5 Papercraft Trends for 2018

Papercraft continues to grow in popularity, and this New Year we’re bringing you the 5 hottest papercraft techniques that we think will be trending throughout 2018! Have a read, and see which techniques you could expand upon within your own papercraft practice this year.


Heat Embossing

Heat embossing is a quick and easy way to add a glossy, shiny finish to a project by creating a raised, varnish-like effect. It’s a technique that’s been around for a little while now, but one that we never tire of using within our projects. You can heat emboss onto all manner of materials including paper, wood, and even vellum!


How to Make Intricut Toucan Wall Art »

Take a look at this beautiful Toucan Wall Art tutorial by our Papercraft expert Aisha, she’s used heat embossing to create textured variety in the lush green foliage surrounding the exotic toucan.


Top 10 Tips for Embossing on the Hobbycraft blog »

Read the above post from the Hobbycraft blog archives, where crafting pro Stephanie Weightman » talks us through the top 10 Tips for anyone to get started with embossing.


Clear Stamping

Clear stamps » are so versatile, and enable you to easily align and layer multiple images onto your projects. At Hobbycraft we have an exciting new range from Hampton Art », providing a whole new selection of beautiful designs, along with some great ink pads to create cards for all occasions.

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How to Make a Stamped Mother’s Day Card on the Hobbycraft Blog »



Coming soon… If that’s not enough, Hampton Art » have also come up with a VERY handy, must-have stamping tool that will help to ensure all of your stamping projects are perfectly aligned. These have been proving incredibly popular, so they’ll be more winging their way to us very soon! Watch this space for the 7 x 9″ board » and the 10 x 10″ tool ».


Shaker Cards

Shaker cards are an innovative way to add a glitzy three dimensional element to your papercraft projects; from cards to scrapbook layouts to gift tags, they can all be transformed! 



How to Make an Intricut Shaker Card on the Hobbycraft blog »

This vibrant shaker card uses both a shaker insert, as well as heat embossing for the bike! Read the above tutorial from the Hobbycraft blog to find out how to make your own. What colours would you choose?


Hand Lettering

Hand lettering has been a massive trend in 2017, and it shows no sign of slowing down into 2018! There are so many different types of lettering to try, and it’s a great skill to have under your belt when tackling card, scrapbook and wall art projects. Have a look at the projects and inspiration below!


5 Modern Calligraphy Tutorials on the Hobbycraft Blog »

Take a look at this post from the Hobbycraft blog that details 5 modern Calligraphy techniques that are currently trending! 


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Meet the Maker: Milly Withers of Blink Lettering »

Meet Milly Withers: a graphic designer for a marketing agency by day, and a hand letterer and small business owner by night. Her small business, Blink Lettering, sells hand lettered and foiled cards, prints, and gifts over on Etsy. She’s a hand lettering wiz, and frequently posts mesmerising videos of her lettering in action over on her Instagram. Read the above Meet the Maker, where we chat to Milly about how she got started with hand lettering!


Paper Engineering

Paper Engineering is a fusion of origami and papercutting, and there really is no end to what can be created! You can use dies, your Cricut machine », or simply freehand your own designs using a craft knife. 


Your Cricut Explore Spring Rabbit Wall Mount on the Hobbycraft blog »

This gorgeous wall mounted rabbit is possibly the sweetest Spring decoration around! Read the brand new tutorial above on the Hobbycraft blog to find out how easy it is to make your own with a little help from your Cricut Explore Machine ».


Yulia Brodskaya

Colourful Quilled Paper Portraits by Yulia Brodskaya »

Quilling is a super fun way of working with paper, and will really help you to understand the different qualities that can be achieved by different weights of paper and card. These gorgeous paper portraits by Yulia Brodskaya take quilling to the next level. We love the way that she uses vibrant colours and density of colour packing to add light and depth into her portraits.


Isobel Barber

Papercut Artist Isobel Barber »

Take a look at Isobel’s breathtaking paper engineering work over on her website, and use the imagery as inspiration for your next project! Isobel uses paper to create intricate 3D sets, and has worked with big names such as The National Trust and Women’s Health in order to create vibrant and engaging advertising campaigns.


Exciting New Ranges

This New Year we have tonnes of fantastic, brand new papercraft products available in store and online. Take a look below for a sneak peak – or for up to the minute newness, browse New in Papercraft » on the Hobbycraft online store.


American Crafts » is a stylish trend-setter within the craft industry, and this year they show no signs of slowing down with lots more fab products arriving in 2018, including sticker books, shiny new memory making packs (Just look at that foiling!) and bright and colourful paper packs galore.



First Edition Paper Pads »

These new papercraft paper pads by First Edition are a perfect addition to every cardmaking and scrapbook project. Each design has been carefully considered to bring the most on-trend patterns together in one place. The two newest additions to the range are Wanderlust », and Beyond The Shore ».



Sizzix Dies »

Sizzix are in the process of bringing out even more beautiful die designs that will ensure your papercraft designs are bang on trend! From lush fauna, to bold florals, to super-cut 3D dies like the above Sizzix Thinlits Apple Die » there’s no end to what can be created.


Stay tuned for Hobbycraft’s new seasonal collections during Spring, including new Easter and Valentine’s products! 

Which of these papercraft trends are you most likely to use first? Let us know in the comments!

We’re always keen to see your crafts, so tag us @HobbycraftUK on Instagram, and @Hobbycraft on Twitter.

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