Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Frame Acetate Box Card


This workshop shows how to make this acetate box frame card using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die along with the graceful lace die & Caribbean Island St Kitts die set.


The wonderful flower die makes lots of little flower in one pass and these have had some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue added to create a faux pearl effect in the centre of the flower.


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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Frame Acetate Box Card


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies : CED5508

Sue Wilson Configurations Graceful Lace Die : CED6403

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island St Kitts Die : CED5204

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

Spellbinders Junior Plate Full Set : WIZGC-011

Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4


Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamp Set : CEC702

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 shows how to make an acetate box frame card using the Sue Wilson Noble double pierced rectangle dies & the configurations graceful lace die as the main focal point as there sizing is perfect for the project. For the project you`ll need the Sue Wilson Noble double pierced rectangle dies, Caribbean Island St Kitts die & the configurations graceful lace die along with the Creative Expressions amazing sentiments stamps. Also needed is the rich plum foundation card & vellum which set the whole design of perfectly.

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Step 2. Cut a piece of rich plum foundation card to 19.5cms x 14.5cms or 7 ¾” x 5 ¾”. Cut another piece the same which you will be able to get out of one A4 sheet of the card.

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Step 3. Score an embossed line at 0.5” and then again at 1”

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Step 4. Turn the card 180 degrees and repeat the same 0.5” and then again at 1”.

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Step 5. Do this on the 2nd piece of rich plum card to create the front and back of the main card frame.

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Step 6. Secure the outer die and the detailed die from the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die set onto the centre of one of the scored rich plum panels. Use the low tack tape to hold the dies in position as you want a nice same distance area around the die cut edge and also so the dies do not slip whilst cutting as the dies can actually cut through each other.

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Step 7. Cut the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur machine using the smaller Spellbinders junior base plate and cutting plate.

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Step 8. Pass the sandwich through the machine in a portrait position as this will cut the intricate die in one pass as it gives the plates more pressure where it`s needed.

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Step 9. Remove the centre cut piece from the card and retain the scored piece for later. Discard the thin outer rich plum card as this was just cut to show off the inner die more when placed on the acetate.

Now emboss the intricate die using the base plate, the die and card facing into the tan mat and the pink embossing plate over the top.


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Step 10. Run the Spellbinders all in one tool over the just cut card. This will help to release those small cut pieces from the die and card. Make sure you use the tool to clean all the pieces from the die before the next step as this will give you a clean cut again.

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Step 11. Lay the full uncut panel underneath the just cut panel and on the work station, slot the 2 delicate garden dies back into the hole.

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Step 12. Secure the dies in place with some low tack tape before lifting the scored panel up off the card. Now cut and emboss the card using the same technique.

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Step 13. Take the inner score line next to the inner frame and fold this downwards and crease / burnish the fold down.

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Step 14. The repeat on the 2nd embossed line but this time crease the line upwards to create the makings of the box frame shape. Repeat on the other edge of the card and the on the back panel too.

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Step 15. Cut a piece of acetate to 6 ¼” x 5 ¾”.

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Step 16. Lay the 2 pieces together with one of the panels flipped so the 2 side tabs meet together.

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Step 17. Add a piece of double sided tape on the inside of the tab so the box frame faces outwards. Hold the frame up to the aperture to see where the frame will go. Now with the tabs nice and creased in the correct position add the acetate to the double sided tape. This will make the frame solid so it`s important to have the 2 side folds in the correct place as this will make the finish result like wonderful.

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Step 18. Stick the delicate frame in the centre of the aperture using either Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or here I have used a spray adhesive on the back of the panel. Repeat the process and stick the 2nd delicate frame on the reverse side of the acetate to cover any glue up.

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Step 19. Add another line of double sided tape on the side tabs.


Step 20. Lay the other aperture panel onto double sided tape with the box frame facing upwards.

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Step 21. Repeat on the other end of the card to complete the basic shape of the aperture box frame.

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Step 22. Cut & emboss 4 of the Sue Wilson configurations graceful lace die shapes in the rich plum card.

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Step 23. Here I have laid the lace die shapes on a piece of wax paper before applying some spray adhesive to the reverse of them. This just helps when lifting the die shapes off the wax paper but it can still cause the spray to fall on the front of the card /shape but it is easily rubbed off.

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Step 24. Add one of the die shapes down the edge of the side tab lining the centre of the die shape with the centre of the box aperture.

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Step 25. Turn the frame over and add a 2nd die shape to the back of the already there die, again to cover up any glue.

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Step 26. Trim the corner of the card off to the tip of the die to neaten the piece of nicely .

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Step 27. Rub the 2 pieces together and to remove any of the spray adhesive from the front of the card.

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Step 28. Use the inner die card panel waste to cut out flowers from the multiple flower die and do the same with some vellum. Also emboss the card and vellum for a lovely finish to the pieces. Repeat and cut a few runs of card and vellum using this die.

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Step 29. 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 the butterflies for another project.

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Step 30. 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 31. 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 32. Repeat this on the 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 33. Now you will have the faux pearl effects in the rich plum & vellum flowers when using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue.

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Step 34. 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 35. Add the flowers on the side border section. Often mirroring the flowers will add balance to the finished piece but that`s personal preference.

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Step 36. Place the `Happy Birthday ` sentiment on the top of an acrylic block and then add the `You mean so much to me` sentiment below with an equal amount of the stamp falling underneath the `Happy Birthday` sentiment.

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Step 37. Ink the stamp with a clear & resist ink pad or a Perfect medium ink pad before stamping the image onto a piece of vellum. It is always best to swipe the vellum with an anti static bag beforehand to eliminate any sticky finger marks that the embossing powder will pick up. Once stamped add the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder over the ink before heat setting the sentiment using a heat tool.

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Step 38. Use the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island St Kitts pierced frame die to cut out the vellum sentiment making sure there is more space along the bottom of the sentiment panel for some flowers to embellish this space later on. Then emboss the panel afterwards. Cut and emboss a 2nd piece of vellum in the same shape.

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Step 39. Add some 3mm thin double sided tape on all 4 largest outer edges of the vellum. Add some of the gold Adirondack paint around the edges of the vellum panels.

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Step 40. Add the plain vellum panel on the reverse side of the acetate.

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Step 41. Now add the stamped sentiment panel on the front of the acetate to cover the centre of the acetate nicely. Add a rich plum flower and a vellum flower either side to complete the project off nicely.

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Step 42. Here is the finished project. Something that is free standing as well as being very delicate looking from using the wonderful Sue Wilson dies. The acetate gives a lovely different feel to the box frame style and it only uses 1 sheet of rich plum card, a small piece of acetate and an off cut of vellum and rich plum card for the borders. Perfect if you want a different card without the extra cost of lots of embellishments. Try different colour ways and sentiments for a varied look.

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Happy Crafting


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