Creative Expressions ~ On the 1st Day of Christmas Card

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This workshop shows how to make this dimensional Christmas card using the Creative Expressions John Lockwood 12 Days of Christmas stamp and some glossy accents to make the card pop.

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The different Creative Expressions products are brought together with the scarlet and gold theme.

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The pine cone embellishment works perfectly over the ribbon tab to make a feature of the gift card / sentiment or money pocket.


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Creative Expressions On The First Day of Christmas


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Creative Expressions Snowflake Lattice Embossing Folder : EF-020

Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 Days Background Stamp : UMS647

Vintage Gold Card : VINTGOLDCARD & Foundations Scarlet Card : 41032

Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes : CSGFPERSIAN

Cosmic Shimmer Golden Pearl PVA Glue :  CSGGOLPEA

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Scarlet Ribbon : CESRSCARLET

Creative Expressions Pine Cone Embellishments : CEPINECONE

  Creative Expressions Smoothies CESMOOTH  

 Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG,

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Scrub It Foam : SCRUBIT

Creative Expressions Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSDEPGOLD

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop shows how to make a Christmas gift card perfect for adding money or a gift card in the flap of the design. For the project you will need the Sue Wilson Noble double pierced rectangle dies, the Creative Expressions snowflake lattice embossing folder along with the Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 days background stamp topped with some glossy accents for added dimension. The project works well with the striking foundations scarlet and vintage gold card. The tab opening for the gift or sentiment is created using the Creative Expressions finishing touches scarlet ribbon and the pine cone embellishments. The Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes are added on some Creative Expressions self adhesive sheet for a lovely contrast on the frame.

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Step 2. Take the Creative Expressions ~ John Lockwood 12 days background stamp and place it on a large acrylic block. Ink the stamp up using the clear and resist ink pad or a clear Perfect Medium pad. Take the lid off the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder.

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Step 3. It`s optional whether to swipe an anti static bag over the Foundations scarlet card before stamping the image onto the card, pressing firmly as you go.

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Step 4. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the clear ink and tip the excess powder onto a scrap piece of paper before returning it back to the pot ( ideally before the image is heat set so it doesn`t go flying about if the heat tool goes near it !!! )


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Step 5. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

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Step 6. Here another image has been stamped out using the same method so 4 of the sections can be cut up and small tiles can be made to add depth to the piece.

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Step 7. Cut 4 of the pieces out trying to keep them in a nice pattern from the card. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the card and place them on a piece of thick grey card which is often used when sending craft items in the post.

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Step 8. Place a piece of paper and the acrylic block with the stamp still on (in this case) over the stamped pieces. You could also add the card under a craft mat or use some other weight to weigh it down. It doesn`t take many minutes for the glue to go off and stick the card firmly flat on the grey card. Use a few layers of thick card if you haven`t got any grey card as this will effect the tile look later on if it`s not used.

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Step 9. Cut around the edge of the card having the scissors at angle to prevent the gold embossed line being cut into. Repeat and cut out all 4 tiles.

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Step 10. Add a line of glossy accents around the edge of the tile to add a barrier to the tile.

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Step 11. Now go into the middle area of the tile and fill with some more of the glossy accents making sure any air bubbles are pierced with the nozzle of the bottle or the air is chased off the side of the tile. It`s important to remove air bubbles before the tiles are set a side to dry. Using the thick card will allow the tiles to remain flat as they dry.

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Step 12. Place the 12 days of Christmas stamped topper onto the corner of a piece of vintage gold card leaving a 3mm border down the left hand side and along the bottom edge. Make a small scissor mark where the 2 other cut edges will need to go.

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Step 13. Now use a guillotine to cut the 2 scissor marks to make a perfect mat for the topper.

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Step 14. Use some foam tape to add the topper onto the gold mat base.

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Step 15. Secure the 5th size down from the largest die onto a piece of the Foundations scarlet card using some low take tape to hold the die in place.

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Step 16. Run the card through the Grand Calibur machine using the base plate and the cutting plate as per the die cutting machine instructions for cutting.

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Step 17. Then go ahead and emboss the panel using tan mat, the base plate and pink embossing plate.

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Step 18. Trim the very thin (3mm) embossed pierced edge off the card panel and retain this.

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Step 19. Just line the topper up onto the frame leaving a border around the 3 pierced edges of the card. Score a line the same distance as all the other edges are along the top of the card making sure you add a 3mm extra width to allow for the just cut off pierced piece of card. Fold the score line over to create a tab on the back of the card.

