Friday 24 February 2017

From Master Board to Card

I decided that having made a master board, I should use it to create a card.  It didn't take very long and I have plenty of background pieces left over for another card and some tags.

I started by cutting the master board into pieces; two of a suitable size for card backgrounds and four which can be used for cards or tags.  To see the details of how the master board itself was created, check out my step by step blog post HERE.  
The top left piece was the one that I used as the background for the finished card.  It was trimmed to 20cm x 13.8cm and matted onto a piece of dark brown card 20.5cm x 14.3cm.  The whole background was then added to an A5 card blank, created by folding an A4 piece of cream card in half.
Once the background was complete, I felt that the card needed an extra layer as a backdrop for a simple sentiment.  I tore a piece of the same watercolour paper that I had used for the master board both top and bottom to create a strip which would go across the full width of the background.  I then added some of the Polished Jade and Fresh Lime Dylusions paint with blending foam to match the colours used in the background piece.
Once dry, the next step was to use the mesh border from the Rugged Edge stamp set by IndigoBlu to add texture with Fern Green Archival ink and also to blend some Ground Espresso Distress ink along the torn edges.
As I didn't feel that this provided enough contrast along the edges, I added some of the Ground Espresso Distress crayon along the torn edges and rubbed it in with my fingers.  
This provided far better definition when trimmed to 20cm in length and glued to the background.  It also emphasised the 'ragged' edges of the strip.
Finally, I used the Perspectives Triple Happy Birthday die by SUe Wilson to cut a sentiment from some dark brown card, trimmed it to the size I wanted and glued it to the strip.  One card completed in double quick time, with plenty of background pieces left over.  I will definitely be making more master boards.

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