Sue Wilson Mauritius Graphmaster Poppy Gift Card

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This project shows how to make a compact dimensional gift card which is perfect for giving money and as the card.

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Graphmaster Pens have been used to colour the flowers with a Himalayan blue poppies theme.

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The Craft Consortium  `Thank You ` Charm gives detail to the white bow.

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 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

 Sue Wilson New Zealand Collection ~ Wellington Die : CED8205

Sue Wilson Indian Ocean Mauritius Die :  CED10014

Co-ordinating Stamp ~ Poppy Garden Pre cut Stamp : UMS746

Graphmaster Alcohol Pens : Colours 43, 47, 66,67,75 & 75 were used

All from the Basic Set except number 47 which is in the Advanced Set.

So 46 could be used instead if you have the basic set only.

 Spellbinders Tool in One : WIZTOOL

Creative Expressions Adhesive Eraser : CEADERASER

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Foundations Coconut Card : 40980

&Foundations Baby Blue Card : 41012

Couture Creations Duck Egg Resin Flowers : AFRFLR006

Craft Consortium Vintage Heart Charm ~ Thank You : AFMCHRM008

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon  : CESROFFWHT

    Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 Versafine ~ Black or a Memento Ink Pad can be used with the alcohol pens

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this gift card which is perfect for those times when you want to give money as a gift, that way you get a nice card afterwards. The main products needed are the Sue Wilson Indian ocean Mauritius die set with the co-ordinating stamp ~ poppy garden pre cut stamp. The poppies are colour in blue tones to emulate the blue Himalayan poppies, so the Graphmaster alcohol pens ~ colours 43, 47, 66,67,75 & 76 were used for this. All from the Basic Set except number 47 which is in the Advanced Set. But 46 could be used instead if you only have the basic set.

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Step 2. Place the Sue Wilson poppy garden pre cut stamp onto an acrylic block and select a piece of Foundations coconut card. Also a black versafine or a black memento ink pad is needed so the image can be stamped in this ink and coloured in using the Graphmaster alcohol pens.

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Step 3. Ink the poppy stamp up with the versafine and stamp the image onto the coconut card.

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Step 4. Select the outer frame from the Sue Wilson Indian ocean Mauritius die set and place it over the stamped poppy garden image which has been designed to fit with this die. Now secure the die in place with some low tack tape.

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Step 5. Also secure the inner curved edged rectangle from the same die set so it drops down slightly over the poppies. This will allow a nice solid border line to be seen and the decoupaged poppies will cover the bottom edge.

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Step 6. Run the prepared card through the Grand Calibur die cutting machine before embossing the panel using the pink embossing plate etc.

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Step 7. Also cut another solid die frame using the Foundations baby blue card. Cut a coconut oval with the inner die inside before cutting a baby blue solid oval by just using the outer die.

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Step 8. Cut a frame using the 4 outer dies from the Sue Wilson Indian ocean Mauritius die set in the coconut card. Again secure the dies in place with some low tack tape to ensure none of the dies move inside the die cutting machine.

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Step 9. Once the frame has been cut and embossed through the Grand Calibur and with the dies still in place, run the Spellbinders tool in one over the die to help release all of the intricate pieces from the die and card.

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Step 10. Once the die is removed all the small pieces will have fallen out. This saves a lot of pricking the small pieces out and you end up with a cleaner die too. Repeat the process and cut a 2nd coconut frame.

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Step 11. So now you will have a solid blue frame, 2 intricate coconut frames (sorry there is only 1 in photo but 2 will be needed) and a poppy stamped frame.

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Step 12. Place the solid blue frame and the poppy stamped frame together and make a small hole towards the top and bottom on the left hand side of the frames.

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Step 13. Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the top coconut oval onto the solid baby blue oval and cut a small slip around the side inner edge of the white oval, cutting through the blue card. This slip needs to be roughly the same size as the width of the ribbon, if not slightly smaller to allow the ribbon the ruffle up.

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Step 14. Pass a small length / off cut of the Creative Expressions off white finishing touches satin ribbon through the back and up through the left hand side slit and across the oval and back down the right hand slit. Make sure the folds in the ribbon are either side of the oval ready for a future step.

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Step 15. Roll your gift money up and poke it through the ribbon. This method means you could easily add lots of notes if it`s for a special gift !!! Like wise if you just want to give a smaller gift without the need of buying something else to put with it, then this is an ideal way. Place a foam pad on the back of the oval and stick it onto a coconut frame which has been stick onto a solid baby blue frame.

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Step 16. Take the ribbon around the back and secure it in place using some cellotape or strong double sided tape. Trim off the ends of the ribbon and then place some 3d foam pads / tape over the ribbon and on the back of the frame area.

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Step 17. Using the intricate frame as a guide place it over the solid blue frame and find the middle of the rectangle centre. Add a pencil mark once it has been found.

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Step 18. Remove the backings off the foam pads and place the worked piece in the centre of panel using the pencil mark as a reference point.

