Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction
Cardmaking,  Die Cutting,  Glimmer Hot Foil

Yana’s Blooms by Yana Smakula – Collection Introduction

Hello, crafters. This is Yana Smakula, I’m thrilled to introduce my new collection with Spellbinders called Yana’s Blooms.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

I designed this collection with elegant Spring Birthday card making in mind. I give a lot of Birthday cards and my friends and family always ask me to make and give them some birthday cards for them to gift to their friends, thus I never have any on hand and this is the one type of card I need the most.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

This collection includes 7 products, 5 of them – hot foil glimmer plates and 2 – dies.


Magnolia is the design around the entire collection. I have this design in die form and also in a form of 2 different glimmer plates. The die is the largest giving you a pretty big magnolia cluster for your cards. All of these products are designed for A2 card making, but they can be used for other card sizes. You can adapt them to other sizes if you want.

The Magnolia Blooms die set has 2 pieces – a detail one to cut the magnolia detail and outline, and also a shadow die. You can do several techniques with this die, including paper piecing or dry embossing to add color to your magnolia.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

Here are a few additional card examples created using this die to show you various uses & color options:


This same design is available in glimmer form, but slightly smaller, it is the Magnolia Glimmer Blooms. Still large enough to take a center stage on a card, this includes a magnolia cluster glimmer plate and a coordinating die to cut the entire cluster out.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

This is a mostly outline design with solid leaves. You can color it, or leave it free from coloring, either way, it looks stunning. Here are a few examples:

It also looks amazing foiled in black on black cardstock for a very dramatic look:

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction


There’s also a 3rd magnolia set, called Magnolia Bouquet. This one features separate images – flowers and leaves. These are glimmer plates with coordinating dies. The idea behind this set is to allow you to build your own clusters or to add additional imagery to the Magnolia Blooms cluster. The designs are exactly the same, but the size is again, slightly smaller.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

You can use these magnolia blooms to create a floral focal point for your card or you can use just a single flower or a single leaf as an accent.


I designed 2 sentiment sets – one is a die set called Yana’s Layered Script Sentiments and there’s also a hot foil sentiment set called Splatter Sentiments. In the die set, you have 3 large word dies – Happy, Birthday, and Thanks. Each die has a detail and shadow layer. The shadow layer looks especially beautiful when die cut from vellum, it gives a very soft look.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction


The shadow layer dies from the Yana’s Layered Script Sentiments coordinates with the glimmer sentiments from the Splatter Sentiment glimmer set. The size is the same and you can use the shadow die to cut out a foiled sentiment. We didn’t do the foiled “Happy” in that script font, but we did include a small “happy” plate. You also have additional small words to foil “Birthday Wishes”, “On Your Birthday”, or “Happy Birthday”. The Thanks also has supportive words and you have 2 options – “Thanks for your friendship” and “Thanks for your support”. Of course, you can also pair these with sentiments you already have in your stash.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

Also works well with my previously released Yana’s Tiny Sentiments

The Splatter Sentiments set also includes a thick frame for A2 cards and 3 splatter elements. I love the look of splatter on my cards, but I can never create perfect splatter, I either overdo it with the splattering or don’t splatter enough. With these glimmer plates, you can add just the right amount of splatter to your project.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction


Next is the Geo Foliage glimmer and coordinating die set. This set features a large geometric frame shape and coordinating dies to cut out either a frame or a label. And this shape coordinates with the Diamond Floral Frame set from my previous collection. You can layer the 2 shapes to create a new shape.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

This set also includes 2 tear plates – a longer and shorter one. These are quite unique and I can’t wait to see how you’ll use them on your cards.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

We had some space left when designing this set, so I filled it with additional foliage. This time the foliage is slightly larger and it is solid. It looks amazing when foiled in Matte Gold. And the foliage pieces all have coordinating dies.


And the last, but not least, is a new background plate, the Diagonal Glimmer Stripes plate. This one might look familiar as it is very similar to the Skinny Stripe background plate released in my previous collection. The thickness of the stripes is the same here, but the directionality is different as these stripes are diagonal. Perfect for clean and simple card making and looks amazing when foiled in Opal foil on colored cardstock – it gives a tone-on-tone look.

Yana's Blooms by Yana Smakula - Collection Introduction

So that’s the look at my new Yana’s Blooms collection. I’d love to hear what you think, I always appreciate your comments and feedback! Cannot wait to see what you’ll create! Have fun crafting!


Hi! I'm Yana Smakula (pronounced Sma-coo-la)! I love all things handmade. My passion is cardmaking featuring some fun and simple die-cutting and stamping techniques!


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