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Issue 167 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves next week

9th November 2018


Issue 167 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves next week

Issue 167 of Papercraft Essentials is on sale on 15th November and we know you’re going to love our Raymond Briggs Father Christmas™ gift.

With issue 167 you’ll receive the Raymond Briggs Father Christmas™ luxury foiled kit plus co-ordinating stamps! This collection is perfect for quick and easy last-minute Christmas makes, and includes an amazing selection of classic images that we all know and love.

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Nicky Gilburt has worked her magic and designed a fun mix of cards showcasing the range of things you can create with your kit. Nicky has used pencil crayon to colour the stamped images which really helps to co-ordinate with the traditional Raymond Briggs designs. Follow her step-by-step instructions on page 15 or click here to try your hand at Nicky’s bonus card!


Not only that, on page 83 you’ll find Laura Bradley’s best gift wrap ideas! Laura has used your foiled kit and stamps to design everything from gift bags and tags to a cute tree decoration. There’s also a step-by-step guide so you can recreate her heat-embossed wrapping paper.

If you’d like to have a go at Laura’s Bauble box design from page 84, you can download the template to help get you started.


On page 20 you’ll find brand-new releases from Lavinia Stamps including a step-by-step guide to their stunning A little joy design. If that’s not enough, you can have a go at their bonus card below…


Fairy castle

You’ll need

white DL card blank

white & blue cardstock

white Lavinia Stamps Multifarious card

Lavinia Stamps Fairy Castle 2, Twisted Willow, Mini Leaf 5, Maple Leaf, Tree Branch, Flower Flourish & Mini Berries stamps

Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Broken China & Faded Jeans Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

Nocturne, Shady Lane, Chianti & Rainforest VersaFine Clair inkpad

Clear Star & White Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pens

ink-blending tool

Post-it notes


Step by step

1 Blend the Distress Oxide Ink over an 8x19cm piece of Multifarious Card, starting with the lightest colour. Repeat with the remaining ink, overlapping each until the panel is covered.

2 Pick up water using the fanbrush and tap over the panel creating small splash marks. Leave to dry.

3 Stamp the castle just off centre, then stamp the twisted willow twice, one on top of the other, over the left-hand side of the panel as shown. Stamp the tree branch across the top.

4 Use Rainforest ink to stamp the flower flourish at the bottom of the panel. Add the mini berries using Chianti ink.

5 Apply Shady Lane ink to the maple leaf and add Chianti to the tips then stamp over the top two corners. Use the same technique to stamp Mini Leaf 5 up the twisted willow border.

6 Mask the base of the castle using Post-it notes then blend Faded Jeans ink across. Add a circle mask over the top of the castle and blend the same ink across the top.

7 Highlight the arch over the top of the castle and the splash marks around the Castle using the Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen. Highlight the mini berries and the willow twists, the veins on the leaves and small areas of the castle using the White Gelly Roll Pen.

8 Layer the panel onto larger pieces of white then blue cardstock and adhere to the card front to finish.

*Top tip*

Smooth blended colours by applying a layer of the lightest ink over the edges where the colours meet


We’re really excited about our Beginner’s guide in issue 167. Kim Dellow shows you how to put your own stamp on your all-occasion cards with the stylish sentiment backgrounds technique on page 30. Why not have a go at this clean and simple make?



You’ll need

green 14×15.5cm tent-fold card blank

white & green cardstock

Creative Stamps Woodgrain Planks background stamp

Concord & 9th Happy Words Concord stamp set

My Favorite Things Die-namics Hello There die set

Watering Can & Coffee Ranger Archival Ink

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paints


3D foam pads

PVA glue

My Sweet Petunia MISTI tool

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Use watercolour paints to colour a piece of white cardstock in green, leave to dry then trim into a panel to fit the card front.

2 Follow the step-by-step guide on page 33 to stamp random words in the bottom section of the panel. Leave to dry and adhere to the card front.

