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There’s a huge variety of brilliant projects to discover in Papercraft Inspirations 180. From cute, stamped characters to two ribbon-threading masterclass projects, and much more, we’ve got some gorgeous designs to help you wow friends and family.

We also show you how to make a trendy paper lampshade, using a simple step-by-step guide and our free template. Once downloaded, our handy template takes all the hard work out of creating an origami-style lampshade to take pride of place in your home. Just cut, score and fold, as shown, then follow the steps in the magazine to complete your contemporary masterpiece!

Make a paper lampshade with our free template from Papercraft Inspirations 180.

Craft goodies

Papercraft Inspirations 180 also comes with a pop-up découpage card kit and stamp set, that will help you create some amazing, fairy-tale scenes. With beautiful illustrations by Alice Wong, this set will really get your imagination going! The issue also includes ideas for your card kit, with five great makes by Angela Dodson.

Take a look at what’s inside Papercraft Inspirations 180
  • Pop-up découpage card kit
  • Summer cocktail free printables
  • Cute stamped designs with fancy gatefolds
  • Trendy paper lampshade step-by-step guide and free template
  • Find out how ribbon threading can enhance your die-cut designs
  • Make a sweet macaron gift box using our free template
  • Fab ideas for new-baby cards and shaped gift bags
  • Gorgeous designs featuring V&A papers inspired by Arts & Crafts
  • Summer seed pod free papers
  • Ten ideas for Distress Inks
  • Plus, wedding cards, thanks yous, floral designs and more!

We love to see what you’ve been inspired to make, so don’t forget to share some photos of your latest cards and papercraft projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Papercraft Inspirations 180 is on sale in the UK from 20th June 2018, and will be available overseas around four to six weeks later. To make sure you don’t miss an issue, you can subscribe or order single copies online.

Happy crafting, everyone!

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These cocktail printables, from Papercraft Inspirations 180, are ideal for summery makes. They look great when paired with a few sequins and some fancy card folds.

What could be more relaxing than sitting at a beach-side bar with your favourite cocktail in hand? Whatever your preferred tipple, our collection of cocktail printables will help you infuse summer-holiday vibes into your crafting, without causing you to suffer from a sore head afterwards!

The designs will work well for birthday cards, anniversaries, Mother’s Day and general congratulations. Whenever there’s a special occasion that needs toasting, these designs are ideal to have at the ready!

Illustrated by Esther Curtis, these designs have a wide range of classic treats on the menu, including mason jar and highball toppers, repeat-pattern cocktail papers and lots of themed sentiments to whet your crafty whistle.

From a sparkling shaker card to a bar-themed bridge card, Vicky Bailey has come up with a great selection of fun ideas for you to try at home, in the garden or even at the beach. Cheers, everyone!

More crafting inspiration

Love these gorgeous designs? We’ve got load of other fantastic ideas and downloads for you to enjoy:

More marvellous cocktails

Non-alcoholic options

We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

How to download free cocktail printables

Simply click on the one you want, to enlarge it, then drag and drop the image onto your desktop. You can also right-click on the larger image to save it. Find more free printables and ideas for cards in our Downloads section.

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Download these free summer printable papers, from Papercraft Inspirations 180, to give your crafting a touch of natural beauty.

Summer is a time for heading outdoors and enjoying the abundance of vibrant blooms, sweet songbirds and beautiful butterflies. These stylish papers, designed by Sharon Armstrong Purvis, capture the joys of nature’s bounty, but with a wonderfully contemporary twist.

From striking leaf motives to captivating, stylised flowers, you’ll find lots of different elements to help give your projects a breath of fresh air this summer.

Love these summery designs? Take a look at more great card ideas and free downloads inspired by summer and nature:

We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Happy crafting, everyone!

How to download summer printable papers

Simply click on the one you want, to enlarge it, then drag and drop the image onto your desktop. You can also right-click on the larger image to save it. Find more free printables and ideas for cards in our Downloads section.

