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inspirational festive ideas to discover! Gifts for crafty friends Fun snowman makes New skills & expert tips

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Santa’s on his way Make sparkling baubles

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Hello! We’re well into the swing of Christmas now, and the office is suitably awash with seasonal cheer – you can enjoy the fruits of our festive labours in this issue of Pi, which is bursting at the seams with ideas that will see you right through to Christmas – and beyond! Our jolly Santa printables (p10) make a fun place to start your card making, or you can try your hand at crafting a fabulous stocking gift bag (p68) if you’re seeking a super-stylish way to present your gifts this year. Our cascade cards masterclass (p23) is the perfect way to add depth and drama to your festive projects, and you’ll find plenty more to inspire you throughout the issue. Grab a mince pie and get stuck in! Happy Christmas crafting!

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6 YOUR GIFT See what you can make with your Forest Magic stamps – perfect for crafting winter woodland scenes 8 INSPIRATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS All the latest craft news and best buys, plus events for your diary 16 YOUR INSPIRATIONS Readers’ letters, top tips, crafty confessions and cards 74 NEXT MONTH Find out what’s coming up in the January issue 76 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 BACK ISSUES Missed out on a mag? Here’s your chance to complete your Papercraft inspirations collection!

MASTERCLASS Vicky Bailey shows us how to make beautiful cascade cards 66 ASK THE EXPERTS Our crafting gurus are here to solve all your card making questions and dilemmas

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Alison Walker Alison

Alison could knit before she could read, but now loves card making and scrapbooking

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Sally loves creating pretty things with paper, stamps and fabric. Craft fills her with happiness

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Ways to save SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Receive a festive Marianne Designs craft pack when you subscribe today CHRISTMAS BUYS Our pick of crafty winter woodland treats

Prizes to win! CRAFT AWARDS LAUNCH Nominate your favourites for the chance to win! GIVEAWAYS Show tickets, light-up letters, Colorista goodies and festive Kaisercraft bundles up for grabs

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Projects… PRINTABLES Craft jolly Santa Claus cards & gifts with Vicky Bailey FREE PRINTABLES! HOME STYLE Becky James creates vintage tree decs DIE CUTTING Intricate Yuletide designs for friends and family, courtesy of Jackie Jasper TEMPLATES Julie Kirk’s Christmas dachshund cards are sure to raise a smile GIFT STYLE Sarah Jackman-Read shows us how to make a cute stocking gift bag

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Jane Hewes

Jane is a nurse and crafts to unwind. She enjoys paper construction and découpage

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OCCASIONS Make tasty birthday cards and fun new year shaker cards INSPIRATIONS FOR... festive paperclip creations by Julie Kirk LOOKS WITH... EMBOSSING FOLDERS Glam cards by Kelly Lloyd

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Janice Whymark Janice

Janice got into crafting 14 years ago. She likes stamping, colouring and cutting out

Carol Findon

Carol’s one of our most dedicated testers and has appeared in almost every issue since 2011!

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READY, STEADY, CRAFT! We challenge Sarah Jackman-Read LOOKS WITH... SNOWMAN DIES Debbie Simpson shows us how to make fun Christmas greetings FREE PAPERS Pull out from the magazine or download for free

Alison has been crafting for seven years and enjoys card making because it’s relaxing

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Kathleen has been crafting since childhood and is completely hooked on card making

Wendy Empett

Wendy has been a crafter for 50 years and enjoys scrapbooking and card making equally

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Sue’s a lifelong crafter who has tried most things – book art is next on her list

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Cards designed by Becky James

Craft beautiful winter woodland scenes with your Forest Magic stamp set

king Becky got into card ma 15 years ago. She loves stamps, inks, dies and pretty papers.

Shopping list Basic card kit & your free gift, plus

* Plain white 5x7in photo frame * Simply Creative Frosted

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Winter 12x12in paper pad * First Edition Wild at Heart 8x8in paper pad * Dovecraft Magic & Sparkle 8x8in paper pad * Dovecraft Magic & Sparkle foiled stickers * First Edition alcohol pens, from Trimcraft Xcut decorative edge punch – Large Dotted Scallop, from Craft Superstore Artiste spritzing ink in White * Gold, from That’s Crafty Archival ink in Leaf Green, Cornflower Blue, Jet Black & Sepia, from Sunrise Crafts Xcut large punch – Snow Crystal, from Stuff 4 Crafts Glitter paper * Nesting dies * Distress inks & pigment inks * Gel pen – White * Embossing powder – White * Adhesive gems & pearls * * Ribbon & trims * Wooden snowflake * Wooden buttons * Die-cut greetings * Iridescent glitter * Gilding wax * Star punches

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Stag party You may think dark patterned papers can’t be stamped on, but this handsome stag proves otherwise. By using white embossing powder for this image, and stamping against the tweed patterned paper, the proud animal looks perfectly at home as the centrepiece of this project.

The red, red robin… This cheeky fellow proves robins have a place on modern projects as well as those with a more traditional feel. Frame to complement the rest of the project before adding to the front of the easel. A decorative border along the base of the stand adds further interest. Inject colour with bright green and rustic brown embellishments.

Top tip Finish cards with iridescent glitter to give them a frosty look.


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Snowy scene

By adding spritz inks and a smattering of iridescent glitter you can give this landscape a truly ethereal feel. If you coordinate inks and place the snowflake stamps all together on an acrylic block, you can also make a beautiful background, like the snowflake panel that frames the scene. For an extra-special finish, apply glitter or gems.

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 papercraft@ immediate.co.uk by 16th December 2016 for your chance to win!

Festive frame Create your own abstract winter wonderland scene, then mount in a decorated frame. Layer stars and hearts so that they form the bright, funky background, offset by the wood boarding background. Place stamped and fussy cut characters and a foiled tree in the foreground. Embellish with a smattering of punched stars and gems.

Silent night This 3D night-time card shows how to combine hill and tree silhouette stamps to create a wintry scene. After stamping, place a circular mask across the trees before blending waterbased inks across the scene for the sky. The snowflakes are stamped after brushing them with silver gilding wax. Add a stamped character to bring to life, and finish with glitter.

How to create an aurora background

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Tap or scribble water-based dye inks onto a glass craft mat and mist to water down. Mop up the inks with the background card and allow to dry thoroughly.

Rip the edge of a piece of card to create a template for the hills. Using a darker blue ink, blend over the template to give three or four outcrops in the landscape.

Stamp the tree silhouettes from your free gift individually on top of the hills on either side of the panel, using various shades of blue and green ink for a hazy effect.

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Christmas Gorgeous goodies that will last this season and beyond!

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Papercraft Loves this!

Papercraft Loves this! Stamping with dimension This Christmas, Spellbinders have released a new range of 3D stamps which produce different shades in one press of the stamp. No more masking or secondary stamping, this festive range provides a dimensional finish in super-quick time. You can stamp with dark grey ink and add in colour with alcohol pens, or stamp in one colour for a monotone look. Prices start at £12.99, from Create and Craft

FESTIVE FLOURISHES Wreaths are a firm favourite during the Christmas season and this intricate wreath die from Marianne can be used in many ways to decorate cards and more. Use as a single die-cut on contrasting card for a striking look or layer up different shades of card to create these gorgeous textured designs. We love their Bows Set of dies too – we’re spoilt for choice! Marianne dies, from Charmed Cards & Crafts

Perfect pastels We love an alternative colour palette during the holiday season and this pink, blue and gold collection from Kaisercraft is simply stunning. The Christmas Wishes range features papers, die-cut collectables, stamps and stickers featuring elegant designs in contemporary colours. The 12x12in Paper Pad includes two each of 24 stunning designs. At 160gsm, the sheets work perfectly with most die-cutting machines. Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes, from Merly Impressions

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SHOPPING

Card maker's Dec - Jan ca lendar Create pretty snowflake accents & backgrounds! Snow wonderful! The Penny Black brand never fails to impress with its stunning stamp and die designs and the new festive ranges are certainly worth a look. The background ‘No two are alike’ and snowflake ‘A blizzard’ dies work beautifully to create unique cards – why not try non-traditional colours like the pretty hexie card above? Check out the lovely ‘Yuletide Wishes’ sentiments stamps too – they’re bound to be in use this season and beyond!

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Creative Fun Day

We’ll be making New Year’s crafting resolutions and getting creative with our fab Song Bird stamp and papers.

