Thursday 30 March 2023

2023 Topic 4 : Mail Art {by Martha Ponsanesi} with Ellen Vargo stamps

Hi everyone, it's Martha (@CraftingMarthawith you today, and I'm here to share with you a peculiar kind of project using some stamps designed by Ellen Vargo.

The new Topic #4 is all about Mail Art, and as chance would have it, wandering around on IG, I came across a very inspiring project and when the new topic came up, I thought it was perfect.

It is a foldable art cube with layers of traditional and gelliprinted stamping.

It was very amusing build layer after layer with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic, Distress Oxide, Grunge Paste and WOW! embossing pwoder.

Let me tell you more about this project
: is an art and charity initiative organized by Diane Beauchamps from France, and you can find it on IG with the #cubicmailproject or follow them on Insta at @cubicmailartproject.

You can send a e-mail at, and the lovely Diane will send you by post, a foldable cube with her logo, ready to be decorated by you with your own style. Then at the end of the year she will sell all the cubes in a caritative exhibition.

Here is my cube ready to be decorated.

I chose to use cheerful PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic and background stamps by Ellen Vargo.

As first layer I decided to use a mini round gel plate on which I stamped several elements from the EEV01 stamp set.

Mixing a couple of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic at a time, here I'm using Aqua Duck Egg (FF199) and Yellow Submarine (FF73)

With a stamp at a time I use my mini gel plate first as a 'traditional' ink pad, then as a stamp its self.

I decided also to optimize my resources, so instead a simple sheet of paper to spread the excess colour, I used a white envelope with which I'll send Diane my cube.

There are the other two PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic I chose for the cube: Bubble Gum (FF116) and Coral (FF122)

Here you can see how the cube looks like after the first layer, and the progress on the white envelope.

For my second layer I chose Some Distress Oxide similar to the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic used before, stamping with EEV06

Keeping in mind also the Quarter Theme that is Texture, with a spatula I added here and there some Grunge Paste (GP190) to give more interest and get a more cohesive look.

It is a must for me to use embossing powder, so I grab one more time the stamp set by Ellen Vargo EEV01 and stamped in black and embossed with WOW! Clear Embossing Powder.

I really like the grungy and distressed effect achieved stamping over Grunge Paste.

At this point I was very satisfied with how my cube turned out, but I realised that a few sentences would complete the picture.
I think that this adorable mini stamp (MN109) is a perfect match.
Now, if you know me a little after all this time, you certainly noticed that I must have a huge quantity of elements to chose from :)
This is way I stamped and embossed several times on different backgrounds.

And cut the different sentences.

Before gluing the sentences, I added some more touches of black, stamping these little dots from with EEV06 and splatting some diluited PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Little Black Dress (FF19)

My cube is ready to be shipped to Diane, in its coordinated envelope :)

Some close-ups.

With some repositionable adhesive I tried to see the effect of the assembled cube and I really really like it :).

I am so satisfied with the result, creating an artistic cube in this way was enjoyable, building layer after layer and also the challenge of stamping over the grunge paste, the fact that these stamps have a bold design style helped to achieve a pleasant result, a distressed look rather than a badly stamped effect :).

I hope that more people will join us in this project. The idea that my cube will be among hundred other cubes made by artists from all over the world and for a good cause is so exciting.
Thank you Diane for #cubicmailproject .

Have fun
Martha xxx

1 comment:

Diane Beauchamps said...

Thank you Martha!
I love the way you transformed the cube. The result is full of joie de vivre. See you soon in my mailbox 📮🙂