Sue Wilson Striplet Cascading Card


This workshop shows how to make a filigree cascading card using the Sue Wilson striplet die as the detailed focus.


Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin decadent teal PVA glue has been used to create faux pearls in the centre of the flowers.


The Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin decadent oak PVA glue has been used here for a faux glassine effect to the peony flowers.


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Sue Wilson Striplet Cascading Card


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Striplet Collection Floral Meadow Die  : CED1605

Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin Decadent Teal PVA Glue : CSPMGTEAL

Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin Decadent Oak PVA Glue : CSPMGOAK

Foundations Pearl Card ~ Antique Copper : PC008

Sue Wilson Finishing Touches Petite Peony Cluster Die CED1451

Graphmaster Pen ~ Number 98 for the Set G Skin Tone Set : GRAPHSETSKIN

Foundations Vellum : 40024

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Ribbon  : CESROFFWHT

Craft Consortium Duck Egg Resin Flower : AFRFLR006


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this intricate cascading card using one of Sue Wilson`s striplet dies for a detailed finish. You will need the following main products ; the Sue Wilson striplet collection floral meadow die and the finishing touches petite peony cluster die. 2 sheets of the Foundations antique copper card and some Foundations vellum. A Graphmaster no. 98 pen (from the skin tones set) is used over the vellum to create a faux glassine paper effect and either the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin decadent teal or oak PVA glue have been used as a faux pearl in the centres of the flowers.

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Step 2. A standard cascading card is often embellished with die cut shapes, toppers and 3D flowers etc, so I thought how could I make something a bit different along the same standard shape. The Sue Wilson`s striplet dies which are 2” are perfect for this, so take 2 pieces Foundations antique copper card and trim the card to 8 x 6 ½“. This extra ½” is for a solid area for the card to stand up on as the rest of the design is so delicate.

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Step 3. Turn the card to the 8” width and score at 2” – 4” – 6” & finish at 8 inches. It`s important that you have the full 8” width as the borders will be very fine. If you would rather then you could have 2 ½” sections as long as each section is the same width. I found it`s ok to work with the 2” sections.

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Step 4. Turn the card and mark at 3 inches. It doesn`t matter to much as you will need to measure this again once all the intricate die shapes have been cut out but it will give you a rough guide to the shape you are using.

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Step 5. Here the inner main striplet die is placed in the 2” section of the card with the solid gap at the bottom of the card. A ruler has been laid across to show the diagonal shape that will be used later on.

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Step 6. Use some low take tape to secure the inner main striplet die in place making sure it fits in the 2” box and is up to the top edge of the card. DO NOT use the outer solid die in this project !!!

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Step 7. Run the piece through the Grand Calibur machine and then pass it back through again. Please make sure the die goes through lengthways as this will give a better cut to the piece.

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Step 8. Using the Foundations 230gsm card will allow the card to be cut in the 2 passes.

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Step 9. Turn the cut piece over and run the Spellbinders Tool in One over the die to release all the small pieces from the die.

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Step 10. Gently lift the die off the card making sure you lift the low take tape off the die first. It will reveal the intricate cut panel within the 2” panel of the card.

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Step 11. Now move the die across to the next 2” panel and secure this in place using the low take tape (I used the same 3 pieces of tape throughout the 8 panels being cut !!!) Make sure you have the 2 score lines either side of the die and also that the flowers in the die are facing the same way as the pattern would be different if it was turned to the other end. Run this through the Grand Calibur. No embossing needs to be done as it would flatten out each time you did the next cut.

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Step 12. Repeat until all 4 panels are cut. You will need to repeat this again on the 2nd piece of cut card. I know it seems a pain but the end results are so worth it. I look at it as it would be only 4 cut and emboss passes as it`s not being embossed !!!

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Step 13. I have laid the ruler across the tip of the card and down to the 3” point as this is where the card will be cut later on. But as this is an intricate design it`s best to continue and do the next few steps first.

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Step 14. Go back in and score down the 2”4”6” points as they will have been flattened when the card was cut.

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Step 15. Take a ruler and lay this on the score line and now bend the panel up. This will help when handling the delicate design.

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Step 16. Ease all 3 lines up but turn the middle score line in the opposite way to create a mountain fold.

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Step 17. Pinch each score line into place.

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Step 18. Here you will now have the scored panel with the mountain and valley folds. Repeat on the 2nd panel.

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Step 19. Place the card in an A5 guillotine with the tip of the card at the top of the guillotine and then cut to the 3” mark that was made earlier. Just measure the piece again if you can`t find it.

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Step 20. Retain the off cut as it will form part of the back of the card later on.

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Step 21. Concertina the fold lines in place so it makes it easier to work with card.

