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Brayered Background-Nancy’s View

100_1192Summer Sunset
By: Nancy Dees, Artistic Guide

Finished card size:  5.5 by 4.25 inches

Trees (unknown)
White (Marcos Paper)
light blue (Hobby Lobby)
Medium blue (Hobby Lobby)
Ruby Red (Stampin' Up!)
Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!)
Adirondack in Cloudy Blue and Cool Peri (Ranger)
VersaFine Black (Tsukineko)
rubber brayer
paper trimmer
fine black marker
scrap paper
heat tool ( if needed)


  1. Cut cardstock to the following measurements:  medium blue ( card base) 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches;  light blue (middle layer) 5 by 4 inches; white (for brayered image) 4.75 by 3.75 inches.
  2. Start by spreading the scrap paper on your work surface.  When you begin to brayer, start off the cardstock on the scrap paper.  Load the brayer with ink by rolling it on the ink pad (ruby red)in one direction.  Roll ink onto cardstock ( reinking as needed) until you have good coverage with the first color.100_1189
  3. Clean your brayer between colors.  Ink the brayer with perfect plum and start rolling it with an overlap onto the ruby red.  This will give you a blended look.  Continue with the Cloudy Blue and then the Cool Peri.  Your card stock will be somewhat damp due to the amount of ink.  Either let it air dry or use your heat tool to dry it.100_1190 (2)
  4. When it is dry, ink your image stamp with VersaFine Black and stamp onto the brayered base.100_1191
  5. While you are waiting for this to dry, mount the light blue cardstock onto the medium blue base card.
  6. When your image is completely dry, mount it onto the light blue base.  For my sentiment, I cut a ¾" wide strip of light blue cardstock about 6 inches long and cut the ends into a "V" shape.  I made a fold in this strip about ¼" from each end to give it the dimensional banner shape.
  7. I used a fine line black marker to title my image.

Brayering is a technique that can give you a lot of different backgrounds.  So break out your brayer and create something unique.





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  1. Love the colors,