Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Pierced Frame Card – Lantern Complete Workshop


This workshop shows how to make this intricate tri fold card / lantern using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die along with the double pierced rectangle dies.


The snow fibre paper allows the lights to shine through.


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The Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending ink has been used on a Creative Expressions smoothie to colour the vintage ribbon. The wonderful flower die makes lots of little flower in one pass and these have been clustered on some 3d glue to make a hydrangea effect flower on the knot of the bow.


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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Pierced Frame Card – Lantern Complete Worksheet


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Collection ~ Delicate Garden Frame Die : CED4307

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink ~ Chic Viola : CSPMCCVIOLA

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH 

Vintage Cream Ribbon VRCRE

Foundations Rich Plum Card : 41021

Foundations Vellum : 40024

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

   Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely delicate framed card / lantern and it will be done in 2 parts to show how to extend the base to allow the height of a battery powered candle.

For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die and the Noble double pierced rectangle die set. For the back the dies the snow fibre paper is used and the Cosmic Shimmer chic viola colour cloud blending ink and Creative Expressions smoothie are used to colour match the vintage ribbon for the project .


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Step 2. Take the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die section and hold it up against the Noble double pierced rectangle die set.

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Step 3. Set the 2 next size up dies from Noble double pierced rectangle die set. The larger die will make the size of the card and then inner die will create a lovely pierced edge frame to add a layer of detail to the card.

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Step 4. When you open the Noble double pierced rectangle die set you will have a lovely large plastic case to recycle, if you carefully you can pull the die on the carrier sheet out through the top opening. Place a sheet of white card or paper into the sleeve to create a very handy watercolour pallet. It`s great for scribbling the distress ink markers or ink pads as you get to see the true colour of the inks on the white. Then just use your grime boss or kitchen roll to wipe away any excess ink and store it ready for next time.

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Step 5. Now take the larger of the 2 selected double pierced rectangle dies & along with the intricate delicate garden frame die and place them on a piece of the Foundations rich plum card and secure the dies in place using some low tack tape. Make sure there is an even amount of distance around the edge of the die. Cut the card so you can turn it in the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 6. Place the die through the Grand Calibur machine using the standard base plate and cutting plate sandwich. Once it`s cut turn the card and run the die back through the machine so it gets a 2nd passing.

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Step 7. Now use the base plate, die and card and then the tan mat & pink embossing plate and run the sandwich back through the Grand Calibur to emboss the panel.

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Step 8. Now after just 3 passes you`ll have this wonderful cut and embossed piece.

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Step 9. Remove the pierced outer frame and the inner intricate frame carefully from the die making sure you leave the low tack tape still in place.

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Step 10. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool and run the bristle end across the back of the steel die. Do all the open spaces and leave the spaces under the low tack tape.

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Step 11. Holding on to the steel dies, just lift one of the low tack tape pieces at a time and run the Spellbinders tool over the intricate die area to release the pieces of card left in the die.

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Step 12. Then replace the low tack tape back down so that you have the same positioning in the 2 die pieces. This will be ready for the next cut out pieces.

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Step 13. Go ahead and repeat the process until you end up with 3 card panels.

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Step 14. Use the inner die card panel to cut out the multiple flower die and the 2 butterfly dies. Also emboss the die / card for a lovely finish to the pieces. Repeat and cut a 2nd panel of the small dies.

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Step 15. Use the same dies on a doubled up piece of Foundations vellum and again emboss the pieces.

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Step 16. Now you will be left with lots of various size flowers and the butterflies in both rich plum card and the vellum. Set a side for later.

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Step 17 . Lay 2 of the cut panels on a piece of the snow fibre paper which is in a landscape position. Make sure you leave a 1 to 1.5cms width either side of the panel as this will be made into a tab to join the 3rd panel onto the snow fibre paper.

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Step 18. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to add the first panel so the top of the panel falls right up on the top of the snow fibre paper and the 1 / 1.5cm tab is left down the left hand side of the paper. Then add the 2nd panel again using the same glue.

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Step 19. Butt the panel right up against the other panel with maybe the slightest of gap in between and I mean just 1mm !!!!

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Step 20. Trim along the long bottom edge of the snow fibre paper to remove the excess paper.

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Step 21. Create another 1 / 1.5cm tab on the right hand side of the card panel. Snip the corners of the paper to complete a tab either side of the 2 panels.

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Step 22. Take the 3rd panel and add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue along the right hand tab before adding the 3rd panel onto the tab. Make sure your tab is no wider than the rich plum card frame.

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Step 23. Lay a piece of the snow fibre paper over the last panel and cut out a piece to cover the inside of the panel. Make sure you don`t go over the crease of the join as this will bulk out the panel.

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Step 24. Before sticking the snow fibre paper panel down crease the just joined panel over on it`s self.

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Step 25. Now glue the panel in place using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue around the edges of the paper.

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Step 26. Once it`s in place crease the panel back up again.

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Step 27. Add some of the glue to the tab.

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Step 28. Now add the first panel onto the glued tab to close the 3 panels together.

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Step 29. Alternatively cut the tab off the left hand side and add a hole before using a ribbon to join the card opening together. This would help if you are posing the card.

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Step 30. Add some 3d glue or gel to the solid small flowers on the reverse of the delicate garden frame.

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Step 31. Place the panel lightly over the snow fibre paper and use the pokey tool to just gently touch the frame down slightly as you want the frame to stand proud of the frame below.

