Brayered Summer “You Make Me Smile” Greeting Card!

1 08 2010

A long time ago I took a class at Archivers where we used brayers. I immediately feel in love with brayering! I loved the colors and the resist effect and everything about the cards! They felt so summer-y and fresh. I’m a big fan of pastel colors and the brayered effect on the white gloss paper gave the cards a pastel look that I loved! Anyway, I decided I had to make some cards using this before summer ended. These are definitely not winter-y. ****IMPORTANT**** you must use the white gloss paper by The Paper Company. Any other kind will not work. I tried buying cheap printer paper and it failed!


  • Paper (The Paper Company: Metallic Cover Arctic Snow, Metallic Cover Seaglass and White Gloss Paper)
  • Stamps (Hero Arts: Birds and Branches and Simple Messages)
  • Flowers (Prima)
  • Brads (Basic Grey: Lemonade Line)
  • Punches (Stampin’ Up!: Medium oval punch and scalloped oval punch)
  • Ink (Tsukineko: Versamark and Kaleidacolor Riviera; Color Box: Apple Green)
  • Tools (Speedball: Brayer; adhesive; pop dots; paper cutter)

1. First cut out an 5.5×4.25 rectangle from your white gloss paper. Then you can also cut and 8.5×11 piece of Arctic Snow into a 8.5×5.5 rectangle and fold it in half to make a card.

2. Place the large and small butterfly stamps onto a clear block and stamp them with versamark ink all over the white gloss paper. Next take your brayer out and ink it up on your Rivera ink pad. Make sure your roll the brayer back and fourth up and down your stamp pad so that the colors blend together. Otherwise you will end up with stripes running across your card. Then brayer the white gloss paper you just stamped butterflies onto. If you did everything right the versamark will “resist” the dye ink. This gives you a card where the butterflies stay white and the rest of the card is brayered! Pretty neat huh? And it looks really complicated!

3. Now trim the edges of the brayered butterfly paper. You trim .25 inch off the top and side of the paper. I left this part for here because if you mess up a little with your brayering, you can trim off the mistake!! Then adhere it to the Arctic Snow cardstock

4. Now use a sharp point (they sell needle paper punches) to poke out three holes on the left side of the card. Just choose the place to poke randomly. We are poking these so it is easy to push the brad through. Otherwise the force needed to push the brad through the paper would bend the card. Be sure not to poke the holes too close or else there won’t be enough rooms for the flowers.

5. Now layer some prima flowers together and push a brad through them and then attach them to the card.

6. stamp “You Make Me Smile” or whatever greeting you want with apple green ink onto a scrap piece of gloss white cardstock. Then use the medium oval punch to punch the greeting out. Then use the scalloped punch to punch out a scalloped oval from the Seaglass cardstock. Pop dot the greeting on top of the scalloped oval. Then adhere them to the bottom right of the card.

TADA!!! You are done! Not all that hard is it? I think brayering seems too messy or hard for some people because not too many people I know brayer! It’s super simple and so much fun to do! Brayering plus using the resist technique is always a winning combo! I know I’m a littler scrap-happy today. I just haven’t stamped in soooooo long I’m feeding my hunger!!!




One response

2 08 2010
Audrey Kelley

I really like this card! You did well!

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