Pop-Up Book Card TutorialPosted: 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
- 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:
Step 6. Add the content to your ‘book’. And then that’s your design finished!
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.
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.
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.
And that’s the card finished!
Valentine's Day Scratch Card TutorialPosted: 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:
- 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
- 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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
10 Days of Christmas Crafts! Day 9 - Paper Cutlery PocketsPosted: 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.
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!
10 Days of Christmas Crafts! Day 6 - Paper Rosette Christmas TreePosted: 19th December 2016 Category: Create your own projects By: Louise R
Rosette Christmas Tree Tutorial
It’s day 6 of our 10 days of Christmas Crafts, and today's tutorial is for this paper rosette Christmas tree!
I’m planning to add this tree to the Christmas dinner table, but it would look great on a mantelpiece too.
The digikit I’ve used is Christmas Tradition By Meagan's Creations. I just love the backgrounds in this kit, and knew they would be perfect for my tree. The CraftArtist template I used is simply A4 portrait! This project really is that simple! Here are some of my printed papers:
The first thing you need to do is work out how many tiers you want in your tree, I opted for 10, starting with a 6” diameter rosette for the base, and ending with a 1½” one at the top. Here are the paper requirements to replicate my tree.
You will need two strips of each size:
11.5” X 6”
11.5” X 5.5”
11.5” X 5”
11.5” X 4.5”
11.5” X 4”
11.5” X 3.5”
11.5” X 3”
11.5” X 2.5”
11.5” X 2”
11.5” X 1.5”
Once you have your paper all cut out, the next thing to do it to score it using the back of a craft knife, ready to fold. I scored the paper at 0.4” / 1 cm intervals. Once you have scored and folded all your paper strips, the next thing to do is to fold each one in half, and stick the ends together. I just used double sided sticky tape for this. You then need to glue each semi-circle to its pair, to make a full circle. Once again I used double sided tape for this.
Once you have your rosette shape, it’s useful to attach a disc of card to both the top and bottom, both to hold the rosette's shape, and to make it easier to glue the finished stack together. I used a spray adhesive, and found it holds really well. For the top couple of layers I covered the top disc in a matching paper scrap, just to make sure that if any was visible on the finished tree, it looked neat and tidy.
I wanted to add a little extra sparkle to my tree, so I rolled each finished rosette in glue, and then rolled in it gold glitter. I’m really pleased with how this turned out! I left all the rosettes overnight to try, before starting assembly.
Assembly took a matter of minutes! I used the spray adhesive again to glue each of the rosettes together.
I topped my tree with a ribbon double bow, but you could add a star, an embellishment created in CraftArtist, or even a pompom!
10 Days of Christmas Crafts! Day 1 - Gift PackagingPosted: 14th December 2016 Category: Create your own projects, How to's By: Louise R
We're kicking off 10 days of Christmas Crafts, bringing you different projects, all created in CraftArtist, as we countdown to the big day. First up is gift packaging!
Beautiful packaging can make even the most practical present exciting (socks anyone?). It’s also a lovely way to add an extra-special thoughtful touch to your gifts.
This week I’ve been looking at packaging for some of my trickiest to wrap presents, and seeing what I can create using CraftArtist.
Bottles are an awkward shape, and I usually end up wrapping them a bit like a cracker at one end, functional, but a bit scruffy. This year I’ve decided not to ‘wrap’ bottles, and instead add a homemade label. I used the Wine Bottle Label 2 template and the Hello Christmas digikit from Created By Jill.
The next tricky present I’ve had to tackle this year is a vintage brooch, which sadly came without a box. Not to worry though – I’ve made my own! I used the Gift Box 4 template in CraftArtist, and the Cardinal Christmas digikit by Cottage Arts. The result is just the right size for brooches or jewelry, and is so much nicer than a plain box or organza bags. I added embellishments to the top and sides, which I attached using foam pads.
The third and final gift packaging I’ve made is a money wallet. I always find it a blessing and a curse when one of my nieces or nephews asks for money for Christmas. On the one hand, it's an easy present, and I know the recipient will be able to buy themselves something they really want, but on the other hand – it looks such a dull gift!
This year, to make cash gifts look a bit more exciting than a note or two placed in a card, I've decided to make money wallets. They were so easy to make!
Money Wallet Tutorial
In CraftArtist I used an blank A5 portrait template, and then widened it a bit so that the notes would fit. To widen it I went to Page Setup, under File, scrolled down to Custom, and changed the Paper Width to 6.5 in. After this I added in an extra 2 pages (so that I can have a design on both the outside and the outside, and the last page to print any embellishments I want to stick on once assemble).
In order to get the design right I added guides. I clicked on the ruler at the top and dragged down one guide to 3.5”. and another to 7”. I then repeated this on page 2 and 3.
When adding any embellishments or text, you need to remember that the top section of page 1 needs to be designed 'upside down' so that it's the right way after printing.
Here's my finished design, I used the Bundle Up kit because I love the vibrant colours.
Once you've printed your finished money wallet (ensuring that your printer is set up to print on both sides), score and fold the wallet at 3.5” and 7”. Secure the front flap with double sided sticky tape or glue, and you're done!
A big hello, and a tutorial for a desktop monthly calendar!Posted: 25th October 2016 Category: Create your own projects By: Louise R
First things first, I need to introduce myself... I'm Louise! I've recently joined the DaisyTrail team, and after a few weeks of getting to grips with jiggling embellishments about, battling with the printer, and playing with glitter (LOVE my job!), I'm just about feeling brave enough to pop out and say hello!
One of my first tasks has been playing around with the fabulous new digikits, including the lovely 2017 Calendar by DaisyTrail. I love it so much that I decided to make myself a quick desktop monthly calendar, ready for next year (and to brighten up my desk a bit).
Here is my tutorial if you fancy making one too:
Desktop Monthly Calendar Tutorial
With Christmas rapidly approaching, it’s easy to forget to sort next year’s calendar amid the chaos of creating cards, crafting gifts, and fitting in your scrapbooking too, so here’s a quick tutorial to help you on your way.
You’ll need a few basic supplies:
• CraftArtist (any version) - Including our FREE CraftArtist Compact
• The DaisyTrail 2017 Calendar digikit
• 1 sheet of printable A3 card
• Scissors, or a craft knife and cutting mat
• Double-sided sticky tape, or glue
• Foam pads
Step 1: Open CraftArtist, start a new Blank Project, and scroll down to Custom. On the right hand side enter 12 in as the width, 4 in as the height, set the orientation to landscape, and select Card as the Type. This will ensure your finished project prints correctly.
