Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Monochromatic mountains and moons

Next in the brayering class we stepped things up a little by creating a graduated background, working with masks.

We punched a circle from a sticky note and stuck it on a square of Whisper White. Next we brayered a background: at the bottom edge and starting off the cardstock, brayer back and forth, all the while gradually moving across towards the opposite edge of the cardstock. Reink when necessary and carry on, still starting off the edge of the cardstock on your scrap paper.

When you get a reasonable amount of ink at the bottom edge of your cardstock, you can start your brayering on the cardstock, still working your way to the opposite side.

Once we were happy with our pale background, we tore a wiggly edge on another sticky note to represent mountains and added that to the cardstock, with the mountain edge facing the bottom. Brayer again, still starting at the bottom edge and working your way towards the sticky note mask. Keep repeating until you are happy with the depth of colour – you want a reasonable contrast between mountains and sky, but not too dark.

Finally, we removed the mountain mask and made another one, which was stuck lower down. Again, starting at the bottom edge, brayer again, building up the colour until you are satisfied with the look.

All masks were removed and then we stamped over the top. We used Autumn Days but Pocket Silhouettes would work just as well. In fact, it was a set of Pocket Silhouettes cards by Dorset demonstrator Jo D which inspired these cards and also gave me the idea to do the cards in three different colourways. So thanks, Jo!

Stamps: Autumn Days
Cardstock: Whisper White, Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, Barely Banana, More Mustard
Ink: Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, Barely Banana, So Saffron, More Mustard
Accessories: Brayer, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Whisper White, 1 ¼” circle punch

All products by Stampin' Up!®


  1. These are stunning! Fantastic job creating the background.

  2. These are gorgeous Helen!

  3. Beautiful! I need to learn to brayer.


  4. Oh my.......this are just knock dead gorgeous!!!! Beautiful cards.

  5. Very Hallmark looking and pretty colours Helen! TFS!

  6. Oh Helen I just love these. I need to practice with the brayer more.


  7. Helen you have some wonderful inspiration for brayering on your blog. I visited you today via the link on brayering on ILWS. My monthly workshops for August are on brayering and although I have some lovely sketched ideas so far, you have inspired me further. Thanks for sharing.


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