Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial

Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s episode of Throwback Thursday, I have a quick and easy Carta Bella Botanical Garden Tutorial to share with you.  Dale’s sister is having a birthday in a few days.  Becky is one of my favorite people on the planet.  She’s funny, kind, loving and easy to be with.  I don’t get to see  her nearly often enough, but when we do get together, laughter is always on the menu.  She loves beautiful flowers, and she has a lot of green accents in her home, so I thought this collection was a good fit for this occasion. It’s wonderful when your sister-in-law is also a friend, isn’t it?

Creating the Layers

Here’s are the measurements for this card.  You can watch me make it in the video tutorial below.

  • First, cut a 7 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ panel of cream cardstock.  Score it in half at 5 1/2″ and fold to make a top fold card base.
  • Next, cut a 7 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ panel of green cardstock.
  • Then mat a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the brown dot paper on a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel of kraft cardstock.  Stitich around the perimeter if desired.
  • Now, cut a 6″ x 4″ mat from cream cardstock.
  • Then mat a 5 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of the green leaf paper on a 5 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ panel of green.
  • Center and adhere all these layers on the card base.
Add a Focal Image

Now it’s time to add a beautiful focal image.

  • First, cut the floral border strip to 5 3/4″ and adhere as a belly band.
  • Now die cut the Spellbinders Double Halo Oval from cream cardstock.
  • Then use the small oval from the die set to cut out a floral oval. Back this oval with foam tabs, center and adhere.
  • Next, Fussy cut the Beautiful Day bouquet from a 3×4 card.  Back with foam and adhere.

You can’t see it in this photo, but I added some Crystal Clear glitter to the greenery in the bouquet.  In real life, this adds a subtle sparkle to the image.  Now it’s time to add a beautiful bow. This Raw Silk Delicate Stitched Satin bow is the perfect accent for this card.  Top it with a string bow and a Little Birdie Crafts Renea Moonlight flower.

A few cream pearls, a button and a little key finish things off nicely.

A Peek Inside

The inside is sweet and simple.  I wanted to make something pretty…but quick.  So this design and these measurements could be used with any collection, really.

The top half of the card is a 7″ x 5″ panel of green cardstock topped with a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of the creamy floral mix.  Then I added a 6″ x 4″ image as a decoration.

The pocket on the bottom is made with a 7 1/8″ x 7 1/4″ panel of the brown dot pattern.  Score 5 1/8″ and fold to make a pocket flap.  Secure the pocket flap with gussets.  Add a sentiment panel to the back of the 6×4 card so you can write a personal note.  I will tuck in a little chocolate treat, too.

Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see this card come together, I hope you’ll enjoy this easy to follow video tutorial.

Well, that’s it for Throwback Thursday this week.   I hope you all find a few moments to make something beautiful today.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




**Please note: Throwback Thursday tutorials use older papers and supplies from our stash.  Some of these items are no longer available for purchase.  I will link when they are.  Thanks for understanding.


8 thoughts on “Carta Bella Botanical Garden Birthday Card Tutorial

  1. Priscilla Hughs

    Such an elegant card, will be fun to make for a special occasion or birthday. The colors are so well coordinated, anxious to try this one. That ribbon just ties it together beautifully!

  2. 1sassy1

    This is another lovely card and I really enjoyed the tutorial. I understand they are a lot of work and take a ton of time. I would love for you to continue both each week but understand if it isn’t doable. Due to health issues, I’ve gotten behind in checking your posts but I am trying to catch up with every one I’ve missed. I haven’t taken time to comment either but promise to do better because your posts and tutorial are so worth everyone’s time. I’ve learned so much from you and thank you for all you’ve shared. Please don’t give up. You are an inspiration!

    Sandra Smith
    Queen Creek

  3. Susan Steele

    Oh Kathy …this truly is another beauty from your stash of goodies for our Throwback Thursday surprise! Luv the simplicity of the inside too! I luv each and everyone of your tutorials …for I always learn some trick or tip! And your new Tuesday tutorials are great too … learning about the newest stash and which are the best Kathy papers to choose to buy! And now I always watch your YouTube channel and hit the like button ….cause I sure don’t want you disappearing on us. I don’t know if I could sustain myself on just one tutorial per week …but I truly understand if it’s not doable for you anymore! Luv your cards, luv your folios and Luv your albums! Thanks for sharing and all the hard work and inspiration you’ve given us over the years! Stay safe and Big hugs, Suzy Q

  4. Janice Richardson

    Hi Kathy,
    First let me say I love all your videos. I save them in a folder so I can go back and make them after I get the paper and embellishments. I look forward every week to your videos and would be very sad if you went to once a week but I realize the amount of time it takes for you to complete a project. You need to do what makes your life better! It ceases to be fun when you have too much on your plate.
    I always watch your video from your website and don’t always share my thoughts. In the future I will comment and also watch your video on YouTube so I can like.
    Thank you so much for all you do! Hugs and stay safe!

  5. Joni E

    Love the card you made for your sister in laws birthday! I enjoy your tutorials but do know they are time consuming. Once a week would be fine with me and whatever you decide to do on that tutorial is up to you! I love getting new ideas and your projects are always awesome!

  6. soozyb2013

    Perfect. The colour palette is lovely and of course flowers are always a hit. I like this one a lot Kathy and Becky will be happy to be on the receiving end 🙂 Hugs from snow dusted Vancouver Island.

  7. Gena Krannig

    Absolutely gorgeous, Kathy! The flowers in this collection are just beautiful and the backgrounds you have used really set them off wonderfully. I can just imagine how beautiful the sparkly green leaves are in that bouquet. I am very partial to glittery accents. I also love the button, key and bow. They are perfect embellishments. Your sister-in-law will be thrilled with this card. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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