Monday, 24 January 2011

Messing about with the brayer


Monday morning already, where did the weekend go ?

Well, I guess I should admit to a fair bit of playing about with inks and the brayer. I have been promising myself an inky session for ages and as I went to Coleman's who I do the odd demo for on Saturday to get some new colours of Adirondack inks, it seemed only right I tried out a few of them. Don't know how many of you know about Coleman's warehouse at Rushden, but it's pretty awesome and you can while away hours there. Yesterday looks like a blue and yellow day although it was not planned that way, just how it turned out, so my next session will be a bit more colourful.

Most of the stamps are either Lavinia, Art Impression or Clarity, except the fairy which is a really old Rubber Stampede one. I so enjoy brayering and find it very rewarding and it's always a popular one when I demo. I did think about doing a tutorial, but then decided it might not be fair to bore peeps. So the above card is for:

Crafty Catz - A forgotten stamp
One Stitch at a Time - As you like it
Pear Tree Design - Mainly blue

The card above is using one of the new stamps Hero Arts K5503 Bird Collage, stamped simply with versafine sepia and embossed with detail clear. The October Afternoon DP is double sided and I stamped Hero CG222 Music Background on the lighter side to add interest. Edges have been nicely distressed as is the flower made from TH tattered floral die. This is for:

Paper Sundaes - Distressing
Alys Sundays - For the guys
Gingerloft - Things that fly

60 comments:

Anesha said...

Three wonderful cards, love all of them.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just gorgeous all three of them hun...your brayering is just wonderful!

Thank you for joining us at Gingerloft & OSAAT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xxx

E.T said...

WOWSERS!!!!! These are SO GORGEOUS!!! WOW! LOVE them!

Teresa said...

Beautiful cards Brenda, I love the brayering please do a tutorial I would love to see it.
Teresa x

martina's kaartjes said...

Very lovely cards ! great crations,
greetings, martina
x

sandra said...

I adore your scene cards!
They look so magical!
Keep them coming girl!!!lol.
Hugs!
Sandra!

craftykitten said...

Fabulous cards hun, I wish I had the time to use my Clarity Stamps and my brayer - these are fabulous inspiration. Love 'em
Hugs
Dawn x

LouDotMac said...

Your card(s) are stunning. I love how youy have achieved the reflection on the second card - and that swirl is just gorgeous!!

Thanks for joining us over at Pear Tree Designs - good luck in the challenge.

Lou Mac. xo

Doreen said...

Your cards are stunning, you have such a talent with the brayer,the reflections are beautiful and the colours just so peaceful.xxx

Claire Phillips said...

Great cards - so glad you had some inky fun...nothing quite like a play day! I adore the last card - truly wonderful! Cheers Claire x

Debbi said...

Gorgeous! Love the brayering. You did a marvelous job on all three!
*smiles* debbi

Sadilla said...

wow Hun!!!! So lovely... but the first 2 are gorgeous!!! The water effect reflection is amazing!!!
HUgs
Sadia

craftymum said...

Such stunning cards Brenda
hugs Sarah x

Flutterby Trina said...

WOW, how did you get that reflection??? I would love to be able to achieve that!!! Your card(s) are beautifuk! Thanks for joining us at PTD this week! Good Luck

Hugs

Katrina

xx

Jenny said...

wow! The light & shade & the reflection in these are AMAZING! I've not tried it before myself & would LOVE a demo. Hope you are keeping well. jenny

Elborgi said...

wondrful!

Elma

Mervi said...

Wow wow gorgeous cards!
I was practising with brayer today, too -
but my results wasn't like yours..lol...
anyway my fingers are blue and green -
i should come to your lessons..
just if the trip isn't so long;-))m

Ann said...

oh wow so beautiful.
Ann xxx

Juls said...

each creation is just utterly stunning! Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs Juls

cebelica said...

Very beautiful cards!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Brenda, Oh I adore that beautiful fairy one its gorgeous, and the other two are fabulous. Well done with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxx

Lynda said...

Wow Brenda you're a dab hand with that brayer - what stunning cards you've made. I do practice from time to time but can't master this technique at all. The new bird collage stamp is fab too - love that card.

Love Lynda xxx

nnalorac said...

Wow Brenda, stunning creations, looks like a lot of fun, never tried this, nust have a try if I knew where to begin. Carolxx

d'une grande ouverture d'esprit said...

Hey, your cards are really awesome. especially the second and the third one!!Great work.
Salut Creativemaman

Patti J said...

Brenda, your cards are all fabulous! I never think to get my brayer out - you may have inspired me to do so! Beautiful job on all of your cards today! Thanks for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ! We hope to see you back next week for another challenge!

Jacee said...

Fabulous work Brenda, absolutely wonderful, I love them all!!

Hugs Jacee

Scrappymax said...

