Friday, July 17, 2015

Double release at Aurora Wings!

Happy Friday and welcome to an awesome double release at Aurora Wings! When I say “awesome” that always means (for me at least) that Mitzi has designed new sprites to add to her collection of sprites digital images. I love all the sprites at Aurora Wings.

I was able to get both images colored and one art card project completed. The first one, "Ladybug Sprite," is the one I decided to make into a card.

My creative process:

  • The first thing was completing the Copic coloring (see above).
  • Next was deciding on the cardstock and designer paper. The cardstocks that I decided on was Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) 12” x 12” FSJ’s Black Licorice, 8½” x 11” Summer Days, Kiwi Slice, and Candy Apple. My designer paper was from Gina K. Designs Poppy Prints.
  • With the above cardstock, I trimmed the Black Licorice down to 6” x 12” for a 6” card base. The Kiwi Slice and Candy Apple cardstocks were layered under the Poppy Prints designer paper.
  • The main image was trimmed with Spellbinder’s A2 Curved Matting Basics A #5 die and layered with the Candy Apple and Black Licorice cardstocks.
  • After I had the base and Ladybug Sprite taken care of I started die cutting all the embellishments. Spellbinder’s Draping Vines Frame was cut in the FSJ’s Kiwi Slice cardstock. That was the perfect size for my 6” x 6” finished card. That die also comes with the tiny flowers that I cut with FSJ’s Summer Days cardstock. There are the cutest tiny humming birds, along with the tiny flowers, but those will be for something else. The “hello” is from Spellbinder’s D-Lites Sentiments Five die and cut from more of the Black Licorice cardstock. This die has curly ques at the beginning and ending of the word “hello.” I trimmed off the end curly que so it would fit.
  • Before I finished with the embellishments I sponged the edges of the flowers with FSJ’s Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink. This added a little “oomph” that the flowers needed so they would not get lost on the front of the card. My final touch was the tiny flat-backed red pearls, from my stash, in the center of each flower.

This next image, “Columbine Sprite,” was fun to color, or at least I had fun combining my Copic Bs and Vs. I did a little research on colors for the Columbine flower and these are the colors that caught my eye (purple is one of my favorite colors anyway).

Mitzi is having a 25% off sale in her Aurora Wings Etsy store. Use code DIGISAVE25 for 25% off with a minimum of $10 in digi purchase. This coupon code is good through July 17th through July 19th. If you have not joined our Stamps by Aurora Wings Facebook group, now is the time to check it out. There’s always something going on.

I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by. Please stop by our Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and take a look at what the rest of the designers have created. You will be inspired. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate contacting me.
Aletha Jane

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New Release at Aurora Wings

 Mitzi has done is again! She has wowed us with another amazing digital image, Owl Spirit, ready for your creativity in her Etsy Store. You are invited to check out our Aurora Wings Showcase blog to see the gorgeous projects from the Showcase designers, jaw dropping gorgeousness. It is joy to see the variety of designs from these artists.

Owl Spirit is an image I thourghly enjoyed coloring with Copics. I’ve got to admit that all of Aurora Wings images are a joy to color.

 Supplies used in my Owl Spirit project:
Fun Stampers Journey cardstock in Sweet Berry, Bubble Gum, Oatmeal Cookie,
and Hazel Nut Blend;
Designer paper from Heartfelt Creations (collection unknown);
Fun Stampers Journey Hazelnut Blend True Fusion Ink;
Taylored Expressions Designs Birch Trees die;
Fun Stampers Journey Spring Bloom Minis die and Tattered Bloom Mini die;
USArtQuest Prills (you can also purchase the lovely little round things from Heartfelt Creations.);

And now you can see two views of my finished project. The side view is showing the glitz a little more, I hope.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all are having a great weekend. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, June 19, 2015

SCACD Eclectic Sea Rubber Stamp Release

Today SCACD celebrates a newly released exclusive rubber stamp set Eclectic Sea (9 rubber stamps all together). The Eclectic Sea is a twist of sorts in how something land bound might be seen in the ocean; for example a Sunflower that is now a Coral Sea Flower and vice a versa. So check out the collection as these are really unique and elegant. SCACD Artist Carmen Medlin and Susana collaborated on the images and we are so happy to be showcasing them to you now.

This collection is now available for purchase in the USA. Please click here for the Eclectic Sea collection. For our interested international friends, please email Susana directly.

I was assigned the amazing Humminghorse rubber stamp to work with. Ocean themes have never been something that I would gravitate towards, but I am so glad I was sent this eclectic sea rubber stamp. I have created a mini mixed-media wall art and had a lot of fun getting out of my comfort zone. Thank you Susana!

My first step was the coloring of Humminghorsewith Copics. I wanted to also mention that there is a very similar digital image, Hoverfly, that is available in the SCACD online store.

Before I start with my process photos I wanted to give you a list of my supplies used in my Eclectic Humminghorse mini wall art.

