Brushos, Ellen Vargo, Masks/Stencils

Happy belated birthday Darcy!

Last weekend was Darcy’s birthday but with one thing and another I was late making her a card. I finally got there though and this is what I made. 

I will go through the process for this below but I must admit there are 6 atcs not yet finished that go alongside this! 

I decided to have another go at the masks and texture paste idea for the Paperartsy blog challenge that Ingrid had inspired me with.  

The starting point was a piece of dsp which I had cut a chunk out of for another project. Then some patterned tissue adhered to it. 

Next the modelling paste through a stencil.  The stencil is a Clarity stencil and definitely counts as a mask in my book! 

Whilst the paste was still drying I added Brushos and water to blend them. I chose ultramarine, purple, violet and prussian blue.  Then I left it to dry. 

Once dry I cut 6 panels for atc and a panel for Darcy’s card. 

I dry brushed the panel with some gesso to tone down the colour a little. I then decided to outline the texture with a white gel pen. Then I added a strip of ribbon and adhered it to a card blank.

Now for the feature image.  I chose a flower stamp and stamped it onto book print three times.  I added Brusho scarlet and violet to each of them and then decoupaged them as three layers. 

I finished with a bow and the sentiment and a little doodling. 

Love how this came out.  I love the texture and the pigment variations and the layers I got with the flower. Hopefully Darcy doesn’t mind she received it a bit late! 

Happy crafting!



18 thoughts on “Happy belated birthday Darcy!”

  1. Beautiful card, thank you for the ‘how to’. I have never thought of using Brushos on Gesso ….. brill!!

  2. Catherine,
    I’m sure Darcy will not mind at all she will be thrilled you took the time to remember and this is beautiful LOVE all the layers on the flower

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