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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Teal Border Notepad


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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

 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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