Take part in our 2018 card making & papercrafting survey!

We’d love to find out more about the types of papercraft projects you make and the techniques you use, as well as your other card making/papercrafting likes and dislikes! We’d like to invite you to take part in our quick survey, which will take around 15 minutes and is available to complete online until 11:59pm on… Continue reading

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Cards for friends

No one needs an excuse to send a card just to say ‘hello’ to friends and family, especially those we may not have seen for a while. But, if an excuse was needed to create cards for friends, our fabulous free downloads may spur you on to pick up paper and scissors (or even die-cutting… Continue reading

Valentine’s card ideas and free downloads

If you’re feeling the love and want to create some special cards and greetings – whether it’s for a partner, someone you secretly admire, or you just want to let friends and family know how much they mean to you – we’ve got loads of great Valentine’s card ideas and projects to get you started, including free downloads!… Continue reading

Make Christmas decorations for your home

Want to know how to make Christmas decorations for your home? We’ve got some gorgeous papercraft projects that will show you how to create brilliant and simple festive designs. From contemporary baubles to sparkling place settings, get the whole family crafting together and enjoy these fabulous homemade Christmas decorations projects. Find more great ideas and step-by-step… Continue reading

How to use stencils on cards

Stencilling is a great way to quickly build up designs on your homemade cards. Stencils provide a template that you can use with inks or other media to add colour and pattern to papercraft projects. Simply use a sponge to dab your ink through the apertures of the stencil design, to transfer the pattern onto… Continue reading

Make pretty stamped flower cards

Spark memories of balmy summer days with this fresh jam jar vase card filled with stamped flowers. Kay Carley designed these floral stamps for PaperArtsy’s Eclectica³ range, so who better to show us what lovely things we can make with them? Kay says, “These stamps have been designed so you have main imagery and supporting imagery… Continue reading

How to make a sunburst card

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to find out how to make a sunburst card! This is a great way of using up leftover strips of patterned papers to create incredibly trendy, contemporary and stylish cards. The sunburst, or starburst, technique uses triangular sections of paper, radiating out from a central point, to create beautiful backgrounds for cards…. Continue reading

Free colouring sheets from Millie Marotta’s latest colouring book

Millie Marotta’s latest colouring book, Beautiful Birds and Treetop Treasures, is full of gorgeous designs, featuring everything from hummingbirds and bullfinches to koalas and red squirrels. Colour in the wonderfully detailed, intricate patterns to create some fabulous end results that capture the flora and fauna of woodlands and rainforests across the globe. Animal lovers will cherish… Continue reading

Free Christmas printables – perfect for festive cards, gift tags & more!

free art deco card printables

Whatever time of year you start your festive crafting and card making, our fantastic collections of FREE Christmas printables will help you get a head start on your projects. Download printable papers and toppers in a range of styles for your handmade cards and more! Whether you prefer traditional retro designs or cute contemporary cards,… Continue reading

Baking free printables and card making templates

Free baking printables issue 153

Fans of The Great British Bake Off, Mrs Beeton and other baking greats, will love receiving one of these culinary cards. Download our collections of free papers, templates and printables, and you’ll soon be whipping up a batch of handmade cards fit for Mary Berry herself! Put your papercrafting skills to good use (there should be plenty of… Continue reading

Free papercraft whale template

Have you had a go at making 3D papercraft models? These fab projects make great decorations around the home. To get you started, download this free whale template from Paper Pet Shop! You can also use our special promotional code ‘inspirations17’ to get a 30% discount on all online templates from Paper Pet Shop. From 3D… Continue reading

Best bird card ideas using our free downloads

Make your own handmade bird cards using these fantastic ideas and free downloads – they’re perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day and much more! From tropical flamingos and wise owls to graceful swans and sweet songbirds, cards featuring our fabulous feathery friends are super-cute and hugely on trend. Download our free printables and handy card-making templates, to get… Continue reading

Vintage printables for papercrafts

Vintage Sewing cards from Papercraft Inspirations 155

We love all things retro, from Art Deco designs to fabulous 50s artwork. Here, you’ll find loads of free vintage-style printables, perfect for handmade birthday cards, Valentine’s Day, Christmas cards and more! This stylish imagery is also perfect for scrapbooking and découpage makes. Download the free printables and start making retro cards today – there… Continue reading

Hearts and flowers cards

We love the multi-heart-and-flower die free gift from Papercraft Inspirations 165, as well as the fantastic designs our readers have made with it! From pretty, lacy borders to 3D flowers, take a look at our readers’ handmade cards and gift boxes, and don’t forget to share yours with us by email, Facebook or Twitter. Want to… Continue reading

Father’s Day card ideas and templates

Make Father’s Day cards, using our free templates and printables, to show your dad how much he means to you. Whether you’re looking for ideas to complement dad’s favourite pastime, or simply want to find a nice sentiment, we’ve got some fun homemade card ideas to suit. Download one of our free papercraft templates to… Continue reading

