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Archive | January 9, 2013

A Love Collage

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Who says collage has to be pale and vintage? Designer Yana Smakula brings collage technique to this graphic love-themed card that would be perfect for a valentine or just a sentimental greeting to a special someone.

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If you look closely, you’ll see that Yana has snuck in some dimensional adhesive between the layers to give them extra visual separation. Also, those delicate leaves? They are stamped onto patterned vellum paper for extra visual texture!

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Do you see the visual triangle? We can forget sometimes that a visual triangle can be created with different kinds of elements. Yana created a visual triangle with the circular elements – two pink rhinestones and the button and brad – to anchor her collage and lead the eye into the subtle phrase at the base of the collage.

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic 6×6 pad). Vellum: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (Neapolitan – Sparkling Smile). Chipboard Shapes: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic). Button: Dovecraft (Back to Basics III). Brad: Trimcraft’s Helz Cuppleditch (Special Delivery). Stamps: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (5th & Frolic). Ink: Tsukineko Staz On (Blazing Red). Gems: Dovecraft. Adhesive: Dovecraft (foam squares, foam tape, clear squares). Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts. Sewing Machine: Dragonfly. Thread: We R Memory Keepers (pink), craft supply store (white).

Designer: Yana Smakula

My name is Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!)


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