Well, as many of you know, on the first of the month, the ILWS Design Team releases 4 challenges on the site, and a gallery full of ideas and inspiration to help you get crafting for the challenges.
One of May's challenges was brayering. While I have played with this technique a few times in the past, it is only with this challenge that I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone with the challenge.
So, my first card is using the divine Vintage Vogue stamp set from the current SU mini catalogue. This set has become my new go to set. Love it. Have to force myself to put it away and not use it on everything I do!
Anyway, the card uses riding hood red and pink pirouette, two of the new colours we will be getting with the Stampin'Up colour renovation in the new catalogue.
I have taken a panel of whisper white cardstock, and brayered it up with pink pirouette, and then riding hood red on the outside edges. Now, to get a nice soft even colour with no lines from the edge of my brayer, I first inked the brayer up, then took off all the excess ink onto a scrap piece of paper by rolling my brayer in one direction only. This is the trick as it then takes the ink of evenly. I then start at the outside edge of my white card, and brayer again rolling my brayer in one direction only - top to bottom - then picking the brayer up and returning to the top to do the next "layer" of ink. I do this slowly working my way to the centre of the card.
It is a bit slower going this way, but it is so much easier to add more ink than it is to take the extra off the paper.
So, with the pink, I went to the centre of the paper, and with the red I just did the outer edges. I then stamped my images with pink in the centre, and red along the outside to create the vine like frame. The rest is stamped onto white and cut out and popped up using dimensionals with some small flat back pearls for the centre of the flowers.
This card uses the same brayering technique as described above, but I used perfect plum and elegant eggplant inks.
The stamps are from Lavinia stamps, but everything else is from SU.