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Die-cutting Essentials 58 extra Xcut projects

25th October 2019


Die-cutting Essentials 58 extra Xcut projects

Issue 58 of the UK’s favourite die-cutting magazine is out now – and it comes with the most gorgeous Exquisite Edges border dies.

We love the magazine, and hope you will too – especially recreating Sandra Rayner’s stunning cover cards.There’s a bumper feature from Xcut in the issue too, and we have two extra bonus makes for website readers right here!

Christmas tree


green cardstock

Papermania A4 Glitter paper pack

Xcut Small Star palm punch

Artiste Watercolour paint pan

watercolour A4 paper pad

Xcut Christmas Tree Pop-up die



1 Cut the die from the centre of a watercolour 27x22cm panel, then paint the tree as shown and allow to dry.

2 Die-cut the sentiment from patterned paper and adhere in place, then add glitter palm punched stars as shown.

3 Matt onto a green 29x21cm panel, fold in half and attach the pop-up design to finish.


Watercolour woodland


white 21×14.5cm card blank

white Stephens A4 cardstock

Papermania A4 Glitter paper pack

Merriest Christmas 12×12” paper pad

watercolour A4 paper pad

Artiste Watercolour paint pan


Stick It! 3D Foam Squares

Xcut Woodland Animals die



1 Adhere a patterned paper to the card front, then create a concertina stepped front to the card by trimming a white 21x20cm panel then scoring and folding at 2cm from the top, then 8cm and then 5cm.

2 Use the first fold to adhere the panel to the card blank using 3D foam pads, then adhere the white starry paper onto the next set of folds.

3 Add a darker green snowflake paper onto the front panel, then add a fussy-cut white starry design for snow and adhere with 3D foam pads.

4 Die-cut the following elements of Woodland Animals from watercolour paper: three trees, three robins and six pine cones, then paint with watercolours. Allow to dry

5 Build the scene as shown using 3D foam pads, layered trees of glittered green paper onto the watercoloured die-cuts to finish.


We hope you enjoy the projects!

Happy die-cutting,


Kirstie McCrum


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