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F r e e e’ ‘Fly a Kits paper july 2016



Exploding box Masterclass Card designs by Hunkydory!

Creative ideas for every card maker!

Issue 153 £4.99 July 2016


Great crafting ideas to inspire you!

W I N! prizes



Try out acrylic paints Makes for your home Easy ideas for your gift


* UK entries only

Textured floral treats

Special gift sets

GrEaT valuE!

65 FREE printables to download

Party fun with tassels

5 ideas with just 5 items!

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Your free printables! Enjoy the FREE printables that come with your digital issue and our fabulous ‘how to’ video tutorial…

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Join us on YouTube for craft videos from the Papercraft inspirations team. This month we have another fab video for you – we show you how to craft a fantastic exploding box card for 3D fun. We’ll be featuring more videos in future digital issues...

How to download your free printables


Simply click on the ‘free printables’ box on the project page in your digital issue. This will take you directly to our website where you can select the set you would like to print.




Click on the main heading of the section, then scroll down within the story and you will see thumbnail images of all the printables. Click on the image you’d like to download.


Zoom in to full size using the magnifying glass icon, then ‘right click’ on the image and either save to your desktop, or email it to yourself if you would like to print later!

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to download this issue! Free printables We’re crazy for cakes and beautiful bakeries in these illustrated printables from Naomi Skinner. Download from www.papercraftinspirations

Papers & Toppers Download and print out Jenny Ellory’s papers and toppers to use in your cards! Turn to page 39 to find card ideas and the link to download them!

Great gift! Download all the templates from this issue to make stylish jam jars, bakery cards, perfect pineapples and gift boxes galore!

*UK edition

Top templates

Our non-digital July issue comes with Going Potty designer paper stack and stamp set. To get your hands on this gift, pick up a copy of the print edition of the magazine in newsagents for £4.99 until 16 June 2016.*

Turn to p77 to find out how to download your templates. Papercraft


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Get your creativity flowing this summer with our hot crafty buys for July!

See page 76 for stockists

Papercraft Loves this!

Luxury papers Packed with vintage charm, Santoro’s new Premium Paper Pad is top of our must-buy list this summer. It features a range of stylish designs including birdcages, hearts, flowers and music notes, all presented on impressive special-effect papers in glitter, pearlescent, spot UV and canvas effect. 12x12in Premium Paper Pad, £15.99 from Trimcraft stockists

AMAzingly AWESoME DiES! Every project will be a happy craft project when you use these cool word dies! New from across the pond, Amazing and Awesome have serious teen-appeal and are available with coordinating stamp sets making it easy to come up with playful cards, scrapbook pages, photo album covers and more. Waffle Flower Dies – Awesome, £4.95 & Amazing, £6.95 from My Mum’s Craft Shop



Candi crush The woodland trend shows no signs of slowing and with irresistible designs like these, you’ll want to get the look in your papercrafts. With matching papers, toppers, sentiments and Candi embellishments, it couldn’t be easier to create matching makes. Candi Enchanted Woodland Collection Pack, £10 from Craftwork Cards


Coordinate dies & sta mps for amazing layered cards!

Card maker's July ca lendar 1st July

9th July

Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show

Crafting live

1st-3rd July, NEC, Birmingham. Shop till you drop at this exciting and inspiring craft show! Buy your tickets here:

9-10th July, Doncaster Racecourse. Sign up for a weekend of fun with workshops, make and take sessions and craft exhibitors. Buy your tickets here:

16th July

14th July

Enchanting stamps

Excalibur Papercraft Show

new issue!

If you’re looking for a way to add a sprinkle of magic to your cards, then the new Reflections range of stamps from Tonic Studios is based around fairies, and what could be more magic than that? Each stamp has been hand illustrated for a whimsical look and can be used alongside the matching Reflections dies. Aurora, £3.99 from Crafty Devils Papercraft

16th July, Birmingham Head to the National Motorcycle Museum this summer to get a crafty fix! Get tickets online here:

Issue 155 of Papercraft Inspirations comes with a rather fabulous free bow die!

Essential Gadget Alphabet Punch Board We’ve been having so much fun in the Papercraft Inspirations office with the new We R Memory Alphabet Punch Board. This addictive little gadget has a clever punch and cut system that allows you to quickly and easily create 3x5in letters and numbers for use on cards, banners, posters and other craft projects. It comes with a handy manual and app that shows you how to make each letter. Lightweight and highly portable, we think this gadget is most fun when shared and would be a great investment for your craft club. Alphabet Punch Board, £34.99 from Hey little Magpie

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Share your crafting stories, tips and cards with us! There’s a prize for every letter we feature...




