1. Use our free template to neatly fold a 28×20.4cm piece of white card, cut away the top two corners, then fold the middle section in half, horizontally, to create the easel element.
2. Use the free template again to score the wider section of the card at 5.1cm from each outer edge, so they fold over and cover the central 10.2cm-wide section in the middle.
3. Cover the three inside panels with patterned paper, then cover the two outside panels with contrasting patterned paper, leaving narrow white borders all around.
4. Use the Doily Lattice die on the top section of a 14x10cm piece of white card. Add patterned paper to a piece of 10.5x10cm white card then attach it beneath the die-cut. Attach this to the easel element.
5. Die cut and trim an Ornate Birdcage in silver card, then add two dark-pink birds. Glue the cage onto a pink circle layered onto a kraft-card scalloped circle.
6. Attach the birdcage circle to the front of the easel panel, then use sticky foam pads to add a printed sentiment to the central base panel – to prop up the easel. Decorate with pearls along with die-cut flowers and leaves.
7. Place the card face down and lay a length of ribbon across it. Create loops, to hold the ribbon in place, by gluing the ends of a small strip of patterned paper to each side panel.
Make an easel card and gift box, all in one go, with our simple drawer card step-by-step guide!
This great design is perfect for delivering jewellery and small gifts in style – perfect for birthdays, Mother’s Day and more! You could even hide some chocolate treats inside the drawer for Easter or Christmas!
Spellbinders dies – Scalloped Circle and Standard Circle in large
How to make a drawer card
1. Cut a 8x4in piece of white card then cut another piece to 4x4in. Using a scoring board, score the long piece at 2in and 4in then mountain fold at both score lines.
2. Decorate the base panel of the mountain-folded card, using a raised greeting as a stopper to support it in shape. Add sticky tape to the front fold. Decorate the square panel.
3. To make the drawer, cut a piece of card measuring 5.7×5.7in and score 1in in from each edge. Trim away small triangles from the corners and add double-sided tape, as shown.
4. Remove the backing from the tape and fold up the edges. Fold under the sticky corner tabs and adhere. Voila! You have the base of your drawer, ready to decorate and slide into a sleeve.
5. To make the drawer sleeve, cut a 10.5x4in piece of card. Score at 1in, 5in, 6in and 10in. Join at the 0.5in tab. Layer patterned paper and card onto the two narrow edges.
6. Decorate the outer faces of the drawer. Add a flower and brad to the front, then hide the brad legs with a strip of card. Add a strip of card to the inside back of the drawer, to strengthen it, too.
7. Slide the drawer into the sleeve and hide a jewellery gift inside. Attach the base of the easel card that you made in steps 1–2 to the box. Use double-sided tape to add the square panel to the card front.
The animal lovers among your friends and family will adore these cute dog card ideas!
From pugs, French bulldogs, Dalmatians, Labradors and more, man’s best friend comes in all shapes and sizes, and we’ve got plenty of designs featuring a variety of canines – so pick your favourite and get crafting!
Plus, 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar, so what better time to craft handmade cards with dogs?
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Dog card designed by Sue Hughes
Basic card kit, plus:
Papermania die-cut sentiments & craft tape – Paws for Thought
Presscut nesting die set – Hearts
Lawn Cuts die set – Stitched Scalloped Borders
Beige & white card
How to make a washi tape dog card
1. Shape the lower edge of a 14x10cm piece of beige card with a stitched scalloped border die. Attach this to an A6 card blank.
2. Trim white card to measure 13.5×9.5cm. Wrap several strips of craft tape around the white card, leaving a narrow border around each strip, as shown. Attach this panel to the card base.
3. Layer a 9.5x7cm piece of white card onto a slightly larger piece of beige card. Die cut a heart aperture from the centre. Add a beige scalloped border to the top edge of the aperture panel. Attach the panel to the centre of the card front using sticky foam pads.
4. Die cut a smaller white heart and wrap a strip of craft tape across the centre. Layer onto a slightly larger beige heart then place into the centre of the aperture on the card front. Add small beige and white hearts to the bottom left corner, as shown.