Step 2: Add your backgrounds to pages 2 and 3, remembering to rotate them if necessary, because the completed project will be portrait. Here is a screenshot to show you what I mean:
Step 3: Add a material background and position it where required (this will go behind the calendar text). I positioned it low down on the page, so that there’s room for an embellishment above, and used the Centre Vertically feature, to make sure it’s in exactly the right place.
Step 4: Add your calendar month, rotate, resize and position it. I wanted to change the colour of the text too, so I used the Select Tool, and then changed the text colour to purple using the Colour tab.
Step 5: Next, add a few embellishments to the calendar area, I added a flower arrangement at the bottom, a single stem to the left hand side, and a doily and heart to the top. Once your embellishments are all rotated, resized, and in place, add a drop shadow so that the image doesn’t look ‘flat’.
Step 6: The last thing you need to add is some decoration to the top of the calendar. For mine I have layered a ribbon, a banner, and one of the purple birds, which I then copied, and flipped, so that I have two identically sized birds. Both have then been positioned.
Step 7: So that the top decoration can be attached to the card using foam pads, a copy of this whole section needs making. Simply group the elements using the Select Tool, and then click on the Group prompt. You can now make a copy of the layer, and paste it onto page 1.
Step 8: To make the piece which forms the inner section of the calendar, simply add a background to page 4 of the project.
Step 9: The next step is to print the project. I’m printing mine onto A3 card, and I’ve selected Fit Many, to get everything on one page.
Step 10: The next step is to cut out pieces. Be careful not to separate the sections that form pages 2 and 3, as you will fold along this line instead.
The single 4” x 6” rectangle needs folding in the middle one direction, and then at each of the narrower ends (measure in ¾” and fold again in the opposite direction).
Step 11: Use glue, or double-sided tape to attach the middle support to the calendar, and stick on the top embellishment using foam pads.
And that’s it – you’re done!
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial - I've got plenty more planned so keep your eyes peeled for more from me!
Great to "meet" you all, I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Spooky House for HalloweenPosted: 21st October 2016 Category: Create your own projects By: Sarah Attenborough
With Halloween rapidly approaching we thought we'd share a tutorial for this spooktacularly scary house with you, it would be a fun craft to do with children over half term too!
- CraftArtist (any version) - Including our FREE CraftArtist Compact
- The Happy Haunting digikit by Meagan’s Creations
- 3 sheets of printable A3 card
- Scissors, or a craft knife and cutting mat
- Double-sided sticky tape, or glue
- Foam pads
- LED tealight
Step 1: Create a new document in CraftArtist. Use the Startup Wizard and choose Blank Project. From here you need to scroll down to Gift Wrap and select Gift Box 5 (the gingerbread house)
Decorating the house rear:
Layer the tree, fence, two pumpkins, a gravestone, and skull embellishments. To get the scale and size right, rotate the embellishments, and position them over the top of the actual house. I’ve decided to raise the gravestone, and pumpkins off my finished project using foam pads, so if this is something you want to do too, consider this when organising your layers, and bring them to the front.
Decorating the sides of the house:
On one side layer are a paint splat, cobweb, and spider embellishments. You can add a drop shadow to the cobweb and spider, to give them some depth, using the tool on the top bar (you might want to set the opacity quite high, so that the shadows don’t get lost next to the dark background). Remember that the side panel on the bottom of the screen, is upside down, so make sure to rotate your embellishments accordingly (you’ll see that my spider is upside down, so it’ll be the right way when I assemble the house).
The other side of the house simply decorated with a selection of pumpkins and leaves. These will also be stuck on later, so don’t worry about covering the window frame.
Decorating the house front:
Along the bottom of the house front add the splatter embellishment. You’ll need to rotate the layer, and position it so that the ‘bulk’ of the element is low down on the house front. You’ll notice that this will then cover the sides and bottom slightly, and the door, so the next thing to do it to tidy this up using the eraser tool. The square nib will help you cleanly tidy up the bottom of the layer, and the circle nib can be used to tidy up where the door will be. You don’t have to erase the door section since you’ll be cutting this out anyway, but in order to see the end effect, I’ve decided to do it.
The top section of the house front is one ribbon based embellishment, and a ‘Wicked’ sign. These will also be added to the house later using foam pads.
Decorating the roof:
To add the bats to the roof, go to this page in your project, and add a new layer, above the Background, and below the Overlay. When you add the bats embellishment, this will now automatically fit the overlay. I’ve rotated mine slightly.
Step 6: The next step is to separate some of the embellishments, and the window frames, onto a new page, so that you can print these and stick them to your house.
Go through, layer by layer, and group the elements that belong together. This makes it easier to move them, without leaving anything behind. Once you’ve copied a group, paste it onto a new page.
And that’s the CraftArtist side of it done! You should have 3 pages in your project, that look like this:
Step 8: Cut out house and roof, in accordance with the guides. Use a craft knife to cut out the windows and door, as well as to score along the dotted lines, so that you can neatly fold the house into shape.
Step 9: Get sticking! Add some double-sided sticky tape, or glue, onto the labelled tabs, and construct the house. I left the roof until the very end.
Step 10: The embellishments are next. Cut out all of the elements using a craft knife or scissors, before adding the window frames first, using either tape or glue, and then attach on the rest of the embellishments using foam pads.
Step 11: Attach the roof. I found it easiest to lie the house on its side, and line up one side of the house with the middle of the roof first, and then right the house again, and press down the other side.
Step 12: The final step is to pop a LED tealight into the house (through the front door), before sitting back, grabbing some Halloween-inspired chocolate, and marvelling at your creation.
Personalising your winter snow globesPosted: 11th November 2015 Category: Create your own projects, How to's By: jogaskin
Last week we posted this video on how to create your own snow globes using our new digikit, Winter Snow Globes:
We were so pleased to see Nannyanne's comments on the forum that she had made most of her Christmas cards using the kit, so we thought you might like to see them! So here's one of Anne's fabulous cards - featuring a painting of their cottage in the centre of the globe, plus some snow and a couple of other embellishments. We hope you like them as much as we do!
Has anyone else been crafting with our new Christmas kits? We'd love to see your creations! Send them to email@example.com.
Create your own Father's Day cardPosted: 12th June 2015 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
Hi everyone! Happy Friday
With Father's Day just around the corner in the UK, we thought we'd give you a little inspiration. This card takes less than two minutes to make, and you can get the digikit used to make it for just £2.99! That's cheaper than most cards from the shops, but you can use it forever!
CraftArtist 2 Professional is available here: http://www.craftartist.com
The free CraftArtist Compact is available here: http://shop.daisytrail.com/craftartist_compact/
And the Born To Shop Father's Day digikit here: http://shop.daisytrail.com/Products/BrandDesigner/BornToShop/B2S-FathersDay.htm
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial - check out our YouTube channel for loads more.
