Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial: Sunrise Lake could also be a Moon rise, I suppose… I’ve been studying both sunset and sunrise since I made this card, and I’m still not sure what it is LOL… It’s just a card I made using my brayer, the Plant Hope Stamp Set, and sponges… hope you like it!
I had a lot of fun making this card for an advance brayer class which I was teaching… but changed my mind and substituted another brayer card instead.
My substitution is your bounty… because in today’s Super Saturday Tutorial, I’ll take you step by step through the process to create this Sunrise Lake Brayer and Sponged Card!
Stamps and Supplies for Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial: Sunrise Lake Card:
- Stamps: Plant Hope
- Classic Ink: Basic Black, Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue
- Card Stock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point
- Accessories: Brayer, Stampin’ Sponges, Post-It-Notes, Moonlight Smooch, 1” Circle Punch, Signo White Gel Pen, Sponge Dauber
Step by Step Super Saturday Tutorial:
- Cut Whisper White Card Stock 4.25” x 5” which will be the base for your brayer card’s focal image*. *Note: for this card I started with a larger piece of card stock and cut it down to 4x4 before mounting it to the card front.
- Take TWO post it notes, keeping them together punch a 1” circle. Be sure to engage the sticky part of the note in your punched circle shape.
- Cut off approximately 1/4” of the circle punch to form a flat edge and place the circle punch on your 4” Card Stock approx. 1.5” from the bottom edge. (Refer to photo in step 5.)
- Use two layers of TWO post it notes each, form a horizon line and partially cover your sun, or moon… you can line one edge of the post it note duo with the edge of the card stock to ensure you have a straight horizon if you’d like. (I didn’t LOL!)
- Load your brayer with bashful blue classic ink, and quickly brayer across the long top edge of the card stock…. TWICE. Repeat if you need more intensity.
- Sponge Peach Parfait Classic Ink along the horizon line using a gentle sweeping motion (back and forth).
- Sponge on So Saffron Classic Ink with a pouncing motion.
- Keeping circle punch in place, remove long post it note layers, check your horizon for color.
- Move the horizon line up to cover most of the color you just sponged and add Marina Mist Classic Ink just above the horizon and around the sun/moon. (View the finished result in photo for step 20… I must have neglected to photograph this step!)
- Take two layers of two long post it notes, cover your brayered sky and sun/moon, leaving approximately 1/8” of the horizon exposed. In the photo below, I have marked where the circle punch is with a small pencil mark.
- Tear a long “V” shaped piece of post it note, along the sticky edge. (You want a long sticky edge on your V.)
- Tear the edges so they are jagged and align on your card stock at the two pencil marks… to create a beam across the water.
- Brayer with Bashful Blue Classic Ink, from the right side of the card towards the center torn “V”, repeat with Pacific Point Classic Ink.
- You want the Pacific Point layer to be fairly vivid… repeat until desired intensity is achieved… I did mine three times.
- Repeat for the other side of the card, using Bashful Blue and then Pacific Point Classic Ink.
- Remove and discard post it notes and ‘v’ torn note. Looking at the photo below, you can see that my ‘moon beam’ was a little too wide on my first attempt!
- Brayer art can be very forgiving… I simply re-tore the v post it note to a more narrow beam, and brayered over it with Bashful Blue Classic Ink… no mistakes, just another creative opportunity LOL!
- Place a fresh double layer of post it notes on card stock, covering water and just below the sun/moon. (Refer to photo in step 17.)
- Use Bashful Blue Classic Ink and sponge with a pouncing motion to add color around the sun/moon.
- After removing all the post it notes, this is what my card base looked like (repaired moon beam and all). LOL.. I kind of messed up a little and touched some used post it notes to my card… no problem, they will be covered up in the next couple of steps anyway…. or most of them will.
- My good friend and phenomenal brayer instructor Michelle Zindorf always says “if it’s in the sky it’s a bird, in the water it’s a fish…” LOL… well, I have fishing poles, and I’m sticking to my story!!
- Next step, place a clean set of post it notes along the bottom horizon, and torn post it notes angled to protect the rest of your work. (Can you believe I forgot to photograph this step! So.. I’m showing it to you on the finished card LOL!) Sponge Early Espresso Classic Ink to form hill sides.
- Removing all the post it notes, The stand of tall pine trees from the Plant Hope Stamp Set were inked with Basic Black Classic Ink and stamped as both trees and reflection along the coastline. The green behind the trees is where my marina Mist and Daffodil Delight Ink collided… another happy accident!
- I also sponged a little So Saffron Classic Ink along the bottom of the sun/moon and into the beam and then added movement to the water using a back and forth motion, and a light touch with my Signo White Gel Pen (refer to photo in step 15.)
- It still looked a little flat to me (although I have to admit I like the reflection of the fishing pole..)
- So I grabbed my Moonlight Smooch Ink and scribbled some smooch on the reflection, and in the sky for clouds, and then cropped the whole thing to 4” x 4”.
- In the photo (above) I’ve intentionally darkened everything so that you can see the smooch strokes in the beam across the water as well as the clouds. The smooch is very reflective and really adds some depth to the card.
- My finished card was 5.25” x 5.25”… (Cut Whisper White Card Stock 5.25” x 10.5” and score at 5.25”)
- The brayered scene was mounted onto a piece of Pacific Point Card Stock cut at 4-1/8” square, and Bashful Blue Card Stock 4-3/8” square.
Hope you enjoyed the step by step process… LOL, I kind of backed my way into this card… just creating as I merrily stamped along!
See you tomorrow with a quick little technique card for Sunday.. Have a wonderful weekend!
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