5.Affix a Dalmatian tag from the sentiment sheet, embellish the dog’s collar with gold gems then add a twine bow to the top. Add gold gems along the scalloped borders and onto the hearts to finish.
Dog card designed by Sue Hughes
Basic card kit, plus:
Papermania A5 paper pack – Paws for Thought
Papermania Capsule Elements Wooden Tile Letters
First Edition die set – Animal Themed
Avery Elle Elle-ments die set – Dotted Borders
Red & white card
Red-&-white baker’s twine
White gel pen
How to make a cute dog card
1.Layer a 14x10cm piece of green circle-patterned paper onto red card, leaving a narrow border. Stick this onto a top-fold A6 card base.
2. Cut a 3.5x10cm piece of green striped paper, shape the lower edge with a border die, wrap with baker’s twine tied into a bow and attach near the bottom of the card base.
3.Use a white gel pen to draw a dashed border around a 10×6.5cm piece of red card. Attach a 9.5x6cm piece of paw-print paper, cut out a Paws for Thought dog image and attach it with sticky foam pads. Adhere the panel to the right-hand side of the card base.
4.Cut two strips of red card to measure 2.5×5.5cm and another to measure 2.5×7.5cm. Trim the left edge of each piece to create a pennant shape. Add a white dashed border to the shaped edges. Attach ‘to say hi’ wooden letters to the pennants as shown, then adhere them onto the left of the card front.
5. Die cut a paw print from red card and attach it to a slightly larger circle of white card. Secure to the top right-hand corner of the card front using sticky foam pads.
Dog kennel card by Vicky Bailey
Basic card kit, plus:
First Edition 8x8in paper pack – Sweet Nothings
Darkroom stamp – Sitting Dog
First Edition die set – Dog Themed
My Favorite Things Die-namics die set – Blueprints 23
How to make a dog kennel card
1. Shape a top-fold 12.5×12.5cm card blank by cutting off the top two corners.
2. Cover the front of the card blank with patterned paper, using glue or tape.
3. For the roof, use a scalloped border die to shape the bottom edge of four 1.5×13.5cm pieces of paper. Using sticky foam pads, layer each piece so they overlap slightly. Align the layered panel with the top of the card blank then use scissors to trim off the excess over the shaped corners.
4. Die cut a rosette and dog bowl then cut a door shape and affix them all onto the front of your card, using sticky foam pads. Create doodle lines around the edge of the kennel, using a black fineliner pen.
5. Finally, stamp the dog and the sentiment then cut them out, using scissors, and add them to your card with sticky foam pads.
1. Cut pale-blue card to 16x11cm, layer onto red card, leaving a narrow border, then layer onto a 17.5×12.5cm piece of gold card. Wrap black cord around the panel, towards the bottom edge, then adhere onto the front of a 19x14cm white card base.
2. Cut an 11.5x8cm frame from gold mirri card then use sticky foam pads to adhere it onto a 10.5×7.5cm piece of pale-pink card. Stick the frame panel onto a slightly larger piece of red card then adhere this towards the top-left corner of the pale-blue panel on the card front.
3. Stamp a dragon, cherry blossoms and lanterns onto white card. Colour in the images with alcohol markers and cut out. Use sticky foam pads to add the images to the frame on the card front, using bead trim to make it look like the lanterns are hanging from the branch.
4. Stamp Chinese New Year symbols and a sentiment in black ink onto white card. Cut the stamped panels to size then attach the symbols to the frame, and the sentiment to the cord.
5.To finish, stamp a lucky cat onto gold mirri, add details with a red alcohol marker, cut out and adhere to the cord. Add three black gems to the top-right corner.
Create this sticking Chinese New Year card in tones of red, gold and black.
Basic card kit, plus:
Wild Rose Studio stamp – Dragon Running
Mama Elephant stamp set – Lunar Extras
WOW! embossing powder – Metallic Gold Rich
Gold mirri, red mirri, white & black card
How to make a Chinese New Year card
1. Using clear embossing ink, stamp the Wild Rose Studio Running Dragon onto red mirri card then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.
