Thanks For Being My Friend

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate layered card using the new Sue Wilson lattice arched adornment die to compliment the Couture Creations vintage paper.

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The STUNNING Cosmic Shimmer drawing inks work perfectly on the kraft card to tone in the colours from the paper pad.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

 Couture Creations Vintage Rose 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad : CO723971

 John Lockwood Cherry Blossom Striplet Die : UMS613

Sue Wilson Configurations Collection Lattice Arched Adornment Die : CED6302

Optional for the Striplet Outer Die ~ Floral Meadow Die : CED1605

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Magical Butterfly DieCED1415

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Camellia Complete Petals Die : CED1421

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamps :CEC702

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

 Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Foundations A4 Blush Card : 409BLUSH & Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSDEPGOLD

& Cosmic Shimmer True White Embossing Powder : CSDEPWHHITE

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

 Silicone Glue

Tim Holtz Dried Marigold Distress Ink Pad : DPDRDMARIGOLD

Cosmic Shimmer Drawing Inks

Metallic Set for the Ancient Copper & Rich Gold : CSDIMET

Essentials Set for the Cosmic Blush : CSDIESS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this toned `Thanks for Being My Friend` card. For it you`ll need the Couture Creations vintage rose 12″ x 12“ paper pad, the John Lockwood cherry blossom striplet stamp, the Sue Wilson configurations collection lattice arched adornment die, an optional striplet ~  the floral meadow die , the Sue Wilson finishing touches magical butterfly die, the Sue Wilson finishing touches camellia complete petals die along the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps.

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Step 2. Select the striped sheet from the Couture Creations vintage rose 12″ x 12″ paper pad. Trim off the left hand side of the paper so you have the 3 stripes remaining along with the white edging to the paper.

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Step 3. Just holding the paper over the right hand side of the paper with show you where the paper will sit. Make sure you match up the light pink stripe with one underneath for a perfect finish to the piece.

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Step 4. Leave one extra stripe in the lighter pink so the paper can be added over that stripe. This means cutting 3 strips from the right hand side of the paper leaving you with 5 stripes in the centre which can be used for another project.

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Step 5. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the striped layer over itself to create the lovely white stamped effect border all around the paper.

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Step 6. Cut the panel in half so you can move the design down to allow the paper to fit on a piece of A4 card for matting it.

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Step 7. Make the finished panel 9¾” long by sticking the panel behind the paper. Now cut a piece of the peach paper to 7” x 10½”.

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Step 8. Add some of the dried marigold distress ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie & distress all around the edges of the panel. This will just enhance the white stamped effect design on the edges.

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Step 9. Repeat the process on the other peach panel below the main paper panel.

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Step 10. Add the larger panel onto a piece of foundations blush card leaving a small border all the way around the edge. Lay this on a piece of A4 kraft card.

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Step 11. Leave a nice border around the top, bottom and left hand side of the panel & score down the right hand side of the card again leaving the same distance of card around the edge.

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Step 12. Trim away the small excess card from the bottom or top edge making sure you leave the just scored edge in place.

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Step 13. Fold the tab back.

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Step 14. Add some red line strong tape or use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the tab.

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Step 15. Remove the backing from the tape if you have used that method. Slide a piece of A4 kraft card so it butts right up against the crease of the card.

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Step 16. Fold the tab down to create the larger base card. This technique is great when matching up the size of the backing paper to a card rather than making it fit a normal sized base card.

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Step 17 . Trim the excess of the side of the card to finish the card base off.

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Step 18. Cut 6 of the Sue Wilson configurations collection lattice arched adornment die using some foundations blush card.

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Step 19. Then emboss the die shape as each of the shapes are cut. I find using the A5 Spellbinders plate nice and easy for these smaller size die shapes.

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Step 20. This design is very intricate yet it cut out first time using the foundations 240gsm card.

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Step 21. For this card 2 of the arches are going to be backed onto themselves to create a lovely pattern to the piece.

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Step 22. All 3 pairs will be used but for sizing the middle set will overlap each over. It`s worth having a play before they are stuck down.

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Step 23. This is how the 3 sets of dies will look.

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Step 24. A perfect shape to house the striplet cherry blossom stamp by John Lockwood.

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Step 25. Add a blush mat onto the smaller worked panel and add that over the peach mat using foam tape for added dimension. Lay the sets of dies onto the card so you can see where the spacing is needed.

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Step 26. Add some of the dried marigold ink onto the die cuts before using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to secure them onto the paper. Start by gluing the top and bottom sets onto the card so the middle set gets evenly spaced out.

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Step 27. Take a piece of kraft card & add the John Lockwood cherry blossom stamp onto an acrylic block before inking it up with the clear & resist ink pad. Stamp the image and tip some of the Cosmic Shimmer true white embossing powder over the ink before heat setting it with a heat tool.

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Step 28. Cut the stamped image out by either using a solid die from one of Sue Wilsons striplet set or use a guillotine to cut the image out. Select the rich gold, ancient copper & cosmic blush Cosmic Shimmer drawing inks to bring out the colour in the selection of paper panels from the paper pad.

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Step 29. Shake the drawing ink so the mica mixes with the liquid & just fill in the flowers at random.

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Step 30. Continue to swap with the other colours and build up the design leaving some of the flowers clear. You will find that the drawing inks will repeal away from the embossed edge leaving you with a wonderful crisp coloured in panel. Cut another piece of the peach paper slightly larger than the flower panel & use some kraft card to mat this panel.

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Step 31. Mat both layers onto the card using foam tape.

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Step 32. Stamp the `Thanks for being my Friend ` & the `You`re Amazing` sentiment onto a piece of the blush card using the clear & resist ink pad & add some Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the top before heat setting it.

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Step 33. Cut the sentiments so they are the same height & distress the edges with some of the dried marigold ink. Use foam tape to attach the sentiments either side of the flower panel.

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Step 34. Cut some of the small Sue Wilson complete petals dies and the magical butterflies using the kraft card.

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Step 35. Add some of the drawing ink from the brush onto an acrylic block or use some Cosmic Shimmer water colours.

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Step 36. Pick up the ink on the smoothie & dab it over the petal die shape. Repeat on the other flowers and butterflies using different colours as you go.

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Step 37. Press an embossing tool into the centre of the small flower to bring to petals upwards. Do this on a soft mouse mat or some cut`n`dry foam.

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Step 38. Add the flowers at random over the bottom corner of the flower panel. Add some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue in the centres of the flowers & add a few dots in the corner of the card.

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Step 39. Here you have the finished project, lots of soft colours which have been used to tone the project throughout.

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Ornate Square Treasured Friends Card

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This workshop shows how to make a ornate square frame using dies from the

Sue Wilson`s die collection.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~Classic Adorned Designs DieCED5505

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Pierced Designs Die  :CED5507

Sue Wilson Configurations Elegant Lace Edge Die : CED6401

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection ~ Fold Over Flower Die : CED5203

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamps :CEC702

 Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink Pad : DPSEED

Tim Holtz Dusty Concorde Distress Stain : DSDUS

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Mister : CSPMMMOSS

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Embossing Powder : CSPMEPMOSS

 Creative Expressions Pink Collection Dazzlers : DAZMIXPINK18

Creative Expressions Smoothies : CESMOOTH

 Foundations Rich Plum Card : 41021 & Coconut Card :40980

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Two Tone Olive Ribbon : KN16

Ranger Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Handicraft Felt ~ Peach :  FELTWEDD

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this fun ornate square treasured friends card. For the project you`ll need the Sue Wilson Configurations elegant lace edge die, the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~classic adorned designs die & pierced designs die. The Sue Wilson finishing touches collection ~ fold over flower die along with the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Foundations rich plum A4 card and place the Sue Wilson Configurations elegant lace edge die onto the card before securing in place with some low tack tape. Run this through the Grand Calibur machine or another die cutting machine. Cut a further 7 shapes for this project as they will back onto themselves when making the design up.

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Step 3. Cut the solid pierced shape using the die from the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~classic adorned designs die or pierced designs die. Also emboss the inner frame & cut & emboss the centre die panel. Run all these dies through the Grand Calibur making sure the intricate die is cut towards the side of the cutting plate as there is more pressure at these points.

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Step 4. Either emboss the just embossing section from the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~ pierced designs die, or use the outer die from the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~classic adorned designs die to cut the die shape first and then use the embossing die afterwards so that you get a crisp embossed panel rather that it getting squashed when being past through the die cutting machine again.

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Step 5. Cut a piece of Foundations rich plum card to 5½” x 5½” and score a line ½” in from each side edge. Crease the score lines to create the small tab edge that the already cut lace edge dies will be added to.

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Step 6. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto a piece of cut`n`dry felt or foam. This will create a nice flat pad to enable you to add the glue onto the intricate detail on the lace edge pieces.

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Step 7. Swipe a scrap piece of card over the glue to flatten it over the foam pad. This will give you an even coverage when applying the glue.

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Step 8. Place the lace die cut onto a scrap piece of paper & gently tap the glue pad over the reverse of the card. Repeat quickly until all the die cut piece is covered, as you are working with small amounts of glue it can dry quickly so you need to work fast when applying.

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Step 9. Add the shape onto one of the ½” tabs as the sizing of the card has been made especially to fit this die.

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Step 10. Flip the plum card over and make sure the scrap paper below is clean before adding some more glue over what is now the reverse of the lace die. This will cover up the tab and also give a nice strength to the finished project.

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Step 11. Repeat the process on all of the tabs until all sides are covered front and back.

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Step 12. Trim away the small square in the corner that was created when making the ½” tabs, just follow the edge of the lace die when cutting.

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Step 13. Crease all 4 lace panels upwards as this will show you the basic shape of the square lace piece.

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Step 14. Add some of the Phill Martin Creative Expressions chic moss gilding wax over the emboss areas on the die cut shape. It`s optional but I have added a small amount of the gold dabber on just the edge of the panel.

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Step 15. Take the intricate centre piece that was cut earlier and add some perfect medium or clear and resist ink over the shape. Then add some of the Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer chic moss embossing powder over the top. Heat set the embossing powder to reveal a delicate finish to the piece.

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Step 16. Cut another solid die shape in a shimmer card or use a Cosmic Shimmer pearl mist to make the card shimmer. Add some of the chic moss gilding wax to highlight the edges of the 2 solid shape before adding them to the inside of the rich plum pouch. Use foam tape lift each panel turn one of the shapes a ¼ turn so it fills the square surface.

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Step 17 . Add the gilded emboss panel again using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 18. Now add the chic moss embossed panel onto the stack of die shapes using a 3d glue on some of the solid side edges. You may want to add a rich plum solid panel under the intricate panel to lift the design further, if so you would want to add that panel now. Just use the outer die shape to cut the matching panel.

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Step 19. Select the colour toned ribbon you wish to use to tie the corners of the lace border up with. I have used the green tones to add a bit of Scottish feel to the project.

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Step 20. Pass the end of the ribbon through 2nd down medium size hole on the edge of the border. Then pass it through the opposite hole on the next border piece.

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Step 21. Tie the ribbon off in a bow. Leave the borders slightly raised so that borders sit up nicely all the way around the design. Repeat the process on all corners of the piece.

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Step 22. Cut either just one large die flower or use two, it`s up to you. Run the die through the Grand Calibur using some peach felt.

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Step 23. Add a strip of 3mm red line tape along the base of the just cut felt. This tape resists heat but you can use Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue instead.

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Step 24. This may seem a bit radical but dab some of the Tim Holtz dusty concord distress stain randomly over the felt or you can use just the ink pad.

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Step 25. With the felt on a craft mat spritz some Phill Martin cosmic shimmer chic moss mister over the felt. The moisture in the mister will react with the dabs of the distress stain giving it a mottled effect.

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Step 26. Air dry the felt or here I have used a low setting on my heat tool and gently dried the felt. The piece is now ready to remove the backing from the red line tape & fold the strip over in half and stick the top half onto the bottom taped half area.

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Step 27. Roll the felt up and then I have added some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the bottom base of the felt. You may want to use glue dots ~ it`s up to you which you prefer.

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Step 28. Stamp the `You are a Treasured Friend` sentiment using the seedless preserves ink pad onto a piece of coconut card from the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamp set.

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Step 29. Add the flower onto the centre panel using 3d glue or some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue. Cut the sentiment down the centre to create 2 thin sentiment strips. Add some of the chic moss gilding wax around the corners of the sentiment before adding them to the top & bottom of the card using some foam tape or 3d glue.

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Step 30. Add some light purple dazzlers from the Creative Expressions pink collection to each of the corner bows to complete the project off.

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Step 31. Here is the completed project with soft tones of chic moss along with the more vibrant rich plum & green ribbon features.

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Decorative Pin Daisy Bag ~ Part 2

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This workshop continues to complete the project that shows you how to make this intricate cut bag to house some decorative pins or even a gift voucher / money.

There is complete worksheet for the whole project should you which to print it out or work from the computer.

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Here is a close up of the Cosmic Shimmer mica flakes that adorn the intricate cut out detail of the die panel.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

JustRite Cling Stamp ~ Hello Daisy : JRCL02004

Couture Creations Vintage Rose 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad : CO723971

Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Background Die  : CED2201

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamps :CEC702

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 Felt :FELTCUT & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Foundations A4 Coconut Card :40980 

 Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

& Cosmic Shimmer Mica Flakes~ Marshmallow : CSMFMARSH

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac Distress Ink Pad : DPLILAC

 Cosmic Shimmer Olive Green Ribbon : KN16

Self Adhesive Pearl Strips ~ Single White :SAPSSW

Self Adhesive Pearl Strips ~ Double White : SAPSDW

Stick Pins Products :

Creative Expressions Pearl Topped Stick Pins ~ White : CEPINWHT

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Pale Blue : CEPBEADPLBLUE

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Rose Mist :CEPBEADROSE

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 34. To Continue on from the decoupage daisy step from part 1 of the workshop.

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Step 35. Place the oval from the centre of the Sue Wilson Austrian collection background die set onto a 2 layers of the Couture Creations vintage rose 12″ x 12“ paper used to make the main bag shape. Cut & emboss piece through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 36. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the whole reverse side of one of the ovals.

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Step 37. Stick the oval on the inside bottom of the bag flap so that 2/3 rds of the oval over hangs the flap. As a guide the oval should fall over the oval embossed area in the background frame below.

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Step 38. Add some more Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the other oval, again on the reverse side before sticking the oval over the just laid down oval. This gives a nice finish inside and out of the flap & gives the bag a base to stick the stamped daisy flower onto.

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Step 39. Attach the daisy to the oval using foam pads or 3d glue for a raised feel or alternatively use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue for a flat strong adhesion to the paper.

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Step 40. To make the decorative stick pins for the inside of the bag the following products are needed. The Creative Expressions white pearl topped stick pins, along with the Creative Expressions faceted teardrop beads in pale blue, rose mist, midnight. A pack of white pearls & bead spacers are also needed. Glossy accents is used as the best glue for this job as previous tests have been done and shown the glue doesn`t rust inside the teardrop beads.

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Step 41. Select a white pearl topped stick pin and add a small amount of glossy accents on the pearl before adding a bead spacer over the top.

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Step 42. Apply another small amount of the glossy accents on the bead spacer before dropping your chosen colour faceted bead onto the bead. Add another drop of glossy accents onto the end of the bead.

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Step 43. Add another spacer bead, more glossy accents before adding a smaller faceted bead, more glossy accents and finish with a small pearl bead.

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Step 44. Repeat this using different bead combinations as you go. It`s often nice to have pairs of the stick pins so here I have worked in 2`s . Then stick them into an off cut of the cut`n`dry felt or a pin cushion that can be turned upside down when the pins are drying.

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Step 45. Then attach the felt to something that will allow it to hang upside down so that the stick pins dry overnight correctly in position. Here I used the frame of a small embellishment pot unit, or why not tape them to the underneath of a shelf ???

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Step 46. Arrange the pins in the piece of cut`n`dry felt. It`s best to add the end ones and work your way inwards as you`ll get an even spacing throughout. This bag holds 10 pins comfortably.

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Step 47. The decorative pins will lay nicely in the centre of the bag and be able to flip back and forth as it`s opened. Alternatively stick the back of the felt to the back of the bag side so it doesn`t move once the ribbon has been added.

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Step 48. Add 2 of the decorative pearl corners on the flap of the bag for a nice finish.

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Step 49. Take a strip of the single row adhesive pearls so they measure 9½”. Trim the acetate so it`s level with the pearls as this will make part of the handle, it is optional if you want to add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue behind the pearls for added hold, but I haven`t done this and they have sat nicely for 2 weeks without.

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Step 50. Snip away the acetate backing from behind 2 of the pearls and keep the pearls still on the long strip of the acetate. Repeat this on the other end of the pearl strip.

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Step 51. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the back of the 2 pearls.

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Step 52. Stick the pearls onto the slim depth on the inside of the bag flap.

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Step 53. Add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the other 2 pearls and wrap the pearls over the top of the bag in a loop, making sure pearls remain untwisted, secure the pearls on the opposite side of the bag flap.

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Step 54. Now you have a nice delicate pearl handle to co-ordinate with the pearls on the corners of the bag and on the decorative stick pins inside.

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Step 55. As you can see inside the bag hasn`t been lined but that`s because the intricate die pattern can be seen through the self adhesive sheet backing but you can add a lining if you wish.

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Step 56. To finish the inside of the pin felt add double sided tape around the felt base before adding some two tone ribbon around the felt. Work from the back to the centre of the front of the felt when adding the ribbon.

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Step 58. This bag is perfect to sent to another crafter to use on their projects or for someone just starting out in crafting. Maybe it`s just somewhere to house the pins on your craft desk for later projects !!!

This design would also work nicely to give a gift voucher or money in it so just add a piece of card to tuck the voucher behind it.

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Step 60. The weight of the decoupaged daisy acts as a nice weight for the flap of the bag to help keep it closed.

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Step 61. A close up of the decoupaged daisy.

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Step 62. The Finished decorative pin bag.

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Step 63. A selection of the decorative pins inspired by Sue Wilson. Sue has worked so hard to source the beads which make the pins look so wonderful.

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Something a bit different using the lovely background die by Sue Wilson.

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Decorative Pin Daisy Bag ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate cut bag to house some decorative pins or even a gift voucher / money. As it`s very detailed it will be in 2 parts with the second part out next Friday. When there will be a complete worksheet for the whole project should you which to print it out or work from the computer

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

JustRite Cling Stamp ~ Hello Daisy : JRCL02004

Couture Creations Vintage Rose 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad : CO723971

Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Background Die  : CED2201

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamps :CEC702

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 Felt :FELTCUT & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Foundations A4 Coconut Card :40980 

 Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

& Cosmic Shimmer Mica Flakes~ Marshmallow : CSMFMARSH

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac Distress Ink Pad : DPLILAC

 Cosmic Shimmer Olive Green Ribbon : KN16

Self Adhesive Pearl Strips ~ Single White :SAPSSW

Self Adhesive Pearl Strips ~ Double White : SAPSDW

Stick Pins Products :

Creative Expressions Pearl Topped Stick Pins ~ White : CEPINWHT

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Pale Blue : CEPBEADPLBLUE

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Rose Mist :CEPBEADROSE

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 lovely bag to send or store the decorative pins you have made inside or it could be adapted to house a gift voucher by adding a flap on the back panel. For this you`ll need the JustRite cling stamp ~ hello daisy, the Couture Creations vintage rose 12″ x 12“ paper pad, the Sue Wilson Austrian collection background die & the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Couture Creations vintage rose paper with the gold scroll design along the bottom of the sheet. Measure 7 inches in from the side edge & trim the excess off.

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Step 3. Place the Sue Wilson Austrian collection background die just above the gold pattern and leave an equal space either side of the die. Secure the die down with some low tack tape.

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Step 4. Turn the paper over and place a scrap piece of thin card over just the die area. Place the cutting plate over the top before cutting the panel out. The card will just give an even cut throughout the die area as this is an intricate die pattern and the paper can`t be turned because of the length of the paper.

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Step 5. Now you will have a perfectly cut out panel. This is the beauty with many of Sue Wilson`s background dies as they don`t have the outside cut edge so can be used for lots of different style projects.

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Step 6. Score an embossed line just at the top of the die cut out shape and then measure 1.5cms and score another line. Place the background die back onto the paper making sure the side measurements are the same. Repeat the scrap piece of card technique and cut out this die panel.

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Step 7. Trim off the excess paper at the top of the piece once you know that the fold is in the right place. If you are not sure then leave until you have completed the next few steps.

My final measurements from the gold edge border ~ 4.5cms then score 0.5cms , 11.5cms including the die panel, 2cm score line for the depth of the bag and then another 11.5cms edge to edge including the die cut panel. These measurements have just been adding encase another time you wish to just measure the paper rather than matching up a design on the paper.

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Step 8. Crease the 2 score lines that were made 1.5 cms apart in between the 2 background panels as these make the base of the bag.

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Step 9. Once the panels / base is creased into place now you`ll see where the panels lay. Add a 0.5 cms score line after measuring 4.5cms from the edge of the paper over the gold pattern to increase the depth of the flap and this will in turn make the bag be able to stand up.

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Step 10. Add some of the Tim Holtz shaded lilac distress ink pad onto a Creative Expressions smoothie.

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Step 11. Gently distress the edges of the paper and also fold the flaps down so they can be distressed too.

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Step 12. 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 paper panel or creased edges. My sticky sheets were 17.3cms x 11.2cms.

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Step 13. Remove the backing off the self adhesive sheet and stick the sheet over the reverse of the background die cut panel, keeping inside the score lines and edges, it`s always best to check the size before removing the backing off and sticking it in place.

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Step 14. Turn the paper over and press down some of the intricate areas that might not have stuck onto the sheet. This is important if not some of the mica flakes in the next step could stick under the die cut areas making them uneven.

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Step 15. Have the project on a piece of scrap paper and then tip over the Cosmic Shimmer mica flakes.

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Step 16. Press the flakes into the sticky sheet to make sure all the sticky area is covered.

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Step 17. Swipe your thumb over the mica flake area to remove any excess flakes they aren`t stuck down or a rub it scrub it for this step.

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Step 18. Tip the remaining mica flakes back into the pot. Here you can see that hardly any have been used. I just love these mica flakes, especially this soft pink tone one.

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Step 19. Repeat the process on the other sticky panel.

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Step 20. Take the Ranger gold paint dabber and lightly distress the edges of the paper and allow to dry.

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Step 21. Add a panel of white card on the flap and the 1.5cm depth of the bag area. The larger card panel measured 17cms x 4.3cms and the thinner strip measures 17cms x 1.3cms.

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Step 22. Cut a strip of the cut`n`dry felt to 16.5cms by 1cm / 1.2cms.

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Step 23. Add some of the Comic Shimmer dries clear glue to the reverse side of cut`n`dry felt .

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Step 24. Use a scrap piece of card to flatten the glue completely over the surface area so that the glue then doesn`t seep out over the edges.

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Step 25. Now stick the felt onto the white card depth of the bag area. Leaving equal space either side of the felt.

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Step 26. Here is the side look of the bag basic shape which will house the decorative pins later on with a special trick for the handle too.

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Step 27. 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 daisy.

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Step 28. Use the black archival ink again to stamp the `You mean so much to me` sentiment from the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamp set onto some coconut card. Trim closely around the sentiment to make a long rectangle shape or use a decorative die before adding some of the gold paint dabber around the edges of the sentiment.

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Step 29. 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 are needed 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 30. 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 31. 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`re not quite right they will be covered up with the other flowers and you haven`t wasted the images.

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Step 32. 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 petals off the 2 daisy heads so it will allow you to see under the daisy decoupage.

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Step 33. 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 34. Complete the flower by adding the final layer.

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Here is how the completed project will look.

Part 2 next week will complete the project showing you how to make the decorative pins and the bag handle.

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& a close up of the decorative pins.

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Creative Expressions Laugh, Believe, Smile & Moments 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 1 sheet of the Couture Creations Design Paper.

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Glossy Accents have been added to the flowers and the main paper area within the frame has been triple embossed using the Cosmic Shimmer ultra thick embossing crystals.

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Creative Expressions Ornate Oval MDF Frame : CEMDFORNOVAL

Couture Creations Vintage Rose 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad : CO723971

Glossy Accents 0.5 oz  : ACCENTMINIGLO

or Glossy Accents 2 oz : ACCENTGLOS

Cosmic Shimmer Glossy Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSGLOSGLUE

 Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH   & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals : CSUTEECLEAR

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters Distress Ink Pad : DPSHABBYSHUTT,

Fired Brick : DPFIREDRED & Forest Green Distress Ink : DPFOREST

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1.  This workshop will show you how to make this distressed ornate frame project using the Couture Creations vintage rose 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad, the Creative Expressions ornate oval MDF frame, some glossy accents & the Cosmic Shimmer glossy glue, seal & glaze.

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Step 2. With the Creative Expressions ornate oval MDF frame set there will be 2 frame sets, for this project the larger frame will be used. Select which side of the MDF you would prefer to use as one has the burnt edge look which happens whilst the MDF is being laser cut and the other side is the plainer MDF finish. I love the darker side as it adds charm to the piece & is a lovely colour on the edges too.

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Step 3. Place the frame over the selected area on a sheet from the Couture Creations vintage rose 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad. Draw a faint pencil line area the inside of the frame so you know where the design will fit / look under the frame. This will allow the key features to be in the correct place too.

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Step 4. Cut around the oval leaving at least 1cm extra around the oval as the back board is larger. Also cut out a butterfly and the words `Laugh`, `Smile ` and the smaller white `Believe` & `Moments` sentiments. Set aside for cutting the words out later on.

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Step 5. Hold the piece of paper / MDF oval up to a window so you can see the oval laying the same distance all around the oval shape.

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Step 6. Now use some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the panel onto the oval MDF shape. Trim the excess paper off or use some sand paper to sand downwards on the edges as this will remove the excess paper.

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Step 7. Now rub out the pencil line which was left on the paper. Next the small amount of the banner needs to be covered so …..

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Step 8. ….. cut around a hydrangea and the leaf from the paper sheet. Glue the flower so it covers the black banner & then cut the paper so it curves with the rest of the MDF.

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Step 9. Cut out the butterfly with some decoupage snips. Also cut the `Laugh`, `Smile` ,`Believe` & `Moments` sentiments leaving just a small edge around the words.

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Step 10. Add some of the Tim Holtz shabby shutters distress ink on a Creative Expressions smoothies. Dab the ink over the cut out sentiments especially the white sentiments ones. This will just match up all of the sentiments nicely.

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Step 11. Take the `Smile` sentiment and add some dries clear glue to the reverse of the piece before adding it over the `Live` sentiment which is already on the MDF paper panel.

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Step 12. Go ahead and continue to add the `Laugh`, `Believe` & `Moments ` sentiments. Add some more of the shabby shutters ink around the edges of the MDF panel and over the oval pencil mark area. Using the smoothie is prefect for this as the ink is easily blended into paper over the oval area.

