How to Create Cards With a Mixed Media Master Board

by Kathy Clement

Creating a card with a Mixed Media Master Board is quick, easy and fun! Follow these simple steps and you'll be creating your own unique paper to use on mixed media cards in no time! Let's get inky!


  • Ranger 8.5" x 11" watercolor paper
  • Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
  • Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink
  • Dried Marigold Distress Ink
  • Spiced Marmalade Distress ink
  • Fossilized Amber Distress Ink
  • Twisted Citron Distress Ink
  • Ranger Inkessentials Foam Blending Tool
  • Ranger Inkessentials Mister Bottle with water
  • Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste
  • Offset Spatula or old credit card
  • Dylusions Linen Spray
  • Perfect Pearls Copper Spray
  • Tim Holtz Papillon Rubber Stamp
  • Stampers Anonymous Classics #1 Rubber Stamp
  • Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • White Superfine Embossing Powder
  • Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz "Rays" Layering Stencil
  • Tim Holtz "Schoolhouse" Layering Stencil
  • Heat Gun
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Select stamps from the Stamper's Anonymous Rubber Stamp sets. We are going to begin by stamping the French Text stamp onto watercolor paper using an embossing ink.

    Step 2

    Randomly stamp the French text stamp over the entire surface of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of Ranger Watercolor paper. Sprinkle with Superfine White Embossing Powder and set with your heat gun.

    Step 3

    Select Distress Inks in your preferred color palette. I've chosen to work with Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber and Dried Marigold.

    Step 4

    Choose the lightest color, and use a foam ink applicator tool to apply it randomly over the stamped and embossed background. See how the embossing does not take the color? This is called a resist.

    Step 5

    Next, I sponged on the Mermaid Lagoon Ink, overlapping with Tumbled Glass in some areas, and not overlapping in others. Experiment and see what you like. Relax and have fun!

    Step 6

    Next I chose to work with Dried Marigold. See how I am overlapping, laying the colors down next to one another? These will all blend together later on. Sponge away!

    Step 7

    Since Spiced Marmalade is darker than Dried Marigold, I worked that color into the mix next. Look how the emboss/resist is showing through the ink. Isn't it cool?

    Step 8

    Keep adding color.

    Step 9

    I finished with Twisted Citron to add pops of neon color to the background. As you can see here, the entire surface is colored, edges overlap and it looks like a rainbow!

    Step 10

    Use "Rays" stencil to add crackle texture over the top of the background, changing direction as you work. This creates a random pattern on the background. Apply with spatula knife or old credit card.

    Step 11

    Let the crackle paste dry overnight, or dry carefully with a heat tool Spritz with a water bottle and flick water with your fingers to further blend and distress the background. .

    Step 12

    As the background dries, the ink colors will seep into the texture paste. Cut the dried background into 4 even rectangles. Each piece is a card base. Now that wasn't so hard, was it?

    Step 13

    Ink the edges of each rectangle with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to create a border. This also causes the colors to POP of the page.

    Step 14

    At this point, you can blend colors a little more, or spritz on more water to give individual character to each panel. I wiped ink away with a damp paper towel so the emboss resist would show better.

    Step 15

    I added inky spatters with Dylusions Linen Spray. I spattered the surface by taking the top off the bottle and using the tubing to splatter the ink. Heat dry.

    Step 16

    I did the same thing with Perfect Pearls Copper Mist. I love the metallic gleam this adds to the background pieces.

    Step 17

    I used Ranger Jet Black Archival ink to stamp my dragonfly, then colored in the wings with Distress Re-inkers and a water brush. A sentiment was die cut from copper metallic paper & gems were added.

    Step 18

    I wanted to add more layers, so I stenciled on numbers and letters from "Schoolhouse" Stencil in Vintage Photo Ink.

    Step 19

    The edges were distressed, then the panel was stitched onto Graphic 45's Artisan Style papers &more copper cardstock. I custom dyed a seam binding bow &created a handmade flower to finish the card.

    Step 20

    The interior of the card was finished with gorgeous layers of paper from Artisan Style. I tucked a Staples ATC tag behind the postcard. You can write a personal note on the postcard.

    Step 21

    The little tag has been inked with the same colors used in the Master Board, then stamped with the sentiment in Jet Black Archival Ink.

    Step 22

    You have 3 more panels that you can use to make more mixed media cards! So get inky, have fun, and make art! Thanks for joining me!