Sue Wilson Lattice Window Fronds Tall Pop Up Lid & Corner Cube Box Complete Project

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This workshop will show you how to make the small cube pop up box .

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The lid is perfect for adding a contrast colour in and the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud inks are perfect for lots of different colour tones.

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Next week will continue with part 2 of the workshop and also share how the tall striplet pop up box is created.

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Click on the link below for a Printable Version of the Workshop

Sue Wilson Lattice Window Fronds Tall Pop Up Lid Box & Corner Cube Box ~ Complete Project

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Related Workshops so listed for Ease.

Sue Wilson Delicate Lattice Different Tube Shapes

Dusky Pink Rose & Fronds Tube Gift Box

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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Configurations Elegant Lace Edger Die : CED6401

Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin Colour Cloud ~ Chic Moss : CSPMCCMOSS

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon ~ CESROFFWHT

Creative Expressions Smoothies Mini`s 4 per pack : CESMOOTHMINI or

Standard 2 per pack : CESMOOTH

Self Adhesive Film Double Sided Sheet : ADHA4

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980 & Foundations Vellum : 40024

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Products for the Striplet box featured in part 2

Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Lattice Window Die : CED1615

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Wild Rose Die : CED1439

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Delicate Fronds Die : CED1426

Cosmic Shimmer Marshmallow Mica Flakes : CSMFMARSH

Tim Holtz Milled Lavender Distress Ink Pad : DPMILLDLAVENDER &

Victorian Velvet : DPVICTORIAN

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make the small cube pop up box . It`s decorated using the Sue Wilson configurations elegant lace edger die along with some Creative Expressions micro beads behind the panel for a soft feel to the finished project. The pop up section allows an accent colour to highlight the curved shape. The Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin chic moss colour cloud has been used on this section along with the corners and to colour the white ribbon. The project comes in 2 parts as it is so detailed and it will also feature how the striplet box is created.

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Step 2. Take a piece of Foundations coconut card and lay it in a landscape position on a score board. Score down at 6.5cms, 13cms, 19.5cms, 26cms and 27cms.

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Step 3. Turn the card and then score down the full length of the portrait card at 3 ½ cms, 10cms & 16 ½cms in from the left hand side of the card.

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Step 4. Turn the card back to the landscape position and trim away the excess after the 1cm tab.

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Step 5. Fold the card after the 2nd 6.5cm panel and turn the card back into a landscape position so you are left with the 3 ½ cms, 10cms & 16 ½cms measurement on the card and trim away the card after the 16 ½ cm point.

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Step 6. Cut inverted `V` notches on the 6 ½cm tab sections. Make sure you read step 7 before cutting !!!. Remove the corner piece of unwanted card which falls in the bottom of the tab area.

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Step 7. LEAVE the last square with just straight up cut lines as this will give a flat base finish when the box is closed later on.

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Step 8. Take the top 3 ½cm depth x 6 ½cm wide panel along the top and measure half way in each section, ie. 3 ¼cms. Mark the spot with a pencil mark.

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Step 9. Take a curved object, here I have used a large Spellbinders oval die. Place the curve on the 3 ¼cm mark and on the other edge of the 3 ½cm depth score line. Draw around the curved shape to join these 2 points together. This step will give you a guide to where the score line will be placed. The next step will make the required template needed for the project.

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Step 10. Cut a piece of thick card to 3 ½cm x 6 ½cm and repeat the centre measurement making the first curve line again, flip the die and pencil in the same marking down the opposite side. Place a piece of cellotape along the top reverse of the card & trim along the pencil line leaving the smallest of join at the top of the piece. Try keep the waste as a whole piece as this will act as a mask later on. Don`t worry if not as you can cut another one out. The most important this is the shape of the curve is kept.

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Step 11. Secure the template piece on the reverse of the scored panel coconut card using some low tack tape. This will fit perfectly in the 3 ½cm depth x 6 ½cm wide panel. Making sure the just made curved template is secured down is a key part of making the pop up lid mechanism work and lay properly.

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Step 12. Turn the card over and run a score line around the edge of the template. It is best to start at the bottom corner or top middle and then let the embossing tool glide around the curve.

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Step 13. Lift the template up and move it to the next top panel and repeat the scoring process. Continue along until all 4 panels are embossed.

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Step 14. Now make small upturned semi circles on each of the scored panels and at the tip point of the embossed cures. This will remove the excess card that would be in the way when folding the lid up later on.

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Step 15. Trim away the small just made semi circles using a small pair of scissors.

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Step 16. Now the box shape is all scored, cut and complete you can move onto the decorating part. Take the Sue Wilson configurations elegant lace edger die and secure it towards the top left hand edge of the central row of untouched squares. Make sure there is a small border of white card on the top and side edge of the die piece. Use low take tape to make sure it`s kept in place when cutting the die out.

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Step 17. Pass the die through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine. It`s optional if you want to emboss the piece. If you do I advise you just to emboss the small corner die not the box blank as this is going to be passed through the Grand Calibur 7 more times so the embossing will flatten as you work the piece.

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Step 18. Use the Spellbinders Tool`n`One to remove the excess waste from the die.

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Step 19. Poke through one of the small holes in the front to release the edge of the corner die and then gently ease the card from the die.

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Step 20. Place the corner die back onto the card square but this time in the bottom right hand corner of the card. Again leave a small border of card around the edge of the die.

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Step 21. Place through the Grand Calibur machine and repeat the process along the other 3 panels on the card.

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Step 22. Crease all the scored line excluding the top curved lines.

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Step 23. Make sure you handle the side of the box panels carefully as the corner cut outs will need to be scored in with care.

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Step 24. As the 1cm tab will fall under the cut out of the next corner panel then take the corner die and secure it on the edge of the tab making sure you leave a small border to the right of the die. Add some low take tape so the die doesn`t slip and ruin all your preparation so far.

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Step 25. Place the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur to achieve a matching pattern on the tab section.

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Step 26. Now check to make sure the panel and cut tab will marry up.

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Step 27. Don`t add any Cosmic Shimmer dries glue yet as the micro beads need to be added whilst the box is flat.

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Step 28. Take the previously use template and this time use the waste piece. If it wasn`t cut away in a whole piece then use the template to cut another and trim away the curved areas.

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Step 29. Secure the waste over same shape panel on the top pop up sections of the box. Use some low tack tape to cover the other curve on the box. It`s important to mask these areas so the ink doesn`t bleed under the tape. Just use your finger to hold down the template in the middle as you can`t mask the top area.

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Step 30. Take the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin chic moss colour cloud and add some of the ink onto a Creative Expressions mini smoothie or use the larger smoothie.

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Step 31. Dab the ink up and down over the pop up card section which isn`t masked off.

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Step 32. Lift the mask and as long as it`s clean underneath move it to the 3rd panel. Again mask the either side with low tack tape and continue adding the chic moss ink onto the card.

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Step 33. Set aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

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Step 34. Place the cut corners onto a non stick mat and dab the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin chic moss colour cloud smoothie over the shapes.

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Step 35. For a bit of depth some Tim Holtz peeled paint ink has been dabbed onto just parts of the corners.

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Step 36. This will just add some shade to the corners. Either heat set or dry the corners naturally.

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Step 37. To coordinate the ribbon in this project, a piece of the Creative Expressions off white satin ribbon has been held over the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin chic moss colour cloud pot and the Creative Expression smoothie has been held firmly in the pot and over the ribbon as the it`s pulled through the ink. Putting different pressure on the smoothie will give you different depths of colour on the ribbon. Dry the ribbon with a heat tool or I placed mine on the top of my radiator whilst I did the next few sections of the project.

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Step 38. Cut 4 panels of 6.3cms x 6.3cms in both the Foundations vellum and some Creative Expressions self adhesive film.

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Step 39. Remove the self adhesive backing on just one side and place it on the reverse of the card panel so it covers the corner cut outs. MAKE SURE the card isn`t placed on some card / paper etc as it will then stick to the cut out part of the front of the card.

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Step 40. With the card in a box lid tip some of the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky corner cut out area.

ALTERNATIVELY place the chic moss corners back into the card before adding the micro beads to save you gluing the corners on in a later step. I like the small lift that is achieved when adding them later on but it`s up to you how you add yours.

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Step 41. Press the micro beads firmly into the self adhesive sheet to ensure all the sticky is covered.

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Step 42. Remove the sticky backing from the reverse of the card and then add the prepared vellum square over the sticky sheet.

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Step 43. Now ease the curved scored lines in place by nipping the curve in between your finger and thumb.

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Step 44. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue along the cut out tab.

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Step 45. Now fold the other end of the box onto the glued tab to close the box shape up.

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Step 46. Fold down each of the notched base flaps gluing each one as you go. Then add the final full square flap last to give a nice neat finish to the box. It`s worth folding them in place first to see you have the correct tabs in place before gluing.

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Step 47. Now you will have the lovely shape of the box with the coloured pop up areas of the lid ready to be closed.

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Step 48. Press in the centre fold of each of the chic moss curved shapes to close the lid with ease.

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Step 49. The wonderful soft chic moss colour will show through the lovely shape made with this fold. A small flower or clear seal could be used to close the box completely but I have to say the lid becomes very firm with this style so I have just used ribbon to create a handle.

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Step 50. For this you`ll just need to punch a hole through the white section of the lid and then another on the opposite side.

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Step 51. Now to add the corners to the box, this can be done by adding some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto a small piece of cut`n`dry foam and then working it over the surface of the foam.

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Step 52. Place the corners on a piece of cellophane or a craft mat. Dab the foam pad over the reverse of the corners to add the glue evenly.

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Step 53. Apply the corners over the micro bead panels. Silicone glue could be added for a more raised feel.

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Step 54. Here is a close look at the holes that were made a few steps ago, sorry I digressed with the glue pad !!!

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Step 55. Once the ribbon is dry poke one end through the box starting from the outside and poking it through to the inside of the box.

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Step 56. Tie a knot at the end of the ribbon and trim off the excess ribbon after the knot.

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Step 57. Repeat the process on the other hole making sure you have looped the ribbon over to make the handle shape.

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Step 58. Add the Sue Wilson small petite peony cluster dies on some vellum and pass all the die through the Grand Calibur machine. Then emboss the flowers. It`s easy to double the vellum up to make more flowers at one time.

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Step 59. Use the Adirondack gold dabber to add some gold to the edges of the embossed flowers.

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Step 60. Place the small peony die shapes onto an embossing mat or the reverse of a cut`n`dry piece of foam and use the Spellbinders tool`n`one to press down on the centre of the flowers.

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Step 61. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to the centres of the peony flowers for a lovely soft feel to the finished look.

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Step 62. Once the glue has dried add 3 peonies onto each triangle section of the lid.

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Step 63. Here is just a different angle of the lid.

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Step 64. With the coloured chic moss area it`s so easily opened to create a different style box lid.

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Step 65. To make the tall striplet tall pop up lidded box take a piece of white card. This time try and use a 160gsm paper to a max. 220gsm card as the die will be left in the card but there are ways of turning the piece in the die cutting machine mentioned later on.

Take a piece of Foundations coconut card and lay it in a landscape position on a score board. Score down at 6.5cms, 13cms, 19.5cms, 26cms and 27cms. Turn the card to a portrait position and score down at 3½cms and 20cms. This will leave a 1cm tab along the bottom of the card.

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Step 66. Repeat the process of cutting the bottom tabs with a `V` notch and also making the curved scored sections along the top of the card and the small cut curves as in the corner cube box workshop in the project sheet. Now lay the Sue Wilson lattice window delicate frame dies onto the 1st section of the card , the 2nd largest die and the lattice emboss die have been used and secured in place with some low tack tape.

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Step 67. Place the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur to cut the intricate design out. Here you can see the full design didn`t cut down the middle as the die was passed through in a landscape position.

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Step 68. To help this fold along one of the scored panel , place the card preferably onto a Spellbinders junior cut and base plate.

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Step 69. Pass the plates through the Grand Calibur in a portrait position.

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Step 70. Having the die pass through in a lengthways position means the die piece will cut crisply and with this die first time.

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Step 71. Lay a ruler up against the score fold and crease the panel upwards to achieve a lovely crisp finish to the delicate cut panel.

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Step 72. Place the same dies on the other end of the card and use the same technique by passing the card through the Grand Calibur having one panel folded. Please note your die will be on the reverse side of the card but I’ve just shown it in this manner so you can see the die positioning. Cut all 4 panels out making sure the folded piece never falls under the dies as it will also get cut.

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Step 73. Add some sticky sheet on the reverse of the panels and then add some Cosmic Shimmer marshmallow mica flakes over the front of the card. Press the flakes in firmly and remove any loose flakes.

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Step 74. Glue the side of the box together along with the 4 base tabs. As the length was needed for the striplet deign on a A4 sheet of card then a small 1cm tab is all that remained. Just go ahead and cut a 6.5cms x 6.5cms square white card panel and stick it the base tabs to complete the tall box.

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Step 75. Here is the finished project. I hope this has given you some ideas when using the STUNNING Sue Wilson corner and striplet dies. I feel a workshop using the large background designs will be needed too and also a nifty inner gift column for an earring set or a gift card !!! So watch this space.

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Step 76. The pop up lids are perfect to add the small Sue Wilson peonies onto.

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Here is the finished project along with the tall striplet box which ~ full printable workshops are produced with all of these workshops featured in this style.

The Tall Tube Box, The Fronds & Rose Card and the Hexagon Shorter Tube Box.

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 Happy Crafting x

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Sue Wilson Lattice Window Fronds Tall Pop Up Lid Box & Corner Cube Box ~ Part 1

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This workshop will show you how to make the small cube pop up box .

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The lid is perfect for adding a contrast colour in and the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud inks are perfect for lots of different colour tones.

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Next week will continue with part 2 of the workshop and also share how the tall striplet pop up box is created.

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Click on the link below for a Printable Version of the Workshop

Sue Wilson Lattice Window Fronds Tall Pop Up Lid Box & Corner Cube Box ~ Part 1

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Related Workshops so listed for Ease.

Sue Wilson Delicate Lattice Different Tube Shapes

Dusky Pink Rose & Fronds Tube Gift Box

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you can now follow Creative Expressions on FACEBOOK

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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Configurations Elegant Lace Edger Die : CED6401

Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin Colour Cloud ~ Chic Moss : CSPMCCMOSS

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon ~ CESROFFWHT

Creative Expressions Smoothies Mini`s 4 per pack : CESMOOTHMINI or

Standard 2 per pack : CESMOOTH

Self Adhesive Film Double Sided Sheet : ADHA4

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980 & Foundations Vellum : 40024

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Products for the Striplet box featured in part 2

Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Lattice Window Die : CED1615

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Wild Rose Die : CED1439

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Delicate Fronds Die : CED1426

Cosmic Shimmer Marshmallow Mica Flakes : CSMFMARSH

Tim Holtz Milled Lavender Distress Ink Pad : DPMILLDLAVENDER &

Victorian Velvet : DPVICTORIAN

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make the small cube pop up box . It`s decorated using the Sue Wilson configurations elegant lace edger die along with some Creative Expressions micro beads behind the panel for a soft feel to the finished project. The pop up section allows an accent colour to highlight the curved shape. The Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin chic moss colour cloud has been used on this section along with the corners and to colour the white ribbon. The project comes in 2 parts as it is so detailed and it will also feature how the striplet box is created.

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Step 2. Take a piece of Foundations coconut card and lay it in a landscape position on a score board. Score down at 6.5cms, 13cms, 19.5cms, 26cms and 27cms.

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Step 3. Turn the card and then score down the full length of the portrait card at 3 ½ cms, 10cms & 16 ½cms in from the left hand side of the card.

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Step 4. Turn the card back to the landscape position and trim away the excess after the 1cm tab.

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Step 5. Fold the card after the 2nd 6.5cm panel and turn the card back into a landscape position so you are left with the 3 ½ cms, 10cms & 16 ½cms measurement on the card and trim away the card after the 16 ½ cm point.

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Step 6. Cut inverted `V` notches on the 6 ½cm tab sections. Make sure you read step 7 before cutting !!!. Remove the corner piece of unwanted card which falls in the bottom of the tab area.

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Step 7. LEAVE the last square with just straight up cut lines as this will give a flat base finish when the box is closed later on.

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Step 8. Take the top 3 ½cm depth x 6 ½cm wide panel along the top and measure half way in each section, ie. 3 ¼cms. Mark the spot with a pencil mark.

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Step 9. Take a curved object, here I have used a large Spellbinders oval die. Place the curve on the 3 ¼cm mark and on the other edge of the 3 ½cm depth score line. Draw around the curved shape to join these 2 points together. This step will give you a guide to where the score line will be placed. The next step will make the required template needed for the project.

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Step 10. Cut a piece of thick card to 3 ½cm x 6 ½cm and repeat the centre measurement making the first curve line again, flip the die and pencil in the same marking down the opposite side. Place a piece of cellotape along the top reverse of the card & trim along the pencil line leaving the smallest of join at the top of the piece. Try keep the waste as a whole piece as this will act as a mask later on. Don`t worry if not as you can cut another one out. The most important this is the shape of the curve is kept.

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Step 11. Secure the template piece on the reverse of the scored panel coconut card using some low tack tape. This will fit perfectly in the 3 ½cm depth x 6 ½cm wide panel. Making sure the just made curved template is secured down is a key part of making the pop up lid mechanism work and lay properly.

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Step 12. Turn the card over and run a score line around the edge of the template. It is best to start at the bottom corner or top middle and then let the embossing tool glide around the curve.

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Step 13. Lift the template up and move it to the next top panel and repeat the scoring process. Continue along until all 4 panels are embossed.

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Step 14. Now make small upturned semi circles on each of the scored panels and at the tip point of the embossed cures. This will remove the excess card that would be in the way when folding the lid up later on.

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Step 15. Trim away the small just made semi circles using a small pair of scissors.

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Step 16. Now the box shape is all scored, cut and complete you can move onto the decorating part. Take the Sue Wilson configurations elegant lace edger die and secure it towards the top left hand edge of the central row of untouched squares. Make sure there is a small border of white card on the top and side edge of the die piece. Use low take tape to make sure it`s kept in place when cutting the die out.

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Step 17. Pass the die through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine. It`s optional if you want to emboss the piece. If you do I advise you just to emboss the small corner die not the box blank as this is going to be passed through the Grand Calibur 7 more times so the embossing will flatten as you work the piece.

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Step 18. Use the Spellbinders Tool`n`One to remove the excess waste from the die.

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Step 19. Poke through one of the small holes in the front to release the edge of the corner die and then gently ease the card from the die.

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Step 20. Place the corner die back onto the card square but this time in the bottom right hand corner of the card. Again leave a small border of card around the edge of the die.

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Step 21. Place through the Grand Calibur machine and repeat the process along the other 3 panels on the card.

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Step 22. Crease all the scored line excluding the top curved lines.

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Step 23. Make sure you handle the side of the box panels carefully as the corner cut outs will need to be scored in with care.

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Step 24. As the 1cm tab will fall under the cut out of the next corner panel then take the corner die and secure it on the edge of the tab making sure you leave a small border to the right of the die. Add some low take tape so the die doesn`t slip and ruin all your preparation so far.

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Step 25. Place the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur to achieve a matching pattern on the tab section.

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Step 26. Now check to make sure the panel and cut tab will marry up.

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Step 27. Don`t add any Cosmic Shimmer dries glue yet as the micro beads need to be added whilst the box is flat.

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Step 28. Take the previously use template and this time use the waste piece. If it wasn`t cut away in a whole piece then use the template to cut another and trim away the curved areas.

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Step 29. Secure the waste over same shape panel on the top pop up sections of the box. Use some low tack tape to cover the other curve on the box. It`s important to mask these areas so the ink doesn`t bleed under the tape. Just use your finger to hold down the template in the middle as you can`t mask the top area.

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Step 30. Take the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin chic moss colour cloud and add some of the ink onto a Creative Expressions mini smoothie or use the larger smoothie.

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Step 31. Dab the ink up and down over the pop up card section which isn`t masked off.

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Step 32. Lift the mask and as long as it`s clean underneath move it to the 3rd panel. Again mask the either side with low tack tape and continue adding the chic moss ink onto the card.

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Step 33. Set aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

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Step 34. Place the cut corners onto a non stick mat and dab the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin chic moss colour cloud smoothie over the shapes.

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Step 35. For a bit of depth some Tim Holtz peeled paint ink has been dabbed onto just parts of the corners.

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Step 36. This will just add some shade to the corners. Either heat set or dry the corners naturally.

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Step 37. To coordinate the ribbon in this project, a piece of the Creative Expressions off white satin ribbon has been held over the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin chic moss colour cloud pot and the Creative Expression smoothie has been held firmly in the pot and over the ribbon as the it`s pulled through the ink. Putting different pressure on the smoothie will give you different depths of colour on the ribbon. Dry the ribbon with a heat tool or I placed mine on the top of my radiator whilst I did the next few sections of the project.

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Step 38. Cut 4 panels of 6.3cms x 6.3cms in both the Foundations vellum and some Creative Expressions self adhesive film.

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Step 39. Remove the self adhesive backing on just one side and place it on the reverse of the card panel so it covers the corner cut outs. MAKE SURE the card isn`t placed on some card / paper etc as it will then stick to the cut out part of the front of the card.

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Step 40. With the card in a box lid tip some of the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky corner cut out area.

ALTERNATIVELY place the chic moss corners back into the card before adding the micro beads to save you gluing the corners on in a later step. I like the small lift that is achieved when adding them later on but it`s up to you how you add yours.

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Here is a photo of the finish cube corner box project & the striplet tall box which will be shown in part 2 next week.75 (Copy)

     The accent colours are all out in the pop up section on the lids of the boxes. They are perfect areas for flowers to be added to. Here the Sue Wilson small peony flowers are used.76 (Copy)

Here is the finished project along with the tall striplet box which will be featured in part 2 of this workshop ~ full printable workshops are produced with these workshops

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 Happy Crafting x

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Sue Wilson Dainty Rectangle Shorter Tube Gift Box

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This tube box has been designed using the tube box technique which was used when making the taller boxes, but this one uses just 2 sheets of rich plum foundations card for the main base and lid of the box and just 1 sheet of gold card for the inner tube lip.

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The delicate peonies are added to the lid to decorate it further.

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Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Spellbinders Tool`n`One : WIZTOOL

 Creative Expressions Large Rambling Blossom Embossing Folder : EF-026

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Light Orchid Satin Ribbon : CESRORCHID

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Rich Plum Card : 41021

Foundations Vellum : 40024

Adirondack Metallic Paint Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will continue with the tube box theme but it`s been made by splitting an A4 sheet of card to give the depth of the box base and lid, so just 2 sheets are needed when making the hexagon shape box. There is a triangle box, pentagon box & a hexagon box lid & base template with I produced in a printable template sheet to use when making up the this size box or for the striplet size boxes as they are all 6.5cm panels on each side. This workshop uses the Sue Wilson dainty rectangle die and the finishing touches petite peony cluster die . The Creative Expressions large rambling blossom embossing folder creates the pattern on the lid of the box.

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Step 2. Print off the template sheet so you can use it to create the base and lid shapes for the tube boxes. The tube box has been designed in the same way as the tall tube boxes and as the sides are 6.5cms the same template is used for the base & lid of the box. Cut the 3 template shapes out and the square one would just be 6.4cms square piece of card so not a template on the sheet but you can make one up for ease for another project. Place the template on a piece of thick grey card often found in card packs when posting. Draw around the shape and then cut 2 thick bases out & 3 rich plum bases out. The thicker card is used to strengthen the base of the tube box & lid.

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Step 3. Place a piece of rich plum card in a portrait position on a score board and score at 3cms, 14cm, 18cms and the end measurement would finish at the edge of the card at 21cms. Score 21cms if you are not using a UK A4 sheet of card. Score 2 sheets of rich plum card with the same measurements as these will be joined later on to make the hexagon box.

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Step 4. Turn the card and score in a landscape position at 6.5cms, 13cms, 19cms and finish with a 1.5cm tab. Trim both pieces of card after the 1.5cm tab as the side excess is not required.

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Step 5. Turn the card back to the what was portrait position and cut down the 18cm score line. This will create the 11cm depth of the box base with the 3cm base tabs and a 4cm depth lid with 3cm lid tabs. Again cut the same measurement on the 2nd piece of plum card.

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Step 6. Now start by joining the 2 base wider sections together by gluing the 1.5cm tab with some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 7. Place it behind the 6.5cm panel on the next sheet of card.

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Step 8. Now to start work on the lid of the base by using placing one of the lid sections and a lid hexagon in the Creative Expressions large rambling blossom embossing folder. Run the pieces through the Grand Calibur machine using the Spellbinders raspberry plate & the base plate. Repeat on the 2 set of the same pieces.

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Step 9. Glue the 1.5cm tab onto the back of the lid 6.5cm panel like you did on the base box card. Now you have the components for an embossed lid.

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Step 10. Crease along all of the score lines and tabs. The embossed lid panels will be harder to find but they can be folded into place. Cut inverted `V` notches on the 3cm tab sections and remove the corner piece of unwanted card which falls in the bottom of the tab area.

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Step 11. The following step can be done before or after adding the inner tube card which is needed to house the lid onto. So see the previous tall workshop for the before way or use this way to add the tube as a whole section afterwards, both end up with the same result.

Glue the 1.5cm tabs and glue to the back of the 6.5cm other end of the card to create the separate box base and lid pieces.

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Step 12. To create the inner tube score a piece of gold vintage foundations card a with 3 x 6.3cm panels in a landscape position and then a 1cm tab. Turn the card and score the card in half at 10.5cms. This means you get the inner tube out of 1 piece of card. Cut away after the 1cm tab and down the 10.5cm central line to make to pieces of card.

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Step 13. Join the pieces together using the tab, crease all the score lines and then join the last tab to make the full hexagon shape inner tube. Set a side to dry.

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Step 14. Open the bottom tabs flat and add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto each tab.

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Step 15. Close the flaps back down.

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Step 16. Add the thick card hexagon piece into the box so it drops down onto the glued area of the tube.

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Step 17. Add some more glue to the outer tabs of the hexagon box and on the grey card that is showing.

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Step 18. Stick the other rich plum card plain hexagon panel which was made using the template earlier.

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Step 19. Cut at least a 20cm piece of Creative Expressions finishing touches light orchid ribbon making sure you have 3 of the folds in the ribbon ( these appear naturally on the ribbon packaging) and at least a small tab either side of the fold. Create a small slit no wider than width of the ribbon on one of the hexagon edges of the lid and marry it up with another cut on the opposite side of the lid. It is better to be slightly smaller than the ribbon as it stops it sliding about.

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Step 20. Poke the ribbon through the slits so that it stops at the fold point either side and there is a fold on the top of the ribbon loop.

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Step 21. Secure the ends of the ribbon on the inside of the lid using some tape.

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Step 22. Place the embossed hexagon over the ribbon to cover the inside of the lid nicely.

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Step 23. Add the Sue Wilson dainty rectangle die and the small petite peony cluster dies on some rich plum card and pass all the die shapes through the Grand Calibur machine & then emboss the flowers too. Now cut the same dies in some foundations vellum.

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Step 24. Use the Adirondack gold dabber to add some gold to the edges of the embossed flowers.

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Step 25. Repeat the process on the dainty rectangles frames. For this project you can either cut 6 frames out or do 3 frames and have alternate panels with frames on.

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Step 26. Now the glue is set on the inner tube place it in the tube base but leave some of the gold card proud of the box as this acts as the lip of the box and it will hold the lid of the box. Once you are happy with the depth, glue the inner tube in place making sure no glue goes on the exposed lip of the box.

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Step 27. This is how the inner tube section will look.

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Step 28. Place the small peony die shapes onto an embossing mat or the reverse of a cut`n`dry piece of foam and use the Spellbinders tool`n`one to press down on the centre of the flowers. Retain 6 plum flowers to be placed under the vellum peony cluster.

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Step 29. This technique will raise the petals of the flowers up as you can see on the right hand plum flower. Repeat on all the required flowers.

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Step 30. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to the centres of the peony flowers for a lovely soft feel to the finished look.

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Step 31. Add the plum flat peony flowers under the vellum cluster and the add the cluster onto the box lid where the ribbon section isn`t laying. Now add the prepared flowers over the top.

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Step 32. Add some more of the peonies over the lid and ribbon handle to cover the slit made.

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Step 33. Add the dainty rectangle panels onto the base panels of the box to finish the box off perfectly. There are other small dies in the Sue Wilson collection that would fit on the panels or even cut a striplet die down or maybe use 2 corner dies turned to make a square. Just have fun playing and snipping bits off die shapes and making your own design up.

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Step 34. The ribbon is for decorative reasons so tell people not to lift the box by the handle as it won`t carry the weight!!!

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Check out the Creative Expressions weekly workshop blog for the square tube box workshops & the template page.

Sue Wilson Delicate Lattice Frame Tube Gift Box Templates-page-001

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Sue Wilson Lattice Window Tube Box Collection

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This workshop shows how to make this 3 different sided tall tube boxes using the delicate wild rose and lattice frame card and square tall box idea as inspiration

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The larger pentagon and hexagon boxes make a lovely size for larger gifts.

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This workshop will show you mainly the triangle box but the 5 & 6 sided boxes are shown how to join the panels together meaning the boxes are only made from A4 card stock.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Lattice Window Die : CED1615

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Wild Rose Die : CED1439

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Delicate Fronds Die : CED1426

Cosmic Shimmer Marshmallow Mica Flakes : CSMFMARSH

Tim Holtz Milled Lavender Distress Ink Pad : DPMILLDLAVENDER

Creative Expressions Smoothies Mini`s 4 per pack : CESMOOTHMINI or

Standard 2 per pack : CESMOOTH

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980 & Vintage Gold Card : VINTGOLDCARD

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will continue with the tube box theme. It will show you how to make 3 other tall tube boxes to co-ordinate with the dusky pink rose & fronds card and square tube box made in previous workshops. There is a triangle box, pentagon box & a hexagon box with I have produced a printable template sheet to use when making up the striplet size boxes.

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Step 2. Print off the template sheet so you can use it to create the base and lid shapes for the tube boxes. The tube box has been designed to co-ordinate with the dusky pink rose & fronds card and you can find the full workshop and printable sheets on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop blog.

Cut the 3 template shapes out and the square one would just be 6.4cms square piece of card so no template on the sheet but you can make one up for ease for another project.

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Step 3. Place the template on a piece of thick grey card often found in card packs when posting. Draw around the shape and then cut them out. The thicker card is used for strength on the base of the tube box.

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Step 4. Also cut 2 sets of the shapes in foundations coconut card. Just cut the required shape if you just want the triangle tube box. But for this workshop I will show you how to make all 3 sizes of tubes boxes.

