Creative Expressions Black Lace & Coral Card ~ Part 2

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This workshop shows a gift bag using the Creative Expressions singles square stamps in with the base shape made.

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Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Die Californian Collection : CED1105

Sue Wilson Granada Die Spanish Collection : CED1207

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For ….. Delicate Lace Stamp :UMS563

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set Crystal Cut Perfume Bottle : UMS095

Creative Expressions Singles Garden Frame Stamp Set : UMS150

Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Garden Lattice Embossing Folder : WIZEG-003

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Coconut Card :40980 Foundations A4 Card

                        Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ~ Tattered Rose : DPTATTROSE

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

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Black String / Burlap  : SM08

Parchment : 40024

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

Perfect Medium Black Pen : PERPENBLK

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR

Sheer & Ruffle Edge Black Ribbon : 350-15-10

Creative Expressions Pink Dazzlers : DAZPINK

Rock Candy Dry Glitter : GLITROCKLG

Creative Expressions Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Film : TH93048

Silver Mirri Card or Silver Shadow Foundations Card : 40602

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Now part 1 of the workshop is complete, we will continue to build the design and there will be some handy tips along the way.

Swipe a piece of parchment with an anti static bag. Stamp the delicate lace stamp onto a piece of parchment using the black archival ink pad & add clear Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder over the ink. This needs to be done fairly quickly so the permanent ink doesn`t dry out in patches & all the embossing powder sticks. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

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Step 2. Place the 2 outer size die pieces from the Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Californian collection die set. Use some low tack tape to secure them to another piece of parchment paper. Make sure there is the same amount of width in between the 2 dies as this will effect the end result. Cut & emboss the piece out using the Grand Calibur machine. Set aside for later.

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Step 3. Cut through the edge of the embossed lace panel but do this in one clean cut as this piece can be used for another project. Now go round the outer edge of the solid black line in the design. This will leave you with a thin lacy border on the waste parchment.

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Step 4. Having cut the inner frame out in one go you`ll be left with this embossed lacy border.

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Step 5. Here is the single cut through the border . Just simply add a piece of cellotape across the reverse of the cut & then use the largest Beverley Hills die to cut out the border shape. This piece can then be saved for another project or it will make a lovely frame for a scrapbook page.

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Step 6. Take the parchment plain piece with the embossed panels in the design, start to work in small sections by drawing a thick solid line using the black prefect medium pen. This is easily done by placing the parchment onto a scrap piece of paper & drawing on the edge & slightly onto the paper. You get a solid , same distance line around the curves of the design.

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Step 7. Work your way around the piece adding the clear embossing powder as you go. Once completed you`ll have a lovely detail to the parchment edge which will compliment the black lace panel in the design. Heat set all the powder once the whole area is complete or heat set as you go along.

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Step 8. So now you have the 2 parchment black embossed panels, a dazzler setting could be added as it`s a perfect size to fit inside area of the worked piece but for this project the inner die shape will be coloured and glittered before being added to the finished project. Emboss a piece of A4 coconut card using the garden lattice Spellbinders embossing folder or choose from one of the Creative Expressions designs as there are some STUNNING faux pierced effects embossing folders designs just out.

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Step 9. Trim the embossed panel to 18.5cms wide by 18cms deep. Mat the panel onto a piece of black card. Either distress the raised embossed areas before or after you have matted the card. It`s just personal preference, but as you are using black card the tattered rose ink won`t show up on the border if it`s done afterwards.

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Step 10. Repeat the process using the 2 outer Beverley Hills dies & place them onto a piece of white card stock. Secure using the low tack tape.

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Step 11. Select the boards to emboss this piece of card only NO CUTTING THIS PIECE . Build the base plate, the dies facing cut edge up into the card, the tan mat & then the pink embossing plate. Run the sandwich through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine so you just get an embossed design.

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Step 12. Go in and cut around the outer line which has impressed into the card. This is the outer rim of the die which would never cut this size but it`s perfect to use to get a faux die shape to mat the die shapes up with. This really only works on not to fussy designs as the cut edge is easy to follow & cut out.

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Step 13. Swipe the tattered rose ink pad over the faux cut piece as this will pick up all the embossed areas & leaves a nice white border within the design.

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Step 14. Cut & emboss a centre panel using the inner die of the Beverley Hills set. Now distress the piece using the tattered rose ink pad. Here it has been applied using a piece of cut`n`dry foam which has green already on it, use the foam as this will give an aged look to the piece. Use some spray mount glue ( if you want the webbed look) or some Cosmic Shimmer flake and glitter glue to attached the rock candy glitter.

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14a Here you can see the effect of the green and coral coming through the intricate centre piece. Add the dazzler over the top.

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Step 15. To make a nice feature wrap a piece of the ruffle edged ribbon around the piece of embossed card & attach to the reverse of the card leaving a little extra piece of ribbon so it will take up the gathering. Tie a piece of burlap or string either end of the card but make sure this is going to be underneath the die shape.

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Step 16. Use some foam tape under the top and bottom areas of the die shape. Depending on the depth of the foam you may wish to use 2 layers of foam. Then use some silicone glue along the centre die shape as this will then settle where needed over the ribbon.

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Step 17. Add the other layers and make sure the glue is used in inner areas of the die shapes so it won`t be seem through the parchment or glue under the thick embossed areas on the lace piece. With the parchment this will give a nice loose feel to the layers .

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Step 18. Here is a nice shot of the different layers within the design. The cut out areas of the Beverley Hills die really compliments the intricate lace design as well as the soft embossed panel. Just have fun with layering as it really does help to bring a project together. Check out Sue Wilson`s blog for more ideas using the dies as well as lots of photos of her 2nd new release dies. Sue has daily posts and various giveaways along with video demonstrations which is a great source as her work is STUNNING.

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Step 19. Attach the perfume bottle that was made in part 1 to the project & use the black vintage button to add some glue behind & attach the tassel onto the neck of the bottle and use the centre just made panel or a setting piece.

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Step 20. Make a base card using white card & just swipe the outer edge with the tattered rose ink pad to bring in the colour to the project. Also add another mat of black & white card. Stamp a Best Wishes sentiment from the singles stamp set & emboss it too. Cut out the small frame using the Granada inner die piece. Add some tattered rose ink to the Best Wishes sentiment & attach this to the die shape using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 21. Cut & emboss 8 small flowers from the garden frame stamp plate. Colour them using the tattered rose ink & then add them to the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam & press down onto the centre of the flower using a ball tool to curve the flowers & give them some shaping.

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Step 22 Add 3 flowers to the top left hand corner & the bottom right hand corner of the card before adding a single flower to the other 2 corners. This will now complete the project.

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Creative Expressions Black Lace & Coral Card ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to make a black lace with coral tone card using the Creative Expressions stamps to die for range with the Sue Wilson die collection.

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Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Die Californian Collection : CED1105

Sue Wilson Granada Die Spanish Collection : CED1207

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For ….. Delicate Lace Stamp :UMS563

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set Crystal Cut Perfume Bottle : UMS095

Creative Expressions Singles Garden Frame Stamp Set : UMS150

Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Garden Lattice Embossing Folder : WIZEG-003

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Coconut Card :40980 Foundations A4 Card

                        Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ~ Tattered Rose : DPTATTROSE

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

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Black String / Burlap  : SM08

Parchment : 40024

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR

Sheer & Ruffle Edge Black Ribbon : 350-15-10

Creative Expressions Pink Dazzlers : DAZPINK

Rock Candy Dry Glitter : GLITROCKLG

Creative Expressions Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frosted Film : TH93048

Silver Mirri Card or Silver Shadow Foundations Card : 40602

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Creative Expressions crystal cut perfume bottle stamp , the Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Die from the Californian Collection & Granada Die from the Spanish Collection also the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Garden Lattice Embossing Folder. Also needed is a Creative Expressions  pink dazzler & a black vintage button. To complete the project the Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For ….. Garden Frame Pre Cut Stamp will be used for the small flowers to embellish and finish the card in part 2 .

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Tim Holtz frosted film and cut a piece large enough to stamp the perfume bottle onto it.

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Step 3. Place the crystal cut perfume bottle 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)

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Step 4. Swipe the film with an anti static bag and then I have found it`s best to stand the block upright and on the end of the frosted film as this will hold one end of the film flat & then use the other hand to hold down either edge of the film end.

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Step 5. Make sure you place the stamp straight down without moving the stamp as this this will result in a ghost stamped image.

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Step 6. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer viola black aurora embossing powder over the stamped image. As the film will curve round this makes a prefect shute to pour the embossing powder directly back into the pot or just tip it onto a piece of copy paper and transfer back into the pot.

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Step 7. Even with the anti static bag you will find the powder does seem to stick to the film. Don`t worry give the film a quick flick with your finger on the reverse of the film & the powder will all fall off. I have to say I was worried first time but did this process 3 times to check it worked perfectly every time.

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Step 8. Now heat set the embossing powder using a heat tool. I didn`t get any issues embossing the film but just treat it like you would embossing vellum or parchment and use quick motions with the heat tool so it doesn`t hang about for any length of time on one piece. This would cause scorching on parchment.

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Step 9. Once this is completed and the embossing powder is all done you`ll find the film will still curl up but this is fine so don`t worry. Cut around the outside of the perfume bottle being careful not to clip off any of the embossed lines.

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Step 10. Remove the backing from the film & place the stamped bottle onto a piece of silver mirri card or a piece of the Foundations silver shadow card.

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Step 11. Trim around the edge of the perfume bottle and if a small amount of the embossed area does come away from the film then take a permanent black marker & draw over the area. You could try leaving more of the film uncut around the edge if you are not comfortable cutting so close to the edge but this is up to you. It handles nicely either way.

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Step 12. Take a pair of decoupage snips or the blades of a small pair of scissors & just gently tease the card downwards on both edges of the perfume bottle. This will give depth & dimension to the piece once it is attached the final card.

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Step 13. With the card behind the film it shows how it helps hold the shape of the bottle being curved & the frosty film shows up lovely on the reflecting background. Depending on the look you may want to make 2 of the perfumes bottles so that one can be decoupaged later on.

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Step 14. The bottle I thought would like nice with a tassel but the already made ones were to big, so I’ll show you how to make one using the black burlap / string. Wrap the burlap around you 2 fingers, hold them a bit further apart if you which the tassel to be a big bigger than 2 finger width but smaller than 3 finger width. Wrap maybe 6 or 7 times around your fingers starting from the bottom of the 2nd finger.

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Step 15. Finish the string off at the bottom as this will form 1 whole tassel length. Take another piece of string and loop it through the open circle of the string & tie it off in a knot so that another loop is formed at the end of the tassel ~ this is just to make it`s own loop which might be useful when adding a tassel to your project.

