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Filigree Aperture Die Card by Sheila Weaver

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2 A4 Sheets JS Elegance Satin 300gsm Card.
1 A4 Sheet JS Gold Mirri Card.

Sticky stuff – I used Foam Pads and Cosmic Shimmer Glue.

Signature Stencil Filigree 6610.

Signature Die Filigree Aperture SD147
Signature Die Build a Flower SD078
Signature Die Leafy Flourish SD013

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads to colour butterfly – I used Dusty Concord, Fired Brick and Mustard Seed.


Step One

Cut a sheet of Elegance Satin 300gsm card to measure 15cms x 29.7cms.

I cut this card using a Grand Calibur die-cutting machine, but you may be able to cut it using machines that will cut dies up to 15cms wide.

Place the Filigree Aperture die horizontally face up on the grey bottom plate with the cutting edge of the die overhanging the bottom edge of the grey plate as illustrated.

Portrait orientation and wrong side facing upwards, line the 15cms edge of the card up with the two top “Xs”.  The remainder of the card will overhang the bottom edge of the grey plate.

Place the white cutting plate over the top of the card and cut out the die.


Step Two

The illustration shows the die in-situ once it has been cut.  Because the bottom cutting edge of the die overhung the bottom of the base plate, the die only cut on three-sides and the die is still attached to the card.


Step Three

The illustration shows the card after the die has been removed.

Do not discard the oval cut-out.


Step Four

Right side of card facing, position the JS filigree stencil up to the filigree die-cut leaving a narrow border.  Secure at the left-hand side with a piece of low-tack tape.

Turn the card over and place on the grey bottom plate so the stencil is underneath the card.

Check the embossing sandwich for your machine and emboss.


Step Five

The illustration shows the card once it has been embossed.

Trim away the excess (un-embossed) card at the left-hand side.


Step Six

Landscape orientation, measure and score the card in half vertically.  Mountain fold the score line, shown in red.


Step Seven

Using Elegance Satin 300gsm card cut a second filigree aperture die-cut.

Cut out the accompanying butterfly.

Attach the die-cut to the inside of the front of the card matching the pattern.  This will add strength to the front of the card.


Step Eight

Attach the oval to the inside of the card with foam pads, using the aperture on the front of the card as a guide.


Step Nine

Colour the butterfly using Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads – I used Dusty Concord, Fired Brick and Mustard Seed.

Using gold Mirri card, die cut the JS Leafy Flourish and the four each of the middle and small sized stamens from the Build a Flower die set. Pair up the stamens to create four flowers, alternating the petals.


Step Ten

Attach the leafy flourish and flowers to the oval inside the card.


Step Eleven

Attach the butterfly to the curve of the aperture.

This card is an irregular size and requires a handmade envelope for a perfect fit.  However, it will fit in a 16cms x 16cms envelope.

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