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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
  • Newspaper
  • Adirondak Colorwash Sprays – any colour (I use them all!)
  • Sponge
  • Kitchen Towelling


  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Textured Variation:

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.

Background Samples:

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!

Supplies Used

  • White Glossy Card Stock
  • Brayer
  • 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.

Black Gloss card should have been made solely for the use of pearl ex powdered pigments! They are literally a marriage made in heaven; like a horse and carriage they were made for each other!

You can use any kind of powdered pigments for this technique: Moon Glow, Perfect Pearls, Fairy Dust, Powdered Pearls etc etc. The dark gloss cards makes these powdered pigments literally shimmer and shine. When you move them in the natural daylight they look almost holographic.

Read on for details on how you can create cards using this technique.

    Supplies Used

  • Black or Dark Colour Gloss Card Stock
  • White Matt and Gloss Card Stock
  • Soft Paint Brush
  • Versamark Inkpad (Tsukineko)
  • Pearl Ex Pigments: Red Russet, Silver, Brilliant Gold, True Blue, Spring Green, Misty Lavender and Pearl White (US Art Quest)
  • Soft Kitchen Tissue Paper
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Innovative Stamp Creations

Pearl Ex Resist Technique Directions

For this technique you need to use a clear versamark inkpad (any clear embossing inkpad will suffice) Because the card you are stamping on is glossy, the versamark inkpad will never dry on its own. So therefore you can take your time with this technique and dont need to rush. You can repeat stamp using smaller images to make up a large background, see the Leafy Background card I created top right for example.

1. Stamp image onto dark gloss card stock.

2. Using a dry paint brush, dip your brush into the pearl ex colours of your choice and sprinkle over the surface of your card stock.

I like to sprinkle on approximatly 3 – 4 different pearl ex colours to the surface.

3. Using the brush gently move and blend the pearl ex colours together and dust them over the actual wet stamped outlines of the stamp you have just stamped. The powder will stick to the stamped image. Tap off excess powder and set aside to dry.

4. Once dry, ball up a soft tissue, and gently rub the tissue over the surface of the card. This will remove all the excess pearl ex powders.

You dont need to spray with fixative as the versamark inkpad acts as a sealer itself. However if you are going to handle the image a lot, you might want to spray fixative to protect it.

Your Pearl Ex Resist Technique Image is now complete and ready for assembling onto a card.

See scans for examples of layering techniques.

General Supplies Used On All Cards Shown On This Page:

  • White Card Stock: Matt and Gloss
  • Printed Gift Wrap Vellum
  • Assorted Colour Card Blanks
  • Gold Leaf Pen (Krylon)
  • Memories Black Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Memories Hunter Green Permanent Inkpad (Stewart Superior)
  • Sponges for DTP
  • Dye Inkpads: Kaliedacolour Desert Heat(Clearsnap)
  • Tea Dye Distress Dye Inkpad (Ranger) (available from: Innovative Stamp Creations)
  • Dye Inkpads in: Red, Shocking Pink, Pacific Blue, Green, Salmon Pink, Magenta and Yellow. (Embossing Arts)
  • Rubber Brayer
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folding Tool
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Gold Peel Off Stickers: Words, Borders, Brads and Eyelets (Stampendous)
  • All Rubber Stamps Used By Innovative Stamp Creations

    What I love so much about the Faux Batik Technique is how wonderful the colours always are in the finished pieces. I am such a lover of handmade backgrounds and love nothing better than to sit and play with different inks and mediums and let the colours do the work all by themselves. What I love best about this technique is how you can see all the gorgeous handmade fibers in the mulberry paper, even after you have added all the inks!

    Faux Batik allows artists of any skill level to sit and play with colour, and create a masterpiece!

    Traditionally Batik is created on sheets of Indian silk; a tool is used to draw patterns onto the silk using clear wax which acts as a wonderful resist. Wherever there is wax on the silk sheet, the dye cannot penetrate, giving the artist free reign to create wonderful pieces of resist art in their silk sheets. Once the wax itself has dried, the silk pieces are dipped into silk dyes to create a wonderful backdrop of colour. Once dried, the wax is removed using a heat process to reveal a wonderful resist object d’art!

