Thursday 8 December 2016

Throwback Thursday

It's Thursday... time for a little Throwback! Every Thursday we will be sharing a wonderful project from a past issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.... a full step by step tutorial for you to feast your eyes upon! As a new project for our newer readers, or a reminder for those who have been with us a while... it's sure to inspire!

Our project this week is by the super talented Helen Chilton, and was first published in the December 2014 issue of Craft Stamper. Helen shows us how to create a masterboard, and use it to create this stunning card!

Helen says: 

I'd never made a masterboard before but I'm always up for an experiment. It's a really good way of creating something unique and is surprisingly easy once you get started.

 A masterboard is simply a large background piece that is then cut up into smaller pieces and used for several projects. It's like your own personalised piece of patterned paper. The beauty of it is that anything goes. You can use paints, inks, sprays, pencils, stamps, doodling, stencils… whatever you like. It's your choice and it's very liberating.

I started with some blobs of paint and a roller and just brayered it this way and that. Next I sprayed inks, and then used inkpads for stencilling in different colours before getting to the stamping layers. Try to stamp randomly using background stamps, images, borders etc. While you’re doing all this, don't underestimate the white spaces. When you spray or stencil or stamp it looks different on the paint than on the white paper, creating more interest.

When you're ready to cut up your background, try cutting out some different sized windows and placing them over different parts of the background to see which bits you like. Use the remnants of the masterboard to stamp your images on to get a really coordinated look. 


Stamps Helen used...
IndigoBlu: Connor's Crown Jewels IND0121; Snowflake Lace IND0113; Dinkie Holly Flourish IND0122

Other materials...
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paint: Ice Blue; Mermaid; Antarctic;
Distress Inks: Stormy Sky; Mowed Lawn; Evergreen Bough
Crafters Workshop Stencils: Quatrefoil TCW381; Ledger TCW267
Memory Box Designer Stencil: Texture Rhapsody 88515
VersaMark Ink
Dylusions Spray Inks: Fresh Lime; Vibrant Turquoise
Silver embossing powder
Pebeo Mirror Effect Foil Leaves: Silver
A3 heavyweight cartridge paper
Glue stick/glue pen
Mirror card: silver
Card: green; light blue
Heat gun

Step by step instructions:  

1 Blob some paint on the cartridge paper, using all three colours.

2 Brayer the blobs of paint over the paper, working in all directions. Leave plenty of gaps.

3 Spray on the Dylusions inks, rolling them out with the brayer as you go.

4 Choose your stencils and which ink pads you're going to use. I've chosen a large background pattern, a text stamp and a small repetitive pattern.

5 After using the Texture Rhapsody stencil and Evergreen Bough ink pad, it looks like this. The stencilling appears different depending on what's behind it.

6 Next stamp over the design randomly in two different colours. I've used a large snowflake background and a small flourish.

7 This close-up shows how the masterboard comes together. I stopped here but you can carry on building up the layers as you want.

8 Cut out some windows the size of your card backgrounds, and place these over the masterboard to see which areas you like best.

9 Use the windows as templates and cut out five pieces from the masterboard. Keep any leftovers for stamping onto.

10 Stamp and silver emboss the bauble collage.

11 Very lightly rub over the embossed areas with a glue stick. For more detailed areas use a glue pen and allow to dry slightly.

12 Press the foil over the glued areas silver side up and then pull off. 

To finish:
Stamp and emboss extra parts of the image to layer on top, and add embellishments. Layer onto silver mirror, green and light blue card.

Wow! We love this... so much amazing detail!

Thank you so much Helen!
Don't forget to check back next Thursday for another blast from the past Christmas project!              

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