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Brayered Backgrounds-General Directions


by Cathy Peper, editor

Beautiful backgrounds can be achieved with a brayer and ink.  It does, however, take a little practice.  I've been fortunate enough to take a class from Michelle Zindorf, in person, and Sandy Hulsart, on line, on the subject of brayering.

Michelle is very well known for her stunning cards and detailed tutorials.  Her blog is here and well worth a visit.  She is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and uses Whisper White card stock and Stampin' Up! inks for her cards.

Sandy recommends using either White Matte Coated Cover, 80# card stock, from Marco’s Papers or White Matte Coate 80# card stock from the Paper Cut.  She likes Adirondack inks, but any dye inks will work.  Sandy also has a blog, but she does many different kinds of cards in addition to scenic cards.

Both recommend a soft rubber brayer.

Place a piece of scrap paper under your card since it's important to start off the page when brayering and to end off the page as well.  Change the scrap paper between colors so you don't pick up any of the previous color.  Use light pressure and only brayer in one direction.  Start with your lightest color and be sure not to cover the lightest color completely when you add in the darker colors.  Simple masks, such as a circle for the sun or the moon, can also be used.

As I mentioned before, it's a technique that takes a bit of practice, but the results are well worth it.


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