3rd December, Leeds Head to Craftwork Cards HQ for a fun day with like-minded crafters including a buffet lunch and spot prizes! Book in advance, £30 per head. bit.ly/2cBSaM8

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Hand Lettering Calligraphy

Introduction to Linocut Printing

4th January, Bath This fantastic workshop by Meticulous Ink and hosted at The Makery, will take your writing to a new level. bit.ly/2cKrp6M

14th January, Manchester This Ministry of Craft workshop will introduce you to cutting your own motifs into lino for printing unique cards and gift wrap. bit.ly/2dCjw4S

Penny Black stamps and dies from £11.99 at Crafts U Love

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Roll-It-Up Tool

We love to try new things with our papercrafting and when this nifty little roller showed up at the office we had to give it a go! Ideal for removing the tiny, pieces of waste paper that get left in intricate dies. Once you’ve die cut your delicate shape, remove the cut design and gently roll the sticky pink part of this simple but handy fold-out tool over the die to collect the small pieces as it rolls. You’ll need to do it a few times to collect everything, but it works brilliantly! Simply wash with warm water to remove the pieces and leave to dry until next time. Roll-It-Up Tool, £2.99 from Crafts U Love

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Create jolly Santa cards Shopping list Basic card kit and Santa printables, plus

* La-La- Land – Heart

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Snowflakes dies * Dienamics – Blueprints set (14 dies) * Die-namics – Tag Builder Blueprints (2 dies) * MFT Small Brick Wall stencil * MFT Diagonal Stripes stencil, from Dies to Die For Creative Expressions Sue Wilson – Bold Snowflake Frame die, from Joanna Sheen Memento Ink – Desert Sand, from Craftie-Charlie Red card * Eyelets * Twine * Ribbon * Mini pegs * Baker’s twine * Glitter

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Printables Skills

There’s no better way to say ‘Christmas’ than with a fabulously handmade Santa project… verybody loves the festive season’s most famous character. Bold and bright in his famous red coat, laden with beautifully wrapped gifts, he’s our adorable festive friend. Our selection of gorgeous printables by Jenny Ellory delivers a host of Santa ideas direct to your card making stash, giving you the

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chance to stretch your papercrafting skills and make a whole bundle of Santa-filled creations for friends and family too. Why not start your Santa extravaganza with Vicky Bailey’s four gloriously fun ideas? Packed with quirky touches, like pegs, doilies, pocket pouches and more, they’re certain to bring out your ho-ho-ho!


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How to...Craft a washing line card Even Santa’s washing makes the cutest of Christmas cards!

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Cut two pieces in contrasting paper measuring 11 x11 in and 11 x2 in. With the shorter paper, tear along one edge to create a jagged border as shown.

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Stick the shorter paper along the bottom of the larger paper then stick both to some red card. Glue then glitter the edge of the jagged border to create the effect of a snowy scene.

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String a length of twine along the top half of your paper and stick it in place on the back with tape. Cut two shorter pieces of twine and knot them at each end of the long length of twine.

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Cut out all the items of Santa’s clothing for the washing line. Then cut out the sentiment using scissors or a craft knife. Put the sentiment and smaller pieces to one side for now.

Add a foam pad to the back of each of the three larger pieces of Santa’s clothes (the hat, the coat and the trousers) and attach a peg to all three for hanging on the washing line.

Die-cut your two snowflakes. Add a layer of tacky glue to one side using a paintbrush and sprinkle with glitter. For the perfect Christmas touch, add a gemstone to the centre.

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We did it! Carol

Kathleen Wendy

Take a look at our reader testers’ creations on the next page!

Make Santa’s trousers! Top tip Leave a 1-2mm white border around the edge of your cut-outs.

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Using the printables, cut out two pairs of Santa’s trousers with scissors or a craft knife. Then cut out a belt and two braces.

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Using a craft knife, cut two slits either side of the belt loops on one pair of trousers. Feed the belt through the loops, and tuck behind the trousers. Stick in place with a dab of glue.

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More Santa buys! 7 Add all the clothes to the washing line. Stick the snowflakes and the sentiment to the bottom half of the card and finish off with some sparkling gems in the top-left corner.

Using the template provided, make up the box and glue the trousers to it, making sure the coloured image is on the outside of the box.

Fill this fun trouser gift bag with lots of goodies and pop it near the fireplace for when Santa arrives...

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Using some 3D foam pads, stick the braces onto the trousers to create the handles as shown. Cut out another buckle to create a 3D belt. Cut out the sentiment and Santa’s List and attach them to the bag with foam pads. Add a baker’s twine bow and fill with your (or Santa’s) favourite goodies.

Christmas Santas wooden toppers, £1.00 from Hobbycraft

Jolly Santa sticker sheet, £1.00 from docrafts

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Down the chimney… To make this lovely pocket card, use stencils and ink to create a faux brick wall and chimney, and leftover twine or cord to tie the pouch triangles together.

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Cool moves! Have fun creating some movement on your card – split pins on the limbs of your Santa will create moving parts, and the kids will love these too!

We did it! Carol Findon Q What did you enjoy about this project? A This was a fun project, as I love Christmas and all it entails. Vicky has done a wonderful job and inspired us all! For my card, I thought I’d have Santa descending into the chimney with his parcels ready to go down with him! Q Which techniques did you use? A The roof is made from punched hearts layered on top of each other. The silhouette is a roughly cut piece of black card. Finally, I distressed the brickwork a little and added a window and snow-glittered areas.

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Take a look at our reader testers’ makes this month!

Kathleen Broughton Q Tell us how you created your card A I used a decorative centre stepper die to cut out the card, then I cut out the Santas and the clothes to make a washing line. I finished with ribbon, pearls and buttons. Q Do you have any tips to help our readers make festive cards? A If you need a gold or silver border, just use your trimmer and mirror card instead of buying stick-on borders.

Wendy Empett Q What did you think of this project? A I’m not usually a lover of cutting out but when I saw Santa’s britches, I just couldn’t resist making this card – I like the novelty aspect of it. Q Tell us how you made your card A I cut around the main shape and mounted it onto plain card. I used a die-cut to create a little scene for the top of the card and attached the braces each side of the pants. I stamped a design on top, added toppers and distressed the edges with ink to finish.


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Beautiful bags These gift bags that I made are a great way of using some of your patterned paper stash. They’re easy to make and look great. To trim the top I used a patterned trimmer, then you can add a decorative flower, butterfly or tag. They can be used for treats for children, and also to place a present for an adult, such as a piece of jewellery. Jen Barnett, Spain We’ll never buy a gift bag again! This is a wonderful idea for using papercrafting skills to make sure all the gifts we give are just as beautiful as our cards!

Post Pals I make cards throughout the year and have just made this using the gift from issue 157. I make cards to send to seriously ill children through the charity Post Pals (www.postpals.co.uk). Volunteers send letters, postcards, birthday and Christmas cards or small gifts – it’s up to you. At Christmas, the children receive letters from Santa’s reindeer and Mrs Claus. Last year I sent a card from each of the reindeer; the year before I wrote as Mrs Claus. I’m always eager for the chance to promote the charity, in the hope that it will prompt other crafters – or those who just like writing letters or postcards – to get involved. Lyn Clifton, Buckingham Post Pals sounds like a wonderful charity, Lyn – and what a worthwhile way to use your card making skills. Thank you for sharing with us!

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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… This month’s pictures were sent by Carol Terrey, who says, “I started card making seriously when I retired in 2012 and now make them every day. Eight months ago I started watercolour painting and now I make these into cards too. I’m very lucky to have a room of my own where I can keep everything together and be organised.” Wow! We’re a bit jealous of your crafting shed, Carol – it looks like a perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet with your stash.

Baublicious! I have sent you a picture of a card I made using your lovely bauble stamps. I stamped and watercoloured the baubles and added some glitter. I cut them all out and threaded them with pink sparkly thread, then used 3D pads to adhere them to the card. Thank you for the lovely stamps and inspiration. Jannet Blay, London What a pretty design, Jannet – a brilliant use of the free gift from issue 156. Someone is going to be thrilled to deck their hall with this stylish card!