Creating birthdays cards for menPosted: 20th March 2015 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
It was my husband's birthday last week so I was faced with the seemingly impossible task of making his birthday cards from our son and me. Here are the cards I came up with, which, embarrassingly are quite similar!
I always find it really hard to make cards for men and find the right digikit to do them. These cards were made using CraftArtist 2 Professional and the He Loves digikit by Peppermint Creative (which is becoming a firm favourite of mine).
Lee seemed quite pleased with them so I think they turned out ok
Do you struggle to make cards for the men in your life? What is your go-to digikit?
Thanks for reading!
Card tutorial using the DigiQuill kitsPosted: 3rd March 2015 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
We've got a lovely tutorial for you today from Charlotte on how to make this beautiful card.
What you'll need:
1. Create the basic card design in the software:
2. You'll now need three printouts: the card design as a whole, the topper section separately, and the sentiment section. Cut all the sections out as shown:
3. Now use foam pads to stick the topper onto the card:
4. Finish off the card with glitter:
Here it is!
We hope you liked this tutorial, here are some more cards made using the DigiQuill digikits:
Quick, easy, affordable Mother's Day card!Posted: 24th February 2015 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
It's Mother's Day in a couple of weeks, and we are here to provide inspiration!
Have a think about how much a Mother's Day card normally costs - for a nice one. Now think - if you spent the same amount of money (£3.99) on the Born To Shop Mother's Day kit, you'll be able to make your own cards this year and for every Mother's Day to come without spending any more money! It just makes sense Plus, you'll have a beautiful, handmade card in no time.
I've just made the card in the centre on the banner above in a matter of minutes. Here's how to do it:
1. Set up your page as a 5 x 5 card and add the Born To Shop digikit to your workspace.
2. Drag the blue striped background onto your page, then add the pink spotty and orange stripe papers and resize as shown:
3. Next, add the main embellishment:
4. Now add the sentiment to match:
5. Finally, add a background paper to the last page and some text to the centre if you want to, and print off your card.
You can also make this card with the free version of the software if you haven't got CraftArtist 2 Professional.
We hope you like this tutorial, please share your designs with us on the Gallery.
Using mask frames in scrapbooksPosted: 19th February 2015 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
To celebrate the launch of Diane Rooney's 3 new mask frame kits, we have created these three layouts to show them off:
These lovely frames make it super simple to create a decorative, masked edge effect on your photos - so they look like they're masked into your page.
You can get the kits now from the DaisyTrail Shop!
The ten minute Valentine's CardPosted: 5th February 2015 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
It's Valentine's Day in less than two weeks, which gives you time to make the perfect card! There's no excuse for CraftArtist owners not to make their card, so we've decided to give you some inspiration. We've got 3 brand new, exclusive digikits from Peppermint Creative that are all love themed - and are all on special offer! Here's some cards made by our lovely Charlotte to get you in the crafting mood:
We've also created a video to show you how to make the second one:
Hope you feel inspired enough to get crafting!
Christmas Crafts - projects by Heather AlgerPosted: 9th December 2014 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
We've invited one of our DaisyTrail Design team members to write a guest post for the blog this week, so here's a quick tutorial from Heather Alger - hope you like it!
Be Your Own Inspiration
This Christmas many of you will wow your family, friends and colleagues with the wonderful handcrafted items you create. Anything from gifts to decorations, the list is endless when using CraftArtist software and the beautiful digikits available. There are many possibilities, and here are a few to consider...
Tree Decorations, Memory Books, a Book of Carols, Calendars & Advent Calendars
Below are two project ideas for your Inspiration...
A Christmas Memories Mini Book
You will need:
- CraftArtist 2 Professional
- The Cardinal Christmas digikit by Cottage Arts
- Card stock
- Guillotine, scissors or craft knife
- Cutting board
- Glue or double sided tape.
- A Binding machine with coils, or you could punch the holes and then tie with ribbon as an alternative.
Design the page layouts in CraftArtist to suit your theme and size of book. Once designed, print and cut out all the pages you require. The Mini book you see in the photo has adhered pages stuck back to back. Finish with distress ink on the edges and bind to complete.
(It is a good idea to include journal sections to record memories, poems or quotes etc).
A Cute Christmas Mini Kennel
You will need:
- CraftArtist 2 Professional
- Digikits, I used two 'Cats and Dogs' plus 'Christmas Toys'
- Scissors or craft knife and cutting board
- Glue or double sided tape
- Wrapped treats to pop inside
- Some ribbon if hanging up.
For this project use the Bird House One template from CraftArtist 2 as a starting point. Unlock the layers and erase the two circles from the overlay layer. Add a white quick shape as a kennel opening and decorate the template with papers and elements. Once ready, print out, plus any additional elements you wish to create for decoration. I.e. a bow and gift tag. Cut out, score the dotted lines then build using glue or tape on the labelled areas. You could make this even more personal with pet name, favourite treats etc.
Hope you will have great fun making your own beautiful projects as the holidays approach.
x Heather x
New Video Tutorial: Victoria Nelson's Christmas Crafts!Posted: 27th October 2014 Category: Create your own projects By: jess serif
As most of you may be aware we've recently launched a fantastic new video studio to bring you plenty of exciting new tutorials!
Well, we recently had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Victoria Nelson and Jo took up the opportunity to get Victoria crafting in the new studio to bring you all a fabulous Christmas Crafts tutorial using her newly released Christmas kits (which are absolute stunners may I add!).
So if you're looking at making the most of the amazing CraftArtist software this Christmas and getting stuck in to some DIY gifts why not check out this fabulous new tutorial!...
We'd love to see your Christmas gift crafts too!
How to create your own Easter egg basket.Posted: 10th April 2014 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
I’m sure you’ll all agree that collecting yummy Easter eggs has to be the most egg-citing part of Easter morning, so why not check out this simple tutorial and learn how to create an adorable Easter egg basket for you children this Easter!
You will also need to save this cute bunny image, to do this, right click on the image and select "save image as...".
Hearts Designs - La Femme & Secrets Card TutorialPosted: 18th February 2014 Category: Create your own projects By: Amy Lovett
After their huge success on Create & Craft TV, we’re delighted to announce that the BRAND NEW Hearts Designs La Femme & Secrets digikits are now available to purchase from the DaisyTrail shop!
You can make a variety of beautifully sophisticated creations with these kits. Each kit has been hand-illustrated by the super-talented Elliott at Hearts Designs and will be sure to sparkle in your growing digikit collection!
We thought we'd give you a quick step-by-step guide on how to create one of Charlotte's samples used on the Create & Craft shows!
