Make a Useful Masterboard for A Beautiful Rose Anniversary Card

by Renee Zarate


This is a romantic, shabby chic style card made from a mélange of Fireworks! colors. I used a gorgeous combination of Bahama Blue, Lilac Posies, and Desert Sand to make a master board for a series of cards. This one is to celebrate a dreamy February anniversary.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour + drying time



Step 1

First make a master board. Apply a light coating of gesso to a sheet of 11” x 15” Bristol paper. Dry completely. Apply a second application of gesso but this time use a flower stencil. When this has dried, apply additional gesso through a honeycomb shaped stencil going between the flower stenciling. Allow to dry.


Step 2

Spray Fireworks! in multiple colors onto the prepared panel. Allow the inks to pool for a few minutes and then begin to blend with a large Dauber. Lift off any unwanted color with a baby wipe. Lay a star stencil on top of the page and apply Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink through the stencil randomly. Remove stencil and dry with a heat tool.


Step 3

Take an unmounted stamp, ink with Vintage Sepia Versafine and begin rolling the stamp a few times on the paper to add detail. Dry with a heat tool.


Step 4

Cut the master board into 5″ x 7″ pieces for cards. Spray the top panel with Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Draw highlights with a white Uni-ball Signo pen. Distress the edges of the panel with Vintage Sepia VersaFine.


Step 5

Die cut a piece of the master board with a weathered clock die and flowers dies. Lay all the pieces on deli paper and spray with Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz.


Step 6

Sort through your craft stash to find pieces of ribbon, brads, film strip, etc. Any bits and bobs that be used are wonderful to give interest to the card. Glue the ephemera to the panel. Any corrections to the colors can now be made with a small amount of gesso.


Step 7

Stamp the sentiment in the upper right corner with Black Shimmer Delicata. Add additional distress to the edges with Dark Brown Delicata Shimmer using a small dauber. Adhere the panel to a blank 5” by 7” card.


  • Inkadinkado Stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley Stencil – flowers, stars, and honeycomb
  • Alterations – Weathered Clock die, Tattered Florals die
  • Watercolor paper
  • Heavy gesso
  • Deli paper
  • Heat tool
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Cardstock
  • Ephemera of choice

Fireworks! Master Board Cards Infused with Textures by Renee Zarate

This project is a continuation of the Fireworks! master board. Once a master board has been created such as the one I used above, it can be divided up and used for a series of additional cards or a set of ATCs. This background paper technique saves so much time and gives continuity to a group of cards. I began with the same piece of master board using Fireworks! The paper has a sparkle, deep, and rich colors not to mention tons of texture. It makes a perfect texture infused background for shabby chic, romantic cards such as these.


Step 1

This project is based on a master board previously created using Fireworks! Make stamped ATCs to match the Fireworks! paper using complimentary Memento markers and inks.


Step 2

Cut the master board into card size panels to use as background paper. The two cards shown measure 5” x 7”. Distress the edges using Brown Shimmer Delicata Dark and a small Dauber blending tool. Stamp the desired word or phrase at the bottom of the panel using Black Shimmer Delicata. Use a heat tool to dry. Glue the panel onto the blank card, and then begin decorating it.


Step 3

Ephemera can include pieces of metal, paper, die cuts, ribbon and in this case ATCs. Place chosen ephemera on a piece of paper and using Fireworks! and mist the same colors used on the master board. Allow the inks to run and mingle while they’re wet. Leave to dry.


Step 4

Arrange the dry ephemera on the stamped panel using an ATC as the focal point and glue all the pieces onto the card with a strong adhesive. Add additional detail with dots of Bronze irRESISTible Pico Embellisher. Add shine to the circles on the cards using GlazOn.


  • Stamps – Finnabair, Stampers Anonymous
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Idea-ology – metal flowers, butterfly, jump rings
  • Miscellaneous – old watch faces, pen nibs, etc.
  • Watercolor paper

2 thoughts on “Make a Useful Masterboard for A Beautiful Rose Anniversary Card

  1. This SO makes me want to create! I’m ready to go make my own masterboard after seeing this. Thanks for the inspiration, Renee!

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