Yesterday's Brayer Class

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One of the techniques enjoyed in yesterday's Brayer Class in the Cat/Art Studio was using the brayer with embossing folders.  We used the Layered Florals 3D embossing folder on page 65 in the Mini Catalog.  

Layered FLorals 3D EFUsing the brayer we added Starry Sky ink to the logo side of the embossing folder and ran it through the embossing machine with a piece of Starry Sky cardstock.

EF 2We trimmed this piece to the right size for our card and then added a light touch of White Craft ink (page 137 AC) to the raised images of flowers.

EF 3Here is another card created with the same technique.  This one uses Moody Mauve cardstock and ink.  It is a swap card created by Natalie Travis.

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I will miss these....


This is my newest 3D embossing folder, LAYERED FLORALS, and one that I just received.  It is a beauty and one that I 'tried out' yesterday (as a break from doing taxes one of my least favorite jobs!).  You can find it on page 65 in the Mini Catalog.  It is $11.00 and the order number is 162935.  Like some of the other crafting products in the catalog it is hard to see ~ look up in the left hand corner.  I used my white watercolor pencil (you can find two assortments on page 125 in the annual catalog) to highlight several of the embossed flowers.  What do you think?


The colors that I used will be retiring soon!  I will miss them!  If you need any of the 2022 -2024 IN COLOR PRODUCTS it would be best to order them now ~ they will be out of stock soon!


Mix & Mask


On page 38 in Stampin' Up!'s Mini Catalog you will find the ENDURING BEAUTY BUNDLE which includes the stamp set, dies and a set of five decorative masks.  The picture above of my most recent creative mess includes the stamped image of flowers, the blending brushes and the stamp pads that I used with the masks.  When I finished coloring with the blending brushes I painted over the flowers with Wink of Stella.  If you would like more information about this technique join me on Saturday morning, March 2, for my BRAYER & MASK CLASS.


Embossing Folder & the new Brayer ~ no stamping!!

Flight  Airy No Stamping Card



1.  Cut 5 ½” x 8 ½” card base from Lost Lagoon cardstock and fold in half on long side at 4 ¼”.

2. Cut 3 ¼” x 5 ½” Pecan Pie Panel. Punch a hexagon from the center of this panel, staying away from the edges. This is a paper saving technique, as we’ll be covering up the hole!

3. Cut 3” x 5 ½” Flight & Airy DSP (Designer Series Paper) and adhere over the Pecan Pie panel covering the hole. Attach near left side of card front.

4. Punch the Pecan Pie Flight & Airy DSP using the Heartful Hexagon Punch and adhere to Pecan Pie cardstock Hexagon for stability.

5. Apply Stampin’ Seal across back of Pecan Pie Hexagon and arrange Linen Thread as desired. Add to card front with Dimensionals.

6. Fussy cut bird from Flight & Airy DSP and adhere with Multipurpose Glue to left side of Hexagon.

7. Use Brayer to add ink to the fine line side of the Thoughtful Moments Embossing Folder. Depending on your comfort level, you can either emboss a scrap of Basic White Cardstock with your chosen greeting and then cut it using the coordinating dies, or you can carefully insert the dies into the Embossing Folder before adding your scrap and cut and emboss at the same time. Add greeting to card with Dimensionals.

8. Cut three small flowers from Calypso Coral cardstock scrap and adhere to Hexagon.

9. Color Basic Rhinestone Jewels with Lost Lagoon Blends and embellish as desired.


Thoughtful Moments Hybrid Embossing Folder (English) [162927]

Heartfelt Hexagon Punch [162888]

Flight & Airy 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper [162977]

Lost Lagoon Cardstock [133679]

Pecan Pie Cardstock [161717]

Basic White Cardstock [159276]

Calypso Coral Cardstock [122925]

Pecan Pie Stamp Pad [161665]

Stampin' Brayer [162936]

Linen Thread [104199]

Rhinestone Basic Jewels [144220]

Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack [161680]

Stampin' Seal [152813]

Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755]

Stampin' Dimensionals [104430]

Paper Trimmer [152392]

Bone Folder [102300]

Take Your Pick [144107]

Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine [149653]


Brayer Tips

Brayer with Sweet Sorbet ink over DSP



I am glad to see the brayer back in our stamping tools. This is a great tool and has many uses.  You can find it on page 18 in the January Mini Catalog.  