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Step 13. Lay the ornate frame over the worked base to see the design starting to form. The butterfly will be used on the bottom right hand edge of the frame.

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Step 14. Take some forest moss and the shabby shutters distress ink & work the ink into the MDF frame. I have used the burnt look side of the frame.

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Step 15. Here you will see how the burnt side just gives the depth of brown as well as the green tones to the project.

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Step 16. Alternatively use the other plainer side.

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Step 17 . Add some of the clear & resist ink pad over all of the base panel or use some Perfect medium ink.

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Step 18. Tip some of the Cosmic Shimmer ultra thick embossing crystals over the ink & gently tip off the excess.

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Step 19. Heat set the ultra thick embossing crystals with a heat tool. This is the effect with just one layer. 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 until you have 3 layers. Hence the name triple embossing !!!!

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Step 20. Here is the smoother finished look after the 3 layers are applied.

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Step 21. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries glue area the edge of the base MDF panel. ( Please not the photo has not been embossed here as the original project was going to have the Cosmic Shimmer gloss glue, seal & glaze product over it but because the distress ink was used it meant when the glaze dried it lifted the green into the glaze so the triple embossing got over that issue. Just use the glaze if you don`t distress the paper ).

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Step 22. Stick the frame over the embossed back panel.

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Step 23. Shake the glaze well and then add some of the Cosmic Shimmer glossy glue, seal & glaze into a small pot.

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Step 24. Brush the glossy glaze over the frame.

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Step 25. Then brush some of the glaze onto a small piece of cut`n`dry foam.

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Step 26. Dab the foam up & down over the tacky glaze / glue you have just coated the frame with.

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Step 27. This will create a lovely uniformed effect with the glaze rather than brush strokes. Continue and do this effect over the whole frame. Allow the glaze to dry.

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Step 28. Add some of the glossy accents over the cut butterfly and allow it to dry before adding it to the bottom corner of the frame.

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Step 29. Cut out the white blossom areas on the paper page out.

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Step 30. Cut them out in detail leaving some of the leaves around the flower. Curve the leaves and edges of the petals to add dimension to the flower. Cut out a few sets of the flowers.

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Step 31. Lay them on the edge of the frame so you can see how the design will build up.

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Step 32. Make sure there is a flower and leaf coming out to the edge of the frame as this will add balance to the piece.

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Step 33. Cut the 2 red flowers out of the paper sheet.

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Step 34. and then cut another white blossom if you find you don`t have 3 red flowers. Add some of the fired brick distress ink onto the smoothie.

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Step 35. Dab the ink onto the flower to match it up with the other 2 flower.

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Step 36. This will just allow the colours to run through the project nicely. Glue the flowers to the frame using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or use some 3d glue for added dimension.

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Step 37. Add some glossy accents onto the leaves and red flowers leaving the white flower clear.

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Step 38. Here you have the finished project, which I’m sure will lift your spirits and make you think of lots of happy memories when you look at the words as well as the lovely flowery design.

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Step 39. Here is a close up of the glossy flowers.

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Happy Crafting

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Woven Embossed Thank You Card

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This workshop shows how to make an extra woven stripe to work with the weave classic die set using the new floral stripes embossing folder as well as using it as a background layer.

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Here is a close up of the embossed weave and the pierced weave sections. They sit perfectly under the pierced rectangle frame and the decorative pins set an elegance to finish the piece.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Weaving Collection Classic : CED5301

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Pierced Rectangle Die Set : CED5502

Creative Expressions 5¾” 7½” Floral Stripes Embossing Folder : EF-033

JustRite Vintage Filigree Fancies Stamps JRAG-04020

JustRite Vintage Labels 3 & 7 Stamp Plate : JRCL02022

Sue Wilson Frame & Tag Die Collection ~ Dainty Rectangular Frame : CED4301

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 & Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

 Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH   & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads: Dried Marigold : DPDRDMARIGOLD 

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Pearl Embossing Powder : CSEPLAPPEA

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Creative Expressions Satin Ribbon ~ Sideshow Rose : CESRSSROSE

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

Creative Expressions Dazzler Setting Set 4 : SETDAZZ4

Creative Expressions Vintage Bronze Settings : VINTBUTBRZ2

Stick Pins Products :

Creative Expressions Pearl Topped Stick Pins ~ White : CEPINWHT

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Blush  : CEPBEADBLSH

White Pearls : CEPPEARLWHT & Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Also available are spacer beads  Bead Spacers : CEPSPACERS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a woven card using an embossing folder and the Sue Wilson weaving classic die. For the project you will need the Sue Wilson weaving classic die, the Sue Wilson noble collection ~ pierced rectangle die set, the Creative Expressions floral stripes emboss folder along with the JustRite vintage filigree fancies stamps .The JustRite Vintage Labels 3 & 7 Stamp Plate and the Sue Wilson frame & tag die collection ~ dainty rectangular frame are used for the `Thank You` sentiment.

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Step 2. Place a piece of coconut card into the Creative Expressions floral stripes emboss folder & run the folder through the Grand Calibur machine using the base plate & the Spellbinders raspberry plate either side of the embossing folder.

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Step 3. This will create the floral strips with the embossed lines either side of the floral pattern. It makes this folder prefect for working in conjunction with the Sue Wilson weaving classic die.

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Step 4. Run the Sue Wilson weaving classic die through the Grand Calibur machine again with the coconut card. Ideally cut on a wider piece of card to allow for a wide edge after the weave sides. Not to worry if you don`t as there are steps to show how you can over come this issue later on.

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Step 5. Trim off the bottom edge only on the weave panel.

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Step 6. Now start to trim the embossed strips the same size as the weave widths from the floral embossed panel. Cutting the 1st one will show you where you need to cut the rest.

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Step 7. Here the strip was cut just inside the embossed line of the floral panel.

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Step 8. Depending on the finished look you may need to emboss 2 floral panels and cut 10 floral strips the width of the weave. 5 strips will using the embossed side and 5 will be the debossed side.

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Step 9. Take the Tim Holtz dried marigold distress ink & add some on to one of the Creative Expressions new smoothies (or use cut`n`dry foam if you haven`t tried them yet, but be warned once used you won`t go back !!!) Ink on 5 of the embossed sides & 5 of the debossed sides of the strips.

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Step 10. The great thing about using the 2 sides is the slight difference in pattern.

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Step 11. Now ink up the weave panel again using the dried marigold ink with the smoothies. Once it`s all been inked go back in and dab in patches on the card to give some depth to different areas.

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Step 12. Select the rose stamp from the JustRite vintage filigree fancies stamp set and stamp using the dried marigold ink over the weave pattern.

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Step 13. This will create a lovely soft feel over the weave panel.

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Step 14. Start to weave the embossed strip in and out of the weave panel. I like to lift the alternate strips up and place a strip underneath and then do the same with the other weave strip. This time place a debossed strip under weave.

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Step 15. Continue to do this alternating the embossed and debossed strips as you go.

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Step 16. Until you have completed the whole weave depth.

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Step 17 . This is where the extra width would come in handy so the weave fits under the large pierced rectangle die as it`s just seen slightly under the intricate border design.

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Step 18. Secure the frame dies using the solid cut rectangle frame, the inner intricate cut die and then the solid inner die on a piece of white card with some low tack tape.

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Step 19. Place a thin piece of card so it fits just the same size as the largest die shape & use it as a shim as this will allow the intricate border to able to be cut in one pass in the centre of the machine.

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Step 20. So a perfect cut first time. Because the die is large it will just give that added pressure where needed. It just depends on how worn your plates are and you`ll be used to how your die cutting machine works so just play around as needed.

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Step 21. Place the cut border over the weave panel to see if it has all been woven enough.

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Step 22. Take the frame and ink it with the dried marigold ink on a smoothie.

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Step 23. Once it`s dry press a clear & resist ink pad over the whole of the frame.

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Step 24. Before tipping over the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl lustre embossing powder over the ink. Now heat set the frame for a wonderful soft toned frame.

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Step 25. If the panel wasn`t wide enough then snip off the plain thin edge either side of the weave panel.

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Step 26. and weave a plain strip of card following the same pattern of the weave set beforehand.

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Step 27. Secure the card in place on the reverse side using some double sided tape.

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Step 28. Now the design flows perfectly underneath the detailed frame.

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Step 29. Place the solid die which was used when cutting the frame out from the pierced rectangle die set over the weave panel & cut the panel out.

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Step 30. You may need to pass the piece through twice to cut through the double sided tape courier sheet.

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Step 31. Take the rose stamp & dried marigold ink and stamp over the plain weave card edges.

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Step 32. Now you have the frame and weave panel complete, take the largest die & cut a solid piece of kraft card using this die as this will make a base to set the worked pieces on.

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Step 33. Cut a piece of pearl card or white card so that you have enough to end up with a panel that measures 8” wide x 7¾” depth. It`s best to cut the card bigger and trim the card to size afterwards. This will mean you need to emboss the card in 2 passes but this stripped floral pattern is perfect for moving the card along and matching the strips up on the 2nd pass.

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Step 34. Now you will have a perfect embossed panel. Just cut it to size as mentioned in the last step.

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Step 35. Cut a piece of card a few millimetres bigger than the embossed panel & ink the edges by swiping the dried marigold ink pad directly over the edges.

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Step 36. Once the ink is dry mount the embossed panel and then the kraft panel onto each other using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step .37 Mount the weave panel again using foam tape. The wonders of Sue`s dies is the attention to detail and these dies produce the amazing pierced edges to each layer.

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Step 38. Attach the embossed frame over the weave panel using some 3d silicone glue on the reverse solid areas of the frame so it is raised above the weave area.

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Step 39. Place the panels onto a base card made by scoring a piece of kraft card at 1 inch in from the edge and attaching another card to the tab. Cut the card to 9 3/8thwide and retain the depth of the card as is. Either have the base card plain or ……..

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Step .40 Stamp around the edges of the card using the rose stamp with some dried marigold ink on it and then quickly add the lapis pearl embossing powder over the top and then embossing the card.

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Step 41. Make 2 decorative pins using the Creative Expressions pearl topped stick pins along with 2 faceted blush teardrop beads on each stick. Please use the glossy accents glue to secure each beads to each other and allow the beads to dry as this glue will not rust the stick pins in time.

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Step 42. Glue a vintage button over the top ( or use a dazzler ) onto a dazzler setting. Make a bow using the Creative Expressions sideshow rose ribbon.

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Step 43. Assemble the decorative pins behind the ribbon & dazzler setting. Now stamp the `Thank You` sentiment from the JustRite Vintage Labels 3 & 7 Stamp Plate and cut it using the Sue Wilson frame & tag die collection ~ dainty rectangular frame .

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Step 44. Add some inverted pearl corners over the corners of the embossed frame. I would use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to strengthen the hold as the pearls are sitting on an embossed surface.

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Step 45. A close up of the different details in the weave design or why not use the striped weave die on top of the classic weave die for added detail to the project.

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Step 46. A close up of the weave, the sentiment and the decorative pearl corners.

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Wedding Dress Tulle Card

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This workshop shows how to make a delicate vellum backed panel which is sat surrounded by a embossed linen frame. The main bodice of the wedding dress is made using the heart shaped die.

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Here the embossed dazzler setting has been placed over the 2 tone purple bow and with 2 decorative stick pins have been placed behind the dazzler setting.

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Here is a close up of the tulle skirt and pearl corner detail too.

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Wedding Dress Tulle Card

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Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Pierced Rectangle Die Set : CED5502

Sue Wilson Floral Brocade Pinpoint Embossing Folder : EFPP-001

 Creative Expressions 8″x8″ Textures Linen Embossing Folder :EF-030

Sue Wilson Galicia Dies Spanish Collection : CED1205

JustRite Vintage Labels 3 & 7 Stamp Plate : JRCL02022

 Couture Creations The Floral Lace Collection ~ Love Abounds : CO724003

Creative Expressions Silver Tulle : CETULLESIV

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 Vintage Silver Card : VINTSILVERCARD

 Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH   & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD &   Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Pearl Embossing Powder : CSEPLAPPEA

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Creative Expressions Dazzler Setting Set 3 : SETDAZZ3

Creative Expressions Clear Sparkle Embellishment :SPARKCLEAR

Foundations Vellum :40024

Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink Pad : DPDUSTYCONC

Two Tone Purple / Green Ribbon : KN07

Self Adhesive Pearl Strips ~ Double White : SAPSDW

Stick Pins Products :

Creative Expressions Pearl Topped Stick Pins ~ White : CEPINWHT

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Amethyst : CEPBEADAMST

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Frosted Amethyst : CEPBEADFRAMST

Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Also available are spacer beads 

White Pearls : CEPPEARLWHT & Bead Spacers : CEPSPACERS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a wedding dress card using the heart shape die as the main focal bodice and the tulle & pearl corners will create the dress. For this project you`ll need the Sue Wilson noble collection ~ pierced rectangle die set, the Couture Creations floral lace collection ~ love abounds die. Also needed is the Creative Expressions pearl topped stick pins along with 2 faceted amethyst teardrop beads & 2 frosted amethyst faceted teardrop beads and 4 spacer beads or pearls. Other products are the Creative Expressions silver tulle & the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl embossing powder.

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Step 2. Secure the Couture Creations floral lace collection ~ love abounds die onto a piece of Foundations coconut card.

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Step 3. Place a piece of thin card just covering the size of the die as this will give added pressure to the die when it`s cut.

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Step 4. Run the piece through the Grand Calibur machine. As you can see this intricate die was cut fully in one pass. So it`s worth that piece of thin card as it just grips the die when passing through the machine creating the extra pressure often needed.

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Step 5. Press the clear and resist ink pad over the front of the heart shape or use Perfect Medium.

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Step 6. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl embossing powder over the ink & tip away the excess powder back into it`s pot.

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Step 7. Heat set the embossing powder using a heat tool.

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Step 8. Whilst the piece is still warm curve the heart shape so each side is curved backwards and leave the piece to cool. This will just stop it twisting whilst cooling.

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Step 9. Cut a piece of self adhesive sheet through the die cutting machine using the heart die. Make sure the piece is in the centre of the embossing plate and that no extra pieces of card are used over the top as the adhesive sheet will always resist being cut which is perfect for this step as you want to keep all the intricate pieces still within the heart shape.

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Step 10. Use the tips of a pair of decoupage snips or a Spellbinders all in one tool to pick the small pieces off the sheet as this will leave the solid sticky sheet below.

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Step 11. Attach the embossed die cut heart over the sticky side of the sheet. You can see there might be the odd piece that gets cut but just use a small piece of double sided tape on the back of the heart once the backing has been removed.

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Step 12. Remove the backing before adding the tape to cover the hole.

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Step 13. Tip over the Tim Holtz distress glitter rock candy and press the glitter onto the sticky sheet.

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Step 14. Now you will have a lovely glisten to the bodice area of the wedding dress.

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Step 15. As you will need to attach the tulle to the back of the dress then a heart shape has been just embossed on a piece of white card.

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Step 16. Snip around the outside of the heart shape which will be easy as there is an embossed edging to follow the scissors in.

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Step 17 . Stick the card to the reverse of the bodice piece & curve the bodice again to make sure the shape is kept.

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Step 18. Lay a 3 inch piece of thick double sided tape on your work surface. Remove half of the backing lengthways.

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Step 19. Ruffle a piece of tulle which has been cut to 14 inches x 6 inches beforehand.

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Step 20. Lay another piece of tape over the top of the tulle to secure the tulle in place.

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Step 21. Remove the backing off the top piece of double sided tape and place the centre of the tape / tulle behind the tip of the embossed heart panel.

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Step 22. Lift and stick the remaining tape either side of the centre so it lays higher up the heart on the reverse side of the heart. This will create a lovely full skirt of tulle under the heart.

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Step 23. Either use a length of the pearl adhesive strips or as I have done add the pearl corners to the tulle.

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Step 24. Add the corner pearl along the bottom edge of the tulle placing one with the point upwards and then with the next corner facing downwards. Start placing the corners from the centre of the hem base and space the corners out nicely so they fit evenly across the hem.

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Step 25. Add some clear and resist ink to the non raised inside flap of the Creative Expressions texture linen embossing folder. Please a piece of pearl white card in the embossing folder (without moving the card once it`s in place) & run it through the Grand Calibur machine using the Spellbinder raspberry plate when using the embossing sandwich. Full instructions of embossing plate combinations can be found on the homepage of the Creative Expressions website.

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Step 26. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl embossing powder over the resist ink whilst it`s tacky.

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Step 27. Heat set the card to reveal the wonderful shimmer on the card.

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Step 28. Trim the card to 7 7/8square before securing the solid cut rectangle frame, the inner intricate cut die and then the solid inner die to the card with low tack tape.

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Step 29. Now you will have a thinner border, an intricate border and a solid inner die shape along with the aperture needed for the project.

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Step 30. Emboss a piece of vellum using the Sue Wilson floral brocade pinpoint embossing folder. This will go behind the just cut aperture.

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Step 31. Cut a panel of white card so it leaves a 3mm border all around the outside of the linen embossed panel.

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Step 32. Stick the pinpoint embossed panel onto the white card making sure the piece is large enough to sit under the frame but not as wide as the outside edge.

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Step 33. Add the linen embossed panel onto the white card using foam tape for dimension. Now take a strip of the double row pearls and cut them down the centre of the strip. This will give you extra value and the smaller pearls too.

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Step 34. Lay the cut pearls on the outer edge of the linen embossed panel.

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Step 35. Create a base card by scoring a piece of silver card at 1 inch in from the edge and attaching another card to the tab. Cut the card to 9 ½” wide and retain the depth of the card as is. Attach the prepared panel onto the silver base using foam tape again. Lay in the intricate border over the vellum.

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Step 36. Add the heart of the dress towards the top of the frame using foam tape. Now add 3 more of the pearl corners to the top of the tulle which lays just under the bodice area.

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Step .37 Secure the pearls corners to the base of the card using a small amount of silicone glue underneath the pearls. This will anchor the tulle in place.

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Step 38. Press the Creative Expressions dazzler setting into the clear and resist ink pad.

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Step 39. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl embossing powder over the top.

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Step .40 Heat set the powder making sure you have the dazzler setting on a heat mat as the dazzler will get hot.

DO NOT attempt to touch the dazzler until it has cooled down.

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Step 41. Make a double bow using the 2 tone purple ribbon & attach it to the side of the wedding dress. Place a small amount of silicone glue over the knot of the bow.

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Step 42. Make 2 decorative stick pins using the Creative Expressions pearl topped stick pins along with 2 faceted amethyst teardrop beads & 2 frosted amethyst faceted teardrop beads. Please use the glossy accents glue to secure each beads to each other and allow the beads to dry before adding them behind the dazzler setting. Add a sparkle embellishment to the centre of the dazzler.

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Step 43. Stamp the `Congrats` sentiment onto a piece of white card in the dusty concord distress ink before cutting it out using the rectangle die in the Galicia die set. Keep the card in place once it`s been embossed and ink some of the dusty concord ink on a smoothie over the die piece.

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Step 44. Attach the sentiment to complete the project.

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Step 45. Here is the heart shaped bodice with pearl detail.

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Step 46. The bottom of the tulle dress complete with pearl corner embellishments and the pearl edging on the embossed linen card.

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Decoupage Paper Crackle Panel Card

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This workshop shows how to make a soft effect card using mica on the stamped panel and a crackle panel has been made over the decoupage papers.

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The Sue Wilson Noble pierced rectangle die frames the project off nicely set over the Creative Expressions scored lines embossing panel.

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Here is a close up of the decoupage paper feathers that embellish the stamped panel off perfectly.

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Decoupage Feather Panel Card

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection ~ St Barts Die : CED5205

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Pierced Rectangle Die Set : CED5502

Creative Expressions Textured Scored Lines Embossing Folder : EF-031

Large Feathers Decoupage Papers : CCDECP064 &

Feather Collage Papers : CCDECP065

& Full Range of Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers

Cosmic Shimmer Craquelure Glue :CSCRAQ

Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Flat Paint Brush Section  & Water Brush : WBW

Sanding Block : CO723060

Creative Expressions SmoothiesCESMOOTH   & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Creative Expressions Cabbage Rose Frame Stamp : UMS605

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 & Blush Card : 409BLUSH , Vintage Silver Card : VINTSILVERCARD

 Foundations Vellum :40024

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad : DPVINTAGEPHO

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD & Silver Shine Embossing Powder : CSEPSILMET

Creative Expressions Pearl Moon Metallic Gilding Wax : CSGWPEA

Phill Martin Graceful Mint Mica Powder : CSPMMPGRACEMINT

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

   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 up the Creative Expressions scored lines crackled feather card. For this project you`ll need the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die, the Sue Wilson noble collection ~ pierced rectangle die set, the Creative Expressions textured scored lines embossing folder along with the Creative Expressions cabbage rose frame stamp. The large feathers & feather collage decoupage papers are also used for the main panel & cut up singularly to make a feature embellishment too.

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Step 2. Select the Sue Wilson noble collection ~ pierced rectangle die set, and cut out the 2nd largest outer die shape & emboss the die shape too. The smaller die shape can be used it`s up to you on which effect you would prefer.

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Step 3. Take a piece of coconut A4 card or some pearl white card & place it in the Creative Expressions textured scored lines embossing folder. Add the Grand Calibur base plate below & the Spellbinder raspberry adapter plate above the embossing folder sandwich before running it through the Grand Calibur machine to emboss the piece.

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Step 4. Trim the excess card off the embossed panel so it finishes with just the scored lines of the embossing folder showing. Mount the panel onto a piece of vintage silver card.

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Step 5. Now to work the rectangle panel that had been cut before hand. Select the feather collage decoupage papers & cut off a piece of the paper so it fits over the large rectangle panel. You will also need a bottle of the Cosmic Shimmer glue, seal & glaze.

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Step 6. Take the rectangle out of the die.

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Step 7. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze on card front.

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Step 8. Use a flat paint brush to sweep the glue across the whole surface of the card.

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Step 9. Lay the feather collage decoupage paper over the glue sweeping the paper down smoothly as you go.

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Step 10. Take the sanding block and hold it at an angle & sand downwards over the edge of the card to create the smooth finish to the edge.

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Step 11. Bend the card backwards to make sure the card will dry flat.

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Step 12. Lay the decoupage panel onto the scored lines embossed panel to see how the design will start to build up.

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Step 13. For added strength you can cut a piece of thick grey board (which is often used when packing and sending out card by post or use a piece of   350 gsm card). Cut the card slightly smaller than the feathered panel & stick the card to the back of this panel to strengthen it.

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Step 14. Now cut a border using the foundations blush card with the 2nd largest frame die, the intricate inner frame & the next size down solid frame from the Sue Wilson noble collection ~ pierced rectangle die set. Emboss the frame once it`s been cut. Also cut a solid piece of blush card using the largest outer die shape as this will be used as a mat for the finished design.

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Step 15. Select the Cosmic Shimmer Craquelure Glue base & top coat bottles.

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Step 16. Add a layer of the Cosmic Shimmer Craquelure base coat glue over the feather panel. Keep the brush stokes going in the same direction to make sure a nice crackle will form after the next step is completed.

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Step 17 . Once the base coat is tacky then add the Cosmic Shimmer Craquelure top coat glue going in a different direction than the base coat. Once that is dry it will create a fine crackle effect which will give an aged feel to the panel.

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Step 18. Add some of the Creative Expressions pearl moon gilding wax to highlight the cracked surface.

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Step 19. Here is a close up of the crackle effect over the feather panel.

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Step 20. You can use a darker wax or ink on a Creative Expressions smoothie. Once the ink or wax is in the crackle then any unwanted excess can be remove by a cloth with a small amount of Creative Expressions blending solution to remove the ink or wax not in the cracks.

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Step 21. Take the Creative Expressions cabbage rose frame stamp & ink it up using the ink & resist ink pad. Select the Phill Martin graceful mint mica powder.

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Step 22. Use a soft brush to apply some of the mica over the stamped image.

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Step 23. Add the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die & secure the outer die over the edge of the mica image. Make sure the low tack tape doesn`t go over the mica as this will strip the mica off the image. Please disregard the rectangle die shape as this wasn`t used.

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Step 24. Take a section off the large feathers decoupage papers & cut out the small feathers using a pair of decoupage snips.

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Step 25. Now you have most of the elements to start compiling the finished card.

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Step 26. Mat the scored lines / silver card panel onto a larger base card or single card panel depending if you want the card to open or just be a panel card. Use foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 27. Attach the solid blush panel & then the feather panel again using foam tape.

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Step 28. Add small amounts of 3d glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the reverse of the intricate border & add over the feathered panel.

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Step 29. Attach the mica stamped panel over the bottom left corner of the frame before arranging the cut feathers in a group using some 3d glue. Cut the centre flower pearl from the pearl corner embellishment pack & add to the centre of the feather arrangement.

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Step 30. Stamp the `Thank You` from the JustRite vintage labels 3 & 7 set using clear & resist ink and then emboss it using the Cosmic Shimmer silver shine embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder. Use a decorative die to cut the sentiment out, here the die from the dainty rectangle tag & frame set was used.

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Step 31. Add pearl corners from the Creative Expressions Finishing Touches pearl corners ~ white design set & add the sentiment underneath the frame panel to complete the card.

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Step 32. Here is a close up of the decoupage paper feathers with the pearl embellishment in the centre of the feathers. The joy of crafting is often using the craft products in a different way than they are normally used for. Just have fun and experiment as happy accidents often lead to new ways of crafting.

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Step 33. Here is a close up of the scored lines embossing folder, it`s a STUNNING folder as it brings a lovely luxury feeling to the card. The pearl corners just enhance the design off nicely.

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Step 34. Here is a close up of the crackle effect on the feathered decoupage papers.

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Step 35. If you would rather use something other than the decoupage paper for the background panel then why not use the new Cosmic Shimmer crackle paint. It is a single application paint that just crackles once dried. Select a colour from the Cosmic Shimmer crackle paint collection.

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Step 36. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer crackle paint onto the rectangle panel.

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Step 37. Spread the paint over the card but leave it nice and thick if you want bigger cracks on the card. Then air dry the piece.

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Step 38. Here you will see the difference in the crackle effect, the centre had the thicker paint and the finer crackle appears towards the edges as the paint was thinner. So use the crackle panel instead of the decoupage paper panel if you prefer.

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I hope you have enjoyed this project and it has given you some ideas on how to use the decoupage papers.

Check out the MDF iPad stand workshop on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop site for more instructions on using the decoupage papers.

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Creative Expressions iPad / Book Stand Decoupage Project

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This workshop shows how to cover the Creative Expressions iPad / Book Stand using the decoupage papers.

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The Sue Wilson complete petals die & delicate fronds die has been used to create the flowers & greenery that adorn the sides of the iPad stand.

