Wednesday, March 12, 2014

100,000 Views, Blog Candy and Brayer Techniques!

Blog Candy
I was planning to have a Blog Candy Give-Away when my page views reached 100,000, but then I got busy and wasn't paying attention to my stats and I looked and I had gone over 100,000!  But I'm not planning on waiting until I hit 200,000 page views so I'm having a Blog Candy Give-Away now.  Here's what you could win:

  • A full package of Sweater Weather DSP
  • A full package of retired Certainly Celery 8 1/2" x 11" Card Stock
  • Affection Collection, a retired stamp set that creates amazing vintage and collage stamped cards.
  • A retired embossing folder featuring a central oval shaped wreath
  • A full roll of Island Indigo Chevron Ribbon
  • Remnants of three rolls of retired ribbon
Here's how to win!
Leave me a comment on this blog.  I'll give you until Saturday, March 15 at midnight to comment on whether or not you have ever used a brayer and how you liked it if you did.  At midnight I will use a random number generator to choose the winner.  I will contact them for their information and ship the package off to them!  

If you would like a second entry, please join my site by signing up with the gadget in the left hand column and let me know in the comments section that you have done it. Sunday morning will be the big reveal.  

Brayer Techniques
My technique classes this week are all about using a brayer and I wanted to share one of the techniques we will be using.  This one is called "Ghosting" and it is a form of emboss resist.  First, take a look at the card:

  • I started by stamping the little dandelion seeds on the Very Vanilla oval shape, die cut using the Ovals Collection Framelits, with VersaMark ink and heat embossing them with clear embossing powder. The dandelion seed image is from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set.
  • I inked up the roller with Pink Pirouette ink and brayered that colour all over the paper.  I could see the little seeds pop as the coloured ink revealed them.
  • I inked up the brayer again with Crisp Cantaloupe and rolled it on the top of the oval.  I went over it again with the lighter colour, Pink Pirouette, to blend the line between the two colours.
  • I stamped the silhouette from Serene Silhouettes in StazOn Jet Black ink.  StazOn is not resisted by the embossing powder as it is a permanent ink.
  • The design on the Crisp Cantaloupe paper is from Summer Silhouettes and is stamped in StazOn ink as well.
  • I matted both panels with Soft Suede and added a bow made with Victoria Crochet Lace Trim and a Antique Brad.  When placed with a glue dot at the bottom of the oval, it added just the right balance and character.
I'm planning one more Brayer Technique so tune in tomorrow for the results!

Remember to leave your comments and join my site to be eligible to win that fabulous Blog Candy!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today!


  1. Woo-hoo! First comment! I've recently found another use for a brayer - the reflection technique. Stamp an image on your card stock, reink and stamp it on a window sheet. Flip the sheet over going toward you, place it where you want it, and brayer the back of the sheet to transfer the ink to the card stock. It gives the perfect, even pressure all over the image! I have had trouble trying to get in onto an embossing folder with a brayer; for some reason I can't get even coverage when I go to put the folder and paper through the Big Shot.

  2. I am familiar with using a brayer from my mod podge days. Oh, that really aged me, didn't it? I have never tried using it with ink. I am very sad that I can't get to your techniques class on using a brayer, as I really like the cards you are planning to showcase and would love to learn how to do it.

    1. Get a couple of friends together and we'll do it at your convenience, Eunice.

  3. I have used a brayer for variou techniques when making cards. Also, we've taught the elementary kids I work with how they can be used to make simple prints. It's one of their favorite projects.

  4. I have not used brayer, its new to me. I would love to see a tutorial on this one.
    Your card looks fantastic. Lovely color choice and the stamped silhouette image looks very nice with the soft colored background.

  5. I have used a brayer to apply ink in a similar way and find it good to get a little or a lot of ink depending on pressure applied. I also like it for background stamps & usually place the stamp inked side up then place card stock & scrap paper onto it and then roll brayer over a few times, its a good way to get even pressure and no "empty "spots!

  6. I have used a brayer and love it especially on texture embossed projects. Thanks for the chance to win blog candy!

    Meredith245 at yahoo dot com

  7. Heather,I have not used a brayer. Rebecca showed us a make n take. I have picked up some ideas here and will try them,,,, first,I need to buy one! How do you clean it between colors?

  8. Thanks for idea for using a brayer. I think I have one but have not used it...yet :) Lovely card Heather.

  9. Hi Heather,
    I enjoy checking your blog and appreciate the opportunity to play along for the blog candy. I have used a brayer and struggle with getting lines, rather than smooth color coverage.

  10. I have a heater and really like the many ways to use it.

  11. I have a brayer and like to use it with multi-coloured stamp pads for pretty backgrounds.
    Thanks for the chance to win your candy

  12. Hi Heather, I have only used a brayer once but I have been wanting one again. I've used it by inking up an embossing folder and love the idea of it :) Thank you for the chance to win some blog candy!!!

  13. Love working with a brayer and I love your card! Way to go on 100,000 Likes!!!


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