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Share your cards, creations and craf room snaps with us. Every letter printed wins a Birthday Treats Ribbon Weave Acetate Card Kit (£5.99). Our Letter We Love Most will win a Garden Flowers of Britain Speciality paper pad (£11.99) and Special Celebrations Luxury Card Collection (£19.99). Browse the range by visiting

Your Crafty Confessions! How do you justify your growing craf stash to family and friends?

Elizabeth Bremner, on Facebook “My stash comes by post when no one’s home. I add them to the pile and no one’s any the wiser!” Steph Morley, on Facebook “It was such a bargain – it costs four times that at full price!” Chris Moses, on Facebook “My husband encourages me to indulge in my hobby. Married 52 years – I think he loves me!”



Ofce essentials This is not how it was intended to be used, but the scoring board gif in issue 150 was the perfect tool at the perfect time as I needed to make a realistic looking ferrule for a pen pot in the style of half a pencil with eraser! Nicola Schofeld, Reading Crafers are resourceful people and we always love it when our readers come up with new and imaginative ways to use a gif that we hadn’t thought of. Thank you for sharing your fantastic pencil-shaped pen pot with us – what a funky and original way to keep your desk tidy and organise your craf supplies! We might just have to make some for the Pi ofce...

Fancy frocks

I haven’t sent any of my cards in before, but I’ve had such a good reaction to the ones I made using the ladies in evening dresses in issue 147, I thought I would share them with you. I enjoyed making them as it brought back memories of how, as a child, I wanted to be a dress designer! I sell some cards for the local RSPCA and have managed to raise £60 so far this year. Deborah Robinson, Queensbury We love what you’ve done with the elegant ladies from issue 147 – it’s a regular fashion parade! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed making them so much, and that you received such a great response.

Letter we love most!


Your craft room Show of your crafy space! Whether it’s a big room or a tiny desk, we’d love to see where you make cards…

Penfriend prettiness I loved the Oriental stamps in issue 151. I have a Japanese penfriend and I’m always looking for something special to make for her. I masked of a scalloped card and stamped it with orange blossom, then dabbed over that with Distress Inks. I cut a jar from blue card and embossed a gold orchid flower and blossom before adding a butterfly and sentiment. Linda Alexander, Glenrothes Your penfriend is in for a treat – this card really is special and we love how you’ve used the stamps to create a unique design.

Terrifc tags I just thought I’d share with you the extra large luggage tag I created using the Oriental stamp set from issue 151. I love the watercolour efect that is popular at the moment so wanted to incorporate that into my design. Marie Drummond, Newark on Trent This luggage tag makes us want to set of on our travels right away! Your stamping is beautiful and the colours are just perfect.

Reader Challenge Shirley Paterson from Angus was the winner of our latest reader challenge. She sent in this card made using our Oriental Garden stamps gif from issue 151. She says, “Wow, these stamps are lovely – and they’re free! I’m not much of a stamper, but I had a good old play with these and didn’t want to stop. I stamped, embossed, coloured and fussy cut – so much fun! I love your magazine and get so much inspiration from it.” If you’d like to have a go at this month’s reader challenge, turn to p6 for details of how to enter.

Teresa Penfold shared this picture of her craf room. She says, “I started papercrafing only four years ago and I’m hooked. I make lots of cards, mainly for family and friends. I have far too many dies from all diferent companies and recently started combining stamps, inks and paint and love the efect.” You’re our kind of crafer and you’re lucky to have such a brilliant craf room to make all of your papercraf creations in!

Flying high I used the brilliant Stamposaurus motorbike and spitfre to make this fun pop-up card for a colleague. I love the fnished product and it has inspired me to make more. They’re so much fun to put together when you have a topic in mind for someone special. Lesley Wilmott, Earley We agree with you, Lesley – that’s why we’ve dedicated our Masterclass on p31 to box cards for beginners and more experienced crafers! They’re such a fantastic starting point for any design and can ft any theme imaginable. You’ve done a fabulous job with this card – it’s packed with energy and bold colours and it’s great that you’ve tailored it to your colleague’s interests. Who wouldn’t be delighted to receive a card designed just for them?

Get in touch! Write to: Papercraf inspirations, Immediate Media, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol BS1 3BN Email us: papercraf Facebook: facebook .com/papercraf inspirations Twitter: papercraf_insp




Make sweet cake cards Shopping list Basic card kit & baking printables, plus

* White card * My Favourite Things * * *

Die-namics die set – Stitched Circle STAX, from Dies to Die For Martha Stewart scoring board, from Amazon Paper doily * Pearls * Rafa twine * Ribbon Die-cutting machine

$ Template on page 77

See page 76 for stockists

FREE Printables!

