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Contents December



Every issue…

Crafty know-how

6 YOUR FREE GIFT Ideas for your Festive Flourishes luxury card kit 10 NEW FOR YOU! All the latest craft news & best buys 16 YOUR INSPIRATIONS Readers’ letters, top tips and cards 75 STOCKISTS Stock up on the stash and accessories from this issue 77 TEMPLATES All the templates you’ll need for this month’s projects 81 NEXT MONTH Find out what’s coming up in your Christmas issue 82 THE THRIFTY CRAFTER Kirsty Neale shows you how to make glitter effects with ordinary salt!

63 MASTERCLASS Discover the art of paper cutting with two great card projects from expert Julie Kirk – all you need is a craft knife and a steady hand! 68 ASK THE EXPERTS Our panel of crafting gurus answer your card making questions and dilemmas


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Ways to save 34 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Save up to 45% when you subscribe to Papercraft inspirations!

Prizes to win! 9 COMPETITION Win a set of festive dies from Docrafts, worth over £100! 23 GREAT GIVEAWAYS Amazing prizes to be won, worth over £1043

Great reads 33 MEET THE DESIGNER Sheena Douglass chats about her favourite techniques, designing stamps and appearing on TV!




Projects… 18 STAMPING Create cute character cards for Christmas with sweet new stamps from Little Darlings 24 ORIGAMI Turn paper squares into tiny trees with this project from Zoë Patching and Nick Robinson 58 DÉCOUPAGE Make a magical winter wonderland with this new project from Maxine Norman

More to make… 30 10 WAYS WITH... Scalloped circles. Julie Kirk’s clever new ideas 36 HOME STYLE Fold a stylish Advent calendar by Zoë Patching 39 ART DECO CHRISTMAS PAPERS Pull out from the magazine or download for free! FREE PRINTABLES! 49 CARDS FOR ALL OCCASIONS 16 designs for special celebrations 73 ONE DIE SET… 3 LOOKS Three clever makes to try with Docrafts Christmas tree dies


Art Deco Christm papers Papers, toppers & greetings for you!



insp Your Festive Flourishes Luxury Card Kit has everything g you need to layer up the most gorgeous foiled cards. Here are five fab card ideas to get you started…

Sh e wit favourite card will win a papercraft goody bag! Simply send a photo of your card or make to by 11th November 2014 for your chance to win!

Add extra dimension to your Christmas topper, by layering it with coordinating coloured card. Then give the holly some extra sparkle with a small dab of glitter glue for a really pretty finishing touch!

Your free gift, plus... Gold ribbon Brown saddle stitch ribbon Red seam binding Natural button twine Gold bells Stickles – Star Dust, all from The Ribbon Girl* Martha Stewart punch – Scallop, from Amazon*

Projects by Jenny Hodges

Fiskars border punch – Apron Lace, from Sunrise Crafts* Brown Prima gems, from Dies to Die For* *see page 75 for stockists



Mount some of the pretty red and gold toppers and paper onto chocolate brown card for a sophisticated colour scheme. Add matching ribbon with some gold bells and gems to finish.

tip Take extra care when removing your die-cut toppers from their sheets, to avoid tearing them. If any tufts of paper remain when you detach them, simply gently sand them away or snip them off with a small pair of scissors.

Embellish a mistletoe topper with a smaller sentiment topper to add further layers to your card. Decorate the sentiment with gems and a simple gold ribbon bow to finish the design.

Combine cool blues with festive gold tones for this Christmas card. Wrap a simple ribbon around your main card panel to add texture to the layers. Mount your sentiment topper on coordinating card so it really ‘pops’ against the backing papers.

Layer your papers with a simple scalloped border and then top off with a bold and bright festive red ribbon and bow. Mount a topper onto matching red card to complete the vibrant look.

tip If you’re layering up plain card with your kit elements, create a stylish coordinated look by choosing card in colours that appear in the toppers and patterned papers.





Enter our December competition and you could win a special set of three Xcut dies from their new range…


o celebrate the launch of their new website, Docrafts have joined forces with us to offer a host of fab prizes in this month’s competition. The new-look site has a fresh and creative feel and provides super-functionality for crafters. With community inspiration like no other, the site includes an easy-to-use forum, competitions galore, new product launch features, a massive video library and brilliant online shop!

Docrafts have 10 sets of Xcut dies to give away. Xcut boasts a comprehensive range of designer dies, which all come complete with a clever magnetic shim. The range of Xcut dies are made from the highest-grade carbonised steel and are tested to deliver a superior cut. The designs that can be won include a cracker, an extra-large envelope and a gift bag – all perfect for creating your Christmas crafts this year. Winners will also get an A4 pack of colourful card

WORTH OVER £102! from Papermania – and each bumper prize is worth an amazing RRP £102.80 in total! Visit to see the new-look website and learn more about their latest products.

How to enter

For your chance to win a fantastic festive set of Xcut dies, simply enter online (see below for details) by 28th November 2014*.

Visit and select the ‘Competitions’ tab or click our competition links on the home page to fill in our online form, keyword PIMXCUT.

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receipt and will not be returned. You warrant that the Competition entry is entirely your own work and not copied or adapted from any other source. If you are a winner, you may have to provide additional information. 7 Details of winners will be available on request within three months of the closing date. If you are a winner, receipt by you of any prize is conditional upon you complying with (amongst other things) the Competition Rules. You acknowledge and agree that neither the Company nor any associated third parties shall have any liability to you in connection with your use and/or possession of your prize.

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* See page 75 for stockists

Every month we pick our favourite new card-making products… just for you!

Send Christmas wishes with this beautiful Peace On Earth rubber stamp (£4.99) by Sue Wilson. It measures 9x8.5cm, just the right size for making lots of small square cards. Just stamp onto a card blank, then add a touch of colour and embellish with a flower or another stamped design in the bottom-right corner. From Creative Expressions*.


PRIZES WORTH £250! See p.23

DRESS UP YOUR CARDS d You’re going to love the latest cute characters from Helz Cuppleditch. Say hello to cheery robins, friendly foxes, sleepy owls and sweet reindeer, all part of the new Winter Woodland range! Choose from gorgeous glittered paper pads in three sizes, 12x12in, 8x8in and 6x6in, and mix and match with coordinating toppers, découpage, twine, stamps, dies and lots more. These will make fantastic cards for Christmas – turn to page 58 now to find some Winter Woodland inspiration! Find the whole collection from £1.49, from Trimcraft*.



Sleigh Bells Ring is the latestt Christmas collection from My Mind’s Eye. The range has a gorgeous retro look, with papers and elements in traditional red and green, with touches of woodgrain patterrn and trendy stag motifs. We like this set of 22 Decorative Brads (£5.95), with snowflakes, reindeer and gingham prints, plus Christmas greetings to complete your cards. Available from Personal Impressions* stockists.


If you’re a fan of TV crafter Phill Martin, don’t miss his new paper collection! Sentimentally Yours – Vintage Christmas, is an 8x8in pad of 48 fabulous double-sided papers. There are four different shabby chic designs, each in six colours, filled with holly, snowflakes and Christmas words. They’ll make brilliant card backgrounds, and the reverse of each paper is a plain coordinating colour that’s handy for matting and layering. Order for £10.99, from Creative Expressions*.

Good news – now you can add shimmer to your Christmas cards without making a glittery mess all over your craft table! Use this Glitter Washi Paper Tape (£2.95 per roll) to make borders and tabs for cards, and use it to decorate your wrapped presents too. There’s five metres of tape on each roll, so you’ll have plenty to play with. Choose from pink or blue at Pipii*.



Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board Make your own gift boxes in minutes with the Gift Box Punch Board from Stampin’ Up! This clever gadget has a notch punch, scoring guides and a scoring tool to help you create professionallooking gift boxes in a range of sizes, up to 4in square. The notch punch also cuts curved slits so the top edges of each box can slot together and stay closed. The Punch Board includes handy charts, so you can see which size of paper or card you’ll need to create the

different box sizes, and there’s a stepby-step guide to help you along too. Once you’ve got the hang of the technique, you’ll be able to whip up boxes in no time using your favourite card or patterned papers. We think this’ll be really useful at Christmas time, and it’ll also be great for making up wedding and party favours! The Gift Box Punch Board costs £17.95 and is available from Stampin’ Up!*.

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Check out Kirsty’s newbook! Don’t miss Paperie, by our own Kirsty Neale


ou’re sure to have seen Kirsty Neale’s gorgeous designs popping up in Papercraft inspirations over the years – and she writes our The Thrifty Crafter column every month too! If you love Kirsty’s makes as much as we do, then be sure to order a copy of Paperie, her new papercraft project book. Inside, you’ll find 100 fresh ideas to try with paper, including pictures, cameo brooches, garlands, and party decorations. There’s a guide for each project, and templates and tear-out papers at the back of the book. Kirsty says, “As much as I love making cards, it’s sometimes nice to use your skills and supplies on projects you can keep once they’re finished – things you’ll get to enjoy every day!” Paperie by Kirsty Neale is published by D&C and costs £14.99. You can order a copy online now at – there’s an eBook available as well as the print version. For more inspiration from Kirsty, click onto her blog at

Kirsty also writes our crafty column – turn to p.82 and have a read!