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This project also shows you how to make the false shelf so that you can use the iPad MDF pack with a 7″ tablet.

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Creative Expressions Wooden Effect MDF Ipad – Book Stand

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Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

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Creative Expressions MDF iPad / Book Stand : CEMDFBOOK

& All Creative Expressions MDF Products

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Oakwood Decoupage Papers : CCDECP084

& Full Range of Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers

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Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Flat Paint Brush Section  & Water Brush : WBW

Sanding Block : CO723060

Creative Expressions SmoothiesCESMOOTH   & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection ~ Complete Petals : CED1421

 Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection Delicate Fronds Die :  CED1426

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad : DPVINTAGEPHO &

Barn Door Ink Pad : DPBARN

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Spring Green PVA Glue : CSGSPRING

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make up and cover a Creative Expressions wooden effect MDF iPad / book stand and also how to make an extra shelf so it can hold a smaller 7” tablet too.

For this you`ll need the Creative Expressions MDF iPad / book stand.

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Step 2. Select the oakwood decoupage paper pack or choose one of the other decoupage papers in the range.

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Step 3. You`ll also need the Cosmic Shimmer gloss or matt glue, seal & glaze or even the sparkle glue, seal & glaze if you prefer along with a flat paint brush.

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Step 4. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well before pouring some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.

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Step 5. I have found it easier to tear some of the oakwood decoupage paper slightly bigger than the iPad middle MDF panel as it makes it easier to handle first time around.

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Step 6. Brush the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze over the main MDF iPad panel.

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Step 7. Lay the oakwood decoupage paper over the glue sweeping the paper down smoothly as you go.

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Step 8. Occasionally there might be an air bubble in between the paper and MDF.

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Step 9. If so lift the decoupage paper back up.

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Step 10. and 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 11. 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 12. 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.

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Step 13. Once the edge has been smoothed off this will create an edging where the decoupage papers cannot be peeled back as the sanding along with the strong glue makes for a lovely neat finish to the piece.

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Step 14. Repeat the process and cover the back of the MDF main panel. You may find you have to sand back some of the paper off the tabs of the main panel so they fit into the side panel slots. For this project I have added the sides now so that the joins can be covered.

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Step 15. Add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze making sure you have the glue right up to the edges of the intricate swirls.

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Step 16. Lay on another piece of the oakwood decoupage paper. This might have to be done in 2 pieces if you work with a smaller section of the paper but just make sure you line the wood effect up as you go.

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Step 17 . The detail of the side pieces can easily be seen in the light so pierce a few holes to allow you to get a sanding block into the design.

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Step 18. Smooth the edges downwards again and use the nail file to get into the curves of the side panels.

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Step 19. Alternatively fold up a small piece if sand paper and use this to get into the small areas of the design. It might seem a little fidderly but it is very therapeutic and well worth the time to ensure the edges stay firmly glued down.

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Step 20. Save the excess pieces of the decoupage paper as these can be used for a different project and even for another step later on. The beauty of the papers is they can be added in small pieces using the glue, seal & glaze.

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Step 21. Take a Tim Holtz vintage photo ink pad along with a new Creative Expressions smoothie. Add some of the ink to the edges of the decoupage papers as the sanding can take a bit of the colour way.

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Step 22. Cut a thin piece of cut`n`dry foam for the even smaller areas of the stand.

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Step 23. Add some of the Tim Holtz vintage photo ink directly onto the inside stand side.

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Step 24. Smooth the ink across the surface using a piece of cut`n`dry foam.

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Step 25. There will be a very thin line where you will not have been able to reach with the cut`n`dry foam so take a Tim Holtz water brush & move some of the vintage photo ink over the blank MDF. Be careful not to paint over the paper as the ink will come out in the glue when you seal the paper in the next step.

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Step 26. Add a top coat of the Cosmic Shimmer gloss, seal & glaze glue & leave this to dry.

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Step 27. To decorate the MDF stand the Sue Wilson finishing touches complete petals die & the delicate fronds die are being used.

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Step 28. Cut & emboss out a selection of the complete petals in a pearl card. Use the Creative Expressions smoothie with some Tim Holtz barn door ink on it to pounce it up and down over the card petals. Once the ink is dry press a large ball tool on the reverse of the petal on a foam mat.

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Step 29. Turn the flower over & press the ball tool in the centre of the flower to raise to petals upwards.

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Step 30. Glue smaller petals into a larger petal to add detail to each flower. Also have the petals with different tones of the red barn ink on them. Ink the delicate fronds using some peeled paint ink on the smoothie pad.

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Step 31. Arrange the delicate fronds onto the side edge of the MDF stand.

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Step 32. Before adding the prepared flowers descending in size down the side. If you have a large iPad then leave this as is or you may wish to use it as a book stand and then the project is complete. Add some faux pearls in the centre of the flowers using some Cosmic Shimmer spring green PVA glue.

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Step 33. If you have a smaller tablet then here`s how to make a false shelf for the tablet to stand on. Take a piece of grey board that is often used in packing card or just use a thick 350gsm card.

Measure 2 panels at 1” x 8¼” (the long measurement is just the width of the card on a piece of A4 card) so just cut 2 strips of 1”.

Then cut 2 pieces of card at 2” x 7¾”

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Step 34. Hold the thinner card piece under the wider card on the iPad stand & stick it to the reverse of the wider card once it touches the back MDF stand & the sides slot nicely on the side hooks of the stand. Mirror this on the 2nd pieces of card so you can stick the 2 pieces together with the thinner pieces in the centre of the card.

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Step 35. Cut 2 small pieces of card to make some stoppers for the tablet & to add as a support under the card as this strip with have to carry the weight of the tablet.

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Step 36. Add glue over the card sandwich & cover the 2 card blanks together. It is easy to match up the design of wood with the main MDF panel and it really makes the design pop if you do this. Cover and stick on the small stopper. Add glue, seal & glaze over the decoupage paper to match this piece with the rest of the iPad stand and it will protect the project if something spills on it.

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Step 37. Add the covered piece back into the stand but make sure the glue is fully dry so it doesn`t stick into stand. This way it can be added or removed depending on which use you want for the stand.

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Step 38. Here it is without and holding a nice heavy recipe book.

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Step 39. or with the smaller 7” tablet. So a useful project for yourself or to give as a gift.

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 I hope you have enjoyed this project and it has given you some ideas on how to use the decoupage papers.

It`s hard to believe it was once a MDF kit.

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Teal Thank You Weave Card

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This workshop shows how to make a delicate vellum stamped panel which is sat on the sparkle weave design made easy using the new Sue Wilson classic weave die.

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The ruffle roses sit nicely on the corner of the vellum panel and the stamp is cut out perfectly using the Sue Wilson St Barts die.

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Here is a close up of the vellum roses which adorn the corners of the weave panel.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

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Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection ~ St Barts Die : CED5205

Sue Wilson Weaving Collection Classic : CED5301

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection ~ Complete Petals : CED1421

Creative Expressions Cross Stitch Pinpoint Embossing Folder :EFPP-006

Sue Wilson Greek Island Collection Corners ,Borders & Tags Die Set :CED5102

 Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection , Corner ,Border & Tags Die :  CED4202

Creative Expressions Cabbage Rose Frame Stamp : UMS605

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 

Foundations Vellum :40024

Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink Pad : DPPISTAC

Ranger Adirondack Paint Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD & True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

Creative Expressions Dazzler Setting Set 3 : SETDAZZ3

Creative Expressions Clear Sparkle Embellishment :SPARKCLEAR

Creative Expressions Silky Crush Aqua Ribbon : UK1-5-04

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a sparkled woven design with a vellum sentiment panel. For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die, the Sue Wilson weaving collection classic die, Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection ~ Complete Petals, the Creative Expressions cross stitch pinpoint embossing folder, the Sue Wilson Greek Island collection corners, borders & tags die set along with the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection, corner, border & tags die set. The new Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio distress ink pad works perfectly with the Creative Expressions aqua silky ribbon.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Foundations coconut A4 card and place a piece of the self adhesive sticky sheet over the top and leave the upside with the backing on. Place the Sue Wilson weaving collection classic die over the adhesive sheet and use some low tack tape to secure the die firmly down.

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Step 3. Run the die shape through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine (or any other thin die machine), but DO NOT emboss this piece as it will crack the self adhesive backing sheet.

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Step 4. Now this bit is optional and it just depends on the finished look you require. You may want to remove all the backing and add the micro beads to achieve the classic woven look ….

… or if not just remove the alternate rows of the self adhesive backing leaving the top (or left hand side in this photo)edge still intact.

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Step 5. Tip the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky sheet.

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Step 6. Press the micro beads firmly onto the sheet to just make sure you have a complete coverage of the sticky sheet.

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Step 7. Cut another weave die piece again using the adhesive sheet and cut off 4 off the strips and apply the micro beads to these 4 strips.

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Step 8. Remove the other backing on the micro bead panel and tip some distress glitter rock candy over the sticky and press the glitter down firmly.

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Step 9. Add some of the distress glitter rock candy on the other 5 strips of the weave pieces. Cut up the end to make these single weave strips.

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Step 10. Lift up the micro bead lengths on the weave panel.

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Step 11. Place a rock candy weave under the weave & lay down the micro beads weave.

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Step 12. Lift up the rock candy lengths & lay down a micro bead weave.

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Step 13. Repeat the process nudging the weave up firmly to the weaves above to give a nice firm look to the weave pattern as it grows

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Step 14. Continue until you have worked the whole weave. Remember for a different pattern just have the micro beads on one weave panel and have your weave lengths in the rock candy and you`ll achieve a more woven finish.

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Step 15. Turn the panel over and place strips of double sided tape across the back of the weave pattern.

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Step 16. To cut the silky crush ribbon fold the ribbon in half and fold it over and over again till you end up with it in a tight folded piece. Just make sure the sides are all even to ensure an even cut.

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Step 17 . Cut the ribbon down the centre. It`s best to work with a pair of long bladed scissors for a neat cut.

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Step 18. Once cut you`ll be left with an evenly cut piece of ribbon which is half the width, this is ideal for the pleating and also for making the roses as the raw edge will have tape on it.

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Step 19. Add a line of double side tape along the 2 left and right hand sides of the weave panel on the top side.

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Step 20. Pleat the aqua ribbon onto the tape adding some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue in the folds of the ribbon to make sure it is secured in place. Remove the other tape backing….

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Step 21. … and repeat the process again down the other side.

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Step 22. Cut & emboss 2 of the borders from the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection, corner, border & tags die set. Apply some of the Tim Holtz cracked pistachio ink on the edges of the border using some cut`n`dry foam or use the new Creative Expressions smoothies.

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Step 23. Add a thin strip of foam tape down the centre of the back of the border before adding some of the Comic Shimmer dries clear glue as this will give the added strength of hold needed over the micro beads. Attach the borders to the top and bottom of the weave. Allow the glue to set firmly.

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Step 24. Stamp the Creative Expressions cabbage rose frame stamp using some clear and resist ink onto a piece of the foundations A4 vellum & then tip over the Cosmic Shimmer true white embossing powder onto the ink before heat setting it with a heat tool.

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Step 25. Secure the outer solid die from the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection St Barts die set over the vellum with some low tack tape. Add some self adhesive sticky sheet over a piece of white card (big enough to fit the stamped shape on).

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Step 26. Remove the backing from the sticky sheet & stick the vellum / die piece down onto the sticky card.

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Step 27. Run the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur machine to reveal the exquisite edging to the stamped piece .

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Step 28. Now the glue is dry snip the border so it has a nice curve finish to mirror the other end of the border.

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Step 29. Cut another border and trim that down the centre to give you 2 side pieces to slip under the ruffled ribbon. Secure in place using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 30. Add some red line tape (strong) to the bottom raw edge of the ribbon. Roll and ruffle the ribbon up to make 2 lovely ruffle roses. Cut a small length of ribbon and again cut it in half before making it into a smaller ruffle rose.

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Step 31. Add the ruffle roses to the centre of the rose area on the vellum topper.

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Step 32. Place the Sue Wilson finishing touches complete petals dies cut face up on the Grand Calibur base board.

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Step 33. Add some 2 layers of vellum over the dies and then add the cut plate before you cut & emboss the piece through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 34. Use a small pair of scissors and curve the flower petals over the closed blades. Place the curved flower onto the reverse side of a piece of cut`n`dry foam & use an embossing tool in a circular motion in the centre of the flower to bring the petals upwards.

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Step 35. Add the smaller vellum petals in the centre of the larger flowers using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue. Once it`s dry use the Adirondack gold paint dabber to colour the tips of the vellum with some gold.

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Step 36. Attach the vellum rose / rose ruffles topper onto the bottom left hand side of the weave panel using foam tape for extra dimension.

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Step 37. Emboss a piece of foundations teal card using the Creative Expressions cross stitch pinpoint embossing folder & trim so it leaves a border around the worked weave topper. This was 7 ½” deep x 7 7/8” wide.

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Step 38. Cut a piece of white card slightly bigger than the teal embossed panel and use some of the cracked pistachio ink to distress the edges of the white card.

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Step 39. Add a bow made from the full width of the aqua crushed silky bow & place a Creative Expressions dazzler setting to cover the knot of the bow. Add a sparkle dazzler in the dazzler setting to complete the look.

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Step 40. Arrange the vellum prepared flowers in the corner of the weave panel. Make a cluster on 3 corners leaving the bow corner free of flowers.

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Step 41. . Add some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to the centres of the vellum flowers & sprinkle some distress glitter rock candy over the glue. Tip off the excess onto a piece of paper and then return the leftovers back into the pot.

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Step 42. Attach the pinpoint teal card to the white card mat using foam tape & then add to a base card.

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Step 43. Add 5 small PVA dots to the same 3 corners as the flowers have been added and again sprinkle them with the distress glitter rock candy.

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Step 44. Stamp & emboss the `Thank You ` sentiment in Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder before cutting the sentiment out using the oval ivy die from the Sue Wilson Greek Island collection corners, borders & tags die set.

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Step 45. Leave the die in place and use the cracked pistachio distress ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam to colour the inner oval on the sentiment as this will lift the wording from the card.

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Step 46. Here is a close up of the ruffle ribbon roses which sit perfectly on the vellum stamped background.

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Step 47. The vellum flowers just add some elegance to the corner of the weave panel.

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Step 48. The project is finished off nicely with the silky crushed ribbon bow & dazzler setting.

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 So a few key items like the Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink helped to pull in the colours for this project and the vellum flowers and topper give that soft delicate flow on the sparkle of the weaved back panel.

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Happy Crafting

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Celebrate Ivy Card

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This workshop shows how to make a soft toned card using the ivy dies from the Sue Wilson`s die collection.

The new Creative Expressions Smoothies have been used to allow a seamless blend to the distress inks. They are amazing to work with and will change the way you distress projects.

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Here is a close up of the dazzler setting finished off with the decorative pearl stick pins.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Greek Island Collection ~ Background DieCED5101

Sue Wilson Greek Island Corner, Border & Tag Collection Die  : CED5102

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection ~ St Lucia Die : CED5203

JustRite Vintage Labels 3 & 7 Stamp Plate : JRCL02022

 Creative Expressions Dazzler Setting Set 2 : SETDAZZ2

 Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink Pad : DPSEED

& Peeled Paint : DPPEELEDPAINT

Creative Expressions Smoothies : CESMOOTH

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

Foundations Pumice Card :41003  , Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980

& Rich Plum Card : 41021

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Two Tone Olive Ribbon : KN16

Creative Expressions Pearl Topped Stick Pins ~ White : CEPINWHT

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Amethyst : CEPBEADAMST

Creative Expressions Faceted Teardrop Beads ~ Frosted Amethyst : CEPBEADFRAMST

Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Creative Expressions Clear Sparkle Embellishment :SPARKCLEAR

Also available are spacer beads 

White Pearls : CEPPEARLWHT & Bead Spacers :CEPSPACERS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely soft ivy card. For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson Greek Island Collection background die, the Sue Wilson Greek Island corner, border & tag collection die & the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Lucia die. The NEW Creative Expressions Smoothies are also needed to achieve the seamless blend of distress ink. Once used you`ll not want to put them down !!, some Foundations A4 pumice stone card & rich plum card is also used for this project.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Foundations pumice stone A4 card and place the Sue Wilson Greek Island Collection background die with the lattice inside die secured in place with some low tack tape onto the card & cut it out using a Grand Calibur machine or another die cut machine. Once cut the pass it back through using the embossing plate & tan mat over the base plate and die & card.

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Step 3. This Sue Wilson Greek Island Collection background die is great for cutting out small embossed squares as you will get 10 squares from one die shape. You can make some wonderful mosaic / patterns pieces up.

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Step 4. Trim around the edge of the background ivy panel so there is just a small border edge. Cut a piece of double sided self adhesive sheet so it fits over the trellis pattern and remains within the borders of the card.

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Step 5. Attach the sticky to a piece of Foundations coconut card if you want the contrast or some more of the pumice stone card and cut the card to the same shape as the adhesive sheet leaving just a small tab so you can remove the backing easily. Release the backing and place the card in a clear box lid.

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Step 6. Tip the Creative Expressions micro beads over the self adhesive sheet & press them down firmly on the sticky.

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Step 7. Place strips of the self adhesive sheet down on a piece of the pumice stone card or the coconut card if you want a brighter ivy. Secure the ivy border from the Sue Wilson Greek Island corner, border & tag collection die on the backing of the adhesive sheet with some low tack tape.

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Step 8. Now cut and DON`T emboss the piece through the Grand Calibur as the embossing can split the backing sheet. Just ease the ivy trail out of the card, it`s cut but just needs a little help to release the die shape but it`s quite robust.

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Step 9. Push through the small inside pieces of the ivy to reveal the border ivy piece. Repeat this process and cut 3 more borders in the same way.

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Step 10. Remove the adhesive backing and cover the sticky area with some Creative Expressions micro beads. Continue and cover 2 more full ivy pieces and only part of the last border will need to be covered as seen below.

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Step 11. Lay the 3 full ivy panels around the outside of the ivy panel & then cut the 4th ivy so it fits in the smaller gap along the bottom of the panel.

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Step 12. So now you have the 3 full micro beaded ivy trails and the 2/3rds covered ivy along with the ivy panel and micro bead backing for underneath the trellis.

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Step 13. This is where the colour of the project gets pulled in with the Tim Holtz seedless preserves and peeled paint distress ink. Also used is the Creative Expressions new smoothies for a seamless blend of the ink. 2 Creative Expressions pearl topped stick pins along with 2 faceted amethyst teardrop beads & 2 frosted amethyst faceted teardrop beads are needed to make up the decorative stick pins.

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Step 14. Dab some of the Tim Holtz seedless preserves onto one of the Creative Expressions new smoothies.

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Step 15. Place the ivy panel onto a craft mat or one of the ink blending mats and dab the smoothie onto the mat if you want a lighter tone of ink and then ease the smoothie from the mat onto the edge of the ivy panel. Pick up the more ink from the mat or from the ink pad and work around all of the panel.

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Step 16. Now add some of the Tim Holtz peeled paint distress ink onto the smoothie & work the colour over the debossed ivy section of the panel. It`s up to you if you do this part before the seedless preserves ink but as you can there were no issues adding the ink in the manner.

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Step 17 . Place the ivy panel and the loose ivy border pieces onto a piece of coconut card and here you will see there is about a rulers width of card left above the top ivy strip. Score a line across the top ivy, to make a tab and then add a piece of card under the tab to make the larger card base from 2 pieces of A4 card. Trim the excess card off the bottom of the joined pieces to make the base card.

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Step 18. Cut another piece of the coconut card leaving a small border around the edge of the card. Add a small amount of the seedless preserves ink on the edge of the white card to add depth the this layer & mount it onto the base card using some foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 19. The ivy panel & ivy borders can be added to the white matted base card or why not cut a piece of rich plum card stock to fit 3mm`s in from the white matted card.

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Step 20. Glue the ivy borders onto the rich plum card using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or some 3d for added dimension. Always lay the borders in place before gluing so that you know exactly where they should be put. Trail the ivy over the edge of the rich plum card.

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Step 21. Add some foam pads over the solid areas of the reverse side of the ivy panel.

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Step 22. Attach the micro bead panel you prepared earlier and then add some Cosmic Shimmer glue over the card backing area before adding the panel to the centre of the main card.

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Step 23. Stamp the `celebrate` sentiment from the JustRite vintage labels 3 & 7 stamp plate in the seedless preserves ink & then add the oval from the Sue Wilson Greek Island corner, border & tag collection die over the sentiment. Cut and emboss the rectangle die shape in white card from the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Lucia die set and also cut the ivy decorative oval die from the Sue Wilson Greek Island corner, border & tag collection die, along with the celebrate oval.

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Step 24. Use the ink from the smoothies to add a mixture of distress ink to the rectangle shape before adding over the top of the lattice area on the ivy panel.

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Step 25. Distress the ivy shape in the seedless preserves and add to the rectangle shape using foam pads before adding the oval celebrate over the top again using foam pads.

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Step 26. Select the Creative Expressions pearl topped stick pins along with 2 faceted amethyst teardrop beads & 2 frosted amethyst faceted teardrop beads and 4 spacer beads or pearls will be needed too.

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Step 27. Add a spacer bead onto the pearl pin and then add a small amount of the glossy accents as this glue will not rust under the transparent beads ( as tested by Sue Wilson !!! ). Build the teardrop beads up adding a spacer bead in between the teardrop beads and before adding some more glossy accents at the bottom of the pin. Keep the pins upside down to allow the glossy accents to dry.

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Step 28. Add 4 of the Creative Expressions finishing touches pearl corners to the corners of the ivy panel.

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Step 29. Take the Creative Expressions clear sparkle embellishment and dab some of the seedless preserves distress ink on the smoothie over the top of the embellishment to add a soft purple tint to the sparkle piece.

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Step 30. Make a double bow using the 2 tone green ribbon before adding the dazzler setting over the knot of the bow using some silicone glue. Now add the sparkle embellishment in the centre of the dazzler setting.

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Step 31. Add the stick pins in the back of the dazzler setting to complete the project.

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Step 32. Here is the completed card with the soft colours that are normally on a real life ivy leaf.

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Step 33. Here is a close up of the dazzler setting and the decorative pearl pins.

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Step 34  A close up of the pearl corners along with the debossed ivy panel and micro beaded ivy border.

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It`s all about the Handbags

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This workshop shows how to a handbag based on the design made by Izzy

This workshop will provide photos and links to instructions and measurements for a few different die fronts of the handbags.

Also here is my version of a handbag with lots of hints and tips on making your own bespoke handbag using the Sue Wilson Phoenix die.

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Here is a close up of the Sue Wilson striplet die front panel of the bag.

Below is a photo of the wonderful snakeskin texture of the handbag made using the NEW Creative Expressions 8″ x 8″ texture embossing folder along with the dazzler setting & fancy pearl embellishment.

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 Please click here for the written instructions on Sue Wilson`s blog

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Here is a close up of the different measurements Izzy has produced for the different options of handbags above

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Diagonals Collection ~ Labyrinth : CED5602

Sue Wilson Gemini Dies ~ Phoenix : CED4401

Sue Wilson Striplet ~ Floral Meadow : CED1605

Creative Expressions Emboss Textures 8″x 8″ Embossing Folder ~ Snakeskin : EF-029

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 

Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad : DPANTLINEN

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

& Tim Holtz Distress Glitter ~ Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

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

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Dazzler Settings 4 : SETDAZZ4

& Creative Expressions Fancy Pearl Embellishments : PEARL

Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes : CSGFPERSIAN

or Any of the Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flake Sheets 

Piercing Ruler : RULER

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Step by Step Instructions

This workshop will show you how to make a special handbag modelled following the wonderful instructions given by Izzy along with her permission to show her handbags too. The STUNNING handbags featured in the sets above were seen on a Sue Wilson weekender show recently. I`ve put my spin on things and I’m hoping it will give you a few idea when you make your design up

Step 1. For this project you`ll need the Sue Wilson diagonals collection ~ Labyrinth die, the Sue Wilson Gemini dies ~ Phoenix die, the Sue Wilson striplet ~ floral meadow die & the Creative Expressions snakeskin emboss textures 8″x 8“ embossing folder. Also needed is the Creative Expressions finishing touches pearl corners white design 2 set, the Creative Expressions dazzler settings 4 set, the Creative Expressions fancy pearl embellishments & Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes.

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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson Gemini dies ~ Phoenix die and place the main die along with the cut edge die next to it along the bottom corner of piece of coconut card. This card will need to be around 7 inches deep and the width of the die *. Secure the dies in place with some low tack tape so they don`t move whilst cutting as this could cause one of the dies to be cut into the other one.

* REMEMBER to leave a ½” gap of card each side of the border die if you are going to use the intricate border later on.

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Step 3. Pass the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur machine twice to ensure the detail has been cut. Then emboss the piece using the pink embossing plate and tan mat over the base plate as usually would.

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Step 4. If you haven`t already cut the A4 card down to the approximate 7” stated before then take a ruler & measure 6 inches from the bottom of border cut edge (or a bit longer if you wish the handbag lid to go further down the back of the bag )

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Step 5. If you struggle with cutting the die border using an A4 piece of card then use the approximate 7” deep piece of card and pass the die through the Grand Calibur with the die turned so it faces down the side of the cutting plate. Here the smaller Grand Calibur plates have been used as the size fits.

ONCE THE EDGE IS CUT IT`S IMPORTANT TO RETAIN THE DIES IN THE SAME POSITION WITH THE LOW TACK HOLDING THEM TOGETHER FOR ANOTHER STEP as it`s needed to create the same pattern on some self adhesive sheet.

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Step 6. This is where the ½” gap of card is needed if you are using the intricate die from the Sue Wilson diagonals collection ~ Labyrinth die set. Secure the thin edge die with the cut edge facing on the outer edge of the card panel & cut both side edges of the card to leave a wonderful delicate edging to the piece. Also cut the same edging along the top of this card panel. As the die is wider the it will overlap the cut edge below but the next steps will help with this matter.

Alternatively & A BETTER STEP when cutting the side edges, cut the top edge first and then cut the side edges by placing the die below the top edge so it doesn`t overlap. (sorry just thought of this afterwards !!)

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Step 7. Here is a photo of the delicate side edges.

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Step 8. If the corners have a broken edge in the design the take a pair of scissors and trim the loops off to leave a nice curve finish to the design.

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Step 9. Repeat this on the other corner so it matches nicely.

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Step 10. It`s at this stage where you can leave the handbag design blank or even emboss it using one of the wonderful NEW Creative Expressions A4 folders or 8” x 8” folders but you will need to add some score lines across the width of the design to aid the curve needed on the handbag flap.

You can also use the Sue Wilson striplet dies as they fit perfectly with the width created by the phoenix die. Secure the Striplet floral meadow die down on the top of the prepared card panel & cut and emboss it through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 11. Now the first striplet die shape is cut there is space to cut the 2nd striplet die.

