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Butterfly Garden Sun Catcher by Becky Chabot

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Stencil paste, red and blue To Dye For® (Ranger Industries), Fragments and Butterfly Plate Krafty Lady Art Mould, Copper, Sunflower & Turquoise Perfect Pearls®, Adirondack Eggplant ink pad, Perfect Medium, Art Markers, Turquoise and Arctic Ice Stickles®, Clear & Green Zinnia Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), Big and Bossy® Clear embossing pigment, Flex®, 8 ½" square photo mat board, beads and wire.

1.. Mix ¼ cup white stencil paste with 5 drops of red To Dye For® (Ranger) and 3 drops of blue To Dye For®. Add more red or blue one at a time until you get the desired shade of lavender for your paste. Fill a Krafty Lady AM168 - Butterfly Plate Art Mould with the colored paste and let dry completely (24-72 hours).

2.. Dust the butterfly with Copper Perfect Pearls® and the background with Turquoise Perfect Pearls® (Ranger), spritz with water to set.

3.. Color the vines in the molded shape green, flowers blue and butterfly body black. Add Arctic Ice Stickles® to the wings and Turquoise Stickles® over the navy blue flowers. Set aside to dry.

4.. Use an 8 ½ square photo mat board and then cut out the center leaving a ¾" frame. The color of the mat board will remain solid on the backside.

5.. On the backside of the mat board, apply Adirondack Eggplant ink directly from the inkpad. Do not completely cover the mat board with ink; leave a few white areas. Let dry or heat set.

6.. Cover the inked side of the mat board with Perfect Medium® (Ranger) and dust the surface with Turquoise and Sunflower Perfect Pearls®. Mist with water to set. Let dry.

7.. Melt clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)® with 1 teaspoon of Flex®, add drops of blue and red To Dye For® until you achieve the desired shade of purple UTEE®.

8.. Pour purple UTEE® into the two largest fragments from Krafty Lady AM187 - 3 Fragments Art Mould. While the UTEE® is still warm, poke a hole at the top and bottom with a metal piercing tool. Repeat this process until you have 8 completed fragments.

9.. Use a heat tool to carefully reheat the surface of the fragment that was in the mould to bring the shine back. Check that the holes still go through.

10.. With a 1/16 hand punch, punch five holes along the inner top and bottom edge of the mat board. Measurements are 1" from each end, 1 ¼" from that hold and the center falls at 3 3/8".

11.. Use about 12" of 26-gauge wire for each row. Attach one end of the wire to the mat board, then string green beads, add the purple fragment then string turquoise beads to wrap around the fragment and put the wire through the hole in the other end of the fragment then continue to bead with green beads as shown. The first row will have two fragments, then next row will have one fragment and continue to alternate the rows. End each row by attaching the wire through the punched hole in the mat board and twisting it around itself. Trim excess wire.

12.. Stamp a fern image using Big & Bossy® Clear Embossing onto the photo mat board and emboss with Green Zinnia UTEE®. Continue to stamp and emboss one image at a time until you go around the entire frame. **TIP: UTEE® is more coarse than embossing powders, use a juicy pigment pad and a heat tool that does not blow, only heats.

13.. Glue the decorated butterfly plate to the top of the sun catcher.

14.. Hang with wire or fishing line.


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