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Style a special gift
Creative ideas for every card maker!
Issue 178 June 2018
fresh ideas for your
best-ever cards
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Make more with gems!
Father’s Day card ideas
Fun party
fairy cards
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Meet the team...
Katie, Thomas, Hannah, Angharad & Beth make
up Team Pi, plus our team-crafted mascot, Shaun!
Personally, I think that coffee and crafting go hand in hand.
That’s why this month’s coffee-themed free papers (p39),
commissioned to work as Father’s Day makes, are also
perfect for other occasions and crafters everywhere! There
are more designs that will work well for men – our motoring
printables project (p62) includes some greetings ideal for
dads, and our birthday cards for men (p16) could easily be
adapted for Father’s Day. But you can keep things simple
with makes designed especially for Father’s Day in our
Occasions section (p51). Settle down to make your favourite
– perhaps with a cappuccino for company. Happy crafting!
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Every issue…
Crafty know-how
6 YOUR GIFT Get ideas for fantastic
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All the latest craft news and best
buys, plus events for your diary
Our fabulous readers’ letters, top tips,
crafty confessions and cards
71 BACK ISSUES Complete your
Papercraft inspirations collection
72 #PAPERCRAFT Get your digi fix here
with blogs, best buys and more
74 STOCKISTS Stock up on the stash
and accessories from this issue
75 TEMPLATES All the templates you’ll
need for this month’s projects
82 NEXT MONTH Find out what’s
coming up in the July issue
29 MASTERCLASS Make pop-up cards
like a pro, with our step-by-step guides
36 BEHIND THE SCENES A look through
the TV camera lens at Hochanda
59 MEET THE DESIGNER Sue Baker tells
of new Crafter’s Companion partnership
60 ASK THE EXPERTS Our crafting
gurus solve card making dilemmas
We did it!
Look out for our reader
testers’ makes in the issue
Karen Walsh
Karen’s been crafting
since childhood. She’s
always looking for thrifty
ways to use her stash!
Lesley Pyle
Lesley has been card
making and paper
constructing since 2012.
She loves a challenge!
Alison Girvan
Alison has been crafting
for seven years and
enjoys card making
because it’s relaxing
Sue Cass
Ways to save
24 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Get a Sheena
and ColourTint set when you subscribe
49 SPLURGE & SAVE Buys for all budgets
67 SHOPPING Bird-themed goodies
five fab buys into five creative projects
Prizes to win!
13 COMPETITION Win a Stix2 bundle!
80 GIVEAWAYS Crafty treats to be won!
39 Free papers!
8 DIE CUTTING Add a touch
of magic to your projects,
with these gorgeous fairy designs
16 STAMPING Make stylish,
handsome cards for the
dapper men in your life
34 GIFT STYLE Present gifts in
a colourful, resealable gift bag
decorated with sweet little birds
56 HOME STYLE Turn up the
tropical heat with a fun garland
that’s perfect for summer parties
62 PRINTABLES Hit the road to
crafting success with these fab
vehicle designs FREE PRINTABLES!
An avid crafter with
many skills, Sue loves
making box canvasses
with die-cut elements
Monika loves crafting by
experimenting with a
range of styles
Gail Norris
Gail started card making
22 years ago and loves
simplicity and clean
lines in her designs
Jane Hewes
More to make…
26 10 INSPIRATIONS FOR... Dazzle
your recipients with our top ten
ideas for using gems on cards
Pull out from the magazine or
download for free FREE PRINTABLES!
51 OCCASIONS Find card ideas for
Father’s Day and hellos, fun party
invitations and more!
Discover three different ways to
get the most out of a single floral
stamp-and-die set
Jane is a nurse and crafts
to unwind. She enjoys
paper construction
and découpage
Janice Whymark
Janice got into crafting
14 years ago. She likes
stamping, colouring
and cutting out
Sally Sears
Sally loves creating
pretty things with paper,
stamps and fabric. Craft
is a true love of hers
inspirations for
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Your free gift!
It’s super easy to find the right words
with our stamps-and-dies set gift
Cards designed by
Angela Dodson
Angela won Cardmaker
the Year 2016 – visit her
blog at pollypurple-hors
Shopping list
Basic card kit & your
free gift, plus
Bright & shade
* First Edition paper pads –
Beyond The Shore & Black
Out, from The Range
Combine black card with
colourful inks for a dramatic
look. Use your stamps to
create a white embossed
resist background and
add impact by creating an
eclipse, or shadow effect
by layering die-cut tags.
* My Favorite Things Die*
namics die set – Stitched
Scallop Basic Edges 2,
from Seven Hills Crafts
First Edition washi tape pack
– Watercolour Gold Foil,
from Hobbycraft
Red, white, purple, palegreen & black card * Pink &
white glitter card * Alcohol
markers * Memento inks
* Distress Oxide Inks *
Embossing ink * White
embossing powder *
Gems * Ribbon * Twine *
Circle dies * Heat tool *
Die-cutting machine
I’ll keep
it wreath
Reader Challenge!
Show us what you make with your free gift
– our favourite card will win a papercraft
goody bag! Simply send a photo of your card
or make to by
24th May 2018 for your chance to win!
Create a colourful
wreath by adding
die-cut elements
around a circle
frame. Add a ribbon
and some twine to
attach a sentiment
tag then use the mini
dies to add flowers
and leaves, as shown.
Top tip
Wise words
Mix and
match words
from different
to create new
Can’t choose between
sentiments? Add three
greetings in one go with
this sweet tag design.
An embossed background
behind acetate adds extra
interest to the design, too.
Just because
You don’t need a special occasion to send
someone a lovely card or note – use your
greetings set to say ‘hi’ to loved ones, too.
Stuck on repeat
Use lots of lovely bright inks to stamp a
variety of birthday sentiments to create
a trendy repeat-pattern-paper effect.
Finish with a few die-cut flowers.
How to make an eclipse effect
Stamp and heat emboss two sentiments onto
a 12x10cm piece of card. Add three stripes of
Distress Ink. When dry, die cut two tags from
either side of the card. Keep the tags for later.
Evenly trim the panel to measure 9.5x5cm, so
that the two tag shapes will have a similar
overhang at either side – you will be cutting
through the tag cut-outs at each side.
Add the panel to your card base. Die cut more
tags from black card then layer and glue four
together. Affix the tags into the silhouettes on
the panel and add the embossed tags on top.
Magic up
fab fairy designs
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Kaisercraft paper
pack – Fairy Garden,
from Craftie Charlie
Moonstone die set – Fairy
Wishes, from Hunkydory
Kaisercraft dies – Whimsical
Circle Frame & Decorative
Circle, from Merly
* First Edition Craft a Card die
– Fairies, from Trimcraft
My Favorite Things Dienamics die sets – Stitched
Rectangle Scallop Edge
Frames, Stitched Circle
Scallop Edge Frames,
from Dies to Die For
Tim Holtz Distress Inks –
Victorian Velvet, Squeezed
Lemonade & Broken China,
from Joanna Sheen
IndigoBlu Megaflakes
gilding flakes – Royal
Peacock * Scoochy foam,
from IndigoBlu
White, black & pink card
* Glamour Dust – Crystal
* VersaMark ink * White
embossing powder * Heat
tool * Die-cutting machine
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Die cut delicate sprites and intricate
embellishments for enchanting cards
our recipients won’t be able to believe their eyes
when they open these gorgeous fairy-adorned
creations! Whether you use the solid fairy dies to
create fabulous silhouettes; conjure up ethereal scenes by
blending inks over heat-embossed images; or add a touch
of luxury by adding gilding flakes or Glamour Dust, Debbie
Simpson’s dreamy designs make it easy to imagine little
sprites flitting around your garden!
A few feminine touches, such as ribbons, gems and
pearls, finish off the cards nicely, while inks and embossing
powders add pops of cheery pastel colour that look
wonderful against the fantastical characters.
Designed by
Debbie Simp son
Debbie loves using flow
pearls and ribbons on her
cards and her favourite
technique is stamping.
How to...Make a fairy silhouette card
Layer and shade an intricate die
cut for a stunning background
Top tip
Add glitter to
the fairies’
wings, so they
sparkle like
fairy dust!
Cut a piece of white card to 12.5x17.5cm then
cut the Trimcraft Craft a Card Fairy design into
the card – check the reverse to make sure the
entire die has gone through the paper.
Use alcohol markers to colour the tops of the
mushrooms in shades of brown and grey, and
a few of the flowers in pink. You can also use
inks or another medium, if you prefer.
Using a glue pen, add a little Glamour Dust to
the dandelion fronds on the die-cut design.
Choose a glue pen with a fine tip, as it will give
you more control over the glue’s application.
Trim a piece of black card to 12.5x17.5cm and die
cut the Craft a Card Fairy design into it. Cut out
the two fairies, to create silhouettes. Small craft
scissors will make it easier to cut out the fairies.
Stick the cut-out fairies onto your white, die-cut
panel, being careful to align the image so the
white die-cut fairies don’t show underneath.
PVA glue or spray adhesive will work well.
Trim a piece of misty-grey paper to 12.5x17.5cm
then adhere it onto the front of a black,
13x18cm, top-fold card base, leaving a narrow
border. Adhere the die-cut panel on top.
We did it!
Take a look at our reader testers’
creations on the next page!
How to…Maximise minimalism
This design creates a big impact
with just a few die-cut elements
Die cut the Kaisercraft Whimsical Circle
and Hunkydory Fairy Wishes branches
from the gilded card. Die cut the Fairy
Wishes fairy from black then white card.
