Monday, September 4, 2017

Anything Goes at Aurora Wings

We're back on track this month on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and our first challenge of September is the ever popular

For me this theme is the most difficult with so many gorgeous Aurora Wings stamps to work with and so many ideas in my head, I have the hardest time making a decision (especially when it's been as freakin' HOT as it's been the last week).  So I've noticed that there seems to be a bit of Halloween activity here and there and decided to get a jump on it and color up this cutie called Bat Flower Sprite available HERE on and HERE on Etsy.  Isn't he cute? 

Here's a closeup of Bat Flower Sprite.  He's colored with Copics and I drew color inspiration from the photos of actual Bat Flowers found HERE.  I really love the all black ones, but I wasn't sure I'd be able to get the definition and detail of the image with my coloring. (Gonna try it next time, though. ;D)  I generally buy the digis that are available in the PNG format so I can play with digital backgrounds and printed him first on sort of a vintage moon tag.  The problem was the background printed much darker than the preview and you couldn't see the dangly bits, so that was a "no go".  

I'd also printed him by himself so I went ahead and colored that one.  Had to fussy cut, though.  EIYIYI!  I used my kraft knife and worked from the body down the long strands and didn't remove the pieces until they all were cut.  This kept the image more stable when I had to go over several places that didn't initially cut through.  I found the already cut groove, held the pieces together ABOVE the knife and carefully re cut.  Definitely a labor of love, but the white outline made him stand out from the background, too.

So now what?  This time the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch saved me.  Cool spider web doily is from my buddy Creepy Glo, crinkle ribbon from the Halloween bundle at DL.Art, DP from my stash, distressed with Black Soot Ink and scissors, and a bat embellie from Recollections.

Be sure to stop by the AW Challenge Blog to see the fabulous projects from my Stella teamies and come play along.  Fun new challenge in the FB Group too.

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  1. ACK !!! Awesome :-) I love the image and the whole card scheme is stunning Donna. Those Bat Flowers are amazing.... I would love to have one of those :-D xxxxx

  2. Cut out by hand SCREAM! This is Fabulous, I love everything about it.

  3. You always have the mad skills and patience to do the most amazing fussy cutting on your colored pieces, Donna! I'm so happy to see this little bat flower dude on a gorgeous Halloween card! The colors on the Sprite is lovely, and I love the way you use those crinkle ribbons on your projects! Like you, I have not been feeling up to speed with life in general because it's been so stinking hot to do anything... It's triple digit once again as I type this. *sigh* Thank you so much for this awesome inspiration for our new Anything Goes challenge at Aurora Wings today. Mitzi xxx

  4. The fussy cutting was a labour of love but certainly made the image stand out as does the the black cobweb you have placed it on. Lovely card.
    Thanks for sharing with CHN patterned paper challenge.
    Margaret M DT

  5. Love this it is gorgeous 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 Co-Owner/Admin for

  6. Yeeez... cut out by hand... such patience you must have... He's adorable and your card is just fab. I love Halloween cards and you really nailed it. Hugz

  7. Great Halloween card and cute sprite ---ooh my goodness all that fussy cutting !!!---Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

  8. OMG, how do you always make the slightly creepy ones look so adorable, love it x

  9. Fantastic card and coloring,awesome design too,love it...thank you for joining us at COLOUR CRAZY CHALLENGE this week,hope to see you again
    Ċ½eljka DT xx

  10. Wonderful card. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Best of luck with your entry.
    Angie DT WorldwideOpenDesignTeamChallenge

  11. Wow! You do have some patience!! Love that image. I never heard of a bat flower, so I followed your link. They don't even look real!! Amazing.

    Your card is beautiful as always. You do such a great job not only with the coloring, but the care and detail you put into the final project really showcases each image.


  12. Firstly your card is fantastic, brilliant colouring and design.
    Second those bat flowers are gorgeous !!! I have never heard of them but now want to grow them.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

  13. FABulous project and love the fussy cut image..
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT

  14. Bat Flower Sorite is adorable. I love the background. Thank you for joining the DL.ART September Linky Challenge

  15. What a gorgeous make...Thank you for sharing with us at World Wide Open...And good luck..Hope to see you again next month..

    Caz x
    [Caz DT for World Wide Open DT Challenge]
    My Blog

  16. Hi Donna, this is a stunning card, the image and background you have used is adorable and I love that embellishment. Thanks for sharing your talent at Crazy Colour Challenge x Penny DT


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