Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

One of the many advantages of living close to family is that you don't have to worry about getting things (like Mother's Day cards, for example) done and in the mail in time to arrive by or before "the day." I made cards for my mom and my mother in law this afternoon.

This scene features the "Brayered Sky" technique, and I used both my brayer and Stampin' Write Markers to create the unique background.

1. Card base is Sage Shadow (standard size). Basic Black mat is 3 7/8" x 5 3/8". I like to use Glossy White with my brayer; the main image panel measures 4" x 5 1/3".

2. To create the multi-colored background, I used lots of different Stampin' Write Markers directly on my brayer. You'll see Soft Suede, More Mustard, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Yoyo Yellow, to name a few. After inking horizontal and vertical lines, I huffed on the brayer, and then started rolling. The more you roll, the more the colors blend. In my finished product, you still get the general feel of the original markings. I actually did a second layer of ink, with some less intense colors, to fill in behind some of the areas.

3. That fabulously elegant rose branch is from Elements of Style stamp set, out of Stampin' Up!'s new Summer Mini Catalog. I got the clear mount set, which costs a bit less. To mount the largest stamp, I purchased the Clear Block "E."

If you'd like to try your hand at this card, please join us on Friday May 21 for my Technique Club meeting. Just let me know that you're interested, and I'll forward the details.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

1 comment:

  1. I love that brayered sky, Sarah, it's fabulous! The Elements of Style branch is perfect too, of course. I haven't ever done Brayered Sky before, wish I could come on the 21st.