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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  If you are a fan of all things Victorian, then you are going to love this Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial.  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Normally I would tell you to grab a cuppa and a snack while we talk all things papercrafting.  But this Victorian Christmas Album seems to call for china cups, linen napkins, silver spoon and crumpets.

As many of you know, I have been in the process of re-organizing and purging my tiny studio.  As is always the case, I found some forgotten goodies that inspired this Throwback Thursday.  Prima’s Victorian Christmas Collection was released in 2015.  I fell in love with it immediately.  All those jolly Victorian Santa Claus images,  sweet birds and vintage toys captured my imagination.   When i also found a forgotten stash of 5″ x 7″ burgundy envelopes, the concept for this envelope album was born.

Now,  I did not invent the idea of using envelopes to make a mini album.  It’s been around forever.  But I did make a few innovations to make the concept my own.  I’ve created a little video tutorial to guide you through the steps of making the album base with something wonderful from your crafty stash.

Some Helpful Tips and Tricks

This album measures about 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.  That’s because I used envelopes for 5″ x 7″ cards.  But you can use whatever size envelopes you have in your stash as long as they are all the same width and height as one another.

Adding canvas and fabric to the cover design really strengthens and reinforces the album spine.  Ranger Industries makes a Sticky Back Canvas that is really easy to work with.   I highly recommend it.  Just measure it to size, peel off the backing and press it in place.  Easy peasy!

If you choose to use a fabric spine as I did for this album, there are a couple of things to bear in mind.

  • First, don’t use fabric that is too thick or stiff.  It will make it hard to open the cover.
  • Next, stitching around the edges will keep the fabric from fraying.  If you don’t sew, you can use a product called Fray Stop for this purpose.
  • Stitch your buttons in place before you adhere the fabric spine to the base.
  • Adhere your fabric spine with a strong adhesive like Red Line Tape or Scor-Tape.
The Picture Show

This little gold letter box is a charm that came as an add on to the collection.  Fill it with festive greenery for a fun detail.

Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to build up lots and lots of layers.  Look for Christmas greenery in the floral department of your craft store.  The Christmas pick this greenery came from was on clearance.  I love a good deal!

A Peek Inside

Because Victorian Christmas had a countdown cut apart page, I decided to turn my album into a December Daily.  You’ll see all the details in the video tutorial and tour below, but I thought you might like to see a few detail shots here as well.

Double waterfalls with magnetic closures offer a great way to use up scraps.

Use a circle die to create an interesting edge on your envelope pocket pages.  These also make it easier get photos and recipes in and out of the pockets.

There are so many wonderful Victorian Santa Claus images in this collection.  It just makes a fun lap book, even without photos or journaling.  But I included lots of room for both.

TIP:  Add even more of a Victorian Vibe to your envelopes by brushing the edges with gold paint.  I did not have any gold paint in the studio.  So I brushed the edges with Prima Gold Crackle paste.  It worked beautifully.

Envelope Album Tutorial

If you’d like to see how to create the envelope album base, please enjoy this tutorial and video tour with tips and tricks.

 

Do you have this collection in your stash?  Or have you ever made an envelope album?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to get into your stash and make something new from something old.  Because many of the products I use for Throwback Thursday are older or retired, I may not be able to link to them.  But I bet you have a suitable substitute in your crafty stash!  

 

 

Autumn Splendor Shaker Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  This week I’m featuring Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collection in a shaker card format.   If you’re not familiar with this line, you are in for a treat.  I love the shades of teal, rust and gold in this lovely botanical collection.

