Monday, 23 May 2011

Embossing, Brayer and Sponging

Hi again,

It is so dreary here today I thought I'd try to warm up by doing some warm coloured cards. 

Those of you who follow my blog will know I have a penchant for brayering - yep! I looooove it. Sometime it doesn't look quite how I intend it to look, but that is part of the charm - a little serendipity adds to the creative outcome and often leads us down a different path to what we intended. 

The jac-inks Challenge #9 is to use Warm Colours. 

I know it goes against common knowledge but there are such things as warm blues, greens and purples. (I learned this is a pastel painting class at the School of Art here in Canberra) So it didn't feel wrong to include a bit of "warm " purple in the sky.

I started the card by embossing in black the foliage from the gorgeous "Nature Walk" set by Stampin' Up! Then I punched the moon shape using the 4.4 mm Circle Punch out of a sticky note, and I tore some thin writing paper to use as the masks for the clouds. 

I used my brayer over the top of the masks and embossed images, starting with Daffodil Delight, followed by Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and Perfect Plum. 

Next, to form the clouds I started to move the mask on different angles and sponge with Daffodil Delight and Real Red

Finally,  I inked up the butterfly image and the greeting with Versa Mark and embossed them in black. The strong colours on the wings are achieved by colouring with Stampin' Write Markers.

This card started out much larger, but has been trimmed to improve the composition. 

Matting with a tiny edge of black card, and raising with dimensionals over cream card adds the lift needed to give this card a bit of impact. And who can pass by the delightful finish brads give to any project. This time I kept them simple black and small, but they do help to take the eye around the entire composition.

I hope you enjoy the card, and you'll pop on over to jac-inks to see a variety of creations using warm colours. We'd love you to participate too if you have some current warm coloured projects.

Until next time

Stay Crafty!


  1. Stunning card. Love the colors and layers. Very cool techniques..

  2. What vibrant colors OMG,,,,,very well done,,,,,,,

  3. Wow This is just a stunning card Ann- just lovely in every way.

  4. Very stunning card! Had to come to your blog to see how you did it!


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