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Cut­ting-edge ideas

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.

Sweet makes

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!

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