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Step 12. Place the Striplet floral meadow die in the space above the border flap shape. Secure it with some low tack tape & cut a piece of card the same shape as the die and secure that on the opposite back side of the die.

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Step 13. Run the panel through the Grand Calibur & here you will see some of the die cut shapes through the waste card.

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Step 14. Remove the waste card to reveal a perfectly cut intricate die which was run through the die cutting machine in the central position and in only one pass. This would normally need 2, 3 or even 4 passes through to achieve this cut result but the card just gives that extra pressure. As with all die cutting please don`t force any plates that have any resistance through your die cutting machine as this could break the machine. But this was done with ease, hence the tip. Also whilst the die is still in the card pass it through again with the embossing plate etc.

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Step 15. Now you have the intricate cut panel add a piece of self adhesive sheet so it fits over the 2 striplet panels and the sticky is placed onto the card leaving the backing on the adhesive sheet. Make sure the sheet stays within the edges of the card.

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Step 16. Take one of the Cosmic Shimmer gilding flake sheets or use the Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes. Other colours are available. Press the sheet firmly onto the sticky sheet surrounding the floral meadow pattern.

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Step 17 . Use a soft brush to make sure all of the sticky sheet is covered with the gold leaf.

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Step 18. Here the carrier sheet from the gilding sheet has been screwed up and used to burnish the gold leaf onto the sticky sheet as it is nice and soft. You may want to use a rub it scrub it pad to remove the excess foil, but this panel was done solely using the tissue.

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Step 19. Cut a piece of self adhesive paper so it has the same die shape bottom and then trim the sides and top so it fits within the white border near the intricate edging.

Again retain the border dies with the low tack tape holding them together.

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Step 20. Working over the front of the panel remove the backing and stick the sheet over the border edge first so you get the pattern correctly in place and then lay the rest of the sheet down over the foiled pattern.

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Step 21. Place the panel over a lid so you have something to capture the excess snow jewels in. Remove the top backing from the sticky sheet and add the Cosmic Shimmer iced snow glitter jewels over the panel. Press the jewels firmly down to ensure a full coverage of the piece. This technique is called the fire and ice technique Sue Wilson does on her wonderful samples.

Be sure to check out her blog as there is so much daily inspiration as well as giveaways too

please go to Sue`s blog @ www.particraft.blogspot.com

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Step 22. Remove the sticky backing from the reverse of the worked panel and cut a rectangle panel of gold paper & attach it over the sticky. Now cut a strip of the border shape in the same gold paper and then stick that over the edge. This will help with the closing as one solid sheet might pull and buckle to much.

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Step 23. There will be a faint line but remember this is in the inside of the bag. You may wish to finish the line with a row of the Creative Expressions pearls to cover the line ???

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Step 24. Ease the shape of the panel over a rolling pin or I used the top of my Grand Calibur !!! I found it worked well to leave the front striplet panel fairly straight and just curved the top and back panel.

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Step 25. Take a piece of coconut card & add a die shape across the top to create a curved opening for the bag. There are lots of dies suitable for this shaping, here the Grand Labels 4 die has been used just on one edge of the top of the card to create the shape needed.

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Step 26. Once the shape has been cut & embossed them measure the width of the lid width and trim down each side of the just cut opening. The top of the card is cut at the first curve in the die shape.

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Step 27. Turn the card into a landscape position and score the card at 4” ~ 5.5” & 9.5” this will create the front , base and back of the handbag shape.

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Step 28. Now to cut the side panels of the bag. Cut a rectangle in coconut card to 4.5” x 2.5”, Score a half an inch in on all the sides except the top. ALSO BEFORE SCORING one of the sides move the card over a smidgen so you score leaving the centre space of just under 1.5” and this will make one side measurement of just over 0.5” as this will allow for the thickness of the card when gluing it into place. Find the centre of the card & score a line approximately halfway down the middle as this will allow you to concertina the sides slightly when the sides are attached to the body of the handbag. Make another side panel the same.

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Step 29. Now to add texture to the card the bag panel can be added to one of the new 8” x 8” texture embossing folders by Creative Expressions. Here the snakeskin folder is being used. This length of card will have to be embossed in 2 goes but the line caused actually adds detail to the back of the handbag.

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Step 30. For a lovely effect why not letterpress the card by adding some of the Tim Holtz antique linen distress ink pad over the non raised inside of the embossing folder before embossing it.

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Step 31. Run the folder through the Grand Calibur machine using the base plate & Spellbinders raspberry plate. You will achieve a lovely snakeskin pattern with the coloured effect deep in the embossing on the main body of the handbag. Repeat the process one the 2 sides panels.

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Step 32. Crease the side tabs over on the side panels & cut the overlapping bottom corners off. Add some Cosmic Shimmer glue to the side tabs on the card.

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Step 33. Glue the short tab to the inside of the handbag base. This is the 1.5” base section of the handbag panel.

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Step 34. Fold the side tab back & glue that down onto the inside of the back handbag panel ~ do this on both sides of the handbag before gluing the front tabs onto the inside front of the handbag where the grand labels 4 die cut shape has been cut out.

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Step 35. This completes the base of the handbag. You`ll find once you have done one you`ll be able to produce these handbags much quicker the next time. But then that part of the fun with crafting when learning a new fold or design.

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Step 36. Add 2 lines of wonder / red line tape to the top of the back of the bag. Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue can be used but you will find it might react with the gold leaf. Add the curved lid panel over the tape. You might find you need a small line of glue in between the gold paper & main panel if it starts to come away from each other.

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Step 37. Select one of the Creative Expressions dazzler settings, here a set 4 one has been used.

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Step 38. Add some 3d glue around the daisy like shape on the front of the bag flap so when the dazzler setting is added the design pattern is clear of any glue on the reverse. You may which to add a Velcro circle pad so you can open & close the handbag if so this area will be covered. The setting will add weight to the front of the bag so you may need to counter balance the bag at the back.

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Step 39. Add a pearl corner either side of the front of the handbag from the Creative Expressions finishing touches pearl corners design 2 set. Here the white pearls have been used.

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Step 40. This photo shows the gold lining along with the snakeskin texture and the pearl corners. This handbag design is perfect for a celebration gift and the project has been made with a golden wedding anniversary in mind but equally with a change of colour it could be a silver, coral, sapphire or emerald theme as these are often difficult to find when looking for gift ideas or cards. Maybe a perfect idea if you sell your work at a fair or in shops ???? As it would something unique.

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Step 41. To make the handle the delicate die from the diagonals die has been placed on a long strip of A4 card. For a longer handle just cut the card from an A3 sheet of card. Cut and move the die down before repeating the pattern in a mirror image down the other side leaving a small width in between.

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Step 42. Add some Creative Expressions gold gilding wax to the edge of the handle or use some Ranger Adirondack gold dabber paint along the edge and leave to dry. Snip the 2 corner pearl sprays away from the centre flower of the Creative Expressions finishing touches pearl corners set and lay them along the handle leaving a small gap at the end for a punched hole.

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Step 43. Here is the completed look which brings some detail to the handle. If you are doing a different colour for the wedding anniversary theme then simply colour the pearls using some Adirondack alcohol ink over the pearls.

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Step 44. Punch a small hole in the top of the side handbag panel & attach the handle to the handbag using a small brad through the handle and handbag. Add a Creative Expressions fancy pearl embellishment to the dazzler setting to complete the project.

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Step 45. Here is a close up of the pearl handbag handle which compliments the corner detail on the main bag.

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Step 46. The snakeskin effect gives a wonderful finish to the handbag, alternatively use the linen texture plate in the same range.

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Step 47. The dazzle just sets off the front of the handbag and acts as a clasp of the handbag with or without some Velcro behind it.

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 I hope you have enjoyed the workshop and it has given you some ideas to create you own handbag.

Thank you Izzy for the amazing idea I’ve had so much fun making this design bag up. Please check out

Sue Wilson`s blog at www.particraft.blogspot.com

for the instructions for all the handbag designs

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Sue Wilson Gemini Die ~ Delphinus Icicle Card ~ Part 2

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This workshop shows the completion of how to make this

Sue Wilson Gemini Die ~ Delphinus Icicle Card

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With lovely embossed textures on vellum and card and with the added glitter jewels and raised flowers in vellum it gives a wonderful soft felt to the finished project.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

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Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection ~ St Barts Die : CED5205

Sue Wilson Gemini Dies ~ Delphinus : CED4408

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For …… Floral Filigree : UMS600

Sue Wilson Large Climbing Vines Embossing Folder : EF-025

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 

Foundations Vellum :40024

Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink Pad : DPDUSTYCONC

Two Tone Purple / Green Ribbon : KN07

JustRite Floral Fan : JRCR02092

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD & True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

Heavy Weight Acetate

Step by Step Instructions 

for Part 2 of the Project ~ the workshop is the complete project in full so you can print it off

Step 1. Take a piece of the Foundations vellum & swipe it with an anti static bag. Ink up the Creative Expressions stamps to die for … floral filigree stamp using the ink & resist ink pad. Stamp the image onto the vellum & then add the true white Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder over the ink.

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Step 2. Tip away the excess embossing powder back onto a scrap of paper and then back into the embossing powder pot. Heat set the piece using a heat tool. Make sure you keep the heat tool moving as you are heating over a delicate vellum but the embossing powder will quickly turn so no problems at all for great results.

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Step 3. Place the outer solid frame from the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die over the embossed edge of the just stamped image & secure in place with some low tack tape. Cut the stamped shape out by placing it through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 4. To enhance the vellum and give it a solid base then take a piece of card just a bit bigger than the solid Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die. Cut a piece of the self adhesive paper & remove the backing off one side of the adhesive paper & place it down on the back of the white card. Cut the solid die shape with the cut side into the white card & the adhesive sheet behind the white card ~ pass it through the Grand Calibur to cut the solid shape out.

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Step 5. Remove the backing from the adhesive and add the vellum stamped panel onto the sticky area leaving a very small edge all around the edge. Add some of the distress dry glitter rock candy glitter over the sticky edge as this will just add some detail to the excess card that would normally be exposed.

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Step 6. Cut 2 of the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die outer side edge die and the next size in die to make a fancy cut intricate shape in the foundations coconut card.

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Step 7. Add one of the die shapes behind the vellum panel using foam tape and in a portrait position.

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Step 8. Take the 2nd die shape & cut 2 of the same ends that are showing behind the vellum shape above rather than the longer side shape ~ these will measure 1.5inches in from each end of the die shape.

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Step 9. Use some more of the foam tape to attach the 2 sides of die shapes to the reverse of the vellum panel. This just makes a lovely frame that now fits the different shape of the stamped image.

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Step 10. The card can be used with just the card edging and it could have another border cut and stuck behind if you want to strengthen the bottom of the card.

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Step 11. Alternatively cut 2 pieces of acetate so it fits on the inside of the card and so it finishes just on the edge of the border bottom. Stick a strip of self adhesive sheet to the bottom front of the depth of the border size ( this is important as the glitter jewels will stick onto to this side), in this case the adhesive is 2 inches. Use some red line tape along the top edge of the acetate & attach it to the inside of the front & back panels of the card.

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Step 12. Remove the backing from the front of the backing sheet.

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Step 13. and press the intricate detail of the border bottom of the card down onto the sticky sheet. This will make sure none of the glitter jewels will stick under the border.

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Step 14. Add the Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels ~ iced snow over the border base & press onto the sticky acetate.

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Step 15. Also add a sticky strip on some acetate behind the top border and add the glitter jewels over the sticky areas.

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Step 16. If like me the sticky sheet was added after the 2 borders were stuck together then add a thin strip of card over the area where the line of tape has been placed as this will cover that area.

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Step 17 . Ink up the flowers on the Floral filigree stamp & press some vellum over the image.

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Step 18. Repeat this so you get 10 flowers on a small piece of vellum. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer true white embossing powder and heat set the powder.

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Step 19. Cut 5 of the flowers out as a full flower and 5 of the smaller inner flowers. Use a small pair of scissors and curve the flower petals over the closed blades. This will give shape to the flower but it will help to keep the whole embossed line on the flower and it will also keep the vellum with a lovely smooth finish. If you used the embossing tool to achieve the dimension you with make the vellum have a white appearance.

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Step 20. Place the curved flower onto the reverse of a cut`n`dry foam & use an embossing tool in a circular motion in the centre of the flower to bring the petals upwards. Also push the centre of the smaller flower downwards before adding to the larger flower with some 3d gel glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 21. Add a double bow using the Cosmic Shimmer 2 tone ribbon to the corner of the vellum panel and add one of the flowers to cover the knot of the bow.

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Step 22. Stamp the `Love You` stamp from a JustRite stamp plate or use another sentiment before cutting the piece out using the inner die from the St Barts die set. Leave the die in place & add some Tim Holtz dusty concord distress ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam and distress the sentiment as this will leave a white edge to the piece. Add 3 descending faux pearls either side of the sentiment using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue.

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Step 23. Add the prepared flowers over the flowers on the vellum panel.

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Step 24. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to the centres of the vellum flowers.

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Step 25. Also repeat the process of the PVA pearls by adding them onto the centre of the border panel flowers to finish the design off nicely.

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Step 26. Here is a close up of the glitter jewelled area and the pearls too.

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Step 27 Here is the completed project , Something a bit different with the Sue Wilson border dies.

This makes a new card design and makes for a useful card shape as it showcases the vellum stamped image.

Try some of the other Sue Wilson`s border dies along with a different stamp from the Creative Expressions stamps to die for ………….range

for a different look.

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Sue Wilson Gemini Die ~ Delphinus Icicle Card ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to make a basic card shape using the measurements created to fit Sue Wilson`s border dies.

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Here is a close up of the Creative Expression Stamps to Die for floral filigree stamp which works along side the he flower from the striplet die.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection ~ St Barts Die : CED5205

Sue Wilson Gemini Dies ~ Delphinus : CED4408

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For …… Floral Filigree : UMS600

Sue Wilson Large Climbing Vines Embossing Folder : EF-025

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 

Foundations Vellum :40024

Tim Holtz Dusty Concord Distress Ink Pad : DPDUSTYCONC

Two Tone Purple / Green Ribbon : KN07

JustRite Floral Fan : JRCR02092

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD & True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

Heavy Weight Acetate

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely filigree effect icicle card. A new style card and made using A4 card so it makes it easier to make in different colourways. For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die, the Sue Wilson Gemini Delphinus die & the Creative Expressions stamps to die for Floral filigree stamp along with some foundations A4 coconut card , vellum & acetate.

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Step 2. Take 2 pieces of the Foundations coconut A4 card and have it in a landscape position. Place the Sue Wilson Gemini Delphinus die with the cut side of the die facing down into the bottom left hand corner & along the bottom edge of the card. Make a pencil mark where the end of the die falls on the right hand side on the card.

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Step 3. Lift the die up. Cut the 2 pieces of card at the measurement that was just marked out. Secure the cut edge die from the Sue Wilson Gemini Delphinus die set using some low tack tape along the bottom edge of the card.

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Step 4. Now take the co-ordinating cut edge border die & place it next to the die before securing in place with some low tack tape.

IT`S IMPORTANT to make sure the die isn`t touching each other as they will cut into each other if overlapping when passed through your die cutting machine. Once you have the dies in place run the piece through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 5. After it`s been cut then emboss the piece. Repeat this process with the 2nd piece of matching card you cut earlier. Make sure you cut the card in the same way so the 2 pieces can work together later on.

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Step 6. Place the 2 pieces of card together before taking a small pair of scissors and snipping the small amount of card to the edge so it releases the waste edge of card.

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Step 7. Cut 2 more pieces of coconut card measuring the exact same width as the just cut panels but this time they only need be 5 inches high.

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Step 8. For this top section of the card the other edge option has been used by having the other cut edge and border side to this die set. Secure the 2 dies as you did in the previous step with spacing and low tack tape to secure it all in place. Now cut & emboss the piece through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 9. Remove the die from the just embossed piece of card and try & keep the low tack tape in place as it will allow you to have an exact cut on the 2nd panel. So place the die back down on the 2nd piece of card & cut only this piece.

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Step 10. Now you have 2 larger cut panels and 2 upper section panels with both sets matching the ones below.

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Step 11. Trim away the excess card so you are left with 1.5cms space from the lower leaf die cut area. Make sure the cut line is straight as the lower design is different heights.

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Step 12. Take the large panel & score a 1.5cms line down the right hand side of the card. Repeat this on the 2nd panel of card.

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Step 13. Just for detail I have added a score line around the reverse edge of the front panel and followed that with an inner line of scoring as this just gives the effect of more layers to the finished card without using any additional card.

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Step 14. Add the upper cut border die that matches the top die shape of the border onto the bottom edge of a piece of the Foundations vellum. Cut this through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 15. MAKE SURE THE DIE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE VELLUM ~ Place the vellum into the Sue Wilson large climbing vines embossing folder and emboss through the Grand Calibur machine using the raspberry plate and the base plate.

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Step 16. Once cut the edge will sit nicely into the shape of the intricate border giving you a nice soft edge to work with as well as making it a feature of the design. With the vellum in place over the front panel snip where the design falls just on the inside of the scored side embossed lines. Do this on both edges.

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Step 17 . Trim up and remove the excess vellum before repeating the process along the top of the card making sure you keep inside the scored lines.

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Step 18. Crease both of the 1.5cms scored tops of the panels. Have the front panel folded towards yourself and the back facing backwards.

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Step 19. Either use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue or use some double side tape to secure the 2 ~ 1.5cms top tabs together.

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Step 20. Add small dots of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue on the reverse side of the climbing vines embossing panel in the corners and middle of the piece.

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Step 21. Dab your finger over the glue to flatten it and to make it less visible behind the vellum when added to the card. Once all glue dots are flattened then add the vellum to the worked card front.

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Step 22. Add 3 lines of embossing on the reverse of the 1.5cm gap in the top panels that was created.

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Step 23. Add some of the Comic Shimmer dries clear glue to the reverse side of scored panel.

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Step 24. Attach the panel to the 1.5m tab on the larger card front.

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Step 25. Take the other top panel and add some more of the glue before attaching to the tab on the back of the card. Please note that the reverse border won`t have any embossing on the back as this die doesn`t have a mirror image.

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Step 26. Here is the prepared finished basic shape of the card which can be used as is or It can also have the addition of the acetate and Cosmic Shimmer iced snow glitter jewels added for a wonderful effect when the light catches the card.

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So please look out next week for part 2

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This means you will have the workshop e-mail straight to your inbox when it`s released at 00.30am on a Friday morning.

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 Here is a close up of the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die which has been extended and all will be shown in part 2 and it works with the

Creative Expressions stamps to die for Floral filigree stamp

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Sue Wilson Mother`s Day Thankful Gift Box

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This workshop shows how to make a filigree long box which in this case has been made with Mother`s day in mind but can easily be made for all occasions. It has been made to fit all the Sue Wilson`s striplet dies.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

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Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Floral Meadow Die  : CED1605

Sue Wilson Gemini Collection Phoenix Die : CED4401

JustRite Sympathy Vintage Labels Eight & Nine :JRCR02107

Foundations Teal A4 Card40985 

& Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 

Vintage Filigree Fancies Stamp Set : JRAG-04020

Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pad : DPPEACOCK

&  Crushed Olive :DPOLIVE 

Tumbled Glass Distress Marker : DMTUMB

& Crushed Olive Distress Marker :DMOLIVE

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

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

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Olive Ribbon :KN16

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely filigree box which has been made with Mother’s Day in mind but it can be used for so many other occasions. The striplet die being a main feature of the box structure. For this project you will need the Sue Wilson floral meadow striplet die and the Sue Wilson Gemini collection Phoenix die , the JustRite sympathy vintage labels eight & nine or the vintage filigree fancies stamp set . Also needed is the Tim Holtz peacock feathers & crushed olive distress ink pad & or the crushed olive & tumbled glass distress markers.

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Step 2. Take the A4 piece of foundations teal card & lay it in an upright portrait position. Add the cut edge die & main patterned die from the Sue Wilson Gemini collection Phoenix die set onto the bottom edge of the card. Make sure the 2 dies don`t overlap as they will cut into each other when placed through the die cutting machine.

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Step 3. Add some low tack tape over the die so they will be secure when they are cut. Now add the Sue Wilson floral meadow striplet die above the Gemini die about ¾” away from the top of the die. The Gemini die will form the flap of the box & the floral die will be the top lid panel, so this measurement can be changed if you wish to make a larger or wider box.

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Step 4. Turn the card into a landscape position & trim away some of the card to leave it 8” wide piece. This is so the card with will fit side wards on the A4 platform plate of the Grand Calibur. Run the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur machine. This step has been done so that the card can be placed down the side edge of the cutting plate as there is more pressure on these side areas. You may need 2 passes to get all the intricate detail cut but it`s always worth it as the pieces will just fall out.

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Step 5. Now emboss this piece through the Grand Calibur using the normal embossing plate / sandwich.

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Step 6. With the lid striplet die being cut lift it and move it across leaving a small gap between the pieces as seen in the photo. Remove any loose die cut pieces as these would mark the card. Secure the die with some low tack tape before running through the Grand Calibur. Trim the edge of the card so there is a small edge of the teal card showing above the die but not down the sides of the panel.

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Step 7. Here you have the main format for the lid of the box. Run an embossed line down each side of the striplet shapes so it joins closely but not quite touching with the edge of the Gemini die shape. This will define the folds needed for the box.

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Step 8. Turn the card and place the edge of the card on a score line so this is your starting score edge. Score down the channel so it`s close to the striplet die shape. Now measure 6cms along and score down the centre of the 2 striplet die shapes ( this should be in the centre of the shapes and is very important, if it isn`t then adjust the scoreline you started from) Now measure and score another 6cms along and finish with a score line a further 0.5cms along.

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Step 9. Trim down the side of the panel close to the side score line. Do this on both edges of the card. For this box make sure the width measures 22.7cms wide so it fits with the measurements of the box late featured late on.

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Step 10. Use a ruler to butt it up against the inside of the first floral panel scored line & ease the card upwards. This will give you a nice even crease to the delicate design. Repeat the process on the 2nd panel.

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Step 11. Use the edge of your ruler or a bone folder to burnish the score lines in place. This will help with the overall finish to the box.

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Step 12. Take a small pair of scissors and snip from the edge of the card to the cut line of the border die shape. Do this on the other edge as well.

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Step 13. Here is the main shape of the lid for the gift box. The first filigree panel will cover the whole back side of the box.

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Step 14. With the coconut card in a landscape position score the card at 6cms and then at 22.5cms either on a score board or by using a ruler. Then mark score a further 6cms from the 22.5cms point at 28.5cms trim away the small excess card from the 28.5cms point.

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Step 15. Turn the card to a portrait position and score from the left hand side at 6cms , 12cms and 18cms and trim away the excess after the 18cms point. If you are trimming the card on a small guillotine then fold back one of the score lines so the card fits on the guillotine.

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Step 16. Cut notches in the corner squares of the card up to the first score line. Crease all the fold lines ready to make the box up later or you may want to leave them flat whilst you stamp the card.

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Step 17 . Ink up the flower stamp from the JustRite sympathy vintage labels eight & nine set using the Tim Holtz peacock feathers & crushed olive distress ink pad. Stamp just along 1 long edge and both of the side bottom edges as the back panel will be covered up with the filigree panel.

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Step 18. You may wish to add a water colour effect by adding some of the ink to a cello bag with a piece of white card inside to make your own palette up, the white allows you to see the true colour of the ink. Pick up the ink with a water brush and colour in the flower.

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Step 19. Alternatively use the Vintage filigree fancies stamp set and first add the peacocks feathers ink all over the stamp and then go in with the crushed olive distress marker and colour over the foliage on the stamp. Stamp around the same bottom edges of the card as in the previous step. You may wish to do a 2nd generation stamp for a lighter feel in between stamping the more solid stamped images.

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Step 20. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the outside corner flaps of the box base. I have used a scrap piece of card to wipe the glue smoothly over the whole surface of the tab so you don`t get any excess glue running out of the box once it`s close, you will get a nice firm finish as the glue is fully to the edges of the box.

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Step 21. Now place the first flap behind the centre side panel on the box.

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Step 22. Repeat this with the other side flap to create the closure of the box end. Also complete this on the other end of the box to complete the box base.

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Step 23. Either use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or run a 3mm red line tape around the reverse side of the first back panel. Remove the backing of the tape.

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Step 24. Place the panel on the back of the box ( the unstamped side )

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Step 25. Pull the lid part over the box to reinforce the folded shape of the box lid.

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Step 26. The folded down Gemini die shape will form the front flap of the box. You can use a sticky glue dot to close the lid or as I have done just use some ribbon. Why not use a Creative Expressions cameo and dazzler setting as the weight will work well.

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Step 27. Add some favourite sweets into cello bags and tie off using some moss coloured ribbon. In this case I have used sweets from my Mum`s favourite childhood memories.

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Step 28. Place the sweets into the box with a small amount of Creative Expressions tulle.

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Step 29. Type out or hand write some thank you notes which may be special meaning to you and your Mum, use the floral stamp to ink around the edges of the card & add these inside the box or in another cello bag.

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Step 30. Lay the bags down or just fold back the cello tops of the bag before using a moss ribbon & bow to complete the box closure. There is something special about opening a bow on a gift.

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Step 31 Embellish with a flower using a glue dot so it can be removed easily.

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Distressed Butterfly Mothers Day Gift Box

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This workshop shows how upcycle an unwanted box using different Cosmic Shimmer mediums and chalk paints, also making your own stencil fro the sparkle medium to be added through

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Yummy fudges for a great treat & gift too ~ perfect for a Mother`s Day or Easter treat

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Phoenix from the Gemini Collections Die : CED4401

 Sue Wilson Magical Butterfly Finishing Touches Die Set : CED1415

Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Sparkle Texture Paste : CSPASTSPAUR

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Gloss Glaze : CSGLAZCLGLOS

Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Glaze : CSGLAZCRACK

Cosmic Shimmer Gesso White : CSGESWHI

Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Paint

 Citron CSMCPCITRON, Pink Dust CSMCPPINK

& Red Velvet : CSMCPREDVELV

Tim Holtz Fired Brick Ink Pad : DPFIREDRED

Vintage Ribbon  Moss Green :VRMOSS

Creative Expressions Pink Dazzler : DAZPINK

 Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to cover / upcycle a box using a few of the different mediums from the Cosmic Shimmer range. For this project you`ll need the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste, the Cosmic Shimmer clear gloss glaze, the Cosmic Shimmer crackle glaze, the Cosmic Shimmer Gesso white, some citron, pink dust & red velvet Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint. The Sue Wilson Phoenix Gemini collection die is used to decorate the edge of the box whilst the Sue Wilson magical butterfly finishing touches die is used to make a stencil for the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste to be passed through.

