Sarah Parmenter

Help appreciated.

UPDATE: Rik Penny from Ripe Digital took care of all the print for the funeral. I was overwhelmed with the quality, professionalism and kindness they showed me and can wholeheartedly recommend them for any print work.

Note. I’m not looking for freebies whatsoever, I just don’t know the best way of getting them printed.

Lots and lots of people kindly tweeted condolences, messages of hope and offers of help to me last week, after I suddenly lost my Mum on Wednesday. There’s never anything anyone can do or say in these situations to help ease the immense heartache and pain you’re feeling – only time heals that I’m sure, however, there are a lot of logistical things I’m struggling with, and I wonder if anyone can help.


I need to lay my hands on 200 card butterflies, in exactly the colours shown in this photograph plus maybe a magenta. There’s lots of cut-outs or hole-punch type things, but they are meant for scrapbooking and far too small. These need to be around 15cm wide. Mum worked in a school (as the school nurse) and they are all missing her greatly. I want to get all the children to either write Mum a message, or draw her a picture, then we’re going to stick them all over that horrible “box” one has to go into (I still can’t say the “c” word, yet), to take the sting out of that visual for all of us on the day we’re all dreading.

Anyone know the best way to achieve this? I know die-cutting is an option but with 4 colours, I think it’s going to get super expensive? Any help greatly appreciated.

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9 Comments

  1. Posted October 8, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Hi Sarah, I would talk to your nearest commercial printer with a high quality digital press. You’ll need to create a die line and get a cutting forme made but provided the butterfly’s are all the same you’ll only need one. If you want different sized butterfly’s you’ll need to look at digital die cutting. If you have any specific questions feel free to email or tweet @joshlindsay

  2. Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Hey Sarah,

    If you were talking 200 in total, consider setting up a little production line at home? Get some card in the right colours and cut one exactly how you want it before using it as a stencil to draw round for the rest. All you’d need to worry about is finding the right card colour then.

    It might sound like a hefty task but its really not, I did it with my family for all the Mickeys and Minnie heads for my wedding. It could also be a small mindless task to keep focus for a short while and share stories with whoever is helping.

    If you need 6-800 though then definitely worth considering dye cut.

    Hope you’re okay as can be expected xxxxx

  3. Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Hey Sarah,

    If you were talking 200 in total, consider setting up a little production line at home? Get some card in the right colours and cut one exactly how you want it before using it as a stencil to draw round for the rest. All you’d need to worry about is finding the right card colour then.

    It might sound like a hefty task but its really not, I did it with my family for all the Mickeys and Minnie heads for my wedding. Its a fairly simple shape for anyone good with scissors and could also be a small mindless task to keep focus for a short while sharing stories with whoever is helping.

    If you need 6-800 though then definitely worth considering dye cut.

    Hope you’re okay as can be expected xxxxx

  4. Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    You should consider getting the kids to cut them out. If you get some keylines printed on the stock you want then they cut them out then write their message. Saves on die cutting and you could get it printed digitally. More of a nice touch if the kids make the butterflies too? Good luck with everything.

  5. Rellyab
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    If you can get the paper to me, I can machine cut these on my silhouette sd paper cutter. I’d need the image as a vector too, I think, but it would only take me a couple of hours.

  6. Rellyab
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Actually, I could colour match the paper stock at my local art shop if you send me the samples?

  7. Kate
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    What you need is to find someone who owns a Cricut Machine this would be the easiest way to get larger ones made if they had a die for a butterfly. I’m sorry for your loss and hope you are able to get this sorted

  8. David
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Die would cost about £80 as mentioned above if they are all the same size you’d just need one. Then the cost of the paper, but I doubt that would be too costly. Email me if needed.

  9. Posted October 25, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Hey Sarah,

    I just found your blog via Elliot’s new book article and am so sorry to hear of your sad loss. It was so nice to meet you at the wedding and if you’ve not already found the solution to your butterfly challenge do let me know, as I can cut any paper or card from a vector file on my CO2 laser. -x-

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