Gold `You are so Special` Fancy Fold Card

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate cut fancy fold card making the whole card using the standard die cut shapes but interlocking the design to make it stand up and look bigger too.

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The design will also lay flat with the inner panel adding to the overall look to the project.

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Here is the side view which shows the card is basically a folded gatefold card with the die shapes added to make the front 2 panels and then another die shape is used as the stand to the card.


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Gold `You Are So Special` Fancy Fold Card


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Sue Wilson Noble Classic Adorned Die : CED5505

Sue Wilson Noble Collection ~ Pierced Designs Die  :CED5507

Sue Wilson Camellia Complete Petals die : CED1421

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Magical Butterfly DieCED1415

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamps :CEC702

Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

  Vellum : 40024 , Vintage Gold Card : VINTGOLDCARD & Pumice  : 41003

 Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

or  Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad : DPANTLINEN

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Drawing Inks :

Metallic Set for the Ancient Copper & Rich Gold : CSDIMET

Essentials Set for the Cosmic Blush : CSDIESS

Pink & Brown Thin Ribbon : BM993

 Creative Expressions Clear 12mm Dazzler Circles : DAZCIRCLE12

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSDEPGOLD


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a new fancy fold card to showcase the Sue Wilson noble die sets. For the project you will need the Sue Wilson noble classic adorned die & the noble pierced rectangle die set, the Sue Wilson finishing touches camellia complete petals die, the finishing touches magical butterfly die along with the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps.

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Step 2. Select a piece of the foundations pumice A4 card stock and attach the largest 2 dies from the Sue Wilson noble pierced rectangle die set onto the card using some low tack tape.

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Step 3. Run the prepared card / dies through the Grand Calibur machine and then emboss the die shape using the base plate, tan mat & pink embossing plate sandwich.

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Step 4. Often the embossing of the die ensures the intricate pieces are cut right through the card stock. If it hadn`t turn the die shape 90 to 180 degrees and pass it back through the die cutting machine again if there was an issue. This die cut easily cut first time in my machine. But machine can differ depending on age / usage of the machine.

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Step 5. Now you have the base card shape which the other die shapes will be attached to. Also cut a 2nd panel as this will be added to the back of the card later on.

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Step 6. Score a 1 or 2 cm line down the short edge of a piece of A4 pumice card. Crease the fold over.

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Step 7. Place the largest 2 dies from the noble classic adorned set

MAKING SURE the top cut edge is placed over the folded edge of the just scored card.

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Step 8. Here is how the reverse of the die panel will look. It will make sure the folded area is left uncut once the piece is placed through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine. Once cut go back in and emboss the piece.

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Step 9. Now cut a 2nd panel using the same technique so you have 2 panels with the small tab extra bit.

Also cut 2 panels using the same dies but without the tab ends as you will need 2 panels with tabs and 2 without the tabs. Below shows just one of each panels and in step 14 you will see the panels all doubled up.

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Step 10. It is optional if you which to add the inner debossed die shapes onto the just cut die shape. If so secure the dies in place so the dies won`t move once they are cut. If not dies can move and cut into one another !!! Just use the embossing mat to emboss these die shapes onto the card. Do this on both tab panels for an intricate embossed design.

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Step 11. This is how the 2 tabbed panels will look once embossed.

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Step 12. Place a score line down the centre of the die shape area and crease the panel in half. Repeat this on the 2nd panel.

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Step 13. Trim both folded tabs so they are the length of the end of the large die cut base panel. The end is pictured underneath the scissors in this photo.

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Step 14. So now you will have 2 folded tab die panels ~ the mechanism for the fancy fold. 2 debossed smaller panels and 2 larger intricate base panels.

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Step 15. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the panel before adding the tab onto the glued area. Make sure the underneath of the embossed panels are facing the top of the die base panel. This is best seen in the next photo.

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Step 16. So the wrong side of the panel will appear next to the right side of the back panel.

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Step 17 . But when that panel is folded back you will see the wrong side again but the underneath fold will the best side as it will be seem later on. Repeat the process on the other side of the piece to make the mechanism of the card.

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Step 18. Add some Cosmic Shimmer glue to the facing upwards side panel.

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Step 19. and then marry up the flat debossed panel ( right side up ) onto the glued folded piece. Repeat on the other pleated edge fold.

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Step 20. You may want to lay this just glued piece up so it makes gluing the other side panel on easier.

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Step 21. Press both panels down firmly so you get a nice firm finish to the edges of the die shapes.

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Step 22. This is the reverse of the card, now is the time to cover it with the other intricate cut die panel over the top of this piece. Just use some dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue for this.

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Step 23. Cut and emboss the 4 smaller inner dies from the classic adorned die set leaving the 2nd smaller cut die out of this selection. Place the outer cut edge of the die over a 2cm fold of card so it makes a tab effect again. This will be used to attach the panel to make a stand for the card.

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Step 24. Pull the card fronts apart so you are left with a depth of 2¾” on the bottom end as this is when the sentiment will be added and this will allow you to know where to add the stand to on the back of the card.

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Step 25. Stand the front of the card up before adding a small amount to the Cosmic Shimmer dries glue to the tab of the stand and then gluing it in place on the back panel of the card.