2. Trim the stamped image panel to 10.5×10.5cm, mat onto a slightly larger piece of black card then onto a 13x13cm piece of gold card. Cut another piece of black card to 19.5×14.5cm then use sticky foam pads to mount the layered panel on top, towards the top edge.
3. Wrap two lengths of gold ribbon around the bottom of the stamped image. Tie three gold tassels onto red-and-gold thread then wrap this around the panel, securing all ends on the reverse. Use sticky foam pads to attach the layered panel onto the front of a 20×15.5cm white top-fold card base.
4. Stamp a ‘Happy New Year’ sentiment and some Chinese symbols in black ink onto white card. Cut the ends into pennants then layer the symbol panels onto slightly larger red card pennants, and add them between the three gold tassels.
5. To finish, use sticky foam pads to stick the New Year greeting above the dragon then add black adhesive gems either side of the sentiment.
Flowers are great for all sorts of occasions, from spring greetings, birthdays, thank yous and hellos to Mother’s Day cards, Valentine’s cards and more. Download our free floral digital papers for your papercraft projects today!
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Happy crafting, everyone!
How to download free floral digital 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.
For a chance to boost your stash, enter our fantastic giveaways from Papercraft Inspirations 175! With goodies from Hunkydory, Dovecraft, Crafter’s Companion and Antcraft up for grabs, there are some great prizes to be won!
Deadline for entries is 8th March 2018.
Win Hunkydory Wild at Heart & Woodland Wonder prizes
Animal lovers will adore this wild collection (shown above) from Hunkydory, packed with stylish silhouettes, striking patterns and wonderful wildlife galore! We have five fantastic bundles, worth over £51 each to give away! Each lucky winner will receive a Wild at Heart & Woodland Wonder Designer Deco Large set, matching inserts, Go Wild masks, Go Wild stamp set and The Little Book of Wild at Heart & Woodland Wonder.
Adorn your crafts with the stunning Nature’s Grace collection from Dovecraft. Illustrated with a flurry of beautiful butterflies, birds and dainty florals, the sophisticated palette is perfect for all sorts of occasions. This lovely collection also includes paper flowers, washi tape, doilies, mini bows, bunting, mini pegs and more! We have six prizes, worth over £39 each, to give away, featuring a huge selection of goodies from this range.
These nature-inspired stamps by Stacey Barras feature roses, daisies, sunflowers and butterflies, with accompanying sentiments in a script font. Perfect for use with a variety of colouring media, the designs will allow you to create fabulous spring projects! We have nine bundles of stamps, worth over £29 each, to give away. Find out more about the range at www.crafterscompanion.co.uk
The new Ant Hot Craft Tool is an amazing multi-purpose gadget that will allow you to get creative with stencils, pyrography, foiling, hot-fix gems and more! We have five tools – each worth over £69 – up for grabs. Each winner will receive a tool and all they need to get started, including instructions and a set of five interchangeable tips – mini iron, pointed, script, calligraphy and flat gem. Visit www.antcraft.co.uk to find out more.
Crafter’s Companion has a treat in store, with a chance for five lucky Papercraft Inspirations readers to win brilliant craft supplies. Each winner will receive a Gemini Junior die-cutting-and-embossing machine, and Die’sire Classiques quilling flower dies. Each prize bundle is worth a total of £222!
The new Gemini Junior is a compact, portable machine, which has a versatile, smaller format alongside all the power of the regular Gemini. The 6x9in plate works well with A5 size and is great for both novice die-cutters, as well as those wanting to craft when away from home (that’ll be all of us, then!).
The Die’sire Classiques quilling flower dies range includes intricate flower designs, giving designer cuts in two sizes, to add depth and vitality to your floral creations – there’s even additional stamens and foliage to coordinate.
Stamping is a well-loved technique in card making and papercrafts and, more recently, the colouring craze has lifted it to new heights! Take a look at our top tips to find out how to stamp on cards like a pro, to create beautiful designs.
On a basic level, card makers use stamps with ink pads to print a main design for their card, or to create backgrounds.
