Christmas Table Pointsettia Gift Box ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to a poinsettia gift box using the Classic poinsettia die & stamps to die for poinsettia stamp set.The Creative Expressions large snowflake embossing folder is wonderful for a quick texture to the box. PVA glue has been added along with some distress rock candy for a shimmery feel to the piece.

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Sue Wilson Festive Collection Classic Poinsettia Die : CED3008

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For ~ Elegant Poinsettia : UMS575

Creative Expressions Large Snowflake Embossing Folder : EF-020

Spellbinders Raspberry Adapter Plate : WIZGC-008

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR  &

True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

Grime Boss : GB30 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads ~ Crushed Olive :DPOLIVE &

Festive Berries : DPBERRIES

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

Rock Candy Dry Glitter : GLITROCKLG

Olive Ribbon :KN16   &   White Vintage Seam Ribbon : SEAMBIND

Pearl Spray Embellishments :PEARLSPRAY

Metallic Gold Card  : 40984 or Silver Shadow Foundations Card

or Vellum : 40024

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Creative Expressions large snowflake embossing folder along with the Sue Wilson classic poinsettia festive collection die & the Creative Expressions `stamps to die for ` Elegant Poinsettia stamp. The project also requires some vellum, shimmer card , Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue & spray pearl embellishment. This project comes in 2 parts with part 1 being more about the box shape. These have been made to be small so they make wonderful table gift for the Christmas plate /table or they can be for everyday use with the change of the flower colours. There are also larger variations available on the Creative Expressions workshop site.

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Step 2. Place the card or vellum into the Creative Expressions large snowflake embossing folder & emboss through the Grand Calibur machine using the base plate & the raspberry adapter plate.

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Step 3. Put the card in a landscape position on a large score board or use the piercing ruler to measure from the left hand side at 1cm , 7cm , 13cm , 19cm & finally at 25cm point. Score down each measurement.

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Step 4. Trim off the remaining card at this final 25cm mark.

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Step 5. Turn the card around & fold the scored card in half along the scored line. There will also be the 1cm tab poking out of card which needs to be left in place. Now trim away about 1cm from this edge of the card. This is to remove the plain card which wasn`t embossed in the folder. Using this technique always you to trim card with a small guillotine rather than an A3 trimmer.

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Step 6. Open up the card & place this just cut edge butt up against the edge of the scoring board. Now score or measure at 1.5cms , 5.5cms , 12.5cms & 18.5cms ( please note this photo shows 4.5cms & 11.5cms rather than the 5.5cms & 12.5cms needed. This is because the measurements needed adjusting to make the tops of the box work for this smaller version)

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Step 7. Repeat the process where you fold the card along a scored line & trim away the excess at the 18.5cms point, which again is where the card hasn`t been embossed.

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Step 8. Remove the lower left hand 1.5cms tab from the bottom section. Trim up the to the first embossed line on each of the scored lines. Now trim at a small angle up to the same point you have just cut to on the 2nd panel & the 4th panel only. This will give a nice finish when closing the box.

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Step 9. Now score in 2 of the top long sections only at 3cms. Do this on the 1st & 3rd section only as these will create the score lines needed to close the boxes up later one.

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Step 10. This step is optional now but I find it easier to do this whilst the box is flat. Add 2 smalls holes on the 2nd & 4th panel of the top 1.5cm top tabs. Make sure they are either side of the centre of the panel.

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Step 11. Take a bone folder & fold & burnish each of the scored lines. Angle the bone folder so you don`t press to hard over the embossed snowflakes on the card. Continue until all the lines are creased are done, except for the small centre top tab .

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Step 12. Nip this small embossed line in so it starts to form the pushed in feature of the box top. Repeat this on the other side.

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Step 13. With the 4 panel sides placed so it looks like the finished box continue to ease the box top section into place. This just makes the finished shape nice and crisp when working with thick card or indeed equally with the vellum.

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Step 14. Open the card back up & fold the 1cm tab back so that it folds away from the front embossed surface.

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Step 15. Add a line of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue.

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Step 16. Take a piece of scrap card & use it to spread and flatten the PVA glue. This is just to elevate any glue seeping out once the card is stuck down.

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Step 17. Lift the folded card panels over so that the card is in half & press the card down onto the glued flap. Make sure the top & bottom of the card are nice & flush with the edge of the card.