Ahoy there! This card was made for one of my daughter’s friend’s birthdays. I love making fancy folded cards, as they always give that wow factor to the recipient. I am always trying out new folds and shapes, and I loved how this one turned out – especially with the fun pirate découpage image. Lyndsey Turner, Wolverhampton What a wonderful creation, Lyndsey. If you’re a fan of fancy folds, check out our masterclass on cascade cards (page 23) – there are two fantastic winter card projects to inspire you!

A class act Thanks for the wonderful free gift in issue 156. I took the bauble stamp set to my local card class and thought you would like to see what everyone made. Some were heat embossed and some were stamped. We all came up with something very different. My friends have so many ideas and it’s lovely to share them. I heat embossed my baubles onto patterned Christmas papers. Keep sending us inspirations! Joy Biggs, Hampshire It’s fantastic to see so many different approaches! Keep up the good work and let us know how you get on with the stamp set that’s free with this issue (page 6).

Reader Challenge This month’s winner is Kathleen Broughton from Exeter, who made this pretty card using the Seasonal Sparkle set in issue 157. She says: “Thank you for the lovely metallic papers and embossing folder and sentiments. I had a lot of fun making my Christmas card, and the materials were a joy to use. I look forward to my magazine landing on my doormat every month, and what challenge will be next to make.” If you’d like to have a go at this month’s reader challenge, turn to p6 for details of how to enter.

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HOME STYLE

Make retro baubles Step back in time with Becky James to create beautiful decorations with a vintage feel!

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

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baubles – 4cm & 7cm, from docrafts Dovecraft 6x6in paper pad – Winter Blooms * First Edition Deco Mache papers – Christmas Music Notes, Frozen Stars, Golden Snowflakes, Holly, Nordic Snowflakes and Newspaper * Helz Cuppleditch Dear Santa accordion stickers, from Trimcraft Xcut Large Snowflake punch, from Stuff 4 Crafts Simply Creative adhesive gems – various * Simply Creative adhesive pearls – white, from Hobbycraft Nesting die – circle * Silver twine * Distress Ink – Tea Dye * Wooden snowflake * Iridescent glitter * Sharp knife * Paintbrush

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ith retro style still very much in vogue, these sparkling vintagethemed baubles are a must to adorn any Christmas tree this year! Harking back to a bygone era, these shaped decorations are reminiscent of the continental glass kaleidoscope ornaments that were so popular throughout the colourful times of the 1960s and 70s. Creating your own heirloom decorations couldn’t be simpler, and it’s something the whole family can join in with, too. Once you’ve carefully shaped your polystyrene baubles, cover them with découpage papers before decorating with

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embellishments and sparkling snowflakes. Finally, don’t forget to incorporate lashings of glitter and bling, to evoke the bold designs favoured in the originals! We’d love to see pictures of your makes. Send them to papercraft@immediate. co.uk, or find us on Facebook (www. facebook.com/papercraftinspirations) or on Twitter (@papercraft_insp).


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Go to town with glittering gems and pretty pearls!

Craft vintage decorations

1 Carefully cut away vertical sections of each bauble with your knife, revealing flat circular surfaces for decoration. The large baubles have one flat side while the small baubles have four.

2 Cover the surfaces with Deco Mache papers. A patchwork style application works well for the rounded surfaces. You can also add strips around the baubles, and circles to the flat sides.

3 Decorate the flat surfaces with die-cut shapes, stickers, stamped images and paper blooms. Then add gems and glitter to make your baubles sparkle, and attach a loop of twine for hanging.

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Cascade cards Our guide will help you create spectacular effects in designs that will wow your friends

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ascade cards are a brilliant way to showcase your card making skills, and they’re surprisingly easy to make. By simply folding and interlocking papers you can create some really effective designs with added depth and – as in our advanced card – even intricate-looking 3D scenes. Whether you choose to have a go at the easier option with the beginner’s project,

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or take on the more advanced design, these Christmas cards will certainly stand out from the crowd and are sure to impress your friends and family. Once you’ve mastered the technique of cascade cards, you can have lots of fun experimenting with different designs, shapes and embellishments to make all sorts of incredible cascading creations for Christmas – or any other occasion.

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Make a cute festive card

BEGINNER LEVEL

Suitable for everyone

This pretty project may look impressive, but it’s also surprisingly easy to make…

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* First Edition 12x12in papers * * * *

– Christmas Promise * First Edition Christmas Gift dies, from Hobbycraft La La Land – Stitched Scalloped Border die, from Dies to Die For Happy Christmas stamps, from docrafts Archival ink pad – Jet Black, from Joanna Sheen Pearls * Scoreboard * Die-cutting machine * Black fine liner pen * Scissors * Paper trimmer

his simple but effective cascade card was created using just one piece of card. It’s easy for beginners to make, and would also make a fun project for more experienced crafters. This pretty card demonstrates how a few simple folds on a blank piece of card can create a stunning effect, and it folds flat to fit an envelope too! An added bonus of this kind of card is that you can decorate the front of the folded card as well as the inside, so there’s plenty of space to have fun with different embellishments and die-cuts. Try edging your card with different finishes – there are lots of edge dies to try, or you could even use decorative scissors for a striking finish.

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Try this Use a bulldog clip on the edge of your card to keep it closed when adding your embellishments at the front

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Start by cutting a piece of card or paper 6x12in long. Carefully score a line down your card at 2in, 4in, 8in and 10in, using your scoreboard and a bone folder.

Measure from the top of one side of your card 2in down and mark in pencil. With your ruler, score a line from the mark to the centre panel of card then cut out. Repeat on the other side.

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Using your First Edition Christmas Gift dies, cut out some presents and bows. Add some variety by using a selection of different contrasting papers for these shapes.

Once all the presents and bows have been cut out, back them with some black card as shown above, then add some sticky foam pads to the backs. Set aside for now.


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Wh at you’ ll need... Use a ruler to measure accurately – it will also help you score lines for cutting your card corners

Use your Christmas gift die set to create bows and present shapes

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Essential kit First Edition 12x12in paper pad – Christmas Promise £15.99, from Hobbycraft

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Once you have cut out the corners of your card, it’s time to fold the card, using a bone folder as shown. The fold should meet exactly in the middle of your card.

Using an edge die, cut five pieces of contrasting card and stick to the edge of the card (front and inside) using double-sided tape. Leave to one side when done.

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Cut out a 4x3 in shape from some pink paper, stamp your sentiment with black archival ink and draw a line around the edge with a fine liner pen, then glue to the centre of your card.

Finally, add all of your embellishments to the front of your card and add a finishing touch by attaching some pearls to the tops of the die-cut presents and bows.

Archival ink pad – Jet Black £5.49, from Joanna Sheen

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Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* First Edition 12x12in papers * * *

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– Christmas Promise * First Edition Christmas dies, from Hobbycraft Papermania Filigree Scene stamps, from docrafts Memory Box – Deer in the Trees die set, from Icon UK La La Land Heart Fence die * La La Land Christmas Tree die * Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX, from Dies to Die For Reindeer Scene dies, from Tattered Lace (for the snowflakes) Memento Dew Drop Dye Ink Pad – London Fog, from Joanna Sheen Die-cutting machine * Scoreboard

Make a 3D winter scene Create a glorious seasonal card that’s bursting with depth and dimension tuck for ideas what to make for someone really special this Christmas? Look no further – this advanced cascade card is a wonderful way to show someone you care. Unlike the first project, this one uses two pieces of double-sided card, and you interlock them together to make this design. It may look complicated, but don’t worry – it’s a lot simpler than it looks! You can add a bit of extra height to the back of your card by adding delicate diecuts that create a ‘floating’ look. Adding your sentiments to the ‘steps’ of the card also helps to emphasise the threedimensional quality of this magnificent Christmas scene.

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Start off by cutting two pieces of matching paper measuring 5 x12in, then measure and score lines down the paper at 2in, 4in, 6in, 8in and 12in. Do this for both pieces of paper.

From the top left corner of your paper measure down to 2 in and using a craft knife or scissors cut across to the top right-hand corner as shown. Repeat with the other paper.

Mark down to 1 in on the short side. On the longer edge measure down to 2 in. Join these marks, and mark on the embossed lines at 2, 6 and 10in. Cut from the bottom to meet these.

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Die-cut three grey fir trees using your Christmas Tree die, and stick these shapes to the interlocking centres of your cascade card tiers, using tacky PVA glue.

