You are Loved + Ombre Inking


Hi readers! Happy Tuesday! Please join me in welcoming back Yana Smakula as a guest on our blog! She’s created these two beauties with some new Hero Arts products as well as some Simon Says Stamp Exclusives!



I love to create custom backgrounds using various small image stamps. Background stamps are fun (and I still use them often), but I feel I have more freedom when I’m using smaller images to build a background. This also allows to me create multicolored backgrounds like I’m sharing today. I used new Hero Arts Ombre ink pads for both of my projects and inked some images up using a darker color of ink and some using lighter.

I added dry embossing to one of the backgrounds using this grid stencil, this is one of my favorite techniques. I rarely use stencils for stenciling, but I love to use them for dry embossing. To give both of my cards something little extra I die cut this songbird die and a couple circles from Luminary Circles out of gold mirror cardstock and scattered behind the heat embossed sentiment.

Both stamped panels were mounted onto white A2 top folding card bases and a narrow strip of Hero Arts layering paper was added to both on both sides to emphasize the main panel.






Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Yana for being our fantastic guest!


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  1. My heart went pitter patter. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration and I love the added bird near the sentiment. These are just amazing.

  2. I haven’t seen the Luminary Circles before, but I love the look they give, especially in the gold accent color, along with the bird!

  3. Gorgeous colours and cards. Those Ombre ink pads are on my “never ever gonna end” wish list as well as some SSS products too numerous to mention!

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