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Simply Cards & Papercraft 160 hits the shelves tomorrow

22nd February 2017


Simply Cards & Papercraft 160 hits the shelves tomorrow

Issue 160 of Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves on Thursday 23rd February (tomorrow) and we cannot wait for you to see the stunning free Hydrangea-themed gifts

The free stencil, stamps and embossing folder really are the must-have stash for you collection. It’s the perfect set to craft all-occasion makes using different mediums – we’re sure you’ll be inspired to get cardmaking as soon as you get your crafty hands on the issue.

SCP160-Backing-card-web.jpg Ingrid Vichova got straight down to business with the free gifts, combining them with pastes, inks, Faber-Castell Gelatos and gesso. Find her cards on page 10 of the magazine – but for those of you who cannot wait… we’ve got a bonus sneak peek right here for you…




Happy birthday

You will need

Hydrangea stencil, stamp set & embossing folder free with issue 160 of Simply Cards & Papercraft

white cardstock



Faber-Castell Gelatos

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

VersaMark inkpad

gold glitter WOW! mbossing powder

Tonic Studios Essentials Mixed Oval Layering dies

Sizzix Pop ‘n Cuts Wavy Frame Magnetic die

gold Xcut adhesive sheet

manual die-cutting machine


3D foam pads

clear-drying glue


Simply make

1 Scribble a little bit of a Gelato onto a piece of a plastic, add a tiny bit of water and mix. Lightly place the acetate onto the white card, colour side down, repeat to build up the colour.

2 Die-cut a larger oval from the coloured panel and matt onto a slightly larger oval of vellum.

3 Stamp the sentiment onto the coloured oval and colour the leaf and the caterpillar as desired, using diluted Gelato.

4 Stick three narrow strips of gold adhesive sheet along the top of a 4¼x5½” card blank as shown. Affix the front panel onto the card front using 3D foam pads.

5 Die-cut the pop-up insert from white cardstock, stamp another sentiment with a few tiny flowers onto the pop up element and adhere to the inside of the card.

6 Stamp, heat-emboss and fussy-cut out three different butterflies and add to the card inside using a clear-drying glue to finish.

Next up, we’ve got a cheeky peek at Jo Kill’s striking cards for men – teaming sport theme dies from First Edition with on-trend silhouettes has made for a collection of winning makes in our book!



You will need

black & white cardstock

watercolour cardstock & paints

red glitter paper


gold mirror cardstock

manual die-cutting machine

Xcut Star dies & punches

Lawn Fawn Sentiment & Stitched Square dies

First Edition Sporting Silhouettes die set

Lil’ Inker Designs Silly Stitched Circle dies

Tonic Studios Circle Layering die set

PC & printer

Simply make

1 Add stripes of watercolour paint to watercolour cardstock and leave to dry.

2 Die-cut the inked panel into a square and affix onto a white square card blank.

3 Die-cut and punch stars from glitter paper and add to the card front along with a vellum circle die-cut.

4 Cut a tennis player silhouette from gold mirror cardstock, and both black and white cardstock. Stack and affix together, slightly offsetting to create a shadow effect. Repeat for the ‘celebrate’ sentiment using black and white cardstock.

5 Add the layered silhouette onto the card front along with a die-cut and printed sentiment to finish.

Keren Baker’s fabulous take on textured cards can be found on pages 72-74 of the magazine are the perfect way to introduce varying textures onto your designs, but we’ve got a cheeky peek right here for you.


Happy birthday

You will need

white, yellow, pale yellow, coral & burgundy cardstock

Papermania Bare Basics faux suede cord

Clearly Besotted Message Me stamp set

text patterned paper

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

WRMK Crop-A-Dile

3D foam pads


Simply make

1 Create an 11x15cm card blank from white cardstock. Punch half holes around a slightly smaller panel of white cardstock at 2cm intervals, creating little grooves.

2 Using the faux suede, wrap between grooves in the pattern as shown and secure on the reverse using wet adhesive.

3 Trim strips of varying widths of yellow, pink, burgundy and patterned paper and lay onto the layer.

4 Attach the layer to the card front using 3D foam pads positioned in between the faux suede.

5 Stamp the sentiment onto a narrow strip of white card, trim a ‘V’ shape into the right-hand edge and affix as shown in place to finish.

That’s all for this issue folks, and I’m sure you’ll have enough to keep you busy until issue 161 goes on sale on 23rd March.

Be sure to download your bonus digi stamps from the downloads section of our blog and don’t forget to send us any cards you make using your free gifts, digital stamps or inspiration from the magazine – you can send them directly to


But for now, I’ll think I’ll leave you to it!

Happy papercrafting

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