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Step 16. Snip the string close to the knot on just one of the pieces and leave the other one long. Now turn the knot so it falls under the loops of string you made with your fingers. You could also have used 2 pegs such as a bow maker instead of your fingers it`s up to you which you use.

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Step 17. Wrap the ribbon around and around to achieve the top fastening of the tassel & leave a small piece of the string out to be secured next.

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Step 18. Add a small dot of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the end of the string and stick the end down. Don`t add to much glue as although it`s clear it will act like it would on felt and be seem if over loaded.

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Step 19. Place your scissors into the loops of string and when you are exactly at the halfway point cut the ends. Make a 2nd tassel using the method.

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Step 20. Here you can see you can make the loop on the tassels different heights. Once you have made one tassel you can use this technique and use it with the bakers twine or even the thin Cosmic Shimmer 2 tone ribbon to make some tassels to embellish your projects.

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Step 21. To join the tassels together pass one loop through the other loop of the tassel & flip the tassel body through the loop to attach the 2 tassels together. This is just a neat way of attaching the tassels to a card with no excess string to play with.

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Step 22. Select one of the black vintage buttons to place over the end of the tassels. This will be placed on the neck of the perfume bottle in part 2 of the workshop, so just set aside for later on.

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Step 23. Here is the 2nd perfume bottle which has been decoupaged on the top lid area and the main body of the bottle. Curve the pieces to marry the shape of the whole bottle later on.

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     Here is the completed Black Lace & Coral Card.

Part 2 to follow next week and this will give you some useful tips when enlarging the biggest die & also show how to emboss the outer rim of the parchment so it tones the project altogether.

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Creative Expressions Square Flower Panel Bag ~ Part 2

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This workshop shows a gift bag using the Creative Expressions singles square stamps in with the base shape made.

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Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Range : Garden Frame Pre Cut Stamp :UMS152

Phill Martin Damask Border & Icons Stamp Plate : SYDBIC

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Coconut Card :40980 Foundations A4 Card

Teresa Collins Creative Expressions Paper Collection Pad : CRE8X8

                        Tim Holtz Tattered Rose : DPTATTROSE ,Forest Moss DPFOREST  , Peeled Paint : DPPEELEDPAINT &  Crushed Olive : DPOLIVE Distress Ink Pads

Tim Holtz Distress Markers Mustard Seed  : DMMUST  , Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT

 Crushed Olive : DMOLIVE  & Peeled Paint : DMPEEL  , Forest Moss :  DMFOREST, Shabby Shutters :DMSHAB ,  Tattered Rose : DMTAT  ,Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT      & Spun Sugar : DMSPUN

Water Brush : WBF

 Cosmic Shimmer Olive Green Ribbon : KN16

 Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR

Creative Expressions Pink Dazzlers : DAZPINK

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Continue on from part 1 of the flower bag workshop. Colour with as little water as possible on the brush so that the water doesn`t warp the card as this will effect the shape of the box. Mustard seed, crushed olive , peeled paint, forest moss , shabby shutters , tattered rose, spun sugar & Victorian velvet distress marker pens or ink pads have been used to build up colouring the design. Work from your cello bag palette & occasionally go in with the distress marker direct to the piece to add a bolder shading to the design.

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2 Once the frame panels have all been coloured in, take a piece of cut`n`dry foam & distress each edge of the box / bag using the peeled paint ink.

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3 Now all the elements of the bag base and the ribbon are complete the making up of the bag can be done.

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4 Lay the ribbon over the flap side of the bag base piece till you get the size of the loop required. Remember to allow some excess to fall under the fall as this will be secured in between the layers of the bag. The next few steps with the ribbon will be working from the coloured panel sides, this will form the inside of the box later on.

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5 Trim 2 pieces of ribbon the same length as this will help give you the correct sizing for the handles.

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6 The hole is made very fine to pass the ribbon through but it is done in this manner so that the ribbon holds it`s position once it`s added. Make the hole slightly bigger if the ribbon won`t past through as different ribbons might not go through the hole but the Cosmic Shimmer with micro beads on went through ok. Use the pokey tool on the Spellbinder all in one tool to poke the ribbon through the already made hole.

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7 Ease the tool & the tip of the ribbon through the card. Once the ribbon tip is through the hole then gently ease and pull the ribbon through.

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8 Repeat the process through the other hole & lay the ribbon so that the handle effect is achieved.

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9 Now you`ll have the 2 ends on the plain white card side of the bag pieces. The tab is scored so that it will be secured over the ribbon & this will hide the ribbon and gives the bag a completely smooth interior with no ribbon tails seen.

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10 Use some double sided tape to tape the ends of the ribbon down before adding a row of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue underneath the flap. Press the flap down and allow it to dry. Remove any ribbon so it doesn`t leave a bulky piece on the bag.

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11 Repeat the process in the other bag panel. Make sure the handles are the same lengths before sticking and gluing the flap down again.

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12 Take the bag panel which has the 3 coloured squares on it and the centre white piece. Add Cosmic Shimmer glue over all the white centre square panel. Make sure you go close to the edges but not right on the edge as the glue will seep out when the other piece of card is stuck on top.

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13 Place the small worked panel over the middle square so it forms the basic shape with a centre square and 1 square going off each edge. Please make sure the square is stuck so that the edges all line up neatly with the square below as this is crucial to the design and how it will fold up over the next few steps.

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14 Here is a picture of the completed bag base inside. This has been designed so the stamp acts as a pattern for the shape and size of the bag but also lines the inside of the bag without any additional lining in the bag and there will also be no tabs on the inside of the bag either. Dividing the original card in 3 makes for a perfect measurement for ease of use when making this project.

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15 Add some Cosmic Shimmer glue to 4 tabs on the bag base. Fold up the sides with the ribbon on it & stick the tab to the outside of this white card. Repeat this on all 4 tabs so that the normal box / bag shape is achieved.

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16 Here is the results of the bag shape with the tabs fixed to the outside of the piece allowing the square pattern of the stamp to be seen in full on the inside.

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17 Now to cover the ribbon handles. Take a piece of Creative Expression Teresa Collins calligraphy coral paper & stamp the garden frame in one corner of the paper using a black archival ink pad & quickly cover with some Cosmic Shimmer clear embossing powder.

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18 Once it`s covered in embossing powder heat set the piece or stamp another frame and cover with more embossing until you have 4 stamped pieces. It helps to emboss in between each piece so you don`t knock any embossing powder off the different panels. But this is up to you on how best you like to stamp & emboss. As long as the ink is covered in the embossing powder you have time before it need embossing.

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19 The paper pad is excellent for getting the most out of one sheet as the garden stamps allows 4 stamped images on one sheet. Once you have 4 squares completed you can move onto the next step.

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20  Start to colour and build up the image using the distress ink markers that were used on the inside of the bag. The paper allows the colour to be laid easily from the pen as it doesn`t absorb as much as the plain white card did on the inner bag sections.

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21  Colour and highlight as much or as little as you wish on the 4 panels. Cut the 4 pieces out so there is just a fraction of border around the edge of the design. Here you can see how the piece will sit on the edge of the bag.

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22 Add some tattered rose distress ink around the edges of the bag outside to remove the white corners that would be seen underneath. Allow the ink to dry. Be careful if you use a heat tool as this could take out some of the moisture in the card & crinkle the sharpness of the bag shape. It`s best to let the piece to dry naturally.

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23   Now stick the 4 panels onto the bag using the Cosmic Shimmer glue. Press down firmly on the edges as you will need to make sure the folded over section where the ribbon is added is nice and smooth.

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24  If any of the panels don`t stick down then add a small amount of glue underneath the section from the fine nozzle of the Cosmic Shimmer bottle & press down firmly to make sure the paper is stuck in place.

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25 Add a pink Creative Expressions dazzler to the bottom of the ribbon sections. This is just for decoration as the handle is neatly attached inside the card and paper on the bag.

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26  Stamp & emboss 4 small inner squares using the same stamp. Again use the black archival & clear embossing powder. Colour in the panels & add to the box using some foam tape for added dimension. This is an optional piece but it will really pull the design out.

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27 To give your gift or if you are selling the bags the it`s nice to decorate a piece of tissue paper. Select the small damask stamp from the Phill Martin stamp plate & add it to a small acrylic block. Ink the stamp with some forest moss ink & stamp randomly over a piece of tissue paper. Stamp & then stamp again for a ghost stamp effect as this will add shade to the piece.

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28 Add the gift inside the tissue paper ( once the ink has dried ) and add to the bag. Tie the 2 handles with another piece of moss ribbon to add a bow to the handle.

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29 Here is the completed project. Previously the other butterfly square box has been made with a Spellbinder expandable die for the lid section. Why not combine this workshop & make the square frame design & the go ahead and add the lid to this piece for create a lidded box. Have a play with the 2 ideas as they make a nice size gift box with the lid or a gift bag with the ribbon & tissue paper~ Happy Crafting

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Creative Expressions Square Frame Flower Panel Bag ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows a gift bag using the Creative Expressions singles square stamps in with the base shape made.

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Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Range : Garden Frame Pre Cut Stamp :UMS152

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Coconut Card :40980 Foundations A4 Card

Teresa Collins Creative Expressions Paper Collection Pad : CRE8X8

                        Tim Holtz Tattered Rose : DPTATTROSE ,Forest Moss DPFOREST  , Peeled Paint : DPPEELEDPAINT &  Crushed Olive : DPOLIVE Distress Ink Pads

Tim Holtz Distress Markers Mustard Seed  : DMMUST  , Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT

 Crushed Olive : DMOLIVE  & Peeled Paint : DMPEEL  , Forest Moss :  DMFOREST, Shabby Shutters :DMSHAB ,  Tattered Rose : DMTAT  ,Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT      & Spun Sugar : DMSPUN

Water Brush : WBF

 Cosmic Shimmer Olive Green Ribbon : KN16

 Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR

Creative Expressions Pink Dazzlers : DAZPINK

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Creative Expressions garden frame singles stamp or use one of the other similar square stamp designs in the range. Also choose a small embellishment & ribbon to suit the tones used in the project, there are a whole array of embellishments & ribbons which are available in the Creative Expressions range. Here the olive ribbon & the pink dazzlers are used.

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Step 2. Take a piece of A4 coconut card & lay it in a landscape position. Measure 9.9cms & then at the 19.8cms & draw a line downwards (or just measure another 9.9cms from the 1st measurement if that is easier for you). Measuring these figures will leave the final section of 9.9cms at 29.7cms width of a piece of A4 card. Please be aware that some card stock may differ but you would then just draw & cut at the 29.7cms point.

