Today’s Guest – Yana Smakula with Sweet Dear Friend

Today’s Guest – Yana Smakula with Sweet Dear Friend

Hello there! I’m Yana Smakula  and I’m excited to be a guest on the Picket Fence Studios Blog & Youtube channel today. Simplicity is something I truly love and something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my
cardmaking more and more lately. Today I want share an idea for simple one layer girly cards that feature stamping and just a hint of coloring using Copic markers (other coloring mediums
can be used as well!).

The idea behind these cards was to use a minimum number of markers to apply color and shading. I used just 2 shades of each color to color dresses on these adorable little girls.
I used the absolutely fabulous Sweet Dear Friend stamp set from Picket Fence Studios for my cardmaking today. This set features 5 darling little girls in different poses all dressed in cute little dresses. There’s also a bunch of sentiments in this set that are perfect for friendship cards to send to your BFFs. Some messages are completely innocent just like the images of the girls, but others are quirky and unexpected, like “I Have a Great Idea but It Does Involve a Designated Driver” or “I Need to Schedule a Playdate That Involves You, Me and Adult Beverages”.

I started working on my cards by stamping sentiment in the middle of my white panel. Whenever I make one layer cards I usually do all of my stamping on a separate panel and later adhere that panel onto a card base. This helps in cases when I’ve used Copic markers they’ve bled to the other side of my paper; coloring on a panel and adhering that panel onto a card base eliminates this problem.

I used Intense Black Hybrid ink pad from PFS to do my stamping. I really loved how ink pad performed, the ink didn’t bleed when I was coloring and it stamped perfectly every time. I did use this ink with ink blending and it smeared a bit, if you want to ink blend over your stamped image I would suggest using a different kind of ink for that or ink blending first and do stamping later.

I stamped 8 girl images framing the sentiment in the center. To color, I used just a handful of Copic markers – I wanted to find a simple, approachable, doable way to color these girls without having to pull out too many markers and spend too much time coloring. I decided to go with 2 color blends here and skip blending altogether to have visible and distinctive transitions between the shaded and non shaded areas.

I used the following colors:
● Y15, Y17;
● RV21, RV23;
● BG11, GB32;
● YG01, YG03;
● E000, E00, and E02 to color skin;
● E33 to color hair;
● W1 to add shadows under the girls

Once I was done coloring I adhere my panel onto a card base. I was under the impression my panels were cut to 4 1/4 by 5 ½” (as that’s how I usually pre-cut them), but actually they were 4 1/4 x 5 1/4” so a bit off, I ended creating almost A2 cards using these – one card measures 4 1/4 x 5 ¼” and another one is 4 x 5 1/4” , Finally, I used a bunch of sequins in pretty colors from PFS to dress these cards up. I hope this video and these card examples were helpful and you learned something new that  you can try in your craft room and your everyday cardmaking.

Thanks for joining me today! I’ll see you next time!

2018-10-04T09:58:17-05:00October 3rd, 2018|5 Comments


  1. Avra Williams October 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    These girls are adorable! I love your card!

  2. Cathy Lillie October 4, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Adorable card! These images remind me of my daughters when they were little girls, prancing around in their pretty dresses. One of them still does, even though she’s an adult now! I love the simple coloring on this one layer card. Thanks for the tutorial and introducing me to a new stamp company!

    • Yana Smakula October 11, 2018 at 4:17 am - Reply

      awww, thank you so much, Cathy! so glad you like it!

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