Creative Expressions Merry Christmas Card

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This workshop shows how to make this `Merry Christmas` textured card the Sue Wilson classic poinsettia dies and the coordinating pinstripe poinsettia stamps.

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Here is a close up of the stamped poinsettia flowers coloured using the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending inks.

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The finishing touches pearl corners work perfectly to add detail to the finished card.

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Merry Christmas Poinsettia Card

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Sue Wilson French Collection Provence Die : CED2105

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Classic Poinsettia Die : CED3008

 Creative Expressions Stamps to Die For …. Pinstripe Poinsettia : UMS576

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Words Set : CEMDFXMASWORD

Creative Expressions Star Swirl Embossing Folder : EF-052

& Holly Vine Frame Embossing Folder : EF-049

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Pearl Corners ~ White Design 2 : SASCW2

Cosmic Shimmer Crimson Kiss Colour Cloud Blending Ink :  CSCCCRIM

Cosmic Shimmer Chic Moss Colour Cloud Blending Ink : CSPMCCMOSS

Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer Moss Chic Shimmer Mister : CSPMMMOSS

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber : DABGOLD

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

Tim Holtz  Festive Berries : DGFESTIVE & Peeled Paint : DPPEELEDPAINT,

Fired Brick : DPFIREDRED, Forest Moss : DPFOREST,

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink Pad : DPSHABBYSHUTT

 Creative Expressions MDF Round Baubles : CEMDFBAUBLE

or optional Merry Christmas Stamp Plate : UMS157

Sam Poole Festive Wreath Set of 3 Stamp Set : UMS165

Coconut Card40980 & Pummice Card : 41003

 Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG, Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 Gold / Silver Mary Arts Iridescent Taffeta Ribbon : HM30

Ranger Stickles ~ Frosted Lace : STKFRLACE & Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this textured Merry Christmas poinsettia card. For the project you`ll need the Sue Wilson French collection Provence die and the festive collection classic poinsettia die with the coordinating Creative Expressions stamps to die for pinstripe poinsettia set. You`ll also need some snow fibre paper & the Creative Expressions MDF Christmas words set & circle bauble set. For the embossing sections the Creative Expressions star swirl embossing folder and the holly vine frame embossing folder are used.

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Step 2. Place a sheet of the snow fibre paper in the Creative Expressions star swirl embossing folder and emboss the paper by using the Grand Calibur base plate underneath and then the Spellbinders raspberry plate over the top of the folder to complete the required plate sandwich. As it`s a thinner paper being used you may need to add a sheet of card above the folder to act as a shim. Just judge the way folder goes through the machine and if it`s to easy then add the shim but if to thick never force anything through the die cutting machine.

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Step 3. Once the snow fibre paper has been embossed it will look like this.

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Step 4. Trim a piece of the Foundations pumice card to fit inside the Creative Expressions holly vine frame embossing folder. Now emboss the card by placing it through the Grand Calibur machine using the same sandwich as with the swirl design.

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Step 5. Take the Creative Expressions stamps to die for pinstripe poinsettia set and place a poinsettia stamp onto an acrylic block. Ink it up using the fired brick distress ink pad before stamping it on an off cut of coconut card.

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Step 6. Now place the Sue Wilson festive collection classic poinsettia die over the stamped image matching up the petals perfectly as you go. Secure the die in place using some low tack tape.

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Step 7. Repeat the process until you have enough stamped flowers. As there are different size dies and stamps you can cut and emboss 3 / 4 die shapes at the same time. Now stamp the leaves using the peeled paint ink pad, again use the die to cut out the leaf design afterwards. If you would prefer you can die cut the shapes first and then stamp onto the pieces afterwards ~ it`s up to you which you prefer.

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Step 8. Here are all the stamped and cut flower and leaf pieces ready for a later step.

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Step 9. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer chic moss colour cloud blending ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie. Trim around the edge of the embossed frame to reveal just the holly vine pattern.

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Step 10. Dab some of the excess ink onto a scrap piece of card.

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Step 11. Work the smoothie / ink around the edge of the embossed frame following the embossed areas as you go.

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Step 12. Then use a festive berries distress ink marker to colour in the small berries directly.

