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Monday, April 16, 2012

Penny Bennington: Masterboard Cards

The newest Rebel Challenge involving the Pantone Spring 2012 Fashion Colors list of 10 colors gives you quite a few to choose from. My idea was to use a masterboard concept, creating a colorful, random background on a 9x12 sheet of watercolor paper and then.....

...see how many cards I could make!

My supplies were simple: I used two watercolor crayons for my base color inspired by Pantone's bellflower and margarita and stamped the background from Beach Babes after coloring on the stamp and spritzing with water. Those two colors - periwinkle and yellow green - really evoke spring flowers to me. Then I stamped the bud from Floriculture with archival ink, inspired by Pantone's solar yellow, and finally randomly stamped text and a border from Relish Reading with StazOn - the only dark blue ink I had - inspired by Pantone's sodalite blue.

The easiest card to make was to cut a piece of the masterboard to create a background.

Next, I cut out simple shapes, attached them to a card base and roughly doodled around them.

Another idea was to cut inchies and inch-and-a-half-sies (what are you supposed to call the bigger version lol!) and arrange them in grids.

Finally I still had scraps left, so I cut them into strips of random widths and haphazardly wove them into a pattern. I was amazed at how many cards you could produce from the masterboard. I even used two more Pantone colors for inspiration - starfish is similar to the kraft card base - and the tiny strips of dark brown in three of the cards are inspired by driftwood. All the stamped sentiments on each card are from Bits and Pieces.


  1. Fantastic masterboard and fabulous designs! Love it!

  2. Great tutorial and so effective. Loving the technique.

  3. Fabulous- love the gorgeous technique in the yellow and purple- and your samples!


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