Die-cutting Essentials

BONUS ideas and inspiration from issue 12 of Die-cutting Essentials

15th June 2016


BONUS ideas and inspiration from issue 12 of Die-cutting Essentials

Is 12 of Die-cutting Essentials is set to go on sale on the 23rd June – but we couldn’t wait to give you all a sneak peek!

This issue of Die-cutting Essentials comes with a gorgeous EXCLUSIVE FREE Sue Wilson die set from Creative Expressions – and we love it!


If that’s not enough, we even have a bonus card idea from Sue Wilson herself – its bold and dramatic and ideal for all occasions. What do you think?


Best wishes

by Sue Wilson


free gift

black cardstock

Coconut White Foundations cardstock

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Pierced Flag, Lace Edges Leaves and Sweetheart Flowers die sets

Summer Meadow Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes

Iced Snow Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels

Jet Black Ranger Archival inkpad

sentiment stamp

Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue

adhesive sheets

3D foam pads

piercing ruler

black tulle

gold twine

stick pins




1 Create a white 17×19.5cm card blank, layer with black cardstock leaving a narrow border. Pierce the edges of a white 15.5x18cm panel and adhere to the card front.

2 Cover a black 13x16cm panel with an adhesive sheet, peel off the backing and layer nine black die-cut adornments on top as shown.

3 Trim the edges, using the off-cuts to fill the edges of the pattern and cover the exposed areas of the adhesive sheet with gilding flake. Scrub off the excess flakes.

4 Mount the topper onto white cardstock leaving a narrow border and adhere to the card front using 3D foam pads.

5 Stamp the sentiment onto a white die-cut banner, layer onto a black banner and adhere to the card front using 3D foam pads.

6 Decorate the card front with twine, tulle and white die-cut flourishes as shown. Embellish the design with stick pins and pearls to finish.


Better still, we’ve even got this gift bag idea – just look how versatile the FREE die is – we’re spoling you!




Gift bag

by Tracey Laughton


free gift

Craft Consortium English Garden Collection paper pad

Craft Consortium Vintage Lock & Live Laugh Love Metal Charms

kraft card

kraft gift bag


Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue

3D foam pads



1 Die-cut five adornments from kraft cardstock, adhere three together in a triangle and back with patterned paper as shown.

2 Layer the gift bag with a co-ordinating patterned paper leaving a narrow border, distress the edges and adhere a strip of contrasting patterned paper across the centre. Adhere the embellishment on top using 3D foam pads.

3 Die-cut two kraft tags and embellish with sections of the die-cut adornments as shown, layer with patterned paper details and secure to the bag handle with twine.

4 Add metal charms and a twine bow to finish.


We had so much fun putting together this issue that we just couldn’t squeeze it all into the magazine… so here are some more of our favourite additional inspiring projects to help you get die-cutting right away!


This gorgeous card was made by Keren Baker using a brand-new release from Apple Blossom – and it’s got us in the mood to have a Caramel Macchiato!




white, green, turquoise, dark grey, red & brown cardstock

Apple Blossom Life’s Pleasures stamp set

brown polka-dot patterned paper

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Project Life Blush patterned cardstock offcuts

3D foam pads

Apple Blossom Coffee Time die set


1 Using a 14cm-square card blank from white cardstock and cover with polka dot patterned paper.

2 Die-cut the coffee beans from a strip of white cardstock, and affix a different-coloured cardstock panel behind each one before affixing the panel onto the card front.

3 Cut a narrow strip of white cardstock and affix just above the coffee bean panel. Trim an even narrower strip of red cardstock and affix underneath

4 Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock, trim and add two strips of contrasting coloured cardstock and layer onto the card front using 3D foam pads.

Next up, we’ve got a stunning sunburst inpired card from Sue Hughes – this time she’s using a new collection of Xcut Cut and Emboss folders, and we’re in love with this idea!


Oh happy day

by Sue Hughes



peach, blue, yellow & white cardstock

Xcut Cut & Emboss Champagne folder

Mama Elephant Bountiful Blessings stamps

Pixie Dust VersaMagic inkpad

Narcissus VersaColor inkpad

VersaMark inkpad

white embossing powder

heat tool




1 Layer a white 15.5x12cm card blank with blue cardstock, leaving a narrow border.

2 Affix triangles of contrasting cardstock together to create starburst panel, trim to measure 10×13.5cm and stamp and heat-emboss the sentiment and adhere to the card front as shown.

3 Emboss a 14×10.5cm panel of white cardstock, ink the embossed areas as shown and secure onto card front using 3D foam pads.

4 Embellish the card front with white stars and a bow to finish.

One of our favourite features in issue 12, are the cute off-the-page projects from Simon Says Stamp – encouraging you to use your dies with new materials you may have steered away from in the past. These felt cuties are sure to get you itching to try a new technique, it’s definitely on our to-do list.



Some bunny to love


Simon Says Stamp Plush Bunny die

white, orange, green, pink & dark pink felt

white & black thread




1 Die-cut the bunny twice from white felt and once more from pink felt.

2 Place the two white body pieces together and stitch around the outside, leaving a narrow section unstitched. Stuff with batting and stitch the gap closed.

3 Sew two of the bigger ear pieces together and repeat, before stitching onto the bunny’s head.

4 Hand-sew a smaller pink ear section onto each ear as shown.

5 Trim a strip of dark pink felt and wrap around the bunny’s neck, securing with a stitch.

6 Hand-cut a small piece of orange felt and add green felt to look like a carrot, stitch onto one of the bunny’s hands.

7 Add stitched details onto the bunny’s face to finish.



Keepsake decoration


Simon Says Stamp Plush Button Egg Wafer dies

dark green, white, yellow, turquoise & peach felt offcuts

green fet

green, white & pale pink thread




1 Die-cut two egg-shaped pieces of green felt. Die-cut offcuts of various colours of felt to create the button-like embellishments.

2 Affix each one to one of the green die-cuts as shown.

3 Place the two green egg-shaped pieces together and hand-sew around the outside, leaving a narrow gap at the top for stuffing.

4 Stuff, stitch a loop pieces of lace into the gap and sew the gap closed to finish.



That’s all for this issue! Don’t forget to go out and buy your copy next Thrusday 23rd June! Or click here to order your copy direct to your front door!





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