Papercraft Essentials

Papercraft Essentials 156 sneak peek!

2nd February 2018


Papercraft Essentials 156 sneak peek!

Issue 156 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on 8th February and with less than a week to go we thought we’d share our next free gift with you.

Coming up in issue 156 is one of my favourites! If, like me, you’re getting a bit bored of all this cold, wet and miserable weather then this free gift is definitely one for you. This month you’ll receive the amazing Pretty Quick Scenescape embossing folder and 18-piece stamp set so you can create adventurous designs for birthdays, retirements and so much more!


Simonne Clay went to the ends of the earth to create these stunning cards for us, showcasing all of the designs you can achieve with your free gifts and demonstrating her fantastic colouring skills. Head to page 86 to see more ideas.


If that’s not enough, with Sue Hughes‘s bright and bold cards we have everything from easels to rockers to simple tent-fold designs that are perfect for masculine makes. Check out her ideas from page 15.

Also this issue, you can discover how to faux-emboss your designs using dies in our Beginner’s Guide on page 36. Follow Christine Smith‘s step-by-step guide and simple instructions PLUS get a surprise discount code from CraftStash! Here’s a little sneak peek just for you…



You’ll need

white 10.5x5cm card blank

white, yellow, green, pink & purple cardstock

Creative Expressions Lisa Horton Stylish Script Collection – Christmas Wishes die set

Card Making Magic The Christina Collection – Love and Marriage Additions die set

Creative Dies Nesting Hearts Die Set

Lawn Fawn Hearts Lawn Cuts Dies

Lemon Sorbet, Citrus Green, Peony Pink, Pink Flambé & Royal Aubergine Tonic Studios Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue


3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Follow the step-by-step guide on page 39 to create the background using two filigree heart dies from the Love and Marriage die set.

2 Die-cut a large heart from vellum and another of the filigree hearts from white cardstock. Die-cut ‘cheers’ and the champagne glasses from white cardstock and a couple of extra pink and red hearts. Apply co-ordinating colours of Nuvo mousse to the die-cuts using your finger.

3 Trim the background into a heart shape then cover using Royal Aubergine Nuvo Mousse, pressing it into all the nooks and crannies.

4 Layer up the large hearts to the left-hand side of the background panel, adding the white heart in front of the vellum one as shown. Cut a fishtail-shaped banner from green cardstock and add Nuvo Mousse.

5 Attach the remaining die-cut elements and hearts to the panel as shown. Trim the card blank into a heart-shape slightly larger than the background panel then attach the panel to the card front to finish.

*Top tip*

Use a heart die to create the shaped background panel and card blank if you have one


Spoiler alert… this month we’ve also got a super competition from Tutti Designs where you can win one of THREE prize bundles of dies worth £150 each! Turn to page 24 in the magazine to find out more


Don’t forget that to create the fab four-fold designs from page 32 you’ll need a template which you can download from here and to follow the instructions below:

How to create a four-fold card blank

1 Cut white cardstock to 10.5x15cm for the back panel.

2 Using the template download, cut a piece of white A4 cardstock to 14×29.7cm. Score along the long side at 8.5cm, 18cm and 27.5cm.

3 Turn and score at 1cm to the first score line. Remove the section to make the first panel slightly shorter.

4 Mountain and valley-fold the card at the score lines.

5 Adhere the back panel over the fold to complete the card blank.

Coloured card panels:

1 Cut two 7.9×12.4cm pieces for the front cover and inside front panels.

2 Cut two 8.9×13.4cm pieces for the inside centre panels.

3 Cut one 9.9×14.4cm piece for the back panel.

Patterned paper layers:

1 Cut two 7.3×11.8cm pieces for the front cover and inside front panels.

2 Cut two 8.3×12.8cm pieces for the inside centre panels.

3 Cut one 9.3×13.8cm piece for the back panel.


That’s all for this issue, head to or to order a copy when it goes on sale or pop down to your local large supermarket or WH Smith.

As always I LOVE to see your crafting accomplishments and hear what you’ve been up to, so please send an email to me at and fill me in.

Happy papercrafting!



Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.