02 Jun

Die-cutting Essentials 25 sneak peek!

Issue 25 of Die-cutting Essentials hits the shelves on Thursday 8th June and this month’s FREE Enjoy the Journey bumper die and stamp set is a must-have for your craft stash!


Once more, the Die-cutting Essentials team has been hard at work bringing you yet another jam-packed issue, and this time we’ve got innovative die-cutting techniques, new ways to stretch your embossing folders and brand-new products from the likes of Spellbinders, Tonic Studios and Sara Davies – you’ll be so inspired, you won’t be able to stop making cards!

This month we’re bringing you a huge Enjoy the Journey die and stamp collection, which boasts 33 elements – our biggest ever gift! This versatile collection is a must for any crafter’s stash, and is so useful for those tricky masculine makes!


Sandra Rayner and Christine Smith are back to showcase our fabulous free dies, and by gum they’ve done us proud! You’ll find Sandra’s lovely layered designs on page 11 and Christine’s technique-based cards over on page 42.


I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my hands on this month’s free gift! I think it’s ideal for scrapbooking; I had fun putting this layout together using our free gift, plus papers and accessories from the Fancy Pants Designs Wonderful Day collection!




free gift

grey & red cardstock

black 12x12” cardstock

Fancy Pants Designs Wonderful Day 12x12” patterned paper

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Saturday chipboard stickers & embellishments

DYMO label machine

Ranger Glossy Accents

3D foam pads

gold brads



1 Trim the 12x12” patterned paper and affix it to a 12x12” piece of black cardstock leaving a narrow border.

2 Matt your chosen photograph onto grey and red cardstock layers, leaving narrow borders and adhere it to the layout as shown.

3 Cut a 2x12” border of contrasting patterned paper and secure it to the bottom of the layout.

4 Die-cut the car from red cardstock and the wheel from grey cardstock, build the car topper, add brads and mount it onto the border using 3D foam pads.

5 Create the custom sentiment using a DYMO label maker, adhere it behind the car, and add the second sentiment sticker above.

6 Embellish the layout with stickers and add detail using Glossy Accent to finish.

This issue we’re thrilled to be featuring the new Sara Signature range! Linda Fitzsimmons from the Crafter’s Companion Design Team channeled her inner diva to bring us bling-tastic cards for women. Here’s a beautiful bonus card to inspire you.

Decadent diorama



Hint of Silver Centura Pearl cardstock

white black & pink cardstock

pink mirror card

Sara Signature Glamour Collection Venetian Mirror, Dressed to Impress & Flourishing Corner die sets

Sara Signature Glamour Collection A4 Luxury Glitter Card & Floral Vines embossing folders

Sara Signature Glamour Collection White Pearls & Pink Organza Ribbon

high-tack tape



1 Score an 11x7” piece of Centura Pearl cardstock at 2”, 2½”, 6”, 6½” and 9”, fold to create the card front and repeat to create a the back panel of the diorama card blank.

2 Emboss two 1½x6½” strips of pink cardstock, matt them onto silver cardstock, leaving narrow borders and affix to the side panels of the card front.

3 Matt the focal panel with co-ordinating cardstock layers, die-cut an oval into the centre of the card front and embellish it with a pink Venetian Mirror.

4 Die-cut four pink flourishing corners, layer them onto the card front, add glitter accents and embellish the frame with pearls and a ribbon bow.

5 Cover the inside panel with grey cardstock and affix the pink die-cut oval left over from Step 3 into the centre as shown.

6 Die-cut the lady from various cardstock, paper-piece the topper, trim and mount it onto the pink oval.

7 Join the two panel pieces together using high-tack tape to form the diorama card blank to finish.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for issue 26, which hits the shelves on 6th July and comes complete with the Happy Days die and stamp collection. This fabulous free gift is not to be missed and will kick-starting your summer crafting!


Until next time, happy die-cutting!

Natalie Helyer


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