31 Jul

Die-cutting Essentials 27 sneak peek!

Issue 27 of Die-cutting Essentials hits the shelves on Thursday 3rd August and this month’s FREE Finest Vintage 5-piece die set is not to be missed!


Once more, the Die-cutting Essentials team has been working hard to deliver another issue crammed with inspiration, and this time we’ve got innovative die-cutting techniques, new ways to stretch your stash and brand-new products from the likes of Sue Wilson, Tonic Studios and Hunkydory!

This month we’re bringing you our fabulous Finest Vintage collection, which boasts our biggest ever die – it is huge! Designed with all occasions in mind, this intricate five-piece die set is not to be missed – create cards for milestone birthdays, momentous celebrations and conquer those tricky masculine makes!



Christine Smith and Melanie Jess are on hand to showcase our opulent free gift, and they’ve done us proud! You’ll find Christine’s inky card creations on page 11 and Mel’s amazing off-the-page projects over on page 75.


We also have a bonus free gift feature from Simonne Clay, which combines your free gifts with the Lavish Label Layers collection from issue 166 of Simply Cards & Papercraft. You can purchase this issue from 10th August direct from www.moremags.com


As always, I’ve been playing with our free gift already – perks of the job! As soon as I saw the Finest Vintage die set, I thought of celebrations, special occasions and what’s more decadent than a New Year’s Eve bash? The wine glass lends itself perfectly to toasting new beginnings, so why not use it to make invitations?

Happy New Year



Finest Vintage collection


white 13x16cm card blank

silver mirror card

red, black & white cardstock

Sue Wilson Noble Collection Essential Sized Rectangles die set

Ranger Glossy Accents

DYMO label maker & labels



1 Adhere a strip of red cardstock along the edges of the card front, die-cut a white stitched rectangle and layer it on top.

2 Create the sentiment using the label maker, matt it onto silver mirror card and secure it across the bottom of the card front.

3 Cut out an 11cm square from vellum, secure it to an 11cm square of black cardstock using glue dots before mounting it onto the card front.

4 Die-cut two wine glasses from white cardstock, the inside twice from red cardstock and the intricate bottle from silver mirror card.

5 Build the wine glass toppers, and affix them to the focal topper. Cut the ‘cheers’ sentiment from the silver die-cut and layer it below.

6 Cut out the grapes, back them with red cardstock, cut it out and layer each topper onto a wine glass.

7 Embellish the card front with gems and add Glossy Accents to the grapes and allow to dry, to finish.

This issue we’re thrilled to be featuring the new Polkadoodles Doublet die range! Claire Boelema from the Design Team made stunning floral cards for women, here’s her beautiful bonus card to inspire you.

Sending special wishes



white cardstock

Polkadoodles Bella Fleur paper pad

Polkadoodles Elegant Nest die set

Polkadoodles Flower Bunch Doublet die set

Polkadoodles Belle Papillon & Belle Fleur stamp sets

Spellbinders Nestabilities Nesting Oval dies

Raspberry, Lush Pink, Blush & Jungle Green Artiste acrylic paint

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink


3D foam pads

Collall Tacky Glue



1 Place the largest elegant nest die over the fold of the card blank, die-cut and affix a white die-cut elegant nest on top to form the easel card blank.

2 Die-cut two ovals from patterned paper, layer one onto the card front and the second onto the card base with a length of ribbon.

3 Stamp three flower bunches onto white cardstock, die-cut and colour them using acrylic paints and a waterbrush.

4 Mount the flower toppers onto the easel front using 3D foam pads, and add a ribbon bow.

5 Stamp the sentiment onto patterned paper, die-cut it into a circle, mount it onto a white die-cut label and affix it to the easel base using 3D foam pads to finish.

