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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Mothers Day Thankful Gift Box


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

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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Happy Crafting


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