19 Apr

Simply Cards & Papercraft 162 is on sale tomorrow

Issue 162 of SImply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves tomorrow and we're so excited about the stunning free gift, we just couldn't wait to show you...

With the new issue hitting the shelves tomorrow, now is the perfect time to tell you a little bit about the issue, and show you the ton of extra ideas and inspiration our DT came up with...

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The free gift is a super-striking Build-a-Bouquet die set and stamps, perfect for all-occasion makes for young and older recipienets alike. We fell in love with the idea as soon as we started designing it, and so we're super excited for you to eventually see it.

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If the free gift alone isn’t reason enough to buy this issue, we’re sure you’ll be inspired by the amazing features inside the magazine. We’ve got brand-new releases from Dovecraft, Penny Black and Apple Blossom, as well as a stunning masterclass from Marie Jones. Marie is on hand to help you find the perfect way to get more from your die-cut apertures. We’ve also got a plethora of money-saving makes, from getting more from your Washi tape stash, to finding new and interesting ways to use your border punches.

But for now, back to the free gifts... the dies and co-ordinating stamp set, really is perfect for all-occasion makes and for us it ticks all the boxes... versatile, fun, striking and inspirational, and for this reason it is the perfect addition to your craft stash. As usual our DT were incredible, and Sue Hughes's stunning makes are bound to get you cardmaking tonight! Creating a huge selection of EIGHT completely different cards to inspire you...

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In fact, she was so inspired, we just couldn't squeeze them all into the magazine, and so we've got one her makes right here for you to try...

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With love

You will need

Build-a-Bouquet dies & stamps free with Simply Cards & Papercraft 162

Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness paper pad

white, orange, pink & yellow cardstock

white paper doily

VersaMark ink pad

white embossing powder

3D foam pads

silver gems

heat tool

manual die-cutting machine

Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop Border dies

Simply make

1 Layer a 12x8cm piece of floral patterned paper onto a 12x8.5cm piece of pink cardstock and affix onto the front of a 12x9cm white card blank.

2 Shape the left-hand edge of a 5.5x12cm piece of yellow cardstock with a scalloped border die and layer onto a slightly larger piece of pink cardstock. Adhere to the right-hand side of the card front.

3 Fold a white doily over the right-hand edge of a 5x12cm piece of pink patterned paper then attach to the right-hand side of the card front.

4 Stamp and white emboss the flower stems onto green cardstock and the bow onto orange cardstock, then cut out. Attach to the doily on the card front.

5 Stamp and heat-emboss three flowers onto coloured cardstock and cut out using the co-ordinating die. Use 3D foam pads to secure to the card front as show and add a silver gem to the middle of each.

6 Stamp and heat-emboss a sentiment onto pink cardstock and trim to size. Layer onto white cardstock and attach in the bottom-left corner of the card front. Add three small silver gems to each corner to finish.

Colette Smith makes a return to get crafting for those hard-to-make masculine makes, whilst embracing the monogram trend.

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This trend is definitely here to stay and we’re big fans of the monogram-themed home décor items in the shops – therefore we couldn’t wait to see what Colette came up with to help us with our cards for men. Even better it is super easy to style these cards into cards for women too.

Even better again, Colette even generously created the perfect circular sentiment downloads to make the perfect place for you monogram to sit – making it easy to personalise the card to the recipient – talk about making them feel special! So download these sentiment toppers here

Next up, we’ve got the bonus ideas from Shelagh Metselaar’s Sketch Challenge feature on pages 48 – 49. Using sketches in your designs is the perfect way to help yourself out of a crafting rut, they will provide new layout designs and ideas with ease.

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Special birthday

You will need

white & black cardstock

white Centura Pearl cardstock

Claritystamp New England Fall patterned paper & Umbrellas stencil

Claritystamp Wee Folk Wedding, Word Chain & Word Chain stamp set

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Picked Raspberry, Citron Ranger Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Shaded Lilac Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Clairtystamp Christmas Stars & Torn Shapes stencil

Tonic Studios Nuvo Hot Pink glitter

white gel pen

black fine-line pen

gems

Post-it notes

manual die-cutting machine

Tonic Studios Star Layering die set

white cardstock

Tattered Lace Nested Ovals & Nested Torn Edge Ovals die sets

Simply make

1 Fold an A4 piece of white card in half to form a tent-fold card blank, then trim to measure 20x15cm

2 Cut a 19.7x14.7cm panel of white cardstock and using the Umbrella stencil, ink with Shaded Lilac, Twisted Citron, Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry to cover the panel.