Next up, we have a fabulous card from Tara Cardwell who was feeling inspired by the Concord & 9th Many Mandalas stamp and die set. If you love this set you can get it here!




lemon 4x4” card blank

white cardstock

Concord & 9th Many Mandalas stamp & die set

Prima Watercolor Pencils

White Satin Pearl Hero Arts Embossing Powder

VersaMark inkpad

Ripe Raspberry My Favorite Things Dye Ink

3D foam pads


heat tool



1 Stamp and heat-emboss a mandala onto white cardstock with white embossing powder, colour it using watercolour pencils and a waterbrush and die-cut it.

2 Stamp a sentiment border around the edge of the card front, mount the mandala in the centre using 3D foam pads and add a gem to finish.

Melanie Jess, winner of Papercraft Magazines Designer of the Year 2016 created some spectacular off-the-page projects using this issue’s Finest Vintage set and couldn’t resist making a cheeky card too!




Finest Vintage collection

white A5 card blank

white & kraft cardstock

First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad

Mint 12x12” cardstock

Victorian Velvet Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

ink-blending foam

gold gilding wax

Collall Tacky Glue

3D foam pads




1 Matt the card front with mint cardstock and patterned paper panels as shown, inking the edges of each layer before securing.

2 Die-cut a white bottle, ink the edges and mount it onto the card front using 3D foam pads. Create a mint label, die-cut a mint seal and create a bottle top from kraft cardstock.

3 Ink the elements and affix them to the bottle topper. Die-cut a wine glass from mint cardstock, ink as before and layer onto the card front using 3D foam pads.

4 Die-cut the intricate section of the bottle from patterned paper, cut out the sentiment and grapes and arrange them onto the tag. Add sequins and gems to finish.

If you have a new arrival to craft for, then Sue Hastead’s adorable cards for babies are ideal! Sue’s delicate die-cut creations were made using the latest releases from Cottage Cutz, and this super-cute gift bag was the icing on the cake!

Baby girl



white cardstock

white doily

white gift bag

My Favorite Things Tiny Hearts Pastels 6x6” paper pad

Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6x6” paper pad

Cottage Cutz Baby Shower Elephants Mini die

Tonic Studios Scalloped Circle Layering dies

My Favorite Things Die-namics STAX Stitched Scallop Circle Frames & Scalloped Rectangles die sets

My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Alphabet dies

Xcut Hearts embossing folder



1 Die-cut a large scalloped rectangle from watercolour paper, affix it to the bag front and layer a doily on top.

2 Emboss a white die-cut circle, die-cut a stitched circle frame from patterned paper, layer them together and mount it onto the doily.

3 Die-cut the letters from white cardstock, build the sentiment onto the bag as shown and tie a bow around the bag handle.

4 Die-cut the elephants, balloons and an umbrella from patterned paper, and build the toppers onto the focal panel to finish.

And last but not least, Janet Packer from the Silhouette UK Design Team wowed us this issue with a selection bold birthday cards for kids featuring fun monsters! This interactive card can be made in a flash, using your basic stash.

Monstrous birthday



Silhouette CAMEO & Silhouette software studio

white, teal, mint, blue & yellow cardstock

Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka In The Meadow paper pad

Monstrous Tri-Shutter Card by Jamie Cripps #77366

3D foam pads

PVA glue



1 Open the Card file in the Studio software.

2 Ungroup the card pieces and cut the card blank and the largest front panel together with the teeth and all the eyes from white cardstock.

3 Cut the front panel from yellow cardstock and the other panels from patterned paper.

4 Cut the greeting from teal, and one monster from mint cardstock. Cut a second monster from blue cardstock (select Cut Edge in the Action tab) together with the eye centres.

5 Fold the card blank along the crease lines, adhere the large front panel and then the other panels to the card front adding the greeting and eyes to the front panel.

6 Offset the monster die-cuts as shown and affix it the back of the card using 3D foam pads, and add gems to finish.

Don’t forget to keep in touch to share your crafty makes and stories; you could be in with a chance of winning our Star Letter prize!

Happy die-cutting!

Natalie Helyer


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