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Papercraft Essentials issue 165 hits the shelves next week

21st September 2018


Papercraft Essentials issue 165 hits the shelves next week

Issue 165 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale on 27th September and we’re so excited about our ultimate Christmas gift!

With issue 165 you’ll receive our fabulous Festive Friend gift, made up of 3 dies and a 22-piece stamp set. As a special Christmas treat we’re also giving you a 64-page paper pack which you can download from hereOn top of that there’s loads of inspiring ideas from our experts on how to get the best from your gift.


Vanessa Hodgson has created a selection of beautiful cards using your gift – this is definitely one of our favourites! It really shows what you can achieve with the smaller stamps in your set. Turn to page 15 in the magazine to see more.


For more traditional Christmas cards don’t miss Christine Smith’s makes on page 80. Christine has done a great job of showcasing your patterned papers – there’s even a step-by-step guide on how to get the perfect placement using your co-ordinating dies.


On page 30 of issue 165 you can follow Kim Dellow’s Beginner’s guide to reactive Distress Ink. Kim has used the technique to create artsy-style watercolour cards and the results are stunning! Test your skills and have a go at this bonus card…



You’ll need

plum 13x15cm card blank

watercolour paper

My Favorite Things Sketchy Flowers stamp set

Clearly Besotted Fancy Sayings stamp set

Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold & Peeled Paint Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Jet Black Ranger Archival ink

heat tool

water spritzer

3D foam pads

Step by step

1 Stamp the inside stamp block sections for the flowers in the co-ordinating places for the outline of the flowers.

2 Spritz the stamped image with with water. Use a small amount and add to it as you need to. Use a heat tool to dry sections as required.

3 Once you have achieved the desired look and the surface is dry, stamp the outline flower stamp over the top using Jet Black ink.

4 Adhere the panel onto the card blank and adhere the stamped sentiment to finish.


If you want to take a break from cardmaking and are ready to try your hand at some off-the-page projects, check out Solance Fleur’s Christmas gift and decoration ideas on page 61. There’s a range of ideas from recipe books, gift card holders and pretty canvases. Solance has also put together these cute gift tags as a special treat just for you!


Gift tags

You’ll need

blue & kraft cardstock

Christmas patterned paper

5cm circle die

Lawn Fawn Trim the Tree stamp set

Christmas stamps

black VersaMark inkpad

clear embossing powder

heat tool

Christmas twine

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Use VersaMark ink to stamp the Christmas images and sentiments onto blue and kraft cardstock, heat-emboss using clear powder and die-cut into circles as shown.

2 For every circular image die-cut another plain circle for the reverse of the tag, the trim a selection of 5.5cm double-sided squares from Christmas patterned paper. Cut lengths of twine for each tag.

3 Assemble the tags using 3D foam pads, sandwiching a piece of folded twine in between the patterned base and the stamped image top of the tag. Attach a plain circle on the reverse.

*Top tip*

If  you prefer, you can punch the circles first and then stamp the image after


That’s not all! On page 65 you can follow Emma Fuge’s expert guide to creating delightful festive scenes using the partial die-cut technique. We absolutely love these ideas, they’re just perfect for wintry cards. There’s even a bonus design which we’ve shared below.


Joy to the world

You’ll need

white, black & green cardstock

Stampin’ Up! Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper

Stampin’ Up! Hearts Come Home & Pop of Petals stamp set

Stampin’ Up! Delicate Lace Edgelits dies

rectangle die

red inkpad

Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Up! Classic Stampin’ Pad

VersaMark inkpad

white embossing powder

green ribbon

gold faceted gems

heat tool

flower punch

gold glitter

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Create a green 4¼x5½” tent-fold card blank and cover the front with a slightly smaller piece of patterned paper.

2 Cut a 4½x3¼” piece of thick white cardstock and follow the step-by-step guide on page XX of the magazine to create the partial die-cut panel, this time using a rectangle die and fancy edge border die.

