Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday
Hello, Friends! Today’s Throwback Thursday is a Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial. It’s a mash up made with 3 different Carta Bella Christmas collections: Farmhouse Christmas, Christmas Delivery and Christmas Market. The color palette of these 3 collections blended together perfectly, so I was able to use up a bunch of little scraps on this long and lean box style card.
Home for the Holidays Inspiration
As I was organizing my scraps, I came across this cute border strip of Christmas houses. Since it was long and skinny, I decided to make it the focal on this 8 1/2″ x 4″ box style card. My paper scraps, however, were not that long. So I had to innovate.
TIP: Join 2 complementary patterns of paper to create a designer look. The black tartan panel is 6″ x 3″. So I finished out the width of the card base with a 1 1/2″ x 3″ panel of a script pattern. The end result is pretty sharp looking.
TIP: Make your focal panel stand out from the crowd. Mat the top and bottom edge on solid cardstock. Then back it with dimensionals. Height equals prominence. Think about how a king’s throne always sits higher than its surroundings. That’s so he stands out in a crowd. The same principle holds true in papercrafting.
The Shaker Element
I generally make the shaker element the focal point of my card. But for this card, I turned the shaker element into the embellishment. Here’s how.
- First, punch the center out of a chipboard frame.
- Next, back the frame with clear cardstock. I use Dries Clear Adhesive for this task, but you can use scor-tape, red line tape or any other strong adhesive that dries clear and goes down neatly.
- Now adhere 3 layers of 1/4″ foam tape to the back side of the shaker frame. You will need to angle the corners so that the foam does not show.
- Next, place the filler mix in the center of the area where you plan to adhere the frame. I used these adorable Sprinkletz to fill mine. (Supply list is linked below the post.)
- Then line up the frame and press it into place. You only get one chance to do this, so make sure that you are centered and straight.
- Finally, punch out the Christmas Wellies from the chipboard sheet. Back with foam tape (height=prominence, remember?). Adhere to the right side of the frame. Dress up with a little bow, tiny jingle bells and a bit of greenery.
A Peek Inside
This is why I love this card style! It makes the perfect base for a little Christmas gift!
You can tuck gift card wallets in the top pocket and treats in the bottom.
Carta Bella Box Card Tutorial #2: The Vertical Box Card
This card base can also be turned vertically for a totally different look.
Die cut an Eileen Hull Mitten from scraps of Christmas Delivery papers and from chipboard. Then adhere the patterned paper mitten to the chipboard. Next, adhere a Reneabouquets Mini Snowman to a chipboard element from Farmhouse Christmas. Create a border on the bottom of the card by layering ribbon together and wrapping around the base.
Now you can fill the side pocket with a Tea Party in a Box. It’s another perfect little Christmas gift!
If you’d like to learn how to create this versatile card base, please enjoy this short tutorial. I also share some great tips for organizing your paper collections and scraps.
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your next crafty adventure. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You will find a linked supply list below the post.
These cards are also available for purchase in my Etsy shop.
Thanks for stopping by!
- Carta Bella
- Prima Christmas in the Country Flowers (retired)
- Reindeer Satin Ribbon
- Shell Grey Sparkle Satin
- Silver Snowflake Grosgrain Ribbon
- Santa’s Treats Sprinkletz
- Eileen Hull Mitten Die
- Mat Board
- Reneabouquets Mini Snowman
- Mini Jingle Bells
- Greenery from a floral pick
- Glitter Snowflake from the Dollar Store
- Plastic Paper File
- 1/4″ Foam Tape
- acetate sheets (clear cardstock)
- Retired bits and bobs from my stash