Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 35 hits the shelves this week!

20th March 2018


Die-cutting Essentials 35 hits the shelves this week!

Issue 35 of Die-cutting Essentials is out to buy on Thursday 22nd March and you’re going to fall in love with the incredible FREE 6-in-1 Tonic Studios Flip Flop die that comes with it.


This versatile branded die comes from one of our favourite design studios and is the only die you need to create beautiful all-occasion, birthday, and anniversary cards – as well as everyday greetings for your loved ones.

We love this issue’s free gift so much that we devoted two brilliant features to it. Turn to page 11 to find Claire Rhodes-Brandon’s pastel makes like this one below, or head to page 70 to find card inspiration from Simonne Clay’s female-friendly pink and purple makes.


In this issue, we invited Sue Hughes to create fun cards for men using the latest Trimcraft range – and she’s created a real buzz with the bee theme!

We love this box card.


Happy birthday


Clearly Besotted Many Mini Messages stamp set

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

white, yellow, black, kraft & rust cardstock

3D foam pads

Mustard Seed & Fossilised Amber Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

polka dot embossing folder

Trimcraft First Edition Bee die set


1 Score a 16x29cm piece of white cardstock at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm, leaving a 1cm tab at the end. Turn then score at 9cm.

2 Make cuts from the score lines up to the 9cm scored line. Cut off the top part of the tab, then fold to create an open-ended box, securing the tab on the reverse. Fold down the front and side panels leaving the back panel upright.

3 Cut two strips of white cardstock to measure 9x2cm, score and fold at 1cm from each end then secure inside the top of the box with an equal gap between each piece.

4 Cut three pieces of yellow cardstock to measure 6cm square. Emboss with a polka-dot embossing folder and brush with the Distress Inks. Layer each piece onto slightly larger squares of kraft cardstock then attach to the front and side flaps of the box card.

5 Emboss a 6x15cm piece of yellow cardstock with a polka dot embossing folder, brush with the Distress Ink and layer onto a slightly larger piece of kraft cardstock. Attach to the inside back panel of the box card.

6 Cut three 6x8cm pieces of yellow cardstock, layer onto slightly larger pieces of kraft cardstock and adhere to the lower front and side panels of the box card.

7 Die-cut a honey pot from rust cardstock. Place onto a piece of yellow cardstock and trace around the outside edges with a pencil. Cut just inside the pencil line then stick the rust die-cut piece on top.

8 Die-cut a white honeypot, remove the letters and inlay them onto the rust die-cut. Attach the honeypot to the front flap of the box card with foam pads.

9 Die-cut a white beehive, place onto a piece of rust cardstock and trace around the outside edge with a pencil. Cut just inside the pencil line and stick the white beehive on top.

10 Cut the beehive again from kraft cardstock, remove the roof and leg ‘waste’ pieces and inlay them onto the white beehive. Attach the beehive to the top left corner of the back panel of the box card with 3D foam pads.

11 Die-cut three black bees. Place onto pieces of yellow cardstock and trace around the outer edge of the bodies with a pencil. Cut just inside the pencil lines then stick to the reverse of the bees. Die-cut three white bees, trim the wing sections from each one then layer onto the black bees.

12 Cut three narrow strips of acetate. Use double-sided tape to stick one end of each piece to the reverse of the bees’ bodies then secure the other end of the acetate inside the front, middle and back flaps of the box card.

13 Stamp a sentiment onto white cardstock. Trim to size and layer onto kraft cardstock. Attach to the back panel of the box card with 3D foam pads.


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 reverse die impressions, and here’s a peek at our favourite from the feature.




white 11cm-square card blank

white cardstock

Winsor & Newton ProMarkers

Ranger Perfect Medium Ink

Card Making Magic Christina Collection Flowers & Tags stamp set

Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

Iced Snow Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels

True White Cosmic Shimmer Detail embossing powder

Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen

3D foam pads


heat tool

Spellbinders D-Lites Untamed Fleur die set

Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Border die set


1 Follow the illustrated step-by-step instructions on page 24 of issue 35 of Die-cutting Essentials to create your reverse die impression using the Untamed Fleur die and placing it slightly off centre.

2 Use a scoreboard to add three score lines an equal distance apart down the right-hand side of the card front. Add a die-cut and coloured Stitched Scalloped Border along one of these lines as shown.

3 Add a narrow line of glue around the four edges and sprinkle on Iced Snow, tapping off the excess and leaving to dry.

4 Heat-emboss a sentiment onto white cardstock, then use co-ordinating ProMarkers to colour the background.

5 Add the panel to the card front, then finish with a scattering of sequins and accents to the focal die-cut using a clear sparkle pen.


This is the perfect time to let you know that issue 36 goes on sale 12th April, which comes complete with a fabulous Underwater Friends die set allowing you to build your own scenes for all-occasion cards!

Please keep sharing your ideas and crafty skills with me and the team at Die-Cutting Essentials – we love seeing what you’re up to and if we print your project in the magazine you’re in line for a free gift!

Happy die-cutting!

Kirstie McCrum



  1. Pauline Steward

    can you still get diecutting essenials 35 please

    • Kirstie McCrum

      Hi Pauline - I'm afraid that issue 35 has sold out completely thanks to the popularity of the Cherry Blossom die. The available back issues are here on MoreMags. Don't forget you can subscribe here and never miss an issue again! Thanks so much, Kirstie

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