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 Stationery Set


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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

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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