Papercraft Essentials

Papercraft Essentials 147 – on sale tomorrow

31st May 2017


Papercraft Essentials 147 – on sale tomorrow

Issue 147 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on the 1st June – and we just couldn’t wait one more day to show you the magical free gifts!

Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on tomorrow with the gorgeous Happy Hooves die & stamp set, PLUS downloadable papers.

Why not saddle up and make this lovely Good Luck card using your free gift? Christine Smith shows us how!


Good luck

30 mins

You’ll need

free gifts

bonus paper downloads

white 12.5x10cm card blank

white cardstock

Antique Linen, Cracked Pistachio & Peacock Feathers Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

Creative Expressions Lisa Horton Arty Background stamps

Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Double Stitched Rectangles dies

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border dies

manual die-cutting machine

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Iced Snow

Hero Arts Charcoal Premium Dye inkpad

Crafter’s Companion Clear Overlay Sparkle pen

3D foam pads

Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue

dark grey fine-line pen

Step by step

1 Die-cut two pieces of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die. Ink-blend one panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink, then add texture using a stamp. From this piece of cardstock, die-cut two stitched hillsides.

2 Ink-blend the second panel using Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers to give the sky.

3 Die-cut a horse and saddle from white cardstock using the free die set and use ProMarkers to add colour.

4 Stamp out three clouds and a sentiment to complete the scene. Assemble all the layers together. For the final touch, why not add a splash of sparkle using a Clear Sparkle pen?

Top tip

Personalise the horse’s colouring to be more personal to the recipient of the card – maybe they had a pony when they grew up

Top tip

This is a very simple looking card, but you could easily add in more dies from your stash to create a full paddock or countryside background

Christine’s card incorporates one of the many beautiful downloadable background papers. Find them here.

Next up, we’ve got a stunning card from Mel Jess. She’s done it again with her wonderful seaside-themed makes. We think this card is ‘turtle-y awesome’.


Turtle-y awesome

60 mins

You’ll need

white cardstock

watercolour cardstock

Spectrum Noir Aqua pens

Dovecraft Dimensions 3D stickers

CC Designs Under the Sea stamp

Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

gems & pearls

3D foam pads

Collall 3D Glue

manual die-cutting machine

paper trimmer

acrylic block


heat tool

white A5 tent-fold card blank

Step by step

1 Spray watercolour cardstock lightly with water. Scribble Aquamarker onto an acrylic block and add colour to the cardstock using a paintbrush.

2 Slowly add colour to build the scene. Use a heat tool to dry the card and spray again with water to create a more distressed look, dabbing away any excess with kitchen roll. When dry, add beach grass and bird details with Illustrator pen.

3 Cut the scene to fit the card blank leaving a border. Using 3D Dimensions to make the water look like crashing waves.

4 Stamp, colour and cut out the turtle and add as shown. Stamp the sentiment straight onto the card and add pearls and gems to finish.

Mel’s seaside-themed feature also provided us with a stunning oyster-shell shaped card over on page 65, so don’t forget to download your template by clicking here.

I hope you’re enjoying the spring and are ready for your summer holidays.

Happy papercrafting from the PE team 🙂

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