Yippee for Yana: Crafting with Coordinating Stamps & Stencils

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday and welcome to the latest edition of Yippee for Yana with the always amazing Yana Smakula! Read on to learn more and enjoy!

Yippee for Yana

Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula, welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video! In this episode, I will show you how to create a stunning Christmas card using a background stamp and a coordinating stencil for an effortless yet beautiful background.

I love how Simon Says Stamp now has not only background stamps and not only stencils, but stencils that coordinate with those background stamps. That opens up a lot of creative possibilities and really stretches the use of our supplies.

I am using the beautiful Outline Winter Floral background stamp. I’ve heat embossed it in Antique Gold embossing powder on a sheet of Adriatic cardstock from Hero Arts. Of course, other colors can be used for this technique, I happen to love this color of paper and so I’m using it for nearly every project I make these days.

This background stamp is very beautiful and it works really well for the Holiday cards. I think it looks both stunning just simply embossed in a pretty color of embossing powder or stamped in black and colored using watercolors or markers. I, for example, don’t always feel like coloring, so I appreciate it when images look fantastic even without the coloring.

Next, I used a set of stencils from Simon, the Winter Floral Layering set. I used just one stencil from here, the one with the flowers. When using all 4 you can add color to every section of this stamped image. After positioning the stencil on the background and aligning it with the flower I used using my ink blending tool and dark blue ink to add shading and color to the flowers.

Having colored or rather ink blended the background I trimmed it to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2”, this will make the front of my card. Next, I used Tonic Studios Aqua shimmer pen and added shimmer over the ink blended sections and also onto the leaves. This adds a really nice touch of shimmer and sparkle to this card and makes festive.

To create a sentiment I’ve decided to combine stamping with stickers. I want to spell the first word of the sentiment using puffy letter stickers and heat emboss the rest in the same Antique Gold embossing powder. The sentiment I picked reads “Warm Holiday Greetings”. I heat embossed “Holiday Greetings” and added “Warm” using stickers. This sentiment comes from the Tiny Words Christmas stamp set.

After trimming the sentiment panel to size I adhered it onto a piece of mirror cardstock from Tim Holtz to give it a bit of a frame.

Next, I added the background to the A2 white top folding card base and used foam adhesive squares to foam mount the sentiment panel on top. Finally, I used gold confetti from Simon and scattered them around the card going diagonally from the top right to the bottom left corners.

If you like to add additional accents you can also use a white pen, for example, and color the berries white.

Have fun stamping!



Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp OUTLINE…
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Simon Says Stamp Stencil WINTER…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps TINY WORDS…
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Hero Arts Hues Premium Cardstock Pack…
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EK Success POWDER TOOL Applicator…
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Simon Says Stamp Pigment Ink Pad…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Hero…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# FOG…
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Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper…
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Pebbles Inc. Jen Hadfield ANNE Foil…
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Crystal Ninja CRYSTAL KATANA Mixed…
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Therm O Web ULTRA BOND Adhesive 2…
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Simon Says Stamp Sequins STAY GOLD…
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Scrapbook Adhesives 126 3D WHITE FOAM…
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Hero Arts Ombre POOL TO NAVY Ink Pad…
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad NAVY Blue…
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Tonic AQUA SHIMMER PEN Nuvo 2 Pack 888N
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!

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  1. What a gorgeous card! I haven’t yet tried using a background stamp and stencil on the same design, but I love the look you’ve created here. Adding both items to my shopping list!

  2. I thought this card was lovely with just the ink blending but then she used the shimmer pen and it put it over the top for me! Truly a beautiful card!

  3. oh, Yana, just LOVELY! You have such a great way with color and design! And I must ask about that beautiful gold pen — what is that? Appears to have a gold brush tip… I might need one of those! tee-hee! Please do reply if you have a minute. Thanks SO much for the inspiration!! Hugs, Sherry

  4. This is stunning. I love the gold embossing on the beautiful blue background and understand why you love that color of card stock.

  5. This is just lovely! I had no idea there were coordinating stencils and stamps. Thank you for showcasing these.

  6. I love that color of card, too! And it’s so beautiful with the gold embossing (I’m sure silver would be just as stunning).

  7. Beautiful card. I really like the layering stencils that go with the background stamps. I hope Simon plans many more.

  8. Beautiful card Yana! You took it to the next level adding color to the petals and the gold accents! Perfect in my book. TFS

  9. I think this is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen!! I love those gorgeous blue colors. Yana’s techniques are a wonderful idea. I saved this page for future inspiration!

  10. Such a beautiful card and my favorite color. The gold embossing puts it over the top! Love how the stamp and stencil work together.

  11. The sentiment says WARM and this card
    does just that. It’s beautiful
    and warms your heart. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. This is such a gorgeous card. Love it and how great there is a stencil to coordinate with the background stamp.

  13. What a lovely card! So striking.

    I also would like to know about the good pen with brush. Is it a water color brush? I think I need it, too.

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