We hope this gives you a little inspiration on how easily you can create a stunning card or craft project with these gorgeous kits!
Here’s a step-by-step guide to create this fantastic elegant lady card:
Step 1: The CraftArtist project
- Set up a blank A3 landscape page in CraftArtist – to do this, select the page setup tab at the top of the page, and then select 'A3 – landscape' from the menu and click OK
- Select the La Femme digikit in your dgikit browser and click 'Add Digikit' followed by 'done' to add the kit to your workspace.
- Add the lady in the lilac dress onto the right of your A3 page
- Copy and paste the same embellishment onto the left of your page
- Use the ‘flip horizontal’ tool (this can be found under the ‘arrange’ tab) so that the embellishments are now facing each other. It is important that the embellishments are side-by-side as the card will need to be folded down the middle
Step 2: Layering
- Copy and paste the right embellishment onto a new A3 page so this can be printed out and added to your card later on
- Crete a rectangle using the ‘shapes’ tab – you can also change the corners by amending the radius of corners
- Type out 'Happy Birthday' using the letters within the kit, then place this over your quick shape
Step 3: Printing & cutting out
- Print both pages off and cut around the edge with a craft knife or scissors
Step 4: Finishing touches
- Glue on your extra cut-outs to the front of your card to give that 3D effect
- Finish off by adding a silver bow and diamantes to give it that extra special touch
I hope you like it and maybe now you can give it a go yourselves!
Halloween Crafting!Posted: 28th October 2013 Category: Create your own projects By: jess serif
As its coming up to Halloween I thought I’d pop on and share a quick project I created this week with you all.
As a kid my Mum would always throw a Halloween party for me and my friends, even though Halloween wasn't a 'big deal' in the UK back then.
She would always go to town with gruesome food; I have vivid memories of yorkshire puddings dyed green, frankfurters made to look like fingers, blue cupcakes and spaghetti 'worms'!
Even now, when I’m all grown up, Halloween is still my favourite excuse to throw a party. Nowadays there are a lot more themed goodies that you can buy in the shops, but I'd much rather make my party look unique by creating goodies myself! So naturally, out comes my CraftArtist 2 and a chance to have lots of fun making crafty bits for the buffet table!
So I thought I’d show you this mini-popcorn box that I made for my Halloween party this weekend, I made it using the rectangular gift box template in the CraftArtist software and have used cupcake and topper templates to showcase some lovely Halloween baked treats (these would be a lovely alternative to the usual sweets for the trick-or-treaters too don’t you think?)
To decorate the templates I used embellishments and sentiments from Hallow's Eve (my own artwork of course!) which is part of the Punches and Stamps collection, and then typed 'Orange' into the digikit search to find suitable orange materials from my list of digikits to complement my designs.
They were all so easy to create – it was all a case of drag and dropping items to my page, printing, assembling and decorating... it really was that simple!
I hope you like my crafts! Don't forget too... we'd love to see some of your Halloween crafts over in the gallery and our facebook page!
Project tutorial: Pop-up card!Posted: 7th November 2012 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
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!
New summer projects by Angie Hinksman!Posted: 24th July 2012 Category: Create your own projects By: jess serif
The sun is finally out, the school holidays are now here and this week the much anticipated sporting games open, dare we say it but summer might finally have arrived! So, in celebration we have asked our amazing designer Angie Hinksman to create some crafts you can all try at home to keep the kids occupied over the holidays!
As usual Angie rose to the challenge and has created a fabulous stepper card and rosette which we think would make great prizes for the kids when holding your own sporting events in the garden or your local park!
This particular project uses the newest DaisyTrail free kit 'Sports Day 2012' which can be downloaded from the 'Free Stuff' area.
To create the stepper card and rosette for your own sports day simply follow the below steps:
Sports Day – Easel Card and Gold Rosette
You will need the following materials:
• Sports Day 2012 free digikit
• 5 inch square greeting card blank
• A4 printable cardstock
• Gold Paper (I’ve used some leftover Christmas Wrap!)
• Fabric ribbon
• Craft knife or scissors
• Small embossing tool or the blunt edge of a kitchen knife
• Adhesive: double sided sticky tape, or a glue runner
• Dimensional glue dots
• Cutting board and ruler
To create your digital layout:
Step 1: Create a new document in Craft Artist. Choose Regular then A4 as your page size and layout.
Step 2: Next load the Sport’s Day kit and click ‘add digikit’ to add all of the items to your workspace.
Step 3: Add the ‘Race Track’ background to your layout. Drag this layout to 'layer 1' in the layers panel so that you can edit the background. Select the layout and re-size it to a 4 inch square using the transform panel in the bottom right corner.
Step 4: Next, from the embellishments tab, drag one of the racing figure embellishments onto your layout. Resize it and position on top of the Race Track. Once you are happy with its size and position, make a copy of the figure by first selecting it and then clicking copy and then paste from the Edit menu. Position this copy of your figure outside of the track (we’ll be cutting it out separately later).
Step 5: Next, create a rectangle which is approximately 3 ½ inches wide and ¾ inch tall (you can check this using the transform panel once again). Give the rectangle a white fill with a black outline using the colour panel then use the line panel to add a 1px line. This will act as a cutting guide. Select the type tool from the menu and type the phrase “Going for GOLD” inside the rectangle.
Step 6: Select a material from the materials panel and drag it to your layout. Resize it to a 4 inch square.
Step 7: To make the rosette centre circles; add a new blank page to your layout by clicking the insert page button at the bottom of your workspace.
Step 8: Select the 'shape tool' and create a circle (hold down the shift tool as you drag to make a perfect circle). Using the transform panel, re-size the circle to 2 inches. Give it a white fill with a black line as before. Select the type tool and add the words “Well Done!” to the circle. Next, make a copy of your rosette topper and re-position on your page. Repeat this for as many rosettes as you would like.
To make the easel card:
Step 1: Trim your 5 inch card to 4 ½ square. Print out the two layout pages onto card. Next, cut out the Race Track Layout, the greeting rectangle and the piece of material.
Step 2: Cut out the second racing figure. We only need the runner’s outfit, so carefully cut this out (there are 2 pieces, outlined in black) and discard the rest of the figure.
Step 3: Glue the two outfit pieces to the back of a small piece of gold paper. Make sure you glue the front sides of the outfit pieces to the back side of the gold paper. Carefully cut around these shapes. Next glue these pieces onto your layout, positioning them exactly on top of the figure’s outfit.
Step 4: Cut a piece of Gold paper and a piece of card both measuring 4 ½ inches wide. Glue the gold paper onto the card. Glue your layout onto this card.