Cut a 14x14cm piece of aqua, patterned
paper. Add Broken China Distress Ink
to the edges before adhering onto a white,
top-fold, card base measuring 14.5x14.5cm.
Adhere the gilded, die-cut frame onto
the card base. Mat and layer the black
and white fairy die-cuts onto the card.
Adhere a Stick It sheet onto an A5 piece
of white card. Cover the sticky side with
IndigoBlu Royal Peacock Mega Gilding
Flakes. Burnish the flakes and polish with
IndigoBlu Scoochy Foam.
Add the branches to the top of the card
front and layer a 2cm-wide punched
border on top. Add Broken China Distress Ink
to the edges of the border. Finish by adding
pearls, and a mat-and-layered sentiment.
More fa iry buys!
Intricut die
– Fairy, £12
from Hobbycraft
Complete your fairy card by adding pearls to the
centres of the flowers, and a layered sentiment
to the lower half of the card. Add a touch of
Glamour Dust to the fairies’ wings, too.
Lavinia Stamps
stamp – Grace,
from £7 at
Lavinia Stamps
Lawn Fawn stamp set –
Fairy Friends, £16.49
from Craftie Charlie
In full flight
Die cut a circle aperture and frame it with the Decorative
Circle die, so it looks like the silhouette fairy is flying in
the air! Add a sentiment behind the aperture, too.
Blend inks to
create stunning
Softened edges
Create an ethereal mood by using VersaMark to
stamp the Kaisercraft fairy and butterflies then
heat emboss with white embossing powder.
We did it!
Jane Hewes
Q Tell us about your
intricate design
A I decided to make an
easel card. I used the die
to make a background for the front panel,
which I topped with a fussy-cut fairy and
butterflies. I added some patterned paper to
the easel base, some sentiments and glitter.
Q Who would you send this card to?
A I’m going to give this card to my niece,
as she loves fairies! The dies and papers
make for a really pretty design.
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Take a look at our reader testers’ makes this month!
Janice Whymark
Q How did you create
your fab fairy card?
A I masked a circle to
create a moon, then
used Distress Inks to colour the background.
I stamped foliage with dark Distress Ink, then
added die-cut foliage and the fairy. To finish,
I added sparkle with gems and glitter glue.
Q Do you have any top tips to share?
A I always stamp the images or background
to my topper before layering it up and
attaching it to the card base. This way, you
can discard it if you make a mistake, without
wasting any card blanks.
Q Tell us about your lovely design
A I die cut mushrooms and leaves several
times and coloured them in. I then created
a square frame, which I distressed with ink
and added the die-cut fairy to the left-hand
side. To finish, I added Distress Ink to the
edges of the sentiment strips.
Q Do you have any die-cutting tips?
A You can create textured backgrounds
with your dies, by cutting them several
times and layering them together.
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Send in & win!
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will love the multiple glitter pots, Seed Bee’ds
and foil transfer sheets that are in the bundle.
There’s even a range of fabric sprays, so you’re
free to learn a new crafting skill!
If your craft stash could do with a summer
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To find out more about the latest Stix2
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For your chance to win, enter at the Papercraft
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Turn to page 74 for our Terms and Conditions.
Prize details
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Adhesives, tapes and applicators
Foil transfers, glitters and Seed Bee’ds
Paper packs and tissue papers
Visit and select the ‘Competitions’ tab or click our
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insp irat i ons for
Get your craft stash ready
for summer with our pick
of the hottest buys
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Die-lightful florals
We’ve been well and truly charmed by the new Marisa Job
Blooming Garden dies from Spellbinders. The collection
includes delicate floral borders, spring blooms and intricate
frames for your sentiments! You can create your very own
3D roses using the layering rose bud die – ideal for creating
a floral masterpiece on your designs.
Marisa Job dies – Blooming Garden,
from £9.99 at Sunrise Crafts
Wish a loved one a dino-mite
birthday with the fun-filled
Delightful Dinosaurs stamp
and die sets from My Favorite
Things. We love the five
prehistoric pals that feature
in the stamp set along with
themed sentiments. There
are also two coordinating die
sets, which include a volcano
for your very own explosive
greetings card!
My Favorite Things stamp
and die sets – Delightful
Dinosaurs, from £14 at
Seven Hills Crafts
Summer has arrived!
Enjoy the dreamy imagery and mood-enhancing colours of the
Summer Mood paper collection from BoBunny. Featuring ice
lollies, beach prints and ditsy flowers in shades of hot pink
and lemon sherbet, the collection is perfect for birthday
and holiday-inspired makes! One thing’s for certain – the
crafting forecast is looking bright this season!
BoBunny Summer Mood collection, from £6.49 at Craftie Charlie
Create s ese fun dies
with th
Card maker's
ca lendar
25th May
8-10th June
Don’t miss our
July issue, with
a free Oriental
stamps and
toppers set!
Mill Marsh Park, Devon
This year’s festival will host over
200 of the UK’s finest makers
and even a pottery showdown!
Day tickets start from £8.
8-9th June
21-24th June
Crafting Live
Blooming Great Tea Party
USN Bolton Arena, Bolton
Visit this hands-on crafting
extravaganza, held in
association with Create
and Craft. The show will be
bursting with workshops,
craft celebs and the latest
creative stash to buy.
Advance tickets from £4.
Marie Curie are encouraging all
crafters to throw a tea party to raise
money for their life-changing
support and research. For more
information, visit
Issue 179
on sale!
Message in a bottle
All aboard the Jolly Crafter! Sizzix has just launched the
nautical Ship in a Bottle seven-piece die set, which
features a steering wheel, anchor, globe, a glass bottle
and two ship scenes – perfect for a Father’s Day card,
a good luck on your travels make or even decorations
for a party fit for Long John Silver and his merry crew!
Sizzix Thinlits die set – Ship in a Bottle, £11.99
from The Range
Contemporary Craft
Essential Gadget
Trim & Score Board
If you’d like to sharpen up the edges on your
toppers or score perfectly straight lines every
time, then the Trim & Score Board from We R
Memory Keepers is the tool for you. The 12x12in
board features measurements in both inches
and centimetres, and comes with a useful
scoring tool. The blue, hinged ruler has been
cleverly designed to secure your paper in place
to either score the desired lines or cut away the
width of paper. Even better, the board can be
folded neatly away after every crafting session!
Trim & Score Board, £28.49
from We R Memory Keepers
Tried & reted sgrte
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board make su
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Sta mping
Add dashing
debonair gents
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* LDRS 6x6in papers
– Splendid Azure,
from LDRS Creative
Hobby Art stamp set
– Vintage Plonk,
from Hobby Art
Papermania Capsule
Elements Metallics brads,
from Emerald Crafts
Papermania A4 coloured
paper pack, from Crafty Arts
Xcut nesting dies set –
Oval & Scalloped Oval,
from Hobbycraft
* Twine * ProMarkers * Gold
adhesive gems * Cocktail
sticks * Black & brown ink
* Embossing ink * Gold
embossing powder * Heat
tool * Die-cutting machine
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Charming, moustachioed men take centre
stage in this collection of masculine cards
hese suave characters are bound to add a splendid
amount of fun sophistication to your projects. Evoking
times gone by, the illustrations used on these cards
are perfect for the dapper men in your life.
Sarah Jackman-Read has paired the stamped Vintage Plonk
images with stylish LDRS papers in on-trend shades of yellow,
navy and mint-green. Sarah has also added touches of natural
twine as well as a few metallic gems and brads to finish the
designs and provide extra interest and texture.
Ideal for birthdays and other celebrations, these delightful
stamps are simply spiffing and a great option for those tricky
masculine projects where a themed card isn’t quite right.
Designed by
Sarah Jackman-Read
Sarah works as a Creativ
Designer and loves com
up with new ideas for
papercraf t projects.
How to...Emboss a top-hat topper
Use gold touches with aplomb
to bring out stamped imagery
Top tip
Using spotty
paper within
the oval helps
to tie in circular
brads and gems
dotted across
the design
Adhere brown paper to a 13.5x13.5cm, tent-fold
card base. Add a 12.5x12.5cm piece of dark-blue,
patterned paper. Ink the edges of an 11x6.5cm
piece of floral paper and affix on top, as shown.
Cut a 13.5x3.5cm strip of pale-blue paper and
use black ink to stamp seven moustaches onto
it. Layer the paper strip onto brown paper then
attach to the right-hand side of the card front.
Die cut a 10.5x7cm oval from spotty paper and
ink the edges. Layer the oval onto a slightly
larger die-cut, scallop-edged oval then use
sticky foam pads to attach it onto the card base.
Use brown ink to stamp the image of the man
in a top hat onto pale-blue paper. Fussy cut
the stamped image then use double-sided
tape to affix it on top of the die-cut oval.
Stamp the image again, using an embossing ink
pad. Sprinkle gold embossing powder over the
image, shake off the excess powder then use a
heat tool to evenly melt the powder.
Use a pair of small craft scissors to fussy cut the
sentiment banners from the embossed image.
Use sticky foam pads to attach the fussy-cut
sentiments onto the stamped image.
We did it!
Take a look at our reader testers’
creations on the next page!
How to…Embellish with style
Create a moustache topper from a
cocktail stick to adorn this panelled
card and add extra fun to the design
Stamp the image in brown ink and colour
it in. Layer on grey paper, add two brads
and attach to the card. Stamp the sentiment
banners and attach to the stamped panel.
