Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial

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Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday project is this adorable Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial.  I call it Chicken Scratch because the cover is made completely from little bits and bobs of paper left over from previous crafty adventures.  Yes, it’s a “Let’s Use Our Scraps” day here at Kathy by Design.

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I don’t know what it is about these adorable chickens…but they get me every time!  They are just so cute and clucky and sassy that I could not resist using them as one of the images on this card front.

TIP: If you are using two focal images on a card, be sure that they do not compete with one another.  The image on the top is very clean and smaller than the “busier” image of the hens and chicks on the bottom.

TIP: Find a way to tie the two images together.  The cute chicken button connects the two images together.  But I also repeated the plaid background in both sections of the card.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is just as happy as the outside with lots of sweet daisy patterns and a lovely pocket.

Little tags like this one are another great way to use up those scraps!  Notice that I repeated the chicken theme inside the card.  This is a great way to make a design feel cohesive.

I also tucked in a packet of wildflower seeds and a cute little tea wallet and honey stick combo.  Now the card is a gift…and wouldn’t it be so cute for Mother’s Day?

Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I built the layers for this card front, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

Would you like to see more cards made with this sweet paper collection?  You can find Carta Bella Homemade projects HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this post, but feel free to use YOUR favorite scraps with this card “recipe.”

Thanks for stopping by!



  • Carta Bella Homemade
    • 12×12 collection pack
    • 6×6 paper pad
    • chipboard stickers
  • Everything’s Blooming Small Doily
  • Oval Die Cut
  • Coral Rose Mini Check Ribbon
  • Chicken Button, frying pan charm (this was a gift) and Vintage Buttons from my stash

9 thoughts on “Carta Bella Homemade Chicken Scratch Card Tutorial

  1. 1sassy1

    Love this sweet card that brings a smile with all the patterns and cute details. I enjoyed the video and watching your process as you brought all the elements together. Thank you for sharing!

    Sandra Smith
    Queen Creek

    1. kathycNC Post author

      I have a very basic Brother Sewing machine that I bought from JoAnn’s about 12 years ago. It’s not computerized, but it is easy to use and seems to take any challenge I send its way. I use a top stitching or denim needle as it seems to handle sewing on paper better. I also use Sulky 12pt thread. Hope that helps!

  2. Helen

    What a joy to see how scraps can come together for a card that is bright, sweet and suitable for everyone, no matter their age. I can see children loving this too, especially the chicken button and egg in the pan. And the treats continue inside. You really have mastered the gift in a card and come up with new ideas every time. Love it!

  3. Laura Clark

    The chickens did make me smile as it is such a cute theme! Thank you for all your tips on using scraps and making a cohesive and beautiful card.

  4. Lila

    Love this card. I’m sorry I haven’t been commenting on your projects it’s been a rough four weeks I haven’t even had the strength to be in my craft room. I lost my dear sister on the 24th after 2 weeks of setting in ICU with her. I’m finally able to sleep and function again. This card made me happy thank you.
    I would love your mailing address.

    1. Laura Clark

      Lila, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost a very close friend suddenly a year ago and it was extremely hard. I wish for you to have peace in your heart and hold her memory close.

  5. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, I really look forward to scrap tutorials! This card is absolutely adorable! I love the pretty colors and of course the chickies. Those ribbons are beautiful and the buttons match everything so perfectly. I love how the inside of your cards are always full of pretty surprises! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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