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Step 3. Turn the card into a portrait position & use the same 9.9cms & 19.8cms measurements. Now you`ll have a 1.2cms tab running down the edge, this will become the tab to be used to cover the handle section.

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Step 4. Have the card back in a landscape position & with the tab along the top. Draw a 1cm line either side of the top centre box with diagonal pointed ends to create a tab effect. Set aside for later.

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Step 5. Now take a 2nd piece of card in a portrait position & measure and draw a line 1cm down. Then measure 9.9cms , draw a line & then make another line 1cm down from the last measurement. Then to work the measurements across the card. Mark & draw a line at 9.9cms & then at 19.8cms ,again leaving a 1.2cms tab at the edge.

This piece will become the base & a side panel to make the large square bag out of A4 card by joining them together.

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Step 6. Draw diagonal lines in the 2nd top edge box to make the tab effect & do the same on the 1cm tab below. Mark with a `X` in the 1cm tab areas as this will show you where to cut & help to make sure you don`t cut off the wrong tab.

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Step 7. Go ahead & cut the tabs out by just cutting along the diagonal line made on the tab.

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Step 8. For a neat finish cut down to this diagonal point using a guillotine. Make sure you go slowly when you are near to the diagonal point.

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Step 9. Once you reach that point the excess tab will easily come away. Repeat this on the other edge to complete the piece.

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Step 10. Repeat the process with the large piece of A4 card cutting around the tabs & removing the excess top & bottom box . Also the top & bottom 1.2 cms tab will be removed when cutting the boxes out.

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Step 11. Now the card is cut out the basic shape is formed. Add the whole square over the other whole square on the other piece of card to make the basic shape of the bag.

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Step 12. Go in and score all the pencil lines & once that is done you can rub out the pencil markings. Crease all the folds up & burnish the folds with a bone folder as this will give them a nice crisp finish. Fold the flap in the opposite direction as these are going to be made into a flap for the ribbon to be added too and will be on the outside of the box at the moment.

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Step 13. Line both side panels with the 1.2cms tabs together, so one is directly under then other. Use the `Spellbinders tool in one` pokey tool to pierce through the 2 layers & into a turned over piece of cut`n`dry foam as the back will take the point of the tool into it. Here the measurement of the piercing is 2.5cms in from both edges.

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Step 14. Using this techniques means the ribbon will be added in the place on the opposite side of the bag. It`s funny but doing this by eye and having the measurement slightly out will make a big difference.

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Step 15. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon to a nice length to make the handles for the bag. Here 2 pieces 25cms ribbon long are used.

Now for something a bit different. Lining the reverse of the ribbon with micro beads . This will stiffen the ribbon slightly but also just give a nice feel to the piece.

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Step 16. Take a strip of double sided tape ~ Ideally the same width as the ribbon and the red line wonder tape is perfect for this. If not use regular DST. With the sticky side up just fold the edge of the tape under & secure to the work surface below. (Make sure it`s not on the best dining room table !!!) This will just keep the tape straight which help when adding the ribbon.

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Step 17. Pull the ribbon tort so that when it`s laid down on the ribbon it is nice & smooth. This is easily done but may differ if the ribbon is stored folded up rather than one a reel. The ribbon can often be lifted up off the tape if you don`t feel it`s laid straight.

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Step 18. Here a slightly wider tape was used, so just lay the ribbon along the top edge of the tape so the excess is on just one edge of the ribbon.

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Step 19. Fold the tape back up onto the ribbon for a neat finish.

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Step 20. Place the ribbon in a tub & sprinkle over the Creative Expressions micro beads.

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Step 21. Press the micro beads into the tape on the ribbon as this will give a nice coverage to the piece.

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Step 22. Here is the completed piece. Repeat on the 2nd piece of ribbon.

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Step 23. Place the garden frame stamp onto a large acrylic block & ink it using the black archival ink pad. Use nice taps of the ink so that you don`t ink any of the centre of the stamp as you`ll be stamping directly onto the card cut out & you don`t want to transfer any loose ink the centre.

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Step 24. Usethe 2 square panel piece with tabs. Stamp one square directly onto the card & then add the other square to the top panel. This is going to act as the centre lining to the gift bag and will save you some paper but give you a wonderful design feature.

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Step 25. So here is the stamped design on the small panel. The stamp is the perfect size so it will easily stamp in the space. Leave the tabs blank.

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Step 26. Continue and stamp the other 3 panels on the larger piece leaving the centre panel clear as this will be covered with the smaller panel.

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Step 27. Now comes the relaxing part of colouring the design in or it could be left as the blank image as it is so pretty. Scribble the Tim Holtz distress markers onto a piece of white card which has been added inside a cello bag. This will make a nice palette so you can see exactly what colour is being used when colouring the design in.

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Step 28. Alternatively use some green tone distress ink pads and press them onto the palette. Pick the colours up on a water brush. Just mix and match any distress inks you have, you may have a few ink pads ,markers or the new mini inks pads so just use which ones needed and build your range as you find colours you really like, then you can get them in each format as and when as you find lots of uses for each pen or ink pad.

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Here is the completed project which will be completed next week. Previously a square box has been made with a Spellbinder expandable die for the lid section. Why not combine this workshop & make the square frame design & the go ahead & add the lid to this piece for create a lidded box. Great for giving a small gift which could be filled with some crafty goodies. How popular would you be !!!

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Beach Notelets Part 2

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This workshop shows a fun way to make a stationery set. This part continues to show how the basic stationery set case is made & also how to stamp behind an image.

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The Creative Expressions seaside stamps work perfectly to make a wonderful summery set.

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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Granada Spanish Collection Background Die : CED1207

Sue Wilson Galicia Spanish Collection Die : CED1205

Lighthouse 2 Stamp Set : UMS147 & Nautical Words :UMS146 

Netting A6 Background Stamp : UMNETTING

Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners : TH92790   or Brads

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Sky Blue  : 40081 French Navy  41015,  Deep Red :  40088    Foundations A4 Card,

Coconut Card :40980   & Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

Cord BurlapSP10

Piercing Ruler : RULER

Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~ Fired Brick   :  DMFIRED , Stormy Sky  DMSSTORM,

Mustard Seed  : DMMUST  ,  Black Soot   : DMBLACK  & Picket Fence : DMPICKET

Water Brush : WBF

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSEPBRGOLD

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Lay the folded envelopes & the notelets on a piece of milk card. Leave a small border around the edge of the notelets and leave a gap in between the notelets & envelopes itself. Mark the centre point of the envelope width & not the centre point of the whole sheet of card. Also mark & then cut out around the outside edge.

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2 Punch a hole where the pencil mark was made in the card.

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3 Take a long length of the celery & white grosgrain ribbon & cut the end on a diagonal. Poke the ribbon through the front of the piece of card & leave a small tail the other side.

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4 Wrap the ribbon directly below the hole & around the back of the piece of card. There are two ways of attaching the ribbon. 1. wrap the full length of the back & then round the front & back in the hole or 2. Wrap the ribbon round the back & cellotape the ribbon on the reverse and repeat on the top section.

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5 Whichever way you choose (one just saves a small amount of ribbon) Here the ribbon is wrapped back over the top & then poked back down the centre hole. Secure the ribbon on the reverse but make sure there is enough slack to take the notelets & envelopes.

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6 Jiggle the ribbon so you get a nice gather into the hole. Add the prepared notelets & envelopes into the ribbon sections. Measuring the notelets on the card before making the hole ensures that the correct envelope width is made as they will be wider than the notelets.

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7 Add some foam tape to the reverse of the card . This is done to take up the depth of the thick ribbon & will give a nice feel to the notelet section.

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8 Stick the prepared panel into the centre of the notelets base card already made. The side flaps just take up the slack of the notelets & give a nice finish to the set.

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9 Make a small bow out of the grosgrain ribbon. Fold the ribbon ends in half & cut a point from the end up a little on the fold to create the ribbon tails.

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10 Add one of the Creative Expressions straw hats over the centre knot of the bow to add some detail & a fun element to the piece.

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11 Just a close up of the inside of the stationery set.

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12 Now to add a panel to the front cover. Cut a piece of coconut card to 5½ ” x 6½”.

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13 To have the girl behind the beach scene, stamp the image onto the card using the black archival ink. Place the prepared mask from earlier( that why the stamps were kept on the acrylic block for exact sizing). Select the I spy girl & add it onto the acrylic block.

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14  Use the black archival ink to stamp the girl just on the corner of the left hand sitting down girl. Stamp over the mask & make sure you press firmly around the masked area so the ink catches the card close to the already stamped girl.

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15 Here is the girl stamped over the masked area.

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16 Once the mask is removed the girl appears in the background and as the standing girl is slightly smaller than the sitting stamps it is perfect for this technique.

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17 Stamp another standing girl out of the copier & cut around her to make a mask. Secure her in place making sure the tape is on the sitting girl.

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18 Use the same technique & colour in the sky and sand areas. Either use the same ink colours for the girls or use different one. As there are a few colours in the design I have used the same colours throughout, but they could be easily changed.

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19 Stick one of the straw hats onto the sitting down little girl to add interest to the front cover of the notelet set. Stamp some of the seagulls ( or gulls as my Daughter says ) as there is no such thing as a seagull, don`t you just love a smart 9 year old !!!

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20 Mat the worked panel onto a piece of white card & then onto a piece of teal patterned paper. Now attach the panels to the stationery set using the foam tape for added dimension

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21 Add a striped bow to the corner of the front cover & again add another straw hat to cover the knot of the bow.

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22 Here is the inside view of the stationery set. Once you have made this set once you`ll get the idea behind the design & you`ll be able to make up sets to suit the size envelope you wish.

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23 Just a close up of the notelets or maybe make them as party invitation. The basic shape of the stationery set can lend itself to so many of the Creative Expressions stamp sets , so just have fun and design away.

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24 The notelets easily come out of the ribbon section.

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Beach Notelets Part 1

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This workshop shows a fun way to make a stationery set, & it doesn`t require making a box as the ribbon feature holds the notelets in place. The Creative Expressions seaside stamps work perfectly to make a wonderful summery set.

