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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!



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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Crafting with the Party Animals!

Posted: 25th January   Category: How to's   By: Louise R

Party Animals is the latest DaisyTrail digikit collection, and to celebrate its release I’ve been busying myself in CraftArtist making some cards (and a party hat!) using the new kits.

Aperture Card using Terrific Tortoises

I really like the effect of using an embellishment on the inside of the card, so the first card type I tackled was an aperture card, using the 5” x 5” card template in CraftArtist.
This card was really simple to do. I used one of the frames included in the digikit to create the area which I will later cut out. I also made sure to positon the embellishment which I added to the inside of the card to the front during the design stage, so that I could get an idea how the finished card would look.

Terrific Tortoises digikit 1

If you’re cutting out from the front of the card, the embellishment needs to be on page 3. I used the ruler in CraftArrtist to ensure that the embellishment on the inside would line up with the cut-out on the finished card.

Terrific Tortoises digikit 2

I wanted the Party Time tag and the inside tortoise to stand away from the card, so I printed these separately, to attach to the card using foam pads.

Terrific Tortoises digikit 3

And that’s it for the design! All that was left to do was print out the card (it needs to be double-sided), cut out the frame centre on the front of the card, and add the card toppers.

Here is the finished card. I add a little bit of glitter too, because everything is better with glitter!

Terrific Tortoises digikit 4


Cut-out Folded Card using Flamingo Fancy

This card took just minutes to make – perfect if you’ve forgotten someone’s birthday and need a card in a hurry!

All I did for this one is add a background to the front and back pages, and then cropped the background on the front so that it covered less than half the card height.

I then created my own design using the fantastic embellishments available, but there are toppers included in this gorgeous kit if one of those takes your fancy! I also added a ‘Happy Bird Day’ layer, which I will attached to the finished card using a foam pad.

Flamingo Fancy 1

Once I'd printed my finished card, I scored and folded it, before cutting around the design, this ensured the card had the same shape on the front and back. And that’s it! Super quick to do, and a nice take on a regular folded card.

Flamingo Fancy 2


Cascade Card using Gorgeous Giraffes

This cascade card is a twist on the tri-fold template. I used the 5” x 5” template.

The first thing I did was add a horizontal guide 2” down from the top of the card. I used this to help me create a diagonal line, using the pencil tool, from the two centre edges, to the outer edges of the card. The purpose of these was to act as a cutting guide for the finished printed card.

I then added another guide, vertical this time, to the centre of pages 3 and 5. These weren't strictly necessary, but were helpful to make sure I organised the materials how I wanted them.
Here is my finished design for pages 3,4 and 5. I used the scissor tool to angle the materials.

Gorgeous Giraffes 1

And here is the overview of all the pages within the project, and the blank project I used for the embellishment I adding to the front of the card.

Gorgeous Giraffes 2 Gorgeous Giraffes 3

Here is my finished card, all scored and folded. I attached the embellishment to the front using glue.

Gorgeous Giraffes 4


Party Hat using Elephant Memories

I absolutely love this party hat, and can’t wait until my birthday so I can wear it! It didn’t take long to make either!

All I did was add a background material to an A4 landscape template, and then use the Shapes tool to add a Quick Ellipse. You get the shape shown below by using the slider on the left-hand side of the shape, to change the angle. I also added a little topper to attach to the finished hat using foam pads.

Elephant Memories 1 Elephant Memories 2

Once printed all I did was cut out the hat shape, and roll it into a cone. I secured it using double sided sticky tape. I then made a small hole on each side to attach ribbons to tie the hat with, and stuck on the topper.

I then decided to add some ribbons to the top of the hat. To attach these I tied together a small bunch of ribbons, and cut a tiny hole in the top of the hat to poke these through. I added a little bit of tape to the inside too, just to secure the ribbons further.

And below is the finished hat!

Elephant Memories 3



10 Days of Christmas Crafts! Day 9 - Paper Cutlery Pockets

Posted: 22nd December 2016   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R

DIY Cutlery Pockets

It’s day 9 of our 10 Days of Christmas Crafts, and we’re looking at last-minute crafts which are quick and simple to do.

These cutlery pockets are the perfect excuse (as if anyone ever needed an excuse!) to squeeze in some extra crafting before Christmas Day, and they’re functional too!

To make these I opened CraftArtist, and loaded up a blank A4 portrait page. I then added 4 more pages. To pages 1, 2, and 4 I added my chosen backgrounds (from the Cardinal Christmas kit). Next I added a rectangle to page 1 to make it easy to cut out the underneath of my cutlery pocket. My rectangle is 9.5” high, by 4.5” wide.

I then added another rectangle to page 3, the size of the front of the pocket. I chose 5” high by 4.5” wide for this. To page 3 I then added the embellishments which I want to form the front image. I’m planning to cut out one of the embellishments, and attach it to the front of the pocket with a foam pad, so I copied this onto page 5 also (you can skip this bit if you’re not planning on attaching any embellishments to your finished cutlery pocket.

Cutlery Pockets

All that’s left to do now is print out the project. I just used plain paper, and printed on both sides, so that the rear of the pocket is decorated too. Cut out the pieces, and assemble them all using double-sided sticky tape and foam pads!

Cutlery Pockets Cutlery Pockets

Cutlery Pockets