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There are loads of fun projects to try in Papercraft Inspirations 180 – including a DIY lampshade design!

Here, you’ll find all the free templates from the issue, to give you a head start on your crafting.

Download gift box templates so you can present template treats, such as macarons, in style.

Add extra interest to your cards by using our templates to create shaped card bases, too – there are funky gatefolds, box cards and easel cards to try.

We’ve even got a template for a dungarees-shaped gift bag, which is an adorable project for those in search of a cute way to present a gift for a child or newborn baby.

Last, but by no means least, find a fab DIY lampshade template that makes it easy to cut, score and fold an intricate origami design for your home.

When using your DIY lampshade, make sure the paper doesn’t touch the bulb, and that the bulb’s wattage isn’t too high, to avoid the paper becoming discoloured or scorched from the heat. The lampshade shown above has had been coloured around the edges, for added interest.

Pick your favourite idea and start crafting today! You’ll find more information and step-by-step guides for these projects in Papercraft Inspirations 180.

Happy crafting, everyone!

More papercraft ideas

Want even more ways to brighten up your home? Take a look at these great projects from previous issues of Papercraft Inspirations, too!

You’ll also find loads more templates and step-by-step guides for shaped card bases and more in our How to… section of the website.

We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

How to download free templates

To download the templates, click on the one you want, to enlarge it, then drag and drop the image onto your desktop, or right-click on the larger image. You can find more free templates, printables and papers in our Downloads section.

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Give your stash levels a boost by entering our fantastic giveaways from Papercraft Inspirations 180! With goodies from Crafter’s Companion, Stamping’ Up!, Trimcraft and more up for grabs, there are some great prizes to be won!

Deadline for entries is 1st August 2018.

Win a Stampin’ Up! tropical crafting bundle

Bring some Caribbean warmth to your craft stash this summer with the tropical collection (shown above) from Stampin’ Up! We’re offering ten Papercraft Inspirations readers the chance to win a bundle of tropical papers, stamps and dies, worth £104!

Within the bundle, you’ll find the Tropical Chic stamp set, coordinating Tropical Thinlits dies and some delicate elements. You’ll also receive the Tropical Escape paper collection, which features a range of trendy foliage patterns, and Tropical Escape card in pastel-pink, lime-green and forest-green. 

As if that wasn’t enough, the bundle also comes with two textured ribbons in Gray Granite and Granny Apple Green, plus three ink pads – Granny Apple Green, Blushing Bride and Gray Granite – so you’ve got everything you need to whip up a tropical treat for friends and family, in no time at all!

Click here to enter the giveaway.

Win Gemini Build a Scene dies from Crafter’s Companion

Two lucky winners will receive over £129 worth of dies and coordinating stamps from the new Gemini Build a Scene collection from Crafter’s Companion. These versatile dies do not cut to the bottom edge, so they can be positioned and layered in different ways for full customisation, so you can create the most beautiful 3D cards. 

Click here to enter the giveaway.

Win a pair of tickets to Create It Gateshead on 8th September

Create It Events, in partnership with HOCHANDA, will be hosting a spectacular craft show at Gateshead International Stadium on 8th September! We have 30 pairs of tickets up for grabs for anyone looking for a fun-filled day out. There will be over 40 exhibitors displaying the latest card-making supplies, make-and-take events and on-stand demonstrations. 

Click here to enter the giveaway.

Win Perfect Moments paper pack from First Edition

Capture all of those perfect moments with First Edition’s romantic papercraft collection. Adorned with vintage florals; delicate, lace-inspired designs; and charming patterns, this selection of papers features a chic pink-and-cream colour palette, making this a must-have paper pack for beautiful handcrafted projects. For your chance to win a 12x12in and 8x8in paper pad.

Click here to enter the giveaway.

