Sue Wilson 3D Freestanding Snow Globe

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This project is a fun 3D freestanding snow globe made using the Sue Wilson festive collection snow globe die & the cottage scene inner die set. The Creative Expressions treat cups make the project so easy yet very effective.

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The scene is made encased with the Cosmic Shimmer iced snow & diamond snow glitter jewel and the design is finished off with a white ribbon bow and a Creative Expressions clear dazzler over the knot of the bow.

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Here is a close up of the 3D effect the snow globe gives. The Cosmic Shimmer glitters can be tired in front and behind the cottages for a wonderful feel to the project.


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Sue Wilson 3d Freestanding Snow Globe


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Festive Collection Snow Globe : CED3079

Sue Wilson Cottage Snow Scene Die Set : CED3080

Creative Expressions Treat Cups : CETREAT

Creative Expressions Clear 12mm Circle Dazzler DAZCIRCLE12

 Spellbinders Tool in One : WIZTOOL

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Creative Expressions Opaque Snow White Micro Beads : MICROWHITE

Self Adhesive Sheet : ADHA4

Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow Glitter Jewels : CSGJDIAM,

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels ~ Iced Snow : CSGJICSNOW &

Creative Expressions Pearl Strips Double White : SAPSDW

Adhesive Eraser :  CEADERASER

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon  : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this dimensional freestanding card using the following main products…… …… The Sue Wilson cottage snow scene die & the snow globe 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 and for this project 2 will be used to make this freestanding 3D snow shaker card.

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Step 2. Take a piece of Foundations coconut card and attach the Sue Wilson snow globe die along with the cottage snow scene die and secure in place with some low tack tape.

PLEASE ENSURE the dies are not touching when running the dies through the die cutting machine as they could cut through each other, low tack tape will stop this if it`s placed securely across the dies and anchored onto the card.

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Step 3. Then pass the dies through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine and then emboss the die piece afterwards.

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Step 4. Repeat the process so you have 2 of the snow globes.


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Step 5. Here is a photo with a Creative Expressions treat cup inside the snow globe aperture. Don`t glue the treat cups in at this stage.


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Step 6. Here is where the 3D design came about, something simple but it becomes very effective when done as you see in the coming steps.

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Step 7. Lay the separate cut out cottage circle die shape behind the treat cup so you can see how the main area will fit behind the snow globe.

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Step 8. Trim away the upper semi circle rim of the die shape either side of the solid trees. Keep the 2nd cottage scene die as a whole shape.

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Step 9. Add a line of the Cosmic Shimmer highlighter glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the front embossed bottom of the cottage cut down scene ONLY.

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Step 10. Press the Creative Expressions treat cup onto the glued area so a small rim of the scene catches the treat cup.

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Step 11. Add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer highlighter glue or Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the back of the cottage scene which has just been stuck down on the treat cup.

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Step 12. Lay the cottage scene shape flat on your work surface emboss side up and hold the treat cup over the design before lowering it down so the 2 cottage scenes marry up. Set a side to dry for later.

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Step 13. Take a piece of coconut card and trim it to 13cms x 7 ½cms.

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Step 14. With the card in a landscape position score the card at

4 ½cms, 6 ½cms and 8 ½cms. This will create the prefect measurement to create the mechanism to allow the snow globe to be freestanding.

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Step 15. This part is very important and shouldn`t be missed as it will make all the difference when joining the 2 snow globes together. So place the inner snow globe card back in the die ( for strength only ) and place the bottom edge of the snow globe card so it just sits above the first scored line of the just made mechanism. Draw down each side edge so it has the same spacing of white card either side.

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Step 16. Remove the card from the die before lining it back up on the card leaving the same spacing inside the pencil area. Secure in place with some low tack tape. Make sure you don`t have the outer snow globe die for this step !!!!

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Step 17. Run the prepared piece through the Grand Calibur to cut the intricate detail in the die.

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Step 18. Repeat the process with the other end of the mechanism card marking the die in the same way as this stage is very important to allow the 2 snow globes to join. You`ll see how easy it is once you have done these steps.

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Step 19. Run the die through the Grand Calibur and while the die is still in place roll the Spellbinders tool in one over the intricate cut out section. This will save you having to poke any piece out with just 1 pass through the die cutting machine.

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Step 20. Now you have both ends cut fold the card down the centre score line so that the front emboss sides fall on the inside of the card.

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Step 21. Now fold the other 2 larger flaps backwards so that the main feature ends up on the front of the card and you have a lovely stand ready for the snow globes to be added onto. (Please note the card has been turned around in the photo, it was just easier to show you the fold effect). Make sure you use a bone folder to crease / burnish the score lines firmly in place.

