04 Apr

Papercraft Essentials 145 is out on Thursday 6th April!

 

Papercraft Essentials issue 145 will be swinging into a store near you on Thursday 6th April and we can’t wait! We’ve been jumping around in our seats like monkeys waiting for this issue’s wild free gift.

 

Spring has finally sprung (hurray for sunshine!) and now is the perfect time to get making those summery cards. There’s nothing like a sunny craft table to get you in the mood!

Take a look at what can be done with your wonderful Safari Friends embossing folder and stamp set free with Papercraft Essentials issue 145: we know you’ll be brimming with ideas once you see these adorable critters and little explorers.

 

 

But just in case you needed an extra roar of inspiration, we’ve got a fantastic sneak-peak at this month’s issue in the form of Christine Smith’s beautiful free gift cards.

 

Have a roaring great birthday

 

 

You’ll need

free gift

white cardstock

Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Double Stitch Circles & Rectangles die sets

Jet Black Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Premium inkpad

Letraset ProMarkers

Green Hills & Lime Green Hero Arts Dye inkpads

Twisted Citron & Lucky Clover Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

paintbrush

Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble Border die

scissors

3D foam pads

Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue

double-sided tape

manual die-cutting machine

black Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pen

black Superfine India Ink Faber Castell PITT Pen

Lawn Fawn Smitty’s ABCs stamp set

Altenew Calligraphy Alpha stamp set


Step by step

1 Die-cut the third largest rectangle from white cardstock, then cut a smaller stitched circle into the bottom half of the rectangle. To add texture, run this through using the free embossing folder.

2 Use more white cardstock to die-cut a speech bubble border, then use a mixture of alphabet and free stamps to create a custom sentiment. Attach this to the embossed white panel using 3D foam pads.

3 Stamp, colour and cut out the lion image, and draw leaves too.

4 Use green Distress Inks to colour another piece of white cardstock, add stamping using green inks and the vine stamps, then water down a little bit of Distress Ink and use a paintbrush to add   splatters to give the background texture.

5 Finally, assemble the card using a mixture of flat and 3D adhesives, then use a black glaze pen to accent the lion’s eyes and nose.

 

If you loved this deisng, you can find your own Hero Arts inkpads at www.thatscrafty.co.uk

 

Go bananas, it’s your birthday

 

 

You’ll need

free gift

white, aqua & pastel green cardstock

Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Double Stitch Squares die set

Jet Black Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Premium inkpad

Letraset ProMarkers

Lime Green Hero Arts Dye inkpad

Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron & Lucky Clover Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Ranger mini ink-blending tool

Lawn Fawn Grassy Border, Spring Showers, Cheese Polaroid & Speech Bubble Border dies

scissors

3D foam pads

Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue

double-sided tape

manual die-cutting machine

black Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze Pen


Step by step

1 Die-cut the largest square from aqua cardstock, then cut the Polaroid, speech bubble and cloud dies from white cardstock. Also die-cut grassy borders from pastel green cardstock, and trim an extra piece of aqua cardstock to go behind the Polaroid.

2 Ink blend Peacock Feathers Distress Ink onto the two piece of aqua cardstock, and use the vines stamps along with green ink to add foliage to both. Then use the striped half of the embossing folder to add texture to the small piece.

3 To make the grassy borders tie in with ink blended sky, use green Distress Ink to add ink blending to them too.

4 Stamp, colour and cut out all the characters along with the sentiments onto the relevant pieces of cardstock.

5 Assemble the scene using a mixture of flat and 3D foam pads to give dimension to the scene. Tuck the characters behind and in front of different elements to give the scene perspective.

6 Finally use a black glaze pen to accent the eyes and noses of the characters. Add glossy accents to the lens of the camera too.

 

Christine used Lawn Fawn dies which can be found at www.sevenhillscrafts.co.uk

 

We hope Christine has inspired you to to get crafty! I love it when your cards arrive on my desk: we had such an amazing response to the Spring Garden free gift from Papercraft Essentials issue 144 (take a peep inside this issue to see if your cards made it into our gallery), that I can’t wait to see how you use your Safari Friends set.

 

This issue is full of amazing features: find out how to make beautiful boxcards, become a gilding master and take a look at the stunning new range from Paper Nest Dolls.

 

 

Right, I’m off to enjoy the sunshine. Until next time, happy papercrafting!

Jenn x

 

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