Sue Wilson Mauritius Gift Card Booklet


This project will show you how to make this gift card booklet which can also be a mini scrapbook, photo book or whatever you want to fill it with.


The die was so well with the Sue Wilson Mauritius die and the co-ordinating Stamps to die for…  sunlit daisies stamp as they work hand in hand.


The flowers are created the frame stamp but as you can see by the daisy on the gift card it has been made into a whole daisy from the half stamped daisies.


The stitched panel from the Sue Wilson range are perfect when making a booklet as they add detail to the edge of the project.


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Sue Wilson Mauritius Gift Card Booklet


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Shopping List

 Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting Machine : WIZGC-200

Sue Wilson Indian Ocean Collection ~ Mauritius Die : CED10014

Sue Wilson Shadow Collection ~ Stitched Lattice Frame Die Set : CED9303

Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection ~ St Barts Die : CED5205

Creative Expressions Stamps to Die for … Sunlit Daisies : UMS747

Creative Expressions Amazing Sentiments Stamp Set : CEC702

Graphmaster Pens

Graphmaster CG1 & CG2 in Cool Grey 12pk : GRAPHSETCGREY

 Spellbinders  Tool in One  : WIZTOOL

Foundations Pearl Icicle CardPC001

& Foundations Coconut Card : 40980

 Perfect Medium Ink Pad or Clear & Resist Ink Pad : PERPADCL

Cosmic Shimmer Silver Shine Detail Embossing Powder : CSDEPSILV

Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Sideshow Rose Satin Ribbon : CESRSSROSE

     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE

London fog Memento Ink Pad & Silicone Glue

Tim Holtz Dried Marigold Ink Pad : DPDRDMARIGOLD

Creative Expressions Smoothie : CESMOOTH


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make a lovely gift card booklet which has been made so easy by using the Sue Wilson die shapes. For this you will need the Sue Wilson Indian Ocean collection ~ Mauritius die, the shadow collection ~ stitched lattice frame die set, the Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die along with the Creative Expressions stamps to die for … sunlit daisies stamp. The Graphmaster CG1 & CG2 from the Cool Grey 12pk are used to shade the daisies in for a soft feel to the project. You will also see how to create a whole daisy from the stamp plate as they are all just part of a daisy in the stamped image !!!!

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Step 2. Add the 3 outer dies from the Sue Wilson Indian Ocean collection ~ Mauritius die and the inner / smallest solid stitched die from the shadow collection ~ stitched lattice frame die set onto a piece of Foundations pearl icicle card securing them in place with some low tack tape. Cut and then emboss the dies through the Grand Calibur machine.

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Step 3. Continue until you have cut 6 stitched panels and just 2 of the delicate Mauritius frames.

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Step 4. Measure a piece of the icicle card to 137mm x 80mm or 5 ¾ “ x 3 1/8I like to work in cms as it`s easier with the score board. Now with the 8cm width lined up on a score board score a line downwards at 2cm intervals.

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Step 5. Cut the panel down the centre at 4cms and fold each piece in half along the score line. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue over one of the folded strips.

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Step 6. Join the 2 strips together making sure the both of the folded edges are lined up against each other. This method works better I feel than having the fold line on the inside of the booklet as it makes slightly more bulkier !!!

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Step 7. Ease each side downwards to reveal the core shape for the booklet panels to be added onto.

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Step 8. Add some Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the right hand top side tab. Now add the first stitched panel so the top side is facing upwards. MAKE SURE the panels is added with a 2mm gap on the tab as this will create the back page slightly overlapping the inner pages, this will mean the inner pages will lay perfectly inside with no overhang.

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Step 9. Here you can see how the above step will help.

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Step 10. Add another stitched panel onto the left hand side flat tab so the joined central piece remains upright. Place the panel with the stitching on the top side.

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Step 11. Now add another stitched panel on the right hand side of the central tab making sure the panel goes right up to the scored line (this will ensure the page don`t over hang the edge of the back of the booklet, as was shown earlier) The wrong side of the panel needs to be facing upwards as it will be covered next.

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Step 12. Apply so glue or tape runner around all of the just laid panel.

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Step 13. Place the panel with the right side up stitched detail being placed on the side edge first so you know the panel will sit perfectly once laid down.

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Step 14. Now you have the central pages in place. You could even cut an aperture out before doing these steps and add a photo or some acetate. There are lots of options for the booklet.

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Step 15. Take a long length of the Creative Expressions finishing touches sideshow rose satin ribbon and stick it around the front, over the spine and round the back of the booklet using a tape runner or double sided tape. Make sure you leave long tails of the ribbon so that it can be made into a bow later on.

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Step 16. Add some more of the tape runner. You can use Cosmic Shimmer glue but go sparingly as you don`t want to make the panel to wet.

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Step 17. Add another panel onto the cover marrying up the edge of the panel as you lay it down. Have the stitching facing right side up as this is the front cover.

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Step 18. Turn the booklet over and repeat the process with the last panel with the stitching facing on the top. This completes the basic shape of the booklet. It`s made extra easy by having the panels all the same size and with the detail of the stitching too.

