Wednesday, March 3, 2010


On Wednesday, someone from the Bugaboo ( design team gives a tutorial for our readers.  Today is my turn!  I'm going to show you how to make a background using a brayer and rubber bands.  Here are the supplies that you will use in this project:

What I have is white glossy cardstock, assorted sizes and widths of rubber bands (I bought a one pound bag of assorted sizes at Big Lots for $1.00), an inkpad of the color you choose to use on your card--mine is memento tuxedo black), and a brayer.  Here are the steps:
1.  Remove the roller from your brayer.  Mine just slips out of the ends.
2.  Wrap various width rubber bands individually around the brayer.  Some will be longer so you may have to wrap them several times.  See picture below:

3.  Ink up the brayer.  Be sure to get all areas of the brayers inked.
4.  Roll brayer over your glossy cardstock (you really can use regular cardstock--I just like the glossy better for this technique!).  Only roll the brayer over the cardstock ONE TIME!  Do NOT repeat or back up your rolling.  This will muddy or blur your design.
5.  You can clean the ink off the roller and repeat with a different color to add some drama--if you wish.  I did not want to!
Here is my background.  To me, when done in black, this background looks like bamboo.  Different colors give it different looks.  Here is mine:

For my card using this background, I used a free image that Jodie gave called Edward the Elephant.  I colored the pads of his feet, but paper pieced the rest of the elephant using SU paper.  I used my rubber band background as I would have used designer paper.  I followed a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I also matted the image on SU paper, and used Papertrey cardstock for my card.  I cut a scalloped border using Papertrey's new border die, added Papertrey ribbon, and used four pieces of yellow bling.  I think this card turned out cute!!  Check it out, and try this technique yourself.  When you do this, please share your creation with me.  I would love to see it!

This card will be entered into challenges at the following:
Challenge SFC 38 was to use fun borders.
Challenge # 5 was to use paper piecing to create a card for a man or a boy
I followed their sketch.

Remember the Bugaboo Going Green challenge runs through March 6 at 7:00 a.m. EST.

My thanks to my SU demo--Karen Cole.  She hosted a techniques series, and the rubberband technique was one of the ones she taught.


  1. Very cute! I love the paper pieced elephant and your tutorial was excellent! Thanks for playing in the Squigglefly challenge!

  2. Fantastic tutorial! Love your little Edward too!

  3. Hiya. This is a brilliant idea. How wonderful and very effective. Thank you for explaining how its done.
    Happy Crafting.
    Love Sandra xx

  4. Wow fabulous tutorial, Ive had a go with the elastic band and it does make a stunning effect. I love your card and the paper piecing. Thank you for joining us at Cards for Men, and good luck with the Challenge. With hugs Shirleyx

  5. Great card and wonderful idea about the brayer. Thanks for joining our paper piecing challenge on Cards for Men.

    Good luck,

    Donna xx

  6. Great tutorial I will have to try this soon! You did a great job, thanks

  7. Now THAT is super cool!!! The background is perfect with the Edward Elephant image!!! :D

  8. Super fun i love this idea!

    I've been trying to reply to each of your emails but for some reason they dont seem to be going thru. I've had one of my design team members email you with my response to your inquiry, but i wanted to try leaving a message to you here as well. You can always email my personal email account at makeupbykatie at yahoo dot com :)

  9. That is very cool! Thank you Sandye! Love the Edward card!

  10. great tutorial and a fab card
    thanks for playing along with squigglefly
    Anne x

  11. Cute cute cute Sandye! I love your brayered background. I haven't seen that technique in a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

  12. Hi Sandye. This is really a good idea. Something different and looks like fun. This is great when there just isn't the right DP available! Thanks for taking your time to share!

  13. What a neat idea Sandye. Great background 'stamp'. Over at we are having our very first card challenge. Would love to have you play along. Drop by for a visit!

  14. What a cool idea with those rubber bands!!!
    I LOVE your paper pieced elephant too. It's a great card Sandye. Thanks for playing along with us at Cards For Men. Good luck! Viv xx

  15. Great tutorial! Your card is great- excellent paper piecing. Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly.

  16. Wow! I picked a good time to visit. I love this background. This card is a stunner.
    Thanks for joining us at Squigglefly.

  17. Love your background. Wonderful job. Thanks for playing with us at Cards for Men.