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Step 5. To make the larger boxes place a piece of Foundations coconut card onto a score board in a landscape position and score down at 6.5cms, 13cms, 19.5cms & 26cms. Turn the card and then score down the full length of the portrait card at 4cms in from the left hand side of the card. For a Hexagon box you need to join another 2 ~ 6.5cms panels and with a 1cm tab. For the Pentagon you`ll need 5 ~ 6.5cms panels so you will need to add a 6.5cm panel with a 1cm tab. There are tips on how to do the larger boxes in this workshop in step 7.

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Step 6. For the triangle box which will be shown on this workshop will need cut 3 ~ 6.5cm panels and a 1cm tab.

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Step 7. When making the larger boxes score another piece of card in a landscape position at 6.5cms & 13cms. Then score another 1cm, 1cm ( 14 cms & 15cms ) and then at 21.5cms ( that is just another 6.5cms on the end of the card) trim away the excess card. Turn the card and score a 4cm depth line across what would be the bottom of the card but will now be down the side as the card has been turned.

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Step 8. Trim down the 1cm and 6.5cm and turn the card over and score the lines back in place as you need the card to be turned so the tab is on the right hand side of the panel. This technique just allows you to make the pentagon and hexagon larger boxes using 2 fully scored pieces of card and the 2 and 1 ~ 6.5cm panels on this part of the scored card.

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Step 9. Add one panel on the back of the 6.5cm panel on the previously made 4 ~ 6.5cm panel card to create the pentagon box & add the 2 ~ 6.5cm panels onto the other 4 ~ 6.5cm panel card to create the a hexagon box.

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Step 10. To make the triangle just have a piece of coconut card with 3 ~ 6.5cm panels and a 1cm tab down the side edge of the card. Create the usual 4cm measurement across the bottom of the card as this will make the correct depth needed for the Sue Wilson striplet dies to be housed on the panel of the card.

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Step 11.Score a line at 2.5cms in from the side edge so it creates a 1.5cm tab next to the 4cm line just made. This is just needed as the triangle box only needs a small tab on the base and lid of the box.

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Step 12. Cut inverted `V` notches along the tab base and remove the corner piece on the 1cm tab right hand side of the card.

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Step 13. Crease up all the score lines including the bottom and side tabs.

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Step 14. Now lay a piece of kraft card onto the score board in a landscape position and move the card slightly in from the left hand side of the board by 2mm and score at 6.5cms. Repeat the process on each of the 6.5cms so each measurement will be 6.3cms each time, carry on until all 3 score lines are complete and finish the card with a 0.5cm tab measurement down the side. Trim away the excess card not needed by laying the white card onto the kraft card and seeing where you want the inner kraft card to sit on the finished box. This gives you the control to lengthen the box.

IT`S IMPORTANT to make sure there is a overhang of the kraft card above the white card as this creates the lip for the lid to be placed onto.

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Step 15. Glue the triangle kraft card triangle down the small side tab and stick on the inside of the 6.5cm panel to make the kraft card inner tube. Run a line of red line strong tape on the white outer card tab.

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Step 16. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the inside panels of the white card making sure there is no glue on the bottom tabs.

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Step 17. Stick one side of the kraft card so it lines up along the top of the tabbed score line and then stick the side tab onto the next 6.5cm panel of the triangle. Turn the card and keep adding each kraft card side to the white panel as the card is wrapped around. Remove the red line tape carrier backing before sticking the final 6.5cm panel over the tab.

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Step 18. Open the bottom tabs flat and add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto each tab.

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Step 19. Close the flaps back down.

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Step 20. Add the triangle kraft card into the box so it drops down onto the glued area of the tube.

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Step 21. Add some more glue to the outer tabs of the triangle box and on the grey card that is showing.

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Step 22. Stick the other white card triangle that was made using the template earlier.

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Step 23. Rather than making a square box lid like in the previous workshop the 3, 5 & 6 sided boxes need to have the lid made like the base of the tube box but just shorter. You could have a long lid if your gift needed it and you would just make the base as you have just made but without the inner tube. Then place over the kraft card lip of the box. For a shorter lid use the same measurements for the base ie. 6.5cms, 13cms & 19.5cms and then the 1cm tab but cut the card at 6cms deep from the tab score line to make the depth of the lid. Adjust this figure if you would rather a shallower or deeper lid.

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Step 24. Place the score lid & triangle into the rambling blossom embossing folder and pass it through the Grand Calibur using the base plate & the Spellbinders raspberry plate.

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Step 25. Crease the triangle lid in place, gluing the side tab together before sticking the tabs down.

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Step 26. As it`s an awkward shape to hold the tabs down turn the lid and press the tabs together from the inside as the Cosmic Shimmer glue will stick very quickly.

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Step 27. Now add the embossed triangle onto the tabs to finish the lid off nicely. You can add another triangle on the inside of the lid to cover the tabs. This would be recommended if you had a longer lid.

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Step 28. Place the lid over the kraft card lip of the box to complete the basic shape of the triangle tube box.

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Step 29. It`s now ready for you to decorate using the Sue Wilson striplet dies. There are many dies in the striplet series and if you want to use the mini striplet dies the just use a smaller width measurement than the 6.5cms used for this larger die. These workshops were created to show you to basic needs when creating a tube box so have fun, decorate and design as you so wish.

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Step 30. Remember to add a 6.5cm panel for the larger boxes and when making the lid if you make 2 ~ 6 panel sheets up you can trim one of the panels off and cut the card in half from side to side to make 2 lids from the one piece of card. Just use the same technique for making the lids up.

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Step 31. Here are the pentagon & hexagon tube boxes ready to be decorated using the delicate lattice die along with the rose & fronds die shapes.

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Step 32. Check out the Creative Expressions weekly workshop blog for the panelled card and the square tube box workshops.

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Sue Wilson Delicate Lattice Frame Tube Gift Box Templates-page-00134 Here is the full collection of the main card and the triangle, square , pentagon & hexagon tall tube boxes.

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 Sue Wilson Delicate Lattice Frame Tube Gift Box Templates-page-002

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Sue Wilson Delicate Lattice Frame Tall Gift Box

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This tube box has been designed to co-ordinate with the dusky pink rose & fronds card.

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The delicate fronds have a couple of peonies added to the centre of the cluster tie in the 2 projects together.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

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Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Lattice Window Die : CED1615

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Wild Rose Die : CED1439

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Delicate Fronds Die : CED1426

Creative Expressions Large Rambling Blossom Embossing Folder : EF-026

Cosmic Shimmer Marshmallow Mica Flakes : CSMFMARSH

Tim Holtz Milled Lavender Distress Ink Pad : DPMILLDLAVENDER

Creative Expressions Smoothies Mini`s 4 per pack : CESMOOTHMINI or

Standard 2 per pack : CESMOOTH

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980 & Kraft Card  : KRAFTCARD

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a tall tube box to co-ordinate with the dusky pink rose & fronds card made in a previous workshop.. For the project you will need the Sue Wilson lattice window striplet die, along with the wild rose, petite peony cluster die & delicate fronds finishing touches dies. Cosmic Shimmer marshmallow mica flakes, Tim Holtz milled lavender distress ink pad and the Creative Expressions smoothies mini`s are used to create the soft pastel tones in the project.

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Step 2. The tube box has been designed to co-ordinate with the dusky pink rose & fronds card and you can find the full workshop and printable sheet on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop blog. Click here for the link.

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Step 3. This workshop will show you how to create the 4 sided tube box and as the design works so well with the Sue Wilson striplet dies I will be creating details for a triangle box and a 6 sided box too. It will just show the basics of how the die works so well for multiple projects.

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Step 4. For this project you`ll need 4 of the frames in white card and 4 solid frames cut with white card with self adhesive sheet over the top to add the Cosmic Shimmer marshmallow mica flakes onto. Cut 4 Sue Wilson Finishing Touches roses & use the small petite peony cluster dies on some white card and pass all the die shapes through the Grand Calibur machine so you fill the cutting mat up. Also needed are the Sue Wilson fronds leaves in white card.

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Step 5. To create the frames place the Sue Wilson lattice window striplet die onto some Foundations coconut card securing the dies in place with some low tack tape so the 2 dies do not move whilst they are being cut. These dies can cut into each other through the pressure of the machine so using the tape is very important. Cut 4 frames and set aside the lattice inner piece for another project.

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Step 6. Remove the carrier sheet off the solid frame card and place some of the Cosmic Shimmer marshmallow mica flakes over the sticky piece. Make sure you have the frames in a box lid or something to catch the mica flakes in.

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Step 7. Be sure to press the mica flakes firmly into the sticky sheet and rub away any excess flakes.

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Step 8. Place a piece of Foundations coconut card onto a score board in a landscape position and score down at 6.5cms, 13cms, 19.5cms & 26cms.

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Step 9. Turn the card and then score down the full length of the portrait card at 4cms in from the left hand side of the card.

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Step 10. Now lay a piece of kraft card onto the score board in a landscape position and move the card slightly in from the left hand side of the board by 2mm and score at 6.5cms. Repeat the process on each of the 6.5cms so each measurement will be 6.3cms each time, carry on until all 4 score lines are complete and finish the card with a 0.5cm tab measurement down the side. Trim away the excess card.

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Step 11. Turn the card and score a 4cms line along the bottom edge but make sure this line is not creased. Crease all the 6.3cms score lines. This card is the inner card piece for the tube box and will act to line and strengthen the box and will give the box the important rim for the lid to sit on.

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Step 12. Emboss a piece of card so you have 3 squares of 6.5cms along the top and down the side. Cut off the excess card as this square will make the lid for the tube box. The great thing about the tube box is that the lid and the box are the same measurements and the inner section just needs to be 2mms smaller to create the rim of the box.

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Step 13. Cut the bottom corner off on the white main box piece of card. This will be in the tab side area of the card.

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Step 14. Cut a straight line up on each of the 4cm deep base sections. Trim at an angle on the 2nd and 4th panel to allow the box base to have a nice finish on the finished piece.

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Step 15. Here is the finished look of the tube box outer card. Crease up all the score lines.

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Step 16. Cut up on each of the bottom right hand boxes on the lid corner sections of the lid and make a `V` cut on edge tab. The easiest way to do this is to turn the card as each section is done. This will insure the card is folded with 2 pieces of card on each edge.

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Step 17. Run a line of the 3mm red line tape along the thin 5mm edge of the kraft card tab.

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Step 18. Stick the other end of the card onto the tab to create the inner box shape for the tube box.

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Step 19. It creates a lovely effect to the end result and this could be done in the vintage gold card or even a dusky pink coloured card to match the finished look.

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Step 20. Take the kraft card tube and lay it on the inside of the white card open box card.

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Step 21. Make sure the tube stops at the 4cm box base flaps and the top of the box will fall on the 4cm scored line. That marking was just put in place to aid this process.

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Step 22. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the inner small tab area of the white card.

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Step 23. Glue this firmly onto one side of the kraft card tube.

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Step 24. Now add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the other 3 panels.

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Step 25. Roll the card around the kraft card making sure the card stays in the correct line.

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Step 26. Stick the final side down to complete the tube effect.

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Step 27. Now stick the 2 end bases together with some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue . Make sure it`s the 2 pieces with the notches cut out are glued on just the ends of the tabs else the glue would be sticky on the inside of the tube box. Then add glue to the other tabs and stick them onto the just glued tabs.

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Step 28. Place the cut out lid into a Creative Expressions rambling blossom embossing folder and run it through the Grand Calibur using the base plate and the Spellbinders raspberry plate sandwich. Please check which embossing plates are needed in your selected machines.

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Step 29. Now you will have a wonderful textured lid for the box. Crease each of the score lines back in place.

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Step 30. Fold the sides of the lid up onto the next flap to see how the finished lid will look before the gluing starts.

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Step 31. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto each of the corner outside sections.

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Step 32. Start to lift up each glued piece and place it onto the next inside solid square and continue until all 4 tabs are completed .

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Step 33. Place the lid onto the base of the tube box to see how great the lid fits onto the base. This allows long bottles to be added to a box. Here a coulis is used so it can be given as a thank you gift.

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Step 34. The kraft card can be seen more if the lid is required to be lifted up within the 4cm height.

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Step 35. Once the white frames are added to the mica flake panels then add some foam tape the reverse of the panels.

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Step 36. Add the frames onto each of the 4 sides of the box.

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Step 37. Now glue 2 of the white roses onto the bottom of the mica flake panel.

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Step 38. Add some of the fronds over the stems. Trim some of the leaves to create a soft feel to the foliage spray.

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Step 39. Use the solid peony flowers which were coloured using some of the Tim Holtz milled lavender distress ink and a faux pearl in the centre is created by using some of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue.

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Step 40. Add a small cluster of flowers to the top corner of the lid on the box. Also add a glossy accent coloured rose to decoupage the flower head using the same technique as in the dusky pink rose and fronds card workshop.

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Step 41. Just one side of the box needs to be decorated and would make a lovely addition when given as a gift along with the card for a special occasion.

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Step 42. The bottle fits perfectly in the box and you could add a lovely bottle of olive oil as a gift or other thin items.

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Step 43. Here is a close up of the delicate roses and fronds / peony design.

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Step 44. Please check out the Creative Expressions weekly workshops for the matching card workshop.

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Step 45. Here is the finished project.

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Sue Wilson Lattice Window Fronds Wild Rose Card

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This workshop shows how to make this delicate wild rose and lattice frame card.

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The wild roses are coloured with milled lavender and then glossy accents has been used to add a lovely sheen to the flowers.

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The delicate fronds have a couple of peonies added to the centre of the cluster and a thin Creative Expressions satin ribbon has been used to add a double bow under the flowers.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Lattice Window Die : CED1615

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Wild Rose Die : CED1439

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Delicate Fronds Die : CED1426

Cosmic Shimmer Marshmallow Mica Flakes : CSMFMARSH

Tim Holtz Milled Lavender Distress Ink Pad : DPMILLDLAVENDER

Creative Expressions Smoothies Mini`s 4 per pack : CESMOOTHMINI or

Standard 2 per pack : CESMOOTH

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980 & Vintage Gold Card : VINTGOLDCARD

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a simple yet striking card using the Sue Wilson lattice window die and the wild rose die as the main focus. For the project you will need the Sue Wilson noble double pierced rectangle dies, the lattice window striplet die, along with the wild rose, petite peony cluster die & delicate fronds finishing touches dies. Cosmic Shimmer marshmallow mica flakes, Tim Holtz milled lavender distress ink pad and the Creative Expressions smoothies mini`s are used to create the soft pastel tones in the project and different colours ways can be achieved by using the various different Creative Expressions / Cosmic Shimmer products in the vast range.

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Step 2. Place the Sue Wilson lattice window striplet die onto some Foundations coconut card securing the dies in place with some low tack tape so the 2 dies do not move whilst they are being cut. These dies can cut into each other through the pressure of the machine so using the tape is very important.

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Step 3. Place the card and die through the Grand Calibur using the junior plates and with the dies faced in a portrait position on the left hand side of the cutting plates.

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Step 4. This will make sure the die cuts through the foundations card in just one pass which is amazing as it`s an intricate die.

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Step 5. Now use the embossing plate and tan mat over the die on the base plate to emboss the panel.

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Step 6. Repeat the process and cut 2 more die panels out so you have the 3 sets of frames needed for the project. The inner lattice panels can be set aside for another project.

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Step 7. Place a piece of self adhesive sheet over a piece of white card and then secure just the outer solid frame die onto the prepared card.

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Step 8. Cut a solid shape and also place the Sue Wilson Finishing Touches rose die & the small petite peony cluster dies onto some white card and pass all the die shapes through the Grand Calibur machine so you fill the cutting mat up. Continue to cut 2 more solid pieces along with more of the roses & peonies.

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Step 9. Make sure you have 6 roses and also cut about 6 of the Sue Wilson delicate fronds die shapes out as well as the solid peony flowers.

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Step 10. Remove the carrier sheet off the solid frame card and place some of the Cosmic Shimmer marshmallow mica flakes over the sticky piece. Make sure you have the frames in a box lid or something to catch the mica flakes in.

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Step 11. Be sure to press the mica flakes firmly into the sticky sheet and rub away any excess flakes.

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Step 12. Repeat the process on the other 2 frames and then lay the white outer frames over the mica flakes to see how the design is building. Here is a useful photo to show how the card size is determined by laying the pierced rectangle die over the 3 mica flakes cut shapes.

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Step 13. Cut a white card panel using the 2nd from largest pierced rectangle die shape out and then a vintage gold frame using the largest pierced die. Once they are cut and embossed then make up a base card by joining 2 pieces of white card together and cut so it`s just a bit bigger than the vintage gold panel.

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Step 14. Take the small white pierced card and add some of the Tim Holtz milled lavender onto a mini smoothie and just ink around the edges of the panel for a soft completely blended feel to the piece.

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Step 15. Use some double sided foam tape to add the vintage gold panel onto the base card and then repeat the same when applying the just inked panel onto the gold card. Add 2 strips of the foam tape onto each of the frame panels and then lay them into position so they are evenly spaced out.

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Step 16. Add the top and bottom panel first onto the inked panel. Now ink the inner card panel to carry the milled lavender feel to the card before adding the final panel onto the card. By adding the top and bottom frame first it will give you a more even spacing when adding the final middle panel.

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Step 17. Add the frames over the mica flakes using a 3d glue for added dimension.

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Step 18. Complete this on all 3 of the frames for a lovely raised feel to the piece.

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Step 19. Lay the 3 cut roses and the delicate fronds onto the card base to get an idea of how you want the end result of the flowers and foliage to look.

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Step 20. The open peonies and lattice sections on the top of the photo won`t be needed in this project so just place them in you craft box of bits.

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Step 21. Use the ends of a pair of decoupage snips or a pokey tool to curve the heads of the roses as this will add dimension to the finished look.

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Step 22. Leave the flowers and fronds in place and just lift each flower one at a time when using some 3d glue to fix the flowers onto the mica flakes.

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Step 23. Continue to do this with the fronds and cut pieces off the fronds to curve them around the sides of the card. Use some of the Tim Holtz milled lavender to ink up the 3 rose heads and add them onto the white roses.

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Step 24. Place the small peony die shapes onto an embossing mat or the reverse of a cut`n`dry piece of foam and use the all in one tool to emboss each petal.

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Step 25. Turn the flower over and emboss the centre of the flower to raise the outer petals up nicely.

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Step 26. Add the flowers onto the corners of the card and also add some of the rose leaves or fronds around the peony flowers.

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Step 27. Add some of the glossy accents to enhance the rose heads.

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Step 28. Push the edges of the rose heads up so the glossy accents doesn`t fall off the edge of the roses.

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Step 29. You can also add a small scrap of card under the flower to allow the excess liquid to fall onto. You may wish to place the glossy accents onto the rose heads before they are glued onto the white roses and just add the flowers back on once the glossy accents is dry.

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Step 30. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to the centres of the peony flowers for a lovely soft feel to the card.

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Step 31. Here is the finished look of the project.

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Step 32. The glossy accents give a nice texture to the finished project and mirror the colours in the mica flakes.

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Step 33. Place 2 peonies in the centre of the fronds spray as this will cover up the centre of the stems.

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Step 34. Here is the small peony corner of flowers with pearl centres in the flowers.

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Bird Divided Tool Caddy Box Complete Project

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This workshop shows how to cover and make up the tool caddy and continues with part 2 from step 31. This will provide the know how on how to make some dividing panels for the Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy.

The workshop has now been set up as a complete workshop should you wish to print it off.

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Here are the moveable section panels which are ideal for adding in and taking out as and when you need to.

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Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Creative Expressions MDF Tool Caddy : CEMDFTOOLCAD

Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers ~ Oakwood : CCDECP084

& Birds & Butterflies : CCDECP142

Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE or

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Flat Paint Brush Section 

Sanding Block : CO723060

Creative Expressions Tags & Frames ~ Zoe Die Set : CED4310

Phill Martin Chic Moss Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Creative Expressions Smoothies Mini`s 4 per pack : CESMOOTHMINI or

Standard 2 per pack : CESMOOTH

Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Ink Pad : DPTATTROSE

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches White Pearl Corners ~ Design 2 : SASCW2

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop shows how to cover and make up the tool caddy and part 2 will provide the know how on how to make some dividing panels for the Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy. For the project you will need the following key products. The Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy , the Craft Consortium decoupage papers ~ oakwood & birds and butterflies adhered using the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze. The tag has been created using the Creative Expressions tags & frames ~ Zoe die set.

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Step 2. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well and here I have got an empty embossing powder pot ready ~ so never throw them away as they are so useful for glue pots or mixing embossing powders and micas in.

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Step 3. Pour some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.

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Step 4. Select the Craft Consortium decoupage papers ~ oakwood & birds and butterflies. The oakwood paper will give a nice back drop to showcase the birds and butterflies paper on the rest of the tool caddy. It will also mean you can get the whole caddy decorated in one pack of the birds and butterflies and use 1 sheet of the oakwood decoupage papers.

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Step 5. Tear the oakwood decoupage so it is just a bit bigger than the central tool caddy MDF piece as this will make it easier to handle when gluing down. Make your mind up which direction you wish the wood effect to fall, I prefer the upward position.

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Step 6. Brush the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze over both the main central panel of the tool caddy making sure you go right up to the edge of the MDF. Use the glue sparingly as over loading will make the thin decoupage paper crinkle up more.

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Step 7. Place the oakwood decoupage paper down onto the glued MDF panel.

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Step 8. Sweep the oakwood decoupage paper down smoothly as you go. If there is a ruffle then lift the paper and ease it back down so it eliminates the air bubbles or issues in the paper.

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Step 9. Cut a slit in the decoupage paper which falls in the handle part of the tool caddy. Now the paper can be moulded in place over the edges of the handle ready to be sanded.

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Step 10. Take the sanding block and hold it at a 45 degree angle & sand downwards over the edge of the MDF to create the smooth finish. You will need to work around the notches and a great tip for the small areas is to use a emery board nail file (not a metal one) or a loose piece of sandpaper folded in half.

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Step 11. You will be left with a lovely smooth covered MDF panel. Repeat the process and cover the reverse of the piece.

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Step 12. Put together the pieces of the tool caddy MDF set together omitting the central just covered piece. You will see when doing this there is a correct way the pieces should go with the long rectangle pieces.

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Step 13. For ease of covering the caddy and so that the full decoupage sheets are placed on the outside, place a mark on each of the outside panels, a`*` works well.

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Step 14. Take all the pieces apart and lay all the `*` marked sides upright on the craft table.

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Step 15. Lay 2 sheets of the birds and butterflies decoupage sheets over the larger side panels so that one sheet is on top of the other. Cut the sheet so that there is just a small excess of the decoupage paper all around the edge of the MDF panels.

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Step 16. Repeat the process of covering the panel using the glue/glaze and the sanding technique as you have done on the central MDF panel.

REMEMBER if you want a completely covered side piece only sand down the inner slot and retain the outer decoupage paper to cover the slots up nicely when the caddy is all put together later on.

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Step 17. Lay the top area of the birds and butterflies decoupage paper which was left over and place it over the rectangle front & back `*` panel of MDF and cover using the glue/glaze technique.

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Step 18. Use the large off cuts to cover the inner top of the base MDF panel as you can run a line of the glue/glaze over the edge of the decoupage papers and then stick the other piece of paper over the glued area. As it`s the inside of the tool caddy it doesn`t matter so much as you will find it hard to know it`s got a join if you keep the birds all in the same line.

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Step 19. Poke the paper through on all the slots of the domed panel and use the paper nail file if you are not retaining one side covered in the decoupage paper.

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Step 20. This will burnish the edges of the paper onto the glue and seals the edges down smoothly.

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Step 21. Complete all of the slots on both panels.

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Step 22. Once the 2 fronts are done now cover the reverse of the panels.

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Step 23. As there is no pieces of the paper left which will cover the inside of the domed MDF piece then take a strip of the paper and glue in down the edge of the piece and lay some glue over the top of the paper on the left hand side of the paper. Then use the other larger piece of paper to cover the area.

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Step 24. Continue to work through the MDF pieces and cover the panels as needed. I haven`t covered the underneath of the tool caddy as it won`t be seen and it will save on the decoupage papers !!!

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Step 25. Lay the end panel down on the work surface and place the base panel on before adding the 2 shorter panels. You can use glue but I like to add the pieces in place first.

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Step 26. Now place the centre oakwood piece in the slots.

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Step 27. Before adding the other side panel to complete the basic shape of the caddy.

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Step 28. As mentioned before you can leave one side with the paper covering the slots as this would be the look if not. I like this feel as it matches the oakwood paper.

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Step 29. If you don`t then place a small amount to the glue/ glaze and add a piece of the decoupage paper over the slot.

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Step 30. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or as here the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to run a line along the front edge of the tool caddy as they will strengthen the piece together. Part 2 of the workshop will show you how to make covered sections for the caddy so it`s makes different additional sections in the box as this will customise it to your own needs.

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Step 31. This is the effect the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue will have once dried. Providing that it is laid in a nice line it will create a lovely glossy feel to the end finish of the piece.

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Step 32. To make the dividing sections for the tool caddy take a piece of thick backing board which will often be present in card packs or parcels sent, if not just use a very thick card. Use a pencil to mark exactly where the board needs to be cut up against the front of the tool caddy.

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Step 33. This marking is very important and it`s better to be to wide & then you can trim a thin piece off than not thick enough. Having it to thin will mean the card is not able to stand freely / movable in the tool candy.

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Step 34. Here is a photo of the covered tool caddy ready to have the sections created to fit inside.

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Step 35. Cut 4 of the card pieces. When I did mine, they finished up at 8.3cms x 9.7cms for the main shape and then a tab of 2cms at the bottom . So the finished card size cut is 8.3cms x 11.7cms.

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Step 36. Draw a pencil line across the bottom of the card at the 2cms up from the bottom of the card. Now use a pokey tool to scratch across that pencil line.

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Step 37. This will break down the thickness of the card making it easy to fold.

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Step 38. Repeat this on all 4 pieces of the card. Two pieces will be used together to make a mini section piece.

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Step 39. Double check the card sits snugly in the tool caddy. Trim away any excess if it`s too tight but leave alone if not.

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Step 40. Use some Cosmic Shimmer glue to stick two of the pieces back to back to create an even thicker card panel.

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Step 41. Now use some of the glaze, glue and seal and add a coat of this over the front and back of the main section of the panel only.

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Step 42. Wrap a piece of the oakwood decoupage paper around the card making sure you leave the folded base with no paper on it. Trim a tab once the paper is on the front and back of the card. Now stick the tab down. This will give a lovely finish down the edge of the panel rather than a cut edge.

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Step 43. Smooth the paper out over the card and then cut the inner section of paper away from the top of the card so that just one layer of the paper is left (an envelope effect). Trim the edge off the tab before gluing the paper down onto the oakwood card.

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Step 44. Add some of the glue, glaze and seal onto the feet of the panel and then add some of the birds and butterflies paper onto the glue. Either fold the edges over the feet or sand the edge of the paper away using the sand block technique.

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Step 45. Now you have a lovely divider ready to match in with the tool caddy colours. Using the birds on the base means they won`t stand out in the tool caddy and they don`t need to be fixed down so it makes the tool caddy more versatile.

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Step 46. Add the section dividers into the tool caddy where ever you want them to go. This photo shows how well the feet of the dividers hide in the box.

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Step 47. To co-ordinate the project together and as I ran out of decoupage paper then just use the off cuts to add onto a piece of thin white card. Now snip out some birds, leaves and the flowers and curve the pieces for added dimension.

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Step 48. Cut a tag out by using the 2 largest dies from the Sue Wilson Zoe frames and tag die. Also cut just the oval from the Zoe frames and tag die. Remove any excess sticky from the low tack tape using a putty or plain white rubber. Place the oval die back over the card & use the new small smoothies to pick up some of the tattered rose distress ink and then ink around just the edge of the die leaving the centre clear. This will achieve a lovely soft feel to the oval inner tag shape. Set aside for later.

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Step 49. Take some of the Creative Expressions chic moss gilding wax and add some onto your finger (or a sponge dauber or a cut off finger from a latex glove over your finger).

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Step 50. Rub the gilding wax over the edges of the tool caddy as this will give a wonderful shine and finish to the end result.

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Step 51. You may which to tone the side dark wood notches on the side of the tool caddy with the gilding wax. It`s all up to you on how you which to personalize your tool caddy.

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Step 52. Use some foam tape to add the inner coloured oval onto the larger tag. Now arrange the birds and flowers around the bottom edges of the oval to allow the colours to shine through. Take a piece of the Creative Expressions finishing touches blush ribbon and loop a piece of the fine ribbon through the top of the tag.

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Step 53. Tie a bow around the handle of the tool caddy to fix the tag to the caddy.

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Step 54. Lay the tool caddy down and then add a blob of 3d silicone glue over the knot of the thin ribbon and then add a thick blush satin bow to the handle. Use a small amount of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to attach a centre flower from a Creative Expressions pearl corner embellishment over the knot of the bow.

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Step 55. Continue to add the Creative Expressions pearl corner embellishments to the handle cutting some of the sprigs off as the pearl go up the handle.

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Step 56. Move the sections to wherever you want them to go. In this case I wanted the caddy to be placed on an informal lunch table so the sections held the knives, forks and spoons as well as the wider section for the napkins.

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Step 57. Here is the finished project. I hope this has given you some ideas. I`m thinking I now need one for the kitchen and one for my craft room ~ there are so many decoupage papers in the Craft Consortium range you will have fun making up your own design.The tag just lifts the birds from the decorative papers and brings the whole design together.

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Step 58. The large sauces and salt grinder fitted perfectly in the back of the tool caddy.

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Wishing each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Thanks for following the workshops

 

Happy Crafting

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Bird Divided Tool Caddy Box ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to cover and make up the tool caddy and part 2 will provide the know how on how to make some dividing panels for the Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy.

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Here are the moveable section panels which are ideal for adding in and taking out as and when you need to.

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Bird Divided Tool Caddy Box Part 1

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Creative Expressions MDF Tool Caddy : CEMDFTOOLCAD

Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers ~ Oakwood : CCDECP084

& Birds & Butterflies : CCDECP142

Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE or

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Flat Paint Brush Section 

Sanding Block : CO723060

Creative Expressions Tags & Frames ~ Zoe Die Set : CED4310

Phill Martin Chic Moss Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Creative Expressions Smoothies Mini`s 4 per pack : CESMOOTHMINI or

Standard 2 per pack : CESMOOTH

Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Ink Pad : DPTATTROSE

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches White Pearl Corners ~ Design 2 : SASCW2

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop shows how to cover and make up the tool caddy and part 2 will provide the know how on how to make some dividing panels for the Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy. For the project you will need the following key products. The Creative Expressions MDF tool caddy , the Craft Consortium decoupage papers ~ oakwood & birds and butterflies adhered using the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze. The tag has been created using the Creative Expressions tags & frames ~ Zoe die set.

