Sue Wilson Wellington Gift Bag

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This project shows how to make a small gift bag perfect for some jewellery,  a gift card or for giving money.

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The features of the die are used to add the Creative Expressions natural jute through and the delicate fronds / peonies are used to embellish the front of the bag.

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Here is the reverse of the bag with the matching Wellington die shape over the Creative Expressions micro bead panel.


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Sue Wilson Wellington Gift Bag


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington Die : CED8205

Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Collection ~ Maggie Die : CED4315

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die : CED1451

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Delicate Fronds Die : CED1426

 Spellbinders Tool in One : WIZTOOL

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980 , Foundations Sky Blue Card : 40081

 & Foundations Baby Blue Card : 41012

Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD & Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4  

Creative Expressions Natural Jute Twine : CETWINEJUTE

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon  : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE &

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this elegant small blue and white (Wedgewood inspired) gift bag. The main products used are the Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington die, the frames & tags ~ Maggie die, the Sue Wilson finishing touches petite peony cluster die along with the delicate fronds die. Foundations coconut, sky blue & baby blue card are used along with the Creative Expression micro beads to create this soft finish to the project.


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Step 2. To show how the project is designed from scratch the solid outer Wellington die is placed on a landscape piece of Foundations coconut card. This will show you the measurement of the width of the die and will allow you to decide on the depth of the bag. Just make sure you have 2 widths of the die shape and 2 sides which will need to have the same measurement along the base of the card and then just a ½ cm tab is needed.

Score at ½ cm ~ 2½ cm ~ 14 ½ cm ~ 16 ½ cm and finish at 29cm. Trim off the excess.

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Step 3. Turn the card to a portrait position and score down the card at 2cm and whatever the length of the box you require. This will be shown in a few steps time.

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Step 4. This photo just shows how the Sue Wilson frames & tags ~ Maggie die is a perfect width for the bag as it mirrors the same width as the Wellington die.

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Step 5. I ended up with 12cm depth on the box so I scored at 14cm after the 2cm score line rather than the 16cm shown here. Originally I scored a line at 16cm but I later trimmed the box down.

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Step 6. Fold the card along one of the score lines so the card fits in the A5 guillotine and trim off the excess card at the just scored 14cm point.

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Step 7. Now the side of the box needs to have a score line added approximately half way down the middle of the 2cm area. Make sure you leave the ½ cm tab out of the measurement. I have added a pencil line to help you see this scoring. Repeat the scoring on the other 2cm side tab.

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Step 8. Now all the score lines will be in place.

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Step 9. Crease the score lines downwards leaving the inner side score lines alone for the moment.

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Step 10. Crease the ½ cm side tab downwards.

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Step 11. Fold the short inner scoreline by pinching it down to the half way end point. This needs to be a valley fold as it`s called so it`s the opposite to the mountain fold tab scoring. It`s a lot easier than it sounds.

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Step 12. Add a line of strong tape on the ½ cm tab or use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 13. Remove the tape carrier sheet and fold the tab backwards. Fold the other end of the box over onto the tab so it closes the bag shape up and you are left with the 2 creased in side panels.

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Step 14. To help press the side down it`s worth placing a ruler through the bag as it`s open ended at this stage and press the card onto the glued / tape area. This will give the box a lovely crisp finish.

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Step 15. Now the box is closed up ready for the next stages.

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Step 16. Snip up to the 2cm score line on both side panels. You may want to remove the ½ cm tab which will be on this bottom area as it will make the base not so bulky.

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Step 17. Fold the side tabs in and place some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the outside of the tabs.

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Step 18. Then put some more glue on the base flap of the box and close the flaps onto the glued tabs. Press a ruler down the middle of the box to add some pressure whilst the glue sets.

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Step 19. Now you will have a neat finish to the gift bag.

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Step 20. Add a piece of self adhesive sheet onto a small piece of the Foundations sky blue card and cut the solid Sue Wilson Wellington die out of this piece. Once complete cut a 2nd panel.

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Step 21. Place the 2 outer Sue Wilson Wellington dies and the 2 outer Sue Wilson frames & tags ~ Maggie die and then the lattice inner circle onto a piece of the Foundations card. Secure all the dies in place with some low tack tape before cut and then embossing the dies out in the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 22. Cut another Wellington die set so you have 2 delicate frames, 2 solid blue sticky sheets and the intricate Maggie die shape.