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The celery & white stripe ribbon looks like deck chair fabric & is perfect for the beach theme notelets or even for a beach BBQ invitation

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A close up of the notelet set

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Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Range ~ I Spy : UMS143 , Bucket Bliss : UMS141 ,

Beauty & the Beach :UMS137 & Marina Bay : UMS140

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Celery & White Grosgrain Ribbon : RG46

Coconut Card :40980 & Milk :  40109 Foundations A4 Card,

                        Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass  DPTUMBLED, Forest Moss DPFOREST  , Gathered Twigs DPTWIGS , Mustard Seeds  :  DPMUSTARDSEED , Festive Berries  :DPBERRIES   , Squeezed Lemonade  :DPLEMONEvergreen bough :DPEVERGREEN Salty Ocean  :DPOCEAN  &  Crushed Olive : DPOLIVE Distress Ink Pads

Tim Holtz Distress Markers Mustard Seed  : DMMUST  , Dusty Concord :  Tumbled Glass : DMTUMB   , Broken China:  DMBROKEN   Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT

Water Brush : WBF

Creative Expressions Straw Hats : HATSTRAW

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Select theI spy , bucket bliss, marina bay and beauty & the beach stamps from the Creative Expressions singles stamp range along with the straw hats embellishments.

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2 Take a piece of 160gsm paper, fold in half from top to bottom. Now fold the card in half from left to right. This will form the basic notelet piece, repeat this step & make a further 5 more notelets.

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3 To make an envelope liner to match with the stamped notelets take another piece of 160gsm paper & select an envelope ( here a 4¼”x 6″ envelope has been used )

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4 Open the flap of the envelope & draw around the flap onto the paper below using a pencil.

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5 Cut out the top section outline to create the shape of the liner. Move the liner down so it fits just below the gummed line of the envelope. Use the pencil again to mark just inside the side edges of the envelope.

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6 Trim the excess away from the sides of the liner & cut along the bottom of the liner so it will fit inside the envelope.

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7 Place the liner inside the envelope with the top edge in place under the gummed line. Fold the envelope shut. Be sure to be exact & score crisp folds else it will be seen when sticking the envelope liner in place.

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8 Separate the envelope flap & the folded down liner piece. Add tape from a tape runner to add some sticky to the inside of the liner.

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9 Press the envelope flap down onto the liner. This is an important part and please make sure all the score lines have been crisp as it will help with the finish of the envelope.

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10 Open the envelope and you will have a perfect lined envelope. So either use a patterned paper when lining or keep the liner plain & stamp on the liner before it is stuck down. Cut out 6 liners in total.

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11 Place the 2 single girl stamps onto an acrylic block. Make sure the crouching girl is raised up slightly & that the edge of the stamp touches the bucket of the sitting down girl.

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12 Ink the stamp up using the black archival ink pad. Stamp the directly onto the folded notelets if they are going to be left uncoloured or stamp the image onto a piece of plain coconut card. Repeat this until you have 6 stamped images. Leave the 2 stamps on the block & retain them for later on. This is because of the next step & they are needed to make a mask.

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13 Stamp the image out again but on copier paper this time & cut around the 2 girls and along the beach area.

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14 Add the tumbled glass, stormy sky & broken china distress ink markers onto a palette which has been made by placing a piece of white card inside the cello bag from the stamp. This will allow the exact colour of the ink to be seen when water colouring the image.

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15 Use some low tack tape to attach the mask over the stamped image below. Secure the tape to either the paper or desk below.

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16 Pick up some of the distress ink on the water brush & start colour in the sky area with the distress markers. Make a wash of water before adding the colour with help the ink blend in together.

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17 Alternately use some of the salty ocean distress stain on a stipple brush & add the ink over the mask and top area of the design to make a sky scene.

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18 Here is a photo of a wash of water which has been added to the card. This will help when wanting a smooth finish to the sand.

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19 Continue to build the colours on the sand area. Make the shaded areas a deeper colour to add depth to the piece. Cut the panel to 4¾”x 5¾” & round the corners off with a corner punch ( or leave as is).

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20 Take some evergreen bough & distress the edges of the sky area. Use some crushed olives to distress the sand area.

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21 Stick the dry stamped colour panel to the outside of the notelet. Take the scenery / lighthouse stamp from the marina bay set & stamp in black archival ink on the inside bottom of the card.

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22 Here is a close up of the black inked liners of the envelopes.

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23 Now Colour in the stamped girls using the distress inks & markers. Fold 2 of the envelopes back on themselves & add a notelet behind each one. Stack the pile so you have 3 notelets & 3 envelopes on each pile (use more if needed). If you turn one of the envelope around you`ll get to see the other girl when in the notelet pack.

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24 Here is the same stamped image but with the distress inks added using the stipple brush. A brighter softer feel to the piece so you decide which technique you prefer to use.

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25 Now to make the stationery presentation part. Take a piece of milk card & place it on the box 1 line on a eaziscore board & score at point 3 & 4. Alternatively measure in & score 3.5cms and then at the 5.5cms point. Turn the A4 around & score from the opposite end using the same measurements.

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25a Use a bone folder to burnish the creases in the score lines. This is the basic shape to the stationery set as the folds will hold the flap of the card in place.

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26 Take another piece of card & move the card in from the side of the eaziscore board & score on the 3 & 4 point. Alternatively measure & score at 5cms & 7cms from the left hand side edge of a matching piece of milk card.

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27 Take a 3rd piece of milk card & lay it down on the largest panel area of the piece of card just scored. ( The front of the card & this panel just being cut will form the base of the card. Make a snip where the card base ends with a small pair of scissors. Cut along this mark & remove the excess card.

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28 Use some Cosmic Shimmer glue to stick this panel to the short tab which was created & is the same 2cm depth, this will now be the spine of this card.

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29 Add some double sided tape to the reverse of the notelet section card made earlier. Turn the corners back on the tape so they are seem from under the card. Repeat this on all 4 corners of the piece. Once the panel is in place pull the tab pieces out & stick the card down.

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30 The card can be flattened when removing the tape. Just burnish back in place afterwards.

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Here is the finished front of the stationery set.

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 Part 2 will show you the technique of stamping behind another stamp & also the inside of the set will be created using some lovely striped ribbon which reminds me of deck chairs at the beach.

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A close up of the inside of the stationery set & a straw hat embellishment.

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Just Beacuse …. Flower Workshop

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This workshop will show how to build and tone some plain card using 2 different stamps. Then how to make the 3d flower to embellish the organza bow.

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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Classic Rose Finishing Touches Die : CED1407

Sue Wilson Granada Spanish Collection Die :  CED1207

JustRite Baroque Frame Background Stamp :JRCL02012

Stamps to Die For …. Garden Frame Pre Cut Stamp :UMS152

Phill Martin Sentimentally Yours ~ Fanciful Flourish Frame Collection : SYFFFC

Spellbinders Tool `n` One : WIZTOOL

     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Sheer / Ombre Brown & Turquoise Ribbon : AE33

        Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs DPTWIGS & Evergreen bough :DPEVERGREEN Distress Ink Pad

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers ~ Brushed Corduroy :DMBRUSH

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

                 Foundations A4 Coconut Card : 40980 ~ Spearmint Card :41010                         Sky Blue Card :40081   Ginger Card : 41024

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Water Brush : WBF

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR ~ Bright Gold : CSEPBRGOLD

Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Select the Sue Wilson Granada & classic rose die from Sue`s die collection along with the garden frame from the Creative Expressions singles stamp range. Also the JustRite baroque frame & the Phill Martin `Sentimentally Yours` fanciful flourish frame sentiment is needed.

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2 Ink the JustRite baroque frame stamp up using the gathered twigs distress ink pad. Make sure all the surface is covered as it`s a distress ink so sometimes areas will be lighter than others.

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445 Select the garden frame from the Creative Expressions singles collection. Open a pot of Cosmic Shimmer clear embossing powder so it`s to hand along with a sheet of copy paper to allow the excess powder to fall onto once applied.

556 Ink areas of the stamp using the gathered twigs ink pad. Leave a few spaces clear ready for the next step.

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7 Now go into the spaces using the evergreen bough distress ink. Try not to tap too much on the brown ink area as this could contaminate the ink pad.

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8 Stamp the image onto a piece of coconut card before adding the Cosmic Shimmer clear embossing powder over the top of the distress ink. Heat set the embossing powder & cut the image out leaving a small white edge around the piece.

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9 Take the ink pads & just swipe each pad (or just the 1 pad that was used over another colour). Do this onto a piece of copy paper to remove the top layer of ink from the pad & in turn if any ink did get left on the pad it will now be removed.

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10 Add some of the evergreen bough distress ink to a palette which has been made by placing a piece of white card inside the cello bag from the stamp. This will allow the exact colour of the ink to be seen when water colouring the image.

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11 Pick up some of the evergreen bough ink on a fairly dry water brush & colour in the swirls & curves on the baroque frame piece. Once the ink is dry go back in & colour some more of the swirls to give some depth to the colouring and to the overall finished panel. Stamp another garden frame using just the twisted twigs in & distress using the small ink. Cut the frame out ready to be layered onto mats made using the spearmint & ginger card foundations card.

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1213 Repeat this all over the edges of the of the card to build the design up. Ink & go back into the areas that don`t get covered & fill in the spaces. Try not to over stamp as if this is done to much it will muddle up the end result. Now distress the edges of the piece using the gathered twigs ink on a blending tool.

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14 Use the brushed corduroy distress marker to colour in the `Just Because` sentiment from the Phill Martin Sentimentally Yours range of stamps.

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15 Or depending on the size of the stamping area just ink one of the words up so you can add the sentiment one on top of another to fill the square shape of the garden frame that is used in this project.

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16 Mat the spearmint card onto a mat of sky blue card & then onto some coconut card. Then make another slightly larger mat using the ginger card before using the sky blue card as the base panel. Wrap a piece of the organza ribbon around the spearmint card before it is added to the layers.

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17 Attach the layers of card to the base card using foam tape for added dimension. Do the same with the toppers. Here you can see the sentiment has been used directly onto the centre square of the frame & the flowers have been colours in using the evergreen bough ink. Make a double bow using the organza ribbon& add it to the side of the card.

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18 Cut & emboss the classic rose middle & smallest size flowers using the outer die at the same time to cut the flower out.

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19 Make sure you use low tack tape to secure the dies in place & so they don`t move whilst being cut.

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20 If you haven`t got one of these tools yet then they are a must, a `Spellbinders all in one tool`. Just roll it over the flat surface of the die & card & watch all the little pieces fall out.

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21 Then you`ll be left with all those intricate pieces out of your die. There is a pokey tool if there is still a few areas that need to be removed. If you are like me you`ll be cleaning all those dies you have in your stash & have left with the card still in !!!!

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22 Take the smaller of the flowers & either spritz with a small amount of water on the card to break down the fibres or just fold it in half and repeat this going around the petals.

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23 Cut another small flower and repeat the step as this will make the centre of the flower.

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24 Grab the 2 worked & ruffled flowers and either glue 3 of the scalloped edges together with the other flower or use a tape pen. Go back in and ruffle the flower.

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25 Add a blob of silicone glue to the centre of the largest flower & then place the ruffled flower over the top.

