Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! Have you made your holiday cards yet? If not, no worries Yana to the rescue! Read on for more information, and enjoy!
Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula and welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video! Christmas is just 13 days away and now is the time to get those holiday cards done if you have yet already. In today’s blog post & video, I am sharing a very simple, easy to make, yet classy and stunning Christmas card idea that involves just a bit of stamping, heat embossing and ink blending – very doable card and easy to mass produce if you happen to need a bunch of last minute Christmas cards.
I’m using a handful of supplies today – one of them is a beautiful Comfort & Joy clear stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, I will be using Joy to the World sentiment and an image of a Christmas present; simple imagery, but large enough to take center stage on our card. Also large enough so that we won’t need to add much else to the project. As when you are in a hurry you want to get those cards done as soon as you can. If you don’t have this exact stamp set look through your stash for a large sentiment and also a simple outline image that goes well with the holiday theme.
First, I stamped & gold heat embossed images on blue cardstock. I picked blue for 2 reasons: a) I simply love this color and b) I wanted to have a night sky type of look and feel for this card.
To create a background, I want it to look like as if there’s falling snow on the card, I used another stamp from Simon – Falling Snow cling background stamp and I once again heat embossed it. This time, however, I used a different color of embossing powder – Steel Navy from Simon. I poured it onto my panel avoiding the sentiment and gift area. I’m not one for masking and if I can skip doing masking I will, so here I skipped masking and instead used a dry paintbrush to brush away any embossing powder that overlapped the gold heat embossing.
After heat setting, I added some ombre ink blending at the top to darken the top edge a bit. To do this I used Navy and Black inks and my ink blending tools. Ink bending on colored cardstock saves you loads of time as you already have that base color in place and you just need to add your medium and darkest color.
Another way you can step this card design up is by embellishing it with jewels. Here I used clear jewels from Pretty Pink Posh and adhered them over some of the snow dots in the background.
Have fun stamping!
Thanks so much for watching and thanks to Yana for being our guest!