Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

Yippee for Yana

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to the latest edition of Yippee for Yana with the always amazing and creative Yana Smakula! Be sure to read on and watch the video for more info and enjoy!

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula, welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video!

In this episode, I will show you how to do some basic calligraphy to create personalized monogram cards.

I am not a pro when it comes to calligraphy, it fascinates me, but I don’t really have any special skills to be able to do calligraphy beautifully. Still, this doesn’t mean I cannot try.

I am using two pens to do my calligraphy today, these are designed to be used as accent pets and not as calligraphy pens, but I wanted to try and see if I could use them to create custom monogrammed cards.

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

These pens are by Jane Davenport for Spellbinders. They have glitter in them and they are waterproof brush pens. Jane combined a fine and flexible brush tip with intense waterproof color to make the Ultimate Pen for creating smooth, detailed finishing touches to your artwork. These are available in eight colors, including two metallic glitter tones that I am showing in this blog post & video.

I first used a pencil to sketch out a letter on my paper. Next, used a silver or gold pen and followed the pencil line to create the letter on my card. I was using a very light hand and took my time to have the best result. I went back and thickened some of the lines of the letter while keeping others pretty thin.

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

The result wasn’t exactly perfect, you can tell that this was hand drawn, but it was the look I was going for and the look I was happy with. Where I had the pencil lines show I used a pencil eraser and gently erased them.

Next, to dress up this monogram and turn it into a card I used one of my longtime favorite floral stamps from Simon Says Stamp -the Bold Flowers. I picked several and stamped them in various light colors of ink. I used Hollyhock, Twirling Tutu and Sunshine for the flowers. To make my stamping easier I used the mini MISTI stamping tool and of course double and even triple stamped some of these to have nice solid impressions. To stamp the greenery, I used Laurel Green ink and also Willow.

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

Using coordinating dies I cut these images out and arranged them over the letter to create a beautiful floral cluster. This also helped me to hide any imperfections in my calligraphy. Once the floral cluster was arranged the way I liked it I used foam adhesive and also glue to adhere everything in place. I added many extra tiny flowers stamped in yellow and pink scattering them around the cluster to make it look a bit fuller.

Finally, I stamped a simple sentiment that reads “You Are Beautiful”. I trimmed my background pane to 4 x 5 1/4”, adhered it toA2 white side folding card base and embellished this card using several sequins from SSS from the Girl’s Best Friend mix.

Have fun stamping!

WATCH THE VIDEO:

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

SUPPLIES:

JDM-029 Spellbinders SILVER SCREEN…
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JDM-030 Spellbinders GOLDEN AGE…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps BOLD FLOWERS…
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Simon Says Stamp BOLD FLOWERS Wafer…
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Spellbinders DEEP SEA Die Cutting and…
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
[ SSS ]
CZ Design Clear Stamps TABBED…
[ SSS ]
Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
MISTI MEMORY MISTI PRECISION STAMPER…
[ SSS ]
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D 217 WHITE FOAM…
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts CRYSTAL CLEAR LACQUER PEN…
[ SSS ]

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  1. I love seeing tutorials where the designer doesn’t feel like an expert in the technique because it makes it feel “doable” for me! ☺️ Your card is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Yana you have really done an amazing job on your B, I think you are much better at it than you think! Stunning cards.

  3. Beautiful work on your latter’s, it’s not an easy thing to master but when you do it’s worth all that practice. Great colour combination on the florals x

  4. Oh my goodness. I so want this pens! Of course I need to learn calligraphy but whatever! A girl can dream!

  5. Another great idea and beautiful cards. I guess I may have to check out those pens but I see the gold was out of stock. And I love the SSS flower set!

  6. I do calligraphy from time to time. Thanks for this wonderful sample video! I can’t wait to give this a try – you’re cards are just lovely!

  7. Calligraphy is something I have been wanting to try. You made your letters look easy and guess what they say “practice makes perfect” is true. You looked like a pro. Must get out my kit and start learning. Thanks for sharing those tips with us.

  8. Beautiful card and if I could draw the letters like that I would certainly use this as a gift idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  9. Beautiful card, Yana. I used to want to do calligraphy so badly. I bought books (those were the days before You Tube videos), and I tried my best. I’m at the age now when my signature is barely legible. You calligraphy is wonderful. Maybe I’ll give it another try.

  10. I have never tried Calligraphy before, but love your results. The colors you chose are very soft and pretty, too.

  11. Your cards are beautiful! For not being a pro, your calligraphy writing is really pretty! These pens are really awesome, too!

  12. Awesome Yana, what a great idea. I just was thinking and thiking for a card desigh for a friend and I didn’t know then your video post came in my mailbox. Problem solved!
    I am going to use your idea, thank you so much for your, always, great inspiration.
    Have a wonderful week.

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