Category Archives: Ellen Vargo

Tag for a swap… brusho feature

I decided to make brushos the feature of the tag I made for this month’s UK stampers forum swap.

I used the black brusho to create all the different layers on this card and some of them were on gesso and some using emboss resist. All in all a fun combo of showing off the fab brusho crystals in my favourite colour… black!

Happy crafting!


Next circle journal page

I had to do the other side of the journal page that I shared yesterday and chose a completely different colour scheme.

I chose to cover even less of the background with paint and instead layered up some papers and washi tape to create the main base and then added some paints to it. I also added rub ons and some doodles.

Then I assembled lots of layers for under the main image of the Darcy heart.

I chose to use some neon pink painted card and some alcohol ink coloured vellum along with some copper thread. I heat embossed the heart onto some painted paper and then added gold pen around the edge to give it a gilded look.

This more junk journal approach really spoke to me when I made it… and contrasted lots to the previous page.

I also have a little extra for Hazel as I made a little piece for inside the envelope too…

This is again very different from the other pages. I really wanted to play with the Chunky Rust embossing powder from Seth Apter. This gave me the perfect opportunity.

First I created an earthy and rustic backgroynd with paints and stamping. Then I added the lino print style house onto another piece of painted paper.

I then took a piece of card and added lots of layers of the rust embossing on it. I also added more of it to the panel in a more organic way around the edges. Love how this looks.

So overall three very different pieces of art for Hazel in her cool journal.

Happy crafting!


Paperartsy playing

I decided after the Lynne Perella play I shared the other day to make some more Paperartsy themed birthday cards.

This time I chose to play with Distress Oxides and the fun Ellen Vargo carved flowers.  I love the linocut appearance of these. 

I started with making two backgrounds… both different to each other but both fun to make. Then on a separate panel of cardstock I made the tags. The top one was a scrap of cardstock I had already painted with a layer of fresco finish paints and I decided to heat emboss the tag and the flower. The bottom one I did a watery layer of distress oxide using the same colours as the background.

I raised the tags on foam tape to give dimension and added some scraps of ribbon to the tags. 

Both sentiment and the tag shape are Emma Godfrey stamps. 

Happy crafting!


Spring journal page


I have more distress oxide fun to share today. This is a journal page I made in response to the theme of spring and Holland. It is the closest I get to a tulip! 

The page is in my Dylusions journal and I had a fair amount of product on the page already wiped off from other projects. 

It has some texture paste and some paints and inks I think. I wanted to use my new distress oxides though and so decided to put them on straight onto the page. 

This created some blocks of colour… to which I needed to add water to move them and oxidise them.   

Once I had done the initial water spray I dried the page and then started adding more ink using the smooshing packaging application that Missy Widden uses in her YouTube videos. This softened and blended the colours and the beautiful oxide inks give such a pretty and chalk type look when they have been wet and dried.

Now time for the focal image. I used the flower stamps from Paperartsy and after stamping in archival I watercoloured using the distress oxide ink. 

I finished the page off with a sticker quote and some rub ons and doodling. I also flicked some black ink onto the page and added little white lines using gesso. 

Love how gentle this page ended up.  

Happy crafting! 


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!


Jules’ patwits circle journal 

Oh I am so behind on this project … I had the lovely Jules’ journal for weeks before I got started on it….in fact at least two weeks after I should have sent it on its way to the next person… ah well better late than never! 

So I chose a spread and started with a layer of book print and washi tape and masking tape creating texture a plenty. 

Next a layer of gesso to blend the different papers together. 

Then a sprinkling of bistre (just like Brusho but more coarse) in brown.  This came from the Artful Days goodie box I got a month or so ago and the book print made me reach for it. This was taken whilst it wad very wet. I knew with the gesso it would take on a creamier colour though so I knew the end result would be paler.

I love the way the puddles form on the page and react differently to the different surfaces.  I also love the splashes that spraying the way created too. I also know not to fall in love with it at this stage though as this is only a layer in the page… plenty more to go! 

Skip forward a day and the page is dry and time to attack it again! This time stamping and some paint and some ink. 

I kept adding more and more layer using ink and paint and stamps and stencils. 

Time to add the final pieces… and a title.  I knew I wanted go use the keys from the Artful Days goodie box. I added these and the title to the left hand side of the page and then made a little layered section on the right using more of the Bistre powder this time in with some glass bead gel and corrugated card and a piece of patterned paper.  

This was it when it was still wet. 

Love the colours i chose for this…. and how the page emerged without much prodding. 

Happy crafting! 


PATWITS circle journal… Hazel’s journal

Yes I am back with another journal page. This time it was the turn of Hazel who I recently had the pleasure of meeting in person at the Seth Apter day.she has constructed a fab junk journal using different types of paper and Cardstock.  

I chose a piece of textured paper with really cute ladybirds punched on the edges.

I started adding paint (Coral, Haystack, Chalk, Guacamole, Midnight, Mahogany and Mermaid) and before I knew it a page had come together. 

I used a mixture of stencils and stamps and the feature is built using the gorgeous Kim Dell own stamps.

You can probably tell I also went a bit mad with both a white paint pen and some coloured paint pens. I was pretty much Seth inspired after the fabulous weekend and thought Hazel would appreciate it!

The page is designed so there is a fold and so I decorated this to match…

… although obviously not the same.

Then the other side I did another Seth Apter style project on a little canvas board and adhered this to the back. I used the same palette of paints but the page has a very different feel.

I love the little JoFy birds I added as the features.

I now have one more page to do in another journal… wonder how that will turn out!

Happy crafting!