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Step 2. This step is optional but it has been done to gage the area needed to make my stencil. I`m using an empty Turkish Delight box left over from Christmas. It`s made from a wood that is similar to the Camembert cheese boxes you can also get. So keep your eye out for different boxes as you can always upcycle them. Simply draw around the lid area onto a piece of 240gsm card. It doesn’t have to be your best card as this will be thrown away afterwards but it needs to be thick enough to hold the wetness of the texture paste.

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Step 3. Place the inner butterfly dies without the outer die cut edges into the circle space from the Sue Wilson magical butterfly finishing touches die set . Secure them down with some low tack tape. You can use the butterfly with the outside cut edge on and I’ll show you on the next step how. Now cut the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur or other die cutting machines.

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Step 4. The inner butterfly dies just leave a pretty cut area on the card whilst the other die has come out as a whole butterfly leaving a large solid butterfly shape wish isn`t wanted for this stencil.

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Step 5. So place the butterfly back into the card & on the reverse of the card tape the fine edges down with some cellotape so the intricate design isn`t masked.

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Step 6. Go back in and balance the design out with some more butterflies. I have made the butterflies go off the edge of the circle for a design effect.

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Step 7. Now cut 5 whole butterflies & 2 of the half butterflies from the Sue Wilson Phoenix Gemini collection die set. You`ll see later on why I had 6 in this photo !!! Just cut various different butterflies from the magical butterfly set in the coconut card.

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Step 8. Take your box you want to cover and upcycle. Now to prime the box using the Cosmic Shimmer Gesso as the base coat.

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Step 9. Take the wooden box as in this case & add some of the Cosmic Shimmer Gesso onto a small trawl or use a large flat paint brush. I just swished the Gesso back and forth to leave a thin layer of the product. It went on so smoothly I didn`t even need the paint brush. Repeat this process on the side and base of the box. I have left the insides of the box as it nice and clean with the wooden effect.

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Step 10. Add a small amount of the citron Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint onto the blending mat. Take a small piece of cut`n`dry foam …….

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Step 11. …… And pick up a small amount of the paint. Now tap the foam up and down to work the paint more evenly over the foam. This will give you a much better coverage when working on the box.

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Step 12. Tap the loaded paint cut`n`dry foam over the Gesso until all the primed surface is covered. This again goes on so smoothly.

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Step 13. As only a small amount of paint was used I tend to clear up as I go to avoid placing my arm or my project into the unwanted paint !!! So just use a grime boss cloth to wipe up the paint before it dries on mat.

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Step 14. Now repeat the process of loading a new piece of cut`n`dry foam with some pink dust Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint. Dab the foam over the Sue Wilson Phoenix die shapes from the Gemini collection die set.

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Step 15. The paint will dry quickly as long as it`s applied in a fine layer, so now go back over random parts of the border shape with the excess ink which is still on the cut`n`dry foam. For a another lift a small amount of the red velvet Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint has been dabbed onto the border. Be careful to only use a small dot of the red paint on the foam as a little goes a long way.

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Step 16. Whilst the borders dry the box is going to have some Cosmic Shimmer crackle effect glaze added over the green chalk paint. Add a thin layer of the glaze making sure the glaze is pulled in the same direction ~ either left to right or up and down, just never a mixture of diagonal etc. Set the lid aside to dry.

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Step 17 . Now to measure the base where the borders are going to be placed. Take a long length of the ribbon & wrap it around the circumference of the base box. Make a small mark on the ribbon where the end point lays.

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Step 18. Lay the ribbon flat on the work surface & place the 3 borders side by side. Using this technique will allow you to see how much spacing is needed between each border and so you get evenly spaced borders on the finished piece. If these didn`t fit as well you can decide where the border is needed to cut for a uniformed look.

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Step 19. Use a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue behind the flowery border and add the borders to the lower part of the box base. This will allow the lid to fit back nicely later on.

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Step 20. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer clear gloss finish glaze onto a piece of cut`n`dry foam & dab it all over the border and paint on the bottom base portion of the box. This will give a nice seal to the paint.

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Step 21. Repeat the building up of colour as you did on the borders on the butterflies. Firstly you may want to colour a small amount on the reverse side of the butterflies as they might be seem when the butterflies are added in an in flight position.

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Step 22. Now the Cosmic Shimmer crackle glaze is dry, make sure you have the brush strokes facing upwards ready for adding the top layer in a horizontal position.

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Step 23. Add some of the pink dusk Cosmic Shimmer chalk paint onto the blending mat before picking up the paint on a flat paint brush. Brush the paint in a smooth long stroke, trying to just add the paint in a single swipe. DO NOT work the paint on to heavily as you won`t see much of a crackle.

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Step 24. Once the whole of the lid is covered take a heat tool & gently dry the paint using a sweeping motion so you don`t burn any of the thin wood. Alternatively place near a radiator or warm place & you`ll see the lovely crackle appearing as the paint dries. This effect won`t crack is placed in a cold place to dry.

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Step 25. Take a small amount of Tim Holtz fired brick distress ink on a piece of foam pad or use some of the deep red Creative Expressions gilding wax. Add the ink onto the edges of the worked box to just list the colours together.

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Step 26. Lay the prepared butterfly stencil over the lid securing it lightly in place with some low tack tape on the sides.

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Step 27. Pick up some of the Cosmic Shimmer aurora sparkle texture paste on the small trowel & sweep it across the stencil. Try not to over work so you don`t lift the stencil as you work back and forth. This could cause some of the texture paste to seep under the stencil and distraught the pattern.

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Step 28. Lift the mask up and off the lid to reveal the lovely sparkle butterflies. There may be odd areas / gaps around the edges of the lid you wish to cover so scrap off any excess paste and just work with a small area of mask and paste. Alternatively you can make a few new single butterfly masks. LEAVE THE PASTE TO DRY before touching it.

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Step 29. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to add behind the bodies of the butterfly and then attach them to the centre of the sparkle texture butterflies. It doesn`t matter if they are not the same butterfly as below as it`s just a shadow effect. Here you can see I have made 6 butterflies but somehow it looks unbalanced. So I have cut the small half butterfly and flipped the butterfly before colouring the back of the design. Once coloured I have glued on onto the box. Using this technique always the butterfly to flow off the box in the opposite direction and it also makes an odd number of butterflies which in a craft project it often looks better as it`s more balanced.

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Step 30. Make a nice size shabby chic bow by wrapping 4 loops and a length of tails in the vintage moss green ribbon. Cut one of the loops so that you get another set of ribbon tails. Use some silicon glue to add the bow to the lid, make sure you position it where the butterflies falls nicely from the front view. Stand the lid upwards so the glue on the bow has a chance to dry in place.

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Step 31. Add a Creative Expressions pink dazzler over the knot of the bow to compliment the design colours. Add some stamped tissue pattern into the box & fill with some love fudge or other sweets.

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Step 32. Here is another close up of the crackle paint effect on the lid with the colours being pulled through into the butterflies. The texture sparkle paste just lifts the design.

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Here is the completed upcycled box perfect for a Mothers Day gift. Why not add a few messages hand written on small pieces of card or add them on a die cut tag, we don`t always express are true feelings to the ones we love dearly so make them feel extra special with these extra touches.

This project could have been ,add with yellow tones add instead of the pink and it could be used for an Easter surprise, I have someone in my family who can`t have chocolate so adding some marshmallows or other treats makes a perfect gift.

Just have fun with the Cosmic Shimmer paint range and paint mediums, I know I had a relaxing day making this project.

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Lace Acetate Mothers Day Card

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This workshop shows how to make this bevelled acetate card so that it covers the dimensional fan underneath it. Lace effect side borders along with real lace go to make a useful card for Mothers Day

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

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 Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection , Corner ,Border & Tags Die :  CED4202

JustRite Floral Fan Elements : JRCR02092

JustRite Vintage Fan Die : JB-02088

 Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection , Corner ,Border & Tags Die :  CED4202

Sue Wilson Magical Butterfly Finishing Touches Die Set : CED1415

Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Californian Collection Dies : CED1105

Heat Emboss Acetate : HEATEMBOS

Foundations Rich Plum A4 Card Stock : 41021 

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 

Foundations Vellum :40024

Cosmic Shimmer Blue Maroon Embossing Powder : CSEPBLUEMAR  

True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

Guipure Teardrop Lace : LACETEARCREAM

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

      Adirondack Gold dabber : DABGOLD

    Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

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

 

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make an stamped curved acetate front to cover the raised fan feature. For this you will need the JustRite floral fan elements stamp , the JustRite vintage fan die, the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection ~ corner, border & tags die, the Sue Wilson magical butterfly finishing touches die set and the Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Californian collection die set.

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Step 2. Cut & emboss 2 borders using the border die from the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection, corner, border & tags die in the coconut card. Also needed is one of the half butterfly designs and one whole butterfly from the Sue Wilson magical butterfly die set but use a folded piece of the foundations vellum.

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Step 3. Having placed the dies down either side of the cut A4 plate it has meant the pieces have cut 1st time through this intricate design. Now emboss the pieces using the die cutting machine recommended sandwich. In the Grand Calibur case it`s the base plate, the die, the card, the tan mat and then the pink embossing plate.

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Step 4. As the vellum was passed through the die cutting machine in 2 layers then ease the 2 pieces apart to reveal a dimensional look to the butterfly. Try leaving the body part still joined or you can be glue if they come apart from each other.

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Step 5. Take your Spellbinders `All in One Tool` and remove the excess little pieces from the die. Remember to do this in between each cutting of the border. If it`s not done then you will find you don`t get an even cut on the die cut piece of card as the small pieces in the die stop the full pressure being applied when cutting the card.

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Step 6. Swipe a piece of vellum with an anti static bag and then ink up the JustRite fan stamp using the clear and resist ink pad. Once it`s been stamped onto the vellum then cover the ink with some Cosmic Shimmer true white embossing powder. Repeat the process until you have 5 fan shapes. Set aside until later.

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Step 7. Here the border stripes have been laid over some acetate            ( which has the tissue paper backing behind the acetate so you can see the look. Rich plum card will be used behind the borders and acetate later on.

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Step 8. Stamp the decorative sentiment block using the clear & resist ink pad & place the Cosmic Shimmer blue maroon embossing powder over the top of the ink. Heat set the embossing powder. Use black archival ink to stamp the `Thanks MUM ` sentiment into the small blank circle piece in the centre of the embossed piece. Cut around the outline of the design.

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Step 9. Take your piece of rich plum card measuring 8¼” x 7¾”. Cut the acetate to 8¾” x 8”. Now fold a piece of A3 card in half and cut the piece to 8¾” x 8¼”. Alternatively as I have done in the project : join 2 pieces of A4 card together and trim off the excess card to make the finished size of 8¾” x 8¼”.

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Step 10. As I couldn`t find my small acrylic block I have added the small flower stamp from the JustRite floral fan elements stamp set and placed it to the base of the mold`n`pour pot.

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Step 11. Take the heat emboss acetate with the tissue carrier behind the piece & swipe it with the anti static bag.

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Step 12. Ink the stamp with the clear & resist ink. Stamp randomly across the bottom & top edge of the acetate ( leaving the larger width ends for the curved design feature). Make sure you stamp off the page to give it a nice feel to the finished piece. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer blue maroon embossing powder over the clear ink.

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Step 13. Heat set the embossing powder making sure you don`t over heat the acetate , it is a heat emboss acetate but it still can buckle if there is to heat directed in the same place. I find it`s best to keep the heat tool always moving back and forth when using it on vellum and acetate.

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Step 14. As the acetate has been handled a lot, take a cotton rag or some smooth kitchen roll and gently buff the acetate up. This will remove any of the after effects of the anti static bag or any fingers prints.

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Step 15. Add some red line tape down the centre of the borders on the reverse of piece. Alternatively some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue can be used.

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Step 16. Place the borders onto the front right and left hand side of the acetate panel with the embossed pattern falling on the top and bottom edge of the border. Make sure the acetate doesn`t go any further than the solid centre channel. Set a side for later.

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Step 17 . Either cut out the fan shapes using the fan die or as I have done in this project just cut around the white outline of the fan using small scissors. This is so you can use the die to cut solid fan blades to allow border colour to be seen behind the vellum fan.

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Step 18. Cut & emboss 5 rich plum card fans using the fan die. Here are all the elements that have been made throughout this project, the fans , the fan bases , the sentiment & the vellum butterflies and they are now ready to assemble the card.

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Step 19. Use a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue behind the flowers on the top of the fan & in the lower section of the fan. Attach the vellum to the rich plum fan bases.

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Step 20. Add a small (½) cut down foam pad to the right hand edge of the fan blade.

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Step 21. Layer the next fan blade so it covers the foam pad & it tilts the blades at an angle. Repeat this process until you get to the final blade where you don`t need to add any foam pads on the top fan ( just saying in case you add the foam onto all of the blades before starting !! ) Make sure you line the small hole in the bottom of the fan all together and as you work each blade.

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Step 22. Pass a piece of purple ribbon through the hole & cut the ends off into a point.

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Step 23. Tie a bow over the top of the ribbon……

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Step 24. ……. and so it looks balanced pull back the tails of the bow & cellotape then to the reverse of the fan. This is just done in this way so that the bow lays nice a flat at the base of the fan.

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Step 25. Either use an embossing folder to make a patterned background to the design or use a plain piece of coconut card measuring 7¾” x 7¼”. Cut & emboss 2 of the Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Californian collection die shapes. Edge the die shapes with some of the Ranger gold paint dabber. Once dry place one of the dies so it turned upwards in a diamond like shape. Cut the other die shape in half vertically when it`s in the landscape position. Add foam tape to the reverse of the die pieces and move them 1 inch apart in total from the centre of the die shape (so ½” either side of the centre) & stick them down. You will easily see that they marry up with the curve of the die shape below.

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Step 26. Add the fan over the die shape background. Wrap a piece of the guipure lace around the white card & place the stamped sentiment over the top of the lace. Now add a thin line of foam tape down the centre channel of the reverse of the worked acetate piece. Stick the acetate to the edge of the white or embossed card panel. This will give you a curve to the finished look.

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Step 27. Either use the vellum butterflies plain or here I have added some of the gold paint to tie in the gold elements used in the project. Use some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the butterflies in place in the top corner of the card.

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Step 28. Here is a close up of the finished effect of the vellum fans.

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Step 29. There are lots of sentiments on the stamp plate so you can change the sentiment to whatever words you would like to use. This card was just a bit over the top as it`s for a Mothers Day card. Below is the plain background which could just have the plain vellum butterflies added to the finished project.

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Step 30.Below is the plain background which could just have the plain vellum butterflies added to the finished project.

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Sue Wilson`s New Collection of Dies are Now Available

How Exciting Sue Wilson has another new collection of dies in her

own die range which are brought to you by Creative Expressions

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Sue will be you showing lots of card samples using the new dies as well as

giveaways, so please pop over to her blog

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The Creative Expressions Blog will also be featuring the full release of the dies over a short period  so check them out at the

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The dies are available to buy some local retailers ~ please see the list using your postcode on Creative Expressions website for that

Sue will be showing samples as well as videos through to coming days and weeks which can be found on Sue`s blog as well as Joanna Sheen website

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Joanna Sheen has an introductory price on the dies

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Teal Border Notepad

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This workshop shows how to make this notepad using the border die as the main feature of the project. It`s had an easy embossing process to make it look like it has been triple embossed. So different layers of intricate designs all pulled together for a useful gift or for your crafty table.

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 Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection , Corner ,Border & Tags Die :  CED4202

Creative Expressions Garden Frame Stamp :  UMS150

JustRite Brocade Frame Cling Stamp : JRCL02012

Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pad : DPPEACOCK

& Crushed Olive : DPOLIVE

Tim Holtz Water Brush : WBF

Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 

Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Pearl Embossing Powder : CSEPLAPPEA

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

      Adirondack Gold dabber : DABGOLD

    Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD & Ranger Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLKSM

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

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Olive Ribbon :KN16

 

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely notepad with the border die being a feature of the project. For this you will need the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection, corner, border & tags die, the Creative Expressions garden frame stamp, the JustRite brocade frame cling stamp along with the Tim Holtz peacock feathers & crushed olive distress ink pad. Also needed is an upcycled ring binder or a Tim Holtz ring binder which is a ready to use one.

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Step 2. Cut & emboss 4 borders using the border die from the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection, corner, border & tags die. Use the coconut card for the borders.

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Step 3. Once cut select the other focal point which will be the JustRite brocade frame cling stamp or you can use other background stamps from the same JustRite range.

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Step 4. When planning a project it`s good to see how it is created, so I laid the ring binder above the JustRite stamp & placed the 4 border die cut shapes tucked under the outside edge of the stamp, this was just playing around with the die shapes which in turn lead to the finished project shape.

So now trim the excess off the border strips once you are happy you have the borders in the correct place and that you have 2 lengths the same and 2 widths the same. The border corners need to crossover before cutting the excess away.

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Step 5. As the JustRite brocade frame cling stamp is a large stamp and the index sheet it comes is strong so use it as your acrylic style block. Ink the stamp with the Ranger black archival ink pad.

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Step 6. and stamp the image onto a piece of coconut card. Leave it to air dry or lightly dry the ink with a heat tool so the ink doesn`t bleed at all when you use the water brush in the next step. Trim the card so that only a fraction of white card is seen around the edge of the frame image.

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Step 7. Take a Tim Holtz water brush & place some of the peacock feathers ink pad onto a non stick craft mat or blending mat, pick the colour up on the brush and colour in areas of your stamped image. Use the index sheet to see where the shading is needed.

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Step 8. Use a mini blending ink tool & add some of the peacock feathers ink around the outside edge of the piece & around the whole depth of the corner image.

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Step 9. Go back in with the same ink and just ink each corner of the card as this will give another depth and shade of colour.

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Step 10. Use a mini peacock feathers ink pad and swipe it across one of the pre cut borders on the embossed side.

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Step 11. Work quickly and tip the Cosmic Shimmer lapis pearl lustre embossing powder over the inked border.

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Step 12. Heat set the border using a heat tool and you`ll be left with a lovely UTEE effect feel to the border. Repeat this process on the other 3 borders.

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Step 13. Lay the borders back down and measure the outside width and length of the piece.

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Step 14. Cut a piece of coconut card to this measurement and in this case it`s 8¼” x 5¾”. This will be the base to add the borders onto and the white will allow the intricate design of the border to shine through.

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Step 15. Trim down a length of foam tape to you have a thin piece of tape. Attach it down the centre of the back of the border panel.

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Step 16. Add both lengths of borders down before adding the widths of border over the top and with each border having the foam tape on the reverse of the piece. You may want to add some additional Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the top of the foam tape so the foam sticks firmly over the corners of this piece.

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Step 17 . Lay the brocade piece back onto the card so you will know the spacing available for the ring binder to be fixed in.

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Step 18. Take the Tim Holtz ring binder piece and lay it in place or alternatively use an upcycled one.

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Step 19. Take a pen and mark where the holes are on the side of the ring binder piece. Use a screw punch to make a hole through the border and base card. MAKE SURE YOU USE A CRAFT MAT WHEN PUNCHING THROUGH THE LAYERS.

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Step 20. Place the brads provided in the kit through the binder and fix off on the reverse of the card. Alternatively stick an upcycled binder in place.

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Step 21. Use the Adirondack gold paint dabber to add some gold around the outer edge of the brocade frame piece & add the panel onto the card using foam tape.

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Step 22. Ink up the Creative Expressions garden frame stamp with some crushed olive distress ink. Stamp the image onto a scrap of card & use the 2nd generation ink to stamp again onto a piece of 160gsm card.

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Step 23. Stamp & cut out as many pieces of card as you wish. You may want to have some left blank. Cut around the image and leave large depth blank over the top of the stamped panel to allow you to use a hole punch to punch holes out of each notelet.

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Step 24. Add the notelets to the ring binder. Tie a bow around the ring binder loops using the Cosmic Shimmer olive ribbon. Add some UTEE flowers which were made in a previous workshop and can be found on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop website.

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Step 25. The finished project above along with the bow on the ring binder loops.

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Large Lace Box

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This workshop shows how to make a large 8″ x 8″ box made from A4 card created to fit and work using the Sue Wilson`s border die. It can also be used to make a regular card base too.

This box will also hold a card along with the gift too ~ perfect for a Valentine treat.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Gemini Collection Orion Die : CED4404

Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection , Corner ,Border & Tags Die :  CED4202

Creative Expressions Leafy Bauble Pre Cut Stamp : UMS525

Creative Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Creative Expressions Teresa Collins Paper Pad : CRE8X8

JustRite Vintage Labels 8 & 9 : JRCR02107

Tim Holtz Fired Brick Ink Pad : DPFIREDRED

Creative Expressions Vintage Flat Backed Buttons : VINTBUTBRZ2

& Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK

Creative Expressions Sheer / Ruffle Black Ribbon : 350-15-10

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD &

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Aurora Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a large lace box using the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection , corner, border & tags die, you will also need the Sue Wilson Gemini collection Orion die, the JustRite vintage labels 8 & 9 stamp plate, Creation kraft card, the Creative Expressions Teresa Collins paper pad along with the some Tim Holtz fired brick distress ink pad and some Creative Expressions vintage buttons and ribbon.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the black patterned paper from the Teresa Collins paper pad and lay down the border die from the Sue Wilson Scandinavian collection , corner, border & tags die set. The aim will be to get 4 borders and 1 tag from the sheet so it`s up to you if you cut the tag first or on the last cut. Secure the dies in place with some low tack tape and cut them through the Grand machine. There is no need to emboss the die as you are using the dark paper.

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Step 3. Once you have cut 3 borders go ahead and cut the 4th border and tag shape.

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Step 4. Place the Creative Expressions leafy bauble pre cut stamp onto an acrylic block & ink it up using some clear and resist ink.

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Step 5 . Stamp the image onto some white card, as you can see I have stamped onto the kraft card but some of the detail has been lost as it isn`t as smooth enough card as I needed. The coconut card is a better options so add the Cosmic Shimmer viola black aurora embossing powder over the ink. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

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Step 6. Lay the tag die over the stamped image so that you get the inner shape pattern as this is what will be seem later on.

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Step 7. Cut & emboss the piece through the die cutting machine.

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Step 8. Turn the tag over so you see the plain side of the card. This will allow you to see the embossed rim around the die shape. Follow the inner line to cut out the inner shape. Doing this will allow some of the tag paper to be shown as a border when the 2 pieces of card are added together later on.

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Step 9. Use some of the Tim Holtz fired brick distress ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam & then go around the edge of the lace piece to add a little red splash to the piece.

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Step 10 . Take the 4 black lace borders & score down the centre of each one. Take your time as there is only a small embossing area. Crease and fold each border on the score line ready for the next steps.

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Step 11. As the borders are long it`s an ideal shape to make large tabs / brackets to join card together as you will see in this project. The joins can be strengthened inside with another piece of card if you wish. Trim each piece of kraft card in a landscape position to 8 inches wide and remove the excess card.

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Step 12. Take 4 pieces of the creative kraft card & which measures 8 inches across, and turn the card the and mark it with a pencil at 8 inches. This will leave a 0.25 inch tab.

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Step 13. Alternatively place the card on a score board and score down the 8 inch score line.

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Step 14. Cut the edges of the tab on an angle to make a tab effect and then add a small strong tape across the tab.

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Step 15. With the taped tabs facing upwards, add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the reverse of the border strips and then join 2 of the kraft card panels together making sure the card is right up close together.

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Step 16. When the card is turned over this is how the card panels will look.

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Step 17 . Alternatively add one half of the border strip to the front of the card panel and then turn the card over and add the over panel onto the other glued side of the border.

Make 2 pairs of panels and then glue one of the sides to the other to have a flat long length of card panels.

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Step 18. This is how the basic shape will look before gluing the remaining border down.

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Step 19. Fold the 2 sets shut and add glue the remaining half of border.

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Step 20. Fold the border back onto the last piece of card to complete the box shape.

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Step 21. Once the glue is all dry then stand the box up in an open position & with the taped tabs showing.

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Step 22. Cut a piece of kraft card to 8 inch square. Remove the backing of the tape and then add the card to the first tab so it acts like a flap. It`s so important to have the card on the edge as this will form the shape of how the box will lay.

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Step 23. With the underneath box all straight lay down the card so it falls on the other taped tabs. This will complete the box base.

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Step 24. It`s optional but you may want to add a piece of the decorative paper on the inside of the box.

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Step 25. To make the lid of the box I have laid an A4 piece of kraft card over the box so that it overlaps either end, this will give you an idea of how the basic shape will form.

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Step 26. Take the Sue Wilson Gemini collection Orion die & secure the main die along with the outer cutting die onto the card. Please make sure you use some low tack tape to anchor the dies apart from each other as they could move if unsecured in the die cutting machine and cut into the bottom die. Have the dies in the centre of the card and cut & emboss this piece.

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Step 27. As this is an intricate die and using the above step will only allow the card to be cut on the full A4 plate and not be turned in this format. So to get the card turned sideward’s you can score a line the other side of the embossed edge and then measure 8 inches away from that score line and score another line. Fold the 2 score lines back in place with the die going into the card & cut plate and wrap the card underneath on the A4 cut plate so that when it`s passed through the die cutting machine doesn`t get cut. The die shape will then cut perfectly with the side pressure of the rollers in the die cutting machine.

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Step 28. As there is a small amount of card left uncut then take the dies off the card & use the solid line die to trace around the curve and to the edge of the card. Repeat this on the other side edge of the card. Cut along the pencil line.

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Step 29. If the 2nd technique was used to cut the border die then you might find your card got a little warped with the pressure of the die cutting machine. This is ok as the top of the box is going to be covered with a piece of decorative paper. Just cut the paper to size and distress the edges with either the fired brick distress ink or use some black soot distress ink.

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Step 30. Take the back flap of the lid which has been left straight and you may wish to cut a small slither of the side tabs. Glue the card onto the inner back of the box and so the lid lays flush with the top of the box.

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Step 31. Cut 2 more of the border shapes but leave a little extra card above each piece so it can be scored above the decorative pattern & then a half inch tab with cut off corners can be made. Crease along the fold line.

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Step 32. Glue the tabs to the underneath of the box lid to make a nice feature to the box and to save any gaps showing in the weight of the sides of the box. Also folded pieces of card can be made and placed on the inside corners of the box to reinforce them.

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Step 33. Mount the lacy piece onto the tag cut from the paper pad sheet using foam tape . Place onto the centre of the box if not fraction lower before looping a piece of red string through the centre hole in the border lid. Add a vintage button to the centre of the tag using foam tape and wrap the string around the button to fasten it off. Stamp and emboss a `Love & Hugs` sentiment from the JustRite vintage labels 8 & 9 stamp set. Edge it using some fired brick distress ink. Add a black sheer ribbon with a vintage button to the front lid of the box to finish the project off nicely.

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Step 34. Here is the box ready for a lovely size gift such as a cute bear for valentines day.

