Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 33 sneak peek

12th January 2018


Die-cutting Essentials 33 sneak peek

Issue 33 of Die-cutting Essentials hits the shelves on Thursday 18th January and this month’s FREE Apple Blossom Cherry Tree 2-piece die set is not to be missed!

This month we’re bringing you our charming Apple Blossom Cherry Tree die set worth £24.99! This fabulous floral collection features an intricate panel and a co-ordinating outline die, which lends itself to a range of die-cutting techniques.


We love this issue’s free gift so much that we devoted three features to it, turn to page 11 to find Simonne Clay’s stylish all-occasion cards, page 58 to find bonus card inspiration or flick to page 76 to see Sandra Rayner’s stunning off-the-page projects.


In this issue, we invited Yana Smakula to create fun cards for men using the latest Spellbinders ranges – and boy did she deliver! Her innovative makes for men cover a wide range of themes so there’s something for everyone!


My favorite spouse


white 4¼”-square card blank

silver mirror card

white, black & green cardstock

brown textured cardstock

Echo Park The Great Outdoors paper pack

Spellbinders D-Lites Weekend Grill & Fishing Trip die sets

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Hello Geo Heart Wild & Borderabilities Card Creator Curved Borders die sets

Simon Says Stamp Hello You stamp set

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

alcohol markers

3D foam pads

adhesive sheets


1 Layer the card front with patterned paper, leaving a narrow border. Die-cut a curved border into a piece of white cardstock and mount it onto the bottom of the card front using 3D foam pads.

2 Die-cut grill from silver mirror card, then again from black and green cardstock. Paper-piece the top together, mount it onto the card front and add a silver die-cut fish.

3 Create the bottle from green and brown cardstock and build it onto the grill as shown. Die-cut the utensils from black and white cardstock, offset the die-cuts and secure them to the card front.

4 Die-cut the word ‘hello’ from black and white cardstock, offset them as before and secure to the top of the card front. Stamp the rest of the sentiment onto a white banner and secure it below to finish.

If your New Year’s resolution is to take your die-cutting to the next level, then this issue is perfect for you! Christine Smith showcases embossed wax paper designs in our masterclass, and she got carried away AGAIN! Here’s Christine’s fabulous blog card.




white cardstock

white 10.5×13.5cm card blank

Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks die set

Darice ABC’s Letter Background embossing folder

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

Worn Lipstick, Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves & Broken China Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Reynolds Cut-Rite Wax Paper

DYMO Label Maker & pink embossing tape

Stix 2 Craft & Mixed Media Iron

Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue


3D foam pads

white gel pen



1 Emboss a piece of wax paper, sandwich it between two pieces of white cardstock and follow the step-by-step guide in the feature to add colour using Distress Oxide Ink.

2 Trim and matt the background onto the card front, then use a white gel pen to add a faux-stitched border around the edge.

3 Die-cut the word ‘thanks’ three times from white cardstock, stack the die-cuts, affix to the card front and create the rest of the sentiment using a DYMO Label Maker. Add pearls to finish.


This is the perfect opportunity to let you know that issue 34 goes on sale 15th Feb, which comes complete with Basket of Blossoms 21-piece die set!

On a final note, I’m sad to say that this issue will be my last as Editor. I’m moving on to a new adventure in 2018, but have truly loved the last four years working across our fabulous titles. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful editorial team who work so hard to deliver Die-cutting Essentials each month, including our fantastic designers, amazing photographers and talented art editors. And finally, thank YOU for supporting Die-cutting Essentials and being such an important part of it! I wish you all well with your future crafty endeavours!

Happy die-cutting!

Natalie Helyer



Die-Cutting Essentials 29 Christmas Scene

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