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Step 18. Once the glue is set which will only be a few minutes you can open the box back up to reveal the core shape of the box.

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Step 19. Tuck the flaps into shape & if you find they overlap slightly then just remove a small amount of card from the ends of the flaps ( this is all dependent on how the card handles when embossed ) Stand the box upright with the flaps of the box at the top. Fold the 1st flap with the angels cut in it down and add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue onto the first flap.

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Step 20. Press the other opposite flap down onto the just glued flap. Turn the box the right way up & flare the other 2 flaps open. Use the piercing ruler to press down through the centre of the box to make sure the flaps are nicely stuck together as this will add pressure to the flaps. Turn the box back up the other way again.

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Step 21. Keep folding each flap down & adding the more Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue to the next 2 layers and leave the last flap clear of glue on the upper area as this will be the base of the box.

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Step 22. Press the final panel down & make sure the flap has glue up to the edges of the flap so that all the edges are glued nicely down. I tend to use my finger to smooth & rub the edges nicely together

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Step 23. Now with the sides & bottom of the box done nip the top of the box together & poke the Spellbinders all in one tool trough the hole to allow the inner folded areas to be pierced. Doing it this way means the card doesn`t get creased when trying to pouch through many layers.

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 Here are 2 finished boxes which have been made in traditional colours & the other is a delicate vellum box.

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White on white tones with different textures of white for a wonderful soft feel to the piece.

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Sue Wilson Let It Snow Box Card ~ Part 2

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This workshop shows how to decorate this box card with the main feature being the `Let it Snow` die shape covered in silver leaf from the Sue Wilson die collection.

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A close up of the Let it Snow panel on acetate

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson LET IT Snow Die Festive Collection : CED3004

Creative Expressions Feathery Snowflake Stamp : UMS167

Large Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

Acetate : Acetate & Cosmic Shimmer Silver Moon Gilding Leaf : CSGFPKSILV

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Flake & Glitter Glue : CSFLAKEGLUE

 Silver Shadow Foundations Card : 40602,   Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 Foundations Vellum : 40024

               Grime Boss : GB30 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Embossing Powder : CSDEPSILV & True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

2 Tone Purple / Green Ribbon :KN07

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJLGICED

Creative Expressions Crystal Sparkles Embellishment : SPARKCRYS &

Creative Expressions Pearl Spray : PEARLSPRAY

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Step by Step Instructions

Now continuing on from part 1 of the box card workshop.

Step 1. Use the cello bag the snowflake stamp comes, Cut open the bag splitting it into 2 halves. Use one piece of cello bag as a palette and add the Cosmic Shimmer flake & glitter glue on it. Take a small piece of cut`n`dry foam to add some of the glue onto it.

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Step 2. Dab & pat the glue back and forth onto the cello bag so it flattens the glue nice and smoothly onto the foam pad.

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Step 3. Take the 2nd piece of cello bag and place the `Let it Snow` die cut piece onto the surface. Dab the primed cut`n`dry foam all over the die cut piece.

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Step 4. Work fairly quickly as you want to lift the `Let it Snow` piece up as soon as possible so the glue doesn`t stick it down around the edges. Discard the cello bag once this has been glued, using this technique just saves on the clearing up but this could be done on a craft mat and just use a grime boss quickly afterwards to remove the glue before it dries.

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Step 5. Place a full piece of the silver moon leaf over the `Let it Snow` glued piece. Alternatively use gilding flakes instead. Pat the leaf onto the die shape.

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Step 6. Work the sentiment using a piece of `rub it scrub it` pad to remove the excess leaf from the intricate design or use your fingers to rub away any foil that is not attached to the glue below.

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Step 7. Now make box panels by cutting 4 pieces of silver shine card to 2½” x 3¼”. These can either be panels using the snowflake embossing folder. This photo shows the different finishes that have been added onto a piece of adhesive sheet that was added after the card was embossed ( as embossing can crack the self adhesive backing when it`s placed through an embossing machine). The finishes show clear rocky candy, glitter jewels or micro beads.

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Step 8. Alternatively for this project a plain piece of silver shine card with the adhesive sheet over the top has been used with the Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels.