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26 Cut 6 of the little stamped flowers out & colour them in using the evergreen bough ink. Make sure the edges of the flowers have been distressed so there are no white edges to the flower. Place the flower in the palm of your hand & roll a ball tool around the centre to curve the flowers up.

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27 Add the flowers over the coloured flowers on the sentiment panel. As they are curved they will allow the underneath flowers to be seen and this will lift the design.

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28 Take the other 2 flowers & add them to either side of the centre of the flowers to pull in the detail of the card. Now apply a small amount of glossy accents to the flowers heads. Be careful not to overload the flowers as they are curved & the liquid will run towards the centres of the flowers.

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29 You could even add more dimension to the card by stamping the sentiment onto a piece of coconut card using a perfect medium pen to ink the sentiment & then cover in bright gold embossing powder. Heat set the powder before cutting the sentiment out using the centre Granada die. Mat it onto a piece of spearmint card & add across the centre of the layered square frames.

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30 Here is the finished project. It`s very rewarding starting off with blank pieces of card, a few stamps and some inks , and then ending up with a card full of dimension & different tones.

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31 Just a close up of the flowers , ribbon & the sentiment panel ~ Happy Crafting.

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Hope you have a Blooming Great Day

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This workshop shows how versatile Sue Wilson`s new dies are, the Granada die has been used to make the base shape of the card. It’s very easy as the workshop will show you how.

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Sue Wilson Granada Spanish Collection Background Die : CED1207

Stamps to Die For …. Floral Cartouche Pre Cut Stamp : UMS553

Floral Spray Set of 2 Stamps : UMS114

Scrollwork Vase Stamp : UMS119

         Cosmic Shimmer Spring Green : CSGSPRING, Teal Sky : CSGTEA &                            Purple Violet : CSGPUR PVA Glue &  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

        Tim Holtz Dusty Concord :DPDUSTYCONC  & Shaded Lilac  : DPLILAC                      Distress Ink Pad

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers : Fired Brick : DMFIRED , Dusty Concord :  DMDUSTY, Crushed Olive : DMOLIVE  & Peeled Paint : DMPEEL

Olive Two Tone Ribbon  :   KN16

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Foundations A4 Coconut Card : 40980, 40109 ,  Mauve Card 41018

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Water Brush : WBF

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Select the Creative Expressions singles floral cartouche pre cut stamp, the vase stamp along with the Granada die and a selection of Tim Holtz distress ink markers.

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2 Ink the floral cartouche stamp up using the clear & resist ink pad. When stamping the image make sure there is enough space left in between the 2 stamps as they will both be cut out later.

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3 Stamp the image out onto a piece of A4 coconut card & add some Cosmic Shimmer black viola embossing powder over the ink. Heat set the powder & repeat the process on a 2nd image.

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4 Use the outer die from the Sue Wilson Granada die set & secure in place with a piece of low tack tape. Use the embossed edge of the image as a guide as to where the die needs to lay.

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5 Cut both of the stamp pieces out using the Grand Calibur die machine one at a time & go back in and emboss the die shapes using the pink Embossing plate & the tan mat.

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6 Take a piece of mauve card & fold it in half. Align the folded edge just the other side of the one of the cut edges of the Granada die. Secure in place with some low tack tape.

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7 Cut the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur. This card is 220 gsm so will easily go through the die cutting machine.

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8 If any of the detailed pieces haven`t cut then just turn the die & card and cut the piece again. This is cut easily on the 2nd pass. Now emboss the card using the pink plate & tan mat.

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9 Once the piece is cut just open it up to reveal the base card shape.

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10 Take the 2 full stamped panels & distress the edges of the card using the Tim Holtz dusty concord distress ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam.

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11 Add the dusty concord, peeled paint, crushed olive & some fired brick distress ink markers onto a palette which has been made by placing a piece of white card inside the cello bag from the stamp. This will allow the exact colour of the ink to be seen when water colouring the image.

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12 Pick up the purple ink using the water brush or use the distress marker directly on the image for a deeper tone to the piece. Go in and build the colours up until you are happy with the colours used. Experiment and if you don`t like it just cut & emboss another piece of card and start again.

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13 Leaving some of the petals light means you can add the fired brick for a nice tone to the flower.

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14 Use a yellow ink or crushed olive distress pen to colour the centre of the flower in.

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15 Once all the flowers have been coloured in then use some shaded lilac on a piece of cut`n`dry foam to distress random areas of the card. Also use some of the dusty concord to colour in the rest of the white card stock.

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16 Depending on the look you are after then use either a pearl card or a matt watercolour type card. The inks will look differently on each surface & you can decide which you would rather use.

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17 Now open up the folded mauve card & make sure the embossed area is shown on the inside of the card. Fold the card shut with the embossed area inside the card.

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18 Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the outside of the folded card all around the edges of the piece. Attach one of the worked panels onto the glue & matching up the die cut areas.

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19 Now add some more glue to the back folded panel & on the white lip of the reverse of the die cut shape.

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20 Attach the 2nd worked panel over the card & press firmly down over the folded area so the 2 pieces of card sticks firmly together.

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21 This will give you the base card but with a full die cut front rather than a folded seam.

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22 Use some of the Cosmic Shimmer PVA glues to add colour & dimension to the card. Select the teal sky, spring green & purple violet PVA glue & add the glues over the small embossed dots on the card design.

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23 The embossed dots are tiny so just add small amounts of glue over each dot to create the faux pearl. Set aside the card to dry once all the colour have been added.

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24 Stamp & emboss the vase along with the floral stamp again using the viola black embossing powder. Using the same colour palette to colour in the flowers as this will tone everything together.

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25 Attach the cut out vase & bunch of flowers to the card using 3d glue or foam pads for added dimension. Cut & emboss the `Hope you have a Blooming Great Day` sentiment out & attach to the top & bottom of the card.

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26 Add an olive green shimmer ribbon to the top of the vase to complete the project.

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Ship in a Bottle Card

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This workshop shows how to make a dimensional card for Father’s day or just change the sentiment & use for any other occasion. The acetate bottle has the sails collapsing to give the effect of the ship being put into the bottle.

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Nautical Words :UMS146  & Bottle  2 Pre Cut Stamp Set : UMS144

   Tim Holtz Gathered TwigsDPTWIGS : Distress Ink Pad

Heat Emboss Acetate : HEATEMBOS

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Black Perfect Medium Pen : PERPENBLK

Dark Bronze PVA Glue: CSGBRO

Tim Holtz Distressed Marker Pens ~ Tumbled Glass : DMTUMB , Antique Linen  DMABT ,  Old Paper :  DMOLD , Black Soot   : DMBLACK   , Walnut Stain : DMWALNUT , Picket Fence : DMPICKET & Vintage Photo : DMVINTAGE

Foundations A4 Milk : 40109, Ginger : 41024Roast Coffee :  40082 Card & Metallic Old Gold Card : 40984

Rich Cream Card :40319 or Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Black String Burlap : SM08

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSEPBRGOLD

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Use the black archival ink pad to stamp the bottle image onto a piece of the coconut white card. This card is perfect to take the watercolours used later on. You`ll need 4 or 5 bottles.

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2 Cut out the individual sails & the cork bottle stopper. Go in & cut the finer detail out on the 2 main sails.

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3 Take another stamped bottle & cut around the inner line & around the boat leaving the water section in place.

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4 Remove the 2 pieces of cork as this bottle is going to be used as an open bottle to make it look like the ship is being put in or taken out of the bottle.

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5 Make a palette by placing a piece of white card inside the cello bag from the stamp. This will allow the exact colour of the ink to be seen when water colouring the image. Add some antique linen, walnut stain, tumbled glass, old paper distress ink to the palette. Colour all the sails pieces in.

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6 Now ink up the outer rim of the bottle stamp using either a black perfect medium pen for easier control or use the edge of a black archival ink pad.

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7 Swipe an anti static bag over a piece of heat emboss acetate as this will help eliminate any sticky fingers prints which will pick up the embossing powder.

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8 Stamp the bottle & add some Cosmic Shimmer clear or voila black aurora embossing powder over the ink & heat set the piece. Make sure you keep the heat tool moving over the piece so the heat doesn`t build up & warp the acetate.

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9 Cut around the edge of the embossed bottle & on both sides of the bottle leave some excess acetate to make a tab either side.

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10 Colouring the boat & sea area in on the bottle and mix black soot & picket fence distress ink to make a grey to paint the bottle edge. Stick the piece to a piece of white card & cut around the edge of the bottle.

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11 Doing the previous step just allows the background of the sails to be removed from the bottle making it another use for the stamp. Gently lift the top of the bottle area up with a pokey tool or the tip of a pair of snips ( be careful not to snip the card)

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12 A Take a piece of the black burlap string. Make a loop & knot so you are left with a single length as this will make the faux pulley for the ship.

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13 Curve the sails pieces for added dimension. Add the sails onto the prepared bottle using 3d glue. Make sure they are slanting backwards to give the impression the ship is being put into the bottle.

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14 Add some double sided tape to the inside tab area of the acetate piece. You can use glue but the tape just gives an instant hold to the piece.

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15 Hold the acetate onto a flat surface & stick the bottle bottom edge onto the tab. This will give you more control when doing this step. Now flip the acetate up & secure it to the reverse of the top of the bottle.

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16 Colour in another full ship in the bottle image & also cut and colour just the ship so it can be decoupaged later on.

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17 Use some clear & resist ink to stamp the nautical words ~ Just for You sentiment onto a piece of cream card. Add some Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the image & heat set the piece. Also stamp the Happy Father`s Day sentiment from the bottle stamp set.

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18 Place the main lattice motif die in the centre of a piece of ginger foundations card & secure in place with some low tack tape. Cut & emboss the piece. Now use the new Spellbinders all in one tool to remove all the small pieces from the die before cutting another lattice panel in the brown card.

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19 Take the A6 netting stamp & hold it directly in your hand and add clear & resist ink or Perfect Medium ink to the stamp. Start stamping the image at random over the ginger card stock. It doesn`t matter if you overlap, just go ahead & build the piece up.

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20 Cut around the Happy Father`s Day sentiment leaving the right hand end a bit longer than the left hand side. Add a small pencil mark half way across the piece & a little way in from the end.

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21 From one of the corners cut up to the pencil mark, then cut from the other corner to the same pencil mark. This will create a perfect flag shape to the sentiment & will be nice and precise .

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22 Cut & emboss the `Just for You` sentiment out using a Spellbinders oval die. Add some of the gathered twigs distress ink to a piece of cut`n`dry foam before distressing the edges of the oval & flag shaped sentiment.

