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63 FLORAL FLOURISH
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7 TRENDS AND TREATS
82 STASH BUSTERS!
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11 CLUB PAPERCRAFTER See what our lovely community has been up to this month
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90 MEMO HOLDER Keep notes safe in a mini paper typewriter
15 DESIGNER FOR THE DAY
92 PAPERCRAFTER BASKET All your crafty essentials and top tips
LOVE TO MAKE 17 THREE-STEP CARD Create an adorable greeting everyone will love
26 QUILL A CUPCAKE Whip up a cute motif in just 30 minutes
Use your crafty scraps to make school must-haves
Our chosen reader showcases their winning make
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37 FOLK STAR Colette Smith tries out docrafts’ new Folk Floral collection
Louise Collins explores new designs by Wild Rose Studio
79 COMING NEXT MONTH
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54 TAPE TYPOGRAPHY Make sentiments stand out with Sara Naumann’s expert guide
60 RIBBON CREATIONS Louise Collins’ simple steps to festive greetings
66 PAPER STRAWS
BE INSPIrED 28 WRAP IT UP Our helpful ideas for beautifully wrapped gifts
57 CRAFT NOTES Preview on-trend Christmas metallics
64 FAVOURITE THINGS Our pick of colourful festive goodies
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45 FREE PAPER MAKES Begin Christmas crafting with exclusive docrafts papers
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76 SIX VINTAGE CARDS Feel inspired by this loveable theme
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74 LOVELY LANTERNS
Incorporate this stunning season into your projects
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DESIGNEr for the day
We sent reader Jane Hooper a selection of docrafts goodies so she could showcase her card making skills and we’re thrilled with what she came up with! The leaves really stand out and the colours work beautifully together. Jane r e used Grace Taylor Springtime Posy papers and d Rea Bare Basics wooden alphabet stamps to create this gorgeous summery card. Visit our website for an easy tutorial on recreating this design.
You will need Craft essentials (see p92) Grace Taylor 100 Sheet Springtime Posy Papers Bare Basics wooden alphabet stamps Ink pad: black
FANCY BEING OUR NEXT DESIGNER FOR THE DAY? If you’d like to see your paper project printed in the mag, email or write to us with your contact details to be entered into our random draw. If picked, you’ll not only receive a selection of crafty products, but will also have a photo of your make published in the mag and instructions on our website. Find our contact information on page 13. Good luck! For terms and conditions please visit papercraftermagazine.co.uk/designer-for-the-day
“I was stunned to have been chosen. I always question how good my cards are, so this opportunity has boosted my confidence”
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Celebrate Christmas this year with on-trend metallics
COLOUr CrUSH Pair metallics with rich jewel colours for a sophisticated look, like this combination of baubles from Dunelm. These VersaColor Mini Cube ink pads in Gold and Amethyst should do the trick. £1.75 each, 01929 439117, english stamp.com
Metallic Gold Washi Tape, £3.99 for three, 01342 823921, pipii.co.uk
Tattered Lace Gold and Gold Flourish Self-adhesive Pearls, £4.99, 0843 168 1681, createandcraft.tv
Craftwork Cards Gold Bar Candi, £2.05, 01953 454976, aldridgecrafts.co.uk
Decorations from £1.99, dunelm.com
CAN I USE METALLIC FOIL WITHOUT A MACHINE?
Of course! Try this easy-touse Rub On Foil Kit from Heidi Swapp’s Wanderlust collection. All you need is the kit and your hands and you can apply glimmering foil to your makes in no time. £5.99, 01925 244460, heylittle magpie.com
Be inspired by these silver nickel snowflakes from The Contemporary Home. Use to decorate your tree, embellish cards or adorn gifts. 0845 130 8229, tch.net
ribbon creations Decorate festive greetings with Louise Collins’ quick-to-make embellishments
RIGHT CHOICE Buried deep in my stash, I found ribbons of all thickness, texture and colour that I have accumulated over the years, and wondered why I hadn’t thought of using them to decorate Christmas cards before!
PERFECT FINISH When working with ribbon, I’d suggest using an instant hold adhesive such as a hot glue gun or a tape runner for attaching flat pieces. To get a clean edge, use sharp scissors to trim the ends diagonally, then dab them with clear-drying wet glue.
CHRISTMAS CLASSICS With just a handful of ribbon in seasonal shades, I’ve been able to manipulate them into festive shapes that really stand out. The great thing is there are plenty of Christmas motifs you can replicate.
