Bouncing Brayer

by Charmaine Ikach

Create a groovy background with a multicolored ink pad and brayer!


  • Kaleidacolor® ink pad (Caribbean Sea used here)

  • Brayer with rubber attachment

  • Neutral Cardstock (Whisper White here) NOTE: Glossy White cardstock works too!

  • Solid stamps

  • 8.5”x 5.5” piece of cardstock for the card base (Taken with Teal here)

  • Paper Trimmer

  • Additional cardstock for layering

  • Embellishments of choice


  1. Step 1

    Push the palette of the Kaleidacolor pad together and ink the brayer.

  2. Step 2

    Bounce (don’t roll) the brayer on neutral cardstock, making sure to keep one end of the brayer at the center of the cardstock. Continue to bounce brayer on cardstock while rotating cardstock with free hand. Re-ink brayer as needed.

  3. Step 3

    Depending upon how much “white space” is desired, either stop here or keep bouncing brayer around cardstock adding ink. Here, no white space was wanted, so the cardstock was rotated and ink applied until all white space was filled with color.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp focal images.

  5. Step 5

    Trim, embellish and finish card!


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Bouncing Brayer. 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.

What a neat idea. I would have never thought of using a brayer in this fashion. Thank you for sharing!!
Roni  |  Thu Feb 7, 2008 at 9:54 AM
that is so cute, my husband bought me a brayer in 1997 and i am always looking for new ways to use it, thank you!
kayleen7589  |  Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 10:42 AM
Wow, this is really lovely.
Proudmoms  |  Mon Mar 3, 2008 at 1:13 AM
so simple, but such a beautiful result. Can't wait to try it.
VeeBee  |  Mon Mar 3, 2008 at 9:58 AM
How fun! Thanks!
PaperCutting Kind of Day  |  Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 7:01 PM
Beautiful technique with so many possibilities - flowers, fireworks, water, dreamy haze, fire, and more. By just altering the colors, you can create so many other theme feels of the card. Nice work.
Olivia  |  Wed Sep 17, 2008 at 5:08 PM
This is really cool. Will try it soon.
Wanda B  |  Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 12:55 PM
I love this! How or where can I buy a brayer and the ink?
Trisha Birtsch  |  Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 3:48 PM
This looks like a very neat project to do for cards that is different. I am always looking for something neat. mary lou
Mary Lou Andrews  |  Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 5:48 AM
that is so cute
Corieena  |  Sun Nov 16, 2008 at 7:58 AM
I will definitely be trying this. I know that Stampin' Up has the brayer, but I'm not sure about the ink. I will have to check into that, unless someone reading this has an idea.

I thought the result was truly fascinating and beautiful.
Kayne  |  Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 4:30 AM
Love this technique I try it out last night and got a cool design - it look like a tie dye shirt. Love it. Can't wait to show it off.
Lana  |  Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 2:50 PM
wow thats just great idea my mind is just clicking with ideas ... thank you so much .. anne marie
anne marie sweeney  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 8:51 PM
I was told that photo paper does not work with a brayer. I did try it but the ink did not go on smoothly. Please can you tell me which type of cardstock you use.

Many thanks. Angela
Angela Taylor  |  Fri Dec 31, 2010 at 6:09 AM
Looks So Pretty! Now All I Have to Get is One of Those Ink Pads And a Brayer
Cailin Dueck  |  Fri Jan 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM
Love the look of this. I will be trying it out.
Gail Weinert  |  Fri Apr 10, 2015 at 12:56 AM
This is a real cool idea. I Checked the gallery and there were so many ideas to use this technique! !
Robin RI  |  Wed Jul 22, 2015 at 5:42 AM
I would not have used my brayer this way. What a different way to use it.
Barbara May  |  Mon Mar 21, 2016 at 9:29 AM
The tutorials I have been looking at are great... Thank you so much for taking the time to make it so easy to follow...Keep up the good work, I love it.
Kaye Moore  |  Fri Nov 3, 2017 at 8:10 PM
Love this technique. Adorable card.
RoxannS1  |  Wed Sep 25, 2019 at 8:06 AM

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