Friday, June 03, 2011

Misting Morning at the Lake

I haven't been feeling well lately and realized that I'm going through withdrawal --- brayering withdrawal, that is!!  :)
I've been doing lots of the on-line challenges rather than making cards with ideas I have whirling around in my head.  Today I decided it was time to get back to more of just making whatever comes to me.  Here are the results ...    Hope you like.
"Misty Morning at the Lake"
Stamps:  Sketch of Nature (trees), Birch Tree Paintings (grass) - Innovative Stamp Creations (ISC); Vintage Labels (sentiment) - SU!
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Basic Gray; Stampin' Write Marker Early Espresso
Accessories & Tools:  Speedball Rubber Brayer, post-it notes and scrap paper for masking, sponges, adhesives
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This is a very simple brayered card, done as follows:  I masked the horizon line with a post-it note, covering the sky area with the mask.  I brayered Baja Breeze from the bottom up to the mask.  I removed the mask and brayered Baja Breeze from the top down about 1/3 of the way, leaving a white space in-between the sky and the water.

I placed the post-it note mask back on the horizon line, this time covering the water and then randomly ripped a scrap piece of paper to create the mountains in the distance (low range).  I placed the ripped mask covering the sky and used the brayer to add Early Espresso ink for the mountain range, re-inking the brayer and going over it several times to make it as dark as possible.  I removed all the masks.

I stamped the tree in Early Espresso ink on the left hand side, about 1/2" or so below the horizon line.  I used the Stampin' Write marker to fill in the trunks of the trees and make them dark.  I used a small eye-makeup sponge to add ink to the "leaves" of the trees.  And, I sponged ink around the base of the trees and down the left side and most of the way along the bottom to create the bank of land along the lake.

I sponged Basic Gray lightly along the tops of the mountain range and also underneath the range in the water.

I stamped the grass several times along the bottom of the card in Early Espresso ink and stamped the sentiment on the right hand side.

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