Monday, September 05, 2011

Asian style card and Brayered card ...

I didn't get to spend too much time in my art studio today, but I did work on a card for an upcoming class (the same Japanese Elegance card I made Aug. 30, but in different colors).  I'll include a picture so you can see the difference ... I really like the black, red and gold combination.  I'm planning on trying a few different colors and then letting my "students" pick their favorite to make.

"Japanese Elegance - Part 2"

Please see Aug. 30 for full instructions on how I constructed this card.  The only changes from the original are:  Silhouette Sentiments flower stamp, Gold cardstock and Cherry Cobbler cardstock (SU!).


Tonight I found some time to get back into the studio and make a brayered card.  I have surfed the internet and found numerous sites with beautiful photography that I use for my inspiration.
Hope you like.

"Meadow Grass"

Stamps:  Silhouette Grass (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Barely Banana, Glossy White (SU!)
Ink:  So Saffron, Old Olive, Always Artichoke; Stampin' Write marker: Always Artichoke (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Speedball rubber brayer, temporary adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge, dark green suede strips and beads ($1 Store), adhesives, glue dot and dimensionals

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I used temporary adhesive to attach the Glossy White cardstock to some scratch paper.  I brayered So Saffron ink over the entire surface.

Starting at the bottom of the image, I brayered Old Olive ink about 1/3 way up from the bottom and then brayered Old Olive ink about 1/2 way down from the top, leaving a small space in-between with mostly just So Saffron ink showing.

Starting at the bottom of the image again, I brayered Always Artichoke ink over top of the Old Olive, making sure to NOT completely cover the Old Olive ink.  I brayered Always Artichoke ink from the top of the image, over the Old Olive ink, making sure to NOT completely cover the Old Olive.  This allows for a graduation of colors.

Using the Always Artichoke Stampin' Write marker, I inked only three pieces of the grass and stamped it on top of the brayering, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to help with the positioning.  I mounted the image onto a frame of Barely Banana and then tied two strands of suede around and knotted them, adding two beads.  I secured the knot in place with a glue dot.

I sponged Always Artichoke ink around the outside edges of the Always Artichoke card base, giving it a bit of a distressed look.

I mounted the main image onto the card base, popping it up with dimensions to add depth.

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