Thursday, July 28, 2016

GUEST ARTIST FEATURE: Adding Texture & Dimension with Yana Smakula

Hello everyone! This is Yana Smakula adding a bit of texture and dimension to one layer cards.

I’ll be honest with you, I rarely make one layer cards as I often have the urge to add something, to add that one more layer, one more die cut, one more panel (plus I almost never make cards without the use of foam adhesive). I always feel like my one layer cards lack something.

By adding a bit of texture and dimension to plain white cardstock I am able to spice my cards up and add that special little finishing touch to them. If you struggle with creating one layer projects like I do, hopefully you’ll find my tips and video at the end of this post helpful.

To create these cards I first did my stamping and it is important to do stamping first. I used Fresh Cut Wreaths stamp set as well as a number of various colors of ink (all listed below in the suppy list) and stamped a floral wreath on each of my panels (when I am making one layer projects I prefer to work on a cardstock panel rather than on a cardbase directly) and also used Hand Lettered Hello stamp set to stamp the sentiments.

Before moving onto the next step I wanted to mention Fairy Dust dye ink. I used this color to replace green on one of my panels and I ended up with a stunning soft look. This is the perfect very light gray color and it complements any other color wonderfully.

To add texture and dimension to my stamped panels I went with embossing; and by embossing I mean dry embossing. You can use an embossing folder to emboss a design onto cardstock, but for one layer cards I feel embossing folders add just too much dimension. So to create the perfect amount of dimension and texture and also to make sure my embossed design would match my stamped piece I created my own embossing plate by using cardstock and a die.

Because my embossing is white on white it is very hard to capture, but you can still see the texture I was able to add to my panels with a simple die cutting trick.

Watch my video tutorial to learn how to create a cardstock embossing plate and how to emboss with it to add beautiful texture to your stamped panels.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

To finish my cards I adhered my panels onto A2 top folding card bases and embellished each with clear sequins and beads. I also added a touch of glitter by using a glitter pen.

While it might look like creating cardstock embossing plate is a time consuming process (and the plate might not look durable) it is a great way to stretch the supplies you already have and add that wow touch to your cards. And believe me, if you are careful you can re-use your DIY embossing plate over and over again! Store it together with your stamps so that you don’t forget you have it!

Have fun with your one layer projects!

Featured Supplies

For your convenience, here is a list of the supplies (or equivalents) used on today's project(s), along with links to purchase. Please note: this list does contain some affiliate links.

21 comments:

  1. beautiful cards Yana - thanks for the embossing technique!

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  2. Amazing how a simple texture addition brings Stunning interest. Lovely cards Yana!

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  3. Lovely cards and colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  4. Lovely cards and colors. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  5. Gorgeous!! This embossing technique adds just the perfect touch. I love the color combos you used. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love these one layer cards. So pretty.
    Looking forward to trying this embossing technique

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  7. Gorgeous cards, Yana! Love your colour combos and beautiful subtle texture!

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  8. Beautiful! Love the soft texture AND that subtle Fairy Dust color!

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  9. These are all so beautiful! The design looks fabulous in all colours!

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  10. Yana, I always love your work. These are beautiful and I love this technique, especially that they can be used again. I'm a visual person so I like to watch how things are done. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  11. Thank you so much for this great trick ! I will definitively try it, just need to go to the cardstock shop.

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  12. What a KNOCK out look, Yana!!! I just love how you created a "quiet" embossing folder with your cardstock. It's incredible!!! Thank you ♥

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  13. These are totally beautiful cards Yana, you have such fantastic ideas. TFS them!

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  14. Incredible cards! So soft, elegant and unique!
    As usual when it's Yana - great video, full of useful tips!

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  15. Your a genius
    Totally perfect

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  16. Yana is an incredible artist! Love all her work! can't wait to watch this new video :-) Thank you!

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  17. Really love this technique! Will try it out for sure :)

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  18. Thank you for sharing this idea. I think it is brilliant. I will be trying.

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  19. Such a cool idea, I had no idea you could emboss with card stock, you've totally opened my eyes!!!

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