Monday, 5 March 2012

Lovely as a tree brayering

A friend of mine has recently got the brayering bug and she's got me all inspired too! I got my brayer out over the weekend to have a go at the brayer/resist technique and came up with this birthday card for today's Masculine Monday post:


The brayer gives a real intensity of colour and a wonderful airbrushed quality that I love and if you're thinking of buying one, I can highly recommend the Stampin' Up one with its soft rubber. I started by stamping the oak leaves from Lovely as a Tree and colouring them with a blender pen and ink. The leaves are then covered with versamark - this is easy with a versamark pen - and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. That makes them waterproof so they resist the ink when you brayer over them. I used Bashful Blue and sponged the edges with Marina Mist.


I have several leaf stamp sets and love combining them. This oak leaf from Autumn Splendor, is a completely different style to the one from Lovely as a Tree but works really well as an embellishment. I've used the acorns from the set too and added a knot of linen thread for extra interest.


I always think it's a great idea to build up a diverse collection of sentiments. This one is from a retired hostess set and it has definitely earned its place amongst my favourites. I chose to stamp it in Cajun Craze which really 'sings' against the blue sky but fits in nicely with the natural theme.

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Autumn Splendor, Afterthoughts (retired hostess set)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Other: Markers, stamp-a-majig, clear embossing powder, versamark pen, heat tool, brayer, linen thread
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I hope you had a good weekend. It rained here all day yesterday and my youngest son and I curled up and watched a lovely film called 'Black Stallion' about a boy and his horse. Halfway through the film, my husband came in and hovered about for a while a puzzled look on his face. Eventually he said: "So how is this about pirates?" I shook my head sadly. "It's called Black Stallion," I told him. "Not Black Galleon!"

I'll be back tomorrow with some elegant designer paper creations. Enjoy your Monday!

22 comments:

  1. Such wonderful techniques used here, Vicky. I agree about the fabulous effects you get with a brayer. Love your wonderful oak leaf masculine card x

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  2. I love the colours on this - it is just fabulous. So cheerful, and masculine at the same time.
    Wonderful!
    Cheers, Karen

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  3. What a fab card for a guy...love the technique and great colours

    Anne

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  4. Gorgeous card. Love the design.

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  5. Lovely work, Vicky. I love that stamp set x

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  6. Super card Vicky; I have no brayer so haven't tried this technique yet ! Thank you for all the great inspiration for male cards; you do them so well !
    Have a good week ! Jane x

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  7. That sky, those leaves, here in Sydney summer (what summer? I ask) is drawing to a close and the colours in the card make me think of the bright crisp days of autumn. Gorgeous as always! Helen (Sydney)

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  8. Beautiful card Vicky and a great technique. I try to watch Barbara Grey on C&C when I can, she's the queen of brayering but I've yet to try it.

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  9. Me and my brayer are NOT friends. But I'm glad you and your one are! xxx

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  10. I do like the 3d effect of the leaves and acorn and the way it goes right over the edge of the card. Thanks for your comment on my blog :0)

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  11. This is gorgeous, Vicky. I'm a big fan of brayering but haven't done it for a while. This may well give me the nudge I need to get the brayer back out, thanks!

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  12. A beautiful brayered sky Vicky,mand the leaves are gorgeous. A wonderful card!

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  13. Love the design on this card Vicky. I love the effect with a brayer but I'm not very good at it! Thinking of treating myself to some inkdusters to see if my technique improves:) That oakleaf is gorgeous.
    Val x
    no baby yet I jump every time the phone rings!

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  14. Wow that blue is wonderfully intense and the oak leaves look great against it...love your technique of making the bkgd one layer :0) Brilliant masculine card.
    Jenny x

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  15. This design really pops against the brayered blue. Another beautiful card, Vicky!

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  16. Haven't had my brayer out in ages - love how you've used it - so striking!
    Tara

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  17. It's lovely and you are very accomplished with the Brayer! Thank you for sharing the embossing technique too. Tors x

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  18. Crafting Clare you are the best ! What a beautiful card, i just adore your brayering. I have the SU brayer and I have to agree it really does create lovely soft colours . I really must get it out again ! Fabulous card.

    Marie

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  19. It's a beautiful card-I love the textures.

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  20. What a great technique and a beautiful card you've created with it. That blue is just gorgeous, and I love your leaves. The Black Stallion is one of the few movies I remember vividly from my childhood. Ann Y.

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  21. Beautifully brayered Vicky - gorgeous stamp work too - Jacqueline xx

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  22. Well done on the brayering Vicky something i just cant seem to get on with must try again !!!and what a fantastic card youve made Luv Sue x

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