Sue Wilson Christmas Cottage Scene Snow Shaker Card

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This project is filled with dimension and the photo doesn`t do it any justice as it`s  hard to see the depth in the staggered cottage rows.

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The scene is made using the Sue Wilson Christmas Cottage Scene dies side by side to achieve a larger card.

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Here is a close up of the sentiment using the Sue Wilson Ornate Holly Framed Peace die set along with the Creative Expressions Crystal Sparkle embellishment over the knot of the finishing touches off white satin ribbon bow.

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Sue Wilson Christmas Cottage Scene Snow Shaker Card


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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Christmas Cottage Scene Die Set : CED3083

Sue Wilson Cottage Snow Scene Die Set : CED3080

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Die Set : CED5512

Sue Wilson Ornate Holly Framed Peace Die : CED3074

Creative Expressions Treat Cups : CETREAT

Creative Expressions Crystal Sparkles : SPARKCRYS

 Spellbinders Tool in One : WIZTOOL

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980 & Foundations Pearl Icicle Card :PC001,

Foundations Pearl Graphite Card : PC006 &

Foundations Antique Gold Card : PC009

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow Glitter Jewels : CSGJDIAM,

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW &

Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Frost ~ Frosty Dawn  : CSDFFROSTY

Cosmic Shimmer Highlighter Glue : CSGLUEHIGH

Ranger Frosted Lace Stickles : STKFRLACE

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon  : CESROFFWHT

Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber : DABGOLD

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this dimensional card using the following main products…… The Sue Wilson Christmas cottage scene die set, the cottage snow scene die, the noble double pierced rectangle die, & the ornate holly framed peace die. The Creative Expressions treat cups work hand in hand with the round snow scene dies for an effortless way to include the snow shaker feature to a card. The Creative Expressions crystal sparkles marries in the sparkle to enhance the black shimmer from the Foundations pearl graphite card.


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Step 2. Take a piece of Foundations pearl graphite card and attach the 2 separate Sue Wilson Christmas cottage scene dies side by side and just a small way up from the bottom of the portrait card. Make sure you do not overlap the edge of the dies, as they could cut into the die when passed through the die cutting machine. You`ll see the die easily nests next to each other, so go ahead and secure the dies in place with some low tack tape.

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Step 3. Now cut and emboss the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur to achieve these results.

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Step 4. As you remove the die you`ll see the card could also be used in the centre of a sheet of card and the card then folded over to make a tent card and then just cover up the embossed lines below with some paper or other stamping effects.

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Step 5. Snip the tiny piece of card that is still connecting the 2 die cut pieces together along the top.

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Step 6. Turn the card over and press over the central embossed line with a ball tool to smooth out this line.

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Step 7. It will make it less revealing from the front, although it won`t go completely but there are other tricks revealed later on.

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Step 8. Turn the excess Foundations pearl graphite card around and swap the dies around and secure them in place so the dies nest up into cut out card as this will maximise the card use fully. Remember to use low take tape again.

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Step 9. Cut and then emboss the card through the die cutting machine. Here you`ll see the minimal excess card that is wasted when cutting this panel.

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Step 10. You have 2 panels and now for the 3rd one which needs to have the cottage and tree die placed in the centre of the card and then secure the other die so it falls next to the die and off the side of the card. Continue you use the low tack tape throughout the project and each time you cut something out. Cut these die shapes out……

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Step 11. … before moving the side die to the left hand side of the card and then cut and emboss that section too.

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Step 12. Now you have 3 layers of staggered cottage scenes with a slight overlap of card due to the positioning of the dies.

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Step 13. Take the card and just trim the small excess card away to neaten up the edge of the card.

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Step 14. Now you have the 3 layers all tidy and ready for the next stages.

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Step 15. Use an off cut of the Foundations pearl graphite card to cut 2 small trees out .

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Step 16. Cut one single tree out as this will be used to cover up the thin point of the tree that remains when the card was cut to width.

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Step 17. Use a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear highlighter glue to add the glue to the thin edge of the tree.

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Step 18. Place the cut tree over the glue and press down firmly until the glue sets.

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Step 19. If the are any small gaps you want to fill then just cut a few elements from the dies in graphite card.

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Step 20. Use a foam pad to attach the cottage behind the gapped area which is on the 2nd layer of the card.

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Step 21. Then add the trees in the same manner.

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Step 22. Now you have the 3 layers build up as you want the scene to look.

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Step 23. Take a permanent black pen and colour the white edges of the foam pad to disguise the white from the layers as people are sure to look at the depth of the card and you don`t want all the white foam pads showing brightly.

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Step 24. Add a small tab to the front panel of the cottages by folding a small piece of the graphite card and sticking it on the edge of the 1st front panel. Now add some Cosmic Shimmer glue to the folded tab.

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Step 25. Attach the first panel onto the second panel making sure it curves slightly which it will naturally will do.

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Step 26. Add some foam pads under the raised area and again cover the edge with some permanent black ink.

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Step 27. Now add some more foam pads to the back of the second layer and add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the foam pad to give you a small amount of moving time.

