Butterfly Stencil Photo Frames

Butterfly Stencil Photo Frames

Crafting Time:
  • Under 1 Hour
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Deco Art
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Additional Information



  • DecoArt Americana Paint -- Baby Pink, Lavender, Bahama Blue, Lamp Black
  • Laurie Speltz's Instant Images Butterflies Pocket Templates
  • Laurie Speltz's Instant Images 1/4" Duo Tool
  • White-washed photo frame
  • Painter's tape butterfly stencil


  1. Position butterfly template shape onto frame surface. Tape any adjacent area around the template where you do not want to apply paint.
  2. Use 1/4" duo tool to apply paint colors into shapes on template.
  3. Dip brush end into first color and pounce off excess onto paper towel. You should not see wet paint on brush. With light, up-and-down pouncing motion, apply color. Start in the middle of shape and move to the outside. Lighten pressure as you go around the edge. Let dry between coats.
  4. Repeat procedure to apply base color for each shape.
  5. When painted shapes are dry, reposition template shapes into place and overlay additional colors of choice. Use photo as guide. Apply second and third colors only to portions of the shapes.
  6. Use the scored lines on templates to help position overlay shapes. Use light pressure and apply Lamp Black to overlay shapes.
  7. The words are made with Bahama Blue paint. Let dry.
  8. Apply Lavender to just the bottom of the words to create a two-tone color effect.
  9. Position the template B decorative edge onto bottom edge of frame. Pounce Bahama Blue and then pounce Lavender against the edge.
  10. Use the circle opening shape on the template for large circle of colors. Base with Baby Pink and lightly pounce a second color of Lavender around the bottom half.
  11. Using the stylus end of the Duo Tool, embellish shapes with dots, hearts and pulled dots.
  12. Add pulled dot daisies on the edge shape. Pull a series of Lavender dots and add a dot of Bahama Blue for the centers.
  13. Add Baby Pink stylus hearts. Place 2 dots next to each other. Draw heart shapes out from these dots.


  1. When pouncing off excess paint on paper towel before painting, you should not see wet paint on brush. Once painted on, color does not have to be completely solid.
  2. It is better to apply two lighter coats than one heavy one.
  3. When creating dots and doodles always work in a fresh puddle of paint.
  4. Dot off a series of dots without reloading paint and they will get progressively smaller.
  5. To create stroke lines/petals, place the dot and pull the paint from the dot with the duo tool.