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Check out what’s inside issue 170 of Papercraft Essentials

1st February 2019


Check out what’s inside issue 170 of Papercraft Essentials

Issue 170 of Papercraft Essentials hits the shelves on Thursday 7th February. We can’t wait to hear what you think of our next cardmaking collection!

We’re so excited for you to get crafting with the Butterfly Rose Cut & Emboss folder included with issue 170. We’ve even added 4 stamps AND a 16-page paper pack so you have everything you need to make beautiful projects.


Turn to page 15 to see Sandra Rayner’s collection of stunning designs showcasing the versatility of your cut and emboss folder. For those new to this type of product, check out Sue Hughes’s quick-and-easy cards on page 70 for ideas and inspiration.


If you want to try something a little more advanced, head to page 80. Claire Rhodes-Brandon demonstrates a range of techniques using your gift – there’s even a step-by-step guide!


Our Beginner’s guide this issue is on kaleidoscopic stamping. This is a great opportunity to use up the smaller stamps in your stash to create strong, eye-catching images. Turn to page 30 where Sally Holmes talks you through the technique or have a go our bonus card below…


I love you

You’ll need

red 13.5cm-square card blank

white, yellow & blue cardstock

Concord & 9th All Seasons Turnabout stamp set

Uniko Just Because stamp set

stitched square nesting dies

Ladybug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Angel Pink, Danube Blue & Bahama Blue Memento inkpads

Sherbet Shimmer Nuvo Glitter Drops

Star Dust Ranger Stickles glitter glue

3D foam pads

your template

stamping platform

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 9cm square of white cardstock, place in the template and position the heart stamp near the centre of the panel.

2 Stamp using Angel Pink ink, ensuring to turn the panel after each impression.

3 Move the stamp further from the centre then stamp in Ladybug ink. Repeat using Dandelion ink, Tangelo ink, Bahama Blue ink then Danube Blue ink. Rub out the pencil lines.

4 Layer the stamped square onto slightly larger blue then yellow stitched squares then adhere the panel to the card front.

5 Use Ladybug ink to stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock. Layer onto read cardstock, trim and adhere to the card front. Decorate using glitter glue to finish.


Issue 170’s Masterclass gives you the chance to master faux tie-dye backgrounds. Sarah Gray shares her contemporary cards and explains how to achieve this look on page 65. If you think you’re ready to give it a try, there’s a bonus card below just for you…



You’ll need

white A6 card blank

white cardstock

watercolour cardstock

Concord & 9th Layering Leaves die set

Penny Black Thank You die set

Pthalo Green & Ultramarine Blue Ken Oliver Color Burst Powder

Bright Neon Hobbycraft Washi Tape set

heat tool

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Follow the step-by-step guide on page 68 to create a watercolour tie-dye panel. Leave to dry then add splatter to emphasise the effect as shown.

2 Die-cut the leaf several times from white cardstock and layer together. Die-cut the sentiment from white cardstock.

3 Trim the panel to size then adhere the dies onto the panel as shown.

4 Attach two strips of washi tape down the side of the card front and attach the panel to the centre to finish.

*Top tip*

A simple white die-cut looks striking on top of a vibrant watercolour background


Paper Nest Dolls share their new spring-inspired makes on page 51. We love their Lulu with Rose image so much, we asked them to create two different cards using the same stamp! See Céline Laurie’s detailed design on page 51, and check out Anita Madden’s clean and simple card below.


Happy birthday

By Anita Madden

You’ll need

white cardstock

Paper Nest Dolls Lulu with Rose digi stamp

Doodlebug Design Spring Things 6×6” paper pad

sentiment stamp

black inkpad

Echo Park Petticoats & Pinstripes Enamel Dots

white gel pen

Copic markers

3D foam pads

PC & printer

Step by step

1 Create a tent-fold card blank and cover the front in floral patterned paper. Trim a strip of yellow paper and attach slightly below the centre, then adhere a piece of spotty paper to cover the bottom third as shown.

2 Print the image onto a piece of white cardstock, colour using markers then trim into a rectangle. Adhere to the card front using 3D foam pads.

3 Stamp the sentiment onto patterned paper then trim into a banner shape. Attach below the image using 3D foam pads.

4 Decorate the design using enamel dots to finish.


That’s about it for your sneak peek into issue 170! There’s loads more exciting ideas and inspiration to try, so be sure to pick up your copy when it goes on sale on 7th February. Buy yours online from or pop down to your local large supermarket, WH Smith or craft retailer.


As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see more sneak peeks and exciting projects, and don’t forget to send pictures of your cards to the email address below.

Happy papercrafting!

Ria – Editor 





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