Finish off your gift wrap, cards & tags in style with these fab new ribbons from Fantastic Ribbons*. In Scandi-style red and white plus pretty green satin, they’re printed with sweet festive words and messages. Snip short lengths of your favourite ribbon and back with double-sided tape to create textured greetings for your handmade cards. These versatile ribbons cost just £2.50 per 4m roll!


Boutique-sha, £10.99, Vertical If you love origami, you’ll enjoy this collection of practical and fun projects from Japanese publisher Boutique-sha. Follow the diagrams to make dishes, boxes, coasters and chopstickholders – everything you need to dress up a party table!



Make space on your shelves for our pick of the latest reads PRETTY PACKAGES Sally J Shim £12.99, Chronicle Books Craft blogger Sally J Shim has designed 45 creative gift wrapping projects to turn your pressies into mini works of art. As well as basic gift wrapping, you’ll learn how to tie neat bows, make your own washi tape and wrap up unusual shapes. So useful!

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November & December




Papercut picture workshop

New Papercraft inspiration ns

18th Nov, Petworth. Put yyour craft knife to work and create a piece of papercut artwork for your home. Booking info and more at www.

Our Christmas issue comes with i h an Embossed Card Kit including sanding ol, colour core papers and designer d blanks! See page 81 for more.

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13th-15th Nov, Belfast. Find all the latest materials you’ll need for your Christmas projects, plus make-and-takes and more! Visit www.sccshows. for further info.

Impress your guests this year with homemade crackers. It couldn’t be easier with this Cracker A4 Die from Xcut (£29.99). Die-cut the flat shape then roll up and slot the tabs together, fill with jokes and treats, then tie the concertina sections with ribbon. Get your die at Docrafts* and make your own fantastic crackers every Christmas. (If you want to add cracker snaps, you can order them at!)

Top picks!


Creative Crafts Show


Hobbycrafts show 28th-30th Nov, London. Shop for supplies and enjoy free workshops and demonstrations – it’s craft heaven! Find out more and book tickets at


Craft the cutest Christmas cards with these polar pals…



1 3D Polar Bear Toppers, from Hobbycraft*




Christmas stamp – Girl & Penguin, from Wild Rose Studios*

3 Tattered Lace Reindeer Dies, from Hobbycraft*

*see page 75 for stockists


Party Paws stamp – Snow Much Fun, from Crafter’s Companion*


Little Spinners Premium Card Kit, from Hunkydory Crafts* Papercraft


Craft up stylish storage projects with Tonic Studios Tonic Studios brings you a beautiful new range of products from the Forever Moments range…


onic Studios is proud to introduce a brandnew range of Forever Moments MDF Storage Projects. The first two boxes in the range, Tivoli and Verona, are perfect collectable and craftable modular storage projects and can be personalised with beautiful Forever Moments Decorative Papers, Dies, Gilding Blush and Crackle Glaze.

Introducing the Tivoli Named after the famous Christmas Market Town, the Tivoli unit has four shelves and comes complete with 24 small drawers, perfect to use as a special Advent calendar with treats in every drawer, to store gifts or just as a handy place to keep your craft embellishments. The Advent Drawer Deco Die set is perfect for decorating the drawer fronts on this Forever Moments Tivoli creative craft project. Create a special Advent calendar that your family can enjoy every December!

Use these fab new items with your Forever Moments Storage Projects… Gilding Blush Decorative Papers Also available for the Tivoli box is the Twelve Days of Christmas Decorative Paper Pack, 20 double-sided, 150gsm uncoated sheets perfect for decorating the Forever Moments Tivoli Creative Craft project. Plus, the Forever Vintage Decorative Paper Pack is the perfect addition to the Verona, but can be used with any crafting project, from card making to découpage.



Tonic’s first launch of five beautiful gilding blushes will add rich decoration to every Forever Moments Craft Project. Choose from Fusion, Silver, Gold Leaf, Old Gold, and Bronze.

PLUS… Pure Adhesive This is the perfect adhesive for découpaging onto Forever Moments MDF craft projects. Alternatively use it to seal with a matt sheen.

Crackle Glaze The clever Crackle Glaze comes as a twopart system that lets you create decorative eggshell cracks on any craft surface.

Alison Whelan is a craft expert for Tonic Studios! Introducing the Verona The Verona comes with four small and four large drawers and makes for a brilliant craft storage solution or home decoration. Decorate your Verona craft storage project with the Avante! Drawer Deco Die set and the decorative papers to make your unit totally unique to you!

The Drawer Deco Die Sets make it easy to cut papers at the right size for your drawer units.

The Tonic Studios team are also releasing more items to add an extra dimension to your Forever Moments Storage Projects – see the box on page 14 for pretty papers, gilding and glazes to help you create fabulous finishing touches for your projects. There’s so much to inspire you at Tonic Studios! Treat yourself to some

fab new dies, embossing folders, punches or storage projects and transform your papercrafting with the Forever Moments Home Décor collection this season.

Crafting has always been a huge part of my life. I started knitting as a six-year-old and was never ffar from my paper and pens. I started card making about 15 years ago and haven’t looked back. My motto has always been, Why buy it when you can make it? I joined the Tonic team to become a full-time crafter in January this year – it’s the best job in the world. Our new range of Forever Moments decorative boxes have been an absolute dream to work with. I’ve continued to use my papercrafting skills, also using the beautiful papers in card making. The dies give a lovely touch to finish the drawer fronts. I hope you enjoy making these fabulous boxes as much as I have. Happy Crafting! Alison

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My subscription came just in time! I was wrestling with a card for someone I know who is going through some health issues. It is hard to come up with a card that is appropriate but still nice nice. Your Bright Bee cards and your Masterclass on die-cutting from issue 129 were both used. I embossed a honeycomb onto cream paper. The jar was made with a Sizzix die. I used scrap plastic and then embossed it with a smaller honeycomb folder. I hand-cut the bee’s body from yellow paper and made the wings from more scrap plastic. I used a paint pen to detail the wings. I enjoyed making the envelope too and hope it brings a smile to the recipient. Thanks for all of the good tips! Ann Bedard, by email Wow, the embossed textures look fab, Ann!

We asked readers if they’ve ever lost craft stash in a weird place! Lynn Hantosh, on Facebook “I had been doing a layout about a trip to the zoo. I was not aware that had I lost a penguin sticker until later at the grocery store when the lady behind me pointed out that it was stuck to my bottom.” Amy Whan, on Facebook “My cats have helped themselves to twine, scrap paper, embellishments and the odd pen from my craft stash!”

Send in and win! Share your makes, crafty confessions or craft room photos, and you could win a fab prize from Hunkydory Crafts, worth £4.99, or worth £25 if you send in the letter we love most! This month’s ‘Letter We Love Most’ prize is a Return To Patchwork Luxury Card Collection and matching Luxury Card Inserts. See the whole Return To Patchwork collection and more at

I’ve just started making some cards to sell at a coffee morning for Marie Curie Cancer Care. I loved the free folded flowers gift from issue 129 – I cut the h five fi cards in half and placed the folded flowers over the ‘handmade by’ that was on the back, and then added them to cardstock and made 10 cards! I am now making more cards, all for a good cause! Kath Ramsden, by email Thanks for your letter, Kath, we’re so impressed with all those cards!

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I bought issue 130 of your magazine and when I found the lovely free gift I sat down and made five cards in an afternoon. They are a welcome addition to my boxful of Christmas cards already made, made as I always find I need more. I’m enclosing a photo of the cards I made. Some of my own embellishments have been added and I hope you like how I have used your free gift. I have also had fun using a couple of the templates and free papers from inside the magazine. Margaret Browne, Darlington You’ve been very busy, Margaret – all those cards in one afternoon? Amazing!

y I’m English but I live in Liguria, Italy. I subscribe to your magazine and have it sent to me. I decided to set up a group for crafty Italian ladies and hold ld classes l teaching t hi them card making and scrapbooking. I take my trusty Sizzix machine and scrap odds and ends with me and off we go! Nothing like it exists here and they are really enjoying it. Here are some photos of us and the cards we’ve made, hope you like them. Lorraine Castellari, Italy Grazie, Lorraine – wishing lots of happy crafting to you and your card making group!

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y has been card J Jenn making for over two yyears. She loves to colour in stamped images with alcohol or Distress ink markers. These pictures are the focal point of many of her prett y cards.



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Layer a soft background


Get tips from our panel of Papercraft Testers on page 22 18


Let your colourful stamped characters shine by layering them onto a neutral card front – choose papers, ribbons and flowers in warm shades of grey, lilac and brown.

