Sue Wilson Merry Christmas Die meets Creative Expressions Ornate Oval MDF Frame

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This workshop shows how to make a pretty frame by just using a Creative Expressions MDF Frame and the pretty Sue Wilson classic poinsettia dies along with the Christmas Tree die.

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The Merry has been cut out of the tree`s other letters and placed back down over the Christmas sentiment.

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Here are the flower centres with some golden pearl PVA glue and some iced snow glitter jewels.


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Sue Wilson Merry Christmas Die meets Creative Expressions Ornate Oval MDF Frame


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Creative Expressions Ornate Oval MDF Frame : CEMDFORNOVAL

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Classic Poinsettia Die : CED3008

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Christmas Tree Greetings : CED3017

 Craft Consortium Decoupage Papers : CCXDECP018

Cosmic Shimmer Glossy Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSGLOSGLUE

 Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH   & Cut`n`Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

Cosmic Shimmer Crimson Kiss Colour Cloud Blending Ink :  CSCCCRIM

Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Colour Cloud Blending Ink : CSPMCCMOSS

Cosmic Shimmer Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals : CSUTEECLEAR

Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber : DABGOLD

Creative Expressions Gilding Wax ~ Deep Red : CSGWRED

& Chic Moss : CSPMGWMOSS

Tim Holtz Embossing Ink Pad : DPMEMBOS ,  Festive Berries : DGFESTIVE

& Shabby Shutters Distress Ink Pad : DPSHABBYSHUTT

   Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

or Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Highlighter Glue : CSGLUEHIGH & Silicone Glue

Cosmic Shimmer Golden Pearl PVA Glue : CSGGOLPEA

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely frame using the an MDF ornate oval frame. For this project you`ll need the Creative Expressions ornate oval MDF frame, some glossy accents & the Cosmic Shimmer glossy glue, seal & glaze, the Sue Wilson festive collection classic poinsettia die and Christmas tree greetings die. Also needed is the Craft Consortium holly decoupage paper , some Creative Expressions smoothies, the Cosmic Shimmer crimson kiss & chic moss colour cloud blending ink along with some Cosmic Shimmer clear ultra thick embossing crystals.


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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson festive collection Christmas tree greetings die and place it onto a piece of white card. Secure it in place with some low take tape. Run the card through the Grand Calibur machine to cut the intricate design out.

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Step 3. Place the die and card back through the machine using the embossing plate sandwich for the machine. This will give the wonderful embossed effect to the finished piece.

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Step 4. Cut and emboss another 2 trees out. For this project we are going to make the die fit into a smaller area than the original die shape would normally fit into, it also shows a different use for the die too. It`s wonderful to try think of other uses for a die as it challenges the mind as well as making it great value for money too.

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Step 5. Cut along the top of the Christmas wording on the 1st tree. Make sure you leave some white card above the wording so it frames the Christmas words.

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Step 6. Also trim away the star from the top of the piece.

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Step 7. Now for the fun part of cutting the letters to form the new `Merry`. Just gently snip around the letters so you again have some white card around each letter.

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Step 8. Cut the scroll section from another of the trees.

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Step 9. Lay the cut pieces onto your work surface so you get to see the spacing of the `Merry` letters and how the scroll lays. You can trim the scroll to the length of the `Merry ` word to neaten that up nicely.

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Step 10. Shake the glue / glaze bottle well before pouring some of the glue / glaze into an empty pot.

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Step 11. I have found it easier to tear some of the oakwood decoupage paper slightly bigger than the oval MDF panel as it makes it easier to handle first time around. Here is happens to be one of the rectangles formed by the fold in the pack size.

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Step 12. Brush the Cosmic Shimmer glossy or matt glue, seal & glaze over the oval MDF panel.

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Step 13. Lay the oakwood decoupage paper over the glue sweeping the paper down smoothly as you go. Occasionally there might be an air bubble in between the paper and MDF, if so lift the decoupage paper back up and smooth it back down.

