Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

Yippee for Yana

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! Welcome to the latest edition of Yippee for Yana with the always amazing and creative Yana Smakula! Be sure to read on and watch the video for more info and enjoy!

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

Hi everyone, this is Yana Smakula, welcome back for another Yippee For Yana video!

In this episode, I will show you how to do some basic calligraphy to create personalized monogram cards.

I am not a pro when it comes to calligraphy, it fascinates me, but I don’t really have any special skills to be able to do calligraphy beautifully. Still, this doesn’t mean I cannot try.

I am using two pens to do my calligraphy today, these are designed to be used as accent pets and not as calligraphy pens, but I wanted to try and see if I could use them to create custom monogrammed cards.

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

These pens are by Jane Davenport for Spellbinders. They have glitter in them and they are waterproof brush pens. Jane combined a fine and flexible brush tip with intense waterproof color to make the Ultimate Pen for creating smooth, detailed finishing touches to your artwork. These are available in eight colors, including two metallic glitter tones that I am showing in this blog post & video.

I first used a pencil to sketch out a letter on my paper. Next, used a silver or gold pen and followed the pencil line to create the letter on my card. I was using a very light hand and took my time to have the best result. I went back and thickened some of the lines of the letter while keeping others pretty thin.

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

The result wasn’t exactly perfect, you can tell that this was hand drawn, but it was the look I was going for and the look I was happy with. Where I had the pencil lines show I used a pencil eraser and gently erased them.

Next, to dress up this monogram and turn it into a card I used one of my longtime favorite floral stamps from Simon Says Stamp -the Bold Flowers. I picked several and stamped them in various light colors of ink. I used Hollyhock, Twirling Tutu and Sunshine for the flowers. To make my stamping easier I used the mini MISTI stamping tool and of course double and even triple stamped some of these to have nice solid impressions. To stamp the greenery, I used Laurel Green ink and also Willow.

Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

Using coordinating dies I cut these images out and arranged them over the letter to create a beautiful floral cluster. This also helped me to hide any imperfections in my calligraphy. Once the floral cluster was arranged the way I liked it I used foam adhesive and also glue to adhere everything in place. I added many extra tiny flowers stamped in yellow and pink scattering them around the cluster to make it look a bit fuller.

Finally, I stamped a simple sentiment that reads “You Are Beautiful”. I trimmed my background pane to 4 x 5 1/4”, adhered it toA2 white side folding card base and embellished this card using several sequins from SSS from the Girl’s Best Friend mix.

Have fun stamping!

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Yippee for Yana: Monogram Calligraphy Cards

SUPPLIES:

JDM-029 Spellbinders SILVER SCREEN…
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JDM-030 Spellbinders GOLDEN AGE…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps BOLD FLOWERS…
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Simon Says Stamp BOLD FLOWERS Wafer…
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Spellbinders DEEP SEA Die Cutting and…
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Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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CZ Design Clear Stamps TABBED…
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Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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MISTI MEMORY MISTI PRECISION STAMPER…
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Scrapbook Adhesives 3D 217 WHITE FOAM…
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Hero Arts CRYSTAL CLEAR LACQUER PEN…
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Thanks so much for stopping by today, and thanks to Yana for being our guest!

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Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Watercolored Frenchie Retirement Card!

Studio Monday with Nina-Marie

Hello crafters, it’s Nina-Marie here with you today! I am very excited to be back again with you this week, sharing a Summery retirement card using our Simon exclusive Chillin’ Frenchies stamp set!

When you retire, I feel like that qualifies as a permanent vacation, right? I know a few retirees that say they are busier now than they were when they worked! But at least if you are retired, you can make your own schedule… so that seems almost like a vacation! :) 

I paired this beach-lovin’ Frenchie with an umbrella from our Simon exclusive Summer Cuddly Critters stamp set, and our new Waves background cling stamp… that watery effect was super-fun to create! I used watercolors and Distress Resist Spray for an beachy waves (or maybe poolside!) feel. 

Of course, I couldn’t help but use some fun sequins in my design, so I popped a few of the new Marina sequins around the card, which really tied in well with the rest of the colors I used! 

Want to see how I made this card? Be sure to check out the video below! 

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SUPPLIES

Simon Says Stamps and Dies CHILLIN…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps CHILLIN…
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Simon Says Stamp CHILLIN FRENCHIES…
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Simon Says Stamps And Dies SUMMER…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps SUMMER CUDDLY…
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Simon Says Stamp SUMMER CUDDLY…
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Simon Says Cling Stamp WAVES…
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Simon Says Stamp ROUNDED CORNER…
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Simon Says Stamp Sequins MARINA…
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Jane Davenport GLITZ-SEA 12 COLOR…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Tonic WHITE BLIZZARD Nuvo Glitter…
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Tonic MORNING DEW Grande Nuvo Crystal…
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Tim Holtz Distress RESIST SPRAY…
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool…
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Ranger GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue…
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Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE UM-153
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Brutus Monroe ALABASTER Ultra Fine…
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Arches COLD PRESSED WATERCOLOR PAD…
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Bazzill WHIRLYPOP Card Shoppe Heavy…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Therm O Web Gina K Designs ADHESIVE…
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Crafty Quintet: Summer Shades

Crafty Quintet Series
Crafty Quintet: Summer Shades

Hi friends! Happy Sunday and welcome to the June 2019 version of Crafty Quintet by Jessica Frost-Ballas! Today, Jessica is sharing her five favorite shades for summertime! She’s using our brand new Wildflowers stamp set to create the gorgeous silhouette along with a sentiment from our Simple Sentiments 2 stamp set and the Honey Bee Hello die.

Be sure to watch the video for more information and enjoy!

Crafty Quintet: Summer Shades

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SUPPLIES:

Simon Says Clear Stamps WILDFLOWERS…
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CZ Design Stamps SIMPLE SENTIMENTS 2…
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Honey Bee HELLO Dies HBDS-063
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Simon Says Stamp SENTIMENT LABELS…
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Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad WORN…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad…
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Inkon3 LIQUID PIXIE DUST Ultra Fine…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Strathmore BRISTOL SMOOTH 9 x 12…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100#…
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Tonic WELSH GOLD A4 Glitter Cardstock…
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Studio Katia TRIANGLE TRAY sk2119
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EK Success CRAFT TWEEZERS Precision…
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM METALLIC GOLD…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Simon Says Stamp LARGE GRID PAPER…
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS…
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Therm O Web 0.5 INCH PURPLE TAPE Easy…
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American Crafts Paper Fashion DANCING…
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MISTI MEMORY MISTI PRECISION STAMPER…
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3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE Adhesive…
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Inkadinkado EMBOSSING MAGIC Powder…
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Crafter’s Companion GEMINI JUNIOR…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Hero…
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Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Jessica for being our special guest!

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