Papercraft Essentials

Issue 163 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves next week!

3rd August 2018


Issue 163 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves next week!

Issue 163 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on 9th August but we’re feeling generous so he’s a special sneak peek at your next gift!

With issue 163 of Papercraft Essentials you’ll receive the stunning Meadow Flowers gift including an embossing folder, die and 11-piece stamp set. This collection is perfect for birthday and all-occasion makes for men and women, so don’t miss our Design Team’s inspiring ideas…

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Papercraft Magazines Designer of the Year 2017 winner Sarah Jane Smallwood-Smith’s pretty designs can be found on page 15. We love all the different ways Sarah has used the embossing folder, she’s even heat-embossed the butterfly wings onto vellum to create beautiful flowers!


As well as this, turn to page 80 to see Kim Dellow‘s ideas using your gift. Kim has used watercolour paint in her designs and the results are stunning!


This issue our Masterclass teaches you the die-cut letterpress technique. Claire Rhodes-Brandon talks you through the dos and don’ts and shares her best top tips to achieve the perfect letterpressed look. She’s even used the die from your Meadow Flowers gift to create a bee-utiful card! Turn to page 64 to see more. If you can’t wait until next week, here’s a special bonus design from Claire…

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Happy birthday

You’ll need

white 14.5×12.5cm card blank

white & black cardstock

watercolour card

Joanna Sheen Signature Dies Isobel Lace Border

WPlus9 Happy Trio die set

birthday sentiment stamp

Angel Pink Memento inkpad

Rosewater Tonic Studios Nuvo Jewel Drops

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Add a 13.5×11.5cm piece of black cardstock to the card front.

2 Die-cut three lace borders from white cardstock and one from vellum and adhere all four together.

3 Generously apply Angel Pink ink onto the vellum side and blend, then carefully place the stacked die-cut onto a 13x11cm piece of watercolour card and run through the die-cutting machine. Adhere the panel to the card front

4 Die-cut the ‘happy’ sentiment from black cardstock and add to the card front using 3D foam pads. Use Angel Pink ink to stamp the ‘birthday’ sentiment onto white cardstock, trim to size and attach as shown.

5 Decorate the card front using Rosewater Jewel Drops to finish.

*Top tip*

Choose dies with lots of detail for a more interesting look


Also in issue 163 you’ll see the latest collection from Crafter’s Companion. The new Create-a-Card die sets are magical – head to page 37 to see beautiful designs from Angela Blaney or check out her bonus card below.

make a wish PE issue 163

Make a wish

You’ll need

white A4 Sheena Stamping Card

watercolour cardstock

Crafter’s Companion Gemini Create-a-Card Enchanted Garden die set

nesting stitched rectangle dies

Crafter’s Companion Gemini Cake Accessories stamp set

Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge & Shabby Shutters Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Abandoned Coral Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

rock salt


Collall Tacky Glue

Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Score, fold and burnish two sheets of Sheena Stamping Card at 5½” and 11” and trim one to 7½” and the other to 4½” tall. The last small section should bend back towards the front and will form a tab for the zigzag front piece. Trim a 5×7” piece of watercolour cardstock.

2 Tap all Distress Inks onto a glass mat and spritz with water. Allow the colours to merge a little then spritz the watercolour cardstock to dampen and place on top of the ink. Flick diluted ink over the surface using a paintbrush. Spritz with water again to ensure a wet surface then sprinkle rock salt and leave to dry.

3 Cut and emboss the Enchanted Garden frame in the front of the cardstock and apply Milled Lavender ink through the die. Cut and emboss a selection of flowers and the fairy in a downward slope from where the front panel will attach to the card blank on one side to the other, then back again. The two sections should be cut separately as they need to be cut from opposite sides of the panel to ensure the emboss detail faces the front of the completed design. Apply Dusty Concord ink to create a silhouette effect.

4 Adhere the panel to the card blank and trim the excess flap above the join. Cut two 5½x5” pieces of stamping card and cut more flowers in each, varying the heights, then apply a light layer of Dusty Concord ink. Adhere one to the inside cover and adhere the inked background panel from Step 2 to the inside of the card blank, to show through the frame aperture. Attach the remaining flowers over the top as shown.

5 Use Jet Black ink to stamp the sentient onto stamping card and die-cut into a stitched rectangle. Attach to the bottom of the card front to finish.


Last but not least for issue 163 is our bonus card from Lavinia Stamps! We always love the inky backgrounds on their designs (and the beautiful stamps of course!) and this one is no different. Turn to page 20 in the magazine to see more.

Lavinia PE issue 163


You’ll need

white DL card blank

white Lavinia Stamps Multifarious Card

grey cardstock

Lavinia Stamps Indra stamp

Nocturne VersaFine Clair inkpads

Abandoned Coral, Aged Mahogany & Hickory Smoke Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

white & Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen

grey alcohol marker

gold & white Mica powder


Step by step

1 Add a little of each Distress Ink to the craft mat and spritz with water. Dip a piece of Multifarious Card slightly smaller than the card blank into the ink and dry. Repeat until you are happy with the result.

2 Use Nocturne ink to stamp both Indra images over the edge of the inked panel as shown. Use a waterbrush to add Abandoned Coral ink within the Indra’s wings. Leave to dry then blend Hickory Smoke ink around the edges of the panel.

3 Mix the Mica powders with water and add a light coat of white inside the wings and gold to the tips as shown.

4 Use a grey alcohol marker to add a drop shadow. Highlight the body using a white Stardust pen and the antennae using a clear Stardust pen. Layer the panel onto white and grey cardstock then attach to the card front to finish.

*Top tip*

Use the Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen to highlight the different coloured areas in the background, it helps to add depth and interest


That’s everything for issue 163 of Papercraft Essentials. Mark your calendars for 9th August and visit or to buy your copy online, or head to your local large supermarket, Hobbycraft or WH Smith.

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Happy papercrafting!




  1. Esther Ashford

    Love this magazine, so many great ideas

    • Victoria Clare

      We're glad you like it Esther :)

  2. Ann Isgar

    I keep getting an error message 404 - File or directory not found. when I try to do the competitions.

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Ann, we are currently working to get the link up and running again, in the meantime please click the following link to enter competitions and giveaways for issue 163: – Thanks, Ria

      • Kath Morgan

        I have tried above but cannot get it to work.

        • Victoria Clare

          Hi Kath, to enter competitions for issue 163 please visit – Thanks, Ria

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