Why Should You Use Brayering in Your Cardmaking?
Add a soft wash of inky colour to your handmade cards — it’s simple to do and creates a beautiful background for your stamped card focals. All you need are dye-based ink pads, a water mister, and a brayer! This simple tool is incredibly useful in crafting. Instead of laboriously painting a card, brayers enable you to quickly and easily achieve colourful and interesting backgrounds with great texture. You can achieve a sort of watercolour effect — very on-trend!
To give you an idea of how this technique could benefit you, here’s some inspiration from Sara Naumann.
You Will Need:
- Altenew Halftone Everything Stamp Set
- Altenew Ink Pads – Four Scoops
- Rare Earth Load ‘N’ Fold Frames Stamping Tool Set
- Rare Earth Large Brayer
- Couture by Create and Craft Nutcracker Collection CD ROM (for the patterned papers)
- 100 Sheets of White Card 250gsm
- 50 Sheets of Brown Kraft Card 280gsm
- Hemp Twine
- Self-Adhesive Pearls
- Foam Tape
- Water Mister/Spritzer
- Craft Sheet
This brayering technique is great for creating instant backgrounds with dye-based ink. Here, I’m using smooth white uncoated cardstock; you’ll get different effects with watercolour cardstock or glossy card. Experiment to see which look suits your project!
Lightly mist with water to create a wash.
Let each layer of ink dry before brayering on another colour.
Mat the top and bottom edges of the brayered piece on Kraft card and glue horizontally across the card front. Trim the edges even with the sides of the card.
Place white card on one side of the Load ‘N’ Fold, securing with a small piece of washi tape. Position the “everything” outline and “thanks for” stamps on the opposite side of the Load ‘N’ Fold. Ink with Dark Chocolate, then close the stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment.
While it’s not strictly necessary to have the Load ‘N’ Fold tool for this project, I’ve found the tool makes a huge difference in my success rate with layered stamp designs like this one!
Gently press the Load ‘N’ Fold together so the stamp clings to the plastic; lift off. Ink the stamp with Peach Perfect, then close the Load ‘N’ Fold so the halftone word will stamp perfectly in position to the outline.
Wrap twine around the front panel of the card, securing the ends to the card front. Add the stamped sentiment with foam tape. Tie a bow in twine and glue to the right side of the sentiment. Add pearls.
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