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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Celebrate Ivy Card

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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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