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Step 20. Add some 3mm strong tape on the back of the card or use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 21. Now add the pierced card to the top plain folded over area of the card. Alternatively use the pierced square Sue Wilson dies for this part. This step just shows the alternative way as I only have the rectangles at the moment.

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Step 22. Select a piece of the Creative Expressions finishing touches scarlet ribbon. Cut the ribbon so you have 1 whole wrap of the ribbon card meaning there will be 1 fold in the ribbon once it`s cut. This is perfect for making tabs as the ribbon is already folded in place.


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Step 23. Cut and emboss a 2nd scarlet pierced panel and lay it behind the folded tab of the already cut piece and trim away the excess card that protrudes from under the card.

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Step 24. Add some double sided tape or some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the folded tab.

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Step 25. Now stick the cut off panel of card on top of the tab. Again use the small border of pierced off cut to place over the straight edge on the inside of the card.

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Step 26. Place the Creative Expressions finishing touches scarlet ribbon in the centre on the top of the folded card using some double sided tape to secure it in place.

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Step 27. Then add another layer of the tape over the inside of the ribbon and on the top of the ribbon as this ribbon will be handled most           so a strong finish works best.

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Step 28. Place some foam pads / tape around the edge of the topper and part way down the topper leaving the centre bottom free of tape as this will allow for the depth of the ribbon to lay nicely under the topper.

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Step 29. Twist the wires on the Creative Expressions pine cones to make sure the cones stay in place when the wire is cut shorter. Use some 3d glue gel to add the pine cones onto the ribbon tab.

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Step 30. Now select the 3rd and 4th from the largest pierced dies to make a feature of the just made topper.

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Step 31. Secure the larger pierced die over a piece of Foundations scarlet card with some low tack tape and then repeat the process with the smaller pierced die on a piece of vintage gold card.

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Step 32. Cut and emboss both of the pieces through the Grand Calibur machine. Later on the just cut pieces will be turned in a landscape position when the card is all put together.

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Step 33. Take the Vintage gold card and place it in the snowflake lattice embossing folder. Make sure you have the snowflakes falling nicely near the edges so some faux pearls can be added to the lattice crossover of the design later on. Run this through the Grand Calibur using the base plate and the Spellbinders raspberry plate. Depending on card thickness always make sure you never force the sandwich through the die cutting machine and if it`s to light on embossing you can always use a shim of card.

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Step 34. Place a piece of self adhesive sheet over a piece of white or scrap card. Now add the 2nd from largest and the 4th from largest pierced rectangle dies onto the card / sticky sheet and secure in place with some low tack tape. Run the piece through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 35. You will have a nice inner self adhesive piece left for another project and now remove the backing from the frame. Grab a piece of scrubit foam and place the frame into a lidded box.

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Step 36. Sprinkle / place the Cosmic Shimmer Persian dawn gilding flakes over the sticky sheet.

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Step 37. Then use the scrubit foam pad to remove all the excess flakes / foil from the frame. You can be fairly rough with it as it just polishes up the pattern of the gilding flakes perfectly. Return the excess back into the pot or keep a lid on the box ready for another time. Make sure you use an anti static bag around the inner box first as this will reduce the flakes being so clingy .

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Step 38. Add some foam tape onto the reverse of the gilded frame. There will be an excess of the foam depending on the width of foam used but this will be covered with the scarlet panel.

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Step 39. Cut a mat of scarlet and vintage gold card in the largest and 2nd largest pierced die shape and use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick to 2 pieces together. Add the gilding flake panel onto the just made base.

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Step 40. Now add the already cut scarlet pierced panel again using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 41. Add the lattice panel onto the card using foam tape or Cosmic Shimmer dries glue. Now use a double layer of foam tape to add the already prepared 12 days of Christmas piece over the gold lattice panel.

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Step 42. Use some Cosmic Shimmer golden pearl PVA glue onto the crosser of the snowflake lattice design to make faux pearls. Set a side to allow the pearls to dry.

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Step 43. Add the glossy accent tiles you made earlier and that are now dry. You can either use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or use some 3d glue gel for added dimension.

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Step 44. Here is a photo of the flap on the front of the card. You can add a gift card with a glue dot or make a little pocket with matching scarlet card to add money behind it. Alternatively place a folded piece of white thick paper with a stamp sentiment or verse inside it.

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Step 45. This workshop to shows how to add dimension to a stamp using the pierced rectangle dies, card, gilding flakes and some foam tape.

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Happy Crafting x


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