Download these sweet designs from our website: www.papercraf

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Printables Skills

Create a batch of truly scrumptious cards with naomi skinner’s gorgeous baking printables


e’ve been indulging our sweet tooth this month with these delicious cards and gif bag designed by Vicky bailey. We’re particularly tempted by Vicky’s stylish cupcake cascade card (pictured right), which can be found on page 26. the joy of printables is that you can

piece them together in any way you like to make your own designs without using up too much of your stash – saving money. these baking printables could be used for anything from party invitations to recipe book decorations! Find the printables on our blog:


Designed by Vicky Ba iley

Vicky is a sister in an operating theatre by day she and a designer by night! x. rela to g kin ma d car s use





How to...Make a layered cake card spoil someone with this oh-sosweet three-tiered easel card


Using your scoring board and a bone folder, fold and score a 25x12.5cm white card in half, then fold and score one side in half again to create the easel card blank.


trim white card to measure 12.5x12.5cm, then mat a square of floral patterned paper measuring 12x12cm on top. Use a glue runner to attach the paper to the white card square.

Top tip


raise the sentiment up on foam pads to create the stopper.

Cut some pale blue polka dot paper to measure 12x12cm and layer it onto the easel card base, leaving a narrow white border all around the edge of the paper.




take a piece of light pink striped paper and cut a circle using either a die or a cutting compass. attach the pink striped circle onto the centre of a paper doily as shown.

Carefully fussy cut the cake layers, cake stand, candle and macarons from your printables, leaving a thin white border around the edges. layer up your three-tiered cake on the stand.

Cut out the birthday sentiment, bracket element and the butterfly and layer them on top of each other using some sticky foam pads to create the easel card stopper.

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We did it! Jane



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


How to...Craft cupcake gift bags What better way to give a sweet treat to a friend than in an adorable cupcake gift bag?

Cut out some pretty flowers, a cupcake and a cherry from the printables, leaving a white border around the edges. These will be used to decorate the front of your bag.


Trace the cupcake template twice onto the printed papers, then cut them out using a pair of sharp scissors and set them aside until they’re needed.

Punch two holes into sides of the white box and thread ribbon or twine through to create handles. Glue the large cupcakes together and add to the bag sides.

Use the templates to trace the box onto some white card, glue it together using some tacky PVA glue and leave it to one side to dry thoroughly.

Finish decorating your cupcake gif bag by adding flowers, a cupcake and a cherry to the bag with sticky foam pads and tying a bow to the handle.


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More sweet stash 7 layer up the doily, cake and macarons onto the card as shown, then add the stopper to the base using sticky foam pads. Your fnished card will look good enough to eat!

Craftwork Cards Candi, £1.99 from Craftwork Cards

Stickles – Sprinkled Sugar, £1.99 from Craftasmic

Sizzix Framelits die set – Circles, £14.99 from Sizzix




Make a cake cascade Vicky says, “Create a cascading card and mount the cupcakes at angles to give your card an interesting focal point – it folds flat for postage too.”

try this!

Add extra shutters for a 3D look

Set up shop Use the baking printables to build a beautiful bakery window scene – complete with pink shutters, dainty cupcakes and a trio of macarons in a range of pretty pastel shades.

We did it! Jane Hewes Q Did you enjoy using the printables? A i have several birthdays coming up and the cake printables really suit my card and gif box. i used a Crafer’s Companion Ultimate pro and the tutorial DVDs to help me make this project. the box and the card are made out of one piece of card – i made an insert for the drawer to attach the bracelet to and cut a window in the front of the box so the gift can be seen. Q What did you enjoy most? A i loved constructing with card and layering the diferent patterned papers together!

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What did our readers testers make with the printables?

Alison Walker Q Tell us about your lovely card! A i made this rather yummy birthday card with a towering cake topped with a candle. i wanted the candle to glow against the background, so i cut a small oval from a yellow macaron to stick behind the wick. Q Any top tips for this project? A try printing the strawberries and cherries at a reduced scale to get fruit small enough to put on the cakes. if you make a blooper, simply use a small flower to cover it up!