I compared the new Stampin' Up brayer with the old one we had several years ago. The roller on the old one is softer than the new one. The new one is silicone in a bright red orangish color.  The roller on the new one is longer than the old one. The new one does not seem to stain as easily and can be cleaned easier if cleaned directly after use.  The new one has 'feet' to prevent the ink on the roller from getting on the wrong place on our projects ~ ever have that happen???


1. Make certain that your brayer is clean of dust or lint.

2. Since the new brayer is wider, when inking, hold the ink pad side to side instead of bottom to top.

3. Swipe the ink on to the brayer in one direction. Do not roll it back and forward. Test on a scrap paper to check if the ink is on the brayer evenly.

4. Always use a well inked pad.

5. Before applying ink to your paper make certain that the surface is clean as well as the cardstock.

6. Clean your brayer after each use with a damp cloth.

Play with your brayer and try using it with different techniques. Practice makes perfect.  I have a BRAYER CLASS scheduled in the CAT/ART STUDIO on Saturday morning, February 17, at ten.  Let me know if you are interested in joining me for some stampin' fun!


Tool Tips/Sue Erickson



Helpful Tool Tips

Q & A – Scratched Cutting Plates

Question: My cutting plates are so scratched up and the scratches are showing up on the surface of my die-cuts. I seem to be going through new cutting plates like crazy. Is there anyway I can use the old ones and not have the scratches appear on my paper?

Answer: I know exactly what you mean. I was cutting out labels for a card swap and noticed those scratches were being embossed into the cardstock while die-cutting. I didn’t have new plates to use to finish the swap in time so I did a Google search for a solution. Here’s a great solution I found. Place a piece of copy paper or wax paper between the cardstock and the cutting plate. This provides a buffer between your cardstock and the scratches. In the future have one new plate dedicated to only being a top plate and avoid it getting scratches.

Tool Tip – Stamping Multiple Images  

When making multiple copies of the same card, die-cut one label/shape from a square of cardstock at least 1” larger than the shape. Then use the square as a placement template when using a Stamparatus or another placement tool. Place each die-cut in the template to stamp it. I usually recommend stamping first and then die-cutting but when you have many to do, this is a very efficient way to get the job done.


New Brayer ~ surprise!

New tool?  No, not really!  I bet many of us have an old brayer in our stash of treasured craft supplies.  Stampin' Up! has redesigned this one to include a silicone roller that is wider than our previous one and it has legs so that you can set it down without getting ink all over ~ the ink stays on the roller!  You can find the new one on page 19 in the Mini Catalog along with some very interesting hybrid embossing folders.  I will be posting samples of how you can use these folders later this week.  (In the meantime, forgive my absence ~ Alan kindly passed his cold on to me Saturday morning and I spent Saturday and Sunday in bed, recovering and reading ~ historic fiction ~ GIRL BRAIDING HER HAIR by Marta Molnar ~ I recommend it!)



Double Gatefold Card

Gatefold 1




· Bundles: Painted Lavender (162594), Perennial Postage (162598), page 23 January Mini Catalog

· Cardstock: Highland Heather 146986); Basic White (159276)

· Stamp Pads: Granny Apple Green (147095); Gorgeous Grape (147099)

· Misc: Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper (162593); Purple Fine Shimmer Gems (162611); Perennial Postage Dies (162607);


· Highland Heather: 11” x 5 ½”; 9 ¾” x 1” for Belly Band; 3” x 2 1/8”

· Basic White 5 ¼” x 4”; 3” x 2 ¼”

· Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper 2 pieces 5 ¼” x 12 7/8” Crumb Cake Gingham; 2 pieces 5 ¼” x 1” flowers


· Score the card base at 1 ¼”, 3 3/8”, 7 5/8” & 9 ¾”. Accordion fold with mountain, valley, mountain valley

· Adhere the Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper to the front and side pieces as shown in picture

· Adhere the Basic White to the center.

