16 Mar

Die-cutting Essentials 22 sneak peek!

Die-cutting Essentials issue 22 hits the shelves on Thursday 23rd March and this fabulous spring issue comes complete with a Pretty Quick floral Happy Birthday panel die.



Once more, the Die-cutting Essentials team has been hard at work bringing you yet another inspiring issue! The arrival of spring means an influx of new product releases in the craft world. And with that said, we’ve done our best to cram this edition with exclusive ranges from the likes of Spellbinders, Crafter’s Companion and Tonic Studios to help kick-start your spring crafting.


We challenged Sandra Rayner & Kim Dellow to create cards with this issues our free floral Happy Birthday panel die, and they’ve done us proud. Sandra went above and beyond to make lovely layered designs and Kim took it to the next level with a pop of yellow to create bloomin’ bold birthday cards!



Most crafters will admit, birthdays are the most frequent occasion they create cards for, so this timeless die is a must-have for any stash! This month, our amazing designers have put together this fabulous illustration, showing you how you can get more from your free die…


And I’ve also been playing with this issue’s free die; I took inspiration from Jo Kill’s feature on page 66 to create stacked die-cut sentiments. I wanted to keep it clean and simple to create a nautical-inspired design, which I achieved using Kaisercraft’s High Tide stamp set and Distress Ink. I used the leftover die-cuts to make a floral card that showcases the deco-style roses – I hope you like my handiwork!



There simply wasn’t enough room in this issue to squeeze all of the inspiring cards in to, so here are a few more cards to keep you crafting! First up is Sam Lewis with two more mixed-media creations to tickle your fancy!


Best wishes



white cardstock

white 6x6” card blank

Die’sire Mixed Media Blossoming Tree die set

Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive Christmas Notes stamp set

Colourcraft Brusho Crystals

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

3D foam tape

water spritzer

craft mat



1 Tape a white A5 panel onto a craft mat, spritz generously with water and sprinkle with Brusho Crystals.

2 Stir the colours using a brush, add more water if necessary and leave to dry overnight. Once dry, trim to measure 5¼” square and put the offcut to one side.

3 Die-cut the tree into a 5½”-square panel of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment as shown and mount it onto the colourful background using 3D foam tape.

4 Die-cut a selection of leaves, flowers and hearts from the offcut border, arrange them onto the panel as shown and mount it onto the card blank to finish.


Happy birthday




white cardstock

white 8x8” card blank

Sara Signature Birthday Party 12x12” paper pad

Die’sire Mixed Media Bunting Trio die set

Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Simple Sayings stamp set

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

3D foam tape

black fine-line pen




1 Die-cut the bunting shapes into a white 7⅝” square, back it with a panel of acetate and adhere 3D foam tape around each aperture.

2 Sprinkle sequins and beads into each pocket, remove the backing from the tape and secure a 7¼” square of patterned paper on top to create the shaker card element.

3 Layer the shaker element onto a panel of contrasting paper, leaving a narrow border and then onto the card blank.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto a white banner, matt it onto a patterned paper banner and mount it onto the card front. Add doodle details to the design using a black fine-line pen to finish.


Next up we’ve got a bonus idea leftover from Christine Smith’s marvelous masculine makes feature. Here she’s embraced the current geometric trend to create a bold thank you card using the Spellbinders Ultimate Geo collection.


Thank you



white 11x17.5cm card blank

white cardstock

silver mirror card

grey, blue & silver pearlescent cardstock

docrafts Papermania Mr Smith’s Workshop 12x12” paper pack

Blueprint Sketch & Chipped Sapphire Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Cornflower Blue Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Midnight Blue Nuvo Gloss Crystal Drops

Spellbinders Ultimate Geo Collection Wagon Wheel & Optical Illusion die sets

Avery Elle A Tag For All Elle-Ments die set

Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue

3D foam pads

blending tool


1 Emboss a panel of white cardstock using the Wagon Wheel die and an embossing mat, colour using Distress Ink and add Mousse to the embossed areas.

2 Cut out the panel, matt it onto silver mirror card and layer the card front with patterned paper, leaving a narrow border.

3 Die-cut two Wagon Wheel panels from silver and grey cardstock, mount them onto the card front as shown, and secure the embossed panel on top using 3D foam pads.

4 Cut out three Optical Illusion elements from contrasting cardstock, snip them into flower shapes and layer them onto the card front.

5 Die-cut the sentiment from white cardstock and silver mirror card, layer together, off-setting the die-cuts to create a shadow and attach to the card front. Embellish with Crystal drops to finish.

And last but not least, we’re so excited to showcases a selection of chalkboard projects made by Graphtec’s very own Lisa Bird! Lisa has used the Silhouette CAMEO machine to create gorgeous cards, notelets and home décor projects.



Here’s a bonus easel card, which you can customise with your own special message! To get your hands on the products used in this feature, click here.

Chalkboard easel



black cardstock

white printable 160gsm cardstock

Silhouette Chalkboard Adhesive Vinyl

Silhouette CAMEO machine

Wood Pattern Design (#33120)

A2 Thank You Easel Card Design (#62413)

patterned paper

double-sided tape




1 Print the wood pattern onto white cardstock using the Silhouette Studio Software and ungroup the card design, separating the elements for cutting using different media.

2 Use the Silhouette machine to cut the card base from black cardstock, the easel front from printed cardstock, the rounded square from vinyl and the bunting shapes from patterned paper.

3 Thread the bunting die-cuts onto a strand of wool, feed them through the pre-cut holes on the patterned easel panel, and secure with double-sided tape.

4 Adhere the patterned easel panel on to the front of the black card blank, stick the vinyl square inside the card and add your chalk greeting to finish.


Well I‘m sure that’s enough to keep you busy until next issue! Don’t forget to get in touch to share your crafty makes and stories; you could be in with a chance of winning our Star Letter prize!

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Happy die-cutting!

Natalie Helyer



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