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Step 2. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well and here I have got an empty embossing powder pot ready ~ so never throw them away as they are so useful for glue pots or mixing embossing powders and micas in.

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Step 3. Pour some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.

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Step 4. Select the Craft Consortium decoupage papers ~ oakwood & birds and butterflies. The oakwood paper will give a nice back drop to showcase the birds and butterflies paper on the rest of the tool caddy. It will also mean you can get the whole caddy decorated in one pack of the birds and butterflies and use 1 sheet of the oakwood decoupage papers.

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Step 5. Tear the oakwood decoupage so it is just a bit bigger than the central tool caddy MDF piece as this will make it easier to handle when gluing down. Make your mind up which direction you wish the wood effect to fall, I prefer the upward position.

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Step 6. Brush the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze over both the main central panel of the tool caddy making sure you go right up to the edge of the MDF. Use the glue sparingly as over loading will make the thin decoupage paper crinkle up more.

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Step 7. Place the oakwood decoupage paper down onto the glued MDF panel.

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Step 8. Sweep the oakwood decoupage paper down smoothly as you go. If there is a ruffle then lift the paper and ease it back down so it eliminates the air bubbles or issues in the paper.

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Step 9. Cut a slit in the decoupage paper which falls in the handle part of the tool caddy. Now the paper can be moulded in place over the edges of the handle ready to be sanded.

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Step 10. Take the sanding block and hold it at a 45 degree angle & sand downwards over the edge of the MDF to create the smooth finish. You will need to work around the notches and a great tip for the small areas is to use a emery board nail file (not a metal one) or a loose piece of sandpaper folded in half.

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Step 11. You will be left with a lovely smooth covered MDF panel. Repeat the process and cover the reverse of the piece.

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Step 12. Put together the pieces of the tool caddy MDF set together omitting the central just covered piece. You will see when doing this there is a correct way the pieces should go with the long rectangle pieces.

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Step 13. For ease of covering the caddy and so that the full decoupage sheets are placed on the outside, place a mark on each of the outside panels, a`*` works well.

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Step 14. Take all the pieces apart and lay all the `*` marked sides upright on the craft table.

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Step 15. Lay 2 sheets of the birds and butterflies decoupage sheets over the larger side panels so that one sheet is on top of the other. Cut the sheet so that there is just a small excess of the decoupage paper all around the edge of the MDF panels.

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Step 16. Repeat the process of covering the panel using the glue/glaze and the sanding technique as you have done on the central MDF panel.

REMEMBER if you want a completely covered side piece only sand down the inner slot and retain the outer decoupage paper to cover the slots up nicely when the caddy is all put together later on.

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Step 17. Lay the top area of the birds and butterflies decoupage paper which was left over and place it over the rectangle front & back `*` panel of MDF and cover using the glue/glaze technique.

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Step 18. Use the large off cuts to cover the inner top of the base MDF panel as you can run a line of the glue/glaze over the edge of the decoupage papers and then stick the other piece of paper over the glued area. As it`s the inside of the tool caddy it doesn`t matter so much as you will find it hard to know it`s got a join if you keep the birds all in the same line.

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Step 19. Poke the paper through on all the slots of the domed panel and use the paper nail file if you are not retaining one side covered in the decoupage paper.

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Step 20. This will burnish the edges of the paper onto the glue and seals the edges down smoothly.

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Step 21. Complete all of the slots on both panels.

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Step 22. Once the 2 fronts are done now cover the reverse of the panels.

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Step 23. As there is no pieces of the paper left which will cover the inside of the domed MDF piece then take a strip of the paper and glue in down the edge of the piece and lay some glue over the top of the paper on the left hand side of the paper. Then use the other larger piece of paper to cover the area.

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Step 24. Continue to work through the MDF pieces and cover the panels as needed. I haven`t covered the underneath of the tool caddy as it won`t be seen and it will save on the decoupage papers !!!

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Step 25. Lay the end panel down on the work surface and place the base panel on before adding the 2 shorter panels. You can use glue but I like to add the pieces in place first.

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Step 26. Now place the centre oakwood piece in the slots.

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Step 27. Before adding the other side panel to complete the basic shape of the caddy.

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Step 28. As mentioned before you can leave one side with the paper covering the slots as this would be the look if not. I like this feel as it matches the oakwood paper.

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Step 29. If you don`t then place a small amount to the glue/ glaze and add a piece of the decoupage paper over the slot.

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Step 30. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or as here the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to run a line along the front edge of the tool caddy as they will strengthen the piece together. Part 2 of the workshop will show you how to make covered sections for the caddy so it`s makes different additional sections in the box as this will customise it to your own needs.

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Here is the completed project which will be finished off in part 2 next week so please check back in or subscribe to have a weekly e-mail directly to you with the workshop there for you to view.

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Part 2 will follow next week ~ This will show you to make the section panels to compliment the tool caddy design.

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Sue Wilson Delicate Filigree Buckle Card

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This workshop shows how to make this delicate parcel effect card.

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The pierced die panels add a lovely touch to the soft embossed snowflake snow fibre paper & the ivory vintage ribbon bow lays nicely over the cross section of the Sue Wilson delicate filigree buckle lengths.

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Here is a close up of the rock candy stamped sentiment tag.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Sue Wilson Delicate Filigree Buckle Die : CED1454

Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Zoe Die : CED4310

Creative Expressions Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamps :CEC702

JustRite Floral Fan Elements Stamp Plate : JRCR02092

Distress Ink Pad ~ Tattered Rose : DPTATTROSE

Distress Marker : Tattered Rose : DMTAT

Creative Expressions Mini Smoothies : CESMOOTHMINI

Archival Black Ink Pad :  ARCHBLKSM

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Spellbinders Junior Plate Full Set : WIZGC-011

Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4

& Tim Holtz Distress Glitter ~ Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

Coconut Card40980, Blush Card409BLUSH  

& Antique Silver Card : VINTSILVERCARD

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Slideshow Rose Thin Ribbon : CESRSSROSE

Ranger Stickles ~ Frosted Lace : STKFRLACE

Creative Expressions Ivory Vintage Ribbon : VRIVO

Creative Expressions Dazzler Pink Collection 18mm : DAZPINK

Stick Pins Products :

Creative Expressions Pearl Topped Stick Pins ~ White : CEPINWHT

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Midnight : CEPBEADMID

White Pearls : CEPPEARLWHT & Bead Spacers : CEPSPACERS

Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a present style card using the STUNNING Sue Wilson delicate filigree buckle die. For the project you will need the following : Sue Wilson noble double pierced rectangle dies, the Sue Wilson delicate filigree buckle die and the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder. The Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps and the Sue Wilson frames & tags Zoe die are used along with the distress ink pad ~ tattered rose to create the tag design to complete the parcel look to the project.

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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson frames & tags Zoe die and also the Sue Wilson frames & tags Grace die has been placed onto a piece of foundations coconut card and cut and embossed through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 3. These dies show how the 2 different die sets work together to achieve a different look. Only the Sue Wilson frames & tags Zoe die will be used in the finished project but I just wanted to show the lovely finish the dies gave together.

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Step 4. Cut and emboss 2 of the Sue Wilson delicate filigree buckle die shapes. Three will be needed in the end, so cut another one to add to the set.

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Step 5. In between each cut make sure you use the Spellbinders all in one tool to remove the excess small pieces left behind in the die as this would impair the next cut. Doing this has meant that this die piece cut and embossed using just 1 pass of each to get this delicate buckle piece.

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Step 6. Now emboss a piece of snow fibre paper using the snowflake lattice embossing folder and the Spellbinders raspberry adapter plate.

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Step 7. Here you can see the wonderful texture of the snow fibre paper and the snowflake lattice pattern.

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Step 8. Cut a large rectangle panel using the Sue Wilson noble double pierced rectangle dies in the vintage silver card & the 2nd largest rectangle in the foundations blush card.

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Step 9. Trim the snowflake lattice snow fibre paper so it mats nicely onto the blush just cut card leaving the pierced edging showing . Now trim a piece of coconut card to fit underneath the silver card as the base card shape. It`s optional if you want to make it a single layer card front or make a tab to create it into a folded card base.

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Step 10. Lay some blush card under the delicate filigree inner strip and cut lengths of the card to fit under this inner strip. This allows the outer edges to show up nicely and saves cutting a fussy edge.

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Step 11. Join the 2 buckles together by interlocking the smaller end of the die cut through the larger buckle.

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Step 12. Here I have turned the buckle over and added a piece of cellotape to hold the 2 pieces together.

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Step 13. Cut the large buckle end off the die cut piece as it`s not needed.

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Step 14. With all the base layers added together using foam tape the lay the buckle across the width of the card leaving a much wider length to the right hand side of the card and then trim off the left hand side of the card which works out to be 3 notches of the lace design.

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Step 15. Cut or use the already cut 3rd buckle piece and then use the excess card from the off cut of the buckle to make the upright piece to the crossover section of the faux ribbon effect. Trim the small buckle piece from the card.

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Step 16. Cut the downward length of the just cut piece and then measure the excess small piece of card needed to fill in the gap to complete the finished lacy effect.

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Step 17. Add some self adhesive sheet to the blush thin strips of card and remove the backing of the sticky sheet.

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Step 18. Then stick the card to the centre of the delicate filigree strips.

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Step 19. With the pieces in a clear craft box, tip the distress rock candy glitter over the sticky area which falls in the gaps of the indicate die.

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Step 20. Repeat the process on all of the cut and measured pieces if the faux ribbon.

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Step 21. Now add some foam tape the reverse of the just glittered pieces.

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Step 22. Then piece the strips back onto the card making sure you lay them in place with the sticky backing still on. Once in the correct place remove the backing and stick the strips back in place.

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Step 23. Make a double bow using the Creative Expressions blush satin ribbon and add it onto the centre of the buckle crossover.

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Step 24. Loop lengths of the ivory vintage ribbon so you have 3 loops of the ribbon and a tail either end of the ribbon.

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Step 25. Pinch the ribbon in the centre of the loop.

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Step 26. Lift up the bottom of the ribbon and place under the just pinched ribbon. This allows the ribbon to be handled less and will give you a lovely neat finish to the bow.

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Step 27. Tie a knot the ribbon.

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Step 28. Now ease each loop away from each other as this will help to neaten the finished loops in the bow.

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Step 29. Trim through the bottom loop to make 2 more single tails to the bow and repeat this on the other side of the bow. Set aside the bow until after the next step.

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Step 30. Loop an excess piece of the thin ribbon through the Zoe frames and tags piece that was made earlier on.

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Step 31. Tuck and glue the folded ribbon under the crossover buckle. Now add the vintage ribbon bow over the buckle using 3d glue .

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Step 32. Place 2 decorative pins which you can see how these were made in the daisy pin bag workshop on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop blog. Click for the post

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Step 33. Place the pins behind the buckle and secure in place with some 3d glue under the buckle. Now add an 18mm dazzler over the knot of the bow.

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Step 34. Either use a retained oval from the Zoe frames and tag die or cut another one out.

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Step 35. Remove any excess sticky from the low tack tape using a putty or plain white rubber.

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Step 36. Place the oval die back over the card & use the new small smoothies to pick up some of the tattered rose distress ink and then ink around just the edge of the die leaving the centre clear.

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Step 37. This will achieve a lovely soft feel to the oval inner tag shape.

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Step 38. Ink up a `Your a treasured Friend` sentiment stamp from the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamp set using the black archival ink pad and stamp it onto the just inked oval.

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Step 39. Place the small flower die from the floral fan elements stamp plate onto a small acrylic block. Stamp around the edge of the oval again using some black archival ink.

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Step 40. Add some of the tattered rose distress ink from the distress marker pen and colour the flowers of the stamped edge in.

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Step 41. Cut an oval of self adhesive sheet and apply it over a dried colour sentiment piece.

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Step 42. Remove the backing and then add some of the distress rock candy over the sheet for a soft sparkle feel to the sentiment.

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Step 43. Add the oval onto the card using some foam tape underneath and then pass the tag over the sentiment and secure it to the card using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue so it is flat onto the snow fibre paper. Use some glue under the foam tape so you can move the sentiment if needed before it dries.

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Step 44. Use the frosted lace stickles on the centre of the snowflake lattice sections as these work better than the Cosmic Shimmer glue as they can spread on the embossed textured paper.

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Step 45. This will complete the finished project.

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Step 46. Here is a close up of the vintage ribbon bow along with the decorative pins and the dazzler embellishment.

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Step 47. The rock candy gives a wonderful shimmer to the sentiment tag …….

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Step 48. …… and compliments the delicate filigree buckle strips perfectly.

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Step 49. The frosted lace stickles add a lovely finish to the card along with the pierced edging on the blush & silver card.

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Creative Expressions Beaded Feather Bauble

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This workshop shows how to decorate a plain glass bauble from a £1 shop using the Creative Expressions various beads and spacers.

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The finishing touches pearl spray works perfectly when adding beads onto the wire.

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Jewelled Feather Bauble

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Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Scarlet Ribbon : CESRSCARLET

& Off White Ribbon : CESROFFWHT

Creative Expressions Pearl Spray : PEARLSPRAY

Creative Expressions 12mm Clear Dazzler : DAZCIRCLE12

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Spring Green : CEPBEADSPRING

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads Section   STICK PIN ELEMENTS

 White Pearls : CEPPEARLWHT & Bead Spacers : CEPSPACERS

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Pearl Corners ~ White Design 2 : SASCW2

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

 Feather Bauble & Suction Cups from £1 shop !!!

 Plain Clear Bauble and place your own feathers inside

 Thin Wire

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to decorate an ornament to make a special gift or decoration for yourself using baubles from a £1 shop. The Creative Expressions pearl spray embellishment and the faceted teardrop beads , white pearls & bead spacers are used to adorn the clear glass ornament. The Creative Expressions finishing touches pearl corners , 12mm clear dazzler & finishing touches scarlet ribbon & off white ribbon are also used to complete the ornament. The project could be placed in a handmade box to give as a give. The idea came about when I saw a glass bauble with feathers in for sale at £15 for 1 bauble. White feathers mean a lot to people who believe in them ~ so when I saw a plain one I thought I could decorate it and make it a special personal piece.

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Step 2. Take the Creative Expressions pearl spray embellishment as a single spray and straighten the wire end up.

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Step 3. Place one of the thin white pearls onto the wire.

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Step 4. Then place a small bead spacer next to the pearl bead.

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Step 5. Now add a small pearl then a bead spacer, now a spring green faceted bead, a bead spacer, a small pearl, a bead spacer followed by a thin pearl and bead spacer to complete the row of beads. Once the beads are all tight up against each other place some of the glossy accents around the bottom of the last bead spacer. This will secure all the beads onto the pearl spray.

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Step 6. Cut a length of wire and curve the end of it. Place a small pearl bead on the end so it passes the hook end.

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Step 7. Twist the end of the wire around the bead and leave the end so it falls up the length of the single wire. Cover the end with a spacer bead and a thin pearl bead. This will give a wonderful end to the wire and allow you to make a small beaded piece to match the pearl spray piece you have just made.

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Step 8. Continue to work the piece by adding a small spring green faceted bead next and then a spacer, small pearl, spacer, a larger spring green faceted bead followed by a spacer and small pearl bead. Finish the piece again with some glossy accents to hold the bead in place.

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Step 9. Make another length of beads to match the one that has just been made. Embellishments often look best in odd numbers.

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Step 10. This step is optional but I just wanted the feathers to lay differently. Remove the end of the bauble to open the bauble up. Glittered jewels or iced snow could be added if you wanted a shakeable effect to the finished bauble.

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Step 11. Shake the feathers until they fall just how you want them too. Repeat on the 2nd bauble and then place the lid back over the glass bauble.

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Step 12. Remove the short organza ribbon from the baubles and add longer lengths of the Creative Expressions satin off white ribbon. Tie a knot towards the top of the ribbon on one of the ribbons.

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Step 13. Tie the 2nd ribbon around the other just tied ribbon so it`s about 2cms lower than the other knot.

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Step 14. Pull the ribbon down so that one bauble falls lower than the other.

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Step 15. This will give a nice staggered feel to the finished look of the decoration.

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Step 16. Loop the knots of the ribbon onto the hook of a suction hook.

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Step 17. Add a small amount of the glossy accents over the knot to secure it in place. Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue could also be used but the glossy accents was at hand as this is best when gluing the faceted beads.

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Step 18. Wrap and twist the end of the beaded pearl spray so it attached to the suction hook.

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Step 19. Twist the 2 ends of wire on the made up bead pieces…..

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Step 20. …. And then make a loop around the Spellbinders all in one tool (best with the pokey tool and not the ball tool) , once the other side of the tool twist the wire a few times to create the loop.

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Step 21. Add the loop onto the suction hook before finishing off the wire on the back of the suction piece. Cut the ends off the wire and fold them down to make sure there are no sharp edges and this will complete the beaded embellishments onto the suction hook. You could omit the suction hook if you want to style your own hooked area and hang the baubles onto a hook on the wall or just use the ribbon and add the decoration on a Christmas tree.

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Step 22. Make a bow using the Creative expressions scarlet finishing touches satin ribbon.

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Step 23. Use some 3d glue to add the bow over all the knotted wires. Use either the centre flower like pearls from the pearl corner embellishment …..

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Step 24. …. or use a 12mm clear dazzler to add over the centre of the bow.

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Step 25. Place the beaded sprays how you want them to fall on the design.

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Step 26. As they are wire they can be manipulated into place.

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Step 27. Add a small white ribbon bow made using the thin Creative Expressions off white finishing touches satin ribbon. Add the centre of the pearl flower from the pearl corner embellishment to cover the small knot of the bow. Alternatively use a Creative Expressions flat back pearl.

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Step 28. Add the finished bauble piece onto a window for a drawing pin free decoration.

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Step 29. They look STUNNING in the evening when the lights are low and the beads glisten with the lighting around it.

Have fun creating something special from a £1 shop knowing you had brought the piece to life with you Creative Expression bead stash and a bit of creativity.

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Christmas Cone Tree on MDF Stand

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This workshop shows how to make this pine cone Christmas tree which is standing on a classic cupcake MDF stand.

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The Creative Expressions mdf pieces come from the Christmas tree ornaments set & have been in between the pine cones to decorate the piece.

Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer has been used on the tips of the pine cones.

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Christmas Cone Tree on MDF Stand

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3D Classic Cupcake MDF Stand : PRONCUPCLAS

 Ornaments from the  Creative Expressions 2 Part MDF Christmas Tree with Ornaments : CEMDFDECTREE set

Oakwood Decoupage Papers : CCDECP084

& Full Range of Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers

Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE or

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Ranger Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Flat Paint Brush Section 

Sanding Block : CO723060

Creative Expressions Pewter Gilding Wax : CSGWPEW

Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPAUR

Cosmic Shimmer Gesso Primer : CSGESWHI

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Scarlet Ribbon : CESRSCARLET

Creative Expressions Pine Cone Embellishments : CEPINECONE

  Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

& Tim Holtz Distress Glitter ~ Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

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Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make Christmas pine cone tree completed on a cupcake classic MDF stand. For this you`ll need the Creative Expressions classic cupcake MDF stand along with some Craft Consortium decoupage papers and the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze (oakwood design has been used for this project). Cosmic Shimmer gesso has been used to add white to the tips of the pine cones and the Creative Expressions pine cone embellishment is used on the tip of the Christmas tree. The project is completed with the use of the Creative Expressions scarlet red satin ribbon to make some lovely bows with.

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Step 2. Place the MDF cupcake stand base pieces on a craft mat. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well before pouring some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.

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Step 3. Brush the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze over both the MDF cup cake stand leg panels. Just on the front for now.

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Step 4. Select the oakwood decoupage paper pack or choose one of the other decoupage papers in the range. Here scrap pieces of the paper have been used which were left over from another project. Place the paper over the glue, the biggest piece was still a little short once placed on the MDF.     So …….

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Step 5. ….. just take a small scrap of the paper and lay it onto the glue and then cover the paper with some more of the glue to seal all the edges of the paper into each other.

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Step 6. Sweep the oakwood decoupage paper down smoothly as you go.

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Step 7. Occasionally there might be an air bubble in between the paper and MDF. If so lift the decoupage paper back up.

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Step 8. Then smooth it back down. This paper is great for this kind of handling . Press down right up to the edge so you know the paper is firmly stuck to the MDF.

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Step 9. Take the sanding block and hold at 45 degree angle & sand downwards over the edge of the MDF to create the smooth finish to the edge of the MDF.

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Step 10. Cut down the centre of the MDF leg where the 2 leg pieces will slot together.

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Step 11. Make sure you work in all the small areas of the MDF. Here a nail file ( not a metal one ) is used to get to the small areas of the MDF pieces or you can use the replacement sheets for sanding blocks before they are mounted.

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Step 12. Repeat the process on the 2nd cupcake stand piece.

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Step 13. Now turn the MDF legs over and apply the same glue over the panels and also add glue on the cupcake stand top circle panel.

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Step 14. Repeat the process and add the oakwood decoupage paper onto the glued area. I like to keep the wood effect going upwards as it gives a lovely feel to the end result. Repeat the sanding off process on the edges on the MDF pieces.

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Step 15. Push the 2 leg panels together to create the base shape.

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Step 16. Now place the legs into the base of the MDF circle top piece. It`s optional if you want to cover the underneath of the circle but sometimes it`s nice to show people you have actually made the project up from a piece of MDF !!!

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Step 17. Use some Creative Expressions pewter gilding wax on your finger and swipe it along the edges of the stand legs and all around the circle top of the stand. You use a cut off a finger from a latex glove if you prefer not to get messy, doing this will mean you get 5 uses from one glove !!!

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Step 18. Gather some large, medium & small pine cones along with some thin twigs. With your cones on a craft mat begin to paint the tips of the pine cones and twigs with some Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer.

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Step 19. It is good to have a mix of size of cones as the smaller ones will give a lovely tip to the tree along with the Creative Expression pine come embellishment. It`s fun to and go gather the pine cones from a forest and if you struggle to find the small cones then e-bay have the small ones available. Thankfully we have lots of forests around us.

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Step 20. You could go in and add some Cosmic Shimmer sparkle texture paste on the end of the pines cone or add some glue and some rock candy glitter for that sparkle feel. It`s up to you how you finish the look of your tree.

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Step 21. Apply some glossy accents over the top of the cupcake stand.

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Step 22. Lay a line of the thin twigs across the glue.

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Step 23. Use the base of the gesso pot to push the twigs onto the glue. Don`t leave the pot on there to long else the glue might stick to the paper on the bottom of the gesso pot !!!

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Step 24. Apply some 3d glue over the twigs so the base layer of pine cones will have a nice solid base to the structure to stick to.

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Step 25. Add the first 2 large pine cones onto the stand allowing the tips of the cone to fall over the edge of the stand. Apply some 3d glue in between the 2 pine cones to strengthen / attach them together. Add a third cone on the other side of the stand.

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Step 26. Use the medium but slightly larger size pine cones to fill in between the larger pine cones. Lift the pine cones up and add some glue under the cone and onto the cupcake stand.

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Step 27. Add either a misshapen pine cone or a screwed up piece of paper and place it in the centre of the stand as this will fill the hole and give the cones something to adhere onto.

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Step 29. Take another of the medium pine cones and add one on top of medium size pine cone below using 3d glue as you go. This will raise the pine cones up to the same level as the large pine cones and will give the basic shape of the pine cone tree a lovely solid base.

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Step 30. Use a pokey tool to remove any excess glue as you go up the tree. Often it can just be poked back under some of the other pine cones.

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Step 31. Here is a top view of the pine cones as the base is forming and remember to make sure when the shape forming it is not listing over to one side, if it does it will just continue to get worse as you go upwards. A gentle ease with your hands will help align the cones into position.

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Step 32. Add another pine cone in the centre hole and add some glue to the surrounding pine cones so that they stick to this centre pine cone.

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Step 33. Use some of the small twigs to break up and stick under the pines cones as this will only strengthen the tower forming. This is a great stage to walk away and go have a cup of tea / coffee whilst the glue starts to go off as this will just make sure the tree will solid when finished.

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Step 34. Fill in the tree with some more of the medium but slightly smaller cones and then start to add the small cones as the tree shape is needed.

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Step 35. Screw up a small piece of paper and add to the centre of the tree.

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Step 36. Begin to just use the smaller pine cones and continue to work on the outer side of the pine cones and don`t be tempted to fill the centre of the tree as this will make the tip of the tree to thin. The paper will help create the top of the tree.

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Step 37. When you are near the top of the tree add a thin taller piece of the paper and poke it down the centre of the pine cones.

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Step 38. Add some of the Creative Expressions pewter gilding wax over the pine cone embellishment to tone the gold down. Or maybe keep as gold if you want to use a gold gilding wax on the edges of the cupcake stand. Place the embellishment in the top of the tree.

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Step 39. Just go over the tree with the small pine cones and add them to any visible gaps, this will also bring the whole project together as the small pine cones will look like they are cascading down the tree.

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Step 40. Use the Creative Expressions scarlet red satin ribbon to make 5 bows to decorate the base of the pine cone tree. I find when creating the bow it works well if you place the loops of the bow over 2 of your fingers and pull the lengths of ribbon to make sure the bow is the same shape either side. Trim the ends off in a point to finish the bows off nicely.

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Step 41. Stick the bows into a small gap around the base of the pine cone tree.

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Step 42. You can decorate the tree with some holly die cut pieces or here I had 5 MDF decorations left over from the MDF Christmas tree project so these are perfect to add to the face of the tree. Use some hoop earring findings to poke into the pine cone gaps.

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Step 43. Here is the completed Christmas tree project complete on it`s own MDF cupcake stand. Add some glitter, texture paste or stickles if you want more of a shimmer. I like just the white on the cones but it`s up to you how you finish the decorative tree.

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Step 44. Here you can see a close up of the small pine cone and the pine cone embellishment that just completes the project off perfectly with the red berries on the top. Have fun when making this Christmas display piece.

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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Trifold Acetate Frame Card

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This workshop shows how to make this delicate garden trifold acetate  card using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame dies and the acetate & vellum for a soft finish.

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Here is a close up of the delicate frame with lacquered flowers and butterflies.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Collection ~ Delicate Garden Frame Die : CED4307

Spellbinders Elizabeth Strip Border Die : WIZS4-439

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Heat Resistant Acetate :  HEATEMBOS

Foundations Vellum : 40024

Phill Martin Moss Green Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

Phill Martin Moss Green Embossing Powder : CSPMEPMOSS

Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals ~ Lapis Jade : CSUTJADE

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet : ADHA4

    Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

   Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

 Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 This workshop will show you how to make a lovely delicate tri fold acetate card. For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die and the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die. One A4 sheet of thin acetate ~ heat resistant acetate has been used to complete the base shape of this project. Also needed is the Phill Martin`s chic moss Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder & gilding wax, they have been used for a soft under tone to the finished look.

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Step 2. Take a piece of A4 sheet of thin acetate ~ heat resistant acetate and cut it in half horizontally to create 2 A5 size pieces of acetate.

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Step 3. Place one piece on a score board and score down the centre at the half A5 score reference point. Alternatively you can fold the acetate over in half in a landscape position and crease down the centre spine to create the folded A5 base card.

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Step 4. If you are just using the score board then butt the right hand edge of the acetate up to the left hand lip of the scoring board and crease the spine of the acetate to create the basic shape.

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Step 5. Repeat this process on the 2nd piece of acetate.

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Step 6. The Sue Wilson delicate garden frame fits perfectly width wise on the A5 card but there is a small amount of acetate left at the bottom. It`s optional to leave this part and add a sentiment on this section or trim it off later on.

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Step 7. Now apply a line of sticky runner adhesive around the edge of just the right hand inside of one of the acetate cards.

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Step 8. Place the other acetate card in a downward position over the sticky area to create the tri fold concertina effect.

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Step 9. Fold all the sections in place to make the tri fold shape again. There maybe a fraction of acetate that needs to be trimmed off as acetate can slip when working with it.

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Step 10. Place the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die right up to the left hand side of an A5 piece of vellum. Secure in place with a piece of low tack tape. Run the die and usual cutting / base plate sandwich through the Grand Calibur. Use the junior Spellbinder plates for ease and have the die in a portrait position when cutting. Just 2 passes will see the piece cut perfectly.

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Step 11. Then run it back through Grand Calibur with the base plate, die / vellum and then the tan mat and pink embossing plate.

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Step 12. You will have enough space to cut another die shape out of the waste as you have been careful when using the die the first time around.

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Step 13. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to release the intricate piece from the back of the die.

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Step 14. Repeat the process until you have 6 delicate garden vellum frames cut.

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Step 15. Take some of the Phill Martin`s chic moss Cosmic Shimmer gilding wax and with your finger apply a small amount of the wax over the embossed areas of the vellum frame.

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Step 16. Use some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries glue or the specialist acrylic glue to add some glue to the reverse of the garden frame.

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Step 17. Be careful when touching the glue as you don`t want to transfer any glue to the middle of the acetate. Place the frame onto the top of one of the acetate panels.

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Step 18. Place another frame on same top area of another panel. Repeat and work your way through the card placing another frame on the reverse of each of the panels. When all 6 frames are on then the delicate frames are complete.

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Step 19. Here is the optional piece if you want to trim the excess acetate off the bottom of the card then just use a guillotine to remove the bottom section.

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Step 20. Place the small flower die on a piece of waste of vellum and cut and emboss the die. Repeat 3 or 4 times to get lots of the larger flowers out of the die.

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Step 21. Cup your hand or use the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam to curve petals of the vellum flowers using a Spellbinder all in one ball tool add on.

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Step 22. Alternatively use the tan mat for a quick fix as long as you don`t press to hard as the mat is thinner.

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Step 23. Now place the vellum flowers face down into a clear and resist or Perfect Medium embossing ink pad. Press each flower down to ensure the ink has touched all of the vellum surface.

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Step 24. Or you could add lots of flowers to the ink pad.

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Step 25. Use the reverse of the lid to press firmly down onto the vellum flowers.

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Step 26. Sprinkle some of the Phill Martin`s chic moss Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder over the inked flowers.

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Step 27. Use some tweezers or a pokey tool to remove the flowers from the embossing powder.

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Step 28. Heat set each flower and make such you hold each flower with a pokey tool to stop the flower flying of the craft desk or touching it whilst it`s hot.

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Step 29. This is optional and I have to say the glue melted away a bit in the hot pan when I did the next step, so maybe keep the flowers as single heads and not keep have them glued together as in the photo.

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Step 30. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer lapis jade ultra thick embossing crystals into a small 1 egg frying pan. These can be brought from a £1 shop and are great for small projects like this.

