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Sneak peek inside Papercraft Essentials issue 168

6th December 2018


Sneak peek inside Papercraft Essentials issue 168

Issue 168 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on 13th December and if you’re ready to pack up your Christmas craft stash for another year then this is the issue for you!

With issue 168 you’ll receive our super-versatile Floral Mehndi gift, made up of 3 dies and an A6 stamp set. This gift is perfect for creating bright and beautiful cards, covering birthdays, Valentine’s Day and loads more!

Before we get started on your bonus projects, click here to access all the templates from issue 168.


Our Design Team has done a fabulous job in creating a range of versatile designs to showcase your Floral Mehndi gift. Turn to page 15 in the magazine to see the instructions for Fiona Wilkes’s stunning cards.


Fiona uses the Mehndi heart in full, and also demonstrates how to partially stamp the heart for a more clean-and-simple projects. Why not have a go at Fiona’s bonus gift tag below? Or see more advanced designs from Nicky Gilburt on page 80.


*Birthday tag*

You’ll need

Floral Mehndi gift

black & white cardstock

LC Designs Tag shaped card

Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy die & stamp set

Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

012, 030, 036, 065 & 072 Spectrum Noir Blendable Coloured Pencils

3D foam pads


manual die-cutting machine


Step by step

1 Use Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the top section of the large heart in the bottom-right corner of the tag.

2 Colour the image and add a gem in the centre of the large flower.

3 Use Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the ‘happy’ sentiment onto white cardstock. Cut out the image using the co-ordinating die.

4 Cut another ‘happy’ sentiment from black cardstock and offset the white one over the top then adhere in place. Attach to the front as shown.

5 Stamp the other sentiments onto a strip of white cardstock, cut out and mount onto the front using 3D foam pads to finish.

*Top tip*

Use the stamps to decorate a paper bag and create a matching tag for an extra special gift


Along with your beautiful Floral Mehndi gift, issue 168 also includes a Beginner’s guide to watercolour block stamping and a Masterclass in shadow box cards. As well as this we have a range of stunning artsy-inspired designs for Valentine’s Day, plus brand-new releases from Kaisercraft, StickerKitten, Spellbinders, Tonic Studios and so many more!


Issue 168 really does include something for everyone. Be sure to pick up your copy from large supermarkets, WH Smith and craft retailers when it goes on sale on 13th December. Alternatively you can buy online at or 

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Happy papercrafting!



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