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Brayered Bay

I grew up in a small city in Ontario on the Bay of Quinte.   I had a sizable river, a large bay and Lake Ontario to play in!   Looking back, my family spent a lot of time at these different bodies of water and all my memories of those times are really special.    I swam with my father and brother in the river, played in the lake with my sister, basked in the sun on the beach of lake Ontario throughout my teenage summers, and camped its shores with my parents, siblings and Grandparents! So, it was with these lovely, comforting memories running through my mind that I created this scene.

This is for my Mom, who has spent years of her life looking after us all.  Once we were grown, and left home, she kept right on looking after everyone; my loving Dad, who has passed on, and my sweet Grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer’s for years, before leaving us. Now she takes great care of my wonderful Grandmother who, unfortunately had a stroke, and broke her shoulder in the same year and is in need of a great deal of help.  My mother “retired” from her job over a year ago, and has not had a relaxing moment since!  So, for all you have done and all that you continue to do, Thank you Mom!

I need to say that it is in large part due to Michelle Zindorf’s tutorials that I was able to make this card.  I have been absorbing as much as I can from her brayering techniques and this is only my second attempt at using a brayer to create such a scene.  I have painted scenes in the past (acrylics), but this is something a little different.  Everything I do is self taught, so please take it for what it is, if nothing more than an expression of my creative spirit! 🙂

This picture tutorial is so that I will have an account of the steps I used to arrive at the final scene.  If it inspires you to try something like it, well, great!!

I began by stamping the tree in Versamark ink, then Ranger Distress ink (pine needles), and clear embossing it.  Before embossing it, I also accented the trunk in brown, with a fineliner marker.

Using a torn piece of card stock, i masked the sky area and used my brayer to add Wild Wasabi to the bottom portion of the paper.  I brayered in a darker shade ( Always Artichoke) to the lower portion of the brayered green.

I stamped the leaf from Lovely as a Tree several times in both Always Artichoke, and Pine Needles ink.

Using a straight edge card stock piece I masked the sky and brayered in the water with Baja Breeze ink.  I used a sponge to dab the ink in between branches that the brayer didn’t seem to want to cover.

Using the straight edge again I masked off the water so I could brayer in the sky.  I used Going Grey first, and went over it again with Soft Sky a couple of times until I was satisfied with the color.  I sponged in some Broken China blue in streaks across the sky.

Now for some highlighting. I used my Inksenttials white gel pen to create waves and foam along the edge of the shore.  I also added some white to the veins of the leaves.

Here I sponged in some Baja breeze to the line where the water and sky meet, to darken it.  Then I sponged Whisper White across the sky to add the appearance of clouds and lighten it up.

To complete the scene I added in some shrubs and leafy plants in Always Artichoke and Pine Needle ink, in the foreground and along the water’s edge.  I used Broken china ink to stamp the two little birds.

The scene is matted with a navy Bazzill cs and I used a Kiwi Kiss card base.  I added the dew drops along the edge to complete it.

Stamps: Flourishes Forest of Trees, Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree (leaf), Rubber Stamp Tapestry bird and greenery.

Inks: Ranger Distress ink: Pine Needles, Broken China, SU inks: Baja Breeze, Soft sky, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, wild Wasabi, Going Gray

Paper: Bazzill Blue, Whisper White SU, Kiwi Kiss SU,

Accessories: Robin’s Egg Dew Drops, clear ep, heat tool, sponges, brayer

If you want some fantastic tutorials on creating brayered scenes, then you really should visit Michelle Zindorf’s blog!! 🙂  She does amazing things with ink,and she has such a way with colors!!

Also, I want to mention CAMMIE’S BLOG CANDY! She has orchestrated the biggest give away yet!! I am talking about a huge amount of creative candy!!  And her reason behind it is to create awareness, raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, and most of all give back something to the CAREGIVERS!  This devastating disease has touched the lives of many people including my family’s.   My Grandfather suffered from it, and now one of my Aunts is currently in the hospital due to complications from this horrible disease.    Not only do those with the disease suffer, but so do all those who love and care for them every day.  What Cammie is doing is a wonderful thing!!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!!  I know it was a long post, but I do hope you leave here with some  inspiration!!

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Thanks for visiting! I have always needed to express my creativity, and I am the happiest when I do so. My blog is a way to challenge myself creatively, keep me motivated and inspired, to explore new ideas, and to share them with others! I feel the need to express myself in new ways...I hope you'll join me!


  1. susan says

    Hi Deena,
    I just found you! I am adding your link to my site now. Nice work!

    Rubber Stamp Tapestry


  2. barbi says

    Hi Deena
    Beautiful picture, It makes me smell the ocean in my mind, I felt like I could sit there with my coffee, such a peaceful scene. Thanks for adding the tutorial, I am going to try a a brayer project this weekend.
    Cheers from Nova Scotia


  3. Hi Deena!
    I enjoyed reading about your memories! You must have had a great childhood, and your mum sounds like a truly amazing person!
    You’re lovely card sure reflects those happy moments! I’m going to read the tutorial carefully (not to lose anything in translation – wasn’t that a movie btw?).
    Hugs from Belgium.


  4. This is just fabulous! I love how you showed all of us how you did it too! I love Michelle Zindorf– she’s the best – isn’t she???

    Take care Deena!


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