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Simply Cards & Papercraft 170 – bonus ideas & inspiration – on sale next week!

1st November 2017


Simply Cards & Papercraft 170 – bonus ideas & inspiration – on sale next week!

Issue 170 of Simply Cards & Papercrafts hits the shelves on the 9th November and we’re loving the free Floral Friends embossing folder and stamp set – you won’t want to miss it.

This month we’ve been super busy bring you projects for all occasions, from birthday and sympathy to Christmas and giftwrap inspiration – we’ve got it all!


As we career towards December we’re sure you’re all fed up of being bombarded with festive freebies, and so we felt the time was right to stop with the festive free gifts and bring you something with the sign of better weather and spring-filled times, with this Scandi-inspired free gift. The cute animals and springy flowers are perfect for creating cards for women and men and even off-the-page projects.


Our DT have once again gone to town with their makes and we bring you 13 inspiring free gift projects to get you started. From Sue Hughes’s bright cards for women to Sandra Rayner’s more masculine-inspired makes ideas – you’re bound to be inspired.



Dont forget to check out Christina Griffiths video using your free gift here

Next up, we showcased the stunning Stained Glass Christmas stamp collection from Pretty Quick and we have to admit, we’re huge fans! Jane Roy created a traditional collection of Christmas cards over on page 20 of the magazine – we loved them so much, we kept one card to show you here!



You will need

red & gold cardstock

black inkpad

wooden sars

Hobbycraft Heritage Christmas patterned paper

Pretty Quick Stained Glass Christmas Noel stamps

Simply make

1 Stamp the image onto white card with black ink. Cut into a square measuring stamp the image repeatedly onto different colour papers and cut out different sections of the image. Paper-piece the image.

2 Fold the front of a 6”-square card blank in half. Cover the front and inside of the card with patterned paper layer onto red cardstock.

3 Layer the paper-pieced image onto gold cardstock and add this to a larger square of woodgrain paper, which has been layered on to red cardstock. Mount onto the card front using 3D foam pads.

4 Stamp the sentiment and layer onto red cardstock, adhere to the inside of the card to act as the easel stopper, affixing with 3D foam pads. Embellish with wooden stars, gems and holly to finish.

Top tip

This technique is great for using up scraps of paper. Ink up the stamp you need to paper-piece, lay your scrap onto old paper and then stamp only this section

Jo Boland was on hand to showcase how to make Christmas cards for men in a flash – her fabulous monochrome makes made us add these to our must-make lists, add in the stunning pop of colour she gave really helps her cards stand out and we cannot wait to get started with these!


Ho, Ho, Ho

You will need

white Anita’s 13.5cm-square card blank

Simply Creative All Wrapped Up 12×12” paper pad

White Uni Posca marker

Papermania glitter paper & Colossal 8×8” cardstock

gold Encore! Ultimate Metallic inkpad

3D foam pads

double-sided tape

Xcut Traditional Star Large Palm punch

paper trimmer

Simply make

1 Cover the card front with red cardstock and layer with a slightly smaller panel of word-patterned paper, ensuring you have the words in the centre.

2 Punch three stars from gold glitter paper and affix as shown, mounting one in place using 3D foam pads.

3 From another piece of the word-patterned paper, cut out the words ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ and ‘Merry Christmas’, draw around the borders with a white marker and adhere to the card front using 3D foam pads

4 Draw a white border around the outside of the patterned panel on the card front using a white marker. Ink the edges of the card front with a gold metallic inkpad.

Top tip

Highlighting the raised words in white makes them pop!

Then we brought wintry makes for female all occasions from Kim Macfarlane from Buddly Crafts using Marianne Design goodies and we’ve got another idea right here for you…


It’s your day

You will need

Marianne Design Winter Dream Pink Cutting Sheet & paper pad
Marianne Design Creatables Petra’s Circle with Bird dies
Marianne Design Birthday Wishes stamps
white Papicolor cardstock
white Buddly Crafts Lace Satin Bridal ribbon
London Fog & Sahara Sand Memento inkpads

Simply make
1 Die-cut and emboss two white panels, on one panel score a horizontal line 2.5cm from the top edge. Glue the two panels together within the scored area to create the tent card.
2 Using the inner panel die, draw around the outer edges onto the wolf illustration. Hand-cut all areas that extend beyond the die, position the die back onto the illustration and slip the feathers over the top of the die before die-cutting. Ink the edges of the panel.
3 Stamp the greeting onto the illustration and attach to the card with foam pads. Die-cut the small flowers from the pink papers and attach, embellishing with flat-back pearls.
4 Die-cut the inner circle panel from patterned paper, ink the edges, trim and attach to the inside of the card. Cut a small deco design from the cutting sheet and attach to the back of the card.

Even better, for all of her makes Kim packages them in gorgeous boxes rather than just normal envelopes – and we love this idea! The recipient will really love the extra effort! Don’t forget all of the supplies can be bought from

Greeting card boxes

Marianne Design Winter Dream paper pad
white cardstock
white Buddly Crafts Lace Satin Bridal ribbon
Knorr Prandell Guinea Fowl Feathers
Buddly Crafts charms & pearl embellishments
London Fog & Sahara Sand Memento inkpad
EK Success 0.75” circle punch

Simply make
1 Measure the finished card and add 3mm to this measurement. Add another 2cm for the small shallow boxes or 40mm to the deeper boxes. This will be the box base.

