Papercraft Essentials

Papercraft Essentials 148 sneak peek!

23rd June 2017


Papercraft Essentials 148 sneak peek!

Issue 148 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on the 29th June – but we couldn’t wait one more day to show you the stunning free gifts!

We’ve got the perfect summery free gifts for you – the stunning sunflower-themed free gifts are not to be missed!


Sue Hughes and Christine Smith excelled themselves with their fabulous cards using the free gifts – we’ve fallen head over heels with their cards – as always, they were so inspired and made so many cards we just couldn’t fit them all inside the magazine.


Over on page 15 of the magazine, Sue Hughes demonstrated the versatility to your Sunflower Dreams embossing folder and stamp set. Here we have an extra card she whipped up for us…


Thank you

***50 mins


You’ll need

Sunflower Dreams embossing folder & stamp set free with issue 148 of Papercraft Essentials

Taylored Expressions Picket Fence die

Crafts Too Presscut Step Card die set

Vintage Sepia VersaFine inkpad

white, green & yellow cardstock

Copic markers

3D foam pads

Post-it notes

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Use a die to cut a centre-stepper card front from white cardstock. Score and fold to assemble. Cut the side and bottom scalloped panels from yellow cardstock and emboss with the free embossing folder. Layer each piece onto green cardstock and adhere to the side and bottom panels of the card front.

2 Die-cut two white fence pieces and affix to the left and right-hand sides of the bottom panel to overlap the folded edge.

3 Cut a 13.5x8cm piece of white cardstock and stamp the plant pot near to the bottom. Stamp the pot onto a Post-it note and cut out, then place over the stamped pot to create a mask. Stamp the sunflower with the stem in place, remove the Post-it note and colour with markers.

4 Stamp the sunflower and stem again and colour the large leaf and flowers. Cut out the leaf and layer onto the main image. Cut out the sunflower, trim off the outside petals and shape them inwards with an embossing tool before layering them onto the main image using 3D foam pads. Stamp, colour and cut out the centre of the sunflower, shape with an embossing tool and secure using 3D foam pads.

5 Mount the sunflower panel onto green and then yellow cardstock, leaving a narrow border between each layer. Attach to a 9.5x15cm piece of white cardstock then adhere to the central panel of the card front as shown.

6 Stamp ‘thank you for everything’ onto white cardstock, trim to size and layer onto yellow cardstock. Use 3D foam pads to attach to the left-hand side of the sunflower on the card front to finish.

Next up, we had striking glitz and glamour-inspired makes from Mel Jess and she loved the theme so much, she made you an extra-special project.


Dressing table


You’ll need

Snow White Silver Centura Pearl A3 card pack

First Edition Wild Flower 12×12” paper pad

mirror cardstock

Spectrum Noir pens

Collall Tacky Glue & 3D glue gel



jewellery findings

Mulberry flowers

manual die-cutting machine

Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Garden Party die

Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Oval dies

Step by step

1 Create six match boxes from Centura Pearl cardstock and glue the outer shells together. Cover the outside with extra cardstock to hide all the joints.

2 Die-cut and emboss the Garden Party die leaving enough cardstock to cover the back of the drawers. Add an oval from mirror card then glue the back in place. Pull the drawers out while the glue dries.

3 Use decorative paper to cut panels to cover the top, back and sides of the dressing table. Cut six panels to fit the drawers and attach the front of the drawers using glue. Insert a brad for the handle and cover using the other panels inside the drawer.

4 Attach gems to the mirror using glue and decorate the top of the dressing table using beads and jewellery findings. Add Mulberry flowers to a rolled-up piece of cardstock to look like a vase. Use flat-backed gems as feet as each corner of the base as shown.

Don’t forget that also in this issue we promised you bonus download papers – click here to download them and combine with your free embossing folder and stamp set to create stunning cards in a flash!

With me being brand-new to the Papercraft Essentials team, I’m so excited to see what our readers can create – so don’t forget to send me your letters and cards to

That’s all for this issue – so mark your calendars for June 29th and visit to order your copy!

Happy papercrafting!



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