Thursday, October 11, 2018

Second Thursday Tutorial: One stamp, one color becomes a masterboard

Today we are taking ONE stamp and creating a masterboard.  I know those of you who live in the U.K. more than likely know what a masterboard is.  Although I've been told one was first shown on an American blog or web site, masterboards haven't exactly caught on here.  If you don't know what a masterboard is, check out my internet friend Helen (H) and examples of hers.  Another internet friend who specializes in masterboards is Angela.  You will find her masterboards on her blog by going to the top and finding "Home."  Go to the second row, the third "page" from the left and you will be overwhelmed with them.

Unlike these artists, I'm keeping mine simple.  I began by choosing three stamps I thought I might use.

I really wanted to use the flower, but

upon closer inspection, I realized the flower wasn't really deeply etched, even though it had a much nicer wooden block than the butterfly.

I purchased this butterfly stamp at the Dollar Tree where everything is $1.00 (USD).

As I've said in the past, my reinkers are divided into dye, pigment, distress, and solvent.  You will want to use dye ink for this project.  Since both had bled onto their original labels, I can't tell you the brand, only that I purchased them on clearance at my favorite mixed media store. 

I don't have many stamp pads, so I had to create my own by placing three wet baby wipes on one of my acrylic blocks.  I used the largest block I own.  Then it was time to stamp.

Ideally, you should rotate your stamp so it appears there is movement.  However, I often forgot to rotate it and many of my butterflies were headed in the same direction.  You shouldn't be afraid to stamp off the edges, either.

The spot you see on the page is where the baby wipes were exposed too long to  the card stock.

Of course, I had to try again to see if I could do a bit better the second time around.

Not sure this was much better.

The spot at the bottom of this image is a shadow from my lens.

Then it was time to clean and put my tools away.  You can see I got three masterboards out of this because I hate to waste anything, even dye ink.

Now it is time to turn these into greeting cards, ATCs, journal, or altered book backgrounds.


1.  I must learn to stamp better, applying even pressure each time I press the stamp to paper.

2.  I wanted to fill the blank spots with second and third generation stamping, but I often forgot and overlapped a few images that caused confusion, something I had hoped wouldn't happen.

Thank you for joining me for this Second Thursday tutorial.  Once this goes live, you will be able to find it on my Tutorials page (found under Bleubeard's beautiful face).

19 thoughtful remarks:

aussie aNNie said...

These are just gorgeous, what a technique you use and love the butterfly pages on both. I had that stamp too but gave a lot of mine away to the local nursing home for the residence in their activities. Of course you can add my blog to your side bar, I have yours and each time you create you pop up first...I am just as late for the party at times. We get to see each other eventually and thanks graciously for your fab comment...I do love mixed

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I have not heard of masterboards before so I enjoyed your tutorial I can see a cool and fun way to make up greeting cards thanks

Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic page, I am sure you will have a lot of fun using this. Have a great day, Valerie

CJ Kennedy said...

Very cool idea to make your own backgrounds for pages or cards.

Divers and Sundry said...

The Masterboard is a new concept for me, and even among my artistic inability stamping is one of my least accomplished methods. I'm impressed by your pattern here. It'll be fun to see how you use it :)

froebelsternchen said...

You made three fabulous backgrounds! I am sure they will come very handy for cards or pages!

A fun tutorial Elizabeth!
You are so clever with your supplies!
Thank you!!!
Hugs, Susi

Meggymay said...

It was a super tutorial Elizabeth and your results look fantastic.
I'm sure you will be using these soon and wonder how you will use the coloured wipes?
Yvonne xx

Marfi-topia said...

Elizabeth, these look awesome!!
I love reading the step by steps.
The one where you used the rest of the ink, would look great with black or white stamped butterflies:)

da tabbies o trout towne said...

the butterflies are really pretty... { the leaf reminds me of a gingerbread//molasses cookie for some reason } !! ♥♥♥

Sandra Cox said...

You got a great deal on the butterfly stamp. I love the navy blue.

My name is Erika. said...

I like your stamping. The lighter butterflies looks like they have flown off into the background. I used to make a lot of masterboards when I made cards more, but it's been quite a while. It's nice to be refreshed about techniques that are great to use and that I have forgotten about. Hope it was a good day. Hugs-Erika

Rita said...

I've never heard of a masterboard before. Love the butterflies. :)

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I love how you always show us the alternative ways Elizabeth, you put us all to shame with our greedy stash. The wet wipe technique works wonderfully, I could just imagine that Butterfly design on delicate tissue, it would make a beautiful hand wrapped gift. I'm now looking forward to seeing what you do with that masterboard, it can be extremely addictive!
Hugs Tracey xx
P.S Sorry for my absence but as you know it's been a stressful time over the past couple of weeks.. Looking forward to getting back up to speed again xx

Sami said...

I had never heard of Masterboards, but your butterflies look great and I like the colours you used.
Have a lovely weekend Elizabeth.

Caty said...

I love this so master tutorial Elizabeth !! It´s really fabulous, thank you very much!! You know I love butterflies, so these pages are for me, the best !! the third page is also very beautiful, and will have a great future, I´m sure.
I wish you a very nice weekend, big hugs, Caty

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Elizabeth. I am just amazed that so many people still don't really know the Masterboard technique especially our American friends because it was in an American Magazine in 2004 that I first saw them. The Magazine was by Stampington either Stampers Sampler or Take Ten not quite sure which. Although there are some companies which stock these magazines they are still not readily available in the UK but I get them when I can and they still regularly show a Masterboard with card ideas. I think these Masterboards are great, I love the faded sections too. I wonder if you stamp the butterfly onto the mop-up sheet and then blot it if it would lift the colour leaving you a faded image but then you could easily stamp over it too and heat emboss with white powder which would give a gorgeous effect. Now look there I go! you've got me all excited though to be honest it doesn't take much where ink and paper are concerned. Sending hugs, Angela xXx PS thanks for mentioning me in your post xXx

pearshapedcrafting said...

These masterboards are so delicately executed and I shall be watching out for seeing you use them! Love how you make your ink pads! Hugs, Chrisx

Jackie PN said...

I keep saying one day I will do this...
I just love the butterflies! Great stamp choice and beautiful colors!
Jackie xo

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

They're lovely, Elizabeth. I can't keep up with your daily blogging, so I'm delighted that Kathy mentioned this post at tea. You're inspiring and have so many clever ideas about saving money on supplies. Hugs, Eileen