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Step 9. Emboss a piece of acetate using the snowflake embossing folder & the cut a piece the same depth of the silver panel – 3¼” and then cut the width of the acetate to 3½” ( this is wider than the silver panel) . Wrap the acetate around one of the glittered panels & crease a ¼” flap either end of the acetate. Secure the acetate around the back of the panels and this will create a bowed effect at the front of the card.

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Step 10. Add the prepared panel onto the front flap of the box using foam tape for dimension.

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Step 11. Add some silicone glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries glue onto the centre bigger areas of the word Snow , leave the side and outer areas free of glue so that the piece stands out proud when it`s added to the acetate.

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Step 12. Add the other 3 panels of glitter to the flaps before adding the `Let it Snow` piece onto the acetate.

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Step 13. Select the Creative Expressions feathery snowflake stamp, The Cosmic Shimmer silver shine embossing powder, Cosmic Shimmer flake & glitter glue , clear & Resist ink pad & the clear distress rock candy.

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Step 14. Stamp the snowflake image onto a piece of silver shine using the clear & resist ink pad . Add Cosmic Shimmer silver shine embossing powder before heat setting the powder.

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Step 15. Now add some of the Cosmic Shimmer flake & glitter glue onto a scrap of acetate & dab the cut`n`dry foam pad over the snowflake stamp. Stamp the image onto a piece of white shimmer card & repeat until you have about 8 stamped snowflakes.

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Step 16. CLEAN THE GLUE OFF YOUR STAMP STRAIGHT AWAY USING A GRIME BOSS SHEET or SCRUB IT OFF WITH WARM WATER .

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Step 17. Add the distress clear rock candy over the glue for a lovely delicate snowflake effect.

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Step 18. Once the glue is dry cut out all the snowflakes close to the snowflake image. Use the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to add a faux glue dot pearl to the centre of the snowflake and set aside to dry.

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Step 19. Make a single bow using the purple shimmer ribbon. I wanted an embellishment for the centre of the bow but didn`t have a small dazzler so I took a crystal sparkle embellishment & trimmed away the outer row of crystals with a small pair of scissors. The crystals even remained in a strip of the plastic so they can be easily kept for another project & cut into single pieces as and when required. Now add the centre crystal to the knot of the bow.

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Step 20. Start to add and build up the layers of snowflakes onto the box base. Add a foam pad onto the inner strip of card & add the pearl spray embellishment wire onto the sticky pad. Add some glue over the top before adding a snowflake to cover the foam pad.

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Step 21. Another way of adding the pearl sprays are to curl the wire around a thin piece of silver card and then stick the card to the inner sections of the box.

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Step 22. Add the pearl on the card to the box.

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Step 23. Now cover the piece with another snowflake.

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Step 24. Add the small bow under the `Let it Snow` panel and continue to build up the snowflakes alternating the different textures as you go.

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Step 25. Stamp & emboss more snowflakes this time onto vellum using the Cosmic Shimmer true white embossing powder. Add some self adhesive sheet behind the vellum & then stick onto another sheet of vellum. Cut each piece out.

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Step 26. Add these snowflakes by gluing just 1 tip to the back of an already stuck down snowflake as this will give it height & the light with reflect nicely through it too.

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Step 27. Once all the snowflakes have been added the box with flatten down in half with the taller back section remaining up straight. Prefect for sending as a card an envelope.

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Step 28. Here is a close up of the acetate `Let it Snow` feature.

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Step 29.  Here is the finished box card complete with a bevelled acetate panel to curve and add extra dimension to the `Let it Snow` silver leaf die shape.

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Sue Wilson Let It Snow Box Card ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to make basic shape for this box card with the main feature being the `Let it Snow` die shape covered in silver leaf from the Sue Wilson die collection.

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A close up of the Let it Snow panel on acetate

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson LET IT Snow Die Festive Collection : CED3004

Creative Expressions Feathery Snowflake Stamp : UMS167

Large Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

Acetate : Acetate & Cosmic Shimmer Silver Moon Gilding Leaf : CSGFPKSILV

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 Silver Shadow Foundations Card : 40602,   Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 Foundations Vellum : 40024

               Grime Boss : GB30 & Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Embossing Powder : CSDEPSILV & True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

2 Tone Purple / Green Ribbon :KN07

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJLGICED

Creative Expressions Crystal Sparkles Embellishment : SPARKCRYS &

Creative Expressions Pearl Spray : PEARLSPRAY

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This is part 1 of the box card workshop and will show you how to make the basic shape for the `Let it Snow` box card.

