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Spinner Card Tutorial

Posted: 10th April   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R

Spinner cards are so much fun to make, and really very simple too! All you need is your normal card crafting supplies, and a couple of pennies! This tutorial uses the brand new DaisyTrail April Showers digikit.

What you’ll need
•    CraftArtist
•    April Showers digikit
•    2 sheets of A3 card
•    Cutting board and craft knife
•    Foam pads
•    Double-sided sticky tape
•    Scissors
•    2 pennies

Step-by-step tutorial

Step 1.
Open CraftArtist and start a blank project, using the Tent Card A5 folded option. Add the April Showers digikit

Step 2.
Start a second CraftArtist project, following the same steps.

Step 3.
On Project 1, add the front and rear backgrounds, as well as backgrounds and the message for the inside of the card. That’s the project 1 file complete, everything else will be done in project 2.

Spinner card step 3

Step 4.
On Project 2, add the landscape material, and position it so there’s a white border to the top and sides, and then crop the bottom to match.

Spinner card step 4

Step 5. Use the Shapes tool to add a rectangle, rounding the edges using the slider on the left-hand side. Alter the rectangle size to 0.75” high, and 8” wide.

Spinner card step 5

Step 6. Design the rest of the card, I added clouds, a rainbow, and balloons, and a message. Order the embellishments so that the rounded corner rectangle is the topmost layer. It doesn’t matter if any of the embellishments leak into the white border, because this will be cut off after printing.

Spinner card step 6

Step 7. Add the topper balloon, size it, and then copy and paste it to page 4, before deleting the original from page 1. That’s the design complete!

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Step 8. Next you need to print the project. Project 1 needs printing double sided onto A3 card, and project 2 needs printing single sided.

Spinner card step 8

Step 9. Cut out the card, including the slot, and also the balloon topper.

Spinner card step 9

Step 10. Place a foam pad in the middle of one of the pennies, and stick the two coins together.

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Step 11. Slot the coin into the cut out rectangle, and then attach the balloon to the coins using double sided sticky tape.

Spinner card step 11

Step 12. Attach foam pads to the back of the card front (I used 8)

Spinner card step 12

Step 13. Your card is finished!

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Mother's Day Exploding Box Tutorial

Posted: 13th March   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R



With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, we’ve put together a brand new tutorial for you. This Exploding Box is perfect for gifting a little edible treat, or jewellery, to your Mum, and we hope you agree - it looks great!

To make your own simply download the CraftArtiist Exploding Box Template file, and watch our video below!

Download: Exploding Box Template



Happy Crafting!


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Pop-Up Book Card Tutorial

Posted: 6th February   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R

This card may look like a typical 5” x 5” card, but open it up and you’ll find a pop-up book, making it the ideal card if you have a lovely inside verse you want to feature. 

I created my Pop-Up Book Card using the stunning Elephant Memories digikit, and here's how I made it:

What you’ll need
- CraftArtist
- Elephant Memories digikit (or another kit of your choice)
- 2 sheets of A4 card
- Cutting board and craft knife
- Glue / double sided sticky tape

Step 1. Start by creating a blank project in CraftArtist, using the basic 5” x 5” side fold card template.

Step 2. Design the front and back of your card. For pages 2 and 3 add backgrounds only. The pattern / texture you choose here will only be visible behind the pop-up book, so there’s no need to do a detailed design.


Step 3.
Open up another blank 5” x 5” side fold card template.

Step 4. Add the same background / texture to pages 1 and 4, that you added to pages 2 and 3 previously.

Step 5. Now you need design your ‘book’. To begin with add your open book pages to 2 and 3. They need to be 3” x 3”, and positioned in the centre, vertically. To the outer edges you need to add two rectangles, these form the height of the ‘book’. I used a plain pale yellow texture. These rectangles need to be 0.5” wide, and 3” high. It should look something like this:

Inside layout

Step 6.
Add the content to your ‘book’. And then that’s your design finished!

Finished card

Step 7.
Print both your projects onto A4 card.

Step 8. Cut out both cards, and then pop the one with the front cover design on to one side.

Step 9. Now you need to cut and score inside of the card. Use the guide below, scoring where I’ve highlighted in purple, and cutting along the red lines. 

Cutting and scoring guide
Here is a photo of the finished card from above, so you can see how the end card will look with the lines scored and cut.

Card from above

Step 10.
Stick the two pieces of the card together, matching together the outer edges. Be careful during this stage not to glue / stick behind the main book area, or the top and bottom sections immediately next to the centre fold. Here is where I applied double-sided sticky tape.

Tape guide

And that’s the card finished!

Card front

Card inside


Valentine's Day Scratch Card Tutorial

Posted: 1st February   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R

Valentine’s Day presents in the shops tend not to stray far from chocolates, mugs, and teddy bears. This year I wanted to get my husband something a little bit different, so I’ve made him a little book of scratch cards. One to redeem on Valentine’s Day, and 5 more to redeem later (because who says romance is just for one day of the year!).

If you want to try making scratch cards, here's what you'll need:

- CraftArtist
- Your digikit of choice (I used Love By American Crafts)
- 6 sheets of A4 card
- Laminating pouch / plastic sheet
- Acrylic Paint and brush
- Cutting board and craft knife
- Glue
- Hole punch
- Ribbon / thread

Step 1. Open CraftArtist and start a blank project using the 4” x 6” scrap template.

Step 2. Add your digikit! I used Love by American Crafts because I love how bright it is.

Step 3. Add in all the pages you need for the project. I wanted to make 5 scratch cards, so I needed 12 pages (2 for each scratch card, and a front and back cover). 

Step 4. Design your cards! The finished scratch cards have a bottom layer (with the full design and message on) and then a top layer (this forms a frame for the scratch off middle layer). Here is what my finished design for a single scratch card looked like.

Valentine's Scratch Card Valentine's Scratch Card

Step 5. Once you've finished all your cards and the cover, you need to print it all out. You can use the ‘Fit Many’ option when printing to save card (I used 6 sheets in total for 5 scratch cards, and an extra sheet for the covers).

Valentine's Scratch Card

Step 7. Cut out all the card pieces. The back layers will all be 4” x 6” rectangles. The front layers will need the heart cutting out of the centre.

Valentine's Scratch Card

Step 8. Painting! To create the scratch layer, paint thin layers of acrylic paint onto your plastic. I used a laminating pouch which I pulled apart to get two separate sheets. It took around 5 thin layers to provide the level of cover I wanted.

Valentine's Scratch Card

Step 9. Once the paint is fully dry, cut out rectangles of the painted plastic big enough to cover behind the heart cut out.

Step 10. Assembly! Apply glue to the rear of the plastic and stick this over the message area (I used a spray adhesive). You then need to add glue to the rear of the front layer of the card, and stick this over the scratch area to seal in the scratch off layer. 

Step 11. Once all the cards are glued and dried, hole punch the corner of the cards, and bind. That’s it – you’re done!



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