Sue Wilson Christmas Gift Bag

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate cut bag using just 1 piece of A4 card, 2 small panels of sticky sheet and some Cosmic Shimmer flakes. The new Sue Wilson festive collection mini scene die is used to create the from and back panels of the bag and there are a few more products used to embellish the bag.

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This design shows the gift back without the gilding flakes and it makes for a quicker but still stunning bag. They could be used for you Christmas table instead of crackers, just use some tissue paper or some of the decoupage Christmas papers as shown here.

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The bag has been spritzed with some Cosmic Shimmer silver mist, for a lovely twinkle to the project. It`s worth using a piece of kitchen towel to mop up any excess spray quickly if it pools on the card as you don`t want the moisture to warp the card. A fine mist from higher up helps eliminate this issue.


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A Sue Wilson Christmas Gift Bag


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Sue Wilson Festive Collection Scene Mini Background Die : CED3025

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding flakes :  CSGFPERSIAN

Scrubit Foam : SCRUBIT

Foundations Pumice A4 Card Stock : 41003

Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Pad : DPTUMBLED

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

  Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet  : ADHA4

Creative Expressions Pearl Strips ~ Double White : SAPSDW

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

& Tim Holtz Distress Glitter ~ Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

Various Ribbon Selections Available : Click on Link  


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make an intricate cut gift bag using the Sue Wilson festive collection scene mini background die & Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes to appear from behind the image.

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Step 2. Place the sheet of pumice A4 card onto a score board in a portrait position. Score down the card at the 1.5cms line. You can just measure and use a ruler to emboss next to but adding a deeper score line does work best.

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Step 3. Turn the card so it`s in a landscape position and score at 0.5cms and again at 4.5cms so it will give you a width of 4cms in the 2nd wider area. This will be the depth of the bag later on.

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Step 4. Place the Sue Wilson festive collection scene mini background die right next the line just scored and move the card over to a groove if it lands in-between a score line. Score right next to the right hand side of the background die.

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Step 5. Now score a 4cm line from the just scored line so that you will be left with space for the background die to fit in.

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Step 6. Turn the card back into a portrait position with the unscored edge up against the left hand side of the score board and score a line 4cms in from the edge of the card. Turn the card back round so the 4cm just made line is now at the bottom of the card. Place the die in place within the first large box of scored lines.

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Step 7. Attach just the 3 dies that don`t have a solid cut on them. And secure them in place using some low tack tape.

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Step 8. Place 2 strips of scrap card or a solid piece over the sides / die area on the reverse side the die piece. It was easier if you have the base plate on the bottom, then the die cut facing upwards into the card next, then place the scrap thin card before adding the cutting mat over the top.

ALWAYS make sure the cutting edge of the die goes into the cutting mate !!!

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Step 9. Run the plates through the Grand Calibur machine to cut the prepared piece out. The scrap card will just add pressure to the harder to cut areas of the die as you will not be able to turn the card around in the machine and this will to help cut the piece out.


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Step 10. Here you will see the results of adding the scrap card as all the intricate pieces have been cut by running the card back and forward through the die cutting machine once.

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Step 11. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to pierce the small pieces out of the card if they remain still in the card. Using wax paper in between the die will help to alleviate this issue.

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Step 12. Make sure all of the small pieces of card are removed from the die before you cut the card again as this will lessen the pressure on the next pass through the die cutting machine.

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Step 13. Move the die over to the other large section and edge the die so it lays at the same height as the previously cut panel. Secure using the low tack tape.

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Step 14. Once the panel has been cut using the same technique in placing a piece of scrap card over the reverse of the die area you will be left with the 2 intricate die panels which will make up the front and back of the bag.

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Step 15. Place the card back onto the score board or use a ruler to measure the centre of the 4cm tab. This falls in-between the 2 cut panels and score a line at 2cms in, to almost the bottom of the tab. Leave about 3 to 4 cms unscored as this will add to the effect of the finished bag.

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Step 16. Now time to own up as I made an error when cutting the corner of this card out, but that`s the joy of making up new designs. SO PLEASE leave the corner tab on the card and just cut up from the bottom of the card to the first score line on this corner and then same on the both sides of the centre 4cm tab. Don`t worry if you have cut it off as I will show you how to amend this mistake later on.

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Step 17 . Crease up all the score lines so the bag starts to take shape.

