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Butterfly Book for the Inventor


Butterfly Book
By: Stephanie Loomis, Artistic Guide 


Speckle (The Angel Company)
Joy Notes (The Angel Company)
Build a Flower (Inque Boutique)
Floral Jumbo Rollagraph (Clearsnap)
Designer Collections Winterberry and Finger Paints (The Angel Company)
Tutti Frutti (The Angel Company)
Chipboard album (ColorBok)
White cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
VersaFine; Black (Tsukineko)
Palette Hybrid ink: (Stewart Superior)
     Viridian Leaf
Moulin Rouge
     Beaux Arts Blue
Yellow Sharpie marker
Silhouette Die cutting machine (QuicKutz) OR scissors
Photo editing software (I use Adobe PhotoShop Elements 7.0)
Scanner or digital camera
Crop-o-Dile OR hole punch/eyelet setter (We R Memory Keepers)
Stickles glitter glue: (Ranger)
     Lime Green
     Orange Peel
     Fruit Punch
Eyelets: one each red, green, orange, blue, yellow, purple (unknown)
Pop Dots (EK Success)
Dove Blender (Dove manufacturing)
O'Glue liquid gel glue (Itoya)
Binder rings (2)
Ribbon: blue, orange, purple, multi-colored (sources unknown) 



  1. Scan or photograph one of the chipboard butterflies.
  2. In PhotoShop Elements, open image and use the "stamp" tool to create a solid black images. Erase background. Save as .jpg.  
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  4. Open .jpg image in Silhouette software. Use "get outline" to create cutting lines.
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  6. Cut seven butterflies from white cardstock.
  7. Cut one butterfly each of yellow, purple, orange, blue, red, and green papers.   (The alternative is to trace and cut individual butterflies.)
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  9. Cut each colored butterfly into two uneven pieces.
  10. Glue colored pieces (one large/one small) on each side of the white cardstock butterflies: red/green, blue/orange, yellow/purple. (These are opposite each other on the color wheel, called complementary colors.) These are your book pages. Let dry.
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  12. On scrap white cardstock, roll out one rotation of the floral jumbo Rollagraph. (I roll the stamp over the black ink pad and then over the cardstock. There are ink cartridges to fit the jumbo handle as well.)
  13. Repeat ink/roll floral stamps on the remaining four white butterflies. These will cover the chipboard book covers.
  14. Color the flowers by pressing each Palette ink pad onto the lid.  This gives just enough ink for the Dove Blender to pick up a little color and then paint the images.
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  16. Begin with the lightest colors and paint all the flowers using the inked lid and Dove Blender.
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  18. Trim one of the images from the scrap cardstock and color over the painted flowers with the Stickles. Let dry completely.
  19. Use "Speckle" stamp to add a touch of color to the white space on each butterfly cover.
  20. Stamp "Bloom" sentiment on back cover piece with blue ink.
  21. Stamp "Laughter" sentiment on front cover piece with green ink.
  22. Glue covers onto chipboard. Place under a heavy book or tiles (I used tumbled marble tiles from the home improvement store. Phone books are good choices, as are dictionaries.) Let dry completely.
  23. Punch holes into wing tops of one page (for the binder rings) Use this set of holes to mark the other pages. Punch those as well.
  24. Add eyelets to corresponding colored pages. Thread ribbon through tightly. This will hold little notes gift cards or other little things
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  26. Mark and punch cover binder ring holes.
  27. Attach glittered square over corresponding square on front cover. (Use pop dots to add dimension.)
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  29. Put book together with binder rings. Add colorful ribbons to binder rings.
  30. Tuck little notes or gift cards into the page ribbons.
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  32. Sign your art!

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3 Responses »

  1. Thanks! The original book was a Mother's Day gift for my mom--so it now rests on her coffee table...

  2. I love it! Great job Stephanie!

  3. What a fun idea!!!