Saturday, May 15, 2010

Inky Fingers


I have very inky fingers today, because I have been practicing making these brayer cards. Not only am I colorful, but I have a cut on my finger from my very sharp little scissors. And, to make matters worse, I couldn't find a band-aid, not even a Hello Kitty one, just an empty box. Lexi has an addiction to band-aids and puts one on for every little ouwie that she gets.

I am teaching a class on how to make these cards next Tuesday. It's been a while since I have made a brayer card and it takes a lot of practice and patience to get the technique down. After many attemps, these are examples of the cards we will be making. Even though you need a lot of practice with the brayer, I find that the more I try to perfect a card the more mistakes I make and frustration sets in. So, I am done for the day. These two cards use the CTMH stamp set Childhood Portrait. I love the silhouette of the children against the sunset. The ink pads that I used are Sunflower, Taffy and Hollyhock. I used Sunflower ink a quarter of the way up on the bottom, Taffy three-fourths of the way down from the top, and Hollyhock, one half the way down from the top. The image is stamped in black. To make the blades of grass, I swiped the bottom of the card using the side of my black ink pad several times. I then added little bits of a white gel pen to the blades of grass and to the sides of the children facing the sun to give the look of the sun shining on them.

13 comments:

Dawn said...

These are fabulous, I love the brayer look. I need to attempt using a brayer, it has been awhile.

Sharli said...

Lori,
The cards are beautiful! You look like a pro to me! ;-)
Hugs!

Sparkle said...

What darling cards!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful brayer work and lovely cards! Your group will love making these, I'm sure.

Amy said...

I think it was worth all the mess. These turned out to be so adorable.

Beate said...

Gorgeous cards! Love the look of the brayered background and the gel pen highlights.
Hugs and smiles

Shaela said...

love the colors you chose :)

Kim said...

Lori those are beautiful card! Love them! Great work hun! And love your family layout and pics below! looks like you have a fantastic Mother's Day!!! :)
Hugs~ Kim

pat said...

WOW!! beautiful cards.

Giffysk8s said...

Lori these are FAB!!!! I have a brayer but have not used it for this. I need to play! Miss you!

Carolyn Christie said...

These are gorgeous Lori!! What fun making them! :)

Elaine said...

That was so fun to learn! My fingers are inky too and I'm looking forward to playing some more! Thank you for showing us how to brayer!!! I hope you found a bandaid. You should be like me and have a secret stash! :-)

Cindy said...

Beautifully done! :o)