Monday, 18 February 2008

Brayered Birthday Wishes

I've been admiring Michelle Zindorf's work with a brayer, both on Splitcoaststampers and the Cornish Heritage Farms gallery. I remembered using something similar as a kid when I made a lino block for Christmas cards one year and Dad let me use a "roller thingy" to apply the gloopy printer's ink.

Sure enough, Dad can be relied upon not to have got rid of such things and I've borrowed the brayer - thanks Dad! It's probably half a century old but it still does the job!

Not easy, this brayering lark but after a lot of faffing about trying different cardstock and rolling actions, I think I might be getting somewhere.



Supplies: Adirondack Willow, Tim Holtz Distress Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters, Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink Dark Brown, brayer, Single Black Eyed Susan (CHF), sentiment words from HOTP set, Prismacolor pencils, French curve template, fine point brown marker, sewing machine, acrylic nailart gems.

Because I wanted longer stems at a different angle than the stamp, I stuck tape over the stem when I inked up and just stamped the flower head. Then I used a French curve template and drew in stems with a fine brown marker.

I was inspired to do a green background to fit with Claudia's blog challenge to create something using your favourite colour. My favourite colour varies from time to time but I always seem to gravitate back to greens, especially soft or olivey tones.

Thanks for dropping by - hope your day is a good one!

22 comments:

Kathy said...

This is such a lovely card, and you've put soooo much work into it.
I hate it when someone says "what's your favouite colour?" because it changes depending on my mood

Lesley said...

Lovely card - I love daisies. I haven't tried brayering yet - it's on my 'list'!! xx

andrea said...

Lovely card,well done on brayering :)
xxxx

Mee said...

Simply STUNNING!!!!

Etha said...

oh that's stunning!!! love the white flowers, so clean looking and your stem creativity!! cool!

Janice said...

OMG Joanne, Lino prints - that brings back memories of Primary school. They would never let kids today loose with those gouging tools we used to use, I loved it.

What is a French curve template? Sorry, I just realised I haven't even said that I like your card - it is lovely as usual.

Janice X

Jules {Creative Makes} said...

Oooh you clever thing, that is gorgeous!

Hels said...

What a beautiful card this is...love the design and the brayering looks fab! Hels x

Emma said...

Wow - this card is amazing.

made by fifi said...

that is so gorgeous - i love it xx

Angie C said...

Lovely card and great brayering

Linda Elbourne said...

I love it - it truly is rather beautiful X

Janice said...

Thanks for the link to the French Curve thingy. I must get one of those - art shops I would imagine. I'll have a mooch on google and see what I can find.

Janice

Claudia said...

absolutely stunning.
i so can relay you making a card because of michelles brayered bg.
iam a big fan of her work but i never was brave enough to really try.
wonderful wonderful work.
thank you for playing.
claudia

Glitter Monkey said...

This is a really lovely colour. I too struggle with my brayer but I hate being beaten and keep going back to it. Those daisies are gorgeous! Lol x

Jozza said...

Wow I love this card! Green is my fave colour and you've done a great job! Love the flowers too :-)

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

Joanne this is stunning! Visiting your blog is always so inspirational!

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Lovely card Joanne! You have certainly got the hang of brayering.

Sadie B said...

This is wonderful

Enfys said...

Great job on the brayering - I have problems with this tool too. This looks great.

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Ok now this one is simply GORGEOUS...you make these flowers come to life like no other!

Silvergirl said...

I love these daisies in the field of green! Your brayering is wonderful!!! I need lessons. I'm brayer inept.

lise