20 Mar

Simply Cards & Papercraft 161 goes on sale this week!

Issue 161 of Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves on Thursday 23rd March, and we’re loving the free gift…

The FREE Elegant Occasions embossing folder and stamp set are sure to tickle your fancy – and we’re totally loving Sue Hughes’s free gift card inspiration inside the magazine.


She was so inspired she made too many cards to squeeze in the mag, so we’ve got one bonus idea right here for you lucky people!



Many happy returns

You will need

Elegant Occasions embossing folder & stamp set free with issue 161 of Simply Cards & Papercraft

white, pink & lilac cardstock

Rose Bud Memento inkpad

Heliotrope VersaColor inkpad


manual die-cutting machine

Memory Box Devyn Butterfly Trio & Emelia Butterfly Trio dies

Creative Dies Ornate Frame Nesting dies

Simply make

1 Emboss a 12.5cm square of pink cardstock and cut to measure 12.5x7cm, brush lilac ink over the embossed design then layer onto lilac and pink cardstock, leaving narrow border each time. Adhere to a white 13.5x8.5cm tent-fold card blank.

2 Die-cut the second largest ornate frame from pink cardstock and stamp on four decorative corners with lilac ink. Adhere to the card front to overlap the folded edge as shown.

3 Stamp a sentiment with pink ink to the centre of a smaller white ornate die-cut frame. Use lilac ink to stamp the sentiment again slightly to one side to create a shadow effect. Stamp the edge of the decorate corner to overlap the corners. Affix to the centre of the pink panel.

4 Die-cut two butterflies, add pearls to the centre of each and adhere to the sentiment panel as shown to finish.

Next up, we’ve got Kim Dellow with her fabulous step-by-guide to achieving the faux-embossed technique using your die stash. Find her illustrated step-by-step guide on page 25 of issue 161, then try out this fabulously bright card for yourself…




You will need

yellow & red-orange cardstock


3D foam pads

PVA glue

manual die-cutting machine

Waffle Flower Flower Circles die set

Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABC dies

Simply make

1 Trim a panel of yellow cardstock and stick it to the card front. Die-cut the Flower Circle from the same yellow cardstock.

2 Also die cut the sentiment from the yellow cardstock. Stick the scallop to the card front and trim it down.

3 Stick the inner circle to the card front with 3D foam pads and stick in the sentiment. Finish with sequins.

We’re also starting to see the first features from some of our new Design Team members creeping into Simply Cards & Papercraft. As part of our re-jigged annual competition, Papercraft Magazines Design of the Year 2016, we picked four amazing readers to join our Design Team, as well as win a massive selection of crafty prizes. In issue 161, we’ve got features from Helen Griffin (www.helengriffin.co.uk/blog) and Sue Larney – and we’re so excited for you to see their projects!

Sue Larney was so excited to be creating for SCP, that we just couldn’t squeeze all of her BoBunny projects into the magazine. The stunning Felicity collection really does help to create strikingly elegant makes for all occasions.


Just for you

You will need

white cardstock

BoBunny Felicity 6x6” patterned paper, chipboard, ephemera & stickers

Clearly Besotted sentiment stamps



white paint


manual die-cutting machine

Tonic Studios Layering Circle dies

Elizabeth Craft Designs Circles die

Simply make

1 Create a circle card blank using the dies, then die-cut two smaller circles of contrasting patterned paper.

2 Trim in half and ink the edges of the lighter panel with paint, then splatter the paint onto the darker panel, before layering on the card front as shown.

3 Cut a border sticker into a banner and affix across the join in the papers. Add a chipboard strip and flowers on top.

4 Attach a tab sticker above the strip on the left-hand side. Die-cut patterned paper using the Elizabeth Craft Designs die, snip into the die-cut to create three separate flourishes and affix onto the card front.

5 Fussy-cut flowers , stamp a sentiment onto the same paper that covers the bottom half of the card front. Fussy-cut the sentiment and line-up with the co-ordinating paper panel as shown.

6 Mount a chipboard tag onto the right-hand side of the card front and add gems to embellish.

7 Layer a sticker banner along the top of the card front, mounting a second layer over the top using 3D foam pads. Add twine, rhinestones and pearls to finish.

Well, that’s it for this issue folks – so don’t forget to send me your makes using the free gift, or anything that’s inspired you to craft this month. Send them directly to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


But for now, don’t forget to download your bonus digital stamps from Stanley & Dot from www.papercraftmagazines.com/downloads/item/779-simply-cards-and-papercraft-161-downloads

Then mark your diaries for the 20th April when issue 162 goes on sale.

Happy cardmaking

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