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Caution! Brayer Novice At Work!

Published February 27, 2010 by isisimaginings

I’m beginning to sound like a worn-out record, (pre-CDs to those too young to remember!), but where is the time going?? I cannot believe that my last post was eight days ago. It truly was not my intention to leave it this long, but the past week has not been without its stresses & right now I have a very strong desire to change my name & disappear. Anyway, on to nicer things…

Tuesday was the best day of the week for me. It was Craft Day on QVC & the TSV came from the brilliant Tim Holtz. It was his new book ‘Compendium of Curiosities’, together with a distress ink, crackle paint, distress Stickles, Glossy & Sepia Accents & tools. And I got them all as an early birthday present from Jen!! The TSV arrived on Thursday afternoon & I immediately sat down to look through the book. It is terrific! Tim gives clear & concise instructions on how to achieve his grungy/distressed look, along with great photos. There’s a guide to his range of inks, paints, stamps, etc., a page for your own notes & at the very end, pics of some of Tim’s new creations & they are stunning. If you’ve always wanted to attempt Tim’s techniques, then I highly recommend this book. I’ve already got a few ideas brewing & hopefully, tomorrow I will send the day creating.The Craft Day itself was one of the best QVC as had in a long time. There were other guest designers, including:

Claudine Hellmuth

Lindsay Mason
Rachel Greig

& they gave us some fantastics hints & tips.

I was very smart & remembered to write down the various techniques that I liked the look off, especially Lindsay’s. Rachel Greig was a new name to me. She is an Australian photographer, who has created rubber stamps from some of wonderful images. I was SO tempted by them, but I managed to restrain myself. 🙂 While I watched, I made six Easter cards & one birthday card, which I will show you in a later post.

Now to the main topic of this post. I bought a brayer AGES ago & then was afraid to use it. 🙂 Don’t ask me why, I have no clue. Finally, a few weeks ago, I decided it was time I stopped being an idiot. The postcards in this post are my first atte

I used masking tape around the edges of glossy card to create the border. The images were stamped with Versamark, covered in white embossing powder, then heat embossed. I used Kaleidacolor inks in Spectrum & Caribbean Sea on the brayer, used a paintbrush for blending of tiny areas in some areas, then wiped over the whole area with a paper towel to create a shine.

The stamps are from Hero Arts, PaperArtsy, Inkadinkado, plus others I can’t remember – and I’ve lost the packaging. I quite like the colours of the Caribbean ink pad, but I’m not sure about Spectrum. The end result is darker than I wanted; I think I used too much ink & over blended. Still, for my first attempts, I don’t think they are too terrible.

My inspirational artist & blogger today is Tammy Vitale . Tammy paints, sculpts, makes jewellery & writes incredible posts that always seem to resonate with what’s happening in my life. In her latest post, she asks the question, ‘How Do You Know When Joy Arrives?’ I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read what she has to say.

I would like to end today by saying ‘arigato gozaimasu’ to my first visitor from Japan, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Until next time,

Love & light.