How to make stepper cards

We've got a very special free download for card makers today - a fantastic stepper cards masterclass from the Papercraft inspirations archives!

These shaped 3D cards look so impressive, and they're lots of fun to make. Designer Angela Poole has made it easy for you to get started - your pdf article includes a basic stepper card how-to, plus step-by-step guides and templates for making three gorgeous cards.

Click here now to get your free stepper cards download. You have to sign up to The Making Spot to download the project, but it's quick and totally free!

If you love this, check out more of our Friday Freebies here on the blog, and don't miss more of our fantastic card making tutorials over on The Making Spot.

Have a great weekend!

Freebie Friday: Make wedding cards!

April is wedding month on The Making Spot! We'll be bringing you our favourite wedding craft projects, including ideas for gifts, decorations and cards.

Today we've got a fab Friday freebie for you - Angela Poole's romantic wedding cards. As well as your project guide, this PDF article includes Angela's gorgeous bride and groom illustrations. Print them on to card and get busy embellishing with beads, sequins and ribbons!

Easter blog party - quick links!

We hope you enjoyed our blog party, and that you're inspired to create fun cards and decorations for Easter weekend! Here are some quick links to the free patterns and competitions - the competitions are open to UK crafters until 2nd April 2013. Remember you can still get 50% off your next purchase too!




Free Easter party decorations project, plus 50% off your next purchase.

Free crochet pattern - bunny napkin holder

Free card making project - craft funky sheep cards

Win gorgeous Anchor crochet yarns

Free Easter cross stitch chart from DMC

Win a trio of party-perfect craft books

If you love these, check out more Easter craft projects on The Making Spot now!

Win a trio of party-perfect craft books!


Make a dress, bake a cake, craft up decorations - with these fantastic titles, you'll be ready for every spring and summer celebration!

We've got a copy of Drape Drape 3, Sweet and Made in Paper to give away to one lucky crafter - read on to find out more and enter our competition now...

Our last Drape Drape 3 competition was so popular that we couldn't resist giving you another chance to win a copy! This new sewing book from Hisako Sato and Bunka Fashion College shows you how to create 15 contemporary designs, including dresses, skirts and tunics. You'll love Hisako's drapes, twists and knots, they're so stylish and easy to wear! You can find out more and check out some preview pages over on the Laurence King website now.

We're drooling over the second edition of Sweet, a scrumptious baking 'bookazine' from the team behind Mollie Makes. Whip up pastel pound cake, Easter cookies, eclairs and much more! Click here to find out more and check out the digital sampler.

Made in Paper has just hit the shops, and it's a must for everyone who loves papercrafting! This special 132-page issue from the makers of Papercraft inspirations is filled with beautiful projects to make at home, including ideas for parties, cards, gifts and more. The mag is out in UK shops now, or you can order online. Don't forget to pop by the Made in Paper Facebook page too!

Click here to enter our crafty book giveaway now. This competition is open to UK crafters, until 2nd April 2013. Good luck!

That's all from our Easter blog party - we hope you've enjoyed our freebies and competitions. Come back soon for more spring craft ideas, and don't forget about your special Easter discount voucher code!

More blog party fun
Free Easter cross stitch chart from DMC
Free Easter bunny crochet pattern
Win gorgeous Anchor crochet yarn
Free papercraft project - craft funky sheep cards
Free Easter decorations project, plus 50% off your next order at The Making Spot!
Easter projects on The Making Spot

Craft spring lambs – and hop over to join the Papercraft inspirations blog party!

We're not the only crafters enjoying a blog party this weekend! Our chums at Papercraft inspirations are hosting an Easter extravaganza, including some fantastic free downloads, mega competitions and lots of inspiration for your handmade cards. Click over to the Papercraft inspirations blog to check it out now.

We wanted to bring a great free project to the paper party, so here's one of our favourites from the Papercraft inspirations archives - Debi Potter's funky sheep cards!

Free Easter papercraft project – plus more spring treats this weekend!

