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Issue 166 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale next week

12th October 2018


Issue 166 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale next week

Issue 166 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on 18th October and we’ve got the perfect gift to brighten up these wintry days.

With issue 166 you’ll receive the Sara Signature Winter Wonderland embossing folder and die set! We’re so excited about this luxury gift and our fabulous Design Team have pulled out all the stops in showcasing the different techniques and looks to achieve.


Nicky Gilburt has created a selection of pretty designs perfect for female Christmas cards. We love how Nicky has used the branch die to create a wreath, and decorated her makes using glittering embellishments. See more from Nicky on page 15…


For even more show-stopping ideas turn to page 80. Claire Rhodes-Brandon’s technique-led designs demonstrate the versatility of your Winter Wonderland gift. This collection of products is ideal for Christmas makes for men and women. There’s also step-by-step guide so you can re-create the partial die-cut look of Claire’s Christmas poinsettia card.


If you’re looking for inspiration for your Christmas wrapping be sure to check out Ingrid Vichova’s Beginner’s guide on page 30. This issue our expert crafters are demonstrating how to create 3D die-cut gift tags to really help your gifts stand out. Why not have a go at Ingrid’s bonus project to get you started?


For you

You’ll need

white, grey, red & light blue cardstock

Sizzix Tim Holtz Lumber 3D embossing folder

Sizzix Framelits Tag Collection die set

Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Holiday Greens die set

Tonic Studios Layering Circles die set

Lawn Fawn Gift Box die

Salty Ocean Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

ink-blending tool

Red Berry, Ebony Black & Gloss White Nuvo Drops

white gel pen

heat-resistant acetate sheet

hole punch

red & white baker’s twine

assorted sequins

white foam sheet

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Use the six smallest circle dies to cut three white circle frames, three white backing circles, three acetate circles and three foam circle frames. Use the second-smallest die to cut a light blue circle for the hat. Assemble each into a shaker element and adhere them on top of each other to build a snowman.

2 Cut the blue circle at 2/3”, add a narrow strip to the straight bottom edge to create the hat and decorate using a white gel pen. Die-cut the holly and a couple of leaves and attach to the hat. Add sequins.

3 Fill the sequins using Red Berry Nuvo Drops and leave to dry. Adhere the hat with a length of twine onto the snowman. Add a small triangle for the nose and Nuvo Drops for the eyes, mouth and buttons.

4 Die-cut the sentiment from red cardstock and adhere to the bottom of the tag to finish.


Why not try your hand at our Masterclass on page 65? Christine Smith talks you through how to create galaxy backgrounds using Distress Oxide Ink and the results are out of this world! Here’s a sneak peek if you can’t wait until Thursday…


Shine bright for Christmas

You’ll need

white 12x15cm card blank

white cardstock

My Favorite Things Written in the Stars stamp set

Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods stamp set

Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans & Seedless Preserves Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

Black Soot Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

VersaMark inkpad

white embossing powder

white gesso

Gloss White Nuvo Crystal Drops

Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen

Silver Tinsel Snowflakes Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti

white gel pen

ink-blending tool


3D foam pads

manual die-cutting machine

heat tool

Step by step

1 Follow the step-by-step guide on page 67 of the magazine to create the galaxy background.

2 Trim the panel into a rectangle slightly smaller than the card blank. Cover with an anti-static tool then heat-emboss the sentiments in white as shown.

3 Add silver snowflake confetti plus Nuvo Crystal Drops. Use a white gel pen to draw faux stitching around the edge of the panel as shown.

4 Mat the panel onto a slightly larger piece of white cardstock and adhere to the card front to finish.


For even more Christmas inspiration head over to page 72. Jo Boland uses the new Creative Dies Cuddly Characters range to design adorable cards for kids. Jo has gone one set further and put together this bonus tag just for you…


Gift tag

You’ll need

white, brown, red & black cardstock

Creative Dies Cuddly Characters Die Collection – Gingerbread Man

red thread

Ranger Glossy Accents

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Die-cut the Gingerbread Man from brown cardstock, cutting the body and head pieces twice. Die-cut the icing and facial features from white cardstock, the inner eyes from black cardstock and the button from red cardstock.

2 Adhere the arms and feet to one body piece then add the other body piece on top, sandwiching them in between.

3 Attach the icing onto the body, arms and legs and the button to the body as shown.

4 Knot a length of red thread to create a hanging loop. Adhere the head pieces to the body and attach the hanging loop in between the two. Adhere the facial features on the head.

5 Cover the icing and button in Ranger Glossy Accents and leave to dry.

*Top tip*

Use a white pen to write the greeting on the reverse of the gingerbread man to co-ordinate with the icing


That just about wraps up our sneak peek for issue 166! Our brand-new issue has something for everyone so be sure to pick up a copy when it goes on sale on 18th October. You can get yours from large supermarkets, WH Smith or craft retailers. You can also head online to or to order your copy.

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Happy papercrafting!




  1. Lorelli Spence

    Hi, Cannot access the any of the competitions in issue 166. Regards Loll.

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Loll, I have just tried the competitions link and can confirm it is working. Please ensure you are entering the link into the address bar at the top of the web page, not a google search, and please use .com not – hope this helps, Ria.

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