Watercolor Happy Thanksgiving Card | Hero Arts


September, 12, 2017

I love Fall! As I am writing this post our balcony door is open and I can feel fresh Autumn air - it's been anticipated so much after a hot Summer. 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

With Fall come several holidays including the biggest one - Thanksgiving. Today I have a watercolor card to share with you created using Hero Arts Color Layering Thanksgiving stamp set. This is a layering set which allows you to add color using solid layers and ink pads, but also can be used to practice coloring using your favorite medium. 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I started working on my card by stamping "Happy Thanks" and "Giving" in clear embossing ink onto Arches Hot Pressed watercolor paper. I added Gold embossing powder and heat set images with my heat tool. I wanted to do some quick watercoloring for this card so I picked watercolor paper instead of a regular cardstock and I also used embossing powder instead of ink to help me stay within the lines and prevent watercolors seeping outside the letter outlines. 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I used my Daniel Smith watercolor paints and colored these using just a few colors - yellow, red and green. By mixing yellow and red I was able to create orange, and by mixing red and green I got a beautiful rich brown. 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

I also heat embossed and watercolored a background for my card using one of the new Bold Prints Cling stamps - Vine Pattern. Here's a photo of this background: 

Happy Thanksgiving Card by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

After heat embossing in Gold I wet the paper with a large flat paint brush and added same yellow, red and green colors. 

I adhered my background onto an A2 top folding card base, foam mounted my watercolor sentiment on top and embellished my card using sequins from several mix sets from Hero - Ombré Blush and Champagne.

Have fun stamping! 


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Mary W

September 12, 2017

This card is a real stunner!

Julie Henderson

September 12, 2017

I love the look of your cards! The really like water color technique!

Lori Ritchie

September 12, 2017



September 12, 2017

The gold embossing and warm color palette are perfect for these stamp sets! Another beautiful card!


September 15, 2017

This is a beauty, Yana! The gold embossing is beautiful with the watercolors!


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