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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Loving My Brayer

It's taken me awhile but I think I've finally gotten the brayering technique.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

Step by step baking instructions...
  1. Emboss images and words using VersaMark ink and White Embossing Powder.  It will be hard to see these images and words on Whisper White card stock so you can add the embossing after brayering if you prefer.
  2. Punch a circle out of a post-it note.  Any size will do; I used the 1 1/4" Circle Punch for this card.  Place punched out circle of post-it note on your Whisper White card stock (technique is called masking since you are masking a part of your card or image before adding another image or in this case brayering on top of the circle).                                                                         
  3. Cover your 4" x 4" Whisper White card stock with Daffodil Delight using a brayer.  Just ink up the brayer and cover the card stock in all directions until card stock is almost saturated. 
  4. Brayer the top half of card stock in Real Red.  Just go lightly towards the middle of the card stock so it leaves more of an orange layer.
  5. Sponge Lucky Limeade  (or brayer slightly) across the bottom of card stock.
  6. Remove circle post-it note and now there will be a white circle.  I put the rest of my post-it note over top of the white circle that is now on the card stock.  You don't have to do this.  I just wanted to have a bit of white outline around my sun.               
  7. Sponge Daffodil Delight inside the circle for your sun.  (Remove post-it note if you used it to create a white outline around sun.)
  8. *Skip this step if you already embossed.* Emboss images and words here if you decided to wait until after brayering.  Then delete the next step and move onto step #10.*
  9. Rub a tissue or cotton ball all over the embossed images and words to remove extra ink left from brayering.  This will give your embossed images and words a brighter white color.
  10. Add to a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" Whisper White layer.
  11. Tie a piece of Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine around these two layers.
  12. Adhere layers to a 5" x 5" Lucky Limeade layer.
  13. Adhere to a 5 1/4" x 10 1/2" Daffodil Delight card base which has been scored at 5 1/4".  You're done!
Change the images to something smaller and it gives you a different look...

Up close view - If you don't want the tiny white specks between the words, use an Embossing Buddy on your card stock before you emboss anything.  This will allow the embossing powder to only stick where there is VersaMark ink.
Give it a try with a different stamp set and a different color combination.  I'd love to see your take on this technique.

Just Believe WM #116948 or CM #120453
Brayer #102395
Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Lucky Limeade ink and card stock
Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine #125572
VersaMark Pad #102283
Embossing Buddy #103083
White Embossing Powder #109132
Heat Tool #129053
Post It notes


Jen said...

Nice brayering, Alicia! Love the bright colors!

Deena Boos said...

Alicia, your brayering looks awesome! I'm with Jen, love the colors!

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