Naturally, I decided to turn a chipboard frame from the collection into a shaker box.  This is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • First, cut clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame. Adhere it with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, add 1/4″ foam tape around the perimeter of the frame.  I like to use at least 2 layers to make room for larger elements like buttons and pearls.  Three layers is best.
  • Finally, cut a panel of designer paper to serve as a backer for the frame.  I chose a pretty fall botanical.  Then I tucked in a die cut butterfly, added my sequins and adhered the frame over the panel.
Autumn Splendor Shaker Card Details

 

Brush gorgeous fall roses with a bit of copper metallic paint to give them an aging, faded look.  Then pile on bits and bobs from the Autumn Splendor ephemera pack to create lots of lovely layers.  Add some pretty bows, burlap string, and of course, buttons to finish off the card.

My favorite element might be this gorgeous butterfly from Reneabouquets.  I tell ya, friends, I am addicted to these winged beauties!

A Peek Inside

I’ve tucked loads of goodies inside this card folio.  The papers are so gorgeous I could not stop myself. Instead of using a pocket on top of the card, try adding a belly band.  Then you can slip a little photo mat behind it.  The back side has a blank panel for a note or photo.

The pocket has ample room for a tea wallet, honey stick, chocolate and a darling vintage silver plate demitasse spoon. ( I am also addicted to these little beauties!)

There’s room to write a wee message inside the tea wallet.  But mostly I wanted you to see a close up of this precious little spoon.  The details in these lovely old pieces thrills me.  I love the care and craftsmanship that went into the design and manufacture.  They hearken back to a gentler era, and I just love them. I keep a sharp eye out for them at yard sales, flea markets and estate sales.

If you’d like to see other projects made with this paper collection, please click HERE.   This card folio is also available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

I hope you enjoyed this warm and cozy Autumn Splendor Shaker Card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

PS….for some reason, WordPress has stopped delivering  your comments to my email account.  I’m working on figuring out how to fix this, but for the time being, please know that I am responding to your comments in the discussion thread below each post.  Technology…..it’s great when it works, but a real pain when it does not!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday posts feature older collections and goodies from my stash.  My intent is to encourage you to dig into your crafty stash and make something beautiful with product that you already have in house. Some of these items are no longer available for purchase, so I am not able to link to them.  Thanks for understanding!

Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Hello Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday project is a lush, layered Autumn Butterflies Easel Card made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Collection.  The sad story is this:  I dutifully filmed a tutorial as I was making this card.  Making a card while filming a tutorial always takes me 2 or 3 times longer, but I know how much you enjoy them.  So I do it.  Imagine my dismay and frustration when the video was deleted from my new phone.  (Learning curves are tricky to navigate.  Ugh.)  But the end project is so pretty, I had to share it with you as planned.  I’ll try to share lots of tips and tricks to help you recreate it.

Autumn Butterflies

Have you ever noticed how many butterflies you see in the fall?  And they are huge!  The graceful beauties flitting about in our backyard inspired this card made primarily with scraps.

  • To begin, cut  (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels from cream cardstock.
  • Next, adhere the 5″ edge of one panel to the 5″ edge of the second panel.  You want a 1/4″ overlap.
  • Now score this long panel at 7″  and fold to form a 5″ x 7″ Top fold card.
  • Trim the extra length off the bottom of the card.
  • Now score the card front at 3 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Then cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown cardstock.  Do not adhere this to the card front yet.
  • Mat a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper on a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of kraft cardstock.
  • Then mat a 4″ x 6″ Autumn Sunset Journal card on kraft and brown mats as seen in the photo below.
Create a Focal Point

Create a focal point with die cuts, ephemera cards, Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Butterflies.

  • First, cut the Spellbinders Lattice Quadrante Die from patterned paper and from Copper Foiled paper.
  • Next, adhere the two die cut layers together so that the edges are offset as seen in the photo.
  • Then, carefully cut the die on the diagonal lines to make 4 pieces.
  • Layer a foiled ephemera card (“Album”) with the Reneabouquets “Tree of Life” Beautiful Board, a scrap of canvas fabric, another ephemera card, and the “Love” ephemera piece.  Use dimensionals between the layers.
  • Then adhere the cut pieces of the Lattice Quadrante behind the focal image.  Place the scrolled edges on the side and the pointed lattice edges top and bottom.

