Simon Says Stamp | Hello, You're Amazing - handmade card by Yana Smakula

Simon Says Stamp | Hello, You’re Amazing

I was looking through my stash of cards the other day in search of a simple one to gift to someone who is not from the cardmaking world, in other words, clueless about handmade cards. I knew I needed something simple, with a straightforward sentiment, some pretty flowers in regular colors and on a light background. And guess what? I have zero cards like that in my stash. Zero. Often (okay, let’s be honest, always!) I get so carried away with my card designs and trying all the new things/products/techniques that I forget about the basics – simple love for cardmaking and simple cards.

Simon Says Stamp | Hello, You're Amazing - handmade card by Yana Smakula

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So this morning I woke up unusually early and instead of staying in bed for a few extra minutes whipped up a quick card. I love this card. I love the soft colors, I love the delicate flowers, I love the simple sentiment. I need to make more cards like this.

CARD DETAILS

I used a few tricks to make this card. Trick #1 – I first stamped all images using my mini MISTI tool in black Copic marker friendly ink. After coloring images with Copics and letting them sit for about 5 minutes (allowing for the ink to dry), I heat embossed image outlines in Antique Gold embossing powder. If you look closely you can see a faint black shadow/line next to some images. Completely unintentional, but looks great I think.

Simon Says Stamp | Hello, You're Amazing - handmade card by Yana Smakula

Trick #2 – to make a background for this card I dry embossed Fog cardstock panel using a stencil. I love to emboss with stencils, especially with those that have a simple geometric design. I did cut the panel just 1/8″ shy of 5 1/2″ tall and adhered it to A2 white card base revealing a bit of a white base at the bottom. Love this look, I need to remember to do this again.

Simon Says Stamp | Hello, You're Amazing - handmade card by Yana Smakula

I foam mounted the frame (everything was cut out using coordinating dies) and adhered additional leaves using glue. To create a sub sentiment I used yet another trick, trick #3 – I colored a piece of white cardstock using the darkest pink markers I used for coloring flowers (RV34), let it dry and white heat embossed “You’re Amazing”. This resulted in a perfectly coordinated paper and coloring.

Finally, I used clear droplets to embellish this card. I love how it turned out. Do you?

SUPPLIES

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Simon Says Clear Stamps Leafy Frames
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Simon Says Stamps and Dies Leafy Frames
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Simon Says Stamp Leafy Frames Wafer Dies
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Simon Says Stamp Stencil Diagonal Stripe
Simon Says Stamp Stencil Diagonal Stripe
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Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting Machine
Spellbinders Deep Sea Die Cutting Machine
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Gray Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Fog Gray Cardstock
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Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Detail Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun
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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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Copic Sketch Marker RV11 Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker RV10 Pale Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker YG01 Green Bice
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Copic Sketch Marker Rv34 Dark Pink
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Copic Sketch Marker YG17 Grass Green
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White Foam Squares
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Scor-Tape 1/8 Inch Crafting Tape
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Nuvo - Clear Mark Embossing Pad
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Pretty Pink Posh 4MM Clear Droplets (small)
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7 Comments

    1. I have the same experience!! Lately I’ve been trying to just get back to some basics instead of trying to do something fancy using all kinds of “tricks”. It’s been a pleasurable experience. Very pretty card, Yana. Love the colors. I keep forgetting that I can use stencils to emboss a background (and many of my stencils are either not large enough to cover a background or too large to fit thru my die cutting machine … but some are “just right”!!!). Thanks for the reminder to simple is good and back to basics work!!!!!

    1. I just love this card Yana! Thank you for sharing some of your tips 🙂

    1. I get overwhelmed with all the new products! Besides the never ending releases! Back to basics is good! Lovely card as always❤️

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