The following items will be needed to create the box card. They are the Sue Wilson `Let It Snow `die from her festive collection, the Creative Expressions feathery snowflake stamp , the large snowflake lattice embossing folder & a piece of silver shadow foundations card and acetate. 

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Step 2. Place the silver shine card in a landscape position on a score board. Use pencil marks to measure the card spacing starting from the left hand edge. Use the piercing ruler for inch measurements and mark at 2¾” – 5½” – 8¼” & 11”

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Step 3. Move the first measurement which was at 2¾” to the 3 inch score point if you are using a score board. Alternatively just use an embossing tool & a ruler to score the line. Now score the full length down the piece of silver shine card.

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Step 4. Move the card to the 2nd measurement & score down the 5 ½” line & the last measurement which is at the 11” mark (as these 2 marks are in the correct place for scoring as shown). Move the final score line mark over to a score grove & score down this line.

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Step 5. Turn the card once so it`s now in a portrait position & place the card so it`s butt right up to the edge of the score board. Now score a line at 3½ “ & 7”.

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Step 6. In order to cut the excess piece of card if you don`t have an A3 / 12” paper trimmer then fold the card in half using the scoreline as the fold & remove the excess card. Please make sure you fold the card when it`s in a landscape position and that the small tab end is still in place.

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Step 7. On the right hand edge of the card the small scored area is going to be used as a tab so on the bottom corner section trim the corner off top & bottom to create a tab.

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Step 8. Place the piece onto your guillotine (or use scissors).

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Step 9. Trim down to the tab area going carefully as you get near the tab. You will hear a small tap as you hit the tab area and just remove this excess card.

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Step 10. Using this method just helps keep the card cut in a crisp way. Now bend forward the 3 flaps furthest away from the tab & leave the other card unfolded as this will be the back piece of the box and it will need to be one whole strong piece. It is optional whether this long panel has a line added as it does make it stronger without it.

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Step 11. Use a bone folder to burnish the 3 flap score lines in place.

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Step 12. Repeat the process and burnish the side score lines too.

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Step 13. This step is optional but the long panel has been scored , go in on the reverse and score all around the edges to make a feature of the standing up back panel or make a full length panel of the 7” x 2½” card to go down the full length of the back of the card

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Step 14. Take a piece of the same silver shine card & make the inner section which will house all the snowflakes on. Here 2 have been made so you have a spare for another box card. Measure in from the left hand edge of the card at ½” – then measurement 1” away from that measurement, then 2¾” , another 1” , another 2¾” and trim off the excess. Make the card 1¼” deep and trim to size. Crease all the score lines in place.

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Step 15. With the flaps folded over so you work on the base row of panels, measure 3.5cms on the 1st or 3rd flap & mark with a pencil.

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Step 16. Add some Cosmic Shimmer glue to the 1” tab with the small ¼” tab also having some glue on the flap.

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Step 17. Add the centre of the piece onto the central marking on the box base.

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Step 18. Flattening the folds of the strip add the end of the panel onto the ¼” glued tab to create the inner workings of this box piece. Please note by adding the tab in this way will mean the tab will be seen from above but an extra panel of card has been used to cover the tab giving you a flush smooth finish from all angels.

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Step 19. Add a small amount of glue to the end tab & on the end of the just added rectangle box shape. Dab your finger over the glue to smooth it to the edges of the tabs as this will eliminate the glue bulging out after it is put in place. For this next step you will need to work quickly to get the box shape & the 2 pieces stuck correctly (or you can glue the inner piece separately)

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Step 20. Once the tab is glued in place you will have the basic shape of the box card ready to be decorated as you wish. Using the silver shine card is great as it`s a sturdy card & double sided so less work covering all the surfaces. Why not use the antique old gold card for a different colour way.

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Step 21. Place the `Let it Snow` die onto a piece of card & secure in place with some low tack tape. Cut the piece through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine.

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Step 22. Now use the pink plate , then the embossing tan mat , the die with the cut facing upwards into the card and cover with the base plate. Run the sandwich back through the die cutting machine. Although this panel will be covered in silver leaf later the embossing will still show through. This die was cut first time through the die cutting machine just showing you how great a die it is as it is very detailed.