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Step 22. Snip at the 3” mark on the 2nd panel but this time it will need to be the opposite way so that the 2 shallow ends meet side by side and the card will be cut up higher on the right hand side of the card.


Step 23. Trim the card in the same manner on the guillotine to remove the excess card.



Step 24. Eye ball up to half way in the card and snip up to that point on the 1st score line (the 2” score line) from the left hand side. It`s important to cut in the centre of the score line as the solid card is very thin using these measurements.

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Step 25. Then cut up the same amount on the right hand score line (the 6” line)

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Step 26. Now take the 2nd panel and turn the piece around to cut from the top of the card. Again cut down on the 2” & 6” score lines leaving the centre 4” scoreline untouched. Remember you can always cut a bit further into the slits later on if needs be so it`s better not to go to far when cutting up or down the score lines.

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Step 27. Pick up the 2 longer pieces of each panel and cross them over and slide them gently down the just made slits. Cut further up if needs be so that the card meets at the bottom.

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Step 28. Ease the card score line inwards…..

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Step 29. …. and cross / join the 2 slit points over each other as you have just done in step 27.

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Step 30. Now you have the basic shape of the cascading card. It all sounds detailed but once the panels are cut it doesn`t take long to cut the card. I will make a template and a smaller version for the mini striplet die.



Step 31. As the cascading levels of the card have the striplet designs with some of the embossed side up and others with the reverse side then by adding flowers with help cover this issue. You can either cut the flowers from the striplet die itself but this will take a long while so it`s best to use the Sue Wilson finishing touches petite peony cluster die. Fold a piece of vellum in 3 and cut the solid peony flowers out.

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Step 32. Repeat the process many times – I used the Spellbinders Sapphire machine as it`s perfect for small dies and I believe I cut 60 flowers out which was only 6 -7 lots of cutting. Snip the 2 joining flowers so you are left with single flower heads.

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Step 33. There are 2 options for the flowers. Either use the Graphmaster no.98 (from the skin tone pack) to edge the vellum.

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Step 34. Use the ball tool attachment on the Spellbinders Tool in One to make a circular motion in the centre of the flower as it will lift the petals up nicely.

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Step 35. Add a dot of the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin decadent oak PVA glue to make a faux pearl effect in the centre of the flower.

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Step 36. Sprinkle some of the Tim Holtz distress glitter clear rock candy over the glue, tap off the excess glitter and allow it to dry. Repeat on the other flowers.

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Step 37. Alternatively swipe the chisel nib of the no.98 Graphmaster pen over the vellum.

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Step 38. Colour all of the flowers and they will dry very quickly.

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Step 39. This will create a faux glassine paper effect on the flowers.

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Step 40. Add a dot of the Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin decadent oak PVA glue and use a pokey tool to allow a quick release of the flower as you draw the glue up. This will help to create to small dot effect as the flowers can move around. YOU MAY WANT TO ADD A CONTRAST COLOUR SUCH AS THE DECADENT TEAL – which can be seen at the end of the project.

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Step 41. It`s optional but you may want to add the Tim Holtz distress glitter clear rock candy over the glue. Lift each flower up and knock off the excess glitter as you set the flowers aside to dry.

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Step 42. Take the retained off cut from earlier and trim it at the 4” point and use the larger left hand side of the panel.

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Step 43. Place the piece behind the back of the cascading card so the pattern marries up and then add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to the card that will overlap and not the area which will be seen on the front.

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Step 44. Stick the piece together and here is a view from the back of the card. It`s hardly visible but it allows a nice squared off finish to the card and it also strengthens the delicate design too.


Step 45. Start to add the flowers over the back and centre area of the card. 8 Flowers will be enough in the centre of the card pocket.

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Step 46. The decadent oak glue has been used to glue the flowers on but the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue could also be used instead.

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Step 47. It`s best to add a few extra flowers over the raw cut edge of the cascading card as the solid area of the die is featured at the base of the card.

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Step 48. Continue to add the flowers to the underneath areas too, but just leave the inner diamond area without as they won`t really be seen and the flowers would be squashed as well.

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Step 49. Here is the finished effect using the decadent oak glue on the card.

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Step 50. Here is the faux glassine effect the flowers created in the vellum and coloured with the Graphmaster pen gives.

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Step. 51. The project lays fairly flat but it would be best to present the card in a shallow box or wrapped in tissue paper rather than an envelope.

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Step 52. So either have the decadent oak pearl flowers or use the decadent teal in the centre to add a pop of colour to the project.

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Step 53. Colour a thin piece of the Creative Expressions finishing touches off white satin ribbon with the no 98. pen before making it into a double bow. The add a duck egg resin flower over the knot of the bow to complete the project.

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Step. 54 Here is an ariel view of the cascading layers of the card and you can see that the 8 flowers in the centre layer are just enough.

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Here is the completed project

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