Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video (Blog Hop + Giveaway)

Hello everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to help celebrate the launch of Hero Arts October My Monthly Hero Kit (more about the kit, blog hop and giveaway below). I have several card ideas to share using this month kit and add-on items. This kit is all Christmas! YAY!

Today I am making tall & skinny Christmas cards using clear stamps, coordinating dies and Copic markers. Why tall and skinny cards specifically? Because why not? I’ve never really done non traditional card sizes, I did 2 tall cards this Summer (for the first time ever!) and I loved playing with that new size, it’s different, I have more room, more real estate for my ideas, I have space to try new ideas or re-invent my old cardmaking sketches and tricks.

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

As always, I filmed a video tutorial showing how to create this project from start to finish. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy it. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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CARD DETAILS – KIT ONLY

The cards that I am making today all showcase the brand new Hero Arts My My Monthly Hero October 2018 kit and of course some of the fabulous add ons.

All of my cards today feature a scene. I decided I’d go with a winter sky in the top portion of my card and snowy hills in the bottom portion.

I heat embossed a snowflake background in white embossing powder on light blue cardstock and I used one of the background stamps that is an add on this month. Next, I die-cut hills out of white cardstock and arranged them under my sky panel.

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

I stamped images in alcohol marker friendly ink and colored using Copic markers. I used the following colors for all of the coloring today:

  • G99, G94, YG03;
  • E02, E11, E31, E33, E37, E79;
  • W5, W3, W1;
  • B000, B00, B02, B04;
  • Y15, Y17;
  • R22, R24, R27, R39

I the Christmas tree with the light source in mind. I wanted to have a lamp port to the left of the tree so the right hand side of the tree ended up the darkest and left hand side – the lightest.

This is the only tree or the only card where I take the light source into consideration, the other trees and other images on my other cards are all colored without taking the light source into consideration. Taking a light source into consideration is not that hard, it just takes a little pre planning before you color.

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

I die-cut my images out and foam mounted onto the card creating a scene. I also added some shading under them to help ground them. Finally, I embellished this card using sequins from Snow & Berry sequin mix and added snow using a white pen onto my tree.

 Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

MY MONTHLY HERO OCTOBER 2018 KIT

The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. If you love it – better grab it now!

CARDS DETAILS – KIT ADD ONS

The rest of my cards today are all very similar, they differ in size and scene, but overall use the same supplies. I white heat embossed additional backgrounds using 2 new background stamps on various shades of blue cardstock. Next, I blended Pool and Navy ink colors to create a dark night sky background with pretty white snowflakes. I also sprayed each background with Iridescent Shimmer Spray.

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

For the card above I used Joy To The World sentiment from the Hero Arts Peace, Love & Joy stamp set. I stamped Joy in Navy and white heat embossed “To The World” on red cardstock.

For the card below I used a sentiment for another set, Merry and Bright Messages. I also stamped it in Navy ink and applied the same treatment for the “Bring Great” part of the sentiment.

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

My last card for today is the most complex of all. I first white heat embossed a sentiment and snowflakes to create a beautiful snowy night background. Next, I blended Soft Sky, Pool and Navy inks and added Iridescent Shimmer to create the deep blue background .

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

I also stamped, colored and die cut two lamp posts and a a bench along with little mistletoe and arranged those in the bottom section of my panel. I white heat embossed tiny garlands to connect the lampposts for this card.

Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard Hero Arts | Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards by Yana Smakula. October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit. Video tutorial #yscardmaking #mmh #mymonthlyhero #cardmaking #christmascard

KIT & KIT ADD-ONS

There are several optional add-on items this month:

My Monthly Hero Kit October 2018
My Monthly Hero Kit October 2018
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HA
Hero Arts Stacking Snowflakes
Hero Arts Stacking Snowflakes
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Merry and Bright Messages
Hero Arts Merry and Bright Messages
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Delicate Snowflake Bold Prints
Hero Arts Delicate Snowflake Bold Prints
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Graphic Snowflake Bold Prints
Hero Arts Graphic Snowflake Bold Prints
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Peace, Love & Joy
Hero Arts Peace, Love & Joy
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Color Layering Trimmings
Hero Arts Color Layering Trimmings
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Color Layering Trimmings Frame Cuts (B)
Hero Arts Color Layering Trimmings Frame Cuts (B)
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Ice Fishing
Hero Arts Ice Fishing
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Ice Fishing Frame Cuts (D)
Hero Arts Ice Fishing Frame Cuts (D)
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Sledding Stamp & Cut
Hero Arts Sledding Stamp & Cut
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Tree Tags Fancy Dies (C)
Hero Arts Tree Tags Fancy Dies (C)
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts Ornament Tags Fancy Dies (C)
Hero Arts Ornament Tags Fancy Dies (C)
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SSS | HA
Hero Arts White Liquid Watercolor
Hero Arts White Liquid Watercolor
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SSS | HA

BLOG HOP

I’m Yana Smakula and I’m the last stop on this hop, please feel free to go back a stop to Nichol Spohr or start over at the The Hero Arts Blog.

GIVEAWAY!

Hero Arts is giving away one kit as a prize to one blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop so be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! The giveaway closes Sunday, October 7th at 11:59pm, and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

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!

