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Butterfly Stamped Mouse Pad

Designed by Kristin Ball

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Main supplies:

  • Staedtler® Watercolor Brush Markers
  • Staedtler® Mastercarve® Carving block
  • Staedtler® Mastercarve® Carving tools
  • Staedtler® Sketching Pencils

Basic Supplies:

  • White craft foam – ¼” thick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper towels
  • Ruler

Butterfly Pattern (PDF)


  1. Cut apart patterns.
  2. Flip over wing pattern and re-trace lines with pencil.
  3. Position pattern on one large side of carving block then run a finger over lines – this will transfer pattern.  Flip over carving block and trace other wing pattern to other side.  Transfer body to thin side of block.
  4. Carefully use the carving tools to carve away excess block from around pattern.  Use narrowest tool for thin areas working the tool away from you.  Make shallow cuts to start then cut deeper as needed for design.  Continue with all designs.
  5. Use ruler to measure a 7” x 9” rectangle from craft foam then use a pencil to lightly draw lines.  Cut out.
  6. Use markers to paint directly onto raised areas of stamp working quickly.  Starting with body, paint on desired color of marker then press in place on foam, using fingers to lightly press on stamp making sure all design has stamped.  Color one set of wings as desired and press next to body.  Flip over stamp and repeat step with other set of wings, press in place on other side of body. Wipe stamp on paper towel to remove excess paint between stampings.
  7. Repeat steps for each butterfly on foam, changing colors as shown. Let dry.
  8. Use marker to print “BUTTERFLY” in one corner if desired.  Add short dashed line between butterflies to look like flight lines.

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