Greeting Cards Made With Masterboard Technique

Four Cards Made with Masterboard Technique



An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color.

The masterboard technique is creating  a collage starting with a plain piece of card stock  and layering it with stamped words, images and in this case torn paper. Once you’ve made your masterboard, you cut it up to use as backgrounds for greeting cards.  Use different colors of card stock, different greetings and embellishments and you can make a variety of unique and beautiful cards.

I previously posted about this technique when I wrote about making Masterboard Valentine Tags.  You might want to revisit that post and then read through this one before getting out your supplies for this project. As always, clicking on a picture will enlarge it for better viewing.

Supplies for Masterboard

1 sheet 8 1/2 x 11 inch page card stock in a light color

variety of different size and designs of rubber stamps

variety of ink

scraps of card stock and decorated paper

glue stick

Supplies for Finished Cards:

8 1/2 x 5 1/2 sheet of colored card stock, scored and folded for each card

scraps of card stock and/or decorated paper

rubber stamps and ink

paper cutter

double-sided adhesive


foam adhesive dots, glue dots, glue pen

self-adhesive glitter dots and crystals

hole punch ( 1/8 inch)

decorative punches



The masterboard doesn’t look like much when you start.  You want layers of paper and images so once you pick out the paper, stamps and ink, start with lighter colors and larger images.

Tear your first scrap into pieces about two or three inches on a side. Using a glue stick, adhere them randomly to your base piece.

If you like things symmetrical and orderly, this project may be a challenge for you.  I find it helps if after adhering one piece, I imagine it at one corner of a triangle.  I adhere the next two pieces at the other two corners of this triangle.  Continue until you have a scattering of pieces over the whole page

Since you’ll be cutting the masterboard, be sure and go all the way to the edges, even off the edges because you can trim them later.

Using your largest rubber stamp and light ink, start randomly stamping over the page. Again, be sure to cover the page from edge to edge.

Now go back to your scraps and pick something that is a little deeper in color and tear pieces that are smaller than your first ones. Using the glue stick, adhere pieces.

In the sample the green bits were from some wrapping paper I’d saved.  A collage or masterboard is a great way to use old wrapping paper, sheet music, greeting cards, magazine pictures, etc.  I often save beautiful paper and this gives me a way to reuse it.

Choose another rubber stamp and another color of ink and stamp every which way on your masterboard. I like to step away and squint at the page to see if it seems evenly covered.

Continue layering paper scraps and inked images until you are satisfied with your masterboard.

Trim any paper that goes off the edge of your page, and cut the masterboard into pieces using a paper trimmer.  The largest should be no larger than about 4 3/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches and most will be about 4 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches or smaller. You can cut them down when crafting each specific card.

Even small bits from the masterboard can find their way into different projects.  I received this glass locket on my birthday from my sweetheart and a small piece from one of my masterboards looks beautiful inside.  The front is beveled glass and the back of the locket is glass too.  I put another piece of masterboard to show through there, so if the pendant flips over it still looks great.  Putting another mini-collage inside the locket changes the look.

Back to our project at hand!  You now have lots of material to create a variety of cards.  Even with a piece of the same masterboard on each card, none of them will be exactly the same.

Pink For You Card: Use a scalloped circle punch to punch out a piece of the masterboard.  Adhere a piece of pink flowered background paper to a pink card.  Adhere a piece of green ribbon for the stem; stamp and cut out leaves and glued them in place.  Cut a  large scalloped circle from green paper and adhere the masterboard scalloped circle to the center with a small flower punched from bright pink paper in the center of that. Stamp “for you” on the background paper and put a finishing stamp, signature and/or initials on the back of the card.

Turquoise Birthday Card: Glue two narrow pieces of masterboard to a turquoise card. Stamp birthday greeting in turquoise ink on white paper and adhere to a mat of deep pink.  Mount this greeting to the card with foam adhesive dots.  Attach turquoise button with a glue dot.  Initial the back and it’s done.

Green Card: Start by stamping a decorative square on the diagonal in green ink on the green card.  Attach the masterboard piece to a rectangle of turquoise paper and adhere that to the card.  Finish with three “Dianne dots” punched from pink card stock and attached with dots from a glue pen. (The tip of small craft scissors are the tool I use to pick up the tiny paper dots and place them on the wet glue dots from the glue pen). Stamp and sign the back and another beautiful and original card is ready to send.

Here are more cards created using the masterboard technique. I’d love to see pictures of cards you make with this technique – send them to me and I’ll post them.

Thank you for visiting!

Card stock, ink, scallop circle punch, 1/8 inch hole punch and stamps: Stampin’ Up!

Floral vine stamp: Paper Source

Large blossom stamp: Impress Rubber Stamps


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2 responses to “Greeting Cards Made With Masterboard Technique

  1. Rem

    Lovely photos Dianne!

  2. You’ve done a great job demystifying collage. Must try it! –Judy

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