Papercraft Essentials

The Joanna Sheen Cardmaking Collection is on sale now!

23rd January 2018


The Joanna Sheen Cardmaking Collection is on sale now!

The brand-new issue of the Joanna Sheen Cardmaking Collection comes with a free craft kit worth over £50!

Your fantastic free kit features:

* 4-in-1 daffodil die set
* A6 embossing folder
* 5-in-1 stencil
* 9 stamps
* 134-item paper & topper pack

The 68-page magazine includes 69 stunning designs made using your free kit, including:

* Exclusive pullout section featuring cards by Joanna Sheen plus a chat with the lady herself about the inspiration behind the free kit
* Easter makes
* Mother’s Day cards and gifts
* Celebrating big birthdays in style
* Background effects
* Clean & simple makes & much more!

Our fantastic Design Team loved using the kit so much that we couldn’t fit all of their cards in the magazine! Here are your bonus cards…

Happy birthday by Nicky Gilburt

You’ll need
free stencil & paper pack
white 15cm-square card blank
white cardstock
Bundled Sage & Aged Mahogany Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
blending sponge
pale green organza ribbon
3D foam pads & tape

Step by step
1 Position your chosen stencil corner against the corner of a 14.5cm square of white cardstock and apply ink through it with a small blending sponge. Rotate round all the corners to complete the frame.
2 Sponge ink around the very edge of the card blank and stick the stencilled panel down. Cut a 10cm square of patterned paper and fix diagonally in the centre.
3 Ink through the central section of the stencil with Bundled Sage Distress Ink and repeat the pattern by a couple of strips, then trim to 8cm square. Mount onto a 9cm square of white cardstock using 3D foam tape, then affix to the card front.
4 Select two matching images from the flower pack and cut out. For layer one, cut out the whole flower arrangement, including leaves and stems. For layer two, cut out the flower heads that are in the foreground.
5 To make a three-layered decoupage out of two sheets of paper, very carefully remove the chosen centre parts from layer one, using a craft knife to start off, then cut around them, making sure not to go near the outer edge. These areas will be very small but they add extra dimension to the finished decoupage without the need for three separate images.
6 Glue the base layer of decoupage down onto the stencilled square. Curl the petals of the flower heads and stick each layer in position over the previous using foam pads. Add an organza ribbon bow.
7 Cut out a sentiment banner and carefully curl it using a scoring tool or bone folder, so that when the centre of it is glued down, the ends are raised, then curl downwards. Position this at the top of the diamond to finish.

As an alternative to 3D foam pads for decoupage, you can use a good silicone glue, either with a syringe, or from the tube, applied with a cocktail stick. Allow drying time between layers

Embossed birthday by Debbie Simpson

You’ll need
free embossing folder & stamp set
white A6 tent-fold card blank
black cardstock
Ivory The Hobby House Pearlescent Shimmer Card
Empire Gold Pebeo gilding wax
VersaMark inkpad
Gold Shine Creative Expressions embossing powder
heat tool
3D foam pads
manual die-cutting machine

Step by step
1 Emboss a piece of Ivory cardstock then lightly blend some gilding wax over the panel using your finger. Cut an opening across the top of jug vase.
2 Stamp the thistle and leaves image three times onto ivory cardstock using VersaMark ink, heat-emboss then fussy-cut.
3 Tuck the three floral sprays into the opening of the jug on the embossed panel, matt onto black cardstock then secure to the card front.
4 Cut out a sentiment, matt onto black cardstock then affix using 3D foam pads.

Also this issue Mel Jess has made a stunning set of off-the-page Mother’s Day gifts, incuding the tea caddy below. Here’s the template you need to make the tea caddy…

Click here to download your tea caddy template

We really hope you enjoy using your free kit, and would love to see what you make using it! Please send pictures of your projects to for your chance to see your work in a future issue!

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