Yippee for Yana: Outline Ornaments

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Please join me in welcoming back special guest Yana Smakula in our bi-monthly rendition of Yippee for Yana! She’s sharing a gorgeous card that is a great design for mass-producing. For more details, be sure to watch the video. Enjoy!

Hello, crafters, this is Yana Smakula for Simon Says Stamp! Welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video!

In this video, I have a simple and easy to mass-produce Christmas card idea featuring the Outline Ornaments background stamp. I’ll show you several simple tricks you can use to add color and interest to this background without really coloring it in a traditional sense.

I love to create with stamps like this – first of all, they allow you to easily make a stunning background for a card, the background itself is self sufficient and you don’t need to add much to it to make a beautiful project, and lastly, even though this is an outline image, it doesn’t mean you have to color it from scratch or color or all.

I love to use colored cardstock when working with stamps like this. The colored cardstock provides a beautiful base color for my project and from there, if I want to, I can add additional color, some shading or some special effects.

I stamped this background in clear embossing ink onto Simon’s Soft Navy cardstock and heat embossed it in Antique Gold embossing powder. I love the combination of these products – the Soft Navy is a beautiful dark blue, perfect for modern Christmas cards and Antique Gold embossing powder is simply an all time favorite of mine, it goes well with just about anything.

Before we move onto the next step, I like to trim my background to size. I am making an A2 card, it measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” so I’ve trimmed this background to that size exactly. This way, if I decide to do any coloring in the next step, I am not coloring unnecessary areas.

Whenever I work with colored cardstock I still like to use my Copic markers, but I also love to incorporate my shimmer pens and any specialty opaque pens I might have in my stash.

Shimmer looks especially beautiful on dark colors of cardstock, the dark papers help it shine.

I mentioned I like to use Copic markers on colored cardstock. Copic markers or any alcohol markers are translucent, they are not opaque. So what does that mean? That means that if I used a light color marker, let’s say a light blue over this soft navy paper, it won’t be visible once the marker dries. Light colors of markers will leave no color on dark colors of paper. But, you can still use your card colors of markers to add shading.

For this paper I’ve found I can use B34, this is the lightest blue in this particular color combination, B97, this is a medium blue and B99, this is a darkest blue. I can use a combination of these 3 markers to add shading to my ornaments. It is very easy to do and it creates a beautiful effect. It also saves you a ton of time as you aren’t really coloring the entire background, you are simply adding shading.

At this point we can leave the background as is, but we can also keep working on it. For me, that’s where the shimmer pens come into play. I love to use shimmer pens over dark cardstock to add details.

I trimmed this panel down a bit as I wanted to mount it onto a white card base and have a white border. It also looks amazing when adhered onto a card front without any border at all.

With backgrounds like this I prefer to stay away from large bulky sentiments and I often go for a skinny strip sentiment instead. It can be a stamped or a foiled sentiment or even one of those pre-printed sentiments from Simon. I do try to use something small, so that it doesn’t cover much of the background and one can see all of the beautiful shading and shimmering.

I added several scrap panels of cardstock to the back of my main panel – this helps me to flatten it, and also to pop it up one the card and I also used the skinny foam adhesive strip to foam mount the sentiment.

Lastly, I opted to add some white gems from Spellbinders scattering them around the sentiment. Have fun stamping!



Simon Says Cling Stamp OUTLINE…
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock 100# SOFT…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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EK Success POWDER TOOL Applicator 54…
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Popular Wagner Precision Heat Tool HT400
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Copic Sketch Marker B97 NIGHT BLUE
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Copic Sketch Marker B99 AGATE Dark Blue
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Spectrum Noir CLEAR OVERLAY Sparkle…
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SCS 128 Spellbinders CRYSTAL MIX…
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Bearly Art THE ORIGINAL Precision…
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T016 Spellbinders TOOL ‘N ONE
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Darice ADHESIVE FOAM 33 Double Sided…
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GLP-296 Spellbinders MINI CHRISTMAS…
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GLS-003 Spellbinders GLIMMER HOT FOIL…
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GLF 002 Spellbinders MATTE GOLD…
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SCS-152 Spellbinders GLIMMER…
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Simon Says Stamp WHITE A2 TOP FOLD…
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!

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  1. Dear Yana and SSS –
    This card is a stunner and I think most of the credit has to go to your shading — although the stamp and embossing also deserve props. Lovely!! TFS!
    Lori S in PA

  2. This card was lovely and elegant. Some people don’t like tone on tone but I love it. This was a great project.

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