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Video: Color Layering Mangrove Cards | Color Layering With Yana Series

by Yana Smakula February 12, 2018 14 Comments

Welcome back to the 5th episode of the Color Layering with Yana video series! In each one of my monthly videos I explore different ink pad and embossing powder color options for Hero Arts Color Layering sets and will hopefully inspire you to stamp!

In this video I am taking a closer look at one of my personal favorite sets - the Color Layering Mangrove. This stamp set has so much potential and with a bit of alteration can be used for a number of ways, not just for mangrove trees.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

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.

But first thing's first - let's take a look at some of the ink pad color options that work well for these trees. Hero Arts suggest ink pads for the Color Layering Mangrove are Forever Green, Green Apple, Caramel and Butter Bar. Beautiful colors that let you produce vibrant mangrove trees.

I decided to skip using the recommended colors and try and find some other unexpected combinations that work. I tested and liked the following colors:

For the treetops:

For the tree trunks:

This stamp set has a set of coordinating dies that cut almost every image included in the set out. I used my dies and cut my stamped out. I set them aside and started working on the backgrounds for my cards. I feel like the backgrounds as just as important as the foregrounds of a project.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used Neon Ombre Red to Purple ink pad along with a Dual Tip Blender Brush and blended a quick and easy ombre sunset like background. Since I was blending with an ombre pad I got that instant color transition and that I think, made it even easier to blend and have a beautiful and easy background in the end.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used the red tree along with the red tree trunk and two other green tree tops for this card. I heat embossed Rooting For You in white embossing powder onto black cardstock, this is how I did all of my sentiments today. Since I had two more treetops here I went ahead and stamped two additional tree trunks, but directly onto the panel this time.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

Once my stamping was finished I used foam adhesive and foam mounted all of these elements in place. After I foam mounted the two additional treetops I trimmed them as I didn't want them going outside the panel and by the way I trimmed this panel to 4 x 5 1/4"; I used the leftover pieces to add even more greenery to this card and made it look like a forest.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

Later I foam mounted this panel onto an A2 black card base and I added a white cardstock panel on the inside to write a greeting.

For my next background I used black cardstock along with Rain Dance stencil and glimmer paste.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

For this card I didn't want to have a mangrove tree, but rather a regular tree. So I took my scissors and simply cut the roots portion of this image off and the minute I did it this tree trunk looked like it was designed like that and I couldn't tell it had anything else to it.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I foam mounted my regular tree along with a sentiment strip onto my background. For the sentiment I went with one that reads You've Grown on Me. To finish this card I foam mounted this panel onto an A2 white card base.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

My last card for today features both of my neon stamped trees. I foam mounted them onto a white woodgrain card base made using woodgrain paper - I love using this paper for my clean and simple cards.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used double layer of fun foam for the tree top for my yellow tree to elevate it above the tree trunk and than triple layer of foam adhesive for the red tree top to elevate it even more.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

For this card I went with You're The Root Of My Happiness sentiment, I also added a pink flamingo and I made sure to add some air roots coming out from the tree.

Color Layering Mangrove Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

This Color Layering Mangrove stamp set has several little images to complement the mangrove image one of them being the air roots and there's actually 4 different roots to choose from. I used just 3 here.

Other images are circles in the water - you can stamp those next to the roots of the tree trunk to make it look like as if they are going into the water and also there's an image of a fish if you'd like to add that to your water. So lots of fun things to play with.

Have you used this stamp set? Do you have a favorite combo for it? Share below!

Have fun stamping!





Yana Smakula
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14 Responses

Kathleen Darroch
Kathleen Darroch

February 25, 2018

Yana’s work is amazing. I love how she also does multiple things with the same set. Her first take on this set was equally as beautiful.

Amber
Amber

February 12, 2018

All three are beautiful❣️ I don’t have this stamp set but want it (along with all the inks!)

Dot Tucker
Dot Tucker

February 12, 2018

The versatile trees are great. Also like the stencil with the

iridescent gold as filler.

Patricia Wilson
Patricia Wilson

February 12, 2018

How interesting that you could see that mangrove tree as a regular tree and also using the roots for a bush. You’re amazing. When I grow up, I want to be as creative as you. By the way, I’m 69 years old!

DEBORAH COOPER
DEBORAH COOPER

February 12, 2018

Beautiful cards. I really like the color combinations you chose.

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

February 12, 2018

Ah what a gorgeous cards. Thanks Yana!

Chrissy E
Chrissy E

February 12, 2018

Great use of this set – and I just bought that Neon Purple Ombre inkpad! :-D

carol rich
carol rich

February 12, 2018

I love the layering stamps. Your video was wonderful and a great inspiration. Thanks.

Karen
Karen

February 12, 2018

Beautiful love the layering and bright colours

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

February 12, 2018

Lovely colorful creations :)

Lagene
Lagene

February 12, 2018

Awesome cards, thanks for the video Yana!

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

February 12, 2018

Stunning looking trees!!

Tracie Pond
Tracie Pond

February 12, 2018

How fun in non-traditional colors.

Teresa Doyle
Teresa Doyle

February 12, 2018

Yana, you are a wealth of artistic information… Thanks for sharing all of this. Gorgeous cards!