3 Stamp the Woodgrain background onto scrap green watercoloured cardstock and trim into a strip. Adhere the strip to the card front as shown then add a die-cut green sentiment to finish.


If that’s not enough, don’t miss our Masterclass on page 66. Jo Kill helps you develop your die-cutting skills by demonstrating see-through die-cut cards! This is definitely one of my favourite techniques and I just love the colour scheme of Jo’s designs. Here’s an extra card she put together…



You’ll need

white, black, grey, dark grey & pink cardstock

Concord & 9th Say Hello die

pink pearls

white mini peg

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Create a white 4¼x5½” card blank and cut a smaller piece of grey cardstock.

2 Die-cut the narrow ‘hello’ die into the grey panel and the larger die into the card front. Layer the two together.

3 Die-cut the larger ‘hello’ from dark grey cardstock and white cardstock and add to the card front as shown.

4 Die-cut the narrow ‘hello’ from pink and grey cardstock and add to the inside of the card blank using the front of the card as a placement guide.

5 Add a mini peg to the top of the design and adhesive pearls to finish.


We couldn’t wait to share this bright and beautiful design by Christine Smith, using the new Inspiring Quotes stamps from Pretty Quick. See more cards like this on page 76.



You’ll need

white 10.5×13.5cm card blank

white cardstock

Pretty Quick Inspiring Quotes Dance in the Rain stamp

Lawn Fawn Outside In stitched rectangle dies

Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany & Picked Raspberry Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

water spritzer

black fine-line pen

stamping platform

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Place the sentiment stamp in the stamping platform and apply different colours of Distress Ink. Lightly spray with water and stamp onto a panel of white cardstock. Leave to dry.

2 Use a black fine-line pen to add interest to the design as shown.

3 Die-cut the panel into a stitched rectangle and adhere to the card front to finish.

*Top tip*

Adding a spray of water gives a faux-watercoloured look to the stamped image, it also helps the colours blend nicely – experiment with how much water you add


Last but not least we have some adorable last-minute Christmas makes from Claire Newcombe. Claire uses the new Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Lisa Horton and they’re just perfect for Christmas cards for kids. Get ahead with this bonus card from Claire…


Christmas shaker

You’ll need

cream 15cm-square card blank

white, green, red, brown, black, yellow & gold cardstock

gold mirror card

Craft Sensations 12×12” Christmas design pad

Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Lisa Horton Stitched Collection Christmas Characters

Imagine Design Create Nesting Holly Leaves stamp set

clear Nuvo inkpad

Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti

Jingle Bells Nuvo Pure Sheen Confetti

gold embossing powder

heat tool


3D foam roll

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cover the card front with red snowflake paper. Create a 15×8.5cm central panel from red cardstock, and matt onto gold cardstock.

2 Cut an aperture frame from gold mirror cardstock using the smallest and largest frame dies. Cut the decorative frame from gold mirror cardstock and adhere onto the frame.

3 Secure a piece of acetate onto the reverse of the frame. Apply a double layer of 3D foam roll to the reverse of the frame, around all edges.

4 Fill the aperture with a mix of confetti pieces and glitter. Close and seal the aperture with a piece of yellow cardstock adhered to the 3D foam roll.

5 Die-cut the picture hanging element from brown cardstock and adhere to the card front with the sealed shaker frame as shown.

6 Die-cut two of the reindeer characters and follow the instructions on the packaging. Die-cut different coloured scarves then adhere as a pair to the corner of the shaker frame as shown.

7 Use clear ink to stamp the sentiment onto green cardstock and heat-emboss in gold. Trim to 14cm long and adhere onto the card front to finish.


Don’t forget, if you’d like to try and recreate Penny Black’s Mountain design on page 45 you’ll need a template, which you can download from here.


Phew! I think that’s it for our sneak peek of issue 167. This brand-new issue includes everything you need to create quick and easy Christmas cards and gift wrap, plus inspiring ideas for birthdays and all occasions. Be sure to pick up a copy when it goes on sale on 15th November  – head to large supermarkets, WH Smith or craft retailers, or buy online from or 

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