Tuesday, June 28, 2016

YANA SMAKULA: Foiled Accents with Heat Embossing

Hello everyone! This is Yana Smakula with a fun technique to bring your color layering images to a whole new level.

I love multi layer stamps, for someone who is not very good at coloring (like me), these are perfect for creating beautiful dimensional images. I always look for ways to stretch my color layering stamp sets and inks needed to stamp the images and in my previous video I shared a technique where one can use white pigment ink to stretch the color of one ink pad. Today I'm going to continue this topic but I will do something different - I will replace the top layer of color layering images with first heat embossing and later foiling.

The stamp set I am using today is one of the older sets from WPlus9 - Fresh Cut Florals. The reason I chose this set is because the third layer of most of the images in this set is represented by a single dot or several dots and these are ideal for foiling with heat embossing.

Before you jump in I should probably say that this technique is rather time consuming. You’ll need about an hour (or more if you are making die cuts for several cards) to create your card, however I do believe the result is worth every minute you spend in your craft room (and who doesn’t like some extra play with with our supplies?).

I filmed a detailed video tutorial where I walk you through the entire process and explain what you can and what you can’t (or shouldn’t) foil with the help of embossing powder and more.

Watch above or watch in HD at YouTube

To finish the cards I’m sharing today I also used a beautiful Preserves Jar Die , Hand Lettered Hello Die and stamp set as well as Shades of Peach Wool Felt. I am very happy with the quality of this felt and I was able to easily die cut even the most detailed and intricate die.

For my color combo I went with white, Last Leaf, Miami Spice and Sweet Nectar, and Hayride and Wild Mango. (You can find links to all of the supplies below) A touch of gold and silver foil really made my simple cards pops.

I created three projects in total and I went with different sentiments for each.

While foiling with the help of heat embossing is not something that will work every time (especially not something you want to use for sentiments), I do love the final look I was able to achieve on these card.

Have fun stamping! - Yana Smakula

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.


  1. This was so cool! And I've been meaning to do more with that set, although now I might need to get the jar dies too. I've played a lot with foiling but never tried foiling over embossing powder--but I will now!

    1. thank you so much, Eliz! I always look for new ways to use older die designs like this jar :)

  2. Amazing cards! So beautiful and perfect!
    Great idea on using foiling for the top layer.
    Yana and Wplus9 stamps are the great match (just saying ;))
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. awww! thank you, Svitlana! you are spoiling me with compliments :)

  3. I'm now scouring my sets to try this. I got a MINC for my birthday a few weeks ago!

  4. Wow - you have really shared a cool technique!! Your cards are beautiful and the video SO HELPFUL and I learned a lot from seeing your process!! Thank you so much!!

    1. thank you so much, Taunya! So glad you've found it helpful.

  5. These are all beautiful Yana. I must try this to see how it works for me.

  6. This is an amazing idea Yana!!!

  7. Amazing card design!! BEAUTIFUL!!

  8. Brilliant idea! Literally! Your flower arranging in a natural talent Yana with your design sense. Gorgeous cards and fabulous tutorial!

  9. I beg to differ Yana - you are a natural at "floral Arranging" - these cards are simply put .... beautiful:-)


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