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Step 31. Turn the heat on. Here I have used a standard cooker hob. Just be careful as you will be working with a high heat and you don`t want to spill any crystals and mark your hob. I did the melting with ease and wouldn`t have suggested the idea if I thought it was to hard. If an issue you can use a melting pot instead.

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Step 32. Wait until the embossing crystals start to melt ….

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Step 33. …. And once done tip the pan slightly to gather a pool of the molten liquid on the side of the pan.

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Step 34. Pick a flower up using a pair of tweezers.

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Step 35. Dip the vellum flower into the molten liquid and here I have placed it under side down on the edge of the pan. This removes some of the excess UTEE covering the flower and leaves the flower with a lovely coverage. Use the tweezers to remove the hot flower from the pan.

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Step 36. Repeat the process on the other flowers.

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Step 37. Add the lacquered effect flowers onto the 4 corners of the frame and on each panel. Also add a just embossed flower with gold edges and a faux pearl in the centre and also use the embossing powder flowers on the frame.

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Step 38. Cut 2 strips of the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die in vellum and cut the pieces into individual pieces curving the vellum around each edge as you cut the vellum from the strip border.

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Step 39. Cut a solid die shape from the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die in some self adhesive sheet. I have used 2 scraps of adhesive sheet as I already had one piece cut, but you will need all 3 shapes cut.

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Step 40. Remove the carrier sheet and add some of the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky sheet. This can be done by just dipping the small shape directly into the pot.

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Step 41. Press the micro beads firmly into the sticky sheet for a lovely finish to the shape.

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Step 42. Now add the parchment shape retained from an earlier step over the beads using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue. Edge some butterflies cut out in vellum using the gold Adirondack dabber. Glue one on top of another to give dimension to the butterfly. The gold appears very bright on these photos but it is a bit softer in real life.

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Step 43. Place the prepared micro bead panels onto the centre of the delicate frame using 3d glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue in just the corners of the shape. This is how it will look on the reverse and remember to have the micro bead panel on the first and last panel on the front and the other micro bead panel in the middle will be on the other side so when it`s in a concertina position all 3 micro bead fronts will face forward.

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Step 44. Place the single vellum panel on the reverse of the shape to cover the glue and then add a few flowers on the tips of the shape.

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Step 45. Here is the finished results of the concertina acetate card.

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Step 46. The project looks delicate with the vellum and the wonderful Sue Wilson die set. The small enamel flowers just add a splash of colour which can be changed to tone in your colour theme.

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Winter Wishes Waterfall Striplet Card

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This workshop shows how to make this waterfall card using the Sue Wilson snowflake striplet die along with the let it snow die set. The project uses the snow fibre paper and Cosmic Shimmer iced snow glitter jewels for a wonderful shimmer.

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Creative Expressions mdf pieces have been cover using

Cosmic Shimmer texture paste for added dimension.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Snowflake Mini Striplet DieCED3036

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Let it Snow Die : CED3004

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Deer Family Die Set : CED3042

Creative Expressions Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Foundations Pumice A4 Card Stock : 41003

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Pearl Lustre Embossing Powder : CSEPLAPPEA

Ranger Frosted Lace Stickles : STKFRLACE

Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPAUR

& Sea Green Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPSEA

Cosmic Shimmer Gesso Primer : CSGESWHI

Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Words Set : CEMDFXMASWORD

Creative Expressions Mega Grab Bag MDF Pieces : CEMDFXMASGRAB

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Scarlet Ribbon : CESRSCARLET

Creative Expressions Pine Cone Embellishments : CEPINECONE

Creative Expressions Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4

 Scotch Removable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG &  Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Spellbinders Junior Plate Full Set : WIZGC-011

Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4

 Creative Expressions Self Adhesive 3mm Pearls : SAP3WHITE

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

& Tim Holtz Distress Glitter ~ Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE &

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  

Silicone Glue

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop shows how to make a waterfall card using the Sue Wilson mini striplet die set. For the project here are some of the products needed ~ the Sue Wilson festive collection snowflake mini striplet die, the let it snow die along with the deer family die set. The waterfall section is placed onto an embossed sheet of snow fibre paper using the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder. Waterfall cards were trendy a few years before dies were popular, so this workshop has been created to showcase the striplet die as it`s perfect for making uniformed panels.

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Step 2. Attach the Sue Wilson festive collection snowflake mini striplet die including the outer die section onto a piece of the snow fibre paper using some low tack tape. Place the die in this upright position on the junior cutting plates and base plate as the die will cut with just 2 passes through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 3. The low tack tape will ensure the die doesn`t slip whilst being run through the Grand Calibur preventing the dies cutting themselves.

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Step 4. Run the Spellbinders all in one tool over the back of the die to help release some of the intricate pieces in the die.

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Step 5. As it`s snow fibre paper the pieces won`t just fall out straight away but they will easily be eased out with a pokey tool or your fingers.

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Step 6. It`s completely worth it as the texture of the snow fibre paper is wonderful.

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Step 7. Move the die up and cut off the remaining snow fibre paper waste ends.

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Step 8. Repeat the process and cut 4 of the snowflake striplet shapes out.

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Step 9. Place a piece of the self adhesive sheet onto a piece of white card stock and run it through the Grand Calibur with just the outer striplet solid die. Repeat this process until you have 4 solid sticky rectangles.

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Step 10. Remove the backing off the just cut rectangle panel.

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Step 11. Line the 2 bottom corners of the snowflake snow fibre paper panels onto the bottom edge of the sticky sheet. This will just help to align the striplet panel on perfectly.

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Step 12. Press the intricate pieces of the snow fibre paper down onto the sticky sheet to ensure the glitter jewels won`t fall under the small pieces and prevent them from sticking down.

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Step 13. You could use the sticky backing to press the pieces down to eliminate any fingers touching the sticky and making it lose some of the tack.

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Step 14. As my Cosmic Shimmer iced snow glitter jewels were getting low I added some Tim Holtz distress clear rock candy glitter to the pot and gave it a shake (with the lid on!!!)

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Step 15. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer iced snow glitter jewels / rock candy over the sticky panel and tap off the excess & place it back into the pot.

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Step 16. Repeat this on all 4 snowflake panels.

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Step 17. Cut & emboss the Sue Wilson `let it snow` die shape out on a piece of white card stock.

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Step 18. Use a clear and resist ink or Perfect Medium ink pad to ink all over the sentiment piece.

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Step 19. Then tip over the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl lustre embossing powder making sure the sentiment is placed over a piece of scrap paper.

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Step 20. Hold the sentiment with a pokey tool before heat setting the embossing powder with a heat tool. Set aside until needed later on.

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Step 21. Take a Christmas tree from the Creative Expressions Christmas mega mdf grab bag and the winter wishes from the Christmas wordy mdf piece set.

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Step 22. Paint a layer of the Cosmic Shimmer Gesso over the top of the mdf pieces. This is optional depending on the product you are using over the top.

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Step 23. Use a piece of cut`n`dry foam to tap some of the Cosmic Shimmer sparkle sea green texture paste over the Christmas tree and use your finger if more texture is needed.

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Step 24. Repeat the process with the winter wishes but use the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste over the Gesso.

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Step 25. Take a pokey tool to remove any excess texture paste that has fallen into the small edges of the sentiment.

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Step 26. Air dry the pieces or if impatient !!! use a heat tool to quicken the process. Please be aware not to over heat the product, it will bubble up and it`s at this point you need to stop.

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Step 27. Once the sparkle paste is dry use some of the frosted lace stickles to add a line of snow like shimmer to the edges of the mdf.

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Step 28. Use a Grime Boss to remove any texture paste mess from the craft mat before it dries on solidly.

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Step 29. Place a piece of the snow fibre paper into the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder. Then use the base plate and the Spellbinders raspberry plate to run the folder through the Grand Calibur machine. Set aside for later.

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Step 30. Line the 4 snowflake panels up so the panel underneath falls half way up on the panel above. This will give you an idea of the depth of each of the waterfall sections / measurements needed on the waterfall mechanism. Here it was 2cms but slightly bigger when all 4 were added.

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Step 31. Place the snowflake panel onto a piece of the Foundations pumice card in a portrait position and make a small snip at the end of the snowflake panel.

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Step 32. Run a line up to the top of the card.

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Step 33. In this case it is at the 13.5cms point.

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Step 34. Turn the card around into a landscape position and score 4 lines at 2cms apart from the left hand edge of the card.

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Step 35. Make sure the snowflake panel fits exactly onto the 13.5cms width that was made earlier.

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Step 36. With the card folded over on the 4 score line, then trim off the excess card at the 13.5cms measurement. The fold is only needed if you are using a small guillotine.

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Step 37. Crease all of the 4 score lines over so they are all in a mountain fold only.

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Step 38. Place a line of double sided sticky tape onto each of the 2cm panels making sure the tape does not fall over the crease of the fold.

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Step 39. Trim off the excess tape to neaten the edges of the panel.

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Step 40. Remove the backing from the first 2cm tab and place the top edge of the snowflake panel just under the 1st scored area of the card. This will make sure the mechanism will work smoothly.

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Step 41. Repeat the process on the 2nd sticky piece and work upwards placing each snowflake panel as you go until all 4 panels are stuck in place.

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Step 42 Tuck the embossed `let it snow` piece under the 4 waterfall snowflake panels so you can see where the sentiment needs to be stuck later on. Cut a thin strip of pumice card to 17.5cms x 2cms. Emboss all around the edges of the thin strip. This will be the piece of card that makes the waterfall mechanism work.

Trim the main waterfall card to 17cms from the folded top of the snowflake panels and cut the card off the bottom at this measurement.

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Step 43. Open the waterfall panel out so it`s flat and with the snowflake panels facing upwards.

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Step 44. Place the edge of the bottom plain section of the card over a scoring channel on a score board. Run a score line around all 4 edges of the bottom section.

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Step 45 When flipped over the embossed line will be on the front and to be seen part of the card. This will add detail to the finished look.

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Step 46. Take a piece of A4 pumice card in a landscape position and score a line from top to bottom 1 ¾” or 4.5cms in from the left hand side. This will create a folded area to add another piece of card in a few steps. This creates a larger blank card from 2 pieces of A4 card.

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Step 47 This step is optional but continues the embossed look in the card and marries it all up nicely. The remaining large area will be 25cms x 21cms, so place the edge of the card on a score board and use the 2 thin channels to score around the edge making sure the inner corner doesn`t go off the edge of card to make a neat corner feature.

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Step 48. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or some double sided tape to stick the 1 ¾” or 4.5cms tab onto another sheet of pumice card. Flip the card over and trim off the excess card that falls over the right hand side of the card.

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Step 49. Cut the snow fibre snowflake embossed paper to 222mm x 183mm or 8 ¾” x 7 ¼” and mat that onto a piece of white card and trim so a very thin area is seen. This is just the strengthen the snow fibre paper as the waterfall mechanism will be attached to this panel.

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Step 50. Add some foam tape under just the end small sections of the reverse thin strip as this will allow the `let it snow` piece to flow under the strip. Stick the remaining strip just a fraction up from the bottom of the lowest snowflake panel with the tape on the top side of the thin strip.

Lay the fold snowflake panel onto the card with the thin strip of card in place and punch a hole through the card, foam tape and the snowflake snow fibre panel. Make sure you have a craft mat underneath.

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Step 51. Lift the just cut piece up.

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Step 52. Mark the centre of the bottom edge of the snowflake waterfall card.

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Step 53. Punch a hole ready for ribbon to be added.

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Step 54. Use some brads to add the snowflake waterfall panel through the snow fibre panel and secure the brads on the back of the card. This is the only point the waterfall panel will be connected to the card to allow the waterfall feature to work.

Use some foam tape on the back of the snowflake / snow fibre panel and stick this onto the prepared pumice base card.

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Step 55. Take a length of Creative Expressions scarlet ribbon and fold it in half before poking it through the back of the hole on the waterfall card.

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Step 56. Flip the tails of the ribbon through the loop and then pull the ribbon tight. Hold on to the card as you do this so it doesn`t tear the hole and then trim the ribbon into points on the ends.

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Step 57. Add the winter wishes sentiment onto the bottom section of the waterfall pull down piece and add a small amount of 3d glue to the centre of the ribbon.

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Step 58. Add a Creative Expressions pine cone embellishment to the glue to complete the pulley section.

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Step 59. Use one of the Creative Expressions 3mm flat back pearls to add to the brad to compliment the look.

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Step 60. Apply some of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl white PVA glue to each of the snowflake centres on the snow fibre lattice background. If dropped down they will add a lovely faux pearl effect to the panel.

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Step 61. Place the Christmas tree in the bottom left hand corner of the card and a deer has been cut and Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste has been applied for a lovely shimmery feel to the deer. When dry add the deer to the bottom right hand side of the card.

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Step 62. Once completed the snowflake panels give a wonderful effect to the top of the card.

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Step 63. The glitter jewels shimmer through the snowflake striplet panel.

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Step 64. Here is a close up of the ribbon and pine cone effect which when pulled…….

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Step 65. …… The let it snow sentiment appears.

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Step 66. The lapis pearl lustre gives a lovely wintery feel to the finished project.

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Step 67 Here is the finished project. The red & green Christmas colours enhancing the white soft tones of the card.

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Happy Crafting

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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Frame Acetate Box Card

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This workshop shows how to make this acetate box frame card using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die along with the graceful lace die & Caribbean Island St Kitts die set.

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The wonderful flower die makes lots of little flower in one pass and these have had some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue added to create a faux pearl effect in the centre of the flower.

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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Frame Acetate Box Card

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Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Sue Wilson Configurations Graceful Lace Die : CED6403

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island St Kitts Die : CED5204

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Spellbinders Junior Plate Full Set : WIZGC-011

Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4

Acetate : HEATEMBOS

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamp Set : CEC702

Foundations Rich Plum Card : 41021

Foundations Vellum : 40024

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop shows how to make an acetate box frame card using the Sue Wilson Noble double pierced rectangle dies & the configurations graceful lace die as the main focal point as there sizing is perfect for the project. For the project you`ll need the Sue Wilson Noble double pierced rectangle dies, Caribbean Island St Kitts die & the configurations graceful lace die along with the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps. Also needed is the rich plum foundation card & vellum which set the whole design of perfectly.

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Step 2. Cut a piece of rich plum foundation card to 19.5cms x 14.5cms or 7 ¾” x 5 ¾”. Cut another piece the same which you will be able to get out of one A4 sheet of the card.

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Step 3. Score an embossed line at 0.5” and then again at 1”

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Step 4. Turn the card 180 degrees and repeat the same 0.5” and then again at 1”.

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Step 5. Do this on the 2nd piece of rich plum card to create the front and back of the main card frame.

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Step 6. Secure the outer die and the detailed die from the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die set onto the centre of one of the scored rich plum panels. Use the low tack tape to hold the dies in position as you want a nice same distance area around the die cut edge and also so the dies do not slip whilst cutting as the dies can actually cut through each other.

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Step 7. Cut the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur machine using the smaller Spellbinders junior base plate and cutting plate.

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Step 8. Pass the sandwich through the machine in a portrait position as this will cut the intricate die in one pass as it gives the plates more pressure where it`s needed.

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Step 9. Remove the centre cut piece from the card and retain the scored piece for later. Discard the thin outer rich plum card as this was just cut to show off the inner die more when placed on the acetate.

Now emboss the intricate die using the base plate, the die and card facing into the tan mat and the pink embossing plate over the top.

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Step 10. Run the Spellbinders all in one tool over the just cut card. This will help to release those small cut pieces from the die and card. Make sure you use the tool to clean all the pieces from the die before the next step as this will give you a clean cut again.

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Step 11. Lay the full uncut panel underneath the just cut panel and on the work station, slot the 2 delicate garden dies back into the hole.

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Step 12. Secure the dies in place with some low tack tape before lifting the scored panel up off the card. Now cut and emboss the card using the same technique.

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Step 13. Take the inner score line next to the inner frame and fold this downwards and crease / burnish the fold down.

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Step 14. The repeat on the 2nd embossed line but this time crease the line upwards to create the makings of the box frame shape. Repeat on the other edge of the card and the on the back panel too.

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Step 15. Cut a piece of acetate to 6 ¼” x 5 ¾”.

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Step 16. Lay the 2 pieces together with one of the panels flipped so the 2 side tabs meet together.

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Step 17. Add a piece of double sided tape on the inside of the tab so the box frame faces outwards. Hold the frame up to the aperture to see where the frame will go. Now with the tabs nice and creased in the correct position add the acetate to the double sided tape. This will make the frame solid so it`s important to have the 2 side folds in the correct place as this will make the finish result like wonderful.

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Step 18. Stick the delicate frame in the centre of the aperture using either Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or here I have used a spray adhesive on the back of the panel. Repeat the process and stick the 2nd delicate frame on the reverse side of the acetate to cover any glue up.

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Step 19. Add another line of double sided tape on the side tabs.

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Step 20. Lay the other aperture panel onto double sided tape with the box frame facing upwards.

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Step 21. Repeat on the other end of the card to complete the basic shape of the aperture box frame.

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Step 22. Cut & emboss 4 of the Sue Wilson configurations graceful lace die shapes in the rich plum card.

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Step 23. Here I have laid the lace die shapes on a piece of wax paper before applying some spray adhesive to the reverse of them. This just helps when lifting the die shapes off the wax paper but it can still cause the spray to fall on the front of the card /shape but it is easily rubbed off.

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Step 24. Add one of the die shapes down the edge of the side tab lining the centre of the die shape with the centre of the box aperture.

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Step 25. Turn the frame over and add a 2nd die shape to the back of the already there die, again to cover up any glue.

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Step 26. Trim the corner of the card off to the tip of the die to neaten the piece of nicely .

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Step 27. Rub the 2 pieces together and to remove any of the spray adhesive from the front of the card.

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Step 28. Use the inner die card panel waste to cut out flowers from the multiple flower die and do the same with some vellum. Also emboss the card and vellum for a lovely finish to the pieces. Repeat and cut a few runs of card and vellum using this die.

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Step 29. Now you will be left with lots of various size flowers and the butterflies in both rich plum card and the vellum. Set a side the butterflies for another project.

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Step 30. Now select the largest and next size down flowers and add some of the gold Adirondack dabber around the edges of the flower.

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Step 31. Place the flower on the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam or in the palm of your hand and use a ball tool to roll in a circular motion around the centre of the flower as this will shape the flower nicely.

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Step 32. Repeat this on the vellum flowers before adding a small drop of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to make a faux pearl effect.

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Step 33. Now you will have the faux pearl effects in the rich plum & vellum flowers when using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue.

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Step 34. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the solid flowers in the delicate garden frame before adding the prepared faux pearl large flowers onto the glue.

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Step 35. Add the flowers on the side border section. Often mirroring the flowers will add balance to the finished piece but that`s personal preference.

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Step 36. Place the `Happy Birthday ` sentiment on the top of an acrylic block and then add the `You mean so much to me` sentiment below with an equal amount of the stamp falling underneath the `Happy Birthday` sentiment.

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Step 37. Ink the stamp with a clear & resist ink pad or a Perfect medium ink pad before stamping the image onto a piece of vellum. It is always best to swipe the vellum with an anti static bag beforehand to eliminate any sticky finger marks that the embossing powder will pick up. Once stamped add the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the ink before heat setting the sentiment using a heat tool.

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Step 38. Use the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island St Kitts pierced frame die to cut out the vellum sentiment making sure there is more space along the bottom of the sentiment panel for some flowers to embellish this space later on. Then emboss the panel afterwards. Cut and emboss a 2nd piece of vellum in the same shape.

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Step 39. Add some 3mm thin double sided tape on all 4 largest outer edges of the vellum. Add some of the gold Adirondack paint around the edges of the vellum panels.

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Step 40. Add the plain vellum panel on the reverse side of the acetate.

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Step 41. Now add the stamped sentiment panel on the front of the acetate to cover the centre of the acetate nicely. Add a rich plum flower and a vellum flower either side to complete the project off nicely.

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Step 42. Here is the finished project. Something that is free standing as well as being very delicate looking from using the wonderful Sue Wilson dies. The acetate gives a lovely different feel to the box frame style and it only uses 1 sheet of rich plum card, a small piece of acetate and an off cut of vellum and rich plum card for the borders. Perfect if you want a different card without the extra cost of lots of embellishments. Try different colour ways and sentiments for a varied look.

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Creative Expressions ~ On the 1st Day of Christmas Card

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This workshop shows how to make this dimensional Christmas card using the Creative Expressions John Lockwood 12 Days of Christmas stamp and some glossy accents to make the card pop.

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The different Creative Expressions products are brought together with the scarlet and gold theme.

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The pine cone embellishment works perfectly over the ribbon tab to make a feature of the gift card / sentiment or money pocket.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Creative Expressions Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 Days Background Stamp : UMS647

Vintage Gold Card : VINTGOLDCARD & Foundations Scarlet Card : 41032

Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes : CSGFPERSIAN

Cosmic Shimmer Golden Pearl PVA Glue :  CSGGOLPEA

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Scarlet Ribbon : CESRSCARLET

Creative Expressions Pine Cone Embellishments : CEPINECONE

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

 Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG,

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Scrub It Foam : SCRUBIT

Creative Expressions Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSDEPGOLD

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop shows how to make a Christmas gift card perfect for adding money or a gift card in the flap of the design. For the project you will need the Sue Wilson Noble double pierced rectangle dies, the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder along with the Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 days background stamp topped with some glossy accents for added dimension. The project works well with the striking foundations scarlet and vintage gold card. The tab opening for the gift or sentiment is created using the Creative Expressions finishing touches scarlet ribbon and the pine cone embellishments. The Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes are added on some Creative Expressions self adhesive sheet for a lovely contrast on the frame.

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Step 2. Take the Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 days background stamp and place it on a large acrylic block. Ink the stamp up using the clear and resist ink pad or a clear Perfect Medium pad. Take the lid off the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder.

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Step 3. It`s optional whether to swipe an anti static bag over the Foundations scarlet card before stamping the image onto the card, pressing firmly as you go.

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Step 4. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the clear ink and tip the excess powder onto a scrap piece of paper before returning it back to the pot ( ideally before the image is heat set so it doesn`t go flying about if the heat tool goes near it !!! )

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Step 5. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

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Step 6. Here another image has been stamped out using the same method so 4 of the sections can be cut up and small tiles can be made to add depth to the piece.

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Step 7. Cut 4 of the pieces out trying to keep them in a nice pattern from the card. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the card and place them on a piece of thick grey card which is often used when sending craft items in the post.

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Step 8. Place a piece of paper and the acrylic block with the stamp still on (in this case) over the stamped pieces. You could also add the card under a craft mat or use some other weight to weigh it down. It doesn`t take many minutes for the glue to go off and stick the card firmly flat on the grey card. Use a few layers of thick card if you haven`t got any grey card as this will effect the tile look later on if it`s not used.

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Step 9. Cut around the edge of the card having the scissors at angle to prevent the gold embossed line being cut into. Repeat and cut out all 4 tiles.

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Step 10. Add a line of glossy accents around the edge of the tile to add a barrier to the tile.

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Step 11. Now go into the middle area of the tile and fill with some more of the glossy accents making sure any air bubbles are pierced with the nozzle of the bottle or the air is chased off the side of the tile. It`s important to remove air bubbles before the tiles are set a side to dry. Using the thick card will allow the tiles to remain flat as they dry.

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Step 12. Place the 12 days of Christmas stamped topper onto the corner of a piece of vintage gold card leaving a 3mm border down the left hand side and along the bottom edge. Make a small scissor mark where the 2 other cut edges will need to go.

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Step 13. Now use a guillotine to cut the 2 scissor marks to make a perfect mat for the topper.

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Step 14. Use some foam tape to add the topper onto the gold mat base.

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Step 15. Secure the 5th size down from the largest die onto a piece of the Foundations scarlet card using some low take tape to hold the die in place.

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Step 16. Run the card through the Grand Calibur machine using the base plate and the cutting plate as per the die cutting machine instructions for cutting.

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Step 17. Then go ahead and emboss the panel using tan mat, the base plate and pink embossing plate.

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Step 18. Trim the very thin (3mm) embossed pierced edge off the card panel and retain this.

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Step 19. Just line the topper up onto the frame leaving a border around the 3 pierced edges of the card. Score a line the same distance as all the other edges are along the top of the card making sure you add a 3mm extra width to allow for the just cut off pierced piece of card. Fold the score line over to create a tab on the back of the card.

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Step 20. Add some 3mm strong tape on the back of the card or use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 21. Now add the pierced card to the top plain folded over area of the card. Alternatively use the pierced square Sue Wilson dies for this part. This step just shows the alternative way as I only have the rectangles at the moment.

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Step 22. Select a piece of the Creative Expressions finishing touches scarlet ribbon. Cut the ribbon so you have 1 whole wrap of the ribbon card meaning there will be 1 fold in the ribbon once it`s cut. This is perfect for making tabs as the ribbon is already folded in place.

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Step 23. Cut and emboss a 2nd scarlet pierced panel and lay it behind the folded tab of the already cut piece and trim away the excess card that protrudes from under the card.

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Step 24. Add some double sided tape or some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the folded tab.

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Step 25. Now stick the cut off panel of card on top of the tab. Again use the small border of pierced off cut to place over the straight edge on the inside of the card.

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Step 26. Place the Creative Expressions finishing touches scarlet ribbon in the centre on the top of the folded card using some double sided tape to secure it in place.

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Step 27. Then add another layer of the tape over the inside of the ribbon and on the top of the ribbon as this ribbon will be handled most           so a strong finish works best.

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Step 28. Place some foam pads / tape around the edge of the topper and part way down the topper leaving the centre bottom free of tape as this will allow for the depth of the ribbon to lay nicely under the topper.

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Step 29. Twist the wires on the Creative Expressions pine cones to make sure the cones stay in place when the wire is cut shorter. Use some 3d glue gel to add the pine cones onto the ribbon tab.

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Step 30. Now select the 3rd and 4th from the largest pierced dies to make a feature of the just made topper.

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Step 31. Secure the larger pierced die over a piece of Foundations scarlet card with some low tack tape and then repeat the process with the smaller pierced die on a piece of vintage gold card.

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Step 32. Cut and emboss both of the pieces through the Grand Calibur machine. Later on the just cut pieces will be turned in a landscape position when the card is all put together.

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Step 33. Take the Vintage gold card and place it in the snowflake lattice embossing folder. Make sure you have the snowflakes falling nicely near the edges so some faux pearls can be added to the lattice crossover of the design later on. Run this through the Grand Calibur using the base plate and the Spellbinders raspberry plate. Depending on card thickness always make sure you never force the sandwich through the die cutting machine and if it`s to light on embossing you can always use a shim of card.

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Step 34. Place a piece of self adhesive sheet over a piece of white or scrap card. Now add the 2nd from largest and the 4th from largest pierced rectangle dies onto the card / sticky sheet and secure in place with some low tack tape. Run the piece through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 35. You will have a nice inner self adhesive piece left for another project and now remove the backing from the frame. Grab a piece of scrubit foam and place the frame into a lidded box.

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Step 36. Sprinkle / place the Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes over the sticky sheet.

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Step 37. Then use the scrubit foam pad to remove all the excess flakes / foil from the frame. You can be fairly rough with it as it just polishes up the pattern of the gilding flakes perfectly. Return the excess back into the pot or keep a lid on the box ready for another time. Make sure you use an anti static bag around the inner box first as this will reduce the flakes being so clingy .

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Step 38. Add some foam tape onto the reverse of the gilded frame. There will be an excess of the foam depending on the width of foam used but this will be covered with the scarlet panel.

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Step 39. Cut a mat of scarlet and vintage gold card in the largest and 2nd largest pierced die shape and use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick to 2 pieces together. Add the gilding flake panel onto the just made base.

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Step 40. Now add the already cut scarlet pierced panel again using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 41. Add the lattice panel onto the card using foam tape or Cosmic Shimmer dries glue. Now use a double layer of foam tape to add the already prepared 12 days of Christmas piece over the gold lattice panel.

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Step 42. Use some Cosmic Shimmer golden pearl PVA glue onto the crosser of the snowflake lattice design to make faux pearls. Set a side to allow the pearls to dry.

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Step 43. Add the glossy accent tiles you made earlier and that are now dry. You can either use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or use some 3d glue gel for added dimension.

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Step 44. Here is a photo of the flap on the front of the card. You can add a gift card with a glue dot or make a little pocket with matching scarlet card to add money behind it. Alternatively place a folded piece of white thick paper with a stamp sentiment or verse inside it.

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Step 45. This workshop to shows how to add dimension to a stamp using the pierced rectangle dies, card, gilding flakes and some foam tape.

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Happy Crafting x

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Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Tree

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This workshop shows how to make this dimensional Christmas tree using the Creative Expressions 2 part MDF Christmas Tree set, theCreative Expressions Phill Martin Premium Paper Collection papers , Craft Consortium decoupage papers, snow fibre paper and Cosmic Shimmer sea holly textured paste for 4 different looks to the tree.

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Here is the snow fibre embossed paper panel side for a soft feel to the tree.

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Creative Expressions 2 Part MDF Christmas Tree with Ornaments : CEMDFDECTREE

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

Creative Expressions Large Snowflake A4 Embossing Folder : EF-020

Craft Consortium Holly Decoupage Papers : CCXDECP018

Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE or

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Phill Martin Decadent Damask Premium Papers : SYDDPPC

Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste ~ Sea Green : CSPASTSPSEA

Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Ink Pad : DGFESTIVE

  2 Tone Olive Green Ribbon : KN16

 Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Creative Expressions Pine Cone Embellishments : CEPINECONE

Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin Chic Moss Mister : CSPMMMOSS

Cosmic Shimmer Iced Crystal Glitter Jewels : CSGJICCRY

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make 4 different sides on a Creative Expressions MDF Christmas tree using different methods. For the project you will need the following : Creative Expressions 2 part MDF Christmas tree with ornaments set  ~ some snow fibre paper, a sheet of Craft Consortium holly decoupage papers, the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze along with the Phill Martin decadent damask premium papers and some Cosmic Shimmer sea green sparkle texture paste.

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Step 2. Take the Creative Expressions 2 part MDF Christmas tree with ornaments and slot the 2 main tree pieces together to create the finished tree look.

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Step 3. Mark in pencil the numbers of each side as this will help when adding the different finishes on the project. Also mark where the edge of the MDF falls. Repeat this on all 4 sides.

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Step 4. Take the 2 panels apart again and you`ll be left with the markings ready to be decorated.

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Step 5. Here are the opposite sides of the MDF trees and the panels will always have a left hand side and a right hand side when covering.

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Step 6. Select 1 sheet from the Phill Martin decadent damask premium paper pad. The lovely green paper works perfectly for Christmas look.

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Step 7. Lay the blank MDF single panel on the reverse side of the damask paper and draw around the whole tree outline with a pencil. Cut the tree out by following slightly inside the pencil line. Please note the tree won`t fit on the 8” x 8” sheet but there is a step later on to rectify this.

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Step 8. Place the right side back on the relevant number 1 on the left hand side panel and just press the edge of the paper down over the edges as often there is a slight difference.

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Step 9. Lift the paper up to reveal the excess that needs to be cut off.

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Step 10. Turn one of the corner off cuts around and place it on the bottom uncovered sections of the tree. Draw around the outside on the reverse of the paper and repeat the process on the other right hand side uncovered MDF section.

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Step 11. Now you have all the pieces of the damask paper tree.

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Step 12. Draw a line following the centre up to the top from the cut out base of the paper.

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Step 13. Select the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick each paper panel to the number 1 marked sections of the MDF Christmas tree. Just place the paper on the tree to ensure you have the pieces in the correct place before gluing.

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Step 14. Add the Cosmic Shimmer dries glue all around the edges of the MDF tree and down the centre of the tree.

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Step 15. Use your finger to spread the glue out thinly as this will avoid any glue seeping out on the edges of the MDF.

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Step 16. Now stick the papers onto the MDF panels.

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Step 17. Once the paper / glue is dry slot the panels back together to see the finished paper section of the tree. Now take the tree apart again ready for the number 2 side of the tree to be decorated. Waiting for the glue to dry will avoid any tearing to the paper.

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Step 18. Place a piece of snow fibre paper into the Creative Expressions snowflake A4 embossing folder and run the piece through the Grand Calibur machine with the base plate and the Spellbinders raspberry plate either side of the embossing folder.

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Step 19. Here you will be left with a lovely textured piece of snow fibre paper for the 2nd side of the tree.

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Step 20. Place the number 2 MDF tree on the reverse side of the snow fibre paper ~ the debossed side of the paper. Repeat the process and draw around the outline of the whole tree.

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Step 21. Draw the line down the centre of the tree right up to the top.

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Step 22. Cut the tree out using the same method as before and the glue the snow fibre paper to each of the number 2 pieces of the MDF tree.

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Step 23. Now you have the 2nd side covered once the tree is slotted back together.

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Step 24. Add some detail by adding some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue in a faux pearl droplet to each of the centres of the embossed snowflakes on the snow fibre paper pattern. Then add some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels whilst the glue is still wet. You will have to do each panel separately and flat so the pearls dry nice and formed.

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Step 25. You could have added a layer of Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer under the snow fibre paper panel to make the paper pop more but this is optional. Now for the next 2 sides, this works best if the tree is now fitted together in place so the texture paste can be added and left to dry. But it`s up to you if you want to continue in working with the panels flat so they can be taken apart and stored flat. Use the Cosmic Shimmer gesso to prime the number 3 sections of the tree.

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Step 26. Place some of the Cosmic Shimmer sea green sparkle texture paste onto a non stick craft mat and cut a piece of cut`n`dry foam to use to apply the paste onto the tree.

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Step 27. Dab the Cosmic Shimmer sea green sparkle texture paste over the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primed tree.

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Step 28. Continue to stipple on the Cosmic Shimmer sea green sparkle texture paste leaving some areas higher than others.

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Step 29. Here is the completed 3rd section of the tree. Set aside to dry before moving onto the last section or carry on but just be careful how where you hold the tree so you don`t remove any of the texture paste.

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Step 30. Here the last section of the tree has had the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer added and then a layer of the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze is painted over the dry gesso.

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Step 31. Select a piece of the Craft Consortium holly decoupage paper and tear a piece to roughly fit over the tree MDF section. It doesn`t matter if it`s done in pieces as the glue will adhere the pieces to the MDF seamlessly. Please note this photo was taken whilst the MDF was still flat but I just wanted to show the holly decoupage paper.

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Step 32. Place the holly paper onto the glue making sure the centre of the paper is pushed right up to the fold of the tree so it doesn`t tear when smoothing the paper down.

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Step 33. Remove some of the excess paper so that it makes it easier to work around the branches of the tree.

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Step 34. Now use a sanding block or as here the reverse side of an emery board is great as it gets into all those hard to places. Just sand the edges off the papers as this keys the decoupage paper into the glue below and makes the paper have a lovely finish on the edge of the MDF.

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Step 35. Use a gold Adirondack dabber to cover the thick edges of the tree and also use the gold on just a small amount of the paper for a lovely feel to the piece.

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Step 36. Continue to do the same on the snow fibre section and the damask paper sides of the tree.

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Step 37. Now for the decorating the 20 MDF ornaments. Take the bells stipple the gold Adirondack paint onto them.

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Step 38. Apply some of the festive berries distress ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam and then dab onto the festive stocking pieces.

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Step 39. Spritz some of the Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer chic moss mister over the baubles on a non stick craft mat.

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Step 40. Dab the baubles with a piece of cut`n`dry foam or a piece of kitchen roll to remove the excess ink. You can also use the cut`n`dry foam with a little of the festive berries ink still on it as this will transfer onto the green and give you a lovely 2 tone to the baubles.

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Step 41. Apply some of the glossy accents onto the baubles and set them aside until they are dry.

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Step 42. Add some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue not the dries clear glue as you need the depth of colour underneath the jewels across the top of the stockings before adding some Cosmic Shimmer iced crystal glitter jewels over the glue.

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Step 43. Now you will have the 20 covered ornaments. Once they are dry repeat the process and cover the backs of the ornaments in the same way.

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Step 44. When the glossy accents is dry use some of the gold Adirondack paint to colour the depth of each piece on the different groups of ornaments.

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Step 45. Take 3 of the Creative expressions pine cones and cut off the long wire ends making sure they were twisted tightly beforehand.

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Step 46. Add the pine cones down the centre of the damask paper side using some 3d glue for ease of sticking.

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Step 47. The ornaments can be added to the tree with a thin piece of wire or ribbon but here i’m using John Lockwood’s idea of an earring finding as I had some spare and they work perfectly. Just poke the finding from the back of the ornament so the loop comes back on itself and then it will go through the hole in the tree.

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Step 48. Use a pokey tool to make sure the holes are not covered as this would have happened when the papers were added.

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Step 49. Add the stockings and baubles onto the damask side. Add 2 small 2 tone ribbon bows to the top of the tree to compliment the design.

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Step 50. I have used the gold bells on the snow fibre side of the tree. Using this method means you can turn the tree area to whichever side you feel like and as your mood takes it. Just turn the ornaments as you wish.

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Step 51. Here is a close up of textured side of the tree. Have fun decorating your tree. Alternatively just choose one method throughout the MDF tree project.

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My True Love Gave to Me ……

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This workshop shows how to make this dimensional Christmas card using the Creative Expressions John Lockwood Christmas Premium Paper Collection papers.

There are tips on how to get this raised look by just using to of the 8″ x 8″ papers.

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The decoupaged pieces have had glossy accents applied for added detail.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 Days of Christmas Premium Paper Collection : JLPP0001

 Vintage Gold Card : VINTGOLDCARD & Foundations Scarlet Card : 41032

Cosmic Shimmer Scarlet Woman Colour Cloud Blending Ink :  CSCCSCAR

Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Colour Cloud Blending Ink : CSPMCCMOSS

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

Lipstick Red Vintage Seam Ribbon : SEAMLIPS

 2 Tone Olive Green Ribbon : KN16

Creative Expressions Gold Collection 18mm Dazzlers : DAZMIXGOLD18

 Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG,

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this dimensional Christmas card by just using 2 sheets of the designer 8” x 8” paper, 2 sheets of gold card and a sheet of the red card to layer the panel onto. For the project you`ll need the Sue Wilson noble double pierced rectangle dies and the Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 Days of Christmas premium paper collection, 2 sheets of vintage gold card and a sheet of the foundations scarlet card. Also used are the Cosmic Shimmer scarlet woman & chic colour cloud blending ink which have been applied with a Creative Expressions smoothies.

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Step 2. Remove one of the Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 Days of Christmas premium paper collection sheets with all 12 days arranged around the centre partridge in a pear tree topper. Trim 2mms off the top edge of the paper so it mirrors the two other side edges. This will help to size the paper onto a mat of card and then fit onto an A4 size card correctly.

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Step 3. Repeat the process on the other side edge. Now all the 4 edges will have the same width border around the design.

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Step 4. To add dimension to the card but by only using 2 sheets of the paper then cut some of the required elements from the bottom layer as long as the cut line does not go outside the square edge of the small panels. Here the goose is neatly removed with a small pair of decoupage snips.

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Step 5. Continue using the same technique and remove other images from the sheet of paper staying within the square shape.

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Step 6. Use some decoupage snips or a small pair of scissors to go around the outline of the pieces. Often it`s easier to leave off the feet of the birds as these will be seen on the topper below.

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Step 7. Add some of the glossy accents around the outside of the design before filling the inner section up. This outer line acts as a barrier and will give to a lovely finish to the piece.

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Step 8. Make sure you move the pieces slightly so you know that there is no glue on the edges. They could stick to the paper underneath when you try to remove them once the glossy accents is dry later on. Just set the pieces a side and allow them to dry naturally.

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Step 9. Cut the centre partridge in a pear tree panel using the inner frame line from the 2nd sheet of Christmas paper. Edge the piece using some of the Cosmic Shimmer scarlet women colour cloud blending ink on a Creative Expressions smoothie.

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Step 10. Use some of the glossy accents on the pears on the tree as this will add a dimension to the topper.

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Step 11. Cut all of the small toppers out which have had the underneath sections removed as these will cover the holes up.

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Step 12. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the large paper panel and place it onto a piece of the Foundations scarlet red card.

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Step 13. Make sure you place the paper so it leaves a 3mm border on the bottom and left hand side of the card. Then you will just need to trim away the right hand side and top edge at 3mm from the edge of the paper. This technique makes it nice an easy to achieve a straight edge and by removing the thin piece of paper earlier means the paper fits nicely on the piece of A4 card.

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Step 14. Add some foam tape to the reverse of each of the small toppers. Use the Cosmic Shimmer chic moss and or scarlet women colour cloud ink on a smoothie to edge the small panels. You can also just add one colour throughout the project it`s up to you.

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Step 15. Select the piece which has had the main focus decoupaged.

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Step 16. and then continue to add the foam back panels over the relevant panels over the backing paper.

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Step 17. Add a line of foam tape over the centre partridge in a pear tree image before adding the prepared panel over the top.

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Step 18. Now you will have a lovely raised paper panel ready for the decoupaged pieces to be added when they are dry later on.

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Step 19. To make the base card I am using the Sue Wilson noble double pierced rectangle dies. Leave a gap of 1½” from the left hand side of a piece of the gold vintage card. Select the largest die and place it in a portrait position just past the 1½” mark. Use some low tack tape to secure the die in place.

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Step 20. Place the card panel onto the card to make sure the pierced design will be seen around the edge of the design ~ in this case it fits perfectly.

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Step 21. Use the base plate and then the die attached to the card and it facing upwards into the tan mat and then the pink embossing plate. Run the piece through the Grand Calibur to just emboss the piece.

DO NOT cut the die piece.

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Step 22. Now the card has the first part of the surrounding embossed with a pierced edge so lay the panel back in place.

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Step 23. Move the die across so it`s positioned down the right hand side of the card. And secure in place using some more of the low tack tape.

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Step 24. Lift the top panel off to reveal the die and then run this through the die cutting machine using the same embossing mats as before. Make sure it`s just embossed and NOT cut.

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Step 25. Now you will have a cross over on the double pierced rectangle shape but the embossed line going upwards will be covered by the topper and you`ll be left with a pierced edge with a much larger area than the die.

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Step 26. Place the topper back on the card and with the pierced area.

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Step 27. Mark the edge of the card and then place a 2nd sheet of gold card so it lays exactly under the top layer of card. Now trim away the excess gold card from the right hand side of the card.

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Step 28. Cut a `My true love gave to me … ` sentiment from the centre line on one of the paper pad sheets as they work perfectly to fit along the side edge of the card. Add the sentiment onto an off cut of the Foundations scarlet women card leaving a small 3mm border all around the edge of the sentiment.

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Step 29. Add the side score line at 1½” in from the left hand side of the card and on the front of the card.

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Step 30. Turn the card over and then run an embossed line all around all the edge of the small section. This will give some detail to the finished look of the card.

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Step 31. Turn the card over and crease the card back at the 1½”score line. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or some double sided tape to the reverse of this panel and stick the card on the base card.

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Step 32. The base card now has a hinged effect opening to the card which adds a nice detail to the card as well as joining to pieces of A4 card together to make a larger card.

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Step 33. Add some foam tape to the base inner pierced area making sure you leave enough gap around the outside of the card so the tape isn`t seen.

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Step 34. Add the `My true love gave to me … ` sentiment onto the side bar using foam tape again for added dimension.

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Step 35. Add the main panel onto the foam tape.

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Step 36. Make a shabby chic bow by wrapping the red vintage ribbon loosely around your hand 3 times and leaving the ends of the ribbon long. Trim the ends to the required length and also cut 1 of the bow loops through the loop end to make 2 more ends each side of the bow. Add this to the corner of the centre topper so the numbers of the panels can still be seen. Also add a small green bow and a gold Creative Expressions dazzler to cover the knots of the bow and to finish the ribbons off nicely.

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Step 37. Add some 3d glue / gel to the topper or to the back of the glossy accents piece. I prefer to add the glue directly to the topper to avoid to much handling of the glossy accents piece.

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Step 38. Place the glossy accents pieces onto the glue to finish of the design perfectly. These elements just add and lift the design up but they have not cost you any more money as they would have been covered over by the toppers. Well just a small amount of glossy accents but that`s all.

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Step 39. Here is a close up of the raised decoupaged glossy piece.

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Here is a larger photo of the My True Love Gave to Me ….. Card

with the pierced surround on the card.

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Happy Crafting x

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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Frame Acetate Easel Card

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate acetate easel using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die.

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Parchment and micro beads add a soft and textured feel to the project along with the gold  highlights to the butterflies and small flowers.

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Here is a different look showing how the Sue Wilson finishing touches deer could be used in the centre of the delicate frame.

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Spellbinders Elizabeth Strip Border Die : WIZS4-439

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cloudy Parchment : 40066

Heat Resistant Acetate :  HEATEMBOS

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet : ADHA4

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

   Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely delicate acetate easel card. For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die and the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die. Some thin acetate ~ heat resistant acetate has been used in this project. Also the delicate frame has been cut using a parchment which is a lovely weight for this card.

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Step 2. First take a piece of the heat resistant acetate and score the piece on half to make an A5 folded card shape.

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Step 3. Fold the acetate over and either use a bone folder or your finger nail to run along the fold to crispen the acetate fold.

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Step 4. Place the outer frame die from the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die set so it fits with the top edge over and behind the fold in the acetate. Secure the die down with some low tack tape.

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Step 5. Here is a close up of the die edge. This just allows the acetate to be cut whilst remaining the fold in the acetate which will make the mechanism of the easel card base.

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Step 6. Place the die through the Grand Calibur machine using the standard base plate and cutting plate sandwich. Once it`s cut run the die back through the machine so it gets a 2nd passing.

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Step 7. Remove the low tack tape from the acetate before removing the die.

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Step 8. Now you will have the folded acetate base shape of the easel card.

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Step 9. Go ahead and fold just one side back in on itself and crease once it`s exactly in half. Set a side for the working on later on.

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Step 10. Use the intricate delicate garden frame die and place the dies on a piece of the parchment, secure the dies in place using some low tack tape. Make sure there is an even amount of distance around the edge of the die to avoid any die cutting each other. Here the photo shows all of the solid dies added but you just need the intricate main die for this project. Emboss the panel and then repeat to cut and emboss a 2nd panel.

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Step 11. Now use the Spellbinders all in one tool and run the bristle end across the back of the steel die. This will remove all the small pieces of parchment which would hinder the cutting on another piece, so it`s always worth removing any retained pieces after every cut / embossed piece.

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Step 12. Now you will have the most gorgeous parchment panel.

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Step 13. This step is alternative method for a different look.

If you do not want to do this way then skip to step 18, 19, 20 & 21 and step 23.

I just wanted to give 2 looks to the project. So go ahead and cut an antique gold card or white piece of card in the delicate garden frame to help strengthen the parchment.

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Step 14. Use some spray adhesive to the back of both the pieces of parchment. You can use Cosmic Shimmer dries glue but this way is quicker for an all over stick.

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Step 15. Match the parchment up onto the gold panel. Also do this on the reverse side of the gold card.

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Step 16. Now place the prepared panel in between a base plate and cut plate and run through the Grand Calibur machine. This will make for a stiffer panel and make sure all the intricate pieces are set down in place.

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Step 17. The panel can then be stuck to the folded over section of the acetate easel card. Remember to only ever use the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the bottom section for the panel .

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Step 18. Cut a delicate garden frame in the self adhesive sheet. You will need to pass the piece through the die cutting machine at least 4 times but it`s worth it so get all the detail out of the intricate design. Use a Spellbinders all in one tool to run over the die to loosen the pieces before removing the die.

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Step 19. Remove the backing from the top side and place the panel in a lid before adding some Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky panel. Press the beads into the panel to make sure the all the micro beads all stick firmly down.

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Step 20. Stick the micro bead panel onto the inner base of the easel card using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the underneath as the sticky backing will add to being able to see the beads nicely over the acetate.

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Step 21. Use the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die to cut a pretty parchment shape to add detail to the aperture of the easel card.

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Step 22. Or here one of Sue Wilsons festive Collection deer has been cut and some sparkle texture paste added over the deer. The deer fits perfectly in the frame for a simple look to the card.

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Step 23. Cut a solid single frame using the outer die only to cut an acetate panel. Now stick the parchment panel onto the acetate panel. Turn the piece over and add the other parchment panel onto the back of the acetate.

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Step 24. Use a piece of scrap card to press down onto the acetate as this will eliminate any finger prints.

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Step 25. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the bottom half of the panel to stick the acetate / parchment piece to the easel section.

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Step 26. Cut a solid die shape from the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die in some self adhesive sheet.

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Step 27. Remove the carrier sheet and add some of the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky sheet. Now add the parchment shape retained from an earlier step over the beads using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 28. Cut a solid shape in white card using the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die. Cut the piece in half horizontally.

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Step 29. Stick the white card on the reverse of the die shape on the acetate as this will cover any glue up. And one piece will have to go under the folded acetate piece and that`s why the piece has to be split in 2.

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Step 30. The piece makes the inner design pop as will as covering any glue up too.

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Step 31. Now edge the butterflies using the gold Adirondack dabber. The gold appears very bright on these photos but it is a bit softer in real life.

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Step 32. Start to run a trail of the butterflies through the easel card working from the inner base of the easel card.

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Step 33. Then add the butterflies onto the main frame top section of the card so they all flow nicely.

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Step 34. Cut some of the small flowers from the die on the frame set. Colour the flowers with some gold from Adirondack gold paint dabber. Now place the flower on the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam or an old computer mouse mat and use a ball tool to roll in a circular motion around the centre of the flower as this will shape the flower nicely.

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Step 35. Add a small pearl to the centre of the flowers using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue and set a side to dry.

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Step 36. Add the flowers to the card to pull the design nicely together.

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Step 37. Here another butterfly has been cut and the wings folded up to add detail to the centre piece.

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Step 38. The acetate having been scored doesn`t need a stopper with the weight of the top half and it just sits nicely behind one of the small pearl flowers.

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Step 39. Here is a close up of the delicate frame and parchment butterflies and flowers.

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I hope this workshop has given you some extra ideas when using this STUNNING Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die. I love the frame and the many different uses it offers as a die.

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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Pierced Frame Card – Lantern Complete Workshop

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate tri fold card / lantern using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die along with the double pierced rectangle dies.

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The snow fibre paper allows the lights to shine through.

PLEASE JUST USE BATTERY OPERATED CANDLES / TEA LIGHTS SO THERE IS NO NAKED FLAMES USED WITH THE CARD.

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The Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending ink has been used on a Creative Expressions smoothie to colour the vintage ribbon. The wonderful flower die makes lots of little flower in one pass and these have been clustered on some 3d glue to make a hydrangea effect flower on the knot of the bow.

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Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink ~ Chic Viola : CSPMCCVIOLA

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH 

Vintage Cream Ribbon VRCRE

Foundations Rich Plum Card : 41021

Foundations Vellum : 40024

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

   Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

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Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely delicate framed card / lantern and it will be done in 2 parts to show how to extend the base to allow the height of a battery powered candle.

For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die and the Noble double pierced rectangle die set. For the back the dies the snow fibre paper is used and the Cosmic Shimmer chic viola colour cloud blending ink and Creative Expressions smoothie are used to colour match the vintage ribbon for the project .

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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die section and hold it up against the Noble double pierced rectangle die set.

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Step 3. Set the 2 next size up dies from Noble double pierced rectangle die set. The larger die will make the size of the card and then inner die will create a lovely pierced edge frame to add a layer of detail to the card.

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Step 4. When you open the Noble double pierced rectangle die set you will have a lovely large plastic case to recycle, if you carefully you can pull the die on the carrier sheet out through the top opening. Place a sheet of white card or paper into the sleeve to create a very handy watercolour pallet. It`s great for scribbling the distress ink markers or ink pads as you get to see the true colour of the inks on the white. Then just use your grime boss or kitchen roll to wipe away any excess ink and store it ready for next time.

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Step 5. Now take the larger of the 2 selected double pierced rectangle dies & along with the intricate delicate garden frame die and place them on a piece of the Foundations rich plum card and secure the dies in place using some low tack tape. Make sure there is an even amount of distance around the edge of the die. Cut the card so you can turn it in the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 6. Place the die through the Grand Calibur machine using the standard base plate and cutting plate sandwich. Once it`s cut turn the card and run the die back through the machine so it gets a 2nd passing.

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Step 7. Now use the base plate, die and card and then the tan mat & pink embossing plate and run the sandwich back through the Grand Calibur to emboss the panel.

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Step 8. Now after just 3 passes you`ll have this wonderful cut and embossed piece.

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Step 9. Remove the pierced outer frame and the inner intricate frame carefully from the die making sure you leave the low tack tape still in place.

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Step 10. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool and run the bristle end across the back of the steel die. Do all the open spaces and leave the spaces under the low tack tape.

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Step 11. Holding on to the steel dies, just lift one of the low tack tape pieces at a time and run the Spellbinders tool over the intricate die area to release the pieces of card left in the die.

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Step 12. Then replace the low tack tape back down so that you have the same positioning in the 2 die pieces. This will be ready for the next cut out pieces.

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Step 13. Go ahead and repeat the process until you end up with 3 card panels.

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Step 14. Use the inner die card panel to cut out the multiple flower die and the 2 butterfly dies. Also emboss the die / card for a lovely finish to the pieces. Repeat and cut a 2nd panel of the small dies.

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Step 15. Use the same dies on a doubled up piece of Foundations vellum and again emboss the pieces.

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Step 16. Now you will be left with lots of various size flowers and the butterflies in both rich plum card and the vellum. Set a side for later.

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Step 17 . Lay 2 of the cut panels on a piece of the snow fibre paper which is in a landscape position. Make sure you leave a 1 to 1.5cms width either side of the panel as this will be made into a tab to join the 3rd panel onto the snow fibre paper.

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Step 18. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to add the first panel so the top of the panel falls right up on the top of the snow fibre paper and the 1 / 1.5cm tab is left down the left hand side of the paper. Then add the 2nd panel again using the same glue.

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Step 19. Butt the panel right up against the other panel with maybe the slightest of gap in between and I mean just 1mm !!!!

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Step 20. Trim along the long bottom edge of the snow fibre paper to remove the excess paper.

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Step 21. Create another 1 / 1.5cm tab on the right hand side of the card panel. Snip the corners of the paper to complete a tab either side of the 2 panels.

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Step 22. Take the 3rd panel and add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue along the right hand tab before adding the 3rd panel onto the tab. Make sure your tab is no wider than the rich plum card frame.

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Step 23. Lay a piece of the snow fibre paper over the last panel and cut out a piece to cover the inside of the panel. Make sure you don`t go over the crease of the join as this will bulk out the panel.

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Step 24. Before sticking the snow fibre paper panel down crease the just joined panel over on it`s self.

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Step 25. Now glue the panel in place using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue around the edges of the paper.

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Step 26. Once it`s in place crease the panel back up again.

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Step 27. Add some of the glue to the tab.

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Step 28. Now add the first panel onto the glued tab to close the 3 panels together.

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Step 29. Alternatively cut the tab off the left hand side and add a hole before using a ribbon to join the card opening together. This would help if you are posing the card.

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Step 30. Add some 3d glue or gel to the solid small flowers on the reverse of the delicate garden frame.

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Step 31. Place the panel lightly over the snow fibre paper and use the pokey tool to just gently touch the frame down slightly as you want the frame to stand proud of the frame below.

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Step 32. Add all 3 of the frames to the panel using the same technique.

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Step 33. Now select the largest and next size down flowers and add some of the gold Adirondack dabber around the edges of the flower.

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Step 34. Place the flower on the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam or in the palm of your hand and use a ball tool to roll in a circular motion around the centre of the flower as this will shape the flower nicely.

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Step 35. Repeat this on the rich plum flowers and also on the larger vellum flowers before adding a small drop of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to make a faux pearl effect.

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Step 36. Now edge the butterflies using the gold Adirondack dabber.

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Step 37. To reach the centre bend the butterfly wings backwards so the centre body of the butterfly is seen. Now add a line of the same gold paint down the body of the butterfly. This just makes it an easier way of getting into those awkward spaces.

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Step 38. Continue to use the gold Adirondack dabber to colour the butterflies and also produce lots of the pearl flowers using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue.

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Step 39. For the smaller flowers just curve the flowers with the ball tool & then just dab the gold Adirondack dabber up and down onto the flowers to add some of the gold onto the petals. This makes it easier than picking the flowers up to ink.

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Step 40. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the solid flowers in the delicate garden frame before adding the prepared faux pearl large flowers onto the glue.

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Step 41. Build up all the flowers onto the frame on every panel and on the other 2 panels.

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Step 42. Add 2 butterflies to the centre of the snow fibre panel. Then arrange 3 pearl centred flowers below the butterflies for added detail.

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Step 43. Select either the already coloured Creative Expressions finishing touches ribbon or take a piece of the vintage ribbon and use some of the Cosmic Shimmer chic viola colour cloud blending ink to colour the ribbon.

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Step 44. Place the ribbon on a non stick craft mat before adding some of your Cosmic Shimmer chic viola colour cloud blending ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie.

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Step 45. Dab the smoothie up and down onto the vintage ribbon to colour the ribbon. This will make sure it tones in with the rich plum A4 foundations card.

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Step 46. Move the ribbon along but be sure to place the ribbon into any ink that is left behind on the craft mat as this will save on the amount of colour cloud ink you use. Continue to add more of the ink as you need it.

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Step 47. Take a heat tool to dry the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending ink. Please note there will be a small amount of vapour coming off the ribbon but this doesn`t have an awful smell.

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Step 48. This step is where you can use the snow fibre paper tab to join the lantern closed or the tab can be cut off and a ribbon added either side so the card can be sent flat in the post and then put in place once it`s ready to.

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Step 49. For this workshop the trifold piece will be joined. So lay some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue down the outside of the snow fibre paper tab and with the card sat on one of it`s faces and stick the rich plum card panel onto the tab.

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Step 50. Now you will have the standard 3 sided card / lantern basic shape.

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Step 51. Here is the top view of the card which shows the neatness of the snow fibre paper inside.

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Step 52. Once the ribbon is completely dry make a shabby chic bow by wrapping the ribbon around your hand 3 times before finishing off the bow in a knot. Cut one of the loops on each side of the bow to make another set of tails to the bow. Now use some 3d glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the bow onto the centre edge of the card.

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Step 53. Add a dome of 3d glue to the knot of the ribbon and then set some of the larger flowers into the glue so it looks like a hydrangea flower.

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Step 54. This will tie in flowers on each side of the card. Why not go ahead and make 2 more bows to embellish the other 2 sides of the card. If the card was just made as a trifold card then just thread the ribbon through 2 holes that you can make in the card and then a bow can be made once the card has been received.

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Step 55. Another feature for the card is to make another layer so there is a pierced smaller frame to add a layer to the card. So place the 2nd pierced die that was picked in step 2 & is bigger than the delicate garden frame die. Place it on a piece of rich plum card before adding the delicate garden frame intricate die in the centre. Use some low tack tape to keep the dies in place.

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Step 56. Cut & emboss the die through the Grand Calibur machine and repeat the process 2 more times. Set a side the intricate garden frame for another step later on.

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Step 57. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to add the panel onto the card. Just make sure you line up the centre detail of the aperture then sticking the piece down.

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Step 58. Here is a close up of the card / lantern with the ribbon details on each side.

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Step 59. You may which to extend the project if you are placing a battery operated candle into the lantern. They can often be found in £ stores or this one was £1.99 off ebay with free postage !!! So it`s worth a look about. Take a piece of card which is 2½” deep and score it at ¼” and then at 5” and then again at 5” and another score line at ¼”. Now join another panel which is cut at 5” and fix that onto the tab.

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Step 60. Add some double sided tape to the top edge of the card.

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Step 61. Now place the card under the inside of the bottom of the lantern. Stick each side in place before joining the last piece onto the tab. It`s best to line the card up on the project to make sure it fits into the base before sticking the piece together.

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Step 62. Cut the set a side frame so you get 2 pieces with a small cut out piece down the side of the frame. Discard the small side pieces.

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Step 63. Glue the 2 frame pieces so they overlap onto the depth of the extended bottom of the lantern. Then decorate the piece with some more of the small pearl flowers. Repeat this on all 3 sides.

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Step 64. Here is the completed project with a slight view of the inside of the piece.

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Step 65. The light shines nicely through the snow fibre paper. Top View

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Step 66. and the side view

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Step 67 Here is the shabby chic ribbons that adorn each side of the card / lantern.

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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Pierced Frame Card – Lantern ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate tri fold card / lantern using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die along with the double pierced rectangle dies.

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The snow fibre paper allows the lights to shine through.

PLEASE JUST USE BATTERY OPERATED CANDLES / TEA LIGHTS SO THERE IS NO NAKED FLAMES USED WITH THE CARD.

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The Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending ink has been used on a Creative Expressions smoothie to colour the vintage ribbon. The wonderful flower die makes lots of little flower in one pass and these have been clustered on some 3d glue to make a hydrangea effect flower on the knot of the bow.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Collection ~ Delicate Garden Frame Die : CED4307

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink ~ Chic Viola : CSPMCCVIOLA

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH 

Vintage Cream Ribbon VRCRE

Foundations Rich Plum Card : 41021

Foundations Vellum : 40024

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

   Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely delicate framed card / lantern and it will be done in 2 parts to show how to extend the base to allow the height of a battery powered candle.

