Brayer - Floral Wings

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Floral Wings Card
This card was CASED (inspired) by a You Tube tutorial based on the Sheltering Tree stamp set, and shows the blending of two different colours with a brayer.  Here is the link to the original card.
Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 5.4”x3.6”.
Use Mint Macaron and brayer the cardstock in long slow strokes, making sure to start and stop off the project.  Use a glass mat to get a smoother blend and so that you can pick up any waste ink on the mat.  (see notes below). Try to keep the colour as light as possible from the second half of the page.
Turn the card around 180 degrees a repeat the process with Tip Top Taupe.  Try not to cover the whole card this time, try to keep the centre of the card light in colour.
Stamp the large butterfly from the Floral Wings stamp set in ‘Lost Lagoon’ in the centre of the card.
Stamp the rose inserts in Cucumber Crush and the leaves inserts in Mossy Meadow.
Stamp the vine from the floral set in Tip Top Taupe to the right hand side of the card.  Stamp it again, but in a slightly different place without re-inking to give a fainter image.  Stamp a greeting to the card (I choose one from the Cottage Greetings set).
Layer on to card:- Very Vanilla (5.5”x3.7”), Mint Macaroon (5.6”x4”) and place on a base of Tip Top Taupe (8.2”x 5.7, folded in half).  Finish with three rhinestones.
Here is an image of the first attempt, this was brayered on my table top rather than a glass mat and shows the differences between the two surfaces.  Both have their place, depending on the look you want.

The brayer roller comes apart from the handle for ease of cleaning, although it isn't necessary

Clean the brayer after each colour with a wet wipe and leave to dry, do not dry with tissue as it will leave bits on the roller.  If you are moving from a light to a dark colour, don't worry about cleaning too much unless you feel it would affect the colour of your ink pad.

After each project, wash the brayer properly with soap and water and leave to dry naturally - this should only take a few minutes.
Always stand the brayer on its back, to protect the roller and to ensure ink doesn't get everywhere.

Loading with ink
Use as large an ink pad as possible, trying to ensure as much of the brayer gets covered in ink at one time.  Do not roll the brayer back and forth as it will not do a 360 degree rotation of the roller.  Roll forwards or backwards, lift the brayer off the pad and let the roller spin and then roll back on the pad. Repeat until the colour is even and totally covers the roller.
I found using a glass mat or craft sheet enabled me to pick up any waste ink from the process.  However, the effect you get will depend on the surface you brayer on, so experiment and see what you like.

Start just off your project and roll once, then gradually bring it onto the top of the project, using different angles to avoid any dark lines on the project.
Ensure you roll on and off the project, do not lift off while still on the project - this will lead to streaks.

You may need to re-ink the roller three or more times to get the smooth graduation of colour that you want.

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