    That’s a little history about the traditional method, now I will explain about the Faux Batik method which stampers of any skill level can re-create using tools and equipment found in every stampers tool box.

    Tools Needed To Create Faux Batik Art:

    White Mulberry Paper: If you don’t have it you could substitute with white tissue paper or any pale handmade papers.
    A Spray Bottle filled with water

    Clear Versamark Embossing Ink Pad By Tsukineko: If you don’t have one you can use any generic embossing inkpad for this technique

    Clear Embossing Powder: I used Stamps N Stuff, again substitute using the brand name you do have.

    Artists Paint Brush

    Posh Impressions Rainbow Inks: I used the Floral Brights set, you can substitute using your preferred colours. If you do not own Posh Impressions inks you can use any Artist Ink Mediums. For example inks by Daler Rowney or Winstor and Newton work well for this technique.

    Embossing Heat Tool

    Ordinary Household Iron

    Sheet of Plastic to protect your work surface with

    Plain Unprinted Newspaper or Blotting Paper

    Baby Wipes or a glass of clear water for cleaning your paint brush out with

    Creating Faux Batik Art:

    First of all before you begin; completely protect your work surface with sheets of clear plastic (I use cheap food bags for this purpose and bin liners) This technique can get messy to better to protect against accidents.

    Before I began adding colour to my sheets of mulberry paper, I tore the large sheet into smaller manageable sized sheets. To do this I dip a brush in clear water, and paint along the mulberry paper with the water where I want to tear the sheet. The water softens the paper and allows me to tear the sheet cleanly to create a nice feathery edge.

    Once you have got the mulberry paper the size you want it, you need to stamp it! I find it best to use stamps which are bold and don’t have too much fine detail in them.

    Stamp onto the mulberry sheet using a clear embossing inkpad, sprinkle on embossing powder and immediately apply heat from the heat gun to emboss the image.

    Take an extra sheet of plastic, and squirt a tiny puddle of Rainbow Inks in the colours you wish to use onto the plastic; this will act as your artist palette.

    Place embossed mulberry paper onto plastic covered work surface.
    Next soak with entire surface of the mulberry paper with water from the spray gun.

    Dip your brush into any colour of your choice from your handmade artist palette and working quickly brush the ink over the entire surface. Apply as many different colours as desired until you are happy with how it looks. Remember to clean your brush between colour changes!

    Carefully lift your sheet of ink soaked mulberry paper and place it onto a sheet of unprinted newspaper or blotting paper. Apply heat from an embossing heat gun to dry the inks.

    Once the inks have dried; place another sheet of newspaper or blotting paper over the top of the sheet of mulberry paper. Turn on your iron onto cotton setting, let it warm up first. Then quickly iron over the surface. The embossed image will start to soak through the surface of the newspaper. Once it has done that, carefully remove the newspaper from the mulberry paper.

    Notice how the embossed image is shiny no more! All of the clear embossing powder has been removed and soaked into the newspaper! The image on the mulberry paper now resembles that of traditional silk batik art!

    That’s how easy it is to create Faux Batix!

    Tips For Using Inks On Faux Batik Backgrounds

    You get a more striking contrast if you use darker ink colours over area of the embossed image.

    Do not use too many colours on one faux batik background as you will end up with a muddy colour. Try to go for 2 or 3 colours. Choose colours which compliment each other; for example hot pink, blue and magenta, green and yellow and magenta.

    Draw a line of colour around the entire edge of the mulberry paper to create a ‘frame’ of colour around your artwork!

    Do not be afraid to experiment with colour combinations and movement with the brush. You can splash the paint on, swirl it, squirt on more water, drip the paint and generally go wild playing with the colours!

    Faux Batik is a fun technique where there are no rules and everyone can be an artist! I hope you have as much fun creating them as I did!

    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!

    Supplies Used

    * White Card Stock: Matt and Gloss
    * Vellum
    * 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.