Die-cut some delicate winter branches in grey card to add height to the background of your design. Attach these to the back of your card using tacky PVA glue.

Die-cut reindeer from both pink and grey card, then layer both die-cuts together to create a shadow effect. This is a wonderfully simple way to add a little depth to any project.

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Wh at you’ ll need...

An ink dauber is a great tool for applying ink to edges

Keep your card looking balanced by alternating your levels when adding embellishments

This ink in ‘London Fog’ is the ideal shade to tone with the rest of the design

A bone folder helps to achieve a crisp, clean line for folds and score lines

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Using your second piece of paper, repeat the same process as described in step 3, but this time you’ll need to cut your lines down from the top, using scissors or a craft knife.

Once you have cut all the lines on both pieces of paper, make folds on both of them at 4in and 8in, so they fold in opposite directions and interlock as shown above.

Interlock your papers together to create the main structure of your cascade card. This will provide the base on which you can create your winter scene.

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Now it’s time to die-cut the rest of the shapes for this card: you’ll need a fence, a sledge and some snowflakes – add a pearl to the centre of these for a subtle touch of glamour.

Stamp your sentiments onto some coordinating papers, then cut these out using a die, and for a professional finish use a dauber to edge them with ink.

Finally, add all of your die-cuts and sentiments to the card using a little PVA glue and some sticky foam pads. Your winter scene will come alive before your eyes!

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! t f a r C y d a 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 Basic card kit, plus

1* First Edition Christmas Trees 2* 3* 4* 5*

die set, from Hobbycraft Kaisercraft Frosted 12x12 Double Sided Paper Pack with Sticker Sheet, from Merly Impressions Kaisercraft Frosted Clear Stamps, from Merly Impressions Kaisercraft Frosted Collectables, from Merly Impressions Bare Basics Natural Jute Set, from Crafty Devils Papercraft

Into the forest Stamp large trees in brown ink across the front of the card to create a distressed look, and die-cut a tree through the card front to make an aperture. Run thin jute across the back of the tree, then attach snowflake stickers for decoration. Attach a contrasting paper behind the tree aperture with foam pads to add depth. Use a die-cut sentiment in the corner as a cute tag.

Speedy Santa Just add: Wedding Ever After Dark Grey Organza Ribbon, from Crafty Devils Papercraft

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Organza ribbon

For a super-quick card, choose an image from a paper sheet and use this as the focal point. Ink and distress the edges and fold the corners back, then tuck decorative stickers underneath. Add die-cut swirls as a touch of colour and dimension. The organza ribbon works well with the colours – add a Kraft card sprig of holly to the centre of the bow. Stamp a sentiment, cut into a tag and tie with thin jute.


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Luxury gift bag Just add: Create Christmas Large Snowflake Mixed Wooden Shapes, from One Stop Craft Shop This gift bag has a box-style base – use the templates on page 77 to create the base, sides and handle. Cover the ends of the handles with wooden snowflakes and stamp a sentiment several times down the right-hand side of the bag. Create a shadow effect on the tree tag by die-cutting one in snowflake paper and another in a darker contrasting paper. Glue the darker one behind, so just a little is showing.

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Textured tree tags Using paper with a snowy forest scene, stamp and emboss snowflakes towards the top with clear embossing powder. Rub brown ink over the top to reveal the pattern. Die-cut a tree through the left-hand side and attach Kraft card behind the whole tag. Die-cut another tree in patterned paper and inlay in the tree aperture. To finish, add a sentiment tag and use die-cut shapes for extra embellishment.

Distressed style Stamp small flourishes in the corners of the card and rip and distress the right-hand side to reveal the decorative sticker underneath. Die-cut small trees in paper that matches the card front, then glue down the left-hand side to add texture. Die-cut a small tree in patterned paper and Kraft card, glue together then punch two small holes in the middle to create a button embellishment. Thread thin jute through the holes, tie in a bow and attach to the end of the sentiment.

Top tip Use scissors or a distressing tool to roughen the edges of your paper.

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DIE CUTTING

Make elegant festive greetings Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* Papermania A Christmas

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Wish A4 ultimate die-cut & paper pack * Clear stamps – Traditional Sentiments * Mini bells * Xcut Filigree – Christmas Star * Christmas Stocking * Christmas Tree * Christmas Wreath * Xcut Mini Sentiments die – Seasons Greetings, from docrafts White card blanks * Clear watermark ink * Baker's twine * Gold thread * White vellum * White funky foam * Adhesive stones

 Template on page 77

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Use intricate die-cuts to make stylish cards, like these seasonal projects by Jackie Jasper apermania’s ‘A Christmas Wish’ collection offers a versatile starting point for your festive cards and gifts, and in this inspiring selection Jackie Jasper has created designs that will wow your friends and family. “As soon as I saw the papers, I knew that creating these designs would be easy

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because the patterns all work together so well,” says Jackie. These cards are a brilliant excuse to indulge in a spot of die-cutting too, as Jackie explains: “All of the four projects feature different filigree dies, which are so quick and easy to use and add a pretty element to each design.”


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Die-cutting Skills Designed by Jackie Jasper

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How to...Make a die-cut card This stocking design makes an eye-catching greeting

1 Using a 13.5x13.5cm white card blank with the fold at the top, cover the entire front of the card using candy cane patterned paper, fixing in place using double-sided tape.

2 Cut a 10x13.5cm piece of green star paper, take a pin and prick holes down both side edges then hand sew gold thread down both sides, attaching the loose ends at the back with tape.

3 Attach the sewn panel to a piece of trimmed card the same size to make the panel more durable, then trim two thin strips of diagonal striped paper and glue in place down each side.

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Trim a 3x13.5cm strip of white card and border punch a scalloped edge along one side. Attach red gems to each scallop, then fix in place under the right edge of the sewn panel.

Die-cut your stocking onto white card. Poke out all the pieces, saving the toe, heel and stocking top. Attach red card to the back and fix the toe, heel and top back into their holes.

Cut a strip of green card, stamp the sentiment in clear watermark ink, sprinkle with embossing powder and set using a heat tool. Cuts to form a tag shape at one end, then stick to the stocking.

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How to... Create a festive wreath Top tip Try swapping the gold thread for red, green or silver.

Cover the front of a square card with patterned paper. Trim a white card panel slightly smaller than the card front, hand sew around all four sides in gold thread. Attach the panel to the card with foam pads.

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Die-cut the wreath using all three dies at once, cut first into green card then once again in white funky foam. Poke out all the pieces then glue the two pieces together.

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More festive stash 7 Attach the sewn panel to the card front using foam pads and fix the stocking on top in the same way. Make a bow in baker s twine and gold thread, then attach over the top of the tag.

Xcut filigree Christmas pudding, £9.95 from docrafts

Die-cut a few holly leaves and berries, attach to the wreath, then stick red gems onto the berries. Tie some gold bells onto the wreath, securing with glue. Make bows in gold thread and glue to the bells.

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Die-cutting and embellishments team up to great effect in this card

Using white vellum and the template, cut out the bow shape, stamp the sentiment onto the bow with clear watermark ink, then heat emboss using gold embossing powder.

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Glue the wreath to the card. Make up the bow using double-sided tape to hold in place. Attach to the wreath using foam pads.

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Papermania A Christmas Wish mini wreaths, £1.50 from docrafts

Papermania A Christmas Wish die-cut sentiments, £1.50 from docrafts

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Layer it up This tree design is a great way to use up leftover papers! Use the Christmas tree die and layer up paper strips underneath each of the words to create a unique look.

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Use die-cut shapes as super-easy tags!

Jewelled box Decorate this gift box by using the papers to cover a basic box. Next, embellish with gems and an oversized bow and die-cut the star to use as a tag.

We did it! Janice Whymark Q Tell us how you used the dies in your card? A I die-cut the present and candy cane from different colours of card. Then I die-cut the bears in white card, and coloured them with pens. The layered stocking shape is stuck on with silicone glue so I could ‘stuff’ presents in the top of it, and have a few parcels that looked as if they’d fallen out. Q What’s your secret for making fab Christmas cards? A I tend to stick to just two or three colours that coordinate in my Christmas greetings, otherwise I think the card can start to look rather bitty.

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Take a look at our reader testers' makes this month!

