Sue Wilson Mini Striplet Cascading Card


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


Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue has been used to create faux pearls over the snowflake background and on the Sue Wilson winter trees.


This workshop works on the Sue Wilson mini striplet die measurements for the

cascading card &

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for the standard Sue Wilson striplet die cascading card.


Below is a guide to the measurement for a standard Sue Wilson striplet cascading card & a mini striplet cascading card. IT IS NOT A TEMPLATE



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Sue Wilson Mini Striplet Cascading Card


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Shopping List

Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders All in One Tool : WIZTOOL

Sue Wilson Mini Striplet Collection Snowflake Die  : CED3036

Sue Wilson Winter Trees Die Set : CED3041

Creative Expressions John Lockwood Borders & Flourishes Stamp Plate : CEC796

Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Embossing Powder : CSEPSILMET

Perfect Medium Ink Pad : PERPADCL

Foundations Pearl Icicle Card : PC001

Low Tack Tape : 3MTAPEMAG

Tim Holtz Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy : DGROCK

Cosmic Shimmer Glacier Ice Glitter Jewels :CSGJGLAC

Cosmic Shimmer Highlighter Glue : CSGLUEHIGH

Cosmic Shimmer PVA Clear Glue : CSGLUE


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make this intricate cascading card using one of mini Sue Wilson`s striplet dies for a detailed finish. You will need the following main products ; the Sue Wilson mini striplet collection snowflake die and the finishing touches winter tree dies. The Creative Expressions John Lockwood borders & flourishes stamp plate is perfect for a small sentiment on the base of the card.


Step 2. The Sue Wilson mini striplet dies which are 4cm (without the outer solid frame) and these are perfect to create a cascading card, I have created the measurements especially for this die and you`ll also find the standard size striplet cascading card project on the Creative Expressions weekly workshop site. Select a piece of Foundations icicle card and trim the card so you have 2 panels of 16cm x 14cm. The extra 1cm is for a solid area for the card to stand up on as the rest of the design is so delicate and a sentiment can be added to this area.

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Step 3. Place the card on a score board with the 16cm width laid along the top. Score at 4cms – 8cms – 12cms & finish at 16cms. It`s important that you have the full 16cms width as the borders will be very fine. If you would rather then you could have 1cm or ½ cm sections as long as each section is the same width and the card is cut with the added measurement included. If so you`ll still be able to cut the card out of the 21cm width of an A4 sheet of card. I found it`s ok to work with the 4cms sections as I like it to look delicate.

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Step 4. Turn the card and mark at 5cms. 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 mini striplet die is placed in the 4cm section of the card with the solid gap at the bottom of the card. Use some low take tape to secure the inner main striplet die in place making sure it fits in the 4cm 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 6. 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. Using the Foundations 230gsm card will allow the card to be cut in the 2 passes.

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Step 7. Turn the cut piece over and run the Spellbinders Tool in One tool over the die to release all the small pieces from the die.

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Step 8. Now make sure all to small pieces are removed from the die. Move the die across to the next 4cm panel and secure this in place using the low take tape (I have 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. 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 9. Repeat the process 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 8 cut and emboss passes as it`s not being embossed !!!

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Step 10. Place the card in an A5 guillotine with the tip of the card at the top of the guillotine and then cut to the 5cm mark that was made earlier. Just measure the piece again if you can`t find it. RETAIN the off cut as it is needed later on.

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Step 11. Snip at the 5cm mark on the 2nd panel but this time it will need to be the opposite way so that the 2 deeper ends meet side by side and the card will be cut up lower on the right hand side of the card.

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Step 12. Place the card back on the score board and place the 4cm score lines back on the card as they will have been squashed when running the dies through the die cutting machine.

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Step 13. Take a ruler and lay this on the centre score line and now ease the panel up. This will help when handling the delicate design.

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Step 14. Pinch each line into place.

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Step 15. Repeat this on the 2nd panel. I haven`t scored each score line back like I did on the standard striplet size cascading card as the 2 other score lines do not need to bend !!!

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Step 16. Eye ball up to half way in the card and snip up to that point on the 1st score line (the 4cm 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. Now cut up to the same depth on the 12cm score line leaving the centre scoreline in tact.

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Step 17. Now take the 2nd panel and turn the piece around to cut from the top of the card. Again cut down on the 4cm & 12cm score lines leaving the centre 8cm 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 18. 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 19. Ease the card score line inwards and cross / join the 2 slit points over each other as you have just done .

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Step 20. 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 and it then becomes a very effective card and it won`t need to much added to it to make it one of those talked about cards (in my opinion !!!)

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Step 21. Take the retained off cut from earlier and trim it at the 8cm point and use the larger right hand side of the panel.

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Step 22. Place the piece behind the back of the cascading card so the pattern marries up and then add some Cosmic Shimmer highlighter 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 23. Stick the piece together….

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Step 24. ……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.

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Step 25. Now you have the standard mini striplet cascading card shape.

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Step 26. Take one of the other off cuts and lay in over the front of the card. Marry the design up and this can be stuck over both of the lower front edges of the card. It will strengthen the card and also allow the front of the card to be the front of the die cut surface and not the rougher reverse of the card.

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Step 27. Trim off the card using the underneath as a guide when trimming.

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Step 28. Place some self adhesive sheet over a piece of white card and secure the thinner Sue Wilson winter tree dies onto the piece. Run them through a die cutting machine.

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Step 29. Remove the backing off the tree and place the tree die cut piece in a plastic tub and tip some of the Cosmic Shimmer glacier ice glitter jewels over the sticky area. Press the jewels firmly into the sheet and repeat on the other trees. In all 3 large thin trees and 6 of the smaller trees have been covered. You may want to use some of the Tim Holtz rock candy glitter on some of the trees for a different look.

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Step 30. Attach the trees to the card, 1 large tree has been added on the back left hand panel of the card, 2 large trees in the inner centre of the card and 2 smaller trees on the 2 right hand central side panel and 2 small trees on the each of the front panels.

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Step 31. I have cut the `Seasons greetings` from the border John Lockwood stamp plate as it can be lined up when used on a different project OR you can leave it whole and just ink the stamp area you need. Make 2 of the `Seasons Greetings` sentiment using the Cosmic Shimmer silver shine embossing powder over the Perfect Medium ink. Trim to 2 small panels and edge with a silver pen.

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Step 32. Add some faux small glue dots using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue over the tree and on the detailed background of the base card. Just make sure the glue doesn`t go through the card layers as you will get all stuck up. Glue in sections leaving each layer to dry first helps .

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Step 33. Have you have the completed card when can be done in a nice conveyor belt style to make batches of the card. It works well as it`s made out of 1 sheet of A4 card and then off cuts for the small trees.



Step 34. Here is a close up of the small sentiments and the faux pearls on the trees.

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Step 35.  So with the 2 workshops you now have the measurements for the large Sue Wilson striplet dies and the mini striplet die.



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