Yippee for Yana: Last Minute Christmas Cards

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!

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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.

Yippee for Yana: 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.

Yippee for Yana: Last Minute Christmas Cards

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!

WATCH THE VIDEO:

Yippee for Yana: Last Minute Christmas Cards

SUPPLIES:

Simon Says Clear Stamps COMFORT AND…
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Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp FALLING…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps TINY WORDS…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# SOFT…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Hero Arts Shadow Ink Pad NAVY Blue…
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS…
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Spellbinders CIRCLE REPLACEMENT FOAM…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Hero Arts WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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WOW DUAL SPEED HEAT TOOL WZHT-USA
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft STAMP PLATFORM…
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Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Pretty Pink Posh SPARKLING CLEAR MIX…
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Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
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Crystal Ninja CRYSTAL KATANA Mixed…
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Thanks so much for watching and thanks to Yana for being our guest!

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  1. Wow I love this. I was just thinking about whipping out some more Christmas cards and getting them sent off… great quick ideas, Yana!

  2. Love that deep blue.
    Beautiful card.
    I think I have a couple
    extra – just in case.
    thanks for sharing
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  3. Beautiful and elegant! Love the option of paper piecing as well. This would come in handy if you forgot to brush off the package when the background was embossed. Thank you Yana for another great card.

  4. Beautiful card, quick to make but oh so elegant! Great idea to have a few on hand. Thanks, Yana. Merry Christmas to you and family.

  5. As always – gorgeously elegant. Love the ombre and I will have to try that coloured cardstock tip – definitely sounds like a time saver. Love the stenciling and the jewels too – adds a multidimensional level of embellishment!

  6. These look so beautiful, I love the navy with gold – will need to remember that combo for sure! I have made quite a few simpler designs this year myself (which is very unusual, but the clock was ticking, LOL), and I must say – some of them turned out to be my favourite ones for this season!

  7. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING cards Yana!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your design!
    TOTALLY INSPIRED by the techniques you have combined … added them to my list, looking forward to some CREATIVE FUN :)

  8. Yana has once again inspired me to step out of my comfort zone with dark colors. I’m usually drawn to primary or bright colors, but dark colors are so elegant on her cards! Thank, Yana!

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