You will need
Craft essentials (see p92) Beading wire Ink pad: black, brown, blue Gems: gold, pink Pearls: white Seasonal stamps
CONTEMPORARY TREE 1 Cut a 12.5cm piece of card into a triangle. Cover one side in doublesided tape. Layer co-ordinating strips of ribbon horizontally across. 2 Create a tree trunk shape from brown paper. Cut two small triangles from gold card and matt together to form a star shape. 3 Lightly stamp script text onto the front of a 14.5cm x 21cm kraft card blank with brown ink. Attach your tree to the centre of the blank using foam pads. Attach the trunk and star. Embellish with golden glitter dots. 4 Stamp ‘Merry Christmas’ on white card, cut into a banner shape and mount onto green card. Fix it below the tree.
How to tie perfect bows
1 Fold a strip of ribbon over a four-prong fork and hold it at the right side
SEASONAL WREATH 1 Curl thin beading wire into a circular shape three times, twisting the end around the layers to secure. 2 Knot small lengths of green ribbon around the wire. Snip the ends to similar lengths, leaving them frayed. Tie a bow in a thin piece of red ribbon and adhere to the top of the wreath. Stick gold gems to some of the bows. 3 Cut an 11cm x 17.5cm rectangle from red card and attach it to the centre of a 12.5cm x 17.5cm cream blank. Snip two 3cm x 5.5cm and two 3cm x 8.5cm red rectangles, distressing the edges with black ink. 4 Affix the panels to the centre of the red section using foam pads. Add a small gold rectangle and a tiny gold lock shape as shown. 5 Glue the wreath to the top of the door. Stamp a seasonal sentiment onto white card and trim it into a banner shape. Matt onto gold card and curl over the wreath, attaching it to the ribbons.
FANCY FLAKE 1 Trim six strips of light blue ribbon to 11.5cm. Weave these into a square, leaving the ends loose. Glue the weaved centre together.
2 Overlap and stick the ends of two corners together. Repeat for the remaining three corners, leaving one strip between each one. Repeat this whole process with stripy blue ribbon. 3 Matt the weaved squares together at a 45째 angle. Affix the loose ends under the points of the overlaying or underlying points. Create a flower shape from white lace and attach it to the snowflake, sticking a white pearl in the centre. 4 Stamp snowflake shapes on the front of a 13.5cm x 17.5cm blank using blue ink. Adhere a 5cm wide strip of grey wood grain card vertically along the left side. Add small white pearls to the centre of the snowflakes. 5 Secure the ribbon flake to the centre left of the blank. Stamp a seasonal sentiment onto white paper, cut out and matt onto grey wood grain paper. Affix it to the bottom right corner.
Shopping List Festive ribbons, 01258 455889, craftyribbons.com
2 Pull the back section up and pass it through the centre two prongs, pulling it to the left of the fork
3 Pass this half through the knot and pull to the right side of the fork
4 Pull both ends of the ribbon tight to form a bow papercraftermagazine.co.uk
Here to answer your crafty queries
HOW CAN I INCORPORATE MINI PEGS INTO A CARD?
ELIZABETH MOAD SAYS:
Wooden mini pegs are a favourite among many crafters, because they’re a very versatile embellishment. They come in different sizes and colours, and are generally very economical to buy in bulk. When using the pegs on cards, a ‘washing line’ design is popular and easy to do. Regular papercraft glue is not usually strong enough to hold pegs onto card, so a stronger adhesive such as superglue is best. Once the pegs are secured in place,
clip a length of fine string, cord or thread into them. Here, I’ve printed letters onto card, then cut them into narrow rectangles to spell ‘Happy’. The card pieces are held in place by the pegs and stand out from the card background, creating dimension. A second row of pegs could be added to spell ‘Birthday’, but I’ve stuck to a simple printed sentiment. This style of card is ideal for romantic occasions such as weddings, engagements or anniversaries, as hearts and messages can hang down from the pegs. You could make a fun design featuring a life-like washing line with mini clothes and underwear cut out and hanging from it! Elizabeth is a papercraft workshop tutor and author of many crafting books. Visit her website at elizabethmoad.com
HOW CAN I MAKE AN AUTUMNAL CARD?
