Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Carta Bella's Flora No. 2 - 30 cards from one 6x6 paper pad

Last year Carta Bella released their Flora No. 1 paper collection. It had such lovely floral designs. So when I saw Carta Bella was releasing Flora No. 2 this year, I couldn't resist buying it. If you missed my 6x6 video using the Flora No. 1 collection, you can see it HERE.
The Flora No. 2 collection is a very feminine collection full of cheerful flowers and uplifting sentiments. I decided to use many of the image/sentiment cut aparts this time. There are a lot of busy floral designs, so most of the sketches I chose feature only 2 design papers. Otherwise, the patterns would be competing with one another too much. Including cardstock layers also helps add contrast when working with such busy designs. And anyone who has been following me, knows I love using layers on my cards. 😊

I used my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial and one paper pad to make 30 cards.


The video is sped up 7 times since the full recording time was just over 4 hours, not including any of my planning, prep, or die cutting time. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.


In addition to using the 6x6 paper pad, I also used 14 sheets of  8 1/2" x 11" and 3 sheets of  12" x 12" solid colored cardstock. 


Here are the pictures of the cards I made, including sketches and measurements. Operation Write Home sketches are the only ones that already provide measurements. For all the other sketches, I simply figure the measurements out on my own, for what works for me. All of my cards are A2 size. Go HERE to see my video explaining how I determine card sketch measurements. All cards are made using Carta Bella's Flora No. 2 -  6x6 paper pad.



Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella






Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella
Banner die - American Crafts





Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella
Border die - My Favorite Things





Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella
Bling - The Paper Studio




Image/sentiment cut aparts - Carta Bella
Banner die - American Crafts



Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Stitched circle die - Lil Inker Designs
Scalloped circle die - Spellbinders
Ink - Versafine
Twine - from stash



Squared off cover panel die - Reverse Confetti
Sentiment stamp - Reverse Confetti
Dies - Reverse Confetti
Ink - Versafine and Reverse Confetti
Bling - The Paper Studio

Some of my favorite and commonly used crafting tools:
Tonic Studios guillotine paper trimmer
Scotch ATG (Advanced Tape Glider) glue gun
Sizzix BIGkick die cut machine
Scor-Tape
We R Memory Keepers brad setter and piercing tool
We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Scotch Mounting Tape 3/4"
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive liquid glue
MISTI stamping tool
Accent Opaque Digital 100# cover weight paper for card bases
Tombow Xtreme Tabs

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


*All card sketch images used with permission.

9 comments:

  1. This is awesome!! I have always struggled with finding the right sketches for paper pads that have many busy patters. Thank you for showing me how to do it so everything looks good! Another excellent batch of happiness for your recipients.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Busy patterns can be tough. I think it's all about keeping the cards on the simpler side to help balance the patterns. :)

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  2. Kristie! This was well worth the wait for you to do this paper pad. I love it. As always I picked up a new thing to do, loved how you only corner punched the two bottom corners.. nice look. I also liked how you matted your tags and in some cases double matted. My favorites were OWH 122, MFTWS367, and Freshly made sketches 253.
    I am going to buy this paper pad and also the Spring Market by Carta Bella.
    You are totally awesome and I really appreciate all your dedicated work in producing these videos.
    Looking forward to the next :)

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    1. Thank you, Sherrie! You are always so kind. With such busy patterns, I think the extra matted layers really helped balance out the cards.
      I think you will really enjoy this collection. I ordered the Spring Market collection as well. I can't wait to use it!
      Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Aww Kristie! I enjoyed this one very much! I love the paper pad and your cards showcased it beautifully! I admire how you always select the best sketches! TFS! And of course I went back and watched the one from last year!

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    1. Thank you, Loly! It is such a lovely paper collection. I really enjoyed making cards with it. So fun that you watched my Flora No 1 video. Thank you so much for your support! Have a wonderful day!

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  4. I'm curious about your solid card stock process. Your plain/matting card stock matches the colors really well. Are you picking them out when you buy the 6x6 pad? Or going on line and buying them from a vendor who sells single sheets? Thank you for sharing any info on this.

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    1. Hello, Jan! I own a lot of cardstock. A lot! So I always look through my own cardstock stash first. If I don't have coordinating colors, I take the 6x6 paper pad to the craft store so I can find a close match. Most of my local craft stores have closed, so I usually go to Joanns. Other than black, I buy individual sheets and I never order cardstock online.

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  5. Fabulous results, as always, Kristie. You never cease to amaze me. The first picture I always look for is what scraps you have left over. Then I hyperventilate for a few minutes and then go back to look at the cards and the video. ☺

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