Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Trifold Acetate Frame Card

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This workshop shows how to make this delicate garden trifold acetate  card using the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame dies and the acetate & vellum for a soft finish.

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Here is a close up of the delicate frame with lacquered flowers and butterflies.


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Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Tri Fold Acetate Frame Card


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Shopping List

 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

Heat Resistant Acetate :  HEATEMBOS

Foundations Vellum : 40024

Phill Martin Moss Green Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

Phill Martin Moss Green Embossing Powder : CSPMEPMOSS

Cosmic Shimmer Ultra Thick Embossing Crystals ~ Lapis Jade : CSUTJADE

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Self Adhesive Sticky Sheet : ADHA4

    Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

   Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

 Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 This workshop will show you how to make a lovely delicate tri fold acetate card. For this you`ll need the Sue Wilson frames & tags collection delicate garden frame die and the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die. One A4 sheet of thin acetate ~ heat resistant acetate has been used to complete the base shape of this project. Also needed is the Phill Martin`s chic moss Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder & gilding wax, they have been used for a soft under tone to the finished look.

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Step 2. Take a piece of A4 sheet of thin acetate ~ heat resistant acetate and cut it in half horizontally to create 2 A5 size pieces of acetate.

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Step 3. Place one piece on a score board and score down the centre at the half A5 score reference point. Alternatively you can fold the acetate over in half in a landscape position and crease down the centre spine to create the folded A5 base card.

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Step 4. If you are just using the score board then butt the right hand edge of the acetate up to the left hand lip of the scoring board and crease the spine of the acetate to create the basic shape.

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Step 5. Repeat this process on the 2nd piece of acetate.

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Step 6. The Sue Wilson delicate garden frame fits perfectly width wise on the A5 card but there is a small amount of acetate left at the bottom. It`s optional to leave this part and add a sentiment on this section or trim it off later on.

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Step 7. Now apply a line of sticky runner adhesive around the edge of just the right hand inside of one of the acetate cards.

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Step 8. Place the other acetate card in a downward position over the sticky area to create the tri fold concertina effect.

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Step 9. Fold all the sections in place to make the tri fold shape again. There maybe a fraction of acetate that needs to be trimmed off as acetate can slip when working with it.

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Step 10. Place the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die right up to the left hand side of an A5 piece of vellum. Secure in place with a piece of low tack tape. Run the die and usual cutting / base plate sandwich through the Grand Calibur. Use the junior Spellbinder plates for ease and have the die in a portrait position when cutting. Just 2 passes will see the piece cut perfectly.

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Step 11. Then run it back through Grand Calibur with the base plate, die / vellum and then the tan mat and pink embossing plate.

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Step 12. You will have enough space to cut another die shape out of the waste as you have been careful when using the die the first time around.

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Step 13. Use the Spellbinders all in one tool to release the intricate piece from the back of the die.

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Step 14. Repeat the process until you have 6 delicate garden vellum frames cut.

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Step 15. Take some of the Phill Martin`s chic moss Cosmic Shimmer gilding wax and with your finger apply a small amount of the wax over the embossed areas of the vellum frame.

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Step 16. Use some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries glue or the specialist acrylic glue to add some glue to the reverse of the garden frame.

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Step 17. Be careful when touching the glue as you don`t want to transfer any glue to the middle of the acetate. Place the frame onto the top of one of the acetate panels.

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Step 18. Place another frame on same top area of another panel. Repeat and work your way through the card placing another frame on the reverse of each of the panels. When all 6 frames are on then the delicate frames are complete.

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Step 19. Here is the optional piece if you want to trim the excess acetate off the bottom of the card then just use a guillotine to remove the bottom section.

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Step 20. Place the small flower die on a piece of waste of vellum and cut and emboss the die. Repeat 3 or 4 times to get lots of the larger flowers out of the die.

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Step 21. Cup your hand or use the back of a piece of cut`n`dry foam to curve petals of the vellum flowers using a Spellbinder all in one ball tool add on.

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Step 22. Alternatively use the tan mat for a quick fix as long as you don`t press to hard as the mat is thinner.

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Step 23. Now place the vellum flowers face down into a clear and resist or Perfect Medium embossing ink pad. Press each flower down to ensure the ink has touched all of the vellum surface.

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Step 24. Or you could add lots of flowers to the ink pad.

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Step 25. Use the reverse of the lid to press firmly down onto the vellum flowers.

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Step 26. Sprinkle some of the Phill Martin`s chic moss Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder over the inked flowers.

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Step 27. Use some tweezers or a pokey tool to remove the flowers from the embossing powder.

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Step 28. Heat set each flower and make such you hold each flower with a pokey tool to stop the flower flying of the craft desk or touching it whilst it`s hot.

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Step 29. This is optional and I have to say the glue melted away a bit in the hot pan when I did the next step, so maybe keep the flowers as single heads and not keep have them glued together as in the photo.

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Step 30. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer lapis jade ultra thick embossing crystals into a small 1 egg frying pan. These can be brought from a £1 shop and are great for small projects like this.

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Step 31. Turn the heat on. Here I have used a standard cooker hob. Just be careful as you will be working with a high heat and you don`t want to spill any crystals and mark your hob. I did the melting with ease and wouldn`t have suggested the idea if I thought it was to hard. If an issue you can use a melting pot instead.

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Step 32. Wait until the embossing crystals start to melt ….

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Step 33. …. And once done tip the pan slightly to gather a pool of the molten liquid on the side of the pan.

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Step 34. Pick a flower up using a pair of tweezers.

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Step 35. Dip the vellum flower into the molten liquid and here I have placed it under side down on the edge of the pan. This removes some of the excess UTEE covering the flower and leaves the flower with a lovely coverage. Use the tweezers to remove the hot flower from the pan.

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Step 36. Repeat the process on the other flowers.

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Step 37. Add the lacquered effect flowers onto the 4 corners of the frame and on each panel. Also add a just embossed flower with gold edges and a faux pearl in the centre and also use the embossing powder flowers on the frame.

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Step 38. Cut 2 strips of the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die in vellum and cut the pieces into individual pieces curving the vellum around each edge as you cut the vellum from the strip border.

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Step 39. Cut a solid die shape from the Spellbinders Elizabeth strip border die in some self adhesive sheet. I have used 2 scraps of adhesive sheet as I already had one piece cut, but you will need all 3 shapes cut.

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Step 40. Remove the carrier sheet and add some of the Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky sheet. This can be done by just dipping the small shape directly into the pot.

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Step 41. Press the micro beads firmly into the sticky sheet for a lovely finish to the shape.

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Step 42. Now add the parchment shape retained from an earlier step over the beads using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue. Edge some butterflies cut out in vellum using the gold Adirondack dabber. Glue one on top of another to give dimension to the butterfly. The gold appears very bright on these photos but it is a bit softer in real life.

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Step 43. Place the prepared micro bead panels onto the centre of the delicate frame using 3d glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue in just the corners of the shape. This is how it will look on the reverse and remember to have the micro bead panel on the first and last panel on the front and the other micro bead panel in the middle will be on the other side so when it`s in a concertina position all 3 micro bead fronts will face forward.

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Step 44. Place the single vellum panel on the reverse of the shape to cover the glue and then add a few flowers on the tips of the shape.

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Step 45. Here is the finished results of the concertina acetate card.

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Step 46. The project looks delicate with the vellum and the wonderful Sue Wilson die set. The small enamel flowers just add a splash of colour which can be changed to tone in your colour theme.


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Happy Crafting x


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