Papercraft Essentials

Issue 160 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale tomorrow!

16th May 2018


Issue 160 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale tomorrow!

Papercraft Essentials issue 160 hits the shelves on the 17th May, but because I’m SO excited to show off our latest free gift I’m going to let you have a little peek!

With issue 160 you’ll receive our fin-tastic Whale of a Time die & stamp set containing 7 dies and 18 stamps! I know I say it every time but this is one of my favourite gifts this year, and has arrived just in time for a little summer holiday-inspired crafting.


Sandra Rayner has gone all out with these nautical-themed designs that all the family will love. I can’t get enough of the Wishing you a brighter day card and love how Sandra has applied Micro Glass Beads for a fab textured effect. Turn to page 15 in the magazine to see more.


Not only that, on page 80 you’ll see Nicky GIlburt’s seaside-inspired makes plus you can follow her step-by-step guide to recreate the amazing Whale easel design!


Also this issue there are beautiful cards from Sue Hughes, whose Masterclass in inked shaker cards is not to be missed! Head to page 64 to check out Sue’s wonderful designs and learn the technique, and don’t forget to have a go at the bonus card below…


Let’s celebrate

You’ll need

white & pink cardstock

Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade & Picked Raspberry Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Tonic Studios circle & scalloped circle layering die sets

My Favorite Things Die-Namics Balloon Shaker Window & Frame die set

Avery Elle Banner Bits stamp set

VersaMark inkpad

white embossing powder


various colours of sequins

water spritzer


3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Place a large circle die slightly overlapping the folded edge of a white 14.5cm-square card blank and cut out. Cut the same die from pink cardstock and attach to the card front. Trim 0.5cm from the lower edge of the card base.

2 Die-cut a smaller circle from white cardstock. Brush Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry ink over the circle. Overlap each of the colours and blend together where they meet.

3 Use VersaMark ink to stamp the sentiment at the bottom of the circle and heat-emboss in white.

4 Lightly spray water over the inked circle, leave to dry then attach to a slightly larger white scalloped circle. Die-cut a balloon from the circle to create an aperture, turn over and attach a circle of acetate to cover the opening.

5 Attach 3D foam pads around the edge of the aperture, remove the backing and sprinkle sequins inside. Attach a circle of white cardstock, press firmly to secure then turn the panel to the right and adhere to the card blank.

6 Die-cut a balloon frame from white cardstock, brush with Picked Raspberry ink and adhere around the balloon aperture on the card front. Tie a bow from twine and attach below the balloon aperture to finish.

*Top tip*

Trim away a small amount from the base of the circle card blank so the card blank will stand upright


That’s not all, over on page 76 you’ll see a selection of marvellous makes for men, where Fiona Robertson uses the brand-new Woodware Suits Your Sir and One for the Boys stamp sets. For something a little bit different check out Fiona’s bonus design below…


Big hugs

You’ll need

white 15cm-square card blank

white & black cardstock

Woodware One for the Boys stamp set

Blue Lagoon & Mustard Seed Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Versamark ink pad

ink-blending tool

white embossing powder

heat tool

3D foam pads

Step by step

1 Cut a 14cm square of white cardstock and use VersaMark ink to stamp the background as shown. Heat-emboss in white then leave to cool.

2 Use Distress Ink and an ink-blending tool to add colour all over the embossed panel as shown.

3 Use VersaMark ink to stamp some of the sentiments onto black cardstock and heat-emboss in white. Trim to size and attach to the relevant places on the inked panel.

4 Cut a 14.5cm square of black cardstock and distress the edges using scissors. Layer the inked panel onto the black cardstock and attach to the card front to finish.

*Top tip*

Stamp and heat-emboss the sentiments one at a time – this helps not to overlap as it’s difficult to see VersaMark ink


We have one more card to round-off your sneak peek into issue 160. Turn to page 37 to see Nicky Gilburt stretch her Mother’s Day stash to create pretty cards for female birthdays and all occasions, including arrival of a new baby!


New baby

You’ll need

Dovecraft Amazing Mum 8×8” paper pad & decoupage pad

white & turquoise cardstock

pink glitter cardstock

Tonic Studios New baby die

Creative Dies Plus Wonky Stitches Collection Squares & Stitched Borders die set

turquoise pearls

pink ribbon

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Pop out the swimming swan découpage and assemble all but the base layer using 3D foam pads.

2 Use the stitched border die to cut an extra hillside from turquoise cardstock and position behind the swan as shown.

3 Cut a square of swan patterned paper to the width of the découpage and affix the swan panel over it using 3D foam pads. Matt and layer onto white and turquoise cardstock leaving narrow borders then affix to the card front.

4 Die-cut the greeting from pink glitter and white cardstock, snip the bricks from the white die-cut and assemble using the letters from the pink die-cut to co-ordinate.

5 Die-cut a stitched square and matt onto white cardstock, add the greeting and affix to the card front using 3D foam pads. Add a bow and a few pearls in the top-right corner to finish.

*Top tip*

Use a bone folder to curve the elements from the découpage to soften the image and hide the 3D foam pads underneath


That’s all for issue 160. As always head to or to pick up your copy when it goes on sale on 17th May, or pop down to your local large supermarket, WH Smith or Hobbycraft.

If you’ve created anything you’re particularly proud of using our fabulous free gifts, don’t forget to email them to me at the address below or post pictures on the Papercraft Essentials Facebook page at

Happy papercrafting!



  1. Eliza

    Where are the images for the bonus cards please

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Eliza, I've looked into this and the images should be visible now. Sorry about that!

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