Summer card ideas using our free downloads

Take a look at these summer card ideas and free downloads for your papercraft projects! Hazy, sunny days spent on the beach, in the garden, by the pool or having fun at summer fetes, whatever makes you think of summer, we’ve got some great, creative ideas for homemade cards. Perfect for summer crafting, these cards… Continue reading

Paper rosettes

Our readers have been busy crafting some wonderful rosette flowers, hearts, butterflies and more, using the scoring board free gift from Papercraft Inspirations, issue 164. We love all the fabulous creations you’ve come up with, so we just had to share them! Take a look at these lovely designs and get some inspiration for your… Continue reading

Best flower card ideas

Papercraft Inspirations issue 153 floral jars

Add a floral element to cards with these fabulous flower designs Flowers never go out of fashion and are always appreciated by recipients. There are so many ways to add flowers to cards, from die-cut petals to 3D origami blooms, ready-made paper roses or paper pieced designs – the choice is yours! Whether for birthday cards,… Continue reading

Free Easter printables for your papercraft projects

Take a look at a selection of our adorable free Easter printables, perfect for card making and papercraft projects. From gorgeous Easter Bunny bunting to cheery chicks and Easter egg baskets, we’ve got everything you need to make some lovely cards for friends and family. With plenty of pretty patterns and floral designs, you can… Continue reading

Egg die ideas

Egg dies aren’t just for Easter – we’ll show you how to make great cards with them all year round. These versatile die-cuts will soon become one of your top craft essentials, as you discover more and more alternative ways to use egg dies on your cards and papercraft projects. From birthday card balloons, Russian… Continue reading

Get colouring in for World Craft Week!

In the run up to the first ever World Craft Week, we’ve been busy crafting and colouring to inspire you to get involved! Why not join in the fun and have a go at colouring in the World Craft Week logo? Watch our colouring video for some inspiration, download the logo (you’ll find instructions below), then get… Continue reading

Mother’s Day ideas for homemade cards and gifts

What could be nicer than a homemade card to show your mum how much she means to you? Whether or not you’re new to card making, we’ve got lots of Mother’s Day ideas for cards and gifts that you can make. From gorgeous flower cards, cute animal cards, and impressive box cards, to some fantastic colourful papers, make your… Continue reading

Free doodle-themed papers from Papercraft Inspirations 163

Download our free papers for your cards Here are some colourful papers that will make perfect cards for someone who likes to go all out on their birthday. These brilliantly creative doodle papers were designed by Jenny Ellory, and will add plenty of pizzazz to your projects. To download the papers, click on the one you want, to… Continue reading

Craft projects for your home

Home craft ideas

Want DIY craft ideas for things to make for your home, or gift ideas to make for family and friends? Take a look at five of our amazing papercraft projects. How to make a chalkboard Make shopping lists and share family reminders with this handy chalkboard. For this project, you’ll need a chalkboard sticker sheet (available… Continue reading

Papercraft Inspirations issue 162 is out on 26th January in the UK

Our March issue is filled with fabulous Mother’s Day makes and gorgeous spring colours! Show mum how special she is with an elegant jewellery gift card, inject a burst of colour to your projects with our vibrant Russian doll free papers, or use this issue’s free printables to delight a mum who is To the Manor Born! Reflect the… Continue reading

British biscuit printables from Papercraft Inspirations 160

Nothing beats a comforting cup of tea with a crunchy biscuit on the side, all ready to be dunked! If you’re a fan of the great tea-break tradition, you’ll love making cards with our fab biscuit printables, exclusively illustrated by Esther Curtis for Papercraft Inspirations 160. With their enticing pastel shades and contemporary style, these free… Continue reading

Beautiful Moroccan Dreams free printable papers from Papercraft Inspirations 160

You’ll be able to travel to Morocco without leaving your craft room when you use these stunning papers and accessories by Jenny Ellory! Inspired by a walk through the twisting alleyways of Marrakesh, geometric patterns combine with elegant florals in shades of blue, cream and ochre in this stylish collection. Use the papers to create… Continue reading

Papercraft Inspirations issue 160 is out on 1st December in the UK!

While a lot of the UK seems to be feeling blue about the shorter days, we at Pi HQ are embracing the dark evenings – what better reason to hunker down with a cup of tea, hot water bottle and relax with a good few hours of crafting. Really there’s only one other thing you need… Continue reading

All the free templates from Papercraft Inspirations 160

Inspire your occasion crafting using the free templates from Papercraft Inspirations 160 – there are heaps of ideas in the issue, including these pretty succulent plants. How to download 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… Continue reading

Papercraft Inspirations issue 159 is out on 3rd November in the UK!

Papercraft Inspirations 159

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 Papercraft Inspirations, which is bursting at the seams with ideas that will see you right through to Christmas – and beyond! Our Jolly Santa… Continue reading