Last Minute Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

Last Minute Christmas Cards. Video

Today, since it’s so close to Christmas, we are making Last Minute Christmas cards. 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.

Last Minute Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

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Welcome back for another 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! These videos are published on Hero’s blog and Youtube channel on Mondays following the My Monthly Hero Blog Hops and I’m sharing them on my blog as well. 

VIDEO TUTORIAL

Watch my video tutorial below or on Youtube to learn how I made the cards I’m sharing today.

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CARDS DETAILS

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 Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects 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 Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects 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 Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects 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 Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects 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 Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects 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 Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects 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.

Have fun stamping!

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support!

Hero Arts Color Layering Stamps Christmas Tree
Hero Arts Color Layering Stamps Christmas Tree
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Hero Arts Newspaper Bold Prints Background Stamp
Hero Arts Newspaper Bold Prints Background Stamp
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Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
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Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red Cardstock
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Hero Arts Gold Glitter Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Gold Glitter Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100
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Hero Arts Red Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Red Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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Hero Arts Red Royal Ink Pad
Hero Arts Red Royal Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Moss Hybrid Ink Pad
Hero Arts Moss Hybrid Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Soft Sky Ink Pad
Hero Arts Soft Sky Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Forever Green Ink Pad
Hero Arts Forever Green Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Ombre Pool To Navy Ink
Hero Arts Ombre Pool To Navy Ink
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Hero Arts Ombre Sand to Chocolate Brown Ink Pad
Hero Arts Ombre Sand to Chocolate Brown Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Green Apple Ink Pad
Hero Arts Green Apple Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Deep Ocean Hybrid Ink Pad
Hero Arts Deep Ocean Hybrid Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Hybrid Bold Ink Pad Aegean
Hero Arts Hybrid Bold Ink Pad Aegean
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
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Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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Last Minute Handmade Christmas Cards. Video tutorial. Projects by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts

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14 Comments

    1. Hello, dear one: I am not able to open your video here and the link to YouTube isn’t the video for this card! I really am interested in seeing this. Thanks so much!

    1. Love the blue tree! Never would have thought to do that… though I did make pink snowflakes this year. 🙂

    1. My favorite is the gold background card. You are the queen of using ombre ink pads!!!! Thanks, Yana.

      1. I was wondering the same! I found where she responded to this question on IG – it is Holiday Badges from Hero Arts.

    1. Brilliant festive cards. Great colours, very pretty, fabulous idea. Thank you for an entire year of brilliant inspiration for every occasion Yana. I’ve learnt so much from you. Hope you & your family have a great Christmas.
      Merry Christmas from me & mine x

    1. Beautiful! I would love to know where the round sentiment stamps are from – I didn’t see them linked at the bottom. Thanks so much!

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