Sunday, November 15, 2009

Masterboard Christmas Cards - Quick Tutorial

While on my quest for inspiration for Christmas card making, I came across a challenge on Chris' blog (Twinkles Glow with Stamps) by the "Saturday Spotlight Challenge" team to create a "masterboard". I had never heard that term before so I was intrigued and consequently learned that a masterboard is basically a sheet of patterned DP that you design to use on your cards! You can then make copies of it and can use it over and over for future cards. So I set off to create my "masterboard" and some cards with it! I used the holly branch from SU's Leaf Lines and stamped it with StazOn randomly on some watercolor paper. Selected my crayon colors (Old Olive and Handsome Hunter) and touched over all the leaves with a little smudge of each. Then used my aqua brush to water down the smudges and blend the colors. I intentionally wanted it to be not-so-precise coloring. I dotted the berries with a Prismacolor marker in Crimson Red. And there you have it. My sheet was about 8-1/2" by 6". Here's two cards I made with my masterboard. What a great idea and fun to do!!


Gvendalen said...

Very beautiful card. Lovely colors and layout.

stitchy said...

What beautiful cards they are, love the colors and embellishments... thanks for joining the challenge at Saturday Spotlight this week, good luck...

Liszha said...

Am I really the first one that showed them? Well, you have gotta have a look on Marianne's as well.
My post inspired her too and my scrapfriends, who I sent the link to your tutorial, all made a few too and they so enjoyed it!
In my environment it was a big hit.
Thanks for sharing!

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Julia Aston said...

I love this dp you created Anne! the smudgy coloring looks super and both of your cards are just lovely! wonderful colors and designs!

StampDancer said...

This is Beautiful! I like it alot.

asnow said...

Beautiful cards!! Nicely done.

In Canada (and maybe elsewhere), we call this a "One-Sheet Wonder" - I imagine you would find lots of examples if you Googled it :)


Julia Aston said...

back again to let you know that I found the Card of the Week (well what do you know - it's on your side bar!!) AND you were ALSO highlighted for your wonderful masterboard here!!! whoo hoo!!!

Joan Ervin said...

OMG, Anne, what beautiful designer paper you should go into business, gf!!!! I love your cards, too...such great layouts and the paper takes center stage, for sure!!!!

Anonymous said...

WOWZER Anne, what a truly gorgeous job you've done with your Masterboard!! So glad that you tried this out and I see you were recognized for your outstanding work with it and indeed it is!! :) Thank you so much for playing along with us at Saturday Spotlight this week!! HUGS

JulieA said...

That is so beautiful. It totally looks like DP that you bought. You are one very talented lady! Thanks for the inspiration.

Dawn B. said...

Anne these are so pretty.. I LOVE the way you colored them in.. Super job.. SO glad you played with us this week.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Anne!! These are so gorgeous!! So elegant. YOur coloring and design of the masterboard is incredible!!! Love the holly!! Love it all!

Jessica G. said...

Gorgeous masterboard and a perfect accent for such elegant holiday cards! Thanks for playing in this week's Saturday Spotlight challenge!!

Crystal said...

WOW Anne these are beautiful, gorgeous cards!

Anonymous said...

HI Anne!! Congrats to you for making the TOP 3 Spotlighted on the Saturday Spotlight blog!! Please come get your blinkie!! :) HUGS

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