharing a card that I created with the Sketch Grid TCW 456s, Punchinella TCW219s, and Mini Ledger TCW 267s.

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I loved how these stencils enabled me to create such a nice background for this card. Red White & Blue Card The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles (2) Red White & Blue Card The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles (3)

I began this card by transferring the star pattern from the Punchinella stencil using broken china distress ink, fired brick distress ink and the foam tool. Using the foam tool offered more flexibility and control over the depth of the ink. Red White & Blue Card The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles (4)

Next, I transferred the Mini Ledger pattern onto the cardstock by using vintage photo ink and the foam tool.

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I then transferred the sketch grid pattern using white paint and a sponge. Red White & Blue Card The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles (6) Red White & Blue Card The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles (7)

Next, I embossed my cardstock and enhanced it with walnut distress ink. Red White & Blue Card The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles (11) Red White & Blue Card The Crafter's Workshop Karen Jiles (10)

I added some white paint randomly using the Sketch Grid stencil and added white paint to the edges.

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Lastly, I accented a red card base with a Sketch Grid stencil using white paint and then layered the card together.

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Red White & Blue Card by Karen Jiles Supplies Cardstock: Copic, Close to My Heart; Flower: Paper Studios; Twine, Button: Advantus; Pins: Maya Road; Ink: Ranger Adhesive: Xyron; Stencils: The Crafter’s Workshop; Other: Ribbon, Paint, Burlap

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Karen Jiles

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

1 Stencil 4 Ways Series


Welcome to our new series.  Each month on the 14th we will feature a list of projects created by our Guest Designers and a few members of our Design Team where they used one stencil in a few different ways.   We will highlight four different ways to use the selected stencil.

This month we are featuring TCW 280 Blazonry. Checks out the projects created by our designers, Miriam, Keri, Sanna, & Kathi.


Hi!  Miriam here. For my project, I thought the Blazonry would be the perfect stencil to use to create a layout from our vacation to Vermont last summer.

I first traced the design on my paper and then using a craft knife, cut out some of the shapes to create windows/frames for my photos.  This is obviously not the sheet I ended up using because I decided I liked the gray better, but it gives you an idea of how the layout came together.

I added some doodling around the cut out windows as well as on the insides of the negative cut pieces which I wanted to incorporate into the design as popped out pieces for some dimension.

To brighten the layout I also cut out some of the shapes from white cardstock and I used those for additional journaling spaces.

The photos were adhered to a base page, the stenciled/cut sheet was adhered over top and I added a stitched frame around the edges.

This was a really easy layout together, and I love how it focuses right in on the photos in a way that isn’t overwhelming from a photo perspective….I was able to incorporate six 4×6 photos into this layout!

Supplies Used

Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH – White Daisy and Whisper cardstock

Other:  The Crafter’s Workshop – Blazonry Stencil; American Crafts – 05 and 03 Black Journaling Pens, White Journal and Kale Wonder Thickers, Round This to That Foam Adhesive; CTMH – Craft Knife; Tombow – Mono Adhesive



I am so excited about participating in today’s blog on The Crafter’s Workshop.

I am always looking for ways to expand the uses of my products, so I love the idea of this series “1 Stencil 4 ways.”

Today, I want to take you through a mixed media piece I recently made featuring The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil #280 Blazonry, designed by Julie Balzer.  Here is what I came up with:

Can you see my little secret? I actually used my stencil 2 different ways on this one piece.

Wanna see how?

I made this little Snap Guide to show you how!

Check out How to Create a Mixed Media Piece Using 1 Stencil 2 Ways by Keri Sallee on Snapguide.

Here are a few closeups:

My butterfly was made using the new Mod Podge Melts and Molds from Plaid.

You can see that I tried to keep my patterns contrasting with the neighboring patterns to keep the eye moving (eyes get bored easy! LOL!)

Doilies go so well with the “girly” feel of this piece!

I added a couple of pieces of “film strips” that came with the Crate Paper Portrait Kit I used (which…on a side note…if found for $1.99 at Tuesday morning! 3 sheets of die cuts and 12 pieces of paper!)

Thanks for checking out my project! I hope it inspired you too look at your supplies with a new eye!

Until next time…remember to make your art intentional…not an afterthought.


KERI Sallee

P.S. Check out the Snap Guide for a complete supply list!



Hi there, Sanna here today with a special and quite a long and material heavy post. I want to share with you four ways to use one stencil. I chose to create four layouts with different stencil techniques on them. This is what I did:

1. Misting: For the first layout I created a DIY patterned paper with the stencil and some ink sprays. I used both the positive and the negative image of the stencil and ended up with two different background papers. I will for sure use the second one for another project some time later :).
Sanna Lippert - Misted BG
And this is how the finished layout with the DIY background paper looks like. I´ve also fussy cut some patterned paper to match the misted background pattern and used the stencil as a cutting guide.

Sanna Lippert - Hauskaa yhdessa

2. Molding paste: For my second layout I used molding/struckture paste. I used both the paste as it is (plain) and also mixed a second tone by adding some acrylic paint onto the paste. I then wiped the pastes onto the background thru the stencil.
Sanna Lippert - molding paste
Notice how I´ve applied the leftover paste onto a piece of white cardstock. That way nothing goes to waste and I can use those patterns on another projects later.