JANE SMITH SAYS:
The woodland trend is hugely popular at the moment, and is a great way of transitioning your makes from summer to autumn. Woodland animals and motifs automatically conjure up autumnal ideas, like walks in the forest, misty mornings and crunchy leaves. I’d suggest investing in a die, such as the PCD31 Woodland Scene from Presscut (£19). It makes it quick and easy to create an instantly seasonal greeting, and you can use it again and again. This design measures 13.2cm x 18cm, making it ideal for card focals. I love the deer peeking out from the trees – and so will the recipient of your beautiful card! Take a look at our large range of dies, as well as papers, punches, tools, embellishments and more at art-of-craft.co.uk or call 01252 377677. Jane Smith, Owner of The Art of Craft
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ORGANISE YOUR CRAFTY PROJECTS!
How to make a card organiser
1 Cut the lid off a large box and cover the box with patterned papers. Cut a semicircle from the front and decorate with punched pieces
2 Add lengths of wire along the short sides of the box to make a sliding mechanism. Make and attach a title panel, then embellish
HOW CAN I STORE ALL THE CARDS I MAKE?
JENNY PEARCE SAYS:
A card organiser box would be a good idea for your needs! Similar to a recipe card organiser, you can store all your handmade cards in one place. Dividers separate them into categories such as birthday, anniversary, wedding or thank you so you can find what you need quickly and easily. I created this organiser from a large sturdy box with the lid cut off, but you could also easily make your own from
scratch. The dividers are created from strong card, folded in half. You can make this a simple crease or create a small concertina if you wish to have an expanding divider. I added labels for each theme by attaching different punched shapes to the dividing files, ensuring each one is positioned off-set from the previous one. You can then write on your preferred categories. When embellishing, I used a hot melt glue gun to keep things quick and speedy (from £6.60, 01428 751358, gluesdirect.co.uk)
JENNY PEARCE, DESIGNER
Curve a card rectangle and fix with brads to form a pen holder on one side of the box’s front, then decorate
Jenny is a professional designer who writes for crafts, travel and theatre publications
“This organiser is really user-friendly – when you’re looking for a card, you can take out a whole divider to see everything on that theme”
4 Make dividers from folded card with hooks overlapping the edges of the box. Add labels to their tops and embellish
Welcome new crafty opportunities that only this season has to offer
nce the summer months draw to a close and the days become shorter, out come the festive ribbons and Santa motifs ready to create an array of joyful cards and merry decorations. But what about autumn? Wedged between summer and winter is the season that sometimes goes unnoticed, especially in our projects. The stunning warm tones and whimsical woodland themes associated with this time of year are not to be missed, and here we’ve sought out some of our favourite autumnal goodies to inspire you. So there’s no need to feel glum about the longer evenings, it just means there’s more time to craft! WORDS BY SAMANTHA LEWIS
Colour check Does your stash lack warm tones suitable for autumn crafting? Well, Joy Crafts’ Vintage collection is jampacked with pretty papers that will help you incorporate enchanting colours into all your seasonal creations. £4.99, 07547 330599, wildwarehouse.com
LUSCIOUS LEAVES Cut, emboss and stencil in various shades of red, yellow and orange to set the perfect scene, using these unique dies that work with almost every die-cutting machine. Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fall Foliage, £11.39, 01162 74454, craftsuperstore.co.uk
SYMBOLIC SCENES We’re loving the autumnal selection of prints The English Stamp Company has to offer and here are just some of our top picks. Include leaves and acorns in greetings and handmade gifts to remind loved ones of what’s so magical about this season. Acorn, Elm Leaf, Chestnut Leaf Stamps, from £4, 01929 439117, englishstamp.com
Scrap happy If you enjoy scrapbooking, then filling an album with your most treasured holiday snaps is a must. The months following on from summer are a great time to settle down with a hot chocolate and get lost in embellishing each page to your liking. Crafts-Too Die-cut Shapes will help create a vintage feel, ensuring your scrapbook is unique. £1.99, 07547 330599, wildwarehouse.co.uk
rAINDrOPS AND FOrESTS As difficult as it can be to say goodbye to the glorious sunshine, it does mean we can welcome a variety of different stamps into our collection. We doubt you’ve missed the rainy days, but this stamp symbolises what is traditionally British, and what’s not to love about that? Or if you’re inspired by nature then these woodland stamps, complete with mushrooms and leaves, are sure to please. Cloud Rubber Stamp, £8.50; Owl and Squirrel Rubber Stamps, from £10, 01273 308898, noolibird.com
Although the summer holidays are only just ending, the October half-term break can creep up on you. Plan it as a time to get crafting with your favourite little people using this Squirrel Kit from Past Times Quilling. It comes complete with everything you need to recreate this earthy design, meaning those eager hands can get straight to work! Simple Picture Squirrel Kit, £4.99, 01332 840582, pasttimesquilling.com
Top up your creepy stash with a Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Paper Pad, £10.99, craftie-charlie.co.uk
Keep the kids entertained this October. Pumpkin Lantern Kits, £3.49 for four, 0333 200 7230, bakerross.co.uk
ENCHANTING WrEATH This beautiful faux oak leaf wreath is simple and understated, but still manages to evoke memories of bonfires and colder evenings. It would make a stunning addition to your home or work well as a sophisticated decoration at a Halloween party. Autumn Leaf Wreath, £30, 0845 130 8229, tch.net
Make projects extra spooky using Hunkydory’s Little Horrors Deluxe Card Edition, £6.99, hunkydorycrafts.co.uk
Crafters’ guide TO THE…
ould you love to create your own die-cut designs? Well, the Brother ScanNCut makes this dream possible! We find out more about the revolutionary machine from craft expert Melanie Heaton, and provide tips to ensure users are clued up on all its impressive features.
