Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial

Carta Bella Christmas Delivery Farmhouse Christmas Christmas Market Chocolate Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

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

Reneabouquets Snowman Printed Beautiful Board Carta Bella Box Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

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!

Video Tutorial

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!





14 thoughts on “Carta Bella Christmas Box Card Tutorial

  1. Isabel Gonzalez

    Both cards are beautiful, Kathy, but the snowman stole my heart! He looks so cheerful in his blue hat and buttons. I just love that card!!! Thank you for sharing, my sweet friend!!! Please keep praying for us. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!! Hugs xoxo

  2. Phyllis

    Thank you for sharing a card that can use scraps. I love that you can load it up with little treats and customize it. I also was soon excited to see how you store your paper.
    Love your card, thank you.

  3. MaryH

    Gail’s comment is so cute…I’ll be waiting outside your house for her to relieve her of that bag of goodies

    I love those designer Wellies (Wellington boots) are stunning and certainly not for mucking about!

    I adore this card it show cases all your talents from ribbon making and deployment, flower making, use of color & patterns to composition and everything in-between. Your talent knows no bounds and your nimble fingers produce such wonderful embellishments. YEAH FOR THROWBACK THURSDAYS!

  4. Gail Scott

    Kathy, Please tell me what time you go to sleep at night and if you have an alarm on your home – cuz I am breaking in and stealing that Chocolate – LOL – kidding kidding – but oh what a wonderful box with all those goodies – love Carta Bella and Echo Park papers and embellishments – once again you rocked the world with your lovely art! Thanks Kathy and have a fab week

  5. Claire Gagne

    Goodness gracious. I just adore this one Kathy. This one I can handle for sure & will make at least 2 of them for special friends in my life right now. Be safe & TYFS

  6. Charlotte

    I love this so much. These slimline sizes are just my style these days. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. Charlotte

  7. Anne Wiese

    I love both of these cards! They will make great gifts for my neighbors. Do you put them in an envelope, and, if so, what kind? Thanks for all your great ideas!

  8. Gena L Krannig

    Beautiful cards, Kathy! I love them both. The long skinny card is so retro to me because back in the 60s is when they started coming out with that style card. The boots of course are absolutely adorable and I love the little houses. And how sweet is that jolly, happy snowman with his gorgeous poinsettia and mitten background? What great Christmas collections from Carta Bella! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  9. Susan Steele

    Both cards are adorable!!! Luv this slimline look. Your little shaker on the side is too cute! But the second card with the mitten and that burly looking snowman …and those snow dusted poinsettias ….my favorite!!! Absolutely luv that layout! Thanks so much for all your inspiration! You are the best! Now gotta watch your tutorial …and thank you for sharing! Hugs , Suzy Q

  10. Priscilla Hughs

    Oh Kathy…you constantly inspire me! You are right, lovely gift idea, thinking of elderly people that are shut in during this pandemic. And children! The possibilities are endless. I separate my solid/patterned scraps too. Handy when I need to die cut small “sayings”. Thanks again for sharing!

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