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23 Take the excess waste from cutting the brown lattice piece & cut it across the centre of the shape in a landscape position. Stick the piece behind the ginger panel & then do the same with the bottom section leaving a small border. Here is how the reverse will look.

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24 Staggering the brown pieces like this will just give a small inlay to the worked netting ginger piece.

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25 Mount the card onto a piece of gold or gold green metallic card using foam tape. Make a base using the kraft card or rich cream. Emboss 2 lines along the top & 3 lines along the bottom piece as this will just give some detail to the piece.

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26 Add the ginger lattice panel sideways behind the brown sentiment piece. Again use foam tape to build to sentiment & add to the corner of the card.

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27 Attach the bottle & the pulley string to the cut out area of the card& off set the stamped ship in a bottle. Add the decoupage layer to the ship. Apply the sentiment to the top of the card before finishing with some faux deep bronze pearls in the corner.

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28 Here is a close up of the ship in a bottle.

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Lighthouse Fathers Day

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This workshop shows how to make this Fathers Day lighthouse fold back card. The folding is made easy by embossing a rectangle die to get the opening shape & an embossed line. Then a smaller die shape makes an inlay frame for the lighthouse image.

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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Granada Spanish Collection Background Die : CED1207

Sue Wilson Galicia Spanish Collection Die : CED1205

Lighthouse 2 Stamp Set : UMS147 & Nautical Words :UMS146 

Netting A6 Background Stamp : UMNETTING

Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners : TH92790   or Brads

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Sky Blue  : 40081 French Navy  41015,  Deep Red :  40088    Foundations A4 Card,

Coconut Card :40980   & Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

Cord BurlapSP10

Piercing Ruler : RULER

Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~ Fired Brick   :  DMFIRED , Stormy Sky  DMSSTORM,

Mustard Seed  : DMMUST  ,  Black Soot   : DMBLACK  & Picket Fence : DMPICKET

Water Brush : WBF

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSEPBRGOLD

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Select the Sue Wilson Granada & Galicia Spanish Collection Dies. Also the lighthouse & nautical words from the Creative Expressions singles stamp range will be needed for this workshop.

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2 Place the outer frame die from the Granada set (the largest die ) & secure it in the centre of a piece of A4 sky blue foundations card using some low tack tape the secure them in place.

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3 This die shape is just going to be embossed so it is worth adding a piece of copy paper behind the cut edge before embossing the piece as this will stop the die for cutting into the card which can happen when using a 220 / 240gsm piece of card.

334 Go ahead & emboss the card using the pink embossing plate, the tan embossing mat the die & card and then the base plate. Run through the Grand Calibur machine.

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5 The embossed shape will be left on the sky blue card & just discard the white copy paper. Using this technique just helps to take the pressure off the layer of card & leaves a perfect embossed panel on the card.

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6 Take the piercing ruler & find the corner points on the diagonal. Use a craft knife to cut a straight line from corner to corner. Make sure you do one crisp line as the card edges will form part of the fold back later on.

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7 Repeat the process & cut the other diagonal piece to complete all the cuts that are needed for the card.

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8 Take the card flap & gently ease the card backwards to start to break down the fibres of the card. Using a double sided paper would be perfect for this technique but here the 220gsm foundations card has been used so a little more care is needed to work the card.

889 Repeat this on all 4 flaps of the card. The edges of the flaps could be embossed along the edge to add detail to the piece. Do this before you start to fold them backwards.

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10 So now you have the basic flap shape. The card has been cut to 7″ x 9″ or 17.5cms x 23cms, this could be done before the flaps are curved or by easing the flaps down whilst cutting the card to size.

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11 Use the outer frame in the Galicia die set to cut a panel out and in turn it will leave the excess which is needed to make the inner frame for the inlay of the fold back section.

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12 Just for now here is a photo of how the inlay will look behind the fold back piece. The die gives a lovely detail and a small amount of the embossing will be seen on the corners.

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13 Take a pokey tool & pierce through the top layer of the corner of the flap. When making the 2nd opposite hole use the measurements on the mat to line the brad mark up. This will give a nice finish to the opened flaps. Repeat this on the top & bottom flaps too.

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14 Place the brad through just made hole. Make the underneath hole mark slightly bigger with the pokey tool to allow the brad to fit through the hole.

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15 Place brads through all 4 of the flaps to complete the outer panel look. If there is any cracking on the card just push the card down slightly as this will hide the marks.

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16 Here is the embossed detail which is seen on the corner detail. It`s just a small detail but it done mainly to save measuring a rectangle in the middle of the card.

161617 Choose which colour inlay you require for the card. As the lighthouse is going to be the feature then a red piece of card has been used to pull out the nautical theme.

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18 Some cord / burlap has been used to decorate the outer edge of the card. A reef knot is made for 2 of the opposite corners of the card. This is done but placing left over right & then right over left.

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19 Add a small amount of dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue to the corner of the card. Use a small peg to hold the knot in place for a minute whilst the glue takes.

191920 Continue to work the rope around the edge gluing in a few place. The 2 opposite corners to the reef knot corners have loops made & will be covered later on. Weave the rope under the left & right flaps.

202021 Stamp the anchor from the nautical words stamp onto a piece of glassine paper using the clear & resist ink and add bright gold embossing powder over the top. Heat set the powder.

212122 Stamp & emboss 2 of the anchors and cut them around the outer circle. Add the anchors over the rope loops on the corner of the card. Use some 3d glue to secure them over the rope & so it takes in the depth of the rope underneath.

222223 Stamp 2 or 3 lighthouses onto a piece of coconut card using the black archival ink pad. Lay the inlay over the image so you get an idea of what the path shape will be.

232324 Add some stormy sky distress ink marker to a palette which has been made by placing a piece of white card inside the cello bag from the stamp. This will allow the exact colour of the ink to be seen when water colouring the image. Wash the sky area with the blue ink.

242425 Now go in & repeat the process using the mustard seed ink. For added depth the ink can be used directly from the pen onto the image, but make sure it`s the area closest to the lighthouse.

252526 Continue to colour in the image shading it as you go. Fired brick is used for the lighthouse , the rocks have black soot mixed with picket fence to make the grey colour & antique linen has been used for the path area.

262627 Add the fired brick pen directly to edges of the lighthouse achieve the shading. Place the inlay over the top to make sure you have the worked piece just as you want it.

272728 Colour & cut out a 2nd lighthouse to decoupage the image. Curve the piece as this will give dimension to the lighthouse.

282829 Use some 3d glue mainly down the centre section & add some glue to the rock area.

292930 Add the lighthouse over the full worked image & allow the piece to dry.

30 3031 Add foam tape around the inside cut out panel but miss out the right hand bottom corner. This will be the left hand corner when the panel is turned over. Add 3d glue to this area, this is done to allow for the rock area of the decoupage piece to find it`s level once the inlay is stuck down.

313132 Add the coloured image under the red inlay & then add the blue flapped piece over the top again using foam tape. Make sure the anchors are stuck going in the right direction !!!

323233 To take away the plainness of the blue card take the netting stamp & stamp over the area using the clear resist ink (or perfect medium). Try & leave the folded back areas plain as this will add contrast to the 2 areas.

333334 Mat the panels onto a piece of French navy card and onto a piece of rich cream card, Stamp the `A Father` sentiment onto a piece of card stock using the clear & resist ink and bright gold embossing powder. Mount the sentiment onto a piece of red card & add to the corner of the card using some 3d glue to the flap areas underneath, This will raise the sentiment making it a great feature.

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35 Just a close up of the open flaps & the wonderful sentiment verse which is a very fitting one for a dear Father.

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Pink Sparkle & Handbag Workshop~ Part 2

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This workshop is part 2 & shows how the rectangle stamp is used to make elegant corners and tone with the handbag stamp. The handles of the handbag are made using the pearl spray embellishment. 

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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Granada Spanish Collection Die Set : CED1207

Creative Expressions Damask Mask : MASKDAMASK

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set~ Rose Blossom Purse Pre Cut Stamp : UMS073

Stamps to Die For .. Floral Cartouche Pre Cut Stamp  : UMS553

Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPAUR

Copper Rose Sparkle Mica Powder : Various Micas Available

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~  Peeled Paint : DMPEEL , Walnut StainDMWALNUT   , Crushed Olive  : DMOLIVE,   & Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

Foundations A4 Milk : 40109 ~ Black Gloss Card : GLOSCARDB

Creative Expressions Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK & Pearl Sprays : PEARLSPRAY

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Tim Holtz Water Brush : WBF

Pink / Brown 2 Tone Ribbon : BM993

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Continuing on from part 1 of the workshop, here are the 2 finished worked pieces. The rectangle frame has been coloured in using the same colour pallet and although the flowers are different types the colours take your eye away from this.

1212 Cut & colour a 2nd handbag as this will be used to decoupage later on. Place the large outer Granada die over the stamped panel and cut & emboss it through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine.

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3 Add some tattered rose distress ink onto a piece of cut`n`dry foam & go in and distress the edges of the frame.

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4 Now for the different use of the panel, cut the panel up making sure you keep the decorative corner shape & the flowers whole. Also cut the top centre flower out so it can be used to cover the pearl wire.

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4a Cut the corners leaving the die shape in the corner & then follow the flower shape to make 4 corner pieces. Also cut the remaining flower which later on will be cut into 2 single flowers.

4a255 Take the Creative Expressions pearl spray embellishment & remove 2 from the bundle. Work the pearls so they all face towards the top of the single pearl. Cut out the top & bottom section of the handbag to decoupage later but don`t assemble it yet.

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6a Twist the top pearls together from each of the pearl sprays. This will form a lovely 4 pearl part to the strip & will create length needed to make the handle for the bag without the need of threading any beads .

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276 Use a pokey tool to pierce through the stamped hole in the top of the purse. Only do this on the top decoupage layer or on the piece if just using a single layer.

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7 Poke the ends of the pearl wires through the holes & curve the wire / pearl into a handle shape. Leave some of the wire length showing as this will be covered with a flower later on.

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8 Gently bend the wire so it sits behind the stamped image. Twist the wires together to make a strong & neat finish without the need to cut the wire off.

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9 Just as a security thing add some wonder tape to stick over the top of the wire.

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10 Apply some silicone glue or gel glue onto the blank areas of the piece as this will make sure the levels from the wire & the glue remain the same height when stuck down.

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11 Bend & curve both the handle and the bottom of the bag to add depth to the piece. Add the worked handle onto the base stamped image & also add the bottom area to the piece to complete the finished look of the bag.

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12 Add some wonder tape to the outer edge of the sparkle panel or alternatively pierce or add pearl dots to add interest to the piece.

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13 Remove the backing off the tape & tip the Cosmic Shimmer iced snow glitter jewels over the strong tape. Make sure you have a sheet of copy paper or a lid of a box underneath !!! Press the jewels into the tape.

