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 AW.com 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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I'm entering this in the DL.Art September Linky challenge, Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG/AG, Simon Says Wednesday AG (5/5), Colour Crazy Craft Challenge wk 35 AG, Crafting from the Heart #173 AG, 613 Avenue Create September AG/optional Distress it, the Classic Design Team Open #17 AG, Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge Sept., the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #25, and TTRCD August 29-Sept 5.