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Our Issue 136 Designer For The Day

How to Papercraft

Cardmaking is simple, until it isn’t. We crafters like to not only put a bit of ourselves in every make, but also a bit of the person we’re making for – to encapsulate their spirit in paper. This is exactly what Michelle McCarthy aimed to do for her mother-in-law, and the results speak for themselves: a stunning dimensional make that proves real mastery comes from doing the simple things, perfectly.

Our Issue 136 Designer For The Day

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Papercraft essentials
Patterned paper, Kaisercraft Greenhouse 12” x 12” paper pad
Ink pad, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers
Punch, corner

1 Create a 21cm x 31cm piece of coloured card. Score down the long end at 1cm, 3.5cm, 6.5cm and 8.5cm. Score down the same points at the other end. These will form your pillars when folded in. Snip a piece from the leftover card at 3.5cm x 14cm for the bridge.

2 Burnish score lines to create pillars on each side. Glue each tab 1 side at a time and place down to create shape. Once you have placed your glue tab down, flatten the pillar and it will slot into place. Do the same for the other side. Layer the front of the pillars and the inner panel with patterned paper.

3 Cut out sentiment from Greenhouse paper pad, using a corner punch to round the corners. Glue the sentiment onto a piece of white linen card and cut out to leave a border, again using the corner punch to round the corners. Attach to the inner panel with 3D foam pads.

4 Mount patterned paper onto the bridge piece, and then attach that to the pillars 3cm from the bottom. Fussy cut succulents from the paper pad. Secure these elements to the card front with 3D foam pads. Die cut a terrarium shape and attach it the top left.

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