Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 3 – sneak peek!

20th December 2016

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Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition 3 – sneak peek!

 

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

Our special issue is here to inspire your all-occasion cards and projects with its clever build-a-scene concept. Whether you’re looking for brand-new inky techniques, off-the-page gift ideas, or innovative ways to add dimension to your crafty creations projects we’ve got you covered.

This beautiful box kit contains a FREE Ornate Window die set, A6 embossing folder, A6 stencil and 17 co-ordinating stamps, plus 24 patterned papers and 140 toppers, so you’ll have everything you need to get started! In the 68-page ideas magazines you’ll find on-trend faux letterpress designs, fun interactive cards and inventive ways to use your free embossing folder.

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 a selection of stunning card ideas from Christina Griffiths , Christina was so inspired by our free gift that she created five fab blog projects for us, which really showcase the versatility of your free gift!

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Square delight

MATERIALS

free gifts

white 6”-square card blank

white, pink & blue cardstock

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

Spellbinders Nestabilities 6×6 Matting Basics A & Fancy Tags die sets

3D foam pads

ribbon

lace

pearls

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Matt contrasting cardstock layers onto a 5½”-square of blue cardstock, leaving wide borders.

2 Die-cut two blue squares and two pink squares, emboss and mount each topper onto white cardstock, using 3D foam pads and layer them onto the panel as shown. 

3 Wrap the panel with lace, affix it to the card front and embellish the lace border with a ribbon bow and a pearl.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto a white die-cut tag and secure it onto the card front to finish.

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Happy birthday

MATERIALS

free gifts

cream A6 card blank

white, pink & cream cardstock

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

Old Paper Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

3D foam pads

paper flowers

ribbon

pearls

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Ink the raised side of embossing folder, carefully place a panel of white cardstock inside the folder and emboss as normal to create a faux-letterpress effect.

2 Wrap the panel with ribbon, mount it onto pink cardstock, using 3D foam pads and secure it to the card front.

3 Stamp the sentiment onto cream cardstock, cut it out and layer it onto the card front. Embellish the ribbon border with a bow and paper flowers to finish.

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Birthday wishes

MATERIALS

free gifts

white A6 card blank

parchment

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

circle nesting dies

3D foam pads

ribbon

pearl

brads

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Layer the card front with patterned paper, leaving a narrow border.

2 Emboss a panel of contrasting paper and a piece of parchment, matt the two designs together and trim as shown.

3 Wrap the panel with ribbon, add a brad to each corner and secure it to the card front.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto a patterned paper circle, affix it to the card front using 3D foam pads and embellish the ribbon border with a bow and a pearl to finish.

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Home sweet home

MATERIALS

free gifts

cream A6 card blank

white, black & cream cardstock

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

Antique Linen Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

3D foam pads

embossing paste

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Place the stencil onto a piece of white cardstock, apply the paste through the stencil. Once dry, trim and mount the panel onto the card blank, using 3D foam pads.

2 Die-cut the window frame and window lintel from white cardstock, layer them together and back the window with a blind topper.

3 Affix the window topper to the card, cut out the flower box and secure it on top using 3D foam pads.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto cream cardstock, fussy-cut and secure to the card front using 3D foam pads. Add a black die-cut cat to the window to finish.

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Retirement

MATERIALS

free gifts

grey 5×7” card blank

pink, white & black cardstock

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

alcohol markers

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Layer the card front with patterned paper, leaving a narrow border. Die-cut the window frame from white cardstock, back it with a scenic topper and secure it to the card front.

2 Embellish the scene with fussy-cut toppers as shown, using 3D foam pads to create dimension.

3 Stamp and colour the lamp topper, cut it out and affix it to the card front, repeat to create the sentiment topper. Add a black die-cut cat and a pink die-cut vase to the scene finish.

 

Next up, Natalie Pilgrim from Sprinkle Twinkle showcases the versatility of the ornate window die.

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With love

MATERIALS

free gifts

white 6×4” card blank

pale pink cardstock

Fake Tan & Guava Lawn Fawn cardstock

Guava Lawn Fawn inkpad

Hero Arts Infinity Tag die set

3D foam tape

baker’s twine

SIMPLY MAKE
1 Emboss a panel of Fake Tan cardstock, trim and layer it onto the card front.

2 Die-cut the window frame, window lintel and cat from Guava cardstock, layer them onto a pale pink die-cut tag and thread it with twine.

3 Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom of the tag and secure it to the card front using 3D foam pads to finish.

 

Designer Sharon Curtis shares her hints and tips for creating super-quick cards for all occasions – here she’s created a clean and simply wreath design using die-cut flowers.

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From our home 

MATERIALS

free gifts

white 11x14cm card blank

green, pink, burgundy & teal cardstock

Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles die set

Onyx Black Versafine inkpad

3D foam pads

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Die-cut a circular frame from green cardstock, affix it to the card front using 3D foam pads and stamp the sentiment in the bottom-right corner as shown.

2 Die-cut a selection of flowers from contrasting cardstock and arrange them onto the frame to create a floral wreath.

 

And last but not least, the lovely Ingrid Vichova gets messy with a fun mixed media card!

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Good luck 

MATERIALS

free gifts

white cardstock

white A6 card blank

Snap Dragon & Pretty Peridot Colourarte Silks Glazes 

DecoArt Liquid Glass & Sand Paste

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad 

SIMPLY MAKE

1 Die-cut a flower into the centre of 16 white squares, colour half green and the other half purple and set aside.

2 Die-cut a vase into the centre of four small white rectangles, colour them green and repeat with cats, colouring them purple.

3 Stamp a criss-cross pattern onto each tile a shown and allow to dry. Apply sand paste to a piece 3×6” white cardstock, arrange the tiles onto the paste as shown. 

4 Once dry, apply liquid glass to the tiles, leaving the sand paste untouched and allow to dry overnight. 

5 Stamp the sentiment onto the card front and adhere the panel beside it to finish.

 

To download the free iris-folding template used in Nicole Haupka’s ‘Home sweet home’ card on page 35, click on the following link;

http://www.circleofcrafters.com/irisfolding/squaretemplate.html 

 

Don’t forget to order your copy of Die-cutting Essentials Special 3, on sale 29th December – click here to order it directly to your door! 

That’s all for this special issue folks – Happy die-cutting!

 

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