Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

Color Layering Swan Greeting Cards. Video

Hello, friends! I’m back from CreativeWorld show (it’s an annual show happening at the end of January in Frankfurt, Germany) and I’m ready to continue sharing my projects with you! Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I have a few Love & Friendship cards using the Hero Arts Color Layering Swan set.

Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

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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

For my first project I wanted to create a bold and beautiful background. I stamped Flowers for Coloring Bold Prints background stamp in VersaMark embossing Ink on dark blue cardstock.

Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

You know me, I love the look of colored pencils on dark cardstock so I reached for my Polychromes colored pencils by Faber Castell and did some quick coloring.

Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

Having colored this background I moved onto stamping the focal image for this card – a gorgeous swan! I pulled out my mini MISTI tool. I used Navy ink for the outline layer, I adore this dark, deep blue color and I often use it in my card making. For the detail layer, and this stamp set has just 2 layers to it – an outline and a detail, I used a lighter blue, Pool color. I also used the same Pool color to stamp the beak of the bird and next die-cut the image out with the help of a coordinating die. I had envisioned this card with my gorgeous swan in the center of my beautiful colored panel with a simple sentiment next to it.

gold heat embossed one that reads “Smile, Beautiful“, I feel it’s a fitting message for a card like this. I used stamps and a die from the Smile Stamp & Cut set and because swans are often pictured wearing a crown I made a little crown for my swan to wear on this card using a flower images from the Color Layering Armadillo set! The size and shape of this image had worked perfectly for this swan! After foam mounting my images onto the background I adhered the background panel onto an A2 white side folding card base to finish my card.

Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

For my card idea #2 I was itching to try heat embossing. Swans are usually white, of course there’s a black swan from time to time, but I was keen on trying to create a white swan for my card. I decided a white swan would look best on colored background so I picked a light pink one and after inking the outline image with clear embossing ink, VersaMark, I stamped the image in the center of the panel and heat set it in white embossing powder.

Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

For my detail layer I used Satin White Pearl embossing powder. If you’ve not used this product before – you are missing out as this embossing powder will give you the coolest effects on paper. To finish this card I stamped and heat embossed a few additional images from the Color Layering Swan set.

Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

For my final card idea I wanted to create a lake full of swans! I stamped and die cut several using Charcoal ink for the outline layer and Wet Cement for the detail layer. This gave me beautiful white swans with gray shading. For the beaks I used Soft Pink color – gray always goes beautifully with pink, so it looked really nice in the end.

Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

I used my coordinating die and die-cut swans for my card. I wanted to have a big flower on this card to make it look like as if my swan was behind it. I stamped a gorgeous mum from the Hero Florals Mum Stem stamp set in Intense Black ink and colored it very light pink using my Copic markers. I used RV00, RV10 and RV23. I cut the image out using a coordinating die, next cut the stem off using my scissors and arranged everything as I had planned.

Swan Greeting Cards featuring "Color Layering Swan" stamp set from Hero Arts. Video tutorial by Yana Smakula

Next, to spice up my background I dry embossed a dark gray cardstock panel using a stencil from the Petals Stencil Pair set. The design of this stencil looks like drops of water and it went perfectly with my card design here. I foam mounted the die cut images in place and added a Valentine’s Day sentiment that reads – You’re my Valentine every single day. This sentiment comes from the new All My Love Decorative Hearts set. I also used a few sequins from the Champagne sequin mix to embellish this card. I hope this video & blog post has given you some stamping ideas to try with your color layering stamp set from Hero Arts.

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 Clear Stamps Color Layering Swan
Hero Arts Clear Stamps Color Layering Swan
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Hero Arts Color Layering Swan Bundle
Hero Arts Color Layering Swan Bundle
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Hero Arts Color Layering Frame Cuts Swan Die Set
Hero Arts Color Layering Frame Cuts Swan Die Set
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Hero Arts Smile Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Smile Stamp & Cut
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Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring Bold Prints
Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Petals Stencil Pair
Hero Arts Petals Stencil Pair
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Hero Arts Clear Stamps Color Layering Armadillo
Hero Arts Clear Stamps Color Layering Armadillo
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Hero Arts Color Layering Frame Cuts Armadillo Dies
Hero Arts Color Layering Frame Cuts Armadillo Dies
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Hero Arts Color Layering Armadillo Bundle
Hero Arts Color Layering Armadillo Bundle
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Hero Arts All My Love Decorative Hearts
Hero Arts All My Love Decorative Hearts
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Hero Arts Florals Clear Stamp Mum Stem
Hero Arts Florals Clear Stamp Mum Stem
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Hero Arts Florals Mum Stem Clear Stamp and Die Combo
Hero Arts Florals Mum Stem Clear Stamp and Die Combo
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Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
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Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder PW100
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Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Pool Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Soft Pink Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Charcoal Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Wet Cement Ink Pad
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Hero Arts Rose Madder Hybrid Ink Pad
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Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Champagne Sequin Mix
Hero Arts Champagne Sequin Mix
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Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Cotton Candy Cardstock
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 12 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 12 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 24 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 24 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 60 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 60 Set
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Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 120 Set
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Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder Tool
Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder Tool
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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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Misti Stamping Tool
Misti Stamping Tool
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Copic Sketch Marker RV00 Water Lily
Copic Sketch Marker RV00 Water Lily
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Copic Sketch Marker RV23 Pure Pink
Copic Sketch Marker RV23 Pure Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker RV000 Pale Purple Light Muted
Copic Sketch Marker RV000 Pale Purple Light Muted
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Tonic Spring-cut Fine Tip Detail Scissors
Tonic Spring-cut Fine Tip Detail Scissors
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Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
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Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
Crystal Ninja Crystal Katana Pick Up Tool
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White Foam Squares
White Foam Squares
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Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
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Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
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3 Comments

    1. Welcome back from Frankfurt (where some of my ancestors are from!). Sounds like Germany has their own version of Creativation?? I like the pink card with the swan. So pretty. I have some of the pearlized embossing powder but haven’t used it much … yet! Thanks, Yana.

      1. thank you, Debbie! I’d say that Creativation is a version of Creativeworld. I’m not sure about the history of the both shows (and which show originated first), but it felt a bit like Creativation was a copy of the Frankfurt show. Many of the things Creativation tried to implement are present at the Frankfurt show. Either way, both are fantastic shows to attend

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