Yippee for Yana Feature: Shading Solid Stamp Images with Ink Pads

Yippee for Yana Stamping Shading

Yippee for Yana Cardmaking Feature

Hi friends! Thanks for tuning in today! We’re back with the latest installment of Yippee for Yana! In this card, Yana is showing the process of shading solid stamp images with ink pads! Be sure to read on and watch the video for more details! Enjoy!
Yippee for Yana Stamping Shading

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 video I’m showing how to add shading and dimension to solid stamped images with the help of inks.

I started working on my card by stamping a big bold sentiment that reads “You Are Fantastic” in black ink. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp Big U Words stamp set and features a lot of messages you can pair with the word “you”. The line under the sentiment is actually a stem from a floral set from Altenew called Simple Flowers.

When it comes to stamping cards like this one color combo is very important and it’s essential to pick a nice mix of colors for great results. I am using yellow, orange and gray. For each color I have a lighter and a darker shade ink pad. There’s Duckling and Sunshine for my yellows, Apricot and Orange Slush for the orange and 3 shades for the gray – FogSmoke, and Cobblestone.

The trick here is to stamp the same image multiple times, 2 or sometimes 3 or even 4 times in the same spot and thus using a stamp positioner such as MISTI is crucial to have great results.

I inked up my flower using light yellow shade and stamped it onto my card base placed inside the MISTI. To add some depth to my flower I darkened the edges and keep the center light. I used a dark yellow shade and inked up just the edges of the stamp and stamped it. Finally I stamped the same image once again (for the third time) using the lightest ink color. This helped the ink blend a bit and create a slightly smoother transition of color.

 Yippee for Yana Stamping Shading

Keep in mind you can use this technique with many other floral stamps sets, the key here is using solid images. Have fun stamping!

Watch the video:

Yippee for Yana Stamping Shading


Thanks for reading and thanks to Yana for being our guest! Mark your calendars for the next Yippee for Yana feature on March 21st!


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  1. SQUEAL!! LOVING LOVING LOVING this BEAUTIFUL Card!! THANKS for sharing the Video and for the chance to WIN!! Looking forward to seeing your next feature!! =) Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  2. Love this technique and will have to give it a try once my supplies come out of storage after we move into our new house. Love the card, it turned out so pretty and I love the trick of using colored pencils for covering up the white space left by the masks! I will have to remember that the next time I use masks! Great tips in this video, thanks for sharing .

  3. Such a pretty card and love this technique for more dimension and interest with solid stamps! Love this stamp set by Altenew too.

  4. Awesome technique! Gorgeous Card. I’m not a masker either; but, I’ll give this a try. Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. Wonderful video, as always with Yana! Love this card, great color choices. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    I also see I won some blog candy, so excited. I’ve sent off my info. Thanks!

  6. Beautiful card – thanks for sharing the technique! I actually have this stamp set so I could really have fun trying it out!

  7. I’m not a masker either but seeing all your tips in the video I’m going to try it again. Love the design and colors you chose…this is a beauty! Thanks for sharing this technique in your awesome video.

  8. Can I just say how much I love seeing the techniques and how inspiring they all are? Love, love, love this site!

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