2 The box lid should measure 3mm more than the base. Cut out two squares to measure the same as the card front.
3 For the shallow box, score 1cm inside the outer edges of the square on all four sides. For a deeper box, score 2cm from the outer edges.
4 Cut along the score line to the intersecting point for each of the corners. This will make the gluing tabs to assemble the boxes.
5 Measure and cut decorative panels for the box lids and sides of the deeper boxes. Ink the edges and secure to the base.
6 Use a small circle punch to cut semicircle thumb grips from the two sides of the box lids.
7 Glue the boxes together and cut a patterned paper square to line the base box. Decorate with ribbons, tags and pearls to finish.

Next up we had a striking collection of giftwrap ideas from Stampin’ Up! and we love them! They sent us so many samples that we just couldn’t squeeze them all in! So we’ve got more ideas right here for you…



Snowflake gift box

You will need

Whisper White cardstock

Cheers to the Year stamp set

Merry Little Christmas Designer Series patterned paper

bone folder

Tear & Tape Adhesive

Year of Cheer Speciality Washi tape

7.6cmx15.2cm Gusseted Cellophane Bags

Pear Pizzazz ⅜” Shimmer ribbon

gold mini sequin trim

gold foil sheet

Embossing Buddy

VersaMark inkpad

gold Stampin’ embossing powder

heat tool

2”, ⅟₁₆” & 1¾” Circle punches

gold thread

gold binder clip

manual die-cutting machine

Thinlits Popcorn Box die

Simply make

1 Cut two box pieces from patterned paper, fold the score lines and adhere the sides together. Fold in and adhere the bottom tabs.
Using the scalloped edge die from the Thinlit die set, cut out two scalloped strips from patterned paper. Adhere scalloped edge to the top of the box.
Run lengths of Washi tape along the top and the bottom of the box. Fill a cellophane bag with treats and tie with ribbon and sequin trim.
Stamp a snowflake onto white cardstock using VersaMark ink, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat-emboss. Layer onto a slightly larger gold foil circle, punch a 1/16”circle and thread with metallic thread.
Tie the tag onto a Gold Binder Clip, trim the ends and clip onto the top of the box to finish.



Elegant snowflakes group

You will need

For all projects:

Whisper White cardstock

kraft 12×12” cardstock

Garden Green inkpad

gold foil sheet

Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series patterned paper

gold foil snowflake

Snowflake Sentiments & Add a Little Glitz stamp sets

Garden Green Classic Ink Pad

Pear Pizzazz 3/8” shimmer ribbon

Garden Green stitched satin ribbon

⅝” burlap ribbon

gold mini sequin trim

Fast Fuse and Tear & Tape adhesive

3D foam pads

Stampin’ Trimmer

bone folder

enamel shapes

Everyday Label punch

2” & 1 ¾” circle punches

Merry Christmas

Simply make

1 Fold an A5 sheet of Whisper White cardstock in half to create the card blank. Centre and adhere a 9.5×13.8cm gold foil matt to the card front.
Centre and adhere a5x12.8cm piece of decorative patterned paper onto gold foil matt. Add a gold foil snowflake to the centre of the card.
Secure a loop of Pear Pizzazz ribbon and a loop of gold sequin trim to the snowflake’s centre.
Stamp a sentiment in Garden Green ink and punch out sentiment entre and adhere over ribbon and snowflake using 3D foam pads to finish.

Snowflake gift box

Simply make

1 Take a 12×9¾” piece of kraft cardstock and on the long side score at 1”, 5”, 6 ½” and 10½”. On the short side score at 1½”.
Cut out flaps for the bottom of the box, by cutting along the score lines up to the longer horizontal score line. Taper the edges of each flap slightly and cut off the 1” flap-tab completely. Fold, burnish and assemble.
Cut two panels of patterned paper for the front and the back of the box: 3⅝x7⅞” and two panels for its sides measuring 1¼x7⅞” and secure as shown.
Centre and adhere a gold Snowflake Doily at the top, front of the box. Adhere a 7⅞” length of ribbon to the centre of the box front. Loop a couple of strands of ribbon together and affix to the centre of the Snowflake Doily.
Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock, punch into a circle and layer onto a slightly larger gold circle. Mount in place using 3D foam pads add an enamel embellishment to finish.

Top tip

There’s something special about adding a little tissue paper in gift boxes; If you don’t have any on hand, use a plain paper napkin – preferably 2 or 3-ply – separating the layers for a little delicacy

Gift box

Simply make
Take 11” square of patterned paper, score all four sides at 3”, cut along the score lines on two opposite sides, up to the first horizontal score line. Taper the flaps a little with scissors.
Add tape to each of the four corners on the patterned side, fold up the box, burnish the folds to sharpen the edges and assemble.
To make the lid, take an 8 ⅛” square of patterned paper, score all four sides at 1½”. Taper the flaps, add tape to each of the four corners on the patterned side, fold up the box, burnish the folds to sharpen the edges and assemble.
Decorate with a burlap ribbon, tying in with the bow a loop or two of gold sequin trim. Insert a couple of green sprigs under the knot of the bow

Top tip

You could also think about adding fresh pine or holly sprigs, or any fresh flower or favoured greenery to the top of your project, for a little more elegance. Gold is such a neutral colour, anything goes!

That’s all of the bonus content for this month, so don’t forget to pick up your copy of issue 170 when it hits the shelves on 9th November, then look out for issue with a 171 when it hits the shelves on 30th November.

Happy papercrafting


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