Papercraft Essentials

Bonus ideas and inspiration from issue 131 of Papercraft Essentials

10th March 2016


Bonus ideas and inspiration from issue 131 of Papercraft Essentials

We had so many card ideas and inspiration for issue 131 of Papercraft Essentials that we wanted to share with you, that they didn’t quite fit into the magazine – here we show you some extra ideas to get you crafting tonight!



Marie Jones was back again, but this time she was offering inspiration for home décor wreaths, she even found one or two ways to include wreaths on your cards – here we have a bonus wreath-inspired make. We love this card, it’s simple and elegant and would work for so many occasions!



Time 40 mins




You’ll need

white 14.8cm-square card blank

brown cardstock

patterned paper


sentiment stamp

Jumbo Java VersaMagic inkpad


3D foam pads

silicone glue

manual die-cutting machine

Poppystamps Garden Sprig & Small Garden Sprig dies

Memory Box Primula Blooms & Isabella Butterfly dies


How to make

1 Cut a 7x14cm panel of patterned paper, and a second panel to measure 5x10cm. Matt both onto brown cardstock and affix to the card front as shown.

2 Loop a length of twine to make a circle and attach to the card front using silicone glue.

3 Die-cut both Garden Sprig dies several times from green cardstock and attach to the bottom of the twine circle using silicone glue.

4 Die-cut the flowers from blue paper. Shape the flowers, layer together before securing on top of the green sprigs using silicone glue and add gems.

5 Cut a butterfly using the dies, bend the wings and attach to the top of the wreath.

6 Stamp a sentiment in brown ink onto white cardstock, trim and matt onto bown cardstock. Adhere in the top corner using 3D foam pads to finish.

Next up we’ve got a lush make from Sherri Baldy’s Design Team using the gorgeous My Besties digital stamps.


My Bestie

Time 40 mins


You’ll need

white, yellow, pink, lilac & green cardstock

Sherri Baldy digital patterned paper & My Bestie Big Head Big Eyes Valentine image 933

Dusty Concord Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Copic markers


lace trim


sequins button


glitter glue

3D foam tape

dragonfly & butterfly embellishments

paper distresser

hot-glue gun

PC & printer

manual die-cutting machine

Cricut Explore electronic die-cutting machine (optional)

Cricut Walk In My Garden Daisy cutting file (optional)

Joy! Crafts Butterfly Border die

Die-namities Leafy Flourish die

Step by step

1 Print the image onto white cardstock, colour as desired and trim to measure 3½x4¾” and distress the edges. Layer onto panels of pink and lilac cardstock with distressed edges and set aside.

2 Create an 8½x5½” card blank from white cardstock. Distress the edges of an 8×5” panel of digital patterned paper and layer onto a slightly larger distressed panel of green cardstock. Adhere onto the card front.

3 Die-cut two butterfly borders from white cardstock, trim to fit the card front, ink the edges and secure across the top of the card front. Add pearls to the centre of the butterflies.

4 Affix lace trim down the edge of the card front using a hot-glue gun.

5 Print an 8×10” panel of green patterned paper onto white cardstock. Cut a strip to measure 2¾x9” and distress the edges down the long side of the panel. Matt onto a distress panel of lilac cardstock.

6 Affix a piece of lace trim along the centre of the strip, add cheesecloth to the reverse of the panel and overlapping the edges so it will be seen on the card front. Affix the whole strip across the centre of the card front.

7 Print two panels of contrasting patterned paper, trim to measure 3½x5”, distress the edges and layer onto a contrasting coloured cardstock. Affix the image panel in the centre of the card front using 3D foam tape.

8 Cut flowers from white cardstock using the Cricut Explore, cutting the centres of the flowers from a colour that co-ordinates with your design. These flowers can be cut using a manual die-cutting machine and dies, if you prefer you could even hand-cut them!

9 Fold the leaves of the flowers in half to give extra dimension. Secure the flowers onto the card front using 3D foam tape. Add pearl centres and a sequin button to the centres of the flowers as desired.

10 Cut five flourishes from green cardstock and adhere to the card front as shown, trimming as desired.

11 Add the butterfly and dragonfly embellishments, adding more cheesecloth as desired. Pull gently at the cheesecloth to pull apart a little to finish.



If you don’t have your copy of Papercraft Essentials 131 yet – click here to buy your copy now!

Happy papercrafting!



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