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Simply Cards & Papercraft 168 is on sale next week!

22nd September 2017

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Simply Cards & Papercraft 168 is on sale next week!

Issue 168 of Simply Cards & Papercrafts hits the shelves on 28th September and we’re loving the free border dies

This issue we’ve gone above and beyond to bring you a jam-packed issue of your favourite cardmaking magazine. From the latest products from the top brands and technique-filled features, to an inspiring interview from Richard Garay and a ton of Christmas, birthday and all-occasion inspiration to get you crafting.

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This issue’s Scenic Winter border die set is one of our most versatile gifts yet – and we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it.

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Our DT have really come up trumps to show you 16 amazing ideas using them! From Sue Hughes’s Christmas-themed makes to Christine’s seasonal beauties and all-occasion projects, you’re bound to be inspired.

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Even better, we’ve got even more of Christine’s amazing cards right here to show you. As well as inspiring us with her seasonally themed makes on page 57-59, she used the free dies as a background for building interesting scenes using items from her stash.

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She even provided a handy illustrated step-by-step guide for you to extend the dies to manipulate the finished result.

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1 Attach the border die to the right-hand edge of a piece of cardstock, secure in place with low-tack tape.

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2 Line up the end of the border die with where it finished cutting, and again secure this in place with low-tack tape and die-cut this too.

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3 Remove the die to reveal the extended border (don’t forget you can mix and match the border dies) and if the die-cutting is off a little, use sharp scissors to make sure you have a nice smooth join.

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Blue skies are ahead

You will need

Scenic Winter border dies free with issue 168 of Simply Cards & Papercraft

white, red, teal & blue cardstock

Lawn Fawn Blue Skies stamp set

Jet Black Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals inkpad

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers

silver Sakura Stardust pen

Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen

black fine-liner

white gel pen

Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Top tip

Use scraps of cardstock to place directly over the trees on the dies to cut extra tree shapes as desired

Simply make

1 Die-cut multiple borders from coloured cardstock using the illustrated step-by-step guide above to extend the border dies to place the trees in various positions.

2 Stamp the clouds, hot-air balloons and a sentiment onto white cardstock and colour as desired, adding shading to add realism.

3 Then simply layer the hillsides onto the bottom of the card front, making sure to off-set to create perspective, and use 3D foam pads to add to the depth.

4 Fussy-cut the stamped images and add adhere to the top of the card front as shown, using a variety of flat adhesive and 3D foam pads.

5 Layer the sentiment onto a slightly larger panel of red cardstock, leaving narrow borders all around. Mount onto the card front as shown.

6 Hand-draw small hearts onto white cardstock, colour, fussy-cut and affix onto the card front as shown. Add glitter accents as desired to finish.

Top tip

Using various shades of the same coloured cardstock adds interest to the card front with ease – it saves you colouring the die-cuts too!

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Happy graduation

You will need

free gift

white & red cardstock

Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple & Happy Happy Happy stamp sets

Jet Black Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals inkpad

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers

silver Sakura Stardust pen

Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen

black fine-liner

white gel pen

Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Simply make

1 Die-cut a couple of border dies from white cardstock and colour as desired. Die-cut extra trees from scrap cardstock, placing scraps of cardstock just over the trees to just cut that section.

2 Stamp the clouds, a plane and a sentiment onto white cardstock and colour, adding shading as desired.

3 Layer the hillsides onto the bottom of the card front, making sure to off-set them to add the idea of dimension. Then mount the clouds, plane and sentiment onto the card front using 3D foam pads.

4 For that extra pop of colour add red to the cabin windows, matt the sentiment onto red cardstock, leaving narrow borders.

5 Add hand-drawn, cut out hearts onto the card front using 3D foam pads. Add accents using the glitter pen to finish.

Top tip

You could easily make this a one-layer card by cutting the border dies from funky foam, then stamping them onto the card front instead, creating a different look entirely!

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Thank ewe

You will need

free gift

white, red, teal & blue cardstock

Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug, Smitty’s ABCs & Quinn’s Captial ABCs stamp sets

Jet Black Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals inkpad

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers

silver Sakura Stardust pen

Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen

black fine-liner

white gel pen

Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Simply make

1 Die-cut a couple of borders from various shades of the same-coloured cardstock.

2 Stamp two sheep and a custom-made sentiment onto white cardstock and colour as desired. Adding swirls to the sheep to represent wool, and shading to their ears and face.

3 Layer both your border die-cuts onto the bottom of your card blank, off-setting to create perspective, and securing the front layer using 3D foam pads to add depth.

4 Fussy-cut all the stamped images and use a mix of 3D foam pads and flat adhesive as shown to affix onto the card front.