Alison Girvan Q How did you make your card? A I used two each of both layers of the stocking, matted them together and stuck on rolled cotton wool for the cuffs. I embellished both stockings with dots of red glitter glue and bells attached with baker’s twine. For the background, I die-cut two squares of card with a fancy border and mounted to the card base before attaching the stockings and a stamped and embossed sentiment. Q Do you have any helpful tips? A Help make your layers pop by going around them with a metallic pen or adding silver peel-off borders, as I did on mine.

Jane Hewes Q What do you think of the dies? A As I have a lot of cards to do for Christmas, the designs need to be quick to make but also look professional. The docrafts dies and stamps were just what I needed – the teddy was my favourite! I made a card and a simple tree decoration. Q What tricks do you use to speed the process along? A If you are making a lot of cards all at once it’s best to do it in stages, for example, do all the matting and layering together. I like to have a little production line going, with some Christmas music playing in the background!


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...with a festive snowman die set

Debbie Simpson has been having snow much fun with these great dies!

Sparkle and shine Using all the elements from the die set works well on an A5 card. A backdrop of snowflakes and a sprinkling of glitter and sequins really adds to the chilly effect of this winter scene.

Get tagging A simple layering design like this is perfect for a small gift tag. Simply cut out your dies and layer up onto a tag of your choice, adding ribbon to complement your design.

Star product! First Edition Christmas Snowman dies, ÂŁ10.00 from Hobbycraft

Shake it up The circular dies are perfect for making a shaker card design like this. Add sentiments using red ribbon or twine, and embellish with your choice of sparkly accessories.

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Free Papers 6 double-sided papers 5 pretty borders 29 Christmas toppers & greetings

Christmas wishes enny Ellory has come up with a wonderful selection of festive cards for these pretty papers. They offer a versatile backdrop to any Christmas greetings, and you can mixand-match them to build impressive Yuletide projects in no time at all. Team the papers with understated toppers in festive reds and greens, then add a seasonal sentiment and hey presto: cards that sing with tradition, but still convey oodles of style.

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Top tip Try using strips of your festive papers for home-made paperchains!

Download & p rint these papers from our website for FREE!

Cards & papers designed by Jenny Ellory

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Shopping list Your free papers and toppers, plus...

* White card * Sticky foam pads * Double-sided tape * Glue * Scissors * Craft knife & cutting mat * Ruler See page 76 for stockists

How to make this traditional ‘Noel’ card

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Cover a portrait base card with your festive musical script paper, then stick a striped border across the top of your card, about 1cm down from the top edge.

Cut out flags of poinsettia paper and scroll paper. Use foam pads to attach these in place against the top edge of the card, the scroll flag overlapping the poinsettia flag.

Use foam pads to attach a scroll to the bottom left corner, and add a greeting and bow to the scroll flag. Finish with a star and button on the left edge of the poinsettia flag.

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Tartan & Scroll

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Make cards for everyone! Great designs to collect and keep

Celebrate milestones p53 Go all out for those big birthdays with these impressive designs

Card designs by Sue Hughes Sue started card making over ten years ago. She loves to find new ways to get the most out of her craft stash!

Happy new year p55 Our new year shakers will welcome 2017 in style

New year’s party p54 Make the best-dressed invitations in town!

Card designs by Jo Chivers Jo has worked with paper for more than 30 years, and her childhood love of craft led her to a graphic design career.

Birthday cakes p52 Truly scrumptious birthday cards

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Birthdays

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

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My Favorite Things 6x6in paper pad – Gingham Galore * Ranger Stickles glitter glue – Yellow, from Craftie-Charlie Spellbinders Shapeabilities dies – Ribbon Banners * Spellbinders Nestabilities dies – Decorative Elements Circle Delight, from Icon UK Doodlebug Design Teensy Type cardstock stickers – Lily White, from Papermaze White pom-pom trim * Orange ric-rac ribbon, * Paper flower * Stripy paper * Cream, blue and yellow card * Die-cutting machine

Designed by Jo Chivers

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Cut a 2x5.5cm piece of yellow card. Cut two more pieces, both 2cm high and one 4.5cm long and the other 3.5cm long. These are the tiers for the cake.

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Stick a length of white pom-pom trim across the top of each cake tier and a length of orange ric-rac across the centres. Assemble the tiers using foam pads on the reverse side.

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To make the candles, cut three narrow strips of stripy paper and stick to the top tier of the cake, glueing in place on the reverse side. Attach a paper blossom to the bottom tier.

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* First Edition 8x8in *

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Cut a 14.5x10cm piece of blue gingham paper and stick to the front of a 15x10.5cm white base card. Die-cut a doily from white card and fold it in half. Stick to the bottom half of the gingham panel. Use foam pads to stick the cake in place, so that it overlaps the top of the doily.

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Die-cut a ribbon banner from blue card and use letter stickers to write the sentiment onto it, as shown. Stick to the base card, just below the cake.

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Use yellow glitter glue to draw flames at the top of the candles. Add small dots of glitter glue around the candle flames and along the top of each cake tier, as shown, to finish.

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paper pad – Botanical Notes, from Trimcraft Simple Stories Snap 12x12in paper kit – Color Vibe II Lights, from Craftie-Charlie Freckled Fawn Wood Chip Words, from Hey Little Magpie Kaisercraft Alpha Sticker Sheet – Lulu & Roy, from Merly Impressions Framelits dies – Scallop Circles, from Sizzix Small scallop scissors * Yellow paper roses * White craft wire * Kraft card * Twine * Pink vellum * Wire cutters * Die-cutting machine

Designed by Jo Chivers

Cut a 14.5x7cm piece of brown spot paper, a 14.5x1.5cm piece of white spot paper and a 14.5x2cm piece of white stripy paper. Distress the edges of the brown spot paper by tearing and folding the edges over a ruler. Layer the white papers on the right side of a 15x10.5cm kraft base card. Add the brown spot paper to the left of the white paper strips.

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Die-cut a scallop circle from pink vellum and stick to the top half of the brown spot panel.

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On the reverse side of a piece of pink stripy paper, draw a tiered cake shape made of three rectangles. Cut out and round the top corners of each tier. Cut a scallop into a narrow strip of white paper and trim down to decorate the top of each cake tier. Add a deeper strip of scalloped white paper at the bottom of the cake. Stick a twine bow and paper rose to the bottom tier, then stick the cake to the vellum circle using foam pads. Add a rose to the top tier.

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To make the stand, cut two lengths of wire and gently bend to curve. Curl the ends, then glue beneath the cake.

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Stick a wood chip ‘amazing’ below the cake and use letter stickers to complete the sentiment, as shown.

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Milestones

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

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First Edition 8x8in paper pad – Pretty Posy, from Trimcraft Die-namics Celebrate with Cake dies * LJD stamp set – Celebrate With Cake * Die-namics Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle Stax * Lilinker die set – Perky Posies, from Seven Hills Crafts VersaColor ink pad – Cyan * Brilliance Dew Drop ink pad – Pearl Orchid * Grey and black ink pads * White card * White pearls

Designed by Sue Hughes

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Cut a 14x10cm piece of blue patterned paper, edge with blue ink and stick to a 15x10.5cm white base card.

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Die-cut a stitched scallop rectangle from white card. Cut in half, trim to 10cm wide and edge with blue ink. Stick the two halves to the top and bottom of the base card, leaving a narrow border. Cut a 12x10cm piece of stripy paper and stick to the centre of the base card.

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Die-cut a smaller scalloped rectangle from blue patterned paper and stick a 10x7cm piece of pink hearts paper to the centre. Attach to the base card using foam pads.

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Stamp the cake onto a piece of white card using pink ink for the tiers, grey ink for the stand and a combination of black and blue inks for the bunting. Cut out using the corresponding dies, then attach to the base card using foam pads.

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Stamp ‘Happy birthday’ and print ‘70th’ from a computer. Cut out, edge with blue ink, then stick to the left side of the base card, overlapping the hearts panel. Die-cut six white flowers, brush with blue ink and stick to the base card, as shown. Attach a white pearl to each flower centre. Add a blue ribbon bow to the cake stand, to finish.

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paper pad – Pick ‘n’ Mix, from Trimcraft Love Cake digi stamp set, from Digistamp Boutique Die-namics Circle STAX Set 1 dies * Die-namics Lucky Stars dies, from Dies to Die For

* ProMarkers * Glitter glue * Computer & printer

 Template on page 77 Designed by Sue Hughes

Cut a 12x10cm piece of yellow grid paper and stick to the front of a 15x10.5cm white base card. Cut a 13.5x9cm piece of stripy glitter paper, mat onto turquoise patterned paper and trim to leave a border. Die-cut a circle from the centre, then stick to the centre of the base card using foam pads.

