Papercraft Essentials

Issue 159 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale next week!

20th April 2018


Issue 159 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale next week!

Issue 159 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale on the 26th April, and as a little Friday treat we’re showing you a sneak peek right here…

Free with issue 159 you’ll receive our Man of the Moment die and stamp set, plus bonus sentiment downloads which you’ll find hereI’m already super excited to see what designs you create using these products, but for now let’s check out some of the cards our experts have made just for us.


Vanessa Hodgson has created a range of designs such as this fab twisted easel card…


But don’t be fooled into thinking this free gift is just for men, Vanessa has also put together a selection of pretty cards for women, showcasing how versatile this gift really is. We just LOVE this idea…


As well as Vanessa’s stylish cards for men and women, we’ve also got fabulous gift ideas using your dies, stamps and bonus downloads. Check out Sue Hughes’s makes over on page 80. 


Keren Baker takes over our Beginner’s Guide this issue demonstrating iron-off embossing on page 31. This technique was completely new to me but the results look great and I can’t wait to give it a go using Keren’s handy step-by-step guide. If you love this technique as much as me, have a go at this bonus project:



You’ll need

white 10x18cm card blank

pink & watercolour cardstock

light green scrap cardstock

Bockingford Watercolour Paper

Creative Stamps Background Collection Floral Sketch A6 stamp

My Favorite Things Die-namics Words for Friends dies

Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron & Shabby Shutters Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink 

Clear Mark Nuvo inkpad

clear embossing powder

heat tool

ink-blending tool


3D foam pads 

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a layer of pink cardstock slightly smaller than the card blank and adhere.

2 Cut a slightly smaller piece of watercolour cardstock and use clear Nuvo ink to stamp the floral background then heat-emboss using clear powder.

3 Use an ink-blending tool to apply ink to different areas of the panel as shown, then spray with water and leave to dry.

4 Add couple of sheets of watercolour paper above and below the inked panel and iron until you can see the embossing residue soaked into the paper. Check it has all been removed fro the panel and iron again with more paper if needed.

5 Trim the inked panel into four pieces and arrange onto the card front as shown. Die-cut the sentiment from light green cardstock and attach to the card front as shown to finish.


I think we’re all aware of a royal occasion taking place next month, so what better time to put our skills to the test than with a few gorgeous gift and decoration ideas for your own royal wedding? Turn to page 86 to see Cricut’s projects fit for a king or queen – you won’t want to miss these!

And here’s an extra project to keep you going until the magazine goes on sale…


Champagne flute

You’ll need

Cricut Explore Air/Air 2™ electronic cutting machine

Design Space™ online software

PC & printer

Cricut Bright Pad

silver & Blush Cricut Vinyl 

Cricut XL Applicator

Cricut tool set & wedding tool set

12×12” standard grip cutting mat

Cricut Transfer Tape

champagne glass

Step by step

1 Connect the electronic cutting machine to the PC and log in to your Design Space™ account. Open a new project and in ‘images’ search for and select the ‘best day ever’ image.

2 Create the monogram either using fonts in ‘text’ and welding the letters together once positioned and sized, or, draw using a design software, saved as a .jpg and upload into Design Space™ following the on-screen prompts. Resize the image to fit the glass.

3 Change the project copy quantity to the number required. Cut the images from silver vinyl and the slogan from Blush vinyl ensuring to select the appropriate material setting within ‘material settings’ on screen.

4 Carefully remove the vinyl from the cutting mat by turning the mat upside down and peeling it back from the vinyl. Use scissors to fussy-cut the image.

6 Use the weeder tools and Bright Pad to carefully remove the unwanted vinyl, then use transfer tape to apply the vinyl images to the champagne glass, following the instructions on the package.

