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BONUS Craftascope card from Die-cutting Essentials 56

30th August 2019


BONUS Craftascope card from Die-cutting Essentials 56

Die-cutting Essentials 56 is on sale from September 5th, and it’s packed with so many projects you’re going to want to whip up.

There’s a great feature from Sue Hughes using the Simply Made Crafts Festive Foliage dies.

Claire Rhodes-Brandon’s also put together some gorgeous makes you’ll be thrilled to send for Christmas.

The whole 100 pages is packed with gorgeous projects from your favourite brands – Crafter’s Companion, Tonic Studios, Joanna Sheen and more – as well as our first-ever feature from Craftascope!

Nick Roberts has whipped up some artsy makes using his collections, and we’ve got an extra one right here for you to enjoy!

Groovy Birthday


black 7″-square Clarity card blank

Navy Adorable Scorable

deep blue & green Foamiran

Silver & Empire Gold Pebeo Gilding Wax

3D glue gel

Sentimentally Yours PVA

VersaMark inkpad

gold Sentimentally Yours embossing powder

antistatic bag

heat tool

Craftascope Retro Fever Stamp Set

Craftascope Flower Flurry Stencil

Craftascope Triskaidecagon Layering & Nesting Dies

Craftascope Chrysanthemum Dies

Craftascope Floral Companions Die Set


1 Use the Layering Die to create a shaped card blank, ensuring that the die overlaps the crease of the card blank, then score to create an easel. Using the same die cut a single shape which will be your topper.

2 From Navy Adorable Scorable, cut a narrow  frame using nesting die 1, then use the gilding waxes to bring out the detail. Use PVA to add the topper.

3 Cut a piece of Navy Adorable Scorable using the second nesting die twice, once for the base which you can secure with PVA glue. Take the second along with the stencil and run through the die-cutting machine. Highlight the details using the same gilding waxes and secure to the topper section with PVA.

4 From blue Foamiran, cut the three smaller blooms with the Chrysanthemum dies. Shape with a hot iron. Roll up a small ball of tin foil a little larger than a cherry stone, make a hole in the bottom  use hot glue in the hole and feed in a piece of florists wire. Cover the foil with one of the smallest petals. Then feed the individual petals from the smallest to largest (three or four of each), secure each layer with hot glue.

5 From the Floral Companions Dies, cut three of the largest leaves from Green Foamiran. Fold in half length ways and then screw up and twist back and forth. Gently unravel each one leaving the creases as it looks more natural. If wanted, you could use the coordinating stamps with Stãzon before shaping.

6 Smooth over a piece of black cardstock with the antistatic bag, Stamp the ‘Groovy Birthday’, ‘Have’ and ‘Fun’ in VersaMark and emboss with gold embossing powder.

Top Tip

The Fun is from Funky, mask off the ‘KY’ with masking tape to get the ‘Fun’

6 Use 3D glue gel to add the flowers, sentiments and leaves to finish the card.

Top Tip

Try making versions of this card in other colours to give a totally different look to suit other occasions and recipients


We hope you love this make – you can find out more from the Craftascope Facebook page here.

And don’t forget to check out issue 57 of Die-cutting Essentials – with a gorgeous Memory Box Christmas bauble die we adore.

Happy die-cutting!

Kirstie McCrum



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