Monday, October 3, 2016

Black, Orange and One Other Color for Aurora Wings

A new challenge starts today at the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog with the theme of  Black, Orange and One Other Color.  Of course, since it's the first week in October, my thoughts turned to Halloween, or more specifically Day of the Dead, but certainly you are not limited to projects in that vein.  I chose the gorgeous Day of the Dead Marie (who just happens to be on sale!).

Here's a closeup of Day of the Dead Marie, available in jpg HERE and png HERE, if you'd like to print her to color on digital background and skip the fussy cutting.  I've colored her with Copics, using mainly black and shades of gray and left the orange and purple to her flowers and rather tattered ribbon.  I decided to cut the feathers in her hair off the image and add real ones in this case.  I love this image and have colored her before in the more traditional brights of the Dia de los Muertos festivities.  You can see that one HERE and read more about the customs surrounding the holiday as it is practiced in Latin countries.

Here's the dimensional shot.  I've used papers from Graphic 45 and Creative Imaginations.  The cross is a Spellbinders die and I've added a wreath of flowers as if it were a decorated grave.  The fence is a Martha Stewart punch to which I've added some tattered stripe fabric tape.  There's also a silk flower from my stash behind Marie for more texture.

One last look at Marie and the computer generated sentiment that means "Always in my heart" in Spanish.  Now hurry along to see the fab inspiration from the Stella Team and put your thinking caps on and join us.  We can't wait to see what you create.

We've also just begun the new contest, "Pink Ribbon", that runs all month in the AW FB Group.  And don't forget there's a fabulous Gift with Purchase that runs through October 9th in both the AW Etsy and AW Digi Shop

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  1. Ohh, Donna, this is SO BEAUTIFUL!! So nice to see the Day of the Dead project, as I love that holiday as much as Halloween ... possibly more in many ways. Every single element has its place, and the overall visual is simply stunning here. DoD Marie is colored to perfection!! Thank you so much for this breathtaking inspiration for our latest challenge at Aurora Wings, Donna! Mitzi xxx

  2. Wooow this isa very elegant and beautiful Halloween/Day of the Dead card.. loveeee this so much Donna.. your design is awesomeee... <3 xx ~RoRa

  3. I adore your choice of image, I find it hard to colour them but yet you made such elegant card with it, love how you coloured the image, lots of hugs, Marion

  4. This is so beautiful and creative. Love the darkness and the depth in it. Just fab... xoxo

  5. Definitely befitting the holiday! Wonderful depth of colors, and so much detail, Donna! Beautiful creation! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge "Anything Craft Goes". I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Please check back to see if you are a winner!
    crafty hugs,
    P.S. I'd love for you to visit my personal blog if you have a chance. Thanks!
    {Creative Smiles}

  6. Stunning Donna, so much detail and all those beautiful layers, gorgeous x

  7. Hi Donna - your card is fantastic. I love the detail you added and the spooky yet stylish design. Very Tim Burton-esque!!
    Thanks for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Caryn xxx

  8. Donna this is awesome!! Just simply wicked!! I love all the little details you added to this beautifully colored image!! The little butterflies and the poppies on the cross!! Awesome!!!

  9. Fabulous Donna! I love the purple and orange, so effective and just plain gorgeous! Love the image especially, so amazing! Thanks for playing along in the spirit of the season!~kim
    Dream in Darkness

  10. Such a spooky card - fabulous use of details. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Creatalicious challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  11. This is such a refreshingly clever take on a Halloween-style card! I love how you so perfectly combined darkness with elegance. I like the traditional color palette you used, yet you still made this unique and new! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your work with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  12. This is fabulous Donna, she goes perfectly with the Graphic 45 papers. Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts, and have a fun week. Sue xx

  13. This is awesome, Donna! (and I love how we both used purple as our 3rd color) You've done a beautiful job! xx

  14. Huuuuh, how spooky ....although she is very elegant! Love the deep purple you used and the stamp looks great!
    Thank you for joining in our challenge at Country View Challenges this month!
    xx Evelyn

  15. Love the sentiment with this wonderful image! The cross and background are just absolutely awesome! Thanks for playing with us at Dream in Darkness this most spooky month! Nan, CT


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