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.

I was browsing for some ideas for masculine cards and came across this. I actually have both stamp sets. I love scenic pictures and cards so this really stood out. I've already made one to keep on hand as a sample. Thanks.
Dianne Foxwell  |  Mon Feb 1, 2010 at 7:42 PM
I bought most of these colors to try these skies. They are great! Any other color combos for summer, spring or fall?
Julianne  |  Tue Feb 9, 2010 at 11:54 AM
This is such an inspirational tutorial. I love the colours and the way you used the tree stamps. Unfortunately I only have the stampin' spot dye ink pads which are too small for the brayer, and I pick up the edges of the pad which get printed on the paper. I will have to get creative and see if I can reproduce your wonderful shading with the smaller ink pads. Thanks again for the tutorial.
Stephanie Parkes  |  Fri Feb 26, 2010 at 6:26 PM
Wow just love this..thanks so much for sharing going to try this on an ATC this weekend
Karen C  |  Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 9:16 PM
have you done a breyered sky with the new su easter set. easter bloosoms. i would love to see what you have in mind for it. thanks
sue snead  |  Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 3:01 PM
I bought a brayer around 3 years ago and just made my first card using this technique. I can see if becoming one of my favourites.
Ozcat  |  Sat Mar 31, 2012 at 8:25 PM
this is so pretty!
Joyce  |  Mon Nov 5, 2012 at 9:47 PM

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