Win a fabulous die set from Creative Crafting World

Featuring delicate layered doilies and a sweet sentiment, this versatile die set is bound to become a firm favourite! Enter our giveaway for your chance to win this five-piece set from the Paper Boutique range at Creative Crafting World. The More Than Words Can Say die will allow you to make beautiful cards and would work perfectly with inked edges for an antique feel.

Click here to enter the giveaway.

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The gorgeous fairground printables from Papercraft Inspirations 176 can be used to create loads of fantastic designs – here, we show you how to make a tunnel card.

This type of card lets you build up dimensional scenes on your papercraft projects, and it works really well with the toppers included in the fairground printables collection.

You can use our simple, four-step guide below to make the basic tunnel card base, then download our free fairground printables to decorate it. Or, take a look at more of our fantastic free downloads to create an alternative theme for your card.

Want more great ideas and easy step-by-step guides for shaped card bases and more? Take a look at the projects in our How to… section.

We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Happy crafting, everyone!

How to make a tunnel card

1. Cut two 15x15cm pieces of white card, adhere a background scene onto one, then add a fussy-cut Ferris wheel on top. Cut four 15x4cm pieces of white card, score vertically at 1cm, 2cm and 3cm, then concertina fold.

2. Cut a 13.5×13.5cm piece of patterned paper, layer it onto gold paper then blue card, then attach it onto the other 15x15cm piece of card. Die cut a 10cm-wide square in the panel and glue a fussy-cut helter-skelter behind the right-hand side of the aperture.

3. Cut a 15x15cm piece of harlequin paper and die cut an 8cm-wide square through it. Use sticky foam pads to attach a fussy-cut tent on the left-hand side of the aperture.

4. Use double-sided tape to attach a concertina panel on each side of the background panel. Affix the harlequin panel on top, followed by the other concertina strips, add the final panel, then embellish.

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Want to add bold shapes and dimension to your cards in a few simple steps? We’ll show you how to fold paper pleats on cards and papercraft projects.

Bold shapes, patterns and colours can add lots of interest to your projects and, when it comes to choosing which papers to use, two sides are, arguably, better than one! 

Many of us have some double-sided papers hidden amid our stash, but sometimes it can be hard to know how to use them to their full advantage. These useful papers are ideal for creating clever folded cards, adding pleats or even creating origami shapes to add to your makes. Once you begin experimenting with different styles and techniques, you’ll soon be hooked. To get you started, here is a great pleated-paper card idea from Sarah Jackman-Read.  

Once you’ve mastered this how to fold paper pleats, find more great guides, card ideas and other papercraft projects in our How to… section.

Want more ideas for using double-sided papers on your projects? Take a look at these…

We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

How to fold paper pleats on cards

Step 1. Cut green spotty paper slightly smaller than a 6x6in white card blank and attach it to the front of the card blank, leaving a narrow border. Trim a piece of pink paper to measure 14.5×14.5cm.

Step 2. Stamp a sentiment in the bottom-right corner, using a clear embossing ink pad. Add copper embossing powder over the sentiment, remove excess, then melt it using a heat tool. Repeat this process with the bow stamp, on another piece of pink paper.

Step 3. Glue the pink paper to the card front, pulling up the bottom-right corner before the glue dries. Trim pale-green paper to 5x14cm, then attach it to the top of the pink paper.

Step 4. Mark 9cm down one edge and 3cm at the other edge of a pink sheet of 12x12in paper, and cut across to create an angled strip. Score down at 5cm and 2cm intervals then fold, as shown.

Step 5. Repeat step 4 with a yellow sheet, cutting across at 6cm and 1cm. Score and fold, as before, and glue to the pink strip. Wrap baker’s twine around the piece and glue it onto the card front.

Step 6. Fussy cut a flower, then ink the edges with a pink ink pad. Fussy cut just the centre of another flower, ink the edges, then attach on top of the first flower, using sticky foam pads.

Step 7. Fold back the top-left corner of the green paper and add the stamped bow and a bird sticker. Add a heart sticker in the bottom-right corner and a chipboard sticker to the twine bow.

