Stamped Brayer Blending

by Sandi MacIver

Brayer inks onto a solid background stamp.


  • Solid (or mainly solid) background stamp (Simon Says Stamp Slimline Scene Builder Christmas used here)
  • Inks (Gina K. Designs dye inks used here)
  • Stamping platform (MISTI used here)
  • Brayer (Tim Holtz SMALL Distress Brayer used here)
  • Cardstock (Hammermill 100# white cover used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Versamark ink, WOW Sugared Almond, Oceanic and Montserrat embossing powders, anti-static pouch, heat tool, die cutting machine, Simon Says Stamp Slimline Marquee dies, tape runner, foam tape, trimmer)


  1. Step 1

    Using a stamping platform, place a white card into the base and line up the solid stamp (for a slimline card here, a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock was used). Close the lid to secure it then open the lid.

  2. Step 2

    Use the brayer to add the three inks to the stamp. Go back with the center light color and blend over where they join to eliminate the solid line.

    Inks used here: Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac, Powder Blue, Blue Denim

  3. Step 3

    Close the lid and press firmly on the stamped image to transfer the ink to the cardstock.

    Use a tissue or paper towel for smooth rubbing on the lid.

  4. Step 4

    Gently open the lid to reveal the color blend.

    Repeat these steps for an even, dark colored background.

  5. Step 5

    Heat the art piece until it’s dry to prepare it for further embellishment.

  6. Step 6

    For the sample, a layered stamp set was used to embellish the background. The tree was embossed with white embossing powder and ornaments were added with purple glitter embossing powder. (See the video for step-by-step heat embossing instructions and tips.)

  7. Step 7

    Assemble and complete the card. Try other color combinations too! This is a great card for mass producing as you can do each of the steps multiple times. By the end of a few hours, you will have 10 – 15 completed artful cards.


Your Turn

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

These cards are stunning in their simplicity. Very nice!
Renata Joyner  |  Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 3:33 AM
Lovely! Thank you for sharing☺️
Diana D  |  Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 5:01 AM
Beautiful cards. Love Gina K inks.... Just beautifully made 😍
Nita72  |  Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 7:55 AM
Thank you Sandi for the wonderful tutorial. Your ideas and color combinations are inspirational and just what I needed.
Bowman3  |  Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 8:51 AM
Can you tell me where to get a “solid stamp”. I assume (which can be dangerous to do!) that it is just blank photopolymer? Maybe like a thin Gellie?

I never knew this was “a thing” and would love to play!
mzjohansen  |  Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 11:57 AM
love the simple easy directions. No question as to how to make these.
joan miller  |  Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 2:19 PM
Thanks bunches for sharing this wonderful technique and making me smile from ear-to-ear :D
momhom  |  Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 2:23 PM
Awesome as always, Sandi! Love all those colors!
janesprando  |  Wed Jul 14, 2021 at 10:01 PM
Thank you the cards are beautiful and you did a great job of explaining the method used and colors used.
N. Bernadette  |  Thu Jul 15, 2021 at 10:31 AM
mzjohansen, the solid stamp she used is in Simon Says Stamp Slimline Scene Builder Christmas stamp set. I've seen blank/solid stamps from different companies for mirror image stamping, but can't find any now of course....but since a silicone craft mat can be used for mirror image stamping, that might work as well. A gel plate should work - see Gel Printing Basics tutorial on SplitCoastStampers.
vgpeterson  |  Fri Jul 16, 2021 at 5:42 AM
Really pretty cards! Eye catching without being overly complicated. When one is making multiples such as Christmas cards, this is great. I appreciate your teaching technique also. You speak clearly, each step is very well demonstrated, and you don't linger over unnecessary parts or repeated steps. I'll be watching for what you come up with next.
Here and There  |  Mon Jul 19, 2021 at 2:10 AM

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