My Monthly Hero Kit October 2018
My Monthly Hero Kit October 2018
Shop at:
HA
Hero Arts Stacking Snowflakes
Hero Arts Stacking Snowflakes
Shop at:
SSS | HA
Hero Arts Merry and Bright Messages
Hero Arts Merry and Bright Messages
Shop at:
SSS | HA
Hero Arts Delicate Snowflake Bold Prints
Hero Arts Delicate Snowflake Bold Prints
Shop at:
SSS | HA
Hero Arts Graphic Snowflake Bold Prints
Hero Arts Graphic Snowflake Bold Prints
Shop at:
SSS | HA
Hero Arts Peace, Love & Joy
Hero Arts Peace, Love & Joy
Shop at:
SSS | HA
Hero Arts Snow and Berry Sequin Mix
Hero Arts Snow and Berry Sequin Mix
Shop at:
SSS
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
Hero Arts Snow Layering Papers
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray
Hero Arts White Iridescent Shimmer Spray
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SSS | SC | HA
Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
Hero Arts Ink Pad Intense Black Ink
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Pool Ink Pad
Hero Arts Pool Ink Pad
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Soft Sky Ink Pad
Hero Arts Soft Sky Ink Pad
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
Hero Arts Navy Ink Pad
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 Set
Faber-Castell Polychromos 36 Set
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SSS | AZ | BL
Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue Cardstock
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SSS
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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SSS | AZ
Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Sea Glass Cardstock
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SSS
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Lipstick Red
Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# Lipstick Red
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SSS
Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder Tool
Simon Says Stamp Small Teflon Bone Folder Tool
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SSS
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
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SSS | SC | SB | AZ
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
Versamark Watermark Emboss Ink Pad
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SSS | HA | AZ
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
EK Success Powder Tool Applicator
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SSS | SC | AZ
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
Mini Misti Stamping Tool
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SSS | SC | HA | AZ
Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One Dies
Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One Dies
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SSS | SB
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Island Blue Cardstock
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SSS
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
Ranger Mini Round Ink Blending Tools
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SSS | SC | AZ
Spellbinders Circle Replacement Foam
Spellbinders Circle Replacement Foam
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SSS | SC | SB | AZ
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Stamp Platform
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SSS | SC | AZ
Tonic Easy Clean Mat
Tonic Easy Clean Mat
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SSS | AZ
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives White Foam Squares
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SSS | SC | AZ
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
Scor-tape 2 1/2 Inch Crafting Tape
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SSS
Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue
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SSS | SC | AZ

 

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115 Comments

    1. What delightful cards. I like your taller cards as they allow you to build a scene and have a wonderful background too. We havea wide range of card sizes in the UK including these tall cards which we call DL size. I think they are very elegant in shape. Great inspiration as always, Yana. Thank you

    1. Yana your tall and skinny cards are a treat! I love this unique design and idea for a non-traditional Christmas card. Thanks so much for sharing them!

    1. You always inspire me with your creations! Your tall skinny cards are just beautiful and who wouldn’t love getting one of your card creations! I know I would! I can’t wait to get my kit and get to do some card therapy of my own!

    1. Amazing cards. Love what you did with this kit. Loving your tall and skinny cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Loved your tall Christmas cards. Such a great way to include some of the stamps in your scenes. Thanks so much.

    1. This kit has some wonderful stamps and dies to get creative with. Nice card design.

    1. I love the skinny cards you designed with this set. They are such fun for Christmas!

    1. Cute cards! I like how you made them tall & skinny. I need to try making different sized/shaped cards.

    1. Awesome cards, Yana! I love the tall, skinny size & the scenes are all beautiful! Hero Arts kits are always so wonderful.

    1. Your cards are always so gorgeous. The scenes are amazing.
      Thanks for sharing…

    1. Yana, I just love your cards. They are just lovely. I’ve never made tall and skinny cards. You have inspired me to try.

    1. Beyond stunning! You’ve achieved such amazing depth and richness of color. Perfectly balanced designs, wonderfully striking!

    1. Unique, beautiful cards. I love this kit — those pets decorating the Christmas tree are too cute!

    1. Your cards are beautiful ! I love the idea of tall cards, thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Tall and skinny, two things I am not, but I keep trying. *laughs* I should forgo those stressors and focus on tall and skinny teas and cards instead. You’ve made me smile with these creations and I thank you for showcasing these HeroArts products form this month’s kit. I’m super stoked for mine to arrive!

    1. You made a wonderful assortment of cards. I love them all. I never thought of making skinny cards but after seeing yours I will have to try this myself. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Your cards are awesome!! Such an amazing kit and so many inspirations. Didn’t realize I reached the end of bloghop already!!! Stunning

    1. Hero Arts has hit the mark again with this kit, it’s fabulous! Your cards are amazing, as always I get so much inspiration from your work. I love the non-traditional orientation and sizes you used for these and your coloring always inspires. Thank you for sharing. (mardy14@bellsouth.net)

    1. Tall and skinny definitely worked well for these cards! So incredibly beautiful!

    1. These are such awesome cards!!! I can’t wait to give this a try

    1. Beautiful vibrant colors! I love the tall skinny cards. I’ve been thinking of doing one and this is definitely great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

    1. All so very pretty and festive! I especially like that you made them tall!

    1. This is my absolute favourite showcase this month! GORGEOUS colored, & You captured the joyful images perfectly with the tall layouts, such fun cards! I haven’t done an oversized card in years, but I see how nice it would be 🙂

    1. Wow! These cards look so refreshing and different … They are gorgeous!

    1. I love the idea of making seed something other than a standard A2 card

    1. Love that you did tall cards! Can’t wait to dive into my kit!

    1. Great cards, Yana! Surprisingly, I’m really liking the “tall and skinny” card size. I will have to try it myself!
      Your designs are fantastic. I think the Peace card is my favorite but I really like all of them a lot. This new kit release gave you a lot of options for images to work with, including great background stamps, and you did a great job using so many of them.

    1. Love the tall and skinny cards. Need to use
      that idea more often – square cards get boring
      after so long. Your cards are wonderful.
      thanks for sharing
      txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Love the tall and skinny cards ideas! They came out gorgeous! Thanks for sharin!

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