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Step 23. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to poke through the holes in the die. These act as a release place to poke the card away from the die.

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Step 24. Gently ease the card away from the die pulling carefully as you go and because it`s a very detailed die. It`s worth not rushing as the card will come out in one piece. Poke away any little pieces that shouldn`t be in the piece, although I have to say there were only a couple that remained in the die so it was very easy.

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Here is the finished box card complete with a bevelled acetate panel to curve and add extra dimension to the `Let it Snow` silver leaf die shape.

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Part 2 of the workshop will follow next week so be sure to come back or click follow / receive an   e-mail on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop site to get the blog post directly to you. There are lots of tips to help you get a lovely effect and all very easy too.

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Spellbinder Embossed Merry Christmas Shimmer Card

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This workshop shows how to make a Christmas card using the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Merry Christmas folder for extra dimension to the piece along with bringing in lots of soft tones of reds and greens in the ribbon and the embossing folder by Creative Expressions

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Spellbinders Embossed Merry Christmas Shimmer Card

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Spellbinders Frosty Forms : WIZS5-121 or

Sue Wilson Christmas Angel Festive Collection Die

Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Merry Christmas Emboss Folder :  WIZE3DS-005

Creative Expressions Large Swirling Holly Embossing Folder : EF-023

 Silver Shadow Double Sided Card : 40602 & Rich Green Foundations A4 Card : 41008

Tim Holtz Distress Inks ~ Fired Brick  :DPFIREDRED & Crushed Olive : DPOLIVE

Tim Holtz Distress Markers Peeled Paint : DMPEELFired Brick   :  DMFIRED & Dusty Concorde  : DMDUSTY

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

Emerald Green Ribbon : WS04

2 Tone Ribbon :SB-15

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select a piece of the silver shadow double sided card or use the antique old gold card. For this project Christmas colours are needed to create the background, so the Tim Holtz fired brick & crushed olive distress ink pads are needed along with a piece of cut`n`dry foam.

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Step 2. Place the silver piece of card onto the blending ink mat. Firstly add some of the fired brick distress ink onto a small piece of cut`n`dry foam & then working at an angle add the ink to the across the top left hand corner of the card (or right hand corner if you are left handed).

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Step 3. Then add a band of the crushed olive distress ink using the same technique. Use a soft cloth or a piece of kitchen roll to hold onto the card and the ink as this will eliminate any finger prints in the ink. Now continue adding the ink alternatively until you get to the end of the bottom right hand corner of the card.

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Step 4. Always blend the 2 joining inks together to give a delicate soft edging to the colours. As this is a shimmer card the distress ink will give a lovely soft feel to the piece. Set the card aside to dry or heat set it. Be careful if heat setting the piece as the card can warp as the moisture is drawn out of the card.

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Step 5. Place the card with the coloured side facing up as it will have the embossing on this side. Secure the card with some low tack tape so the piece doesn`t slip when the plates are added through the Grand Calibur. Use the Grand Calibur base plate, then place the embossing folder with card inside and then finish with the raspberry adapter plate and run through the GC. As with all plates in a Grand Calibur machine , make sure you never force the plates through. Any issues with which plates to use for different machines please refer to the cutting & embossing sandwich information sheet on the Creative Expressions website homepage.

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Step 6 Now you have a totally different look to the silver card you first started with.

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Step 7. Use the Tim Holtz fired brick & peeled paint distress markers to colour in the raised / embossed holly & berry leaves. This will just be a soft tone of colour but it is worth it for the end result. For a stronger colour use the coconut card as the inks will grab this card more.

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Step 8. This stage can be done either way you choose. Cut a piece of the silver double sided card to fit just inside the Spellbinders Merry Christmas embossing folder. If you want swipe some of the crushed olive distress ink over the card & wipe it into the card and remove any excess ink to soften the look.

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Step 9. Use some low tack tape to stick the panel coloured side facing into the debossed side so the embossing comes out on this side.

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Step 10. This will be with the coloured side facing with the Spellbinders logo on the top. Use the Grand Calibur base plate, then place the embossing folder with card inside and then finish with the raspberry adapter plate . Run the folder through the Grand Calibur machine

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Step 11. So either use the crushed olive embossed panel or use a plain silver shine piece of card & colour the embossed piece afterwards.

