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Welcome to our Papercraft Craft Academy hub – an assemblage of crafting knowledge and expertise. Here, you’ll find an abundance of New To You and Craft Academy video tutorials covering a range of papercraft supplies and techniques, alongside our brand new range of Crafty Guides. Suiting beginner and intermediate crafters alike, our aim is to educate, advise and inspire, allowing you to further your papercraft skills or try something entirely new!

PROJECTS

Thanks to our brand new, exclusive and officially licensed range ofDisney products, you can now incorporate the world-famous, incredibly popular Mickey Mouse and Friends and Frozen franchises into your craft projects! If you’ve got the products but you’re a little stuck for inspiration, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Scroll across below to cast an icy spell over your papercrafting, or learn how to create multi-layered, characteristically chipper cards that sure are swell!

New To You

Our Papercraft New To You videos cater for those looking to try a new craft or technique. Featuring a range of video tutorials to teach you the basics, you’ll find a wealth of information extensively covering all you need to know to start out in papercrafting. Our ever-popular papercraft experts supply you with step-by-step cardmaking, parchment craft, die-cutting and general papercraft tutorials, as well as providing beginner’s introductions to a range of papercraft products and techniques. There’s truly no better way to have a go at something that’s New To You!

Academy Videos

Our Papercraft Craft Academy videos are all about togetherness, inspiration and creativity, catering for those looking to further their papercraft skills. Featuring a whole host of video tutorials, you’ll find a wealth of information extensively covering all you need to know to advance in your favourite craft. Our ever-popular papercraft experts and presenters aim to take your papercrafting to another level with detailed how-to projects, introductions to first-rate papercraft supplies and technique walkthroughs. There’s truly no better way to increase your crafting repertoire!

Crafty Guides

Our Papercraft Crafty Guides cater for those looking to try a new craft or extend their existing skills, featuring a wealth of information extensively covering all you need to know. In our Buying Guides, we aim to make purchasing papercraft supplies that little bit easier, providing detailed information on glues and adhesives, papercraft machines, paper and card. In our Beginner’s Guides, we take you step-by-step through stamping, card making, zentangle and scrapbooking, highlighting everything you need to know to ensure you always produce professional-looking results!

  • Introduction to Papercraft Machines

    There are so many different elements of Papercrafting that it can sometimes be a little bewildering. But we know one thing for sure – Papercraft Machines certainly make life easier! But which machine is best to suit your personal needs? Here, we aim to unscramble the technical...

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    Die-Cutting Machines

    Whether you want to create cards to send out for special occasions or beautify your scrapbook pages, Die-Cutting Machines are perfect for the job! To use Manual and Electronic machines, you'll need dies to feed through. Dies are steel sheets with raised shapes and designs...

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    Embossing Machines

    Embossing is when you create raised designs and patterns in a material – such as paper – with the use of embossing folders. A variety of machines have an embossing function, however generally they fall under the Die-Cutting Machine category as die-cutting and...

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  • Letterpress Machines

    Letterpress Machines aid the letterpress printing process by debossing designs onto a material. In other words, letterpress printing is the opposite of embossing. Instead of leaving a raised impression in paper, these machines leave a depressed imprint of a design...

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    Sticker/Labelling Machines

    Sticker/Labelling Machines do exactly what their names suggest – they allow you to create your own stickers or labels through an extremely simple process. For most Sticker Machines, you simply enter your paper/cardstock in the front (with your design pre-printed on it...

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    Papercraft Machine Buying Tips

    Read customer reviews - Good, honest advice from customers who've been there and bought it is one of the best ways to figure out if a machine is for you. It may help to find out what other crafters love about the machine and what they found difficult with it (if anything...

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  • What is Stamping?

    Thinking about learning a new craft? Do you want your papercraft creations to come alive in a matter of seconds? Then stamping may well be the perfect technique for you! Stamping is an extremely simple process – in basic terms, it's the process of precisely replicating an...

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    What Stamp is Right for Me?

    To ensure that you buy the perfect stamps for your personal needs, you must consider a few things first. There are so many different types of stamps available on the market today, so this checklist aims to help narrow down that all-important decision-making process...

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    Different Types of Stamps

    The first thing you should consider when buying stamps is whether you should purchase Mounted ones or Unmounted ones. Unmounted stamps are generally better if you lack storage space as they don't have an acrylic block attached to them. Instead, they have a self-cling...

