Papercraft Essentials

Issue 162 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale next week!

6th July 2018


Issue 162 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale next week!

Issue 162 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale on 12th July so we think it’s the perfect time to share a sneak peek of our latest gift.

With our brand-new issue you can get your crafty hands on the wonderful Joanna Sheen Ring of Roses die and stamp set, PLUS 32 pages of co-ordinating paper downloads which you can access here. This gift is all you need to create elegant birthday and all-occasion cards so don’t miss our amazing Design Team’s ideas.


Sandra Rayner’s stunning collection of cards can be found on page 15 and are not to be missed. There’s so many clever ideas to try, I can’t wait to give them a go!


If that wasn’t enough, check out page 64 to try your hand at Vanessa Hodgson’s contemporary creations such as the one below. We’ve even got inspiring ideas from Joanna Sheen herself! Turn to page 92 to see more.


Don’t miss this issue’s Beginner’s guide – Sue Hughes talks us through the paper piecing technique, demonstrating how to achieve the best results with her easy-to-follow step-by-step guide. Why not give it a go with her bonus card below? Or turn to page 31 to check out the rest of Sue’s designs, perfect for male and female designs.


You’re the best

You’ll need

white & orange cardstock

Dovecraft Back to Basics 8×8” paper pad

Copic markers

DigiStamp Boutique Star Harry digital stamp

Your Next Stamp Cool Tag Banner Sentiments

Onyx Black VersaFink inkpad

Step by step

1 Print the digital stamp onto white cardstock and trim to 11cm-square. Colour the face and hair using Copic markers then stamp the sentiment in the bottom-right corner. Layer onto an 11.5cm square of orange cardstock then attach to a white 12cm-square card blank.

2 Print the same image onto green patterned paper and cut out the outside frame then attach to the main image on the card front.

3 Print the digital image onto orange patterned paper and cut out the star. Attach to the main image on the card front as shown.

4 Print the image onto stripy patterned paper, cut out the t-shirt and layer onto the main image as shown to finish.

*Top tip*

Ensure the image is coloured in before adding the patterned papers to prevent the colour spreading onto the papers


On page 37 of issue 162 you’ll find the latest and loveliest Floral Favourites collection from Hunkydory! This range has arrived just in time, I can’t wait to get out in the garden in this beautiful weather and get crafting with these lovely papers and toppers. If you can’t wait until next week to see all the designs, have a quick peek at Hunkydory’s bonus card below…


A special friend

You’ll need

white 17.5cm-square card blank

gold Mirri Card

Floral Favourites Designer Deco-Large collection

Adorable Scoreboard

3D foam pads

Step by step

1 Use the scoreboard to score the card front in half and fold back on itself.

2 Cover the fold and inside the card blank with gold Mirri Card then a slightly smaller piece of patterned cardstock.

3 Take the topper and add the various layers using 3D foam pads then adhere to the front panel of the card blank as shown.

4 Add a decorative strip inside the card blank then use 3D foam pads to add the sentiment topper on top to finish.


If all that wasn’t enough, turn to page 80 to master the ink-blended stencilling technique. I absolutely love Marie Jones’s designs, they make the perfect cards for summer birthdays and so much more. To start you off have a go at Marie’s bonus card below.


With love

You’ll need

white 10.5cm x 15cm card blank

Smooth White cardstock

Imagination Crafts Butterfly Delight stencil

Xcut With Love mini sentiment die

Tim Holtz Distress ink pads Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink



manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 9.5x14cm piece of smooth white cardstock. Blend Cracked Pistachio ink at the bottom of the panel then blend Scattered Straw then Dried Marigold ink across the cardstock, blending the colours together where they meet as shown.

2 Place the stencil over the inked cardstock. Blend Evergreen Bough ink through the stencil at the bottom the cardstock and Cracked Pistachio ink toward the top.

3 Remove the stencil and attach the inked cardstock to card front. Die-cut the sentiment and three small hearts from white cardstock and attach as shown. Add a bow and decorate with gems to finish.

Top tip

Use lighter shades of ink on the base and darker shades to blend through the stencil so you can see the contrast


That’s about it for issue 162. Visit or to buy your copy when it goes on sale next week, or head down to your local large supermarket, Hobbycraft or WH Smith.

Be sure to like our Facebook page so you can keep up-to-date with everything that’s happening in issue 162 and other upcoming issues – you can also share your latest makes with us!

Happy papercrafting!



  1. Jan Metcalfe

    I can never find where to enter the competitions on your freebies pages despite having used the addresses given - I have searched all over the place -please help

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Jan, to enter competitions and giveaways for issue 162, please enter into the bar at the top of your browser (where the www. goes) – if you enter it into a google search bar the link will not work and you will not find the page. I hope this helps. Ria

  2. Tricia Rasberry

    The ppjump link doesn't work or sends you to a build your own website site, creative stamper posted a link for issue 60, but what about the rest of your portfolio?

    • Nicky Gilburt

      Hello Tricia. Please enter rather than, plus the relevant code. This now applies to all of our magazines as we have had an issue with the old links but this has been fixed across the board now. Although the competition and giveaways for PE162 did close on 16th August, but PE163 is now open. Best wishes, Nicky

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