Step 5: Next, fold the top your greeting card in half. Glue the piece of material to the unfolded piece of the card (on the inside). Glue your layout onto the bottom of the folded part of your card (on the outside). Place your greeting on the centre of your material (using the dimensional glue dots). This will keep your easel card from falling down!
To make the rosettes:
Step 1: Cut out the rosette toppers and using one of these as a temple, cut out some plain circles to back your rosettes.
Step 2: Next, if you are using wrapping paper as I have; trim it to the size of an A4 sheet (approx. 11 by 8.5 inches). Draw lines along the width of your paper every ½ inch. Fold up this paper, accordion style as shown. Next cut the accordion up into 2 inch pieces.
Step 3: Take 2 pieces and glue the ends together. Squash this down as shown and glue a rosette topper in the
Father's Day project from Angie!Posted: 13th June 2012 Category: Create your own projects By: jess serif
Father's Day is fast approaching and once again our DaisyTrail designer Angie Hinksman has been busy creating some fun and easy projects for you to create.
In this particular tutorial Angie will show you how to create an accordian style card, these cards are so easy and quick to make they're also perfect for birthdays and any other occasion!
What you'll need
- CraftArtist (any version) - including our free version
- The free 'Fathers Day 2012' kit from the Free Stuff page
For the card:
• 1 piece of cardstock measuring 4 x 12 inches
• Adhesive – I’ve used a glue roller
• Cutting tools – I’ve used a paper trimmer
• A ruler
• Photo printer paper and a printer
To create the digital layouts:
1.) Open CraftArtist and select ‘blank project’. Choose a ‘Custom’ page and set the size as 3.5 x 5.5 inches (portrait).
2.) Load the Father’s Day 2012 kit in the 'digikit browser' and click ‘add digikit’.
3.) Select the green patterned background from the 'backgrounds' tab then drag and drop on to your workspace.
4.) Click on the 'Photos' tab and add a selection of photos to use in your project (you'll need at least four). Drag a photo onto your workspace and adjust the size of the image using the corner handles.
If you have the Professional version of CraftArtist you can create a sepia effect to your photo by clicking on the Photolab tab and select the ‘Sepia’ lighting filter, to give your photo an ‘aged’ look. Click OK to commit the filter.
5.) Using the 'colour' tab change the line colour to white and adjust the line size to 10 pt in the 'line' tab. This will give your photo a white border, you can then add a drop shadow using the 'shadow' tool. I have also rotated the photo slightly by around 5 degrees to the left.
6.) Add some quirky embellishments such as moustaches and glasses to your subjects as well as any other embellishments you’d like.
7.) Select the 'Shape' tool on the top toolbar and choose the rectangle shape. Draw a rectangle and create a rounded edge effect by moving the handle to the left of the shape upwards.
8.) Using the colour tab change the fill to white and the line colour to light green (with a size of around 5 pts). Position this near the bottom of your layout and once again add a small drop shadow to your rectangle.
9.) In the embellishments tab, drag the ‘Happy Father’s Day’ embellishment onto your layout and resize so it fits just inside your rectangle.
10.) Insert another page to your project using ‘insert page’ button. Create three more layouts as before with your chosen captions, the third layout will be the final page so you may wish to add your personal message.
11.) Print your layouts (you can print all four layouts on one A4 sheet).
12.) Now you will need to assemble your card. To create your accordion card score 2 folds, one at 4 inches across and another at 8 inches across the width of your cardstock.
13.) Cut out your individual layouts and glue them centrally on each panel of your card as shown (one for the front and the other 3 inside).
These small layouts are also a perfect size for creating a smart phone album.
Simply, export your project by clicking ‘file’ > ‘export’. Select ‘jpeg’ format and ‘All pages (split)’ from the drop down menu. Navigate to where you would like to save your images (or create a folder) and save.
Once you’ve done this you can email your layouts and they can then be uploaded and saved to your chosen smart phone!
Mother's Day projects from Angie!Posted: 8th May 2012 Category: Create your own projects By: jess serif
With Mother's Day around the corner for all of you in the US we thought we'd get the fantastic Angie Hinksman to create some gorgeous cards for you to make in celebration!
For all of you in the UK who have already celebrated Mother's Day, these projects would also make great birthday cards with the recipients name on!
So, here are two quick and easy ideas for creating Mother’s Day Cards, using CraftArtist.
You’ll need a few basic supplies:
- CraftArtist (any version) - Including our FREE CraftArtist Compact
- The free Mother’s Day 2012 kit
- 2 sheets of printable card or photo paper
- 1 sheet of 12 x 12 coloured cardstock
- Scissors or a rotary cutter and cutting matt
- 3D dimensional pads
For the ‘Stepper Card’
To create your digital layout:
Step 1: Create a new document in Craft Artist. Choose Regular then A4 as your page size and layout.
Step 2: Next load the Mother’s Day 2012 kit, adding all of the items to your workspace.
Step 3: Use the Type tool to add an upper-cased ‘M’ to your layout (I’ve used Arial Rounded MT Bold, but you can use what font you have on your system). In Transform panel (located in the right-hand bottom of your workspace), resize the letter so that it is approximately 3 inches tall.
Step 4: Next, using the Select tool, drag your letter into the Stencils panel. Now delete the letter from your layout.
Step 5: Create a letter O stencil as before and delete the original from your layout.
Step 6: Next, add your first stencil to your layout.
Step 7: Add a Material (I’ve turned one of the backgrounds into a material by first dragging it onto its own layer and then dragging this into the Material section of my workspace.
Step 8: Once you’ve added your material, click on the stencil to release it. You may need to re-size it back to 3 inches at this point.
Step 9: Repeat these steps to create the letter O and remaining M. I’ve added a Green border to my letter O, but this is optional.
Step 10: Now, we’ll convert the letter O to a digi-frame. Select it, then choose ‘convert to bitmap’ in the Tools menu. Next, drag the letter into the Frames panel, delete the one on your workspace and finally bring the newly created frame back onto your layout. Now fill your frame with the picture of your choice! I’ve also added a flower embellishment, re-colouring it yellow.
Step 11: Next create a rectangle, using the shape tool (I’ve chosen yellow for my fill colour). Size it approximately 4 inches wide by 1.25 inches tall. Next, add a sentiment, using the Type tool to your rectangle.
Step 12: Print your layout.
Creating the stepper cardbase
This is really easy when you know how!
Step 1: Cut a 12 x 6 inch piece of cardstock and score it at 4, 8,9,10 and 11 inches.
Step 2: Fold your card so that you have a 4x6inch card with 2 accordion style steps at the front as shown.
Step 3: Finally attach your letters and sentiment, using 3D dimension pads.
For the simpler card
Step 1: Create a new layout, choosing Greeting Cards and the size of your choice (I’ve chosen the A7 size, Tent Fold).
