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Dig out your brayer!!!

>> Saturday, May 23, 2009

by Sue


Are you ready for a wild holiday weekend? As per usual I'm oblivious to what day it is and it was too late for me to do a card celebrating our military. I'm sure Cathy will fix that tomorrow.


It's always nice to have a supply of cards on hand, so I spent a little time this week enlarging my collection. I was really pleased with how this get well card came out and even more pleased at how quickly it all fell into place.

These are the stamps I used in this weeks card ~

and here's my card ~

I have to credit/blame this card on my stamping buddy Lisa S. who came to visit at the store last Friday and mentioned using a brayer. Well, that's all it usually takes to get me itching to brayer again.

I started my card by brayering a white piece of cardstock using lavender dye ink, just trying to get an even blending from light to dark. I followed that up by stamping my silhouette leaf background stamp on top of my brayering using violet dye ink.

For the 3 butterfly panels I inked my stamp using black pigment ink and stamped a large piece of white cardstock 3 times without re-inking, giving me a light, medium and dark impression. I continued the light to dark progression with my coloring. All that was left was to add a layer in back of each panel, stamp my message and adhere as shown. What you can't see in the picture is that the message and 2 butterfly's on the last panel are popped out 1/8" to give it a little dimension.

and now it's time for ~

Your Tip - by Mary D. - To create a banner for my card I stamp my image on a narrow piece of paper and then take a square punch and angle it so that the lower right of the punch where the square ends is fitted to where it creates a triangle on the paper piece. You can punch it on either side depending on how you'd like your banner to look.

My Trick - Did you notice on my card posted here that I didn't use the entire get well saying? There is plenty of room on this stamp to only ink the top section, but to be sure I didn't get any ink on the part I didn't want to stamp, I covered it with a piece of scotch tape, inked my stamp like normal, then peeled off the tape before I stamped it.

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Happy Memorial Day!


Anonymous said...

Love the colors on this first of all Sue! The three panels are awesome too!! Great work with the brayer, I never pull mine out enough!

Becky said...

Beautiful card, love the colors

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

WOW Sue! This is gorgeous. Brayering huh? Must give it a try. Seems like years since I've done it. I just love the layout too. You soooo rock!

Have a fabulous weekend.


Jessica G. said...

Fun shading with the brayer and I really like how you popped up your butterflies.

Memorial Day snuck up on me this year, too -- I always expect it to be the last weekend of May!

Cathy Indelicato said...

Such a pretty card and great tips!!

Cr8ive ME said...

what a lovely card. Happy Memorial Day.

Mary D.

Jennifer E. said...

Beautiful card Sue! I love the bold look of the background you've created & you've picked great colors for it! Great tips too!

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