Brick Wall Technique

A few weeks ago, I set off on a journey to better my stamping and open myself up to new techniques. I came across a tutorial for the Brick Wall Technique. I have always admired the look of cards that use it, so this was the next technique I decided to try!

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I am SO excited about this card! I am completely in love with this technique. It was certainly more time consuming than a regular card, but the pay off is well worth the extra effort!!!

I started with a 3 x 4 piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I stamped the Hydrangea from the Because I Care set in Versamark and embossed it with Black Embossing Powder. Next, I stamped the script stamp from Strength & Hope in Crumb Cake ink, just around the edges of the hydrangea panel. Then, I sponged the edges first with Crumb Cake ink, then again with Early Espresso. Finally, I sponged over and around the entire Hydrangea image using Crumb Cake ink.

The next step involves cutting your brick wall pattern.
First, cut horizontal lines every 1/4 inch.
Next, cut vertical lines every inch, off-setting 1/2 an inch every other line.
Then sponge each "brick" with Early Espresso ink (or any color that fits your design).

The hard part is lining up all of those little bricks. I worked along the edges and then inward on mine. But, you may find something that works better for you.

The rest of the card was just layering and a bit more sponging. I decided to leave my card base clean & without distressing so that my focal image would really pop!

What do you think? Are you as excited as me? I hope you will give this a try. I promise, you will be so happy with the outcome!

One more picture before I go:


All supplies SU!
Stamps: Because I Care (hostess set), Strength & Hope, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Early Espresso
Accessories: Sponges, Large Oval Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Linen Thread, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

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6 comments:

Tracey Prieskorn said...

This is a beautiful card, very elegant! This is a technique that I would like to try. Thanks for sharing!!

Tracey
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Brenda said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful tutorial!! hugs, Bren

Amy said...

This has that amazing WOW factor!!! What an AWESOME technique!! I would love to be able to see this card in person, I'm sure with the embossing it's just INCREDIBLE!! Gorgeous card Mo, and fantastic technique, I have to add this to my list of things to try!!

Karen said...

It's beautiful! I may have to try that!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Yes, I am as excited as you are about your card, Maureen! It is FABulous. :0) Glad you shared a step by step, in case I feel brave enough to try. My "Inspired by a Sign" card was muuuuuuuch easier...and sometimes that's the easy route I take! LOL

Peggy said...

What a classic card, elegant and rich looking. Hope mine will look as good. Thanks for the inspiration.

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