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Step 35 The bonus being you can add your hand crafted card inside the box too.

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 Use this idea and make a tall thin box maybe for a bottle of wine just by changing the dimensions of the panels.

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Waste Wax Paper Flower Teal Card

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This workshop shows how to make a delicate card using the waste wax paper from the Victorian border die.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Spellbinders Elizabeth Strip Border Die : WIZS4-439

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Vinery Die : CED1418

JustRite Vintage Labels 8 & 9 : JRCR02107

Foundations Teal A4 Card40985 & Foundations Baby Blue A4 Card : 41012

Cut Rite Wax Paper : WAXPAPER

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE& Silicone Glue

Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pad : DPPEACOCK

Ranger Mini Blending Tool : BLENDMINI

Sue Wilson Large Rambling Blossom Embossing Folder : EF-026

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD &

Cosmic Shimmer Blue Watercress Embossing Powder :CSEPBLUWA

Creative Expressions Dazzler :DAZPINK

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Creative Expressions Teal Dazzler : DAZTEAL

Cosmic Shimmer Summer Blue Pearl PVA Glue :CSGSUMM

Creative Expressions Silver Tulle : CETULLESIV

 

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely filigree wax flower made using the waste of the die cut piece. For it you`ll need some Cut Rite wax paper, the Sue Wilson Striplet collection floral meadow die (optional) for the rectangle die, Sue Wilson finishing touches petite vinery die , JustRite vintage labels 8 & 9 stamp plate, Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die, some Foundations teal & baby blue A4 card along with the Cosmic Shimmer summer blue pearl PVA glue & a Tim Holtz peacock feathers distress ink pad.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Foundations baby blue A4 card and lay it in the Sue Wilson large rambling blossom embossing folder. Place the Grand Calibur base plate underneath the prepared embossing folder & add the Spellbinder raspberry adapter plate over the top of the embossing folder. Run this sandwich through the Grand Calibur machine to emboss it.

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Step 3. Once the card is embossed there are 2 options on how you ink it here. Firstly for a softer look , some Tim Holtz peacock feathers distress ink has been added to a mini blending tool & the ink is applied to the raised areas of the card. You can also use a piece of cut`n`dry foam for a similar effect. This techniques will give a softer feel as the ink often hits the back of the card as well as the embossed areas. Alternatively ……..

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Step 4. …..take the Tim Holtz peacock feathers distress ink and with it flat on the embossed card swipe it back and forth across the raised area.

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Step 5 . This techniques gives a darker contrast feel to a lighter blue card background and it`s this card I will be using for this project.

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Step 6. To plan the project the rectangle from a Sue Wilson striplet set & the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die are laid onto the embossed background to see if these are the correct dies needed for the project.

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Step 7. Take a piece baby blue card and a piece of the Cut Rite wax paper & lay it in between the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die. Make sure some low tack tape is used to secure the outer frame die to the middle die so that the dies don`t move during the cutting process in the die cutting machine. If not and the die moves it could cut and damage you die.

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Step 8. Add a Sue Wilson finishing touches petite vinery die onto a piece of baby blue card & add a rectangle solid die from the Sue Wilson striplet die set onto a piece of teal card. Make sure the Victorian border is placed down one side of the cutting board as this is where there is most pressure & then cut all 3 die shapes in one pass.

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Step 9. Here you can see that the intricate design has cut on just the one pass. Now emboss the pieces.

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Step 10 . Here you can see how well the teal rectangle border sets off the Victorian die panel with the rambling roses in the background.

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Step 11. Go on and cut 2 more sets of the same dies using fresh wax paper as you go. Make sure you retain the wax paper from each border cut.

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Step 12. To make the wax paper flower you`ll need a circle of card for the centre of the flower. As I didn`t have a die close to hand I used the mini blending tool to draw a circle around on the teal card. Cut the circle out.

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Step 13. Add some sticky from a sticky thumb tape runner or add some dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue to the circle disc. Add the tip of one of the points of the Victorian border wax paper strips right up to the centre of the circle. Continue to work around the circle repeating the process off each of the 3 tips on each strip of the border. Add each one to the centre and add more glue if it`s needed. You will need to use all 3 wax paper strips to complete the circle and to make the flower.

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Step 14. The border will curve up giving a lovely feel to the flower. Not bad from what would be the waste thrown away.

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Step 15. Cut 3 small pieces with the full width of the Creative Expressions silver tulle & tie one piece over the centre of another piece.

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Step 16. Now tie another piece over the just made pieces & trim away the excess from the ends of the tulle so it will fit nicely in the wax paper flower.

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Step 17 . Use some silicone glue to fix the tulle over the centre of the wax flower or use Cosmic Shimmer glue making sure you hold it down whilst the glue takes. Either use a Creative Expressions teal dazzler to cover the centre of the tulle or ….

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Step 18. …… take a different colour Creative Expressions Dazzler & press it into a clear & resist ink pad & then sprinkle the Cosmic Shimmer blue watercress embossing powder over the top of the ink.

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Step 19. Heat set the dazzler using a heat tool.

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Step 20. Add the dazzler over the middle of the flower as this will cover the knots of the tulle.

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Step 21. To make up a card you sometimes work down from a base card size or as in this case you need the elements to fit onto the embossing card so you work outwards. So lay the rectangles onto the embossed card leaving a small gap around the edges of the teal rectangles. Mark with a pen where the card needs to be cut to make a nice border all around the edge. My card measured 9” x 7¾”.

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Step 22. To make the base card place the embossed card onto a piece of teal card which is in a landscape position measure ½cm in from the right hand side of the card and lay down the embossed panel.

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Step 23. Repeat the process and measure the same ½cm down the left hand side of the embossed panel. Fold the excess card back & attach a piece of card and trim away the excess from the right hand side. This will make the complete base card.

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Step 24. You will them have the correct size base card perfect to fit the rectangles and embossing panel.

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Step 25. Add some foam tape to the backs of the teal rectangles & then add the right hand & left hand side panels to the card. This will make it easier when adding the centre panel as you will get the spacing correct. Go ahead and add the centre panel.

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Step 26. Decide which way you want the borders to be added to the card. By accident as the borders were laying on the card I thought they looked nice so I have changed my mind and will be adding them to the panels in a horizontal direction.

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Step 27. Or you can still add them down the teal panels as originally planned. That`s the joy of crafting !!!!

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Step 28. Add the Victorian borders onto the blending mat & add some of the peacock feathers distress ink on the mini blending tool. Don`t go all around the edges of each piece, just hit different areas to give a more faded ombre feel to the piece.

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Step 29. Place some of the dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue onto the blending mat.

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Step 30. Dab a small piece of cut`n`dry foam over the glue & keep dabbing it as you go so it works the glue across the surface of the foam rather than to deeply into the foam.

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Step 31. Add the glue to the reverse of the border shapes making sure you don`t move the die shape around to much as the glue will seep through the intricate holes & pick up on the front of the border.

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Step 32. Lay the borders onto the card to give you an idea of where each border will be placed. Once all of the complete border has been glued then add it to the top layer of the card. Repeat the process on the middle row but off set the border to fall into a diamond shape & finish by adding the 3rd border. Make sure you do each border separately so the glue doesn`t dry out to quickly.

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Step 33. Lay the leaves behind the wax flower, lift off the flower & stick the leaves in places using the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue. Add the flower back over the top and secure it in place.

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Step 34. Add the floral frame & the `Love & Care` sentiment from the JustRite vintage labels 8 & 9 stamp plate onto an acrylic block & add some clear & resist ink over the images and use some Cosmic Shimmer blue watercress embossing powder over the top of the ink & heat set the pieces.

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Step 35. Add some peacock feathers distress ink onto a floral oval from the stamp set & stamp at random over the sentiment as this will take away some of the plainness of the piece.

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Step 36. Cut the image out by hand or use a die. Cut out & add the sentiment using some foam tape for added dimension and place it in the top left hand corner of the card.

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Step 37. Here is a close up of the wax flower & the different tones of the card.

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Sue Wilson Striplet Stationary Set

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This workshop shows how to make a filigree stationery set with the measurements created to fit Sue Wilson`s striplet dies.

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Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Floral Meadow Die  : CED1605

JustRite Congrats Vintage Labels Three & Seven :JRCL02022

Spellbinders Elizabeth Strip Border Die : WIZS4-439

Foundations Blush A4 Card409BLUSH & Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Sheer / Reversible ~ Gold / Silver Ribbon :CE30

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

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad

from the Distress Mini Pads Kit 3 : DPMINIKIT3

Cosmic Shimmer Golden Pearl PVA Glue : CSGGOLPEA

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

   Cosmic Shimmer True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely filigree effect stationery set card. For it you`ll need Sue Wilson Striplet collection floral meadow die, JustRite congrats vintage labels three & seven stamp plate, Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die, some Foundations blush A4 card  & kraft card along with the Cosmic Shimmer golden pearl PVA glue & a Tim Holtz antique linen distress ink pad.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Foundations blush A4 card and lay it in a landscape position. Add the striplet floral meadow die with the cut side of the die facing down into the bottom left hand corner of the card securing it with some low tack tape and with the rest of the die going up the left hand side of the card. Also leave a 4 to 5mm edge from the die to the edge of the card.

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Step 3. Place the prepared piece with the card & the die facing downwards into the cutting plate of the Grand Calibur machine. Place the base plate over the card & then run it through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine. Just always remember to have the die cutting edge facing into the cutting mat and that way it doesn`t matter it the cutting mat is on the top or bottom when passing it through the Grand Calibur machine. As the card is cut on the width of the cutting platform you might find the pressure of the central rollers less and therefore the centre of the intricate die doesn`t cut the same.

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Step 4. As it`s the foundations card with a weight of 240gsm then you can add another scrap of card to add pressure to the die cutting process. Make sure the card fits across the whole width of the cutting surface so no ridges are left once the piece is cut. The card will help to suck up the die cut edge and after 2 passes will have cut the central die cut pieces out. Quicker than doing it by hand if you ever could do this !!!

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Step 5. Lay the just cut panel still in a landscape position & score a line on the right hand side of the panel and at the same width away as on the left hand side. Also measure and score another line 2cms away from the just scored line as this will make the depth of the stationery set.

There is no need to emboss these panels as they would flatten when cutting the other panels later on.

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Step 6. Remember to leave the same 4 / 5 mms border from the edge of the card and then secure the floral die in a landscape position this time. Always secure down with some low tack tape.

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Step 7. Run the panel through the Grand Calibur machine. I have used another fresh scrap piece of card and as the die was down the side of the cutting platform it cut first pass through the machine.

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Step 8. Move the die to the middle section of the card & secure the die in place before cutting through the Grand Calibur. Use a scrap piece of card throughout the die cutting panels.

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Step 9. Once that`s cut move the die to the 3rd side by side position & cut that panel out.

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Step 10 . This will create the finely worked panel across the whole of the stationery set front & back top tab.

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Step 11. Fold back and crease the first score line which is closest to the left hand side panel. Burnish the edge in place with a bone folder.

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Step 12. Repeat the process with the 2nd fold line which is 2cms away from the just burnished line.

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Step 13. Depending on the size of the stationery set you want to make, this will depend if you want to add a fourth panel to the front of the stationery box. This will make a great size that will take an A5 card ( folded A4 size ). So secure the die panel onto the bottom edge of the card & cut the piece out.

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Step 14. As the card is needed in it`s flat A4 state then it isn`t possible to rotate the card to allow the side pressures of the rollers to easily cut the die shape.

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Step 15. But don`t worry this very small section is going to be covered by the large scroll like stamp from the JustRite congrats vintage labels 3 & 7 set.

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Step 16. Fold the worked panel down along the top tabbed area as this will allow you to cut the piece on a medium size guillotine. Trim away the side edge leaving a 4 / 5 mm space from the filigree panels.

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Step 17 . Cut a strip of the blush card to 1.5cms x 15.5cms, Run an embossed line around the edge of each side to create a nice feature to the piece before adding the panel to the top depth of the stationery set using some Cosmic Shimmer glue.

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Step 18. Take another piece of blush card and lay it behind the small solid lip on the reverse of the worked panel. This is done in this manner so that there is enough card for the next step but also so that filigree panel will be visible and not blocked off by having card on the reverse of it.

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Step 19. Draw a pencil line down the side with the filigree panel set on top and with the edges matching up on the left hand side.

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Step 20. Move the card back into the position so that the edge of the card falls under the small tab on the filigree edge. Then measure at 2cms , 4cms and 7cms from the bottom edge of the panel. This is if you are making the panel with 4 panels cut out in the front.

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Step 21. Now you will have the side edge pencil mark along with the marks to then be scored along. Place the card on a score board and score the measurements into place. These will make the gusset of the stationery set box shape.

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Step 22. Fold and crease the first measured scoreline.

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Step 23. Repeat the process on the guillotine for trimming away the side excess waste and remove the excess width of the card. It is worth checking before you cut the card that the card widths are the same on the filigree panel and of this just made panel.

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Step 24. Now crease up and down to create a mountain fold on the 2cm measurements. You will now be left with a 3cm score line to the right hand side of the just folded tabs. Cut at this 3cms point to complete the stationery set sizing.

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Step 25. Place some 6mm wonder tape along the inside edge of the filigree back flap or use 2 rows of 3mm tape !!! You can also use Cosmic Shimmer glue as this will give a strong quick hold.

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Step 26. Stick the newly made panel down onto the filigree back taped tab. Make sure the mountain fold is facing upwards so the panel is stuck in the correct position.

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Step 27. Now you will have the basic shape of the project.

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Step 28. For a sturdy feel to the piece it`s worth adding some side tabs as this will strengthen and give a nice visual look to the finished piece. Cut 2 pieces of blush card to 6cms x 2.5cms. Score the card at 2cms and 4cms on each panel. Crease the score lines down to make a `C` like shape.

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Step 29. Add glue to the 2 outside outer edges of the tabs, no glue is needed on the centre area. Stick the first 2cm tab to the back of the card just above the first base crease line of the mountain fold area of the card. Concertina the inner mountain fold piece back up and then add the other tab to the reverse 3cm flap. Repeat on the right hand side of the card.

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Step 30. This small tab has now transformed the bottom sides of the stationery set allowing it to stand up.

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Step 31. Take Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die and cut & emboss a border using both the dies secured over a piece of blush card using some low tack tape. You may also wish to add a layer of wax paper in between the die and card as it will release the small pieces easily.

TOP TIP Always use tape when cutting 2 dies that are close to each other because if they slip they will cut through the overlapping die. If you don`t feel confident then cut them out separately. I have to say I always cut mine together and have never had an issue.

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Step 32. Here is one panel in the blush , one coloured using the Antique linen distress pad and the other is the wax paper which is so lovely and delicate.

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Step 33. Cut just piece of kraft card using just the solid outer border die after you have stamped and embossed the `Thank You` using the Cosmic Shimmer true white embossing powder over some clear and resist ink. Snip the curve around the joined diamond shape to release the solid shape.

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Step 34. Score a piece of kraft card in half to make an A5 base card. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear to stick the blush border die shape down. Now cut the last of the 3 Antique linen diamonds in half vertically. Move the diamond shape across so they can be dropped down into the blush diamonds. Add the remaining half of the diamond at the end of the card to complete the design. More Antique linen ink has been added to the `Thank You` sentiment card before adding it to the card using a foam pad.

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Step 35. Take a length of the gold / silver ribbon & twist a piece of wire towards the ends of the ribbon and then again another 5cms along.

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Step 36. Wrap the ribbon around the back of the front flap of the stationery set. Some more wire is wrapped around where the ribbon will be ruffled under the Thank You topper. This just gives a lovely elegant feel to the finished project and the wire can be slid along if it isn`t in the correct place.

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Step 37. Stamp & emboss 2 of the large label images from the JustRite congrats vintage labels 3 & 7 set with the `Thank You` sentiment placed in the centre of the stamp. Use clear ink pad & the true white embossing powder before using a heat tool to set the sentiment ( you may need to trim some of the excess red rubber from the Thank you stamp , but be careful not to cut off any of the raised image or foam underneath). Once you have cut the label out by hand or using a JustRite matching die then stick one label to the inside of the flap & then the other on the front of the stationery folder. Make sure the inside wording is the correct way up !!!

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Step 38. Fold 4 / 5 kraft cards in half and add to the front side of the mountain insert inside the folder & then take some white envelopes which have had the vintage labels Thank you stamp added to the bottom right hand corner using some dried marigold distress ink.

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Step 39. Add some faux pearl dots in the corner of the card and on the scallops of the Thank You sentiment and on the tips of the border die shapes using the Cosmic Shimmer golden pearl PVA glue. Here is the thank you card and matching envelope which will make a nice gift to give or sell.

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Step 40. Here is another close up of the stamped envelope.

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Step 41. There are lots of different designs in the Sue Wilson striplet sets so why not try them out for a different look. You`ll also find a whole range of basic shaped cards / projects using this striplet die on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop site.

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Step 42. Here`s a sneaky peek at the Thank you notelet under the front flap of the design.

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Step 43. The notelets sit nicely behind the mountain section at the base of the stationery set.

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 Here is the completed project

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Sue Wilson Striplet Easel Card ~ Part 2

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This workshop shows how to make a easel card with the measurements created to fit Sue Wilson`s striplet dies.

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Here is a close up of the faux verdigris effect Creative Expression vintage button embellishments complete with gold flowers made out of the flower from the striplet die.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Frame & Tag Die Collection ~ Dainty Rectangular Frame : CED4301

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die for ….. Delicate Deco Square Stamp : UMS583

Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Floral Meadow Die  : CED1605

JustRite Vintage Labels 8 & 9 : JRCR02107

Foundations Teal A4 Card40985

Creative Expressions Patina Gilding Wax : CSGWPAT

Creative Expressions Black 3 Pearl Pins :PINBLACK

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Creative Expressions Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK

Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon : NK-5-02

Adirondack Gold dabber : DABGOLD

Comic Shimmer Iced Jade Mica Powder

or Graceful Mint  : CSPMMPGRACEMINT

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD &

   Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold : CSEPBRGOLD

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop follows on from part 1 of the Striplet Easel Card workshop , so please check it out here I have combined the 2 workshop parts to make one printable workshop , please click the link towards the top of this post for that.

Trim the card close the sides and then on the top & bottom of the stamped image.

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Step 2. Use a gold Adirondack dabber & add the gold paint around the edges of the card. Go back in & add more paint on the 4 cards as this will give it a real distressed feel to the piece.

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Step 3. Place the detailed frame from the Sue Wilson frame & tag die collection ~ dainty rectangular frame set onto a scrap piece of teal card. It doesn`t matter if one long edge of the die doesn`t fall on the card as this would have been cut of later anyhow. Now cut another frame in the same way.

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Step 4. Place the cut frame onto a scrap piece of paper. That way you can just throw it away after the card is painted. Dab the Adirondack gold paint up & down over the teal card. Make sure you leave some areas with not much paint on it as this will show the teal card below & it will also give the card a verdigris feel to it. Repeat the process on the 2nd frame. Allow the paint to dry which won`t take that long. You may which to add some of the Creative Expressions patina gilding wax to add to the effect.

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Step 5. Take the plain panel that was made earlier for the easel part of the card. Run an embossed line or even a pierced row around the edge of the panel for added detail. Attach the 2 painted panels to the top & bottom of the easel panel using foam tape for dimension. You may wish to add a double row of foam for extra height. Place some more of the foam tape in the centre area in between the 2 cut off painted panels.

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Step 6. Add foam tape onto the edge of the unpainted area of the gold panels. Add another row of foam tape to raise the level of foam tape so it is all the same height.

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Step 7. Take a Creative Expressions black vintage button & add some of the gold Adirondack paint all over the button. Use some cut`n`dry foam to really get the paint into the small areas of the button. Once the paint is dry go in with some Creative Expressions patina gilding wax on your finger & dab it over some areas of the button. This will give an aged look to the button & tie it into the colour theme of the project.

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Step 8. Take the `Love & Hugs` sentiment from the JustRite vintage labels 8&9 stamp set and place it onto an acrylic block. Mask off the `Love` part of the words using some low tack tape. Ink the stamp using some clear & resist ink pad.

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Step 9. Remember to remove the low tack tape after inking the stamp up !!! ~ it`s easily forgotten.

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Step 10. Stamp the image onto an off cut of the teal card & add some of the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the ink before heat setting it with a heat tool. Repeat the process but this time mask off the `& Hugs` part of the stamp & then emboss it. Now take the rectangle die & place in so the `s `of the `Hugs` sentiment is right up to the right hand side of the die. Do the same with the `Love ` sentiment but using the smaller detailed tag & with the detailed edging on the left hand side of the tag. Secure in place using some low tack tape.

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Step 11. Cut & emboss these pieces through the Grand Calibur machine. Add some foam tape to the back of the sentiments & add a 2nd layer behind the left hand side of the Love tag as this will over hang the `& hugs` panel. Edge the pieces using the gold Adirondack paint dabber. Adding the foam pad first stops any paint transferring onto the teal card & means you can place it on the card before it`s dry.

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Step 12. Add 3 strips of foam tape to JUST THE BOTTOM FOLDED SECTION on the easel card. Place the worked panel onto the foam tape lining the 2 bottom edges together.

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Step 13. Add a champagne bow to the bottom right hand side of the panel before adding the vertigris effect button to the knot of the bow. Place the `&Hugs` sentiment over to the right hand side of the mica stamped image panel before overlapping the `Love` sentiment into place.

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Step 14. Cut & emboss another floral panel & this time cut out all the flowers from the striplet. Use a ball tool on a piece of foam mat to tease each petal out. Use a nice circular motion & you will be left with a lovely curved flower embellishments.

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Step 15. Either use a gold pen to colour the flowers or use a perfect medium pen & add Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the top of the ink & heat set the powder with a heat gun. I have used a gold pen in this project. Add dots of Cosmic Shimmer pearl or white glue to the centre of the flowers & then add the Tim Holtz distress rock candy glitter over the top to add a glisten to the flowers.

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Step 16. Cut & emboss 2 of the detailed labels in the teal card. Place one behind the other so that both sides have the detailed edging showing. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick these together. Add some foam tape to the reverse before adding some of the gold dabber around the edges of the piece. Add 3 of the gold flowers to the centre of the tag. Raise the easel section of the card up & place the tag in the centre of the inside of the card and with the back of the tag about 2 inches from the edge of the base card.

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Step 17 . Use the cut `n`dry foam to dab some of the gold paint onto the black 3 pearl pins. This will just take the edge off the black. Then add a gold prepared flower over the pearls on the pin.

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Step 18. Once the pins & flower has set then add the 2 pins behind the knot in the ribbon to finish the bow off nicely.

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Step 19. Go ahead and add some more of the gold flowers to the flowers in the striplet easel panel.

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Step 20. Here is a close up of the bow , button & gold flower pins.

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Step 21. This easel card will fold down nicely which is great when adding it to an envelope or wrapping it in tissue paper to send in a jiffy bag .

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 Here is the completed project

The striplet die is perfect for making your own flowers out of. Have fun with the die and please check out the Creative Expressions weekly workshop site as there are lots of other card shapes and a box using the die.

Happy Crafting

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Wishing everyone a

Happy New Year ~ I hope 2015 is everything you wish for

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Sue Wilson Striplet Easel Card ~ Part 1

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This workshop shows how to make a easel card with the measurements created to fit Sue Wilson`s striplet dies.

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Here is a close up of the faux verdigris effect Creative Expression vintage button embellishments complete with gold flowers made out of the flower from the striplet die.

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Sue Wilson Striplet Easel Card part 1

Part 2 of the workshop will follow next week

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Frame & Tag Die Collection ~ Dainty Rectangular Frame : CED4301

Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Floral Meadow Die  : CED1605

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die for ….. Delicate Deco Square Stamp : UMS583

JustRite Vintage Labels 8 & 9 : JRCR02107

Foundations Teal A4 Card40985

Creative Expressions Patina Gilding Wax : CSGWPAT

Creative Expressions Black 3 Pearl Pins :PINBLACK

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Creative Expressions Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK

Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon : NK-5-02

Adirondack Gold dabber : DABGOLD

Comic Shimmer  Graceful Mint  : CSPMMPGRACEMINT

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD &

   Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold : CSEPBRGOLD

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely filigree effect easel card. For it you`ll need the Sue Wilson frame & tag die collection, the dainty rectangular frame die , the striplet floral meadow die , the Creative Expressions Stamps to Die for ….. Delicate deco square stamp, along with the JustRite vintage labels 8 & 9 stamps & foundations teal A4 card.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Foundations teal A4 card and secure the striplet floral meadow die with the cut side of the die facing down into the bottom left hand corner of the card using some low tack tape. Leave just 3 to 4mm edge from the die to the edge of the card.

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Step 3. Place the card with the card & the die facing downwards into the cutting plate of the Grand Calibur machine. Place the base plate over the card & then run it through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine. Just always remember to have the die cutting edge facing into the cutting mat and that way it doesn`t matter it the cutting mat is on the top or bottom when passing it through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 4. Take the die out of the card, carefully removing the low take tape and then remove all the small pieces from the die & the card too. Place the die back onto the card using the same technique but this time on the bottom right hand corner of the card leaving the same gaps. Run the piece through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 5. Cut and this time emboss 2 separate panels using the floral meadow die.

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Step 6. Place the card onto a score board & score a line just above the die cut panels so it scores across the card.

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Step 7. Fold the card across the crease. There will be a shortfall of card using these striplet dies as they are deeper than a standard A5 easel card shape. But the next step will add the extra card needed to cover the gap.

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Step 8. Take another piece of A4 teal card & lay it from the scored centre line & falling over the die cut panels. Use some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue & add to the shorter inside flap of the card. Close the card flap back down onto the teal A4 card.

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Step 9. Place the card into a guillotine or use a pair of scissors to remove the excess card along the bottom edge of the card. ( Just under the die cut panels )

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Step 10. There are 2 options for this easel card. You may wish to cut a straight line along the edge of the die cut panels but just up to the centre fold of the card. Then this centre panel can be folded down the middle to have a small easel card set with the die cut panels either side. Make sure you DO NOT cut through the back layer of the easel card.

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Step 11. Or as in this project measure half way from what will be the top & bottom of the card. This measurement on my card is 3 ~ 1/8”.

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Step 12. Score down this measurement being careful as you score over the die cut areas.

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Step 13. Gently fold back the card & burnish the score line in place with a bone folder. Again be careful with the die cut areas.

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Step 14. Take the single die cut panels & add a piece of self adhesive sheet on the back of the panel. Leave the outer backing on this piece & so that just the sticky is on the die cut area of the card.

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Step 15. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer iced snow glitter jewels over the sticky.

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Step 16. Press the iced snow firmly into the adhesive sheet. This will just make sure that the adhesive sheet is fully covered. Repeat this process on the on the 2nd panel.

