Easy to use, easy to clean and gorgeous projects! Now, that’s my kind of tool. The Stampin’ Up! Sponge Brayer on the bottom of page 180 in the annual catalog is a must have! For $8 you get two handles and four sponges, worth every penny. I love creating my own background paper to make my projects truly unique. The brayer can be used on the Decorative Masks (page 181) on textured embossing folders, cardstock and much more. I have a few projects below where I used the sponge brayer.
- The handle is made of plastic so you don’t need or want to push down hard to prevent snapping the handle in half.
- When you roll the ink onto the brayer it will look like there is no ink… but there is. It’s crazy, the first time I used it, I was like, “it’s not picking up any ink, what’s going on?” Then I rolled it onto the paper and there was ink on it!
- Just like photopolymer stamps, the sponge may stain, especially with Red and Pink colors, don’t panic, it will still work just fine.
- When you are done with the Brayer, rinse it in the sink until the water runs clear. Once the water runs clear, you can let it air dry. I smoosh it into a paper towel get the excess water out.
- When using the Sponge Brayer with a Decorative Mask, use washi tape to hold the mask and the cardstock in place.
- How dark the impression is will depend on how many times you roll over the mask.
On this card I used 3 different colors of ink on Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper is so very cool for creating your own background paper. The Specialty Designer Series paper is has white embossing on white cardstock, it comes to life once you apply ink! Every catalog Stampin’ Up! has offered different designs. The fish and seaweed is from the Seashore Stamp set.
On these Bakers Boxes I used the Seasonal Decorative Masks to create my own background. These masks allow you to customize any color cardstock. On the Real Red Bakers Box I used Cherry Cobbler ink, on the Lost Lagoon Bakers Box I also used Lost Lagoon ink, both have a nice contrast. As I mentioned in my tips, I talked the cardstock and mask in place with washi tape. On this final card I used 3 ink colors again to create an Ombre look on the In The Lines Designer Series Paper. This paper is just images on white cardstock, you can color the images in or use the sponge brayer, as shown. The In The Lines paper pack is FREE through Sale-a-Bration starting on January 4, 2017.
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the ways you can use the Sponge Brayer, now go check out projects in the catalog and order yours today!