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Print the birthday cake stamp onto white card, colour in and cut out. Apply glitter glue to the candle flames, then stick to the base card, inside the circle aperture.

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Print ‘Happy 50th Birthday’ onto white card. Draw the balloon template around each individual word and cut out to make three balloons with words in. Apply glitter around the edge of each balloon, then stick to the top of the base card, overlapping the edge of the circle aperture.

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Print the ‘Celebrate with Cake’ sentiment onto white card, cut out and mat onto pink patterned paper. Stick to the bottom left side of the base card.

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Die-cut four stars from pink patterned paper and stick around the outside edges of the circle aperture, as shown.

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Party invites

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* Teresa Collins 12x12in

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paper pack – Daily Stories * Doodlebug Designs Candy Shoppe cardstock stickers – Cupcake, from CraftieCharlie Webster’s Pages Party Time sequin pack, from Sprinkle Twinkle American Crafts thick glittered letter stickers – Sunny White, from Hobbycraft Aqua card * Adhesive gems * Acetate * Pink twine

 Template on page 77 Designed by Jo Chivers See page 76 for stockists

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Cut a 14.5x10cm piece of blue spot paper and, using the template on page 77, cut a cocktail glass shaped aperture from the centre. Attach a piece of acetate over the reverse side.

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Working on the reverse side of the spot panel, outline the glass shape with foam pads making sure there are no gaps. Add more foam pads to the edges of the paper.

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Cut a 14.5x10cm piece of pink and white spot paper and stick to the front of a 15x10.5cm aqua base card.

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* American Crafts Lucky *

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Using the aperture as a guide, pile up sequins on the front of the base card, where the cocktail glass aperture will be. Attach the aperture panel on top.

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Use pink alphabet stickers to write ‘Celebrate’ across the base card, just above the glass. Use the thick letter stickers to write ‘2017’ across the bottom of the base card, overlapping the stem of the glass.

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Add a twine bow to the stem of the glass above the numbers. Embellish above the top of the champagne glass with clusters of gems to look like bubbles, to finish.

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Charm 12x12in paper – Stargazers, from Carole’s Crafts Doodlebug Design Loopy Lou Cardstock Stickers – Limeade, from Papermaze Framelits dies – Circles, from Sizzix Stripy paper * Gold mirri card * Acetate * Gold star sprinkles and sequins * Diecutting machine

 Template on page 77 Designed by Jo Chivers

Top tip Don’t go OTT with sequins – less is more in shaker cards!

Cut a 15x10.5cm piece of red star paper and die-cut a 1 in circle aperture in the front, positioned a little right of centre. Attach acetate to the reverse side using double-sided tape. Working on the reverse side, outline the aperture with foam pads, leaving no gaps.

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Cut a 15x10.5cm piece of gold mirri card and stick to the front of a 15x10.5cm white base card. Using the aperture as a guide, make a pile of sprinkle stars and sequins on the gold card, where the aperture will be. Stick the aperture card onto the gold card so it covers the front of the base card.

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Die-cut a circular frame from stripy paper and stick around the aperture edge.

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Use alphabet stickers to write ‘Let’s Party’ across the top of the base card, positioned at a jaunty angle.

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Use the templates on page 77 to create a ‘2’, a ‘1’, and a ‘7’ from stripy paper. Position them on the front of the base card, as shown, then stick in place with foam pads, to finish.

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OCCASIONS

New Year

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* *

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First Edition 12x12in paper pad – Pick ‘n’ Mix, from Trimcraft Die-namics Circle STAX Set 1 dies * Die-namics Stitched Banner Numbers dies, from Dies to Die For CottageCutz Elites die – Elegant Champagne Glass, from Icon UK Creative Expressions clear stamp set – Santa’s Sentiments * VersaMagic Turquoise Gem ink pad from The Art of Craft Gold and white card * Gold gems * Acetate * Sequins

Designed by Sue Hughes

Cut a 15x10.5cm piece of gold card and stick to the front of a 15x10.5cm white base card. Cut a 14x9.5cm piece of star paper, mat onto pink paper and trim to leave a narrow border.

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Die-cut a circle aperture 1cm from the top edge of the star panel. Stick acetate to the reverse side and attach foam pads all the way round the edges of the aperture, leaving no gaps. Remove the backing from the foam pads and sprinkle sequins onto the acetate. Attach a 9x9cm piece of blue patterned paper on top, then stick the panel to the base card.

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Cut a 3.5x9.5cm piece of triangles paper, mat onto pink paper and trim to leave a border. Stick to the base card, 1cm from the bottom edge.

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Stamp the sentiment onto white paper using blue ink. Cut out, mat onto pink paper and trim to leave a border. Stick to the centre of the triangles panel.

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Die-cut two champagne glasses from pink card and stick in place, overlapping the shaker circle. Die-cut ‘2017’ banners from gold card, mat onto pink paper and stick to the top left corner of the base card. Embellish the front of the base card with gold gems, as shown.

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Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* Simply Creative 6x6in *

*

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paper pad – Play Days, from Trimcraft Memory Box Large Parker Deluxe Number Set dies * Die-namics Inside Out Stitched Stars dies * Die-namics Cross Stitch Rectangle STAX dies, from Dies to Die For Most Wonderful clear stamp set * Mini Basic Banners die, from Clearly Besotted Stamps VersaColor ink pad – Cyan * Blue and white card * Acetate * Star sequins * Bunting washi tape

Designed by Sue Hughes

Cut a 14x9.8cm piece of stars paper, mat onto blue card and trim to leave a narrow border. Stick to the front of a 15x10.5cm white base card.

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Die-cut a cross stitch rectangle from white card, mat onto blue card and trim to leave a narrow border. Position the ‘2017’ dies diagonally onto the front and die-cut to create apertures, as shown.

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Attach a piece of acetate to the reverse side of the ‘2017’ panel. Stick foam pads to the acetate to create a border around the back of each number, making sure there are no gaps. Remove the backing from the tape and sprinkle small star sequins onto each aperture. Stick an 11x8cm piece of rainbow paper to the foam pads, creating a background behind the apertures. Stick to the base card.

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Stamp the sentiment onto white card using blue ink. Die-cut into a banner, then stick to the bottom of the base card, overlapping the shaker panel.

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Stick a length of bunting washi tape across the top of the shaker panel. Decorate the front of the base card with three die-cut stars and a selection of sequins, as shown, to finish.

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GREETING IDEAS

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insp irat i ons for

Paperclips

Shopping list

Basic card kit, plus

* Kaisercraft 12x12 paper

*

pack ‘Glisten’ * Kaisercraft die-cut shapes ‘Glisten’ * Kaisercraft clear stamps ‘Glisten’, from Merly Impressions Paperclips * coloured card * White and kraft card * Mirror card * Glitter card * Jingle bells * Gems * Buttons * Ribbon * Twine * Scallop nesting dies * Circle nesting dies

 Template on page 77

Julie Kirk shows us how to add extra interest to festive cards

See page 76 for stockists

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Christmas magic A golden paperclip makes an ideal holder for a festive die-cut embellishment. Add the paperclip to a ribbon band around the snowman’s hat, then simply slide in a decorative shape to create this jaunty, interesting look.

Festive markers

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Both useful and attractive, these decorative markers will dress up any notebook or planner! These can be used to divide a book into sections or to keep important lists and receipts together in one place.

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Merry & bright Add pattern and texture to an aperture card by covering a string of paperclips with decorative washi tapes in different sparkly shades. Best of all, there’s no need to stick the garlands down – you can simply slide the clips onto the edges of the aperture frame and let them hold themselves in place!

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Go large A single large paperclip can add a smart clipboard effect to a design. Present the sentiment front and centre, with layers in different colours and textures beneath.

Hanging around Transform coloured paperclips into cute coat hangers to hold the most important outfit of the season! Pull apart the clip until it forms a triangle with one long edge then curl over the end of that edge to form its hook.

