Rich Plum & Blue Poppy Card

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This workshop shows how to make this vibrant card using the Cosmic Shimmer pixie powders along with the Sue Wilson Laurel dies & co-ordinating Laurel stamp.

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Here is a close up of the die cut stamped frame and the other intricate die cuts.

The rich plum and blue poppies just frame the project.


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Rich Plum & Blue Poppy Card


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Frames & Tags ~ Lauren Die : CED4314         

Sue Wilson Frames & Tags ~ Zoe Die : CED4310

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches ~ Olive Branch Die : CED1460

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Collection ~ Exquisite Poppy : CED1458

 Sue Wilson Stamps to Die for …. Laurel Flourish : UMS688

Sue Wilson Striplet Meadow Floral : CED1605

Sue Wilson Gemini Collection ~ Phoenix Die : CED4401

Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder ~ Plum Twist : CSPPPLUM

& Aqua Lagoon : CSPPAQUA

 Spellbinders All-in-One Tool : WIZTOOL

 Foundations A4 240gsm Card ~ Coconut : 40980

Rich Plum : 41021  & Vintage Gold : VINTGOLDCARD

    Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue : CSGLUE,

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA White Glue : CSPEAWHGLU  & Silicone Glue

   Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Clear & Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD 

Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold Embossing Powder : CSDEPGOLD

Creative Expressions Decadent Teal Gilding Wax : CSPMGWTEAL

Vintage Ivory Ribbon : VRIVO

 Scotch Removeable Tape : 3MTAPEMAG


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how colour the exquisite poppy flowers with the Cosmic Shimmer pixie powder and also make a background sheet with the excess powder. The products needed from the Sue Wilson die range are the frames & tags ~ laurel die, the Zoe die, the olive branch die, the exquisite poppy die, the striplet meadow floral die along with the phoenix die. The Sue Wilson stamps to die for …. Laurel flourish stamp co-ordinates with the laurel die and the Cosmic Shimmer pixie powder ~ plum twist and aqua lagoon are used for the colour theme of the card.

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Step 2. Place the laurel stamp on an acrylic block and ink it up using some clear & resist ink pad. Have the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder with the lid open and a piece of Foundations coconut card on the Creative Expressions stamping mat.

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Step 3. Stamp the image onto a sheet of the Foundations coconut card.

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Step 4. Then cover the inky image with the Cosmic Shimmer bright gold embossing powder. Tip the excess off onto a scrap piece of paper.

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Step 5. Now heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

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Step 6. Place the outer Sue Wilson laurel die over the stamped image and also use the smaller oval and the inner tag detail dies. Secure in place with some low tack tape. Cut and then emboss the piece through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine.

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Step 7. Remove the low tack tape from the die cut pieces.

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Step 8. Use the Creative Expressions adhesive eraser to remove the excess sticky marks from the die cut pieces. It`s an amazing tool to have.

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Step 9. Place the 2 outer dies from the Sue Wilson frames & tags ~ Zoe die set onto a piece of Foundations coconut card and secure in place with some low tack tape.



Step 10. Cut & then emboss the piece through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 11. Repeat the process in stamping and then embossing the laurel stamp onto the coconut card and then cut the image out using the laurel die. Now turn the image 90 degrees to change the look slightly and to create a square feel to the piece. You can see there is some excess embossed card under the oval once the card has been turned so …..

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Step 12. …. place the oval die under oval aperture.

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Step 13. Secure the die in place with some low tack tape and remove the top worked piece.

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Step 14. Cut the piece through the Grand Calibur machine and you`ll be left with the die cut piece now in 2 pieces.

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Step 15. Lay the pieces under the complete laurel piece so the oval edges marrying under the oval shape.

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Step 16. The Zoe white die cut piece will be placed over the laurel stamped pieces to give extra detail to the finished piece.

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Step 17. Lay the olive branch dies and the exquisite poppy dies onto a piece of coconut card and secure in place with some low tack tape. This will ensure the small dies do not move once they are cut. Now cut & emboss the dies through the Grand Calibur.

