Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves next week…

22nd November 2017

SCP171-cover-web.jpg Issue 171 of Simply Cards & Papercrafts hits the shelves on the 30th November and we couldn’t wait to show you what’s inside…

Issue 171 is jam packed with ideas and inspiration for using your free gift, as well as all features using our favourite latest products, techniques and trends.

As we career towards the end of the year we’re eager to inspire your crafting for 2018! This elegant free gift will help you create cards for men and women with ease – it will even help you tackle the harder-to-make projects for showing someone you care when they’re having a difficult time. We’re loving the free Dragonfly dreams die and stamp set free with issue 171 and we’re sure you won’t want to miss it – this die and stamp combo really is the perfect all-occasion addition to your craft stash.


Our DT have once again gone to town with their makes and we bring you 13 inspiring free gift projects to get you started. From Sue Hughes’s ( bright cards for women to Sandra Rayner’s more masculine-inspired makes ideas – you’re bound to be inspired.


Dont forget to check out Christina Griffiths video using your free gift here

Next up, we’ve got a bonus mixed-media project from Shelagh Metselaar – this stunning gift bag will be the perfect way to send a loved one a special gift.


Gift bag


You will need

cream pearlescent cardstock

Coffee & white cardstock

ivory Centura Pearl cardstock

Stamps by Chloe Four Petal Flower stamp set

Crafter’s Companion Sara Signature Collection English Country Garden Beautiful Leaves stamp set

Rosy Cheeks & Dry Weed Artistry inkpads

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Palette

Espresso Truffle Memento inkpad


clear Sparkle Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen

gold Pebeo gilding wax

Hint of Gold Pergamano glitter

gold Sharpie pen

Quickie Glue pen

Emperor’s Wreath

Xcut Gift Bag dies

Simply make

1 Using Ivory Centura Pearl, die-cut two main gift bag pieces. Fold along scored lines, assemble and set aside.

2 Cut a 11.25×15.75cm panel of cream cardstock, edge with a gold Sharpie and stamp the fern from the Beautiful Leaves in the centre and around the border using Espresso Truffle.

3 Blend with Rosy Cheeks ink and layer onto Coffee cardstock, leaving narrow borders, and adhere to the front of the gift bag.

4 Stamp the smallest four-petal flower from Chloe’s stamp set onto white cardstock eight times onto white cardstock using Ground Espresso Distress Ink.

5 Blend Rosy Cheeks Artistry ink onto six of the flowers, spritz with water, blot, dry and cut out. Blend Dry Weed over the remaining two flowers and cut out.

6 Add Clear Sparkle to two flowers and Quickie Glue pen to areas and sprinkle over glitter.

7 Cut one petal from each of four flowers and one green flower in half; layer up to create demi-flowers – one for two diagonal corners.

8 Create one full flower from the remainder of components and adhere in the centre of the bag front and add gems to the centre of all the flowers to finish.

Don’t forget to send us images your crafty projects – we love seeing what you all get up to. Go to to download the bonus digital image and sentiments. But for now…

Happy cardmaking


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