Saturday, May 8, 2010

Surf & Sand Brayer Tutorial

As promised… Surf and sand brayer tutorial.. and just a little bit of sponging!  This card features the fabulous Tropical Party Stamp Set!

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And here is my step by step pictorial tutorial just for you!

We’ll begin at the bottom of the card, using River Rock Classic Ink.  Load up your brayer as wide as the ink pad, and quickly brayer across the lower left corner of the Whisper White Card Stock.

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Take two rectangular post it notes, and tear the sticky edge.  Place it across the corner you just brayered… and brayer again with River Rock Classic Ink.

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Repeat this process several times, varying the angle, direction of the post it notes. 

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Let the sand criss-cross occasionally…

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Continue until you have as much sand as you want…

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Now you’re going to add water!!  Get a fresh layer of two post-it notes, tear the sticky edge and protect the brayered sand…  Ink up with Bashful Blue Classic Ink…

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Quickly brayer across the corner… add ink, move the post it notes as you did when making the sand…

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Change it up a bit and use some Bermuda Bay Classic Ink to give depth… Continue until you have an ocean of waves… You may have to replace the post it notes if they become too saturated.

Flip the post it note around the other way and brayer a darker skyline!  Then use the sponge and Not quite Navy ink to further define it.

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Ink up your Brayer with Barely Banana Classic Ink and brayer quickly across the corner to create a sun. 

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Add your trees from the Tropical Party Stamp Set… I used Wild Wasabi and Soft Suede Classic Inks.  I drew a little mound with Soft Suede marker at the base of the palm trees too.

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I used a sponge and Barely Banana Classic Ink… a little, to increase the size of my sun

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Stamp the ferns from the Tropical Party Stamp Set using Wild Wasabi Classic Ink.

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Take a fresh post-it note and place it across the cardstock from the sponged sunshine, reaching to the water.  Ink up that sponge with Bashful Blue Classic Ink… and quickly brayer across to create a few ‘rays’ of light... three or four, varying the angles…rockstar2

Now tear a square post it note along the sticky edge, and sponge clouds into the sky.0410photoscbyu 278

  Inking up the tree trunk with Soft Suede Classic Ink, I stamped ‘off’ on my grid paper before stamping a tree shadow, and then added some dazzling diamonds to the water with my 2-way glue pen too!

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I stamped an additional tree top, cut it out, popped it up on the center tree to give some added dimension.

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Hope you like the finished card, and will try this technique!

Stampin’ Supplies Used on Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Extreme Surfboard #115173 $8.95

Classic Inks@ $5.95 each: 

  • Not Quite Navy
  • Bashful Blue
  • River Rock
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Soft Suede
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Barely Banana


  • Brayer (soft rubber)
  • Stamping Sponges
  • 2-Way Glue Pen
  • Dazzling Diamonds
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Grid Paper
  • Tempting Turquoise Card Stock
  • Pacific Point Card Stock
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  • Post-It Notes


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Judy Marshall said...

Sharon, this is fantastic! I love your card and your tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing!!


Tory said...

Wow! That is beautiful, Sharon. I guess I need to put a brayer on my wish list and come back to your tutorial!

joyfuljan said...

Beautiful card Sharon! Thank you for the tutorial. I need to pull out my brayer and play. Blessings!

"LZ" Linda Z. said...

gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing!

Lucia Kaiser said...

Sharon: This is beautiful; it looks like a painting. Thanks for the tutorial.

Lucia Kaiser

Rose said...

Sharon! You are so awesome - I LOVE this!!! Can't wait to try it. I can just see the waves lapping right off the card! ;)

procrastistamper said...

Thanks for sharing your tutorial for free, and for using pictures. I don't have time to watch videos so I really appreciate being able to skim quickly through pictures to understand a technique :-)

~Kimberley Morris

Susan said...

Love the card and the tutorial. Thanks for putting it together.

Brenda Hugar said...

Sharon is fabulous. And, thanks for providing the tutorial. Gonna go dig out my brayer, lol.

lisa808 said...

Sharon, thanks for the detailed tutorial. The pictures are a big help. I love this card.

Happy Mother's Day!

Donna said...

What a wonderful card and fantastic tutorial!

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Wonderful card and tutorial Sharon. I predict we have another Zindorf in the making...lucky, lucky customers who don't have to wait for one of Michele's workshops.

Greetings By Chera said...

Awwww This is simply amazing! I love it Sharon!!!


Patricia St Martin said...

all your cards are really nice. I love doing cards like this. wonderful job. Good luck.

Viv said...

Thank you for the brilliant tutorial and for playing along with CFM again! Awesome!
Viv xxx