Creative Expressions Tri Fold card with a Difference ~ Part 1

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This project is part 1 of a `Tri Fold with a Difference Card`. This is a new style card made with the intricate Sue Wilson dies in mind.

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The apertures allow the peonies to be seen through the design.

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Here is a close up of the Creative Expressions dazzle feet that shine through the Sue Wilson Wellington die base.


A Creative Expression satin ribbon is used to keep the design folded up for maximum impact.

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Tri Fold Card with a Difference ~ Part 1


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington Die : CED8205

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Delicate Fronds Die : CED1426

 Spellbinders Tool in One : WIZTOOL

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980 & Vintage Gold Card : VINTGOLDCARD

Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4   & Acetate : HEATEMBOS

Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow Glitter Jewels : CSGJDIAM

Creative Expressions Pk of 8 Large 25mm Dazzlers : DAZLGSQUARE

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon  : CESROFFWHT

Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber : DABGOLD

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Golden Pearl ~ Pearl PVA Glue : CSGGOLPEA 

Creative Expressions Self Adhesive Pearl Strips ~ Double White : SAPSDW

Creative Expressions Ribbon Collection


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will start with part 1 of this tri fold card with a difference project. The main products used are the Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington die, the Sue Wilson finishing touches petite peony cluster die along with the delicate fronds die. The detailed intricate die speaks for itself and it is showcased well in this new style card. I needed some feet for the project and I didn`t have any to hand so I made my own !!! ~ for this the 8 Creative Expressions 25mm dazzlers are needed as well as the self adhesive pearls.

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Step 2. Place the 2 outer Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington dies onto a piece of Foundations coconut card and secure in place with some low tack tape. Cut & then emboss the piece using the Grand Calibur die cutting machine. Use a long strip of the tape so it goes all the way over the dies as this will help with a step later on and it allows helps the dies from touching each other whilst they are cut.

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Step 3. Repeat the process and cut a 2nd piece in the same card.

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Step 4. Now place the next size down die which is the curved corner rectangle shape and secure it in place on the low tack tape. As the tape was left as a long strip it makes it easy to attach this inner die.

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Step 5. Go ahead and cut 4 of these die shapes using the Foundations coconut card.

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Step 6. Cut 2 solid panels in the self adhesive sheet using just the outer die, you may want to keep the inner die in place and cut out the aperture at this point rather than later on. IT MAKES IT EASIER AS I FOUND OUT !!! Also use the smaller frame to cut the slightly larger frame card that came out of the previously cut frames. Just 1 frame will be used as a mat later on.

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Step 7. Fold a piece of the heat embossing acetate in half so it comes up to the solid inner frame edge. This will help the acetate to be disguised. My finished acetate measured 22mm x 70mm when folded over so a 44mm x 70mm piece of acetate would be needed x 2 as it will be needed for to joins. You can have a longer piece and just complete the next step. Other thin acetates can be used but I`ve found the Creative Expressions one the right thickness and it`s handy to have in your crafty stash to use for heat emboss projects too.


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Step 8. Place the acetate under the Wellington die shape and cut around the curve of the die shape on the acetate. Repeat this on the other end of the acetate.

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Step 9. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse solid areas of the die cut panel. Make sure you only glue where the acetate will be placed.

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Step 10. Stick the glued die cut shape on the inside of the folded acetate as this will be the base of the card and the fold is needed to come from underneath the die shape to create the hinge for the next die shape to be added.

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Step 11. Add some more Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the die cut piece ( please use the die shape with the aperture cut out of the centre and not the solid one shown here !!! ) again in just the border area.

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Step 12. Stick this piece onto the top of the folded acetate making sure the die cut shape marries up with the die shape underneath.


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Step 13. Place the self adhesive sheet onto the reverse of aperture frame. Again use the sheet with the aperture already cut out in the sticky sheet. It`s not a problem of you haven`t cut the inner section out as it can be cut like I did in step 15.

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Step 14. Keep the backing on the sticky sheet and just use the sticky area which will come through the delicate die shape. Place the panel in a craft lid and tip the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels over the sticky area.

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Step 15. As a solid shape was added onto the acetate rather than an aperture shape then this step just cuts the centre out of the card. Just omit this step if an aperture card shape was added to the acetate hinge. The joys of making a new style card up as you find out the easier ways, but it`s good to show both ways as it will help when designing different projects. This solid shape was meant for the base reverse of the project.

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Step 16. Add the other acetate folded strip behind the frame. This time it can be attached directly onto the sticky sheet.

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Step 17. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of another aperture frame at place this onto the acetate tab that was just put in place.

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Step 18. Press firmly onto the acetate for 20/30 seconds until the glue sticks. Again marry up the die shape with the cut out underneath.

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Step 19. Now all 3 die shapes are attached to the 2 acetate hinges and you will have 2 apertures and 1 sold base shape.

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Step 20.  Place the sticky sheets on the reverse of the die cut shapes with the APERTURES ONLY. Cut the aperture shapes out of the sticky if you haven`t already done so in the first few steps of the workshop.

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Step 21. Repeat on the other panel and place the sticky frame on the inside of the frame.

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Step 22. Remove the backing on all of the sticky sheets and place the panels in the lid and sprinkle with the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels over the sticky. Press the fine glitter into all the detailed areas of the dies cut out shapes.

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Step 23. Dot small amounts of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of one of the remaining aperture pieces…..

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Step 24. …. and place it over the diamond snow glittered panel matching up with the die panel below. Repeat this on the other last remaining panel.

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Step 25. Now you will have a double sided joined frame design.

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Step 26. To make the feet for this project take 2 of the Creative Expressions 25mm dazzlers and stick them together using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue or some 3d glue. Repeat this on 3 more sets so you have 4 feet for the base of the card.

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Step 27. Take the Creative Expressions double row self adhesive pearls and cut down the centre of the strip.

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next week…. and this will show you how to complete this project as well as finishing off the dazzler feet that go under the tri fold card.

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The finished piece can be folded down and placed in a co-ordinating box for ease of giving and it will also give that wow factor when it`s assembled.


Here is the completed project….. see you next week where the complete project will be published.

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Happy Crafting


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