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Take a look inside issue 169 of Papercraft Essentials

4th January 2019


Take a look inside issue 169 of Papercraft Essentials

We can’t wait for issue 169 of Papercraft Essentials, which arrives in stores on 10th January. To kick-start your new year we’ve got the perfect gift for you.

With issue 169 you’ll receive our exclusive Hunkydory deluxe card collection. The All Things Bright & Beautiful kit includes a 16-page pack of papers, inserts, toppers and tags to create all-occasion cards and giftwrap with ease.


We asked Hunkydory’s own Anne-Marie Catterall to create some inspiring projects using this foiled kit and we weren’t disappointed! Turn to page 15 in the magazine to find instructions on how to re-create this range of cards. As well as this, you’ll find Laura Bradley’s gifts and giftwrap ideas on page 85.


On page 21 of issue 169 we’re showcasing the new Annabelle range from NitWit Collections. This bundle is perfect for creating cards for a friend, loved one or special someone. Don’t miss Liz McGuire’s special bonus makes below…


Beautiful memories

You’ll need

white 12.5x16cm card blank

NitWit Collections Annabelle digital range

3D foam pads

PC & printer

Step by step

1 Print a piece of patterned paper, trim to size and adhere to the card front.

2 Print two floral panels and a fishtail border. Fussy-cut and use 3D foam pads to attach to the card front as shown.



Special moments together

You’ll need

white 21x10cm card blank

light green cardstock

NitWit Collections Annabelle digital range

3D foam pads

PC & printer

Step by step

1 Trim a 15x7cm piece of light green cardstock and adhere to the card front.

2 Print a piece of patterned paper, trim slightly smaller than the green cardstock and adhere.

3 Print a butterfly, a flower and a fishtail banner. Fussy-cut and use glue and 3D foam pads to attach to the card front to finish.


Also in issue 169, Marie Jones shares her die-cut gatefold cards in our Beginner’s guide on page 32. If you’re tired of the usual side-fold and tent-fold card blanks then this is a great technique to try to give your projects the wow factor! Check out Marie’s bonus card below, and if you need extra help there’s a step-by-step guide on page 35.


Happy birthday

You’ll need

white, pink & purple cardstock

Tonic Studios Christmas Present die

Woodware Just to Say stamp set

VersaMark inkpad


white embossing powder

glue pen

iridescent glitter


anti-static bag

heat tool

low-tack tape

3D foam pads


manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 14x28cm piece of white cardstock and score each end at 7cm. Fold the cardstock to create the gatefold and burnish the score lines.

2 Place the centre of the present die on the centre of the card edge. Secure using low-tack tape on the left-hand side only, unfold the cardstock and die-cut.

3 Fold the cardstock and tape the die in place on the right-hand side only. Unfold the card and die-cut again.

4 Die-cut the present from purple cardstock and attach to pink cardstock. Trim the edges of the die-cut and add 3D foam pads to the reverse. Close the card blank and attach the present to the inside using the die-cut gatefold as a guide.

5 Cut a 29x3cm strip of vellum, wipe with an anti-static bag and use VersaMark ink to stamp the sentiment. Heat-emboss in white then hold the vellum on the closed card blank, fold the ends around and tape the ends together on the reverse. Add gems to finish.


If you’re looking to try something a little more advanced check out page 65 for Vanessa Hodgson’s Masterclass on partial heat-embossing. There’s a bonus card below to introduce you to the technique, plus a step-by-step guide on page 68.


Sending birthday wishes

You’ll need

white 10.5x15cm card blank

peach & light peach cardstock

My Favorite Things Mesmerizing Mandala stamp

WPlus9 Sending Hoping Wishing stamp & die set

VersaMark inkpad

white & clear embossing powder

Faber-Castell Polychromos Colour Pencils

clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen


heat tool


manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 10x14cm piece of light peach cardstock and use VersaMark ink to stamp the Mandala image so that the centre starts from the left-hand side. Cover with clear embossing powder then use a dry brush to remove powder from the outside edge of the Mandala. Heat-emboss the remaining powder.

2 Use pencils to colour the centre of the image then layer onto dark peach cardstock and adhere to the card front.

3 Die-cut the ‘sending’ sentiment three times from dark peach cardstock and adhere together.

4 Stamp the ‘birthday wishes’ sentiment onto a strip of vellum and heat-emboss in white. Adhere the bottom of the die-cut sentiment to the strip and attach to the card front.

5 Add clear Sparkle Pen to decorate the sentiment to finish.

*Top tip*

Allow the heat tool to heat up for 30 seconds before heat-embossing to prevent the cardstock from warping


Issue 169 includes new collections from Crafter’s Companion, Kaisercraft, Dovecraft and Joanna Sheen. Plus the winners of our Papercraft Magazines Designer of the Year competition are revealed! Turn to page 74 to read about our four winners and see pictures of their entries.


Be sure to pick up your copy of issue 169 when it goes on sale on 10th January. You can buy yours from large supermarkets, WH Smith and craft retailers, or online at or 

Head over to our Facebook page or Instagram for more design inspiration and check out sneak peeks at upcoming issues of Papercraft Essentials.

Happy papercrafting!




  1. kay blackford

    Your magazine is great subscribing for years now just wish the website allowed competition entry since we can no longer enter by snail mail.

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Kay, I'm glad you enjoy reading Papercraft Essentials. All of our competitions can be entered online, details of which can be found on the competition pages. In issue 169 this is page 24 and 95. Hope this helps, Ria.

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