I’ve decided to go right back to basics and revisit one of the very first background techniques I ever tried! Elastic Band Brayering!
This is a background that everyone can do because everyone has elastic bands in their house, if you don’t; chances are the local postman has dropped some in the street recently (that’s how I got mine!)
- Thick Elastic Bands
- Brayer – with removable roller (Woodware or Ranger)
- White Card Stock
- Versamark or Embossing Inkpad
- Embossing Powder – Metallic, Clear or White
- Adirondak Colorwash Sprays – any colour (I use them all!)
- Kitchen Towelling
- Remove roller from brayer, take 2 rubber bands, wrap and twist around the roller, spread them out to cover the entire width, re-assemble brayer back together again.
- Place white card onto newspaper, ink brayer with versamark inkpad, randomly roll across the surface of the card. Repeat this step, each time rolling in a different direction. Don’t worry about overlapping as you want to be completely random, continue until you have completely rolled the entire card surface.
- Pour embossing powder over the pattern and heat set. White or clear creates a more traditional faux batik effect. I used gold on some backgrounds, on others I used a white pearl as I wanted a shimmer effect.
- Once cooled; take 1 colourwash spray and lightly mist over the surface of the card, use a sponge to spread the colour across the card and remove all traces of the white card base colour.
- Next take 2-3 different colours of colourwash sprays: stream, wild plum and butterscotch work well together, as do raisin, eggplant and terracotta. Squirt 3-4 times with each colour randomly over the card, you want to have little bursts of colours. Don’t worry about the colours overlapping as they will blend together nicely.
- Heat set inks, once dry take a kitchen towel sheet and rub across the surface of the embossed pattern to remove some of the ink, you can control how much ink you remove with pressure. If you want to completely remove the ink from the embossed areas to create a faux batik effect you can use a moist baby wipe to lift the ink. Your background is complete.
This is an interesting variation of this background which creates a lovely texture.
Follow the directions above from Steps 1 – 3. Once the embossing has cooled; crumple the card into a tight ball, twisting and turning the paper to create lots of creases, don’t worry if some of the embossing flakes off or if by twisting it you break the embossed areas; this is normal. Flatten out the card again, and then apply the inks following the main directions from step 4 onwards above.
This variation will not only create a brayered band resist, but the inks will seep into all the creases and folds in the card and breaks in the embossing to create a more textured background.
Brayed Bands Cards:
We tend to stamp our photo art style stamps in darker ink, which got my thinking what they would look like if they were stamped in light ink. As you can see the results are rather like photo negatives. I really need to experiment with this idea some more but I ran out of time!
- White Glossy Card Stock
- Purple Dye Inkpad (Embossing Arts)
- Heat Gun
- Brilliance Inkpad Snow White (Tsueneko)
- 4 Paper Brads
- Ready Mixed Walnut Inks In Spray Bottle (available from Innovative Stamp Creations)
- Double Sided Tape
- White Matt Card Stock
- Peel Off Sticker Borders (Stampendous)
- Purple Card Blank
Rubber Stamp Used:
- Wedding Photo Art (Hearts In Touch)
1. Brayer purple Inkpad onto glossy card and heat set to dry.
2. Stamp Wedding image onto brayered card using white inkpad, heat set.
3. Pierce 4 holes into card stock and split a brad into each hole.
4. Spray Walnut Ink onto White Matt card stock. Heat set.
5. Tear off section and affix to the front of purple card blank with double sided tape.
6. Layered stamped card stock over the top and affix with double sided tape.
7. Add highlights using gold peel off border stickers.
Your Card Is Complete.
These two tone cards are very simple and easy to make, they look like they are actually made up of 2 layers when in actual fact they are not! The illusion is created by the use of sponging and stamping on different portions of your card front. I used bright vibrant card blanks for this project to create a stark contrast when I sponged over the top of the clear embossing resist.
The beauty of this idea is that you don’t actually have to sponge at all because the two tone effect will take place all by itself by the use of embossing powders!
Try it yourself and see!
