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Brayered Background Christmas Card

xmas-brayer-fin-editPeace on Earth
By:  Cathy Peper, Editor

Finished card size:  5.5 by 4.25 inches

Deer (Non Sequitor)
Trees (Flourishes)
"Peace on Earth"  (Stamping Scrapping)
Matte coated card stock (Marco's Paper)
All Spruced Up card stock (Gina K Designs)
Brilliance in Pitch Black and Pearlescent Thyme (Tsukineko)
Aidrondack in Cool Peri, Denim, Eggplant and Pitch Black (Ranger)
Versamark (Tsukineko)
Eclipse masking tape (Judikins)
Grand Oval dies (Spellbinders)
Ebosser (Craftwell)
Brayer (Speedball)
Clear Embossing Powder (Viva Las Vegastamps)
Zing White Embossing Powder (American Crafts)
embossing buddy (from stash) or powder tool (EK Success)
make up sponge
heat gun (Milwaukee)
double sided adhesive (Scotch 3 M)
wax paper


  1. Die cut the grand oval from the Eclipse tape.  To do this, I placed a length of tape on wax paper.  If you have the sheets of tape, this won't be necessary.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. Stamp the deer into the center of a quarter sheet of matte coated cardstock and emboss with clear powder.
  3. Place the oval mask on the quarter sheet and stamp the trees with green ink and emboss with clear powder.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. Make a mask of the tree with a lot of white area (to indicate snow).
  5. Lay down a layer of Cool Peri ink direct to paper.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  6. Brayer the Denim ink from the top to the center and then from the bottom to the center so that the ink is darkest at the top and bottom.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  7. Brayer the Eggplant ink over the denim, not covering the denim completely.
  8. Sponge the edges of the oval with Pitch Black ink.
  9. Remove masks, trim sheet and attach to green card base.
  10. Stamp sentiment with Versamark ink and emboss with white powder.  Be sure to use an embossing buddy and it might help to heat set the ink or allow it to air dry for awhile before attempting to emboss.  This is a very inky technique.

I think this makes a lovely Christmas card to add to your stash, but as mentioned in the last step, it is very messy.  I usually try to make 6 Christmas cards every month, but only ended up with 5 this month since I accidently got some ink from my work surface onto the white of one of my cards.  I also had to replace my masks halfway through because they became so saturated with ink and began to tear.

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