Yippee for Yana: Ombre Ink Brayered Backgrounds

Hello crafters! It’s time for another installment of our Yippee for Yana series! In this video, Yana is showing how much fun it can be to use a brayer with dye inks to create backgrounds. Be sure to watch her video and then give the technique a try yourself!

Yippee for Yana Cardmaking Feature

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 video I’m showing you how to create quick ombre backgrounds using ink pads and a brayer!

Brayers have been around for years and there are many wonderful techniques out there that involve the use of a brayer. I decided to go back to basics and share a very simple and approachable technique of brayered backgrounds for simple cards.

I pre cut several panels of white paper, I used 110 lb Neenah Solar White and cut them to 4×5¼“.

I decided to use 4 colors for every panel, you can also go with 5 if you don’t want to have any white spaces on the sides or if you want to overlap your ink stripes a bit more; or you can go with 3 colors if you are making a smaller card, a 4 Bar card for example.

I am looking forward to trying this technique on other kinds of cardstock, maybe on textured watercolor paper and on woodgrain cardstock. I’m curious to see how that would look.



For my first color combo I used High Dive, Scuba, Maliblue and Mint. What’s really awesome about this technique and what makes it very quick is the fact that you don’t have to clean the brayer when you change ink colors; just roll the brayer on a piece of white paper and it’s ready to go for the next color.

Stamp used: Hero Arts Something Magical Woodblock stamp


For my second color combination I used Evergreen, Teal, Dusty Sage and Mint Candy.


Depending on the type of paper you are using and the look you are going for you might need to add more or less ink. I inked my brayer several times to get better coverage – and I also always started my inking in the same spot – I started from the bottom and rolled the brayer up.

Stamp set used: Right At Home Script Greetings.



I also made a background using Coral Reef, Melon, Sunshine and Duckling. I wanted to point out that the ink color will lighten up a bit once the ink is dry on the paper. So while it might not look nice when you first apply the color I would suggest you wait for the ink to settle and dry – you will have a lighter color and a better transition between colors.

Stamp set used:  WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello.



For my pink color combo I used Hot Lips, Hollyhock, Teeny Bikini and Twirling Tutu. Stamp set used: Simon Says Stamp Big U Words.


I also decided to do one more combo using gray colors. I went with Smoke, Cobblestone, Stone and Fog. Stamp set used: Honey Bee Hello Gorgeous

I also made one more panel using purples. I used Deep Purple, Hot Mama, Magnolia and Thistle and I used Hero Arts Celebration Words stencil with texture paste and gold embossing powder, but I didn’t turn that background into a card.

I heat embossed the main part of the sentiment on all of my panels directly onto the background in Hero Arts Gold embossing powder and also heat embossed sub sentiments in either white or gold onto black cardstock, cut into strips and foam mounted over the main heat embossing.


My backgrounds were foam mounted onto A2 top folding card bases (I went with white and Fog colors) and lastly I used Nuvo Drops in Black to add finishing touches to these projects.

Have fun stamping!






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Golfing with Winston!

Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by today! Please give a big warm welcome back to special guest Jennifer Jackson of Newton’s Nook Designs to our blog today! We’re celebrating their latest release!
Golfing with Winston!    Golfing with Winston!

Hello! This is Jen from Newton‘s Nook Designs and I’m super excited to share some cute golf cards with you today using our new Winston’s Tee Time stamp set! With Father’s Day just around the corner I know there are so many Dads out there who would love these cards!

First up I have this “Tee-riffic” card featuring our bear, Winston! I started out by stamping “DAD” from the Winston’s Tee Time stamp set repeatedly on an angle on a piece of white cardstock. I used a small ruler to help line up the words and stamped most of them with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a few with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to add a pop of color. 

Golfing with Winston!

I stamped the image of Winston with his golf bag on a piece of Canson watercolor paper with Archival Jet Black ink. I colored him using Derwent Inktense Pencils and the Tim Holtz Detailer Water Brush. Doesn’t he look so dapper in his golf clothes? I trimmed out the image of Winston with the coordinating Winston’s Tee Time Die set

Golfing with Winston!

Before I added Winston to the card base, I created a mini scene for him in a circle of kraft cardstock. I added a layer of grass that I cut out using our Land Borders Die Set to add a fun detail. Then I added this to the card along with the “Just fore you!”from the Winston’s Tee Time stamp set, embossed with white embossing powder

For the second card, I also used our Winston’s Tee Time stamp set. I stamped Winston with his golf putter on a piece of Canson watercolor paper with Archival Jet Black ink. I colored him using Derwent Inktense Pencils and the Tim Holtz Detailer Water Brush. I love the look these pencils give with their vibrant colors! I also stamped and colored the flag pole and golf ball. I trimmed out the images with the coordinating Winston’s Tee Time Die set

I thought Winston should have a hilly course to play on so I grabbed our Land Borders Die Set to cut out a couple of hills. This die set is so awesome for creating scenes for our critter stamps! To customize this card for Dad, I created the sentiment “Dad You’re Tee-riffic” using words from the Winston’s Tee Time stamp set. I stamped DAD in blue to make it stand out using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Then I thought it needed a few clouds in the sky so I added in some clouds stamped with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using a cloud from our Winston Takes Flight stamp set

I hope you enjoyed golfing with Winston today!

Golfing with Winston!Golfing with Winston!


Thanks so much for stopping by today and thanks to Jennifer for being our guest!

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Color Coordinates: Celebrate


Welcome everyone! Are you ready for a bright set of colors? I don’t know about you, but I’m all about Spring and sunshine right now. I have purple tulips blooming in the garden and they are my inspiration for this Color Coordinates Recipe.Color Coordinates, Shari Carroll

I’ve channeled my inner Laura Bassen to create a yummy, bold and beautiful stripe background as a setting for some spotlighted flowers. I used the Tim Holtz Brushstrokes stamp set with Hot Mama, Hydrangea, Wisteria, Scuba and Green Apple inks from Simon Says Stamp.

Shari Carroll, Color Coordinates

To add a little spunk and dimension to my card, I used the Tim Holtz Tag Press to spotlight the flowers blossoms. These are easy to use and become an embellishment on their own.

Shari Carroll, Color Coordinates

I’ve filmed the process in making this card, you can view it below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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I hope you have a fantastic weekend and are able to get outside to see the colors of Spring!