Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I have been giving my Brayer a workout over the past week.  As most of you know, my favourite tool is the sponge, with a little Brayer thrown in.  This past week, for me, has been all about making the Brayer the star of the show.  It is a great way to apply a lot of ink to a project fast!  This technique I am calling "Matted Brayer", although there may be another name for it out there in Webland!

I have also used this sample to enter a challenge over at Dynamic Duos.  The challenge is to use Basic Black and River Rock for your project.  So without further ado.........

With Fathers Day fast approaching, it was also a great chance to kill two birds with one stone!  I love the 70's/Retro feel to this card.  Hopefully it will bring back some fun memories of those years for my Dad too!

Of course, no card is finished without the artwork on the inside. 

Want to know how I did this?  I bet you do!!  I must admit that this card was purely experimental, as I have'nt seen another example anywhere. That's not to say it hasn't been done before, I just haven't found any samples!  I am hoping to get a tutorial together for you when I find some time, so stay tuned!!


  1. Wow! This is awesome! Can't wait to see how it's done :)

  2. Love it - super funky I can imagine it in super bright colours too. Can't wait to hear/see how you do it.

  3. Love your funky modern take on our colors ~ fun card! Thanks for playing along with us at Dynamic Duos!

  4. WOW, das ist ja eine ausgefallene Karte, gefällt mir super!
    LG Sabine

  5. I would love to see a tutorial for this card - it is stunning!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Dynamic Duos!

  6. Wow - that is spectacular. I'm sure your Dad will love this.

  7. Such an interesting techy! You are amazing, Paula! Hugs xxx

  8. Such a cool card, Paula! Love the geometrical design and I would love to see a tutorial on how you created the look. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Dynamic Duos! :)

  9. Still trying to figure out the process. :) Is it a resist or embossing on top of the brayering? Almost looks like die cuts on top of the background. Love it!

    1. I hate to say it, but none of your guesses are right, lol. To put it simply, it was a lot of masking. I never did get around to creating a tutorial, did I?!

    2. No, sadly you didn't! :) :) Or should that be :( :( LOL! As I said in one of my comments, I have gone through every post that came after this one and never saw the tutorial. Maybe you'll still do one??? :) :) I'm also wondering what "matted brayering" means (I think that's the term you used).

      I had not had time to be back for a few days, but I've gone through your blog archives from 2012 to the present so far. Will be starting on 2011 ASAP. :)

    3. Colorado Crafter, if you end up back in 2009, you will really see my journey as a crafter develope to what it is now. We all have to start somewhere, lol. I used a lot of post-it note masks with this card. I started with a Vanilla card base, punched some squares, and frames from posit-it notes, and then began layering them, while brayering colour on the card. Adding a couple more masks, then adding more colour. Starting with a light colour and ending with a dark one. Hope this helps.

    4. Thanks so much for the explanation, Paula. Just sitting here reading it and looking at your card, I'm not sure I totally follow, but maybe if I make some masks and try it, it would all fall into place. It is such a cool card.

      And yes... that is my plan to work my way back to 2009 where you started. I enjoy seeing your cardmaking style so much that I want to see it all... from the beginning. I subscribe to a lot of other card maker's blogs and look at lots of stuff all over the Internet, but it all seems the same to me anymore. Everyone has to have the same stamps and the same dies because they are the new thing so everyone's cards look just the same.

      I have not bought any SU products in a while, but I was a hobby demo for a few years so I have a lot of stamps from then, so besides your style, I enjoy seeing how you used the stamps I own. Too many of them have not been used so I need to finally make cards with them. I've been in a slump for a while now... no motivation to create. It has been so hot lately that all I want to do is sit in front of a fan and it's a little hard to work with paper, etc. with a fan blowing it all around! LOL!

    5. Don't give up. Keep looking at inspiration and your mojo will come back! Yes, I guess as SU demos we do use the same stamps, so projects do look alike. Unfortunately it is the nature of the beast when you work with such a big company. I like to try and find something unique that no one else is doing, but that is hard sometimes :-)

    6. Actually, I meant all the "other" blogs I read that are not Stampin' Up being all the same. Everyone seems to want stamps and dies from the same popular companies and only the very newest products that just came out. All their cards end up being pretty much the same style. Stamp something - cut it out with a matching die - maybe slosh some watercolor on the card - add a sentiment that is done in parts - etc. etc. etc. LOL! But, you're right... I used to subscribe to several SU demo's blogs and of course, they are always showcasing what they need to sell from active catalogs, so it's not any different from all the other companies. LOL!

      But, all that said, that's why I enjoy looking at cards by more creative card makers like you. With all your sponging and brayering, while you may be using the same stamps as tons of other SU demos, your cards are different and more creative. I'm just happy that I came upon your blog recently. I needed a spurt of creativity and inspiration. I'm sure there are others out there in blogland that would be helpful with that... but what we find as we surf around the web is all by chance and I just had not been coming across any real unique things lately until I found your blog.

      I've been buzzing through 2011 lately. That may be about when I became a hobby demo so other than a few used sets I've purchased on ebay, I may not see many more stamps that I own, but I don't care only about that. The style, techniques and inspiration can be channeled into cards using different stamps and products. My major problems in my card making is that I am a total perfectionist and I'm not happy unless every single one of my cards has some sort of "WOW factor". I need to just make them for the joy of doing it and not always be so worried about the final result. As I've heard some crafters say... it is just paper and it can be tossed if it doesn't work out. :)

      Thanks so much for our little conversation, Paula. I used to travel quite a bit and one of my big dreams was to visit your part of the world, but that doesn't look very likely anymore. But, it is nice that we can "meet" friends from all around the world via our computer just because of our hobby.


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