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  • Caring for your Stamps

    It's important to look after your stamps to preserve their longevity. The three biggest things you must consider are how to store them, how to clean them and what ink to use. Rubber Stamps: Store on a flat, dry surface, rubber side down. It's recommended to use pigment...

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    What Ink Pads Can I Use?

    Finding the perfect ink pad for your projects can be a little bewildering – there are so many different types to choose from! But what makes each ink type unique? Here, we've chosen some of the most popular types of ink and clarified their pros and cons. Dye Ink: This general-purpose...

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    What Materials Can I Use?

    It's possible to stamp almost anything you can imagine! As discussed before, it's generally better to choose porous surfaces as the ink will dry better. However with hundreds of porous materials available, where do you start? Click the links below to view our range...

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  • What Colouring Mediums Can I Use?

    Now that you've found the perfect image and stamped onto your material, what comes next? Colouring your image can totally transform the design, making it jump off the page in a professional manner. There are so many colouring mediums to choose from...

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    What is Card Making?

    Card Making is by far the UK's favourite type of project amongst papercrafters – it's such an important part of our culture to express our thoughts and sentiment to those we care about! We make cards for literally any occasion we can think of; whether it's for our partner on...

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    Greeting Card Types

    After you've chosen your occasion, you should think about what type of card you'd like to create for that lucky person. Here, we've compiled a little list of greeting cards to inspire you. If you're a beginner to card making it's generally best to begin with a lower difficulty rating card...

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  • Basic Card Making Materials

    When creating your own cards, there are a few basic, low-cost materials you'll need to get you started. Below is a summary of the elements you could use in your projects. These elements are basic components to begin your card making journey – we touch on more advanced...

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    Basic Card Making Tools

    Second to materials, you'll also need a variety of papercraft tools to ensure precision and accuracy throughout your card making. Again, we've summarised this into a little list for you below. Metal Ruler: There is arguably no tool as vital as a craft ruler – for the upmost accuracy...

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    Advanced Card Making Techniques Glossary

    So you've created cards upon cards full of stamp designs, printable elements and embellishments, and you fancy a new challenge. But where should you go from here? We've created a little glossary of terms (that you'll often see on our product pages!) to help you decide...

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  • Card Making Tips and Tricks

    Use complementary colours throughout, but try not to use over three colours on your card. Mat and Layer to achieve that professional look – mirror card looks especially effective when layering, using it as a beautiful frame for your creation. Make sure you're extremely careful...

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    Introduction to Glues & Adhesives

    It's difficult to complete a papercraft project without some form of glue or adhesive holding the different components together. As it's one of the key items in your craft kit, it's important you purchase high quality glue that you know you can always rely on. While some adhesives are...

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    Types of Glue

    PVA Glue (or Craft Glue) is your basic go-to adhesive as it has incredible versatility and a good strength formula. As it is water soluble, it's especially useful with porous materials like card, paper and fabric. Generally PVA is white in colour, however there are special...

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  • What is Hot Glue?

    Hot Glue is an extremely strong adhesive which uses a powerful electronic heating element called a glue gun. Special glue sticks are pushed through the glue gun and heated up to a very high temperature – this requires extra care and attention to ensure you...

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    Types of Specialist Glue

    Perga Glue: Perga Glue is used specifically with parchment paper, drying clear and hardly visible on this extremely lightweight, transparent material. Silicone Adhesive: Silicone Adhesive is generally used in decoupage to give the individual layers a 3D raised effect. It can...

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    Other Types of Adhesive

    Spray Adhesive: Spray Adhesive is available in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary forms, and can adhere a whole host of materials, depending on the spray type. General Spray Adhesive is the most commonly used spray as it can join paper, foam, fabric and more...

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  • Which Adhesive Should I Use?

    As there are so many different glues, tapes and adhesives available, it's sometimes a little unclear which materials they're actually compatible with. To clear this up a little, we've created a reference chart so that you can make sure you're always using the best glue for the material...

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    Paper and Card Introduction

    Paper and Card are the most used materials in papercrafting – after all, they are the base of your project. Whether you need sturdy card for a card making conquest or a lighter backing paper to add that bit of decorative detail, they certainly are fundamental materials. This guide...

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    Paper and Card Types

    Plain: Plain card is the most popular base for card making and papercraft projects because it's an entirely blank canvas for you to decorate. This type of card is available in a huge variety of colours and shades, so you're sure to find the exact tones to match your designs. You can even buy...

