Simply Cards & Papercraft

Simply Cards & Papercraft goes on sale next week

19th January 2018


Simply Cards & Papercraft goes on sale next week

Issue 173 of Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves on the 25th January and we’re loving the free gift.

The Butterly Dreams die set, embossing folder and sentiment stamps – it’s the perfect gift to help you kick-start your spring crafting.


Combine your gifts to create perfectly layered cards for all occasions – the striking embossing folder pattern creates a stunning background on card fronts, whilst adding dimension with the die-cuts and the perfect finishing touch with the two sentiments.


Our DT have once again gone to town with their makes and we bring you 12 inspiring free gift projects to get you started. From Sue Hughes’s cards for women to Simonne Clay’s  technique-filled makes are bound to impress.


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

We’ve also got a handful of bonus ideas especially for you blog readers! First up, the amazing Sammy Thompson from Crafter’s Companion puts the brand-new travel-themed stamps through their paces.



You will need

Crafter’s Companion Time To Travel by Stacey Barras Wanderlust stamp sets
kraft Crafter’s sider stepper card blank
glitter cardstock
kraft card
Sepia VersaFine inkpad
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink
gold gilding wax
Collall glue
VersaMark inkpad
heat tool
anti-static bag
clear embossing powder
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

Simply make
1 Using a Crafter’s Companion side stepper Kraft card blank, carefully measure a piece of white cardstock to cover the whole front panel. Dust with an anti-static pad, and stamp all five of the tiny city stamps all over it using VersaMark ink and cover with clear wow embossing powder. Tip away excess and heat till powder changes to raised plastic.
2 Using five colours of Distress Oxide, blend these over the embossed images merging the colours slightly. Spritz with a little water or shake water drops over it, allow to soak for a few seconds then mop up with kitchen towel to leave a speckled distressed look.
3 Next stamp the suitcases many times onto spare cardstock. Colour with the Distress Oxide and fussy-cut. Ink all the edges and background panels with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide and gilding wax.
4 Cut and separate some of the suitcase stacks to make it look more random and layer these using 3D glue gel and 3D foam pads.
5 Add a couple of the mini tags also inked. Stamp the sentiment and ink with colour, add a matt and layer, gilding wax and 3D foam pads to raise it from the background. Wrap with twine around the card for a final touch.

Top tip

Ink white cardstock if you don’t have the right coloured cardstock in your craft stash

Next up, we’ve got a stunning special make for Mother’s Day cards to show your mum just how special they are and how much you appreciate them!


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You will need

Echo Park Wedding Bliss paper pack

kraft, brown, beige, black, pink & white cardstock

gold glitter cardstock

WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 4 stamp set

black ink

white thread

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Marianne Design Collectables Eline’s Deer die set

Tonic Studios Rectangle Layering die set

Lil’Inker Designs Of the Heart dies

Simply make

1 Create a 14.8cm-square card blank, trim a 12.2cm-square panel from white cardstock. Die-cut the largest rectangle aperture in the centre on top and samp a sentiment across the bottom.
2 Die-cut and put together the deer. Attach in centre and right-hand corner of a 12.2cm-square panel of patterned paper
3 Attach die-cut hearts with thread on the reverse of the aperture, mount onto 3D foam pads and firmly press onto the other square.
4 Layer onto a 13cm square of beige cardstock and mount onto the card front to finish.

That’s all of the bonus projects for this month – don’t forget to send us images your crafty projects – we love seeing what you all get up to.

Mark your calendars for the 22nd February when issue 174 hits the shelves – you will not want to miss the fabulous free gifts with that issue!

Happy cardmaking


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