Yippee for Yana Feature Celebrates Send A Card To A Friend Day
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Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula and thank you for joining me today.
February 7th is the National Send a Card to a Friend day so I wanted to encourage you to make some cards or use those that you’ve made in the past and mail them to your friends.
I thought it would be appropriate to share a video tutorial today showing how to make some quick and easy friendship cards for friends who live far away. Most of my crafty friends live far, some across different US states, others are are outside the US so I wanted to make a few clever cards to highlight some of places where they live.
As I was going through my stash looking a perfect sentiment I came across this Sending and Wishing You stamp set from Simon. One of the sentiments there reads Wishing We Lived Closer Because I miss you. And this is the perfect sentiment for the kind of cards I had in mind.
I also needed to stamp some sort of a map or a city skyline to complete the look I was going for. I found a few stamps in my stash that worked wonderfully with this sentiment. I used a US map background cling stamp from Hero Arts – this one is a big stamp that covers the entire front of an A2 card and it can be stamped just partially onto a card to leave some room for a sentiment.
Other stamps that I really wanted to use for these cards are the Hero Arts Destination stamps.
I wanted to do some quick coloring on my cards, simple ombre coloring and I used Tonic Nuvo Creative Pens – these are alcohol based markers, very affordable and they come in packs of 3 so you get 3 shades of one color which is very handy if you don’t want to spend a lot of time deciding and exploring which colors work well together for perfect blending. These markers are double sided, on one side you have a broad tip that is great for coloring large sections quickly and on the other side you have a fine tip for coloring detailed images.
After my coloring was done I foam mounted my panels onto A2 top folding landscape cards created out of Simon’s glimmer cardstock – I used a few colors of cardstock here to coordinate with my coloring – I was going for a simple monochromatic look.
To finish these cards I used Nuvo Drops is several colors and I just added a few dots here and there to complete my projects.
Have fun stamping!
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Very good sentiments to send to friends. The cards are beautiful
These are super. Love the simplicity and the images.
Love these cards and great video. Yippee!
A great set of cards. Nice coloring with the markers.
Wonderful cards Yana!!! Love the ombre coloring!!!
Yana never disappoints, her work is always beautiful and inspiring!!
Fantastic idea! I’ve seen those destination stamps and wondered how I would use them. Now I know. Thanks.
Love this idea. Nice set of cards.
I love these! Perfect idea :)
Your friends are very lucky to receive these awesome cards !
Great ideas, thanks for inspiration!
An absolutely adorable set of cards. Love the idea, thanks for the inspiration!
Great cards Yana! I’m stuck in a snowbank and can’t get to the post today!
Great idea. I have friends in far away places.
These are such fun! Thanks for the inspiration!
Gorgeous cards. And I love the sentiments! Perfect for friends who live far away!
Fab friendship cards! :)
Congrats Yana! Beautiful cards shared today.
I love these ideas.
Such beautiful creations, Yana!! Love those Nuvo drops!! Congrats to all the winners and thank you so much for selecting me :)
Love these cards and stamp set. Will add to my collection. Yana did a awesome job!
I too have friends in far away places. These cards are just perfect, I love them.
Nuvo Drops are now on my wish list!!
Thank you for sharing these works of art!
Yana does an amazing job as always! Love the cards and ALL of the stamps!
These are great!
Love these cards!!! Especially since my family is a thousand miles away… would have to make these for them!
Charming cards and
a great cause!
Congrats to the
Carla from Utah
Lovely cards Yana! Great idea for connecting with friends in a more personal way than email or text.
Fun idea. Love those skylines. Hugz
Have been having no mojo and this is such a happy card sets .
Your creativity is very inspiring.
Great cards! Thanks for the video!
yippie for Yana indeed, love the set, I didn; send out any cards today…no friends..haha I mean not a holiday here in the Netherlands ;-)
Love love LOVE these cards! I have the Chicago stamp!
What a fun idea to send a card to a friend. These destination stamps are just perfect for a Miss You card.
Love the idea for these cards. Wow, those alcohol markers look fantastic, especially the red colours!
Such great stamp pairing. Thanks for sharing.
I love these cards Yana!!!!! Gorgeous and quite simple.
Great cards. Love the map. How fun to sendvto a friend.
I love this idea
Great cards! This is a great idea. I mailed two thank you cards today. We need some sort of monthly calendar listing all of these specialty ‘fun’ days, that way we could plan in advance! ?
These are fun ideas for cards! Thanks for sharing the video!!
Such beautiful cards Yana!
Lovely cards. I really love the cityscape stamps. The San Diego one reminds me of the Hotel California album by The Eagles. Love it.
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Love these cards! So wonderful for far-flung friends!
WONDERFUL sentiment and cards, PERFECT for family and friends all over the world!
Love the cards! AND that Blue on the New Orleans card is awesome!!! Thanks for all the ideas!
These are awesome Yana!! Wish there was a stamp for every state or major city in a state!!