Attach a 13x13cm piece of grey card to a
13.5x13.5cm, tent-fold card base. Cut a
12.5x12.5cm piece of chevron paper, ink the
edges with brown ink and attach to the card.
Use black ink to stamp a moustache onto
blue paper. Cut out the moustache then
attach it onto the top of part of a cocktail
stick. Tuck the stick behind the left-hand
side of the stamped panel, as shown.
Attach an 11.5x11.5cm piece of blue floral
paper to the card. Cut a 13.5x2cm strip of
blue, patterned paper, layer on grey paper
then attach to the left-hand side of the card.
Wheely rad buys!
To finish, create a bow from twine, push
a brad through the centre then attach
it onto the bottom end of the cocktail stick.
Joanna Sheen die –
Vintage Bicycle, £7.99
from Joanna Sheen
To complete the design, add metallic brads to
the corners of the card, then add gold adhesive
gems around the edge of the die-cut, scalloped
oval. Tweezers will help when adding small gems.
Xcut mini dies
– Bicycle, £3
from Hobbycraft
Tonic Studios die –
Chopper Bike, £4.75
from IconUK
Quick colouring
Paper piecing is a great way to add colour to images,
without colouring in. Simply stamp the image onto
coloured papers then cut out the elements you need.
Use gems to
create a pocketwatch chain!
Golden touch
Draw attention to your stamped images by adding
a golden background. Gold hues will add warmth
to your cards, without making them too feminine.
We did it!
Alison Girvan
Q Tell us about your
masculine card design
A I used a distressing tool
to add a frayed edge to my
paper layers, which I then surrounded with a
measuring-tape ribbon. I stamped the bottle
and glasses, coloured them with ProMarkers
and added Diamond Glaze. I finished with a
sentiment and some gems.
Q Do you have any tips for distressing?
A Instead of using a distressing tool to
fray the edges of your paper, you
could use a pair of scissors.
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Take a look at our reader testers’ makes this month!
Lesley Pyle
Sue Cass
Q What did you think
about this project?
A I enjoyed creating this
masculine make! I chose
a steampunk style for this stamp. I used a
trellis die for the background then heat
embossed the stamp before adding it to the
card front. I then adhered some fussy-cut
cogs and timepieces to complete the look.
Q How did you get on
with these stamps?
A I got to use my stamping
platform for the first time
– it proved useful, as I hadn’t inked the
stamp enough the first time, so I re-inked the
image and placed it in the same spot again.
I placed the stamps on distressed paper
to reveal the bicycle-pedal designs behind.
Q Do you have any recommendations
for adding intricate details to cards?
A You could use glue gel, instead of sticky
foam pads, to add small or fiddly die-cut
or fussy-cut elements to your card design.
Q Do you have any top stamping tips?
A If you intend to colour a stamped image,
it’s useful to heat emboss it, as the
embossed lines will prevent the ink from
running when you’re colouring your design.
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Susan Pickles, on Facebook
“Stamping! I don’t think I have
the patience or a steady hand.”
Sarah Wilks, on Facebook
“Découpage. I’m not a fan of
fussy cutting at the best of times
and I always seem to misalign
the pieces when layering them!”
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Tweet wishes
I made this ‘happy bird-day’
card for my brother-in-law,
as he loves garden birds.
First, I embossed a piece
of white card with a leafy
pattern then used a brayer to ink across
the raised surface. I die cut some leaves
to lay behind the stamped sentiment
then stamped and die cut a blue tit.
I mat and layered the embossed card
and the sentiment panel with yellow
and blue card, to complement the blue
tit’s plumage. I really like the finished
design, and I hope you do, too.
Samantha Dawkins, Wiltshire
This makes for a really chirpy design,
Samantha! We love adding birds to cards
– find lots more ideas on our website
Pretty in pink
Here are two cards I made
using the free papers from
issue 175 of Papercraft
inspirations. I loved crafting
with them, as they are so
pretty and coordinate beautifully. The
zigzag-fold card was finished off with
a rosette made using the free rosette
maker, with a recycled Christmas
decoration in the centre. The other card
was made for my teenage daughter’s
friend, so I chose papers and a design
that I hope suits her style.
Jane Badger, Essex
Wow, you’ve done a great job with the
free papers from issue 175, Jane! The
panels of the zigzag-fold card are a
brilliant way of combining the
different floral papers in your design.
Letter we
Your craft room
Show off your crafty space! Whether
it’s a big room or a tiny desk, we’d
love to see where you make cards…
Hoppy Easter
I wanted to share with you an
Easter card I made. I die cut
the scene from yellow, pink,
purple and teal card and paper
pieced it. I then added some
fussy-cut clouds and a stamped sentiment.
I thoroughly enjoyed cutting and gluing on
all the pieces. I really was cheered up by the
lovely spring, Easter scene and hope you
like it, too. My husband said he thinks it’s
the best card that I have ever made – wow,
what a compliment!
Lindsay Cowan, Australia
Your Easter bunny looks so cheery among
the die-cut eggs and flowers, Lindsay!
Fairy-tale dreams
I made this colourful
card for a little girl, using
a unicorn die I bought at
a recent craft fair in Berlin.
I added the die-cut unicorns
to an embossed piece of white card. I then
used scraps of pink and yellow card from
my craft stash, punching a doily border into
the yellow card using my favourite Martha
Stewart border punch. Punched pink stars
and a pink Nelli Snellen sentiment were
then added, to finish.
Silke Stuhlert, Germany
This really is a magical make, Silke – we
love the bright unicorns and the feminine,
pink theme of your design!
Reader Challenge
Joan Murphy is this month’s reader
challenge winner, with her lovely card
made using the Hearts dies & stamps
set from issue 176. Joan says, “I loved
using the heart stamps and dies to create
this anniversary card. I used an acetate
panel to best display the die-cut hearts,
one of which I heat embossed with gold
embossing powder for extra glamour.”
If you’d like to have a go at this month’s
reader challenge, turn to p6 for details.
Reader tester, Lesley Pyle, says,
“I thought I’d share my lovely
crafting work space where
all the magic (!) happens. My
darling other half has yet to
completely finish my lovely work space,
as I’m still waiting on a couple of shelves
and a light fitting, but I love it!”
What a great craft space, Lesley – it goes to
show that crafting is often a work in progress!
Spring blooms
I made this card to
brighten the day of
someone who was hurt
in a recent accident.
I made the background
by blending Distress Inks and then
used Distress Oxide inks through
a stencil to make the floral pattern,
before cutting it into four pieces,
to make the frame design. One of
my favourite parts of the card is
the paper flowers, but I also love
the fun sentiment.
Cathy Clowes, Somerset
What a cheery, summery design,
Cathy – this really brightened our
day when we received it!
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Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
Die’sire die set – Graceful
Butterflies, from Hixxysoft
Crafts-Too embossing
folder – Musical Notes
* Presscut nesting dies
– Smaller Heart & Circle,
from MaddyLisa Crafts
Tonic Studios layering die
set – Scalloped Square,
from Craft World
White, pink & red card
* Adhesive gems *
Sentiment stamps * Black
ink * VersaMark ink *
White embossing powder
* White gel pen * Heat tool
* Die-cutting machine
Fancy florals
Transform a simple gift
tag by cutting out some
flower-shaped apertures
from a white tag. Use
sticky foam pads to
mount the tag onto
coloured card then
place some silver gems
inside the apertures,
for extra interest.
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See page
74 for
Sue Hughes shows you how
to dazzle your recipients
Winging it
Gems are a great way
to make a die-cut
butterfly extra special.
Use gems in different
sizes and shapes to
create the effect of
pretty markings on
the wings. You could
even use small gems
to create antennae!
Twinkle, twinkle
Use star-shaped gems to create
a congratulations card! This design
would work well for Christmas cards,
too, if you want to get a head start!
Pitch perfect
Skipping a beat
For a touch of romance, create two white, die-cut,
heart-shaped frames. Cut a slit in the smaller frame
then interlock them. Embellish with heart gems.
It’s simple to add some colour and
interest to any embossed design by
strategically attaching a few pretty
gems. Here, a mixture of gems has
been used to highlight some of the
embossed musical notes.
Drop-dead gorgeous
Silver gems look great on a coloured background.
To anchor the gems, and give them some context,
use a white gel pen to draw five vertical, fauxstitched lines from the top edge of your card,
then decorate with silver, heart-shaped gems.
Pick of the bunch
These sparkly, stylised flowers will work
well for so many occasions. Draw three
stems with black pen then add a mix of
small and large gems to the tops of each
stem, as shown. Finish by adding small
gem leaves to the sides of the stems.
Fabulous fizz
Celebrate upcoming special occasions
with something sparkling! Cut green
and gold card to create the top of a
champagne bottle, then decorate the
card with a sprinkling of gems.
Simple sentiments
Use gems to write out a greeting on your
cards. Here, gems of different sizes have
been used to give the message a script
effect. It’s a good idea to write on the card
with pencil first, to help with placement,
then add colourful gems on top.
In the frame
A great, and easy,
way to highlight a
sentiment is to use
rows of gems to
create a frame around
it. Layer white card
onto pink card, cut
a circle aperture
from the centre then
attach it onto the
card base with sticky
foam pads. Now for
the fun part! Choose
coordinating coloured
gems in different
sizes to create a
delightful design
around the aperture.
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Top tips
• Tweezers can help
with placing small
gems onto card, as
they make it easy to
see exactly where
the gems will sit.
