Happy Tuesday Everyone! I know that you will love this tutorial by Kristie M. about using 6×6 paper pads to their max! Perhaps you have noticed some pretty 6×6 paper pads with excellent prices at your local stores and online… they seem to be very popular lately and they are perfect for card making due to their smaller patterns and beautiful coordinating papers. Authentique, Basic Grey, Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye and many other companies all have some beautiful 6×6 pads. Rather than hoard them, what can you do with these?
Please welcome Kristie and her fantastic tutorial… By the way, here is a link to Kristie’s Flickr page where you can see photos of all of the finished cards from this project in case you need a closer look.
The 6×6 Pad Tutorial
How to utilize the entire 6×6 paper pad when making cards!
I was first introduced to using the mini 6×6 paper pads for card making by friends in my monthly craft group. Now I make most of my cards with the 6×6 pads. I love that the papers all coordinate together and the patterns are a reduced size, which is perfect for card makers. As a card maker, I do have a little quirk or OCD issue, as my hubby lovingly says, in that I HAVE to use up all the patterned paper. I do not like having scraps lying around. The scraps from the 6×6 pads can get quite small. So rather than figure out how to store a partially used paper pad, I decided to just use it all up before moving on to a new one. For me, this works great. Since many people have asked about my card making method, I am here to give one example of how I use the 6×6 pads.
First I selected Carta Bella Beautiful Moments 6×6 paper pad. I prefer using two-sided paper pads in case I don’t like some of the designs. I then gathered together matching cardstock. I’m never sure exactly which colors or how many I will use, so I just make sure to have lots of variety on hand. Then I selected one sketch to start with. I absolutely love sketches and am so grateful for all the talented people who provide those. Sometimes I may use almost the entire pad on one sketch, but usually I just make a few cards then move on to another sketch.
In this example, I started with The Deconstructed sketch #46. I made 4 cards using the first sketch. Then, I looked at what papers and sizes were left over and selected to work on OWH sketch #123 next. This time I made 6 cards with the sketch.
I again looked over my leftover paper and scraps before choosing OWH sketch #127.
I made 7 cards with this sketch. Now, I basically had only scraps left, so I chose Mojo Monday sketch #229, since it would work perfectly with long strips of paper.
With the scraps I had left, I made 5 cards with this sketch, leaving small pieces of paper. I selected Mojo Monday sketch # 238 for the last few cards since it used lots of small squares in the sketch.
The final card count from this paper pad was 24 cards. I average between 20-30 cards total from one 24-sheet paper pad, depending on which sketches are used.
I hope this card tutorial will be beneficial to many card makers out there. Now go grab a 6×6 paper pad and get crafty!
Thanks again to Kristie for this excellent tutorial and all of those awesome examples… don’t forget to stop by Kristie’s Flickr page or leave her some comments and kudos here for sharing with us today!