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Step 18. As the intricate panel falls right next to score line of the bag side then use a ruler edge to ensure the score line is folded over without disturbing the design.

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Step 19. Also fold the inner tab (the 2cm markings) back and forth to crease the inner side edges in place.


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Step 20. On the top tab area of the bag remove the small box which is formed above the 4cm tab area and also the side edge of the tab. This will give you the 2 main fold over flaps which will hide the ribbon ends later on.

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Step 21. So here is the basic shape of the bag with all the score lines in place ( just imagine the corner tab was still in place !!! )

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Step 22. Measure a piece of self adhesive sheet to fit behind the intricate panel making sure the sheet doesn`t go over the creased score lines. Once measured remove one side of the sticky sheet backing and stick the panel in place.

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Step 23. Place the panel into a lid of a craft box and tip the Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn flakes onto the panel.

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Step 24. Press the flakes into the sticky sheet removing any excess back into the lid.

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Step 25. Take a piece of `scrubit` and refine the flakes by moving the scrubit back and forth over the flakes. This will remove any loose flakes and leave a lovely smooth finish to the panel.

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Step 26. Repeat the process on the other panel. Alternatively use some Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels , Creative Expressions micro beads or rock candy over the sticky sheet depending on the look required.

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Step 27. Place a piece of sticky sheet over a piece of light blue paper or light blue vellum. Secure the mini inner die along with the circle die over the vellum / sticky sheet with a piece of low tack tape. Cut 2 of these die shapes for the front and back of the bag design.

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Step 28. Peel off the backing from the sticky sheet and then tip some of the distress glitter rock candy over the image. Press the glitter into the sheet for a firm finish. Also remember to work over a scrap piece of paper.


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Step 29. Choose which type of ribbon you require for the bag handle and cut 2 lengths and also make a small bow in the same ribbon. Here the 2 tone organza ribbon has been used.

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Step 30. Take a Creative Expressions smoothie and pick up some of the tumbled glass distress ink onto it. Distress the raised images on the panels of the card as this will pick out the detail in the piece as well as toning in the colour of the ribbon and the vellum mini centre piece.

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Step 31. Select where you want the 2 holes for the ribbon to fall on the scored edge of the bag panel. I have found that it works best just being a bit in from the framed area.

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Step 32. Push either end of the ribbon through the holes working from the front to the back for a neat finish.

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Step 33. Use some strong double sided tape to secure the ends of the ribbon down so they fall under the 1.5cm flap of the bag lip. This will make sure they are covered neatly.

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Step 34. Add another line of tape on the flap and also add some Cosmic Shimmer glue over the flap for a firm finish to the handle.

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Step 35. Close the lip area down to secure the ends of the ribbon in place. Repeat the process on the other panel .

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Step 36. If you like me cut off the corner tab then it can be sorted by cutting another corner but also add a 0.5cm tab on the top area so this can be placed onto the side panels to fix it in place.

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Step .37 Make sure the tab falls on the inside of the bag as will not be seem from outside of the bag when finished.

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Step 38. Run a thin line of tape down the 0.5cm tab on the edge of the bag.

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Step 39. Remove the backing off the tape.

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Step .40 Press the detailed panel onto the tape to seal the bag shape closed. Make sure you match up the score lines as this will give you a perfect finish to the bag.

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Step 41. Press the side score lines back down to make sure the crease is back in place before the base is closed off.

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Step 42. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the outsides of the small square.

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Step .43 Fold the larger flap onto the glued tabs.

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Step 44. Add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the outside of this larger flap.

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Step 45. Before folding the last tab onto the glue for the completed bag shape.

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Step .46 Glue the mini rock candy pieces over the centres of the front and back of the bag panels.

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Step 47. Use some more of the glue to add a matching bow to the centre of the bag. Use a peg to hold it in place before the glue sets.

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Step 48. Place a row of the Creative Expressions double pearls to the top and bottom of the bag.

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Step 49. Finish the bag by adding a single pearl to the centre of the bow. Here is the completed project.

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Step 50. Why not try just cutting the bag in a white 160gsm paper and spritz it with some Cosmic Shimmer pearl or silver mister so that adds some sparkle.


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Step 51.  Leave the background without a sticky sheet etc & use a tissue paper or even wrap a gift in the decoupage Christmas papers for a touch of elegance.

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 Happy Crafting


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