Stamps can also be used for scrapbook pages, certificates, gift wrap, tags and much more!
How to stamp on cards
Once you have added ink to a stamp, hold it with both hands, as level as you can, over a sheet of card or thick paper, then press down firmly.
You can choose to leave the stamped design as an outline, or colour it in, or add glitter accents.
You can print onto white, kraft or coloured card, although lighter shades are easier to use with stamps, as the image can be seen more clearly and will be easier to colour in.
Experiment with stamping in different colours of ink – darker colours are better if you plan to colour in the image, but bright colours make for excellent backgrounds.
Some stamps are specifically created for layering – using different shades of ink can make beautiful effects, particularly with flowers.
Card by Kay Carley for Papercraft Inspirations
In the example above, the stamps have been used to add the ink in layers but also cut out and attached to the design with sticky foam pads, to create a raised, découpage effect.
Watch our handy tutorial to find out how to use layered stamps.
How to use layered Altenew stamps - YouTube
To create repetitive, faded effects, don’t re-ink the stamp between printing – this is called secondary stamping.
Different types of stamps
Stamps come in different types – a wood-backed stamp is the traditional style but, more recently, clear and unmounted stamps have become more popular with crafters, as these types of stamps take up less storage space.
A clear stamp needs to be mounted onto an acrylic block before inking and stamping. An unmounted rubber stamp will require a foam back and an acrylic block.
You can also try peg stamping, which can make it easier to stamp smaller designs.
Peg stamping masterclass - YouTube
Planning on colouring in a stamped design with a wet medium, such as alcohol markers or watercolour paints? Use an archival ink that will not smudge – such as Versamark.
Digital stamps are also very popular – these can be downloaded to your computer, resized in an editing application and printed out at a size to suit your project, again and again.
Heat embossing stamped designs
Give your designs a shiny, raised finish by using the heat embossing technique – it’s recommended to use a slow-drying or pigment ink for this technique.
Print your chosen design in pigment ink, sprinkle embossing powders on top, gently tap away the excess, then heat with a heat tool (available from craft stores).
Partial stamping on cards
Only want to use part of a stamp design on your finished card? There are two simple ways to do this:
1. Use a marker pen to colour in the areas you want, or colour in a design with multiple colours. Use a watercolour marker if you want a watercolour finish, alcohol markers for a permanent print, or embossing pens if you are planning on heat embossing that part of the design afterwards.
2. Add masking tape directly on the stamp – to hide elements you don’t want – or on the card/paper, to block off where you don’t want the stamp to show.
Create a reflection effect with stamps
The reflection image on this gorgeous card has been created by stamping the image onto acetate, turning it upside down then applying it underneath the main image on the card.
Card designed by Becky James for Papercraft Inspirations
This creates an image with broken, blurred lines, which works perfectly for a reflection effect!
More stamping projects
Use our free downloads and step-by-step guide, along with your stamping, colouring, stencilling and embossing skills, to create the beautiful flower jar card designs shown below.
Designed by Kay Carley for Papercraft Inspirations
Keep reading Papercraft Inspirations magazine to see more stamping techniques in action.
Don’t miss out on Papercraft Inspirations 175, complete with some fantastic floral projects, ideal for spring projects, Mother’s Day cards, birthdays, Valentine’s ideas and lots more!
The beautiful projects included in issue 175 are sure to lift your spirits (and your recipient’s, too!) with vibrant colours, floral designs and cute characters.
The issue also comes with an exclusive Fancy Flower rosette-maker scoring board and 19 pretty papers to use with it! See the rosette maker in action and find out how to use the scoring board by watching our video tutorial:
How to use your Flower Rosette scoring board gift - YouTube
Find loads more handy videos on our YouTube channel, too! From technique run-throughs to top tips and more, try something new and improve your skills with our tutorials, including:
Discover how to use paint to create fab effects on cards with our masterclass and free templates
Plus, get expert advise, ten ideas for using old book papers on cards, and much more!
We love to see what you’ve been inspired to make, so don’t forget to share some photos of your papercraft projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!
Issue 175 is on sale in the UK from 25th January 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.