- Clear Embossing Powder
- Embossing Ink Pad
- Embossing Heat Tool
- Scrap Paper
- Black Pigment Ink Pad (I used Brilliance)
- Cosmetic Sponges (or stippling brush)
- Dye Ink Pads in colour of your choice – I used Art Print Brown (Memories) and Peeled Paint, Dusty Rose Distress Ink Pads (Ranger)
- Colour Card Blanks in bright colours (I used blue, orange and yellow)
- Embellishments (optional)
Rubber Stamps Used:
- Large Word Background (Judikins)
How To Create:
1. Take your scrap piece of paper and tear it in half, this will be your mask for your embossing on your card blank.
2. Place torn mask over your card blank front so that half of it is covered up. See sample scans for example.
3. Ink your rubber stamp up with the clear embossing stamp, and stamp over the top of your card front – you want to overlap the design slightly on the scrap paper. Continue stamping until the entire exposed card area is stamped.
4. Pour on clear embossing powder and heat to melt.
5. Once embossing powder is cooled, take your sponge and ink it up with your dye inkpad. Rub the sponge over the front of your card blank – there are 2 ways to do this; you can either keep the mask in place and only sponge over the top of the stamped area OR you can sponge over the entire front area of your card blank – theres no rules here and its entirely up to you!
6. Once you are happy with how the front of your card looks, take your scrap paper mask and cover up the area you have already stamped on to protect it.
7. Next stamp on the unstamped area with the black inkpad – you can clear emboss if you wish or not – I did both to test out the different contrasts.
8. Your card is complete, you may add embellishments if you wish.
More Two Tone Cards
Joseph Coat is a Brayering Technique which I think Ive fallen in love with! I love how it can be adapted to use on either gloss or matt card, I even tried it on vellum too! The overall effects are so different depending on the surface you stamp on. Experiment and see for yourself! Be careful you dont get hooked!
* White Card Stock: Matt and Gloss
* Assorted Colour Card Blanks
* Clear Embossing Powder (Stamps n Stuff)
* Heat Tool
* Gold and Silver Leaf Pen (Krylon)
* Versamark Inkpad (Tsukineko)
* Memories Black Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
* Memories Hunter Green Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
* Rainbow Dye Inkpad: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat and Blue Breeze (Clearsnap)
* Adironrack Rainbow Dye Inkpad: Winter Sky (Ranger) (available from: Innovative Stamp Creations)
* Big and Juicy Rainbow Inkpad: Waterfall (Ranger) (available from: Innovative Stamp Creations)
* Tea Dye Distress Dye Inkpad (Ranger) (available from: Innovative Stamp Creations)
* Soft Kitchen Towelling
* Dye Inkpads in: Green and Magenta (Embossing Arts)
* Rubber Brayer
* Paper Trimmer
* Bone Folding Tool
* Double Sided Tape
* Gold Peel Off Corner Stickers (Stampendous)
All Rubber Stamps Used By Innovative Stamp Creations
Joseph Coat Brayering Technique Directions
For reference: I used Gloss Card Stock to create the Dragonfly card seen below. Matt card stock for the Leaf Nature Card seen opposite (left). And Vellum to create the Blue Art card above right. I recommend trying this technique using all 3 different papers so you too can compare the results!
1. Take your sheet of gloss (or matt or vellum) card stock, and brayer over the entire surface using a Rainbow or dye inkpad. Let dry.
2. Stamp image over the top of the brayered background using a clear versamark inkpad (or embossing inkpad), sprinkle over clear embossing powder and heat to melt image.
3. Next brayer over the entire surface of both the brayered background and stamped image using a dark inkpad: Black is good for this. I used ‘Winter Sky’ Adironrak inkpad for this because it was dark and was the shade I was looking for. (I wanted it to be dark, but not black; kinda offblack)
4. Gently rub the stamped image using a soft kitchen towel tissue to remove the ink from the embossed areas of the image itself.
Notice how the brayered card creates a kinda cool reverse resist brayered effect 🙂
Your card is complete.