This weekend we're helping you get ready for Easter with a crafty party right here on The Making Spot blog! We're kicking off the fun with this gorgeous free Easter party papercraft project, PLUS a special voucher code so you can enjoy 50% off your next order at The Making Spot - read on to find out more...

You'll love Jo Anne Cavanagh's Easter party decorations. Bunting, gift tags, treat boxes and more - they're sure to be a hit with family and friends, especially children. Click here to download the project now; you have to register with The Making Spot to get the download, but it's quick and totally free.

Even better, you can enjoy 50% off your next purchase at The Making Spot from now until 2nd April 2013! Simply add the projects you'd like to your basket, then enter the voucher code EASTER2013 at the checkout - you'll see the discount applied to your purchases before you buy. Happy shopping!

We've got more treats for you this weekend, including free project ideas for Easter, plus crafty giveaways for you - bookmark The Making Spot blog now, and pop back tomorrow!

Made in Paper - out now!

Don't miss Made in Paper, a special magazine from the makers of Papercraft inspirations. The mag is out in UK shops now, or you can order online and get it delivered to your door!

This gorgeous 132-page mag showcases a wealth of gorgeous paper craft projects to make at home. You'll discover pretty ideas for parties, home décor, cards and gifts, plus cute projects to make for kids. We especially love the gorgeous garlands and pretty party pom-poms!

Made in Paper includes handy templates and 12 beautiful patterned papers so you can start crafting straight away. You'll also find a special voucher code inside the mag, so you can also download a PDF version of the papers for free!

Get your copy of Made in Paper in UK shops now, order online at, or buy a digital copy over on Apple Newsstand, through the Papercraft inspirations app. You can also visit the Made in Paper Facebook page to find out more and say hello to the mag team!

Win a subscription for mum!


We're getting ready for Mother's Day! There's still time to craft a special gift - check out our free projects and Mother's Day buy one get one free offer. Here's an extra treat for UK crafters - enter our competition, and you could win a year's subscription to a craft magazine to your mum!



A subscription is the gift that keeps on giving - once you've chosen your magazine, it's delivered to your door each month so you're one of the first to see all the latest projects!

Enter our competition, and you'll win a year's subscription to one of Future's great craft and hobby magazines that you can give as a gift. There are eight mags to choose from, including Mollie MakesSimply CrochetCrossStitcher and Papercraft inspirations, so there's sure to be something your mum will love!

Click here to enter our magazine subscription competition now. This competition is open to crafters in the UK only, until Wednesday 6th March 2013. Good luck!

Make a Mother's Day card

Here's a great free tutorial from Judy Balchin - how to make a Mother's Day card. This card is simple enough for beginner papercrafters, and even children can have a go if you help them cut out the shapes. Choose card and felt in your mum's favourite colours and handwrite the greeting to make your card really personal.

Click here to find the free tutorial and printable template now. Happy crafting!

If you love this, check out more of our Mother's Day craft ideas on The Making Spot now - don't miss the fantastic freebies too!

Emily's favourite embellishments

Today we've got a guest post from Emily, our fab work experience student. Emily loves making cards, and has picked some of her favourite embellishments for quick crafting on a budget...


If you’re rushed for time and need some easy inspiration, why not try the girly Greeting Cards kit from The Works for just £1.49! The pack contains stick-on shoes, handbags and sweet birthday greetings.

Or if you're looking forward to summer sunshine, give your cards a beachy look or scrapbook last year's holiday memories with Jolee's Tropical Fish stickers. They’re available for £1.99 from Sunshine Scrapbooking.

Animals can make a beautiful addition to your card and scrapbook pages! This adorable Penny Black 'Seeing your face' stamp from The Glitter Pot costs £6.39, and it's really versatile for cards, gift tags and more. It’s easy to use and you can colour the daffodil bright yellow for a vibrant pop of colour.

Thanks, Emily! If you'd like to tell us about your favourite embellishments, leave a comment below, or share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.