• Create a mosaic
effect by placing
different coloured
gems closely
together, to create
your chosen design
on your card front.
• Use gems in lots of
different shapes and
sizes to fill a shaker
pouch, for a dazzling
focal point.
• If you’re not using
self-adhesive gems,
it’s best to use a
clear-drying glue
to hold the gems in
place, especially when
using clear gems.
Your step-by-step guide to being a better papercrafter
Get to grips with...
Pop-up cards
Become a pro at pop-up cards with Kat Waskett’s
fantastic step-by-step guides and crafty top tips
reasured by children and big kids
alike, pop-up cards are a great way
to bring designs to life with extra
dimension, and they’re not as difficult to
make as you might think! Here, Kat Waskett
shows you how to create lots of 3D wow
factor with two brilliant designs.
From a simple set of piano keys to
an entire roller-coaster scene, complete
with colourful cars, add plenty of fun and
interest to your cards by making an exciting
pop-up element! Once you’ve mastered
the technique, you can experiment with
developing your own designs, too!
Kat decorated the front of these cards to
coordinate with the inside, but she suggests
keeping the outside fairly simple, so the real
surprise comes when the cards are opened!
Designed by
Kat Waskett
Kat has been designing
cards for over ten years
loves stamping, colour
and layering most of all.
Create a minikeyboard card
This pop-up-piano design hits all the right notes and
will become an instant classic with music lovers
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Nitwit Collections digi
collection – Up Up & Away,
from Nitwit Collections
* Marianne Design Creatables
die set – Piano, from
Buddly Crafts
Die’sire Edge’ables die
– Floral Dance, from
Crafter’s Companion
Avery Elle stamps & dies
sets – Sentimental Too,
from Dies to Die For
Baker’s Divine Twine –
Aqua, from The Ribbon Girl
Black & kraft card * Musical
script paper * Corner
rounder punch *
Die-cutting machine
Template on page 75
See page
74 for
Suitable for
he simplest way to get started with
pop-up cards is to make one with a
single, large, pop-up section. Here,
Kat shows you how this type of design lends
itself to creating a piano keyboard, but you
could easily adapt the card base to make
a pop-up section of any size or shape to
suit your occasion and theme.
It’s a good idea to use fairly thin card for
the inner pop-up section – Kat used 224gsm
– and a thicker weight for the outer section –
Kat used 300gsm – as this will make the card
sturdy but still allow it to fold up nicely.
Follow Kat’s step-by-step guide, or use the
template on page 75, to create the card base
then jazz it up with pretty, feminine papers
and music-themed embellishments.
Cut white card to 14.6x29.2cm. Use a pencil to
mark the card at 8.9cm, 10.9cm, 14.6cm and
16.6cm along the long edges. Draw a pencil line
along the length of the long edges, at 0.8cm in.
Scoring only between the two long pencil
lines, score at the 8.9cm, 10.9cm and 16.6cm
marks. For the 14.6cm marks, only score from
the card edges to the long pencil lines.
Try this
Don’t place elements
right up to the hinge,
as this can stop it
closing properly
Attach the white strips to the pop-up section
of the card, leaving a tiny gap along the hinge
and between each key. Attach the black strips
onto the white strips, as shown.
Print coordinating floral and polka-dot papers
then cut sections to fit over the top and bottom
inside panels of the card, layering white, die-cut
borders in between the papers, as shown.
Wh at you’ ll need...
A little corner
rounder punch
easily shapes
the piano keys
PVA glue is ideal for
layering the papers
onto your card
Keep craft knifes
nice and sharp, to
ensure crisp edges
Essential kit
Die’sire die – Floral
Dance, £9.99 from
Crafter’s Companion
Use a craft knife to cut along the long pencil
line between the 8.9cm mark and the 16.6cm
mark on both sides of the card. Mountain and
valley fold the score lines. Open the card flat.
Cut seven 6x1.8cm strips of white paper and
five 4x1.3cm strips of black paper. Round the
corners at one end of each strip, using scissors
or a corner rounder punch, to make piano keys.
Mount the decorated panel onto a 29.8x15cm
white card blank. Add a piece of musical script
paper along with a die-cut greeting and some
musical notes. Add glitter to the white borders.
Decorate the front of the card, using the die
set, to create a black piano; patterned papers;
baker’s twine wrapped around a strip of
polka-dot paper; and die-cut musical notes.
Digi collection –
Up Up & Away,
£4.99 from
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Nitwit Collections digi
collection – Up Up & Away,
from Nitwit Collections
Stampin’ Up! stamps
& dies set – Thrill Ride,
from Stampin’ Up!
VersaColor ink pads – Olive,
Cardinal & Lapislazuli,
from Card-io
Arrow, bunting & star
dies * Twine *
Die-cutting machine
See page
74 for
Draw a faint line at 7.6cm from the short edge
of an 18x14cm piece of white card. Line up the
bottom of the roller-coaster die with this line,
leaving 1.6cm at each side, then tape in place.
Lay the card face up then push the top edge of
the card towards the centre, to force the track
to jut out. Hold the card just below the top
track and repeat, so the lower track juts out.
Make a fun
pop-up scene
There are more ups than downs when it
comes to making this roller-coaster card
nce you’ve had a go at creating a
simple pop-up card, why not try
making something with even more
wow factor? This amazingly detailed rollercoaster pop-up die set from Stampin’ Up! is
just the ticket. It can take a little patience to
neatly fold all the sections but the stunning
end result is more than worth it – it’s sure
to leave recipients squealing with delight!
After you’ve created the basic pop-up
section, you can decorate your rollercoaster scene as you wish. The fabulous
matching stamp and die sets are filled
with all the extras you need for this, from
cute roller-coaster cars to brilliant, funny
sentiments. You could choose bright
colours and patterns as shown here, or try a
monochrome card with a few pops of colour.
For the keen
Run the card and die through your die-cutting
machine. Carefully erase the pencil line and
push out all the loose paper pieces from the
roller-coaster supports.
Score along the bottom edge of the rollercoaster struts, avoiding the 1.6cm sections
either side. Use a scoring board and a bone
folder to ensure neat, crisp score lines.
Fold the score lines created in step 3. With the
card face up, fold it at the centre to create a
tent-fold card. Crease the centre fold line on
either side of the roller coaster.
Die cut the roller coaster again from kraft card
and trim away the struts for the tracks, so you
can attach them separately. Add the two
die-cut pieces to the pop-up white frame.
Leave a gap between the
rail and the carriages, to
give the track hinge room
to fold closed
Add touches of bright
colour to make your
card really pop!
Wh at you’ ll need...
A purpose-made die
makes it easier to
create pop-up cards
Use a bone folder to
ensure crisp folds
Place the card face down and push the bottom
edge of the lower track up against your
fingernail, working from one end to the other.
Repeat for the bottom edge of the upper track.
Hold the roller coaster face up and carefully
pinch the folded edge of the roller-coaster
tracks to crease the edge further. Don’t worry
if it’s not completely flat at this stage.
Place the card face down and repeat steps 4
and 5 to fold the creases on the top edge of
both of the roller-coaster tracks, so they jut
out and give the pop-up element dimension.
Print out panels of cloud-patterned paper and
blue, checked paper. Use the roller-coaster die
to cut into the panels then trim to size so they
slot over the top and bottom of the pop-up.
Decorate the inside of the card with stampedand-die-cut bushes and roller-coaster cars;
die-cut white clouds; and a stamped sentiment
underneath a red-and-white banner.
Decorate the card front with coordinating
papers; a stamped sentiment underneath
a blue, checked banner; and a die-cut
arrow and string of bunting in kraft card.
Birds of a feather
Sue Hughes shows you how to create a fun little gift
box with a resealable fastening and matching card
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* American Crafts Vicki
Boutin papers, stamp
& die set, washi tape
& embellishments –
All the Good Things,
from Hey Little Magpie
Joy Crafts Hook & Loop
velcro – 10mm round,
from Grafton Crafts
White, pink & blue card
* Alcohol markers
* Black ink pad
Template on page 75
See page
74 for
The vibrant colours
in this collection are
perfect for summer!
e love the summery
tones and striking
designs in Vicki
Boutin’s All the Good Things
collection. Here, Sue Hughes has
used the range to create a terrific
tabard gift box design with a little
Velcro fastening to seal it together.
Alternatively, you could punch
holes at the top edges of the bag
and thread with ribbon or twine.
This box is so quick to make.
The easy design is created from an
A4 piece of card that, as the steps
show, is transformed by a few
simple scores and folds. You can
also use the template provided
on page 75. Embellish the box
with stamped flowers, brads
and an uplifting sentiment to
add the final flourish.
If you love adding feathered
friends to your papercraft projects,
you’ll also find plenty of ideas for
projects featuring sweet songbirds,
flamingos, swans and more on
our website. Visit
bestbirdcards to take a look.
How to make a tabard gift box
Score a piece of pale-blue A4 card at 5.5cm in
from the longer edges. Turn the card and score
at 12cm from the shorter sides. Mark 6.5cm
from the longer sides and score diagonal
lines to the 12cm lines on the shorter sides.
Mount two 9x11cm and two 4.5x4.5cm pieces of
paper onto pink card. Attach to the scored
panels. Fold the longer score lines to meet in
the middle and push along the diagonal score
line. Fold each side and glue the sides together.
Attach a stamped sentiment and flowers to the
box. Layer a 7.5x2.5cm piece of paper onto pink
and blue card. Attach one end to the back of the
bag, bend over to the front of the bag and
secure with a hook and loop Velcro circle.