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Step 12. Use the peeled paint or crushed olive ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam to colour in the silver shine panel as this will give a softer feel to the piece. I like colouring the card first as this seems to give a slight cracking to the card & it looks like the bark of the tree.

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Step 13. Take a dark distress ink marker like the forest green & go over the branches swirls in the design. For a more detailed look use alcohol ink pens directly over the distress ink as this will really define the embossed areas.

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Step 14. Use a dark red to colour in just the banner on the Merry Christmas swag, try going around the letters & the add some green over the Merry Christmas.

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Step 15. Cut the holly & berry panel to 18.5cms wide (pattern the correct way up !!! ) & 19cms depth. Mount the piece & the topper onto a piece of rich green foundations card , leaving a small border around the edge.

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Step 16. Cut 5 of the small parcels using the die from Spellbinders frosty forms die or  the Sue Wilson Christmas angel festive die collection in the silver shine card or white card if you wish for a brighter colouring to the piece.

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Step 17. Use the dusty concord, fired brick & the forest moss distress ink markers to colour in the small die cut parcels in.

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Step 18. Throughout this project just soft tones are used to bring the elements of the project together. To carry on with this theme I have taken a piece of the emerald green ribbon and colour half the ribbon using  the fired brick pen if using a white ribbon or alternatively for a richer red use the bullet nib of a red alcohol pen & run it along the pink area of the ribbon & a green for the brown area.

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Step 19. Make 6 small holes across each corner of the holly panel. This will make sure the ribbon doesn`t fall over the edges of the card.

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Step 20. Start with the ribbon from underneath the card & start to weave in through the holes in panel. Secure the ends on the back of the card. Repeat this stage on the other 3 corners of the card.

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Step 21. Tie a double looped bow and attach it to the top left hand corner of the card. Add a blob of 3d glue over the knot of the bow.

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Step 22. Then add a bow made using the red & green just coloured ribbon.

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Step 23. Add a couple the small parcels to cover the knot of the bow.

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Step 24. Mat the Merry Christmas embossed panel onto 2 mats of white card using foam tape as you layer. Each layer has had colour added around the edge of the card. Firstly green on the 1st mat and some red ink on the 2nd mat. This again just draws the colours into the design.

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Step 25. Add some of the dusty concord, fired brick & the forest moss distress ink markers to colour in the parcels & the baubles hanging on the tree .

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Step 26. Mount the worked panel onto a base card made out of joining 2 pieces of silver shine together and trimming off the excess to make card.

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Step 27. Attach 3 off the small parcels around the other embossed parcels as this will draw your eye to the card.

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Here is the completed project Lots of texture as well as different soft tones to bring the project all together.

Something effective without being to difficult to achieve.

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Sue Wilson Vintage Bauble Gift Piece ~ Part 2

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This workshop follows on from part 1 and shows how to make a Christmas gift piece or favours box using the  Sue Wilson vintage bauble dies from her festive collection range along with the snowny brook bauble stamp from the Stamps to Die for range at Creative Expressions.

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The vellum & micro bead back goes a luxurious feel to the piece

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Rich plum card has been use for a firmer shape to the piece & one of the baubles has micro beads completely over the whole design , the other has the oval image design cut out first & added back to the bauble once the micro beads have been added. This makes for a clearer image.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Vintage Bauble Die : CED3011

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set ~ Snowy Brook Bauble  : UMS580

Foundations Vellum : 40024

Metallic Vintage Gold Card  : VINTGOLD350

Foundations Snow White Pearl Paper : 40763

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4   Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold : CSEPBRGOLD

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Creative Expressions Wrinkled Edge Champagne Ribbon : NK02

Creative Expressions Light Brown Dazzlers : DAZBRWN

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Now continuing on from part 1 of this project.

Top Tip Here`s a tip when adding the stamped vellum piece over the self adhesive bauble cut shape, marry up the bottom section of the what would be the top of the bauble and so the top sides lay onto the adhesive sheet and then the rest of the bauble with lay perfectly on over the sticky sheet as each die shape will always be the same.

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Step 2. Turn the stamped bauble piece over & remove the sticky backing off the die shape but leave just the small tab along the top ( or now bottom ) area of the bauble.

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Step 3. With the piece in a plastic lid box tip the Creative Expressions micro beads over the bauble. Press the beads into the sticky sheet for an all over coverage.

