Friday, 17 February 2012

Just doing' some 'boarding, dude


So remember as you read this, that I'm a follower when it comes to crafts... I like the techniques to have been invented by someone else so that I can just make stuff.  I'm all about the result, that's why it's stamping for me..instant gratification.  So when several people commented on the papers on my WOYWW desk this week, I though I could elaborate..I actually made them!..they're 'masterboards'.  Take a bunch of inks, cut n dry foam, 3 or 4 stamps and one colour of embossing powder, and a scary blank sheet of smooth card.   Emboss one stamp image randomly and repeatedly all over, then add light or dark swirls of ink, other images, stamped in the same ink family.  Obviously the embossing acts as resist, so you need to choose the image carefully because it will be dominant! Then you have a fab sheet of paper to use for backgrounds and the like for your cards etc.  
These photos are hideous - I took them whilst
making the sheets up and was actually just going to take photos of the finished cards, but haven't quite got there yet...wanna do a couple more sheets with different stamp emphasis before I stop/get bored!  All the stamps are by Magenta, all the inks are Versafine, (the same four colours of ink, unbelievably, just applied in different weight/mix - clearer photos will show that better!)  and you may just be able to see blobs of splattered Pearl-Ex paint across the top sheet..I can, but I know what I'm looking for!
I sincerely hope to carve out some time at the weekend to finish this project, my boredom threshold might let me down if I don't!  
Have a lovely weekend.

26 comments:

aisling said...

Those backgrounds are just gorgeous! I can't wait to see the finished pieces!

Kirsty.a said...

They look great. thanks for sharing

May said...

What a great idea Julia, I have never tired this, the effect is fantastic, off to have a go, Thanks for sharing, Hugs May x x x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Since I'm a background junkie, this really appealed to me. I had to read it twice, but I think I've got it, now. I look forward to seeing the completed project.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Great post Julia and love the idea TFS Shaz in oz.x

JoZart said...

Well they are so lovely and it shows how you really don't need others to tell you what to do or how to do it!
joZarty x

scrappystickyinkymess said...

I actually really like the photos. They look intentionally arty LOL! Drawn to the swirly one more than the birds, but it's a fab effect. I've had a go at these before, but stopped after the process. Never really made much with them - you are much better at follow-thru then you give yourself credit for :)

Do share the cards when you get them done. You know I'll be waiting (foot taps impatiently)

:D

MA

Craftychris said...

Fab backgrounds! Thanks for telling us how. Looking forward to seeing the finished projects xx

Helen said...

The backgrounds are gorgeous, Magenta stamps are one of my original favourite brands, I spy one at least I have (bet that shocked you!) Hope you get to complete the project soon.
The box you referred to on my WOYWW desk is a (quite expensive) roll of Tim Holtz's tissue wrap - like his tissue tape but a roll and not sticky. Am loving it.... will use it sparingly!!

Ohhh Snap said...

Gorgeous! As much as I love making projects, I think I like making elements for projects even more lol. Thanks for the info :D

StampDancer said...

I love these sheets! Thanks for telling how you did. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Bellaidea said...

very cool!

misteejay said...

Very effective.

Toni xx

Deb said...

thanks for the explanation, they are gorgeous and so clever!
Have a great weekend ♥ Debxx

Angie said...

These are gorgeous ...what beautiful cards they will make. I've tried to do my own papers but nothing as stunning as these. xx

Mary said...

Beautiful papers. Great explaination. I'm glad you shared them. I to am easily distracted and move on before finishing what I begin. I call it mind working faster than hands not boredom. :-)

scrappymo! said...

Very effective...thanks for sharing the technique!

sandra de said...

The effect is fantastic .. thanks for the hints.

Carolyn Phillips said...

What a great idea, and once made how useful to have.

Doone said...

Yo Dude, dig the groovy backgrounds,

so do you stash your boards atop the van?

dx

Kim x said...

I love making backgrounds so this is just my sort of thing.
Looking forward to the finished cards.
hugs Kimx

RosA said...

That's great! Love the effects. Thanks for the details.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I chuckled at the "I'm a follower" comment. I'm with you, I want other people to invent and perfect the technique so when I do it, it works perfectly THE FIRST TIME. Needless to say, I am often disappointed so I don't venture far from home.

Shoshi said...

I don't think the photos are hideous - I think they are beautiful. Such gorgeous papers! The photos really show how they catch the light too. This is a great idea. I tend to do it only for specific projects, but if you make a stash, they are there when you want them. also you could scan them and then you can alter the colours as you want.

Great project!!

Shoshi

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