Guest Blogger: Yana Smakula


Hello, friends! This is Yana Smakula and I am excited to bring you my monthly video tutorial for Papertrey Ink from the “In The Studio with Yana” video series. I am sharing video tutorials on the 24th of each month, you can catch previous episodes here.


In this month episode I’m sharing very simple (and easy to copy!) Modern Christmas cards. I also have a vintage card idea using same supplies but different techniques at the end of my video so be sure to watch until the end to see it.

I started working on this project by trimming my Stamper’s Select white cardstock to 4 ¼  x 5 ½“. You can do your stamping directly on a front of a card if you like, I prefer to cut a panel, stamp everything I need to stamp on a panel and later adhere that panel onto a card base vs stamping directly on the base of the card.


Using two Holly branch images from the Cutaway Tags: Winter stamp set I stamped a beautiful frame around the edge of my panel. I picked two colors of green ink for my stamping – a lighter and darker. I stamped the larger branch using lighter ink color, and the other, smaller branch, using darker ink color. I made sure to double stamp my images to get a more vibrant color of ink.


This stamp set, Cutaway Tags: Winter, has a detailed layer to the holly leaves – dashed lines that you can stamp in a darker ink color or heat emboss over your leaves. I kept my images as is without the second layer stamping because I felt they looked a bit more modern this way. These branches also have berries to them and you can stamp these using red ink or again you can heat emboss them, use enamel dots, gems or even little sequins. I didn’t stamp mine as I later used Nuvo drops in Red Berry color and added dimensional berries onto my cards.


To create a sentiment I used a frame from the Gathered Garden set and white heat embossed it along with a beautiful message from the the Very Merry set in white embossing powder onto red cardstock.


I also used a coordinating die and cut the frame out in my die cutting machine. Using fun foam and double sided sticky sheets I made a fun foam shape and used it to evenly adhere my heat embossed frame onto the card. You can use foam adhesive squares for this, but I prefer to have a solid layer of fun foam under my die cut pieces so I often cut identical shapes out using fun foam.


I made an A2 top folding card base out of white cardstock, adhered my panel, foam mounted my sentiment layer on top, added red berries and that finished my card!

Be sure to check out my video tutorial to see a vintage card idea using same supplies!

Have fun stamping!


  • STAMPS: Very Merry, Gathered Garden, Cutaway Tags: Winter
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Pure Poppy
  • INK: Prairie Grass, Olive Twist, Versamark
  • DIES: Gathered Garden
  • OTHER: White Fun Foam, Scor-tape, Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting & Embossing Machine, Nuvo Drops in Red Berry, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Anti Static Powder Tool
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Join the discussion 16 Comments

  • 1
    Sandy Dayhoff says:

    Yana, these are all so beautiful! It’s hard to pick a favorite. I love the vintage idea just as much as the modern one! That stamp set is on my wishlist. Sure wish I had it in my hands right now!

  • 2
    Pat Ackley says:

    Yana, I love your videos! These cards are both beautiful, but I’m a vintage person at heart. So glad you included both styles. Thank you!

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    Becky Green says:

    OH GRACIOUS, Yana! I LOOOOVE the modern card, but I also LOOOOOVE VINTAGE! LOL I CAN’T choose! If I were casing your cards, I would PROBABLY do BOTH! LOL SUPER JOB on BOTH of your cards!!! LOOOOVE THEM!! 😉

  • 5
    Joyce Stewart says:

    Thank you Yana – I just had that set out and in wondering exactly what to do I turned to Nicole’s blog to search for the pre-release post to study it…and there it was in front of me….lovely card!

  • 6
    Beth Stiver says:

    Yana, could you post a picture of the vintage card you did also? Thanks!

  • 7

    These cards are absolutely beautiful! Superb, Yana! 🙂

  • 8
    CrafteA says:

    Yana! What awesome cards! It’s so easy & quick to make. Even the single layer card is beautiful. The final vintage cards was so lovely!

  • 9
    Debbie says:

    They are both beautiful! I love the vintage card.

  • 10
    donna says:

    I love everything you make. They are all my favorites. You are a great videomaker too.

  • 11
    Donna M. says:

    Love each of them, but my vote goes for the vintage one- beautiful!

  • 12
    Jennifer McAllister says:

    My favorite is the modern card but honestly they are both beautiful. Loved your video. You explain everything so well.

  • 13
    Pam says:

    Your video presentation was excellent. Your delivery was very clear and you are well spoken. One of the best videos I have seen. I also thought your cards were very pretty. I wish I had the Nuvo red to use right now!

  • 14
    MelissaF says:

    Both cards are beautiful though I tend toward the modern style

  • 15
    StephClapper says:

    Hi Yana! I really enjoy your videos! Thank you for sharing your step by step process as well as your tips and techniques. Your cards are always inspirational. I recently dove in with Nuvo drops (after watching some helpful videos) and I LOVE them!!) I prefer a more modern style but I have to add, both of your cards are Christmas beautys. Merry Christmas Yana!!

  • 16
    Deborah Rikard says:

    Both of these cards are lovely for totally different reasons. I can’t pick a favorite!

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