A brand new challenge starts today on the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and this time we have a sketch for you to follow.
I'm kind of a rule follower, and not the most creative with sketch interpretations, but as soon as I saw this one I know I'd be using the AuroraWings.com exclusive digi set called Lost in the Woods. I love the little Tomte giving directions to the snail. The set includes them with a full background as well, but what made it so perfect for this challenge is that BOTH of the floral corners are available separately as part of the set as well, so I had all that I needed right there. WooHoo!
Here's a closeup of these cuties. I've colored the with Copics and cut and matted them with Spellbinders Grand Circles popped on some DP from K&Co. The snail shell was a bit of a challenge, and I have to admit, I walked away from it several times and almost started over, but I kept at it and in the end, it turned out to be my favorite part. This is a better color shot than above, as I wanted to shoot the full project outside and couldn't manage to color correct for the lighting. The shade gave everything a bit of a bluish cast but the sun either washed it all out or gave harsh shadows. The background was done with a combo of Copics, Distress Ink and chalk to get the effect I was going for. The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.
I flipped the top floral spray vertically to better work with the sketch. Again, I've colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped it on a frame I assembled using the Elizabeth Crafts Happy Frame XL die.
The same treatment was done with the bottom floral spray and here you have a little better view of the embossed strips I added to the dimensional frame. When assembling I decided the dark frame with the dark circular mat wasn't gonna fly but I wasn't about to start over with the frame. Cutting strips of a lighter green helped immensely, but I still needed some more interest so I ran them through my Cuttlebug with and older leaf folder and inked them lightly with Distress. I decided I liked the little bit of overhang and finally tied it all together (literally) with some twine at the corners. This way I still had a bit of the dark frame showing on the edges and also inside to further showcase the lovely images.
I hope you find this inspiring and come join our new challenge. Be sure to stop by the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog and take a look at the gorgeous work by my Stella teamies as well.
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