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  • Paper and Card Sizes

    Paper and Card sizes are generally organised through an 'A' system in an ascending sequential order. The main thing to remember is the lower the number, the bigger the size – the largest size being A0. For example, A1 measures half the size of A0, A2 measures half the size of A1, and...

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    Card Blank Sizes

    Card Blank sizes are a little more confusing. Instead of the measurement representing the size of the entire sheet of card, the measurement represents the size of the card blank when it's folded (the card's 'front face'). So, an A5 card blank refers to the size of the...

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    Envelope Sizes

    When you've got the hang of Paper and Card sizes, Envelope sizes are pretty straightforward. They also use an ascending sequential number order which corresponds to the paper or card size; however instead of using an 'A' system, they use a 'C' system. The 'C' size will be slightly...

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  • Paper and Card Weights

    Product information always includes the weight of paper or card as this indicates its sturdiness. The weight of paper and card is generally referred to as "gsm" ("grams per square metre") – how many grams there are in one square metre of that sheet. Paper has a lower gsm, while card...

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    Paper and Card Colours

    Every crafter knows the importance of colour, but sometimes it can be difficult to figure out which colours work best together to make your project look professionally made. This especially applies when buying paper or card – it's always best to consider which colours will...

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    Introduction to Zentangle

    Enjoy relaxing? Like being creative? Then Zentangle is the amazing discovery you'll wish you made years ago! Zentangle is a simple and intuitive technique that absolutely anyone can use to create unique and beautiful images with ease. You don't need to be an artist or illustrator – it...

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  • What is Zentangle?

    Zentangle is the art of creating an abstract drawing using a series of repetitive patterns. You can use a background template, which contains pre-arranged lines producing segments that you can 'tangle' within, or you can simply start with a blank piece of paper...

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    Why Should You Try Zentangle?

    Besides being a fun hobby, Zentangle has so many benefits – here are just a few of the perks of getting involved with this fascinating trend. Intuitive: Absolutely anyone can Zentangle. It's based on a simple technique, whereby you follow a series of specified steps using...

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    What Can Zentangle Do For You?

    You'll gain more than just a pretty piece of art from practising the Zentangle method. Here are just some of the benefits people have discovered since taking up the art of tangling: The ability to relax. Brainstorming aid. Improved self-esteem. Relief from stress...

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  • Tangling Ideas

    Get Social: Zentangle is a fantastic solo activity, but can be great fun to do as a group too. So get some like-minded friends together and let the creativity flow! You could print or produce the same Zentangle background design for everyone, and compare each individual's finished...

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    Zentangle as Meditation

    One of the founders of Zentangle, Maria Thomas, one day found herself doodling background patterns on a manuscript she was writing. She found that whilst she drew, she experience feelings of timelessness, freedom, well-being and complete focus, with no other thoughts or...

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    What is Scrapbooking?

    Scrapbooking is the art of encapsulating your most cherished memories into an album, telling a different story on each page so that you and your loved ones can relive and enjoy them again in the future. Although photos are a primary element, scrapbooks work...

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  • Scrapbooking Supplies

    Whilst searching for materials to use in your scrapbooking projects, there are a few key terms you should look out for. In short, these phrases explain that the material is safe for use with photos and that they themselves won't deteriorate over time. These terms are as follows...

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    Scrapbooking Techniques

    There's no correct way to create a scrapbook page. Some scrapbookers like to keep their layouts simple by using basic techniques, while others like to put their skills to the test to see what they're capable of achieving. If you fall into the latter category, we've put together a little...

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    How to Create a Scrapbook Page

    Although creating a scrapbook page is a completely individual task, there are standard elements that you'd expect to find. These elements don't have to be used all at once across the entirety of your scrapbook page, however these pointers could inspire your creativity. Title - Introducing...

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  • Scrapbook Layouts

    If you've created an array of scrapbook pages about conventional occasions or celebrations and you want to broaden your scrapbooking horizons but you're a little stuck for inspiration, we've compiled a list of 52 possible themes you could scrapbook about – one for every...

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    What is a Smash Book?

    In basic terms, smash books are scrapbooks for crafters (or adventurers!) who don't always have a lot of free time. Whereas traditional scrapbooks require a time commitment to sit down and plan, smash books are a lot more spontaneous and created on-the...

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