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Step 4. Take the reverse side of the gold square card piece that was prepared earlier. Place your ruler over both edges & measure the centre of this piece. In this case you`ll find the middle will come out as 4cms. Repeat and mark this measurement on all sides of the square.

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Step 5. This is optional as the small tab won`t be seen but this can help when placing the bauble in the centre of the card. Cut a small hole in the centre of the tab & also at the other end of the bauble as the top hole will be where the ribbon is added later on.

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Step 6. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries glue all around the outer edge of the worked bottom panel. Squiggle some glue over the centre too.

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Step 7. Remove the backing off the bauble tab. Use the sticky to attach the bauble onto the glue marking sure you line the hole with the centre pencil mark on the panel.

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Step 8. Now repeat this process on the other 3 baubles shapes. Use the points of a small pair of scissors to make sure the tab grabs the Cosmic Shimmer glue.

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Step 9. Add some more Cosmic Shimmer glue over the bauble tab.

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Step 10. Allow the glue to go off for a minute or so before placing

another square of old gold card over the top. This piece will need to be the same size as the 3 1/8” x 3 1/8 ” base panel but you may wish to take 1mm off the top and side of the card so it`s not seen underneath the panel.

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Step 11. Now on the flip side you have the pretty corner centre piece with the inside micro bead pieces & the design of the outside of the bauble.

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Step 12. If you haven`t already made a hole in the top of the bauble then do this now.

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Step 13. Place some sweets on the base of the gift piece. If you are stacking the chocolates it`s a great idea to add a small piece of card on the 2nd layer to make the chocolates steady in the stack. The chocolates can have a small amount of tape runner or glue dot added underneath to stop them from moving about.

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Step 14. Stack the chocolates as you desire , the taller the stack the difference in the shape of the finished gift piece.

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Step 15. Be careful not to add a thick ribbon through the hole in the bauble as the vellum / micro beads can spilt. Ideally use a thin ribbon or even some bakers twine.

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Step 16. Make a small bow to gather all the tips of the baubles up.

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Step 17. Make a bow using the wrinkled edge ribbon & add a brown dazzler over the knot of the bow. Use a glue dot to attach the ribbon to the top of the bauble gift piece so that it can easily be removed later on & the gift can be opened and closed again.

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Step 18. So here is the finished piece which I’m sure would make a lovely piece for a Christmas meal ~ it also means you can lift any theme by using everyday white plates but the gold can come in from these little gifts. Why not go to town and make a matching cracker using the Creative Expressions cracker template for a touch of elegance.

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Step 19. Here you can see how the vellum / micro beads effect the strength of the piece. The oval piece added means the shape changes & gives this lovely dip in the piece.

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Step 20. Here is a different look of a piece, it`s made using the rich plum card as the baubles will stand more upright . The tulle makes a wonderful soft feel to the embellishments of the piece.

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The rich plum piece can either have the micro beads added all over the front of the bauble or just on the bauble & raise the uncovered panel on the oval for a clearer image.

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Sue Wilson Vintage Bauble Gift Piece ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to make a Christmas gift piece or favours box using the  Sue Wilson vintage bauble dies from her festive collection range along with the snowny brook bauble stamp from the Stamps to Die for range at Creative Expressions.

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The vellum & micro bead back goes a luxurious feel to the piece

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Rich plum card has been use for a firmer shape to the piece & one of the baubles has micro beads completely over the whole design , the other has the oval image design cut out first & added back to the bauble once the micro beads have been added. This makes for a clearer image.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Vintage Bauble Die : CED3011

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set ~ Snowy Brook Bauble  : UMS580

Foundations Vellum : 40024

Metallic Vintage Gold Card  : VINTGOLD350

Foundations Snow White Pearl Paper : 40763

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4   Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold : CSEPBRGOLD

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Creative Expressions Wrinkled Edge Champagne Ribbon : NK02

Creative Expressions Light Brown Dazzlers : DAZBRWN

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Creative Expressions snowy brook bauble stamp along with the Sue Wilson vintage bauble festive collection die. The project also requires some vellum, self adhesive sheets & some micro beads. This project comes in 2 part with part 1 starting the build up to the micro beads version or you can opt for a stronger card version. The whole project was designed as I wanted something 3d and I always like to try think of another use for a standard stamp and I think this ticks that box !!!

