Sunday, May 24, 2009

Brayered Sympathy

Along with all of my new Designer Series Paper that I ordered and hated to use...I also purchased a brayer. I had used this technique once before at one of Roberta's classes I went to and we made this card:

I decided to try it for myself using another borrowed stamp from Jen (I promise I have my own too haha) Inspired By Nature. It took 5 minutes to make and I'm really excited about how it turned out. I can see myself turning into a brayer-maniac!

I decided to make this a sympathy card for one of my employees who's dog is really sick and about to die at any time. I am a huge animal lover and I know he's really close to him. Is it wrong to have this prepared in advance?? are the details:

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Close as a Memory
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, Glossy White Cardstock
Ink: More Mustard, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Brayer

1. Score 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of Kiwi Kiss at 4 1/4 and fold on score line.
2. Cut a 5 x 3 3/4 piece of Glossy White Cardstock. Punch a circle on a piece of scrap paper and use temporary adhesive to adhere it where you would like.
3. Roll half of your brayer in Cameo Coral and the other half in More Mustard, making sure the colors overlap (you always want to do the lightest color first). Brayer over top half of cardstock, changing the angles so you aren't left with a straight line where your colors change.
4. Tear a piece of scratch paper to create Hills.  Use the top half of the torn sheet to mask off the top, keeping only a small portion of the bottom showing. Brayer with Certainly Celery.
5. Remove mask and place the other half of the torn sheet over the Certainly Celery hills and move the other mask up and over, overlapping with some of the sky. Brayer with Old Olive.
6. Remove all masks.
7. Stamp the grass and sentiment using Basic Black and adhere all three pieces together.
8. I stamped some grass along the bottom of the inside as well.

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