Thursday, January 14, 2010

Don't Be Baffled By A Brayer....A Close To My Heart Product Spotlight Blog Hop!

It's Blog Hop Time! The "CTMH Product Spotlight" Blog Hop promises to be exciting and inspirational. The 15th of each month this talented group of crafters will be highlighting a different Close To My Heart product. As a mentioned in my last post, sketches are a great way to complete your projects in a quick and easy manner. This Blog Hop is featuring the CTMH book called "Imagine." The book is packed with scrapbook layouts and tips to help you complete your design "faster, simpler, easier."


If you got here from Tracy's Blog, you are on the right track. Isn't her work wonderful... "Imagine" is a great book. The variety of sketches, the examples the tips are second to none. For this hop, I chose the layout called Sweet Symphony. It is a 2 page spread that includes 3 4 x 6 and 4 3 x 3 inch photos. I had so much fun completing this layout. I don't scrapbook enough and have sooooo many pictures. In the middle '90's, when my Mom was still healthy enough to travel, we would leave the "boys" at home and head off for an week long trip somewhere around the county. What fun we had. I wanted to do a few special things for such a special layout and here it is...



This is National Papercrafting Month so I just had to use CTMH's special kit completed just for the event. It is called Felicity and the colors of Sorbet, Barn Red and Twilight were just perfect for the desert pictures. The kit includes a great stamp set with both images and an alphabet, several B&T Duos papers and instructions on completing your own cards and layouts. I did a few special things in the layout. First off, notice the hemp on the bottom of the first page and at at the top of the second page. One of my goals for the layout was to enhance the feel of the rustic desert. I chain stitched the hemp for texture.


The other special technique that I used on this layout was brayering. A brayer, you know that hard rubber roller thingie that is in the back of the Idea Book? It adds wonderful look to your projects. Don't be baffled by its use....here is a quick and simple lesson on using a brayer....

Collect your supplies. For the purpose of this tutorial, I used a 3 x 6 inch sheet. On the layout I actually used strips that measured 3 x 12 inches. The colors used are Bamboo, Sorbet, Barn Red and Twilight. I selected these colors because I wanted to mimic the colors of desert and and sky. Make sure that you have scrap paper to work on.



Load the ink on your brayer. Always start will the lightest color. IMPORTANT...only roll the roller in one direction. If you load the ink in a back and forth motion you will get streaks of ink that will transfer to your work.





Begin applying the ink to the paper. Start by rolling on the scrap paper and slowly move toward the project paper. You can see this if you look closely at the scrap paper in the picture. Now it is time to roll back and forth. Do so quickly and lightly. Make sure that you go off the paper on both the top and the bottom of your work. This will avoid choppy marks.




I applied bamboo ink on both sides of the paper. If you look closely you can see that the ink is heavier on the edges. That is because the ink moves from the brayer to the paper and as you roll inward the brayer runs out of ink. Also look closely and you will see lines. This is due to the grain of the paper and can't be avoided. These lines add to the dimension of your work.




Next, load your brayer with the next lightest color...in this case Sorbet. Apply the ink in the same quick back and forth motion. Remember to start rolling off the project paper and roll your way to your project. Apply the ink on only one side and only 1/2 way up the paper. This begins to for the desert landscape.





Oh...That's Bombay...my kitten....she wants to learn how to brayer, too!





Now repeat the process with the next color....in this case, Barn Red.








Now it is time to complete the sky. Load the brayer remembering to roll in one direction. Lay down the Twilight ink on the edge that only has the bamboo ink. See how the effect of a desert is created? Now look at a close up of the brayered pieces on the full layout.







It's time to hop on over to Mary's Blog and check out her wonderful work using a layout from the Imagine book. For Now, Happy Crafting!

8 comments:

Wendy K. said...

Thank you for the brayer tutorial. Awesome layout, the colors are perfect for Nevada and that chained hemp is neat too!

Barbara said...

You're inspiring me to use my brayer...I have one but haven't used it yet..lol...your lay out and colors are so pretty..great work!

Carol said...

AWESOME LAYOUT!!!!!! I love those colors for Nevada. Thanks for the brayer instructions

Melissa said...

Wow! The chain stitching is very cool!

Tracy said...

This is gorgeous!

Jenifer Benner said...

LOVE LOVE the brayer tutorial! The layout is gorgeous!!!

Haley D. said...

Beautiful layout! I love the chain stitching. Thank you so much for the brayer tutorial. I need to work with mine more.

Goofy Scrapper said...

I really like that paper selection with your photos!