Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 2 on sale now

16th September 2016


Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 2 on sale now


We’re excited to welcome back our Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition for its second issue! This fabulously festive box kit is on sale now and is jam-packed with inspirational ideas to try tonight using your free gifts.



This special issue is here to help you kick-start your Christmas crafting in style. Whether you’re looking for quick and easy batch cards, off-the-page gift ideas, or innovative ways to add bling to your festive projects we’ve got you covered. With a free 6-in-1 build-a-tree die set, A6 embossing folder and 8 co-ordinating stamps, plus 26 patterned papers, 130 toppers and borders, you’ll have everything you need to get started! We’ve also got on-trend metallic makes using the latest range of Color Burst pigments, super-fun seasonal shaker and marvellous masking techniques using your FREE dies.

Our Design Team went above and beyond to bring you inspiring ideas and projects, all of the designers did such a good job that we couldn’t fit them all into the magazine – so we’d like to share our bonus ideas with you now.

First up, we’ve got seasonal shaker card ideas from Christine Smith – try your can at this super-effective technique to create interactive cards for your loved ones this Christmas

Merry & bright




free gifts

white A6 card blank

white & grey cardstock


silver mirror card

Twisted Citron & Lucky Clover Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Clear Ranger Perfect Medium Ink

silver & clear embossing powders

Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue

3D foam tape


blending foam

heat tool

manual die-cutting machine


1 Stamp and heat-emboss a sentiment background onto white cardstock using clear embossing powder and blend Distress Ink over the panel.

2 Trim to measure 9.5x14cm, layer it onto grey cardstock, leaving a narrow border, and affix it to the card blank.

3 Layer a white 7x10cm panel onto grey cardstock, leaving a narrow border and die-cut a tree-shaped aperture into the centre as shown. Die-cut the tree trunk below and add a piece of acetate to the reverse of the aperture.

4 Outline the aperture with 3D foam tape ensuring there are no gaps and sprinkle sequins onto the acetate. Remove the backing from the tape and carefully adhere the shaker element to the card front.

5 Stamp and heat-emboss the sentiment onto a white banner, layer it onto the card front and add silver die-cut stars as shown to finish.




Next up, Natalie Pilgrim from Sprinkle Twinkle shares hints and tips for creating super-quick cards for the Christmas rush!


Joy, peace, love




free gifts

watercolour card

white 13cm-square card blank

manual die-cutting machine

VersaMark inkpad

pink embossing powder

Pink Rose & Merman Lawn Fawn inkpads

3D foam pads

glass mat

water spritzer

heat tool


1 Cover the card blank with patterned paper and spritz a 12cm-square panel of watercolour card with water to dampen.

2 Dab both inks onto a glass mat, spritz it with water and lay the panel on top to pick up the colour. Once you’re happy with the background, heat to set.

3 Stamp and heat-emboss the sentiment into the centre of the panel, secure it to the card front and add a die-cut tree trunk to finish.

Don’t forget to order your copy of Die-cutting Essentials Special 2 now – click here to order it directly to your door!

That’s all for this special issue folks – Happy Christmas crafting!


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