For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die and the Noble double pierced rectangle die set. For the back the dies the snow fibre paper is used and the Cosmic Shimmer chic viola colour cloud blending ink and Creative Expressions smoothie are used to colour match the vintage ribbon for the project .

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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die section and hold it up against the Noble double pierced rectangle die set.

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Step 3. Set the 2 next size up dies from Noble double pierced rectangle die set. The larger die will make the size of the card and then inner die will create a lovely pierced edge frame to add a layer of detail to the card.

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Step 4. When you open the Noble double pierced rectangle die set you will have a lovely large plastic case to recycle, if you carefully you can pull the die on the carrier sheet out through the top opening. Place a sheet of white card or paper into the sleeve to create a very handy watercolour pallet. It`s great for scribbling the distress ink markers or ink pads as you get to see the true colour of the inks on the white. Then just use your grime boss or kitchen roll to wipe away any excess ink and store it ready for next time.

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Step 5. Now take the larger of the 2 selected double pierced rectangle dies & along with the intricate delicate garden frame die and place them on a piece of the Foundations rich plum card and secure the dies in place using some low tack tape. Make sure there is an even amount of distance around the edge of the die. Cut the card so you can turn it in the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 6. Place the die through the Grand Calibur machine using the standard base plate and cutting plate sandwich. Once it`s cut turn the card and run the die back through the machine so it gets a 2nd passing.

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Step 7. Now use the base plate, die and card and then the tan mat & pink embossing plate and run the sandwich back through the Grand Calibur to emboss the panel.

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Step 8. Now after just 3 passes you`ll have this wonderful cut and embossed piece.

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Step 9. Remove the pierced outer frame and the inner intricate frame carefully from the die making sure you leave the low tack tape still in place.

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Step 10. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool and run the bristle end across the back of the steel die. Do all the open spaces and leave the spaces under the low tack tape.

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Step 11. Holding on to the steel dies, just lift one of the low tack tape pieces at a time and run the Spellbinders tool over the intricate die area to release the pieces of card left in the die.

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Step 12. Then replace the low tack tape back down so that you have the same positioning in the 2 die pieces. This will be ready for the next cut out pieces.

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Step 13. Go ahead and repeat the process until you end up with 3 card panels.

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Step 14. Use the inner die card panel to cut out the multiple flower die and the 2 butterfly dies. Also emboss the die / card for a lovely finish to the pieces. Repeat and cut a 2nd panel of the small dies.

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Step 15. Use the same dies on a doubled up piece of Foundations vellum and again emboss the pieces.

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Step 16. Now you will be left with lots of various size flowers and the butterflies in both rich plum card and the vellum. Set a side for later.

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Step 17 . Lay 2 of the cut panels on a piece of the snow fibre paper which is in a landscape position. Make sure you leave a 1 to 1.5cms width either side of the panel as this will be made into a tab to join the 3rd panel onto the snow fibre paper.

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Step 18. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to add the first panel so the top of the panel falls right up on the top of the snow fibre paper and the 1 / 1.5cm tab is left down the left hand side of the paper. Then add the 2nd panel again using the same glue.

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Step 19. Butt the panel right up against the other panel with maybe the slightest of gap in between and I mean just 1mm !!!!

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Step 20. Trim along the long bottom edge of the snow fibre paper to remove the excess paper.

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Step 21. Create another 1 / 1.5cm tab on the right hand side of the card panel. Snip the corners of the paper to complete a tab either side of the 2 panels.

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Step 22. Take the 3rd panel and add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue along the right hand tab before adding the 3rd panel onto the tab. Make sure your tab is no wider than the rich plum card frame.

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Step 23. Lay a piece of the snow fibre paper over the last panel and cut out a piece to cover the inside of the panel. Make sure you don`t go over the crease of the join as this will bulk out the panel.

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Step 24. Before sticking the snow fibre paper panel down crease the just joined panel over on it`s self.

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Step 25. Now glue the panel in place using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue around the edges of the paper.

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Step 26. Once it`s in place crease the panel back up again.

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Step 27. Add some of the glue to the tab.

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Step 28. Now add the first panel onto the glued tab to close the 3 panels together.

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Step 29. Alternatively cut the tab off the left hand side and add a hole before using a ribbon to join the card opening together. This would help if you are posing the card.

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Step 30. Add some 3d glue or gel to the solid small flowers on the reverse of the delicate garden frame.

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Step 31. Place the panel lightly over the snow fibre paper and use the pokey tool to just gently touch the frame down slightly as you want the frame to stand proud of the frame below.

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Step 32. Add all 3 of the frames to the panel using the same technique.

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Step 33. Now select the largest and next size down flowers and add some of the gold Adirondack dabber around the edges of the flower.

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Step 34. Place the flower on the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam or in the palm of your hand and use a ball tool to roll in a circular motion around the centre of the flower as this will shape the flower nicely.

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Step 35. Repeat this on the rich plum flowers and also on the larger vellum flowers before adding a small drop of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to make a faux pearl effect.

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Part 2 will follow next week ~ This will show you have to extend the frame and how to colour the vintage ribbon

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Creative Expressions Snow Fibre Paper MDF Sleigh

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This workshop shows how to make this embossed snowflake panel MDF Sleigh.

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The sleigh is wonderful as a piece for your Christmas décor or why not fill it with gifts for a friend.

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Here is a close up of the covered gifts.

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Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Sleigh : CEMDFSLEIGH

Creative Expressions Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

Creative Expressions Feathery Snowflake Stamp : UMS167

Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Words Set : CEMDFXMASWORD

Creative Expressions Christmas Mega Grab Bag : CEMDFXMASGRAB

Cosmic Shimmer Gesso Primer : CSGESWHI

Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPAUR

Craft Consortium Blue Snowflake Decoupage Papers: CCXDECP004

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Crystal Sparkle Embossing Powder : CSEPAURORA

Creative Expressions Silver Tulle : CETULLESIV

Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint or use

Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy : DCPROCK

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

 Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Silver Thin Ribbon : CESRSILVER

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Thin Ribbon : CESROFFWHT

  Ranger Metallic Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Dabber : DSPEWT

Cosmic Shimmer Iced Crystal Glitter Jewels :  CSGJICCRY

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Creative Expressions Dazzler Blue Collection 18mm : DAZMIXBLUE18

Creative Expressions Self Adhesive 3mm Pearls : SAP3WHITE

& 5mm Pearls : SAP5WHITE

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a snow fibre covered MDF sleigh. For this project you`ll need the Creative Expressions MDF Christmas sleigh and to decorate the sleigh I’ve used the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer, some snow fibre paper embossed using the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder. Also the Creative Expressions feathery snowflake stamp and the Creative Expressions MDF Christmas words set & mega grab bag to embellish the sleigh. Craft Consortium blue snowflake decoupage papers are used to cover some craft presents.

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Step 2. Take the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder and place the snow fibre paper inside. Use the base plate below the embossing folder and then use the Spellbinders raspberry plate over the top before running it through the Grand Calibur machine. Now emboss a 2nd sheet of the snow fibre paper.

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Step 3. Once the paper has been embossed lay the embossed snow fibre paper just below the solid base of the sleigh body making sure the embossed side faces outwards, leaving the intricate blades of the sleigh uncovered.

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Step 4. Use some low tack tape to secure the paper onto the MDF.

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Step 5. Turn the MDF sleigh over so the debossed area is shown and then draw around the edge of the MDF sleigh. You`ll just have to mark in intervals along the base as this can then be used as a guide when cutting. Now cut out the snow fibre paper working just inside the pencil edge.

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Step 6. Lay the just cut piece over the MDF front to check for size.

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Step 7. Depending on the angle you hold the pencil will determine the cutting edge. So to make sure the panel fits nicely on the MDF just press down around the edge as this will mark the exact edge on the paper. Then go ahead and trim any excess off.

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Step 8. Now repeat the process with the other MDF sleigh panel. This time make sure the right side ends up getting covered as it will need to be on the outside edge of the MDF sleigh.

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Step 9. Also another tip is to look which side the embossed snowflakes are on the snow fibre paper before cutting the panel.

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Step 10. Using the off cuts of the embossed paper place one of the rectangles so the solid edge lays on the corner of the paper and the tab overhangs the paper as you don`t want to cover the tabs. Draw a line around the 2 remaining sides of the MDF. Cut 2 pieces this size and 2 pieces on the other tabbed rectangle MDF panel.

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Step 11. So now you will have the 2 snow fibre panels for the MDF sleigh sides, 2 panels for both of the MDF rectangle panels. This will all come out of 2 sheets of the snow fibre paper. It`s up to you if you want to use some more paper to cover the base of the sleigh or if not why not follow the next steps to use Cosmic Shimmer gesso on the base panel.

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Step 12. Take the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer and paint over the base panel of the MDF sleigh piece. Now set it aside to dry whilst you cover the sleigh. It is optional if you want to add a gesso layer under the snow fibre panels but I haven`t done so.

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Step 13. Now the side of the sleigh has a delicate snowflake added over the snow fibre paper so for this you`ll need to ink up the Creative expressions feathery snowflake small stamp using a clear & resist ink pad or Perfect Medium.

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Step 14. Stamp at random over the paper and making sure you do stamp off the page as this adds to the effect. Now cover the ink with the Cosmic Shimmer aurora crystal sparkle embossing powder & heat set the image using a heat tool.

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Step 15. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue around the edges of the MDF sleigh body and do a few wiggles of glue across the middle of the piece.

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Step 16. Use your finger to spread the glue around and to move it right up to the edge of the MDF. I tried the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze and found it soaks into the MDF to much and it then didn`t hold the snow fibre paper. It will work perfectly if using the fine decoupage papers as it really seals the paper down so well. Place the worked snow paper down onto the sleigh. Repeat the process on the other sleigh side piece.

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Step 17. Add some Tim Holtz brushed pewter distress stain or paint on the blade base of the sleigh. Dabbing the stain as you go to add to the look. Alternatively paint some silver Cosmic Shimmer paint over the MDF for a shimmer look as well as great coverage. Also do the other sleigh panel.

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Step 18. Take some Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste and place a small amount on a non stick craft mat.

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Step 19. Use a thin strip of cut`n`dry foam to dab small amounts of the texture paste on all the edges of the sleigh. Make sure you cover the brown depth / thickness of the MDF panels. The paste will give a lovely green shimmer to the piece.

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Step 20. Once the texture paste has dried or place the MDF panel on a pot underneath so it just touches the snow paper section then you are free to give the inside of the sleigh a coat of the gesso primer. Also do this on the other sleigh panel.

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Step 21. Take the small MDF rectangle panels and repeat the gluing process before adding the prepared embossed snow paper to each side of each rectangle MDF piece.

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Step 22. Once the gesso primer is dry on the inside of the MDF sleigh, position the base piece into the base slot on the inside of the sleigh side panels.

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Step 23. Now slot the top and bottom covered panels into base and side of the sleigh. Make sure the larger rectangle goes in the back of the sleigh. Now add the other side panel onto these tabs. You may wish to add a small amount of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the tabs but I haven`t felt the need as they sit firmly in place with the covered MDF panels.

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Step 24. There will be a raw edge of uncovered MDF which is from the base of the sleigh. Just go ahead and add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste over the edge.

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Step 25. Now if you want an extra touch to the sleigh why not try these next couple of steps as they add a wonderful feel to the project. Add some picket fence distress crackle paint over the covered dark edge areas which have been covered in the texture paste. You could use the rock candy crackle paint instead for a clearer look.

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Step 26. Working quickly go ahead and tip and press some Cosmic Shimmer iced crystal glitter jewels into the paint as this will capture the flakes when the paint dries but it will also crackle to reveal some of the aurora sparkle texture underneath. There is a photo of this later on.

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Step 27. Place the sleigh on a couple of embossing powder pots so it`s raised up and flat. Then add drops of Cosmic Shimmer pearl white PVA glue to make faux pearls on the centre of every snowflake on the embossed snow fibre paper. Be patient and wait for the pearls to dry before doing the other side. Even then move the embossing pots the blades of the sleigh so you don`t press into any of the not quite solid pearls. It`s worth the wait and you can be getting all the gifts ready to fill the sleigh up with.

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Step 28. One parcel people struggle with wrapping is something round so here i’ll show you a neat way to wrap this ideal shaped gift for the sleigh. Take a pot of the Cosmic Shimmer cloud blending ink (or any other round gift you would like to give), a small tissue and some of the craft consortium blue snowflake decoupage paper.

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Step 29. Measure and wrap a piece of tissue around just the body of the blending ink pot. This will cover the writing and means you can use less of the decoupage paper. Secure the back of the tissue with a piece of cellotape.

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Step 30. Place a piece of double sided tape half on the edge of some decoupage paper and attach the other half onto the tissue. Wrap the paper around and secure in place on the overlapped piece of double sided tape.

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Step 31. When pleating an base of a circle cut each end of the paper so it is just over the centre point of the gift. Press the first piece of paper inwards and start moving around the circle so the pleats form as you go.

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Step 32. Once you get to the end of the circle secure the middle of the decoupage paper with a small tab of double sided tape.

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Step 33. Remove the carrier backing off the double sided tape & then stick the centre of a long piece of Creative Expressions silver thin ribbon onto the tape. Wrap each end down the circle and round the bottom before overlapping the ribbon & coming back up to the top of the parcel in a different position. Repeat this a few times before tying the ribbon in a bow.

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Step 34. Add some of the brushed pewter distress stain onto a MDF dove from the Creative Expressions mega grab bag shapes.

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Step 35. Repeat the process and colour in 2 of the flower / snowflake MDF shapes in the stain and then add a layer of the glossy accents over the top. Set them aside to dry and then add a small flat back pearl from the Creative Expressions finishing touches range.

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Step 36. Add the embellishment to each side of the sleigh to give a simple yet effective look to the sleigh.

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Step 37. Add some of the Tim Holtz brushed pewter distress stain over the Happy Christmas sentiment from the Creative Expressions Christmas words set.

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Step 38. Again apply some glossy accents over the letters making sure you clear out any glossy accents that may fall down into the M and the A etc. Just use a pokey tool to remove any excess. Once the glossy accents is dry then add the sentiment to the front of the sleigh.

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Step 39. Use some of the Creative Expressions silver tulle to add a nice base to the inside of the sleigh and then add the decoupage covered present to the corner of the sleigh.

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Step 40. Now cover a selection of presents in the decoupage paper and some using the snow fibre paper. The snow fibre paper is harder to stick with cellotape but if you add some ribbon as well it helps secure it in place. A small tube of cylinder glue has been cover and the ends have a ribbon gathering at the end so it looks like a mini cracker. Add some Creative Expressions blue dazzlers on the centres of the ribbon to embellish the presents nicely.

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Step 41. Here is a close up of the side of the sleigh with the embossed snowflake and faux pearls.

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Step 42. Here you`ll see the glitter flakes on the silver blades of the sleigh.

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Step 43. The sleigh is a perfect crafting project to have to decorate your room at Christmas time as you can bring the sleigh out year after year. Just make sure you use false gifts inside !!!

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Step 44. Just a top view of the sleigh with the wrapped gifts inside.

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Step 45. Here is the crackle effect paint showing the aurora sparkle texture paste underneath. It just adds a bit of ageing to the piece.

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 Happy Crafting

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Creative Expressions Merry Christmas Card

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This workshop shows how to make this `Merry Christmas` textured card the Sue Wilson classic poinsettia dies and the coordinating pinstripe poinsettia stamps.

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Here is a close up of the stamped poinsettia flowers coloured using the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending inks.

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The finishing touches pearl corners work perfectly to add detail to the finished card.

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Merry Christmas Poinsettia Card

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Sue Wilson French Collection Provence Die : CED2105

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Classic Poinsettia Die : CED3008

 Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For …. Pinstripe Poinsettia : UMS576

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Words Set : CEMDFXMASWORD

Creative Expressions Star Swirl Embossing Folder : EF-052

& Holly Vine Frame Embossing Folder : EF-049

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Pearl Corners ~ White Design 2 : SASCW2

Cosmic Shimmer Crimson Kiss Colour Cloud Blending Ink :  CSCCCRIM

Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Colour Cloud Blending Ink : CSPMCCMOSS

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Moss Chic Shimmer Mister : CSPMMMOSS

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber : DABGOLD

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

Tim Holtz  Festive Berries : DGFESTIVE & Peeled Paint : DPPEELEDPAINT,

Fired Brick : DPFIREDRED, Forest Moss : DPFOREST,

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink Pad : DPSHABBYSHUTT

 Creative Expressions MDF Round Baubles : CEMDFBAUBLE

or optional Merry Christmas Stamp Plate : UMS157

Sam Poole Festive Wreath Set of 3 Stamp Set : UMS165

Coconut Card40980 & Pummice Card : 41003

 Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG, Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 Gold / Silver Mary Arts Iridescent Taffeta Ribbon : HM30

Ranger Stickles ~ Frosted Lace : STKFRLACE & Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this textured Merry Christmas poinsettia card. For the project you`ll need the Sue Wilson French collection Provence die and the festive collection classic poinsettia die with the coordinating Creative Expressions stamps to die for pinstripe poinsettia set. You`ll also need some snow fibre paper & the Creative Expressions MDF Christmas words set & circle bauble set. For the embossing sections the Creative Expressions star swirl embossing folder and the holly vine frame embossing folder are used.

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Step 2. Place a sheet of the snow fibre paper in the Creative Expressions star swirl embossing folder and emboss the paper by using the Grand Calibur base plate underneath and then the Spellbinders raspberry plate over the top of the folder to complete the required plate sandwich. As it`s a thinner paper being used you may need to add a sheet of card above the folder to act as a shim. Just judge the way folder goes through the machine and if it`s to easy then add the shim but if to thick never force anything through the die cutting machine.

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Step 3. Once the snow fibre paper has been embossed it will look like this.

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Step 4. Trim a piece of the Foundations pumice card to fit inside the Creative Expressions holly vine frame embossing folder. Now emboss the card by placing it through the Grand Calibur machine using the same sandwich as with the swirl design.

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Step 5. Take the Creative Expressions stamps to die for pinstripe poinsettia set and place a poinsettia stamp onto an acrylic block. Ink it up using the fired brick distress ink pad before stamping it on an off cut of coconut card.

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Step 6. Now place the Sue Wilson festive collection classic poinsettia die over the stamped image matching up the petals perfectly as you go. Secure the die in place using some low tack tape.

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Step 7. Repeat the process until you have enough stamped flowers. As there are different size dies and stamps you can cut and emboss 3 / 4 die shapes at the same time. Now stamp the leaves using the peeled paint ink pad, again use the die to cut out the leaf design afterwards. If you would prefer you can die cut the shapes first and then stamp onto the pieces afterwards ~ it`s up to you which you prefer.

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Step 8. Here are all the stamped and cut flower and leaf pieces ready for a later step.

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Step 9. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer chic moss colour cloud blending ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie. Trim around the edge of the embossed frame to reveal just the holly vine pattern.

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Step 10. Dab some of the excess ink onto a scrap piece of card.

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Step 11. Work the smoothie / ink around the edge of the embossed frame following the embossed areas as you go.

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Step 12. Then use a festive berries distress ink marker to colour in the small berries directly.

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Step 13. Now add some of the Cosmic Shimmer crimson kiss colour cloud blending ink over the poinsettias petals. Remember to make some of the petals lighter than the other to add depth and shade to the flower.

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Step 14. Go in and add some of the festive berries distress ink on just the edges of the petals to deepen the colour tone.

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Step 15. Also add some of the forest moss distress ink on a smoothie to add a thin edge of darker green around the frames edge.

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Step 16. Use the ends of a pair of scissors or decoupage snips to curve the edges of the poinsettia petals. This will give the flowers a lovely feel.

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Step 17. Once all of the petals have been curved then go back in and curve 2 of the petals up the over way, just at the tips of the flower.

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Step 18. Add a small amount of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue in the centre of the bottom poinsettia flower.

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Step 19. Pull all the petals upwards to lift the flower centre up slightly.

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Step 20. Then place it over the Cosmic Shimmer glue.

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Step 21. Repeat the process with the glue and place the smaller poinsettia flower in the centre of the flower.

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Step 22. Built up 2 large poinsettias and one slightly smaller one to complete the selection of flowers for the corner of the card. Set the flowers to one side until the card is compiled later on.

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Step 23. For the main focal sentiment piece either use the `Merry Christmas` stamp set from Creative Expressions. Ink the image using a clear ink pad and then add some Cosmic Shimmer bright gold or silver shine embossing powder over the top before heat setting the embossing powder.

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Step 24. or alternatively use the Christmas MDF word sentiments as they give a lovely dimensional height to the card.

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Step 25. Take one of the Creative Expressions circle baubles & the Merry Christmas sentiment and prime it with a layer of the Cosmic Shimmer gesso.

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Step 26. Whilst the gesso is drying cut one of the intricate Sue Wilson French collection Provence die frames in the snow fibre paper. Also cut the next size up solid die shape so you have a white panel for underneath. Now add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the solid middle of the snow paper and around the edges of the delicate frame. Once in place add some of the Adirondack gold dabber on the edges of the solid frame.

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Step 27. Dab some of the Adirondack gold dabber on the Merry Christmas MDF sentiment so it is left with a texture to the paint rather then being smooth as this gives a wonderful effect.

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Step 28. Ink up the small poinsettia stamp from the Sam Poole festive wreath stamp set with some festive berries ink. Stamp the image at random over the dried gesso MDF bauble.

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Step 29. Place the stamped bauble on a non stick craft mat and spritz the bauble from a nice height using the Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer chic moss mister. This will give you a nice fine mist effect over the poinsettia image.

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Step 30. Make a base card by joining 2 pieces of white card together with the fold across the top of the card. Cut it to 9” x 7¼”, then cut the embossed snow fibre paper to 8¼” 6½” and edge it with some of the gold Adirondack gold paint dabber. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the embossed snow paper to the base card. Add some foam tape to the reverse of the holly frame panel.

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Step 31. Pass a piece of the gold / silver Mary arts iridescent taffeta ribbon through the hole in the bauble and then secure the ribbon end on the reverse of the bauble with a piece of cellotape.

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Step 32. Add the holly frame onto the base card but leave the back on the foam tape at the top so the ribbon can be added later. Attach the intricate frame pieces again using foam tape for dimension.

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Step 33. Tuck the end of the ribbon behind the top of the holly frame and secure it on the back of the panel before removing the backs of the foam tape. Then stick the bauble onto the frame using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the MDF bauble.

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Step 34. Glue the Merry Christmas sentiment onto the decorated bauble.

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Step 35. Arrange the set a side poinsettia flowers in the bottom right hand corner of the card using either Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or some 3d glue for added dimension. Once the flowers are in place add the leaves to balance the flowers nicely.

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Step 36. Add a finishing touches pearl corner to each of the corners of the card.

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Step 37. Then add a small dot of the glossy accents on each of the red berries to highlight them further.

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Step 38. Place another pearl corner on the top of the bauble to cover the hole of the bauble.

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Step 39. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the centres of the poinsettias and then add some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels over the glue to add a sparkle to the flower centres.

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Step 40. Here is the completed project along with the pearl corner details.

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Happy Crafting x

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Creative Expressions Let it Snow Door Tag

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This workshop shows how to make this fun / stylish wintery `Let it Snow` snowflake tag full of texture on the by using the texture pastes on the snow fibre paper on the tag and also them the new Sue Wilson festive collection winter trees and deer die set.

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Here is a close up of the texture paste handle along with the snowflake embellishing the ribbon. The tip of the tag has a pearl flower from the centre of the self adhesive pearl corner.

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Creative Expressions Let it Snow Door Tag

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Creative Expressions MDF Door Tags Set : CEMDFDOOR

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Deer Family Die Set : CED3042

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Winter Trees Die Set : CED3041

Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Words Set : CEMDFXMASWORD

Creative Expressions Feathery Snowflake Stamp : UMS167

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cosmic Shimmer Gesso Primer : CSGESWHI

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Texture Paste : CSPMPASTMOSS

Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPAUR

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Silver Thin Ribbon : CESRSILVER

  Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Ranger Frosted Lace Stickles : STKFRLACE

 Creative Expressions Self Adhesive 3mm Pearls : SAP3WHITE

or 5mm Pearls : SAP5WHITE

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Pearl Corners ~ White Design 2 : SASCW2

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this fun / stylish wintery `Let it Snow` snowflake tag which is full of texture. For this project some of the main ingredients are the Creative Expressions MDF door tag set & the Christmas MDF words set, some snow fibre paper, the Sue Wilson festive collection deer family die set & the winter trees die set. Also needed is the Creative Expressions feathery snowflake stamp, the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer, some Phill Martin`s Cosmic Shimmer chic moss & Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste.

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Step 2. Take the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer and using a flat brush paint across the MDF tag in the same direction. This is an optional step which gives a lovely base to the snow fibre paper. Also cover the back of the tag once the gesso.

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Step 3. Secure the Sue Wilson festive collection deer family die set & the winter trees die set onto a piece of white card using some low tack tape.

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Step 4. Run the dies through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine & then emboss the dies using the relevant die sandwich combinations as used in whichever die cutting machine you are using.

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Step 5. Roll the Spellbinders all in one tool over the die whilst the card is still in place. This will help to release some of the intricate pieces in the white card.

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Step 6. Lay the tree onto a non stick craft mat and take a scoop of the Phill Martin`s Cosmic Shimmer chic moss texture paste and place that onto the mat.

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Step 7. Dab a small piece of cut`n`dry foam up and down onto the paste to load the foam pad with some texture paste.

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Step 8. Using the same motion dab up and down onto the tree die cut as this will leave an extra texture to the paste rather than having it just raised and smooth.

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Step 9. Repeat the process on all of the tree die cut shapes.

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Step 10. Scrap up any paste and place it back in the pot and then use a Grime Boss wipe to remove the any excess off the craft mat.

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Step 11. Repeat the process using the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste in the same manner over the deer die cut pieces.

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Step 12. Again scrap up the excess paste and put it back into the pot.

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Step 13. Be sure to remove all the paste from around the rim of the pot and mix it in the other texture paste. This will prevent any drying of the small amount of paste around the rim.

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Step 14. Cut a piece of the snow fibre paper so it`s the same width as the MDF tag.

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Step 15. Tear the paper in a diagonal angle to reveal more of the fibres of the snow paper.

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Step 16. Repeat the process until you have built up 5 or 6 different tears. Make sure some go in the opposite direction until you get to the top of the tag handle base. You made need 2 widths of the snow paper to achieve this look.

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Step 17 . Once you have the layers how you want them, then lift the papers up altogether so they can be flipped over so this leave largest layer at the front of the stack.

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Step 18. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the snow paper MDF tag. Make sure you don`t add to much glue in the corner of the tag as the paper is torn an a diagonal.

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Step 19. Stick the largest back piece onto the glue and continue gluing and layering until all the layers are added to the tag.

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Step 20. Stipple some of the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste over the handle area of the tag.

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Step 21. Also add the paste all around the edges of the tag and along the ridges of the snow fibre paper for a lovely snowy effect.

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Step 22. Select a clear ink pad or the distress embossing ink pad along with the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl embossing powder.

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Step 23. Place the feathery snowflake stamp onto an acrylic block and stamp at random over the white snow fibre paper. Apply the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl embossing powder and then heat set the snowflakes. Some of the snowflakes will be covered up by some texture paste in a later step so please make sure the snowflakes are add higher up on the MDF tag. Also use some Adirondack gold dabber around the edge of the tag for a crisp finish to the side of the piece.

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Step 24. Add some of the gold Adirondack paint dabber over the `Let it Snow` MDF Christmas word set. Again dab up and down for a raised look to the paint and set the piece aside to dry.

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Step 25. Once the piece is dry place the words onto the left hand side of the tag before adding 2 of the smallest trees so the base of the trees lay under the layer of the snow fibre paper.

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Step 26. Place the 3rd largest tree mid way down the tag and the 4th largest in the bottom left hand side of the tag. Move this tree slightly higher so the deer can be added in the bottom corner. Snip the bottom of the largest tree off to reduce the size so it fits neatly in line with the project.

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Step 27. So the trees have a grounding to them add some of the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste along the base of each tree and so the paste slopes down the tag for a hill effect.

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Step 28. Make sure you add some under the trees at the top too.

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Step 29. Use some 3d glue to add the large textured deer onto the base of the tag and the small deer slightly higher up. This can be done whilst the paste is drying as this will aid with the sticking down of the die cut deer.

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Step 30. Stamp the snowflakes onto a piece of pearl paper using a clear ink & resist pad and add some of the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl embossing powder over the ink. Then heat set the snowflakes.

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Step 31. Cut 2 snowflakes following the edge of the design and then cut 2 of the snowflakes cutting down further into the centre of the design as these will be used over the top of the other snowflake.

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Step 32. Tie a few loops of the Creative Expressions finishing touches silver ribbon before tying it off in a knot. Curve the edges of the snowflakes over and glue the smaller one on top using some 3d glue for added dimension.

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Step 33. Glue the bow to the handle before covering the knot of the bow with the prepared snowflake. Add small flat back pearl to the centre of the snowflake.

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Step 34. Add the other snowflake above large deer to balance the other snowflake. Add a pearl clutter made from the pearl corner to the end of the handle.

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Step 35.  Use some frosted lace Stickles to the edges trees.

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Step 36.  Here is a close up of the tag handle. Leave the back blank or cover the tag with some more snow fibre paper.

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 Happy Crafting

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Sue Wilson Snowflake ~ Snow Fibre Paper Christmas Cracker

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate snowflake Christmas cracker using the new Sue Wilson festive collection mini striplet die and some snow fibre paper.

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Micro beads have been used behind the snowflake pattern. The design is perfect for giving some small crafty goodies in as a gift.

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The gold ribbon makes a STUNNING finish as well as the mica flakes to lift the colour in the project.

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Sue Wilson Snowfake ~ Snow fibre Paper Christmas Cracker

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Creative Expressions Christmas / Celebration Cracker Template : CRACKER

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Snowflake Mini Striplet DieCED3036

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes : CSGFPERSIAN

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

  Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

 Gold / Silver Mary Arts Iridescent Taffeta Ribbon : HM30

Creative Expressions Self Adhesive 3mm Pearls : SAP3WHITE

& 5mm Pearls : SAP5WHITE

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how make an up to date Christmas cracker using products that weren`t even thought of when the template was designed. The new snow fibre paper is a lovely weight and a perfect texture to work with. So the main ingredients for the project are ~ the Creative Expressions Christmas / celebration cracker template, the Sue Wilson festive collection snowflake mini striplet die, a sheet of the snow fibre paper & a pot of the Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes .

