Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 15 goes on sale today!

15th September 2016


Die-cutting Essentials 15 goes on sale today!


Issue 15 of Die-cutting Essentials goes on sale today and we’re so excited about this issue – we’re sure you’re going to love the amazing free scene die


This issue of Die-cutting Essentials is jam packed with project inspiration for Christmas, birthdays and much more. We’ve got money-saving ideas for all your Christmas cards, super-fun cards for men and even some electronic die-cutting projects from Silhouette UK.

The free Woodland Scene die is ideal for easing you into your festive makes, but equally you can make a range of all-occasion makes and off-the-page projects too!



We enjoyed putting this issue together so much that we just didn’t couldn’t squeeze it all into the 100-page magazine – so we’ve got some bonus ideas to share with you now.

First up, we’ve got a money-saving ideas from Keren Baker – she’s using everyday basic dies from her craftstash to create stunning festive cards for women. This lovely card really shows what a little imagination can do for you.





white, baby pink, pink, blue & green cardstock

silver mirror card

Lawn Fawn Louie’s ABCs Alphabet dies

free gifts with Designer Cardmaking Apple Blossom Special

Xcut Nested Circles dies

white gel pen

3D foam pads


1 Create a white 10x16cm card blank, layer it with baby pink cardstock, leaving a wide border.

2 Die-cut a circle aperture into the centre of the pink cardstock panel measuring 7.5x13cm and die-cut the letter J and Y either side of the circle as shown. Layer the panel onto green cardstock and mount it onto the card front.

3 Secure a blue die-cut bauble into the circle aperture using 3D foam pads, embellish it with a silver bauble top and add detail with a white gel pen. Add two green 1×7.5cm borders onto the card front to finish.

Next up, from the cards for men feature we’ve got this fun bowtie card. The bright colours that Tara Cardwell from Seven Hills Crafts has used really help to bring this card bang up to date.


Bow tie



Lawn Fawn Beachside 6×6” paper pad
My Favorite Things Dots and Stripes Sorbet 6×6” patterned paper
kraft 4×6” card blank
kraft cardstock
My Favorite Things Photobooth stamps & dies
Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

1 Die-cut a 7cm strip of kraft cardstock and stamp ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ towards the bottom of the card front.
2 Die-cut the tie from kraft cardstock six times and once each from the dark blue, bright blue and yellow papers. Layer each up with two kraft die-cuts and cover with a patterned paper die-cut.
3 Adhere in a line centrally on the panel above the sentiment. Cut strips of cardstock in a variety of widths and arrange over the card blank, varying the gaps for added interest. Affix this panel onto the card front to finish.

Then we’ve got Natalie Helyer – with her tips to create stunning cards with the main focus on the sentiment – the Cheery Lynn dies she used as perfect for this, and her cards really do show how effective this can be.

Birthday wishes




kraft & white cardstock

gold glitter card

DCWV Happy Day 12×12” paper stack

Cheery Lynn Designs Birthday Wishes Circle die

Pearl White Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops

Stick It adhesive sheets

3D foam pads




1 Create a 12cm-square card blank from patterned paper.

2 Layer kraft cardstock onto a white 10cm-square panel, leaving a narrow border, adhere a border of glitter card and a length of ribbon across the panel and mount it onto the card front.

3 Apply an adhesive sheet to the back of a piece of patterned paper, die-cut the sentiment, remove the backing and adhere it to white cardstock.

4 Trim the sentiment topper and mount it onto the card front using 3D foam pads. Embellish the card front with Crystal Drops and a bow to finish.

That’s all for this issue folks – don’t forget to download the bonus template to help you recreate Su Pennicks tealight holder project using your free Woodland Scene die. Go to the downloads section of this blog to get it now.

Don’t forget to order your copy of Die-cutting Essentials 15 now – click here to order it directly to your door!

Next month, we’ve got another Christmas die for you – and we’re sure you’ll love the nativity panel die as much as we do.

Happy die-cutting!


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