Creative Expressions Black / Gold Foil Tri Fold Card

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This project is  a Tri Fold ~ Just Because card. It uses the Engravers Art gold card for a quick non messy result. The intricate Sue Wilson Wellington die are used

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along with the ornate `Just Because` die and the flowers from the delicate garden die set.

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Here is a ariel view of the card

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and the aqua bow just completes the project perfectly.

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Black & Gold Just Because Card


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Engraving Art Gold Foil : GOLF-810, Foundations Black Card : 40071

& a few scraps of white card : 40980

 Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington Die : CED8205

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Sue Wilson Ornate Frame ~ Just Because Die : CED5421

 Spellbinders Tool in One : WIZTOOL

 Acetate : HEATEMBOS

Tim Holtz Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink : DSSPISTAC

Cosmic Shimmer Gold Mica Powder : CSMPPALGOLD

Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber : DABGOLD

Creative Expressions Phill Martin Chic Moss Gilding Wax : CSPMGWMOSS

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE &

Cosmic Shimmer Golden Pearl ~ Pearl PVA Glue : CSGGOLPEA 

Creative Expressions Silky Crush Aqua Ribbon : UK1-5-04


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make the black and gold tri fold card using the Engravers Art gold card for an easy effect. For the project you will need the Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington die along with the Sue Wilson ornate frame `Just Because` sentiment die. The Engravers Art gold card is used along with some Foundations black card. The project is completed with some Sue Wilson delicate garden frame flowers coloured using the Tim Holtz cracked pistachio distress stain and some Cosmic Shimmer gold mica powder.

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Step 2. Place the 3 outer Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington dies on an angle and close to the edge on the Engravers Art gold card. Secure the dies in place with some low tack tape.

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Step 3. I have cut around the outer edge of the Engravers Art card as this will help when cutting the card out and it will also ensure that the excess card doesn`t get marked when passed through the die cutting machine. Secure the dies with some low tack tape. Cut & then emboss the piece using the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 4. Here is the first pass through the die cutting machine. Most of the card has cut but as you will feel the Engravers Art card is very thick, so just turn the card with the die still in place so the uncut edge turns to the left hand side of the board.

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Step 5. Run the die back through the die cutting machine. Here is how it will look after just 2 cuts ~ amazing for the thickness of card.

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Step 6. Take the Spellbinders Tool in One and run it over the die with the card still in place as this will help to release the intricate pieces in the die. Then remove the low tack tape and ease away the card from the die.

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Step 7. There might be a few pieces still in the card where the low tack tape has been so just use the Spellbinders pokey tool end to poke these pieces out. Not one piece was caught on the card which just shows the quality of the Sue Wilson die and the Engravers Art Card too.

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Step 8. Take a sanding block and run it over the embossed areas on the die shape to reveal the gold underneath core. Leave the other not embossed areas with the black still on.

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Step 9. Use a Grime Boss to pick up the very fine particles that were sanded off the die shape so they contaminate your work.

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Step 10. Now place the 3 outer Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington dies on corner of the Engravers Art gold card as they will fit in well in this space. Secure the dies in place with some low tack tape. Cut, emboss and sand the die using the some technique as in the previous steps.

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Step 11. Here is the excess Engravers Art card which is not enough to cut the 3rd die shape but you`ll be left with nice big pieces which can be used when cutting the sentiment die out later on. Go ahead and cut & emboss 1 last die shape so you have 3 Wellington die shapes in the Engravers Art card ~ also go ahead and the 2 extra sand back to the gold.

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Step 12. Place the 2 largest outer Wellington dies and the 4th largest frame die on some Foundations black card and cut and emboss 3 black card panels.

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Step 13. Now you will have 3 black / gold Engravers Art embossed panels, 3 black frame panels, 3 larger rectangle black / gold shapes and 3 small rectangle black card shapes.

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Step 14. Lay the black frames on the reverse of the black and gold frames to show the inner smaller frame piece that will be seem through the card. It`s up to you if you have the embossed inner side on the reverse debossed side showing. Here you can see both embossed (right) or debossed (left) ways.

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Step 15. Add a small amount of the Creative Expressions Phill Martin chic moss gilding wax on your finger and add it in random places on the embossed edge of the black / gold frame.

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Step 16. Buff the wax up slightly being careful as you do it as the wax is on the shiny gold surface and being to heavy handed could remove all of the wax.

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Step 17. 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. 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 18. Cut a 2nd acetate panel so it mirrors the piece you have just cut.

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Step 19. 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 20. Stick the glued die cut shape onto the folded acetate leaving the folded edge on the edge of the die shape so it creates a hinge for the next die shape to be added.

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Step 21. Add some more Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the die cut piece, again in just the border area and make sure the rectangle inner frame is facing in the same direction when placing the glue down. Attach the frame to the hinged acetate using the die shape underneath as a guide to having the piece straight.

