Don’t miss the Designer Cardmaking: Ultimate Crafts Special!

24th October 2016


Don’t miss the Designer Cardmaking: Ultimate Crafts Special!

Christmas is coming – and we’ve got the perfect solution for all your festive crafting with the brand-new Designer Cardmaking: Ultimate Crafts Special kit, on sale on Friday 4th November. The box is bursting with fabulous seasonal elements and inspiration for making the most of them. The lovely dies, stamps, embossing folder and papers lend themselves to a huge variety of projects – and the magazine is crammed with great designs, step-by-step instructions and expert tips to help you get started.

Here’s a sneak peek at just a couple of cards our talented Design Team have created using the free gifts. There are LOADS more, covering a huge array of techniques and styles, inside the magazine…



Check out this stunning bonus make from Tracy Evans, combining a touch of luxury using on-trend metallic with the free paper pack, stamps and dies:

Shining through

You’ll need

free papers, stamps & dies

white landscape card blank

white cardstock

Chocolate Box IndigoBlu Mega-Flake

IndigoBlu FlitterGlu

IndigoBlu Scoochy Foam

IndigoBlu Phat Foam

Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large dies

Potting Soil Ranger Archival Ink

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Rusty Tin wire

palette knife

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a piece of patterned paper from the kit to 3½” in height and 6” across and apply Potting Soil ink around the edges.

2 Die-cut two circles from the panel to create circular apertures side by side. Apply Potting Soil ink around the edges of each aperture. Matt the patterned paper onto a piece of white cardstock cut to the same size.

3 Add a small blob of FlitterGlu to Phat Foam and work it in using a palette knife; this will create a sticky pad. Ink the candle and ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment with this pad and stamp an image into each aperture.

4 Allow the glue to dry clear, then apply Chocolate Box Mega-Flake to the images. Rub over each image with a Scoochy to remove any excess Flakes.

5 Matt the decorative panel onto a piece of patterned paper, leaving a narrow border, and adhere to the card front. Apply Potting Soil ink around the edges of the card front.

6 Add circular pieces of Rusty Tin wire around each of the apertures, securing in place with a Tiny Attacher.

7 Die-cut four pieces of foliage from patterned paper and adhere to the outside edges of the apertures as shown.


Glitter is pretty much compulsory at this time of year! Colette Smith’s designs are full of festive sparkle – here’s one we couldn’t quite squeeze into the magazine…

All that glitters

You’ll need

free papers & embossing folder

red, cream & gold Craft Creations cardstock

Xcut large 2-in-1 corner punch

Glistening Gold & Festive Red Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles glitter

red gold-edge ribbon

MeiFlower diamante buckle

red & green MeiFlower gems

Sakura Quickie Glue pen

tacky glue

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Measure 13cm along the short side of A4 red cardstock and cut. Fold in half to make a 14.8x13cm card blank, then score and fold the front section in half to make an easel card. Round the corners with a punch.

2 Cut patterned paper to measure 14.3×12.5cm, round the corners and adhere to the base of the card.

3 Cut a 15cm square of red cardstock and round the corners. Cut a 14.5cm square of patterned paper, round the corners and affix to the red cardstock, leaving a narrow border all around. Draw around the edge of the paper with a glue pen and sprinkle with gold glitter. Repeat on the base of the card.

4 Apply glue to the bottom half of the easel front and add the square panel centrally so that it overhangs the base evenly at each end and the bottom edges line up.

5 Emboss the tree design onto cream cardstock and trim to 10cm square before layering onto a 10.5cm square of gold cardstock. Draw over the tree design and around the edge of the embossed panel with a glue pen before sprinkling with gold glitter.

6 Lay ribbon across the front of the panel and fix on the reverse, then attach to a red 11cm square of card. Fix this at an angle to the card front using a layer of 3D foam pads. Make a bow, sliding a diamante buckle into place before fastening, and add to the centre of the tree panel.

7 Cut out your sentiment, layer onto red cardstock and cut around, leaving a narrow border. Add glitter around the sentiment and shape so that the middle bows out a little. Add a double layer of foam pads down the middle, bowed section and a dab of tacky glue at each edge, then affix to the easel base.

8 Apply green stick-on gems along the pattern at the top and bottom of the paper, and red gems in every corner and each side of the sentiment.

Top tip

Rub a glue stick over the back of foam pads before positioning them on the card – this gives you time to slide the panel into position before pressing into place


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