6”x6” canvas
White Prismacolor pencil
Silver gel pen
DecoArt’s Media Matt Medium
DecoArt’s Media Carbon Black
DecoArt’s Media White Simmer Mister
DecoArt’s Media Turquoise Shimmer Mister
DecoArt’s Media Yellow Shimmer Mister
DecoArt’s Champagne Glamour Dust Paint
Black tissue paper
Other:  metal gears, sea shells, shell sequins, mica flakes

The photo above is showing the black tissue paper adhered to the canvas with matt medium. I did wrinkle the tissue before adhering it to the canvas. I added a layer of matt medium on top of the tissue paper. After that was dry I used the kelp forest stencil and modeling past for more dimension. After that was dry I brushed on another layer of matt medium.

 This next photo is the next step for the background. With the last layer of matt medium I used the patina green antiquing cream over the entire canvas. Then a baby wipe was used to remove most of the background green except for the kelp. After that was dry I added more patina green to the kelp only, let that dry, and added the shine with liquid glass. This added more dimension.

Now it’s time for all the fun embellishments that I have picked out. The Oceana Corner die and Steampunk Corner die were cut on brown cardstock twice. I glued each design together. When they were dry, I changed the color with the Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre. I added two coats of the lustre and they were shinning copper.

The above photos are the finished piece. I wanted to mention that after adding all the dies and embellishments I used the mister acrylic paints. The finished piece was rather bright, especially all the copper and yellow, so the patina green antiquing cream came to the rescue.

I hope you enjoyed my journey making this Humminghorse piece come to life. For you next stop please head to Dianne’s blog. If you are lost head back to the SCACD Store blog.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Celebration at Aurora Wings

Today we are celebrating Aurora Wings two year anniversary with her online store Etsy.  This weekend, in our Stamps by Aurora Wings Facebook group, there is going to be a lot of happenings. You don’t want to miss it!

One of the happenings is a freebie from Mitzi. I would like to introduce you to Linnea Sprite. Isn’t she the cutest? She is perfect for art cards, scrapbook pages, or mixed-media, really anything you want.

 Of course I colored Linnea with Copics. The Copics I used are:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Leaves, Shoes and Bloomers:
YG21, 23, 25, 67;
Linnea Petals: RVoo, 11, 14, 23, 29, R59;
Background: W1, 2, RV00;
Grounding: W2, 3.

Here's a little more information I know you will enjoy!

I hope that you do join us this weekend. In the meantime, head on over to our Aurora Wings Showcase blog. You will see what the other designers have created. I know they would love a visit to their personal blogs.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, May 1, 2015

New Release at Aurora Wings

Mitzi, owner and creator of Aurora Wings, has been busy this past month. This new image is her second new release in the past few weeks. Meet Miyabi, a geisha apprentice. She was the inspiration behind my finished 6”x6” mixed-media piece. She was also a joy to color with my Copics too.

Copics and other coloring tools:
Skin: RV00, R22, 24, 27;
Ear and Nape of Neck: E000, 00, 21;
Hair: C1, 3, 5, 7, 9, Black 100;
Flowers in Hair: R22, B21, 64, 66;
Kimono: T1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10;
G40, 82, 94, 99;
YR21, 23, 24, 31,
B23, 34, 37, 41,
R20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89;
Obi and Hair Ribbon:
R20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89;
Background Flowers:
B23, 34, 37, 41,
R20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89,
V20, 22, 25, 28,
B03, 21, 66, YR21, 23, 24, 31;
Spicas: Lipstick and Gold;
Wink of Stella: Gl. Blue and Gl. Gold;
White gel pen;
Memento Marker: Rhubarb Stalk.

The finished mini wall art…I may have to keep this one for myself. You can find Miyabi in two versions. The Miyabi Figure Only Version here and the Miyabi Full Version here.

Now I would like to take you on a journey of my creative process. DecoArt mediums have been my choice of products for several years now. I love how easy they are to create with and the delightful colors in the fluid acrylics receive top marks from me.

My DecoArt products used in today’s project are:
Americana Glazing Medium
DecoArt Media Line:
Matte Medium;
Black Gesso;
Fluid Acrylics in:
Primary Cyan,
Carbon Black,
Quinacridone Burnt Orange;
Shimmer Mister-White.

Other supplies:
Assorted paper, die cuts, doiles, and acrylic flowers;
Designer paper;
Metal butterflies.

The above photo shows my first step of painting the black gesso on the 6”x6” stretched canvas. Now comes the fun of adding all the die cuts, strips of designer papers, and paper flowers for the background texture. All of these layers were adhered to the canvas with matte medium.

My next steps were adding all my glazing layers (see above). Each of these layers was carefully wiped with baby wipes. You do not want to remove all the glaze but you do want each layer to fully dry between layers. I added some matte medium to the flowers so I could do this same glazing technique on the flowers. The matte medium adds a coating to surfaces. This helps with making everything non-absorbent. NOTE: The glazing colors were accomplished with a 1:1 ration of fluid acrylic and glazing medium.

I have shot my finished piece at an angle. I hope you can see the dimension. The main image has been fussy cut and adhered with adhesive squares to raise it away from the canvas.

I hope that you head over to the AuroraWings Showcase blog and check out the talent of the other Showcase Designers. I feel honored to be working alongside these wonderful artists. Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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