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Monday, November 11, 2013

Blog Hop with Foam Board and StencilGirl Stencils

I haven't worked with Foam Board as an art material before so I decided to keep it simple and 
make this 3-D butterfly.  The final dimensions are 15" high and 20" wide.





I started with these two sheets of Foam Board; 
one was navy and the other was neon yellow.  
(any colors would work, though)


1) Cut a shape from newsprint.  This will be your pattern.  
I made a butterfly, but any simple shape will do. 

2)  Place the newsprint pattern on the Foam Board and cut out two butterflies with a craft knife.


I chose Terri Stegmiller's 'Striped Leaves' stencil for its open and airy quality.

3)  Paint the dark side of the Foam Board with white gesso.  While the gesso is still wet, place the stencil on top, and rub through the stencil with a baby wipe to remove the gesso.  Let dry.


4)  On the other butterfly cut-out, apply paint with a make-up sponge through the stencil.   
Use very little paint for best results.



5)  Work back and forth on both sides of the two cut-outs to allow for drying time.




 


 6)  Continue working in this manner; by (a) adding paint, positioning the stencil, and wiping off through the stencil with a baby wipe or (b) positioning the stencil and adding paint through the stencil
on all four sides until you are happy with the results.

*My Foam Board pieces weren't the same color to begin with, but it was a fun challenge to get them to coordinate, colorwise.



Add some detail, if you wish.


7)  When all four sides are completely dry, cover the edges with Faber-Castell's Pitt artist pen - big brush.   I used black.


8)  Now it's time for assembly.  Measure from top to bottom and cut a 3/8" slit half-way UP the center of one butterfly and another 3/8" slit half-way DOWN the center of the other butterfly.
(3/8 " is the width of the Foam Board)








9)  Paint the center (body) black, including the slit that was just cut out.


10)  Assemble them together so they form an "X".



11)  Add pipe cleaners for antennae.  They stick right into the Foam Board! 

 Ta Da !

Try holiday or celebration shapes for centerpieces
or attach fishing line and hang from the ceiling.


And now for some PRIZES!!


Foam Board is giving away:

PRIZE PACKAGE: Foam Board Express would like to offer a package of five (5) of its 20-inch by 30-inch flat display foam boards, including one black foam board, one white foam board and three additional foam board sheets in colors chosen by the winner.  Color choices include:  green, red, yellow, dark blue, neon yellow, neon orange and neon pink. 

and 

StencilGirl is giving away:
Mary Beth's new DVD called: StencilGirl Mixed Media Sampler Journal

All comments on all blogs eligible. Combined prize going to one winner.



Check out Foam Board Express's website http://www.fbxpress.com/  and their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Foam-Board-Express/419022438224855.  
There is also a Pinterest site (http://www.pinterest.com/fbxpress/pins/) with a separate board to pin all of the projects from the Stencil Girl blog hop.





56 comments:

  1. Amazing butterfly, good idea to make ornaments and decorations, thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a fabulous idea - I've never used foam board before!

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  3. It's beautiful Julie. All that layered stencilling looks incredible!

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  4. This is FANTASTIC! Those layers, the butterfly.. oh my. Just wonderful. Will it be a gift or your keeping it?

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  5. whew hew.. what a great butterfly!!! the sky's the limit with what you can cut from the foamboard! I love how you decorated it.

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  6. Bright and sassy butterflies. Now I'm sorry I missed doing this one. xox

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  7. fabulous butterfly-nice size for a centerpiece too!

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  8. Your patience has been rewarded by a great piece of art........

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  9. Great colours and layers on that butterfly. What a perfect idea for Xmas decorations.

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  10. Beautifully done including the engineering.

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  11. Realmente maravilloso , cómo poder utilizar las plantillas y el foam! Muy muy creativo!

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  12. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE your butterfly! Butterflies hold special meaning to me and remind me of my neighbor's 7 year old son who passed away 10 years ago. He loved butterflies and every time I see one I think of him! MUST HAVE this foam board!!!! TFS!

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  13. This butterfly is fantastic! What an absolutely great idea - would love to try it - great step-by-step instructions too - Thank you!

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  14. Love the butterfly. I saved your post to my Reader to follow after I buy (or) win the foam board. Thanks.

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  15. i just love your butterfly, it was great flat but then when you put it together amazing. would really love to win this prize. thanks everyone for the chance. xox

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  16. What a creative idea! I love your butterfly!

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  17. Amazing ideas. Wandering from blog to blog and seeing all the ideas and creativity. And such a great giveaway!

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  18. This butterfly is very sweet.
    Super job.

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  19. I love some of the more florescent colors you used!

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  20. Beautiful colors and patterns, Julie!
    I love this project!!

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  21. Thank you for sharing in such detail the creation of this butterfly -- I learned a lot from seeing your progression in developing the wings!

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  22. this is wonderful! All sorts of great ideas in one project!

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  23. Beautifully done! So much fun and I can think of so many ways to adapt this for other 3D shapes. Thanks Julie!

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  24. I love how you painted each piece -and it looks like the board is transparent and you can see the other side through it, is that an illusion?

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  25. Really cool idea of the butterfly and how you brought it to life. I love the stenciling and colors. Wonderful work. Great giveaway. : )

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  26. Now this is thinking "outside the box" and I LOVE it!

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  27. Wow...what a colorful and innovative idea. Can't wait to try it.

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  28. I've never worked with foam board before; but so far the projects I've seen on this hop are giving me a push to go ahead and just jump in without fear!

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  29. This butterfly is great! I am picturing snowflakes with the criss-cross effect right now.

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  30. Another great idea! I can picture all kinds of thinks made this way...a Christmas Tree, something for the Thanksgiving table.

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  31. Gasp! Love your butterfly! Looks like fun!!

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  32. I love the stenciling on the butterfly

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  33. What a fun butterfly! Love that it is so 3D!

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  34. Fun project and I really love the stencil you used.

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  35. Very cute and fun. tfs be blessed, Suzanne

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  36. I am grateful for learning so many techniques using these stencils. This is so much fun. Love the butterfly.

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  37. I LOVE this, the result is so cool looking and could be adapted to many other shapes. Very neat!

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  38. You created a great butterfly. I like the gesso on black foam board. Great technique.

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  39. Great idea Julie! My head is full of other designs to make for different occasions! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  40. What a fantastic butterfly - very cool project!

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  41. Very interesting idea. I loved how you continued to layer the stencil for all the color.

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  42. Very cool butterfly. I love playing with stencils.

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  43. Love your work - and I must add that if that is your idea of simple I am not anywhere NEAR your league. But I am willing to learn!

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  44. I love the butterflies and this is awesome! thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  45. Hope I am not too late to win the giveaway, but if I am I cant wait to get some foamboard and try your 3D project. All the projects on this hop have been great and so inspiring. Thanks

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  46. Wow! I never thought of foamcore as so versatile. What a gorgeous project!

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  47. Your work is amazing. Didn't fully understand your process, but loved the results.

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  48. Thanks for all the steps. It is fantastic!

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  49. I didn't realize foam core was t his versatile. How wonderful and thank you for sharing this must try technique. :)

    Thank you,
    Sar Tann on fb

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