How to use embossing powder

If you want to know how to use embossing powder on your cards, and other crafty projects, we’ve got ten great designs for you to try!

How to make a tunnel card with our free printables

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…. Continue reading

How to fold paper pleats on cards

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,… Continue reading

How to make side stepper cards

With just a few simple cuts and folds, follow our step-by-step guide to discover how to make side stepper cards. We love creating different styles of card bases – it’s a great way to add extra interest to a design and will often provide you with extra space to add lovely papers and embellishments. To make this… Continue reading

How to make origami flower petals cards with our free template

Learning how to make origami flower petals is a great skill to have, as you can use the petals in lots of different ways to embellish your cards and papercraft projects. This gorgeous card design has been created by folding die-cut circles into petals then layering them to create a flower-head. Use double-sided paper for this… Continue reading

Make a z fold card in 7 simple steps

Before you even start picking out papers or deciding which die cuts and decorations to use, you can have great fun by getting creative with your card bases and learning how to make a z fold card. Making an alternative base shape is a simple way to add extra interest for recipients, especially as you… Continue reading

How to do quilling – beginner projects

If you want to learn how to do quilling, or if you’ve just been wondering ‘what is quilling?’, we’ve got ten fantastic projects, designed by Sarah Jackman-Read, to get you started with this versatile papercraft technique. First, you’ll need some quilling strips and a quilling tool. But what are quilling strips and, for that matter, what is a… Continue reading

Make a fox card for World Craft Week

World Craft Week 2018 runs from 16th to 22nd April and there are lots of ways you can get involved! This year, World Craft Week is supporting Bliss, a charity for babies born premature or sick. Visit www.worldcraftweek.com to find out more and get a FREE digi magazine packed with loads of craft projects for you… Continue reading

Make a pretty patchwork card

  To get you into the crafting mood, we’ve got lots of card projects for you to try, including this sweet patchwork card created by Anne Richardson! This is the third of our scrap-busting projects, which have been designed so you can easily make them with bits and bobs already in your stash. These quick and easy ideas… Continue reading

Make a bouquet flower card for World Craft Week

World Craft Week 2018 runs from 16th to 22nd April and there are lots of ways you can get involved! This year, World Craft Week is supporting Bliss, a charity for babies born premature or sick. Visit www.worldcraftweek.com to find out more and get a FREE digi magazine packed with loads of craft projects for you… Continue reading

Make a sweet boat card for World Craft Week

World Craft Week 2018 runs from 16th to 22nd April and there are lots of ways you can get involved! This year, World Craft Week is supporting Bliss, a charity for babies born premature or sick. Visit www.worldcraftweek.com to find out more and get a FREE digi magazine packed with loads of craft projects for you… Continue reading

How to make a swing card

We’re here to help your crafting go with a swing, and this fun interactive design will certainly do the trick! This swing card has a central panel that flips from side to side as you move the card, which means you can add even more pretty papers and embellishments to your designs! World Craft Week… Continue reading

How to make a slider card

Conceal a sweet message with this fun, interactive design! Create a slider card with a little tab at the back that, once pulled, will move the top section of the card to reveal a greeting underneath! World Craft Week This swing card has been designed for us by Sarah Jackman-Read to help celebrate World Craft Week 2018, which… Continue reading

How to make a Twist and Pop card

Interactive cards are great fun to make – and receive! Find out how to create an impressive ‘twist and pop’ card with our simple step-by-step guide, so you can add the element of surprise to your next papercraft project! World Craft Week This twist and pop card has been designed for us by Sarah Jackman-Read to help celebrate World… Continue reading

How to partial die cut – step-by-step guide

Want to take your die-cutting skills to the next lever? Discover how to partial die cut with our handy step-by-step guide! You may already be a fan of using dies on your cards and papercraft projects – whether it’s to create apertures, shakers or shaped toppers. With just a few simple tips and tricks, we’ll… Continue reading

How to make an easel gatefold card with our free template

Use our free template and step-by-step tutorial, to discover how to make an easel gatefold card! This design has been created by Kat Waskett, and it’s perfect for an extra-special project to celebrate birthdays, Mother’s Day and more! We’ve also got a handy YouTube video to show you each step in more detail. Love this design?… Continue reading

How to make an easel drawer card

Make an easel card and gift box, all in one go, with this simple drawer card step-by-step guide from Debbie Simpson! 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!… Continue reading

Dog card ideas from Papercraft Inspirations

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… Continue reading

Chinese New Year card projects

Create a gorgeous Chinese New Year card to help friends and family celebrate the occasion! Find two great projects – designed by Angela Dodson – that will put your stamping skills to good use! We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too! Shopping list… Continue reading

How to make a shaker card

Follow our easy step-by-step guide to find out how to make a shaker card with a shaped aperture! Shaker cards are great fun to create. You can use any size or shape of aperture that you like, and fill them with anything from sequins and glitter to beads and small die-cut shapes. You can use… Continue reading

How to stamp on cards

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. Here, you’ll discover… How to stamp on cards Layering stamped designs… Continue reading

How to make a dachshund card with our free templates

Our free sausage-dog templates will help you make this on-trend dachshund card for the animal lovers in your live. Perfect for birthday cards, Christmas cards and more! Simply add a sentiment to suit your occasion. Love this design? Take a look at more Christmas card ideas using our free downloads! Find more 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

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

How to make paper baby shoes to celebrate a new arrival

Welcome a new arrival with these adorable miniature paper baby shoes, designed by Angela Poole! Download our free templates to make your own pretty booties using some gorgeous designer papers. Follow the steps below or print off the instructions here. What you’ll need: Templates Card Patterned paper Scissors Tacky PVA glue Glue dots Buttons Needle… Continue reading

How to make paper daffodils

Crepe paper daffodils

Make your own host of golden crepe-paper daffodils with Zoë Patching’s radiant floral templates from Papercraft Inspirations 150. You know that spring is really on its way when the daffodils are bursting into bloom and looking simply beautiful in your garden! And what better way to keep them blossoming all year round in your home than… Continue reading

How to make a hidden sentiment slider card

Hidden sentiment slider card

This mechanical card is known as a double slider card and is perfect for adding an extra element of surprise! Once your recipient pulls the tab, two secret panels pop out of each side, to reveal a special message or a favourite image. It’s a great opportunity to be creative, and to add your own… Continue reading

How to make a slider card

Butterfly slider card

Love interactive cards? Learn how to make a slider card with a beautiful whirling butterfly. with Debbie Simpson’s penny slider card design from issue 149. This project will show you how to make a circular shaped track for the penny slider – created using the largest and third largest Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies. To make… Continue reading

How to make a jam jar Christmas snow globe

Jam jar snow globes

Add a touch of nostalgia to your home with Zoë Patching’s jam-jar snow globes! Snow globes are wonderfully nostalgic and can’t help but hint that Christmas is on its way – and we think Zoë Patching’s snowy scene does just that! Two slot-together trees and a cute little snowman look suitably festive in this recycled… Continue reading

How to make a winter wonderland shaped card

Walking in a winter wonderland card

This beautiful winter wonderland shaped card design by Debbie Simpson is one for more advanced card makers. Debbie’s more elaborate card design allows you to build up a beautiful Christmas scene – it makes us feel chilly just looking at it! The stair step card method is a fabulous way to create a shaped card… Continue reading