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Step 26. Now you have the bottom front panel of the card to create detail onto. In this case it will be used to add a sentiment onto.

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Step 27. Stamp the `You are so Special` stamp from the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamp set onto a piece of vintage gold card using a clear and resist stamp pad (or Perfect Medium). Add some bright gold embossing powder over the ink before heat setting the sentiment using a heat tool.


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Step 28. Cut the sentiment out using a suitable die. Here the pierced solid die from the Caribbean Island collection ~ St Kitts die set has been used.

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Step 29. Retain the outer waste and trim all around the outside of the pierced area, glue around the frame before adding it to some waste card. Cut around the outside again to make the mat for the next step. This will allow foam tape to be added under the just added waste card.

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Step 30. Add the sentiment onto the just made pierced sentiment mat using foam tape for added dimension.


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Step 31. Take a Creative Expressions smoothie and pick up some antique linen distress ink & go ahead and add the ink to the embossed and debossed areas on the card. This can be done before or after the card is put together.

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Step 32. Also distress the decorative stand on the back of the card.

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Step 33. Add the sentiment to the bottom front panel again using foam tape as the top panel will sit behind this raised sentiment panel, just like a stopper would on an easel card.

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Step 34. Cut a panel out using the same 3 dies that were used to make the card stand. Use the vintage gold card for this. Now cut a larger solid die cut from the classic adorned die set using a piece of self adhesive sheet over a piece of vellum.

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Step 35. With the panel over a craft box / lid, remove the backing sheet from the adhesive sheet & add some Creative Expressions micro beads over the piece. Press the beads firmly into the sheet.

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Step 36. Cut a solid smaller die shape in a piece of white card and add to the back of the micro bead panel as this will add strength to the piece. Add some gold Adirondack dabber to the edges of the micro bead panel.

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Step .37 Add some thin strips of foam tape around the solid rectangle area on the back of the vintage gold cut panel before adding some Cosmic Shimmer glue over the tape.

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Step 38. Add the frame onto the micro bead panel. This is the reverse view and the front will show how all of the large area is free from glue leaving the intricate cut detail raised above the vellum.

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Step 39. Add some flowers made using the vintage gold card and Sue Wilson complete petals dies. Some copper and pink Cosmic Shimmer drawing ink has been used to colour the card with soft tones. Then add some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to the centre of the flowers for added detail.

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Step .40 Add a double bow made out of the pink & brown reversible thin ribbon to the bottom of the micro bead die cut panel. Place some more of the flowers above the ribbon and add 2 intricate butterflies cut in gold from the magical butterfly die set. Again use the copper and pink drawing inks to colour in the card.

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Step 41. Place a small clear dazzler on a scrap of card & dab the gold Adirondack paint dabber over the dazzler to add some depth and colour to the dazzler. Once dry add it to the knot of the bow.

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Step 42. Here is the finished card with the top section tucked behind the sentiment.

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Step 43. A side view with shows the spring in the card but the stand laying down.

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Step 44. Here is the card standing up. Something different and a variation to a gatefold card of sorts???

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Step 45. The front view shows how the 2 front panels make for a longer feature to the die shape.

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Step 46. The card lays nice and flat which is great for posting.

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Step 47. Here is the back view of the stand.

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Happy Crafting


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5 Responses to Gold `You are so Special` Fancy Fold Card

  1. Pat says:

    I’m a bit confused with he instructions, can you please help. I’m ok until steps 7,8 & 9. I assume that step 10 adds extra embossing for steps 7,8 & 9. However, the next step says we should have 2 embossed tab areas, plus 2 large base panels and 2 smaller embossed panels. But as far as I can see we have no instructions for these panels. I’m looking at the picture tutorial, but the written one doesn’t have these instructions either. Many thanks. Pat Simmonds

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Suzanne says:

    Hi Pat
    Sorry for any confusion, you are correct in saying the embossing refers to the step 7, 8 & 9 as I mentioned it`s optional on the just cut die shape. I have gone in an amended / added cut 2 more die shapes without tabs as the photo shows then but I didn`t say cut them. I`m hoping this will make it all clearer.

    I hope you enjoy the project, I know it was fun to make up.
    Kind Regards
    Suzanne x

  3. Pat says:

    I’m a bit confused with he instructions, can you please help. I’m ok until steps 7,8 & 9. I assume that step 10 adds extra embossing for steps 7,8 & 9. However, the next step says we should have 2 embossed tab areas, plus 2 large base panels and 2 smaller embossed panels. But as far as I can see we have no instructions for these panels. I’m looking at the picture tutorial, but the written one doesn’t have these instructions either. Sorry meant that I could find no instructions for the 2 smaller embossed panels. Many thanks. Pat Simmonds

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Pat says:

    Hi I’ve just found the original post for this card on creative expressions. Step 9 has an extra bit telling you to do the same as 9 but without the two tabs. Hence making the six pieces. This step was missing on the instructions sent to me via email.

    Regards. Oat Simmonds

    Sent from my iPad


  5. Suzanne says:

    Glad all is clear now ~ Suzanne x

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