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Step 22. Offer the snow globe up to the just scored mechanism and cut around the side of the snow globe and with a diagonal line from the bottom corner of the card to the base of the snow globe as in the photo.

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Step 23. Repeat this on all 4 edges of the snow globe.

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Step 24. Take a piece of self adhesive sheet and roughly cut a small piece so it will cover the back of the intricate snow globe area.

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Step 25. Stick it to the FRONT of the intricate cut out area. Make sure you cut a 2nd piece for the other end of the card.


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Step 26. Remove the backing off the sticky sheet.

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Step 27. There are 2 ways of adding the beads ~ the 1st is : place the sticky area / card in a plastic box tip the Creative Expressions opaque snow white micro beads over the sticky sheet and then press them firmly in place.

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Step 28. Turn the card over so you have the inside of the card and attach some more micro beads onto the sticky area. This will give a lovely neat finish on the inside of the project.

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Step 29. The 2nd is ~ add the snow globe cut out panel in place using Cosmic Shimmer glue on solid area and then press the micro beads into the intricate area so the micro beads become recessed in the design and also place the micro beads on the reverse sticky side too.


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Step 30. Go ahead and add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the other snow globe frame if attaching it using the first method and lay the frame over the solid micro bead area.

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Step 31. Here you can see both techniques or you can mix and match them it`s up to you.

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Step 32. The inside of the mechanism is so very neat which is important in a design.

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Step 33. Fold the snow globes together so you trim a small diagonal line starting on the fold to the edge of the card at the next score line.

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Step 34. This will stop the card being seen so much from the side of the card once it`s folded back in place.

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Step 35. Add a line of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue around the reverse rim of the snow globe card only.

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Step 36. Place the just glued snow globe over the Creative Expressions treat cup with the already attached cottage scene inside the treat cup. Press the rim firmly onto the glued area and allow it to dry.

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Step 37. Now stick the other treat cup onto the other snow globe which will just be blank. Again just use the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue.

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Step 38. Take the Creative Expressions pearl strips ~ double white and trim down the centre of the pearls to make a single row of pearls.

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Step 39. Add the pearls around the outer rim of the treat cup just using the sticky of the pearls themselves or for extra grab as they are on acetate the add a line of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue around the edge first. Repeat on the other snow globe treat cup.

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Step 40. So now the main structure of the snow globe is complete you will have the design looking like this.

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Step 41. Make a double bow out of the thin Creative Expressions finishing touches satin off white ribbon and attach a small Creative Expressions clear dazzler over the knot of the bow.

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Step 42. Attach the ribbon to the side of the front cottage scene treat cup as this will be the front of the card.

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Step 43. Take some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels and the glitter jewels iced snow. You can use other coarse Cosmic Shimmer products but I found these worked well together.


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Step 44. Lay the snow globe open and flat on the work surface, use the cottage scene end and tip some of each of the glitter jewels into the treat cup. I used enough to cover the treat cup with 1 and then added more with the 2nd glitter jewels.

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Step 45. Now please use a silicone / gel glue for this step as I did use Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue and it didn`t want to go off for some reason so i`m just saying to save you any hassle. Add a complete solid line of the glue around the rim of the treat cup and underneath the pearl area to prevent any glitter spillage.

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Step 46. Fold the other plain snow globe over the treat cup and press firmly together so all of the glue connects.

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Step 47. Here I have added some weights ( or pegs if they don`t mark the card ) on the intricate area so that it holds the base of the treat cups together. You need this area to stick firmly together before standing the project up as you don`t want any of the glitter jewels to escape from the snow shaker section.


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Step 48. Once the glue has gone off you can see the shaker effect. You may think oh no there is to much snow in front of the cottages but ……

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Step 49. ….. worry not as you can shake more of the glitter behind the cottages for a lovely 2 tier effect which compliments the design. A happy accident which are often the best ones !!!


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Step 50. So here is the 3D freestanding snow shaker card that you can have gracing your Christmas displays or be given as a nice keepsake for someone.

Maybe a nice box could be made to send it in. Now there`s an idea !!!!

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Step 51. Here is a close up of the bow and dazzler along with the shaker sections.

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Step 52. A different angle of the 2 treat cups with the glitter jewels laying at the front and back of the cottage scene.


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Step 53  A sweet project using the STUNNING Sue Wilson Snow Globe dies & treat cups. Why not try it with the other Sue Wilson small inner dies from the same range for a different design.

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