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Brayered birthday card – Chasing dreams

After watching Barbara (from Clarity stamps) doing a cloudy sky technique on TV the other weekend I just had to give it a go on Heather’s card and I have to say it is dead easy to do.
To get the cloudy sky you pull out a cotton wool ball to make it nice and fluffy and flattish and you flatten it onto an old embossing ink pad.  Take some silk card and now squash the cotton wool onto the sky area of your card using the palm of your hand (not finger tips).  Remove the cotton wool then using a brayer and some blue dye ink, brayer over it.  Now if I remember correctly Barbara then went over it lightly with a darker shade of blue but I didn’t.  Then buff the card with a piece of kitchen roll.
Inks: Adirondak Stonewashed blue and Black, Distress inks Frayed burlap and Forest moss, Stampin up Bordering blue
Card:  White card, black card, white silk card
Stamps:  Clarity stamps Row of trees, Lavinia stamps Chasing dreams (sml), mushrooms (sml), fairy steps and wild grasses and flowers, Woodware Nature fun (tiny snail)
Other:  copic pens to colour certain areas, black tiny nail heads, stickles

Christmas cards








A few more Christmas cards for Henry.  The top one has an image of Callander House in the snow (with kind permission from Colin Plunkett photographer).  The tree cards all use Stampin up Lovely as a tree stamp set along with a bit of brayering for the background colour.

Brayered birthday card Green goddess

I love how this one turned out – I did think at one stage it would become too dark and a bit messy as I find it hard to stop adding more.  You can’t really tell from this photo but there are tiny glittery highlights in areas, the large wings have been water coloured using an aqua brush brushed through a glitter pen first to give a glittery sheen on them  and the little fairies wings have the same glitter pen on them but not brushed through.
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo black, Stampin up Mellow moss and Old olive, Adirondack Sunshine yellow and Woodland, copic pens to colour the green goddess
Card:  White, black, old olive
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps: tree root, slender mushrooms large and small, willow, fern leaf, green goddess, three small dancing fairies, trailing ivy corner, mushrom houses
Other:  glitter pen

Brayered fairy landscape card

I love doing these brayered cards and this is a nice one for a female of any age group.  The project is from The craft stamper mag, April 2009 and at the last crop a few of the other ladies and I had a bit of a brayer workshop.  I added the punched leaves later.

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo black, Adirondack Red pepper, Cranberry and eggplant, Distress ink Mustard seed, Stampin up Mellow moss
Card:  white card, black card, green and black vellum
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps flower fairy, fern leaf, folliage and trailing ivy corner, (butterflies stamp was borrowed)
Other:  punched butterfly and leaves to embellish, fantasy film for fairy wings, dots of glitter pen

Brayered anniversary card

I made this for my great friends who are having way too much fun in the sun!
This time I left a space at the top corner when I brayered the blues and greens to emulate the suns rays coming through the water.  It was misted with a little water to keep it misty looking and I masked some of the sea weed so the sea horse looks like it is swimming behind it.
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo black, Stampin up Bashful blue, Mellow moss and Sage shadow, Adirondack Slate and woodlands
Card:  white, black, holographic aqua
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps, Mermaid silhouette, Sea creatures and scene, grasses fro English Stamp Co. Oriental plate 3
Other:  netting, mixed fibres, glitter pen, gen clusters, Bedazzles electric slide, Diamond glaze

Another brayered sympathy card

This one is quite simply brayed along each corner of the white card then stamped.  It was a little too bright so I then spritzed it with water and a little gold powder (this gives it a misty effect with a very slight golden sheen when tilted).  Ignore the fluffy bits at the top of the olive layer as this just brushes away – which I meant to do before I photographed it.

Inks:  Big and juicy Spice (green end only), Stampin up Mellow moss, Adirondak Woodlands
Card:  white silk card, brown textured, old olive, mellow moss
Stamps:  Lavinia stamps, Rubber tapestry clear, Papertreyink Out on a limb sentiments
Other: Mellow moss ribbon, brown brads

Brayerd birthday card

A little bit of masking, brayering and resist embossing went into Ross’s card.
The pheasant was stamped first then a cut out mask put over it, the wheat was then stamped and embossed (clear embossing powder), a bit of brayering over the top and bottom, a circle mask was then used for the setting/rising sun and darker brayering over the top.  A few other plants were stamped later.
Inks:  Distress ink Barn door and Mustard seed, Stampin up More mustard, Adirondak Woodland
Card:  White, silk card, black textured card, more mustard,
Stamps:  Stampin up Autumn days and Pocket silhouettes
Other:  brads, clear embossing powder

Brayered embossing folder anniversary card


This took a little practice but I finally achieved the look I was aiming for: a misty sunset glow in a woodland.  I brayered white coated card with Big and juicy Spice ink, embossed it using a Cuttle bug folder then using direct to paper technique swiped the brown across the branches.  To get the misty look I sprayed it with a fine mist of water with a little gold powder then left it to dry.

Inks:  Big and Juicy Spice, Adirondack Woodland
Card:  white coated card, green textured, brown pearlised
Stamp:  Stampin up Cheers and wishes
Other:  brown linen thread, Camelot Rose (tinted with a little Spice ink to match), gold powder

Bridge card


You may recognise the image from a previous post (9th June) – well I rescued the image by cropping it from the card, edging with black ink then layering it with the pale blue and black card. This has helped give more balance to the card. The corners were cut using a circle punch and I added some black pearl embellishments to the corners. To give the stream some sparkle I added Rock candy stickles to it.

A couple of brayered cards

I have been playing with my brayer again today as I need the practice. As you can see I have used a grubby old piece of card for this one and made a few mistakes too. Maybe I really shouldn’t show you my mistakes but I hope you won’t make the same ones as I did. The tree on the right is too big and not well positioned or stamped well. Some of the foreground stamped images look squished – that is because I put too much pressure on the acrylic stamp and the ink pad was quite juicy. I thought I would give it a light spray with water to give a nice effect in the sky but only sprayed it after I had taken the masking tape off so the colour bled out. The left hand side looks too black. The flock of birds are positioned too high. Having said all of that I still quite like it even though it was a different flock of birds stamp that I had intended to use.  I will try and save it somehow.

Inks: Versafine onyx black and Imperial purple, Stampin up Pale plum and Bashful blue, Memento London fog.
Card: white silk card
Stamps: Lavinia stamps bridge , flowers and foliage, Stampin up trees, Encaustic art tree, birds stamp from an Oriental collection
Other: spritz of water, glitter pen just over the stream

sunsetsmlThis design I found on you tube by stampwithtami – I wanted to see how other people used their brayer so I had a go at this one.
When I went straight down with the yellow colour on my brayer my sun mask shape rolled down too to give a very slight moon underneath but I think I covered it well enough. The red looked a bit stripy so I turned it to landscape and rolled it from the small edge inwards rather than down from the top in portrait orientation. This looked a lot smoother.

Inks: Versafine onyx black, Stampin up More mustard, Adirondack Expresso and Red pepper
Card: White card, mustard card, red card
Stamps: Lavinia foliage and birds (found it!) , Judikins bamboo,
Other: punched hole mask