3 Attach 3D foam pads to the reverse of the die-cut rectangle window and adhere to the card front.

4 Use red ink to stamp five flowers onto thin white cardstock and punch out. Use Shaded Spruce ink to stamp a different flower twice onto thin white cardstock card, punch out and trim into individual petals to create the leaves.

5 Use VersaMark ink to stamp the sentiment onto black cardstock and heat-emboss in white. Trim into a banner shape and attach to the left-hand side of the card front as shown.

6 Tie a bow from a length of green ribbon then adhere all the elements to the card front. Add gold faceted gems to the centre of the flowers, apply wet glue and sprinkle over gold glitter then leave to dry.


Last but not least for issue 165 is this pretty bonus project by Claire Newcombe, using the new Forest Vines and Princess Dreams stamp sets from Rare Earth. Turn to page 72 in the magazine to see more birthday and all-occasion cards from Claire.


Birthday bunting

You’ll need

white, grey & lilac cardstock

Rare Earth Forest Vines & Princess Dreams A4 stamp sets

Imagine Design Create Block Sentiments stamp set

Creative Expressions Double Pierced Square dies

Creative Dies Plus Wonky Stitches Collection Nesting Triangles dies

Black Shadow, Panama Rose & Spring Heather Tonic Studios Nuvo Hybrid inkpad

Morning Mist VersaFine Clair inkpad

Tonic Studios Nuvo markers

clear embossing powder

Midas Touch Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Shimmer

heat tool

3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Use Black Shadow ink to stamp one of the long borders on the top edge of a 12.5×14.5cm piece of white cardstock and heat-emboss using clear powder.

2 Layer the panel onto a 13.5×14.5cm piece of lilac cardstock and adhere to a 14.5cm-square grey card blank.

3 Use Black Shadow ink to stamp the floral frame onto grey cardstock then trim to size, also cutting the aperture. Use Morning Mist ink to stamp the cloud background onto a 10cm square of white cardstock and adhere within the frame aperture. Layer the panel onto lilac cardstock leaving a narrow border, then use 3D foam to adhere to the card front.

4 Use Panama Rose and Spring Heather ink to stamp the letter background onto pink cardstock. Use this to die-cut three of the smallest triangles. Arrange and adhere to the card front as bunting as shown.

5 Use Black Shadow ink to stamp one of the characters  onto white cardstock and colour. Fussy-cut the image and adhere to the frame using 3D foam pads.

6 Use Panama Rose ink to stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock, trim then layer onto a slightly larger piece of lilac cardstock and adhere to the floral frame.

7 Use Black Shadow ink to stamp the small embellishment images, four flowers and a small bow onto white cardstock. Colour and fussy-cut each image then apply the small flowers to the bunting and the bow to the characters hair as shown.

8 Decorate using Aqua Shimmer to finish.

*Top tip*

Add dimension by using your fingers to gently curve and shape the paper eleme nts


Phew! I think that’s everything for issue 165. To see more new releases, Christmas cards and birthday and all-occasion ideas pick up a copy when it goes on sale on 27th 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. Karen Thomas

    I love your magazine but am getting really frustrated at being unable to enter your competitions. Every time I try to enter a message appears saying " oops, that page can't be found". Please help.

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Karen, please ensure you are entering .com instead of I have just checked the link and can confirm it is working – please enter – hope this helps, Ria.

  2. Margaret

    I too am getting frustrated I too cannot get to the competitions on why is that please

  3. Margaret

    I get your magazine every month but also have not been able to get on I have been trying for a while why is that

  4. Margaret Taylor

    I too cannot get on love the magazine

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Margaret, I have just tried the link again and can confirm it is working. Please ensure you are entering the link into the address bar at the top of your browser and not into a google search. Please copy and paste the following link and this should work: – Thanks, Ria

  5. stephen wright

    there is no link to enter the competition, after reading the comments I don't even think there us one to enter

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi there, unfortunately entries for competitions in issue 165 closed on 25th October 2018. Our most recent competitions can be found on page 19 and 95 of issue 170. Hope this helps, Ria.

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