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Chameleon Pens Notebook Cover by Louise Dunbar

Make some waves this summer and jazz up your own notebook cover using Chameleon Pens! If you love your stationary but want to add you own personal flare, this project will give you handy tips and instructions!.

  • Papercraft
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Chameleon Pens
  • Color Tops
  • A5 Notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Foam pads
  • Holographic cardstock
  • Fish download
  • Website
  • Blue ink to distress the cover


  1. Print off the goldfish download from the Learn Chameleon Pens website, draw your own or if you have a fish stamp, stamp your own, using memento ink.

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  3. Begin colouring in the fish, using various color tops and pen combinations.
    • Tangerine color top with red coral
    • Lagoon color top with peony pink
    • Aqua marine color top with deep violet
    • Sky blue color top with summer yellow
    • Baby blue color top with crimson red
    • Sky blue and mixing chamber with the pen

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  5. To use your color tops, you take your chosen colour and select a pen to use it with. You fuse it in exactly the same way as you would the mixing chamber with the pen, just pop the lid off and click the color top lid on, keeping it upright, fuse for the desired amount of seconds, and viola, it’s ready to use.

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  7. With the tangerine color top fused with the red coral for about 6 seconds, start at the tail and colour in a side to side motion all the way down to the tail to get the graduated colour. Then move onto another fish and this time, using the same color top and pen combo, begin at the tail and when the colour turns darker at the centre, fuse again, then go from the head towards the centre until you meet where you stopped.

  8. When all fish are coloured, cut them out and set aside to use later.

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  10. Use your blue ink to distress the front of the notebook, just to take away the craft card colour. Next, wet your hands and flick water onto the cover, to give a watermark look.

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  12. Using a good pair of scissors, cut out 3 wavy strips out of the holographic cardstock and size them so they fit on the front of the notebook.

  13. Stick the back pieces down flat, overlay the second strip over the flat piece and using foam pads, stick it down, then with the third piece, use a double layer of foam pads to adhere it to the notebook. This will add some real dimension to the cover.

  14. Decide where to place the fish. Stick some of them down flat and some on with foam pads, have some of them looking like they are coming out of the water and some looking as though they are jumping back into the water between the waves.

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  16. Using your fine detail pen which comes with your Chameleon pen set, write a heading for your notebook. You could personalise it with a name or your favourite quote, or even ‘Make Waves’.

  17. For even more advice on how to create amazing art with your Chameleon Pens, visit the Chameleon website

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