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Step 28. Place the panel onto the third layer of cottages. Now you can see the different depths of the layers along with the blacked out foam pads which would normally draw your eye to the white ones.

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Step 29. Apply some of the Ranger frosted lace Stickles on the top and one side of the trees and cottages. You can use Cosmic Shimmer clear or pearl glue instead and then use some Cosmic Shimmer diamond frost ~ frosted dawn. But I’ll show you this different step using the Stickles.

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Step 30. Carry on until you are happy with the shading results and set the piece a side so you don`t disturb it.

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Step 31. You can add some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond frost ~ frosted dawn over the stickles as this will just add some extra tones which compliment the gold card later on.

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Step 32. Select the Sue Wilson Christmas cottage snow scene die and secure the 2 dies onto the top left hand side of a piece of Foundations pearl graphite card leaving enough space to the left and top side of the card.

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Step 33. Cut and then emboss the card through the Grand Calibur machine. Remove the inner die shape once it`s embossed and retain it for later as it will be going behind the shaker treat cup.

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Step 34. Add a small amount of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue as you don`t want to make the card wrinkle. Alternatively use some strong double sided tape to add a ring around the reverse of the circle cut out.

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Step 35. Place the Creative Expressions treat cup through the aperture and press it firmly onto the glue or tape once you have in correctly in place.

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Step 36. Add the outer circle from the Sue Wilson Christmas cottage snow scene die placing it onto a piece of white card with some self adhesive sheet stuck over the top of the card.

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Step 37. Remove the backing off the circle and stick it behind the circle cottage piece. Use the carrier sheet to press the small elements of the die cut onto the sheet so no sticky fingers touch the piece as this can make the piece not so sticky.

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Step 38. Sprinkle some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels over the sticky area and press them firmly onto the piece.

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Step 39. Add the worked circle onto a larger piece of black card so that this can cover the back of the treat cup in a few steps time. Cut the aperture panel to 7½ “ x 7½ “ and run an embossed line all around the edge on the back of the panel for added detail.

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Step 40. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels on the middle of the cottage scene leaving the edges free of the jewels. You can use different sparkle products from the Cosmic Shimmer range. Just use what suits you.

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Step 41. Add some strong tape around the back of the treat cup making sure there are no gaps as you go round.

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Step 42. As you are using fine powders it`s an idea to swipe an anti static bag around the inside of the treat cup but be sure to knock out all the powder residue once this has been done.

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Step 43. Remove the tape and place the aperture graphite card over the treat cup panel, die cut / sparkle piece. I find it less messy this way. Press the piece firmly down to ensure all the circle will make a seal on the shaker part.

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Step 44. Turn the piece over and shake the snow effect down to the bottom of the scene. This will also allow any powder from the anti static bag to be picked up and make the snow effect does not stick to the treat cup.

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Step 45. Emboss a piece of Foundations pearl icicle card using the largest Sue Wilson noble double pierced rectangle die and then cut the panel out as this works best with the large open die.

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Step 46. As the frame needs to be a bit larger than the largest die shape then here is a trick to extend the rectangle. Take an off cut of the icicle card and emboss it using the same large pierced die and then cut it.

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Step 47. Tuck and stick in place the smaller piece under the full rectangle to extend the pierced panel once you know the graphite panel is sat on top. Mount the graphite snow shaker panel onto the pierced panel using foam tape.

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Step 48. Add some foam tape on the lower section of the card and place some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the foam pads for a little wiggle time. Place the cottage worked scene layer onto the foam pads for added dimension and it doesn`t matter that the scene will lay over the edge of the pierced layer as it`s been designed to cover up the joining of the pierced panel join.

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Step 49. Make a bow out of the Creative Expression finishing touches off white ribbon making sure the loops of the bow are the same width as your fingers. It makes for a neat finish to a bow ~ then cut the ends of the bow off at an angle.

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Step 50. Cut a gold frame using the oval Sue Wilson Christmas ornate holly framed peace die. Then cut the peace die in the icicle card and the 2nd inner frame in the graphite card. Once all the layers are prepared then cut and emboss them through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine.

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Step 51. Mount the peace sentiment onto the graphite oval using Cosmic Shimmer glue and then mount this onto the gold card using foam tape for added dimension. Attach the sentiment panel to the top right hand side of the card and then add the prepared bow to the bottom corner of the sentiment finishing the bow off with a Creative Expressions crystal sparkles covering the knot of the bow.

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Step 52. Here is how the card looks so far. It just needs something in the front of the card so …….

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Step 53. ….add a 1¼ “ strip of self adhesive sheet to a white card piece leaving some white card showing before ripping it towards you on the top of the card as this will feather the edge of the card close to the sticky sheet. Now add some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels over sticky sheet. Cut the panel to fit along the bottom of the cottage scene. Now add some Stickles in waves to add a snow effect to the forefront of the card.

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Step 54. Here is the completed project. Sorry but I can`t get a completely flat photo as the acetate glares to much ~ but the card doesn`t have the converse shape in real life.

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Step 55.  The dimension in the project is wonderful and the front snow effect just adds to the card.

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Happy Crafting

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