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14 Add the sparkle panel to a piece of black gloss card & then mount it onto a kraft card base card using foam tape for added dimension. Use 2 pieces of card to joined together to make a folded card or just use a single piece to make a front card panel.

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15 Use some 3d glue to attach the corner flowers to the card & also add the handbag to the centre of the sparkle panel.

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16 Take one of the cut out roses & add over the plain wire on the handle. Repeat this on the other side of the handle to complete the handbag look.

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17 Twist 2 more of the pearl sprays & have the tips curved in the same direction. Make a bow out of the thin pink / brown reversible ribbon & add a vintage black button over the knot of the ribbon.

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18 Attach the ribbon , button & pearl sprigs to the corner of the handbag to complete the finished look. Maybe add some pearls to the card ???

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19 Here is a close up of the handbag with the pearl handle & the bow detail.

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Pink Sparkle & Handbag Workshop~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to use the rectangle stamp to make elegant corners & tone with the handbag stamp. By cutting the rectangle into 4 corners & using the soft colour tones allows a fresh & different feel to the piece. The handles of the handbag are made using the pearl spray embellishment.

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Creative Expressions Damask Mask : MASKDAMASK

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set~ Rose Blossom Purse Pre Cut Stamp : UMS073

Stamps to Die For .. Floral Cartouche Pre Cut Stamp  : UMS553

Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPAUR

Copper Rose Sparkle Mica Powder : Various Micas Available

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Tim Holtz Distress Markers ~  Peeled Paint : DMPEEL , Walnut StainDMWALNUT   , Crushed Olive  : DMOLIVE,   & Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

Foundations A4 Milk : 40109 ~ Black Gloss Card : GLOSCARDB

Creative Expressions Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK & Pearl Sprays : PEARLSPRAY

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Tim Holtz Water Brush : WBF

Pink / Brown 2 Tone Ribbon : BM993

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Select the damask mask, the Granada Spanish die, the floral cartouche stamp, the rose blossom stamp along with the pearl spray, aurora sparkle texture paste & the Cosmic Shimmer copper rose mica powder.

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2 Lay the non craft mat or blending mat on a flat surface. Cut the milk card to 6½” x 6½” or 16.5cms x16.5cms & use low tack tape to secure the mask to the card. Make sure the tape overhangs the mat too, as this will also cover the card border edge too.

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3 Take a small amount of the aurora sparkle texture paste (or use any of the other pale texture pastes) & add it to the non stick mat using a small spatula.

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4 Add a small amount of the rose copper mica powder to the texture paint. For this just use the tip of the spatula & add varying amounts depending on the colour wanted. Remember you can always add more.

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5 Start to mix the mica into the texture paste, chopping the paste & folding as you go.

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6 Once the texture paste has all the mica powder mixed in and you are happy with the colour tone then scoop up the paste & keep it in one pile ( this will help stop it drying out) .

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7 Add the paste over the masked card & spread the texture paste back & forth over the mask. Make sure the intricate areas are covered.

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8 Raise the spatula up on its side & starting from 1 corner scrape the paste across the mask. This will remove any extra paste & also give a neat level of paste under the mask. Keeping the mask flat is key so none of the paste seeps underneath.

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9 Place any excess paste back onto the craft mat as this can be saved for another project.

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10 Always keep an empty embossing powder tub when it has finished as these come in handy for times like these. Add the excess paste to the embossing pot & store for another time.

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11 As you can see there is some paste on the low tack tape around the edges of the mask. Carefully remove the tape and dispose of it.

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12 Now you`ll be left with a raised softly coloured sparkle damask panel with a lovely plain border. This could be pierced or PVA glue dots added around the edge. Set aside the piece to dry or use a heat tool to gently dry the paste, this may make the paste bubble if overheated to be very careful when doing so.

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13 Once the mask has been remove either place it into a washing up bowl with some warm soapy water or use a grime boss to remove the excess paste before it sets hard. Also wipe the mat clean too.

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14 Stamp the floral cartouche stamp using the clear resist or Perfect Medium ink pad. Stamp onto a piece of milk or cream card & add the Arctic black aurora embossing powder over the top.

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15 Heat set the embossing powder & then repeat the process when stamping 2 of the blossom handbag images.

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16 Take the plastic shelve that the stamp has come in & add a piece of white card inside. Now scribble some peeled paint, crushed olive , Victorian velvet & walnut stain distress marker ink onto the plastic.

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17 Scribbling on the cellophane with white underneath rather than using a non stick craft mat makes it easier to see the true colour. Use a water brush & pick up some of the Victorian velvet ink.

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18 Add the pink to the rose petals & then add another layer down one side to shade the piece. Wait for the ink to dry & add some more colour as this will intensify the colours.

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19 Use the peeled paint green to colour the leaves in the design. To add some soft tones to the piece take some of the crushed olive ink & some of the Victorian velvet ink & blend the 2 colours together in a new separate area of the cellophane. This will make a lovely peach colour to use on the main area of the bag.

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20 Build the colours until you are happy with the piece. If you go over the line slightly then take a clean water brush & add some water to the mistake area & then lift the water from the card using a tissue. The mark will then be removed.

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21Below is a photo of the embellished handbag which will be shown in part 2 of the workshop.

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Sue Wilson Spanish Collection Background Box ~ Part 2

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This workshop shows how versatile Sue Wilson`s new dies are. The Spanish Collection die has been used to make this useful large gift box. Why not try a making white version & use texture pastes on the flap areas.

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Sue Wilson Quilted Flowers A4 Embossing Folder : EF-017

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

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMATA3

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Foundations A4 Milk : 40109

Aqua Silky Crush Ribbon : UK1-5-04

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Cosmic Shimmer Golden Meadow Blaze  : CSEPGOLMEA

& Blue Watercress Blaze : CSEPBLUWA Embossing Powder

Creative Expressions Cameo Setting : SETDAZZ Embellishment

Clear Sparkle Embellishment  : SPARKCLEAR &

Cosmic Shimmer Patina Gilding Wax  : CSGWPAT

Tim Holtz Crushed Olive : DPOLIVE  &

Peacock Feathers Distress : DPPEACOCK Ink Pad

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Continuing on from part 1 ~ Now the crushed olive edges have been laid down go in with some peacock feathers or blue tone distress ink & add ink at random over the embossed design. Leave solid clear areas so the next colour will be seen clearly.

 

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2 Go back in with crushed olive ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam & overlap some of the crushed olive as this will give you another colour once they mix together. Ink the reverse top sides ONLY of the panel with the crushed olive ink as they will be seen.

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3 As the filigree pattern is close to the edge of the design then trim a little more card off the side tab. Do this on both sets of tabbed panels. This will make sure it`s not seen once the pieces are joined together.

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4 Add a small amount of Cosmic Shimmer glue along the thin tab edge, this is on the right side of the card. It`s worth noting to leave the 4 inside walls of the panels with no ink on as this will help show the filigree design up rather than a mass of colour.

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5 Lay the panel with no side tabs and just the filigree panel & embossed top over the glued tab. Repeat this process & make up the 2nd pair of panels up so you have 2 sets the same. Make sure the panels fall in the same place so it will make up the box correctly later.

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6 Add glue to another of the side tabs & join the 2 sets of panels together. Always make sure the scored lines marry up as you are working as this is key to a nice crisp finish to the project.

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7 Leave the panels to dry so the glue is set firmly before starting this next step. This won`t need long if using the Cosmic Shimmer glue. Fold the panels as if the card is a gatefold card so that the end open in the centre of the front of the card. Add glue to the tab.

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8 Press the filigree panel onto the tab to create a closed finish to the box side areas.

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9 Just in case there is any over spill of glue on the tab it is worth adding a ruler under the tab before pressing down as this will save the card getting stuck together as you press the panels together. It will also give a nice firm surface to push on.

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10 Open the box shape up so that you have the cube shape of the box. Add some glue to the overlap of the corner edges. Use small pegs to hold the card in place. This is important to help keep the shape of the box as the glue & card could move whilst setting.

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11 Cut a panel of cream card to cover the base & once the corners are set add some Cosmic Shimmer glue around the base edges.

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12 Place the base over the glue and press down in place. This is easily done from pressing from the inside of the box.

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13 Now you have a solid structure to the box & the basic shape is all in place.

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14 It is optional if you wish to cover the inside base tabs up, this will strengthen the box too. Here a matching embossed panel has been coloured using the same distress inks. Just glue the panel to the inside of the box.

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15 To add a design closure to the box a Creative Expressions cameo is being used, but I wanted to blend the metal to the project colours so Cosmic Shimmer golden meadow blaze & blue watercress blaze embossing powder will be used to emboss over the metal.

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16 Take the cameo & press it face down into a clear resist ink or Perfect Medium ink pad.

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17 Sprinkle on some of the blue watercress embossing powder over different areas of the cameo. Remember once it`s on you don`t want to remove it as it will take away the ink underneath so sprinkle sparingly.

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18 Now go ahead & add the golden meadow blaze embossing powder over the rest of the cameo & tap off the excess as it won`t stick to the already applied powder.

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19 Heat set the embossing powder using a heat tool. Use a pokey tool so you hold the cameo whilst heating, this way you won`t be tempted to touch the hot molten piece. Set aside to cool & here you have a 2 tone cameo.

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20 Take a Creative Expressions sparkle embellishment & add some of the patina gilding wax onto the piece to tone the embellishment to match the ribbon.

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21 Now lift all the top flaps of the box upwards. Depending on the card weight you may wish to add an additional panel of card behind the embossed panel as this will help to take the weight of the cameo. Fold the embossed panels down.

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22 Glue the solid base area of the cameo to the edge of one of the embossed flaps & add the patina embellishment to the centre.

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23 Lay the box on its side & over a craft mat. Punch 2 holes through the plain top panel & thread some crinkled aqua ribbon through the holes.

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24 Make a loop with ribbon leaving enough length to make a bow with the ends.

24                       5025 Tie the ends off into a bow to complete the box. The cameo is a real feature point of the box & acts as a nice weight to keep the flap closed when a gift is added. Use tissue paper to wrap a gift & add before the bow is tied together.

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26 This die is perfect for adding detail to the box, Happy Crafting and exploring your own ideas & colour ways.

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Parchment Wedding with a touch of Gold Workshop

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This workshop shows how to make a delicate special occasion card. Just change the sentiment & use for a  wedding, an anniversary or for a graduation ball. This options are endless.

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Here is a close up of the dress which has had the distress glitter rock candy added to the double layered vellum. It`s set on a die cut panel which has been covered in micro beads.

