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50 Ways to Love Your Brayer - Word Document Version

50 Ways to Love Your Brayer - Word Document Version

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Published by Jean Fitch
Links and 50+ ideas for using a Brayer in rubber stamping with Stampin' Up!
Links and 50+ ideas for using a Brayer in rubber stamping with Stampin' Up!

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Published by: Jean Fitch on Sep 19, 2010
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50 Ways to Love Your Brayer
(Originally created by Boni Boutelle over 12 years ago then added to and updated by a multitude of others)
(And yes the title was intentionally meant to evoke the song...lol!)
Stripes: using markers, make stripes on your brayer (this works best if youlie it on its back and turn the roller while holding the marker) all the wayaround until the beginning and ending stripe meet. Roll brayer across yourpaper in whatever direction you desire.
Squiggles (technical term): Repeat the same process as for Stripes butmake wavy lines instead of straight ones.
Confetti/Dots/Raindrops: Randomly make marks on your brayer with yourmarker (you can use different colors) all over the entire roller. Then rollaway.
Plaids: Same as with the markers for Stripes except criss-cross pattern.
Plaids: You could also outline the stripes for your plaids with the smaller tipof your marker to make the plaid/stripes stand out more.
Plaids: Rainbow/Kaliedacolor plaids are made with the brayer being rolledover a KC pad several times then brayering over your paper. Repeat asnecessary for the desired depth of color and surface coverage. Then repeatthe process in the opposite direction.
KC Backgrounds: Same as above just don't create a plaid design. Thisworks great for those scenery/landscape cards.
Reverse/mirror Image: Color your stamp, rubber side up and roll thebrayer over the image several times, then roll over your paper (works greatwith trees, flowers etc). You can also add this technique to the above KCbackgrounds for a great scenic card.
Mirror Image: If you have an image that you want to face each other saythe Pig from Farm Fun… you would brayer over the stamp like above and thenroll onto your paper then stamp the original pig image nose to nose with thefirst.
Kissing: Brayer over a background stamp like Pindot Plaids then use yourother stamps like the Seasonal Solid and stamp onto the background stamp
then stamp onto your card stock - your solid stamp now has a design and youhave just multiplied your uses of one set.
Ghosting: Stamp an image on your card (say the Snowflake from the"Snowflake" set) several times in clear embossing ink. (DO NOT EMBOSS)Then brayer over your invisible images with regular dye pad and yoursnowflakes will start to appear.
Resist: Works best with glossy paper. You will need to choose your resistmedium; ink, wax or other. I tried with the metallic pens. You color on theglossy card stock with the pens in any way, or pattern you choose then youuse the same technique as the ghosting by brayering over with a differentcolor. The pattern that you drew or colored will not let the brayered inkabsorb through the card stock therefore comes the "resist". (This categorycould actually count for about 10 different ways to love your brayer as youare only limited by your imagination on what you choose as your resistmedium)Others to try:
oil colored pencils (work best with regular matte finished papers);
wax paper;
metallic pens;
resist ink;
emboss ink (try the emboss pens to write a hidden message);
rubber cement;
masking fluid;
white out/correction pen;
Gel pens;
wax resist sticks;
Deka paint (for fabric - much harder to do).
Another "Resist" able technique: crumple a piece of wax paper; iron (onhottest setting/no steam) wax paper onto white card stock (be sure to use anadditional sheet of card stock between the wax paper and iron); press foronly 2-3 seconds - this will transfer the wax to both sheets of card stock (if you iron too long the wax will be absorbed into the paper) Ink your brayerand then brayer over card stock. The brayer will resist laying color where thewas paper has left its design (makes a great background paper)
Another variation to the above is to use your stylus tool and with the waxpaper on the card stock use the tip of your stylus to write your own messageor draw your own design - brayer over to reveal your design or message.
Use your brayer for those big background stamps to get an all overinking.
You could also use the same technique as above for those bigger solidimages that you want to emboss. Brayer over the image with the embosspad for an even/smoother finish.
Put a piece of cheesecloth down and brayer over the cheesecloth for adifferent effect.
Try the same as above with lace doilies.
Bubble wrap
Brayer over a leaf (two ways to do this: place card stock over leaf orother nature finds and bring out the textured surfaces below; or use thereverse/mirror image technique to pick up the pattern of your nature find.)
Joseph's Coat: Brayer with a KC pad and cover the entire area of yourcard (glossy works best). Emboss your image with clear embossingpowder/ink on top of the area colored (this technique works best with themore solid image stamps like the tent from Roughin It or the Kids Prints).Then ink your brayer with Black or Navy (the darker the better) and cover theentire card again with this new color. Let the overcoat of ink dry, then buff the card with a paper towel to remove excess ink. What happens is that yourKC color will then shine through. Just think of a great landscape card withstars in the sky and trees) WOW!!

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