Stamp the cutest Christmas cards Jenny Hodges shares her ideas for festive cards starring Little Darlings’ latest characters!


Basic card kit, plus Little Darlings Candibeans stamps – Let It Snow, Can I Ski Too, I Can’t Reach & Spread A Smile of Joy Little Darlings Vintage Affections stamps – Postage Stamps Little Darlings die – Lovely View Maja Vintage paper – Frost, from Dies to Die For*

ittle Darlings Rubber Stamps make adorable character stamps, and the brand-new CandiBean range is another sweet treat we know you’ll love! “These cute Christmas characters in snowy scenes are super-fun and easy to colour,” says designer Jenny

Hodges. “With the wintry outdoor theme, you have so many ways to embellish your creations with a mix of textures – Liquid Appliqué, Snow-Tex and glitter all look fab!” Ribbons, twine and a soft colour palette help give the cards a fresh, modern look that’s irresistible!

Pine cones Snow-Tex Embossing enamel, from Live & Love Crafts* Ribbons Lace Twine Shaped buttons Pearls Silver bells Glossy Accents Flowers Berries, from The Ribbon Girl* Liquid Appliqué, from Sir Stampalot* Nestabilities dies, from Hobbycraft* Flowers, from Wild Orchid Crafts* Copic markers, from Cult Pens* Die-cutting machine *see page 75 for stockists

Let it snow!

Embellish stamped winter scenes with drops of white Liquid Appliqué – an easy way to create 3D snowflakes.



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designer Jenny’s step-bystep guide to build up perfect colours on your stamped design!

1 First of all, mount your ‘Let It Snow’ stamp on an acrylic block and stamp onto white card. Make sure you apply an even pressure to ensure you get a perfect image.

tip When inking a stamp, turn the stamp so you can see it, then dab the ink pad over the stamp’s surface. This way, you can see exactly where the ink is going and you can keep things neat!

2 Begin colouring with Copic markers. Start with the skin, using small strokes and working from dark to light (Jenny’s used shades E21, E11, E00, E50 with R20 and R11 for the cheeks).




Using the dark shades first, colour the hair. Use very small amounts of ink and build up the shades, ‘pulling’ the darker ink with the lighter shades to blend the colours together.

Build up the dark folds in the dress and hat. Build up the lighter shades with small strokes, blending as you go. Add texture to the fur trim on the hat with tiny dots.

Colour the bears in the same way, building up the colours from light to dark. Jenny used shades E77, E74, E71, E70 and E44, E43, E42 to colour the bears.

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Turn a bottle of wine into a gift with a pretty tag. Embellish with Snow-Tex snowflakes and top with paper flowers and ribbon.




Dot light blue shades around the image to create a soft background. Use a Copic blender pen to smooth and soften the background further.

Stamp some designs from the Postage Stamp set to decorate one edge of your design, then add it to a decorated card front. Embellish with paper owers in the bottom-left corner.

Decorate your card with glitter – doodle on the designs with a Quickie glue pen, then sprinkle with silver glitter and tip off the excess. Leave to dry.



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Share hints & tips with our Papercraft Testers!


Sally Sears

These characters are so sweet and there’s plenty to colour in. They give a lovely crisp stamp, where every detail appears perfect. For the first card, I went for dark red flowers to bring out the other colours and the fabulous stamp. The blues and silver il off the h second card make it feel wintry. I embossed the background paper and painted it with a watery solution of H2O paint – it shimmers where the glitter has caught on the edges of the nowflakes. The green card has a softer look and a sn simpler design, which I think really worked.

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Alison i Walker

For my cards I used white card and paper with a white background, matted with kraft card. d I ttend d tto use watercolour paints, since they give the same kind of graded colour as markers. I’d stamped my image in black and the snowflakes looked a bit dull, so I traced the lines with glue and sprinkled on golden glitter. I fancied making a monochrome version of the card, particularly as I had just been given some rather beautiful papers in shimmery black and silver. I used chalks for a subtle wash of colour and highlighted the hair with lines of black glitter. I’m really pleased with the way the cards turned out and the stamps are very cute!

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I imagine that most crafters have a collection of crafty Christmas bits! I found fairy lights, a holly button and a foam ‘Noel’ from a craft f project j 15 years ago! The aperture card was a free sample from a shop. I thought the ’Just Because’ stamp was lovely so I used it as the main feature for my other card. The silver flowers are rub-ons to echo the silver feathers on the topper and silver braid, again all bits from my hoard! I used Staz-on black ink and clear embossing powder, as I think the embossed image is more vivid than the ink alone.

Karen Walsh

This little stamp is beautiful, and gives a good impression. The image is very adaptable, and the stamps are useful for so many projects. I like choosing shades to suit my taste, plus you can apply colour to match your papers, which I can have problems with if I buy images. I went to town with embellishments, layering up die-cut snowflakes, sequins, gems, ribbon and flowers, then adding Stickles glitter glue everywhere – hooray for Christmas!


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Get tips from our panel of Papercraft Testers on page 28 24 Papercraft

Fold an easy stepper card for a winter scene. Experiment with a sheet of A4 paper to find the correct height for the stepper folds, then use it as a template for your card blank.

Fold origami Christmas trees! You don’t have to be an origami expert to make these cards by Nick Robinson & Zoë Patching!

T Basic card kit, plus White card blank White & pale green coloured card

hese stylish origami trees are simple to make, but they look so impressive! Origami expert Nick Robinson has designed them to be super-easy to fold – turn to page 26 for a step-by-step guide. Designer Zoë Patching has created a set of three Christmas

cards, plus a coordinating gift tag to show off the trees. “I’ve used paper layers to make wintry scenes and simple geometric backgrounds,” says Zoë. You can make your origami trees any size you like – just vary the size of the paper square you start with.

Gold kraft paper, from Fred Aldous* Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas papers – Traditional Dovecraft Back to Basics Christmas Adhesive Toppers, all from Trimcraft* Gold Soiree papers, from Stampin’ Up!* Adhesive stones Dovecraft alphabet stamp set Black ink pad, from The Makery* Ribbon & ric-rac Baker’s twine Buttons *see page 75 for stockists

Christmas tree design and expertise supplied by Nick Robinson, leading origami artist and author. Find out more on his website!

Pick out a motif

Take inspiration from your patterned papers! Paper circles make a stunning background for this origami tree.



ow to...Make an origami Christmas

ou’ve mastered the simple folded tree, you can make lots of gorgeous origami cards!

1 Cut a piece of patterned paper to measure 14x14cm, and back with white card. Wrap the top edge of this panel with red ribbon, then stick to your square card blank.

tip Thinner papers are best for origami shapes – you can use thicker paper, but you may need to fold and crease much more firmly to stop them from popping open as you work!

2 To make each tree, start with an 8x8cm square of paper. Fold diagonally to create a central crease. Unfold this and then fold both upper edges in to meet the crease.




Fold the bottom corner up to meet the folded-in corners from step 2. Make the folds as crisp as you can – you can use a bone folder or the edge of ruler if you like.

Next, fold in the outer edges of the paper shape at each side to meet the centre line. Use a bone folder to make sure the folds are nice and crisp.

Now fold the lower portion of the shape upwards, creasing across the widest point. Make sure you are still holding the tree in the position, as shown above.



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Use your practice origami trees to make quick gift tags! Gather two or three on one tag, or make one big tree for a real ‘wow’ factor.




You can now neatly fold the bottom half of the shape back on itself – this should be about 1cm from the base. This creates the tree trunk for your Christmas tree.

Turn the tree over and press along all the edges again for a neat finish. You can push the sides of the tree and trunk in slightly to create a slightly raised 3D effect.

Stick your origami trees in place on your card front. Stick the edges down with Tacky PVA glue and use sticky foam pads to support the raised crease in the middle of each tree.




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Gail Norris

These origami trees look really effective but they aren’t difficult to fold at all! You could use any colour scheme and any paper – maybe try using a page out of a magazine or old book. Thinner paper If you use vellum you can stick the gives far neater folds. f tree to the card using 3D clear squares instead of foam pads, so that it doesn’t show. I used a light sprinkle of embossing powder to give a snow effect. Remember to heat gently so it doesn’t blow away!

Wendy Empett

If you’ve ever thought you couldn’t manage origami, then have a go using these easy instructions! Make them using plain or patterned paper, then choose h your own way to decorate. This was a great opportunity to use the free paper and card pack that came with issue 130. For my first card, I made two trees, decorating one with coloured beads and the other with glittering snowballs. I used white paper for the snow and positioned the trees within it. For my second card, I had fun with die-cut circles and Copic colouring marker pens, which avoids the colours from bleeding. It took very little time to make and would be a great batch-make for the busy crafter. I will definitely be making more!

Jane Hewes

This is my first go at origami and I really enjoyed it! I thought the folded trees gave a different look to the cards. d The Th instructions i are easy to follow and the trees look good, especially in different patterned papers (and you can use any size paper you want!). For my first card, I played around with the positions

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of the trees. Plus, because I used patterned papers, I felt I didn’t need to add much more to the card. For my other card, I played around with different sizes. I made the bigger tree to hang on the wall rather than stand on its own. It’s also better to stick the bottom edge of the tree to the pot so that it’s flat. I added the decorations and the card was finished in an instant!

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Scalloped circles Julie Kirk shows you how to create stylish Christmas cards with nesting scalloped circles Basic card kit, plus Assorted coloured card Framelits dies – Circles, Scallop, from Sizzix* Scalloped circle punches Nellie Snellen dies – Christmas Pine Branch, from Icon UK* Ribbons Pom-pom trim Twine Snowflake charm Winter pine cones Hessian bag Memo pins, all from The Ribbon Girl* *see page 75 for stockists

Give cash in gorgeous paper envelopes Make a pretty envelope to present vouchers or money. Fold four scalloped circles in half and slot them together to form a square. Secure with glue or tape. You can close the top flap if you want to keep the pressie a surprise until the 25th!

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Fold paper patchwork Create patchwork-style medallions by layering and folding scalloped circles. Fold the outer edges of a circle inwards to form a diamond with upright sides (you can fold over a ruler if you like), then layer onto a circle that’s the same size as the original.

Make a quick easel design Die-cut two large circles to make a shaped easel card! Cut the first from a card blank, keeping the fold intact – then you can make a fold in the front flap to create the easel base. Decorate a second die-cut circle and stick it in place.

4 Make a speedy wreath

For a quick mini wreath, start with a scalloped circle! Use a plain circle die or punch to cut away the centre, then you’re free to decorate with a bow or some paper leaves and red buttons.

Say hello to Santa Build up a cute Santa picture with scalloped circles for his white hair! Punch or die-cut a large scalloped circle for Santa’s beard then add smaller scalloped circles for the hair and top with a plain circle for his face. Ho ho ho!

Grow 3D trees Craft a paper tree with lots of dimension! Die-cut scalloped circles in three nesting sizes, then fold each one in half to form a semicircle. Fold the ends in again to make triangles, then slot together and fix to your card with double-sided tape or glue dots.

Create heavenly place settings Welcome your guests to the Christmas table with an angel at each place setting! Snip into the centre of a large circle and twist to make a cone for the body. Make small cones for the angel’s wings.



Make paper pom-poms Dress up your gift bags with dainty tissue paper pom-poms. Fold 30-40 tissue paper scalloped circles in half, then glue them together, back-toback, around a length of twine. Gently tease apart the layers to create the rounded pom-pom shape.

Craft the cutest mini bunting Mini bunting flags don’t have to be triangular. Fold scalloped circles over baker’s twine and stick in place for this cheery design. If you love the look, you can use coloured doilies and ribbon to make full-size festive bunting!

Top off your gift wrap Transform plain kraft gift wrap with a patterned paper half pom-pom. Punch large scalloped circles from your favourite patterned papers, then fold in half and glue them back-toback to create the rounded shape. Fix in place with double-sided tape!

tips Top tricks for scalloped circles B If you want to make tissue paper pom-poms (top-left), a die-cutting machine is your best friend – you can die-cut through several layers of tissue paper in one go. B Lots of these ideas will also work brilliantly with circles of thin felt! Try it for the Christmas tree and wreath on page 31. B Don’t have circle punches or dies? You can buy Scallop Circle Packs in lots of colours from Which Craft*!



Mee Can you remember the very first card you made? I can, and it was horrible! It was more tenacity and determination that kept me going! Honestly, it was a mandala style I attempted when staying at our static caravan. I had only embossing powder and no heat tool, a couple of paints and a pair of scissors and glue. Fortunately only me and the trees knew just how bad it was! Which craft technique did you fall in love with first? Rubber stamping. Because I like to draw and my style is very detailed and more realistic than stylised, I was blown away at how a rubber stamp could p reproduce such detailed

We chat about all things craft with stamping queen, S ouglass…

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images time after time quickly and effectively, allowing me to have fun with different colouring products and techniques.

What’s it like presenting on Create & Craft TV? Absolutely terrifying at first! I couldn’t believe what I had agreed to do! I remember for my first show I was so scared that I haven’t a clue what I said or did, but apparently I didn’t look nervous. Now, I love it! The presenters and staff are so lovely and welcoming, and I have a jolly good laugh when I’m there. The product you’re most proud of? I think ‘Paint Fusion’ is still myy p proudest moment. The

Sheena’s stamps are designed so you can achieve cool colouring and layering effects.

idea of marrying two of my loves – rubber stamping and painting – was a moment of genius! I wanted to make it easy for crafters to build their painting skills and leave the fear of the paint itself behind. By using stamps as the foundation and then adding simple Folk Art painting tricks on top of this, the concept was a huge success. Ever ruined a card and were you able to fix it? That’s just a regular day at Douglass Towers! Because I’m such a messy pup, I always manage to transfer a grubby fingerprint to where I don’t want it! But, isn’t that what em embellishments are for?

Sheena loves versatility – in these cards, she’s used the same stamp to create two great scenes!

Your top tip for perfect stamping every time? Make sure your surface is flat and solid. I have some fold-away plastic-topped tables that I use

in my studio and couldn’t begin to get a decent image unless I stamped on top of a piece of MDF or a glass cutting mat. Also, if you’ve had trouble stamping in the past, try Rock-a-Blocks from Crafter’s Companion*. What are you working on next? I’ve just finished drawing stamps to work with an amazing new addition to the Spectrum Noir line! Spectrum Noir products are all about colour and ease of application for backgrounds. So my plan was to draw a couple of ranges with some silhouette images to stamp over those amazing backgrounds. It turned out very nicely! Look out for the Viking ship image against the Northern Lights effect background! I’m now drawing some images to work with a brand-new mixed media concept from Pebeo, so it’s another great challenge. Different approach, for different products! Papercraft




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HomeStyle Countdown to Christmas with Zoë Patching’s stylish paper pocket Advent calendar…

T Basic card kit, plus Assorted coloured card First Edition paper pad – Vintage Noel, from Trimcraft* Woodware mini pegs, from Craft Superstore* Baker’s twine Brown parcel paper Wooden frame (approx 45x54cm) & mountboard Washi tape, from Fantastic Ribbons* Glitter letter stickers Eyelets & eyelet tool Small circle punch ......................... . Template on page 78 .......................... *see page 75 for stockists

his contemporary Advent calendar is so easy to make, and the little pockets are just the right size for little treats or special festive messages for your family. “If you have older children at home, they can get involved with folding and sticking the pockets, then you can fill them with surprises,” says designer Zoë. “The pockets are easy to make with my step-by-step guide, and there’s a handy template too – no measuring required!” To display the pockets, cut a piece of mountboard to fit your chosen frame, then punch holes and thread with lengths of baker’s twine. Attach the pockets with mini pegs, so they’re easy to remove and replace. Remember to number each pocket with a glittery number sticker too!

Decorate with washi tape! You can dress up the sides of plain mini pegs with festive washi tape! Lay the peg down on the sticky side of the tape, then use a craft knife or small scissors to trim the tape to size.

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This project is a great stashbuster - use scraps of patterned paper, coloured card, or even strong wrapping paper!

tip Make some extra pockets to add to your Christmas cards – they’re perfect for presenting cash or gift vouchers.

How to fold a pocket for your calendar…


Trace the pocket shape onto card or paper, using the template on page 78. Cut out and gently score the fold lines – you can trace the fold lines on as dotted lines if it helps.

Check which edges will be at the top of the pocket when it’s folded up. Use a circle punch to cut a semicircle away from one of these edges to create the tab.

Fold up the pocket and stick it together with double-sided tape. Once you’ve made 24 pockets, you can number them with stickers and peg them to lengths of baker’s twine.



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Your free papers B 6 double-sided papers B 6 matching borders B 27 festive toppers & greetings


rt Deco style has been a real papercrafting trend over the last few months, so we asked designer Jenny Ellory to create some fabulous Art Deco inspired festive papers and toppers. Check out these three gorgeous card ideas by Jenny, and ďŹ nd out how to make the Christmas tree card over the page! Remember you can download the papers and toppers from the Papercraft inspirations website and print them out as many times as you like! Send your pics of your free papers makes to!

Papers & cards designed by Jenny Ellory

Download & print these papers from our website for

tip Enhance the gold highlights on these designs further by adding accents of gold glitter, drawing over them with a gold gel pen or by using gilding flakes to add some metallic touches.



