Saturday, 6 February 2016

Mixed Media Challenge for Happy Little Stampers

Hello again .....

Time for another challenge ...... it's a busy old month so far!!

It's the turn of the HLS Mixed Media Challenge this time ..... and this month it's all about using PAINT

As always the challenge is sponsored by the Happy Little Stampers Store

And the challenge winner will receive a $15 discount voucher to shop in the store

We have a fabulous Guest Designer with us again this month ..... the lovely Autumn from  Sew Paper Paint is joining in the fun .... please pop over and say Hi.

So ...... paint ...... I love the stuff!!

Towards the end of last year I ran a small workshop on creating Masterboards.  
Basically you use your stamps to create complete sheets of your own patterned card or paper, then colour them in using inks, or pens, pencils or in this case I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints.  I've been waiting for an opportunity to cut it up and make a card!

It started out as a sheet of white A4 cardstock which I coloured completely using the paints.  Once this was dry I then stamped over the top using one of the mini JOFY stamps (JOFY Mini 34) until the whole of the sheet was covered.
Try and keep your pattern quite random, and stamp off the edges too.  Turn your stamps as you go along to get a different look.

I embossed each of the images with a clear powder ...... this helps when colouring in the flowers later.

I used more shades of paint from the Fresco Finish range to colour each of the flowers ..... just mixed each one with a little water and used them with a fine paintbrush ...

The embossing acts as a resist against the paint around the edges so you don't loose any of the detail of the stamped images.

I've used a whole range of colours on mine, but you could just use one or two, use your favourite colour in two or three different shades or just colour the background in a nice bold colour and leave your stamped images white ..... just have a play.

Anyhow .... my masterboard was then cut down to size (approx. 14cm square) ....... and I've still got loads left over for other projects.
I then stamped the HAPPY .... from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments onto a strip of torn vellum using Versamark ink, and embossed with a fine detail white powder

This was then wrapped around the card, and then mat onto another piece of white card, before adding it to the front of my cardblank.

I finished off by adding some dots of white Enamel Accents to the centres of the flowers and just a few onto the vellum for added decoration.

I even used a piece of the masterboard to decorate the inside .......

Along with another of the words from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments

Have a go at making your own masterboards .... it's fun.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time


  1. Just getting into masterboards myself. This is a beauty, fun colours and fun images. Great you can cut the board up and makes 'lots' more projects. However I have only have made the one and couldn't cut it up! I was just so pleased that I had made one! Love the sentiment on the velum and how you've done the inside of your card too. Gorgeous card and thank you for the inspiration x

  2. Love this one Linda and only you could achieve such a fab CAS Mixed Media Card. Love your masterboard, so colourful.
    Avril xx

  3. So pretty! Love the soft subtle background, and your garden of pretty blooms. :) Have never done a masterboard ... sounds like something fun! :) xx

  4. Lovely, Linda. I like the resist technique which you used. The white enamel accents are a perfect finishing touch.

  5. I would have found it so difficult to cut into this gorgeous masterboard, Linda! It's so whimsical and pretty--thanks for the tips on creating one!


  6. What a beautiful background for the vellum sentiment! I've never made a masterboard, but you've inspired me to try - thanks for explaining the steps! It's great to be on HLS DT with you - I love learning from my fellow DT members!

  7. I love this summery looking masterboard Linda - so pretty and the sentiment says it all - it's such a happy card! What a bonus to have some left for other projects too.
    Carol x

  8. What a great idea to make master boards! I love yours, bright and happy colors are my favourite! Love the card inside too.


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