Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

Hero Arts | Color Layering Nordic Tree. Color Layering with Yana Series. Video

Hello, friends! Sharing the next episode from my monthly “Color Layering with Yana” series featuring Color Layering Peace from Hero Arts.

The Color Layering Nordic Tree stamp set features a solid tree shape that can be stamped in any color of ink and provide a base for your Christmas tree. You also have 3 detail layers that can be added on top of the solid layer or used alone for beautiful results. Of course, you have several sentiment options in this set and if you look on the back of the packaging you’ll find a quick layering guide to help you jump start your creativity. A coordinating die is available separately and it will easily cut the Christmas tree out.

Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

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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

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NORDIC TREE CARDS DETAILS

I have 3 cards to show you today. I’m actually not going to use the solid layer for my projects today and will replace it with the help of colored cardstock. My idea is to heat emboss the beautiful detail layers in various colors of embossing powder on various colors of cardstock.

Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

For my first card, I treated a piece of Cherry cardstock with anti-static powder. This helps to keep embossing nice and neat as it eliminates any grease or oils that might have transferred from my fingers and it also eliminates static and thus helps the embossing powder particles to cling only where they are supposed to cling to. Next, I inked up the stamp using Hero Arts embossing ink and stamped the image on the paper. All of the detail layers in this set look particularly beautiful and this one is no exception.

Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

Next, I added white detail embossing powder and used my heat tool to set the powder in place and melt it. I love this classic white on red look, it is very festive and oh so fitting for the Holiday season. I used the coordinating die and cut the image out in my die cutting machine.

Next, I used the Decorative Poinsettia Frame stamp & cut set to stamp several images from this set and use as embellishments for my card, for all of my cards today, really. I stamped a poinsettia, as well as several leaves and berry branches.

I used Intense Black ink for my stamping as I knew I wanted to color these with my Copic markers and this kind of ink works best with Copics.

I opted for just a handful of colors for my coloring. I used YG03 and G94 to color the leaves. Next, I went with R39, R27, R24, and R22 to color the poinsettia as well as the berry branches doing very simple coloring with minimal shading and blending. Because this is a stamp and cut set it already comes with coordinating dies and so I used mine to cut these images out in my die cutting machine.

Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

Next, I worked on a background for this card. For this, I used a gorgeous Nordic Holiday Bold Prints background. I used my MISTI stamping tool and heat embossed this background in clear embossing powder on Paradise cardstock. Using clear embossing powder gave me a fabulous tone on tone look, perfect for background and not too distracting from the focal point of this card. With all of the parts and pieces ready I assembled my card. I made an A2 white top folding card base using Hero Arts Dove White cardstock, I trimmed the background panel to 4 1/4 x 5 1/4” and adhered directly to the card, next, I used foam adhesive and foam mounted the tree, added a simple Season’s Greetings sentiment stamped in black and of course I added the poinsettia, leaves, and berries. I used Lacquer Pen to coat the berries with to help them appear glossy and dimensional.

For my next card, I explored using other colors of cardstock to heat emboss colorful trees. I used a different detail layer this time and heat embossed the tree in white embossing powder on the following colors of cardstock: Kiwi – the light green, Pesto – the dark green, Cherry – the light red, Cranberry – the dark red, Paradise – the light blue and Adriatic – the dark blue. I cut them all out using a chording die and my idea was to place them in a circle on a background radiating from the center.

Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

Next, I added a sentiment, it reads O Christmas Tree stamped in black on a piece of white cardstock and of course, embellished the card using additional leaves and berry branches I colored previously. It is a very simple design, maybe even too simple, but it was easy to make and I love the way it turned out.

Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

For my final card for today I decided to do some layering, but not in the traditional sense of the way. First, I heat embossed the same Nordic background on Pebble cardstock in white embossing powder. I trimmed the panel to 3 3/4 x 5” and using double-sided tape I adhered it to the card.

Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

Next, I had already heat embossed 3 Christmas trees using yet another detail layer. This time I embossed them in clear on Adriatic, Paradise and Kiwi cardstock colors. I used foam adhesive and created one dimensional Christmas tree by adhering the layers one on top of the other. This kind of card ended up pretty dimensional so this is something I won’t be posting through the mail but will plan to deliver myself.

Color Layering Nordic Tree Cards by Yana Smakula for Hero Arts. Handmade Christmas Card #heroarts #christmascard #colorlayering

I used glue and adhered the dimensional tree in the center on the panel. Next, I have already heat embossed a sentiment it reads – Have a Very Merry Christmas. My idea was to curve it slightly and adhere over the tree and onto the background. I used foam adhesive and glue to be able to do that. Of course, I added the little die cut leaves and berry branches and that finished this card.

I have a lot more ideas with this beautiful Nordic Tree stamp set and I can’t wait to give them a try. Let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite.

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 Nordic Tree Combo
Hero Arts Color Layering Nordic Tree Combo
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Hero Arts Color Layering Nordic Tree Frame Cuts
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Hero Arts Color Layering Nordic Tree
Hero Arts Color Layering Nordic Tree
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Hero Arts Decorative Poinsettia Frame Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Decorative Poinsettia Frame Stamp & Cut
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Hero Arts Cling Stamps Nordic Holiday Bold Prints
Hero Arts Cling Stamps Nordic Holiday Bold Prints
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Hero Arts Hues Premium Cardstock Pack Cherry
Hero Arts Hues Premium Cardstock Pack Cherry
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Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Cranberry
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Hero Arts Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Adriatic
Hero Arts Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Adriatic
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Hero Arts Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Pesto
Hero Arts Hero Hues Premium Cardstock Pesto
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Hero Arts Hero Hues Cardstock Dove White
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Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
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Hero Arts Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink
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Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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Misti Stamping Tool
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Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
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Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting Machine
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Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen
Hero Arts Crystal Clear Lacquer Pen
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Copic Sketch Marker R22 Light Prawn
Copic Sketch Marker R22 Light Prawn
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Copic Sketch Marker R24 Prawn
Copic Sketch Marker R24 Prawn
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Copic Sketch Marker R27 Cadmium Red
Copic Sketch Marker R27 Cadmium Red
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Copic Sketch Marker R39 Garnet
Copic Sketch Marker R39 Garnet
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Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
Copic Sketch Marker YG03 Yellow Green
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Copic Sketch Marker G94 Grayish Olive
Copic Sketch Marker G94 Grayish Olive
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Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
Tonic Studios 8.5 Inch Paper Trimmer
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4 Comments

    1. Love your cards and that Nordic Tree stamp set. The trees look great adorned with that little poinsettia.

    1. Loved what you did with this stamp and tree die Yana. My favorite is the red tree on the blue background with the poinsettia embellishment. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents.

    1. What great colors!!! My favorite is the first one … mostly ’cause I love that color combo. I saw this stamp set and was tempted, but ended up going with a tree set from Altenew. What made this set so tempting were the sentiments and the font used. Seeing the set in action … I may have to pick this one up too. Cards for this year are done, but I’m still keeping an eye out for products to use for next year’s cards (and to add to my limited collection of Christmas card supplies). Thank you, Yana! Hope you’re well.

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