Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 40 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Bright Brayer Cards - don't you love the brayer? I do!

Hi there everyone! I am feeling very cheery over here 'cos we have had the sun out again for a few winter days of sunshine! after nearly a week of cloudy rainy days, ugh! I was so over it - love my sunshine in winter (but if we have max. of 16C, and no sun I whinge). The sun comes in the house in the morning and lounge in arvo, you cant beat it folks :) In summer wide eaves means we miss it inside, good huh? God blessed, indeed. 
Oh, also excited cos am doing my own verse of the week now; the pickie on this week's verse is down at our jetty at sunset, a favourite spot, rather like the verse too...Google Picasa download after a free tip from Jobear, see her great blog!

Now to my cards...I just love the brayer and this was an order for a teen girl so ended up making two cards, and used one for the order, the second one!
For both these cards I have used the Kaleidacolor pads in Spectrum, and on the first card I have used the swirls twice by Inkadinkado, Flourishes/Arabesques plus a Nestie butterfly. I cut it out of the off-cut from this brayered piece and then inked black where there were spaces, while it was still in the die. 

The key to successful brayering is using the right paper ( I use glossy a good one, I find it easier - Kromecote if you can find it - is really great or Stampin Up Glossy is not too bad) and using a light touch when rolling the brayer. 

Make it light even stroked generally one way but sometimes I turn the paper around and go the other way too just to smooth up the finish. Really the best way is to watch an expert and I have one of these (Sandy) click here - or link on my side bar.

The second card is on bright magenta pink Mirri card cuttled with Caramello Cuttlebug folder, then the brayered piece stamped (two different stamps actually, which I joined together!) with the Asian Artistry set from Stamping up. It is discontinued as was a hostess promotion. I picked mine up on eBay! Also used a computer generated greeting, punched out with Stampin Up punches, and black ribbon to finish it all off.
Thanks for looking and may God bless your day everyone wherever you may be!
Shaz in Oz. x


Sabrina Jackson said...

WOW, Shaz, these are amazing!!! I have never used one of these fun ink pads. I guess I need to make a trip to my local craft store and get one! Have a blessed weekend! Hugs, Sabrina

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Shaz!!!!I just LOVE the rainbow stamp pads and the brighter the better! I'm also lovin' how you mounted your brayered work. The shiny red foil is beautiful!

Hettie said...

Shaz, these brayer cards are just stunning and so bright! Love them.
If you pop over to my blog there is a little something for you! xx

Glenda said...

These are just beautiful! I love the bright colors.

shazsilverwolf said...

Love these Shaz, love the bright, funky colours. Hope you are having a great day, Love Shaz xx

:)) ...Вика said...

Привет, Shaz !! Прости, что долго не заходила к тебе. Скучаю и люблю. Сейчас у меня ремонт и я много работаю, нет времени до блога, но я помню о тебе. Ты мое первое открытие.
Я плохо знаю английский, мне помогал мой сын, но если бы я знала его хорошо, мне было бы много чего тебе рассказать.
Твое творчество благословенное и ты благословение для меня.
Люблю. Божьих тебе благословений, Вика.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Russian to English translation for above from Vika!
Hi, Shaz!! I'm sorry, that came not long for you. Miss you and love you. Now I have a repair and I work a lot, there is no time to blog, but I remember about you. You are my first discovery.
I do not know much English, I helped my son, but if I knew him well, I would have been a lot of things to tell you.
Your work and you're blessed blessing for me.
Love. God's blessings to you, Vic.

nerllybird said...

These are beautiful, thanks for the tips, I may try this (again) later!
Helen S

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