Friday, 23 August 2019

France Papillon style Printer Tray

Hi there!

Celia here, with my first post on the Tando blog, and it's France Papillion week. I have decided to make a Printer Tray to showcase a few of France's stamps and stencils. I started off by choosing some small greyboard embellishments from the grab bags, minis and the new mini tags. I also chose some of the medium Steampunk Parts to add a bit of machinery. I drew around the top part of the printer tray onto the baseboard to help with positioning.

I covered some of the pieces with various embossing powders, using Versafine straight onto the greyboard. I love how this effect makes the greyboard look so expensive!

For the butterflies, I stamped directly onto the untreated greyboard to give a nice shabby effect, using France's Creepers and Crawlers stamp set. I used Di's method of putting the greyboard butterfly onto the inked stamp, so that you can position it perfectly. I decided to fray the edges by wetting them with a wet paintbrush then allowing it to soak in. After a few minutes, it separates easily and can be coaxed into place with a knife.

I stamped the bee onto grey card and cut him out. I painted the base of the steampunk parts in DecoArt black chalk paint and the grid in Decoart fluid acrylic silver. 

The cogs were given a quick rust treatment by stippling with fluid acrylics in black, raw umber, quinacridone gold and transparent yellow iron oxide.

I made some of France's trademark red hearts using Pyrole red and Raw Umber and added some one step crackle.

For the tray, I glued together all three layers and painted it in in Teal, with a coat of Crackle Paint, then some washes of Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Teal. 

I primed the base with a white chalk paint, then drew round the frame to see where the squares would be. I masked off a couple of them with post its and scraped through some Decoart modelling paste through two of France's stencils - Honeycomb and Driving me Circles.

I decided to paint the base purple, because you have to have some purple in your projects don't you! I used the new colour, Byzantium, from Paperartsy, and swished through some Teal and Magenta. Then I drew in the frame again and stamped in some of the squares with Watering Can and Cactus Flower Archival, using the post-it masking method and the Rock and Rust stamp set. Lastly, I stamped 'Little Things' from the Small Talk stamp  set, using Versamark and fine black embossing powder. (Hint - do this BEFORE you assemble the tray! 😬)

This was then assembled and all the tiny embellishments stuck in with Cosmic Shimmer glue. Here's the finished piece:

I hope you feel inspired to have a go at a Printer Tray!

Thanks for stopping by,

Celia  x 
Tando products used:
Mini Printer Tray 152x152mm
Long Tags: Arrows, Butterflies, Clocks, Hearts
Hearts grab bag
Cogs Grab Bag
Steampunk Parts medium
Tando minis keys
Tando minis butterflies

France Papillon products used:
Driving Me Circles stencil (large)
Honeycomb stencil (small)
Rusted Rivits stencil (small)
Rock n Rust stamp set
Creepers & Crawlers stamp set
Perfect Words stamp set

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