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Step 14. This paper is great for this kind of handling . Press down right up to the edge so you know the paper is firmly stuck to the MDF. Take the sanding block and hold at an angle & sand downwards over the edge of the MDF to create the smooth finish to the edge of the MDF.

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Step 15. Place the sentiment and letters onto a craft mat & add some of the Cosmic Shimmer crimson kiss colour cloud blending ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie.

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Step 16. Dab the red ink over the letters and scroll leaving patches of white card as you work.

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Step 17 . Now add some of the Cosmic Shimmer chic moss colour cloud blending ink over the white patches that were previously left.

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Step 18. Add some of the gold Adirondack paint dabber to highlight the words / scrolls.

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Step 19. Add another layer of the Cosmic Shimmer glossy or matt glue, seal & glaze over the decoupage MDF piece to give a lovely finish to the paper and it will also seal the surface too.

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Step 20. Blend some of the Cosmic Shimmer chic moss and crimson colour cloud blending ink onto the MDF Frame. Also add some of the gold dabber over small areas of the frame.

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Step 21. As the sentiments dry you may want to some of the Tim Holtz festive berries distress ink to lift the shading on the sentiment.

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Step 22. Use some of the new Cosmic Shimmer dries clear highlighter to the reverse of the sentiment.


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Step 23. Alternatively as some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to a lid and pick it up on a piece of cut`n`dry foam and dab it on the reverse of the sentiment piece.

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Step 24. Just lay the oval frame over the base without gluing it in place.

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Step 25. Add the glued sentiment in the centre of the oval.

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Step 26. Add some of the Tim Holtz distress embossing ink, or some clear & resist ink pad over all of the frame panel. Make sure you use an older ink pad as some of the ink will lift off the frame onto the ink pad.

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Step 27. Tip some of the Cosmic Shimmer ultra thick embossing crystals over the ink.

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Step 28. Gently tip off the excess.

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Step 29. Heat set the ultra thick embossing crystals gently with a heat tool.

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Step 30. This is the effect with just one layer.

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Step 31. You will need to re apply some more of the ink (if the panel has cooled down ) & then add some more of the crystals over the top. Repeat the process. This is the effect after the second layer, you`ll see still a few pits still in the embossing.

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Step 32. Repeat the inking and powder process and add another layer to achieve the finished look and the 3 layers. Hence the name triple embossing !!!!

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Step 33. The gold paint will come through the embossing and give a wonderful effect to the frame.

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Step 34. Take some of the Creative Expressions deep red & chic moss gilding wax and enhance some of the decorative edges of the frame.

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Step 35. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the outer edge of the decoupage paper oval & place the MDF frame over the top and let it set in place. Maybe add a few heavy books to weigh the frame onto the oval base whilst the glue sets.

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Step 36. Using the gilding wax might just dull the tripled embossed finish as it`s handled so just take the heat tool and gently heat the dulled area up again and this will bring the shiny finish back again.

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Step 37. Place some of the Sue Wilson classic poinsettias on a piece of white card and secure in place using some low tack tape.

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Step 38. Cut & Emboss the flowers / leaves out.

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Step 39. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending inks that were used on the frame. Leave the tips of the flowers white before adding some green to the tips of the flowers.

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Step 40. Enhance the flowers with a small amount of Tim Holtz Forest Moss & Festive berries distress ink.

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Step 41. Curve the edges of the flowers with a pair of small scissors as this will add dimension to the flower.

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Step 42. Stack another flower on top of another flower and add to the side of the frame using some CS glue, make sure the petals are turned slightly so the petals overlap each other. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer golden pearl PVA glue to the centre. Take a Spellbinder all in one tool and drag the pointy end through the glue to give a flower like centre to the poinsettia.

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Step 43. Use some Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels over the glue for a soft finish to the piece.

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Step 44. Here is the finish project to the left.

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Step 45. The sentiment could also be added to the centre of a die on a card or try making up different words.

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Step 46. Here are the softly coloured poinsettias with a sparkle in the centre. The gold tones run through the project what with the frame the flowers and on the sentiment.

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 Happy Crafting

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