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Papercraft Essentials issue 164 is on sale next week

31st August 2018


Papercraft Essentials issue 164 is on sale next week

Issue 164 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale on 6th September and to celebrate our NEW CHRISTMAS ISSUE we’re showing a sneak peek at your next gift!

With Papercraft Essentials issue 164 you’ll receive our beautiful Christmas Memories gift, made up of a 22-piece stamp set and 8 dies! Kick-start your Christmas crafting with this stunning Nutcracker-inspired collection, perfect for festive makes for the whole family. There’s also extra digital sentiments which you can download from here.

PE 164 gift

Sarah Jane Smallwood-Smith has pulled out all the stops with this group of sparkling Christmas designs. Turn to page 15 in the magazine to see more – we just love the triple twisted easel card!


For more contemporary cards be sure to check out page 80 for Vanessa Hodgson’s ideas using your stunning gift. You can also follow Vanessa’s step-by-step guide to creating a stamped scene using masks.


Did you know you can also use your Christmas Memories gift and digital downloads to design pretty birthday and all-occasion cards for women? Don’t miss out! Jane Roy shows you how it’s done on page 62 of the magazine.

This issue you can try your hand at shape stamping in our Beginner’s guide on page 30. Join Sally Holmes as she talks you through the technique and have a go at her easy-to-follow step-by-step guide. As we’re fast approaching the festive season Sally has made a bonus card too! Check out her design below.


Season’s greetings

You’ll need

white 5×7” card blank

watercolour & red cardstock

Inkylicious Small Bauble stencil

Hobby Art Nature’s Song A5 stamp set

Rhubarb Stalk, Olive Grove, Rich Cocoa & Summer Sky Memento inkpad

Garnet, Avocado, Gold Pearl & Platinum Pearl Ranger Liquid Pearls

ink-blending tool

ZIG Clean Color Real Brush markers

Star Dust Ranger Stickles glitter glue

red ribbon

Step by step

1 Cut a 9.5x13cm piece of watercolour cardstock. Use pencil to lightly draw around the bauble stencil in the centre of the panel.

2 Use Rhubarb Stalk ink to stamp the poinsettia three times across the centre of the bauble and colour using markers.

3 Stamp the pine cones, berry twigs and snowflakes to fill the remaining space then rub out the pencil line.

4 Blend a little Rhubarb Stalk ink around the panel as shown then layer onto a slightly larger piece of red cardstock.

5 Stamp the sentiment onto watercolour cardstock, trim to size then layer onto a slightly larger piece of red cardstock.

6 Use Olive Grove ink to stamp the pine branch around the edges of the card front then use the same ink to blend over the stamped images as shown.

7 Attach the shape stamped panel and sentiment panel to the card front. Decorate using liquid pearls and glitter glue then add a ring of gold dots to the top of the bauble and a red ribbon to finish.


Don’t forget, if you’d like to recreate Penny Ward’s Reasons to be happy card from page 22, you’ll need a template which you can download from here.

To see more fabulous makes from our talented Design Team be sure to pick up a copy of issue 164 when it goes on sale on 6th September. Buy your copy from any large supermarket, WH Smith or craft retailer, or head online to or

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Happy papercrafting!



  1. Donna Robertson

    Ppjump link for competitions is not working

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Donna, to access competitions for issue 164 please visit – Thanks, Ria

      • fiona davey

        i can confirm that the isnt working. i have been trying for several days now.

        • Victoria Clare

          Hi Fiona, I've just tried the link and it is working. Please copy and paste the following link into your address bar: Thanks, Ria

      • Jeanette Wilmot

        still doesn't work

    • Barbara

      It never is working

      • Victoria Clare

        Hi Barbara, I have just checked the link and can confirm that it is working. Please use .com instead of The address you need to enter is – I hope this helps, Ria

  2. Moira Hill

    access to competitions issue164 still not working

    • Kirstie McCrum

      Hi Doreen - Sorry for the issue - if you use instead of, it will work. Here is the link for Papercraft Essentials 164 giveaways. Thanks so much, Kirstie

      • Margaret Taylor is not working I have been trying also to Get through

  3. Margaret Taylor is not working I have been trying also to Get through

  4. Darrian West

    issue 164 will not allow me to see the downloads. Just takes me back to beginning when I click on download

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