Sunday, October 24, 2021

Zoom with Crafty Friends - Brayering

Hi everyone.  Our Crafty group had our monthly Zoom a couple of days ago.  Brayering was on the agenda, with Brenda in IN (Inkspired to Stamp)  leading the technique.  

It was so much fun!  I used to brayer quite a bit about 10 years ago.  It's still a fabulous technique with a unique look.  I made two cards ... the one above is Sunset.  Using Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, and Salvaged Patina distress inks, I brayered the background to look like the sun was rising for the day.  I stamped  the Pine Tree (Stampscapes) three times in black ink and clear heat embossed.  To finish, I stamped the sentiment (Smiles - Penny Black) in the same black ink with clear embossing.

Below is the Sunset version ...
Changing just one of the ink colours gives it a totally different feel than the first card.  This is the same coloured distress inks as the top card except for swapping out Salvaged Patina for Seedless Preserves.  Love it! :)

During the Zoom session, I made another card.  This time with Candied Apple and Wilted Violet distress inks for the brayering at the top.

I stamped a Penny Black image (Scarved Sweeties 30-758) and then watercoloured with more distress inks.  The sentiment is from Festive Snippets (30-387).  I thought the sentiment was perfect for the scene. :)


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Card 1 & 2:  Sunrise / Sunset
Stamps:  Large Pine Tree (Stampscapes); Smiles (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Salvaged Patina, Seedless Preserves (Tim Holtz); Black ink: Obsidian Pigment Ink (Altenew)
Accessories:   Brayer, clear embossing powder, heat tool

Card 3:  Time for Joy
Stamps:  Scarved Sweeties; Festive Snippets (both Penny Black)
Paper:  Bristol paper (Strathmore); White card base (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Candied Apple, Wilted Violet; Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Black Soot, Tumbled Glass (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Brayer, clear embossing powder, heat tool, paint brushes, white Posca pen

Challenges:
Jingle Bells - Not a Creature was Stirring

27 comments:

nancy littrell said...

Thank you so much Lolly for sharing your 3 Gorgeous Brayered skies cards. Your color combos are Stunning. Love your sweet stamped scarved bears and stamped trees too. Love and Hugs..Nancy I hope to try your techniques in the future.

Darnell said...

You're a star with this technique, Lolly, and it was a super fun session! All your brayered results are so inspiring and I love the way you can change the sky to make gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Your Christmas card image is so sweet with the unexpected and sensational raspberry-colored sky! I'll bet a lot of visitors will want to find their old brayers! Love, Dolly

Julie B said...

Three fab cards, loving those backgrounds. :)

Liz said...

Three beautiful cards, Loll. The inky backgrounds are lovely. xx

Nstiz said...

What excellent coverage and perfect gradient you achieved! I haven't brayered in years but now think I may have to try. Love the Stampscape trees! Your bears are so beautifully painted and love how the brayering worked out on that card. Fantastic work!

Colleen said...

Loll, LOVE your braying cards! They are so cool and yes, a different look with just one change in color! Fantastic! Love your two bears sitting on the bench in the snow!

Bonnie said...

Your brayering turned out so good, Lolly! Your colors are so pretty and blend together beautifully! Love those sweet bears snuggled up on the bench!

Marcia Hill said...

All 3 of these cards are just STUNNING Loll! I love your backgrounds with the brayering...I haven't used my brayer in ages (except for failed geli-plate attempts!), and not sure I ever used it like you have done here. What's the difference between brayering a background with multiple colors, and ink blending a background with multiple colors? Either way, your sunrise and sunset cards and your sweet little bears card are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Hugs. :0)

Pat said...

These three cards are gorgeous Loll and the colour combinations are absolutely beautiful. I love the trees you have used on the first two, wonderful scenes, and then the sweet bears on the last and love the added snow on the seat and prettily lit lamp and also falling snow too to finish it perfectly. x

Lisa Elton said...

The skies you've created are beautiful, Loll! These are both marvelous cards!

Susan said...

Beautiful colour schemes on each of the cards! Perfect brayering with great colour transitions. I really enjoyed our brayering session and must remember to do it more often.

Linda said...

You've most definitely mastered the brayer my friend ...... these look amazing! The sunrise/sunset skies are gorgeous, love the black stamping ..... very dramatic. The little teddies are so adorable too xx

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous cards, Loll. Your brayered backgrounds are stunning. Thank you for sharing. :)

Bobby said...

Such a lovely blend of colors, Loll. Those bears are darling. I've only brayerd on my gel plate. Is this direct to paper?

Brenda in IN said...

All three of these are delightful. It was a fun zoom and I have to say Loll jumped right in and helped me lead this class. Her example cards are wonderful and this time for joy card is the sweetest. Thank you, Loll.

Brenda said...

I'm in love with all your brayered cards Loll, they are absolutely stunning! The sky's are so gorgeous and you have achieved the sunrise, sunset, and night time sky perfectly. Beautiful scenes, especially the last one...so sweet and yes, time for joy for sure! Hugs, Brenda

Carol L said...

These cards are all so lovely with that brayer technique! I just love the colors you chose on each one too! Beautiful!

Leslie Miller said...

Loll, your cards are utterly fabulous with those backgrounds! It is amazing how the one color changes the mood of the whole card. Beautiful colors. Your third card is just too sweet!

BożenA said...

What a beautiful view from the top of the mountain! On the first card the colors of your sky at dawn are so beautiful and when I look at this card I load the "accumulator" I also love the second color version.
And the cutscene knows the third card is so sweet. So many lovely cards, Loll.
hugs,
BożenA xx

Trina P. said...

Three amazing brayered backgrounds resulting in three beautiful cards. The last card is super sweet and adorable… no surprise it’s my favourite.

TK said...

All three backgrounds are just stunning! Love the color choices, but the feel they evoke too. The third has to have a special place in my heart, it's just SO sweet, Loll

Robyn Oliver said...

👏🏻 OH Gosh Loll, I'm simply in awe of your beautifully brayer backgrounds - perfect silhouette skies which change so easily with one colour AND your third card is wonderful, how gorgeous - the PB stamp is perfect for this brayered background.... love them all, hugs Robyn

Christine Alexander said...

adorable, I love the stamp and it works perfectly with brayering ♥

Ros Crawford said...

They are all fabulous but that last one has my heart... Stunning!

Heather said...

Oh my goodness. Beautiful, all of them. You know I love trees and the skies behind your silhouettes are stunning. The sky the teddies are gazing at is so pretty too and very cute that their scarves match. Its in the details!

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, these brayer backgrounds are exquisite, Loll! It's surprising to see that just switching one ink color to another changes the whole scene from morning to evening!
The black pine tree silhouette highlights the gorgeous sky for both cards. And this is the most adorable bear couple I've ever seen this year! Your wonderful watercoloring and brayering created a romantic and cozy setting for them. I love all three cards!
Hideko xx

HilaryJane said...

These are just so wonderful. I love all 3. Must get my brayer out and have a go xx