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Step 18. Remove the die shapes from the dies and place them onto a non stick craft mat. Spritz the card with some water.

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Step 19. Tip the Cosmic Shimmer pixie powder towards the tip of the bottle before removing the lid whilst it is upright.

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Step 20. Gently tap the end of the bottle so the powder lightly lands on the watered card. Here the plum twist Cosmic Shimmer pixie powder has been used.

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Step 21. Now tap some of the aqua lagoon Cosmic Shimmer pixie powder over the die cut flowers & plum twist pixie powder.

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Step 22. Go back in and spritz the powder and watch the powders work together.

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Step 23. Don`t worry about the excess pixie powder / wet ink on the craft mat as this is going to be used for a backing paper. Just go back in and add some more of the pixie powder if you want a larger area and then spritz the excess powder again.

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Step 24. Place a piece of the Foundations coconut card over the powders and press down onto the card.

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Step 25. Lift the card to reveal a yummy backing paper which is basically made from the excess ink that was left over from colouring the flowers. If there are any patches then just dab the white area over the wet pixie powder on the craft mat. Set aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

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Step 26. Two of the same size petals will be needed to be off set under each other and this will make the larger petal shapes.

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Step 27. Just curve the edge of the petals with the edge of a pair of decoupage snips or a scissor blade.

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Step 28. Add a dot of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue in the centre of the base petal.

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Step 29. Place the next same size petal over the glue and press firmly down with a pokey tool as the glue takes. This will be seconds but making sure each layer is set just helps when you play and curve the petals later on.

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Step 30. Keep building up the flowers using both sets of the same petal shapes as you go and then finish with the small centre die shape or a tiny petal piece.

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Step 31. Make up 2 large flowers and 1 smaller flower and then add a dot of the pearl Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue in the centre of the flower. Please note that the glue then took on the mica as the glue was wet but this adds to the end result so what a happy accident !!!!

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Step 32. Here an old rich plum piece was found in my crafty stash and the colours were perfect so i`m using this piece as part of my design. It`s made using the 2 cuts of the striplet meadow floral die along with the edging of the phoenix die. Alternatively you could use an embossed panel instead. The piece works well with the pixie powder background card underneath.

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Step 33. Cut the pixie powder card to 170mm x 170mm and the striplet panel finishes off at 158mm x 145mm. Now mat the pixie powder backing card onto a piece of the Foundations vintage gold card leaving a 3mm border all around the edge of the piece.


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Step 34. Make a base card by joining 2 sheets of Foundations rich plum card and finish the size to 210mm x 210mm square. Add a two lined embossed border around the edge of the card or even pierce an edge for added detail.

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Step 35. Mat a 190mm x 190mm coconut card panel onto the base card using foam tape for added dimension. Add the prepared pixie panel onto the card again using foam tape. Now apply some 3d glue behind the flowers if the striplet die shapes…..

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Step 36. ….. and add this over the pixie powder panel. Make sure you keep the panel raised to add to the effect of the colours underneath.

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Step 37. Use some Creative Expressions decadent teal gilding wax on the edges of the laurel stamped die cut pieces.

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Step 38. Attach the pieces onto the back of the whole laurel die piece using foam tape and then add some more foam tape on the back of the whole piece.

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Step 39. Add the laurel piece onto the rich plum striplet die cut panel and then add the Zoë die cut piece using some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 40. Add 3 pieces of foam tape stacked on top of each other to build the small tag up before adding to the centre of the Zoe oval space.

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Step 41. Use some 3d glue to add the double ivory vintage ribbon bow onto the corner of the laurel die cut panels. Now arrange the flowers over the knot of the bow. Place the olive branch sprigs under the flowers using the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to finish of the design.


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Step 42. Here is the completed project mainly made up by the use of the Cosmic Shimmer pixie powders. Why not try different colours from the pixie powder range.

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Step 43. The dimension is easily seen from the side view. The white card just breaks up the brightness from the plum & blue tones.

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 Happy Crafting x


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