January 2014 issue
Welcome to the January edition of Making Cards! This is set to be a very exciting year for Making Cards and our readers. I am happy to say that the magazine is set to get bigger and better! Over the coming months you might notice some changes, each has been designed to only improve all that we bring you and I promise they will only be things you love!
I absolutely love the craft papers that we have included for you with this edition. We know that elegant ladies and cute owls are among your favourite themes and this edition brings you both. Our first set, A winter’s walk, in icy blues and warming red and oranges, consists of beautiful ladies all wrapped up to enjoy the cold season in elegant clothing. Beautiful winter scenes of snowy trees and a hint of ice staking in the backing papers completes the set. The second set, Patchwork prints, features backing papers with a colourful yet seasonal palette and the feel of cosy blankets. Coordinating patchwork owls with decoupage elements and owl families completes this cute collection.
We’ve been sure to include many varied projects this month. Throughout the magazine you will find many different techniques for you to try. Ornamental clay (page 10) features unique floral toppers created by manipulating white clay, an unusual technique that is not often teamed with card craft but can give some wonderful results. Trio of techniques (page 14) uses a firm favourite – stamping teamed with embossing and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, a really fun product to use, to create heart embellishments that really stand out. Elsewhere Arty arches (page 8) uses embossing paste through a stencil teamed with the application of metallic wax to create an elegant look. Further projects include decoupage, folding and more stamping ensuring there’s something for everyone!
In her popular diary piece, Joanna Sheen shares her wishes and hopes for the New Year including what she aims to accomplish. After reading her piece last month I have no doubt she’ll achieve what she sets her mind too – what an inspirational read that was! If keeping a tidy craft area is something you are planning for the new year turn to page 20 for our shopping guide on storage options for your crafting materials which may help you.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy, healthy, prosperous and crafty new year!
Happy Christmas crafting!