Die-cutting Essentials

Die-cutting Essentials 74 is on sale now!

25th February 2021


Die-cutting Essentials 74 is on sale now!

This month we’ve teamed up with the lovely Sam Calcott to bring you a fantastic Made to Surprise Super Slider Pop-up die set plus digital papers and toppers! This kit is ideal for making 3D cards with ease, and can also be used to create other styles of card as well as perfect off-the-page items! Inside the magazine you’ll find inspiration galore for using it, including five amazing designs from Sam herself! Here are just a few of the cards you could make with this set…

You can also watch an exclusive video where Sam shows us how to use the die over at www.craftworld.com

We’ve got an unmissable guide to creating die-cut gatefold cards this month, and here’s the bonus card from that feature:

Happy birthday by Marie Jones

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

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.

Also inside this jam-packed issue you’ll find fab new releases from Magnolia, Concord & 9th and many more, plus a guide to heat-embossed die-cutting, a look at dry-embossed die-cutting plus we guide you step by step through how to perfect the die-cut monoprint technique.

Die-cutting Essentials in on sale now from supermarkets and WHSmith, or you can have it delivered direct to your door by ordering your copy from www.craftstash.co.uk

  1. Dawn.Pledge

    Hi would you please explain why I can never find the current magazine competitions?Many thanks Dawn

    • Lee Campbell

      Hi Dawn, the current issue's competitions can be found here: https://www.papercraftmagazines.com/2021/01/16/cs92-pe195-dce74-competitions-giveaways/ Thanks, Lee

  2. STatus334

    There are No downloads on here I’m trying to download issue74 diecutting essentials but can not find any on here my magazine is worthless now

    • Lee Campbell

      Hi, the downloads can be found here: https://www.papercraftmagazines.com/2021/02/22/die-cutting-essentials-74-downloads/ Thanks, Lee

  3. Sharon Smith

    Hi i purchased a copy of this issue, and when i've opened my free die set to use it much to my disappointment i noticed the two small pieces that make the pull tab were missing, is there any way you can help me with this matter?

    • Lee Campbell

      Hi - sorry to hear that some of your dies were missing. Please could you email customerservice@practicalpublishing.co.uk with your details and they can organise a replacement for you. Thanks, Lee

  4. Moyna Irving

    Some weeks ago my husband bought me a copy of Die Cutting Essentials Issue 74, knowing I always enjoy this magazine. I was interested to try the slider cards using the free dies, but realised there were no dies inside. Naturally I was disappointed, but felt sure that a letter to the editor might solve the problem. Having waited several weeks for a response, I tried phoning the number given in the mag. I left a message, again I've had no response. I've tried several other times to phone for advice, with no success. I've even tried buying another copy online, to see that the magazine is out of stock. I do find all this very disappointing from a magazine I usually find very useful, and wonder if anyone out there could help solve the problem. Lee, I was given a message that that email address could not be found, which is why I'm using this email service. I've just tried again, with the same result.

    • Lee Campbell

      Hi, I have emailed you direct. Kind regards, Lee

  5. Elaine Chapman-Smith

    My newsagent is closing in 2 weeks. The nearest newsagent after this will be 200km away. I will miss the issues after No75. Can I order future issues (& back issues after 75) for mailing to Australia? This is the only mag I get on a regular basis & will sadly miss it.

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