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Jacket Card Tutorial

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

Jacket Card Tutorial

This jacket card is really easy to make, especially since we’ve put together the craft file you, complete with guides to help you with your design and folding!

Step 1: Download the template, and open it in CraftArtist.

Jacket card step 1


Step 2: Add your digikit of choice, we used the brand new Free Spirit kit because we love the papers, and the embellishments are perfect for the design we want. 

Step 3: Add your background. I used a fairly plain grey background, and I’ll be adding and cutting materials in the next step to some colour and pattern.

Jacket card step 3  Jacket card step 3a


Step 4: Add your materials, using the folding guidelines for reference. I used the the crop and scissor tools to shape the materials.

crop  scissor

Jacket card step 4  Jacket card step 4a


Step 5: Add your embellishments. I added a bowtie and buttons to the inside centre, as well as jacket buttons to the front right, and a pocket-style embellishment to the front left.

Jacket card step 5  Jacket card step 5a


Step 6: The folding guides are a bit dark against the finished project, so I converted these to white so that I can still use the guides, but they’re less visible on the finished project. You might need to do this too, depending on your background colour. At this stage I also hide the Labels layer, so these aren’t printed on the final card!

Jacket card step 6  Jacket card step 6a 


Step 7: Copy any embellishments you want to blank page 3 of the CraftArtist file.

Jacket card toppers


Step 9: Print the finished card so that pages 1 and 2 are double sided, and page 3 is standalone.

Step 10. Score and fold the card, before cutting out the standalone embellishments and attaching using foam pads, to make these raised from the card.

Jacket card finishes


Meet the Designer: Becks Roberts

Posted: 3rd May   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: Louise R

Ultimate Men Banner

The regularly requested, and eagerly awaited, Ultimate Men Collection is now just a few days away! As we count down to the release I thought I’d help the time pass a little quicker, by talking to the DaisyTrail designer behind these fantastic kits!Becks

Hello Becks…



Let’s get straight to it! The DaisyTrail community have been asking for content with a more masculine feel, how did it feel to be tasked with the job of bringing that to life?

It was a bit of an honour actually, I always keep up to date with the forums and can see what the community are asking for, so I knew this was a pretty big deal for everyone. As far as creating a whole collection, we usually split them up between the 3 designers, so we might do one kit each, but this time I was asked to do the whole collection myself. It’s a large task and it’s time consuming work. I’m not going to lie, it was a bit daunting knowing I had so much work and such an important collection ahead of me, but I had some really good ideas and was excited to bring them to life!


Tell us about your design process. How did you go from the brief, to the four finished kits?

Firstly, I split the ideas I had into different catagories, I wanted to make 4 separate kits but intended them to all sit together well so that they can be compatible. So, I brainstormed what I thought would be a refreshing take on modern male design. I knew we had covered vintage themes for men, so it was important to me to create something fresh and new for the customers!


What materials did you use for the kits, and which is your favourite to work with?

All the illustrations were painted with watercolours but I added a few more graphic elements to the kits with fine liners and ink to add a modern touch. I love to work with watercolour the most because they are so fast to paint with and really versatile, you can get so many different effects by using a variety of techniques.


Where did you get your inspiration for the kits from?

Well, I really focused on the feedback that we gained from the DaisyTrail community and wanted to deliver a really modern set of kits, a little bit different to what we have made before. I researched modern greeting card trends and blogs and made moodboards for each of the planned kits.


I know it must be hard to pick, but which of the kits was the most fun to create?

It is really hard to choose, but I think that Budding Explorer was the most fun to create! I painted dinosaurs and rocket ships and had loads of fun with the bright colour palette.


And following on the from previous question, what was the biggest challenge?

I think the scale of the project was the biggest thing to overcome, I time managed myself and set deadlines for each kit. I have such a huge pile of illustrations on my desk from all of the artwork that was produced, I am really proud of myself for getting it all done in time. I was so conscious that I wanted to get these kits to everyone in time for Father’s day and I am really happy with the outcome. I just hope that I have delivered kits that have something in them for everyone!


Final question, to help out anyone that’s not seen the sneak peeks over on Facebook, can you sum up the kits in just 3 words (I know this is a tough one – sorry!)?

Modern, bold and fun!

The Ultimate Men Collection will be launching later this week, keep your eyes peeled for the big announcement that the kits are now available!


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!

Spinner card step 7 Spinner card step 7

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.

Spinner card step 10 Spinner card step 10

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!

Spinner card step 13 Spinner card step 13



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!



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