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Butterfly Squad creative team inspiration: Helen

Good Morning all you wonderful butterflies!! This week I am making a little tag to show you a couple different ways to use France’s amazing products! I have to say, the stencils and stamps can be used in so many creative ways, as the Butterfly Squad has shown you in the past few weeks… and today it’s my turn.

I decided I wanted lots of layers on my tag, so I started with France’s small rectangles stencil, and drew all the rectangles onto a sheet of thin cardboard and cut them out. I also cut out a tag from the cardboard as well.

Once they are cut out, I applied a layer of DecoArt Media crackle paste that I mixed together with a bit of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Burnt Sienna and Yellow Oxide. (oops… I forgot to take a phot of the mixture, but I am sure you get the idea!).

I let the crackle paste dry on it’s own. It makes nicer crackles I think! Once it has dried, I then added a watered down layer of Burnt Sienna over each rectangle and wiped away the excess with a baby wipe.

I added some Cambric, which can be purchased in Frances shop (wink wink) and applied a layer over my entire tag using DecoArt Media matte medium and let this dry. Once it was dry I applied some Burnt Sienna over the entire tag.

I then arrangled the rectangles they way I wanted them, and adhered them to my tag as shown. I wanted to tone down the burnt sienna, so I added some DecoArt Chalky Finish Carbon black over the entire tag, wiping away with a baby wipe until I was happy with the efftect I was looking for.

The next step I did was making my little embellishment for the tag. I used France’s “Creepers and Crawlers” stamp set using the little bee wings and Margot from Frances “Auntie Margot & Co” stamp set. I colorized both using washed down Yellow Oxide fluid acrylic I also had a bit of cambric that was colorized from the Burnt Sienna fluid acrylic. I added a bit of DecoArt Fluid Acrylic in Cobalt Teal Hue here and there to have a bit of color contrast on my tag. I layered all these as shown, using some black thread and ribbon as well, and adhered them to the rectangle on the tag. I added a black ribbon at the top and voila!

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial on how to use France’s products in a different way!

Happy creating Butterflies!



Products used:

Stamps: Illusionary Artists "Creepers and crawlers", "Auntie Margot and co"

Stencils: "Rectangles"

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StazOn ink: Opaque Cotton white

Archival ink: watercan, jet black

DecoArt: crackle paste, matte medium

DecoArt Chalhy Finish in Carbo

DecoArt fluid acrylics: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Oxide and Cobalt Teal Hue

Cambric – France Papillon shop

Black thread

Black ribbon


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