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With bells on

TURN FOR MORE

Swapping twine for a paperclip means attaching tiny jingle bells to festive projects need no longer be a fiddly, time-consuming task! No more trying to pass thread or twine through their small metal loops – sliding them on to paperclips takes just seconds.

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A tree-mendous idea

Christmas tree shapes are a card maker’s staple at this time of year, so here’s a simple way to add a new one to your repertoire! And by using just nine fun office supply clips it’s an affordable way to raise a smile with a fun design.

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GREETING IDEAS

8 Get a grip

Coloured hair grips are another novel, alternative way to easily fix decorative elements to your projects without using any adhesive. Slide or tie bows onto the end, then slide the whole thing in place.

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Seasonal greetings

Use paperclips as a way to hang multi-layered decorative pennants and banners. For a chic card, fold strips of patterned paper over the clip, then add glitter and mirror card layers, die-cut shapes and sentiments.

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A large decorated paperclip makes a great closure for a gift bag. Decorate the top edge of the bag then turn it down over the front, slide the clip in place and add a gift tag. A quick way to make this bag is to start covering a book with patterned paper as if you were going to gift-wrap it. Seal along the back and the bottom edge with double-sided tape but leave the top open, then slide out the book and fill the bag with the actual gift.

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Top tips • A large paperclip would work well in an advent calendar project too, where the day’s date can slide into place under the clip. • To fix the clips on the tree card, use a glue that dries clear. While it’s drying, place something heavy on top to keep them in place. • To bend your clips into shape, needlenosed pliers make curling over the end a simple task. • Paperclips are very afforable to experiment with – you can pick up packs of dozens in pound shops.


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TEMPLATES

Templates Skills

Make sweet sausage dog cards Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* Kaisercraft 12x12in paper

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pack – Christmas Wishes * Kaisercraft die-cut collection – Christmas Wishes, from Merly Impressions Seam binding – Lady Lavender Purple, from The Ribbon Girl Rhinestone Sparklers – Paradise Aurora and Crystal, from The Hobby House Stickles glitter glue – Cinnamon, from Honey Doo Crafts Natural cork sheets, from Craftasmic Tonic Studio dies – Mixed Scallop & Straight Cut Rectangle layering set, from Samuel Taylors Kraft card * Brown and pink card * Silver mirror card * Silver and gold glitter card * Red glitter * Coloured pens (Promarkers) * Ribbons * Twine * Small red/white jingle bells * Buttons * Flat-back gems

 Templates on page 77

See page 77 for stockists

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Send someone special a darling dachshund to sit by their hearth this festive season! hristmas is the time of year for staying indoors, curling up in a comfy armchair, and settling down in front of the fire – and what better company to have alongside you than one of these cute Christmassy canines? Whether it’s the pair of pooches sharing a kiss beneath the mistletoe, the adorable

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doggy hiding in a gift bag, the delivery dachshund on a sled, or the Rudolph impersonator who’d like to help pull it, there’s a design to warm everyone’s heart! Combine our templates on page 77 with pretty papers and embellishments to create cards with serious cute factor – and a big helping of festive sparkle, of course!


TEMPLATES

Designed by Julie Kirk

Julie has been having fun papercraf ting for years! are Her favourite materials pat terned papers.

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TEMPLATES

How to...Make the dog sled card Delight a dog lover with this sparkly pooch and a pile of gifts

Top tip Add small 3D pads behind the feet, tail and nose to prevent curling.

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Print the dachshund template onto brown card and cut it out. If your printer isn’t suited to taking card, print the design on regular paper, cut out, and use this as a template.

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Next, print out or trace around the ear template on a lighter coloured cardstock or patterned paper for contrast. Cut it out and glue to the head, then add a flat-backed gem as an eye.

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Twist a length of purple seam binding between your fingers to soften and crumple it, then use it to tie a bow around the dog’s neck. Add Stickles glitter glue to the feet and tail where shown.

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Trace the sleigh runner template onto the nonshiny (reverse) side of a sheet of silver mirror card and cut around the outline. Add 3D foam pads for dimension when you fix it to the card.

To create the gift boxes, cut out a variety of squares and rectangles from coloured, mirror, and glitter card. For texture, wrap them with twine, ribbon and strips of paper ‘ribbon’.

Mat your card with green patterned paper, leaving a small border around the edge, then cut a smaller square of white patterned paper. Remove the corners with a small circle punch.

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We did it! Alison

Sue

Sally

Take a look at our reader testers’ creations on the next page!

TURN FOR MORE

How to... Layer up a cute card Add a bough of festive greenery from the Kaisercraft ‘Christmas Wishes’ die-cuts to the front of the card on dimensional foam. Add three ‘mistletoe’ gems in the centre.

Send festive kisses and Christmas wishes with this romantic card. Here’s how to make it...

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Take a kraft portrait card with a side fold and add a pink Kaisercraft decorative die-cut edge border sticker across the card base. Layer a turquoise border sticker on top.

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Using scalloped and plain rectangle nesting dies, cut six rectangles from patterned papers and textured white card. Add using 3D pads on three layers.

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Dar ling doggies! Dachshund digital papers, £4.52 from Surfacehug on Etsy

Make a small slit in the spine of the card, thread gold organza ribbon through and tie a bow at the front. Add a sentiment from the Kaisercraft die-cuts on top. Print or trace the template of the kissing dogs. Colour them using shades of tan, brown and grey. Add a skirt made from a scrap of border sticker and a bow.

Christmas dachshund stamp, £15 from notonthe highstreet.com

7 Layer up all the elements – add the dog to the sled runner, pile up gifts on 3D foam, embellish with gems, buttons and a ribbon across the front. Add two sentiments to finish.

Sausage dog ruler, £2.95 from dotcomgiftshop

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TEMPLATES

Rudolph the pooch This daring dachshund fancies a spot of sleigh-guiding for Santa! With his cork antlers and glittering nose, he’s sure to be ‘making spirits bright’ for the card’s recipients.

TRY THIS!

Dress up a ready-made gift bag

Darling doggy bag Cover the front of your bag with cardstock wrap, complete with integral handles, then hide our adorable dog behind it!

We did it! Alison Walker Q What did you enjoy about this project? A Paper piecing is my favourite technique. I’m always amazed at how impressive a few scraps of paper can look, with a good pattern and a few embellishments. And Julie’s little dogs are so cute! Q Tell us how you made your festive card! A I framed the sausage dog with a circle from Kay Miller’s Gingerland digital set, and added several parcels wrapped in ribbon for extra texture. I inked around the pieces of the dog in brown to help him stand out, and used foam pads to layer up all the elements.

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Take a look at our reader testers’ makes this month!

Sue Cass Q What techniques did you use to make this festive fireplace card? A My cousin in Scotland has five dachshunds so I know where this card is going! I separated out the kissing dogs template and had them jumping with excitement at the sight of Santa coming down the chimney! I punched the snowflakes and holly and added tiny red pom-poms for the garland. Santa’s boots are a black pipe cleaner bent into shape and wrapped with some red eyelash wool. Q Was the card fun to make? A Making this card made me smile as it reminds me of how both our poodles used to go crazy in the snow!

Sally Sears Q How long did your card take to make? A This project was very simple to make. The templates are easy to cut out and if you use googly eyes there are no fiddly bits. I’ve used a scrapper tool to rough up the papers’ edges but scissors work just as well. Mount your Christmas dog onto darker, unfussy patterned paper to make sure he stands out. Q What is your top tip for this card? A My tip would be, when using fluffy pom-poms, trim a flat bottom on them – they will glue and affix so much better then!


SHOPPING Dovecraft Magic & Sparkle stamps – Reindeer, £3.99 from Trimcraft Finest Imaginary earrings – Fox Tales, £10 from Mollie Makes Shop

Hunkydory topper sets – Deer Winter Wishes & Festive Forest, £2.99 each from Hunkydory

Wild Rose Studio stamp set – Mummy Fox & Baby, £5.49 from My Mum’s Craft Shop

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s y u B d n a l d o o W Venture into the woods to forage for beautiful crafty buys! Papermania Festive Fauna Collection, from £4 from docrafts

American Crafts Pebbles – Woodland Forest, £3.99 from Hey Little Magpie

Keep it cute with these adorable stickers!

First Edition 6x6in paper pad – Wild At Heart, £8 from Trimcraft

Papercvresaft Lo ! this

Sara Signature embossing folders – Christmas Collection, £8.98 for both from Crafter’s Companion

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Experts Ask the

Got a crafty question? Let our team of experts answer it for you!

