Monday, 28 March 2011

More basics..

I have broad anonymous shoulders, so you can blame me, and I won't mind really. Blame me for what, you ask? For mildly suggesting that you might wanna include some old stash and under-used techniques in your weekend crafting. Well, Sandra took me at my word! And it caused her stress - she was playing with a brayer, folks. Brayers are the Marmite or the Opera of inky crafting if you ask me - you either love or loathe, no in-between. Well, Sandra actually did a great job, and just for the record, the Back to Basics workshop that prompted Friday's post will feature a brayer, so that proves I didn't chicken out!
The card shown here features another stamp that I've had for yonks - the Penny Black brush flower called 'Blush'. I really like solid stamps anyway, so this is a great multi purpose one for me. For this card I've used felt tips to ink the flower head - blended on the stamp, and then stamped a head three times in a vague circle to get the rosette flower you see here. It's a classic technique and a classic case of old stash, so I hope the workshopeers like it - you never know, it might be such an old technique that someone will discover it as new for them - which makes the whole thing of going back to basics a really good idea. Now if I could just apply that to most of the rest of my life....


Ohhh Snap said...

OK, I have a couple of brayers and I'm pretty sure they've been inked, but I honestly have NO recollection of what I inked or painted. It might even have been BB (before blogging), which is handy for looking up stuff I've made... If I remembered to photograph it lol.

Lovely card, love those stamps, colors et al. TFS :D

jacque4u2c said...

You hit it out of the park again! This is so cute!

Helen said...

I haven't used my brayers for a while, either. And i didn't get the vellum out at the weekend, but hey, we can't all be perfect! Love the card you've created, that stamp is beautiful, but you can't go wrong with Penny Black flowers!

misteejay said...

I have a brayer...somewhere...LOL

I did a couple of classes to get to know how to use it and was pretty pleased what I made in the class...haven't played at home though.

Love the colours of your card Julia.

Toni :o)

Kaz said...

This is fab Julia, I love that stamp.
I feel bad I haven't visited you for what seems like an age. I promise to do better xxx

Sarn said...

Dear Julia . . . I hope you know my comments about you causing me stress were said tongue-in-cheek. I mean, YEAH, I was stressed, but it was my own fault really . . . I just needed to vent and blame someone else!!! Good job you have broad shoulders eh? Love your blog and love WOYWW.

Hugs, Sandra x

Sarn said...

Oh, and FABBY flower card above hon.
Hugs, Sandra x

Gez Butterworth said...

Fabby card. Love the colour :)

I have to admit I have only ever used my brayer for spreading Gesso!

Have a great week.xx

donnalouiserodgers said...

I hate marmite

I Love brayers,

I like basics
I like the card

yep the only think I hate in the whole wide world is marmite,

yeast - yuck
like eating a dose of thrush (fungus - yeast yuck errr really errrh yucky yuck) why do people like eating a fungus?

hmm But I do like mushrooms -

oh and I am not keen on rules

or hierarchies
Did i miss anything?

Annie said...

I'm a marmite lover :-)....but brayers? don't think I have one of those but maybe it's one of those things that I've bought, tried and stored safely in the back of a cupboard somewhere :-)
You still haven't joined in the BIG draw over in the shop Julia! Would be really lovely if you would flag it up for us cos you certainly have done your share of encouraging us and without you we would have never opened up the shop. You certainly should be in with a chance to win :-)
A x

The Sticky Elf said...

Hi Julia,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The Pandoro tin houses all of my ribbon, although it's stuffed to the rafters!

As for brayers, I've had one for 5 years now, still brand new in the box. Far too scared to use it :(


Scrapcat 1 said...

don't have a brayer but was tempted at the NEc but a stamp won instead! I love the card you have made and the workshop peeps will enjoy making one like it.

Jingle said...

Very pretty card!

Scrapcollectr said...

The brayer, huh? I got one here somewhere (as she tosses things over head back...) I don't know if I can do
Nice card though...good job....

Emma Williams said...

I've just come across your blog and you have some wonderful projects. This one is gorgeous...definitely be back to see more!!
Emma x

Amy said...

ah. purple.

don't dog those brayers, girls.

Don't you do it.

Dragon said...

I love my brayer and opera, and must get it out to use more often... the brayer, NOT opera!!! tee hee...I LOVE the stength in this card... you must have been feeling well within yourself when you did it!!!