Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Frame Acetate Easel Card

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This workshop shows how to make this intricate acetate easel using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die.

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Parchment and micro beads add a soft and textured feel to the project along with the gold  highlights to the butterflies and small flowers.

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Here is a different look showing how the Sue Wilson finishing touches deer could be used in the centre of the delicate frame.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

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

Spellbinders Elizabeth Strip Border Die : WIZS4-439

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Cloudy Parchment : 40066

Heat Resistant Acetate :  HEATEMBOS

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet : ADHA4

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

   Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely delicate acetate easel card. For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die and the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die. Some thin acetate ~ heat resistant acetate has been used in this project. Also the delicate frame has been cut using a parchment which is a lovely weight for this card.

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Step 2. First take a piece of the heat resistant acetate and score the piece on half to make an A5 folded card shape.

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Step 3. Fold the acetate over and either use a bone folder or your finger nail to run along the fold to crispen the acetate fold.

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Step 4. Place the outer frame die from the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die set so it fits with the top edge over and behind the fold in the acetate. Secure the die down with some low tack tape.

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Step 5. Here is a close up of the die edge. This just allows the acetate to be cut whilst remaining the fold in the acetate which will make the mechanism of the easel card base.

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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 run the die back through the machine so it gets a 2nd passing.

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Step 7. Remove the low tack tape from the acetate before removing the die.

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Step 8. Now you will have the folded acetate base shape of the easel card.

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Step 9. Go ahead and fold just one side back in on itself and crease once it`s exactly in half. Set a side for the working on later on.

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Step 10. Use the intricate delicate garden frame die and place the dies on a piece of the parchment, 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 to avoid any die cutting each other. Here the photo shows all of the solid dies added but you just need the intricate main die for this project. Emboss the panel and then repeat to cut and emboss a 2nd panel.

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Step 11. Now use the Spellbinders all in one tool and run the bristle end across the back of the steel die. This will remove all the small pieces of parchment which would hinder the cutting on another piece, so it`s always worth removing any retained pieces after every cut / embossed piece.

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Step 12. Now you will have the most gorgeous parchment panel.

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Step 13. This step is alternative method for a different look.

If you do not want to do this way then skip to step 18, 19, 20 & 21 and step 23.

I just wanted to give 2 looks to the project. So go ahead and cut an antique gold card or white piece of card in the delicate garden frame to help strengthen the parchment.

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Step 14. Use some spray adhesive to the back of both the pieces of parchment. You can use Cosmic Shimmer dries glue but this way is quicker for an all over stick.

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Step 15. Match the parchment up onto the gold panel. Also do this on the reverse side of the gold card.

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Step 16. Now place the prepared panel in between a base plate and cut plate and run through the Grand Calibur machine. This will make for a stiffer panel and make sure all the intricate pieces are set down in place.

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Step 17. The panel can then be stuck to the folded over section of the acetate easel card. Remember to only ever use the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the bottom section for the panel .

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Step 18. Cut a delicate garden frame in the self adhesive sheet. You will need to pass the piece through the die cutting machine at least 4 times but it`s worth it so get all the detail out of the intricate design. Use a Spellbinders all in one tool to run over the die to loosen the pieces before removing the die.

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Step 19. Remove the backing from the top side and place the panel in a lid before adding some Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky panel. Press the beads into the panel to make sure the all the micro beads all stick firmly down.

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Step 20. Stick the micro bead panel onto the inner base of the easel card using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the underneath as the sticky backing will add to being able to see the beads nicely over the acetate.

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Step 21. Use the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die to cut a pretty parchment shape to add detail to the aperture of the easel card.

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Step 22. Or here one of Sue Wilsons festive Collection deer has been cut and some sparkle texture paste added over the deer. The deer fits perfectly in the frame for a simple look to the card.

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Step 23. Cut a solid single frame using the outer die only to cut an acetate panel. Now stick the parchment panel onto the acetate panel. Turn the piece over and add the other parchment panel onto the back of the acetate.

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Step 24. Use a piece of scrap card to press down onto the acetate as this will eliminate any finger prints.

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Step 25. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the bottom half of the panel to stick the acetate / parchment piece to the easel section.

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Step 26. Cut a solid die shape from the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die in some self adhesive sheet.

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Step 27. Remove the carrier sheet and add some of the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky sheet. Now add the parchment shape retained from an earlier step over the beads using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 28. Cut a solid shape in white card using the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die. Cut the piece in half horizontally.

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Step 29. Stick the white card on the reverse of the die shape on the acetate as this will cover any glue up. And one piece will have to go under the folded acetate piece and that`s why the piece has to be split in 2.

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Step 30. The piece makes the inner design pop as will as covering any glue up too.

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Step 31. Now edge the butterflies using the gold Adirondack dabber. The gold appears very bright on these photos but it is a bit softer in real life.

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Step 32. Start to run a trail of the butterflies through the easel card working from the inner base of the easel card.

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Step 33. Then add the butterflies onto the main frame top section of the card so they all flow nicely.

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Step 34. Cut some of the small flowers from the die on the frame set. Colour the flowers with some gold from Adirondack gold paint dabber. Now place the flower on the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam or an old computer mouse mat 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. Add a small pearl to the centre of the flowers using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue and set a side to dry.

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Step 36. Add the flowers to the card to pull the design nicely together.

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Step 37. Here another butterfly has been cut and the wings folded up to add detail to the centre piece.

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Step 38. The acetate having been scored doesn`t need a stopper with the weight of the top half and it just sits nicely behind one of the small pearl flowers.

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Step 39. Here is a close up of the delicate frame and parchment butterflies and flowers.

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I hope this workshop has given you some extra ideas when using this STUNNING Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die. I love the frame and the many different uses it offers as a die.

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