Papercraft Essentials

Papercraft Essentials issue 152 is on sale next week!

13th October 2017


Papercraft Essentials issue 152 is on sale next week!

Issue 152 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on the 19th October but we couldn’t wait any longer to show you a quick preview of this month’s free gift.

We’ve got an adorable free gift to help you design some stunning creations – the Apple Blossom Snowflake Penguin 4-piece die set is perfect for a bit of winter crafting. We’ve also thrown in a copy of Cards & Crafts for Christmas for even more festive inspiration!


Sandra Rayner and Fiona Wilkes have created some spectacular Christmas designs using your free gift, as always there were so many we couldn’t fit them all in the magazine. On page 15, Sandra Rayner creates some pretty-in-pink cards along with a few extra special pop-up and box designs…


…we just love this cute collection, and here’s another adorable card made just for us!


Happy Christmas

*50 mins

You’ll need

free gift

white 6”-square scalloped card blank

white & black cardstock

pink, lilac, light green & dark green Bazzill cardstock

Turquoise Craft Creations Centura Pearl cardstock

Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Dies

wreath die

Diamond & Charcoal Tonic Studios Nuvo Pure Sheen glitter

sentiment stamp

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

tissue paper


PVA glue

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 9.5×12.5cm piece of white cardstock and create a scrunched tissue background. Cut a 2.5×12.5cm strip from the panel and add ribbon and a bow as shown.

2 Matt both pieces onto a slightly larger piece of turquoise cardstock making sure there’s a gap between both pieces. Matt onto a larger piece of lilac cardstock and adhere to the card front as shown.

3 Die-cut a penguin with an extra wing, add glitter and inlay using pink, lilac and green cardstock. Repeat the process but reverse the penguin as shown. Adhere both to the card front leaving a space for the sentiment.

4 Die-cut a wreath from pink cardstock and five pieces of holly from the free gift. Die-cut a small circle from white cardstock and stamp the sentiment. Adhere the wreath, sentiment panel and holly together and fix to the card front using 3D foam pads to finish.

And if pink isn’t your colour, why not try this beautiful design from Fiona Wilkes?


Snowball penguin

*45 mins

You’ll need

free gift

white rectangle card blank

white, black, red, pale blue & dark blue cardstock

Crafter’s Companion Watercolour card

silver non-shed glitter card

Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints & paintbrush

Diamond Ranger Stickles glitter glue

clear ZIG Wink of Stella Glitter Brush markers

red sticky tape

red gems

red ribbon

blue & white sequins

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a strip of red cardstock and adhere down the centre of the card blank. Cut a rectangle of watercolour card smaller than the card blank and use watercolour paints and a clear glitter pen to create a snowy background. Leave to dry.

2 Layer the watercolour panel on top of a very slightly larger piece of dark blue cardstock then onto a larger piece of pale blue cardstock as shown.

3 Tear a strip of white cardstock, trim and adhere to the bottom of the watercolour cardstock. Decorate the torn edge using glitter glue and leave to dry.

4 Wrap a piece of red ribbon around the bottom of the watercolour panel and adhere into place on the reverse. Attach the watercolour panel to the centre of the card front.

5 Die-cut an adult and baby penguin from co-ordinating cardstock and adhere both to the card front. Die-cut a holly sprig from blue cardstock and attach as shown.

6 Add sequins to the background around the penguin. Tie a bow and use sticky tape to attach to the card front and embellish using gems to finish.

On page 28 of this issue, Carol Jones brought you some brilliant budget makes demonstrating how to create FIVE Christmas cards for just £10! Her clever crafting meant she had enough materials left to create a bonus project just for you. This gift tag is the perfect accompaniment to one of your budget Christmas cards.


*25 mins

You’ll need

Simple Stories Classic Christmas City Sidewalks 12×12” double-sided cardstock

tag die



manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Die-cut a tag from white cardstock then die-cut a slightly smaller tag from the remaining City Sidewalks cardstock. Ensure there’s a house at the bottom as shown.

2 Trim two checked strips from City Sidewalks cardstock and layer all of the pieces together as shown.

3 Cut a hole at the top of the tag and add a reinforcer. Tie a piece of ribbon through to finish.

If all that wasn’t enough, we’ve even got some last-minute Christmas makes designed by Cheshire Crafts. Check out these sparkly creations…


*Happy Christmas

*30 mins

You’ll need

white 8”-square card blank

red & gold Mirri Card

starry cardstock

Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Essentials Words Bundle – Celebration

Tonic Studios Star Die & Shaker set

red & gold stars

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 71/2”-square piece of starry cardstock and die-cut three stars as shown. Fill in the plastic star shapes using red and gold stars.

2 Insert the stars into the apertures, remove the sticky backing and attach to red Mirri Card on the other side of the starry cardstock. Adhere the panel to the card front.

3 Die-cut the sentiment from gold Mirri Card and attach to a square of red Mirri Card. Adhere to the card front to finish.


Christmas tree

*25 mins

You’ll need

white 4×6” card blank

red & gold Mirri Card

Precious Marieke The Nature of Christmas Christmas Tree die

Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Essentials Words Bundle – Celebration

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 3×41/2” piece of gold Mirri Card and a 21/2×8” piece of red Mirri card.

2 Die-cut the Christmas tree onto the red Mirri Card and layer onto the gold Mirri card as shown.

3 Die-cut the sentiment onto red and gold Mirri Card and adhere slightly off-set to give the shadow effect.

Don’t forget, we also promised you a BONUS digi stamp so you can recreate The Paper Nest Dolls’s cover card! Click here to download it and turn to page 45 in the magazine for step-by-step instructions.

I can’t wait to see what designs you create using this adorable free gift – don’t forget to send your letters and cards to or pop them in the post and be sure to look out for your creations in our next readers’ gallery!

That’s all for this issue – mark your calendars for 19th October and visit to order your copy when it goes on sale.

Happy papercrafting!



  1. joan garner

    can i still purchace a back copy the one im after was dated 13 oct 2017 issue152

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Joan, I'm afraid issue 152 is no longer available through or, but other sites may have them if you search online. Sorry we couldn't be more help.

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