Your free papers and toppers, plus... White card Gems Double-sided tape Sticky foam pads Superglue Craft knife & cutting mat Ruler Feathers *see page 75 for stockists

Howto… craft an Art Deco style card! 1 Cover a white card blank with slightly smaller piece of black and gold patterned paper. Cut out the Christmas tree topper and use double-sided tape to attach it in the centre.



Add your greeting to the bottom-left corner of the card, raised on sticky foam pads for dimension. Use more pads to add a feather topper in the bottom-right corner.

Embellish the finished card design with gems – add them to the lady’s dress, the Art Deco frame and the feather. Use drops of Tacky PVA to make sure they’re secure.

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Basic card kit, plus… White card blank Kraft card Old sheet music Papers – Magic of Christmas Card Candi, from Craftwork Cards* Gingham ribbon, from The Ribbon Girl* String Black fineliner pen Fiskars die – Snowflake Fiskars Fuse machine Distress inks – Antique White & Tea Dye, from Hobbycraft* Frantage white embossing powder, from That’s Crafty* Heat tool

Cut a piece of sheet music slightly smaller than your card front, ink the edges and stick it to the card front. Cut a narrow strip of red paper and layer down the left edge.


Create a tag shape from kraft card. Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat from underneath.


Die-cut snowflakes and stack on the kraft tag with sticky foam pads. Add the tag to your card front.


Cut out the mini date tag from the patterned paper and attach to the centre of the snowflake with a string bow. Tie a ribbon bow and add to top of the card front.


Basic card kit, plus… Scallop card blank, from Hobbycraft* Red & white card Festive Shoe stamp, from Katy Sue Designs* ProMarkers, from Letraset* Zig Wink of Stella pen, from Kuretake* Liquid Pearls, from Craftwork Cards* Corner rounder punch Designed by Enfys Cashmore


Stamp or handwrite the ‘party’ letters on Card Candi dots and stick at the bottom of the card front.

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tip tip Check charity shops for old sheet music!

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Making lots of cards? Craft production-line style – stamp all the pieces first, then colour them, then layer. Much faster!

Stamp the shoe and colour with ProMarkers, adding glitter to the shoe’s cuff. Cut into a rectangle and round the corners. Layer onto red card and stick it to the card front with sticky foam pads.


Stamp the sentiment on white card, trim into a strip and layer onto red card. Add to the card front with sticky foam pads.


Stamp poinsettias and holly leaves on white card, colour them in and add Liquid Pearls to the flower centres. Layer up two stamped blooms for each flower and curl up the edges to add dimension. Stick the finished blooms to the bottom-right corner of the card front.


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Basic card kit, plus… Black, white & red card White aperture card blank Tiny heart punch, from Hobbycraft* Glitter Memory Box Die – Snowy Village Scene, from Oyster Cards & Crafts* Frantage white embossing powder, from That’s Crafty* Skipton alphabet die, from Go Kreate* Die-cutting machine Designed by Enfys Cashmore

Die-cut the snowy village scene from white card and attach to black card. Sprinkle with Frantage embossing powder and heat from beneath for a snowy look. Fix this piece behind the aperture in the card front.


Cut a panel of black card, smaller than the card front, and die-cut a circle from it, so it will frame the aperture. Stick to the card front.


Die-cut the letters for your sentiment from white and red card. Glue in place.


Dab the trees, roof and snow with a little glue and sprinkle with glitter. Add a tiny punched heart to the house.


Basic card kit, plus… White card blank Silver card Papers & paper bow – Magic of Christmas Card Candi – Silver, from Craftwork Cards* Distress Ink – Red Berries, from Hobbycraft* ......................... Template on page 78 ....................... Designed by Enfys Cashmore

Print out the large bell template on page 78 and place onto a card blank, with the top of the bell on the fold. Draw around the shape and cut out, leaving the fold intact. You should now have a bell-shaped card blank!


Cut out another bell shape from patterned paper and attach to the card front. Edge the shape with glitter glue.


Cut out two smaller bells using the template on page 78 and edge with glitter glue. Punch out two small circles from silver card and stick them behind the bottom edges of the bells. Stick the bells to the card front with sticky foam pads.


tip Enfys says, “Frantage embossing powder gives great snowy effects, just sprinkle it on your project and carefully heat from underneath!”

Make a simple bow using the paper bows in the paper pack, edge with glitter glue and add a silver Card Candi to the centre.

tip When using glitter glue, test the speed of the glue flow on scrap paper first.


Print out a sentiment in red and trim into a strip. Cut a card banner shape and attach the sentiment on top. Ink the edges in red *see page and add two silver 75 for Card Candi brads. stockists



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Using the template on page 78, paper piece the duck from coloured card.

Basic card kit, plus… White card blank Assorted coloured card DCWV Nana’s Nursery paper pad – Baby Girl, from Bluebell Girls* Tonic Studios punch – Daisy Border, from Handy Hippo* Tonic Studios dies – Oval, from Samuel Taylors* Tonic Studios dies – New Baby Sentiments, from JGD Crafts* Pearl heart embellishments Paper piercing tool Die-cutting machine ......................... Template on page 78 ....................... Designed by Jo Austin


Die-cut two nesting ovals from black card and green patterned paper. Prick holes around the edges of the ovals and stick them together. Fix the duck on top and embellish with three pearl hearts.


Add black card to your card front. Cut a smaller piece of word-patterned paper and layer on top.


Cut two pieces of orange card – one narrow strip for the top edge, and a larger piece for the bottom edge. Punch along one long edge of each piece and stick to the card front.


Die-cut the words twice and stick to the card front. Snip the stork from patterned paper and position on top.

Basic card kit, plus… White card blank Assorted coloured card Grace Taylor papers – Lullaby, from One Stop Craft Shop* Duck stamp of your choice Memento ink pad, from Handy Hippo* Copic markers, from The Glitter Pot* Nestabilities Card Creator die – Divine Eloquence Marianne die – Baby Text & Pin, from The Glitter Pot* Pearl embellishments Ribbon Die-cutting machine Designed by Jo Austin



To give the duck a 3D look, ink the edges of the paper pieces before you assemble.

Use a touch of pink craft chalk or coloured pencil to add a cute blush to the little duck!



Stamp a duck with Memento ink and colour with Copic markers. Use the Card Creator die to cut out the stamped design and layer onto a pretty frame shape.


For the background, layer panels of blue card and Lullaby paper onto a white card blank. Cut a 2½in strip of blue card and punch the bottom edge, then top with contrasting paper, wrap with ribbons and stick across the middle of the card front.


Stick the stamped panel to the card front and add a ribbon bow. Embellish with adhesive pearls.


Die-cut the word ‘Baby’ from blue and orange card, layer together and stick in place on the card front.

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Basic card kit, plus… Assorted coloured card First Edition papers – Up, Up & Away, from Grafton Crafts* Quilling papers & tool Marianne die – Bib & Bow, from Icon UK* Liquid Pearls, from Handy Hippo* Couture Creations embossing folder – Tied Together, from Sunrise Crafts* Gold ink pad Vintage Labels 27 stamp set, from Lili of the Valley* Ribbons Die-cutting machine Designed by Jo Austin

tip Stick your quilled shapes in place with dots of PVA glue – use a cocktail stick to apply the glue!

First, create your quilled ducks. Coil up a 15cm paper strip into a tight circle for each head, then make three loose coils from 25cm strips and pinch each one to create teardrop shapes for the bodies.

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Die-cut two bib shapes from gold and cream card.

Die-cut the bib again from cream card and trim out the middle section. Emboss and add Liquid Pearls to embellish the design.


Cut a square of blue card and stick onto gold and cream squares to create a border effect. Layer on the bib pieces and add the quilled ducks on top.


Basic card kit, plus… Assorted coloured card Tonic Studios embossing folder – Amelia, from Crafty Devils Papercraft* Distress ink – Faded Jeans & Worn Lipstick, from Handy Hippo* Ribbons White gel pen Cricut cartridge – New Arrival Cricut electronic die-cutting machine, from Smartcrafts*

Die-cut the ducks from yellow and orange card. Cut the one larger duck to measure 2½in and two ducks measuring 1in.


For the background, cut a large circle from yellow card and a smaller one from white card. Ink the white card to create a cloudy look (see tip below). Tear some strips of blue card for the water and layer them onto the bottom of the card circles.


Make a blue top-fold card blank. Cut and emboss a panel of cream card and layer onto gold card to create a border. Stick this panel in place on the card front.

Designed by Jo Austin


Tie a ribbon and attach this to the top of the bib. Layer up papers onto the card blank.


Die-cut the greeting and add highlights with a white pen. Fix at the bottom of the card front.



Add a few gems to the corners of the card front. Add a stamped sentiment.

tip To create the clouds, cut large scallops into a piece of scrap card, then use a soft, clean cloth to swipe ink over the edges.

