Simply Cards & Papercraft

Simply Cards & Papercraft goes on sale this week

19th February 2018


Simply Cards & Papercraft goes on sale this week

Issue 174 of Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves on the 22nd February and we’ve fallen head over heels with the free die set from Altenew

As we pulled issue 174 together and sent it to print, the first signs of brighter weather and longer days was starting to appear, and we couldn’t be more happy! The long dark days were starting to get to us and we needed something to help us look forward to spring. The content in issue 174 helped us to do just that – the issue is full of spring-inspired projects that fill us with hope and promise that spring is definitely just around the corner. Whether it’s the floral makes using Woodware’s newest floral stamps, or the Easter-themed off-the-page projects from Mel Jess, we can tell that our crafting needs are about to step into spring!


We’re loving the free Altenew Layering Rose die set – it’s the perfect gift to help you kick-start your spring crafting and create stunning floral-themed cards and off-the-page projects with ease.


Combine your free die with the digital downloads on offer from here to create perfectly layered cards for all occasions – gorgeous Layered Rose die guides you step by step through how to create layered rose toppers for your projects. We’ve got 10 digital sentiments, 36 toppers, 5 digital papers and 20 colour swatches two to help you recreate some of the inspiration from the magazine.

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


On this card, Ingrid Vichova combines the free layering die with the colour swatch downloads – to help her add depth and extra dimension to her card through colour.

Below we share with you’re her step-by-step guide to achieving this effect by pairing the die set with the colour swatch downloads.

1 Print the coloured panels and trim to fit your die-cutting machine. Secure the dies on top of the numbered panel and die-cut the rose and leaves at the same time.

2 Remove all the die-cuts from the cutting die.

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3 Adhere the layering parts on top of each other using a glue pen to complete the layered rose and leaf toppers.

We’ve got a bonus make from Nicky Gilburt using the incredible Drinks Trolley Collection from Apple Blossom – her fun makes in the magazine are perfect for adults and young adults alike. We’ve fallen in love with this collection from Apple Blossom and can think of so many uses for the wide range of stamps, stencils, dies and embossing folders! Turn to page 52 inside the magazine to see more amazing cards using this range – but for now, here is Nicky’s Have a great day card…


Have a great day

You will need

white 7×5” card blank

white, red and green card

Apple Blossom Fizz! Pop! Party! stamp set

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Candied Apple Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

VersaMark inkpad

Glacier White Tonic Studios Nuvo embossing powder

white gel pen

corner-rounder punch

heat tool

manual die-cutting machine

Apple Blossom Drinks Trolley Collection Soda Bottle & Cola Glass die set

Apple Blossom Drinks Trolley Collection Fizzy Pop embossing folder

Simply make

1 Emboss a piece of green cardstock and lightly rub the Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink over the embossed areas to highlight the detail. Trim to size and cut round the two bottle top corners.

2 Stamp the bottle, label, glass, bubbles and straw onto white cardstock and cut out using co-ordinating dies. Blend the red ink in from the sides of the bottle and glass. Make a simple mask from paper and use to create the liquid lines on the images. Once dry, add white highlights.

3 Stick the straw over the glass and shade the submerged area in red. Curve the bottle and glass with a scoring tool or bone folder

4 Stamp and cut out the sentiment, matting it onto an inked rectangle of cardstock, stamp the starburst and a few extra stars with the clear ink, add white embossing powder and heat-emboss

5 Cover the card front with red cardstock and stick the green embossed panel onto it. Use the corner punch to round two corners as shown, then affix the bottle, glass and greeting to the card front to finish.

Top Tip

Choose just one accent ink colour and use it in different ways, such as highlighting embossing, adding colour to stamped images, and making matts and layers, for a striking and modern look


That’s all of this month – don’t forget to send us images your crafty projects – we love seeing what you all get up to. Don’t forget to order your copy directly from us when it’s on sale next week at

Mark your calendars for the 22nd March when issue 175 hits the shelves – you will not want to miss the fabulous free gifts with that issue!

Happy cardmaking


  1. Diane

    Why can't I just download your papers without having to buy WinZip?

    • Kirstie McCrum

      Hi Diane - what papers are you trying to download? This shouldn't be the case - do please let me know more details. Thanks so much.

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