Monday, September 3, 2018

Himalayan Blue Poppy

Aurora Wings

Sketch Challenge #70 - Sketch 

Time for a new challenge at Aurora Wings and this month it is a SKETCH challenge.  So here we go with the sketch we would like you to use and we can't wait to see what you come up with and how you interpret this challenge :) :)

For my DT inspiration to get you in the mood I have used the image Himalayan Blue Poppy available here from Aurora Wings Digital Stamps and also from the Etsy store.

I chose to use the Himalayan Blue Poppy image to decorate the outer side of the circle instead of putting and image in the circle and using other embellishment on the outside.  The image was flipped so it fitted beautifully on the top left of the circle and for the bottom right I removed parts of the image so I was only left with the flowers and reduced the size.  Once that was done I printed the two bits ready for colouring.  Usually I would colour and then fussy cut but this time I was a bit concerned about the fussy cutting so did that first.  Then the fun and games began as seems to be a common trend with me at the moment.  I coloured most of the image but did not like what I had done grrrrr, so printed and cut again ready for a second round of colouring.  Now the second attempt was much better and I was half way through it when I got sidetracked and started thinking about the background.  My plan was to rubber stamp a poppy background in colours to match what I was using (fatal mistake).  I hunted through my stamp inks, nothing suitable there, Promarkers possibly but not what I wanted then I remembered I had some Aqua Tints from Crafters Companion and there I found the perfect colour.  Time to play and see what I could come up with and my stupid hand knocked over the bottle of ink and I think you can guess where it went, all over the half coloured image which I had not moved out the way - I could have cried.  Time to leave the craft room after wiping up all the spilt ink before I did something else rather stupid.  I left things for a couple of days and rethought what to do with the background - that ink went back in the drawer and won't be seeing the light of day for a wee while hahaha.  I ended up using a poppy design paper which I converted to greyscale in Photoshop and then overlaid a colour I thought would work well, hurray, got it pretty good first time.  Next was to print and fussy cut the image for the third time and get the colouring done.  All going well so far so fingers crossed it would continue and it did, no more accidents.  The images were coloured with Polychromes and completed with Liquid Pearls in the centre of each of the flowers then a blast of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to give a nice sheen. To finish off the card I die cut a background flower die I have and trimmed it to size to fit behind the inner circle, lace was added to the top background poppy layer and this was mounted on dark maroon, then cream vellum and added to the card base.  Behind the image I added some maroon dried leaves, pearl sprays and a glass bead spray.  Finally I stamped the sentiment and added a wee pearl bow to complete this project.

I am entering this creation in the following challenges:-


  1. OMG, Jane! Who would ever have thought this gorgeous creation had gone through so many traumas? I absolutely love how you've taken the poppies from the image and used them on their own and the colors are just gorgeous. Love the deep pinks that you've carried all the way to her mesmerizing eyes. The layers of the background add a delicate, but dramatic effect. Amazing how you carried on through all the unhappy accidents. The result is fabulous! xxD

  2. Oh Jane! This is just lovely ! I am having trouble fussy cutting these days too. I guess it is just a matter of practice . But this turned out really well .



  3. I'm going to start by apologizing, because I let a few giggles go while reading your post. As I'm seeing the amazing finished product, I know that you triumphed!! It's amazing how much can go wrong with a project, but absolutely mind-boggling how you persevered and came up with this absolutely, stunningly gorgeous creation!! We may just have to get together and write a book on cardmaking mishaps that we've had ;) Love your post, and your beautiful card <3
    Susan xx

  4. Gorgeous work, Mimi! That's a lot of work you put into getting this just right. I love the color palette you used on this image. Great take on the sketch using a cluster of flowers from the digi, too. Thank you so much for this wonderful inspiration for today's post at Aurora Wings. Mitzi xxx

  5. All that effort and the result is fabulous! Your coloring is outstanding and you interpreted the sketch perfectly. Thank you for joining us at the Brown Sugar Monthly Challenge.

  6. I would have cried too after the mishaps and just given up. So glad you didn't as what resulted is truly stunning. So much depth and beauty here Mimi. It truly is a masterpiece. Your colouring is impeccable. Thanks so much for sharing with us at JUGS this week.

  7. stunning combo... great colours.... Thanks for joining us at Digi Stamps 4 Joy

  8. Pretty card, lovely colours.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Alphabet Challenge ~ Janice DT

  9. Lovely work, thanks for sharing with Digistamps4joy!

  10. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Creations in Pink, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  14. Oh dear, not a cool day but I feel your pain Mimi. Been there done that, oh well but your card is really stunning. Love the image and gorgeous coloring. I'm so glad you joined Digistamps4Joy this time around and hopefully to see you again next month.
    PS: Sorry for I had to remove my earlier comments. I had trouble with wifi on off this rainy moment and blogger kicked me in and out while I tried to publish my comments. Oh sorry.
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Thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a great deal to me. Hoping you have happy crafting days ahead. Hugs Mimi