Brayer Play: Comparing A Brayer to Other Application Tools

brayer play

Today, I’ve been busy working on the next eArticle, “Brayer Techniques”. (It will be ready to post sometime on Monday afternoon 5/20/13.) I’ve mostly been working on the text and the layout for the pdf version today, but I had a little bit of time to get my fingers inky too! Here, I am comparing the look you get with six different ink applicators using Ranger Archival Ink on glossy white cardstock. It probably won’t be in the eArticle itself; consider it a bonus! :)

End of a Cosmetic Sponge: This is the way we used to get ink on paper for backgrounds way back when. We stampers still do it some, but we’ve learned easier ways since then. Still, I thought the look of simply repeatedly pressing the sponge end to the paper (instead of trying to smear it smooth) had potential for a background pattern.

Direct To Paper: DTP is a technique popularized the the ladies at Magenta many years ago using Clearsnap pigment inks and it is still a good one. You want  a juicy inkpad so that it doesn’t drag on the cardstock too much and cause the inkpad come loose.

Brayer: I used a soft rubber brayer here. It was the quickest of the techniques (except for using a stamp) and gave me a smooth bold result.

Sea Sponge: I tend to use sea sponges more with paint than with ink but sometimes when you want a more random speckling of ink, they can be an effective choice.

Stipple Brush: This was done with a JudiKins Color Duster brush. It creates a more uniform speckling pattern.

Stamp: The stamp is by Deadbeat Designs. Stamping is of course my favorite way to get ink onto a piece of paper. What is yours?

~Nancie

Choosing Color For Stamped Cards eArticle Now Available!

Choosing Color for Stamped Cards Cover

How do you choose colors for your stamped cards? Do you randomly grab colors you like and hope they will go well together? Or do you stamp and color something and then hold it up to one piece of background paper after another until you find a color combo that appeals to you? Or do you play it safe by always reaching for the same few colors that you know work well together?

Want to broaden your color choices? The newest VSN eArticle focuses on using traditional color scheme models and either print color wheels or free online color wheel-based tools to choose colors that work well together for stamped cards. We not only look at color scheme theory, but also explore examples of cards that start with the same image completed in a variety of color schemes. You have the tools to choose fresh, interesting color combinations for your stamped cards. And you just may be surprised at how easy and quick the process can be.

Continue reading Choosing Color For Stamped Cards eArticle Now Available!

Stamped Koi Card From Tomorrow’s New eArticle

Stamped Koi Card

The new EXTRA eArticle I’ve been working on should be ready to post tomorrow afternoon. (I’ve got the pdf version just about done and will spend tomorrow morning converting the file to create the epub and mobi versions of the eArticle.)

This is one of the cards I created for the eArticle. The koi fish are from Mostly Animals and the text paper is from Silver Crow Creations. The fish panel was colored with colored pencils and alcohol ink markers.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the completed eArticle! ~Nancie

Stamping Poison Dart Frogs

Poison Dart Frog Stamping

Today I am stamping poison dart frogs (Rubberstampede) many times. Why you ask? Aha! That would be telling! Ok, I’ll give you a hint. I’m finishing up an EXTRA eArticle that I plan to post on VSN’s eArticle Library Page later this week. The frogs will be helping me show you something that I think you’ll really like. So be sure to check back later in the week! ~Nancie