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Step 17 . Trim around the edge of each die cut panel leaving just a very fine edge. Add some foam tape the reverse of these panels.

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Step 18. Add the panels either side of the inside base of the card.

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Step 19. Take an off cut of the teal card & trim it so it fits in the centre panel of the card. Make sure it`s cut the full depth of the card not just the folded area of the easel card. My panel measured 6~1/8” x 4”.

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Step 20. Now to move on to the topper for the centre panel. For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson frame & tag die collection ~ dainty rectangular frame & the Creative Expressions stamps to die for ….. delicate deco square stamp.

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Step 21. Swipe a piece of teal card with an anti static bag. Here I have placed the large square stamp actually onto the acetate packaging of the die. Ink the stamp using the clear & resist ink pad.

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Step 22. Press the stamp onto the teal card & release it to reveal the watermark image.

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Step 23. Add some of the Comic Shimmer graceful mint mica powder over the card & swipe the powder around the inked area using a soft brush.

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Step 24. Tap the excess mica off the card & place it back into it`s pot. Use a soft cloth to wipe away the fine excess / mica hue which is left on the card. This will leave a crisp soft effect on the card. This gives a nice shimmer effect when a thicker heat set embossed line isn`t wanted .

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Here is the completed project which will be continued next week.

Something different and another project using the Sue Wilson striplet die collection.

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 It shows how to make the faux verdigris effect button & also on the back panel on the easel section of the card.

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Happy Crafting

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A Very Merry Christmas Everyone

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Sue Wilson Orion Tri Fold Card

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This workshop shows how to make a shortened concertina card with the measurements created to fit Sue Wilson`s striplet dies.

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The pumice stone ink pad works well with the Creative Expressions cameo & button embellishments.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

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Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Floral Meadow Die  : CED1605

Sue Wilson Orion Die from the Gemini Collection : CED4404

JustRite Vintage Labels 8 & 9 : JRCR02107

Spellbinders Classic Large Ovals Die Set : WIZS4-110

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE& Silicone Glue

   Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Pumice StoneDPPUMICE  &

Vintage Photo : DPVINTAGEPHO

Chalk Vintage Seam Ribbon : SEAMBIND or use white ribbon

Creative Expressions Cameo Embellishment :SETDAZZ

Creative Expressions Vintage Bronze Button Embellishments :VINTBUTBRZ2

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Sue Wilson striplet collection floral meadow die, the Sue Wilson Orion die from the Gemini Collection, the JustRite Vintage Labels 8 & 9 along with the Spellbinders grand ovals die set & Spellbinders classic large ovals die set.

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Step 2. Take a sheet of A4 coconut card & score one in half to create an A5 card base.

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Step 3. On a 2nd sheet of coconut card score the card into a tri fold card (3 DL score lines)

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Step 4.Take the A4 scored in half card and place the scored line up to the side edge of the score board and score at the DL point.

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Step 5. Now fold the card back the A5 card & with the crease down to the left hand side crease the DL score line just made so it lays backwards. (This will flap will be hidden in the next step)

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Step 6. The 2 cards will now be joined to make the A5 base of the card with a concertina effect DL shape on the rest of the card.

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Step 7. The previous folded card will now be worked on before joining them together later. The step before was just to show you how it will all be joined later on.

Now take the tri folded card & place the main centre feature Sue Wilson Orion die from the Gemini Collection flat onto a piece of card & add the cutting edge die above it. Secure the 2 dies together making sure the cutting edges aren`t touching each other as they can cut into the other die. Press the low tack tape down hard as this will keep it in the same place throughout the project.

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Step 8. Now lift the dies up and place the dies right up to the side and bottom edge of the tri fold card. Make sure the cutting edge falls on the edge of the card, this is just checked by looking on the reverse of the card.

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Step 9. Turn the card on the side & fold back one of the tri fold panels. This will allow the card to fit onto the A4 platform of the Grand Calibur as well as allowing the intricate die to be cut down the side edge where there is a lot of pressure.

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Step 10. Place the card & die through the die cutting machine & then emboss the die as well. Once the piece has been cut the side edge will start to come away from the die shape cut card. Retain that on there for the moment. Remove the dies from the card, but make sure you leave the low tack tape over the dies so they can be used later on.

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Step 11. Place a pencil mark where the end of the die cut border has been cut. Repeat this measurement on the A5 base card & trim away the excess card so that both pieces are the same height as the die cut border edge.

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Step 12 . Open up the card & lay them flat. Add double sided tape or Cosmic Shimmer glue to the top of the short tab. Lay the A4 folded card over the piece & remove the backing of the tape.

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Step 13.  This step is optional but I like to emboss around edge of each panel so it gives a nice finish to the card.

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Step 14. It`s worth folding the card into it`s finished shape to make sure the embossed lines are done on the correct side so the embossing faces upwards onto the finish side of the card.

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Step 15. Here is the basic shape of the concertina card ready to be finished with the stamping and embellishments.

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Step 16. Make 2 panels of card using the coconut card. The 1st one measuring 93mm x 167mm & the 2nd piece of card measuring 144mm x 167mms. Mark the whole width across the (144mm)centre of the card and draw a pencil mark. Place the die in the middle of the card using the just made pencil mark to help you. This will make sure the image mirrors itself so a neat finish. Cut & emboss the piece.

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Step 17. Turn the card around & add the 2 die pieces over that central pencil line matching it up on the teardrop shape. Cut & emboss this piece.

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Step 18. Cut the die cut shape on the single smaller piece of card using the same technique. The end pieces of card will be loose but they will be stuck down in a few steps time.

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Step 19. Distress the edges of each border panel by adding some of the pumice stone distress ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam.

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Step 20. Use some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the 2 border panel onto the back inside page of the card. Be sure to stick down the fine edgings on the die shape.

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Step 21. Repeat the process stick the single border onto the middle panel in the concertina card.

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Step 22. Now the border design runs throughout the design giving it a lovely lace feel to the card but without having to use a bulky lace or having to hide the ends of the lace which isn`t easy if you are not laying the card up.

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Step 23. Cut and emboss 2 of the Sue Wilson Striplet collection floral meadow die shapes in the coconut card.

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1 of the largest Spellbinders classic large oval dies,

2 of the 2nd largest classic large die &

2 of the 3rd largest classic large die shape.

Add some of the pumice stone distress ink pad onto the large oval floral stamp from the vintage 8&9 JustRite stamp plate.

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Step 25. Press the stamp over the largest oval die shape & release it off.

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Step 26. The design won`t fit the whole of the oval shape but not to worry…..

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Step 27. …… Add the cluster of flowers stamp onto your block & ink it up with the same pumice stone ink pad.

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Step 28 .Go in and use just the tip of the stamp to fill in the gaps around the oval card.

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Step 29. Use the same small stamp to add a border of flowers around the 2nd largest oval shape. Now repeat & stamp the smallest of the ovals in the same manner.

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Step 30. Distress the edges of all the oval die shapes as well as the 2 floral meadow striplet panels using the pumice stone ink pad .

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Step 31. Add a floral meadow striplet panel to the front of the card & in the centre of the border panel in the back of the card.

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Step 32. Stamp a `Praying for a Speedy Recovery` sentiment onto a piece of coconut card & distress the edges before adding it onto a mat of old gold antique card.

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Step 33. Add the largest oval shape in the centre of the striplet border panel at the back of the card.

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Step 34. Add some foam tape on the reverse of a medium size oval.

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Step 35. Close the middle concertina flap closed & hovering over the back larger oval place the medium oval onto the middle concertina card section so the oval matches up nicely leaving a small border the same distance all the way around.

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Step 36. Repeat the process and add the smallest die shape on the front panel of the card.

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Step 37. Select one of the Creative Expressions vintage bronze button embellishments & glue it into place on a Creative Expressions cameo or use a coloured dazzler instead.

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Step 38. Make a double bow using the chalk vintage seam ribbon or use white seam ribbon and add to the corner of the front panel oval & then add the cameo over the knot of the bow. Add the sentiment onto the front oval.

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Step 39. Glue the small & medium ovals onto the reverse of the corresponding die shapes to cover up the overlapping backs of the ovals. Make sure there is enough foam tape on the blank section / edge of the ovals already stuck in place as this will give a nice smooth platform for the ovals to stick onto.

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Step 40 . Here is the completed project .Something different but nice to be able to make it out of 2 pieces of card & using the odd pieces up for the die shapes.

Happy Crafting

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Sue Wilson Striplet Bon Bon Box

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This workshop shows how to make a filigree bon bon box with the measurements created to fit Sue Wilson`s striplet dies. It can also be used to make a regular mat for card base.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

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Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Floral Meadow Die  : CED1605

Foundations Rich Plum A4 Card Stock : 41021 

Creative Expressions Vintage Black Buttons : VINTBUTBLK

Cosmic Shimmer Heather Matt Chalk Paint : CSMCPHEATH

Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon : NK-5-02

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

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For the Red & Green Bon Bon Box

Coconut Card :40980

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads ~ Crushed Olive :DPOLIVE 

Festive Berries : DPBERRIES &  Forest Moss  : DPFOREST

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Classic Poinsettia Die : CED3008

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For ~ Elegant Poinsettia : UMS575

Creative Expressions Silver Tulle : CETULLESIV

Olive Ribbon :KN16

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely filigree effect bon bon box or it can simply be used to make a mat to place on a card blank. The Sue Wilson floral meadow striplet die has been selected for this project but it will work with all of the other dies in the Sue Wilson striplet range.

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Step 2. Take a piece of the Foundations rich plum A4 card & measure 21cms and trim away the excess card. As the depth of the card is 21cms then this will be the only cut needed.

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Step 3. Place the card on a score board and score at 7cms & 14cms. Alternatively measure with a ruler and then score the card.

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Step 4. Turn the card and repeat the measurements in the other direction. The Card will now have 9 equal square boxes of 7cms x 7cms.

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Step 5. Now score diagonally in each of the 4 corners boxes only.

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Step 6. You may wish to run an embossed line around the edge of the square card as this will give a nice finish to the piece.

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Step 7. Now to add the filigree effect to the just scored card. This is done in this manner as it`s harder to score through the delicate cut card. So place the striplet die in a landscape position right up to the top left hand side edge. Just leave a 3mm / 4mm gap from the edge of die to the edge of the card. PLEASE NOTE DO NOT use the outer cut edge die for this project. Secure the die in place with some low tack tape. Cut the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur machine, & there is no need to emboss it as each panel would get squashed each pass through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 8. Remove the die from the card & use the Spellbinders all in one tool to remove all the pieces of card left in the die. This will make it easy to get a perfect cut first pass through the GC as it did with all 4 panels. Turn the die so you place it down the right hand side of the card. Again secure it in place before cutting it through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 9. Repeat the process until all 4 edges have been cut. This project has been worked out to fit the striplet dies as well as it fitting on the A4 cutting surface of the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 10. Punch a small hole in each of the 4 corners of the card.

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Step 11. Ease all the main square filigree scored lines gently downwards.

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Step 12. Crease all the main square scored lines downwards.

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Step 13. Now use a bone folder to crease the folded square score lines in place.

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Step 14. With your hands either side of the diagonal score lines, gently push the folded edges together as this will dip the diagonal score line downwards. Please note I could only use one hand for this photo as the other was taking the photo !!! ~ but you won`t have this issue.

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Step 15. Press the diagonal score downwards.

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Step 16. Then on the inside of the box pinch the corners together so it forms a triangle of card on the inside and the squares and sides of the box meet. Crease and use a bone folder to sharpen the triangle inside edge, this will give a nice crisp finish to the box.

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Step 17 . Take a length of coordinating ribbon and starting from the outside of the card threading the ribbon through the first hole and then pick up the next hole and thread the ribbon until the ribbon has passed through all 4 holes. Tie the ribbon in a bow to finish.

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Step 18. Select one of Creative Expressions black vintage buttons & place a small drop of the Cosmic Shimmer heather chalk paint onto a piece of cut`n`dry foam.

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Step 19. Dab the foam onto the button to lighten the button & to help it tone in with the rich plum card.

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Step 20. Add the button to the knot of the bow to complete the basic bon bon box. These can be used for parties or why not use them to make a wonderful wedding favour box. Add names or a sentiment, maybe make it into a little gift with crafty bits in for a friend who maybe unwell and just needs a pick me up.

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Step 21. Alternatively why not make a Christmas coloured box to sit nicely on your Christmas meal plate.

Cut the basic shape as before but use the coconut card this time. Swipe some of the Tim Holtz festive berries distress ink pad directly over some areas of the card.

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Step 22. Repeat the process but this time use the crushed olive distress ink leaving some small areas blank. Then go back in with a piece of cut`n`dry foam & add some of each of the inks as this will not be so concentrated and will soften the look. It`s optional if you colour the inside of the box. I have done in this project.

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Step 23. Use a moss green ribbon to tie the box together. Use the poinsettia stamps & dies to create a 3d poinsettia. You can follow the steps for this on a weekly workshop previous project.

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Step 24. Add some Creative Expressions tulle to the inside of the box before adding some chocolates or pressies ( Quality Streets were used for this project )

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Step 25. Place the bon bon box on a white plate and here a red laser cut plate charger has been used to really lift the Christmas meal setting.

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Step 26. A close up of the red and green tones which feature throughout the bon bon box.

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Step 27. …… Something that is quick to make and just another way to use your Sue Wilson striplet die. Remember they come in lots of different designs so prefect for use all year round.

Alternatively use the 21cm x 21cm panel to mat onto a blank card and use as a lovely border to your work.

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Very Merry Christmas.

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Sue Wilson Striplet Recess Card

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This workshop shows how to make a recess card with the measurements created to fit Sue Wilson`s striplet dies. It can also be used to make a regular card base too.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Floral Meadow Die  : CED1605

Metallic Vintage Gold Card  : VINTGOLD350

Foundations Baby Blue A4 Card : 41012

Rock Candy Dry Glitter : GLITROCKLG

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE& Silicone Glue

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4   Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Chalk Vintage Seam Ribbon : SEAMBIND or use white ribbon

Creative Expressions Cameo Embellishment :SETDAZZ

Creative Expressions Dazzler :DAZPINK

Optional Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD &

   Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold : CSEPBRGOLD

240gsm A3 Card & Gold Pen

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Take a piece of 240gsm A3 card stock and mark a measurement of 206mm on the shortest edge. It is possible to join 2 pieces of card with a small tab but then it will be more difficult to cut through the die shape so I recommend A3 card for this project.

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Step 2. Turn the card so it`s in a landscape position and measure a full 300mm ( 30cms ) of a ruler & then another 72mm to make the end measurement 372mm. Use a craft knife to cut the solid 372mm x 206mm outline out.

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Step 3. For ease of use I have added all the final measurements to this card shape so that you get the full picture of where the measurements are needed on the design. This workshop has solely been made to fit the Sue Wilson Striplet dies in the recess areas. The measurements can be marked onto the card or use a score board for ease. There are a few options in this workshop so I won`t list all the measurements on this photo.

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Step 4. If you plan to make more than one of these cards it is worth making your own template on a piece of A3 card & by cutting the same solid shape as in the previous steps. It`s easiest to measure points A & B 1st which is 60mm in from both top & bottom edges with the card in a landscape position. Then marking C on only the centre channel at 186mm from the left hand side edge as this exactly half way / centre point in the card. The width of this inner channel will be 86mm.

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Step 5. Now work on the measurement D. Measure in the 60mm A / B 60mm channels only and mark at 165mm just in these 2 side channels (this is position D . Now measure 160mm from D to make measure E on both side channels. Measure 20mm from E to make measure F on both side channels and this will leave you with a remaining 27mm to the edge. Don`t worry if you are 1mm out as the fold on measurement F will have a piece added to it later on.

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Step 6 Now all the measurements have been made you can either make little notches on the outer pencil marks so that you can just use this as a template for future projects or leave without the notches and use the lines to score the card. This may seem a bit of a chore now but once you have made one you`ll find it so useful and you`ll be able to produce a much quicker card next time around. Just think all the hard work in measurements has been done for you ~ it only took 6 sheets of card to get this worked out correctly !!!!

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Step 7. So take you card panel & score down the side A & B measurements at 6cms / 60mms. Either side edge of the card.

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Step 8. Turn the card on a landscape position & SCORE JUST IN THE INNER CHANNEL on the 186mm MARK ~ position C. Remember to edge the card over so you don`t score in the 18.5cm groove that would be on the score board.

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Step 9. Now score the D measurement in JUST THE 2 OUTER CHANNELS at 16.5cms / 165mms.

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Step 10. Slide the card along as the measurements don`t fall in the score board range. Score measurements E & F which will be 2cms / 20mms apart. Make sure you score from the E measurement and not the right hand side edge as this is not a whole number.

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Step 11. Place the card onto a craft cutting mat & cut on both the 60mm side channels starting from measurement D to the measurement F ONLY. Make sure you do one solid cut line as this will show up later on if not.

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Step 12. Once the 2 lines have been cut I like to turn the card over and just score around the individual centre panel and large side panels as it just neatens the cut edges.

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Step 13. It is very important to only score and fold on each of the score lines. Never score across the whole of centre on the card as this is where the recess structure is formed. First lift & crease the centre fold line (C). Now crease the (D) side folds which are just 2cms away from the centre point.

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Step 14. This will create the recess effect once completed.

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Step 15. Fold back and forth the ( E & F ) side score lines to create the standing point of the card.

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Step 16. Use a bone folder to burnish the score lines in place. This will really help with the card structure as you are working on a 240gsm card weight. This card thickness is also needed to allow the die cut shapes to be cut on an A4 cutting platform.

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Step 17. Here is the completed recess base card ready to start with the die cutting part. As I have mentioned before ~ you`ll find making this shape in the future will be much easier and it`s a useful and very popular style card as it gives lots of impact without having to add lots of extras.

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Step 18. Select one of Sue Wilson striplet collection floral meadow die or one of Sue`s other striplet dies & secure it in side panel in between measurements D & E. The whole recess card has been designed around the striplet dies so these will fit perfectly in this space. Alternatively if you wish to make a recess card with a smaller edge then check out the Creative Expressions weekly workshops as there is a workshop for that style card too.

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Step 19. With the die & card laying flat on the base plate and with die facing the cutting plate, pass it through the Grand Calibur machine. Then change the plates so you have the embossing sandwich and pass back through machine. Make sure the card is always a single lay when passing it through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 20. Here is how the die will look and this has been achieved with just one cut pass & one emboss pass through the Grand Calibur. More passes will be needed if you use a heavier weight cardstock but remember you won`t be able to turn the card in the machine so less card weight is more in this project.

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Step 21. Repeat the process and cut the other side edge out. It`s worth thinking about which way round the dies are placed so the pattern runs neatly through the design.

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Step 22. Next we will work on what will be the inside of the recess card. Place the striplet die on the back side recess area & tape it down using some low tack tape. It is optional whether the die is placed on the back of the card or as in this photo on the inside of the back. Cut & emboss the card & repeat the process on the other side recess.

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Step 23. Once the card has been cut you`ll be able to see the die cut panel through the front panel. Placing the die in the inside back panel rather than cutting it on the reverse side means the pattern is not a reflection of the front panel die cut shape but I have wanted it this way so it gives a detailed look to the card when it`s standing up.

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Step 24. Now the card has all 4 striplet panels cut then go back in and burnish those fold lines for a crisp finish to the recess card.

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Step 25. Because a lighter weight card has been used then the front mountain / valley fold on the front might need a small strip of matching card ( 6cms x 2cms ) placed on the inside fold to match it the same depth as the front edge. Simply add a small piece of the blue card to the inner fold.

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Step 26. Cut another panel using the meadow floral die. This will be used for the front empty panel of the recess card.

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Step 27. …… Alternatively add some self adhesive sheet over the blue card before die cutting ( but not embossing it as it will crack the backing sheet ) then add some of the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky sheet.

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Step 28. Cut & emboss another floral panel & this time cut out all the flowers from the striplet. Use a ball tool on a piece of foam mat to tease each petal out. Use a nice circular motion & you will be left with a lovely curved flower embellishments.

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Step 29. It is optional but you may want to add another panel on the front striplet area you cut as the embossing on the 2nd panel will have flattened the raised areas of the flower. Some will be covered with the gold flower embellishments so it is just up to you how you want to finish the piece.

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Step 30. Either use a gold pen to colour the flowers or use a perfect medium pen & add Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the top of the ink & heat set the powder with a heat gun. I have used a gold pen in this project. Add dots of Cosmic Shimmer pearl or white glue to the centre of the flowers & then add the Tim Holtz distress rock candy glitter over the top to add a glisten to the flowers.

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Step 31. Cut a slightly larger mat of vintage old gold card to go underneath the micro bead panel. Then cut a larger blue piece of card & lay some red line tape around the edge & cover with the Tim Holtz distress rock candy glitter.

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Step 32. Add some 3d glue behind each solid flower shape & add the piece to the gold card. Leave the piece raised up as this will add to the finished look.

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Step 33. Add 3 of the gold flowers to the solid shapes on the main layered micro bead panel & 3 on the each of the recess areas on the card. Retain 2 of the flowers for the base of the card.

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Step 34. Add 2 strips of foam tape on the reverse of the micro bead panel & then stick it to the central panel on the recess card.

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Step 35. Add some of the gold pen onto a dazzler (or use embossing powder over some perfect medium ink on the dazzler before heat setting it ) Make a double bow using the chalk vintage seam ribbon & place a Creative Expressions cameo embellishment over the knot of the bow. Place the coloured dazzler in the centre of the cameo using some 3d glue.

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Step 36. Here is a side view of the recess card & it shows how the little extra tab behind the front fold helps steady the card.

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Here is the completed project

Something different which I’m sure will get people talking as the other recess card has been such a popular card shape.

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Caring Thoughts Card

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This workshop shows how to make this reveal card using Sue Wilson dies along with the Just Rite vintage labels 8&9 stamp plate..

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Californian Collection Dies : CED1105

Sue Wilson Gemini Collection Phoenix Die : CED4401

JustRite Vintage Labels 8 & 9 : JRCR02107

Sue Wilson Large Rambling Blossom Embossing Folder : EF-026

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Dusky Pink PVA Pearl Glue : CSGDUS

   Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 &

Foundations A4 Rich Plum Card : 41021

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

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad , Seedless Preserves DPSEED,

Tattered Rose : DPTATTROSE & Pumice StoneDPPUMICE

Tim Holtz Marker Pen ~ Dusty Concord : DMDUSTY

 Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Chalk Vintage Seam Ribbon : SEAMBIND or use white vintage ribbon

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSDEPGOLD

Creative Expressions Cameo Embellishment :SETDAZZ

Creative Expressions Dazzler :DAZPINK

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Sue Wilson Gemini collection phoenix die and the large rambling blossom A4 embossing folder. You will also need the Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Californian collection die & the JustRite vintage labels 8 & 9 stamps.

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Step 2. Take the 3 elements of the Sue Wilson Gemini collection phoenix die & plan which way round you want the pattern to be using these 3 dies.

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Step 3. Cut a piece of rich plum card to 8” x 8” & find the centre of the card.

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Step 4. Place the centre of the die on the centre point just made on the card. Secure it down using some low tack tape. Once embossed repeat this process on all 4 edges of the square card.

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Step 5. With this step you are looking for a just embossed look to the finished panel so run the die through the Grand Calibur machine using the base plate, the card & die and then with the cut edge of the die facing into the tan mat and then cover the whole piece with the pink embossing plate.

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Step 6 Take another piece of rich plum card & just emboss the largest outer solid Beverley hills die onto the card. Make sure you only pass this through once as you are not looking to cut through the card.

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Step 7. Use outer embossed marking left in the card to cut freehand around the edge to make a small matting area for the die shape that will be cut later on.

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Step 8. On the 8” panel draw a faint line from corner to corner on the diagonal. Turn the card & repeat the process. Now you`ll have a line that crosses over in the centre. Please make sure the lines aren`t to heavy as you`ll need to rub these out later on.

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Step 9. Take the Creative Expressions piercing ruler & cut a straight line starting 1¾” in from the tip of the corner. Also finish 1¾” in from the other end. When cutting through this line please make sure you use a craft mat & also make sure you just cut the once to make sure you have a crisp cut line left on the card.

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Step 10. Use your score board to go back in and score down each side of the just cut lines. Doing this will allow the embossed feature to be seen when the card is folded back on itself.

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Step 11. Lay a piece of coconut A4 card on the corner tip of ones of the flaps. Leave a 1 mm gap from the embossed line & draw a faint line across the base of the card. Repeat this process so that you use all 4 corners of the white card.

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Step 12. Cut the white card pieces out. Place the group of flowers stamp from the JustRite vintage labels 8&9 stamp set onto an acrylic block & begin to stamp at random using the Tim Holtz tattered rose distress ink pad.

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Step 13. Distress the edges of the triangles using the Tim Holtz pumice stone distress ink pad on a piece of cut`n`dry foam pad.

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Step 14. Take the dusty concord distress marker pen & squiggle the ink onto an acrylic block and pick up the ink using a water brush. Start to shade and add depth to some of the flowers. Go back in a give some of the flowers a 2nd coat just on the edge of the flower to give even more depth. Repeat this on all 4 triangle panels.

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Step 15. Once the 4 pieces are dry use some double sided tape or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA glue.

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Step 16. Gently ease the card backwards to breakdown the fibres in the card. Roll the card back and forth to achieve this.

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Step 17. Once you have all 4 panels worked you can either use a brad to hold the tips of the card down or if the design is going to be dressed up then use a stapler and then cover this area.

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Step 18. To use the latter staple option then stamp & emboss 8 of the flower swags in bright gold embossing powder.

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Step 19. Take a piece of the coconut card & stamp the flower oval design on it using the same clear and resist ink pad & the bright gold embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder.

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Step 20. Add the Sue Wilson Beverley Hills Californian collection die outer die around the stamped image, this will be the same one you used to cut the rich plum card out of.

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Step 21. Once the piece has been cut & embossed through the Grand Calibur machine then take the tattered rose distress ink pad & with the card still in the die, go in and distress the outer frame area. This will colour the whole of the white area left in between the stamped image & the edge of the die shape.

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Step 22. Use the small frame stamp & use the gold embossing powder to emboss the piece. The use the seedless preserves ink pad on a piece of cut`n`dry foam to distress the edges of the cut out frame. Take the cluster of flowers stamp & ink it up using the tattered rose ink & stamp in the blank middle panel. Stamp & Emboss in gold the `Caring Thoughts ` stamp. Mount this onto a piece of the rich plum card using foam pads for dimension.

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Step 23. Here is how the centre will look with the tattered rose flower image. It`s very delicate and it just fills the plain white spacing on the panel.

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Step 24. Layer each die shape and the sentiment panel using foam pads so it really lifts the centre panel. Using these measurements allows this die shape to sit nicely in the middle of the open folded back card.