· Cut out the Perennial Postage piece in Basic White 2 7/8” x 2” die. Stamp the “grass” in Granny Apple Green by stamping off them stamping on the Basic White. Stamp the sentiment over the Granny Apple Green. Adhere to the Highland Heather 3” x 2 1/8” piece

· Place the belly band piece around the card and score with your fingers. You don’t want it too tight, so it can be removed easily. Adhere together at the back.

· Add the sentiment piece to the front of the belly band.

· Adhere the Purple Fine Shimmer Gems to the sentiment piece.


Gatefold 2

Take Your Pick Tool


Let’s talk about a very handy and inexpensive tool that most crafters can’t live without. Have you ever heard of Stampin Up's Take Your Pick Tool? It's one of those tools that when you have it, you don't know how you ever lived without it. I want to share all the uses this tool has and how I use it with almost every project I create!

Take Your Pic 1

Here is how Stampin’ Up! describes the Take your Pick: “Multipurpose pickup and precision tool simplifies meticulous tasks. Includes 2 exchangeable, double-ended tips with a paper piercer, mini spatula, small stylus, large stylus, and a tacky putty tip that picks up sequins, paper accents, and other small objects.”

Let’s talk about this.

Take Your Pic 2

This is a 5 in 1 tool. It has a nice no-slip rubbery grip as well as 2 functional tips. The first is a putty end used for picking up sequins, sliding gems, dots, and jewels off their window sheet, and adding them to your projects. You can pick up small slices of paper – glue them and use them to line the small paper piece where you want it! Just unscrew the end and you have a refill when you run out! I love this putty tool!

The other end has a mini spatula and a paper piercer. The spatula is helpful when sliding under embellishments, tear and tape, shaving off the chalk, and is a nice pallet knife. Have you ever placed something in the wrong spot, this is perfect for lifting and replacing your embellishments without damaging them. The pointy tool is a wonderful paper piercer, you can make small holes around stamps, and shapes to enhance the focal part of the card. It also helps when taking off embellishments if you don't want to use the putty, takes off the tops of Dimensionals, and helps with detailed dies to get out paper that gets stuck in them.

You can exchange the ends to a large/small stylus. Either end can be used with the Simply Scored scoring tool. If you happen to misplace that stylus, either one can score for you. If you want to add some custom scoring on a card, a stamped image, or vellum, this will give you that freedom to do so.

Take Your Pic 3

Next, we have the Take Your Pick Crafters tips. These tips fit in the Take Your Pick. Simply remove a tip and insert a different tip for the task you have at hand. These can take you to the next level of crafting. Stampin’ Up! says this: “Interchangeable tips for Take your Pick tool. Set of 3 tips: hobby blade, pick tip, rotary perforating tip. Includes protective end caps.” The hobby blade is used for precision cutting. Just grab your ruler and you can create peek-throughs, cuts that don't always work well or easily with your paper trimmer, or cuts that are longer than your paper trimmer. 

We have a double-end piercing and a little "hook" tip. The long straight end is like a needle tip. It can get into closed areas, and it will make fine holes when piercing. The hook end is wonderful for getting under tear and tape. As you know, sometimes you have to really work at getting the top layer of tape off, this will create some ease for you.

Last is a rotary perforating tip. This is great for cutting perforated patterns for cards or creating a bookmark card for friends. The blade has a protective cover and when you slide it down, it will expose the blade.

The hobby blade can be changed out with a standard #11 blade and the rotary tip uses a standard #28 cutting or perforating blade.

Take Your Pic 4

The die brush tip comes with 2 foam pads. When you die cut and pieces of paper get stuck, just put the die on the foam pad and brush back and forth. This helps get all those delicate or hard pieces in your dies.

If you do have a hard time, you can always use your picky tool to help you!