Monday, October 20, 2014

Aurora Wings Heartfelt Thanks


A new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings and the theme is Heartfelt Thanks.  It seems quite fitting with the holidays fast approaching.  The weather has been gorgeous here and I wanted to keep the Autumn feel, so I chose the adorable Acorn Sprite and Acorn Sprite Riding on a Squirrel.



I stepped outside my comfort zone and decided to tackle coloring fur.  Normally I either flock it or sort of blend the colors without much texture, but thought this squirrel deserved better.  This free tutorial on Deviant Art was quite helpful. Although it focuses on digital coloring, the general techniques still apply, like the under painting and making sure you follow the direction of the fur when filling in the fine individual hair details.  I used a combination of Copics and Prismacolor pencils and am pretty pleased for a first attempt.



Acorn Sprite was also colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped atop the frame. I flipped him in my Printmaster program so he'd  be facing the squirrel.  Aren't they just darling?



The frames were cut with my Spellbinders Grand Labels Four and popped from the card base.  The sentiment was computer generated and the gold accents are stickers by Starform and Stampendous.  My AW DT sisters have done exquisite work, as always, so please visit the Challenge Blog for amazing inspiration.  Our winners for "A Touch of Darkness" are posted below and there's still time to enter our Special "All Gored Up" challenge which runs through October 31st.  Be sure to read the rules on this one.  We're looking to be terrified!  For the more timid, we also have the Colors of Halloween Contest, also running through October 31st on the Stamps by Aurora Wings FB Group.

I'm entering this in Paper Pretties Friendship, Art by Miran ATGA Gem of a Challenge Create a SceneAud Sentiments ATG w/a SentimentGreat Impressions October Autumnal Elegance, Word Art Wednesdays ATG w/ ODBD, Crafting Musketeers October Autumn ColorsSimon Says Monday ATG and My Sheri Crafts Autumn Abundance.

13 comments:

  1. Donna this is adorable and thanks for all the support you always give to us! Thanks for sharing the link to the fur coloring I struggle with that as well. Your cards and projects are always amazing.
    Hugs

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  2. WOW this is stunning Donna, loving the images and your colouring is awesome.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  3. This is truly breathtaking Donna! I love the design and I simply can't believe that this is the first time you've coloured fur... WOW it's amazing hun!!

    Huge Hugz, Lorraine xx

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  4. I'm so glad to see you stepping out of your comfort zone and tackling fur. I never doubted your ability, and once again, you totally delivered! :D BEAUTIFUL coloring and design. Warm and whimsical. Perfect for autumn's precious joys. I love having you on Aurora Wings DT!!

    Mitzi xxx

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  5. Totally darling! I adore the image and the beautiful autumnal colors! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

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  6. Thank you for sharing your project & creativity with us at Aud Sentiments Donna! Your squirrel is beautifully done - and thanks for the Deviant Art tutorial info. Your sprites are colored delightfully - colors are perfect!
    ~ginny,
    DT for Aud Sentiments: [#117 – Anything Goes]
    RubberMAD (GettyCollection.com)

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  7. Gorgeous coloring and the Acorn Sprite image is stunning!!!!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your super creation for Crafting Musketeers challenge 18: autumn colours, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x

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  9. How beautiful, Donna! Thanks so much for playing along with us. It's always so greatly appreciated.
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  10. Great card , I love it , thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month, Fran (DT) xxx

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  11. Love your beautiful card! The layers and dimensions are fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

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  12. This is a beautiful creation with great details. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. It is perfect for our 17th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    Hugs
    Desíre
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  13. Wow! Your coloring is quite impressive! Love this card! Super cute images, too! :) Thank you so much for joining us at Great Impressions! :)

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Thanks for making my day!