Perfect pairing
Pair a stamped and die-cut
bird with a matching border
to make this sweet little
card to go with your gift bag.
Keep the embellishments
fairly simple, to let the bird
character shine through.
Filming a live demo
at the Hochanda
TV studios
Just three people are in
the studio for eac h show
Above: The plaque that greets
visitors to Hochanda
Below: Creating a colourful
backdrop for TV shopping
Beh ind the scene s
Get your TV fix of crafty buys, ideas and fun
goings on at the Home of Craft, Hobby and
Arts, broadcasting 24/7 to inspire you!
Editor Hannah
visited Hochanda
for a sneaky peek
behind the scenes
nce you’ve been card
making for any amount
of time, you’ll have
surely taken a peek at the
addictive craft TV shopping
channels. Stunning creative
makes are showcased
alongside products that you
can snap up from the comfort
of your home. Imagine having
your own channel, hanging out
with craft celebs and getting
your hands on all that gorgeous
stash, without having to even
wait for the postie! How much
do you think it would cost to
rent yourself your own TV
shopping channel…?
Actually, it costs Hochanda, the
Home of Craft, Hobby and Art,
around £5m a year to rent
Freeview channel 85, where you’ll
see it broadcasting 13 hours of
live TV every day. That is without
looking at the costs to broadcast
on Sky 663 and Freesat 817, where
you can catch the show 24 hours
a day, but not all live – even
presenters have to sleep
sometimes! Perhaps it is more
appealing to stay on the sofa
side of the screen, after all.
Crafting for the future
A lot of crafters have put their
money where their craft is, and
invested in Hochanda, through
a crowdfunding
campaign, which helped launch
the business. In total, £1.96m
was made via the website, which
is what helped the new channel
go live at midday on August 27th
2015. But the Hochanda journey
had started long before that,
with two craft entrepreneurs
who knew how special craft
TV shopping could be…
Starting out seven strong
Hochanda was founded by Paul
Wright and Val Kaye, who were
the original owners of Ideal
World, which includes the Craft
TV shopping channel Create and
Craft. Paul started Hochanda as
he wanted a channel that could
showcase many different crafts,
not solely papercrafts. The initial
team consisted of just seven staff
members, and Chloe Endean was
the first craft demonstrator to
showcase her products on the
new channel. She and her
Fiona Clayton on
set, getting ready
for a stamping and
colouring show
mother both arrived to do the
show, and the team had them
sitting on patio chairs, as they
had not got any proper furniture
in place yet. But fast forward to
the present day, and suppliers
can now expect a throne!
“All our suppliers are so vital
– this is a family. The suppliers
are also the stars at Hochanda,”
says Paul. This is evident as
soon as you walk through the
office doors, with two giant
thrones on either side of the
door, and a large statement
plaque that reads: "Welcome
to Hochanda. We feel that our
suppliers are kings and queens
and should be treated as such.
Please take your rightful throne."
Building a craft community
You can now find many of your
craft favourites broadcasting
alongside the presenters at
Hochanda. When Papercraft
inspirations editor, Hannah,
visited, Crafter's Companion's
Fiona Clayton was setting up for
a stamping and colouring show.
You'll also get to watch the other
Crafter's Companion star
designers here, plus other big
craft names, such as Leonie
Pujol, Dawn Bibby, and all the
crew from Tonic Studios, as well
as many more. Even if you miss
your favourite show, you can
catch up, or watch again on
Hochanda's website. Happy
viewing, everyone!
Moving on up
Hochanda had to find a new
home very quickly last year, after
its Peterborough studio building
was sold to make way for a new
Lidl! Fortunately, a site was
found, not far away, for the office
– at Nene House, which had
previously been a showroom for
luxury yachts – and the TV studio
was build alongside it. The team
moved in overnight, and started
broadcasting the next day – but
at 1pm, rather than the usual
9am start, after a few minor
technical issues. The team
has been broadcasting up to
14 hours of live TV from there
ever since, give or take the
odd outage when a camera
breaks down, or when the team
arrived to find that all the ceiling
tiles in one of the studios had
fallen down overnight. It's all
part of the challenges and fun
of live TV and, after a swift
clean up, the team were soon
back on air, once again!
See Hochanda at,
Sky channel 663,
Freeview 85 and
Freesat 817
The new Hochanda craft hub
Nene House has been equipped with all the channel needs to thrive!
The great thing about
being in a purpose-built
location is that there is a
place for everyone. The
customer care phone
operators are in the same
site as the TV studio, so
operators can talk to
presenters and ask
questions that can be
answered live on air. The
TV show is put together
with a very small team,
and only three people
in the studio itself –
presenter, demonstrator
and floor manager. The
director and producer sit
in the gallery, in front of
all the screens that let
them keep track of what
is going on, and speak
to presenters through
a headset. The director
also operates the robotic
camera. The new building
gives the team the luxury
of space as well – they
have an attic set, dining
room set, patio set, DIY
set, craft room set,
kitchen set and a cake
decorating set. See
which ones you can spot
in the next papercraft
live TV demonstration!
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Free Papers
6 double-sided papers 6 pretty borders
33 coffee toppers & greetings
Coffee break
Download & p
these papers
our website
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aking time to enjoy a decent cup of
coffee and a generously sized pastry
is many people’s ideal way to kickstart the day. From fun sentiments to coffeecup toppers, this special blend of themed
papers and embellishments is well suited
to the coffee connoisseurs in your life, and
will come in handy for lots of occasions. The
neutral colours in this collection will work
well for your Father’s Day cards, too!
Cards & papers
designed by Jenny Ellory
Top tip
Use the
papers to
make a bag to
deliver coffeethemed gifts!
Shopping list
Your free papers and
toppers, plus...
* White A6 card bases
* Black card
* Sticky foam pads
* Adhesive gems
* Sequins
* Ribbon
* Double-sided tape
* PVA glue
* Scissors or craft knife
* Cutting mat
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How to make a coffee-cup card
Cover the front of a portrait card base with
blue coffee-pots paper then add a slightly
smaller piece of black card, followed by
an even smaller piece of coffee text paper.
Cut rectangles of pastries-patterned paper
and sprinkles-patterned paper, arrange on
sticky foam pads then overlap as shown.
Glue sequins and gems in the corners.
Cut out your takeaway-coffee-cup topper
elements then use sticky foam pads to
layer them up with a sentiment on top.
Stick the topper to the card front.
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Maggie Holmes
Flourish – Die-Cut
Ephemera Botanicals, £4.99
from Hey Little Magpie
Fantastic foils
Hunkydory Luxury
Foiled Acetate
Essential Collection, £2.99
from Hunkydory
Papermania Freshly
Cut Flowers Mini
Stickers, £3 from the
Mulberry Bush
Crafter’s Companion
Vintage Decor Foil
Transfers, £9.99
from Crafter’s
Splurge & Save
Our pick of the hottest crafting essentials (and
treats, of course) to suit any budget!
One for the road
Altenew Traveling
Stamp Set, £3.60
from Altenew
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Bags of choice
Artbin Anti Tarnish
Medium Storage Box, £5
from Hobbycraft
Never lose a die
again with these
handy folders
Lawn Fawn Plan On It:
Vacation stamp set,
£11.50 from Seven
Hills Crafts
Xcut Mini Die Storage
Folder, £19.99
from The Range
Occ asions
Make cards for everyone! Great designs to collect and keep
Party invites p54
Get the celebrations started in style
Card designs by
Becky James
Becky got into card
making over 15 years ago.
She loves stamps, inks,
dies and pretty papers.
Father’s Day
Fun cards to make dad’s
day extra special
Just to say
Tell someone you’re
thinking of them
Card designs by
Jo Chivers
Jo has worked with paper
for over 30 years and
her childhood love of
craft led to a graphic
design career.
Hello p52
No excuse needed for
sending someone a
cheery greeting!
Card designs by
Angela Dodson
Angela won Cardmaker of
the Year 2016 – visit her
blog at pollypurplehorse.
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
Dovecraft paper pack
– Nature’s Grace *
First Edition die
set – Butterfly,
from Hobbycraft
* Spellbinders stamp
set – Happy Grams,
from Spellbinders
Crealies Nest-Lies die
set – Double Stitch
Circles, from HixxySoft
White & bright-pink
card * Acetate *
Bright-pink & silver
sequins * Memento
ink – Lilac Posies *
Corner rounder punch
* Die-cutting machine
Designed by Angela Dodson
See page
74 for
Cut one piece of white card
to 17.5x14.5cm and another
piece to 17x14cm. Die cut a
10cm-wide circle aperture into
both pieces of card, so they align.
Round the corners on the smaller
panel – this will be the top layer.
Adhere acetate over the back
of both apertures. Cut pink
card to mat and layer onto the
larger piece of white card. Cut
a larger aperture into the centre
of the pink card, so it can’t be
seen through the smaller
apertures. Cut a piece of white
card to 21x14.5cm then score
it at 17.7cm, to create a hinge.
Adhere the layered white-andpink panel onto the hinge, to
create the card front.
Stick 3D foam all around the
aperture on the pink piece
of card. Fill the circular area
with sequins and die-cut
butterflies. Carefully line up
the panel with the card front
and stick in place, to seal the
shaker element.
Using pink ink, stamp your
sentiment into the centre of
a 17.5x14.5cm piece of white card.
Stick this to the inside of the
card, ensuring the sentiment is
visible through the aperture.
Decorate the card front with
strips of patterned paper,
sequins and a layered butterfly.
