Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 34 is on sale next week!

9th February 2018


Die-cutting Essentials 34 is on sale next week!

Issue 34 of Die-cutting Essentials goes on sale next week!

Issue 34 of Die-cutting Essentials is out to buy on Thursday 15th February – and this month’s magazine comes with a fantastic FREE Basket of Blossoms die that’ll take your all-occasion cards to new levels.DCE34 cover - WEB UK.jpg

This 21-piece springtime die set is worth an amazing £24.99, and features the dies you need to create Easter, Mother’s Day and all-occasion cards for your loved ones using 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 special makes to delight, page 56 to find card inspiration for friends and family or flick to page 86 to see Sandra Rayner’s stunning off-the-page projects.

In this issue, we invited Helen Griffin to create fun cards for men using the latest beachy Kaisercraft ranges – and she’s created a real splash with her seaside theme! The nautical but nice themes have something for everyone. We love this shaker card.


Happy birthday


white & navy cardstock

Kaisercraft Summer Splash collection

Kaisercraft School of Fish die set

Tonic Studios Circle Layering dies

navy inkpad


Funky Foam

silver, blue & light blue sequins

Stampin’ Up! burlap ribbon

Stampin’ Up! At Home With You stamp set


1 Fold a piece of A4 cardstock in half. Place a 5½” circle die over the folded edge and die-cut to create a circular card blank.

2 Place a 5½ and 43/8″ circle onto another piece of navy cardstock and die-cut to create a bezel. Make another bezel in the same way from Funky Foam. Die-cut two 51/8″ circles from acetate and one from patterned paper and adhere to the inside of the card.

3 On the inside of the card, glue the acetate to the front, then affix the foam bezel, fill the centre with sequins and attach the last acetate circle seal it. Die-cut a selection of fish and glue to the inside of the card.

4 Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock and cut it into a banner shape. Mount onto navy cardstock and matt onto burlap ribbon. Affix as shown and embellish the card front with sequins to finish.

If you’re keen to make the most of different die-cutting techniques this month, Christine Smith’s masterclass is just for you. She’s giving you a step-by-step guide to spotlight die-cutting, and here’s a peek at our favourite from the feature.


You inspire me


white 14.5×10.5cm card blank

white cardstock

Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy stamp set

Hero Arts Lia Griffiths Irregular Arrow stamp

Tonic Studios Will’s Hand Miniature Moments Inspire die

Card Making Magic The Christina Collection Layered Butterflies stamp & die set

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Peacock Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Premium Dye inkpad

Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss Sparkle pen

Golden Sunset Nuvo Glitter Drops

Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue

Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paint

gold gel pen


3D foam pads


1 Follow the step-by-step guide on page 24 to create a watercoloured background and image and to create your spotlight die-cut effect.

2 Complete your card using a combination of alphabet stamps and word dies, adding subtle sparkle to ‘Inspire’ using a clear Sparkle pen.

3 Embellish the card front with Nuvo Glitter Drops and add a butterfly trail using a gold gel pen.


This is the perfect opportunity to let you know that issue 35 goes on sale 15th March, which comes complete with a fabulous Tonic Studios Flip-Flop die set!

Don’t forget to download your bonus digital sentiments from here

This is my first issue of Die-Cutting Essentials and I have to say, I’ve loved every second of it. Please do keep sharing your ideas and crafty skills with me and the team at Die-Cutting Essentials throughout 2018 – there are so many crafty adventures ahead and we love seeing what you’re up to using our magazine and your own limitless inspiration!

Happy die-cutting!

Kirstie McCrum



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