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Step 2. Take an A4 piece of the snow fibre paper in a landscape position & fold it in half. Place a small crease mark in the top of the central point and make sure you don`t crease the paper all the way down the centre of the piece.

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Step 3. Line the centre notch on the cracker template level with the just made crease in the snow fibre paper.

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Step 4. Alternatively use the waste outer acetate template that the main cracker template is removed from when it`s new and place the centre notch on the fold of the paper.

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Step 5. Use a pencil to trace around the inside of the template. The only reason this part of the template is used is because the point of the design falls inwards and makes it easier to draw around.

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Step 6. Lay the outer pencil edge of the design on a score board and run an embossed line down this area. Repeat this on the other cracker edge.

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Step 7. Fold the paper over on this just embossed line so it covers the pencil marks up. If you find it to hard to see then have the pencil marks on the outside but be warned you can`t really rub out the pencil marks on this paper as it ruffles the fibres up to much. All you need to do is once the piece is cut fold the crease line back over the other way.

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Step 8. Trim away the excess side straight edge waste on the snow fibre paper.

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Step 9. Take a pair of sharp scissors and trim along the pencil lines to remove the `V` notches on the paper.

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Step 10. Fold the paper back to reveal the basic shape to the end of the cracker. Repeat this on the other edge of the cracker.

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Step 11. Take the Sue Wilson festive collection snowflake mini striplet die and place it up to the corner of one of the ends of the cracker. Leave a small edge around the side and bottom edge of the paper.

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Step 12. Secure in place with some low take tape before running the piece through the Grand Calibur machine. You will be able to fold the unused other end of the cracker back on itself so you can fit the die and snow paper on it`s side to fit it through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 13. Run the die back and forth once each way and the snow fibre will be cut if it`s on the side edge of the cutting plates. All the pieces are cut, they just need easing out because of the fibre in the paper. Use some wax paper between the fibre paper and the die to help ease the fibre paper out of the die easily.

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Step 14. Use the pokey end of the Spellbinder all in one tool for this.

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Step 15. Then move the die across and tape it in position before cutting this part out.

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Step 16. Mirror the die cutting the other end to achieve an intricate design either end of the cracker.

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Step 17 . Place a strip of self adhesive sheet so it just covers over the cut area leaving the back carrier sheet still in place.

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Step 18. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to poke down any poking up pieces of the snowflake design back onto the sticky sheet.

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Step 19. With the piece in a craft box lid, tip over the Creative Expressions micro beads onto the sticky sheet.

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Step 20. Press the micro beads into the sticky sheet to ensure the whole area is covered.

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Step 21. Place the other end of the cracker sticky end into the micro beads which are already in the box.

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Step 22. Cut another snowflake strip out in the snow fibre paper so it`s the same width and also so the joined die end faces in the same direction. Leave a wider edge to the paper so some gilding flakes can be added in the next steps.

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Step 23. Place a line of wonder / red line tape along the edge of snowflake panel. Alternatively cut a thin strip from the double sided adhesive sheet and apply it to the snowflake edge.

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Step 24. Place the panel in a lid of a craft box and remove the backing from the tape & tip the Comic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes over the sticky edge. Press the flakes into the sticky edging and flick off / rub off any excess flakes.

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Step 25. Once the flakes are rubbed down, remove the backing from the snowflake panel.

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Step 26. Then place the just made panel onto the centre of the cracker. You may wish to add an additional line of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the edge of the gilding flakes to secure the edges of the panel down firmly.

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Step 27. Now place a thin line of the red line tape on the solid edge of the cracker.

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Step 28. Place a rolling pin or even the empty middle of a kitchen roll (or 2 empty toilet rolls) in the inside of the cracker and start to curve the piece up.

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Step 29. Line the 2 gilding flaked lines up.

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Step 30. Then stick the ends where the notches are, make sure the pattern continues around the design. The template has been worked out so a diamond shape is created once the cracker is joined.

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Step 31. Tie a thin piece of burlap cord / string around the end of the cracker to gather the design up and this will help when the ribbon is added. Repeat this on the other end once the cracker has been filled.

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Step 32. Use some Adirondack gold dabber to colour the edges of the cracker and to tie in the gold tones in the project.

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Step 33. Creative Expressions / Cosmic Shimmer products are perfect for small gifts for a crafters cracker. Just wrap them in tissue paper to cover the gifts up nicely. Tie a gold ribbon around each end of the cracker before adding some small flat back pearls to the centre of the snowflakes.

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Step 34. Here is the finished cracker design with the intricate detail throughout.

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Step 35. The mica flakes, the micro beads and the pearls just add detail to the simple design.

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Step 36.  The red string can be cut from under the ribbon to allow the bow to be pulled and the contents to be removed easily.

These crackers would look lovely for a christening or even at a wedding ~ check out the full cracker template section on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop site for lots of items and boxes too.

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 Happy Crafting

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Creative Expressions Snow Fibre meets MDF Book Project

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This workshop shows how to make this covered MDF book using the snow fibre paper and some of the craft themed MDF pieces.

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Here is a close up of the coloured craft themed MDF pieces & the stamped snow fibre paper. The paper gives a wonderful texture and gaps the Adirondack gold paint perfectly.

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The inner pages are made by covering thick board with the snow fibre paper & a clear texture paste has been used through a stencil to achieve a lovely pattern to the page.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Creative Expressions 6″ x 6″ MDF Book Covers : CEMDFBOOK6X6

Creative Expressions Craft Themed MDF Pack : CEMDFCRAFT

Creative Expressions Snow Fibre Paper : FIBPAPER-001

Vintage Filigree Fancies Stamp Set : JRAG-04020

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

 Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber : DABGOLD

Cosmic Shimmer Gesso Primer : CSGESWHI

Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste Clear : CSPASTCLEAR

or use a solid colour Texture Paste from the range

Any 6″ x 6″ That Special Touch Mask or Creative Expressions Mask

Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters Ink Pad : DPSHABBYSHUTT, Peacock Feathers Distress

Ink Pad : DPPEACOCK &  Crushed Olive :DPOLIVE 

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

Two Tone Olive Ribbon : KN16 and or use Tornado Blue Ribbon : CESRTORNBLUE

      Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely snow fibre covered MDF book. For this project you`ll need the Creative Expressions 6″ x 6″ MDF book covers & the craft themed MDF pack. Also needed is the Creative Expressions snow fibre paper, Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer and Cosmic Shimmer clear texture paste are used to cover the book cover and pages. The vintage filigree fancies rose stamp is used to stamp over the snow fibre paper.

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Step 2. Take the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer and using a flat brush paint across the top / front cover of the MDF. This is an optional step which gives a lovely base to the snow fibre paper. Also cover the back panel and once the gesso is dry flip the MDF over and repeat the same on the reverse of the book covers.

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Step 3. When the gesso is dry paint add a layer of the matt or gloss, glue seal & glaze over the cover and right up to the edge of the cover. Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue can also used to attach the snow fibre paper onto the cover.

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Step 4. Lay a piece of the snow fibre paper over the front cover and trim around the edges of the MDF.

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Step 5. Poke the Spellbinders all in one tool through the holes in the MDF. You will need to wiggle the tool around as there are fibres in the paper. There is another step late on to show how best to finish the holes off.

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Step 6. Place the vintage filigree fancies rose stamp on an acrylic block and add a layer of the Tim Holtz crushed olive distress ink onto the stamp.

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Step 7. Then just add a small amount of the peacock feathers distress ink on the flower heads leaving the stems of the flowers with the crushed olive distress ink.

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Step 8. Stamp the inked stamp onto the snow fibre paper and continue this process all over the cover. Then go in and stamp off the edge of the cover to fill in the gaps before using a 2nd and 3rd generation stamp in the gaps in between the main solid stamped areas.

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Step 9. Add some peacock feathers ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie and add some of the ink area the edges of the cover.

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Step 10. If you cut the snow fibre paper out for the front cover there will be a smaller piece left for the back panel if using 1 A4 sheet per cover. This is ok if a small border is left all the edge as you can use the distress ink to blend over the gesso paint border. Beforehand repeat the stamping over the snow fibre paper then distress the edges.

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Step 11. Once the front and back cover have been covered use some of the Adirondack gold paint dabber to add a gold trim along the plain side edge of the MDF panel. Now angle the dabber to run a line of the gold over some of the sides of the snow fibre paper.

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Step 12. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to poke further down in the hole. Use the plastic area as it just fits into to the hole and it will curve the snow fibre paper neatly into the hole. Repeat from the back of the MDF for another neat finish.

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Step 13. Once you have covered and stamped both front and back of the 2 MDF panels you will have the 2 main pieces for the book cover completed.

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Step 14. Here is a close up of the gold on the edge of the snow fibre paper.

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Step 15. To make some inner dividing pages for the book cut 4 pieces of thick grey board (often found in the back of card packs to protect the card in posting) to 142mm x 142mm.

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Step 16. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the front of the card panel.

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Step 17. Then add it right up to the corner edge of a piece of the snow fibre paper.

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Step 18. Fold the snow paper over the side edge of the card. Please note your card won`t have the measurements written on the front of the card!!!! Once it`s creased in place add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the card making sure the edges have glue on them.

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Step 19. Crease and press the paper down and line the side edge up so it lays neatly over the back of the card.

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Step 20. Press your hand over the side edge of the card as this will leave a mark as to where the snow paper needs to be trimmed off.

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Step 21. Once trimmed add some of the Adirondack gold paint dabber over the edges and just onto the sides of the snow fibre paper.

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Step 22. Repeat this process on the all 4 pieces of card or on however many pieces you require. Gather all the covered pieces of card together once the gold paint has dried.

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Step 23. Sandwich the panels in place so one side of the panels are right up against the edge with the holes on and then make sure the other 3 sides have the same distance around each side to the edge of the book cover. Poke the Spellbinders all in one pokey tool through the hole in the MDF covered front panel so it marks the panels below.

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Step 24. Use the just made poked hole marking to punch a hole through covered board. Either use a Japanese screw punch, a crop a dile or just ease a hole with a pokey tool if you don`t have a suitable punch.

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Step 25. Once the first panels are cut the underneath ones will often be punched through a little so remove the top panel and start again punching into the board below. Do this until you have all of the covered boards punched through.

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Step 26. Now select a `That Special Touch` mask or a Creative Expressions mask and place it over the snow fibre panel.

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Step 27. Place the panel and mask onto a non stick craft mat for added protection and then add some of the Cosmic Shimmer clear texture paste onto the craft mat.

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Step 28. or put a few dabs of the paste directly onto the corners of the panel.

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Step 29. Use a flat scrappy tool to smooth the paste flatly over the mask keeping it away from the inner plain area of the mask.

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Step 30. Once the paste is level, lift the mask off and place the mask in a bowl of water or use a Grime Boss to wipe the excess texture paste off the mask before it dries.

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Step 31. This is how the raised texture paste will look before it dries clear, alternatively use a white, coloured or sparkle texture paste for a more solid look.

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Step 32. Select a few craft themed MDF pieces to embellish the front cover of the book.

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Step 33. Add some distress ink on a smoothie and stipple it over the MDF pieces. Then dab some of the gold Adirondack paint on the edges / top of the MDF.

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Step 34. You can also add some of the gold onto the stamp.

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Step 35. Stamp quickly on the MDF button. Just be sure to clean the stamp quickly with a Grime Boss wipe or stamp cleaner.

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Step 36. Use some crushed olive and peacock feathers distress ink on a smoothie and distress the edges of the clear texture masked area. Then for added definition use some Phill Martin chic moss gilding wax to left the clear raised areas.

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Step 37. Either use some ring clips / D rings although the larger one was a bit tight and didn`t let the pages flip easily so the next step was used.

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Step 38. Here a piece of Cosmic Shimmer green 2 tone ribbon was tied loosely in a knot and the ends trimmed off.

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Step 39. Then a green and gold ribbon was tied through ribbon into a bow.

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Step 40. Add the piece of ribbon through the holes in the button and then add then buttons over the knot of the bow. Use some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to attach the Craft & Scissors to the front cover of the project.

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Step 41. Here is a close up of the MDF pieces and the stamped snow fibre paper.

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Step 42. The inner pages divide the book up nicely and pull the design together nicely. Add your own paper pages as a diary, address book or even magnetic sheet to house some dies on.

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 Happy Crafting x

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Sue Wilson Snowflake Panel Card

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate snowflake panel using the new Sue Wilson festive collection mini scene die and some blue snowflake decoupage paper.

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Here is a close up of the mica flakes with the micro bead Christmas tree die cut piece.

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The gold ribbon makes a STUNNING finish over the micro bead and Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Snowflake Mini Striplet Die : CED3036

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Christmas Tree Greetings : CED3017

Craft Consortium Blue Snowflake Decoupage Papers: CCXDECP004

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Textured Scored Lines Embossing Folder : EF-031

Cosmic Shimmer Tarnished Bronze Mica Flakes : CSVMBRO

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Tim Holtz Distress Glitter ~ Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

 Foundations Pumice A4 Card Stock : 41003

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

  Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSSPARKGLUE

Creative Expressions Pearl Moon Gilding Wax : CSGWPEA

 Gold / Silver Mary Arts Iridescent Taffeta Ribbon : HM30

Creative Expressions Self Adhesive 3mm Pearls : SAP3WHITE

& 5mm Pearls : SAP5WHITE

 

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make distressed snowflake panel which can either be a card or why not add a ribbon to the top to hang the panel up. For it you`ll need the Sue Wilson festive collection snowflake mini striplet die set & the Sue Wilson festive collection Christmas tree greetings die set. One of the other main features is the Craft Consortium blue snowflake decoupage papers & Sue Wilson textured scored lines embossing folder.

 

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Step 2. Place the Sue Wilson textured scored lines embossing folder through the Grand Calibur using the correct plates. Here I had temporally lost my white Creative Expressions embossing plate so I’ve used the Spellbinders raspberry plate and added a shim of A4 card stock whist passing the folder through the embossing machine. Just remember to never force folders / dies through the die cutting machine.

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Step 3. Trim right up to the natural edge of the textured scored line panel.

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Step 4. As the piece won`t fit in an small guillotine just cut along the naturally centre line of the panel.

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Step 5. Now cut along the other embossed central line of the 2 smaller pieces of card. Turn the card so you have 2 squares of textured line card panels both lines going in the same direction. This just gives a different option to the wonderful embossing folder.

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Step 6. Use the Adirondack gold paint dabber to distress the 2 shorter outer edges of each triangle piece. Leave the longer inner edge free of gold paint.

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Step 7. Stick the 2 sets of squares onto a piece of pumice A4 card using the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue. Make sure you leave a small gap so you can cut a 3mm gap all around the outside of the textured line panel.

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Step 8. Select a piece of thick mount board or here the grey board you often get as backing board in a pack of card is being used. Cut the board so has a 1cm gap all around the edge so the textured lines can be seen underneath. Alternatively stick a few pieces of thick card together to make the board like panel.

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Step 9. Cut a piece of the Craft Consortium blue snowflake decoupage paper just a bit bigger than the grey board.

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Step 10. Shake the sparkle glue / glaze bottle well before pouring some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot or as on here directly onto the card.

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Step 11. . Brush the Cosmic Shimmer sparkle glue, seal & glaze over the front of the board. You can also use the glossy or matt glue, seal & glaze if you would rather. Make sure the glue goes right up to the edges of the board.

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Step 12. Place some of the blue snowflake decoupage paper that is slightly bigger than the board over the glue. Press the paper down and remove any air bubbles so the piece is nice and smooth.

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Step 13. Press the paper right down to the edge so you know the paper is firmly stuck to the board. Take the sanding block and hold at an angle & sand downwards over the edge of the board to create the smooth finish to the edge of the piece.

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Step 14. This will remove the excess paper but it will also make sure the paper is sealed right up to the edge of the board.

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Step 15. Add some of the Adirondack gold dabber around the edges of the board. Try and get a small amount over the edge to give a lovely distressed look to the panel.

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Step 16. Either wait until the gold paint is dry or if not do as I did and add a layer of the Cosmic Shimmer sparkle glue, seal & glaze whilst the paint is drying and you`ll get flecks of the paint in with the glaze which I have to say gives a lovely random look on the panel.

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Step 17 . Add some of the self adhesive sheet onto a piece of the coconut card before attaching the festive collection Christmas tree greetings die. Also do the same on the mini striplet die with the solid die surrounding the mini die. Secure in place with some low tack tape so the dies don`t move about in the machine and cut themselves.

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Step 18. Run the dies back and forth through the die cutting machine. I think I did mine 4 or 5 times. You will find the pieces stay in the card / sticky sheet but just use the Spellbinders all in one tool to poke the pieces out. Not 1 piece was stuck in the cut out and yes it`s fiddly but it`s also fun and gives a wonderful result at the end. I look at is as you couldn`t cut this intricate panel out by hand so a few minutes poking it out is time well spent.

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Step 19. Also use the brush end to run over the die as this will aid the release of some of the small pieces.

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Step 20. Cut a solid die shape in the sticky sheet and the white card using the large die from any of the main striplet dies Sue Wilson has produced. Also cut just a piece of white card with no sticky on it in the mini solid die piece.

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Step 21. Remove the sticky backing from the large panel and place the smaller mini striplet die central to cover the middle area of the die. This will save on the mica flakes as they are only needed on the outer area of the panel.

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Step 22. Place the panel in a lid of a craft box & tip the Comic Shimmer mica flakes over the panel. Press the flakes into the sticky edging and flick off any excess flakes.

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Step 23. Cut a rectangle of sticky sheet and remove the release sheet to show one side as sticky. Place the snowflake panel over the sticky sheet.

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Step 24. With the piece in a craft lid tip the Cosmic Shimmer iced snow glitter jewels over the sticky which is just under the snowflake design. Make sure the snowflake backing is still on die cut shape.

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Step 25. Place the glitter jewels back in the pot before removing the snowflake sticky backing sheet. Tip over the Creative Expressions micro beads over the panel. Burnish the beads by pressing them into the design. before tipping the excess back into the pot.

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Step 26. Remove the backing from the Christmas tree die cut piece and press it into the mirco beads which are still in the lid. Now tip the excess beads back into the pot.

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Step 27. Place the Christmas tree die onto a piece of adhesive sheet on a piece of white card and run it once through the Grand Calibur in the middle of the plate and then once with the embossing plate and tan mat. This will mostly cut the outer image and leave all of the card still in the design. Use a pair of scissors to release the only solid edge of the tree shape.

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Step 28. Remove the whole piece of backing and the small inner pieces of the sticky sheet with the Spellbinders all in one tool.

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Step 29. Press the mica flakes into the sticky solid shape and set it aside.

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Step 30. Wrap a piece of the gold / silver Mary arts iridescent taffeta ribbon around the centre of the texture scored line panel. This will cover the middle join area.

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Step 31. Mat the snowflake panel onto the base using foam tape with some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the foam tape.

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Step 32. Raise the mica flake edged panel again using foam tape with some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the foam tape. Then add the snowflake panel in the same raised manner. Add some 3d glue behind the micro tree and place it down the right hand bottom corner of the card, slightly overlapping the mica flake panel.

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Step 33. Make a lovely big bow using the gold / silver Mary arts iridescent taffeta ribbon and place it on the left hand side of the snowflake panel.

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Step 34. Cut 5 of the snowflakes out of the blue snowflake decoupage paper and stick them onto a sticky sheet over a piece of white card.

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Step 35. Cut the individual snowflakes out with a small pair of scissors by just following the outline of the snowflake. Once they are cut use some of the Creative Expressions pearl moon gilding wax over the edges of the snowflakes. Also use some of the gold dabber to edge the snowflake if you require.

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Step 36. Add the snowflakes at random over the design using some 3d glue for added dimension. I have cut one of the snowflakes in half and added both pieces so the straight edge falls on the edge of the card. Add a small snowflake over the knot of the bow before adding some Creative Expressions self adhesive pearls in the centres of the snowflakes.

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Step 37. Here is a close up of the snowflakes and the pearl centres.

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Step 38. The mica flakes just enhance the micro beaded Christmas tree panel.

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Step 39.  The sparkle behind the snowflake design really shines through the mini striplet and finishes the project perfectly. Try using different striplet designs or stamps to make a variation to this design.

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 Happy Crafting

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Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Boxed Frame Reindeer Card

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate cut box frame using the new Sue Wilson festive collection mini scene die, the deer & tree dies too.

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Here is the back of the frame card as this compliments the front of the card.

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The distress ink a the glossy accent give wonderful finish to the deer.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Sue Wilson Festive Collection Scene Mini Background Die : CED3025

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Pierced Rectangle Die Set : CED5502

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Deer Family Die Set : CED3042

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Winter Trees Die Set : CED3041

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Pad : DPTUMBLED

& Gathered Twigs : DPTWIGS

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Coconut Card40980  & Antique Silver Card : VINTSILVERCARD

Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

& Tim Holtz Distress Glitter ~ Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

Ranger Stickles ~ Frosted Lace : STKFRLACE

Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely box framed card which has been designed to fit the measurements of the scene mini background die set and it can also be adapted to be an everyday frame by using any of the other Various Sue Wilson background die sets.

For this project you`ll need the Sue Wilson festive collection scene mini background die, the Noble collection ~ pierced rectangle die set, the festive collection deer family die and winter trees die set.

 

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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~ pierced rectangle die set and place the outer die followed by the embossed intricate die and then the smaller inner solid die on a piece of A4 coconut card. Secure the dies in place with some low take tape. Run the card through the Grand Calibur machine to cut the intricate design out and the frame shape.

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Step 3. Once the die combination has been passed through the die cutting machine ……………….

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Step 4. …………… go ahead and place the pink embossing plate and then the tan mat on top of it. Make sure the dies are still in place where they were in the die when they were cut & then add the 2nd largest die in the gap of the dies. This is done to achieve a pierced embossed line rather than a smaller cut frame if it was used in the previous step. Place the base plate over the dies and run the sandwich through the die cutting machine.

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Step 5. Now cut a piece of adhesive sheet with the backing still on both sides using the 2nd largest pierced die and the smaller pierced inner 4th die that was used in cutting the frame. This frame will be used to add small micro beads behind the intricate detail of the frame allowing the box frame to be secured neatly behind it. All will be revealed later on.

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Step 6. Now cut a Sue Wilson festive collection scene mini background die in the coconut card, you will also need 3 deer from the festive collection deer family die and 3 of the trees from the winter trees die set all in coconut card.

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Step 7. Remove one side of the backing from the self adhesive sticky sheet and place it on the reverse of the frame. Depending on the surface it is being stuck onto you may wish to add a small line of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the sticky sheet. The box frame will need to be held on the back of the micro sheet so this will just strengthen it.

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Step 8. Have the frame over an upturned craft box lid and tip the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky area in the frame. Just turn the frame as you work if it`s a small lid.

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Step 9. Press the beads into the sticky sheet to secure them all in place and this will remove any excess beads not stuck down.

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Step 10. Cut another frame in the same solid pierced dies in the vintage silver card.

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Step 11. Remove the sticky backing from behind the micro beads and add the just cut silver card behind the frame.

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Step 12. Use the remaining piece of silver card to make the box frame. Measure out on the score board at 18cms x 14cms. Trim the card to this exact size as this will allow you to make the box frame with just scoring from now on.

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Step 13. Score on each edge at 0.5cms and then on the 2cms point so you will be left with a 0.5cms and a 1.5cms depth all around the edge of the card.

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Step 14. Cut away all of the 0.5cms from the outer area of the corner before trimming on the shorter width bottom edge up to the 2cm scoreline. Now cut a diagonal line up to the same point to make the tab notch.

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Step 15. Repeat this process on all the other corners making sure you cut in from the top and bottom of the card as you work and not from the sides. This will make sure the tabs fall on the shorter edge giving the box frame more strength.

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Step 16. Crease all the folds down to create the basic box shape.

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Step 17. Cut 2 strips of silver card to 9.8cms x 1.3cms . This will give the strip room to fit. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to glue the right side of the tab on all 4 tabs of the box.

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Step 18. Place the tabs on the inside of the 1.5cm depth of the box and hold the tabs in place for a few minutes whilst the glue sets. This will make sure the tab doesn`t slip and then be set in the wrong place. These will get covered later on and it will give a perfect finish to the outside of the frame.

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Step 19. Fold the 0.5cm rim back over the box shape so it all falls on the inside of the box area. Add a rim of 3mm red line strong tape or use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue all around the rim later on.

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Step 20. Attach the small silver card over the tabs to cover them up. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to add strength to the piece.

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Step 21. Cut the background die cut card right up to the edge of each side of the card. This will allow the card to fit into the base of the box. DO NOT glue the piece into the box yet, this step is just for sizing the panel.

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Step 22. Cut a piece of self adhesive sticky sheet to fit the back of the scene background panel. Attach it to the back of the panel before adding some distress dry glitter over the sticky area.

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Step 23. Lightly add some of tumbled glass distress ink onto the embossed area of the panel .

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Step 24. Now glue the panel into the base of the box using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or use the sticky backing depending on the finished look you are after.

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Step 25. Add some of the frosted lace stickles over some of the Sue Wilson winter trees.

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Step 26. Also add a line of stickles at the top of the deer and allow to dry. Alternatively distress the reindeers with some gathered twigs distress ink on a Creative Expressions smoothie and then add the stickles after it`s been inked. Go back in and add more ink on the neck and hoof area of the deer as this will give a lovely tone later on.

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Step 27. Add some of the glossy accents over the whole of the deer. It`s best to add a line of the accents around the outline before filling in the middle of the die cut as it will act as a barrier. Repeat this on all 3 of the deer and also make another 2 deer up to decorate the reverse of the box frame later on.

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Step 28. Cut another background scene up or just cut the bottom house area as the tree`s need to be arranged in front of the base panel and by adding the 2nd layer this will add depth to the piece and it will make the tree sit behind the house. Use either a 3d glue or foam pads when adding the trees and then the row of houses for added depth.

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Step 29. Remove the backing from the tape on the rim of the box.

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Step 30. Attach the frame that was prepared earlier on.

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Step 31. Here is how the neat finish of the box will look as the rim falls under the micro bead panel.

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Step 32. Stand the frame upwards and tilt it back naturally as this is where the stand will need to be added too.

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Step 33. Score a piece of silver card so it has a 1.5cm tab. Place the inner intricate die with the solid pierced die around the outside so that the top edge of the die is placed over the fold back on the top of the card. Once it`s been cut you will be left with a hinge that will be glued on the back of the box frame.

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Step 34. Place a piece of self adhesive sheet onto a piece of coconut card. Cut the card out using the same pierced die as you have just used to cut the outer die shape out of.

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Step 35. Stick the sticky sheet to the reverse of the panel. Flip the tab forwards and you`ll be left with a thin pierced edge which will need to be cut off else it will hinder the tab effect. Make sure the intricate design is stuck down well onto the sheet, if not the micro beads can fall underneath the die and spoil the effect.

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Step 36. Add some Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky sheet.

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Step 37. Here is the finished look of the box frame stand complete with the tab which will be used to glue the stand to the back of the box frame.

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Step 38. Apply some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the tab. Make sure you get the correct side by placing it up to the frame before gluing. Have the bottom of the frame at the bottom edge of the box frame and stick the tab in place.

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Step 39. Add 2 of the deer either side of the frame using some 3d glue for dimension. Make sure the hoofs of the deer run along the bottom of the frame.

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Step 40. Now add the smaller deer in front of the right hand deer, again using 3d glue. Just make sure none of the glue falls where there isn`t any backing onto the box frame.

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Step 41. Here is the front of the completed card. Your first card might take a little longer to make but afterwards you will have learnt the basic shape and that it`s all about just cutting die shapes. You`ll be able to use the format to make everyday card with some of the other Sue Wilson background die.

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Step 42. Here is a close up of the deer. I love the effect of the darkness in patches under the glossy accents as it looks like you have spent ages trying to achieve the effect!!!!

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Step 43. The back of the box frame is so neat and the inner die of the pierced rectangle die set just finishes of the box frame perfectly. The deer are added so that the piece will look lovely from lots of different angles when it`s displayed.

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Step 44. The stand can either lay completely flat or be sent with the stand just closed up on the back of the box frame.

Happy Crafting with the fun Box Frame x

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Sue Wilson Merry Christmas Die meets Creative Expressions Ornate Oval MDF Frame

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This workshop shows how to make a pretty frame by just using a Creative Expressions MDF Frame and the pretty Sue Wilson classic poinsettia dies along with the Christmas Tree die.

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The Merry has been cut out of the tree`s other letters and placed back down over the Christmas sentiment.

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Here are the flower centres with some golden pearl PVA glue and some iced snow glitter jewels.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Creative Expressions Ornate Oval MDF Frame : CEMDFORNOVAL

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Classic Poinsettia Die : CED3008

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Christmas Tree Greetings : CED3017

 Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers : CCXDECP018

Cosmic Shimmer Glossy Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSGLOSGLUE

 Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH   & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Cosmic Shimmer Crimson Kiss Colour Cloud Blending Ink :  CSCCCRIM

Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Colour Cloud Blending Ink : CSPMCCMOSS

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals : CSUTEECLEAR

Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber : DABGOLD

Creative Expressions Gilding Wax ~ Deep Red : CSGWRED

& Chic Moss : CSPMGWMOSS

Tim Holtz Embossing Ink Pad : DPMEMBOS ,  Festive Berries : DGFESTIVE

& Shabby Shutters Distress Ink Pad : DPSHABBYSHUTT

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

or Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Highlighter Glue : CSGLUEHIGH & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Golden Pearl PVA Glue : CSGGOLPEA

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely frame using the an MDF ornate oval frame. For this project you`ll need the Creative Expressions ornate oval MDF frame, some glossy accents & the Cosmic Shimmer glossy glue, seal & glaze, the Sue Wilson festive collection classic poinsettia die and Christmas tree greetings die. Also needed is the Craft Consortium holly decoupage paper , some Creative Expressions smoothies, the Cosmic Shimmer crimson kiss & chic moss colour cloud blending ink along with some Cosmic Shimmer clear ultra thick embossing crystals.

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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson festive collection Christmas tree greetings die and place it onto a piece of white card. Secure it in place with some low take tape. Run the card through the Grand Calibur machine to cut the intricate design out.

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Step 3. Place the die and card back through the machine using the embossing plate sandwich for the machine. This will give the wonderful embossed effect to the finished piece.

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Step 4. Cut and emboss another 2 trees out. For this project we are going to make the die fit into a smaller area than the original die shape would normally fit into, it also shows a different use for the die too. It`s wonderful to try think of other uses for a die as it challenges the mind as well as making it great value for money too.