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Step 23. Remove the backing from the card and place the panel in a lid before adding some Creative Expressions micro beads over the sticky panel.

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Step 24. Press the beads into the panel to make sure the all the micro beads all stick firmly down.

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Step 25. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the delicate frame and attach it over the micro bead solid blue base. You may wish to off set the card slightly so a little bit of the blue is seen on the side and top edge of the card. Repeat this technique on the 2nd panel.

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Step 26. Add the worked panels onto the front and back of the bag using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 27. Cut 1 solid blue and 1 with a sticky over the blue sheet. Score down the centre of the Maggie blue die piece. The design itself will help you see where half way is.

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Step 28. Apply some of the Creative Expressions micro beads onto the Maggie die shape. Score a line down the centre of the piece making sure you have the longest area pointing downwards. The micro beads will fall away as you score down but you want this so that the scored area will crease easily.

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Step 29. Score down the centre of the Maggie die shape so the longest points are right to left this time being careful as you go as the die shape is delicate.

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Step 30. Now you will have a delicate white frame, a micro bead frame along with a sky blue plain frame which will be used to hide the ribbon handle.

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Step 31. Lay the delicate white card over the micro bead panel. As the pieces were scored in different ways it makes a nice feature for the lid and will allow the heart to become a place to add the Creative Expressions natural jute through later on.

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Step 32. Cut a small inverted `v` into the micro bead panel as the card will move slightly when it`s closed and you want this hole to remain under the heart.

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Step 33. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the delicate piece leaving the small scalloped areas free of glue as there will be no blue card underneath.

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Step 34. Add the white piece over the micro bead card. Remember the card will want to raise when it`s folded so make sure the folds are aligned together.

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Step 35. Press the 2 panels down firmly. Here I have added the piece under my guillotine and pressed down firmly whilst the glue takes. The strong Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue is needed for the piece is being stuck onto micro beads.

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Step 36. Poke 2 small holes in the scored blue panel with the white panel over the top. The piece on the left hand side of the photo as the right hand side will indeed be the inner panel to cover the ribbon up. Place some of the Creative Expressions finishing touches off white satin ribbon through the holes. Cut a length of the Creative Expressions natural jute twine double it up and pass the loop through the heart shape and then pass it back under the loop and pull tight.

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Step 37. The Creative Expressions jute comes in different colours should you wish to use a darker colour or even use the Cosmic Shimmer colour cloud to change the colour of the jute. Just make sure you dry the jute completely before adding it over the card as any colour which hasn`t dried will seep into the card stock.

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Step 38. Make sure the fold of the ribbon is at the top of the handle and pull the ribbon down to the next fold in the ribbon.

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Step 39. Secure the ends of the ribbon in place with some cellotape and make sure they are not long as it will make the lid bulky.

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Step 40. Use some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to add the sky blue die shape on the reverse of the lid so it covers the ribbon tails up.

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Step 41. Press down firmly until the glue grabs.

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Step 42. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on just the back of the lid making sure the jute side is facing the front of the bag. Press down firmly to attach the lid over the top of the gift bag.

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Step 43. Hold it in place whilst the glue takes which is only a few minutes.

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Step 44. Cut 2 of the Sue Wilson Finishing Touches fronds die shapes in the coconut card and also cut 6 single flowers in the coconut card using the small petite peony cluster die. Pass all the die shapes through the Grand Calibur machine to cut and then emboss them. Press the centre of the solid peony flower shapes with a ball tool to raise the leaves up. Now to add a faux pearl look in the centre of the flower by using 1 drop of the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue. Let the glue dry before moving the flowers about.

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Step 45. Add some micro beads to a large inner rectangle shape and place it on the front of the bag using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step 46. Add some cut off fronds leaves down either side of the micro bead panel so the centre of the panel is kept clear. This will become clear so the Creative Expressions natural jute twine can added.

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Step 47. Pull the attached jute down and around the back of the bag and up to the lidded area.

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Step 48. Pass it through the top ribbon handle. Now feed each end under the jute / heart section and tie it off in a bow.

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Step 49. This will give you an opening which can be used time and time again and it completes the project.

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Step 50. Here is the bow which lays nicely over the centre of the panel.

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Step. 51 As the jute is so fine it will look lovely on the reverse of the bag as the design follows onto the back of the bag.

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Happy Crafting


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