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.

Thank you for shaering this amazing technique, this makes it look so easy!
Melanie Muenchinger  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 9:20 AM
This is so wonderful! I've always wondered how to do this. Thank you for including several different color examples.
Jody  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 9:26 AM
Beautiful! - What did you use to put snow on the trees?
Becky S.  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 9:38 AM
Love this card and technique! I have vowed to start my Christmas cards for next year in January and this will be first on my list to try! Thank-you so much for sharing your talent and skill with us.
Colynn Krull  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 9:47 AM
I used a White Gel pen to put the snow on the tree branches.
Michelle Zindorf  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 9:51 AM
WOW - this is cool! I've got to try this!
mollymoo951  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 10:12 AM
Great cards & I also would like to know where you got the front bare trees??? Thank you
Barbara Haithcox  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 10:42 AM
The large trees are from a Stampin Up Set Called Trees Three.
Michelle Zindorf  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 10:49 AM
This is simplt gourgoues. The colors are very vibrant. I will definitely have to try this.
Chrisost38  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 10:54 AM
Michelle!!! What an awesome tutorial for us!! I LOVE that you were chosen to do this, as I love my brayer, but wasn't quite getting the look I wanted. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!
Judy StampingQueenJAR  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 10:58 AM
Your background is amazing, Michelle. Thanks for sharing your technique! Just one question - how do you prevent the brayer from making a sharp line on the lighter color when you brayer the next color? This has always been my problem! Your transition is so subtle and beautiful!
Julie  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 11:47 AM
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I always thought I couldn't do this because I don't own any spectrum pads! You rock!!! Gotta go play now!!

(doing the happy dance!)
chef2die4  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 11:57 AM
To avoid a sharp line when brayering you can either do your first roll on scrap paper before going onto the card stock or you can start at the very top of the card stock and brayer back and forth moving down a little at a time. Be sure to keep brayering after the ink is off the brayer to blend, blend, blend. smile
Michelle Zindorf  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 12:03 PM
One more great big thank you for being willing to share your creative genius with us all. I was brayering up and down instead of across--it would never have occurred to me to go sideways. Thanks for your gift of technique to all of us who have admired your beautiful creations.
mitchygitchygoomy  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 1:54 PM
What an absolutely fantastic tutorial. Thanks so very very much Michelle.
I would never have thought of using separate colours, only the Kaleidacolour pads.
Great cards.
Leigh Stoodley  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 2:44 PM
Thanks for these tips on brayering. Your work is amazing, and you always give detailed information.
Kaaryn  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 2:45 PM
Gorgeous card. Lovely as a Tree is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.
Mary Ann  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 3:04 PM
Beautiful!! I can't wait to get to my art table and try it out. It could be used as a winter sympathy card. Thank you, Michelle.
Jody  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 3:29 PM
How fun to have this wonderful surprise in the weekly inkling.. I was trying to decide if I could pm you and ask some pointers how to use the brayer... and VOILA here it is...
A million thanks to you Michelle for taking the time to do this for all of us..
your the best...
Judy Kreucher  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 3:33 PM
Thanks Michelle for sharing your gorgeous cards and technique.

Jennifer smile
Jennifer "Lovetostamp6  |  Wed Dec 19, 2007 at 4:21 PM

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