Sunday, 22 November 2015

2015 Topic 22 Masterboards {Challenge}

 2015 Topic 22: Masterboards




Well hello everyone, Leandra here



It only seems like yesterday that we launched the blog with a fortnightly topic focus, and here we are at the end of the year with the final topic! 


I have got to say, that after many years of blogging, this past year has been my favourite -hands down! We have built up a group of over 30 different blog contributors. This allows us to bring to you so many styles, talents and skills for you to enjoy and reflect upon. 

The topics have alternated from products to concepts and techniques which seems to also suit you to opt in or out depending on what tickles your fancy.


Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 21: Abstract Art Challenge...

Hi, Darcy here. Some very inspiring entries for the last theme, abstract can be very freeing, but that in itself can be difficult for a lot of people. As always you rose to the challenge and really pushed yourselves to explore the theme. 

The winner of Abstract Art  is: Helen from Stamping by H

Email Darcy to claim your prize. Darcydotneedles@hotmail.com

Leandra back with you... 
So just one more challenge remains before we take a break over the Christmas/ New Year period. The Masterboards Topic will be open until Dec 6th, and winner announced as usual on that same Sunday evening.

As we near Christmas, 'Masterboards' is a topic that works well if you are in desperate need to embark upon a Xmas card-making frenzy. I know a lot of you like to get your cards sent by Dec 1st (showing the rest of us up!), so there is still time to use this technique for those of you who fly by the seat of your pants! 

I've even knocked up a video showing you how super quick it can be to do a masterboard using my brayer technique and some gorgeous colours, here is the finished card below. I didn't finish it properly in the video, so take a good look!...



...actually I made 7 cards - WOW!! 



As JOFY stamps are hand-drawn and quite finely detailed, they struggled to 'pop' off the bright background.o make them 'pop' I did really like using the white paint mixed with Satin Glaze on top of the stamped area, then additional touches of Bougainvillea or Tango as you can see in the samples. As you can tell from the video, a masterboard takes me about 10 mins, and then adding them to cards took me about another hour behind the scenes. But that included the white painting/ coloured accents. All good fun!

Here is the video showing how I made the masterboard...


Jo herself did a similar thing in summer , read about it here. Yes, she used YELLOW! Just like i never make Christmas cards, she NEVER uses yellow! Masterboards are empowering things! LOL



You can see lots of the cards up close on her blog post or on my Pinterest page for masterboards. How deliciously simple is this!



Jo is really good at masterboards, in this post she turned this amazing board (from PaperArtsy Blog post here)...


...into this... so gorgeous how the grid squares have been perfectly arranged. There are additional samples on Jo's blog here ....


and here she has made some stunning tags with the remnants...


But upon further inspections it is easy to see how addicted Jo is to this way of creating! Here is another that got chopped up see details here... and another gilded version here.


Next up Anneke, she also is great with bright colours. In the video I showed you a journal she sent us, and here is another done in a masterboard style with a gelli plate. Details here...


And here is the finished cover with additional stamping details added.


Ellen Vargo's stamps are perfect for masterboards. See her post here on how these came about...



I was chuckling this week as Chris Cresswell posted a series of photos showing how a masterboard she was working on developed. You can see the progression below and more on her blog here. She starts with papers, paints, paint-sprays and brusho glazes...



and has added some gorgeous top layers in different ways...collages...



and 'blocking out' images traced from stencils using different colours to block.



I also spied on her blog this journal page which is a stunning creation that could be called a masterboard too! I think this was made in a Tracy Scott class she attended...


And this year Chris has organised a circle journal for a few ladies this year, and this was Chris's page in Gabrielle's journal. She started with a masterboard and then blocked. Read about the process here...


It takes some willpower to turn a background like the above into the below, but I think this blocking concept is one of my favourite techniques at the moment. You can use stamps on the top and block around those too.


Masterboards are often flat to touch,  but they look awesome with texture too, check out this post by Brenda for Countryview Crafts using Frescos and Grunge Paste. Love the effect!



I think you are really going to enjoy this topic, it is so broad, and you can use the colours, stamps, gels and mediums of your choice. It pull a lot of recent topics together. Have fun!

Don't forget to follow my Masterboards pinterest board if this topic pushes your buttons, you will see plenty more examples to whet your appetite there! 

I am really looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 2 weeks!


Leandra


Topic 22: Masterboards PaperArtsy Blog Challenge (Final challenge of 2015)


We'd love you to share your ideas and link up your creativity to this page. Please familiarise yourself with the challenge guidelines below before entering.

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Masterboards link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Dec 6th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.








1. The challenge is a chance for you to show how you have been inspired by a particular technique of the fortnight. Your entry should contain:
- a mention of which post inspired you and why, and 
- a link in your blog post to that original post on the PA blog.

The whole concept of this challenge is 'play along with us'. You are encouraged to put your own twist on ideas you see on our blog. We love to see how you are inspired and your twist!