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Step 19. Stamp 2 more of Sue Wilson poppy garden images onto a piece of Foundations coconut card in the black versafine ink or use black memento ink pad. Both the ink and the Foundations card work well with the Graphmaster alcohol pens as the card has a smooth finish. Decoupage the poppies and a few leaves making sure one of the flowers has all 3 poppies on and the other has 2. You may also want to do a final single poppy so this builds up the image giving it a lovely dimension.

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Step 20.  Use some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick the 2 intricate frames back to back. This will create a firm 440gsm frame which is prefect as it will be used a stand for the card. This technique is also useful when making easel cards with a detailed die and it gives it a professional finish to a card rather than a warped over appearance. It`s just worth bearing in mind for another project.

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Step 21. Fold the intricate frame in half with the card in portrait position and not a landscape position.

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Step 22. Use the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue and apply it to just one half of the frame leaving the top half completely free of glue.

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Step 23. Attach the glued frame onto the bottom edge of the baby blue frame.

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Step 24. This has now created a stand for the card to sit up on and it also brings in a softness to the project with all the detail of the die cut frame.

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Step 25. Select the Graphmaster Alcohol Pens : Colours 43, 47, 66,67,75 & 76 are used all from the basic set except number 47 which is in the advanced set. But number 46 could be used instead if you just have the basic set. Place your cut out poppy frame and onto a piece of scrap paper / card. When working with alcohol pens you will get a bleed through the card but this is normal and also very helpful as it helps when the pen colours are mixed together on the card.

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Step 26. Make sure the ink is dry on the image so you don`t get any bleeding. Select the number 66 Graphmaster pen and lay a line around the edge of the poppy using the fine nib end. Although this layer is going to be covered with a decoupage layer you do at least want the edges to be covered. You can also work out the colour palette with the base layer as it will be covered over if you are not 100% sure.

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Step 27. Now use the number 67 Graphmaster pen and colour next to the just laid line and also over the previous colour. Use a circular motion when doing this as it will mix the inks together for a seamless result.

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Step 28. Now use the number 76 Graphmaster pen with a fleck of the 75 pen over the top.

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Step 29. Repeat the process with the decoupaged poppies.

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Step 30. Carry on with the lighter number 76 blue and this time the bullet end of the pen is used in a circular motion over most of the image. Leave odd white areas on the card.

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Step 31. If you leave some white areas on the card you will be able to lay the number 75 lilac pen over the top for that soft tone you so often get on a Himalayan blue poppy.

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Step 32. Use the number 47 (or 46) and 42 green pens to add to the leaves. Use the darker green down one side of the leaf to give a shadow effect to the deign and then go in with the lighter green. These pens are perfect for detailed work as the fine nib allows the colour to be applied to the edge of the design and in a small areas where other pen nibs would often spread over in a small area. If you did happen to go over then take the blender pen and swipe it over the unwanted area pushing it back up into the coloured area. You will see the ink disappear and once the alcohol has dried and it will appear white card again – magic !!! Continue to colour in all the detail leaves and small flowers in the frame. The number 75 pen has been used for the small flowers to bring out the same colour in the poppies.

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Step 33. Take a length of the thin Creative Expressions off white finishing touches satin ribbon and run it over the blade of a pair of scissors as this will take out the fold lines made by the card packaging. Only do this on the thin ribbon though and PLEASE BE CAREFUL when doing this with the scissors, maybe try using the blades closed.

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Step 34. You may want to distress the edges of the frame using some Tim Holtz shaded lilac on a Creative expressions smoothie. Now pass the ribbon through the poppy frame and the baby blue frame only. Make a double bow with the ribbon to join the frames together and finish the feature off.

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Step 35. Repeat the process on the top hole and then place a single self adhesive pearl which has been cut off the double row pearls over the knot of the bow. Add the Craft Consortium vintage heart charm under the bottom ribbon.

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Step 36. Place some 3d glue on the 3 poppies on the frame. This will make sure none of the glue will get onto the money that maybe you would if you added the glue to the reverse of the group of poppies and then applied them.

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Step 37. Curve the poppies to add dimension and then add the decoupaged flowers over the glue before adding the 2nd and 3rd layer of poppies. Also add the extra leaves at an angle to give a feel of extra foliage.

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Step 38. Place a Craft Consortium duck egg resin flower onto the ribbon surrounding the money. As you stand the worked piece up it will have a slight slant to card but that kind of adds to the charm.

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Step 39. The card lays with each layer separated because of the money is inside. It will work well if the card is placed in a box to be given as a gift or if not a padded envelope if it`s being hand delivered.

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Step 40. So dimension throughout the card which is made extra easy with the design of the stamps and the illusion of shading with the pens give.

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Step 41. Once the money has been removed the resin flower is still there as a nice feature to the card.

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So a nice relaxing way to create a gift card playing with the Graphmaster alcohol pens. I went in thinking i`m sure these pens won`t be any different to what I’ve used before and I fell in love with the fine nib as it`s not as fine as an adapter nib on other pens but fine enough to colour in detail as you can tell from the small flowers and only 1 use of the blender pen.

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