Step 2: Once you’ve loaded the Mother’s Day kit, add a Background to your layout. Next create your letters, following the instructions above.
Step 3: Arrange the word MOM and your sentiment. Add a Shadow to the elements, using the Drop Shadow tool. This will give your card depth.
Step 4: Finally, print, fold and enjoy!
Have a great day!
Hybrid Easter Project from AngiePosted: 30th March 2012 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
Have you thought about making your own Easter cards and gifts this year? Well we've asked Angie Hinksman, one of the designers on our DaisyTrail shop, to get creating some projects to show you. We hope you get inspired to make your own!
Easter Project: Twisted Easel Card and Gift Bag
What you'll need
For the card:
• 1 piece of cardstock measuring 4 ½ x 9 inches
• 1 piece of co-ordinating cardstock measuring 3 ½ x 3 ½ inches
• 1 printed background measuring 4 x 4 inches
• Printed egg embellishments
• A small butterfly punch
• Small pieces of card for punching the butterflies
• Co-ordinating ribbon
• Fabric flower
• Sparkly tiny embellishments (I’ve used flowers)
• Tiny button
• Adhesive – I’ve used a glue roller, glue dots and foam stickers (for dimension)
• Cutting tools – I’ve used a paper trimmer and scissors
• A ruler
To create the digital embellishments:
1. Open CraftArtist and create an A4 sized blank project.
2. Load the Happy Easter Kit
3. Select a piece of material and re-size it to 4 ½ x 4 ½ inches
4. Add the Easter Egg embellishment and re-size to approximately 2 inches tall
5. Copy and paste the twice and re-colour the Eggs (I chose yellow and orange)
6. Print out your CA project and cut out your embellishments.
To make the Twisted Easel Card:
1. Fold the card in half so that you have a basic square-shaped card
2. Fold on half of the card diagonally (this will create the ‘twist’)
3. Adhere the patterned square to the right-hand side of the triangle piece of the card
4. Now make the topper:
a. Layer the 4 x 4 inch cardstock
b. Arrange the 3 eggs on the card, using the foam stickers for dimension.
c. Tie a bow and add the ribbon
d. Add other embellishments such as punched butterflies and a flower as you like.
5. Position the topper at an angle to emphasize the ‘twist’
6. Finally glue a small button or embellishment centrally, on the bottom of the card. This will stop the card falling down!
To make the gift bag:
The gift bag couldn’t be easier!
1. Simply create a new project in CraftArtist using the Gift Bag 2 Template as your starting point.
2. Add a background and any embellishments (I’ve just used a label and the word art).
3. Print out the bag, fold and glue. I’ve also add a ribbon to secure my bag and printed out another egg to use as a label.
So there you have it; a simple Easter Project which is sure to put a smile on a special someone’s face!
Have a great Easter!
Hybrid Scrapbooking for your Festive Memories!Posted: 30th December 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: jess serif
Here in the DaisyTrail office we’ve been busy scrapping our Christmas memories using great hybrid scrapbooks! Just look at what our Designer Charlotte has made to scrap her festive memories! It looks great and makes a perfect gift too!
Here’s the lowdown on how to create a gorgeous hybrid scrapbook:
2. Add the background, materials and embellishments to your page, we used the frame scissor punch on one of the materials too to outline frame we have used!
3. Insert your frame and add your photo using the photo tab.
4. You will now need to deconstruct your page. Simply insert a new blank page and add each element separately onto the blank page.
5. Print each element and cut them out!
6. Now you need to start layering up your scrap page, glue your background to the scrap page and layer each material using adhesive foam pads to make a great 3-D effect! Then, do the same with your embellishments and frame.
7. To finish add some glitter, ribbons and any other physical embellishments you wish to include! We tore off some handmade tissue paper, wrote on it and used it as a snippet on our scrap page!
So why not make a hybrid scrapbook yourself? It’s really simple, fun to make and gives you the best of both worlds by combining digital scrapping with traditional paper crafting! You could scrap your Christmas photos or even your New Year’s celebrations!
Don’t forget to share your scrapbook creations with us all on the DaisyTrail gallery!
3 crafty ways to make your Christmas wrappingPosted: 5th December 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
We all have to watch the pennies a bit more at Christmas, but it’s nice to give people thoughtful gifts that you know they’ll love. Why not make the most of your gifts with some personal wrapping that really show you care? Here are my top 3 tips for spicing up your presents this Christmas.
1. Print off your own wrapping paper
Choose your favourite wrapping paper from one of our Christmas kits and print it off to wrap your presents in. You can buy multipacks of plain white paper quite cheaply, so it’s a great way to save some money.
2. Create your own gift tags
One of the easiest ways to personalise your Christmas presents is to make your own gift tags. With CraftArtist, there are loads of different shaped templates for tags, so all you need to do is add your favourite background paper and your recipient’s name, then print!
If you’re feeling extra creative, you could also add some physical embellishments like gemstones or bows.
3. Print your own gift boxes
For smaller gifts like jewellery, cufflinks or even sweets, why not make your own gift boxes? If you're using CraftArtist, choose your favourite type of gift box from the templates, then add a Christmas background paper add print.
You could also add a name or some festive embellishments before printing. Cut your box out and assemble. We have added some green tissue paper, cream ribbon and some festive gems to our box to make it extra special.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my top tips and feel inspired to get creative with your Christmas wrapping. It’s easy with CraftArtist!
The Christmas Countdown is on!Posted: 7th November 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
With only 47 days until Christmas (eeeeeeeek!) we hope you are all starting to think about your plans for festive fun.
We have been planning Christmas festivities for a couple of months now - with magazine spreads and free kits - so it hasn't crept up on us quite as quickly.
I just wanted to get your creative minds working on making some really beautiful Christmas decorations & gift wrapping this year. It's something I always promise I'll get round to - but never quite manage it.
So this year, there's no excuse - even if you only have an A4 printer and can't print off your own wrapping paper or big gift bags, you can still create some fab personal gift tags or fun decorations for the tree.
I'm going to get started on some gift tags - 47 days will fly by!
Just one little request - let us see your creations! We want to see CraftArtist inspired tree decorations and gorgeous personalised gift bags.
Top Tips For a Spooktacular Halloween PartyPosted: 18th October 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
Top Tips For a Spooktacular Halloween Party
Halloween is a time of year that can be as fun for adults as it is for children, and it’s a great opportunity to get the whole family involved in craft activities. There are many ways to incorporate a spooky theme into your party decorations. Follow these tips to bring your Halloween party to life.
