Putting Papermill White Cardstock To The Test


Posted on 12th January 2016 by Sylvia Ames
Filed under All Papercraft Tutorials, Papercraft Disciplines And Techniques, Printing Techniques

Hello everyone Sylvia here today, I have been trying out some masterboard techniques on papermill white plain and textured cardstock and the results have been excellent.   I am sure you all know what a masterboard is, but for you who are new to crafting it is a sheet of background that is made with the intention of being cut up to use for cardmaking and other projects.  The four steps used are shown in the photograph below.


Smooth White 300gsm card was used with distress inks and gesso with a selection of stamps and stencils.  The flower was stamped first using gesso and left to dry completely before colouring with three colours of distress ink.  The gesso acts as a resist, the same effect can be achieved with heat embossing or stamping with clear embossing ink.  Different stamps and stencils were used with contrasting distress inks to create a pattern.   The smooth card takes the ink and stamping very well, leaving a smooth blended finish with vibrant colour.


White linen card with brushos for the background, pigment inks for the stamping and white acrylic paint to lighten slightly.  Again great results, the card stood up well to spraying with water and the linen texture shows through giving the masterboard a look of canvas.  Remember to let the card dry well before stamping and stenciling.


White hammered card with acrylic inks for the background and pigment inks for stamping and stenciling.  Great colour coverage with the acrylics and a brayer, the textured finish leaves a stippled effect in areas, adding more paint will smooth this out but I like the added interest this gives to the masterboard.  Again leave the acrylic paint to dry thoroughly before stamping and stenciling.


Pearlised card with spray inks for the background and pigment inks for stamping and stenciling.  The pearlised finish shines through the inks and stamping giving a gorgeous soft misty effect.  The card took the ink spray well, I did remove any puddled ink with kitchen paper so the card did not get too wet and sprayed again to enhance the colour.


So here are my five masterboards ready to cut up and use in my cardmaking.


Materials used:

These masterboards were great fun to create, why not try your own? We would love to see what you make, just add your creations to our facebook page.

Sylvia xx

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1 thought on “Putting Papermill White Cardstock To The Test”


18th January 2016 at 12:42 p.m.

Great inking and stamping techniques. Quite fancy bayering acrylic inks on your hammered card.

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