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QI have seen some amazing papercut designs on Instagram, but I wouldn’t even know where to start! Do you have any simple ideas that I could try for my Christmas cards this year? Hayley Doolan, Dublin
AThere are some stunning examples of papercutting online, but time and skill puts some of the more intricate designs out of reach of many crafters. As a technique, papercutting is a wonderful way to show contrasting papers and create your own designs. Julie Kirk designed the above card and you’ll find the templates and a video how-to on our website (bit.ly/pi_papercut). Use them together, as shown, or individually, as a centrepiece. Seasonal stash
QI’ve got some lovely scraps of autumnal paper in my stash and am running out of time to use them this year, do you have any simple ideas for cards? Vanessa Willoughby, Eltham
AIt’s great to hear you’re saving scraps for use in future cards! Sarah Jackman-Read designed the above card using a few basics and just one leaf die, so it’s great if you’re on a budget. Simply die cut (or punch, if preferred) the leaf shapes down the side of a piece of white card. Attach the cut leaves with sticky foam pads, as shown, and add a stamped sentiment and gems. Take a kraft card blank and cover with patterned paper. Cut four contrasting squares of paper and stick under the area where they will be seen through each leaf aperture – use the top card piece to measure and get the best position. Attach over the top with sticky foam pads, to finish.
Q My best friend is a total chocoholic and I’d like to
Above: Use up leftover papers with this stunning autumnal leaf design by Sarah Jackman-Read
Left: Give papercutting a try! Download the templates, watch the video and make great cards in time for Christmas
Hide chocolate coins under die-cut circles for a fun card!