Yippee for Yana: Christmas Lights in Blue and White

Hi friends! Happy Saturday! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please join me in welcoming back the amazingly talented Yana Smakula in her bi-monthly Yippee for Yana series! Antique Gold embossing on black cardstock really packs a punch! Please be sure to watch the video, and enjoy!

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Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula and I’m excited to bring you another episode from my bi-monthly “Yippee For Yana” video series! In today’s episode I wanted to go back to pencil coloring on black cardstock, but offer a simpler & easier to make and color idea.

Yippee for Yana: Christmas Lights in Blue and White

I decided to use a fun background stamp from Hero Arts – Christmas Lights Bold Prints and I heat embossed it in Simon’s Antique Gold embossing powder onto Simon’s black cardstock. This cardstock is smooth, but still has a bit of tooth to it and it’s crucial to make sure your paper has some tooth as this is what will effect your coloring with colored pencils.

Yippee for Yana: Christmas Lights in Blue and White

For my coloring I picked Polychromos pencils from Faber Castell, you can also use Prismacolors. I used 2 blue – a light and dark and 2 white – a white and light gray pencils for my coloring. If you watched some of my previous videos where I shared pencil coloring on black cardstock and felt intimidated – this is a much much simpler version, the same approach, the same look, but really a simpler version of a colored background. I encourage you to give this idea a try – if you don’t have this particular background stamp, look through your stash – maybe you have a similar stamp, or just a string of lights that you can heat emboss multiple times and go ahead and color. It’s fun and it’s relaxing.

Yippee for Yana: Christmas Lights in Blue and White

Quick tip of you – if you make a mistake and accidentally color where you aren’t suppose to -you can erase some of the pencil with a pencil eraser. I’m not sure if this will work on white cardstock, but this has worked for me a few times on black and it’s been very helpful.

Yippee for Yana: Christmas Lights in Blue and White

My coloring process took about 20 minutes and I was really happy with how this background turned out. This card idea was actually inspired and prompted by a card I did earlier using same stamp set – I was writing a blog post for it and I thought about coloring these lights with pencils and as soon as my post was done I went and tested my idea out and it worked!

Yippee for Yana: Christmas Lights in Blue and White

To create a sentiment for this card I used one of Simon’s Peace on Earth set and heat embossed a long skinny sentiment that reads Wishing You The Happiest, Merriest, Brightest, Most Fun Filled Christmas Ever. Next, I foam mounted my background and my sentiment onto a card base. To spice this card up I colored each light using a Wink of Stella Glitter Pen and finally coated each light with Glossy Accents. This really made my card pop and pulled the entire project together. I hope you’ll give this idea a try. Have fun stamping!

WATCH THE VIDEO:

SUPPLIES:

Simon Says Clear Stamps PEACE ON…
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Hero Arts Cling Stamp CHRISTMAS…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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EK Success POWDER TOOL Applicator…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Faber-Castell POLYCHROMOS COLORED…
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MISTI MEMORY MISTI PRECISION STAMPER…
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Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS…
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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR…
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Scor-Tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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9 x 12 WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711
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Tonic Studios 8.5 INCH PAPER TRIMMER…
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Simon Says Stamp SMALL TEFLON BONE…
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Thanks for reading today, and thanks so much to Yana for being our guest!

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