Simply Cards & Papercraft

Simply Cards & Papercraft 175 sneak peek

16th March 2018


Simply Cards & Papercraft 175 sneak peek

Issue 175 of Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves on the 22nd March and we’ve fallen head over heels with the free Home Sweet Home die and stamp set

As we worked on issue 175, the so-called Beast From The East was in full force acorss the UK. After the initial promise of an impeding spring last month, we were brought back down to earth with a thud. However, the amazing card samples in issue 175 perked us up and assured us, that spring is on its way!


The incredible Home Sweet Home build-a-house die set and co-ordinating stamp set is definitely a must-have addition to your craft stash.

The free gift card examples in the magazine cater for all tastes – whether it’s Sue Hughes’s stunning scenic cards or Helen Griffin’s fabulously fun kinetic makes, we’ve got something for everyone.




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

The issue is jam-packed with fabulous ideas from technique-filled makes where we guide you through learning a new skill, to card samples focusing new releases from some of your favourite companies. You’ll find a step-by-step guides on acrylic paint pouring and multicoloured background stamping, and new product features from Dovecraft, Cheshire Crafts and Card Making Magic.

As usual, we’ve provided so much inspiration that we just couldn’t squeeze it into the magazine. So we’ve got a handful of bonus makes right here for you.

First up we’ve tackled those hard-to-make cards for men using Card Making Magic The Christina Collection Masculine Additions range from CraftStash. Better still, we’ve even joined forces with CraftStash to bring you a 20% discount until the 26th April – turn to page 80 of the magazine to find out how to claim your discount.


Have a spec-tacular birthday


You will need

Card Making Magic The Christina Collection Masculine Additions die set & stamp set

white, black & grey cardstock

Velvet Night My Colours cardstock

Arctic Blue Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Ink spray mist

blue, orange & black vellum

silk thread

cling film

Pinflair Gel glue

3D foam pads

double-sided adhesive sheet

manual die-cutting machine

ink-blending mat

cling film

Simply make

1 Spray the blue ink onto an ink-blending mat, scrunch up some cling film and lightly dab the ink. Place white cardstock on top and lightly press down lift up and set aside to dry.

2 Cut various colours of cardstock using the glasses die, adhere to vellum and trim any overhang. Stamp the sentiment and die-cut into a circle.

3 Ink two 7×15.5cm panels of cardstock, matt onto navy cardstock, leaving a boarder on each side. Make four holes and add thread to each on one of the panels before securing the glass as shown.

4 Affix the sentiment onto the second inked panel using 3D foam pads. Affix the sunglasses panel onto a 10.5×18.5cm piece of white cardstock.

5 Adhere the sentiment panel in place using 3D foam pads and glue gel, offsetting as shown.

Time saver

If you have ink left on the ink-blending panel, why not use it to ink other panels of cardstock for future projects

Second up, we’ve got a bonus technique idea from Claire Rhodes-Brandon – this time she’s mastering acrylic paint pouring – we love this technique!


Live happy

You will need

white 12.7cm-square card blank

white & fuchsia cardstock

Yupo painting paper

acrylic paints

plastic shot glasses


mixing sticks

disposable rubber gloves (optional)

acrylic glue

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Creative Dies Plus Wonky Stitches Collection Nesting Squares die set

Lawn Fawn Scripty Happy die

Brother P-Touch Label Maker and smartphone App

Simply make

1 Using the largest nesting die, cut a square from white cardstock big enough to cover the card front and affix in place.

2 Cut an 11cm square of fuchsia cardstock and add to the card front.

3 Create an acrylic paint background following the illustrated step-by-step guide in the magazine and die-cut to measure slightly smaller than the fuchsia panel.

3 Die-cut the ‘happy’ sentiment from the background and white cardstock. Attach the background to the card front, and inlay the white sentiment into the die-cut aperture.

4 Create the word ‘live’ on your smartphone and print onto a clear label. Add to the card front as shown.

5 Cut a white frame using the nesting dies and add to the card front to finish.

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


Don’t forget to download your bonus The Paper Nest Dolls digital stamps by visiting the download post here

Mark your calendars for the 19th April when issue 176 hits the shelves – you will not want to miss the fabulous free gifts with that issue!

Happy cardmaking


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