Even if it is just a small family party, letting children design invitations will help them get in the Halloween spirit. If they are inviting friends, why not include a dress code and adapt the language to suit the spooky theme? For example, “Come to my ghostly party if you dare!”
Perfect for any occasion, bunting is a popular decoration that can add an impressive touch to any room. Use fall colours such as brown, orange and black and include pumpkins, bats, witches, ghosts and other spooky images to add some character to the room.
3. Eye Masks
Whether you decide to dress up or not, an eye mask is a simple accessory to add to an outfit. It can add an air of mystery to a costume and could also be incorporated into some party games such as pin the nose on the pumpkin or a monster hunt hide and seek.
Even the food choices can have a spooky twist and add to the enjoyment. Use a play on words to describe the food and drink. For instance, a fruit punch can be labelled as ‘swamp juice’, jelly as ‘brains’ and spaghetti as ‘worms’. Embrace the theme and let your imagination run wild!
5. Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers
Once you’ve made your spooky treats, the Halloween theme can continue with how they are displayed. Cupcake wrappers and toppers can make a delicious treat look even more irresistible and also make homemade cakes look very professional.
6. Gift Bags
Give your children and their friends some treats to take away with them after the party has finished, reminding them of the great time they had. Fill a gift bag with badges, stickers, tattoo transfers, stationery and sweets all in the Halloween theme.
All of these items and much more can be created using CraftArtist Platinum – buy yours now from the DaisyTrail shop!
Easy photobooks with CraftArtistPosted: 28th September 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
Why not use all those photos from weddings, birthday parties and holidays by making a photobook? It's so easy with CraftArtist - this quick video will show you how to use the templates.
How to add the personal touch to your next partyPosted: 31st August 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
Planning a party from scratch can seem daunting to a lot of people. But don’t worry. If you break down the planning process and decide how much can be prepared in advance, it can be really easy and fun - whatever the occasion.
Making the decorations yourself can be a great way to give your day a personal touch. It is also a cost-effective way of transforming your living room, garden or a hired venue. There are so many items you can make yourself. Here are five tips for making your next party extra special and impressing all your guests!
Invitations – It’s not just about telling your guests where to be and when. Use the invitations to give your guests a glimpse of the theme and what to expect at the event. These can be created using your chosen colour scheme and you can even include photos and embellishments to match. For example, use a baby photo for a Christening party, clowns for a circus-themed children’s party or crystals for a glamorous 21st birthday party.
Bunting – Perfect for any occasion, bunting is a popular decoration that can add an impressive touch to any room or garden. Spell out ‘Happy Birthday’ around the room, string up flags to celebrate a National holiday or include photos for an added personal touch – the possibilities are endless.
Menus and place settings – If you’re having a more formal dinner party or evening reception after an event, personalised place settings can be an easy way to add some class. A simple printed menu with a decorative border can make a table look very professional with minimal effort!
Cake toppers – These decorative items are great for adding colour to your cupcakes and desserts, as well as impressing your friends and family. It’s easy to co-ordinate these with the rest of your decorations, and you could also consider using them as a centre piece on a table.
Gift bags – What better way is there to treat your guests than with a homemade gift bag or box? Fill it with a small present or favour such as chocolates, sweets or seeds to be planted. They are easy to make but are a great special touch. Why not get the family involved and make the bags together?
All of these items and much more can be created using CraftArtist Platinum.
My top 5 tips for making cardsPosted: 4th August 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: jogaskin
My top 5 tips for creating greeting cards
Getting inspiration for creating your own cards is difficult sometimes, and we’ve all had crafter’s block at some point. Whether you’re a paper or digital crafter, here are my top 5 tips…
Tip 1: Layer it up
On this card, I’ve used multiple layers – it’s a great way to use up scraps of paper, and for digital crafters it gives a real feeling of depth to the card. I’m sure you’ll all agree that using papers with a vivid pattern is sometimes difficult when you want to put words on top, but with layering it allows you to use any paper you like without worrying about your letters being drowned.
Tip 2: It’s all in the detail
Something that the scrapbookers amongst us will all understand: how important the little details are. It doesn’t matter if it’s only a card – the recipient will appreciate how much effort you have put in to make it. With this card, I’ve added lots of little details – like the Hessian edge on the centre material, the distressed edge of the background and the cluster of embellishments in the bottom corner.
Tip 3: Get creative with shapes
Shapes can be an interesting way to mount the different elements of your card. Play around with circles, squares, rectangles – pretty much any shape you like, and then mount your embellishments and text on top. Use a bright patterned background and your shapes will stand out even more.
Tip 4: Keep it simple
If Tip 2 seems a bit scary to you, start off simple. Sometimes the more basic the card, the more effective it is. For this card, I added a background, cut out a circle from a piece of material for the centre, and then added three pairs of shoes and my text. It really is as easy as that, and in minutes you’ll have a gorgeous homemade card.
Tip 5: Create your own bunting
Bunting is simple and easy to make, plus it’s a really hot trend in crafting at the minute. Try mounting your letters on bunting flags, or just create some pretty bunting for decoration like I have. If you’re a physical crafter, try using ribbon to hold the bunting together, or if you prefer digital, add some cute buttons or gems to go in-between the flags.
Why don't you give card-making a go and upload your designs for us to see?
Fantastic hybrid scrapbooksPosted: 11th July 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: joprior
Fantastic hybrid scrapbooks
For paper scrappers, it can be quite daunting to throw away the physical stash in favour of a computer, and most of us like the 3D aspect that a physical scrapbook gives us. A new trend that’s getting more popular is hybrid scrapbooking – a combination of physical and digital, so parts of the scrapbook will be printed off from the computer, and physical embellishments will be stuck on top.
I’ve wanted to have a go at making one for a while now, and thought ‘there’s no time like the present!’, so here’s my attempt…
For my scrapbook, I’ve kept it simple. I designed the whole layout in CraftArtist while keeping in mind the embellishments I’d chosen to add once it was printed off. I think it works quite well!
Here’s how I made it step-by-step:
1. I layered up my background, material papers and photograph and painted on my stitch for the butterfly. I added shadows at this point to make sure it would look 3D once printed.
2. I printed off my page, and then assembled the embellishments and letters on top to make sure it looked right before sticking them down.
3. Once happy, I glued everything into place and took some photos to show you all!
5 top tips for making a hybrid scrapbook layout:
1. Think about what you’d like to stick onto your layout once you’ve printed it. If your embellishments don’t go with your digital design, the two styles won’t gel and you won’t be happy with it.
2. Try printing your papers and photos on separate pages, then cut them out and assemble them. You could even use decorative edge scissors to get a funky edge.
3. If printing out embellishments to cut out and stick onto your scrapbook, go for items that won’t be too difficult to cut out. Anything with a bumpy edge or thin parts is not a good idea!
