09 May

Die-cutting Essentials 24 sneak peek!

Die-cutting Essentials issue 24 hits the shelves on Thursday 18th May and this must-have edition comes complete with a 6-in-1 Mix & Matt nesting die set!

 

Our fabulous free gift is jam-packed full of potential and is perfect for creating lovely layered designs. We think versatile die set is a must for any crafter’s stash, experiment to discover endless topper combinations!

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Our stylish cover cards were made by the very talented Simonne Clay, who in fact designed this dynamic die set – so we’re in safe hands! We also challenged Sandra Rayner and Christine Smith to showcase our free dies and they didn’t disappoint! Sandra’s beauty-themed projects on page 69 and Christine’s on-trend masculine makes over on page 48.

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I also couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Mix & Matt die set, it’s just so handy for creating quick cards! I was also tempted by the Safari Friends collection from issue 145 of Papercraft Essentials, so thought I’d combine the two to create some fun animal-inspired cards!

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The bonus downloadable papers from this issue made it easy to whip up some cards, but my favorite has to be my tiger card – I used the faux-letterpress technique to make the embossing folder pop! It’s not too late to grab this issue, follow this link to get your paws on a copy and click here to see how these cards were made!

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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 Christine Smith with two more colourful cards for kids!

Happy birthday

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MATERIALS

white 20.5x12.5cm card blank

white, light grey, dark grey, green, yellow, blue & pink cardstock

Nellie Snellen Lene Design Build Up Train, Build Up Train Passengers & Build Up Giraffe die sets

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border & Grassy Border dies

Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Double Stitched Rectangles dies

Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberry & Hickory Smoke Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

Charcoal Hero Arts Dye inkpad

Lawn Fawn Smitty’s ABCs stamp set

alcohol markers

Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue

3D foam pads

Ranger Glossy Accents

googly eyes

Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Ink a 12x20cm panel of blue cardstock, embellish it with white die-cut clouds and secure to the card front.

2 Die-cut a green hillside border and a white fence border making sure they are both 20cm wide and cut and build trees onto the card front.

3 Die-cut all of the carriages, wheels and characters, ink the die-cuts using co-ordinating Distress Ink and build the toppers using 3D foam pads.

4 Affix the characters and carriages to the card front, die-cut a grassy border into a green strip and layer it on top using 3D foam pads.

5 Stamp the sentiment onto a banner of white cardstock, matt it onto a grey border and secure it to the card front using 3D foam pads.

6 Add detail to the carriage wheels using Crystal Drops to accent the train’s wheels and embellish the characters with googly eyes to finish.

What’s up?

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MATERIALS

white 17.5x12.5cm card blank

white, dark grey, green, blue & pink cardstock

Nellie Snellen Lene Design Build Up Giraffe die set

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die

Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry & Hickory Smoke Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

Charcoal Hero Arts Dye inkpad

Lawn Fawn Smitty’s ABCs stamp set

alcohol markers

Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue

3D foam pads

Ranger Glossy Accents

googly eyes

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Ink a 9.5x14.5cm panel of white cardstock, matt it onto grey cardstock and then onto the card front.

2 Die-cut two hillside borders from green cardstock, trim and layer them into the scene. Die-cut the elements of the tree from contrasting cardstock and build the trees onto the card front.

3 Die-cut the giraffes from contrasting cardstock, add detail using alcohol markers and affix them to the card front.

5 Stamp the sentiment onto a banner of white cardstock, matt it onto a pink border and secure it to the card front using 3D foam pads. Add googly eyes to finish.

Next up, we’ve got no less than three bonus ideas leftover from Charlotte Harding’s Father’s Day feature. If you’re looking for on-trend cards and gift wrap solutions, then look no further!

Thanks

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MATERIALS

Very Vanilla & Delightful Dijon Stampin’ Up! cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Urban Underground papers & embellishments

Stampin’ Up! Nailed It stamp set

Sizzix Framelits Layering Circles & Square die sets

Sizzix Framelits Build It die set

Basic Black & Basic Gray Stampin’ Up! Archival Ink

watercolour pencils

brown paper bag

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Stamp a background onto the paper bag using grey ink. Stamp the tools onto Vanilla and Dijon cardstock and cut and paper-piece the toppers and colour using watercolour pencils.

2 Die-cut a semicircle into the top of a 7.5x11cm panel of patterned paper, back it with a panel of contrasting paper and affix it to the bag.

3 Die-cut a square from Dijon cardstock, mount it onto the bag adhering it along three sides to create a pocket.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto the pocket, add embellishments and secure the tool toppers to the bag as shown to finish.

Best guy ever

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MATERIALS

silver mirror card

Very Vanilla, Real Red & Delightful Dijon Stampin’ Up! cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Urban Underground papers & embellishments

Stampin’ Up! Suite Sentiments stamp set

Sizzix Textured Impressions Woodgrain embossing folder

Sizzix Framelits Stitched Shapes & Thinlits Popcorn Box die sets

Basic Black &, Real Red Stampin’ Up! Archival Ink

bulldog clip

3D foam pads

bone folder

cello bag

tissue paper

ribbon

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Die-cut the two panels to create the Popcorn box from red cardstock, fold the scorelines and assemble.

2 Emboss silver mirror card, then cut and matt panels onto the box as shown and die-cut two stitched ovals from contrasting cardstock.

3 Stamp the sentiment and a background pattern onto the Vanilla oval, mount it onto the larger oval die-cut and affix the front of the box using a bulldog clip.

4 Wrap your gift in tissue paper, place it into the cello bag and secure with a ribbon. Place the gift in the bag, and embellish the label with silver die-cut stars to finish.

Love you

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MATERIALS

silver mirror card

Very Vanilla, Real Red & Delightful Dijon Stampin’ Up! cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Urban Underground papers & Washi tape

Stampin’ Up! Urban District stamp set

Basic Gray Stampin’ Up! Archival Ink

Sizzix Framelits Stitched Shapes die set

small heart punch

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Create a 3”-square card blank from Vanilla cardstock, matt it with two contrasting die-cut squares.

2 Stamp the sentiment into the centre of the card front and embellish the design with Washi tape and die-cut hearts to finish.

And last but not least, we’re so excited to showcases a bonus project made by Marie-Clare Kelly! This fantastic photo frame is the perfect party prop and can be customized with ease using the Silhouette CAMEO machine. To get your hands on the products used in this feature, click here.

Selfie frame

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MATERIALS

black & pink Silhouette Gloss Vinyl

Silhouette CAMEO

Silhouette Weeding Tool

Silhouette Transfer Tape

3 Kiss Lips Design #119282

zp encyclopedia town font Design #133409

zp dear mellie font Design #184732

white mount frame

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Roughly measure the areas of the mount, create the design space as per the measurements in the Silhouette Design Studio software, and write the text using the fonts listed.

2 Select the lips from the library and resize if necessary. Adjust the material settings to ‘Vinyl’, cut the design from contrasting colours, weed the vinyl and apply transfer tape to the finished design.

3 Carefully apply the tape to the mount, rubbing gently all over to ensure a good adhesion. Peel back the transfer tape 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

Editor

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