2. The link you put on our linky page must lead directly to the specific post on your blog where you have explored the technique/ idea mentioned in point 1 above. Don't link to the home page of your blog, or we will be unable to find the post to leave you comments.

3. Spam links will be deleted.

4. We prefer your challenge post is created exclusive to our challenge, but if our topic fits perfectly with another challenge, then of course your post may link to both if you feel it is appropriate.


5. You are most welcome to use stamps/ products/ substrates you have to hand from a variety of companies, we do not expect you to exclusively use PA products - it's lovely when you do though!

6. You can enter as many times as you like in the fortnight. We don't want to restrict your creativity or participation! Link closes at 17:00 Sunday Dec 6th   (London Time)

7. The winner of the random draw will receive a £50 credit to be redeemed on the PaperArtsy Website, the credit includes VAT and postage. We request that one of your purchases is an A5 rubber stamp. You can add any other items to your basket, but the final total should not exceed £50

8. Each Sunday fortnight the winner will be announced at 19:00, also, in the same post, the link for the next fortnight will be posted. It's your responsibility to claim your prize coupon from Darcy: email her darcydotneedles@hotmail.com

Good Luck! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

25 comments:

Helen said...

oh wow, my favourite technique ever! been doing several today (but no photos, drat!) for Christmas cards.. And thanks for the prize... will enjoy choosing!

jojo79 said...

Love a masterboard - was planning on doing some tomorrow, so good timing. Well done Helen on your blog win

X

Jane said...

Great last challenge I looove making master boards.I will be joining in. Well done to Helen what a great early Christmas present x

Julie Ann Lee said...

Many congrats Helen! Wow! There's no excuse now when it comes to Christmas cards! There's a wonderful selection of simply gorgeous ideas to fire our imaginations and get us going on those special cards for the ones we love! I love all these master boards and the non traditional colours are great! xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Such an amazing array of inspirational projects, they're all gorgeous.
Congrats to Helen on her win!
I'm off to visit Jo's & Chris' blogs..........

butterfly said...

Love your pink and orange cards - am adding Sara's numbers, JOFY's circles and lots of those Christmas stamps to my playtime wishlist!! Great post.
Alison x

butterfly said...

Oh, and yay Helen!! x

Chris Cresswell said...

Congratulations Helen! Thankyou Leandra for including some of my work on here. Im blown away actually. xxx

??? said...

Great post, Leandra, with some fab samples 😉 One of my favourite things to do, must admit, but I'm usually too reticent to cut my b/g up once I think it's finished 😕

Hope you're all well. Cath xxx

Julie Bell said...

I love masterboards, made quite a few Christmas cards last year with them. Love how these have been made with none Christmas stamps, very cool xxx

Craftyfield said...

Congrats to Helen! A chance to complete her PA collection, can't be too many missing...
Great choice of theme, I'm looking forward to this one.

Hazel Agnew said...

Congrats to Helen on her win! Love masterboards! X

Corrie Herriman said...

I used this technique of brayering for a background today ! Didn't do much stamping on it though... Will do some more ! Great way of creating backgrounds btw !
Corrie x

ionabunny said...

OK, I love masterboards. I need to make some cards. It's been ages since I joined your challenge. I love these examples and feel inspired. That's 4, or maybe 5 good reasons to join the fun. Hugz

craftimamma said...

I don't think I've ever attempted a masterboard so this could be a good time to start. Lots of fab inspiration in this post and I loved the video. Off to check out Chris's techniques now.

Congratulations on your win Helen!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Carole Cometto said...

I find a plethora of inspiration in this challenge from the Masterboard, I love this techinque you show Leandra on this video, the colors are vivid and beautiful background to the final. Congratulations for these creations each more beautiful than the others

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Congratulations Helen! Final topic video is marvelous and beautiful bright colours the masterboards. Great tutorial and ideas. Love them all. xx

craftytrog said...

Looking forward to this one...great topic and great video Leandra!
Congratulations Helen! xx

Mac Mable said...

Another technique for me to learn. Fabulous inspiration and really enjoyed reading the blog post today. Thanks again x

Julia S-W said...

Loved this post and thoroughly enjoyed joining in here today!

ßeulah ßee said...

I really enjoyed your video, thanks for all the great tips!

Coco said...

Fantastic video and post Leandra, so full of techniques and wonderful samples for creating beautiful masterboards!!!!!
Thank you very much, I really enjoyed looking at your video today! Sorry to have not seen this and commenting before.
Coco xx

Fratangeli Denise said...

:-))) Thanks for all your inspiration and thank you so much to Jo Firth for Young (http://blog.paperartsy.co.uk/2014/04/masterboard-makes.html) to have inspired my series. :-))))

Lucy Edmondson said...

Ooh congratulations Helen, enjoy your prize!!

Lucy x

Pamela Levingston said...

Would love to see your swatch/palette sheets for inspiration. Great blog post!

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