Tuck the ducks in place on the paper waves and stick the complete circle topper to the card front. Add a white ribbon bow to finish. *see page 75 for stockists



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Basic card kit, plus… White card blank Green card Crate Paper pad – Close Knit Echo Park stickers – Keepin’ Cosy Tim Holtz embossing folders – Drapery & Woodgrain Bazzill Bling card, from Craftie Charlie* Poppystamps die – Pine Springs Memory Box die – Lineman Snowflake, from The Glitter Pot* Studio Calico wood tags, from SJ Crafts* Wide striped ribbon Doily Gem Letter stickers Masking tape Small hole punch Designed by Jo Chivers

tip For extra stability and dimension, die-cut two snowflake shapes and glue together before adding to the card.

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Cut an 11x11cm piece of Bazzill Bling card and emboss it with the woodgrain embossing folder. Stick a panel of yellow lacy patterned paper at the top of the card front and then add the embossed card on top.


Cut a paper doily in half and add it to the top edge of the embossed card. Die-cut six pairs of pine sprigs from green card. Arrange across the card front as shown in the picture above. Add some pine cone element stickers.


Take a length of striped ribbon and back the ends with masking tape. Cut a V-shape into each end and punch a small hole in the middle. Tie a piece of cream coloured ribbon around the middle and knot in place, then trim the ends. Glue the bow to the card front.


Die-cut a snowflake and add to the bow along with an adhesive gem.


Add a wooden tag and your letter sticker greeting.


Basic card kit, plus… Kraft card blank Assorted coloured card White glitter card Basic Grey patterned paper – Spice Market, from Hey Little Magpie* Pebbles Basics paper pad Simple Stories burlap stickers – Icons Kaisercraft letter stickers Jillibean Soup letter stickers Twine, from Craftie Charlie* Cream felt Adhesive gems Tracing paper or vellum ......................... Template on page 78 ....................... Designed by Jo Chivers

tip Use your finger to dab a little PVA glue around the edges of the burlap stickers to stop them fraying.

Cut a piece of patterned paper and stick it to your card blank as a background. Cut a wide strip of kraft card, trim away a curve at one end, and stick to the card front.


Using the template on page 78, paper piece the mug from floral patterned paper. Add marshmallow shapes cut from pink and glitter card.


Stick the mug to the kraft card panel using sticky foam pads. Cut the mitten shapes from cream felt and add them around the cup with double-sided tape. Add your letter sticker greeting.


Fix a tracing paper swirl to the marshmallows and embellish the mug with a burlap butterfly and pearl.


Decorate the card front by sticking a burlap flower at either side of the greeting and a blue twine bow at the sides of the mittens. Finally, add lots of pearls to the mittens.


Basic card kit, plus… Top-fold card blank Pink card Pebbles paper – Front Porch Studio Calico wood veneer birds Flowers Glitter glue, from Craftie Charlie* Bazzill Basics paper – Dotted Swiss, from Hobbycraft* Twine Letter stickers Memory Box die – Arboscello Tree Xcut dies – Square Parenthesis, from The Glitter Pot* Die-cutting machine Designed by Jo Chivers

tip Lay the wavy strips on the white card before you die-cut the square shape – they’ll be trimmed perfectly!

Cover the front of the card blank with dotty patterned paper. Die-cut a large square parenthesis shape from Swiss Dot textured card.


Cut two wavy strips from the same textured card to make ‘hills’ on the square parenthesis shape – trim off the spare card from the edges once you’ve stuck them in place. Die-cut a pink tree and add it to the square to complete the card topper.


Stick the completed topper to the card front with sticky foam pads. Spell out your birthday greeting with letter stickers.


Embellish the topper with large paper flowers and a twine bow.


Use PVA glue to stick two wooden birds to the tree. Apply a little glitter glue to each bird with your fingertip.


Basic card kit, plus… Top-fold card blank Dotty patterned paper – green & purple Assorted coloured card Dovecraft clear stamps – Snowflakes, from Trimcraft* Xcut nesting dies – Circles Doodlebug Fancy Frills Doodlebug stickers – Teensy Type, from The Glitter Pot* White glitter card Clear sequins Embossing ink pad White embossing powder Circle punches Heat gun Pencil Designed by Jo Chivers


Cut a 12cm square of blue card. Using the secondlargest circle die as a template, draw a circle in the middle. Stamp and heat emboss the bunting and fill the rest of the space with embossed snowflakes. Add sequins.


Punch two circles from glitter card and add to the bottom of the blue circle to look like a snowman. Cut the face and hat details from coloured card. Add a snowdrift of glitter card at the bottom.


Cover the card front with dotty paper. Die-cut an aperture in the middle using the second-largest circle die. Die-cut a ring of purple dotty paper to frame the aperture. Use the waste piece from the ring to make the snowglobe base shape.

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Stick the snowman piece behind the aperture.

Add a scalloped trim at the top of the card and finish with a sticker greeting.

Raise a snowglobe on sticky pads and add acetate and beads to make a shaker card!

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Cards for all

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Cut a panel of dotty patterned vellum and add it to the card front.

Basic card kit, plus… Kraft card blank Patterned vellum, from Hobbycraft* Gold & cream card Rubber stamp – Yippee Skippee Metallic twine, from Stampin’ Up! Gold ink pad Designed by Zoe Pierson


Stamp your greeting in gold ink on cream card. Trim and layer onto gold card to create a border.


Add sticky foam pads to the back of the stamped greeting panel.


Make some loops of twine and stick them to the back of the greeting panel, then stick the panel in place in the middle of the card front.

Basic card kit, plus… White card blank Simple Stories patterned paper – Say Cheese, from The Glitter Pot* Black card Red glitter card Silver mirror card Rubber stamp – Oh Hello, from Stampin’ Up!* Queen & Co Glitter Goosebumps, from Crafts U Love* Black glitter Black ink pad

Cut a strip of silver mirror card to fit the height of your card blank and stick a strip of double-sided tape down the centre. Sprinkle with black glitter and tip off any excess glitter.


Add the glittered strip to a wider strip of patterned paper, and layer onto silver and black card to create borders. Add this layered panel down the middle of the card front.


Add Glitter Goosebumps to the top-right corner of the card front.


Cut a circle of red glitter card, trim one side and layer it onto the card front as shown in the picture above.

Designed by Zoe Pierson


tip When sticking your patterned vellum in place, hide the glue behind the dots.

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Stamp your greeting on white card, trim into a banner shape and layer it onto black card to create a border. Add it to the card front, overlapping the red circle.

tip These glittered strips are great for jazzing up gift tags too!

Cards for all



Basic card kit, plus… Pink top-fold card blank Dark pink & pale pink card Silver glitter card My Mind’s Eye patterned paper – My Girl, from The Glitter Pot* Rub-on letters Flower punch, from Stampin’ Up* Adhesive gems Designed by Zoe Pierson


Cut simple flag shapes in three sizes from silver glitter card. Layer them onto dark pink card and trim to create borders, then stick in place on the right edge of the card front.


Punch out pink flowers and add them to the flags. Top each flower with a gem centre.


Cut a strip of pale pink card and rub-on your greeting. Layer onto a dark pink card strip and stick across the top of the card front. Embellish with two gems.

Cut a piece of star patterned paper and stick it to the card front.

Basic card kit, plus… Navy card blank Simple Stories patterned paper – A Charmed Life, from The Glitter Pot* Mini star punch, from Stampin’ Up!* Memory Box letter dies – Parker, from Crafts U Love* Die-cutting machine

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Die-cut your ‘thank you’ letters from gold card.

Stick the letters to the card – you can add tiny dots of PVA glue to the backs of the letters and place them with tweezers.


Punch some gold stars and add them to the card front.

Designed by Zoe Pierson



When cutting a strip into a V-shape, snip in the middle then up from each side to get an even finish.

Adapt the sticker message on this design to make a fab ‘well done’ or ‘congrats’ card!

*see page 75 for stockists



Thank you

Cut a panel of dark pink card, slightly smaller than the card front. Add a smaller panel of patterned paper, then stick to the card front.

M ne has been Maxi papercrafting for five yyears now after trying most other crafts! She enjoys dĂŠcoupage and stamping cute characters, and is always keen to learn by d ne sig De an new techniques. rm No e in ax M



Carol Alison


Layer pattern & texture


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Using coordinating papers and dĂŠcoupage makes it easy for you to create a card with lots of busy patterns. Try placing the topper at an angle for a quirky scrapbook look.

Make a magical Winter Wonderland Helz Cuppleditch’s new Winter Woodland range is ideal for fun festive cards for friends and family


Basic card kit, plus Helz Cuppleditch Winter Woodland collection – 8x8in Paper Pack, 8x8in Découpage Papers, Paper Blossoms, Fabric Brads, Twine, Accordion Stickets, Enamel Dots, Garland Flags, Adhesive Toppers, Embossing Folder, Fox Die, Owl Die First Edition Textured Cardstock Dovecraft Christmas Ribbons Dovecraft 6x6in Kraft Cards Brown Gift bag, all from Trimcraft stockists*

elz Cuppleditch’s new Winter Woodland collection for Trimcraft* is filled with the cutest characters – sleepy owls, cheery robins, little mice and a hedgehog in a striped scarf! The snowy scenes are perfect for Christmas, and they’ll make

great cards for winter birthdays too. Designer Maxine Norman has created this card set to show off the Découpage Pack from the collection. Have fun building up 3D toppers, then decorate with stickers, twine, greetings and clever die-cut embellishments!