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Step 2. Take a piece of the self adhesive sheet secure the largest solid bauble die shape over a sheet using some low tack tape. Cut another piece of adhesive sheet to go underneath this rectangle as you`ll be able to cut 2 baubles at a time.

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Step 3. Cut out the bauble without embossing the piece as this can crack the adhesive backing and the embossing wouldn`t be seen either. Turn the bauble around & cut through both layers again. You`ll now have the 4 sticky sheet baubles for the project.

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Step 4. This piece has been cut out in copier paper and just shows you how I planned the design. It`s a bit like making a pattern and you`ll find you start to see different uses for the die once you play around with waste pieces of paper.

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Step 5. Cut a piece of the old vintage gold card to 3 1/8” x 3 1/8 ” & then cut a metallic vintage gold piece of card to 3” x 3” and emboss a line around all 4 edges of the darker gold piece. Use some foam tape to attach the 2 pieces together for added dimension.

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Step 6. Cut 4 of the corner / bauble decorative hanging die shapes out of pearl white paper or card.

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Step 7. In order to get the corner pieces to fit onto the gold base you`ll need to trim off some of the flourish pieces. This is fun to get the 4 pieces to fit like a jigsaw. Do this on all 4 corners.

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Step 8. Set the pieces onto the gold base to make sure the pieces fit nicely together.

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Step 9. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries glue to stick to pieces into place.

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Step 10. Place the snowy brook bauble stamp onto an acrylic block as it`s already mounted onto a foam backing. Ink the stamp using the clear and resist ink pad ( or Perfect Medium). Swipe a piece of vellum with an anti static bag before stamping the image onto the vellum.

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Step 11. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the clear ink & tap off the excess.

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Step 12. Repeat the process until you have 4 baubles stamped & the embossing powder added. Now heat set the embossing powder using a heat tool.

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Step 13. Place the solid bauble die over the stamped image & secure in place with some low tack tape.

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Step 14. I find it best to remove the other stamped images from the prepared panel as it saves the other pieces being run through the die cutting machine. Sometimes you can get odd piece of card stuck to a embossing plate so this saves any small marks being transferred to the vellum or the embossed lines of the bauble being pressed over and over when passed through the die cutting machine.

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Step 15. Cut all 4 stamped baubles pieces out.

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Step 16. Take a pair of decoupage snips or small scissors and go in & cut the oval scenery shape out in one continues piece. Be careful when starting the cut as you want it kept neat as this is top layer and will be seem once the bauble has been assembled.

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Step 17. Repeat this process on all 4 baubles. The reason for doing this is because the bauble is going to be turned upside down to create the unique shape on the finished piece. The oval will be turned around & added back into the bauble for different use to this stamp.

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Step 18. Add the stamped vellum bauble onto bauble shape adhesive sheet. Make sure you leave the backing on the other side of the adhesive sheet. The bauble will fit perfectly onto the sheet and will leave a sticky oval centre ready for the oval to be added.

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Step 19. Now go in and turn the oval stamped centres before adding them to the upside down bauble panels ( make sure you turn the baubles so they are placed in correctly )

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This is the finished piece. I love the effect the vellum has on the finished bauble design as the oval help hold the shape & the micro beads added on the reverse allow the piece to be nice & soft. So check back next week and all will be revealed

             Happy Crafting x

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& a side view revealing the corner die cut shapes inside the piece.

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Step 20. Here is a different look of a piece, it`s made using the rich plum card as the baubles will stand more upright . The tulle makes a wonderful soft feel to the embellishments of the piece.

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Cosmic Shimmer Best Sticking Product Range
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We are proud to have been nominated by the readers of Crafts Beautiful & Papercrafter magazines for four categories in The Craft Awards 2014!

We strive to bring you the highest quality products and are absolutely delighted to have been nominated for these awards.

The Awards are now in their 10th year and have a real importance and standing within the crafts industry, and to be nominated and recognised for our contribution is a true reflection of how much hard work and dedication it takes to be successful in this thriving marketplace.

The voting period for these Awards commences on today at www.craftawards.com.

Voting closes on Sunday 21st December 2014 at midnight and the results will then be made public online and in print in the April issues of Crafts Beautiful and Papercrafter magazines.

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