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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

7 Essential Techniques Every Papercrafter Needs In Their Repertoire

Let’s be honest, we all love papercrafting. It’s no wonder – as well as being a great entry level craft, practice makes perfect and in no time beginners will find their skills elevated to next level crafting. Plus, there’s so much you can do with paper, and all the ingenious crafty tools and supplies coming out each month only add to that. We’ve rounded up some essential papercrafting skills that you should definitely try (if you haven’t mastered them already!). Mix and match the techniques below and get that creativity flowing.

7 Essential Techniques Every Papercrafter Needs In Their Repertoire

1. Quilling

Twist and twirl to papercraft perfection with some simple quilling techniques. If you've yet to try this super-versatile craft for yourself, check out the dainty creations by the very talented Carla Bagshaw here – they're easier than they look. Quilling is perfect for anyone wanting to make their own embellishments for cards and scrapbooks or create some original wall art. Just imagine the floral monograms, 3D characters and pretty flourishes you could make!

2. Layering Papercuts

Get your crafty cap on and discover the wonderful world of layered papercuts. Using this technique, you can build beautiful scenes and artworks… and it’s surprisingly easy to master, since it only involves cutting paper a certain way and then layering it. In fact, all you need to get started is your trusty cutting knife and craft mat! Give it a go yourself with Carla Bagshaw’s handy step-by-step to creating your very own layered papercut lake complete with charming fish and underwater plants.

3. Triple Stamping

Triple stamping is a super handy technique to have up your sleeve when it comes to creating show-stopping cards. It involves stamping onto three layered pieces of paper at the same time, then shifting the pieces slightly or propping them up with foam pads to add some lovely dimension to your work, much like decoupage and layered matts do (just imagine how stunning a card would look with all three techniques!). Give it a go yourself by making our floral triple-stamped easel card here.

4. Heat Embossing

Heat embossing is perfect for adding texture – and sometimes sparkle – to your crafts, and can be combined with lots of other stunning stamping techniques (take a peek at the stylish colouring methods on number 5 and 6!). If you’ve yet to try this essential skill yourself, pick up an embossing ink, powder and heat tool, and get experimenting! Sara Naumann breaks down the process into easy-to-follow steps here, and shares some fantastic project ideas for you to try.

5. Watercolour Stamping

If you’re looking for a new method to bring your beautiful stamped designs to life, then look no further than watercolour stamping! It involves stamping and embossing a white design onto white card, then applying vibrant watercolour paints or pencils to the insides of the stamped design – see how the brilliant Hannah Oxberry does it on her colour-shifting watercolour succulents card here. It’s a good project for beginner painters too, as the raised lines of the embossed design will prevent the paint from spreading into unwanted areas.

6. Resist Stamping

Alternatively, another superb way of making your stamped designs stand out is by colouring everything except the white stamped lines. Have a go yourself, by trying Ann-Marie Vaux’s eye-catching rose card here; the technique adds some lovely vibrancy to your cards, especially when you use brightly coloured ink or paint, and looks amazing when you get creative with the colouring – try gradients, splatters and scumbling.

7. Hot Foiling

Add some sparkle and shine to your papercraft projects with eye-catching foil accents! You’ll need to pick up a hot foil machine, but the clever tools are quick and easy to use – just check out Couture Creations’ simple guide on using the GoPress and Foil Machine here. They tend to work with most dies too, so you’ll soon be raiding your stash for designs that look stunning in gold, silver and bronze.

[image credit: spellbindersblog.com/2020/02/05/yanas-foiled-basics-inspiration-simple-foiled-cards-with-bibi-cameron]