Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 20 is on sale today!

26th January 2017


Die-cutting Essentials 20 is on sale today!


Issue 20 of Die-cutting Essentials hits the shelves on Thursday 26th January. It’s stunning FREE Butterfly Wishes die set is the perfect addition to any cardmaker’s craft stash!



Once more, the Die-cutting Essentials team has been hard at work bringing you yet another jam-packed issue of DCE. This time we’ve got cards for women, men, children and even cards for all occasions – you’ll be so inspired, you won’t be able to stop making cards!

Our striking Butterfly Wishes nesting dies and co-ordinating stamps are so versatile and you can create cards for all occasions with ease.   




Amy Gray & Sandra Rayner we’re of course on hand to create both cards and off-the-page projects. Amy’s cards over on page 11 of the magazine are the perfect all-occasion makes, while Sandra’s stationery makes are the ideal projects to make at the start of a new year – and will definitely set you in good stead to get pen to paper for the rest of the year.




Christina Griffiths was on hand to create a striking selection of cards using the fabulous Tropical Blooms dies, stamps and embossing folder from Apple Blossom.


Happy birthday


white, teal & turquoise cardstock

gold CraftStash mirror card

Tumbled Glass Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink




white pearls

3D foam pads

ornate frame die


1 Take an A4 sheet of white cardstock and cut it in half. Fold one of the pieces in half to create a tent-fold card blank.

2 Layer with panels of teal and turquoise cardstock, leaving a narrow border all around.

3 Emboss a slightly smaller panel of white cardstock and layer in the centre of the panel.

4 Cut a 53/4 x41/2” piece of teal cardstock and layer with a slightly smaller panel of turquoise cardstock, leaving narrow borders.

5 Cut a 4×51/4” piece of gold mirror card and layer with a slightly smaller panel of white cardstock.

6 Blend the white panel with Distress Ink as shown. Die-cut a frame twice from white cardstock and once from gold mirror card and layer on top of each other to add dimension.

7 Affix the frame topper to the ink-blended panel, wrap with lace and adhere the panel to layered panel from Step 4.

8 Die-cut the flowers and leaves and colour and arrange around the frame. Securing one to the bottom of the card front.

9 Add pink pearls to the centre of the flowers and secure gems onto the card front as shown. Adhere this panel onto the tent-fold card blank as shown to finish.



You’re fabulous



Apple Blossom Tropical dies, stamps & embossing folder

cream & pink cardstock



3D foam pads

pale green inkpad

Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Circles dies

Apple Blossom Leaves dies


1 Create a 5×7” tent-fold card blank from cream cardstock. Cut two layers, one from pink, and the other from parchment, so that they are slightly smaller than the card front.

2 Emboss the parchment by embossing one side and then moving the parchment to the other side and emboss again without going over the previous area.

3 Add the parchment to the pink layer with glue dots in each corner and then cover these with a pearls to hide the dots.

4 Wrap this panel with pink organza ribbon, tie a double bow in a separate piece of ribbon and secure to the ribbon strip, addind a pearl brad to hide the knot.

5 Create a frame with the circle dies and add to the card front. Stamp the sentiment onto pick cardstock, heat-emboss and die-cut into a circle small enough to fit in the frame.

6 Stamp and die-cut the flowers and leaves and layer two flowers together with the stamen in the centre, affix around the frame, adding leaves to add to the effect.

7 Add tiny pearls to the flower centres and add in extra leaves from the Apple Blossom leaf set. Add a little glitter to the petals for extra sparkle to finish.

Next up we’ve got a bonus idea leftover from Claire Newcombe’s (http://www.creativemakings.co.uk/) stretch your stash feature – this time she was putting her flower dies to the text, creating inspiring makes for you to try for yourself. Here she’s embraced the cuurent trend for monograms to create the lovely home décor piece.




white, green & lilac foam sheets

Hobbycraft Mini Mache letters

Banana Custard IndigoBlu English Cottage acrylic paint

Enchanted Gold Creative Expressions gilding wax

heat tool

hot-glue gun

flower stamens



1 Apply two thin coats of acrylic paint to the letters. Once dry, highlight the edges with gilding wax and add a distress look by adding gilding wax.

2 To build each flower topper, die-cut five foam layers using your chosen colour.

3 Assemble the flowers using a hot-glue gun as shown, wilt the petals using a heat tool and embellish the centre of each topper with flower stamens.

4 Add green die-cut leaves to each topper and secure them onto the letters as shown to finish.

Lastly, we’ve got the perfect round up to our bonus makes, with this card from Pauline Bird. She’s using the latest releases from Cheery Lynn Designs.


Happy birthday to you


white & purple cardstock

Cheery Lynn Designs Sakura Flower die

sentiment topper

decorative corner punch

alcohol markers

3D foam pads


1 Create a white 13x18cm card blank, layer it with purple and white cardstock panels as shown, leaving narrow borders.

2 Layer a 10x15cm piece of purple cardstock with white cardstock, leaving a narrow border and secure it to the card front using 3D foam pads.

3 Die-cut the sakura flower from white cardstock, colour as shown using alcohol markers and mount it onto the card front.

4 Shape the corners of the sentient topper using a punch, matt it onto a purple banner with co-ordinating corners and affix it to the card front using 3D foam pads to finish.


Pauline’s Happy Birthday to you card over on page 18 is so stunning – the collar card blank can be quite tricky to get your head around, so we’ve provided a template for you over on our downloads page – click here to download it now.

You’ll also find Colette’s amazing sweet-themed patterned papers to help you recreate her stunning cards over on page 91 of the magazine. They’re such a treat!


This has been my last issue as Editor of Die-cutting Essentials, so thank you all for making it an absolute pleasure to bring you Britain’s No.1 die-cutting & embossing magazine every month. It’s been over two years since we launched the title and I have seen it go from strength to strength with all of your amazing support!

So thank you and happy die-cutting!

Becky Higgins

Acting Managing Editor


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