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 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Friday 15 April 2016

Bizzy Bec's "Darkoom Door Gumtrees" Tutorial Male card

Hi everyone - another mid month post with a tutorial another mid month post with a tutoriall for Bizzy Bec's store blog, with a monthly challenge with a die or stamp prize over here!  
It is anything goes and is posted worldwide - so do join in please do!
Here is a step by step guide on making a male card - for my dad's birthday recently.
Key to brayer work is a light and gentle hand, ie dont attack the paper but caress it.
Always build up a light base layer for any good blending of any inks, in any medium - then add the depth of colour, once the first layer has dried.
The base colour helps smooth out all other layers. I always brayer on smooth junk mail - the soft smooth surface helps in blending

Here I am starting off with good glossy cardstock, a brayer, and dye inks: Memento Bahama Blue, Grape seed + Adirondack Peach Bellini, dont have that colour in Memento. I have post + video with Brayer basics, so if you are new to it this is very good place to start.
Tab at top of my blog, also see this link here.
Here have torn a rough edge with scrap of paper and sponging it with
On a long snippet of cream (cut to size) added Distress inks as shown (Bec's DI here) with ink blending tool Salty Ocean, Antique Linen and Dusty Concord
(any idea why on earth a purple is called this?)
Embossed a cream piece of card with Sizzix Dot Matrix EF, added Salty ocean + Antique linen mixed randomly rubbing over the embossing.
 (Stamps used on top narrow piece are an old single leaf stamp, embossed in black ink, Hero Arts Background Envelope pattern S5507 + in DI Rusty Hinge SU French script background.)
the pieces together and added bit of twine to overlap them.
Used Xcut rectangle scallop dies for the border, as dont have a plan scallop border die. I just do half then move it along matching it up. As you do when you extend a die see "how to enlarge/ extend post" here.

SB Marvellous Squares die cut in black snippet.
Cut into four, then trimmed down as shown to make corners.

Greeting is digi, with hand cut banner.

 I really loved this card, the Darkroom door stamps were so great to stamp with, as were the two new inks I used, Memento Bahama Blue and Grape seed.
The "Peaceful" word stamp is part of the
Darkroom Door – Gum Trees set.

Thanks so much everyone for popping over and saying hi!
And may God bless your day wherever you may be!
...and dont forget to pop over and join in Bec's Anything Goes April challenge .. you might win the prize :D
Shaz in Oz.x 
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

 Joining up with: 
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes 
2. Inky Impressions Challenge - all about the boys
3. Everybody art Challenge - Theme Birthday! 


Barb said...

Hi Shaz, Your card is absolutely stunning and you've done a great tutorial. I am in awe of your beautiful brayer work. I think heavy handed is where I probably go wrong.

The colours on your card are beautiful and I really like the layers at the side. A wonderful card for your Dad. Barbxx

Cara said...

Fabulous. Going to have a shufty at your brayering tutorial later as your card is so inspiring. Just stunning. Cara x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wonderful card, love the corners and the embossed layer! Fab image, too!

Berina RGA said...

Such a lovely card, Shaz!! I love the corners!! Such a beautiful scenery!
Moxie Craftie

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Shaz, what a gorgeous card, and I never thought of using the one die as corners! It's gorgeous! I love seeing the photos that you step out for us! What a delight! Hugs!

Brenda said...

Wow, your scene and brayered sky looks amazing Sharon! I don't use my brayer at all and really should. I like how your said to caress the paper when brayering. That is great advice! Your card is so amazing, I love all elements of it! Are you asking about the name of the color Dusty Concord?? I think that name was pick because concord grapes get this dusty look on top of the deep purple. But that is just a theory. lol Hugs, Brenda

Betsy said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I love the shades of purple dear Shaz. I am always amazed by the beautiful work that you do. I know this card will be well loved.

Bo┼╝enA said...

Hi, nice tutorial! Your blog is very interesting, I found a lot of inspiration from you. Thanks for the invitation, happy to join your followers.

Sally H said...

wow!..Wow! Simply stunning, Shaz! I am speechless! Beautiful!

Debbie Harris said...

As I was scrolling through your post all I could say to myself was, WOW WOW WOW! That is a gorgeous card, and I loved the corners, just stunning.
You made your tutorial look so simple.

It is always a joy to visit with you, and hear you share the Word of God as you finish up a beautiful post, Shaz.

The Lord bless you~~

Liz said...

Oh WOW! Just stunning! Thanks for the tutorial. I love how you've done the fancy corners. xx

MaryH said...

Wonderful brayering. (something I have difficulty to do well). The colors were so pretty combined as you've done, and loved your idea of adding more sponging over the brayer work. It's a gorgeous card with the pretty layout too. And the corner treatment added so much more 'dress' to the card as well. The stamped image was really special over this background too. Just really so pretty. TFS the links to the techniques, and TFS this lovely card. Hugs

Conniecrafter said...

Fantastic background for your cool stamp, love the mix of colors, those corners are so cool to frame it all and neat border strip idea to go with it all!

Marilyn Mathis said...

Gorgeous cards. I will have to try using my brayer again. Inspired again!!Hugs

Stamps and Paper said...

Stunning card Shaz and I love how you've used the die for your corners, fabulous background colours


Anne said...

What a stunning and beautiful card! Thank you for such detailed instructions too, what a blessing you are! xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Shaz this is amazing - love your brayering, and the colours you have used are amazing. The silhouette stamps so stunning against the brayering, and the additional panel is equally stunning.

Pia S said...

I'm so glad you shared how you made this step by step. Seeing the finished result I'm thinking no way I can make a card like this. Seeing the tutorial I feel a bit more confident. Easy tricks, great results. Fantastic card!

Unknown said...

Concord grapes have a dusty coat. Your background is outstanding. Thanks for the tutorial. Thank you so much for entering your truly creative and beautiful art in our challenge this fortnight at Word Art Wednesday.
Blessings, Carole

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, lots of detail work on this card and it came out just gorgeous and a great male card. I love the mosaic look and thanks for sharing how you did it.

Kim Heggins said...

So much incredible detail...your card is just as amazing as can be! I love that you gave us a step by step as well, just incredible.

Craftychris said...

What an absolutely awesome card! Fab tutorial too! xxx

Aileen said...

What a stunning card Shaz, those corners, the blending it all comes together to make a beautiful creation. Love the tutorial too.

Grenouille Greetings said...

I'm a notoriously bad blogger but I did just scroll down and spotted your lovely brayering! I'm pants at brayering. You're obviously great at it! I love how you've made the decorative corners for your image. It's a fabulous idea and one I hope to try! And I love, love, love your pretty card! All your hand made elements are fabulous and the design is perfect! I hope to drop by from time to time to see what else you have made. Hugs, Lesley

Jo Ann said...

These cards are absolutely fabulous. You inspire me to try and inked an embossed image. So delighted you linked your creation with us at Word Art Wednesday. I hope you join us again in our ongoing Challenge. I would love to encourage you with God's Word from 1 John 2:17 which says, "The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever." Have a wonderful week and God bless!


aussie aNNie said...

Needed this tut Shaz, going back to stamping and useless with the brayer and colours turn out brown...will be looking at all of your tuts and will be just like you when I return to Bec's in March....hugs..xx{aNNie}

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