Issue 97: Papercraft Tester tips!

There’s still lots of time to catch the March issue of Papercraft inspirations, bursting with makes for Mother’s Day, Easter treats, birthday cards and lots more.

Be sure to check out the fab tips from our panel of Papercraft Testers, who test our projects for you! As an extra treat, the Testers have got some bonus tips that we can share with you right here! Read on to see how they got on with our marvellous March projects… 

Jane Hewes enjoyed Angela Poole’s stamped Mother’s Day set.

“I loved Angela’s cards and especially the colours she has used with the stamp, it has a definite vintage feel to it. 

At the moment one of my favourite projects is coordinating gift boxes and cards, I love having everything matching and I thought this project for mothers day would be ideal.  I decided to make a simple ‘bonbon’ box and card using the Core’dinations Black Magic cardstock that uses pastel colours. 

I love the way you can sand the black side to get the colour coming through.  My preference is to use a course sand paper, whatever my husband has in his tool box, as this distresses the card and gives it a really vintage look.  I have used other sandpapers but this is the effect that I like.  I also find when I crease the cardstock that the crease splits slightly and exposes some of the colour, and this adds to the effect.”

Simply stunning, nice work, Jane!

Next, Russell tried out the adorable doggy cards. 

“I think it would be easy to adapt these very cute templates to make a whole host of different cards for lots of different occasions. I made a valentines card , with two of the dogs in love!

I would recommend that readers have a go at paper piecing, as this is a great way of using up some of your leftover paper and card.”

Great card, Russell – we adore that dog-motif ribbon!

Karen Foy and Karen Walsh both tackled Kirsty Neale’s gorgeous Easter project. 

“At Easter I’m always looking for a little bag to put Easter eggs and other little treats in so with these Bunny templates I decided to make my own,” says Karen Foy.

“I cut the bunny shape from a piece of embossed and glittered card to give it some dimension and used Card Candi to make the eyes and rolled pom pom braid for his tail. A bow on the bunny’s neck and some pretty lace trim finished the piece before I stuck it onto a Papermania Bare Basics bag.

With my leftovers I then made a matching note card that I can give along with a bag of Easter goodies. If you’re looking for a way to use up all your paper and ribbon scraps then this project is perfect. Decorate your bunnies with bling, glitter or pearl pen – this is the time to raid your stash!”

Great ideas, Karen, we love the ribbons and papers you’ve used.

Karen Walsh drew her own rabbit shapes. “These rabbits are very cute! I drew mine freehand, so it looks a little different to Kirsty’s templates, but I’m happy with them.

I didn’t have any cloud paper, so I cut some cloud shapes and used them as masks and just stamped over them randomly with my small ink pad, I like this effect because it looks patchy, just like the sky sometimes. I used a Papermania ‘Hampstead’ paper pad to coordinate my backing and accent eggs, these papers reminded me of fields and have a nice retro feel to them. I couldn’t resist putting eggs on my card because of the chocolatey colours.

I wanted to go for a more dimensional look so added flowers and leafy trim to the upright card and backed the sentiment with ribbon for more texture.”

Fabulous! Many thanks to all our Papercraft Testers. Find more tips from them, plus all the step-by-step projects they tested, in issue 97 of Papercraft inspirations, in shops now!

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