I have some very exciting news to share!!  Perhaps this will give you a clue as to what it’s about:

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You may remember that last week, I entered 2 cards into the Watercooler Wednesday challenge and Design Team call.  Well – for the next 3 months, I,  along with 3 other fabulous demonstrators ,will be a temporary Watercooler Artist!  This 3 month trial period will give everyone a chance to see how they like being part of a weekly challenge design team, and for the permanent design team artists to make sure we’re all a good fit for the team 🙂

This week is a Marsha’s technique challenge – Bouncing Brayer!

WWC54 (1) If you’ve never heard of this technique, you can check out a tutorial and video over on Splitcoaststampers – it’s a fun technique that does take a bit of practice, and you can get a bit inky!  Basically, you ink up your Brayer and then instead of rolling it across your cardstock, you keep one end in place, and ‘bounce’ the brayer across your cardstock.  (or you can lift the entire Brayer and bounce the whole thing).

Here is my card:


This beach scene is wishful thinking on my part.  When I made this card, it was cold and rainy outside!

I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and masked off the bottom portion using Post-it notes.  I wanted to create a multi-colour sunset, but of course Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry the multi coloured ink pads.  So, I first inked up my full brayer with Daffodil Delight ink, kept one end in place in the middle of the card, then bounced the other end in a semi-circle.  Next, I inked only 2/3rds of my brayer with Pumpkin Pie ink, and bounced that on top  of the yellow.  Finally, I inked only the bottom 1/3rd of my brayer in Real Red ink, and added that on top of the yellow and orange.

To create the water and beach, I used the Perfectly Artistic DSP that I got for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure (hurry – this is only available until Feb. 15th!!).  I tore one end of the blue to make it look like the wave coming in, and layered it on top of the Crumb Cake coloured paper.  (I used the marbled side of the blue paper, and the watercolour washed side of the Crumb Cake paper).  I used my White Gel Pen to add some extra ‘wave bubbles’ where the 2 papers met, and added some small bubbles onto the ‘sand’.

I used the Picture Perfect stamp set to create the 2 step sea star; I stamped first in Tip Top Taupe stamped off, then inked the second layer with Blackberry Bliss, stamped off once then stamped on top of the Taupe.  I made 2 sea stars, and layered them on top of each other to create more dimension.  It’s very simple to hand cut the sea stars, and pop them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Whisper White cardstock; I used the Bitty Banners Framelits to die cut it, and then layered it onto a strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock, with banner ends made using the Banner Triple Punch.  I sponged the edges in Pumpkin Pie ink, then attached some looped Linen Thread behind the banners, and attached it to the card front.

So there you have it – my first card as a temporary Watercooler Artist!  I hope you like my card; I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave for me.  If you haven’t already, please head over to the Watercooler Challenges page, and check out the amazing cards the rest of the Artists made for your inspiration!  We all used the same bouncing brayer technique, but you’ll see how different each of our cards look – it really is a versatile technique!

I’ll be looking forward to seeing your card linked for the challenge! Your card could be the next Top Pick! 🙂

Until next time – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

6 thoughts on “Watercooler Wednesday – Technique Challenge

    1. Thanks for such a nice compliment, Buffy! I agree this is a very talented team; yours & Susan’s are big shoes to fill (figuratively!) but I’m trying 🙂

  1. It’s funny what will inspire us, like the weather or lack there of! I like the beachy take on the brayer technique. It works so well on your card! The colors used to make the sunset work quite well with the water and sand. Great card!

    1. Bouncing Brayer is a technique I’m not sure I’ll master, Libby – but thank you for your kind comment! It’s great having this design team opportunity with you 🙂

  2. I really like what you have created! The bouncing Brayer sky is lovely and your creative use of the paper adds a lot to this scene. I can “feel” the texture of the sea star and the added twine.

    1. Thank you, Linda! I’m so glad that you got the ‘feel’ of the beach. The Perfectly Artistic DSP was the perfect fit for this scene, I think 🙂

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