Retro Brayer Color Block Technique

I’ve been mentioning lately how much I’m loving the Nature Walk stamp set (see it online). So when I needed to design a card for Stamp Club with Meg (tonight! check my event calendar) this was the first stamp set to jump off the shelf and into my hand.

What a mouthful for a technique name though! This technique has been around since I started demonstrating about 10 years ago, and it has several names… Layered Brayers and a whole bunch more that I can’t recall.

But whatever you call it, it’s a great collage-type technique. Here I used the Nature Walk stamp set along with Classic Ink Pads in River Rock, Crumb Cake and Marina Mist, plus Early Espresso for stamping the darkest images.

Here are the steps for the Retro Brayer Color Block Technique:

  1. Stamp the background images in a variety of colors on Glossy Card Stock
  2. Use a Brayer and the lightest of your 3 ink colors to color the background
  3. Trim a Post-It Note to the desired size and cover up 1-2 spots on your card (I chose the bird images)
  4. Use the Brayer and the medium ink color to cover your full paper
  5. Add a few more Post-It Note masks and use your darkest color. Remove all masks and finish your card.

I used card stock to match my ink colors.  The Four Frames stamp set (see my April Card Class ‘To Go’) is a perfect match for the oval stamp in Perfect Punches (the ‘thanks’ and small frame).

The sweet little Rosette and the Champagne Glass Glitter, Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper and Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon are all from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

Here is a fun trick with the Perfect Punches oval image.  First stamp the ‘thanks’ oval, then punch out the words in the center with the 1-3/8″ x 5/8″ Oval Punch.  Then punch out the frame with the Scallop Oval Punch and you have a fun frame with an oval-shaped window in the center.

Happy Stamping!

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