Rubber Stamper's Studio Creating a Masterboard

By  Suzanne Czosek 

size: master board, 8-1/2"x11"; ATC, 2-1/2"x3-1/2"; card, 4-1/4"x5-1/2"

  • Creating a Masterboard for ATC and Card
  • Fig. 1
  • Fig. 2
  • Fig. 3
  • Fig. 4
  • Fig. 5
  • Fig. 6
  • Tiniest Thing Card
  • Hope Card


  • Cardstock: white, black
  • Blue button
  • Crystal flourish stickers
  • White twine


  • Stamps: Tattered Angels Screen Prints Clear Stamps Graceful Journey and Regal Classic Accents; Hero Arts Antique Engravings, Old French Writing, and Earth Flowers; Inkadinkado Silhouette Birds on Wire; Penny Black Tiniest; Serendipity Stamps Large Pussy Willow; Verses Rubber Stamp Co. Hope Feathers
  • Heat tool
  • Rubber brayer
  • Scanner/printer or photocopier
  • Pigment ink pads: dark blue, black, Tsukineko VersaMark
  • Dye ink pads: light blue, blue, bright blue, deep blue
  • Embossing powder: white, clear
  • White gel pen
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive; clear mini dots

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, newspapers
  • Masterboard
  • 1. Ink brayer with blue dye ink. Roll brayer quickly and evenly along bottom 11" edge of white cardstock, starting brayer off edges of cardstock. See first step-out panel.
  • 2. Continue rolling ink onto cardstock from one end to the other, moving brayer slightly upward with each pass to create a color fade that moves halfway up page.
  • 3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 with bright blue ink, moving only one-quarter of the way up page. Repeat with deep blue ink over bottom eighth of page. See panels 2 and 3.
  • 4. Stamp dark blue pigment script unevenly over entire background for aged look.
  • 5. Stamp watermark flourishes in corners; heat emboss with white powder.
  • 6. Stamp dark blue pigment flowers across bottom of page; stamp some images without re-inking. Stamp pussy willows;
  • Tiniest Thing ATC
  • 1. Cut 2-1/4"x3-1/4" background panel. Mat on 2-1/2"x3-1/2" white cardstock.
  • 2. Stamp dark blue butterflies onto background scraps; cut out. Accent with gel pen and adhere to card with mini dots. Add gems.
  • 3. Stamp watermark sentiment onto dark background scrap; heat emboss with white powder. Trim and mat on white cardstock. Adhere sentiment.
  • Hope is the Thing Card
  • 1. Make black top-fold card.
  • 2. Cut 4"x5-1/4" background panel. Stamp black birds; heat emboss with clear powder.
  • 3. Stamp black sentiment onto background scrap; trim and mat on black cardstock.
  • 4. Adhere panel to card. Wrap top with twine, tying ends through button. Adhere sentiment.