Friday 13 June 2014


I bought one of the new Ellen Vargo stamp sets (EEV06) when I was at the Doncaster Show at the weekend and I've been playing with them alongside my current ones.

In a previous post I made a master board, primarily with PA paints. This time I've used pan pastels and added some texture with gold embossing, and highlights with a white Posca pen. It was just about having some fun and hoping to create some more abstract cards for my stash which seems to be emptying as fast as I fill it.

                                                          Hopefully you can see various layers building up.

Apologies light was poor on these photos.

I'd cut the master board at this stage

I started by using purple tones on a tag, then decided to make 'inchies', so I have some options for a variety of cards...hopefully I'll show you the results at a later stage. 

Detail also showing I've used EEV02 and a paperartsy mini (28) that jumped in the basket as well...honest!

I chose Orange so I could enter this in the current 'Flaming June' challenge over at 'Creative Corner'. I'd originally though I might make something vintage for this but changed course when I decide to combine it with the 'Sunday Stamper' challenge... theme 'Friend' . You'll have to read Hels post to see why I was inspired to use Ellens stamps, not that I needed much persuasion. So I am entering the card in both challenges.

You might recognise this composition from when I made master board cards just seems to work...for me. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Ruth,another stunner! I love this,so vibrant. Those Ellen Vargo stamps are superb,I was lucky enough to win a set direct from her and I try and stamp them on everything! The white posca pen is the best too,you'd be amazed at how many bad white pens there are out there!

    I do love your work and it's a pleasure to have you as a follower too now.

    Have a great weekend


  2. It's fantastic, Ruth... so sleek and elegant in design, and that masterboard bursting with life and colour and gilding and texture and doodling - just wonderful! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison xx

  3. Masterboards are a fabulous way of making classy, elegant cards with lots of interest and not much fuss and this is a superb example Ruth. The gold embossing adds a real punch, and if you find a design that works stick with it! Love this. Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Jenny x

  4. How fabulous... I love what you did with Ellen's stamps, am sending her your linky so she can see for herself :O) Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  5. WOW! Ruth, I absolutely LOVE how you've trimmed down the master board into vertical strips - love the gold embossing, and the raised greeting - very elegant composition! I'd hang it on my wall! Totally fab.

    1. Oh my! thank you Hels and Ellen......for stopping by and for leaving such lovely comments, that's made my day x

  6. wow love this, the colors are great and I love the touch of gold on it!
    Groetjes Karin

  7. I think this card is really stunning and it's rare that I make a card to be honest! The glowing orange toned panels are beautiful and the gold embossing finishes them perfectly. I absolutely love your tutorial for the background too - I can feel a little playtime coming on!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this time.

  8. Hi Ruth! Fantastic design! Love love the visual texture you created and how you arranged the panels with the sentiment. Gorgeous result and I see yet another success! Congratulations! ;) Ingrid xx


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