Masterboards

A Masterboard is paper or card that you embellish yourself. It has many uses such as matting and layering, as the focal point on a design and to make die cuts and punched elements or wherever your imagination takes you.

I first became aware of these in 2004 when reading an article in a Somerset Studio magazine (examples can still be seen regularly in their magazines).
I wondered why I hadn't thought of this before as I was already making my own background papers.
At this stage I was not blogging as I was working full time teaching Textiles and Art which took up most of my time as you can imagine. 
When I researched Masterboards on-line I couldn't find anyone that was making these but the term seemed a good one so I used it.
Gradually the term seemed to become more generally used and now you can find examples of the variety of techniques used to make these background papers or Masterboards.

I enjoy making them because they are more personal than the background papers you can buy and no-one else will have the same design.
Sometimes if I make one that I would like to use for several projects, I scan it and keep the original so that I can use it again.
I have found that if you have a laser printer you can get very good copies to save as inspiration or to use on another project.

I will be uploading some of my favourite Masterboards here with ideas of how to use them and info on how they were created.

I normally use A3 paper or card because it gives me more to work with but it could be any size.
 

Here are a few more ideas I've used recently:

2017

3D Gel with stencils and Distress Oxide inks.

Card ideas.



Distress Oxide Inks and Seth Apter stamps and stencils.

 
Paper Artsy Elenazinski stamps.





Grunge paste, distress inks and Seth Apter stamps and stencils.




 
Paper Artsy Fresco paints and Tracy Scott stamps.


 
Tim Holtz stencils and Distress Oxide Inks.



 
 Seth Apter stamps and dies.

 
Indigo Blu stamps and Distress Oxide Inks.
 

 
Paper Artsy fresco paints applied with a brayer.
  

 
Tracy Scott stamps.
 

 
 
Prima stamps and Distress Oxide inks.


 
Stencils and Distress Oxide Inks.

 
Kim Dellow stamps.

 
Old tax discs and stencils.

 
Tim Holtz stamps.

 
Masterboard Techniques I've found on YouTube:
 
Eileen Godwin

2016



 
 



March 2016
 

 


 
 
 
February 2016



 
A card I made from the Masterboard above.
 




Fun With Masterboards and Picasa 3.

This is the original using distress inks through a stencil.



And playtime with Picasa to alter the colours.














Alice Masterboards.





Card sample.


Changing colours with Picasa .





Christmas is coming so here are some festive Masterboards:























Masterboards made using tissue paper placed onto damp paper or card so that the colour bleeds into it.



I then stamped onto this one using Paper Artsy stamps.


And here is what I made with them:




Masterboard from my friend Gloria.


Here's what I made.





Chocolate Baroque.



More Boards.


Artist Trading Cards



Sent a similar Masterboard to my friend Gloria.



Here is what she made.

Mini Book



Gloria sent me this Masterboard.


And I made this.




Graphic 45 stamps.


                                               Card samples.







  • Distress Ink and text stamp.


Card samples.





  • Gelli Print.


Card sample.


  • Butterfly Masterboard.


Card Sample.


  • Indigo Blu stamps.

Card sample.


  • Bird design.


Sample.



  • Steampunk stamps by Sam Poole



Card Sample.




  • Gothic Style.



Sample using Stampotique stamps.


  • Steampunk Masterboard.

Sample.


  • Chocolate Baroque stamps.


  • ATC sample.

Back soon with more ideas,
Angela x


2 comments:

  1. Well, I didn't have to go far to learn about Masterboards. These are amazing and very inspiring.
    Cathy woyww #61

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  2. Aah Masterboards explained...and I do make background papers using these techniques myself, never knew they were called Masterboards - thanks for the info and love your designs, Carole Z X woyww #49

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