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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Sue Wilson Gemini Die – Delphinus Icicle Card part 1

Part 2 of the workshop will follow next week


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Shopping List

 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


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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 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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2 Responses to Sue Wilson Gemini Die ~ Delphinus Icicle Card ~ Part 1

  1. Jaclyn Spragg says:

    Could someone please put me in the right direction I have bought Caribbean Island collection and don’t know what to do now,need some inspiration please x

  2. Suzanne says:

    I will try but I am limited to my ipad until broadband upgrade takes place tomorrow.
    If you go onto Sue Wilson’s blog and type in the carribean dies in the search bar you should have every post come up there. Sue’s address is

    also you can do the same here and find a fee different projects.
    Sue produces lots of videos on you tube and I’m sure there will be a link on Sue’s site
    I hope you get sorted, I’ll try post some more links after tomorrow if you still need help
    Kind regards
    Suzanne x

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