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UTEE Adorned Mini Book for the Inventor


Utee Adorned Mini Book
by: Melanie Smith, Artistic Guide

Fnished size 5.5" x 5.5"


B254B Briar (Rubbadubbadoo)
B259D Diamond Block (Rubbadubbadoo)
B253S Silver Birch (Rubbadubbadoo)
A147L Love Script 2 (Rubbadubbadoo)
SNS-TW:Stick 'N Stamp Set - The World (Rubbadubbadoo)
2 of 5.5" x 5.5" matboard or cardboard
6-8 of 5.5 x 5.5" black cardstock for pages
1 or 2 sheets pre-printed  paper "Mellow-Seasoned" (Basic Grey)
Onyx Black, Versafine (Tsukineko)
Black Soot - distress ink (Ranger)
Opalite reinkers -  (Tsukineko)
   Orchid Ice
   Glacier Blue
   Arctic Emerald
Copper metallics paint pen -(Marvy)
Black Mineral Magic Melts  Ultra thick embossing powder (Progenyjournals)
Fine paint brush
Bind-it-all machine (Zutter)
Black half inch bind-it-all coil (Zutter)
Organza ribbons (colours to match your Opalite reinkers and black)
Double sided tape
Strong glue - optional
Melting Pot (Ranger) or frying pan (dedicated to crafting only)
Cutting blade
Miniclamps (optional)
Tinfoil/alfoil or baking paper


  1. Mark a square of 5.5" x 5.5"  on the cardboard. Cut using a sharp blade and ruler.
  2. melaniejuly09-inventor-1

  3. Cut a piece of pre-printed paper 6.5" x 6.5" (I had used 6" x 6" piece which was a bit small.)


  4. Attach 6mm (quarter inch) double sided tape to the cardboard.


  5. Fold two opposite edges of the paper onto the tape.


  6. Trim the corners then fold over the last two sides.


  7. Because my preprinted paper was too small, I needed to use a little glue and miniclamps to secure the final edge.


  8. Trim a small amount (say one eighth inch) off two sides of the black 5.5" by 5.5" cardstock.  Attach squarely to the back side of the book cover.


  9. Repeat steps one to seven to make a back cover.
  10. Cut 4-6 pieces of black cardstock at 5.5" x 5.5" to make the inner pages.
  11. Using the  Bind-it-All punch the holes along the left edges of the two covers and the inner pages - being sure that the holes will line up when finished.


  1. Using aluminum foil or baking paper, create a little "bowl" to fit the stamp.  Make it a little looser than the one I used so that it is easy to get your stamp easily when needed.


  2. Heat your thick embossing powder with your preferred method.  I put the "tinfoil bowl" inside a frying pan set on a very low setting and poured in my powder.
  3. While the embossing enamel melts, use the Marvy Metallics paint pen to colour the stamp directly.
  4. When the embossing enamel is well melted, remove from the heat and lower stamp carefully into the enamel.  Do Not remove the stamp immediately.
  5. Once cooled properly remove the stamp carefully from the enamel.
  6. If you are happy with the results, carry on.  If you are not happy (as I wasn't the first two times), remelt the enamel and start again.
  7. Using the opalite reinkers paint as desired into the reccesses of the stamped image.


Cover Decoration

  1. Using the Versafine (or other quick-drying pigment ink) stamp the diamonds and Love script stamps onto the book cover.


  2. Using the same ink stamp the birch and briar stamps around the outer edge and third line of the cover.


  3. Stamp D631S Silhouette Flowers along the bottom edge of the cover.


  4. Use the Black Soot distress ink to sponge around the edges of the cover.


Bind the book together and decorate the spine with cut ribbons.  I have used short green and purple ribbons with three long black ones at the top of the book.



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4 Responses »

  1. You are Welcome Sharon - I'm glad you like it.

    Sally - sorry for the tardy reply - yes image side down. I will warn you that I probably melted and stamped the image and then remelted about five times until I was satisfied with the impression that I got. That was the good thing about the Utee though is that all of those mistakes never mattered - nothing was wasted.

    Have fun

  2. I am the proud owner of this book now!! It is even more beautiful in real life. thank you so much Melanie!!

  3. Melanie this cover is gorgeous! You make it look so simple to make. Thanks for the idea and the clear instructions in your tutorial 😉

  4. I love the look of this project! Didn't realise you could melt UTEE without a MeltPot, so that's me off to experiment...When you put the stamp in to the melted UTEE (step 4) do you put it in rubber side down? Stupid question, probably, but I wondered ...