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Step 19. Make a `Just for You` sentiment from the Creative Expressions amazing sentiment stamp set. Use the Perfect Medium ink pad when stamping the sentiment onto a piece icicle pearl card, then use the Cosmic Shimmer silver shine embossing powder over the ink and then heat set it. Cut the sentiment out using the curved rectangle die from the Sue Wilson Mauritius inner rectangle die.

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Step 20. Add some of the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto an acrylic block in this case. This is how the glue will be applied to the intricate reverse of the Mauritius frame. You could use a spray glue or the fine Cosmic Shimmer highlighter glue.

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Step 21. Dab a small piece of cut and dry foam over the glue to prime the foam pad. This will make sure you don`t have big blobs of glue on the pad.

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Step 22. With the frame on a piece of cellophane (this is to help the frame not stick to the below surface and it can be thrown away as it will only take one use). Dab the foam pad over the frame making sure you don`t move the frame as you work quickly.

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Step 23. Lift the frame upwards so the glue doesn`t touch the front of the frame.

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Step 24. Place the frame into the right hand panel in the centre of the booklet. Once the glue is dry use an adhesive rubber to gently remove any excess glue. I found using this technique you might just get 1 or 2 small bits of glue on the thin detail of the frame but it was removed with the rubber. Repeat the process but on a clean piece of cellophane and add that frame to the back inside right hand stitched panel of the booklet.

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Step 25. Add some of the Tim Holtz dried marigold ink around the edges of the `Just for You` sentiment on a Creative Expressions smoothie. Place that onto the centre of the frame using foam pads for added dimension.

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Step 26. Take the stamps to die for…  sunlit daisies stamp and place it on an acrylic block. Ink the stamp with some London fog memento ink pad as the Graphmaster pens are going to be used. Stamp the image onto a piece of coconut or white card. Make sure it is a smooth card.

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Step 27. Add the outer die and the largest inner frame die from the Mauritius die set onto the stamped frame and secure it in place with some low tack tape. Now cut the piece out using the Grand Calibur die cutting machine. Stamp and cut another 2 frames out but this time omit the inner rectangular frame and just cut solid frames around the daisy design.

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Step 28. Stamp 2 or 3 more sunlit daisies images onto a piece of coconut card. Use the Graphmaster CG1 & CG2 to shade the petals of the flowers in. The flower works well with the darker CG2 in the centre. Cut 2 of the daisies out using a small pair of decoupage snips ( or whatever you are use to).

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Step 29. Cut down into each petal and then curve the petal over the snips to add depth to the flowers.

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Step 30. Tuck the daisies into the side of the frame using 3d glue or a foam pad for added dimension.

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Step 31. Continue to colour the main frame with the cut out centre that has been cut out earlier. Build the flower petals up with the Graphmaster pens.

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Step 32. I found laying the CG1 on just one side of the petal was enough and the I used the CG2 on the flower centres and the odd leaf to bring some depth the frame.

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Step 33. Use some of the Tim Holtz dried marigold ink around the edges of frame before applying some foam tape to the back of the frame and placing it on the front cover. Add the other 2 solid daisy frames to the left hand side of the booklet pages once they are coloured in.

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Step 34. To make a full flower cut 2 of the daises out of the 3 frames that were stamped for just cutting flowers out of. Also cut the round centre of the daisy which can be found on a few of the flowers. As one of the flowers is larger add a small amount of Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue onto the central edge of that daisy and lay the small daisy over the top. Marry up the petals of the flowers to make a seamless whole daisy.

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Step 35. Add a gift card on a glue dot and place on the back panel of the booklet and then add the daisy to embellish the card. Here an old gift card has been used with the company name hidden but you can leave the new one open as it will be in the back of the booklet and a nice surprise as the card is opened.

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Step 36. Cut a solid frame from the inner dies of the Mauritius die set and then also another one using the solid frame, the detailed frame and the inner detailed circle. Ink the back solid frame with the dried marigold smoothie and glue it behind the coconut detailed frame.

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Step 37. Glue this frame into the recess in the front daisy frame. Use the glue so you can wiggle it into place.

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Step 38. Make another whole daisy up using the technique that was shown earlier on. Add it to the bottom right hand side of the frame on the inside of the cover.

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Step 39. Stamp and then embossed in the Cosmic Shimmer silver shine the `Some people come into our lives` sentiment and cut that out using the detailed corner die from the Caribbean Island collection ~ St Barts die set.

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Step 40. Mount it onto the daisy frame using foam pads for dimension.

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Step 41. Cut and create more daises, some are full daises and others just as they are from the stamp. Make sure you cut into the petals for added depth before sticking them to the front frame. It doesn`t matter if they don`t go directly over a daisy as it actually gives the appearance of more flowers if they are added at random.

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Step 42. Tie the ribbon into a bow once all the pages of the booklet are complete. The inside daisy panel has been left free for a personal message to added when sending the card.

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Step 43. Just a view of the different pages. As the booklet is closed with the ribbon it`s why foam pads can be used as they will take in the depth. Why not add another set together to make a larger paged booklet and use it as a brag book !!!

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   Happy Crafting


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