Papercraft Essentials

Papercraft Essentials 142 hits the shelves today!

18th January 2017

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Papercraft Essentials 142 hits the shelves today!

Issue 142 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale today (Thursday 12th January) and we just couldn’t wait to share the bonus projects with you

The super-cute Perfect Panda embossing folder and stamp set free with issue 142 of Papercraft Essentials is not to be missed. We fell in love with the cute characters as soon as we saw them, and the heart-themed embossing folder is definitely a must-have craft stash item!

 

Christine Smith took on another free gift challenge this issue, and she loved the free gifts as much as we did – she enjoyed crafting with it so much, that we just couldn’t squeeze in all of her ideas into the magazine.

 

So we kept two cards to show you luck readers here exclusively on our blog. Her striking ‘Just for you’ and Happy Wedding Day’ cards show just how many occasions this free gift can be used for.

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Just for you

***35mins

You’ll need

Perfect Panda embossing folder & stamps free with issue 142 of Papercraft Essentials

white A6 card blank

white & blue cardstock

vellum

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

clear Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen

Derwent Inktense 24-set colouring pencils

3D foam pads

Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

black fineliner

manual die-cutting machine

Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Double Stitch Rectangle & Stitch Sqaure dies

Tonic Studios Layering Scalloped Square die set

Step by step

1 Die-cut the third-largest rectangle die, along with a small stitched square from white card. Also die cut a scalloped square from blue card, and run a piece of vellum through with the free embossing folder.

2 Stamp the female Panda, floral motifs, bees, balloon and sentiment onto white cardstock, and use Inktense pencils along with a clear sparkle pen to add colour, before fusst-cutting the images.

3 Start layering up the elements, adding the two die-cut squares behind the vellum to give a diffused look. Then lay the vellum where you want it and start sticking the foreground elements on top. This way you will have places to hide adhesive when attaching the vellum.

4 Use a combination of double-sided tape and 3D foam pads to give extra dimension, and use a black fineliner to add a balloon string and bee trails.

Top tip
Use scissors to trim around the edge of your embossed vellum following the heart pattern to give a nice finished look

Top tip
Fussy-cut images with a narrow white border – this makes the images easier to cut out and helps you avoid extra fiddly areas this way you avoid all the fiddly bee antenna or fur on the Panda.

 

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Wedding day

***25 mins

You’ll need

Perfect Panda stamp set free with issue 142 of Papercraft Essentials

white A6 card blank

white & green cardstock

vellum

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

clear Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen

Derwent Inktense 24-set colouring pencils

double-sided tape

3D foam pads

Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

Leaf Green Letraset ProMarker

black fineliner

manual die-cutting machine

Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Double Stitch Rectangle dies

Creative Dies Heart Nesting dies

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies

Step by step

1 Die-cut the third-largest die from white cardstock, and also die-cut a heart from the top two thirds. You will also need to die-cut a couple of stitched hillsides from green card.
2 Stamp both Pandas and a bunch of hearts, then colour with pencils and the Sparkle Pen, before fussy-cutting.
3 Add extra details of blades of grass detail to your hillsides using a leaf green ProMarker.
4 Stamp the sentiment directly onto the card blank so that it shows through the heart aperture, then add a speech bubble using a black fineliner
5 Tuck the male Panda behind the aperture and add some vellum behind him to cover the hole.
6 Arrange the female Panda, grassy hills and hearts onto the card front using 3D foam pads to add different layers of extra dimension.

Top tip
Use a flicking motion, starting from the bottom edge of the hill and moving upwards to give the illusion of blades of grass

Top tip
Lay your front panel onto your card blank and stamp your sentiment through the aperture so that it will be visible through the vellum window

Top tip
To add extra dimension, stamp and colour the heart balloon a second time and layer them up using 3D foam pads

Next up, we featured the amazing IndigoBlu with its super-fun Mini Mike stamp set. Again they gave us so much inspiration that we couldn’t quite squeeze them into the feature, and even better – they’re cards for men! I’m sure all of you will agree that the men in our lives are the hardest people to craft for. So we’ve got Nikki Killinger’s striking card idea to inspire you even more.

 

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Youth is a gift

You’ll need

Pink Iced Gem, Townhouse Teal, Raven Black, Goldfinger. Gee Sso Good White, Gee Sso Good Black IndigoBlu Cottage Paints

IndigoBlu Tasty Textures & Mini Mike stamp set

IndigoBlu Stars stencil

Washi tape

Step by step

1 Brayer a background in light grey by mixing Gee So Good Black and white, and then add in Townhouse Teal. Layering the colours until you achieve your desired effect.

2 Create the star background applying Goldfinger paint through the stars stencil. Stamp the background using Raven Black paint along with the Tasty Textures stamp set.

3 Stamp the Mini Mike image and fussy-cut, colour with a little Pink Iced Gem paint watered down, which makes a great skin colour. The other colours were picked from the theme and used as watercolour also.

4 A few Washi tape strips were added to give him ‘ground’ and accents. The sentiment was also stamped onto an already brayered background, cut out, and ink the edges to add definition. Layer all of the elements onto the card front.

Then we asked Clair Matthews to offer budget-saving ideas and inspiration for using leftover Christmas stash to create everyday makes. We used the fabulous First Edition Christmas Promise patterned paper. Her projects didn’t disappoint and we’ve even got a bonus idea for you right here.

 

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Make a wish

***20mins

You’ll need

white cardstock

First Edition Christmas Promise patterned paper

fishing line/thread

black inkpad

satin ribbon

3D foam pads

Avery Elle Cake & Candles stamp set

manual die-cutting machine

First Edition Nesting Star dies

Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles dies               

Step by step

1 Cut a circle from the front of a white card blank.

2 Die cut two stars from patterned paper and secure back to back, threading a length of fishing line through the stars, leaving approximately 6cm free from the top.

3 Cut a smaller star using the dies and mount this onto one side of the star using 3D foam pads.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto the bottom of the card front as shown. Add a ribbon bow to the top of the aperture to finish.

That’s all for this issue, so order your copy of the magazine from www.moremags.com as soon as it goes on sale next Thursday (12th January) and we’ll keep you busy until issue 143 goes on sale on the 9th February.

 

 

 

 

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