Papercraft Essentials

Issue 133 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale now!

9th May 2016


Issue 133 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale now!

Papercraft Essentials 133 is another jam packed issue – with free gifts galore, tons of ideas and inspiration, as well as all the latest products, it’s definitely one not to be missed!

With a fabulous free floral-themed stencil, embossing folder and stamp set you’d think you’d have enough to keep us crafters happy – but we went the extra mile and even gave you a 16-page Crafter’s Companion Verity Rose paper pack! Wow! The weather may have been hot this weekend, but we’re sure you all made some time for crafting – so please do remeber to send us images of anything you’ve made to

Issue 133 had so much content that we even struggled to fit it all in – so we’ve got all our extra ideas and inspiration right here for you. First up, Ingrid Vichova‘s amazing bonus inspiration using your stunning Floral Blooms free gift.





Especially for you

30 mins

You’ll need

Floral Blooms embossing folder free with Papercraft Essentials 133

Twisted Citron Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Tuxedo Black MementLUXE inkpad

white cardstock

pink iridescent sequins

Clearly Besotted sentiment stamp

paper trimmer

Tim Holtz Mini Blending Tool

manual die-cutting machine

acrylic block


Step by step

1 Emboss two opposite edges of a 5”-square card blank and lightly ink the raised areas using Twisted Citron.

2 Emboss two equally wide strips of white card, ink up the raised areas and glue to the embossed card to form an embossed edge and cut off the excess.

3 Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock and affix in the centre of a 51/2”-square card blank.





Gift bag

25 mins

You’ll need

Floral Blossom stamp set free with Papercraft Essentials 133

Tuxedo Black & Pear Tart MementoLUXE inkpad

white cardstock


pink iridescent sequin

double-sided tape

white ribbon

hole punch

3D foam pads


Step by step

1 Score and fold a 6×12” panel of white cardstock on the landscape side at 1 ½”, 5 ¾”, 7 ¼” & 11 ½”. Turn and sore at 1½” and 5½”.

2 With the narrow section at the top, cut into each score line only up to the next fold up. This will be the bottom of your gift bag.

3 Stamp the two leaves all over the panel using Pear Tart ink and the outline leaf using Tuxedo Black.

4 Affix the two main sides together using double-sided tape, fold all bottom parts in and secure using double-sided tape.

5 Pinch the top part of the gift bag/box and punch a hole on each side of the top section. You can thread a ribbon through them and tie it into a box.

6 Add a sentiment banner, along with a vellum banner and add one sequin as a finishing touch.


Next up, we’ve got a bonus card from Jo McKelvey using your fabulous your free Verity Rose paper pack from Crafter’s Companion.




With love

35 mins


You’ll need

Verity Rose papers, toppers & sentiments free with Papercraft Essentials 133

cream hammered cardstock

Downton Abbey Filigree Ornate Oval die

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Spray & Shine



3D glue gel

manual die-cutting machine

Downton Abbey Filigree Orante Oval die


Step by step

1 Fold a cream card blank and die-cut using the oval die, ensuring the die overlaps the fold so it won’t cut through the fold.

2 Die-cut another two ovals and emboss using the filigree part of the die. Fold one side of the card blank to create an easel shape.

3 Affix the embossed die-cuts to each panel of the card blank, trimming the bottom panel as necessary and inking the edges.

4 Fussy-cut the topper and sentiment, coat with Spray & Shine, stick these to the card as shown and embellish with pearls and a ribbon bow to finish.


Lastly, Sue Hughes loved the Belle & Boo products so much – she couldn’t resist creating an extra card for you to see! The super-sweet ballet-inspired topper is such a cute image – we can see why she was so inspired!






Ballet birthday wishes

30 mins

You’ll need

white, beige & pink cardstock

Belle & Boo 6×6″ paper pad, Ballet clear stamps & paper flowers

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

Letraset ProMarkers

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Britannia Leaf Flourish die

My Favorite Things STAX Circle & Cross-stitched Circle dies

Step by step


1 Layer a 14cm square of pink polka dot paper onto pink cardstock, leaving a narrow border and layer onto the card front. Cut a 14x11cm piece of floral paper, layer onto pink cardstock and affix onto the card front.

2 Stamp the Belle and Boo Ballet image onto white cardstock, cut out with a cross-stitched circle die and colour with markers. Layer onto a slightly larger circle cut from pink cardstock and secure to the card front using 3D foam pads.

3 Die-cut two leaf flourishes from beige cardstock then attach to the top left and bottom right of the stamped image. Embellish with paper flowers
as shown.

4 Stamp a butterfly from the ballet stamp set onto white cardstock, colour with markers and cut out. Affix to the right-hand side of the stamped image and to finish.


We hope you enjoy these extra projects as much as we enjoyed putting issue 133 of Papercraft Essentials together! The Floral Blooms stencil, stamp and embossing folder is possibly our favourite free gift yet – and we hope you enjoy it!


Happy papercrafting,

Becky and the Papercraft Essentials team




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