Die-cutting Essentials

Good news for die-cutting fans!

25th February 2016


Good news for die-cutting fans!

Issue 8 of Die-cutting Essentials is on sale now… and guess what! It’s now on sale every month! That’s more die-cutting ideas and inspiration that ever before – we’re so excited and so happy that we can finally tell you!

Issue 8 brought you a versatile 8-in-1 Springtime Collection die set. The 100-page magazine was once again crammed full of inspiration for the best die-cut and embossing ideas – we had so much fun we’ve got even more projects that we just couldn’t squeeze in to the magazine!


First up is Amy Gray’s sympathy card using the amzing free gift.

Thinking of you



free gift

white & aqua cardstock

alcohol markers

Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings stamp set

black inkpad


1 Create a white 4¼”-square card blank and cut a 3½”-square panel of aqua cardstock.

2 Colour a piece of white cardstock with a green marker and cut it into a hilly landscape to fit across the bottom of the aqua panel.

3 Die-cut five flowers from white cardstock and colour them using markers. Affix the flowers and landscape panel onto the bottom of the aqua panel as shown.

4 Die-cut a bird from white cardstock and secure it above the flowers. Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom-left corner and affix the panel onto the card front using 3D foam pads to finish.


Nest up, we’ve got Marie Jones’s lovely bonus card inspired by her negative die-cut feature on page 32.

Happy Birthday


white 14.8cm-square card blank

white, pink, orange, turquoise & green cardstock

Sentiment stamp

Archival Ink – Jet Black


low-tack tape




3D foam tape

Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Embossalicious Floral Frenzy 6×6” embossing folder

Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Essentials Flowers For All Occasions 3 dies


1 Cut a 14.4cm-square panel of white cardstock. Mark a pencil line 3.5cm from one edge and die cut three large flowers using the pencil line as a guide to place the centre of the dies. Hold the dies in place with low-tack tape.

2 Mark another pencil line 6.5cm from the edge and die-cut two medium flowers. Die-cut one small flower to make a triangle design to the die-cuts. Rub out the pencil lines.

3 Emboss the die-cut panel using the floral folder and adhere 3D foam pads onto the reverse of the panel, making sure to place pieces of 3D foam around the flowers and at edges of the panel.

4 Cut pieces of coloured cardstock larger than the flowers and attach behind the die-cut flowers using the 3D foam pads.

5 Add glue to the back of the coloured cardstock pieces and attach to the card front.

6 Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using black ink. Trim and die-cut a small flower. Matt on turquoise cardstock and secure onto the card front. Add pearls to centre of flowers to finish.

That’s it for this issue! Don’t forget to send us your makes by emailing becky.higgins@practicalpublishing.co.uk – you never know, you might find your make in the next issue of Die-cutting Essentials!

Happy die-cutting!



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