Papercraft Essentials

Papercraft Essentials issue 161 is on sale next week

8th June 2018


Papercraft Essentials issue 161 is on sale next week

Issue 161 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale next Thursday 14th June but here’s your chance to catch a sneak peek at the latest crafty gift.

With this latest issue you’ll receive the Apple Blossom Bubbles and Fizz embossing folder and 14-piece stamp set PLUS four co-ordinating outline dies! This gift is perfect for a celebration, be it a birthday, anniversary, graduation or special family occasion.


Claire Gladman showcases the versatility of your Bubbles and Fizz gift on page 15 to create these masculine birthday and all-occasion cards. I just love how much detail has gone into these makes, I think the Birthday box is my favourite.


If you’re looking for something a little more feminine, turn to page 80 where Marie Jones has designed all-occasion cards for women with a touch of sparkle!


To try your hand at our rotating stencils Beginner’s guide head to page 31. Claire Rhodes-Brandon introduces the technique and talks us through the best ways to achieve this stylish effect. Lucky for us she’s made a bonus card too! Check it out below…


Happy birthday to you

You’ll need

white 15cm-square card blank

white cardstock

Tonic Studios Essentials Falling Diamonds stencil

Creative Dies Plus Wonky Stitches Nesting Squares die set

circle nesting dies

Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy die & stamp set

Toffee VersaFine inkpad

Shabby Shutters & Tattered Rose Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

ink-blending tool

Rose Water Tonic Studios Nuvo Jewel Drops

paper flower


low-tack tape

acrylic glue

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Use low-tack tape to secure the stencil to a piece of white cardstock. Apply Shabby Shutters ink, leave to dry then remove. Rotate the stencil 180°and secure using low-tack tape. Apply Tattered Rose ink through the stencil then leave to dry and remove.

2 Trim the stencilled panel to a 14.5cm square then die-cut the largest nesting square die from the panel and attach to the card blank. Adhere the die-cut square to a 13.2cm square of white cardstock and attach to the card front using 3D foam pads.

3 Add a piece of torn vellum across the bottom of the card front as shown. Stamp and die-cut the ‘happy’ sentiment and add to card front using 3D foam pads

4 Use VersaFine ink to stamp the remaining sentiment, trim to size and attach to the card front. Add a paper flower and decorate using Rose Water drops to finish.

*Top tip*

To adhere vellum use dots of glue where you will be adding other elements so they will hide the glue


Not only that, if you’d like to master inked-inlay apertures make sure you turn to page 64 to see Sue Hughes’s stunning birthday and all-occasion cards using the new Pretty Quick Silhouette Collection – there’s even a cheeky discount code to be used at CraftStash too! If you like the sound of this technique, take a look at Sue’s bonus card below.


Make a wish

You’ll need

white 14x11cm card blank

light pink, dark pink & white cardstock

Pretty Quick Mother & Baby Silhouette Collection die set

My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames dies

Clearly Besotted Say What? stamp set

Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

ink-blending tool

Stick It adhesive sheets

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Attach a 13.5×10.5cm piece of dark pink cardstock to the card blank.

2 Stamp the sentiment in the top-right corner of a 13x10cm piece of white cardstock. Die-cut the silhouette window from the centre to create an aperture. Attach an adhesive sheet to a 10x9cm piece of white card, remove the backing and place behind the aperture then attach the panel to the card front.

3 Die-cut the silhouette window from white cardstock and place inside the aperture on the card front.

4 Die-cut the shaped oval from white cardstock. Blend Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers ink at opposite sides of the oval then blend with Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar ink.

5 Die-cut the silhouette window from the inked panel. Carefully remove the waste pieces then inlay them inside the white silhouette on the card front.

6 Die-cut a 13x10cm scalloped rectangle frame from pink cardstock and use 3D foam pads to attach to the card front to finish.


Last but not least are the adorable animal-inspired cards for kids by Nicky Gilburt on page 76, using the new Down on the Farm and Farmyard Residents Creative Expressions Lisa Horton Craft Dies. We absolutely adore these cute cards – there’s also a 10% CraftStash discount to be claimed on these die set for a limited time only! Don’t miss Nicky’s bonus card below…


Happy birthday

You’ll need

white 6”-square card blank

white, blue, teal, yellow, orange, tan, black & grey cardstock

Creative expressions Craft Dies by Lisa Horton Stitched Collection Down on the Farm die set

Creative Dies Plus Stitched Borders die set

Lawn Fawn So Much To Say stamp set

Tea Dye & Tumbled Glass Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

VersaMark inkpad

white embossing powder

heat tool

ink-blending sponge

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 To create the tractor, trailer, fence, and 10 hay bales die-cut the elements from coloured cardstock. Assemble the tractor and adhere the pieces together.

2 Use the stitched borders die set to cut a hillside from a 5×3½” panel of yellow cardstock and die-cut a cloud line from scrap cardstock. Position it over a 5” square of white cardstock and lightly blend Tumbled Glass ink upwards from the stencil, repeating to halfway down the square.

3 Use a straight edge of cardstock to add plough lines across the bottom of the field then use Tea Dye ink to shade the field as shown.

3 Die-cut another cloud line from green cardstock and trim to create a hedge. Affix across the panel and add the fence as shown.

4 Use the wheel dies to re-cut four of the hay bales and ink around the edges. Add five bales in the trailer then use 3D foam pads to affix the tractor and trailer to the panel. Add the four small bales to the hillside.

5 Layer the panel onto squares of orange and blue cardstock then affix to the card front. Use VersaMark ink to stamp the sentiment onto blue cardstock, heat-emboss in white and trim to size, leaving space on the left-hand side. Affix to the panel as shown and add the final hay bale to finish.

*Top tip*

Applying a darker shade of ink around the edges of a die-cut shape on adds interest quickly and easily


Phew! I think that’s everything for issue 161. Visit or to buy your copy when it goes on sale next week, or pop into your local supermarket, WH Smith or Hobbycraft.

Make sure you like our Facebook page, Papercraft Essentials, so you can keep up-to-date with our latest crafty endeavours and share your makes for everyone to admire.

Happy papercrafting!




  1. Denise Shepherd

    I love all these magazines and the brilliant free gifts and downloads. Thank you so much. Dx

    • Victoria Clare

      Thank you Denise, we're glad you like them!

  2. Margaret Taylor

    Why can I not find the competitions for Papercraft Essential mags when I put the in Please

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Margaret, to enter the competitions for issue 161, please visit – hope this helps!

  3. Sandra

    I’m also having issues finding the competitions, I type in my browser and it doesn’t take me to any competition page?

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Sandra, I've just checked the link and it is definitely working. If you copy and paste the link you sent into the web address bar at the top of your browser it should take you straight to the page. If you type it into a google search bar it won't work, it needs to be the address bar at the top. Hope this helps! Ria

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