Yippee for Yana: Center Cut Heart Love Card

Yippee for Yana

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to the latest installment of “Yippee for Yana” with the super talented and awesome Yana Smakula! As we get closer to Valentine’s Day, it’s all about L-O-V-E! In my opinion, it should be all about love all the time! :D Be sure to read on for all the details on creating this gorgeous kraft card and watch the video! Enjoy!

Yippee for Yana: Center Cut Heart Love Card
Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula and I’m excited to bring you another episode from my by-monthly “Yippee For Yana” video series! In today’s episode I’m sharing a delicate Love You card featuring selective pencil coloring.

Yippee for Yana: Center Cut Heart Love Card

I’ve already showcased the technique I’m using for this card in one of my previous videos, be sure to watch it if you haven’t yet seen it. I am still very much fond of pencil coloring, so I decided to play with this technique once again and do some partial coloring.

I started to work on my card by stamping a beautiful Center Cut Heart background stamp in watermark ink onto Neenah Desert Storm cardstock to have a faint impression on my paper, I wanted to heat emboss this background in white embossing powder, but I also wanted to color parts of this background with my colored pencils and to make it easier for me to color I first stamped the image using a stamp positioner tool, colored it while there was no embossing powder and later added embossing powder over the coloring.

Yippee for Yana: Center Cut Heart Love Card

I was going for a very soft, feminine look and for my coloring I used just two pencils – White and Rose Carmine (there are Polychromos pencils). I’ve mentioned this many times in the past – I simply adore these pencils and I use them all the time.

I have a smaller 36 set of pencils and in that set there’s only one hot pink an no lighter pink. When I color I like to have a light and a dark shade of one color to have nice gradual transitions. So I used white pencil instead and I blended the hot pink into a lighter pink and finally into white with the help of the white pencil only.

Yippee for Yana: Center Cut Heart Love Card

I didn’t want to color the entire background as a), that would have taken too long, and b), this is not what I had in mind for this card. I wanted to have a lot of kraft, a lot of white and also hints of pink.

What I love a lot about Polychromos pencils is that they are erasable in a way. You can take a regular pencil eraser and erase some of the color if you made a mistake. It’s a very cool and valuable quality of this product, I think. Sometimes I change my mind, or the coloring doesn’t look the way I want it to look or I’ve accidentally colored over something I wasn’t planning to color so I just use pencil eraser to correct my coloring.

Yippee for Yana: Center Cut Heart Love Card

Once my coloring was done I heat embossed the background image in white embossing powder. I also created several additional elements for my card following the same technique. I used a rose image from the Best Mom Ever stamp set and also the word LOVE from the Stained Glass Love stamp set.

Yippee for Yana: Center Cut Heart Love Card

I trimmed my background to 4 x 5 ¼”, foam mounted it onto an A2 side folding card base, foam mounted the word “Love” and also foam mounted the pencil colored rose.

I wanted to add “You Forever & Always” part of the sentiment but I wanted to heat emboss it in white on pink. I didn’t have any pink cardstock that matched in color to the pink coloring, so I made my own little piece of pink paper by coloring a piece of kraft paper using my pencil.

Yippee for Yana: Center Cut Heart Love Card

I always do this with my Copic markers and sometimes do this with my watercolors so why not do it with the pencils? Right? It matched perfectly, I heat embossed the sentiment and trimmed it into a skinny strip using my Tonic Trimmer, foam mounted onto the card. Lastly, I coated the flower using my Tonic Studios Aqua Shimmer pen and that finished my project.

Have fun stamping!

WATCH THE VIDEO:

SUPPLIES:

Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp CENTER…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps STAINED GLASS…
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Simon Says Stamp STAINED GLASS…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps BEST MOM EVER…
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Faber-Castell POLYCHROMOS COLORED…
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Faber-Castell POLYCHROMOS COLORED…
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Spellbinders PLATINUM 6 Die Cutting…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Neenah Environment 80 LB SMOOTH…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun…
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Hero Arts WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER…
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping…
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ScraPerfect PERFECT CRAFTING POUCH…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft STAMP PLATFORM…
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Tonic SPRING-CUT FINE TIP DETAIL…
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Tonic Studios 8.5 INCH PAPER TRIMMER…
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Scor-Tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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9 x 12 WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711
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Scrapbook Adhesives 3D 217 WHITE FOAM…
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Tonic AQUA SHIMMER PEN Nuvo 2 Pack 888N
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Thanks so much for reading, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!

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  1. Wow, what a awesome card. I love the white embossing on the kraft cardstock and will give this definitely a try. Thanks Yana for this great idea!

  2. What a beautiful card both from design and color stand point. Thanks for the tip about coloring with pencils first and then embossing!

  3. Beautiful! I don’t think the center heart needed coloring, it would have taken away from the LOVE sentiment.

  4. Absolutely breathtaking and stunning! I love your coloring and wish I could color half as good as you do! The recipient of this card will definitely feel loved! TFS!

  5. Gorgeous card. Love the delicate coloring — I never use the white colored pencil, but you’ve inspired me to try.

  6. What a gorgeous card! What an excellent idea of making your own little piece of cardstock to match when you didn’t have one ! Lightbulb moment for me! I feel silly I never thought of this ! Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. Lovely card and I love that use the pencils to blend, I’ve tried some of the other ways to blend, even using blending pens and such, sometimes it makes the paper pill so just using the pencils seems like a good idea. Thanks for another great video Yana!

  8. Hi Jana, Love your soft and feminine card. I think it is perfect just the way you have created it. I wouldn’t change anything. So pleased you only used one rose as I think more would have taken right away from that fabulous background. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques.

  9. Just beautiful, Yana! White, kraft and pink is a fabulous color combo – and your shading is wonderful. Love the dimension, too.

  10. This turned out so soft and pretty Yana, love the pink and white on kraft card stock! I like it with the kraft heart, I think if you’d colored it in with one of the pencils the sentiment might not have shown up as well.

  11. I forgot that I did a gold on black background like this after watching Yana do that! It must still be on my desk somewhere! It turned out really pretty. Now I want to try the white on kraft! Thanks for teaching me something new!

  12. Love the card and the color you chose!! I love my Polychromos pencils, I’m hooked!! I have Prismas, but the Polychromos are so much better and I have you to thank for that :) Never knew that just changing a brand of pencil could do that, LOL!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to trying something new!!

  13. This is just so lovely and beautiful! I love that you used Kraft paper for this. The embossed lines perfectly compliment your gorgeous selective coloring and blending. Love the added touch of the shimmer pen.

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