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New Video: the Making of the DaisyTrail kits

Posted: 26th November 2012   Category: How to's   By: jogaskin

Hi everyone,

Have you ever wondered how we make the DaisyTrail kits? Well we thought it would be nice to film Charlotte while she makes one of the characters for the Christmas kits.

Charlotte starts with a pencil drawing, then adds colour with watercolour paints. Next, she adds the finishing touches before converting her drawing to a digital file and saving it in a CraftArtist kit.

The whole process took around 4-5 hours, so we have sped it up into a 6 minute video.

We would recommend watching it on full screen mode so you can see all the detail of Charlotte's artwork.


We hope you like it!

The character Charlotte has drawn can be found in the Traditional Christmas digikit (currently on SALE in the DaisyTrail shop) Smile





WIN! The DaisyTrail Christmas Hamper!

Posted: 20th November 2012   Category: DaisyTrail News   By: jogaskin

Hi everyone,

We are almost at December which means we’ve got just over a month left to hit our target for Tommy’s. So… we thought what better way to raise a few pennies than to give you all the chance to win this amazing Christmas Hamper!

We’ve put together this massive selection of goodies that we know you’ll love:

-    CraftArtist 2 Professional
-    Photo Projects Digikit Collection 1
-    Photo Projects Digikit Collection 2
-    Brushes & Stamps Collection 1
-    Brushes & Stamps Collection 2
-    Electronic Dictionary Bookmark
-    Butterfly Tealight Carousel
-    Christmas Candle Holder
-    Into Focus Ceramic Camera Lens Mug
-    Phone/iPod desk holder (pink)
-    2 pairs of microwaveable slippers – Cream & Brown
-    All 5 DaisyTrail Digikit Collections
-    The following CD Collections (5 per theme):

  • Fairy Tales
  • Steampunk
  • Aviary
  • Christmas
  • Butterflies
  • Era’s
  • Pinups

-    The gorgeous basket is also included

Altogether, the hamper is worth well over £400!

So, if you would like to win this hamper, all you have to do is place a donation to Tommy’s on our Just Giving page using your DaisyTrail username before Friday 14th December, 5pm GMT and we'll automatically enter you into a prize draw.

We’ll pick a winner at random and announce it on Monday 17th December.

Anything you can give will be gratefully received.






Note: to enter without placing a donation, email your DaisyTrail username and email address to:


Project tutorial: Pop-up card!

Posted: 7th November 2012   Category: Create your own projects   By: jogaskin

Hi everyone,

It's my godson's first birthday today and I wanted to make him a card. This is the end result! I thought you might like to see how I made it and maybe give it a go yourselves!

Here's what I did step-by-step:


Step 1: The CraftArtist project

I set up an A5 landscape card in CraftArtist. I added a background to the first and last pages (in this case, I used the 'Daydreams' - spotty background and coloured it blue using HSL). Next I typed 'Jack' and changed the font to Cooper Black, Bold. I then did something that I normally frown upon!! I stretched the text upwards so it fit the page better. Then I clicked 'Edit Points' and moved each letter so they joined together. This is important so your pop up lifts up as one piece.

Once I was happy with the letter placement, I cropped my object to get rid of the large bounding box. I changed the colour to blue, then converted the text to a picture. I applied a white outline and used the offset tool to move the outline inwards slightly. I liked the look of this, but I also wanted to give myself a pointed about where to glitter.

Step 2: The pop-up section
The next step was to create the pop-up section. I created a new A5 landscape project and copied & pasted the 'Jack' graphic onto the page. I then used the rectangle shape tool to draw a bar along the top. You will fold this bit so the word lifts up. I decided to add some hearts to the card, so I used the shape tool and drew a heart, colouring it white. I copied and pasted the heart multiple times, changing the rotation and size each time.

I then selected the Text tool, typed 'Happy 1st Birthday' and changed the font.

Step 3: Printing & cutting out

I printed the pages off and cut the separate 'Jack' out using a craft knife and scissors.






Step 4: Assembly & finishing touches
I wanted to make the card a bit more special, so I applied a glitter edge to the words and let it dry. I then lightly scored underneath the top tab so I could fold it easily, then glued this section onto the card base.

And that was it!

I hope you (and Jack) like it!

Why don't you give it a go - we'd love to see your creations!