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Step 13. Now add some of the Cosmic Shimmer crimson kiss colour cloud blending ink over the poinsettias petals. Remember to make some of the petals lighter than the other to add depth and shade to the flower.

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Step 14. Go in and add some of the festive berries distress ink on just the edges of the petals to deepen the colour tone.

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Step 15. Also add some of the forest moss distress ink on a smoothie to add a thin edge of darker green around the frames edge.

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Step 16. Use the ends of a pair of scissors or decoupage snips to curve the edges of the poinsettia petals. This will give the flowers a lovely feel.

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Step 17. Once all of the petals have been curved then go back in and curve 2 of the petals up the over way, just at the tips of the flower.

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Step 18. Add a small amount of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue in the centre of the bottom poinsettia flower.

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Step 19. Pull all the petals upwards to lift the flower centre up slightly.

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Step 20. Then place it over the Cosmic Shimmer glue.

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Step 21. Repeat the process with the glue and place the smaller poinsettia flower in the centre of the flower.

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Step 22. Built up 2 large poinsettias and one slightly smaller one to complete the selection of flowers for the corner of the card. Set the flowers to one side until the card is compiled later on.

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Step 23. For the main focal sentiment piece either use the `Merry Christmas` stamp set from Creative Expressions. Ink the image using a clear ink pad and then add some Cosmic Shimmer bright gold or silver shine embossing powder over the top before heat setting the embossing powder.

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Step 24. or alternatively use the Christmas MDF word sentiments as they give a lovely dimensional height to the card.

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Step 25. Take one of the Creative Expressions circle baubles & the Merry Christmas sentiment and prime it with a layer of the Cosmic Shimmer gesso.

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Step 26. Whilst the gesso is drying cut one of the intricate Sue Wilson French collection Provence die frames in the snow fibre paper. Also cut the next size up solid die shape so you have a white panel for underneath. Now add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the solid middle of the snow paper and around the edges of the delicate frame. Once in place add some of the Adirondack gold dabber on the edges of the solid frame.

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Step 27. Dab some of the Adirondack gold dabber on the Merry Christmas MDF sentiment so it is left with a texture to the paint rather then being smooth as this gives a wonderful effect.

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Step 28. Ink up the small poinsettia stamp from the Sam Poole festive wreath stamp set with some festive berries ink. Stamp the image at random over the dried gesso MDF bauble.

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Step 29. Place the stamped bauble on a non stick craft mat and spritz the bauble from a nice height using the Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer chic moss mister. This will give you a nice fine mist effect over the poinsettia image.

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Step 30. Make a base card by joining 2 pieces of white card together with the fold across the top of the card. Cut it to 9” x 7¼”, then cut the embossed snow fibre paper to 8¼” 6½” and edge it with some of the gold Adirondack gold paint dabber. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the embossed snow paper to the base card. Add some foam tape to the reverse of the holly frame panel.

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Step 31. Pass a piece of the gold / silver Mary arts iridescent taffeta ribbon through the hole in the bauble and then secure the ribbon end on the reverse of the bauble with a piece of cellotape.

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Step 32. Add the holly frame onto the base card but leave the back on the foam tape at the top so the ribbon can be added later. Attach the intricate frame pieces again using foam tape for dimension.

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Step 33. Tuck the end of the ribbon behind the top of the holly frame and secure it on the back of the panel before removing the backs of the foam tape. Then stick the bauble onto the frame using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the MDF bauble.

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Step 34. Glue the Merry Christmas sentiment onto the decorated bauble.

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Step 35. Arrange the set a side poinsettia flowers in the bottom right hand corner of the card using either Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or some 3d glue for added dimension. Once the flowers are in place add the leaves to balance the flowers nicely.

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Step 36. Add a finishing touches pearl corner to each of the corners of the card.

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Step 37. Then add a small dot of the glossy accents on each of the red berries to highlight them further.

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Step 38. Place another pearl corner on the top of the bauble to cover the hole of the bauble.

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Step 39. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the centres of the poinsettias and then add some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels over the glue to add a sparkle to the flower centres.

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Step 40. Here is the completed project along with the pearl corner details.

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Happy Crafting x

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