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by Julie Brooks

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Monday, 29 February 2016

Black and Red

Hello everyone

I have another post for you - I'm on a roll!

I love black and red together, it's one of my most favourite colour combinations, and I've made a few things with this colour scheme, so I thought I'd share some with you today.

The first one is a boxed wedding card with a very bold black, white and red theme. It was a risk making this for the shop where I used to sell a few bits because of the bold colour scheme, but it sold, so someone loved it as much as I did! The paper was from a stack by Paper Cellar or DCWV (I think - had it a while!) and the flowers and red cotton lace I bought from Ribbon Girl. I coloured the stamped image with my trusty Promarkers and finished with a few red gems. The box was decorated simply, with a strip of the same paper down one edge and some of the same flowers and gems as on the card. Of all the wedding cards I've made I think this is still my favourite!

The next piece is a 12 x 12 canvas which I made just before Halloween last year. I used black acrylic paint and gave the canvas a really thick coat. I positioned my flowers and painted them black too, then painted the bottom half of each flower in red Starlights paint (Imagination Crafts). I did some faux paint runs down the canvas beneath the flowers and stuck little red button hearts on the ends of the runs - the idea being the life blood seeping out of the flowers (yes, very Halloween hehe!). I also did some paint splatters on the canvas as another nod towards Halloween (you know where I'm going with this - horror movies ....). Finally I added some red mica powder although when I look back at it, even though I love the finished piece, I'm not sure that last step was even necessary, it kind of makes it look like fireworks - live and learn! Anyway, to give the "blood" a wetter look I coated it with Glossy Accents. Needless to say, it did not get packed away after Halloween because we all love it too much!

The next piece is a little box from a nesting set of 3 which you can buy at The Range. I painted it (inside and out) with white acrylic paint, let that dry, and then stamped my lovely festive reindeer roughly in the centre of the lid. I love this reindeer because he's got all tangled up in the Christmas decorations lol. The "baubles" are black gems. I then stamped the four red corner flourishes, and that was that. I'm afraid I can't remember which make either of the stamps are, sorry. Nice and simple, and a lovely little gift box at Christmas.

My final piece in my black and red colour scheme is a 10 x 10 picture, which ended up in a black deep box frame. I was lucky enough to be given a huge pile of different offcuts of laces and material by my mother-in-law - and many of them are offcuts of Nottingham Lace - beautiful. I covered the whole of the back board with some black lace from that huge pile. I painted a kraft mannequin with pewter acrylic paint (PaperArtsy) and let it dry. Then I dressed my lady with an offcut of black and red material and tied a black lace belt around her waist. This was finished with a big clear multi-faceted gem - can't remember what they're called - Sparklies or something like that! I placed her in the middle of the board. Then I added some beautiful blooms in red and black, with just a hint of white, on either side, and beyond that, at the outer margins, some red cotton lace, on top of which I fixed some red velvet sequin ribbon. I finished the piece with a few sparkly gems. The thought behind this piece was, I don't know, catwalk, Oscars, movie premiere - something along those lines anyway!

So there you have it, my black and red pieces. There will certainly be more as time goes by. Black and red for me? Pure magic!

Take care everyone,
Julie x