Yippee for Yana: Spring Inspired Thank You Card

Hi friends! Welcome to the latest installment of Yippee for Yana with the always inventive Yana Smakula! Please read on and be sure to watch the video for some great tips and tricks and enjoy!

Yippee for Yana

Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula and welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video!  Today I’m bringing you a floral Thank You card with alcohol marker coloring on colored cardstock. I’m not one to have master coloring skills, but I am the kind of person who will try the unexpected to see if it works. And today that unexpected is coloring on gray paper instead of white.

I started working on my card by stamping a sentiment that reads “Thank You For Being Who I Needed the Most”. As I work on this card you’ll see me change my mind and replace the sentiment with the one stamped in black ink on white cardstock (watch video for details).

I started with the sentiment here first as I needed to see how much room it would take on my card, my idea was to use beautiful flowers from the Moments of Grace stamp set and stamp a floral frame around the sentiment coming in from the edges.

When I was planning this card I knew I wanted to try and color these images with my Copic markers so I picked Simon’s intense black ink for stamping these images. This ink has many fabulous properties including being alcohol resistant so it makes it the perfect choice for this particular project.

I picked a few images from the Moments of Grace set and stamping them in black ink forming the frame. I didn’t use my stamping tool here such as misti as when I do this much stamping it just slows me down, so I went with good old clearblocks and kind of hoped I wouldn’t have any problem areas on my stamping.

The key to stamping a frame like this, where your images are almost all identical in size, is to stamp them one by one next to each other.

For this project, I also pulled out most of the clear blocks from my stash and I mounted each image onto its own separate block. This is vital to stamping efficiency, and also to clean fingers. If you use just one or two blocks and stamp a multitude of images you end up having to remove the image from the block a bunch of times and if you are like me, if you don’t clean your stamps, you run the risk of getting your fingers dirty and thus leaving an inky fingerprint on your card.

Once my floral stamping was done I also used a heart image from this same stamp set and stamped it several times in the background filling any gaps. Later, I once again changed my mind about the black hearts, I didn’t like how dark they looked and I replaced them with colorful enamel hearts instead.

Before I started coloring my panel I used the scrap pieces of this cardstock to test the Copic marker colors I was planning to use. Alcohol markers are translucent, meaning they will not give you opaque coverage, you’ll be able to see the color of your surface from under the coloring. It’s always best to use these kinds of markers on white cardstock tohave their true colors show. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try and color withthese on other, light colors of paper for slightly different results.

I love to have non white background for my cardsand this prompted me to try and color with these markers on colored cardstock.The colors will not be the same as they would be on white paper, they will beduller, but they can still be used to color with.

I used RV14, RV13 and RV11, YG17, YG03, Y17, Y19and Y13 colors. I had trimmed this panel down to 3 3/4 x 5 “ and  foam mounted it onto an A2 white side foldingcard base. Next I a used a white pen and added lots of white dots in betweenthe stamped images.

I also covered each of the black stamped hearts with enamel hearts. The black looked toodark for this Spring inspired card so adding light teal hearts seemed like abetter idea and a nice fix.

Finally, I had fixed the sentiment (watch myvideo to see the original one), stamped it on white paper, cut out and foammounted onto the card. I added a few more of those enamel hearts from Doodlebug- a red one in the center and two yellow hearts on each side to coordinate withthe colors of the flowers I have on my project. Have fun stamping!



Simon Says Clear Stamps MOMENTS OF…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps LOVE MESSAGES…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# FOG…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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9 x 12 WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Bold Line 10…
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Doodlebug TINY HEARTS Shape Sprinkles…
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Copic Sketch Marker RV14 BEGONIA PINK…
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Copic Sketch Marker RV13 TENDER PINK
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Copic Sketch MARKER RV11 PINK
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Copic Sketch Marker YG17 GRASS GREEN…
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Copic Sketch Marker YG03 YELLOW GREEN
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Copic Sketch Marker Y17 GOLDEN YELLOW…
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Copic Sketch Marker Y19 NAPOLI YELLOW…
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Copic Sketch Marker Y13 LEMON YELLOW
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  1. I love Yana’s backgrounds. I also love that she’s not afraid to color outside the lines sometimes! That encourages me!

  2. Hello Yana. Love your pretty card and that it is on the pale grey cardstock – just for a change! I think I preferred the centre of the flowers dark with the white dots, because once they were all white, that’s what drew my eyes, not the whole flower – but of course that’s personal taste, isn’t it. Your colouring is beautiful as always and I too love those little white dots between the images – just finishes the whole thing off. The whole card is delightful and I’m always grateful to hear any tips you give during your tutorial. Love it Yana. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. I say this often but I truly am happy that you share ALL of the process you go through when you aren’t exactly happy with your art and the steps you take to switch it up. It’s so helpful! BTW, it’s a beautiful card! Can’t wait to give this technique a try!

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