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Step 5. Cut along the top of the Christmas wording on the 1st tree. Make sure you leave some white card above the wording so it frames the Christmas words.

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Step 6. Also trim away the star from the top of the piece.

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Step 7. Now for the fun part of cutting the letters to form the new `Merry`. Just gently snip around the letters so you again have some white card around each letter.

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Step 8. Cut the scroll section from another of the trees.

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Step 9. Lay the cut pieces onto your work surface so you get to see the spacing of the `Merry` letters and how the scroll lays. You can trim the scroll to the length of the `Merry ` word to neaten that up nicely.

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Step 10. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well before pouring some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.

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Step 11. I have found it easier to tear some of the oakwood decoupage paper slightly bigger than the oval MDF panel as it makes it easier to handle first time around. Here is happens to be one of the rectangles formed by the fold in the pack size.

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Step 12. Brush the Cosmic Shimmer glossy or matt glue, seal & glaze over the oval MDF panel.

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Step 13. Lay the oakwood decoupage paper over the glue sweeping the paper down smoothly as you go. Occasionally there might be an air bubble in between the paper and MDF, if so lift the decoupage paper back up and smooth it back down.

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Step 14. This paper is great for this kind of handling . Press down right up to the edge so you know the paper is firmly stuck to the MDF. Take the sanding block and hold at an angle & sand downwards over the edge of the MDF to create the smooth finish to the edge of the MDF.

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Step 15. Place the sentiment and letters onto a craft mat & add some of the Cosmic Shimmer crimson kiss colour cloud blending ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie.

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Step 16. Dab the red ink over the letters and scroll leaving patches of white card as you work.

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Step 17 . Now add some of the Cosmic Shimmer chic moss colour cloud blending ink over the white patches that were previously left.

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Step 18. Add some of the gold Adirondack paint dabber to highlight the words / scrolls.

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Step 19. Add another layer of the Cosmic Shimmer glossy or matt glue, seal & glaze over the decoupage MDF piece to give a lovely finish to the paper and it will also seal the surface too.

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Step 20. Blend some of the Cosmic Shimmer chic moss and crimson colour cloud blending ink onto the MDF Frame. Also add some of the gold dabber over small areas of the frame.

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Step 21. As the sentiments dry you may want to some of the Tim Holtz festive berries distress ink to lift the shading on the sentiment.

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Step 22. Use some of the new Cosmic Shimmer dries clear highlighter to the reverse of the sentiment.

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Step 23. Alternatively as some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to a lid and pick it up on a piece of cut`n`dry foam and dab it on the reverse of the sentiment piece.

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Step 24. Just lay the oval frame over the base without gluing it in place.

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Step 25. Add the glued sentiment in the centre of the oval.

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Step 26. Add some of the Tim Holtz distress embossing ink, or some clear & resist ink pad over all of the frame panel. Make sure you use an older ink pad as some of the ink will lift off the frame onto the ink pad.

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Step 27. Tip some of the Cosmic Shimmer ultra thick embossing crystals over the ink.

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Step 28. Gently tip off the excess.

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Step 29. Heat set the ultra thick embossing crystals gently with a heat tool.

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Step 30. This is the effect with just one layer.

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Step 31. You will need to re apply some more of the ink (if the panel has cooled down ) & then add some more of the crystals over the top. Repeat the process. This is the effect after the second layer, you`ll see still a few pits still in the embossing.

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Step 32. Repeat the inking and powder process and add another layer to achieve the finished look and the 3 layers. Hence the name triple embossing !!!!

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Step 33. The gold paint will come through the embossing and give a wonderful effect to the frame.

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Step 34. Take some of the Creative Expressions deep red & chic moss gilding wax and enhance some of the decorative edges of the frame.

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Step 35. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the outer edge of the decoupage paper oval & place the MDF frame over the top and let it set in place. Maybe add a few heavy books to weigh the frame onto the oval base whilst the glue sets.

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Step 36. Using the gilding wax might just dull the tripled embossed finish as it`s handled so just take the heat tool and gently heat the dulled area up again and this will bring the shiny finish back again.

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Step 37. Place some of the Sue Wilson classic poinsettias on a piece of white card and secure in place using some low tack tape.

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Step 38. Cut & Emboss the flowers / leaves out.

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Step 39. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending inks that were used on the frame. Leave the tips of the flowers white before adding some green to the tips of the flowers.

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Step 40. Enhance the flowers with a small amount of Tim Holtz Forest Moss & Festive berries distress ink.

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Step 41. Curve the edges of the flowers with a pair of small scissors as this will add dimension to the flower.

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Step 42. Stack another flower on top of another flower and add to the side of the frame using some CS glue, make sure the petals are turned slightly so the petals overlap each other. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer golden pearl PVA glue to the centre. Take a Spellbinder all in one tool and drag the pointy end through the glue to give a flower like centre to the poinsettia.

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Step 43. Use some Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels over the glue for a soft finish to the piece.

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Step 44. Here is the finish project to the left.

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Step 45. The sentiment could also be added to the centre of a die on a card or try making up different words.

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Step 46. Here are the softly coloured poinsettias with a sparkle in the centre. The gold tones run through the project what with the frame the flowers and on the sentiment.

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Sue Wilson Christmas Gift Bag

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate cut bag using just 1 piece of A4 card, 2 small panels of sticky sheet and some Cosmic Shimmer flakes. The new Sue Wilson festive collection mini scene die is used to create the from and back panels of the bag and there are a few more products used to embellish the bag.

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This design shows the gift back without the gilding flakes and it makes for a quicker but still stunning bag. They could be used for you Christmas table instead of crackers, just use some tissue paper or some of the decoupage Christmas papers as shown here.

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The bag has been spritzed with some Cosmic Shimmer silver mist, for a lovely twinkle to the project. It`s worth using a piece of kitchen towel to mop up any excess spray quickly if it pools on the card as you don`t want the moisture to warp the card. A fine mist from higher up helps eliminate this issue.

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A Sue Wilson Christmas Gift Bag

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Sue Wilson Festive Collection Scene Mini Background Die : CED3025

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding flakes :  CSGFPERSIAN

Scrubit Foam : SCRUBIT

Foundations Pumice A4 Card Stock : 41003

Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Pad : DPTUMBLED

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Creative Expressions Pearl Strips ~ Double White : SAPSDW

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

& Tim Holtz Distress Glitter ~ Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make an intricate cut gift bag using the Sue Wilson festive collection scene mini background die & Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes to appear from behind the image.

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Step 2. Place the sheet of pumice A4 card onto a score board in a portrait position. Score down the card at the 1.5cms line. You can just measure and use a ruler to emboss next to but adding a deeper score line does work best.

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Step 3. Turn the card so it`s in a landscape position and score at 0.5cms and again at 4.5cms so it will give you a width of 4cms in the 2nd wider area. This will be the depth of the bag later on.

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Step 4. Place the Sue Wilson festive collection scene mini background die right next the line just scored and move the card over to a groove if it lands in-between a score line. Score right next to the right hand side of the background die.

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Step 5. Now score a 4cm line from the just scored line so that you will be left with space for the background die to fit in.

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Step 6. Turn the card back into a portrait position with the unscored edge up against the left hand side of the score board and score a line 4cms in from the edge of the card. Turn the card back round so the 4cm just made line is now at the bottom of the card. Place the die in place within the first large box of scored lines.

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Step 7. Attach just the 3 dies that don`t have a solid cut on them. And secure them in place using some low tack tape.

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Step 8. Place 2 strips of scrap card or a solid piece over the sides / die area on the reverse side the die piece. It was easier if you have the base plate on the bottom, then the die cut facing upwards into the card next, then place the scrap thin card before adding the cutting mat over the top.

ALWAYS make sure the cutting edge of the die goes into the cutting mate !!!

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Step 9. Run the plates through the Grand Calibur machine to cut the prepared piece out. The scrap card will just add pressure to the harder to cut areas of the die as you will not be able to turn the card around in the machine and this will to help cut the piece out.

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Step 10. Here you will see the results of adding the scrap card as all the intricate pieces have been cut by running the card back and forward through the die cutting machine once.

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Step 11. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to pierce the small pieces out of the card if they remain still in the card. Using wax paper in between the die will help to alleviate this issue.

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Step 12. Make sure all of the small pieces of card are removed from the die before you cut the card again as this will lessen the pressure on the next pass through the die cutting machine.

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Step 13. Move the die over to the other large section and edge the die so it lays at the same height as the previously cut panel. Secure using the low tack tape.

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Step 14. Once the panel has been cut using the same technique in placing a piece of scrap card over the reverse of the die area you will be left with the 2 intricate die panels which will make up the front and back of the bag.

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Step 15. Place the card back onto the score board or use a ruler to measure the centre of the 4cm tab. This falls in-between the 2 cut panels and score a line at 2cms in, to almost the bottom of the tab. Leave about 3 to 4 cms unscored as this will add to the effect of the finished bag.

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Step 16. Now time to own up as I made an error when cutting the corner of this card out, but that`s the joy of making up new designs. SO PLEASE leave the corner tab on the card and just cut up from the bottom of the card to the first score line on this corner and then same on the both sides of the centre 4cm tab. Don`t worry if you have cut it off as I will show you how to amend this mistake later on.

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Step 17 . Crease up all the score lines so the bag starts to take shape.

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Step 18. As the intricate panel falls right next to score line of the bag side then use a ruler edge to ensure the score line is folded over without disturbing the design.

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Step 19. Also fold the inner tab (the 2cm markings) back and forth to crease the inner side edges in place.

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Step 20. On the top tab area of the bag remove the small box which is formed above the 4cm tab area and also the side edge of the tab. This will give you the 2 main fold over flaps which will hide the ribbon ends later on.

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Step 21. So here is the basic shape of the bag with all the score lines in place ( just imagine the corner tab was still in place !!! )

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Step 22. Measure a piece of self adhesive sheet to fit behind the intricate panel making sure the sheet doesn`t go over the creased score lines. Once measured remove one side of the sticky sheet backing and stick the panel in place.

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Step 23. Place the panel into a lid of a craft box and tip the Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn flakes onto the panel.

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Step 24. Press the flakes into the sticky sheet removing any excess back into the lid.

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Step 25. Take a piece of `scrubit` and refine the flakes by moving the scrubit back and forth over the flakes. This will remove any loose flakes and leave a lovely smooth finish to the panel.

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Step 26. Repeat the process on the other panel. Alternatively use some Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels , Creative Expressions micro beads or rock candy over the sticky sheet depending on the look required.

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Step 27. Place a piece of sticky sheet over a piece of light blue paper or light blue vellum. Secure the mini inner die along with the circle die over the vellum / sticky sheet with a piece of low tack tape. Cut 2 of these die shapes for the front and back of the bag design.

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Step 28. Peel off the backing from the sticky sheet and then tip some of the distress glitter rock candy over the image. Press the glitter into the sheet for a firm finish. Also remember to work over a scrap piece of paper.

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Step 29. Choose which type of ribbon you require for the bag handle and cut 2 lengths and also make a small bow in the same ribbon. Here the 2 tone organza ribbon has been used.

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Step 30. Take a Creative Expressions smoothie and pick up some of the tumbled glass distress ink onto it. Distress the raised images on the panels of the card as this will pick out the detail in the piece as well as toning in the colour of the ribbon and the vellum mini centre piece.

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Step 31. Select where you want the 2 holes for the ribbon to fall on the scored edge of the bag panel. I have found that it works best just being a bit in from the framed area.

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Step 32. Push either end of the ribbon through the holes working from the front to the back for a neat finish.

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Step 33. Use some strong double sided tape to secure the ends of the ribbon down so they fall under the 1.5cm flap of the bag lip. This will make sure they are covered neatly.

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Step 34. Add another line of tape on the flap and also add some Cosmic Shimmer glue over the flap for a firm finish to the handle.

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Step 35. Close the lip area down to secure the ends of the ribbon in place. Repeat the process on the other panel .

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Step 36. If you like me cut off the corner tab then it can be sorted by cutting another corner but also add a 0.5cm tab on the top area so this can be placed onto the side panels to fix it in place.

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Step .37 Make sure the tab falls on the inside of the bag as will not be seem from outside of the bag when finished.

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Step 38. Run a thin line of tape down the 0.5cm tab on the edge of the bag.

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Step 39. Remove the backing off the tape.

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Step .40 Press the detailed panel onto the tape to seal the bag shape closed. Make sure you match up the score lines as this will give you a perfect finish to the bag.

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Step 41. Press the side score lines back down to make sure the crease is back in place before the base is closed off.

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Step 42. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the outsides of the small square.

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Step .43 Fold the larger flap onto the glued tabs.

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Step 44. Add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the outside of this larger flap.

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Step 45. Before folding the last tab onto the glue for the completed bag shape.

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Step .46 Glue the mini rock candy pieces over the centres of the front and back of the bag panels.

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Step 47. Use some more of the glue to add a matching bow to the centre of the bag. Use a peg to hold it in place before the glue sets.

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Step 48. Place a row of the Creative Expressions double pearls to the top and bottom of the bag.

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Step 49. Finish the bag by adding a single pearl to the centre of the bow. Here is the completed project.

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Step 50. Why not try just cutting the bag in a white 160gsm paper and spritz it with some Cosmic Shimmer pearl or silver mister so that adds some sparkle.

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Step 51.  Leave the background without a sticky sheet etc & use a tissue paper or even wrap a gift in the decoupage Christmas papers for a touch of elegance.

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 Happy Crafting

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Gold `You are so Special` Fancy Fold Card

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate cut fancy fold card making the whole card using the standard die cut shapes but interlocking the design to make it stand up and look bigger too.

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The design will also lay flat with the inner panel adding to the overall look to the project.

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Here is the side view which shows the card is basically a folded gatefold card with the die shapes added to make the front 2 panels and then another die shape is used as the stand to the card.

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Gold `You Are So Special` Fancy Fold Card

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Noble Classic Adorned Die : CED5505

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Pierced Designs Die  :CED5507

Sue Wilson Camellia Complete Petals die : CED1421

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Magical Butterfly DieCED1415

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamps :CEC702

Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

  Vellum : 40024 , Vintage Gold Card : VINTGOLDCARD & Pumice  : 41003

 Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

or  Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad : DPANTLINEN

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Drawing Inks :

Metallic Set for the Ancient Copper & Rich Gold : CSDIMET

Essentials Set for the Cosmic Blush : CSDIESS

Pink & Brown Thin Ribbon : BM993

 Creative Expressions Clear 12mm Dazzler Circles : DAZCIRCLE12

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSDEPGOLD

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a new fancy fold card to showcase the Sue Wilson noble die sets. For the project you will need the Sue Wilson noble classic adorned die & the noble pierced rectangle die set, the Sue Wilson finishing touches camellia complete petals die, the finishing touches magical butterfly die along with the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps.

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Step 2. Select a piece of the foundations pumice A4 card stock and attach the largest 2 dies from the Sue Wilson noble pierced rectangle die set onto the card using some low tack tape.

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Step 3. Run the prepared card / dies through the Grand Calibur machine and then emboss the die shape using the base plate, tan mat & pink embossing plate sandwich.

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Step 4. Often the embossing of the die ensures the intricate pieces are cut right through the card stock. If it hadn`t turn the die shape 90 to 180 degrees and pass it back through the die cutting machine again if there was an issue. This die cut easily cut first time in my machine. But machine can differ depending on age / usage of the machine.

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Step 5. Now you have the base card shape which the other die shapes will be attached to. Also cut a 2nd panel as this will be added to the back of the card later on.

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Step 6. Score a 1 or 2 cm line down the short edge of a piece of A4 pumice card. Crease the fold over.

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Step 7. Place the largest 2 dies from the noble classic adorned set

MAKING SURE the top cut edge is placed over the folded edge of the just scored card.

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Step 8. Here is how the reverse of the die panel will look. It will make sure the folded area is left uncut once the piece is placed through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine. Once cut go back in and emboss the piece.

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Step 9. Now cut a 2nd panel using the same technique so you have 2 panels with the small tab extra bit.

Also cut 2 panels using the same dies but without the tab ends as you will need 2 panels with tabs and 2 without the tabs. Below shows just one of each panels and in step 14 you will see the panels all doubled up.

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Step 10. It is optional if you which to add the inner debossed die shapes onto the just cut die shape. If so secure the dies in place so the dies won`t move once they are cut. If not dies can move and cut into one another !!! Just use the embossing mat to emboss these die shapes onto the card. Do this on both tab panels for an intricate embossed design.

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Step 11. This is how the 2 tabbed panels will look once embossed.

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Step 12. Place a score line down the centre of the die shape area and crease the panel in half. Repeat this on the 2nd panel.

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Step 13. Trim both folded tabs so they are the length of the end of the large die cut base panel. The end is pictured underneath the scissors in this photo.

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Step 14. So now you will have 2 folded tab die panels ~ the mechanism for the fancy fold. 2 debossed smaller panels and 2 larger intricate base panels.

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Step 15. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the panel before adding the tab onto the glued area. Make sure the underneath of the embossed panels are facing the top of the die base panel. This is best seen in the next photo.

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Step 16. So the wrong side of the panel will appear next to the right side of the back panel.

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Step 17 . But when that panel is folded back you will see the wrong side again but the underneath fold will the best side as it will be seem later on. Repeat the process on the other side of the piece to make the mechanism of the card.

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Step 18. Add some Cosmic Shimmer glue to the facing upwards side panel.

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Step 19. and then marry up the flat debossed panel ( right side up ) onto the glued folded piece. Repeat on the other pleated edge fold.

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Step 20. You may want to lay this just glued piece up so it makes gluing the other side panel on easier.

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Step 21. Press both panels down firmly so you get a nice firm finish to the edges of the die shapes.

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Step 22. This is the reverse of the card, now is the time to cover it with the other intricate cut die panel over the top of this piece. Just use some dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue for this.

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Step 23. Cut and emboss the 4 smaller inner dies from the classic adorned die set leaving the 2nd smaller cut die out of this selection. Place the outer cut edge of the die over a 2cm fold of card so it makes a tab effect again. This will be used to attach the panel to make a stand for the card.

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Step 24. Pull the card fronts apart so you are left with a depth of 2¾” on the bottom end as this is when the sentiment will be added and this will allow you to know where to add the stand to on the back of the card.

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Step 25. Stand the front of the card up before adding a small amount to the Cosmic Shimmer dries glue to the tab of the stand and then gluing it in place on the back panel of the card.

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Step 26. Now you have the bottom front panel of the card to create detail onto. In this case it will be used to add a sentiment onto.

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Step 27. Stamp the `You are so Special` stamp from the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamp set onto a piece of vintage gold card using a clear and resist stamp pad (or Perfect Medium). Add some bright gold embossing powder over the ink before heat setting the sentiment using a heat tool.

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Step 28. Cut the sentiment out using a suitable die. Here the pierced solid die from the Caribbean Island collection ~ St Kitts die set has been used.

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Step 29. Retain the outer waste and trim all around the outside of the pierced area, glue around the frame before adding it to some waste card. Cut around the outside again to make the mat for the next step. This will allow foam tape to be added under the just added waste card.

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Step 30. Add the sentiment onto the just made pierced sentiment mat using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 31. Take a Creative Expressions smoothie and pick up some antique linen distress ink & go ahead and add the ink to the embossed and debossed areas on the card. This can be done before or after the card is put together.

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Step 32. Also distress the decorative stand on the back of the card.

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Step 33. Add the sentiment to the bottom front panel again using foam tape as the top panel will sit behind this raised sentiment panel, just like a stopper would on an easel card.

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Step 34. Cut a panel out using the same 3 dies that were used to make the card stand. Use the vintage gold card for this. Now cut a larger solid die cut from the classic adorned die set using a piece of self adhesive sheet over a piece of vellum.

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Step 35. With the panel over a craft box / lid, remove the backing sheet from the adhesive sheet & add some Creative Expressions micro beads over the piece. Press the beads firmly into the sheet.

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Step 36. Cut a solid smaller die shape in a piece of white card and add to the back of the micro bead panel as this will add strength to the piece. Add some gold Adirondack dabber to the edges of the micro bead panel.

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Step .37 Add some thin strips of foam tape around the solid rectangle area on the back of the vintage gold cut panel before adding some Cosmic Shimmer glue over the tape.

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Step 38. Add the frame onto the micro bead panel. This is the reverse view and the front will show how all of the large area is free from glue leaving the intricate cut detail raised above the vellum.

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Step 39. Add some flowers made using the vintage gold card and Sue Wilson complete petals dies. Some copper and pink Cosmic Shimmer drawing ink has been used to colour the card with soft tones. Then add some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to the centre of the flowers for added detail.

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Step .40 Add a double bow made out of the pink & brown reversible thin ribbon to the bottom of the micro bead die cut panel. Place some more of the flowers above the ribbon and add 2 intricate butterflies cut in gold from the magical butterfly die set. Again use the copper and pink drawing inks to colour in the card.

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Step 41. Place a small clear dazzler on a scrap of card & dab the gold Adirondack paint dabber over the dazzler to add some depth and colour to the dazzler. Once dry add it to the knot of the bow.

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Step 42. Here is the finished card with the top section tucked behind the sentiment.

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Step 43. A side view with shows the spring in the card but the stand laying down.

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Step 44. Here is the card standing up. Something different and a variation to a gatefold card of sorts???

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Step 45. The front view shows how the 2 front panels make for a longer feature to the die shape.

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Step 46. The card lays nice and flat which is great for posting.

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Step 47. Here is the back view of the stand.

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Daisy Craft Case

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate cut craft case to house some pins, needles , ribbons & threads and you could even add  gift voucher / money.

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The dainty rectangular die shape is folded and acts as the case clasp.

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An inside view of the ribbons, threads, pins and needles.

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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

JustRite Cling Stamp ~ Hello Daisy : JRCL02004

Phill Martin Damask Premium Collection Paper Pad : SYDDPPC

Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Background Die  : CED2201

Sue Wilson Frame & Tag Collection ~ Dainty Rectangular Die : CED4301

Sue Wilson French Collection ~ Provence Die : CED2105

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Adorned Classic Die : CED5505

Creative Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

Creative Expressions Blossom Collection Felt  : FELTBLOS

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

Crushed Olive : DMOLIVE  & Peeled Paint : DMPEEL  , Forest Moss :  DMFOREST,

Shabby Shutters :DMSHAB ,  Aged Mahogany : DMAGED ,

Victorian Velvet  : DMVICT, Black Soot : DMBLACK & Spun Sugar : DMSPUN

 Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

 Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

 Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

& Cosmic Shimmer Mica Flakes~ Marshmallow : CSMFMARSH

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Ink Pad : DPVICTORIAN

 Cosmic Shimmer Olive Green Ribbon : KN16

Reversible Pink & Brown Ribbon : BM993 ~ Thin Ribbon

Reversible Pink & Brown Ribbon : 148-153 ~ Thicker Ribbon

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely craft case for pins, needles and ribbons but you can adapt it to add items you prefer. Why not use it for sending money or a gift card / gift voucher in. For this project you`ll need the, a Sue Wilson Austrian collection background die, the frame & tag collection ~ dainty rectangular die, the French collection ~ Provence die, the noble collection ~ adorned classic die also needed will be the Phill Martin damask premium collection paper pad, some raspberry felt & some kraft card.

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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson Austrian collection background die and place it on the left hand side of a piece of A4 kraft card. Secure it in place with some low take tape. Run the card through the Grand Calibur machine to cut the intricate design out.

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Step 3. Move the die over leaving a 1cm gap in between the edge of the steel die and the edge of the outer embossed mark frame. Make sure the die is lined up straight with the top and bottom of the just cut piece. Secure the die with some low tack tape and cut the panel out.

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Step 4. Lay the card on a score board and add in 2 score lines that will be 0.5cm either side of the centre of the 2 cut panels. This way you`ll get your 1cm depth in the middle of the spine of the card.

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Step 5. Fold the card back on just one of the creases and trim along the top of the card so there is a border of 1cm from the intricate edge. Make sure the back of this card is completely in line with the front so it cuts perfectly straight. Alternatively just cut the card open using a large guillotine. Repeat this process on the bottom edge of the card.

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Step 6. Now crease the 2nd score line on the spine of the card, this will make the shape of the card lift up.

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Step 7. Cut the front side edge at 1cm from the intricate edge. Position the card back with the spine depth creased in place before cutting the back of the card to match the front.

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Step 8. Now you will have the basic shape of the craft case using just a small guillotine for a crisp finish to the piece.

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Step 9. This photo shows the depths of the basic shape of card.

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Step 10. Cut a piece of self adhesive sheet to fit over the die cut panel and making sure the edges don`t go over the edges of the panel or creased edges. On this project I have used some off cuts of the sticky sheet, this will work as the sticky back will be covered by a paper panel later on. Just make sure there is a small border left all around so some of the kraft card will edge the paper panel later on.

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Step 11. Have the card on a piece of scrap paper or over a craft box lid and then tip over the Cosmic Shimmer marshmallow mica flakes.

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Step 12. Press the flakes into the sticky sheet to make sure all the sticky area is covered.

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Step 13. Select 2 sheets from the Phill Martin damask premium collection paper pad. Here the raspberry toned papers match with the felt colour.

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Step 14. Place the corner of the 2 sheets paper up to the top and side edge on the inside of the back panel, leaving a 3mm gap around the edge of kraft card. Mark where the paper will need to be cut on the opposite side and bottom edge of the paper and trim away the excess. Now you will have cut 2 pieces of the same paper for the front & back paper panel. The excess paper will be used for die cuts later on.

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Step 15. Place the paper on a craft mat & add some of the Victorian velvet distress ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie. Distress the edges of the paper by either adding more ink onto the edge or just a small edging. It`s up to you which look you prefer. This smoothie had some dusty concord ink on it so it has helped to darken the Victorian velvet ink, often it`s nice to play around with mixing distress inks.

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Step 16. Now Lift the sticky sheet backing off the inside of the card ready to place the prepared paper panel onto the card.

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Step 17 . If you have used off cuts of the self adhesive sheet then make sure you lift the overlapped backing paper off and lay the sticky part back down once all the backing is removed.

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Step 18. Place the other panel onto the card to complete the inside of the card.

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Step 19. On the outside of the card the lovely plain raspberry will show through under the marshmallow mica flakes.

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Step 20. Fold a piece of the raspberry felt & place the solid cut die from the Sue Wilson noble adorned classic die set. Make sure the top edge of the die is placed clear of the folded edge of the felt. Run the piece through the die cutting machine. This piece might need 2 passes, but the felt will cut with ease.

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Step 21. Place the folded felt onto the back paper panel on the card in a landscape position. This will be the needle and pin holder in the craft case.

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Step 22. Cut a piece of the same Phill Martin raspberry design using the Sue Wilson dainty rectangular die. Also emboss the panel.

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Step 23. Fold the cut shape in half. Add some of the Victorian velvet distress ink onto the edges of the paper.

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Step 24. Also cut an oval using the centre die from the Sue Wilson Austrian collection background die again using the same paper.

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Step 25. Add some of Comic Shimmer dries clear glue to adhere just one side of the folded panel as this will act as the clasp to the project.

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Step 26. Stick the glued piece onto the centre back side edge of the card.

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Step 27. Distress the oval & add this to the centre panel on the front of the card using some foam tape for dimension. Now the front of the folded die shape will tuck under the raised oval shape.

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Step 28. As we are using the paper for the clap it`s an idea to cut another dainty rectangular shape in a piece of card. Cut the shape so it clears the fold of the already attached paper shape & stick the card on the reverse piece to strengthen the flap. Use the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue for a strong finish.

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Step 29. Here is the strengthened clasp with just the centre shape tucked under the oval.

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Step 30. Add a line of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue along the top of the reverse folded edge. Much sure none of the glue gets on the front of the felt as this will show up once dried.

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 Step 31. Place the felt on the top of the back panel in the card.

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Step 32. Add some pins & needles to the felt. You may also want to add some safety pins or some decorative pins you may have already made up ???

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Step 33. Cut & emboss 5 of the inner die shapes using the French collection ~ Provence dies in the kraft card. Wrap some Cosmic Shimmer olive green ribbon, the reversible pink & brown thick & thin ribbon around the shapes before taping the ends on the reverse of the die shape. Also wrap some toning thread around 2 of the die shapes & attach the pieces to the front inside of the card using a couple of glue dots or a foam pad so it is easy for them these spools to be removed later on.

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Step 34. Use some black archival ink to stamp the daisy image from the JustRite cling stamp ~ hello daisy stamp set onto a piece of coconut card. Also stamp another 2 daisy head images onto some more coconut card. These will be used to decoupage the dais

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Step 35. For the colouring of the flower the following Tim Holtz distress markers have been used ~ Mustard Seed, Victorian Velvet , Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet & Spun Sugar for the petals & Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss & Shabby Shutters for the leaves. Black Soot is used for the edging of the flower once it`s been cut out. So add some of the pinks onto a clear plastic lid or an acrylic block. Use a water brush to pick up the ink before starting with the darker pinks near the centre of the flower.

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Step 36. Start to use the lighter pinks as you pull out the colour further down the petals. Lay some water just on the tips as this will allow the ink to be taken into the area nicely.

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Step 37. Build the colours up adding the mustard seed ink in the centre of the flower before using the different tones of greens on the leaf areas of the stamp. Don`t worry if you go over the edges of the pieces as you will be cutting the flower out. Also colour in the other 2 daisy heads. A good trick is to start selecting the colours on the base flower and if they are quite right they will be covered up with the other flowers and you haven`t wasted the images.

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Step 38. Cut the flower & leaves out and then use the black soot or a marker pen to colour around the white core of the edges of the piece. This will just smarten up the design. Cut fewer leaves of the 2 daisy heads so it will allow you to see under the daisy decoupage.

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Step 39. Cut into the flower petals using the black edging of the stamped image as a guide and then curve the petals upwards and some downwards before adding the flower head to the bottom flower using some foam pads. Here I have moved the flower around slightly to give it more depth.

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Step 40. Complete the flower by adding the final flower layer.

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Step 41. Place the finished daisy onto the oval using some 3d glue or foam tape. Make sure you don`t add any glue to the leaf area of the design as this will hang over the clasp and it shouldn`t be stuck down.

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Step 42. Here is the completed project. Why not add a gift card, gift voucher or money to this project so it makes the gift inside a bigger gift idea.

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Step 43. Use the clasp to open and close the craft case up.

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Step 44. Here is a close up of the inside of the craft case.

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Step 45. Don`t forget you have a 2nd layer of felt for adding more pins, needles or whatever you wish. It might be where you add a gift card too for a surprise.

Something a bit different with the Sue Wilson border dies.

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Happy Crafting

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Teal Just for You Bag ~ Complete Workshop

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate cut bag to house a jewellery gift, a for crafty goodies for a friend or even a gift voucher / money. As it`s very detailed it