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Brayering Away…



Hi everyone and welcome to another Monday post from Jenny. Visitors to my blog will know that I was lucky enough to attend a Demonstrators two day workshop at IndigoBlu HQ in Retford recently. The days sped past and I met up with an incredibly talented bunch of ladies. On the second day we all had to complete a short demo – talk about nervous! yet we all performed so well. I made a start on creating a brayered background but didn’t get to finish it on the day, so…


Demo 2


here it is! I started by stamping the tulips from the brand new ‘Butterfly Collector’ A5 stamp set in Archival Ink and watercolouring them with Distress Inks. After cutting them out I used a ball tool to shape them, giving the flowers some added dimension.


Demo 3


Next attention turned to that background. I mixed some Pantry White and Hot  Cocoa English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic paints with a little water, ran my brayer through the mix and applied it to the plain white base card with VERY gentle strokes from top to bottom. You can always add more but you can’t take any away. The lines were achieved by running the edge of the brayer through the paint mix and again, running it along the card in the same direction. The paint dried as I cleaned off my brayer – acrylic paint sticks permanently if you don’t clean it off with water straight away!


Demo 4


With the paint dry I blended a mix of Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks over the top before flicking on some water droplets and drying them with a heat tool. To finish the card I added some splatters of an awesome new metallic colour from the English Cottage range (more details coming soon). As well as using the end of my paint brush for this there’s also a stamp in the set which gives you that more tightly packed splattered effect – great for control freaks!  The sentiment from the ‘Butterfly Collector’ stamp set was added to a matching background using Archival Ink. It has a fabulous hand drawn line around it and I replicated this with a black marker and white gel pen around the background to frame the card before matting and layering it.


Demo 1


What a great sentiment to end on! And remember, our latest challenge, ‘Christmas in July‘ is now running over at the challenge blog so let’s see those festive entries.

Have a great week everyone.

Jenny xxx


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9 Comments on Brayering Away…

  1. Gorgeous Jenny. And I love this technique.
    Lisa x

    Lisa Winnard | July 28, 2014 at 10:48 am () ()
  2. I love this card jenny, the background is fab. This I’ll have to try this one. X

    Amanda Openshaw | July 28, 2014 at 11:24 am () ()
  3. What a gorgeous result Jenny!
    greetings, Alie

    Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries | July 28, 2014 at 11:58 am () ()
  4. Jenny, this is stunning! I have just tried your ‘wood’ technique and it is just fabulous, so now I am going to try this one, it looks amazing. Those flowers are so beautiful (now on my wish list) and I love how you layered them up. As always, your work is truly inspirational!! Anne xx

    Anne R | July 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm () ()
  5. Beautiful card, great technique!
    Groetjes Karin

    karin | July 28, 2014 at 2:59 pm () ()
  6. Jenny, this is another gorgeous card with get techniques. Love the 3-D flowers on that awesome background! Wonderful share as always. Hugs!

    Terry | July 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm () ()
  7. A fabulous background Jenny and those tulips and their leaves look amazing. TFS
    Annie x

    Annie G | July 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm () ()
  8. Gorgeous work! xxx

    Christine Smith | July 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm () ()
  9. Wow -Jenny! love that barnboard background and your beautiful layered tulips – the colors are magnificent on this!

    Julia Aston | July 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm () ()