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What’s inside issue 171 of Papercraft Essentials

22nd February 2019


What’s inside issue 171 of Papercraft Essentials

Issue 171 of Papercraft Essentials goes on sale on 28th February. This brand-new issue is packed full of exciting products and inspiration, so let’s find out more…

Included with issue 171* is the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady 8-piece die set, embossing folder and 6 stamps. We’re also throwing in a beautiful 32-page paper pack to help complete this fabulous cardmaking kit!


*Gifts not available in all territories.


You’ll find 18 different cards and projects throughout the magazine using this amazing gift. Turn to page 15 to see Sandra Rayner’s traditional-style designs for all occasions. Make sure you check out Vanessa Hodgson’s contemporary ideas on page 61, too!


That’s not all, we asked Laura Bradley to use your gift to create a range of off-the-page projects. Don’t miss her range of gifts, stationery and giftwrap ideas on page 80. There’s even a handy step-by-step guide to help you recreate this special Mother’s Day wall hanging.


As well as a wonderful gift, this issue also contains an exciting Beginner’s guide on frame stamping! Ingrid Vichova teaches you how to add dimension to your designs by creating framed focal images. Head to page 30 to read Ingrid’s introduction to the technique and follow her step-by-step guide. Or, if you can’t wait until then, have a go at this bonus card!


Miss you

You’ll need

white 5”-square card blank

white Neenah cardstock

masking paper

My Favorite Things Radiating Halftone background stamp

My Favorite Things Miss You die

Worn Lipstick Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink

VersaMark inkpad & ink pen

Metallic Silver Sparkle WOW! embossing powder

My Sweet Petunia MISTI tool

manual die-cutting machine

Step by step

1 Cut a 4¾”-square of white Neenah cardstock, place into the stamping tool and mask off a wide strip on the bottom section of the panel.

2 Use Worn Lipstick ink to stamp the background onto the panel. Clean the stamp, remove the mask then mask off the stamped areas and stamp the background again using VersaMark ink. Heat-emboss the strip in silver then remove the mask.

3 Draw a line on the top and bottom of the embossed strip using the VersaMark ink pen, then heat-emboss in silver.

4 Die-cut the sentiment from black cardstock. Adhere the panel onto the card front then add the die-cut sentiment as shown to finish.

*Top tip*

Create your own masking paper from copy paper and a two-way glue, or a similar temporary adhesive


If you want to find out more about what’s inside issue 171, check out our chat with Janette in the video at the top of the page. We discuss the gift in more detail and share some of our favourite designs from this new issue.

Don’t forget to buy your copy when it hits the shelves on 28th February. Buy online from or Or head to your local large supermarket, WH Smith or independent craft retailer.

Check out our Facebook or Instagram to see more sneak peeks and exciting projects. You can also send pictures of your cards to the email address below.

Happy papercrafting!

Ria – Editor 

  1. Clive Trump

    Why can't i get onto your competitions i type in the website adress as it is in the magazine and it wil not let me enter.

    • Victoria Clare

      Hello, I've just checked the link and can confirm it is working. Please ensure you're typing the web link into the address bar at the top of the page and not into a google search. Hope this helps, Ria.

  2. Danielle Wilson

    I purchased this magazine from Barnes and Noble and of course, it did not include the Country Diary set. How do I get this. I really love the embossing folder. I don't know the name of it.

    • Victoria Clare

      Hi Danielle, Unfortunately the licence we hold for The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady products didn't extend outside of the UK so we were not able to include the gift with these copies. You can purchase issue 171 online from to receive the complete kit. I hope this helps – Ria.

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