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Dovecraft paper pack
– Nature’s Grace,
from Hobbycraft
* Stampin’ Up! stamp
set – Floral Statements,
from Stampin’ Up!
White & black card
* Vellum * Alcohol
markers * Ribbon
* Sequins * Glitter
glue * White gel
pen * Resin flowers
* Black Versafine ink
Template on page 75
Designed by Angela Dodson
Top tip
Leaving a thick
black border
around the
greeting helps
it stand out
Cut pale, dotty patterned
paper to 18x13cm, mat onto
black card, leaving a small border,
and mat and layer again onto the
front of a 19x14cm, white card
base, using double-sided tape.
Cut a sunburst design – see
template on page 75 – using
two contrasting papers, mat
sections onto black card to
leave a small border, then
arrange onto the card front,
using sticky foam pads.
Use black ink to stamp a floral
sentiment onto white card
then colour with alcohol markers.
Add details with a white gel pen
and glitter glue. Fussy cut the
sentiment then mat and layer
onto black card, leaving a border.
Tear two strips of vellum to
fit across the card front. Layer
a thinner strip on top of a wider
strip then wrap ribbon around
them and adhere towards the
bottom of the card front. Use
sticky foam pads to mount the
sentiment on top of the vellum
topper, as shown.
Glue pink sequins onto the
pale dotty paper. Cut four
strips of ribbon, cut the ends
at angles then adhere the
strips on the left-hand side
of the sentiment. To finish,
add three lilac resin flowers
around the sentiment.
Just to say
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Kaisercraft papers –
Lilac Whisper * Teresa
Collins stamp set –
Stationery Noted,
from Craftie Charlie
Basic Grey alphabet
stickers – Mint Julep,
from Charmed Cards
& Crafts
Mini craft punch
– Butterfly,
from Hobbycraft
White, light-blue &
pale-blue card * Paper
flowers * Ribbon * Grey
chalk * Dark-blue ink
Designed by Jo Chivers
Top tip
Add a
greeting to
the postcard
Cover the front of an A6 card
blank with blue, floral paper
from the Lilac Whisper papers.
Cut a 15x6.5cm panel of
light-blue card and stick
it 1cm in from the left-hand
side of the card front.
Cut two lengths of blue-andwhite ribbon then cut the
ends into pennants. Glue one
length of ribbon vertically down
the left-hand side of the card
and another to go horizontally
across the bottom.
Use dark-blue ink to stamp
a Stationary Noted vintage
postcard image onto pale-blue
card and cut it out with scissors.
Distress the edges with grey
chalk. Use the Mint Julep letter
stickers to add a greeting to
the postcard. Use sticky foam
pads to add the finished
postcard to the card front,
placing it at an angle.
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Kaisercraft paper pad
Add a large paper flower and
some paper leaves over the
section where the two pieces
of ribbon meet. Add smaller
paper flowers around the
large one.
Complete your card by adding
a couple of tiny, punched
butterfly shapes – add one to
the postage-stamp area on the
vintage postcard, and one
underneath the postcard.
– Rose Avenue, from
Merly Impressions
Echo Park collection
kit – Bundle of Joy Girl
* Prima Marketing
wooden veneer
embellishment set
– Lovely Prints * My
Favorite Things Dienamics die set – Mini
Doily Circles, from
Craftie Charlie
Storytellers alphabet
stickers – Everyday
Poetry, from A Trip
Down Memory Lane
White & light-blue
card * Paper flowers
* Feather * Ribbon *
Lace * Twine * Chalk
* Gold paint * Diecutting machine
Template on page 75
Designed by Jo Chivers
Cut a piece of rose-patterned
paper, from the Rose Avenue
paper pad, so it’s slightly smaller
than the front of an A6 card blank.
Adhere white lace behind the
top and bottom edges of a
wooden veneer panel. Attach
a loop of striped ribbon at both
sides then back with two mini
doilies die cut from white card,
as shown. Glue the completed
panel onto the card front.
Use a mix of Bundle of Joy and
Everyday Poetry stickers to
add a greeting to the wooden
veneer panel, leaving enough
room on the right-hand side for
the quill and ink pot. Use scissors
to trim a craft feather, to make a
quill shape. You can also cut the
bottom of the quill into a point
and finish with gold paint to make
it look prettier. Glue the feather
next to the letters.
Using the template on page
75, draw an ink pot shape
onto light-blue card. Use a small
piece of masking tape to mask
the top lip of the pot and shade
it with chalk, to create an under
edge. Cut out the pot and chalk
again down one side, to create
a shadow effect.
To finish, embellish the
wooden veneer panel with a
cluster of paper flowers topped
with a small twine bow.
Party invites
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Hunkydory card
collection – Party
Animals, from
Simply Creative glitter
stickers – Stars,
from Trimcraft
* Fuchsia & blue card *
Gold mirri card * Washi
tape * Adhesive gems *
Pink baker’s twine
* Silver beading wire
* Scalloped edge
scissors or punch
* Nesting circle dies
* Die-cutting machine
Designed by Becky James
Create an A6 tent-fold card
blank from white card and cut
a scalloped edge across the base.
Layer fuchsia then gold mirri
card onto the card front,
leaving narrow borders. Trim
a piece of patterned card to
12.5x9cm then add a scalloped
edge along the bottom.
Cut two lengths of foiled
border, wrap baker’s twine
around each and mount each
onto gold mirri then fuchsia card,
leaving narrow borders. Attach
the border strips near the top and
bottom edges of the patterned
card panel. Add strips of washi
tape next to the border strips.
Cut a 6cm-wide circle from
blue card then layer it onto
slightly larger gold mirri and
fuchsia circles. Place the layered
circles in the centre of the
patterned card panel. Trim
characters and balloons from the
toppers and patterned card in the
Party Animals pack, then arrange
the characters over the circular
topper, as shown.
Glue the balloons in the
top-right corner of the panel,
linking them to the characters
with lengths of coiled wire. Add
a greeting, gems and gold stars
then use sticky foam pads to
attach the panel to the card front.
See page
74 for
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* First Edition paper
pad – Storyteller,
from Hobbycraft
For the Love of
Stamps stamp set –
Masquerade Ball,
from Hunkydory
* Mixed media card *
Black ink * Distress
Inks * Iridescent glitter
* Feathers * Wooden
skewer * Paper
flowers * Faux gold
berries * Washi tape
* Nesting circle dies
* Die-cutting machine
Designed by Becky James
Top tip
Use a craft
knife to cut
out the eye
holes in
the masks!
Cover the front of an A6 card
with purple, patterned card.
Mount a 13.5x9.5cm piece of
multi-coloured pearlescent floral
paper onto pink-and-orange card.
Attach the layered panel, at an
angle, onto the card front.
Cut a 12.5x8.5cm panel of
mixed media card. Stamp
streamers, diamond pendants
and sparkles flowing down from
the top edge. Use pink and purple
Distress Inks to watercolour the
card. Once dry, highlight with
iridescent glitter and place the
panel centrally on the card front.
Stamp two masks onto mixed
media card. After fussy
cutting around the edge of each,
blend Distress Inks across the
surface, colouring one in orange
and the other in blue. Add a hint
of sparkle using iridescent glitter.
Cover lengths of bamboo
skewer with washi tape then
glue a mask at the top of each
one. Glue the skewers, at
different angles, onto the card
front. Arrange colourful feathers
behind the outer corner of each
mask then add clusters of berries
and flowers, as shown.
To finish, layer strips of pretty
papers towards the base of
the card front then top with a
circular, stamped greeting panel.
Father’s Day
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Hunkydory craft
stack – Just for Him,
from Hunkydory
Gold mirri card *
Rust-coloured card
* Printed greeting
* Black pearls
Designed by Becky James
Top tip
Write your
message on
the back of
the card, so
it doesn’t
interfere with
the main
Fold the front of an A6 kraft
card blank in half, to create
a z-fold design. Mat and layer
sand-coloured, diamondpatterned paper onto gold mirri
then rust-coloured card and use
this layered panel to cover the
main inside panel of the card.
Create two more mat-andlayered panels for the z-fold
sections of the card – replacing
the sand-coloured paper with
blue check paper. Tuck a ‘You’re
the best’ greeting underneath the
top-left corner of the front panel.
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Marianne Design paper
Arrange brown, green and
blue strips of patterned paper
down the right-hand side of the
inside panel. Layer a printed
greeting onto gold mirri then
rust-coloured paper and attach
to the centre of the inside panel,
so it overlaps the border. Add a
circular greeting in the top-left
corner and a fussy-cut beer bottle
in the bottom-right corner
Make up the beer crate and
place the bar bottles topper
at the back. Place larger fussy-cut
beer bottles inside the crate,
using 3D glue. Decorate the front
with a greeting and black pearls.
Arrange brown and green
strips of paper down the lefthand side of the front panel then
glue the crate topper on top.
bloc – Après Ski *
Marianne Design die
sets – Letters & Elegant
Numbers & Flourishes,
from Buddly Crafts
Xcut die set – Wedding
Alphabet & Numbers,
from Craftelier
Xcut nesting dies
– Bunting, from
Craft World
Simply Creative glitter
stickers – Stars,
from Trimcraft
First Edition die
set – Bunting,
from Hobbycraft
* Coloured card * Silver
glitter paper * Gems
* Bamboo skewer
* Scalloped edge
scissors or punch *
Nesting circle dies *
Die-cutting machine
Designed by Becky James
Place the largest triangle
bunting die over the hinge of
an A6, top-fold card blank and
cut. Die cut another triangle from
red check paper and use this to
cover the card front. Die cut a
slightly smaller triangle from
blue patterned paper then layer
this on top of the red paper.
