Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Brayered Outlined Occasions

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays this week is to use black with pastel shades. I'd been thinking about this for a little while and then I spotted my brayer and thought I'd whip up a pastel background.  I had the Less is More challenge on my mind too, to combine three of the previous challenges on a card,  and decided to go for Birds, Silhouettes and Use Ink. Come and have a look:


The background reminded me a little of a early-morning lake scene...


... which prompted the stamping of the bird taking off into the sky. I liked the bird against the background so much I made a similar card with a whole flock of them!


Actually I prefer this one! The bird is a very useful little stamp from the Sale-a-bration freebie Elementary Elegance while the 'Thanks' in the first card is from another Sale-a-bration set, Outlined Occasions. The Sale-a-bration promotion will end at the end of this week so if you're keen to add these fabulous sets to your collection, do contact me as soon as possible!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Outlined Occasions, Elementary Elegance (sale-a-bration freebies)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Card stock: Whisper White, Naturals Ivory
Other: Markers, brayer, corner rounder, stamp-a-majig
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I rather liked these cards until I showed my teenaged daughter and she burst out laughing! When I asked her what was wrong, she said she was amused that the dramatic birds taking off over the lake should have been accompanied by a sentiment like 'Hello'! What next? she asked me - a raging inferno with 'Let's get together for coffee'! Hmmm, perhaps she has a point!

Thanks for looking anyway. See you tomorrow!



37 comments:

  1. Your brayered background is gorgeous, Vicky. So soft and pretty. :) Ann Y.

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  2. These are both beautiful Vicky, I love the sky scene, such beautiful colours.

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  3. Brayering with one colour... I've just about got it. Brayering with three colours.... I think I'd be pushing my luck! Such talent! The colours are so serene and I think they are reminiscent of a lakeside morning too.

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  4. Both cards are very serene. Beautiful brayering and colours blend really well. Time to get the brayer out again, I think. Helen (Sydney)

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  5. These are so lovely, Vicky. Did you use ordinary card to brayer on? And have you just inked straight on top with the black, without heat embossing or anything? Thanks! Jane

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  6. Love your colours brayered together, very soft and delicate. The birds and sentiment add a super touch of drama and movement. x

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  7. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous pastel colors Vicky .... Love the birds ....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

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  8. I DO like these very much Vicky. Sensational design - well done, how do you come up with such brilliant idea's time after time?

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  9. Well done for taming your brayer! I don't speak to mine anymore . . . ever since I got duster brushes! xxxx

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  10. Great crads Vicky, your daughter have goods ideas:D:D:D:D, maybe for the next cards you can ask her for the perfect sentiment:D:D:D.
    you can explain the swallow coming to say hello to the summer and the people:D:D:D.
    Nice day vicky you never are boring with your childs:D:D:D

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  11. Fablous card Vicky, I love the soft gentle brayered background. The black embellishments lookstunning against the pastel colours.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  12. Super brayering Vicky, I love the colours and the black stamping is fab. xx

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  13. I think the sentiment is just fine and love the brayered look with the birds. It does look like a sunrise/sunset over the water.

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  14. I LOVE the cards Vicky, brayering is one art I havent yet managed to master x

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  15. Love them Vicky, Just can't seem to get the hang of my brayer - need to practise more obviously!!!
    M x

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  16. I love them both, too, and love the sentiments used, Bonnie. You know, I haven't brayed since I started stamping years ago. One of the many things I want to do again, like using the H2Os, etc. Wish they could come out at night, like Toy Story, and maybe if they were on my desk in the mornings, I would use them! In the meantime, these are going in the Binder of Inspirations and will remind me! Thanks so much!

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  17. These are so pretty Vicky well stamped and coloured
    Great work
    Hugs Elaine

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  18. Wow brayering with three colours!!! Vicky these are gorgeous...I love the seamless bkgd and the silhouette birds :0)
    Lol at your daughters comment!
    Jenny x

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  19. What a stunning background you made Vicky!
    Anne
    x

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  20. This is great use of your brayer Vicky... quite a skill which I have yet to acquire!
    Super cards.
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  21. Fabulous colours Vicky and great use of your brayer

    Anne

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  22. Lovely soft, subtle background, gorgeous colours too. x x

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  23. love the pastels against the dramatic black -and don't you just love teenagers, that comment is one that mine would make!x

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  24. Oh abrayer Vicky!
    Im in awe, I cannot use the bloomin things!
    Beautiful card

    Thank you very much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  25. If only my brayer looked as great as yours, fabby card

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  26. Very pretty, love what you did with the brayer :) Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  27. Brilliant Vicky - such a pretty background. You've certainly got the hang of your brayer! I gave up on mine and just use it to smooth out bubbles on the covers of my mini books.... Sarah xx

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  28. I love how you've used that brayer and so perfectly pastel. Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays this week.

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  29. Stunning cards, the panels set the images off so beautifully...and we can always count on our daughters for an honest critique!! But I still love the effect of the birds on the background.
    Diane

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  30. Both cards are gorgeous, but I do like the birds. xx

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  31. Wow, I love these cards! I need to try using my brayer this way. Thanks for the inspiration, Vicky!

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  32. What an awesome job you did with the brayer!! I need to get my brayer out and give it another go! LOVE both cards, but I think the first one is my favorite!

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  33. Beautiful brayering gradients! Love the black images against these :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

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  34. Great background - lovely soft colours. I do like the first card with the bold sentiment, but I absolutely adore the second card with the flock of birds - brilliant!

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x