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Old 06-01-2006, 02:10 AM   #1  
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I am in need of assistance. I am trying to brayer on glossy cardstock and get lines. I go over it again and still the lines - Any suggestions?
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:32 AM   #2  
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yeah.... I know what you mean..... I try to go back and forth..... back and forth..... back and forth..... RE-INK..... back and forth..... back and forth..... back and forth..... The lines get less noticable.... but I'm not a 'b/g technique junkie', so I have no real magical solutions for you.
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Old 06-01-2006, 02:41 AM   #3  
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which brayer are you using.. there are three different inserts.. rubber, acrylic, and foam. I recently demo'd the su! plaidmaker with a foam brayer.. but on regular cardstock, not glossy, I suspect that will help.. also, when working with the cloudmaker and glossy stock, I found that a stipple brush worked better than a brayer or sponge, the edges were softer, I could control the color a bit better than I could with the sponge (didn't try a brayer though)...hmmmm
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Old 06-01-2006, 07:30 AM   #4  
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I found it works best not to go back and forth. Keep going over it but always in the same direction. Because you lift the brayer up off the paper to start over, you don't line it up exactly and it blurs the lines. HTH!
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Old 06-06-2006, 01:28 PM   #5  
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I'm having the same issues....I can't get rid of the "blocks" of color. Very frustrating!!!
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Old 06-06-2006, 01:38 PM   #6  
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I use the rubber brayer, then go back and forth in different directions. This seems to work for me. Good luck.
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I go back and forth and side to side ifting the brayer and letting it spin, and I have very little problem with lines. My movements are very rapid. I also reload the brayer and do the procedure more than once. I linked a couple cards you see no lines on and these were done during VSN with a time limit to finish each card. So it is quick and easy once you get the hang of it. I use a rubber brayer.

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I have never had a problem with lines, but I don't know what is so special about my "technique". I have only one brayer - the rubber one. I leave the inks seperated on the pad (like they have to be to get the lid on) when I roll the ink onto the brayer. I don't roll entirely straight... I sort of move left and right a little when I'm getting the ink onto the brayer to "mingle" the colors (I've yet to wreck a pad doing this, so it's not too drastic). Then when I brayer onto the glossy cardstock I do the same, going a little left and right instead of in straight lines. I always go back and forth with the brayer. I never pick it up off the paper, and I never re-ink it.

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Old 06-09-2006, 08:41 PM   #9  
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The biggest thing to remember when you are trying not to get lines, is to brayer FAST.

I go in one direction only, pick up and again the same direction like 6 or 8 times, but again FAST.

Glossy cardstock doesn't absorb the ink as fast which is why we use it for this, but it will absorb the ink, just slower, so work really quickly and you can blend the ink better.

Also what size paper are you working with? I find 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" to be max for me.

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Wiggle to the left, wiggle to the right, wiggle , wiggle fast fast and it'll be just right.

Try not to keep they brayer in the same spot.
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I have just been hunting online for a larger diameter brayer so that it would roll further before it hits the "used up" portion. But maybe I just need to reink and roll over it more often?
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Old 06-10-2006, 08:37 AM   #12  
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Tried again last night. It is still not working very well. I just got new "Big and Juicy" Ranger ink pads. I'll have to try one of the other colors to see if I have better better luck.
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Old 06-14-2006, 04:34 PM   #13  
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My biggest problem with brayer lines was when I was using a spectrum pad (which effect I love by the way so don't want to NOT do this). A good demo friend said my problem was that I was storing the brayer incorrectly - down on the roller not with the roller up and it had ruined my brayer (only less than a year old). She also watched me brayering from a spectrum pad and told me to stand up so I could use more pressure, go REALLY fast (and I thought I was but she kept saying faster, faster). Eventually I got better but had to replace my brayer (unfortunately SU doesn't just sell the rubber roller, only the foam or acrylic roller separately).

Hope this helps. I have three or four gorgeous cards I make using the pumpkin patch spectrum pad and a couple using In The Wild (one was cased from SU Showcase) and one using the newly retired Waterfowl and Sticky Acetate. Its worth it to gain this technique skill.
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Old 06-14-2006, 04:43 PM   #14  
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I too would agree - the rubber roller NEEDS to be stored facing up. I have had to replace mine for that reason. It leaves a very ugly line when using Spectrum pads on glossy paper. Please stick with it as they are beautiful. I just taught a class and everyone loved it. You need to be quick and I never use paper over 5 x 4.
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Old 06-14-2006, 05:30 PM   #15  
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Some may frown in my direction...but you can buy the replacement rollers at Michael's. (I'm a demo too, but sometimes you have to improvise!) All three kinds are sold separately there. They're by the paint area, not stamping.
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Old 06-14-2006, 09:28 PM   #16  
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I, too used to have lines, and I discovered the reason why. If your brayer is fully and evenly inked, then the problem is not from the amount of ink on the brayer, though you will "run out" of ink before you get to the end of a 1/4" sheet of paper. The reason lines get on the paper is when you go off of the end of the paper, if that makes sense. When brayering, take care to go just up to the edge of the sheet and not off the end. Then roll back the other way. Just keep going back and forth, staying on the sheet of CS until the coverage is how you would like it.

I also heard a tip that if you lightly spritz your glossy CS before brayering then you'll get coverage more quickly and evenly. For this, you need a really fine mist. I use an empty Stampin' Mist bottle for water and it has an ultra fine mist.

I have never stored my brayer in any particular way and I have had it for a few years now. The rubber seems to be intact and in good condition, no marks in it.

So, try it now on a 1/4 sheet of glossy. Try rolling off of the edge and then back on and you'll end up with lines. If you stay on the paper....no lines!
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:10 AM   #17  
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After I load my brayer with ink, I tip it to each side and roll one turn (ONLY) gently on the very ends of the brayer on scratch paper (gets some of the ink off of the very ends and greatly reduces the lines!!). Also, it is important to work fast.....
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:22 PM   #18  
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I am so happy someone asked this question, I did along time ago and still have the same problem no matter what! Tried the misting and etc thing. Nothing wrong with storing it either, it's in great shape. I was told to use this paper and that and still lines. I have given up using the brayer until I can actually find a real solution to the problem.....I have gone slow, fast and done everything mentioned here! Sorry, wish I had an ansewer for ya!
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I agree with only going in one direction with the brayer. I don't get lines anymore. I love to use the spectrum pads on glossy paper. Push the brayer away from you, lift it off the cardstock, reink if necessary, and push the brayer in the same direction. Good luck!
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