*Top tip*

Make sure the letters are welded together to keep the design shape or the letters will cut individually

*Top tip*

Use the Applicator XL tool to apply the vinyl to the cutting mat to ensure good contact


If, like me, you find you have mountains of scrap cardstock lying around that you’re dying to use but don’t know how, see Claire Newcombe stretch her cardstock stash over on page 76. These beautiful rainbow cards have definitely inspired me! And here’s an extra design if you can’t wait until next week…


Happy birthday

You’ll need

Happy birthday

You’ll need

assorted cardstock

various shades of purple cardstock

Imagine Design Create Birthday Wishes stamp set

black inkpad


3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Create a 10.5×14.5cm from dark purple cardstock. Cut a 9.5x13cm piece of light purple cardstock and layer onto a 10x14cm piece of lilac cardstock then adhere to the card front.

2 Cut a 15x4cm strip of coloured cardstock then cut four more strips in different colours measuring 15cm in length and 3.5cm, 3cm, 2.5cm, 2cm and 1.5cm in width. 

3 Layer and adhere the strips into a graduating stack then cut in half. Position and adhere each layered section onto the card front leaving a gap in the centre as shown.

4 Use black ink to stamp the sentiment on either coloured strip then add a bow from twine to finish.

Top tip

Create interest by using a mix of textured and plain cardstock and papers


If you’re looking to recreate Kathy Hodson’s Milestone banner on page 37, showcasing the brand-new Hey Baby paper pad from you’ll find here, the additional instructions below will help you decorate each panel as shown in the magazine…

One Month – Fussy-cut three hot air balloons from the patterned paper and select the yellow glittery ‘Special Delivery’ sentiment from the découpage pad. Fussy-cut two small clouds. Cut a 10x2cm piece of green checked patterned paper and trim a V shape into one end. Fix the photo frame at an angle and attach the strip of checked card on top. Use 3D foam pads to attach the balloons, clouds and sentiment to the panel. Die-cut the ‘baby boy’ sentiment from yellow cardstock and attach to finish. 

Two Months – Fussy-cut a glitter heart and the ‘Hello Little One’ green tag from the tags and toppers sheet from the paper pad. Fussy cut a duck from the animals design. Fix the photo frame to the panel at an angle and add the heart, tag and duck overlapping the frame. Fix a green bow on top of the tag to finish. 

Three Months – Fussy-cut two stretches of bunting, two rocking horses and a bunch of balloons from patterned paper. Fix the frame to the panel and attach the bunting across the top using 3D foam pads. Fix a rocking horse overlapping both bottom corners as shown and add the balloons in the centre. Add rainbow pearls on top of the frame to finish.

Four Months – Fussy-cut seven balloons and an elephant from patterned paper and take the ‘Bundle of Joy’ sentiment tag from the découpage pad. Fix the frame to the right-hand side and attach the balloons over the left-hand side of the panel, on top of the photo and frame. Attach the elephant in the top-left corner of the frame and fix the tag sentiment over the elephant’s trunk. Add twine and tie in a bow around the tag and trunk to finish. 

Five Months – Fussy-cut three stretches of bunting and take the ‘so much love’ sentiment from the découpage pad. Die-cut the ABC blocks from purple chevron paper and fix different coloured offcuts behind each block. Fix the frame to the panel at an angle, add two stretches of bunting at the top and one at the bottom of the frame as shown. Attach the sentiment in the bottom-left corner of the frame and the building blocks in the right-hand corner of the panel.

Six Months – Fix the photo frame to the right-hand side of the panel. Remove image three and four from the ‘Hey Baby’ star deign on the découpage pad. Layer image four on top of three using 3D foam pads and fix to the top-left corner of the frame at an angle. Cut a 6×1.5cm strip of green check paper and trim a V shape from one end. Stamp the date the photo was taken on top and fix on top of the frame, positioned to the right-hand side. Fix a grey felt button on top of the straight edge of the strip and attach a fussy-cut rabbit to finish.


That’s all for issue 159, head to or to order a copy when it goes on sale, or pop down to your local large supermarket or WH Smith.

As always I love to see what you’ve created using inspiration from the magazine, send your cards to me and you could see them in a future issue of Papercraft Essentials!

Happy papercrafting!



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