Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula, welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video! In this episode, I have a unisex Valentine’s Day card featuring a ton of colorful die cutting using Simon’s Ampersand Words coordinating dies and some hot foiling.
I’ve looked through my leftover colored cardstock basket and picked several sheets of colored cardstock – this is cardstock from Simon Says Stamp as well as Hero Arts as these are my two favorite brands for colored cardstock in terms of cardstock quality and color.
The number 1 step in creating this card is die cutting! I die cut a large ampersand from each of the colored cardstock sheets I had picked. Next, I’ve stacked them one on top of the other and topped everything with a bold black die-cut. The black ampersand is where I want to do heat embossing to add some more color and also glossy shine. To do this, I placed the die-cut into one of the negative cardstock pieces that I had leftover from my die cutting and placed it inside a mini MISTI stamping tool. Next, I aligned the ampersand stamp over the die cut and closed the lid of my MISTI to mount the stamp. You can do it the other way around – heat emboss the image first and die cut it later, I wanted to have all of the die-cutting done first so that’s why I did it this way.
Next, I inked up the stamp with Simon’s clear embossing ink and stamped it making sure to press firmly all over the image to transfer the ink. I poured clear embossing powder onto my die cut and used the heat tool to melt the powder in place. This gave me a somewhat of a glossy finish to my die cut. I quite liked the look, but I wanted the gloss to be more solid, so I repeated the process. You can build up and add more layers to have more gloss and shine on your die cuts.
Moving on I started working on sentiment for my card. Since I had a lot of bold colors and the overall design was pretty bold I wanted something classy to go along with it. I decided to do hot foiling. I picked Sending Love glimmer hot foil plate from Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments Glimmer plate set and gold foil. Since the top ampersand was done in black I decided to use black cardstock for the foiling
With all the parts and pieces finished I was ready to assemble the card. This was not going to be a standard A2 card, but a slimmer taller card. I adhered the ampersands together using glue. To do this, I used grid lines of my paper pad. I taped the first ampersand down taking the grid lines into consideration.
The colors of cardstock I used are Sea Glass from Simon, Audrey Blue, also from Simon, Adriatic from Hero Arts, Royal Purple from Simon, Azalea from Hero Arts, Burnt Orange from Simon, Sunshine, also from Simon, Mustard from Hero Arts and Black from Simon.
This look is very much inspired by Laura Bassen, I love her expert use of colored cardstock and I think the cards she makes always look absolutely fabulous.
Having adhered all the ampersands I used foam adhesive squared and foam mounted the cluster onto a white panel. And then trimmed the panel to about 6” tall. I also trimmed the card base to about 6 1/4” tall.
I adhered the panel onto the card using foam adhesive – I really like to add a lot of dimension to my projects and then I added the Sending love foiled sentiment over it, also using foam adhesive.
Finally, I embellished the card using Stay Gold sequins. Here’s the look at the finished card. I simply adore this bold colorful design and I love the way it turned out.
Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Yana for being our guest!