Die cut a cream, patterned
sail, mount it onto card, for
strength, then use sticky foam
pads to attach it so it overlaps the
right-hand side of the sail made
in step 1. Use washi tape and
strips of patterned paper to add
striped detail at the base of the
sail. Mount a silver glittered ‘1’
onto layered circles and arrange
overlapping the stripes, then
stick the ‘no’ letters above.
Place a bamboo skewer
‘mast’ down the centre of the
sails and add layered pennants to
the top. Die cut an 11.5cm-wide
circle from white card, fold it in
half then cover one half with
wood-effect paper, to create the
‘hull’. Use sticky foam pads to
attach the hull at the base of the
sails then add patterned papers
and the word ‘dad’.
Add a scalloped edge to two
panels of aqua card and layer
up at the base of the hull. Add
another semi-circle to the back
panel of the card, so it stands up.
Tropical touch
Add colour and sparkle to your party decorations with
this gorgeous tropical garland by Zoë Patching
Shopping list
Basic card kit, plus
* Green & gold glitter card
* Pink tissue paper *
Craft wire * Twine
Template on page 75
Top tip
Use our tropical
templates on
page 75 to
create matching
party invitations
and place
cards, too!
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74 for
reaming of summer barbeques,
birthday parties or get-togethers?
Inject some tropical warmth into your
occasion with this simple, sparkly garland!
With its mix of glittering leaves and hot-pink
paper flowers, this quick design looks great
when strung across a wall, hanging above a
doorway or used as a table decoration.
Copy the leaf templates on page 75 to create
the garland, and follow our simple step-by-step
guide to make the flowers from tissue paper.
Attaching all the elements to rustic jute twine
helps to balance the vibrancy of the leaves and
flowers, while keeping a natural look.
If you don’t have any glitter card to hand,
you can always use plain, coloured card then
decorate with glitter or embossing powders. For
an extra touch of tropical opulence, try dipping
the ends of each leaf in metallic embossing
powder then melting it with a heat tool.
The trendy tropical charm of this garland
is sure to bring the sunshine to any gathering
and get everyone into the party spirit!
How to make tissue-paper flowers
Cut four 10x10cm pieces of tissue paper. Layer
the four pieces together then create concertina
folds at 1.5cm intervals. Wrap craft wire around
the tissue paper and twist the ends.
Round off the ends of the folded tissue paper,
for a softer edge on your petals. If you’d prefer
a spikier finish, cut the ends into triangular
points, instead of rounding them.
Fan out the folded tissue paper, starting from
the outside edge, to create the 3D flower.
Repeat on the other side. Trim the excess wire
and attach the flower to the twine garland.
Our templates make it
easy to create tropical
leaves for your garland
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Sue Baker, the design guru
behind Imagination Crafts,
reveals all about her brand’s
exciting new partnership with
Crafter’s Companion
When did you first get the crafting bug?
I’ve always had a creative streak, and
used to love making paper dolls and
theatre sets with puppets. After school,
I worked in the theatre and it was at a
time when there was a non-existent prop
budget, so we would all have to chip in
and help create elaborate props from
items we had laying around. I absolutely
loved coming up with prop designs out
of the materials we had to hand, and it
gave me my very first taste of crafting.
Which papercrafting techniques do you
enjoy using the most?
There are so many techniques I enjoy,
but I would have to say stamping and
mixed media. I also love experimenting
and coming up with different effects with
paints by using them in a variety of ways.
Another big obsession of mine, at the
moment, is rice paper – I’m using these
versatile sheets on pretty much anything
I can get hold of! I love that you can use
them on so many different surfaces.
You and your husband, Harvey, started
out in the home decor business, helping
introduce MDF to the nation. What led to
the move toward papercraft products?
When we first started doing MDF blanks,
it was back in the 90s when home
improvement shows were massive. The
demand for blanks was huge and we
were Europe’s largest manufacturer of
MDF products and wooden blocks for
stamps at the time, but then trends
changed. We noticed a shift away from
home decor, and towards papercraft.
It was then that we decided to diversify
and expand into this sector. Once I
discovered stamping, I was hooked!
What do you enjoy most about having
your own craft business?
I love the fact that having my own
business means I can start new trends
and introduce other crafters to new
techniques and ways of crafting. I love
chatting to customers, listening to them
talk about what they enjoy or want to
see, and then being in a position to go
and try to make it happen for them.
Learn how to make
this distressedmetal effect
frame on page 60
How did the partnership with Crafter’s
Companion come about?
We knew Sara and worked with
her before she started up Crafter’s
Companion, and we have worked
closely together over the years. After
a period of ill health, I realised that I
needed to take my foot off the pedal
and working together seemed a
natural progression for both our
companies, so that Imagination Crafts
could continue, and I could still be a
massive part of it, yet at the same time
be able to look after myself more. It
was a win-win situation.
Are there any upcoming projects you’re
really excited about working on in your
new partnership?
The new partnership means that we can
bring an even greater variety of crafts to
eager crafters all over the world. We are
particularly excited to introduce crafters
to the joys of mixed-media crafting.
I don’t want to give too much away just
yet, but watch this space and see what
we launch in the next few months!
Other than crafting, what else do you
enjoy doing in your spare time?
Our favourite way to spend our Sundays
together is walking along the South West
Coast Path, as we live quite close to the
sea. We love discovering new beach
cafes with great fish and chips and cake!
Sue’s background in home interiors
means she has a lot of experience with
using mixed media in her projects
To find out more about Sue’s latest
product releases and crafty designs,
visit the Imagination Crafts website
Ask the
Your Experts
Got a crafty question? Let our team
of experts answer it for you!
Above: Add a tassel to some twine
then use the embellishment to tie
gatefold card panels together
Below: Tie a length of thread
through multiple tassels to
create your own bunting
Create your own craft
room pot plants –
no need for watering!
Hannah Bellis
Hannah is a stickler for
getting the basics right
Pot-plant perfection
Thomas Poad
Production Editor
Thomas is a fan
of die cutting and
the latest trends
Everywhere has succulents
for sale at the moment, and
I’d love to have some along my
mantelpiece. However, it’s really
dark in my flat and I’ve been
put off buying them. Could you
suggest a way of making some
paper plants instead?
Jo MacNeil, Kilmarnock
We’ve shared a few paper
flower and plant projects in
our Home Style features – in fact,
in issue 160, we crafted a bowlful
of paper succulents! Mix together
acrylic paints to achieve the shade
of green you require then paint on
both sides of textured card. Cut out
Sarah Jackman-Read
Craft designer & blogger
Find out more about Sarah
on her website
shaped leaves in different sizes,
so you can layer them, including
three large leaves to form the
base. Add the smaller leaves to
the base to create the plant. To
finish, curl the edges of the paper
to create a more realistic leaf effect.
All the trimmings
I have tassels on all of my
bags, cushions and curtains,
and I’d like to include them on my
card designs for a fun flourish! Is
there a way of making my own?
The only ready-made tassels or
trims I’ve found are too large, or
in the wrong colour, for my cards.
Tabitha Smythe, Dorchester
Creating your own stencilled
backgrounds is a great way
of practising both your
cutting and inking skills
Ruth Southorn
Papercrafting guru
Ruth was editor of The
World of Cross Stitching
for many years and is a
passionate papercrafter
You’ve come to the right
place, Tabitha – we’re fabric
fanatics, too, and love adding
ribbons and trims to our makes!
Tassels are surprisingly easy to
create. Cut a piece of cardboard to
the same length as you’d like your
tassel to be. Wind your chosen
thread around the length of the
cardboard until you’ve achieved
the desired thickness. Slide a
piece of thread under the wound
loops and tie a knot around the
top of the loops. Remove the
cardboard, wrap thread around
the top of the loops then tie a knot.
Finally, cut through the bottom
of the loops to create your tassel!
Motif magic
I love the look of stencilled
backgrounds, and would like
to experiment with them on my
own designs. I’ve been thinking
of creating my own stencil motif
to use, but don’t know where to
start. Can you help me out?
Vanessa Greening, St. Albans
Stencilling is certainly a great
way to add interest to your
card designs and an easy way to
create a truly unique background.
60 Papercraft
While there are lots of beautiful
stencils available to buy, creating
your own motif is rewarding and
allows you a lot more freedom!
First, lay a sheet of tracing paper
over your chosen motif and use a
pencil to trace the image, bearing
in mind each part of the design
will need to be a separate cut out.
Transfer the traced motif onto a
piece of thin cardboard and cut out
the chosen design with a sharp
craft knife – you may need to
adapt your design at this stage. If
you’d like to use your stencil again,
opt for an acetate stencil, as it’ll
last a lot longer than cardboard.
Sticky solution
Can you help me with an
adhesive question? I would
love to use more vellum in my
Add vellum seamlessly
into your cards with
clear sticky pads
Quick Fixes
See page
74 for
My niece loves unicorns, and
I’d like to make a die-cut design
for her ninth birthday. Have you
card designs, but I am not sure
how best to attach it to my makes.
Wet glue can be seen through the
vellum, as can double-sided tape.
What do you suggest?
