Use brayers (also known as art rollers) to make unique card and scrapbook page backgrounds that your non-crafting friends and family might very well find stunning! You need never tell them how easy it is to make these types of lovely landscapes if you don't want to. I'll show you how I made a landscape of the sunlit sea with the silhouette of a ship gliding by below.
But what is a brayer, I hear some of you asking? You can learn more about using them and also about a couple of other interesting stamping techniques you can use with them first, then come back to try out the landscaping technique shown on this page if you like. Or just start here and try the other techniques later!
But first, here's a beautiful seascape card made by my friend Shirley. She followed directions I gave her in a little class we did about using brayers in this way and came up with a lovely card, don't you think? She is a wonderful crafter though so I am sure she also used her own artistic eye!
Here's another wonderful card using the same techniques and supplies, this time as made by my friend Trish. She is also a lovely crafter and allowed me to borrow her skills to see how well my instructions worked.
I think her ship looks like it is riding in a storm or foggy weather. Her touch is uniquely different to mine, as is yours. Her imagination is also unique, as is yours, What she wanted for her card was a little different than what I wanted for mine:
See how differently my friend's card turned out, using the same ink pads, instructions, stamps and brayers? You will no doubt put your uniqueness into your own cards when you start making landscapes with brayers too.
Now let's get to the instructions.
First, gather the following:
NOTE: Substitute any supplies you do not have such as ink colours and stamp sets for what you DO have in your own stash. This technique works whether you have exact supplies or not. Choose colours that say 'water' to youm and a stamp that says 'things that should be on water'.
First, make your Top Note or other main image shape and adhere it to a piece of printer paper with the repositionable glue or the tape. Ink up your brayer with Daffodil Delight and lay colour down on the left hand side of the paper.
out a 1 3/4" circle from the printer paper and temporarily adhere it to
your cardstock where you want the sun to be. Use repositionable glue,
or you can actually use a Post It note instead if you have them.
using a clean brayer, ink it up with your lightest blue and roll it
over most of the background, including over the yellow ink.
Next take your second darkest blue and add some to the edges of your sky and water. Take a deeper 'bite' so the colour spreads across about 1/3 of the background all around.
Next, leaving your sun masked, lay a piece of printer paper across the sky to cover it up, leaving a straight line to form your horizon. Tape it down to the background printer paper so it won't move while you ink up the horizon.
Choose your darkest colour of blue and drag the brayer down vertically, just adding enough colour to make a thickish line (don't cover up the pretty blues in the ocean entirely though).
Add some more dark blue to the bottom of your sea and to the edges of it.
Now remove just the sun mask, leaving the horizon mask in place. Use your second darkest colour to blend the yellow of the sun into the water.
Remove the horizon mask, adjust the sky with more ink colours if you wish
WARNING: Avoid running over your now exposed yellow sun with a new colour of ink!
Then stamp your ship in Versamark and emboss it in black. Add flying birds with the black journaling pen by hand, then add whitecap squiggles with your white gel pen.
There are more example of this technique on my Pintrest board, if you want some more inspiration.
There. I hope you have now made a lovely seascape with your brayers. And if you have, please show me below:
Do you make greeting cards? Please do share it with me.
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