Sunday, 7 November 2010

How To Blend With A Brayer...... Part Three.

 Hi, this is the last part of 'How To Blend With A Brayer'....Huh! who said thank gawd for that?

I've  received hundreds of emails (well a couple) from Speedball brayer owners who have been following the posts and they have succeeded in beautiful blending!
Most rewarding to know you can understand what I am talking about cos sometimes I get in a muddle and I am writing the blooming thing.

Now....before I take you into the land of part three I just need a little word with....VAL!

Val is good friend ( or was ) and we both attended a crop on Saturday in Faversham. I had the most super time ...thanks for your company ladies.

I digress....Val told me how she had enjoyed reading these posts. I was flattered, not for long through!

"Yes" said Val  "I found that if I kept a pin beside me I was fine"  "A PIN ! what the heck is that for " said I  "Well" she replied  "When I found I was NODDING OFF I stuck the pin in my hand, woke up and carried on reading your blog"..... I sobbed!

 Get yer pin ready Val cos here comes another 'chapter'!

At the top of this post is the card I finished at the crop yesterday with the blended background of Adirondack inks, a stamped swirl, a few poppies and a white gel pen to doodle with.

Today I swapped my Speedball brayer for one of my other brayers with the hard plastic roller.

Using a Rainbow Vivid dye ink pad and Glossy Card stock I have produced the two small backgrounds shown here.

I stamped some white glossy card with a Clarity Stamp and Versamark ink, then loaded the brayer, taking care not to run the colours into each other and without taking any excess ink off I ran the roller over the card (this is the orange/yellow card)

I used a fairly light touch to begin with, then applied more pressure as I loaded up the brayer with more ink to add other layers.  Some kitchen roll was then employed to 'polish' the card, this removes any excess ink and reveals the  leafy swirl image ...this is called the Resist Technique.

On the blue card the process is the same, except, I heat embossed the image after stamping with the Versamark ink and covering it with white embossing powder. Again it needed a polish.

Well, that's it ...I hope it has been of some use to you.

Val, I hope you have a plaster cos blood on your cards is 'not a good look'!

Thanks for dropping by today...Wedding cards later this week. Please visit again if you can.
Vivid ink pad link!
Eileen xx


  1. Eileen thanks ever so much for this tutorial...such clear instructions, i have done some before but not that good but you have give me some good pointers and i really appreciate it :o)
    hugs and xxx

  2. Got that! I think, but can you use the speedball for this as I dont have the other type, Havnt had a chance to try it out, but hope to, soon. Really enjoyed this and had no probs staying awake. Mary x P.S. check out my blog there is something for Daisy.

  3. Ahh thanks for the thanks ladies..XXx Yes you can do both techniques with the glossy card and the speedball Mary ...I just found the 'harder' brayer worked better on glossy but was naff for more subtle blending! Going over to look at your blog now XX

  4. These tutorials are perfect - going to finally break out my speedball (if I can find it!!!) Where did you get those great inkpads from? Have googled but no results.

  5. Hi Carole...I have posted a link to ...that's where I got the ink pads from ....Thanks for your comment I am so pleased when people can follow my posts! xx

  6. Lovely indeed - great colour combos, Eileen. I love this method too, and only have one long suffering Speedball...I really appreciate your detail and dont need any pins to keep me awake reading them!! Think your friend must like a stir! :) Shaz.x

  7. Hi Eileen,

    Thanks for your generosity sharing that information - I think I might have been going wrong trying to build up a layer with only one colour - looks like I need some more inks and to spend some time a blending ;)

    much appreciated, Wendy (I was v excited to see my card published among the winning entries - just need to figure out how to make some decent pennies from all this crafting stuff in a couple of years time when Timothy starts school and I'll be home and dry!!)

  8. The blue card is so striking in its simplicity of design - the mark of a truly beautifully crafted card. Thanks for all your hints and tip so generously given.

  9. Thankyou so much for taking the time to do these tutorials. I fell out with my brayer last week but I'm going to have another go this weekend.

    I do love the resist technique you have used, the cards are beautiful!

    Ger x.

  10. Hi, l am on Morphine for my sciatica and that slows the brain so it could be me, but l dont understand how you got just two orange colours from that multi coloured pad? I expected when l first saw it that the card was going to b a rainbow colour! But lm feeling a bit silly writing this cos everyone else seemed to understand how it worked! Help! I think lm slipping into an opiate oblivion!!!

  11. the colour 'strips' unclick to make them single lol E xx

  12. Oh l see, thanks Eileen xx How l wish l could come to your workshops 8(
    Saw what your class have done and its quite something!


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