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Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles Die: WIZS5-161

Heartfelt Creations Paper Pads :Various Codes Avaiable

Viennese Set of 2 Stamps : UMS080 , Wedding Bells :UMS057& Rose Frame :UMS059

 Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue : CSFLAKEGLUE

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Grime Boss : GB30

Antique Gold Card :40984 & Parchment : 40024

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4   Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

 Tim Holtz Frosted Film : TH93048

Creative Expressions Gold Gilding Wax :CSGWGOLD

& Blending Solution : CSGWBLEND

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSEPBRGOLD

 Comic Shimmer True White Embossing Powder : CSDEPWHHITE

Self Adhesive Pearl Swirls : SASP1RF

Fancy Pearl Embellishment  : PEARLSML

Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Rock Candy : GLITROCKLG

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Step by Step Instructions

First select a dress, rose frame & bell stamp for the Creative Expressions singles range. Also gather the Spellbinders radiant rectangles die set and some Cosmic Shimmer true white embossing powder.

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2 Trim a piece of parchment to 7¼” x 7¾”   Swipe it with an anti static bag. This is important especially when handling parchment as it will help to eliminate any moisture picked up from your fingers once the embossing powder is added.

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3 Select the rose frame & place the stamp in your hand rather than adding it to an acrylic block, press the stamp into the clear & resist ink pad & stamp the rose part of the stamp around the edges of the parchment.

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4 Now add the Cosmic Shimmer true white embossing powder over the clear resist ink. This will create a lovely soft effect to the parchment overlay.

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5 Stamp the bell image onto a piece of antique gold card using the true white embossing powder & cut the bell shape out. Select a piece of Heartfelt Creations light backing paper.

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7 Apply some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the reverse side of the parchment. Make sure you keep within the white embossed areas.

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8 Mat the backing paper onto a base card made from the antique gold card before adding the parchment panel over the prepared backing paper.

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9 Turn the card over once you have it in the correct position & push down over the card to ensure a nice firm adhesion to the parchment as you need all the edges stuck down.

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10 Add some double sided adhesive sheet to a small piece of parchment. Secure the small filigree frame to the piece before just cutting the frame. Also cut the next size up curved edge die shape in just parchment.

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11 Don`t emboss the filigree frame as this can crack the adhesive backing, but do emboss the plain frame.

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12 Remove the backing off the filigree frame.

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13 Place the panel in a shallow tub & tip the micro beads over the adhesive side of the parchment. Press the beads into the sticky sheet to make sure they have all stuck.

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14 Add the gold paint around the edges of both panels before adding the plain panel onto the card using a piece of foam tape for dimension. Keep the tape down the centre as this will be covered by the dress.

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15 Now place the micro bead panel over the parchment, again using foam tape down the centre.

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16 Stamp another bell onto the gold card using the true white embossing powder & this time just cut out the top of the bow area.

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17 Curve the bell edges around the closed blades of a pair of scissors. Add the bell to the corner of the card using some 3d glue or foam pads. Then add the cut out bow using 3d glue for dimension.

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18 Add some of the Creative Expressions blending solution into its own lid. Take a small bit of the gold gilding wax out of the pot by going around the out edge of the pot with the end of a paint brush.

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19 Place the wax into its lid or another small dish & tip a little of the blending fluid. Work the paint brush over the wax to break it down into a paintable medium.

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20 Now go into the card areas of the bell trying to leave the embossed lines free of paint. Add the wax to as much as the bell as you wish & buff off any wax left on the white embossed lines.

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21 Stamp & emboss the dress image onto a piece of parchment. Use the clear & resist ink and emboss using the true white embossing powder.

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22 The bottom stamped image shows how the Cosmic Shimmer flake & glitter glue will react on the single layer of parchment. So add some adhesive backing to the reverse of the dress & add to another piece of parchment ( shown to the left).

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23 Cut the dress around the outline of the embossed line. Add the flake and glitter glue to the inner parchment areas. Leave a short while to allow the glue to go sticky before adding the distress clear dry glitter.

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24 Stamp the sentiment onto a piece of parchment & emboss in a gold embossing powder. Cut the sentiment out using the oval die shape. Add with the glue to the left hand side of the oval as this will be covered by the dress.

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25 Add some faux Cosmic Shimmer pearl glue dots to the corner of the card to add detail to the piece.

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26 Use 3d glue to add the dress to the micro bead panel. Place a small bow with a pearl in the centre to finish the look.

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27 Add the adhesive pearl swirl just above the sentiment to embellish the card.

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28 Lastly add a pearl embellishment to the centre of the bell.

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29 So here is the finished card. The different textures have been built up using the dry glitter on parchment as well as the micro beads. The soft feel of the card is enhanced by the stamped overlay of parchment. So just some different ideas that can be built it your projects. Sometimes it`s just nice to think outside the box and see what you come up with. In the end it`s only a few bits of card or parchment but you`ll have fun trying.

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30 Here is a close up of the micro bead parchment panel & the glittered dress detail.

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UTEE Lily Gift Card Workshop ~ Part 2

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This workshop has been created to make a gift and showcase it on the main card. The design has a hinged panel so the UTEE necklace can easily be removed from card with ease.

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  Here is a close up of the UTEE necklace.

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 Spellbinder Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight Die : WIZS5-191 

 Spellbinder M-Bossabilities Floral Labels Four 3D Embossing Folder : WIZE3D-009

Easter Lilies Pre Cut Stamp Set : HCPC3370

Ideaology Paper Collection Pad : Various Codes Available

Spellbinder Raspberry Adapter Plate  : WIZGC-012

 Creative Expressions Cameo Embellishment : CAMEO9 or Dazzler Setting :SETDAZZ

Creative Expressions Cameo Setting : SETCAMEO

Antique Gold Card :40984 , Dark Card

Coconut Card : 40980

 Adirondack Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

 Comic Shimmer True White Embossing Powder : CSDEPWHHITE

 Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick : DPWORNLIPS ,Spun Sugar : DPSPUN, Squeezed

Lemonade :DPLEMON Distress Ink Pad

 TH Dusty Concord Distress Stain : DSDUS

Tim Holtz Water Brush : WBF

 Copper Stickles : STKCOP

Pink & Brown 2 Tone Ribbon : 148-153

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT & Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD & Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

Grime Boss : GB30

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Continuing from part 1 add the largest Spellbinder decorative labels 28 die to a piece of antique gold card & secure it in place with some low tack tape. Repeat the process with the smaller die but this time using the coconut white card.

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2 Place the prepared dies through the Grand Calibur machine to cut them & then emboss them using the tan mat & pink embossing plate. For this 1st option for the card keep the die in place & use the spun sugar to distress the edges of the die shape.

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3 Remove the die & then go in & distress the edges of the die piece using the squeezed lemon on a piece of cut`n`dry foam. Using this technique will bring out the colours in the lily design.

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4 Take the gold dabber & just give a light dab around the edges to finish of the die piece nicely.

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5 Add the coloured piece to the gold larger panel using foam tape for added dimension. Alternatively take the die cut white card & emboss the piece using the 3d embossing folder.

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6 Take the pink embossing plate & lay it on a work surface. Place the 3D M-Bossabilities folder with the Spellbinders name facing upwards & opened up. Add a die cut white card as directed in the next step & then close the folder & place the Spellbinders raspberry plate over the folder. PLEASE REMEMBER to use this folder combination when using the 3D folders as using the base plate will be too thick & could break your Grand Calibur machine.

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7 Make sure you emboss the die piece with the die cut shape covering the main area on the side of the folder as this will miss out most of the labels 4 embossed panel.

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Once it`s embossed there will be a very small area of the labels 4 shape so just go in with a ball tool & smooth down the embossed area. This will eliminate it from the card design.

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9 Cut a whole 3d panel using the antique gold card & mat it onto a dark card. Take the dusty concord distress stain & just colour the edges of the gold die shape.

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10 Once the ink is dry lay the die cut shape over the lily embossed panel so that the card hides the labels 4 embossed shape below.

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11 Thread a piece of the pink 2 tone ribbon up through the hole on the largest die cut panel, pass it down & behind the lily panel before repeating the other side.

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12 Add foam tape to the reverse of the ribbon panel & stick the die shapes in place before securing the ribbon at the back of the card panel. Add some copper dots of Stickles to the inked areas soon on the UTEE lily.

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13 Select a piece of paper from the paper pad. Here the white edging of the paper has been continued by stamping the lily image on the paper using a true white embossing powder.

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14 So now you can pull the colours together by using the stamped larger backing paper & then a smaller pink layer & this will frame the embossed piece just perfectly.

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15 Because the project has been made working from the topper outwards often the card can become large but this can easily be sorted by placing a piece of A4card on a scoring board & scoring just above the top edge of the backing paper.

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16 Fold the scored line over & attach a 2nd piece of card to the tab just created .

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17 Stick the large backing paper to the card so that you have the same width border on 3 edges & then trim away any excess on the larger side edge.

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18 Add a score line down the left hand side of the lily topper piece & then cover the piece with matching dark card but just up to the score line. Add some DSTape to the tab edge.

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19 Add the pink layer of paper before adding the lily embossed piece to the base card. Attach a pink bow with a cameo on the centre of the bow just overlapping the die panel. Be sure to slightly overlap the bow as this will act as a stopper for the card.

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20 Now how to make up the lily UTEE piece. Either make it into a necklace or a brooch.

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21 Or for a quick & easy fixing take a Creative Expressions cameo setting & link it to the necklace through the hole in the setting.

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22 Although the setting won`t be seen a great deal from the top of the necklace on this size stamp, it will make for a neat finish on the reverse of the necklace. Use a 3d glue to add the UTEE lily to the piece.

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23 Alternatively add a grungeboard circle to the back of the UTEE lily & stick it in place with some Cosmic Shimmer glue. Add the brooch pin to finish the piece.

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24 The necklace can be made using a variety of beads or just with a readymade necklace.

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25 To add the necklace to the card cut two neat slits in the top of the hinged card. Have a nice space between the slots to allow the necklace to lay nicely on the card.

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26 Attach the necklace through the slots & let the chain dangle down the back of the hinged card.

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27 Use the cameo to allow the card panel to be opened & closed easily as this will hide the chain. Giving the gift as part of the card makes it something special.

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28 Here is a close up of the back of the hanging necklace & the cameo bow. The colour of the cameo setting used for necklace can also be changed by using a clear ink pad over the cameo before adding embossing powder over the top. Tap away the excess powder before heat setting the embossing powder. So lots of options with the cameo setting.

28                           5329 So here is the finished card ideal for a gift for Mothers Day or any other occasion. Just add a sentiment to reflect the event ~ Happy Crafting x

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30 Another close up of the gift card.

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