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It’s not just the weather that’s hotting up this summer. Create and Craft is set to launch some of the hottest new brands in the craft industry this season, with acclaimed names such as Pentart, Stamperia and Becky Seddon coming to the channel.

Kicking off a new and exclusive event on Thursday 24th May is DaliART. The brainchild of Dalvinder Graham (Dali) and Paul Griffin, their eclectic mix of stamps, stencils, inks and paints are inspired by Indian culture and will appeal to crafters of all abilities.

“It came about by me wanting to start a brand which had an east-meets-west sort of presence,” explains Dalvinder, who will be showcasing her unique range of henna-esque designs.

Gina K. ‘Stamp N Foil Where the Flowers Bloom’ designs.

Launching on the same day is the brilliant new collection of papercraft accessories from Themo O Web and designer brand, Gina K. Designs. Tune in to learn how you can blend stamps, ink and foil to create beautiful multi-textured, multi-coloured images with high shine and eye-catching detail.

With so many new and exclusive launches from brands such as Chameleon Pens, Memory Box, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Stamperia, Sospeso Trasparente, PipART, Pentart, Rinea, Wildspider, Deco Art, Tsukineko and over 150 new products, you really won’t want to miss out.

Tune in from 8am on Thursday 24th May until 8am on Tuesday 29th May. Find out more.

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Papercraft Inspirations 179 is on sale in the UK from 25th May, and it’s packed with loads of brilliant summery projects!

Rather than always buying materials, we love discovering clever ways to use products we already have in our stash piles! In issue 179, we show you some fab ideas for using your circle nesting dies and those loose ends of baker’s twine that have been lurking at the bottom of your craft stash!

The issue also comes with a fantastic 31-piece oriental stamp set free gift, plus ideas for gorgeous card designs using the set. You can even use our free template to create this stunning book-fold card!

If you love this design, check out more of our oriental-inspired free downloads!

Take a look at what’s inside Papercraft Inspirations 179
  • Use your 31-piece oriental stamp set to create gorgeous designs.
  • Find fun ideas for your nesting circle dies.
  • Download our charming coastal free papers.
  • Create a beautiful wedding gift box with our free template.
  • Use our free downloadable printables and free template to make cute cards for babies.
  • Try our resist-embossing masterclass projects.
  • Discover ten different ways to use baker’s twine.
  • Make uplifting, summery cards.
  •  Zoë Patching shows you how to make a wall hanging to display family photos.
  • Create tempting, afternoon-tea themed cards and gift boxes with our free templates.
  • Plus, cards for teachers, children’s birthdays and much more!

We love to see what you’ve been inspired to make, so don’t forget to share some photos of your latest cards and papercraft projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Papercraft Inspirations 179 is on sale in the UK from 25th May 2018, and will be available overseas around four to six weeks later. To make sure you don’t miss an issue, you can subscribe or order single copies online.

Happy crafting, everyone!

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These adorable free baby printables, designed by Rhiannon Bull for Papercraft Inspirations 179, are perfect for celebrating a new arrival. They also make great options for colourful cards for children’s birthdays.

Sarah Jackman-Read has used these printables to make four different cards that all have an abundance of charm. Download our handy free template to get a head start on creating Sarah’s central stepper card design.

With background papers, animal toppers, lovely greetings and more included in this printables collection, you’ll need little else!

You could also use these printables to create nursery decor or a scrapbook keepsake for new parents!

We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!

More papercraft downloads

Love these new-baby printables? Take a look at more of our fantastic new-baby card ideas and free downloads!

We’ve also got a great selection of card ideas and free downloads that are ideal for creating cards for children.

All aboard

Space adventures

Robot characters

Animal friends

Adorable dinosaurs

Fairy-tale designs

How to download free baby printables

Simply click on the one you want, to enlarge it, then drag and drop the image onto your desktop. You can also right-click on the larger image to save it. Find more free printables and ideas for cards in our Downloads section.

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