4. Try combining the two styles, for example, on my layout I’ve done a digital stitched line that leads to a butterfly embellishment.
5. Take a photo of your creation and upload it to DaisyTrail for us to see!
Easy Christening InvitationPosted: 20th June 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: joprior
Making your own Christening invitations is a lovely way to invite guests to share your special occasion. With CraftArtist, it is easy to make your own and your guests will be thrilled to receive a personal, homemade invitation. This gorgeous invite couldn’t be easier to make!
What you’ll need:
- CraftArtist Baby Photos
- CraftArtist Platinum
- CraftArtist Professional + ‘Diamond Hearts’ digikit
- Glossy paper
How to make it:
1. Open CraftArtist and set up your page as ‘Greeting Cards – Tri-Fold’, ‘A5 Folded’.
Now add the Diamond Hearts digikit to your workspace.
2. Drag the blue striped material onto your page and drag it into the backgrounds tab. Delete the material from your page. Now drag the striped background onto each page of your invitation.
3. Add the embellishments to your invite.
4. Drag a piece of white material onto the first page. Choose the Scissors tool and the square punch with a bumped edge. Cut out the shape and discard the off-cut.5. On each page, add your text using the Text tool and the digikit alphabet.
6. On page 2, select your text and choose the preset text path of a curve. Adjust the nodes until you’re happy with the text placement.
7. Drag a photograph onto the page and use the ellipse punch tool to cut out your photo as shown. Repeat for the photos on the inside of your invite.
8. Add shadows using the Shadow tool to finish off your design.
9. Print your invite onto glossy paper. If supported by your printer, use the flip option. If not, print one side, then manually flip your page and print the second page.
10. Decorate your invite as you wish!
Welcome the Easter bunny with homemade cards!Posted: 12th April 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: joprior
Have you all managed to give something up for lent and stick to it? I know I haven't - I was supposed to give up chocolate but only lasted about a week!
Why not celebrate Easter by sending your friends & family a homemade card?
This quick tutorial will show you how.
What you’ll need:
- CraftArtist software (any version)
- ‘Burst into Spring’ digikit, available from DaisyTrail: £3.49
- Blank card and envelope, any size (we are using glossy 260gsm photo paper)
How to do it:
- Open CraftArtist and Start with a Blank Project. Set your page up depending on your size card.
- Add the ‘Burst into Spring’ digikit to your workspace.
- Add the blue background to your front and back page by dragging and dropping it from the Backgrounds tab onto your page.
- Add your embellishments. Just drag and drop from the right. You can resize and rotate items by using the handles on the side.
- Paint a stem for your flower using the brush tool. We’ve used the flower brush from the Burst into Spring digikit.
- Add shadows to your embellishments to lift them off the page.
- Add stitching to you tag with the brush tool.
- Move your stitches behind the bow with the Arrange tool.
- Add text to your tag with the Text tool. We’ve used the font Euterpe.
- Draw an ellipse with the Shape tool, then hover over it with your mouse until you see the Text tool cursor with a squiggly line. Click once and you’ll be able to type text.
- Select your text with the Select tool and you’ll be able to change the font and colour.
- If you want to, you can now design the other pages of your card. If you can’t see the pages, click the little arrow at the bottom of your screen and they will be revealed.
- Click ‘Add a Sentiment’ to easily put a nice message in your card. Click the ‘Easter’ category and choose the sentiment you’d like. Now just click ‘Insert’. You can change the font & colour of your text easily - just select it and click the colours or scroll through the fonts.
Now all you need to do is print your card. We would recommend doing a test print to make sure you are flipping the paper the correct way for printing in the middle. Remember you can print multiple copies for all your friends and family!
Easy 50th Birthday CardPosted: 4th April 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: joprior
Quick Tutorial: Easy 50th Birthday Card
Homemade cards mean so much more to the recipient, so if you have time, it’s always better to make one instead of buy it.
50th birthdays are the perfect occasion to show off your card making skills.
Why not make a pretty 3D card to send?
If you are using CraftArtist (Greeting Cards or Platinum), there is a Make & Do project for making this gorgeous card.
1. Open up CraftArtist and select ‘Make & Do Project’.
2. Choose the Butterfly card.
3. If you would like to print a personal message, type it on the 3rd page of the project (with the butterflies on).
4. Next, print off the 3rd page and cut your embellishments out.
4. If desired, apply glitter to your butterflies and let them dry.
5. Next, apply glue to the items you’d like to stick onto your card (or sticky foam pads),
and assemble your card.
6. Leave your card to dry before writing a message inside and sending it!
DIY Wedding InvitationsPosted: 2nd March 2011 Category: Create your own projects By: joprior
Easy, beautiful wedding invitations in minutes!
Every couple wants beautiful wedding invitations that are easy to make and personal to them. With CraftArtist Wedding Day, it’s simple. You’ll be able to make this gorgeous invitation in minutes, just follow these instructions!
1) Open CraftArtist and set up your page. We’re making an A6 trifold card. Add the Modern Lace digikit to your desktop. Click OK.
2) There are 6 pages to a tri-fold card. You will need to design your invite as follows:
3) To design your invite, just drag the items you like from the left hand tabs and drop them onto your page. Backgrounds will automatically snap to the background layer. You can resize embellishments and frames by using the handles on the side, and rotate them using the handle at the top. You can navigate to any page by clicking on them at the bottom of your screen.
Add a background:
Draw a shape:
Add a frame and photo:
Add text with the text tool:
4) Repeat this process for the other pages in your invite. We’ve used the same background throughout and copy and pasted many items on each page to keep it consistent. Print your design and fold it to finish. Easy!
How to create Easter cards for free!Posted: 12th March 2010 Category: Create your own projects By: joprior
Another video from us - this time showing you how to create your Easter cards with DSA Compact and the new free kit: Easter 2010. This is more for the beginners really than the seasoned scrapbookers we have on here but we hope you all enjoy watching it!
Make your own Valentines card this year!Posted: 2nd February 2010 Category: Create your own projects By: joprior
Will is sweet talking you all into making your Valentines cards this year - here's a quick video demo...
Remember it doesn't have to cost you any money - download DSA compact and the Be My Valentine kit from the Free Stuff page.
Save money and make your Christmas cards with DSA!Posted: 24th November 2009 Category: Create your own projects By: joprior
A new voice for you to listen to this time - Will is making his debut as the voice of DaisyTrail Don't worry - Ash isn't going anywhere, we did this video for Serif and thought some of you would like to see it too.
The video will show you how to make a Christmas Card in DSA - Compact or the full version.
You can get the kit Will uses from the Free Stuff page (Serif Christmas Card 2008).