Kim Fox Q How did you make your cake stand card? A i used the easel card as a starting point, but made the cake more prominent by having it stand above the fold of the card, then i layered up cupcakes on foam pads. it gave me the perfect excuse to use scraps of pink glitter paper, which tied in nicely with the pastel colours on the printables. Q What’s your tip for crafting this card? A i didn’t leave a thin white border around the edge of my card, which would’ve made my fnal piece look a lot cleaner. lesson learned!


Your step-by-step guide to being a better papercrafter

Get to grips with...

Box cards

These clever 3D cards are popping up all over the place! Find out how to make them here...


ooking for a way to add wow-factor to your cards? Our pop-up designs are guaranteed to stand out on the mantelpiece and are perfect for when you need a special greeting. While they might look complicated, they just require a bit of clever cutting and folding to achieve a stunning efect. You can keep the embellishments on your cards simple for a clean look,

or really go to town with layers of lavish decorations for a greeting with impact. These box cards are a great way to use up paper scraps and won’t cost much to create. You can make them in a whole range of diferent sizes and they lie flat so are easy to send in the post. They’re ideal for birthdays, but they also work well for wedding cards, retirement wishes and anniversary celebrations, too.

Designed by Vicky Ba iley Vicky has been designing cards for over ten years and loves sharing her knowle dge and ideas with you.

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Make a birthday surprise card Suitable for BEginnEr lEvEl

Everyone loves a surprise on their birthday and our fun party box card will make them feel extra-special!

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* Candles & Cake papers, * *

* *

from nitwit Collections Sentiment tag stamps – Set 24, from lili of the valley My Favourite Things STAX dies – Balloon * My Favourite Things dies & stamps – Celebrate You * La-La Land die – Flag Banner, from Dies to Die For Light blue card * Acetate * Scoring board & bone folder * Craf wire * Eyelet setting tool * Eyelet * Twine Die-cutting machine



f you’ve never made a box card before, then you’re in for a real treat with this colourful party design – complete with balloons and presents! Once you’ve made the basic card shape, then add a couple of simple inserts across the inside of the box and decorate with the pop-up elements. Vicky’s inspiration for this design came from the balloon shapes themselves: “I wanted the balloons to float above the presents, so I used a panel of clear acetate to attach them to the insert and add height to the design.” Choose a darker coloured paper to decorate the outside of the box and a lighter paper for the flaps to add contrast.

$ Template on page 77

See page 76 for stockists

Try this Add texture to the stamped tags by setting eyelets in the top of each one & tying with twine





Cut light blue card to measure 22.8x14cm. Using the template on page 77, a scoreboard and bone folder, score the lines indicated on the template onto the blue card.

Use a craf knife to cut lines on the bottom half of the card to make flaps. Cut of the narrow end on the right side and trim the corner of the right flap to make a tab.



Turn the card over and stick the three spotted panels to what will be the front and sides of the card. Fold the card to assemble and stick the side tab securely in place.

Cut two pieces of light blue card measuring 7.8x1.2cm to make inserts. Score 1cm in from each end and fold. Attach the inserts inside the card, about 1cm from the front and back.


Wh at you’ ll need... Attach the die-cuts to the acetate using PVA glue – buy one with a nozzle for precise positioning

Use a craf knife to ensure all your edges are trimmed neatly

You’ll need clear acetate to float the balloons on this card. Buy A4 sheets that can be trimmed to size


Crafty extras Fiskars 13cm scissors – Classic £10.50, from Hobbycraf



Trim 13.5x5cm pieces of birthday words paper and blue card to ft the inside back panel of the card. Cut three 6.5x4.8cm pieces of birthday words paper and three of spotted paper.

Attach the inside back panel to the base card. Attach the birthday words paper panels to the flaps, making sure that the text faces the right way round once the card is assembled.



Die-cut three balloons from patterned papers and attach a length of wire to the reverse of each one. Assemble onto acetate as shown, then attach to the back insert.

Make two presents from patterned paper and stick to the front insert. Decorate the front flaps of the card with die-cut bunting and stamped ‘happy birthday’ tags.

Xcut Large dies – Filigree Balloons £12.95, from docrafs




Make a pretty fower box pop-up Use a simple layering technique to pack this design with flowers and make a card that really blooms!