3 Spritz lightly with water spray, allow to soak for about 10 seconds then blot with kitchen roll. Mount onto black cardstock and trim, leaving a narrow border. Mount onto 20x15cm card blank and

4 Cut second sheet of Centura Pearl in half, blend Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick in overlapping areas to cover the panel. Place the star stencil over and blend Picked Raspberry over it. Cut into two rectangles and one long strip, matt onto black cardstock and secure to the card front.

5 Die-cut an oval of white cardstock, inking the background using a Post-it note and the torn shapes stencil. Place the Torn Shapes stencil over the panel, add landscape sticky and blend Milled Lavender and Spun Sugar over, moving the Post-it note down to create different landscape areas. Layer onto black cardstock.

6 Stamp the image using black ink, and hand-draw a border around the image. Cut around the border and ink the edges before securing onto the card front. Stamp the sentiment onto the card front.

6 Die-cut two stars from double-sided tape, cut the smaller star from the die-cut to create two framed stars. Peel off the protective layers and sprinkle with glitter. Affix embellishing with gems as shown to finish.

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Just for you

You will need

white Centura Pearl cardstock

black cardstock

watercolour paper

Claritystamp Brighton Rock paper pad

Claritystamp Wee Folk 3 Fairies stamp set

Stamps by Chloe Cocktail Glass, Four Petal Flower Frame, Prosecco Greetings & Cocktails stamp sets

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Twisted Citron Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Black Soot VersaMark inkpad

Mistletoe Green WOW! embossing powder

gems

Silver Pebeo Mixtion Gilding Leaf paste

White Holographic Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter

3D foam tape

heat tool

manual die-cutting machine

Tattered Lace Torn Rectangles & Ovals die sets

Simply make

1 Score and fold a piece of Centura Pearl in half, white side out. Trim a 20.5x14cm piece of dark green patterned paper, matt onto black cardstock, leaving a narrow border, and affix onto the card front.

2 Cut two rectangles from light green paper, layer onto black cardstock, leaving narrow borders. Secure the rectangles in opposite corners of the card front. Cut a narrow strip from dark green off-cuts, mount onto black cardstock and attach along the centre of card front.

3 Cut a 13cm oval from watercolour paper and stamp the cocktail glass onto it using black ink. Apply silver leaf and allow to dry.

4 Swipe Twisted Citron onto craft/glass mat, spritz with water and paint the contents of the glass. Spritz any remaining ink and pick up the colour with a wet wipe. Lightly blend this around the perimeter of the oval. Allow to dry.

5 Stamp the fairy on the top of the glass rim, ink the stars from the same set using VersaMark ink, apply embossing powder and heat-emboss.

6 Cut a larger green oval and the next size up in black, mount the water-coloured oval onto these layers, before securing centrally onto the card front using 3D foam tape. Add gems as shown.

7 Stamp the sentiments onto light green paper, matt onto black and light green panels, leaving narrow borders. Ink the edges and affix in opposite corners using 3D foam tape. Add to top left and bottom right using foam tape.

8 Stamp the cocktails onto a scrap of watercolour paper and colour. Add fine lines of glue and sprinkle with glitter. Cut out glasses and glue to top right and bottom left. Add gems to suit to finish.

Top tip

To add a lighter colour to the edge of a topper mop up any residual ink from craft/glass mat with a clean wet wipe and apply colour from this around the outer edge. The effect is much softer and more diffused than with a brush or blending foam

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Above are Helen Griffin’s incredible off-the-page makes using the fabulous Window Box Thinlits die from Stampin’ Up! We fell in love with this die, and Helen’s projects made us fall even deeper in love with it. We love her gift box and candle pillar project ideas but we just couldn’t squeeze them all into the magazine. So here is her fabulous ‘To a wonderful friend’ gift box idea.

