Video: Color Layering Armadillo Cards | Color Layering With Yana Serie | Hero Arts


June, 11, 2018

Hello Hero Arts fans! Welcome back for another episode of the Color Layering video series!

In this video & episode I am taking a closer look at a brand new Armadillo set! This time in addition to stamping my layering images to color them I also used coloring mediums to show different ways you can use your layering stamps.

Watch the video tutorial below to learn how I made the cards I'm sharing today.

If you’re having a problem viewing this video, please try watching it HERE in HD on YouTube

The Armadillo set is pretty easy to align - you start with the outline layer, add solid and finish it off with a detail layer. This Color Layering Armadillo has an outline to it and that allows us to use it now only with the additional layers, but it also lets us color it using our favorite coloring medium.

To be able to color this image with alcohol markers I stamped it in Hero Arts Intense Black ink and next used my Copics (E79, E37, E33 and E31 for the armadillo and YG25, YG17 and YG67 for the cacti) to color.

If your other color layering stamps have an outline to them - you can also color them with your favorite medium. I decided to go with Copics, but that can be a watercolor, colored pencils or even ink blending for some quick pop of color.

Let's take a look at some of the cards I made using this Armadillo. First up is an Arma-dorable card!

You're Arma-Dorable Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used Soft Pool ink to blend a light blue background. Next, I foam mounted my armadillo stamped in Black, Butter Bar and Caramel and two cacti images stamped in Green Apple and Forever Green.

You're Arma-Dorable Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I also added a few pink cacti blooms stamped in Soft Pink and Rose Madder.

For my card #2 and #3 I wanted to add a graphic looking background so I used the Luggage Tag Alphabet dies to cut out an entire panel for my card.

Looking Sharp Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I kept my dies connected, I just removed the bottom row and I’ve been using these like a cover die for my cards. I cut one out of black and one out of kraft to look like a desert background for my card.

Looking Sharp Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I adhered these backgrounds onto A2 white card bases and foam mounted my armadillos and cacti colored using Copic markers on top. I added a simple “Looking Sharp” sentiment to both.

Looking Sharp Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

Finally, I used champagne sequins to embellish these cards.

For my next card I used the leftover letters to spell “Rollin”. I wanted my sentiment to say “Keep On Rollin”.

Keep on Rollin Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I stamped the “Keep On” part but wanted to use large letters for the “Rollin” part. I staggered them and nestled my armadillo in-between.

Keep on Rollin Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used foam adhesive tape to foam mount the letters in place - I wanted to pop them up on my card. I also foam mounted the armadillo with a few cacti and some cacti blooms in pink and red.

Keep on Rollin Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

Next, I trimmed my panel to be about 4 1/4” tall. I wanted to adhere it onto an A2 kraft card base as I wanted some more of that kraft to show on the card. I stamped a background using a Tribal Stripes Bold Prints stamp and Versamark ink on this kraft card front just to add some interest to my card. I adhered the armadillo panel on top and again embellished this card with the Champagne mix sequins. I also used a white gel pen to add a white highlight to my armadillo.

I’ve been enjoying adding this little touch lately. Here’s one more card I made using the Armadillo set.

Just Poking By Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

For this one, identical to the previous card I used a darker armadillo that was stamped in Black, Caramel and Cup o’ Joe inks.

Have fun stamping!

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Karthikha Uday

June 11, 2018

Wonderful cards :)

Karen Hale

June 11, 2018

Yana, always love your video tutorials. This is such a cute stamp. Being from Texas we are partial to these critters. Thx for the great coloring tips.

Dana M

June 11, 2018

Super cute and creative cards Yana!

cyndi morris

June 11, 2018

Great cards, Love that armadillo; very realistic (I’m in Texas and we KNOW armadillos)! Can’t wait to google “pink armadillo” — that will be a first for me!


June 13, 2018

Gorgeous cards Yana and again an very instructive video. Thanks, I learned a lot!

pam edwards

June 13, 2018

I love armadillos. The cards you made were adorable. Really enjoyed this video. Thanks

pat smith

June 14, 2018

I think these are just adorable! I would not have given this set a 2nd look if I had not watched the video. You showed how cute these critters can be, and love the layered look! Thanks for sharing.


June 15, 2018

Thanks so much!


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