Sue Wilson Madeleine Graphmaster with a Difference


This project will show you how to make this card using just 4 Graphmaster pens to create the effect on an enlarged Sue Wilson Tags & Frames Madeleine die shape.


Micro beads are used to soften the colour tones but using a nice technique part of the alcohol brighter colours remain.


Craft Consortium resin flowers and small Sue Wilson flowers from the Delicate Garden Frame die set are also used.


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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Tags & Frames Collection Madeleine Die Set : CED4318

Sue Wilson Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Die Set : CED5508

Small Embellishment Flowers are from the

Sue Wilson Delicate Garden Frame Set : CED4307

 Spellbinders  Tool in One  : WIZTOOL

Graphmaster Pens : Number 15, 44, 46 & 120 from Basic Set

Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution : ALCBLEND

 Creative Expressions Micro Beads : MICROBEAD

Self Adhesive Sheet ADHA4

Foundations Pearl Graphite Card : PC006 &  Foundations Coconut Card : 40980

Silver Mirri Card

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

American Seam Ribbon ~ Blue White SEAMBLUE

or an off white can be used

Craft Consortium Rose Resin Flowers : AFRFLR002

JustRite Peonies Clear Stamp Set  : JRCR-02198

Glossy Accents :  ACCENTGLOS


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this vibrant card using some Graphmaster pens and Adirondack alcohol blending solution. Also needed are the Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Madeleine die, the Delicate Garden Frame Die, the Noble Double Pierced Rectangle Dies and the JustRite peonies clear stamp set. The Graphmaster alcohol pens used are 15, 44, 46 and 120 from the basic set.


Step 2. Add some squiggles of the red no.15 Graphmaster pen (Chisel end) onto a A4 sheet of silver mirri card.

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Step 3. Now go in with the yellow 44 Graphmaster pen (Chisel end) and the 46 pen (chisel end). It doesn`t matter if they slightly overlap, just wipe the nib on a blank space of the mirri card as it will just remove the excess colour from the nib.

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Step 4. Add some small drops of the Adirondack alcohol blending solution over the just laid colours.

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Step 5. Now watch the colours respond to the solution as it blends the different colours and just interferes with the ink.

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Step 6. You may want to dab a clean small Creative Expressions smoothie into the blending solution areas as this will leave a lovely effect on the ink. Set a side the card to allow it to dry. It won`t take long at all.

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Step 7. Add the 2 outer dies from the Sue Wilson Frames & Tags Madeleine die onto a small piece of the coloured mirri card. Secure it in place with some low tack tape.

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Step 8. Run the piece through the Grand Calibur twice so it cuts the very detailed die shape out.

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Step 9. This is how well the piece is cut after 2 passes through the machine. Now use the embossing plate and tan mat to emboss the piece.


Step 10. Repeat this process so you have 2 of the Madeleine die shapes in the alcohol ink colours. Now clean the dies that have just been used as some of the alcohol pens might have transferred onto the die. Just use some of the blending solution on a piece of kitchen towel.

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Step 11. With the die shape facing with the swirly side down the sides, cut the panel down the centre to create 2 pieces. Do the same on the 2nd die shape.



Step 12. Here the co-ordinating stamp has been laid over the 4 shapes should you wish to use a stamped image as the focal point. The dies have been crossed over each other to show how you can make a larger back drop to the single die shape / stamped image.

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Step 13. The die pieces will line up with the curves of the shapes making a lovely feature.

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Step 14. To remove the excess overlap of card just go in and cut off the end so you go up to the first curve and then cut to the solid circle area.

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Step 15. Cut a solid coconut card or another piece of smooth card using the solid die for a solid frame and then use the Foundations pearl icicle card with the 3 outer dies from the same Madeleine set to cut the more intricate frame out. Please note you can cut these out in a black card but I prefer the card being coloured in by the black Graphmaster 120 pen.

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Step 16. With the frame laid out separately, colour the frames using the chisel end of black Graphmaster 120 pen. As the top frame is cut in the pearl icicle card it gives this wonderful glossy finish to the intricate frame.

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Step 17. Add a piece of self adhesive sheet over the top of the alcohol coloured mirri card and cut the detailed circle with the solid die secured next to it. Then cut the smallest inner circle die out as well. Just cut these without embossing them through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 18. Remove the backing and place the die shapes in a plastic tub and pour the Creative Expressions clear micro beads over the top.

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Step 19. Press the micro beads firmly onto the sticky sheet to ensure they are well stuck down. Now you can see the design building up nicely. It is at this point I think the foil die cut is a bit bright so time to sort that out.

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Step 20. Cut 2 of the Madeleine die shapes in the self adhesive sheet only. Use the 3 outer dies so that the circle is cut out in the sticky sheet. Cut the panels in half like you did in the first few steps. Remove the backing from sticky and place it onto the die mirri card. Just be sure to marry up the design which is made easy by the fact the die will cut the shape perfectly each time. Repeat this on all 4 die shapes and cut the small excess piece which was removed from the mirri card earlier on.

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Step 21. Lay the worked pieces down onto the work surface so that all the pieces just touch.

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Step 22. Cut another solid black die frame in the Madeleine design. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse edges of panel.

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Step 23. Place the glued side down onto the alcohol inked worked frame making sure that some of the bolder colour shines through beside the black frame. Wiggle the borders into place quickly before the glue dries.

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Step 24. Secure the corner edges on the back of the piece to give the piece strength.

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Step 25. Emboss the largest Sue Wilson Noble double pierced die in a piece of the Foundations pearl graphite card using the tan mat and pink embossing plate. Then cut the piece out as this will help the card remain flat when cut as it`s a big open frame die. Repeat the process and cut the 2nd size down frame as well.

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Step 26. Lay the largest pierced frame onto another piece of graphite card and make sure the die shape has an even gap all around the edge before scoring down the left hand side of the card. Fold down the scored line and attach another piece of card to the tab and trim away the excess card down the right hand side of the card.

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Step 27. It`s optional, a scored line has been added around the outer inside edge of the base card. Now add the 2 pierced panels onto the base card using foam tape along all the side edges. This will also help to keep the edges flatter.

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Step 28. Use the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to attach the alcohol inked frame onto the base card. Then use foam pads to add the black worked inner frames over the micro bead panel.

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Step 29. Use some more of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue on the reverse of the micro bead cut out circle. Place the piece into the recess off the built up frames.

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Step 30. Add the small black circle onto the frame using some foam tape and with some Cosmic Shimmer glue on the tape before adding the small micro bead circle on top. Stamp the 2 small peonies from the JustRite peonies clear stamp set ~ mason jar stamp using Ranger archival black ink. Cut the 2 stamps out either using the matching dies or freehand. Colour with some distress Victorian velvet ink on a smoothie and then add some peeled paint ink to the leaves. Apply glossy accents to the flower head and leave to dry.

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Step 31. Make a shabby bow using the blue white vintage ribbon and then attach 2 Craft Consortium resin flowers along with some small flowers from the Sue Wilson delicate garden frame. Small PVA glue drops have been added to the centre of the flowers .

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Step 32. Here is the completed look. Something a bit different with the Graphmaster alcohol pens. This die is wonderful and it just shows how easy it is to make it into a bigger shape.

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Step 33. Here you can see the die cut peonies in the centre of the design just compliment the tones in the background.

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