Die Stenciling with Yana Smakula



Hi friends! Happy Monday! Please join me in welcoming back the fantastic Yana Smakula to our blog as a guest today! She has used three of our exclusive dies (Balloon Bouquet, Floret Frame, & Bird of Roses) as stencils or masks to be the focal point of her trio of cards! You really could use any of your favorite die cut outs for this technique! I’m really loving her Doll Pink and Duckling color combination! It’s so fresh and springy!

Be sure to watch the video, and enjoy!

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Thanks for reading, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!


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  1. What is the trick to the blending? Every time I try the foam blending pad catches or sticks on the paper and leaves an ink mark, I can’t get any smooth blending at all! I’ve tried various pressures, ways of holding the blending tool, angles, starting off on a non stick craft mat…. As soon as I hit the paper it catches and ruins the paper.

  2. So pretty! I love the soft look that ink blending creates. Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing this great technique!

  3. I love this idea. It is economical–using supplies in more than one way! And if you plan it right, you can use you stencil or mask for another card! Thanks!

  4. Hi Yana, thanks for this video and fantastic tips. Love your great blending and the colours you’ve chosen for these very pretty cards. x

  5. DELIGHTFUL cards Yana – THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS to all the lucky winners!!!
    It’s WONDERFUL to see some crafty friends names on the list :)

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