Monday, February 6, 2017

New Challenge at Aurora Wings

Our new challenge at Aurora Wings is a color challenge inspired by the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, purple, green and gold.

Although you need not choose a Mardi Gras theme, those colors should be the predominant colors in your project.  I happen to love Mardi Gras and Mitzi has a number of stamps that include masks, a couple even on sale HERE, but I chose the beautiful Venetian Mask stamp which just happens to be in the current Dollar digi specials HERE.  And just in case you think this stamp might have limited appeal, check out a former project I did with it HERE. (WOW!  that was for AW Challenge #3 and here we are on #43.  Time sure flies when you're having fun.)

Here's a close up of Venetian Mask.  I colored the ribbons and flowers with Copics and then printed the image again using a matte gold cardstock that I embellished with emeralds.  Both were then fussy cut and popped along with a gold doily I trimmed to fit either side.  I thought I'd try my hand with a gold Pearl Pen on the beads and although it's not perfect, I found that it's best to do every other one when they are close together and then let them dry before filling in a strand or cluster.  Otherwise as soon as they touch, they tend to flow together.

Here's the dimensional shot of the card.  It's actually a shaped front building on a Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals one with the back a regular rectangle.  I had a bit of engineering difficulty and the card does not stand alone, but I may add an easel back to remedy that problem.  

Here's the inside, as far as I've gotten for now.  The white mat (Spellbinders Labels Four) is just sitting there, waiting for a sentiment and I'm not sure that's the shape I'll finally choose, although it doesn't show when the card is closed, which is my goal.  You can see how the front was attached between the layers of the back.  I folded the green, figured the angle I wanted, placed the Spellbinders Grand Oval accordingly and cut through both layers.  I used to design shaped front cards all the time on my Cricut, but using these dies made it a bit less elegant. All in all, I'm still pleased though. Again I've used Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals for the layers. The large butterflies are also Spellbinders and the small ones a Martha Stewart punch, emphasizing the butterfly theme a bit more than Mardi Gras.

I hope you'll visit the Aurora Wings Challenge blog and be inspired enough by the fabulous Stella team to come play along.  Check out our FB Group page for the February Contest, Red White and Pink, too.

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  1. Oh wow Donna! this is fantastic! absolutely gorgeous!
    xoxo Olga

  2. I LOVE this opulent project, Donna! Your colors are so rich and lush, and I love this layout with layers of lacy texture from the gold doilies and the ovals. And what a great tip about creating strung beads effect using liquid pearls! Thank you so much for your awesome inspiration for our latest challenge at Aurora Wings today. Can't believe it's been 40 challenges since I saw that lovely pink creation with this same digi! Time flies, indeed!! Mitzi xxx

  3. You always create the must stunning creations. I love the whole lot of it. Beautiful xoxo

  4. OK this is just plain cool!! The outside is stunning with those unique dies and layers but then you do that to the inside and its just WOW!!

  5. Gorgeous creation for Mardi Gras. Great design and great colours. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  6. Back again, and again just gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  7. Fabulous card, Donna! Love the opulent Mardi Gras colours and your Venetian mask is so beautiful with its emerald gems. Stunning background too! Thank you for sharing your talent with us at the Crafts Galore Encore February Challenge, “Anything Goes”. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
    Carole x DT (Craftilicious Creations)

  8. This is stunning Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Michelle DT for

  9. I love this one, loe how the mask of the image pops, thank you for joining us at Lil patch of crafty friends and hope to see you soon, good luck, hugs, Marion

  10. Awesome Donna and such fabulous layering x

  11. Beautiful card, a gorgeous image and great colors. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty Friends, we hope to see you back again.

  12. Great creation. Thanks for joining in on our challenge at Scrapy Land :)Hugs olenka_ja

  13. Stunning!! love the festive feels and the elegant design of this card.. love it <3 xx ~RoRa

  14. Absolutely gorgeous. Your colors are so rich and the image pops off the card. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Wanda DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  15. Hello… Thanks for joining our ‘Anything Goes’ challenge with your lovely card… Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us for our next challenge…
    [Diane-Louise DT for Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog]

  16. Breathtaking make!!
    Thank you for linking up this beauty with Scrapy Land challenge!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  17. Beautiful creation - thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and we hope to see you again for our next challenge soon.

    Helen x

  18. Beautiful thank you for sharing with us at Crafting with an Attitude - good luck
    Lyn - DT


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