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To a wonderful friend

You will need

white, lilac & purple cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams stamp set

Purple Plum Stampin’ Up! inkpad

Kaisercraf Paper Blooms

white ribbon

3D foam pads

Tombow multi-purpose liquid glue

manual die-cutting machine

Stampin’ Up! Thinlits Window Box die set

Simply make

1 Die-cut two main box pieces and affix in place, ensuring all of the panels are lined up. One piece should be upside down, so you have a lid top and bottom.

2 Adhere flaps together, trimming away any spare ones and seal one side of the box.

3 Cut six pieces of purple cardstock to measure 1 5/8x1 11/16” and create a lace effect by using the large hexagon die on each piece. Adhere each piece to the panels as shown using little dots of liquid glue.

4 Draw around the hexagon onto purple cardstock and cut out using scissors. Then die-cut using the same die, before securing to the top of the box.

5 Embellish with flowers and ribbon, then stamp a sentiment onto white cardstock and trim, adding a flag tail on each end. Affix the sentiment to the purple cardstock and trim. Adhere on the front of the box using 3D foam pads to finish.

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Then we had these stunning makes from Emilia van den Heuvel using the Kaisercraft Island Escape collection. And again - she loved the collection so much that she just kept crafting and crafting... so once again, you lucky blog readers are seeing another exclusive make that we didn't include in the feature...

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Just for you

You will need

kraft cardstock

Kaisercraft Island Escape Collection Ohana patterned paper, mini paper pad & collectables

Champagne Kaisercraft Rhinestones

Coconut Kaisercraft Weave cardstock

pearls

3D foam tape

Copper Ranger Stickles glitter glue

Antique Linen Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

embossing tool

Simply make

1 Create a craft 10.5x15cm card blank and emboss the card front using the embossing folder. Layer a piece of pattern paper onto the card front, leaving a narrow border.

2 Cut two stripes of pattern paper, shape them as banners, ink their edges and adhere them to the card base.

3 Carefully separate the image from the frame and layer it on a slightly bigger piece of inked cardstock. Affix all the different layered using 3D foam tape.

4 Choose sentiments and die-cut images from the collectables range, ink the edges and arrange them as shown.

5 Embellish the card front using white pearls, rhinestones and add touches of glitter on the flowers to finish.

Penny Black make a welcome return to Simply Cards & Papercraft this issue, with Jill Foster creating a striking collection of all-occasion makes using brand-new Penny Black releases.

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Forever & always

You will need

Solar White Neenah cardstock

Penny Black Forever & Always and With Affection stamps

Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Picked Raspberries, Gathered Twigs Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

VersaMark inkpad

Opaque Vanilla White WOW! embossing powder

Ranger Ink Blending Tool & foam pads

heat tool

paper towel

manual die-cutting machine

Penny Black Heart Bow die

Top tip

Make a large sentiment the focal point of a card by embossing it in white and adding bright inks on top. The words will really ‘pop’ against the bold background inking. To make your background extra bright, apply multiple layers of ink, building up the color from light to bold and bright

Simply make

1 Blend Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink onto the edges of a 33/4x5” panel of watercolour cardstock.

2 Stamp the Forever & Always sentiment stamp onto a panel of white cardstock using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat-emboss.

3 Apply Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the embossed sentiment using an ink-blending tool and foam pads. Remove any access ink from the embossed sentiment by buffing over the top with a dry paper towel. Ink the edges using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

4 Stamp the flower and branches at the top of the panel using Fired Brick ink and at the bottom using and bottom Rusty Hinge ink. Adhere centrally onto the card front.

5 Die-cut the Heart Bow from white cardstock. Ink one individual heart using Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn ink and adhere to the top of the card front.

Phew! That’s a lot of bonus inspiration! So on that note, I’ll sign off and leave you to your cardmaking. Remember to download the bonus digital stamps from Kay Whittaker Designs from here and send us your makes inspired by the free gift or the features in the magazine.

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Send any images of your makes, along with a little write up about your card, your crafting and yourself, directly to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.I’m enjoying seeing all your fabulous makes so much – you may spot them in an upcoming issue of the magazine!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft (issue 163) – this hits the shelves on the 18th May and we’re sure you won’t want to miss the stunning Life Is Sweet die and stamp set…

Happy cardmaking

Becky Higgins

Managing Editor

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