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Step 22. Once the glue is set, open the panels up and cut away the excess acetate around the corner section. Do the same with the card folded and cut the small area either side of the centre panel so the acetate still reminds folded and attached / hinged.

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Step 23. If the acetate has been missed with some glue, just lift the acetate up and place some more Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue under the acetate and stick it back in place.

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Step 24. Lay the 3rd panel down on the work surface, again making sure the inner rectangle is facing in the right direction and add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on both ends of the die shape.

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Step 25. Add the acetate onto the glue and press down firmly.

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Step 26. Now add the final panel over the closed acetate and once the glue is dry repeat the process and cut off any seen acetate remembering to leave the fold still in place.

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Step 27. Snip just a fraction off the curve of the Foundations black card die side panel as this will help when it`s added on the inside of the frame, ie. with the folding on the acetate as the card folds.

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Step 28. Add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the whole reverse of the card panels.

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Step 29. Attach the Foundation black card panel over the glue and press down firmly.

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Step 30. Remove any excess acetate that may be seen in the frame area of the project.

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Step 31. Repeat the process and add the final 2 black panels on the back of the frames. This will complete the basic shape of the tri fold card.

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Step 32. As the Wellington frame has a sturdy outer edge with the more intricate detail within, it makes it perfect for adding ribbon to make the closure for the frames. So select a length of the Creative Expressions aqua silky crush ribbon and also needed with be the Sue Wilson ornate frame `Just Because` sentiment die.

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Step 33. Pass the length of the ribbon through the centre hole on both sides of the frame. You can leave the ribbon length uncut until you know how much ribbon you will require.

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Step 34. Pull both of the frames together with the ribbon pulled tight.

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Step 35. Make a bow with the ribbon. As you pull the loops of the ribbon up place 2 fingers in the loops of the ribbon and pull in the ends of the ribbon downwards as you tighten the bow so you get 2 nice puffy bow loops and the ends will lay nicely and in the right place too.

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Step 36. Fold the ribbon tail in half and cut up in a diagonal angle to the fold of the ribbon as this will create a fish tail effect. Repeat this on the other tail making sure you hold the scissors correctly and cut a pointed tail again.

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Step 37. Place the Sue Wilson ornate frame `Just Because` sentiment die on a piece of Foundations black card and also add the inner solid frame which isn`t pictured here. Secure the dies in place with some low take tape before cutting and then embossing the sentiment through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 38. Cut 3 of just the largest solid frames in the black / gold Engravers Art card. Sand back the embossed edge.

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Step 39. Then sand some of the middle section of the card. As the end of the die shape will be going under the bow and the panel is slightly to long then cut off the pointy tip of the card in a rounded motion to blend the design in…..

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Step 40. ……. this will allow the frame to be curved when glue is added under each end of the frame. To help this curve the black outer frame before adding the glue to just the ends of the frame and sticking onto the black and gold sanded panel. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue the reverse of the sentiment and place it in the gold centre of the piece.

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Step 41. As the back of the Engravers Art card is white you can either use some Cosmic Shimmer midnight chalk paint or black soot distress ink / archival ink to cover the white back up or just cut 3 solid frames in the Foundations black card and mount the black / gold card onto the black frame. It`s not so messy !!! and the way I have covered the back on this project.

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Step 42. Place some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on either side of the frame so the sentiment will lay sideways. PLEASE NOTE THIS FRAME HAS BEEN TURNED for a solid a base SO DON`T ADD THE GLUE ON THE TOP & BOTTOM OF THE FRAME. Now add the frames to each of the frame panels in a landscape position. Cut just 2 sentiments out and add these on the other 2 frame panels and just have the one sentiment with a curved frame on it.

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Step 43. Place some off cut of Foundations coconut card on a non stick craft mat and spritz them with the Tim Holtz cracked pistachio distress stain.

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Step 44. Whilst the ink is still wet flick some Cosmic Shimmer gold mica powder over the ink so it dries in with the ink. Either heat set or leave this to dry naturally as this will be used to die cut some flowers.

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Step 45. Add the small cluster of flowers from the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame die set and cut and emboss a few times using the inked mica pieces of card.

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Step 46. Place the flowers 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. Now select the largest and next size down flowers and add some of the Adirondack gold dabber around the edges of the flower.

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Step 47. Add a small drop of the Cosmic Shimmer golden pearl PVA glue to make a faux pearl effect.

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Step 48. Once the glue is dry add 3 flowers to the side of the sentiment frame to bring in the aqua colour to the project.

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Step 49. Here is the completed project complete which is made very easier using the engravers Art card. It also comes in black / copper & black / silver ~ so why not try out different combinations.

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Step 50. Here is an ariel view of the card.

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Step. 51 Here is just the sentiment on one of the other side panels but you may want to add your our sentiment / hand written message.

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Happy Crafting


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