Die-cutting machine *see page 75 for stockists

Craft a sweet snowman

Build a 3D snowman with the Winter Woodland découpage pack! Wrap one of your card panels with some red and white twine – a quick way to add a festive touch.



o to... make a cute dĂŠcoupage owl

p a tri py owls for this adorable card, perfect for a special Christmas greeting‌

1 Cut a piece of red card to measure 15x15cm. Layer on a slightly smaller piece of red music-patterned paper, then distress the edges using the edge of your craft knife.

tip Die-cutting lots of baubles for your cards? Many die-cutting machines can cut two layers of paper (or more) at a time. Try it as a timesaving trick!

2 Cut a panel of pale green card, place it in the wreath embossing folder and emboss. Distress the edges and layer onto the red patterned panel from step 1.




Cut a piece of red card and distress the edges. Snip a slightly smaller piece of bauble-patterned paper and stick on top, then layer over the embossed panel.

Die-cut red and green baubles and string them onto twine. Fix the twine to your layered panels (stick the ends at the back), and secure the baubles with sticky foam pads.

Die-cut the tree shape from brown card. Stick the tree to the right side of the baublepatterned panel from step 3, and stick the complete panel to your card front.

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Dress up a plain brown bag with pretty papers and a cute mouse topper! Tie a die-cut heart to the tree with twine.




Build the owl découpage, supporting the pieces with plenty of sticky foam pads. Stick the finished owl découpage to the layered panel at a slight angle.

Wrap a length of green ribbon around the bottom of the layered panel. Make a quick bow from gingham ribbon and secure in the centre with a heart-printed brad.

Take a 6x6in kraft card blank and fix your layered panel to the card front. Stick your ribbon bow and ‘Christmas Time’ greeting in place at the bottom.




Share hints & tips with our Papercraft Testers!


Julie Selby

These products are easy to use and the glitter sticker sheet has some really cute designs on it. I used one of them on my square shaker card. I layered up paper and ribbon and finished off with glitter hearts from the sheet. As well as a stamped sentiment, I used Distress ink on the card to add iinterest. The Th second card was made really quickly. It just needed two sheets of paper to make the background, I then cut down the garland sticker to fit, and added the robins, heart and a sentiment. You can make the cards as complicated (or as easy!) as you want.

Alison Girvan

Because I only made one card, I wanted it to be special, so I went to town layering, embellishing b lli hi and d adding glitter! I also used a multi-snowflake die from Cheery Lynn as there are tons of snowflakes on there, in different sizes. I usually spend a day, before Christmas, cutting holly, snowflakes and poinsettias, so they’re on hand when I’m batch making later on – it saves much to-ing and fro-ing with the die-cutting machine!

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Margaret Blissett

I really love the découpage papers from Trimcraft, but I’m the kind of person where less is more, so always opt for simplicity. Maxine’s M i ’ d designs i were really terrific, but they were a little too complicated for me. (Maybe Papercraft inspirations could do a tutorial on how to layer paper for backgrounds as I tend to avoid it, because I get in a muddle!) I like to just focus on the main découpage image, and this Christmas I definitely have a soft spot for snowmen, as you can see from the card I made! I think the simple style of my card works really well, in this case.



I just loved working with these papers by Helz Cuppleditch, and the designs by Maxine were really inspirational. Id decided id d to go for two different looks. The first was a side stepper card with three layers. I think it looks very active with the images on different levels. The other card uses A4 card folded in half lengthways. I die-cut two ivy designs and used a fancy backing for my image. I attached trees, then glittered everywhere! Everything was quick and easy, and it was a lovely set of images to work with.



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Take your first steps in paper cutting with two great Christmas projects from Julie Kirk – all you need is some card, a mat and a craft knife!


aper cutting requires very little equipment and almost no special instructions – just lots of practice and patience! It’s well worth it, though, because the results can be truly stunning. “Paper cutting gives a homespun look that’s achieved huge popularity

this year,” says designer Julie Kirk. “These designs will introduce you to the craft and help you learn the basic skills. And remember, this isn’t die-cutting – not every design you produce will be identical to the last, and really that’s all part of the appeal. Enjoy!”









Create mix ‘n’ match paper-cut squares Basic card kit, plus Kraft, red & white card Gingham ribbon Natural button twine, from The Ribbon Girl* Button Letter stickers ........................ Template on page 77 ...................... *see page 75 for stockists

If you’ve never tried paper cutting before, this card is the perfect place to start! The four elements are small squares that you can focus on individually and complete without too much effort. You’ll enjoy backing the finished design with coloured card too – it looks so stylish and helps your paper cutting look really crisp. “The modular design of this card allows you to mix and match the square elements,” says Julie. “Use all four different designs, four of the same, or three in a row – it’s up to you! You can even cut just a single square and use it in the centre of a card or gift tag.”

Back your white paper-cut designs with squares of coloured card for a bold look

tip Be very careful when using a craft knife – always cut away from your fingertips, and put on a lid or retract the blade when it’s not in use.


Trace the bird design onto tracing paper. Flip the tracing over and transfer the design onto white card. If you’re using a textured card, trace the design onto the smooth reverse.

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Make small cuts in the corners of the design first – in each corner or junction where two pencil lines meet, push in the tip of a sharp craft knife and make a small cut.

Next, use a metal ruler to cut all the straight edges between the corner cuts. The pre-cut corners will help you to stop your knife exactly at the end of each line.

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tip To make the second bird, flip the template over so it faces the opposite direction before tracing.

4 Carefully cut the curved lines of the design. Don’t try to cut curves in one single motion though – make shorter, controlled cuts which join up to form a longer line.

5 Now tackle any small details such as those around the bird’s eye and wing. Use the tip of the blade and continue until all the negative space is removed.

6 When you’ve finished cutting, check for any stray paper tufts. Layer the design onto card in a contrasting colour and add to the card front along with the other paper-cut designs.



Craft a pop-up card for Christmas Basic card kit, plus White card Memo pins Faux hessian, from The Ribbon Girl* Snowflake punch Baker’s twine ........................ Template on page 77 .................... *see page 75 for stockists


Now you can use your paper cutting skills to create a Christmas card with a pop-up surprise! Cut the snowman and tree in this design separately, then attach them to either side of the card’s fold. Then you can use a little tape or glue to stick them together so they pop up when the card is opened. “This design builds on the cutting techniques we’ve already learned on page 64 and involves lots more curves and fine slices with smaller design features to remove,” explains Julie. “It also requires more handling of your delicate finished cuts so you can assemble them in a pop-up card, so take your time and be gentle!”

Trace the snowflake onto the front of a 15x15cm card blank. Cut out with a craft knife and metal ruler then, on the inside of the card, place patterned paper over the aperture.

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Keep your tracings safely in a folder - then you can use them again for last-minute cards



Trace the Christmas tree design onto white card. Cut around the outside of the tree shape with scissors for speed – you’ll cut out the inner sections in step 3.

Cut out the inner sections of the Christmas tree with your craft knife. Make small cuts in the corners, then join up the corners by cutting smooth curves in between.




tip Erase any pencil marks from the back of your finished cut-out pieces before you fix them down to the inside of the card.

4 Trace and cut out the snowman. Fold along the dotted lines of the tree and snowman to make bases. Fold the base backwards under the tree shape but forwards on the snowman.

5 Stick down the cut-out shapes, 1cm from either side of the inside fold of the card blank, positioning them so that the snowman’s body and scarf slightly overlap the tree.

6 Add double-sided tape to the end of the scarf. Close the card so that the tape fixes the shapes together. Cover the bases with layered paper squares. Decorate your card to finish.



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I’ve used gilding flakes with rubber stamps with good results. But now I would like to stamp onto a gilded panel – would this be possible? Would the stamping lift off the gilding flakes, or would there be problems trying to get the ink to attach to the gilding properly? Jess Timms, Cheltenham Clare says… That’s a great idea Jess! Do you know I have never tried this, but now you have come up with the idea, I want to! There is a possibility that the ink may lift the gilding flakes but you may find that the end result is stunning, and at the same time you’ve invented a new technique. What we call in crafting ‘a happy accident’! I would probably try a solvent-based ink such as StazOn, and be careful as the stamp may slip on the gilded surface. Also, so as not to ruin a project that’s taken you ages, I would have a go on a small piece of gilding that’s spare. If you’re really finding it tricky to stamp without lifting off the gilding underneath, you could simply stamp your design onto acetate or onto vellum and then layer and stick this over your gilded panel – this way you’ll still be able to see the gilding underneath.

