Directions for My Super Duper Cute Santa Box


I saw the Santa Gift Bag on Sarah Will's Blog and loved it but I wanted to make it totally with Close to My Heart’s new exclusive Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I used Sarah’s easy downloadable instructions to make the box, but the rest of it is mine. 

First you will make the box. You will need a piece of 12” x 7 ¾” Cranberry Cardstock.

Score lengthwise at 1 ¾” (this will form the bottom flaps) and then turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 1 ¾”, 5 ¾”, 7 ½” and 11 ½”. In the picture below, the cardstock is flipped over and the “flap” on the left side is actually the 11 ½” score line.


See how I cut away part of the cardstock at the left flap so that the box goes together more easily? You will also cut along the score lines below the bottom score line but only up to the bottom score line. This will form the bottom flaps.


Apply a strong adhesive to side “flap” and bottom flaps. I use Scor-Tape to put my box together. Assemble box. After you assemble the box, tuck in the sides of the box as you gently push the front and back of the box together. Each side will bow in and form a slight “V”.

Cut a 1” x 12” piece of black cardstock for the belt. The rest of the Santa is cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. Here is a picture of all the pieces.


CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge Shapes Used:

Daisy White Cardstock:

  • Beard is         <Rectangle8> 8.0”    (pg 65)                                              You will cut 2 ½” off each end and you will get 2 beards from one piece
  • Mustache is     <Heart1> 2.5”        (pg 26)                                               Cut in ½ to get 2 equal pieces
  • Hat Trim is      <Shape10> Font Shift 4.35”     (pg 67)
  • Pom Pom is     <Circle4> Decorative Layer Shift 1.5”                        edited with the Gypsy to remove inner design (pg 51)
  • Holly Leaf is     <Leaf3> 1.75”            (pg 46)

Baby Pink Cardstock:

  • Box Flap is      <Banner3> 4.25”       (pg 39)                                     Score 2 ½” and 2 ¾” from squared end.
  • Nose is           <Oval2> 0.75”            (pg 32)

Honey Cardstock:

  • Belt Buckle is   <Square 1> Tag 1.65”     (pg 23)

Black Cardstock:

  • Eyes are         <Circle 1> 0.65”          (pg 21)

Cranberry Cardstock

  • Hat is             <Shape 11> 4.75”       (pg 28)                                      Cut ½” off of bottom. (Refer to picture)
  • Holly Berries    <Circle1> 0.33”          (pg 21)

Using the circle background stamp from the Love Life Stamp Set, stamp with Grey Flannel on Beard, Mustache, Pom Pom and Hat Trim. Sponge Grey Flannel Ink on those edges.

Sponge Blush Ink onto the nose and the face part of the Baby Pink Flap.

Stamp two Holly Leaves with the A Holiday Stamp Set with Olive Ink and sponge the edges with Olive Ink.

Stamp three Holly Berries with Cranberry Ink.

Sponge Black Ink onto the rest of the pieces.

Run the belt through the belt buckle and adhere to the box as shown. Apply all pieces as pictured.

Sponge Blush Ink onto Santa’s cheeks. Apply strong adhesive to back of scored flap and adhere flap to the back inside of the box. Adhere Velcro to the front of the box so that the box will stay closed. With the White Gel Pen, draw in the white on the eyes and the nose. Apply the Glitz Glitter Gel to the Holly Berries.

Supplies Used

  • Inks: Black (Z2105), Cranberry (Z2116), Olive (Z2137), Grey Flannel (Z2124) and Blush (Z2106)
  • Cardstock: Honey, Baby Pink, Black, Daisy White, and Cranberry
  • Stamp Sets: A Holiday (A1115) and Love Life (D1482)
  • Other Products:  CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686), Cricut Expressions 2, Gypsy, White Gel Pen, Glitz Glitter Gel – Stardust (Z1313), Glue Dots and Adhesive.

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