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Die-cutting Essentials 46 bonus step by step

17th December 2018


Die-cutting Essentials 46 bonus step by step

The new issue of Die-cutting Essentials is out this week – and if you’re looking forward to getting your hands on your copy, chances are you’re keen to know what’s in there!

The stunning designer Pretty Quick Papercut Swan die is the gift this issue, and thanks to Sue Hughes and Sandra Rayner, you’ve got so much inspiration to help you make the most of it.

There are also makes from Pete Hughes at Sizzix which will make any kids’ party simply perfect.

And our usual mix of expert guides and step-by-steps – this issue we’re covering dimensional sentiments and negative die-cutting.

And we’ve even got an extra step-by-step guide for you here thanks to our designer Nicky Gilburt – for this brilliant Happy Birthday card.


white 14.8cm-square card blank

white, yellow, orange, red, light blue & dark blue cardstock

Tonic Studios Will’s Hand Happy & Birthday die sets

Sizzix Thinlits Birthday Boy die set

Simply White, Ripened Pumpkin, Blue Crush & English Mustard Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops


1 Die-cut the happy and birthday frames from a 13cm square of red cardstock.

2 Position the red panel over the open front of the card (without adhering) and find the ‘groove’ in the aperture. Tape down and die-cut again.

3 With the red panel to one side, adhere four 14cm long coloured strips of cardstock round the edge to create a border.

4 Die-cut three balloons into the panel before adding adhesive to the back and affixing to the card front.

5 Affix in position so that the red die-cut is exactly over the card front die-cut, creating a complete aperture.

6 Infill the balloons with coloured die-cuts, add a yellow 14cm-square insert inside the card and adhere blue ‘happy’ and ‘birthday’ die-cuts in position through the aperture. Add clusters of Nuvo drops to finish.

We cannot wait for you to grab your copy of Die-cutting Essentials 46 – and get stuck into some gorgeous crafting!

Happy die-cutting,

Kirstie McCrum

Editor, Die-cutting Essentials

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