Chock full with new and creative, crafty projects in every issue, this is the ultimate source of inspiration for papercraft and stamping enthusiasts everywhere.
Reindeer Games • For an unconventional Christmas scheme, try pink and aqua with black and beige. A woodgrain stamp and handmade twine wreath will help provide warmth as well as natural, textural elements.
Christmas Critters • These adorable images are a sweet way to celebrate the season …
Peaceful Poinsettias • Pull out your plain vellum sheets and combine them with stamps and embossing powder for subtle, elegant motifs like these.
Stampers’ Challenge • This adorable Clearly Besotted snow globe set comes with a range of images so you can create a cityscape or gorgeous forest scene. Best of all, the clear stamps mean you can see exactly where to stamp each element.
The Nutcracker Sweet • Stamp these wonderful images in scenes and recess them behind frames so it looks like you’re peeking into a page of a storybook.
Just In Time • It’s the time of year when we’re all madly producing large quantities of Christmas cards! To help, we’ve laid out four simple and four advanced designs to inspire you. Use the simple ones for the bulk of your Christmas card list and the advanced for special recipients; or start out advanced and switch to simple if you run short on time!
Shadow Mapping • Here’s a great shading technique to use when the majority of your image is white. First, a light-coloured marker is used to map-out the shadow areas, allowing you to make sure you’re happy with the placement, then darker markers are used to fill in the design. It also adds a nice level of texture – great for snowmen and Santa hats!
Shades of Purple • Ensure your Christmas cards stand out from the rest by creating them in purple! These cards feature pretty circle motifs, which are well-suited to any non-traditional shade and can be whipped up quickly in bulk.
In the Spotlight
’50s Paper Angels • These fabulous vintage dolls sit up on their own for a beautiful dimensional decoration. You can put them on your mantle piece, tie string to the back and hang them on the tree, or fold them flat and send them through the post for a special greetings card.
Christmas Windows • Achieve a beautiful old-world look this season by combining collage images from Darkroom Door with a range of papers and embellishments.
Papercraft Workshop • Papercrafting is all the more fun when combined with the friendly faces and knowledgeable teachers found at your local store. Try out this fun and easy Inchie technique from Create on Ormond, then book in to one of its informative classes for more inspiration.
10 Quick Cards • Keep the creative process interesting by fashioning a variety of Christmas trees instead of just one! There are so many possibilities – many of which use scraps or items you already have in your stash.
Sparkle & Shine • Not a fan of red and green? Have some fun with this fresh pink, orange and brown scheme instead.