And here is the finished layout.
Sanna Lippert - we love snow

3. Doodling guide: For the third layout I created some additional patterns onto the background paper by using the stencil as a doodling guide. I also used some blue paste fussy cut shapes for additional detail (these were leftovers from the previous project).

And this is the finished page:

4. Stitching guide: For the fourth layout I used the stencil in a similar way as on the previous page, but instead of drawing a pattern, I stitched it. So the stencil worked as a stitching guide this time. Then all I needed to do was to add some holes and stitch with twine to create a background pattern.

And here is the layout:

Since this post is already very photo heavy, I´ve taped a little STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO for you to watch. That way you will see each and every step of the process. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to use those stencils in various ways!!! There are so many ways to use then and I suggest you stay tuned for more ideas coming up!! My lovely design team colleagues have been busy too :) !

Happy stenciling,
The Crafter´s Workshop Design Team Member

Used products:

Blazonry Stencil – The Crafter´s Workshop

Patterned papers: SODAlicious, ColorConspiracy, Cosmo Cricket

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics white

Other: Watercolour paper from the Art supply store

Ink Sprays: Dylusions, Heidi Swapp, Lindy´s Stamp Gang

Glimmer Glaze: Tattered Angels

Titanium white ink: Liquitex

Twine: My Mind´s Eye

Stamp inks: Ranger Ind. Inc.

Brads: Basic Grey

Wood veneer: Studio Calico

Stamps: Viva Las Vegasstamps & 3rd Eye Craft

Chipboard: 3rd Eye Craft

Alphas: Glitz Design, We R Memory Keepers, American Crafts, Prima Marketing

Flair badge: 3rd Eye Craft

Stickers: Evalicious

Other: Modeling paste, Journaling pens, Needle, Paper glue.



And Kathi used the same stencil with four diffferent mediums.

Hello crafters my name is Kathi Mann, I was given a stencil & was asked to use it using 4 different techniques. It was time to put my creative imagination to work. I enjoyed working with the different mediums, textures, colors to create these 12 X 12 canvas layouts.

I used the stencil TCW “280 Blazony” four different ways, each producing a different look & textures.

1. The technique I used was speckling paste and colorwash.

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2. On the second layout the technique I used heavy gel with perfect pearls.

Technique 2

Technique 2a

3. On the third canvas I outlined each section of the stencil with enamel accents then colored each one with a different color alcohol ink

Technique 3

Technique 3a

4. on the fourth canvas the technique I used was a very simple technique, I sprayed the stencil with Lindy’s Stamp Gang. “Star Burst Spray” My Mijito Green,
Technique 4

Technique 4a

Thanks for stopping by and looking at what you can do using the same stencil with different mediums achieving a different look on each. Be sure to check out the rest of the designers & their designs.


Make sure to join us next month on August 14 to see what stencil we use in four different ways.

Looking SHARP-{ie}!

Hello! Tami Sanders here to share an idea with you for adding a custom touch to your craft storage or school supplies.

When I saw the TCW280 Blazonry stencil, I thought it would be great to use to add word-art to a project. it just needed to be used with the designs running horizontal…

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I had recently picked up a new 12 X 12 plastic zipper tote to carry finished layouts home from crops or retreats — it was nice but PLAIN! I thought it would be perfect to try out my word-art idea on.

I taped the stencil to the front of the tote using blue painters tape, then outlined the shapes using a dark grey Sharpie. Then, with the stencil still in place, I used different colors of Sharpies to add words, adjusting the height and width of the letters to fit in the ovals.

Here is a pic of the finished project…

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and here is a closeup pic of the word-art…

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To finish off the tote, I added borders along the top and bottom using designs from the TCW396 Arrows and Hearts stencil…

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You could use the same technique to customize a canvas tote, t-shirt, wood or paper mache’ box or anything you wanted to make just a bit more personal! Use the 6 X 6 size and a finer pen for smaller projects.

Supplies Used:

THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOPTCW280 Blazonry and TCW396 Arrows and Hearts

OTHER:80′s Glam Sharpie Marker Set, 12 X 12 Plastic Zipper Tote and Blue Painters Tape

Tami Sanders… The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

Storing Stencils!

July 2014 031100Hey there crafters Rita Barakat here! Do you have a ton of stencils and no clue how to store them? I happened to have a little 6×6 craft binder that I had not used and I don’t know why I didn’t think about this before but it’s perfect for storing stencils!


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First I had to decorate it! A little texture paste and misting…

July 2014 028100  I used the wildflowers stencil and a little modeling paste! (LOVE this stencil!)July 2014 032100
When it was dry I added my stencils!!!

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On my newer stencils I went ahead and left the packaging so I would know the names when I do my blog posts. I also make a document to keep track of all of my stencils…




Here is a screen shot of how it looks – I grab the pictures online, shrink them down and keep them in separate files  for 6×6 and 12×12. This really helps for the older ones when I don’t have the packaging anymore. So there you have it! My way for storing stencils! I don’t have that many 12×12 stencils yet so I keep them with my latest papers stored loose and horizontally. I hope this gives you some ideas on storing stencils, I would love to know how you store your stencils! Leave me a comment !

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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. In addition to The Crafters Workshop she designs for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®,DCWV and freelances for a variety of manufactures.