Annie Lucas, Leicester
The delicacy of vellum
can soon be ruined by
the adhesive underneath – we
suggest using clear sticky pads,
which won’t show through the
vellum. Clear sticky pads from
Stix2 are great for adhering vellum
to your makes, as you can build
depth in your vellum layers or
découpage, without visible glue
marks. We hope this helps to get
you out of a sticky situation, Annie!
seen any cute dies?
The Sizzix Bigz Unicorn die
would make a lovely birthday
card – the stars and hearts are
great for sentiment toppers,
too! Sizzix Bigz Unicorn die,
£13.99 from Buddly Crafts.
I want to add torn paper to my
designs but I always seem to
create really ragged edges.
Your guide to...
What can I do to get a more
consistent finish?
Start by laying a steel ruler
Distressed metal effects
This month, our guest expert is Martina
Tindall, who works for Sue Baker as a
Design Team member.
around 1cm from the edge of
the paper. Hold the ruler firmly
in place and tear off the edge
of the paper, working on short
sections at a time.
Use a square die or craft knife to cut a 15x15cm aperture
into the centre of a piece of A4 card. Lay different
patterned stencils on top of some card and pour Structure
Paste through the holes in the stencils. Leave the paste to
dry, then cut the card into a variety of shapes that will form
the edge of your frame – a mix of rectangles, chevrons and
squares will add lots of interest.
I’d like to make a birthday card
for my allotment-mad dad. Can
you help with a design?
This garden-shed design, from
issue 166, combines fussy-cut
tools with patterned
papers, in shades
of terracotta
and grey,
Arrange your panels around the edge of the A4 frame.
Apply double-sided tape or strong glue to the back of
each piece then adhere to the frame. Overlapping the
different sections, and placing them at an angle, will add
even more texture and interest to the frame, as shown.
for a
card that’ll
come up
of roses!
Cover the frame in a layer of black gesso – you could
also use acrylic paint but it won’t be as stiff when dry.
Apply Peridot, Bronze and Copper Alchemy Wax, using
your finger to lightly work it into the crevices. Leave some
of the gesso uncovered, for extra depth. Used together,
these three colours of Alchemy Wax create the effect of
worn industrial metal. Personalise the finish by changing
the amount of each colour used.
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Shopping list
Basic card kit & vehicle
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Silver mirri board * Buttons
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Die-cutting machine
Template on page 75
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FREE Printables!
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Looking for fun ideas for Fatherʼs Day? These
printables will steer you in the right direction
he men in our lives can sometimes
be difficult to make cards for but
these clever vehicle printables,
illustrated by Emily Waite, make crafting
super easy. There are lots of cars and bikes
to choose from, plus cute papers and fun
sentiments to play with. There are
also scenes to create, car-shaped templates
to decorate and even a 3D car to build!
Perfect for Father's Day, birthdays and to
congratulate anyone who's recently passed
their driving test, these colourful designs will
set you on the road to crafting success! We'll
even show you how to create an exploding
box car, for an extra-special greeting.
Designed by
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Sarah works as a Creativ
Designer and loves com
erup with new ideas for pap
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How to...Make an exploding box card
Lift up the lid on this box card to
reveal what’s concealed inside
Top Wip
You can stick
the car to the
base, if you
want to keep
it in place
Using the template on page 75, create the basic
box shape from a 12x12in piece of yellow card.
Trim panels of red card then use double-sided
tape to stick them to the box panels, as shown.
Select coordinating patterned papers then trim
them so they are slightly smaller than the red
card panels. Use glue or double-sided tape to
stick the papers on top of the red sections.
Fussy cut a car, camper van, car keys and dice
then attach the images to the inside side panels
of the box. Tuck small sentiments behind the
car keys and dice then glue them in place.
Use the template on page 75 to create the lid of
the box from yellow card. Score along the fold
lines. Stick red card and patterned papers onto
the outside panels of the lid.
Fold and glue the inner flaps of the lid together.
Layer a sentiment onto yellow card then use
sticky foam pads to attach it onto the top of the
lid. Add silver gems in the corners.
Cut out, score and fold the 3D car then glue
it into shape. Use sticky foam pads to attach
number plates to the car. Once dry, place
diagonally on the base panel inside the box.
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Take a look at our reader testers’
creations on the next page!
How to…Découpage a car
Create a 3D embellishment with the
découpage elements included in
this fun set of printables
Die cut a 6cm-wide circle from the
car-patterned paper then attach
it towards the top-right corner of the
camper-van paper.
Cut car-patterned paper to 13.5x13.5cm
and layer onto red then blue card. Attach
the layered panel onto a 15x15cm white card
blank. Layer a 9.5x9.5cm piece of campervan paper onto red then blue card and attach
centrally on top of the larger panel.
Create two layered sentiment panels
then use sticky foam pads to attach
them in the bottom-right corner.
Layer a 15x4cm piece of cog paper onto
blue card then attach it, as shown.
Finish by adding baker’s twine bows to the dice
and car keys, and silver gems to the corners
inside the box. Pull up the sides of the box, to
conceal the paper car, then place the lid on top.
My Pixel Print digi
papers – Cars
Blue Green, £3.58
from Etsy
Cut out the découpage car elements,
layer them up with sticky foam pads
then affix the car to the centre of the card.
To finish, add silver gems to the headlights,
and buttons to the corners of the card front.
Simple Stories
paper pack
– Travel Notes
£15.49 from
Craftie Charlie
paper pad – The
Little Book of Planes,
Trains & Automobiles,
£9.99 from Hunkydory
Taking shape
Use the template provided on page 75 to create a cute
car in your choice of coloured card. Use acetate for the
windscreen and hang some dice from it for a retro feel!
Die cut small
letters for
number plates!
Wheels in motion
Create a simple slider element to a road scene
then add a motorbike to move along it. Include
a milestone birthday sentiment, too!
We did it!
Sally Sears
Q What did you think of
these car printables?
A I love printing off lots of
the sheets onto card, then
carefully fussy cutting the shapes with
scissors. When you have a variety of
elements, start to lay them out and design
your project by piecing the shapes together.
Q Do you have any top tips to share?
A Sticky foam pads are great for adding
dimension. You could also add Glossy
Accents to the car windows, or add a
photo of your dad in the car itself.
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Take a look at our reader testers’ makes this month!
Karen Walsh
Q Who did you have in
mind when you made
your fire-engine card?
A I made this card for a
friend’s child who is mad about fire engines.
I used sticky foam pads to add the engine,
to make it pop, then kept the rest of the
design quite simple with the cog-patterned
paper and the road-effect number.
Q What did you like most about using
these vehicle printables?
A There are so many fun elements in this
printables pack, so I’m sure I’ll use them
for lots of makes. I especially like the
numbers and the patterned papers.
Gail Norris
Q Tell us about your
découpage make
A My son will be taking
his driving test soon,
so I now have a unique ‘congratulations’
card ready to give him when he passes.
I enjoyed cutting out all the elements
and creating the découpage car.
Q Do you have any top tips for using
this set of printables?
A You could add a base to the 3D car, so as
to add a gift inside – perfect for Father’s Day.
I always struggle with male-themed cards,
so these printables are just the trick!
Hobby Art stamp set
– Toucans, £10.99
from Hobby Art
First Edition 12x12in
paper pad – Botanical
Beauty, £14.99
from The Range
Bird buys
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HelloTalii digital
papers – Tropical
Watercolour, £3.42
from Etsy
From fabulous flamingos to terrific toucans,
we’ve stretched our wings wide to find you
some of the hottest crafting goodies
Xcut die set – Tropical
Flamingo, £8.48
from HixxySoft
We love this pair
of fab fla mingo dies
Sheena Douglass stamp sets –
Flamingos, Peacock, Kingfisher,
Hummingbird & Lovebirds,
£5.99 each from
Crafter’s Companion
Masté washi tape
– Flamingo, Owl &
Parrot, from £2.50
at The Fox and Star
Ready Ste
Our designer challenge...
Only use 5 items!
We challenged Sarah Jackman-Read
to make five cards using just five
bought items – plus a few extra bits
from her stash!
Shopping list
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Stampin’ Up! 6x6in glimmer
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Stampin’ Up! stamp
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Stampin’ Up! die
set – Magical Mates,
from Stampin’ Up!
Sheena Douglas Sparkle
pens – Hot & Spicy,
Cool & Calm, from
Crafter’s Companion
Keep crafting
Protect a gift by concealing
it within the walls of a paper
castle bag! Use the template
provided on page 75 to create
the shape from 12x12in paper
then use contrasting paper
for the sides and the handles.
With a fussy-cut dragon and
a knight standing guard, your
recipient’s present will be in
safe hands! Add a touch of
sparkle pens to the characters,
and a banner sentiment, to
complete your design.
Template on page 75
Going swimmingly
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74 for
Just Add: Papermania 12x12in
clear acetate, from Craft Stash
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This fun shaker element is filled with
a herd of tiny, die-cut seahorses.
Start by drawing a semi-circle on your
card front, die cutting waves along
the bottom edge then cutting out the
shape to create the aperture. Attach
acetate behind the aperture then fill
the shaker. Die cut more waves in
matching paper then attach with sticky
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Warmest wishes
Mix sparkle pens with water and splatter across white
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your chosen papers, for a coordinating look.
Knights in shining armour
Use the fun characters in this collection to create moving
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about to enter into battle! The patterned papers are
ideal for creating backgrounds on your card, while a few
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Magical memento
Just Add: Myths & Magic washi tape, from Stampin’ Up!
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Top tip
Mix and match
sections of the
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...with a flower
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Nicole Haupka creates three striking
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Creative colouring
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