Brayered Sky

by Michelle Zindorf

Create stunning backgrounds with your brayer.


  • Whisper White Cardstock

  • Post-It™ Notes

  • Rubber Brayer

  • Sponge

  • Several Coordinating Dye Inks (here So Saffron, More Mustard and Really Rust)

  • Black Ink

  • Stamps

  • White Gel Pen

  • Additional Card Stock for layering (here Whisper White, Basic Black & Going Gray)


  1. Step 1

    Tear Post-It™ Notes and adhere to white cardstock to mask the snow area.

  2. Step 2

    Ink brayer with the lightest color of dye ink by rolling it across the ink pad. Using a back and forth motion, roll inked brayer across the sky area of the masked cardstock until all of the ink is off the roller. Roll some more to blend it further.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat previous step using the second lightest color of dye ink (here More Mustard) and covering only part of the previously inked (So Saffron) area.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat previous step with the darkest color dye ink (here Really Rust) and covering only part of the previously inked (More Mustard) area.

  5. Step 5

    Sponge along the Post-It™ Note horizon line with the darkest colored dye ink (Really Rust).

  6. Step 6

    Remove Post-It™ Notes.

  7. Step 7

    Stamp images with Black ink.

  8. Step 8

    Crop image if needed, then sponge the darkest color ink along the top and sides of sky area.

  9. Step 10

    Finish card.


  1. Try different color combinations:
    Colors used for sky, Pretty In Pink, Going Gray & Not Quite Navy

  2. Colors used for sky, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou & Not Quite Navy

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Brayered Sky. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Your tutorial and your cards are amazing! Thanks so much! I love your work!
beate  |  Fri Dec 7, 2007 at 10:59 AM
WOW! I love the sky and the tree stamps, they are gorgeous!
Nessie  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:37 AM
I have the trees stamp, but I am dying to know who makes the foreground bare trees! Your technique is wonderful, leading to stunning cards. Thanks!
Evelyn  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:38 AM
I have always wonder how you made those beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!
cardsbyjo  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:38 AM
Wow! This is just beautiful! I can't wait to try it. I have liked the tree stamps but didn't know if I would really use them. Now I know that I would! Thanks again!
Susan Horn  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:40 AM
This is GORGEOUS. And thank you for being so detailed about the colors used for the 3 variations. I can't wait to try all 3!
Aunt-Fuzzy  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:40 AM
Hurray! I've been wishing for a Zindorf tutorial on brayering! Thanks to Michelle and SCS for this mini-Christmas miracle!! smile
Carole (TruCarMa)  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:41 AM
As soon as I posted, I read your brief 'bio' I'm probably safe in assuming the bare trees are SU! images. Guess I should check my catalog. lol
Evelyn  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:43 AM
Absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing your technique!
Angel  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:43 AM
I wish I would have seen this before I did my cards this year. I Love this card!
Colleen  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:49 AM
Beautiful work!!! Such great use of the SU set I already have and now can use in anothe way. Love your creativity....please show us lots more in the future. Thanks so much for this great way to use technique, color and stamping all together in one fantastic card.
evette  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:52 AM
This is a gorgeous technique! I was just looking at a couple of paintings in a doctor's office yesterday that had a very similar technique and wondering how to achieve that look -- and here it is! Thanks so much for the perfect timing!!
Stacy  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:55 AM
I have seen these awesome cards and I was going to try to it tommorrow. So now I have good instructions. I really love your cards!!!!
Rose  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 7:56 AM
This is AMAZING! I SO need to try it out...and I SO need to get that "Lovely as a Tree" set.

Christyne  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 8:01 AM
Michelle, Thank-you so much for this tutorial! I found and bought this retired set, got out my brayer and couldn't get the technique down just right. So, I joined the fan club to see more of your work to try to figure out how the heck you did this!!! I am so thankful you did a step by step tutorial (with pics) for our inquiring minds. You made my day!!!
Tanya (orangegymnut)  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 8:02 AM
WOW!!! I can't wait to try this.
Karen  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 8:03 AM
Wow, you make this look incredibly easy. I'll definitely be giving this a try. I am such a fan of your work and can always tell when the card is yours. Thanks for sharing!
Christine Hauck  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 8:08 AM
Michelle, fantastic tutorial! You are so fortunate that you not only possess enormous talent, but also the ability to clearly communicate your lesson! I love this!

MSBetsyZ  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 8:43 AM
These are incredibly beautiful! So simple and so pretty... I can't wait to give this technique a try.
RedMolly  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 8:44 AM
I ALWAYS check and try the featured tutorial on the Weekly Inkling. And I've had lots of fun doing that. I have a brayer and a spectrum ink pad and have not had great success at all with the results! Thanks for convincing me to hand on to the brayer - maybe I can get it to work after all!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Connie Carswell  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 9:02 AM

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