Victoria & Albert Papercraft Collection

Feeling the love for craft

V&A Papercraft collectionLove is in the air! Not in a secret-admirer-Valentine’s way but in a super obsessed with a new craft collection way.

I am infatuated with the craft kit on yesterday’s Trimcraft show on Create & Craft.  As expected, the V&A collection was the star of the show, not to take anything away from the First Edition papers that were also on the show of course, (Hey Baby paper pad and decoupage pad and Perfect Allusion papers),  but it seems the Victoria & Albert collection of papers and adorable embellishments was loved by the viewers too.

There aren’t many left, so if you did want to get this collection (at a reduced price compared to RRP) you’d better snap it up now (get it here.) This collection won’t be in the big craft retail stores so this could be the easiest way to get your hands on this, unless you live near to a well-stocked local craft store. (Incidentally, if you did want your local craft store to stock this, I can make that happen …. just leave me a comment below!)

Perfect Allusion nesting squares handmade card tutorial

Perfect Allusion nesting squares handmade card tutorial

As I explained during the show, this is a collection of papers that bring actual designs from the Victoria & Albert museum fabric archives into paper form. And then a range of coordinating embellishments have been designed to perfectly complement the papers and take our craft projects to the next level.

Simply adorable!

I’m so pleased for everyone who treated themselves to this kit, and any of the other items on offer. Below are my tutorials for the demonstrations I did on the show.

Victoria & Albert Panel Card with double front 

V&A Papercraft kit double front panel card tutorialThe V&A papercraft kit includes a set of cards and envelopes so I used a couple on this project, along with a few of the embellishments in the kit.

Step 1 – Remove a strip from the front of a pink card blank so that the front measures 7cm across. Set aside the panel you have removed for later in the project.  Take a cream card blank and attach this inside the pink card blank, only using adhesive along the spine of the card so that it can still open. Trim off any of the cream card that shows along the edges once the two cards are shut.

Step 2 – Trim one of the blue floral patterned papers from the collection to 10.5cm by 15.5cm and mat and layer onto a piece of plain blue card measuring 11cm by 16cm. Take one of the red patterned papers and trim to 5.5cm by 15.5cm and mat and layer onto a red card measuring 6cm by 16cm. Attach the larger panel to the front of the cream card and the smaller panel onto the pink card.

Step 3 – Take a paper frame from the collection and one of the detailed patterned papers. Move the frame across the sheet of paper until you find a section of the paper you’re happy with. Fix the frame with double sided tape and trim the excess paper away. Attach the frame to the front of your card at an angle.

V&A Papercraft kit double front panel card tutorial close up

Step 4 – Stamp the ‘With Love’ sentiment onto the discarded panel from the front of the pink card blank and trim around the edge using the sentiment as a guide. Matt onto a piece of red card and fix to the front of the card in the bottom left corner.  Stamp a second sentiment inside the cream card blank.

V&A Papercraft kit double front panel card tutorial - sentiment

Handmade card using the V&A Papercraft kit

Step 5 – Add pearls in the top right corner of the blue panel and (the bit I forgot to do on air) add a bow to the bottom left corner of the frame.

Congratulations Claire from Birstall who will be receiving this card after her name was pulled from the Cup of Chance at the end of the show!

Hey Baby Spring Card 

I wanted to show how the Hey Baby pad is a super versatile pad and not just for baby-themed crafts. I made this Spring themed card making the most of those beautiful bright paper patterns and the floral decoupage design from the paper pad. (Get your Hey Baby Decoupage Pad here)

Handmade Spring card tutorial

Handmade Spring card tutorial

Step 1 – Trim a piece of yellow card to 13cm by 15.5cm (5 inches by 6 inches). Fold in half to create the card blank with the crease at the top.

Step 2 – Remove the floral decoupage frame from the paper pad and mount onto a yellow piece of card.

Step 3 – Place a piece of  pastel geometric flower paper from the Hey Baby paper pad (picking up the design from the frame of the decoupage panel) to the front of the bottom section of the card.

Step 4 – Using an envelope for a 7×5 card as a guide, fix the decoupage panel to the front of the card. This ensures your card will fit inside the envelope when you have finished.

Handmade spring card tutorial

Handmade spring card tutorial

Step 3 – Complete the decoupage, following the numbers on the pad, fixing each of the elements with a foam pad so that it adds dimension to the card. TOP TIP: use a nail file to gently remove the points of the decoupage elements that were attached to the pad after you’ve popped them out.

Step 4 – Die cut a sentiment (I used the word ‘Spring’ from the Dovecraft Blooming Lovely collection (available here) from the green clouds design and the yellow patterned paper from the Hey Baby pad (get yours here) and infill the letters from the green die cut into the yellow die cut. Do this by running a piece of double sided tape along the back of the die cut and placing the letters in the gaps. Remove the backing from the double sided tape and fix to the bottom section of the card.

Step 5 – Add a yellow bow to the front of the card to finish.

Perfect Allusion Nesting Squares

I love the floral designs in the Perfect Allusion paper pad so wanted to make them a feature of the card. This will work with any size of square, as long as the backing card is slightly larger than the patterned card in each square. You could use nesting dies, a craft knife and ruler or an electronic die cutting machine.  Here is the link to my Cricut Design Space project to recreate your own. The  blue squares are the backing card and the grey squares are the patterned papers.

Handmade nesting squares tutorial

Handmade nesting squares tutorial

Step 1 – Choose your patterned paper from the First Edition Perfect Allusion paper pad. To fit a 6×6 card blank, the largest square needs to be 14.5cm. From this square cut another square from the centre, measuring 10.5cm and a third from the centre of that piece, measuring 5.5cm.

Perfect Allusion nesting squares handmade card tutorial

Perfect Allusion nesting squares handmade card tutorial

Step 2 – Mount each square onto a slightly larger plain coloured card. It’s best to use a wet glue that gives you a little time to move the squares slightly, making sure that they line up.

Step 3 – Fix the largest square to a 6×6 card blank. Again a wet glue can help here.

Step 4 – Fix the second square to the card with foam tape, making sure the pattern lines up. Repeat with the final square, doubling up on the foam tape so that it is higher than the second square.

Step 5 – Die cut a tag and stamp a sentiment into the corner. I used a sentiment from the V&A kit. Add gold embossing powder and heat to set. Build a flower to embellish the front of the card. I used the Create & Craft tonal flower kit, which you can get as part of this embellishment bundle. I topped my three hessian layers with a paper blossom and a pearl brad from the V&A kit.

Step 6 – Attach the flower and the tag to the front of the card in the bottom left corner.


Want more inspiration from these collections? Try these links

First Edition Hey Baby – click here 

Victoria & Albert Craft Collection – click here

First Edition Perfect Allusion – click here 
Inspiration from the Trimcraft design team and crafters everywhere (why not add your own?):
Victoria & Albert Papercraft Collection

Victoria & Albert Papercraft Collection


I hope you have fun crafting with your items if you managed to get them during the live hour. If not, you can still get your goodies on the Create & Craft web site using the links included in each of the tutorials above.

Finally, I’ve had some good news today – I’ll be back with more Trimcraft items in March! Whoop whoop. I am working on samples today so will be able to share those with you really soon.

In the meantime, Happy Crafting!


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