Inked Brayer Backgrounds with Chubby Mermaid

January 18, 2019

Inked Brayer Backgrounds with Chubby Mermaid

Hi, everyone! I'm back with another video using the Chubby Mermaid stamp set from Kindred stamps! You know me .... I love building my own backgrounds! Recently I purchased a brayer and I love how quickly I'm able to create distressed inky backgrounds! Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to watch my process video!

I loved making the backgrounds so much that I made three cards to share with you today! Each one is a little different, but I love all of them!

This background turned out much differently than I had envisioned, but it's probably my favorite! I added a bunch of ink and pressed so hard! Haha! You really don't need to press and roll as hard as I did, but I'm not exactly a gentle person lol! I think that's why this background looks so smooth and chalky - I really really pressed and worked the ink into the cardstock. Watch my video to see my technique, but basically I just grabbed my brayer, rolled it back and forth onto my ink pad, and then back and forth onto my cardstock. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Faded Jeans ink for this card. I started with my lightest, moved on to my middle, back to my lightest, then my middle, and the dark, and just kept repeating and repeating. I lost the distressed look I wanted, so I decided to just go for it and add a bunch of ink! And I did! Haha! Once the piece was all inked up, I centered it under the Swirl Stencil and pounced on some white pigment ink with a blending tool. I added quite a bit of white ink, but I absolutely LOVE how it dried back and blends in with the chalky Oxide inks!

I watercolored the mermaid and starfish from the Chubby Mermaid stamp set with my Staedtler felt tipped markers and cut them out and popped them up with foam tape. I added some sequin bits from the Unicorn Hair shaker pack and white heat embossed a sentiment to finish off my first card.

My second card is much simpler and much more what I was trying to do with my brayer! I love the distressed edges! I used my Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide ink and went back and forth short ways and long ways on my cardstock, but not so much that I lost the distressed look. The key is to just put the brayer down! Haha! Put it down! I know it's hard - it is for me! But seriously ... just put it down. I flicked on some Wilted Violet Oxide ink and I love how it reacts with the ink blending, but not the plain white cardstock on the edges of the card!

I again finished off this card with a white heat embossed sentiment, a watercolored mermaid and starfish, and a scattering of sequins from the Owl Post shaker pack.

Here's a bonus card! I didn't show the creation of this card in the video, but I used the same brayer technique using Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Oxide inks. I brayered back and forth keeping my inking towards the center of my panel. I didn't get it completely centered, so I trimmed down the side of my panel and put it on a card base letting the white card base peek through on the edges. Again I heat embossed a sentiment, added my images, and finished off with some sequins from the Tart shaker pack! Watch the video below!



Thanks for watching! 

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