Die-cutting Essentials

Bonus inspiration from Die-cutting Essentials: Special Edition

5th February 2016


Bonus inspiration from Die-cutting Essentials: Special Edition

The Die-cutting Essentials: Special Edition went on sale this week – and we’re in love! The free gifts, incuding a 36-piece alphabet and numbers die, A6 embossing folder, stamp set, papers and toppers are worth over £40 – and we’re struggle to pick our favourite project. Here we feature a few bonus ideas to give you a taster of what you’ll find in the 68-page ideas magazine

Butterfly wishes

Ingrid Vichova got messy, using verious inking techniques with the free gifts. This ‘Birthday wishes’ card was one of our favourites – the design of the free embossing folder really is highlighted beautifully here.



stamps & embossing folder free with Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition kit

white 5½x4¼” tent-fold card blank

black & white cardstock

Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemon & Dusty Concord Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Jet Black StãzOn inkpad

gold thread (optional)

Ranger Glossy Accents

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Round Blending Tool

eylet tool & eyelets

paper trimmer (optional)

water spray

craft sheet

3D foam pads

Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circle Large dies



1 Add a selection of Distress Ink to the craft sheet randomly and spray with water so the colours mix.

2 Place a panel of white cardstock onto the craft sheet and move around slowly to pick up the ink. Allow to dry.

3 Trim the inked panel to measure 5¼x4” and place inside the free embossing folder.

4 Run through your manual die-cutting machine to emboss the panel and matt onto black cardstock, leaving narrow borders.

5 Ink the raised areas of the embossed panel using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. This will highlight the embossed pattern. Affix onto the card front

6 Add yellow ink to a craft sheet, spray with water and place a panel of white cardstock over the inked sheet. Allow to dry before stamping the sentiment and a butterfly onto the panel and fussy-cut.

7 Matt the banner onto black cardstock, add eyelets and gold thread as shown, and then affix to the card front using 3D foam pads.

8 Die-cut a circle from white cardstock and adhere to the circle of the embossed panel. Add Glossy Accents to the butterfly, allow to dry and adhere to the white circle die-cut to finish. Adhere the butterfly to the centre as shown



Calire Newcombe was helping us all celebrate big birthdays – making the most of the numbers from the free die in the process. This 60th birthday card is definitely one not to be missed!





alphabet die, embossing folder, stamps, papers & toppers free with Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition

white 12.5cm-square card blank

peach, cyan & white cardstock

silver mirror card

Creative Expressions Frames & Tags Collection Refined Rectangle Frame die

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

silver Cosmic Shimmer Detail embossing powder

Ranger Perfect Medium Embossing Ink


3D foam pads

Spellbinders D-Lites Petite Labels One dies


1 Round the top-left corner of a 10.5cm square of patterned paper, matt and layer onto pale pink paper and adhere to the card front.

2 Layer a 9.5cm square of patterned paper onto white cardstock, round the top left corner.

3 Emboss the swirled heart pattern onto pale pink paper, layer onto mirror card and affix to the patterned panel.

3 Emboss a panel of cyan cardstock and fussy-cut the flower from the centre. With the debossed side facing up, affix to the right-hand side of the patterned paper and trim to size.

4 Cut out a topper, leaving a 0.5cm border all around and emboss using the free embossing folder. Layer this tag onto the blue flower detail on the card front.

5 Die-cut a pale pink label and layer onto a small frame die-cut from dark pink paper.

6 Stamp the sentiment onto the label using black ink. Affix a ribbon loop onto the reverse of the frame die-cut and secure to the card front using 3D foam pads.

7 Die-cut ‘60’ from silver mirror card, stamp ‘th’ onto pink cardstock using Embossing Ink, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat-emboss. Secure to the card front next to the ‘60’ die-cut to finish.




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