Last Tuesday, I showed a card with a brayered background. For this edition of Technique Thursday, I thought it would be fun to show you how to make a similar background using the same technique. For my card today, I’m using the Build A Bouquet stamp set, which includes a great little background stamp. You can use this brayered background technique with background stamps, as well as the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Paper (which is pre-embossed in clear.)
To start off, I embossed the background in gold.
I wanted my background to look like wood, so I chose three colors of browns including Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. I started with the darkest color, Early Espresso, and only inked a small portion of my brayer as shown below. Be sure to roll the ink on the brayer thoroughly so it rolls on in a smooth line, without breaks.
I randomly rolled lines across my background. I went back and forth several times to use up the ink and fade the color. For each line, I re-inked my brayer. I purposely inked different sizes of stripes.
Next, I did the same thing, but using Soft Suede ink. This time, I inked wider lines. I tried to leave plenty of white space for the last color.
Finally, I added the Crumb Cake ink. I used a similar technique, but this time, I really tried to fill in all the empty white spaces.
Finally, I used a Kleenex to wipe off the excess ink from my gold embossing. This step is a particularly important when using clear or white embossing, or the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Paper.
For the rest of my card, I used the Bouquet BigZ L Die to cut the flowers and leaves. This die cut is designed to make the pretty paper bouquet on the front of the Occasions Catalog, but it works great for cards too! The coordinating Build a Bouquet stamp set has all sorts of stamps to decorate the flowers and leaves.
I particularly love the die cut that looks like a little gear. That die cut is what I used to make the center of my top flower!!! I ended up cutting out five of those shapes, then I squished them and hot glued them onto the center of the flower. They are so, so pretty!
I sponged the outside edges of my flowers, leaves, flower center, and butterfly; and I worked them with a bone folder prior to adhering them together with a hot glue gun.
The buttons are stacked and tied with Linen Thread.
I just adore the flowers from this Build a Bouquet stamp set and Bouquet BigZ L die! They are gorgous! It’s really fun to think of different color combinations.
The greeting and butterfly are part of the same stamp set.
Supplies used on my card: