Friday, 7 May 2010

What is it with all these birds?

Brayering is a technique I’ve overlooked for many years. Now I’ve tried it, though, I really love it. You can get some really exciting effects.

To create this effect, I punched a 1” circle from a piece of scrap paper and stuck it to the Whisper White cardstock using temporary adhesive (Two-Way Glue Pen). I brayered the whole piece with Taken With Teal. I tore another scrap of paper to create a mask and brayered the bottom area again to create a darker effect.

We'll be using this stamp set at my brayering class on Saturday, 15th May.

After removing the masks, I stamped the two images in Basic Black. You can’t see on the photo but I’ve made the bird stand out more by applying Crystal Effects® over the top, spreading it out to the edges of the image with a cocktail stick.

To make Taken With Teal ribbon, I pressed some Whisper White ribbon into my ink pad, brayering over the top to get the ink to spread evenly. This did have to dry overnight but it means you can have ribbons in any colour you like!

Stamps: Bird on a Branch
Cardstock: So Saffron, Basic Black, Whisper White
Paper: Sweet Pea Paper Stack
Ink: Basic Black, Taken with Teal
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Whisper White, Rhinestone brad, 1” circle punch, brayer

All products by Stampin' Up! ®


  1. Hello!! I just wanted to say i love your card, the effect is just enchanting i could stare at it all day! I may have to have a go at brayering, i have one but have never really used it...Fantastic!

  2. it's simply gorgeous Helen - you've inspired me to dig my brayer out and give it another go

  3. OMG that is GORGEOUS! Now, if I could only find my Bird on a Branch set ;) CC

  4. Fabulous card I love it. I will have to try this out x

  5. The card is so pretty! I like layout and the colors that were used.

  6. Your moonlit mountain effect is fantastic!

    I wish I could attend your class on the 15th. *sigh*

  7. Gorgeous. Did not like this stamp set at first but with your brayering techniques - it's amanzing!


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