Monday 20 May 2013

All Fired Up About Love

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "#1 ink pad".  I could have gone for Memento Tuxedo Black as it's the one I use the most if I'm using Promarkers, but black is a little boring for an ink pad choice so I went with Fired Brick, my favourite colour from the Distress Ink pad range.

I started this journal page by masking off all but the left hand inch of my base card and applying the Fired Brick pad directly to the card, giving the rich dark red down the left hand edge.  I embossed the rest of the card with one of the Provocraft embossing folders and applied Fired Brick with an ink blending too, giving a slightly darker tone on the raised stripes.  The heart was also coloured directly with the pad itself.

All of the other elements, the face parts, hand and scallops were coloured with Fired Brick applied with a water brush.  I rubbed the ink pad onto my craft mat and spritzed it with varying amounts of water to give different tones of the red, which I then used to "paint" my elements.  The tears were added later with a white pen.

The words were taken from several different stamp sets.  After fixing all the elements in place, I edged the page with a little Fired Brick shading, again applied with an ink blending tool.

I had a lot of fun making this page, it's the first one I've completed to go into my pocket art journal (if you look carefully you can see the holes for binding on the left-hand side).  I really enjoy the challenge of working with a single colour, I should do it more often!

Supplies I used included:

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Sandra said...

Wow, love this page! This red is such a rich color! Hugs, Sandra

Candy C said...

Dan...totally love your Fired Brick masterpiece! I love all of the elements you've used, masked, embossed and inked to create such a cool journal page. I also love your always, a great job! <3 Candy

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous piece Dan, love the richness and different tones of red you have achieved. The tear in white looks amazing and really draws you in. Fantastic embossing in the background too. Fabulous designed piece. Tracy x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Oh Dan!!! This red screams my name!!! I love Fired Brick! This page is gorgeous...I love these images too! Fab design!

Suzanne C said...

Love how you cut out the design and pieced it together as a broken but cohesive design! Beautiful!

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Gorgeous collage work, Dan! You have a very keen eye!!

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mark gould said...

Brilliant technique Dan, I love the versatility of the ink pads and you really have shown it off to its full advantage.I really like your bold image choices and layout, Mark

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the way you pieced your miniature work of art. Blessings!

Words and Pictures said...

Wow - fabulously fiery, passionate colour for a brilliant page - and the twisted face looks like the sign of a pretty messed up "love" - amazing storytelling!
Alison x

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