Ornate Square Treasured Friends Card

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This workshop shows how to make a ornate square frame using dies from the

Sue Wilson`s die collection.


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Ornate Square Treasured Friend Card


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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~Classic Adorned Designs DieCED5505

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Pierced Designs Die  :CED5507

Sue Wilson Configurations Elegant Lace Edge Die : CED6401

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection ~ Fold Over Flower Die : CED5203

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamps :CEC702

 Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink Pad : DPSEED

Tim Holtz Dusty Concorde Distress Stain : DSDUS

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Mister : CSPMMMOSS

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Embossing Powder : CSPMEPMOSS

 Creative Expressions Pink Collection Dazzlers : DAZMIXPINK18

Creative Expressions Smoothies : CESMOOTH

 Foundations Rich Plum Card : 41021 & Coconut Card :40980

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Two Tone Olive Ribbon : KN16

Ranger Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Handicraft Felt ~ Peach :  FELTWEDD


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this fun ornate square treasured friends card. For the project you`ll need the Sue Wilson Configurations elegant lace edge die, the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~classic adorned designs die & pierced designs die. The Sue Wilson finishing touches collection ~ fold over flower die along with the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps.


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Step 2. Take a piece of the Foundations rich plum A4 card and place the Sue Wilson Configurations elegant lace edge die onto the card before securing in place with some low tack tape. Run this through the Grand Calibur machine or another die cutting machine. Cut a further 7 shapes for this project as they will back onto themselves when making the design up.

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Step 3. Cut the solid pierced shape using the die from the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~classic adorned designs die or pierced designs die. Also emboss the inner frame & cut & emboss the centre die panel. Run all these dies through the Grand Calibur making sure the intricate die is cut towards the side of the cutting plate as there is more pressure at these points.

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Step 4. Either emboss the just embossing section from the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~ pierced designs die, or use the outer die from the Sue Wilson Noble collection ~classic adorned designs die to cut the die shape first and then use the embossing die afterwards so that you get a crisp embossed panel rather that it getting squashed when being past through the die cutting machine again.

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Step 5. Cut a piece of Foundations rich plum card to 5½” x 5½” and score a line ½” in from each side edge. Crease the score lines to create the small tab edge that the already cut lace edge dies will be added to.

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Step 6. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto a piece of cut`n`dry felt or foam. This will create a nice flat pad to enable you to add the glue onto the intricate detail on the lace edge pieces.

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Step 7. Swipe a scrap piece of card over the glue to flatten it over the foam pad. This will give you an even coverage when applying the glue.

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Step 8. Place the lace die cut onto a scrap piece of paper & gently tap the glue pad over the reverse of the card. Repeat quickly until all the die cut piece is covered, as you are working with small amounts of glue it can dry quickly so you need to work fast when applying.

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Step 9. Add the shape onto one of the ½” tabs as the sizing of the card has been made especially to fit this die.

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Step 10. Flip the plum card over and make sure the scrap paper below is clean before adding some more glue over what is now the reverse of the lace die. This will cover up the tab and also give a nice strength to the finished project.

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Step 11. Repeat the process on all of the tabs until all sides are covered front and back.

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Step 12. Trim away the small square in the corner that was created when making the ½” tabs, just follow the edge of the lace die when cutting.

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Step 13. Crease all 4 lace panels upwards as this will show you the basic shape of the square lace piece.

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Step 14. Add some of the Phill Martin Creative Expressions chic moss gilding wax over the emboss areas on the die cut shape. It`s optional but I have added a small amount of the gold dabber on just the edge of the panel.

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Step 15. Take the intricate centre piece that was cut earlier and add some perfect medium or clear and resist ink over the shape. Then add some of the Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer chic moss embossing powder over the top. Heat set the embossing powder to reveal a delicate finish to the piece.

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Step 16. Cut another solid die shape in a shimmer card or use a Cosmic Shimmer pearl mist to make the card shimmer. Add some of the chic moss gilding wax to highlight the edges of the 2 solid shape before adding them to the inside of the rich plum pouch. Use foam tape lift each panel turn one of the shapes a ¼ turn so it fills the square surface.

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Step 17 . Add the gilded emboss panel again using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 18. Now add the chic moss embossed panel onto the stack of die shapes using a 3d glue on some of the solid side edges. You may want to add a rich plum solid panel under the intricate panel to lift the design further, if so you would want to add that panel now. Just use the outer die shape to cut the matching panel.


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Step 19. Select the colour toned ribbon you wish to use to tie the corners of the lace border up with. I have used the green tones to add a bit of Scottish feel to the project.

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Step 20. Pass the end of the ribbon through 2nd down medium size hole on the edge of the border. Then pass it through the opposite hole on the next border piece.

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Step 21. Tie the ribbon off in a bow. Leave the borders slightly raised so that borders sit up nicely all the way around the design. Repeat the process on all corners of the piece.

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Step 22. Cut either just one large die flower or use two, it`s up to you. Run the die through the Grand Calibur using some peach felt.

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Step 23. Add a strip of 3mm red line tape along the base of the just cut felt. This tape resists heat but you can use Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue instead.

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Step 24. This may seem a bit radical but dab some of the Tim Holtz dusty concord distress stain randomly over the felt or you can use just the ink pad.

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Step 25. With the felt on a craft mat spritz some Phill Martin cosmic shimmer chic moss mister over the felt. The moisture in the mister will react with the dabs of the distress stain giving it a mottled effect.

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Step 26. Air dry the felt or here I have used a low setting on my heat tool and gently dried the felt. The piece is now ready to remove the backing from the red line tape & fold the strip over in half and stick the top half onto the bottom taped half area.

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Step 27. Roll the felt up and then I have added some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over the bottom base of the felt. You may want to use glue dots ~ it`s up to you which you prefer.

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Step 28. Stamp the `You are a Treasured Friend` sentiment using the seedless preserves ink pad onto a piece of coconut card from the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamp set.

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Step 29. Add the flower onto the centre panel using 3d glue or some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue. Cut the sentiment down the centre to create 2 thin sentiment strips. Add some of the chic moss gilding wax around the corners of the sentiment before adding them to the top & bottom of the card using some foam tape or 3d glue.

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Step 30. Add some light purple dazzlers from the Creative Expressions pink collection to each of the corner bows to complete the project off.

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Step 31. Here is the completed project with soft tones of chic moss along with the more vibrant rich plum & green ribbon features.

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 Happy Crafting


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