Papercraft Essentials

Papercraft Essentials issue 157 is on sale next week

2nd March 2018


Papercraft Essentials issue 157 is on sale next week

Issue 157 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale on 8th March and to celebrate we’re sharing a sneak peek of our super fun free gift. 

Coming this issue is our Kinetic Creations spinner & slider die & stamp set for you to create fabulous birthday and all-occasion cards that all the family will love. We’re also spoiling you with some bonus scenic background papers which you can download from here.


Sue Hughes‘s designs, starting on page 15, are truly out of this world and have definitely inspired me to try more kinetic designs in my crafting. 


If you’re looking to try something different with your spinner & slider die set, check out this extra card Sue designed just for us, where she uses the slider die to create a border, genius! And don’t forget to check out page 19, where Nicky Gilburt’s step-by-step guide demonstrates the perfect way to use your free template which can be found on the reverse of your free gift.


The world is your oyster

You’ll need

free gift

white 12cm-square card blank

white, pink, blue, teal & yellow cardstock

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Bamboo Leaves Memento inkpad

Copic markers

Sticky Fixers

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Mount a 10cm square of yellow cardstock onto a slightly larger piece of blue cardstock then pink cardstock and attach to the card front. Attach a 9cm square of teal cardstock to the centre of the card front.

2 Die-cut the slider die four times from white cardstock. Stamp roses along each of the die-cut strips and colour. Position the strips to create a square-shaped frame and attach together at the corners.

3 Die-cut another slider strip from white cardstock and stamp the sentiment onto it. Position the strip diagonally underneath the frame and secure on the reverse.

4 Die-cut two more strips from pink and yellow cardstock and adhere to the reverse of the frame as shown. Trim off any excess pieces of cardstock and attach the frame to the centre of the card front.

5 Use Bamboo Leaves ink to stamp the globe onto white cardstock, colour then cut out. Attach to the top-right corner of the card front to finish.

*Top tip*

Why not use the slider die for something different? The cut-offs can be joined to form a frame or you could create apertures or borders


If that wasn’t enough, Keren Baker has also created an extra card using your free gift. Follow the instructions below, then head to page 91 to see the rest of her designs.


Exciting times ahead

You’ll need

free gift

white 13.5cm-square card blank

white, yellow, grey & teal cardstock

circle dies

Black Shadow Nuvo inkpad

Dusty Concord, Salty Ocean & Broken China Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Electric Lime Ranger Dye Ink

white & silver gel pen

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Trim a piece of yellow cardstock slightly smaller than the card front and adhere, then trim a slightly smaller piece of grey cardstock and adhere over the top.

2 Trim a smaller piece of white cardstock and use Distress Ink, water and white and silver gel pens to create a galaxy background as shown.

3 Die-cut the slider aperture from the inked panel then use black ink to stamp the sentiment onto the aperture cut out.

4 Use Electric Lime ink to stamp the globe then add a little blue ink over the top and trim. Die-cut a large circle from teal cardstock and add to the top-right corner of the inked panel then trim off the excess.

5 Die-cut two circles from the free gift and add 3D foam pads to the centre of each. Position one of the circles onto the card blank with the 3D foam pads facing upwards. Add 3D foam pads onto the reverse of the inked panel at least 5mm away from the edge of the aperture.

6 Adhere the panel onto the card front, ensuring the 3D foam pads are centred under the aperture then attach the remaining cardstock circle on top as shown.

7 Attach the globe onto the top of the circle then decorate the card front using white and silver gel pen to finish.


Also this issue you’ll see some amazing cards from Nicky Gilburt using the brand-new Creative Stamps Llamas in Pyjamas stamp set. Head to page 61 to see Nicky’s fab designs PLUS get a 20% discount code for these stamps from CraftStash!


You’ll also have the chance to enter Fantastic Ribbons’s competition for the chance to win one of 20 vouchers worth £25 to be used on their website! Turn to page 36 in the magazine for more details.


If you’ve been admiring Lili of the Valley’s latest Jasmine and Oliver designs starting on page 43 you’ll have noticed an ‘out of the box’ technique mentioned for their So Special card. You can find a full explanation of this technique below.


So special – Out of the box technique

This is a very useful technique to use when your image doesn’t quite fit into the area you want it to or if you particularly want a bit of your image to show outside the area.

I wanted Jasmine to be in the main area of the circle die with her legs sticking out of the bottom. To do this, place the die on the image where desired and use a pencil to draw a line around the inside of the die. Cut down into the image around all sections that are outside the circle using scissors or a craft knife.

Slot these pieces through the centre of your die and line it up with the pencil lines. The sharp cutting edge of your die should be facing downwards so those pieces of paper that are lying on top of the die will not be cut when you run it through your machine.

Fix the die in place using easy-lift tap and run it through your die-cutting machine, then cut away the excess paper from the image.

You should be left with a perfect circle and party of your image ‘outside’ the circle. Don’t forget to rub out your pencil lines!


Don’t forget, if you’re using Mel Jess‘s egg-celent (had to be done) creations on page 85 to get ahead for Easter, you’ll need an egg template which you can download from here.


Phew! I think that might be everything for this issue. Be sure to head to or to order a copy when it goes on sale, or pop down to your local Hobbycraft, large supermarket, or WH Smith.

If you’ve made something you’re particularly proud of feel free to send it to me at and you might see it in our next readers’ gallery.

Happy papercrafting!



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