14 Jun

Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 5 with FREE English Country Garden kit is out on 15th June!

The fabulous English Country Garden collection free with Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 5 is out on 15th June – and it’s so summery you can almost hear the bees buzzing and smell the flowers and freshly mown grass. The magazine is bursting with seasonal inspiration for all styles and occasions, but here are a few extra bonus makes that escaped the box!

Secret garden

by Nicky Gilburt

Materials

free gifts

white A6 card blank

white cardstock

Spun Sugar Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Safari Green Tonic Studios Nuvo Hybrid inkpad

Ballerina Ranger Liquid Pearls

small circle die

3D foam pads

Simply make

1 Emboss a panel of white cardstock with the bower embossing folder. Place the embossed card onto a flat surface and rub the pink distress inkpad directly over it to add colour to all the raised detail.

2 Trim the edge of the embossed piece and adhere to the card front, leaving a small border.

3 Cut the archway image from the paper pack and glue within the frame.

4 Die-cut three vines from the green paper in the pack and arrange and stick down as shown, trimming where necessary.

5 Stamp the greeting onto white cardstock and die-cut with a circle die. Blend a little pink ink round the edge and attach with 3D foam pads. Die-cut flowers and a butterfly from white cardstock, apply pink ink to the butterfly’s wings and embellish the flowers with Liquid Pearls. Affix to the card front as shown to finish.

Top tip

Use a firm inkpad to transform your embossed card in seconds – experiment by trying on the reverse too, for a different ‘negative’ effect

There are more of Nicky’s blooming beautiful cards in the ‘Flower festival’ feature on page 20.

Birthday wishes

by Sharon Curtis

Materials

free gifts

white 11cm-square card blank

3 shades of pink cardstock

green cardstock

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Fruit Punch Ranger Stickles glitter glue

Simply make

1 Stamp the greeting in the centre of the card front using Onyx Black ink.

2 Use a circle die or round acrylic block as a guide and add a few pencil marks to create a circle around the greeting.

3 Die-cut flowers and leaves from green cardstock and various shades of pink.

4 Use scissors to trim away a few individual leaves, then arrange the leaves and flowers around the circle. Attach with PVA glue, making sure you cover all the pencil marks. Add glitter glue to the flower centres to finish.

See Sharon’s other lovely clean and simple designs using the English Country Garden collection on page 18.

Find joy in the ordinary

by Tracy Evans

Materials

free gifts

white 5x7” tent-fold card blank

white cardstock

Vintage Photo & Worn Lipstick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

Potting Soil & Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quote Chips & Tiny Attacher

Metallic Tim Holtz Kraft-Core cardstock

Titanium White DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic

rusty tin craft wire

ink-blending tool

decorative moss

non-stick craft sheet

paintbrush

heat tool

Simply make

1 Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 41/2x61/2”. Cover with wood panel paper from the pack. Distress the edges of the panel with a pair of scissors and colour them with Vintage Photo ink.

2 Cut white cardstock to fit the embossing folder. Apply Vintage Photo ink to the debossed (dark side) side of the folder, place the card inside and emboss to achieve a letterpress effect. Clean the folder with a baby wipe. Spritz the embossed card with water and dry with a heat tool.

3 Die-cut the trellis twice from white cardstock, cut away the frames and adhere the panels together in the centre. Affix the trellis behind the doorway and attach the panel to the wood panel paper. Staple rusty tin wire around the edge of the embossed panel, then matt the whole piece onto Metallic Kraft-Core cardstock, leaving a narrow border, and adhere to the card front.

4 Colour a scrap of white cardstock with Vintage Photo ink, spritz with water and dry with a heat tool. Stamp the wheelbarrow image onto the coloured background with black ink and cut out. Affix to the card front as shown. Ink the watering can image with Potting Soil ink and stamp onto the coloured background. Cut out and adhere behind the wheelbarrow.

5 Add decorative moss to the bottom of the card front.

6 Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock with Potting Soil ink, cut out and colour the edges with Vintage Photo ink. Dry with a heat tool and adhere in the doorway.

7 Colour a scrap of white cardstock with Worn Lipstick ink, spritz with water and heat to dry. Die-cut a small butterfly from the coloured card and adhere to the top edge of the doorway.

8 Take a Quote Chip, colour the edges with Vintage Photo ink, dry with a heat tool and adhere towards the top of the card front.

9 Add a small amount of Titanium White Fluid Acrylic to a craft sheet, dip a wet paintbrush into the paint and lightly flick it onto the card to add delicate splatters. Dry with a heat tool.

Need a card for those tricky-to-make-for men in your life? Find more of Tracy’s wonderful earthy, mixed-media projects on page 64.

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