Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 30 sneak peek!

20th October 2017


Die-cutting Essentials 30 sneak peek!

Issue 30 of Die-cutting Essentials hits the shelves on Thursday 26th October and this festive edition comes complete with a Pretty Quick Noel Stained Glass die set!

This month the team has been hard at work to bring you another Christmas issue jam-packed with inspiration – we’ve got creative ways to use basic nesting dies, custom hinged die-cuts, and plenty of off-the-page inspiration… plus we’re spoiling you with brand-new products from Marianne Design, Hunkydory, Tonic Studios and Sizzix!

This issue we’ve teamed up with Pretty Quick to bring you a FREE Noel Stained Glass die set, which includes an intricate deco-inspired panel and a co-ordinating frame! Designed with Christmas in mind, this delicate die set is not to be missed – and can be customized to work for a range of different occasions. You can also mix and match the outline dies from issue 29 with this panel, the possibilities are endless!


Simonne Clay is back to share stylish cards for Christmas over on page 11, and Sandra Rayner uses our opulent free gift to create elegent off-the-page projects on page 80.


I was too tempted not to have a play with this die – perks of the job! So I thought I’d show you how you can change the sentiment with just a few snips into the focal panel.




white A6 card blank

white, black, yellow, green & blue cardstock

Pretty Quick Noel Stained Glass die set from issue 30 of Die-cutting Essentials

Christmas Scene die set from issue 29 of Die-cutting Essentials

adhesive sheets

3D foam pads

PVA glue



1 Die-cut the deco frame twice from black cardstock, cut and splice both borders onto the card front to create a rectangular frame.

2 Matt the centre of the frame with red cardstock, using 3D foam pads to secure it to the card front.

3 Die-cut scalloped borders into the horizontal edges of a blue 9.5x6cm strip, matt it with green cardstock using 3D foam pads and layer it onto the card front.

4 Die-cut the stained glass panel from black cardstock, cut out the individual letters, snipping the ‘N’ into a ‘V’ and back each letter with white cardstock.

5 Trim away any excess cardstock and build the sentiment onto the card front as shown.

6 Cover a scrap of black cardstock with an adhesive sheet, use the die-cut from Step 4 to cut out the bells and adhere it onto the scrap.

7 Die-cut the stained glass panel from yellow, red and green cardstock and carefully inlay the small die-cuts into the black outline. Trim away any excess cardstock, add a ribbon bow and mount the topper onto the card front using 3D foam pads.

8 Use the corner of the deco frame die to cut small circles from yellow and red cardstock and add them to the card front to finish.

Whilst we’re in the festive mood, here’s a fun bonus card from our last-minute makes from Silhouette UK!


Mistletoe sprig


white & kraft cardstock

5×5” Christmas Wreath Layer Card by Daniela Angelova Design ID #106867

Silhouette CAMEO

Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool

Silhouette Rhinestones


PVA glue


1 Ungroup the design (right click, ungroup), position the wreath layer onto the card blank, right click and release the compound path, and remove the square from around the wreath.

2 Cut the card blank from white cardstock and the wreath panel from kraft cardstock, tread the ribbon through card front and tie in a bow.

3 Assemble the card by adhering the kraft die-cut behind the aperture and embellish the design with rhinestones to finish.

Put the 23rd November in your diary, as you’re not going to want to miss issue 31 – which comes complete with our Sparkling Snowflakes die set!


Don’t forget to keep in touch to share your crafty makes and stories; you could be in with a chance of winning our Star Letter prize!

Happy die-cutting!

Natalie Helyer



Die-Cutting Essentials 29 Christmas Scene

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