Shopping list Basic card kit, plus

* Blue, green & white card * Nitwits papers – Petal Fresh *

* * * *

and Bonnets ‘n’ Bowties, from nitwits collections My Favourite Things dies – Gerbera Daisy, Leafy Greenery * La-La Land die – Diamond Wire, from dies to die For Wild Rose Studio die – Little Butterfly, from crafer’s companion Tattered Lace die – Lush Leaves, from emerald crafs Kraf paper * Small butterfly punch * Scoring board & bone folder * Acetate Die-cutting machine

$ Template on page 77

See page 76 for stockists

advanced level


For the keen crafter



cut a piece of blue card measuring 30.5x10cm. Using the template on page 77, a scoreboard and bone folder, score the lines indicated on the template onto the blue card.

crease folds, then use a ruler and craf knife to cut the lines on the bottom half of the card to make flaps. cut of the narrow end on the right side and trim corner of right flap to make a tab.

ake your pop-ups to the next level with this pretty flower box. By simply altering the shape of the box base, you get a completely diferent look and feel. this card looks as though it has lots of layers, but it has just two inserts – the same as the birthday pop-up on the p32. to get the window box efect, Vicky layered die-cut flowers and foliage onto the back panel as well as the inserts, and used 3D embellishments to decorate the front flaps to add instant dimension. Play around with diferent themes, such as fairies or stars, to create cards for all sorts of occasions.

Try this If you don’t have a trellis die, then make wire stems to attach the flowers instead





Fold the score lines on each insert and use these tabs to attach the inserts inside the card, about 1.5cm away from the front and back edges; stick the tallest trellis at the back.

die-cut a selection of flowers from diferent papers. layer together and add a kraf paper circle to some and pearl gems to others. die-cut foliage and large and small butterflies.


Wh at you’ ll need ... Use double-sided tape to attach the patterned paper panels to your card

A bone folder is an essential tool in any card maker’s kit. Use it to get crisp, professional folds

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FRee vIdeO make

learn to 3d pop-up box cards! Layer up two or three diferent sized flowers and fnish with a pearl or kraf paper circle in the centre

Essential kit



cut 9.5x8.5cm pieces of floral paper and blue card. Stick blue card behind back panel and floral paper to front. decorate flaps with papers. assemble card and stick tab in place.

cut two pieces of blue card measuring 11.5x2.5cm to make the inserts. Score 1.5cm in from each end. die-cut a trellis from white card and attach one to each insert.



attach foliage at diferent heights to the back panel of the card and along each trellis, sticking in place on the reverse side of the trellis. add flowers to the front of each trellis.

decorate the flaps of the card with layered flowers and foliage. attach two large butterflies to the back row of foliage and small butterflies to the foliage on the trellis.

My Favourite Things dies – Gerbera Daisies, £12.95 from dies to die For

Wild Rose Studio’s die – Little Butterfly, £4.99 from The Glitter Pot



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Above: Heat sheets are mainly used to protect surfaces when using heat embossing tools

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Left: Spritz ink onto a heat sheet, then cover with paper to create unique backgrounds

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I recently bought a load of card making materials from a charity shop and have discovered what an amazing hobby it is! The only thing I have not yet found a use for is this shiny brown sheet – can you tell me what it is? Helen Wicks, Plymouth It’s a heat sheet! It’s designed to be used as a heat-resistant surface for when you are heat embossing. You may not have everything you need in your card making supplies for heat embossing, as you would also need a heat gun – which looks

A Hannah Bellis Editor

Hannah is a stickler for getting the basics right

a little bit like a skinny hairdryer – and some embossing powder. But even if you don’t have those products in your craf stash, these non-stick sheets can still be really useful for card making. They make great palettes for mixing inks from markers or pots, as the non-absorbent surface keeps the ink beads from absorbing into the sheet. With some inexpensive mixer bottles, you can spray mixed colours and then pat the wet ink with a sheet of paper to make stunning rainbow marbled backgrounds – each one unique and gorgeous. Have some more fun with those ideas!

Tiny ink pads are best for multi-colouring stamps

Lisa Horton

Lisa is a Designer & Demonstrator for Creative Expressions

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Stamping the way


I’ve got a great selection of clear stamps that I use with acrylic blocks and I love the way I can get so many diferent designs without taking up loads of storage space. Besides using my blocks, is there any other way to make the most of my stamps? Maureen Taylor, Reading You can get some interesting efects by using unmounted clear stamps to stamp images using just your fngertips. Rather than producing a solid shape, you get a pre-distressed and patchy fnish that can make for excellent background papers. And of course, a great selection of clear stamps is best partnered with a good selection of diferent coloured ink pads too. If you are short on storage space, stick to the smaller or stacking pads. The best way to ink up your stamp is with the stamp facing upwards on a surface and you apply the ink to the stamp – you can do this with a smaller pad just as easily as with a larger one. Small pads are also easier for multi-colouring your design, with diferent coloured inks applied to


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