Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial

Carta Bella Spring Market Planter's Box Easel Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Throwback Thursday Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for Throwback Thursday!  This week, I dug deep into the Closet of Shame to create this Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial.  If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I used loads of this 2018 collection when it first came out.  You can take a peek at those fun projects HERE.   I do have a video tutorial for you today, as well as a project tour of the 3 cards I managed to make from the scraps of this happy paper collection.

Carta Bella Spring Market Cards: The Potting Bench

What do you do with the leftover bits and bobs of a favorite paper collection?  Do they end up gathering dust in the Closet of Shame?  Well, this 6″ x 6″  Potting Bench Easel card is a great way to make something beautiful with those scraps.  (If you don’t have the Spring Market Collection in your stash, I’m sure you have something that will work equally well.)

First, lay out all your collection scraps in piles, sorted by pattern and size.  I did not have a single complete piece of paper left, but I had a few large scraps, loads of smaller pieces, lots of ephemera cards and a few stickers to work with.  Easel cards are a great option when you are trying to use up scraps because the scored panels only measure 6″ x 3″.  This allows you to use up those annoying off cuts left over from previous project.

TIP: When a panel is not quite tall enough, or wide enough to cover a card base, try splitting it in half.  That’s what I did on the cover of this easel card.  I loved the little potting bench and canopy image, but it was an inch too short for my card base. So I split it in half horizontally, spliced in a scrap of the dark floral pattern and created a planter box to cover up the seam.

This trio of tags fits nicely in the planter box pocket.  And there’s room on the back of each tag to add a photo or a small note.


The video tutorial will also show you how to add a pocket and tea wallet to the inside of the card.

Live Life in Full Bloom Hybrid Fancy Fold Shaker Card

Carta Bella Spring Market Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’m not sure what to call this card.  It is part z-fold, part Joy Fold, part shaker card, part card folio.  This used up scraps from my plain cardstock file as well as Spring Market Scraps. I may have to revisit this fun design and share it in a future Throwback Thursday project.  What do you think about that?

This resin frame makes a great shaker element!  Simply adhere clear acetate to the back of the frame.  Then add a couple of layers of foam tape over that.  Next, pile up your shaker mix in the area where you plan to place the frame.  Finally, remove the liner tape from the foam adhesive and press in place.  I just adore a good shaker card!

Here you can see the combination of the Z-Fold Card with the Joy Fold card design.  It’s hard to understand here, but you’ll see it in the project share portion of the video.

Again, the smaller panels of the Z-Fold card design allow you to use up smaller pieces of designer paper.

You can even cover the back side of the Z-Fold card.  This is a great spot to tuck in a gift card!

Do you ever use the back side of your card?  I don’t usually do that.  But for this card, I used a bit of a border piece to make a shallow pocket for this tea wallet and demitasse spoon.

Now the card is a gift!  How cool is that?

I did make one more little folio with the scraps of this lovely collection.  But there were so many photos for this post already, I decided to just share it with you in the video tutorial below. It’s a new twist on the old Four Fold Folio, and it’s really fun.

Let’s Get Our Craft On!

I hope this post will inspire you to break some of your pretty papers out of your Closet of Shame and put them to good use.  I know we are all trying to stretch our dollars right now, so using up what we have just makes good sense.  If you plan to  make this project, please let me know in the comment section below. You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!




*Please note: many of the products I use in these Throwback Thursday posts are no longer available for purchase, so I cannot link to them.  Please feel free to substitute collections and items that you have in your own crafty stash.  Thanks!

13 thoughts on “Carta Bella Spring Market Card Tutorial

  1. Susan Steele

    Just luv how you can use so many scraps and come up with such beautiful cards! And these are such great ideas! Luv the potting bench! Luv that beautiful shaker frame! And your 4 fold card …luv that idea …how it grows! Lol! I’m sure your friend is gonna luv this! I’m definitely trying this new concept! Luv that file folder inside too! Thanks for sharing all your ideas with your stash! Hugs, Suzy Q

  2. HirschEngelchen

    Hi Kathy,
    I had to laugh about that expression “closet of shame”…. I know so very much, what you’re talking about… 😉
    That idea to use a resin frame for a shaker element is awesome! I have such frames in my stash, too. Now I know a purpose for them, finally! Thank you for all that inspiration! These are all so wonderful cards. Lucky recipients!

    Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

    Hugs from HirschEngelchen

  3. MaryH

    Love your idea for the Throwback Thursday project. This is a card you couldn’t resist sharing with your loved ones! Gorgeous…

  4. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what fantastic projects! I really enjoy your projects that use up the scraps! Some of our paper collections are just too precious to let one little bit go to waste. This paper collection is a favorite of mine and seeing how you use the little bits and pieces is so great! Going now to see the video. Yay! Thank you for sharing the link to go back and see other things you have created that I may have missed! Hugs!

  5. Isabel Borrero-Gonzalez

    Oh my, Kathy! This card is gorgeous. You did so much with just scraps. It’s amazing!! I love it!!!

  6. Helen

    Three fabulous card projects, Kathy…seeing how your used left overs from this set gives me some ideas for using similar sets that I have. Who knows? I just might find this set somewhere in my stash. It’s certainly worth look for! Trying to keep calm and make cards 🙂 tfs-Hugs. Stay healthy.

  7. Priscilla Hughs

    Just watched your video…you are so well prepared, makes it delightful to watch you weave your magic with all of the bits and pieces! I have never tried a card like this, but I think I just may have the confidence to do it now! Thanks again for sharing your expertise! Love it!

  8. soozyb2013

    “Jam” packed with goodness, lovely papers. Huge card Kathy, packed with a lot of love. We are getting the gardens ready for planting, we have had such a great few days of sunshine and today is supposed to get up to roughly 65 – 70 degrees today!!! YAY, at least sitting outside is nice and you can relax with social distancing of course, and chat with your neighbours. Stay well.


    Just gorgeous Kathy!! I love your projects made from “leftovers”!! Stunning work!!!

  10. Claire Gagne

    Another over-the-top card make Kathy! Your embellishing skills are sur real!! I can’t imagine what my postage would be to sending these cards out! But for a special occasion I sure would do it & create my own chipboard box to boot!!! Be safe & TYFS

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