The final touch is the gorgeous Champagne Butterfly in the center of the Tree of Life Frame.  I deliberately kept the card front simple and elegant so that the beauty of each element would have a chance to shine.

A Peek Inside

I created this primarily as a home décor item,   But I did add a small sentiment panel inside the card.

I hope this Throwback Thursday inspires you to dig through some of your retired fall papers and make something beautiful.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.  If you’d like to purchase this card you can find it in my ETSY Shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to help you use up older papers and collections.  For that reason, I cannot always link to retired products.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Authentique Frontier Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier.  Seems like it’s been ages since I had the time to create a Throwback Thursday post, doesn’t it?  I’ve missed them, too!  But I was tidying up the studio after vacation and my eyes landed on this lovely collection.  Since I have a couple of friends with September birthdays, I thought this would be a good way to get back in my crafting groove.

I actually made two cards.  The first one was for practice. (You take a week of vacation, and you have to learn how to make a card all over again!)

Both cards are my “go to”  5″ x 7″ top fold style.  I had a lovely pile of Frontier scraps to choose from and a square doily that I also found while rummaging around in the Closet of Shame.  Since the doily was 8″ x 8″, I was able to trim off two of the lacy corners.  The remaining panel is the backdrop for this card, stitched to the denim blue card cover.

TIP: Create your card cover “off the card.”  This allows you to machine stitch, wrap ribbon around the card sides (or in this case a doily) and keep a neat edge.

Let’s take a closer look at the first card.

Farm Girl Card from Scraps

Each layer in this card is made with scraps.  The blue denim stripe pattern in the background was a bit short for my card height.  No problem!  Simply add a border strip to the bottom of the card.  Then wrap burlap string along the edge between the paper and the border strip to cover the gap.

Adhere foam or waste chipboard to the back of paper layers to create loads of dimension.

TIP: The gingham fishtail banner piece was too short to span the card.  No worries!  Cut it in half down the middle and adhere to the card base.  The layered images will cover the gap in the center and no one but you will know!

TIP: Cluster small elements around your focal  image to frame it.  This will automatically draw the eye to the center of the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a shallow pocket inside the card.  This is easy if you score and fold the extra panel you will have after creating the card base.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of kraft cardstock from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.
  • Next, score the first panel at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Fold on the score lines to create a 1/2″ top fold spine.
  • Now, adhere the 2nd panel over the 1″ overhang on the first panel.  The back panel of the card base will be too long, but don’t cut the overhang!
  • Score the overhang at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold to form a box pocket.
  • Secure the sides of the box pocket with 1 1/2″ x 1″ gussets.  Score the gussets at 1/2″ and 1″ and fold to form the sides of the box pocket.
  • Finally adhere the outer flaps of the gussets to the back side of the pocket flap and then to the card base.  Perfect box pocket!

Now wrap a tea bag and a treat with scraps of your designer paper.  Stamp a birthday sentiment on a journal card from the paper collection.  I’ll write a note on the cream panel of cardstock, then I will adhere it to the top half of the card.  It’s easier to write on this way.

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial

I call this card “Friendship Garden”.  I love the image of these two sweet girls.  There is a video tutorial for this one, so I won’t say much here.

You can see how I used one of the cut off doily corners as a layer in the card design.  I still have one left to use on another card some day.  Vintage blue buttons add a perfect finishing touch.

The die cut wreath (retired Spellbinders) is my favorite element on the card.  I rubbed the leaves with Nuvo Mousse to add a lovely patina to the leaves.

Here’s a peek at the inside.

Video Tutorial

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will inspire you to dig into your Closet of Shame and use some of your lovely paper scraps.  There’s something so satisfying about creating with an older collection!

If you’d like to see past projects created with this lovely collection, click HERE.

You’ll find links to supplies that are still available below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note:  Throwback Thursday uses older collections so not all products will still be available.  Check your stash for substitutes.

 

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