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Papercraft Essentials 138 is on sale tomorrow

21st September 2016


Papercraft Essentials 138 is on sale tomorrow

Issue 138 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale tomorrow and we’re sure you’re going to love it – what’s more the free Christmas Character die is so versatile – we can’t for you to see it!


Papercraft Essentials 138 hits the shelves tomorrow (Thursday 22nd September) and we’re loving the free Christmas Character die so much we couldn’t wait to share it with you!


If that’s not enough for you, you’ll be pleased to hear the issue is jam packed with festive and everyday ideas to boost your cardmaking and get you inspired. In fact, we had so many amazing ideas that we just couldn’t squeeze them all into the magazine – so we’ve got them right here for you! So what are you waiting for, make yourself a brew and read this blog post to get you fired up for hours of crafting!

Kim Dellow was so excited to showcase her shaker cards that she couldn’t stop making them – we’ve got her Merry Christmas card here just for you.


Merry Christmas

You’ll need

light red, dark red, cream & white cardstock

Jet Black & Vermillion Ranger Archival Ink

Clearly Besotted Hanging Around stamp & die sets

Stampendous! Gilded Mica Fragments

Iced Crystals Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewel


3D foam pads & sheets

double-sided adhesive tape

PVA glue

manual die-cutting machine

My Favorite Things Die-namics STAX Stitched Rounded Rectangle dies

Step by step

1 Use the Hanging Around stamps and dies to make three stamped red circles and stick them to a panel of cream cardstock to fit the back of the Hanging Around wreath shape.

2 Using the Simple Shakers illustrated step-by-step guide on page XX with the Hanging Around die set, make a small shaped-shaker element filled with the Iced Crystals. Stick the panel from Step 1 on the back.

3 Now use the step-by-step guide on page XX to make a larger shaker panel and stick the Hanging Around shaker to the back panel of the larger shaker.

4 Fill the larger shaker with mica fragments and then stick the larger panel with the Hanging Around shaker on the back to make a moving shaker inside a large shaker.

5 Stick the shaker to the card front and finish with a matt and layered sentiment.


Next up, we asked Jo Boland to showcase the brand-new Life Is Beautiful collection from Fancy Pants Designs. She had so much fun she made tons of cards and we didn’t quite have space for them all.


Beautiful you


You’ll need

kraft A6 card blank

Fancy Pants Designs Life Is Beautiful 6×6” paper pack, chipboard alphas, ephemera pack & tag pack

white gel pen

3D foam pads

corner-rounder punch

Step by step
1 Trim ½” off the right-hand side of the card front and trim a 1”-wide strip of paper to affix on the inside of the card.

2 Layer to die-cut doilies on top of each other and position on the card.

3 Mount the ‘Beautiful You’ tag on 3D foam pads and place on the doilies at a slight angle.

4 Adhere two flower die-cuts with glue dots to the tag. Using a white gel pen draw on fake stitching around the edge of the card blank.

5 Mount the sentiment ‘my heart and soul’ onto 3D foam pads and place at the bottom of the card to finish.


Last up, Keren Baker got thrifty with her gem stash making striking cards with a ton of added festive sparkle – perfect for Christmas


Season’s greetings


You’ll need

white cardstock

My Mind’s Eye Christmas on Market Street paper pad

Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings stamp set

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Sizzix Framelits Circles die set

manual die-cutting machine

Simply Creative gems

white gel pen

baker’s twine

3D foam pads

Step by step

1 Die-cut a circular aperture into the centre of a patterned paper panel measuring 13×13.5cm and layer it onto a white card blank, leaving a narrow border.

2 Cut out a white star, cover it with gold gems varying in size and adhere the topper into the aperture using 3D foam pads.

3 Outline the aperture using a white pen as shown and add a twine bow to the top.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto a strip of white cardstock and attach to the card front using 3D foam pads to finish.

That’s all for this issue – don’t miss out on this issue and give your Christmas crafting a kick start. Don’t forget to send in your makes using the free die, or trying out one of the wonderful ideas in the magazine.

Click here to order your copy and buy back issues of Papercraft Essentials to get amazing papercraft ideas and inspiration direct to your door! Enjoy!

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