What does the Brother ScanNCut offer crafters?
This nifty gadget can take your scanned images, photos or sketches and turn them into die-cuts without the need for a computer, software or cartridges! All you need to do is sketch out your shape, tweak and outline it with black pen, then feed it into the machine which will present you with a perfectly-cut image. By utilising the brilliant built-in 300dpi scanner, you can make the most of every piece of card or fabric you own. When you scan it in, you’ll be able to position the smallest of shapes in the areas you may otherwise have thrown away. It’s a brilliant machine that allows crafters to tailor projects exactly to their liking by creating motifs from scratch.
What materials are best to use for cutting?
You can use almost any weight, texture or density paper and card with this device for endless project opportunities. You’re not just limited to these materials either, as it also
cuts through fabric. In line with Brother’s sewing roots, it contains a wide range of pre-set patchwork designs for cutting accurate fabric pieces. If you want to give your own designs a go, seam allowances can be increased and drawn on the fabric before cutting. Pre-scanning the material will allow you to move the more intricate shapes around.
How to use the ScanNCutCanvas
Visit scanncutcanvas.brother. com, create an account and log in. Insert a USB into your computer At the home screen, click ‘New’. Select motifs to use from the pattern menu and drag them onto the virtual cutting mat. Resize to your liking by dragging the border corners
To insert your own image or graphic, open up the image tracing icon, press ‘Choose file’ and select the file you wish to use. Click ‘OK’ and position it on your mat
Type the name of your design in the ‘Project title’ box. Select ‘Download’, right-click the project title, choose ‘Save as...’ and save it to your USB
Insert the USB into your ScanNCut machine and press ‘Pattern’ on the mini screen. Select ‘Saved data’ followed by the USB symbol. Choose your file, insert your mat and hit ‘OK’ to cut
What is ScanNCutCanvas? The ScanNCutCanvas is an online facility that allows you to import cutting files and convert them to the correct file format for the machine, simply by saving them to your USB. If you’re a user and haven’t already tried it out, it will open up a whole new craft resource for you. It’s definitely worth investing time in this handy extra, especially as it’s completely free!
YOU CAN EDIT THE SIZE OF YOUR DESIGN VIA THE SCREEN ON THE MACHINE BY SELECTING IT WITH YOUR PEN, PRESSING THE RESIZE SYMBOL AND ALTERING THE HEIGHT AND WIDTH ACCORDINGLY
• Always make sure that the product you’re cutting is pressed down evenly on your mat to prevent it missing some areas. The back of a spatula is perfect for this • When working with scraps of paper, use the on-screen grid to help place the pieces you want to cut
Shopping List Brother ScanNCut, £449, scanncut.co.uk
• Use a re-positional spray mount on the back of the product to lengthen the life of your mats, but never on the mat itself
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“For this greeting, I made my first cut using a slow speed, light pressure and 100g paper before moving onto card — each silhouette’s spot on!” CORINNE BRADD, DESIGNER
PaperCrafter is packed full of inspiring ideas, expert advice and beautiful makes for those who love getting crafty with paper. This issue i...
Published on Aug 24, 2015
PaperCrafter is packed full of inspiring ideas, expert advice and beautiful makes for those who love getting crafty with paper. This issue i...