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:

  1. Three wonderful cards, love all of them.

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  2. 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

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

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

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  5. Very lovely cards ! great crations,
    greetings, martina
    x

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

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  7. 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

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  8. 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

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

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  10. 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

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

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

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  13. Such stunning cards Brenda
    hugs Sarah x

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  14. 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

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  15. 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

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  16. 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

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  17. oh wow so beautiful.
    Ann xxx

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

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

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  20. 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

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

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

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  23. 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!

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

    Hugs Jacee

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  25. 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

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

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  27. 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

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  28. 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

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

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  30. 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

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  31. 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

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

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  33. Great card thanks for joining Crafty Catz this week.

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  34. 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

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  35. 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

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

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  37. 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

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

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

    Nikki x

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  40. Utterly gorgeous brayering :) A+
    Von x

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

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  42. 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!!!

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  43. 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/

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  44. Wow, amazing cards Brenda all so gorgeous!

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

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

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  47. 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

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  48. Fab Cards Hunni!

    Thanks for joining us at PTD and good Luck

    Donna x

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

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

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  51. 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

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

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

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

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  55. 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

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

    Choccy x

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

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  58. 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

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