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Step 32. Add all 3 of the frames to the panel using the same technique.

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Step 33. Now select the largest and next size down flowers and add some of the gold Adirondack dabber around the edges of the flower.

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Step 34. Place the flower on the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam or in the palm of your hand and use a ball tool to roll in a circular motion around the centre of the flower as this will shape the flower nicely.

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Step 35. Repeat this on the rich plum flowers and also on the larger vellum flowers before adding a small drop of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue to make a faux pearl effect.

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Step 36. Now edge the butterflies using the gold Adirondack dabber.

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Step 37. To reach the centre bend the butterfly wings backwards so the centre body of the butterfly is seen. Now add a line of the same gold paint down the body of the butterfly. This just makes it an easier way of getting into those awkward spaces.

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Step 38. Continue to use the gold Adirondack dabber to colour the butterflies and also produce lots of the pearl flowers using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue.

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Step 39. For the smaller flowers just curve the flowers with the ball tool & then just dab the gold Adirondack dabber up and down onto the flowers to add some of the gold onto the petals. This makes it easier than picking the flowers up to ink.

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Step 40. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the solid flowers in the delicate garden frame before adding the prepared faux pearl large flowers onto the glue.

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Step 41. Build up all the flowers onto the frame on every panel and on the other 2 panels.

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Step 42. Add 2 butterflies to the centre of the snow fibre panel. Then arrange 3 pearl centred flowers below the butterflies for added detail.

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Step 43. Select either the already coloured Creative Expressions finishing touches ribbon or take a piece of the vintage ribbon and use some of the Cosmic Shimmer chic viola colour cloud blending ink to colour the ribbon.

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Step 44. Place the ribbon on a non stick craft mat before adding some of your Cosmic Shimmer chic viola colour cloud blending ink onto a Creative Expressions smoothie.

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Step 45. Dab the smoothie up and down onto the vintage ribbon to colour the ribbon. This will make sure it tones in with the rich plum A4 foundations card.

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Step 46. Move the ribbon along but be sure to place the ribbon into any ink that is left behind on the craft mat as this will save on the amount of colour cloud ink you use. Continue to add more of the ink as you need it.

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Step 47. Take a heat tool to dry the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud blending ink. Please note there will be a small amount of vapour coming off the ribbon but this doesn`t have an awful smell.

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Step 48. This step is where you can use the snow fibre paper tab to join the lantern closed or the tab can be cut off and a ribbon added either side so the card can be sent flat in the post and then put in place once it`s ready to.

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Step 49. For this workshop the trifold piece will be joined. So lay some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue down the outside of the snow fibre paper tab and with the card sat on one of it`s faces and stick the rich plum card panel onto the tab.

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Step 50. Now you will have the standard 3 sided card / lantern basic shape.


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Step 51. Here is the top view of the card which shows the neatness of the snow fibre paper inside.

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Step 52. Once the ribbon is completely dry make a shabby chic bow by wrapping the ribbon around your hand 3 times before finishing off the bow in a knot. Cut one of the loops on each side of the bow to make another set of tails to the bow. Now use some 3d glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the bow onto the centre edge of the card.

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Step 53. Add a dome of 3d glue to the knot of the ribbon and then set some of the larger flowers into the glue so it looks like a hydrangea flower.

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Step 54. This will tie in flowers on each side of the card. Why not go ahead and make 2 more bows to embellish the other 2 sides of the card. If the card was just made as a trifold card then just thread the ribbon through 2 holes that you can make in the card and then a bow can be made once the card has been received.


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Step 55. Another feature for the card is to make another layer so there is a pierced smaller frame to add a layer to the card. So place the 2nd pierced die that was picked in step 2 & is bigger than the delicate garden frame die. Place it on a piece of rich plum card before adding the delicate garden frame intricate die in the centre. Use some low tack tape to keep the dies in place.

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Step 56. Cut & emboss the die through the Grand Calibur machine and repeat the process 2 more times. Set a side the intricate garden frame for another step later on.

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Step 57. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to add the panel onto the card. Just make sure you line up the centre detail of the aperture then sticking the piece down.

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Step 58. Here is a close up of the card / lantern with the ribbon details on each side.

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Step 59. You may which to extend the project if you are placing a battery operated candle into the lantern. They can often be found in £ stores or this one was £1.99 off ebay with free postage !!! So it`s worth a look about. Take a piece of card which is 2½” deep and score it at ¼” and then at 5” and then again at 5” and another score line at ¼”. Now join another panel which is cut at 5” and fix that onto the tab.

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Step 60. Add some double sided tape to the top edge of the card.

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Step 61. Now place the card under the inside of the bottom of the lantern. Stick each side in place before joining the last piece onto the tab. It`s best to line the card up on the project to make sure it fits into the base before sticking the piece together.

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Step 62. Cut the set a side frame so you get 2 pieces with a small cut out piece down the side of the frame. Discard the small side pieces.

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Step 63. Glue the 2 frame pieces so they overlap onto the depth of the extended bottom of the lantern. Then decorate the piece with some more of the small pearl flowers. Repeat this on all 3 sides.

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Step 64. Here is the completed project with a slight view of the inside of the piece.

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Step 65. The light shines nicely through the snow fibre paper. Top View

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Step 66. and the side view



Step 67 Here is the shabby chic ribbons that adorn each side of the card / lantern.

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Happy Crafting


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