Hi Brenda

What great cards, your brayering is fantastic. I especially love the second one as that image is just stunning. Beautiful colours too.
Max x

Karla said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining in at PTD and good luck! x

Shazza said...

loving those brayered cards, I am trying to perfect that technique - not going so well as I need more time to practice but housework and work get in the way. Love the bottom card too, beautiful x

Mandy G said...

Hi Brenda,
normally if you post a few cards there is always one I like more than the rest, but I love all three this time I am in awe of your brayer and shadow techniques.
In short WOW
Hugs
Mandy

Julie said...

You ARE the queen of Speedball!!!! I'm sure a demo wouldn't bore anybody!!! :) hint,hint:)
Have a great week,Julie.x

Dawn said...

I notice your doing a lot of brayering and it can be So effective as you have shown here (it's been a while since a did a bit too must put it down for something to do for a card next time I get a wee bit stuck. Beautiful cards all

love Dawn xx

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Brenda, well what can I say? These are three very beautiful cards. I love them all. We might get to meet sometime at Colemans. It's amazing to think that top crafting demonstrators come to a a craft warehouse in the town I grew up. I live 12 miles away now and can only come to Colemans when hubby is off to drive me as I can't drive long distances but I keep fingers crossed it's every few months or so. Best wishes, Kym xxx

Lisa Jane said...

Wonderful Brenda - i love that top one.. so atmospheric
Lisa ;)

Aunty Sue said...

Great card thanks for joining Crafty Catz this week.

Kat said...

Wow Brenda these cards are all really impressive. Love your brayering. I've never used a brayer! Love the colours you've used too.

Kat xx

mckinkle said...

Hello Brenda, I agree the weekend just flew by! Thank goodness we dont have too long to wait for the next one!

I love your brayering on the 2 cards but theres something so lovely about the bird card!

Keryn x

carol said...

Gorgeous card, thanks for sharing your forgotten stamp with us, x carol

Lynne K said...

Wow, love the brayer cards! Very dreamy, and gorgeous soft colours.

Sorry I haven't had chance to comment much lately. Am trying to catch up now. Glad to hear your shoulder is improving - hope it continues to do so. xx

PatR said...

Beautiful brayering Brenda and I love the bird on the other card. xx

Nikbee said...

Wonderful cards Brenda. I love the brayered cards, but my favourite is the bird card as I love the distressed look.

Nikki x

Von said...

Utterly gorgeous brayering :) A+
Von x

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Brenda these look amazing the first two have a magical look to them and loving the third so much.
Hugs
Lorraine x

Annmaree (Emu) said...

These are amazing cards Brenda!!!

So beautiful, love what you have done with inks, and silhouettes!!!

I for one would LOVE a tutorial! You know I admire your stuff, your talent, and seeing as though I just order some rainbow pads and brayer; I say BRING IT ON!!!

Rufus said...

All 3 of these are gorgeous. I'd love to see a tutorial of how you created them! My brayering never looks that nice! Really very pretty.
R/

Shirley N said...

Wow, amazing cards Brenda all so gorgeous!

Becky said...

All three are just stunning! Thank you for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

debby4000 said...

WOW Brenda the brayer cards are stunning and love the third too.
luv
Debby

louise said...

Wow fab cards Brenda and I really would love you to show me how to brayer right I have all the equipment but not the know how lol.
Hugs Louise xx

Donna said...

Fab Cards Hunni!

Thanks for joining us at PTD and good Luck

Donna x

Nicola said...

Brenda wow loving the effects you have created with the inks and brayer. Hugs Nicola

Sandy Ang said...

They are all so beautifully evocative and mysterious. Just fantastic!

Pauline C said...

Three gorgeousc ards - the brayer ones are really fantastic. I'm always meaning to have a go at thsi type of technique and never get around to it ... note to self, I must!
Hugs
Pauline x

Tabitha said...

Your cards are beautiful. Would love to see how you did this. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

Your cards are simply splendid and all so different :)
Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft Challenges :)
huggs
Lynn x

Dawn said...

Well done on the brayering. All 3 cards are lovely. Thanks for playing with us at OSAAT

Tracy said...

Yes please Brenda, I love your brayering and although I haven't given it a go I would like to see your tutorial. Your creations are the most beautiful ones i've seen using a brayer and inks. I think after looking at these ones we'll have to start calling you Queen of the Brayer Lol!
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Chocolate Orange said...

Absolutely gorgeous !!
Thanks for sharing with us at One Stitch At A Time. Good Luck !

Choccy x

Susie said...

Gorgeous cards, love your brayering!! Thanks for joining us at Pear Tree Designs this week and good luck xx

Rainmac said...

What beauties! I love the blue and yellow tones on your first card. I go to Coleman's sometimes, would love to bump into you and try and steal some of your inky talents xxx