SplodgeAway Heart Mask
SplodgeAway Wolf Stenskape
Ranger Distress Inks : Faded Jeans - Broken Chine - Chipped Sapphire
Worn Lipstick - Dusty Concord - Weathered Wood
Adirondack Inks : Mountain Rose - Current - Butterscotch
Gem, Ribbon and Crafts.Too Washi Tape - all bought from Suzicraft
Tag from - Paperartsy.co.uk
Xcut Doorplate Die
SAM Poole - Steam Punk Stamp Set
This one could have potentially been quite difficult, except I had an idea I have been playing with for a while and decided I would put some real effort in to make it work as a piece I could hand in. My New Trend? Double Masking through specific shapes and blending colours with the same method using a Stenskape. So "Double Masking" I suppose. This kind of coloured background isn't new in printing, but it is new (I think) for making your own background papers, cards etc in inks.
So this is how I did it:
Hearts - place the tag in the centre of your SplodgeAway mat and with some low tack tape attach the Heart Mask to the tag, you may have to keep moving the tape as you blend down the tag, Line up the Mask by the whole at the top of the tag to get the hearts central.
If you are lucky enough to have treated yourself to a "Demonstrator" Mat it is ideal for this project. Put your inks across the top of it, I laid out all the blues in order of light to dark, then my purple and then the contrasting reds, and of course the one colour I always include - butterscotch - The intention is to blend the colours AND shades down over - all Mats will be Ok just lay out fewer inks in one go if you have a smaller mat.
I wanted my shades to take a natural flow of colour i.e. blue goes to purple back to bluey red, etc, green looks good next to red, then yellow breaks everything up so you can start your colours again, but I went back to the yellow to red to purple look. My point is, if you don't think about the shades as they go down it could look very dull and you wouldn't see the shades of colour across the hearts very well, you need light to dark etc, this would also work in monochrome too though. Make sure you have a dark at the top and bottom of the tag, everything looks better if top and bottom are balanced.
The rest of the tag - this method looked good just as it was but I wanted a warmer look to it so I took off the masks and blended some blue ink into the tag from my Mat, I then did this with the butterscotch into the centre, not too dark though or you will cover the hearts too much.