Sarah says… With alcohol markers such as Copics, ProMarkers and the Spectrum Noir range, it’s really about personal preference as the pens can be stored either way depending on what suits your space best – personally I like to store mine horizontally in boxes. There are lots of storage options available now too for whichever way you decide on, including Crafter’s Companion’s fantastic stacking system for Spectrum Noir pens, which can be used to store your pens at an angle or vertically! With watercolour markers however, you must store them horizontally to ensure perfect results and no leaking.


I love layering up découpage on my cards – but when I use sticky pads, the finished result is often really bulky, and doesn’t look like the cards I see in your magazine. Where am I going wrong? Lisa Stevenson, Guernsey Angela says… Don’t worry Lisa, you’re doing absolutely the right thing by using sticky foam pads to layer up your découpage. But, there is an easy way to make your cards look neater! Sticky pads come in various depths – usually they are between 1mm and 3mm deep. I expect you’ve been using the standard 3mm ones – you can pick up 1mm or 2mm from your local craft shop or Hobbycraft* -– and this will allow you to add dimension to your cards, without stacking the découpage layers too high!

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I would like to make 3D paper decorations for my Christmas tree this year. What would you recommend as the easiest way to make lots of papercrafted tree decorations in one go? Abigail Moss, Wells

Make your tree decorations in super-quick time by using a special die!

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Jo says… It really makes Christmas more personal by making your own decorations, and the sets of Bauble dies from Tonic Studios* are perfect to give you a range of shapes to create your own handmade Christmas. You can use card colours to match your themes too. They can be used flat or with added dimension, with a solid or lacy pattern. You can combine all elements in the sets for something elaborate, or keep it simple and just create gift tags. The possibilities with these die sets are amazing!

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Find Shimelle online at, where she also teaches online scrapbooking classes and shares memory keeping ideas.

Abov ve: Some items in Sh himelle’s range n needed several re evisions before they were put in nto production. Left: Shimelle ensured her Precision Pen set included a grey jjournaling pen.

Behind the scenes s Shimelle

One of our favourite designers, Shimelle Laine, has launched her own collection with American Crafts! Shimelle spills the beans on how the range came into being…

Shimelle Laine, creator of the Shimelle collection for American Crafts

How did your new collection come about? I’ve worked with American Crafts before, as a member of their design team and teaching workshops with their products, but never in product design. They got in touch and it sounded like a great fit, so we did some paperwork and got into planning mode. What was it like to work with the American Crafts team? The American Crafts offices are in Utah and I’m in London, so it



was interesting logistically! We had online conference calls, because the feedback is much quicker than bouncing emails back and forth across time zones. I worked with a team of four graphic designers and illustrators from their office. I eventually got to work with them in person, but that was just for three days! The bulk of our collaboration had to come at a distance. What kind of style and feel did you want the range to have? It sounds a bit hokey, but

I wanted the collection to feel somewhat intelligent. I was looking at all the products in the industry and trying to pinpoint what I did and did not love, and something I didn’t love is the tendency for products to shortcut a really detailed and beautiful memory into a ‘Best Day Ever’ die-cut. There are single words and short phrases included in the collection, but I hoped they would be used to build something bigger, than just stand alone. I also wanted the colours to work for boys or girls (if there are such notions), so we started with pink and turquoise, but there are greens, yellows, reds, and creams so you can mix and match to form your own colour palette. How did you decide which products to include? We designed far more products than we actually made – probably double. I can tell them all the things I would love to have as a crafter, but American Crafts needs to create the things they

will be able to sell to more than just me, of course! So the designers and I assembled all that and then the management team at American Crafts did their analysis of what would be most successful, leading to the final mix of products. What was the most enjoyable part of the process of putting everything together? There is a really magic moment when I would send a ratty sketch and some scatterbrained notes to the team and they would email back with a file that opened to be exactly what I imagined. Now I also get a great feeling when

months in reality. I also had a baby in between those two steps! What steps were involved to make each element? We started with colours, motifs, and words, and built from there. A few times the product and design all came at once, but mostly we drew things and then decided what product they suited. We spent a lot of time looking at the smaller details, like the tiny text in the die-cuts relates to sparkles and glitter, and the grey tile letter stickers are the same as the digits on the clock die-cut. There were many drafts on textures to get something that

I get a great feeling when I see crafters using the products on their own projects I see crafters using the products on their own projects too. How long did the creation of the range take? It’s hard to say, since we worked in fits and starts at times. We probably spent two months working on design, then the production time takes longer. That wait seemed to take forever but I suppose it was just a few

felt vintage enough to be ‘me’, but clean enough to fit with the American Crafts brand aesthetic. How many changes did the products go through? Some were right from the start, while others took a dozen or so tweaks before we were all happy. We also had to focus on getting the tone right, because we wanted a bit of London influence

to show, but we didn’t want it to be too specific to travel or England – we wanted to make sure it could easily be adapted to all kinds of stories. What’s your personal favourite product from the range? I wouldn’t want to pick! But the thing I wanted from the very first moment when we started was a grey journaling pen – specifically a 50% grey .3 Precision Pen. We made that and I love it! It comes in a set with hot pink and aqua. It’s surreal to see my signature printed on the side of the barrel! Do you have any more products in the pipeline? We’re designing our next collection! It’ll debut at January’s CHA, I think – it’s a 2015 release. It feels a little like a band trying to make that difficult second album!

Above: The range is based on a pink and turquoise colour scheme, with greens, yellows, reds and creams added to the mix.

Visit www.american to view the range, which can be bought from Hey Little Magpie and Craftie Charlie in the UK.

Below: Shimelle was really keen to make sure that you can mix and match the letters and words from the collection to tell all yyour own stories.

Left: Shimelle was able to collaborate long distance with the e American Crafts team on the collection.



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Katie Skilton gives Christmas trees a new twist with three fun ideas…

Why not use the tree dies to make a matching tag for a gift to go with your card? Layer trees cut from green card and glitter paper onto layered circles to create this beautiful design. Simply punch a hole in the top and add ribbon and a bow, then embellish with a few adhesive stones to finish.

Card designed by Katie Skilton

Give your card a glamorous finish with a touch of glitter paper. Die-cut a tree from a square of white card, stick onto a layer of green card and add a smaller tree to the centre using glitter paper to create a glitzy effect. Add some ribbon and bows to the card to embellish.


Xcut Nesting Dies (4pcs) – Christmas Tree, RRP £9.95, available from Docrafts*.

Add a 3D effect to your card by layering trees in three sizes from the Xcut Christmas Tree Dies and folding them through the centre. Attach your layered trees to a bright contemporary card to make a stunning centrepiece. Add some pennants and ribbon for a stylish and modern finish.


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hink kind thoughts, fellow sheet, admire smoking, greyishcrafters – I’m about to brown salt from a safe distance. share the story of my first OK, so I added those last few ever Pinterest fail. steps, but it’s a more As you might realistic picture of the “Open oven, cough on know, Pinterest process than the is an online fumes, run outdoors with website would noticeboard you believe. baking sheet, admire smoking, have where you can After two days greyish-brown salt from a experimenting, share images – either your own I was on the verge safe distance…” pictures or photos of giving up. Leaving from websites. I am an the coloured salt to air-dry avid Pinterest user, but I mostly wasn’t an option – set on a warm use it to browse for ideas rather windowsill, the sun bleached the than for instructions on how to colour out in just a couple of make projects. And, by the way, hours, and even a day in the airing the phrase ‘Pinterest fail’ is where cupboard didn’t dry it out fully. your attempts don’t quite look like Salvation finally came in the the picture on the website… form of watercolour paint. Or, to Once in a while, something put it in a way that sounds less comes along on Pinterest that mysterious – liquid colour that seems too good to ignore. And so it was with DIY glitter. How to make your own version of the sparkly stuff in any colour you like? Don’t tell me you wouldn’t have fallen for it, too. So, with instructions to hand and ingredients bought (salt and food colouring) I gave it a shot. Mix food colouring into the salt, spread out on a baking sheet, place in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Open oven, cough on fumes, run outdoors with baking

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quickly goes back to a powdery solid as it dries. Mixed with salt, the colours were a little lighter than the food-colouring version, but much zingier, and – most importantly – after just five little minutes in a medium-hot oven, the resulting glitter was usable. While it doesn’t have the high sparkle of commercial glitter, it does give a lovely, soft-shimmer texture, which is perfect for vintage-inspired projects. I found it works best with dry adhesive rather than PVA. So the moral is, don’t worry if your project doesn’t turn out like the picture. At least it’ll get you thinking creatively until you do finally get there!

Make salt glitter tonight! Try the classic technique, mixing salt and food colouring, or use Kirsty’s method of mixing the salt with watercolour paints for a softer look.


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