Top: Visit the Papercraft inspirations website for a wide range of free downloads, including these Nativity printables!

Your Experts

Below: More fun, free downloads available from our website at www. papercraftinspirationsmagazine.co.uk

Sarah Hurley used a range of colours to get the beautiful shaded effects on these poinsettias

Vicki Atkinson Commissioning Editor

Vicki loves a clever gadget and knows all the latest craft products

Perfect printables

Q Sarah Hurley Craft Designer

Visit Sarah Hurley’s shop & blog at www.sarahhurley.com

I really love making Christmas cards, especially ones that are different from anything you can buy. I love colouring too – do you have any recommendations for printable or digi stamp designs that I can colour in for my cards this year? Emily Eldridge, Great Yarmouth We love making Christmas cards too, which is a good thing as we start thinking up ideas for our Christmas gifts and projects in May! The printables and free papers from the last three years of the magazine are still on our website and free to download if

A Hannah Bellis Editor

Hannah is a stickler for getting the basics right

Alessia Zenere Guest Expert

Calligraphy expert Alessia works at Manuscript Pen Company

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they look like something you’re after! Some of our favourite designs for colouring in are a cute Nativity set by illustrator Scott Joyce (above) and ‘Pets in Santa Hats!’ by Naomi Hocking (below). Simply print these out full size onto white card, colour them in with art pens or pencils, cut out and add to your card as desired. For background papers, our ready-coloured themed sets are also free to download from our website. These are really handy for both cards and gift wrap too. You’ll find all sorts of exclusive designs, from vintage and art deco to cute and stylish.

Colouring in blooms

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For my Christmas cards this year I’ve been trying out new stamping and colouring techniques but don’t always get great results! How many shades of red do I need to create good effects in a stamped poinsettia? What is the best way to colour in flowers in to make them look realistic? Do you have any tips to give them a 3D appearance? Sharyn Pauls, Folkestone The best way to get realistic reds is actually to use other colours to shade them! I like to use browns (for warm colour combinations) or blues (for cool colour combinations) underneath my reds to give striking shaded results. To add highlights to your blooms, try pinks and oranges. On the poinsettias featured on the card above, I’ve used blues in the shaded areas and a blender pen for the highlights before going over the top with just two shades of red and then adding additional highlights where needed with a blender pen. Well done for giving it a try, Sharyn – experimenting is the best way to learn!

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Crafter’s Companion’s new festive Create-a-Card dies

Quick Fixes

Scaled up dies

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I got an A4 die-cutting machine for Christmas last year and have had great fun trying out different types of die. I’m really interested in the larger dies that make complete card designs – can you tell me what they are and if they are tricky to use? Mick Jamfrey, Banff We’re sure that whoever gave you that fantastic gift will be pleased to know you’re getting the most out of it! As for what’s out there, as well as simple or decorative shapes and frames, there are now more and more die designs that work individually or as a set to create a larger card design. Sometimes these are pretty scenes, like the Sheena

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I thought card making would

Perfect Partners Scenic Winter range, or sometimes they are more decorative, such as the Crafter’s Companion Create-a-Card dies. The new festive range includes 5x5in dies featuring one large design. These are compatible with the 5x2in decorative sentiments dies to create larger 5x7in or even

more adventurous shapes! We die-cut the Deck the Halls Createa-Card die with a Stick It adhesive sheet and added the cut piece to a white base for a striking look. But you could mount it onto a coloured card, spray with glitter finish, add gilding wax and much more, for a really exciting appearance!

save me money, but I keep wanting to buy lovely papers! Can you offer some thrifty tips?

It’s so easy to be tempted by the latest pretty papers but there’s lots you can do to keep things on a budget! Keep your leftover pieces – these are great for punching small shapes, or piecing together to make a background. When

Your guide to...

Using calligraphy on your cards!

Calligraphy is an enjoyable and now easy skill to learn – thanks to the Styluscript Fountain Pen and Callicreative App launched this year by the Manuscript Pen Company... here’s how it works!

layering background papers, cut square frames rather than full squares and put aside the centres for another project. Also use items from around the home – the lovely card above by Kirsty Neale features a sweetie wrapper flower! Are there any dies out there for

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The new Styluscript pen and the Callicreative app are a great way to learn the basics of calligraphy. You can practice lettering and drawing, plus experiment with colours and the different nib and tip widths. The Styluscript fountain pen works with the app, which you can download for free at www.calligraphy.co.uk/ callicreative-app. Use the Styluscript pen with your iPad or tablet, starting with basic letter formations.

making 3D decorations?

Yes – docrafts has a really clever die that fits together to make a pretty hanging star. You’ll need to cut four of each shape and then slot them

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Once you’ve got the idea, practice on paper with a fountain pen. Hold the nib at a 45-degree angle to the baseline and start exploring the thin (upwards) and thick (downwards) strokes of calligraphy by drawing some letter shapes until you’re ready to start writing short sentiments on your cards!

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Now why not try a longer message on your next card project? The Styluscript three-nib fountain pen set (£12.99) is a good starting point. Papercraft inspirations readers can take advantage of a great special offer on this – when you buy the Styluscript three-nib set, you’ll get a pack of creative cartridges (MC0462ASC) worth £2.15 for free. Order at www.calligraphy.co.uk/shop and enter the coupon code CALLI16 to claim your offer.

together to create the finished 25cm star. It looks stunning!

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Stocking bag Make presents even more special when they arrive in this impressive gift bag by Sarah Jackman-Read

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* First Edition Sentiment Tag *

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dies, from Hobbycraft Kaisercraft Silent Night 12x12in double-sided papers * Kaisercraft Silent Night collectables, from Merly Impressions Dovecraft Winter Blooms mini pegs * Dovecraft 12x12in double-sided paper – Christmas Basics, from Trimcraft Papermania Create Christmas extra-large jingle bells, from docrafts Baker’s twine * Star gem * Small bell * Ribbon * Alphabet stamps

or anyone who’s been pondering how to present special gifts this Christmas, look no further! This fabulous seasonal stocking could be just what you’ve been looking for. With its traditional festive patterns and colour palette – plus a generous sprinkling of seasonal embellishments, this is a truly unique project to get your teeth into this Christmas. This super-cute design may look a little complicated, but it’s made from just four basic pieces and when you follow the straightforward steps at the bottom of the page you’ll have your own stocking gift bag in no time – all ready to be filled with treats! Using the basic technique below you can also come up with your own colour schemes. Double-sided 12x12in papers are ideal – don’t use anything too thin, as it needs to be good and sturdy. Once the structure is complete you can have fun choosing your own Christmas embellishments to finish it off.

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Instead of twine, you could experiment with ribbon and other trims to create different looks

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 Template on page 77

How to make your Christmas stocking gift bag

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Using the templates on page 77, cut one stocking body, turn the template over and cut another. Repeat with the heel and toe templates and glue in place on the stockings.

Run double-sided tape along the inside edge of both bodies. Cut and score two pieces of paper, glue together to form a long strip then snip the edges. Attach these to one body then the other.

Cut the pieces for the top in the same paper as the heel and toe. Score and fold then join together. Add double-sided tape under the flaps, place over the top of the stocking and adhere.

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GIFT STYLE

Make matching gift tags Use baker’s twine to attach a coordinating tag to a sweet treat. Just team a seasonal die-cut with festive embellishments for a simple but striking effect.

Top tip Add a handful of vibrant gemstones for a chic festive touch.

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Looks ...with an embossing folder

Kelly Lloyd shows us how to give Christmas cards a glam makeover

The look of luxe Gilding wax is a great way to make embossing really pop! You can also use inks for this technique. Try using gilding wax both for backgrounds as well as for main focal points. Embellishments with shimmering accents will complement the effect.

Going for gold This card would work perfectly inside the box below – far more glam than housing it in a simple envelope! Sumptuous satin ribbon and gold mirri card are musts for an opulent embossed card like this.

Star product!

Leonie Pujol Scribbley Wishes embossing folder, £4.99 from Crafter’s Companion

Boxing clever Use the embossing folder on acetate for the front of a gift box to match the card inside. This is a great way to ensure that the design of the card flows with its presentation box.

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Charmed Cards & Crafts

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Make cute canines on page 60

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