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Step 25. Take the large rambling blossom A4 embossing folder & emboss a piece of coconut card in it. Use take the tattered rose ink pad and with the pad completely flat swipe it across the embossed side of the of the card as this will give you the wonderful soft colour to the flowers.

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Step 26. Add some foam tape on the points of the card, and then add another pad but this time leave the backing on the foam to see if it`s needed when adding to the base card.

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Step 27. Make a base card by joining 2 piece so of white card together or by trimming down a folded piece of A3 card. The finished size is 8¼” x 8¼”. Attach a cut down piece of the embossed flower panel behind the folded back plum piece & attach it to the base card using foam tape or Cosmic Shimmer glue if you prefer.

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Step 29. Cut out 4 of the flower sprigs and colour with dusty concord in the centre & then use the tattered rose ink to colour in the leaves and any white areas left when trimming the piece out.

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Step 30 Attach the flowers over the staples on the corners.

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Step 31 It`s optional but you can decoupage another of the flower heads & place it over the flower on the sprig .

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Step 32. Finish the card by adding 3 small PVA dots in the dusky pink Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue.

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Dancing in White Card

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This workshop shows how to make this soft white dances on Kraft card using the Sue Wilson Austrian background die.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set ~ Salsa : UMS186

Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Background Die ( Collection 2 ) : CED2201

Sue Wilson Large Rambling Blossom Embossing Folder : EF-026

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

   Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980  & Kraft Card : KRAFTCARD

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

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad , Walnut : DPWALNUT   & Pumice StoneDPPUMICE

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4   Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Chalk Vintage Seam Ribbon : SEAMBIND or use white ribbon

White Organza Rose Embellishment : RR001

Creative Expressions Silver Tulle : CETULLESIV

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

3 Pearl Pin Embellishments : PINWHITE

 True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Sue Wilson Austrian collection background die and the large rambling blossom A4 embossing folder. You will also need the Creative Expressions salsa singles stamp & some micro beads.

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Step 2. Cut & emboss the Sue Wilson Austrian collection background die in the coconut card. Turn the die once if needed to make sure the die has cut straight through the card, as you can see here most of the die pieces have fallen straight out of the die. Just make sure there are no loose pieces on the card as they will imprint on the card when run it back through the die cutting machine.

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Step 3. Cut a small border all around the outer edge of the panel to give a lovely feel to the piece. Cut a piece of self adhesive sheet so it fits exactly behind the panel and the edge falls on the slim solid border.

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Step 4. Take a piece of cut`n`dry foam & add some of the pumice stone distress ink onto the foam and then just lightly ink over the detailed panel as this will pick up the wonderful embossing .

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Step 5. Take the top layer off the self adhesive sheet & place the inked panel over the top making sure you have all the edges covered. You may find it easier to cut the sticky sheet to size afterwards , you decide what`s best for you . Press down on the filigree piece to make sure all the curls are attached to the sticky sheet else the micro beads can stick on top of any such areas.

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Step 6 With the panel in a box lid pour the micro beads over the panel & sticky layer. Press the beads into the sticky sheet.

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Step 7. Take the oval die from the Austrian set & place it back into the oval opening on the micro bead panel.

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Step 8. Secure in place with some low tack tape. Cut the panel & retain the oval for later on in the project.

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Step 9. Place a dancing stamp onto your acrylic block & ink it up using the clear & resist ink pad. Now stamp the image onto the Kraft card before adding the true white Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder over the top. Heat set the image using a heat tool.

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Step 10. Cut the dancers out around the outer line of the image. Just follow the line out where the stamp doesn`t have a line as this will help create the overall shape to the piece. Use your hands to gently ease and bend the card to curve the piece as this will give dimension without creasing the card up.

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Step 11. Open the rambling blossom embossing folder up and take the Tim Holtz pumice stone ink pad up & swipe it across the debossed inside area of the embossing folder. It`s easy to remember as it`s the smoother side where the raised side would go into to get the embossed effect. Add the coconut card into the folder and make sure you don`t move the card around. Place the folder along with the red adapter plate & the base plate through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 12. Once the card is embossed use a grime boss sheet to remove the distress ink from your embossing folder so it is ready for use next time you want to use it.

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Step 13. This is the effect of the ink you will achieve once it`s been passed through the Grand Calibur. A lovely mottled effect aged look.

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Step 14. Alternatively take the pumice stone ink pad & with it completely flat swipe it across the debossed side of the of the card as this will give you the wonderful white flower in the background of the card. For this project this technique has been used for the embossed card.

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Step 15. Take a piece of Kraft card & score it approximately 2 inches in from the left hand side. Crease the fold & add another piece of Kraft card under the flap of the card to make up the base card. Trim off the excess card in the next step.

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Step 16. Cut the base card to 9½” x 8¼” & then use the card so the folded spine falls along the top of the card. Emboss a line around the outer edge of the base card, make a mat of coconut card of 7½” x 8¾” & distress the edges of the card using the walnut stain ink pad. Cut the rambling blossom piece to 7¼ “x 8½” & attach it to the other layers of card using foam tape for dimension.

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Step 17. Ease out the sticky mirco bead oval from the detailed frame. Be gentle so you don`t tear the oval.

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Step 18. In this instance I removed the sticky micro beads from the sticky sheet backing & added it to the spare oval card that was cut earlier.

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Step 19. Add a line of strong tape around the reverse outer edge on the micro bead Austrian panel.

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Step 20. Take the vintage seam ribbon & begin to ruffle & lay down the ribbon starting in the middle of the side edge. Continue & curve the ribbon around the corners of the piece.

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Step 21. Once you get to the end of the panel (the point at where you started !!!) lift both of the ends upwards & pinch the base of that ruffle onto the panel . This will make sure the ends are neatly tucked away on the back of the panel.

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Step 22. Lay the beaded oval on the centre of the oval & cut a piece of Kraft card to mat this panel onto.

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Step 23. Add a line of foam tape along each side of the panel as this will help keep the ruffle neatly secured down.

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Step 24. Make a small coil of card to add to the centre of the oval as this will give you a raised platform to add the salsa dancers onto.

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Step 25. Add some glue to the reverse of the dancers before adding them onto the coil piece.

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Step 26. Make a small tulle bow & add it behind a bow made of the vintage seam ribbon. Attach 2 of the 3 pearl pins into the knot of the bow & add an organza rose over the knot which has been dusted with some of the pumice stone ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam.

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Step 27. Take the off cut pieces of card that were not needed earlier. Use these to cut out some of the flowers to make your own embellishments that will tie the project neatly together.

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Step 28 Here is the organza bow section which has a lovely soft feel to it.

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Step 29. Add the flowers and leaves to the top left hand corner of the dancing topper.

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Step 30 Here is the finished card.

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Step 31 Lots of softness and different textures to look at too.

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Strictly Vellum Card

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This workshop shows how to make a different background for the vellum dancers to sit on using the Sue Wilson Providence die.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Floral Brocade Embossing Folder :EFPP-001

Sue Wilson French Connection ~ Provence Die : CED2105

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die for … Rose Bouquet : UMS569

Creative Expressions Quick Step Singles Stamp : UMS185

Thank You Stamp from the Bijou Bag Singles Stamp : UMS075

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

Tim Holtz Distress Dusty Concord Ink Pad : DPDUSTYCONC

& Distress Markers : DMDUSTY

Cosmic Shimmer Purple Violet Pearl PVA Glue : CSGPUR

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Foundations Rich Plum Card : 41021

    Coconut  Foundations A4 Card : 40980 Foundations Vellum : 40024

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

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Dusky Pink Wrinkled Edge Ribbon : NK-5-19

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSDEPGOLD

2 Tone Purple / Green Ribbon :KN07

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson French Connection ~ Provence Die and the butterfly die is optional depending on the stamps used for the project. Also needed is the Creative Expressions quick step singles stamp.

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Step 2. Cut & emboss 3 pieces of coconut card using the inner frame & next size up solid frame dies.

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Step 3. Attach the Rose Bouquet from the Creative Expressions Stamps to Die for range onto an acrylic block. Ink the stamp using the clear & resist ink pad & once stamped then add the bright gold Cosmic Shimmer detailed embossing powder over the top.

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Step 4. Heat set the embossing powder & then add the relevant die over the image and secure in place using some low tack tape. Cut & emboss the piece through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 5. Take 2 of the cut out frames and lay them side by side so the side edges just touch & that the curved piece of the frame overlaps. Secure the pieces together with a piece of tape on the reverse or use some dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue.

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Step 6 Take some of the shaded lilac distress ink pad on a piece of cut`n`dry foam & distress the edges of the framed piece.

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Step 7. Repeat the process with the rose bouquet panel as there is a wider border in between the stamped image & the die cut edge, using the border just allows a lovely depth of colour so it`s worth inking it up.

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Step 8. Cut another white panel using the largest solid border frame & again emboss the piece to bring out the outline. Distress the edges & then take the main section of roses on the rose bouquet stamp & just hold it in your hand. Press the stamp into the dusty concord distress ink pad & stamp at random over distress edges.

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Step 9. Take a piece of card & trim so you have two 1cm widths of card. Roll the length up to create your very own pad to give dimension to the reverse of a panel. This is a handy trick when you want extra height on a project.

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Step 10. Use the Cosmic Shimmer glue to attach the rolls of card to the reverse of the rose bouquet panel. Add a line of the glue to either edge of the same panel.

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Step 11. Now add the rose bouquet panel onto the stamped edged larger panel. As the centre is raised up add some weights to hold down the side edges of the panel. This will give a lovely curve to the piece.

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Step 12. Once the glue is set take a single hole punch (or use a pokey tool to make a hole working from the front backwards for a neater effect) on the solid side edge of the piece. Make sure the hole goes through all of the layers and that there is a cutting mat underneath !!!

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Step 13. This part is great if you only have a small amount of ribbon as you can use up the off cut pieces. Poke the ribbon through the front hole in the panel. Do this on both holes using a single piece of ribbon on each hole.

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Step 14. Secure the end of the ribbon on the reverse of the framed piece and set aside the panel until later.

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Step 15. Stamp the quick step image onto a piece of the foundations vellum using the archival ink pad.

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Step 16. Then add some Cosmic Shimmer clear embossing powder over the top.

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Step 17. Heat set the embossing powder. It works well if you heat from the reverse when using vellum, it`s worth a try as you get a smoother embossed look.

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Step 18. Add some of the spun sugar distress maker to the skin areas of the dancers & add some dusty concord distress marker to the edges of the dress. Colour in the whole of the top of the dress & the bracelets.

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Step 19. Take the Tim Holtz water brush ( but with very little water on the brush & pull out the colour to achieve a soft feel to the piece. Don`t overload the vellum with water as it will warp it.

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Step 20. Either set the piece a side to allow it to dry or lightly use the heat tool from behind to dry the ink. Be careful not to heat up the embossed line again.

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Step 21. Add the dancers onto another piece of vellum using some self adhesive sheet in between another layer of vellum. Cut around the outside of the dancers.

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Step 22. Now add some of the dusty concord marker to the roses & shade to add depth.

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Step 23. Either use a piercing tool to add a border around the base card or use 2 embossed lines for added detail. This card has been made by joining 2 pieces of rich plum foundations card together. Emboss a piece of white card or vellum using the brocade pinpoint embossing folder and wrap the worked topper ribbon ends around the back of the pinpoint panel.

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Step 24. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer purple violet pearl PVA glue to make some faux peals on the corners of the card. Be careful as the glue is being added over a raised area and can run if not careful.

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Step 25. Add a `Thank You` sentiment from the bijou bag stamp set. The sentiment was embossed in gold to match the rose bouquet image. Now add some small roses made using the rose bouquet stamp.

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Step 26. Here is the finished card. Lots of softness but with the richness of the purple card & colours in the dress for a different look.

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Sue Wilson Austrian Background ~ Strictly Dancing Tri Fold Box

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This workshop shows how tri fold box using Sue Wilsons Background die from the Austrian range. It makes a great base for the Creative Expressions dancing singles stamps too

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A close up of the Let it Snow panel on acetate

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Background Die ( Collection 2 ) : CED2201

Creative Expressions Singles Stamps ~ Salsa : UMS186 , American Smooth : UMS183 & Paso Doble : UMS184

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Wrinkled Edged Champagne Ribbon :NK02

Foundations A4 Teal Card : 40985

A3 Card or Coconut A4 Card : 40980

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

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

Creative Expressions Cameo Embellishment : CAMEO9

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Viola Black Embossing Powder : CSEPVIOBLK

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Select the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Austrian background die & along with Creative Expressions Salsa , American Smooth & Paso Doble singles stamps .

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Step 2. Place the Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Austrian background die on the edge of a piece of A3 white card ( A4 card can be used but this would need to be joined for one long panel). With the card in a portrait position measure 18cms in from the side edge and draw a line the full length up the card. Trim along the 18am line and remove the excess card.

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Step 3. Secure the background die onto the card with some low tack tape. Leave a 1cm border up from the bottom edge & 2 to 3 mm`s in from the left hand edge of the card.

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Step 4. Place the card and die ( cut face into the cut mat ) in between the cut & base plates of the Grand Calibur machine. Run the sandwich through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 5. Run the die back and forth a few times. This project needs you to work with a long strip of card and you won`t be able to rotate the die & card so you might find the die doesn`t cut 100% through the card. Please note I have used 300gsm card for this project so I’m tasting it to the limit, maybe use a 240gsm card for a crisp cut first / 2nd pass.

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Step 6 Remove the die from the card & flick out the pieces of card that are still in the die itself. Place the die back over the cut card ( you will find the card clicks back neatly in place ) once this is done secure back with the low tack tape before running it back through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 7. Once the piece has been cut then make sure all the small pieces are away from the card & cutting mats as these can emboss the card if caught up in the plates. Secure the die next to the just cut piece again using the low tack tape. Just leave a 1 or 2mm gap in-between the just cut out panel & the die.

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Step 8. Repeat this process until you have all 3 panels cut. Now score in-between the panels to make the fold point of the tri fold card. Also score a 1cm tab at the end of the last panel.

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Step 9. Cut the excess card off at the edge of the tab measurement.

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Step 10. Now you will have the 3 panels along with the right hand side and bottom edge tabs.

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Step 11. Lay the just cut card back on the cutting mat & secure the die panel over the 1cm tab making sure you don`t have the die over the in-between score line. This will give the tab the same cut out markings so that the tab won`t be seem after it has been glued in place. Now cut the panel through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 12. Crease the tab along the score line .

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Step 13. Also crease the other tri fold score lines in place & ease the panel over the cut out tab.

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Step 14. As you will see the design matches perfectly once in place allowing you to glue this part later on.

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Step 15. Cut `V` notches into the base tabs & remove the corner box that would be just under the filigree tab .

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Step 16. Use a piece of low tack tape to gently stick the tri fold design in place & ease the bottom tabs in place so you get a feel for the shape of the box.

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Step 17. It`s at this point you would measure the width of the die panel to get the figure to work the size of the lid out. In this case I’m working with 11.5 cms as this will give me a 2 mm difference needed for the lid.

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Step 18. Place the tri fold box onto a piece of teal card & just use a pencil to draw each tip points of the box. This measurement can change if you made a larger gap in between each die cut panel. Please leave enough space around the triangle to add the tab and side edges of the box.

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Step 19. Make sure you have the 11.5cms measurement need in between the triangle points. Repeat this on all 3 points of the triangle until the whole shape is made up.

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Step 20. From each triangle point draw a start line directly outwards of that point so you have a right angle. Do this on each side of the triangle as shown here.

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Step 21. Decide the depth of the lid needed, here just a 1.5cms depth is used but showing you this technique will allow you to make a deeper lid. Now make a small tab on the top & bottom of one of the side edges. & then on just one tab on the opposite top side of the piece so that all 3 sides of the box will have a tab once this has been cut out.

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Step 22. Cut around the outer pencil lines creating the tabs. Now score all the inner pencil lines & crease the card back on the score lines so the pencil lines will remain on the inside of the triangular lid.

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Step 23. Place the folded up lid onto the triangular box to make sure you have the lid measured correctly. I made the lid fit perfectly first time so I’m hoping you can do the same. It all comes down to the gap made in between the panels but marking the box base when plotting the lid shape all should work out ok.

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Step 24. Cut 3 of the Austrian background panels and cut the piece out with just a small 3mm border around the edge. Also cut out 3 oval shapes & 2 triangles which will form the base and inner base of the box. This shape will be the triangle shape but without the tabs on.

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Step 25. Test the triangle shapes out by easing them into position.

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Step 26. Remove the low tack tape from the tri fold white panel and place one of the teal background panels on the inside. It is nice to off set the die shape so that the teal will add a shadow effect from the front of the card. Glue the 1st & 2nd panel in place leaving the 3rd panel off the card ( the end panel without the side tab on it ) as will be added once the box is glued shut.

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Step 27. Add some Cosmic Shimmer glue along the outside of the filigree tab.

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Step 28. Stick the tab to the inside of the last panel so it shuts the tri fold shape up. Now add some glue to the reverse of the teal last panel & now offset that panel on the inside of the card and so it covers the just glued tab. This will create a wonderful finish to the box as you won`t see any of the joins. If you don`t use the A3 card the you can make this project by joining 2 pieces of card together by making a filigree tab either side of a single panel.

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Step 29. Now glue the corner crossover areas on the base of the box.

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Step 30. Take the triangle shape you prepared earlier and trim a small amount of card off the edge if needed. Make sure you have just a small white border around the edge as it will look better.

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Step 31. Glue the other triangle on the inside of the box.

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Step 32. Now glue the tabs on the top side & stick them the reverse of lid edge to complete the lid.

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Step 33. Add some foam tape on the backs of the oval shapes & stick them to the centre of each of the box sides.

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Step 34. Place a dancing stamp onto your acrylic block & ink it up using the clear & resist ink pad. Now stamp the image onto the coconut card before adding the viola black Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder over the top. Heat set the image before repeating the process with the other 2 different dancing images. Use the peacock feathers ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam to colour in the dresses. Make sure you add more ink in one area to give a shaded feel to the piece.

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Step 35. Take a length of the champagne wrinkled edge ribbon & ink it up using the peacock feathers ink pad. Tie this into a bow & allow to dry.

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Step 36. Cut each of the dancing pieces out around the outer line of the image. Just follow the line out where the stamp doesn`t have a line as this will help create the overall shape to the piece. Glue the dances onto the oval using a 3d silicone for dimension. Add the bow on the lid & attach the cameo embellishment to cover the knot of the bow up.

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Step 37. Hear is just a side view of the box.

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Step 38. The Paso Doble image on one of the box panels.

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Step 39. Here is the Salsa side to the box.

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Step 40. Here is a close up of the Creative Expressions cameo embellishment & the coloured bow.

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 Here is the completed project

Something different to send a lovely gift in. Just wrap the gift in tissue paper to conceal it.

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you could add a BATTERY ONLY tea light ~ no naked flame ones to make the box into a light ????

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Christmas Table Pointsettia Gift Box ~ Part 2

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

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Sue Wilson Festive Collection Classic Poinsettia Die : CED3008

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For ~ Elegant Poinsettia : UMS575

Creative Expressions Large Snowflake Embossing Folder : EF-020

Spellbinders Raspberry Adapter Plate : WIZGC-008

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR  &

True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

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

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads ~ Crushed Olive :DPOLIVE &

Festive Berries : DPBERRIES

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

Rock Candy Dry Glitter : GLITROCKLG

Olive Ribbon :KN16   &   White Vintage Seam Ribbon : SEAMBIND

Pearl Spray Embellishments :PEARLSPRAY

Metallic Gold Card  : 40984 or Silver Shadow Foundations Card

or Vellum : 40024

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Continuing on from part 1 of the workshop where the Spellbinder `All in one Tool ` was poked through the punched holes to make the holes in the folded area of the box top feature. Now pass a length of 2 tone Cosmic Shimmer ribbon through the holes. Use the pokey tool ease the ribbon through the tight areas. Once it`s through the 4 holes wrap the ribbon back round and pass through the other 4 holes so that the 2 ends of the ribbon meet at the front of the box.

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Step 2. Place the largest Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For ~ Elegant Poinsettia onto an acrylic block & select the Tim Holtz festive berries & crushed olive ink distress ink pads.

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Step 3. Tap the Tim Holtz festive berries over the stamp & then take the crushed olive ink distress ink pad & just ink the tips of the poinsettia stamp up. Alternatively use a distress marker to colour the green tips with ink.

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Step 4. Stamp the image onto a piece of coconut card & quickly tip the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear embossing powder over the ink.

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Step 5. Tip the excess powder back into the embossing powder pot before heat setting the embossing powder with a heat gun.

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Step 6. Repeat the process until you have 2 large stamped images and 4 of the middle size poinsettia`s.

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Step 7. Find the correct position if the die by matching say the fatter of the petal shapes up with the corresponding die shape. Once you have the correct coverage of the die secure the die, cut side down onto the image using some low tack tape.

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Step 8. Do the same with the one of the smaller poinsettia pieces and with one of the leaves if you have already stamped one of those out in just the green ink. Make sure the cut edge of the die / card is placed facing into the Grand Calibur cutting board & place the base plate over the top. Run the die shapes through the Grand Calibur & then emboss the shapes if you require.

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Step 9. Repeat until you have all the stamped poinsettias cut out .

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Step 10. Depending on the finished colour you require for the poinsettia you can either leave the poinsettia as is or take some of the festive berries distress ink & run the ink over the main section of the flowers using a piece of cut`n`dry foam. Then do the same with the crushed olive ink around the edges of the poinsettia leaves as they were previously white after die cutting them.

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Step 11. Take a pair of decoupage snips or a small pair of scissors and use the closed blades to curve the edges of the poinsettia petals over to create a lovely dimension to the flowers.

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Step 12. Repeat this on all of the leaves before using some 3D glue to stack & glue each of the flowers into each other.

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Step 13. Add a dot of the Cosmic Shimmer spring green PVA glue into the centre of the poinsettias.

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Step 14. Take the Tim Holtz distress glitter ~ rock candy & sprinkle this over the top of the glue. Tap off the excess glitter…..

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Step 15. ….to reveal the lovely texture over the glued centre. Set both flowers aside to allow the glue to dry.

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Step 16. Once the glue is dry add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the 3d poinsettia & place it onto the top right hand corner of the front of the gift box.

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Step 17. Now take the 2nd poinsettia & repeat the process but this time place the flower on the left hand sloped area and make sure it slightly overlaps the poinsettia below.

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Step 18. Once the flowers are secure add some of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA to make faux pearls on each of the centres of the embossed snowflakes.

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Step 19. Add the Tim Holtz distress glitter ~ rock candy over the top of the glue dots to continue the Christmassy feel to the project. Repeat this on all of the upright sides of the box. Leave somewhere safe until the glue & glitter has dried.

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 Here are 2 finished boxes which have been made in traditional colours

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 The other is a delicate vellum box with different textures of white for a wonderful soft feel to the piece. No embellishments have been added over the knots of the ribbon so that the gift boxes can be used & opened over and over again. Why not make them a family tradition and bring them out every year as it makes, the size makes it easier to find a nice gift to put inside, even a nice crafty gift.
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Christmas Table Pointsettia Gift Box ~ Part 1

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

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Sue Wilson Festive Collection Classic Poinsettia Die : CED3008

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For ~ Elegant Poinsettia : UMS575

Creative Expressions Large Snowflake Embossing Folder : EF-020

Spellbinders Raspberry Adapter Plate : WIZGC-008

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder : CSEPCLEAR  &

True White Embossing Powder : CSEPWHITE

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

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads ~ Crushed Olive :DPOLIVE &

Festive Berries : DPBERRIES

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

Rock Candy Dry Glitter : GLITROCKLG

Olive Ribbon :KN16   &   White Vintage Seam Ribbon : SEAMBIND

Pearl Spray Embellishments :PEARLSPRAY

Metallic Gold Card  : 40984 or Silver Shadow Foundations Card

or Vellum : 40024

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Step by Step Instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sue Wilson Let It Snow Box Card ~ Part 2

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

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A close up of the Let it Snow panel on acetate

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

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Sue Wilson LET IT Snow Die Festive Collection : CED3004

Creative Expressions Feathery Snowflake Stamp : UMS167

Large Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

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

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Flake & Glitter Glue : CSFLAKEGLUE

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

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

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

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

2 Tone Purple / Green Ribbon :KN07

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJLGICED

Creative Expressions Crystal Sparkles Embellishment : SPARKCRYS &

Creative Expressions Pearl Spray : PEARLSPRAY

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Step by Step Instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Step 23. Now cover the piece with another snowflake.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sue Wilson Let It Snow Box Card ~ Part 1

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

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A close up of the Let it Snow panel on acetate

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson LET IT Snow Die Festive Collection : CED3004

Creative Expressions Feathery Snowflake Stamp : UMS167

Large Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

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

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

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

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

Non-Stick craft sheet: CRAFTSHEET

Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

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

2 Tone Purple / Green Ribbon :KN07

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJLGICED

Creative Expressions Crystal Sparkles Embellishment : SPARKCRYS &

Creative Expressions Pearl Spray : PEARLSPRAY

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Step by Step Instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spellbinder Embossed Merry Christmas Shimmer Card

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

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Spellbinders Embossed Merry Christmas Shimmer Card

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Spellbinders Frosty Forms : WIZS5-121 or

Sue Wilson Christmas Angel Festive Collection Die

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

Creative Expressions Large Swirling Holly Embossing Folder : EF-023

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

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

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

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

Ink Blending Mat : INKBLENDMAT2

Emerald Green Ribbon : WS04

2 Tone Ribbon :SB-15

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Step by Step Instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Something effective without being to difficult to achieve.

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Sue Wilson Vintage Bauble Gift Piece ~ Part 2

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

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

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

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Vintage Bauble Die : CED3011

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set ~ Snowy Brook Bauble  : UMS580

Foundations Vellum : 40024

Metallic Vintage Gold Card  : VINTGOLD350

Foundations Snow White Pearl Paper : 40763

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4   Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold : CSEPBRGOLD

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Creative Expressions Wrinkled Edge Champagne Ribbon : NK02

Creative Expressions Light Brown Dazzlers : DAZBRWN

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Step by Step Instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sue Wilson Vintage Bauble Gift Piece ~ Part 1

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

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

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

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

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Sue Wilson Festive Collection Vintage Bauble Die : CED3011

Creative Expressions Singles Stamp Set ~ Snowy Brook Bauble  : UMS580

Foundations Vellum : 40024

Metallic Vintage Gold Card  : VINTGOLD350

Foundations Snow White Pearl Paper : 40763

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4   Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold : CSEPBRGOLD

  Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

 Clear and Resist Ink Pad  : CRPAD

Creative Expressions Wrinkled Edge Champagne Ribbon : NK02

Creative Expressions Light Brown Dazzlers : DAZBRWN

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Step by Step Instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Step 15. Cut all 4 stamped baubles pieces out.

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

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

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

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

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

             Happy Crafting x

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

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

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