Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card

Throwback Thursday Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card for Throwback Thursday                                                                        PLUS Organizing Tips and Making a Card Background from Scraps

Hello, Friends!  For this installment of Throwback Thursday we’re going to make a Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card.  This quick and easy holiday card is a Christmas “mash up” project made with 3 different Carta Bella Christmas collections.  You will learn how to make a darling Christmas ornament embellishment using dies and scraps.  The best part?  The ornament detaches from the card front and can be hung on the tree.  I’ll also be sharing tips for organizing your little bits of designer paper.  And, I’ll show you how to use skinny scraps to make a beautiful wintry card background.  So let’s get started!

How to Make a Christmas Ornament Card

  • Begin by creating a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ top fold card base from a sheet of black cardstock.  Simply cut the paper on the short side at 5 1/2″.  Then score in half at 5 1/2″.
  • Next, cut a 5 1/4″ square panel of red cardstock to serve as a mat.
  • Now, measure out some paper scraps that are 5″ in width.  The height is not as important, because as you will see in the video tutorial, we are going to stitch panels of paper together.

Now that your base panel is prepared, you can start adding designer elements.

  • First, trim down a 3″ x 4″ image from the collection to measure 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.  Mat this on a scrap of red foil cardstock.  This helps the image to stand out on the card front.
  • Now prepare your ornament embellishment.

  • Die cut scraps of designer paper and thin chipboard with an ornament die.
  • Now figure out the placement of the ornament on the card base.
  • Once you know where the ornament is going to be placed, adhere a small magnet on the back side of the chipboard ornament.
  • Then cover the front and back of the ornament with the designer papers.
  • Place the magnet that will sit on the card base on the back of the ornament.  It will automatically attach to the die beneath the patterned paper.
  • Now remove the adhesive from the magnet and press the ornament in the spot where you want it to rest on the card base.
  • Cover the magnet on the card base with a decorative tag.  Now the ornament can be detached from the card, but the card will still look finished.
Finishing Touches

  • Now add a bow cluster on the left hand side of the sentiment.
  • See how I changed my mind?  I covered the border in the video with another tag.  Then add bows and buttons to the sides to finish it off.
  • Finally, sprinkle some sequins around to add just the right amount of sparkle and shine.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with a pocket, sentiment card and a little gift card wallet.

Tuck a gift card or small treat inside and you are good to go!

Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Video Tutorial on YouTube

I hope this Throwback Thursday has inspired you to break out your paper scraps and make something beautiful.  I’ll show you how I used that paper pieced card background in a project later this month.  I think you’ll be surprised!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




NOTE:  Throwback Thursday projects use older collections and scraps to make new projects.  For this reason, I cannot always link to product that might be out of stock or retired.  Thanks for understanding.



10 thoughts on “Carta Bella Christmas Ornament Card

  1. Dana Roepke

    I love Throwback Thursday’s!! Love that the ornament comes off – two for one gift and am definitely going to try that scrap strip technique. I need some chalk paint …… better go to the store

  2. Helen Budz

    Kathy, this throwback is delightful…especially like that the ornament is detachable for hanging on the tree. Busy making all the Authentique calendars (so last minute!) so I’m working backwards visiting your blog posts–it’s that kind of time for me. Continuing to enjoy all your creations and learning so much along the way. As always, tfs-stay well. Hugs!

  3. MaryH

    Oh my gosh how I love Throwback Thursdays and I am loving the use of the plaids! What a smart one you are to use a magnet to attach that lovely ornament. An idea I definitely am using❣️Love, Love, Love the card holder – simple but oh so gorgeous. Your tips are always inspirational – I am starting to write them down so my old brain doesn’t forget the unforgettable…

    Thought you should know – I need an intervention; since I have started watching your videos, I save just about any scrap paper I get my hands on. The tissue box pieces are great to use to cut out sentiments and slap on a pretty piece of paper over it and voilà your done (no more gluing three or more sentiments together)! Then there are the cards I get – I can use for strips, fussy cut out a flower or whatever. And I too save boxes to cut up and heavy envelopes. This alone is keeping my days full. Hang in there Kathy 2021 will be even more fun than 2020 (I hope)….

  4. Sharon Betts

    So pretty! I like the pocket on the inside. Clever place for a gift card. Love the ornament idea!

    Sharon Betts

  5. Susan Steele

    Luv this beautiful Ornament card with your Christmas stash!!! And beautiful idea to be able to hang the ornament up …although I like it right there on that beautiful card. Lol! I’ve found lots of old Christmas scraps and can’t wait to try that cute little trick on your tutorial! I have lots of time …we’re under quarantine for at least another week. Praying we don’t catch it. Take care and be safe. Hugs, Suzy Q

  6. Claire Gagne

    I now know what to do with my misc. scrap I have in a box. So I’d better be getting to trimming away & let the fun begin. Be safe & TYFS


    Lovely idea Kathy, we all have so many scrap pieces of paper and it is great to be able to use them all up and still have a professional finish. Thanks again for your inspiration.

  8. Betsy

    Oh my goodness! I have so much scrap left ( just like the rest of us.) Thank you Kathy. Your video is most helpful.

    1. Betsy

      Whoops, I forgot to mention I love the paper clipping similar size scraps together. Never thought of that!

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