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Video: Last Minute Christmas Cards | Color Layering With Yana Series

by Yana Smakula December 10, 2018 14 Comments

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

In this video & episode, since it’s so close to Christmas, I am making Last Minute Christmas cards using the Color Layering Christmas Tree set. Now don’t panic if you don’t yet have your holiday cards ready - these are easy and very quick to make. If you decide to mass produce these each card will take you about 5 to 10 minutes to make, maybe even less. 

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.

I’ve started working on my cards by creating backgrounds first. I used one of my favorites stamps - the Newspaper Bold Prints to make all of the backgrounds for all of my cards. Even though this is not a Christmas or Holiday stamp specifically, it’s still a great one to use to create some quick and easy backgrounds.

 Last Minute Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I went with tone on tone stamping for the most part here. I used Navy ink & blue cardstock; Gold embossing powder & white cardstock; Forever Green ink & green cardstock and Royal Red ink & red cardstock. 

 Last Minute Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

To stamp the main image for my cards, the Christmas tree, I used 2 sets of colors  - greens and blues. You can also use other colors and maybe go whimsical and have a pink or a purple tree if you like.

 Last Minute Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used brown ombre ink for both color combinations to stamp the tree trunk and also stamp the sentiment for my cards. The Color Layering Christmas Tree stamp set is probably the easiest one to align, hence why it’s a perfect one to use for last minute holiday cards. If you flip the packaging of your set to the back you can see the step by step guide that tells you what you need to do to create a beautiful little tree. The basic idea here is you want to stamp 3 layers using 3 shades of one color, so for example green and for my green tree I used Green Apple, Moss and Forever Green and stamp the last layer in a different contrasting color to work as ornaments on your tree. 

 Last Minute Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

For my blue trees I used a Pool to Navy ombre ink pad, also Deep Ocean and Aegean. Finally, I stamped a slope under the tree and for this I used Soft Sky ink.

 Last Minute Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts 

Next, I added the last, 4th tree layer. I heat embossed it in Red and also Gold Glitter embossing powder. You can use Silver Sparkle powder just as well to heat emboss the lights layer on some of your trees. Using a sparkle embossing powder for these kinds of projects is especially fitting!

 Last Minute Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I finished up all of my panels and foam mounted them onto my card bases already covered with the pre-stamped backgrounds. I love the different colors used for the background and also different color options used for the trees themselves.

 Last Minute Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

Have fun stamping! 






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14 Responses

Jody
Jody

December 29, 2018

Love this kind of card. Fast easy and beautiful. Thanks for sharing

C Bish
C Bish

December 16, 2018

I love your Christmas card! The newsprint background is very classy especially the gold embossed ink on the white background. Thank you for the inspiration. Happy Holidays

Cheri H
Cheri H

December 12, 2018

Love the newsprint background stamp. Have never seen that before…it will definitely go on my have to have list (:
Thank you for your tutorial!

Juana E Lubian
Juana E Lubian

December 11, 2018

Beautiful

Chrissy E
Chrissy E

December 11, 2018

GORGEOUS, Yana!

Marianna
Marianna

December 11, 2018

Love your cards! Really like that you used the newsprint stamp. I still have some cards & tags to make too.

Debbie p
Debbie p

December 10, 2018

Beautiful cards. Thank you or the great tips.

Henriétte
Henriétte

December 10, 2018

Thank you so much Yana for these great examples. I am far behind with my Christmas cards but your video gave me an idea what I quickly can do while it still looks awesome.

Sharon Gullikson
Sharon Gullikson

December 10, 2018

I LOVE the blue tree!!!!!!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

December 10, 2018

Love what you did with those trees, Yana!

Lagene
Lagene

December 10, 2018

Gorgeous cards! I love the simplicity!

Feriba
Feriba

December 10, 2018

Thank you Yana ! I just watched your video and I love it . I feel like I just drank a strong cup of coffee and I can’t wait to try your ideas out.

Rhonda
Rhonda

December 10, 2018

Is that round “Wishing you a Merry Christmas” stamp still available? Loved you tree and newspaper cards! Thanks

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

December 10, 2018

Such a beautiful set of cards! Lovely designs!