5 Layer the sentiment onto red cardstock, leaving narrow borders, and mount in the top corner using 3D foam pads.

6 Hand-draw and colour hearts, fussy-cut and mount floating through the scene too. Add glitter pen details as a finishing touch.

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Thank you fairy much

You will need

free gift

white, red, teal & blue cardstock

Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends stamp set

Jet Black Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals inkpad

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers

silver Sakura Stardust pen

Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen

black fine-liner

white gel pen

Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Simply make

1 Die-cut a couple of borders from coloured cardstock using the illustrated guide above to extend the border dies to place the trees in various positions and across a longer section of card.

2 Stamp fairies, flowers and a sentiment onto white cardstock, colour and fussy-cut. Layer the die-cut hillsides onto the card front, off-setting and affixing the front layer with 3D foam pads to add dimension.

3 Mount the sentiment onto red cardstock, leaving narrow borders, and affix in the top corner. and Layer the images onto the card front, using 3D foam pads to attach a couple of them.

4 Hand-draw hearts, colour and fussy-cut and adhere randomly onto the card front to embellish. Add glitter accents to highlight and use the silver Stardust pen to add the illusion of fairy dust to finish.

Top tip

When using a strong colour like red together with cooler tones, make sure to balance the red across the card, otherwise it can look out of place

Don’t forget to check out Christina Griffith’s video using your free gift here

 

Next up we showcased products from Sara’s Signature range, Black & Gold, and we love, love, love Sandra Dry’s gorgeously elegant makes.

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Thank you

You will need

gold Sara Signature Collection Black & Gold luxury mirror card

black cardstock

mulberry paper

gold gilding wax

gold sheer ribbon

gems

Sara Signature Collection Black & Gold ThankYou & Cicle Trellis dies

Crafter’s Companion Scoremaster Scoreboard

Collall Tacky Glue

manual die-cutting machine

Simply make

1 Create a 4¼x6” tent-fold card blank from black cardstock.

2 Die-cut and emboss the large lattice panel from the card front, rub with gold gilding wax.

3 Wrap gold ribbon around the card front and tie a knot towards the bottom-left corner of the card front and trim the tails.

4 Tie a full ribbon bow and adhere to the knot. Tear mulberry paper and add glue to the bottom left of the paper; tuck it behind the bow and adhere.

5 Die-cut and emboss the ‘Thank You’ sentiment from gold mirror card and adhere to the mulberry paper. Add tiny gems to the lattice panel to finish.

Always keen to keep an eye on the purse strings in the run up to the festive period, we asked Helen Griffin (http://www.helengriffin.co.uk/blog/) to create a striking collection of cards for Christmas using a range of everyday products- her paper-folded beauties are perfect, and we cannot wait to try them!

Here’s her clever Christmas-tree inspired make…

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Christmas wishes

You will need

white A6 tent-fold card blank

white, beige, magenta & blue cardstock

gold mirror card

Stampin’ Up! Petal Garden paper pad

Merry Mistletoe, Timeless Textures & Hardwood Background Stampin’ Up! stamp sets

self-adhesive glitter film

brown & various shades of blue inkpads

sequins

star punch

VersaMark inkpad
white embossing powder
heat tool

gold twine

3D foam pads

brayer

Xcut 2-in-1 corner punch

bone folder

Simply make

1 Create a night sky panel on a 4×51/2” panel of white cardstock using a brayer, creating an ombré effect. Using a fingernail, flick Wink of Stella and white gel pen dots.

2 Make three trees using the step-by-step instructions on page 76 of the magazine. For the small tree

use three squares measuring 11/2”, 11/4” and 1”.

3 Cut the squares for the medium-sized tree to measure 13/4″, 11/2” and 11/4”, then for the large tree cut three squares measuring 2″, 13/4” and 11/2”.

4 Trim small squares of coloured cardstock and stick glitter film onto each one. Add gold twine and a bow to create presents.

5 Colour a panel of white cardstock using a light blue inkpad, allow to dry and punch the bottom corners. Stamp and heat-emboss the sentiment onto it as shown.

6 Layer the sentiment onto a slightly larger panel white cardstock with punched corners and adhere to the top of the card front along with twine using 3D foam pads.

7 Layer all of the elements onto the card front as shown, add gold stars and sequins to the trees to finish.

That’s all of the bonus content for this month, so don’t forget to pick up your copy of issue 168 when it hits the shelves on the 28th September. Order yours from www.papercraftsmagazines.com/scp168

Don’t forget to look out for issue 169 with a FREE Hunkydory die and stamp set when it hits the shelves on the 19th October.

Happy papercrafting

Becky

2 Comments
  1. Ada Roman

    Hi. I am Ada Roman from Puerto Rico. I saw an article from 168 magazine what interests me . How can I get the magazine? Please, let me know. Thanks

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