Monday, September 15, 2014

Challenge #7 A Touch of Darkness

Welcome back to our seventh challenge here at Aurora Wings. Please scroll down for our Winner's Post for Challenge #6. Mitzi and the team wish to thank you for all the amazing entries for our Under the Sea Challenge and hope you join us again for our Challenge #7 with the theme of

Those using an Aurora Wings image may enter up to THREE times, but those of you choosing a stamps from another company must limit your entry to ONE.  And please remember, we DO need to see a hand colored digital or rubber stamp , to be eligible. 

Our prizes each month will include:

1 (one) Artist's Choice Award Winner to be selected from entries using Aurora Wings digis ($20 GC and Badge)

1 (one) Random Winner ($20 GC)

Top 3 Winners to be chosen by the DT ($10 GC and Badge)

And don't forget our September Anything Goes is still going on through September 30th on our Facebook Group Page.  That's a double chance of winning!  WooHoo!  Please be advised though, we cannot accept entries here that precede today's challenge date.  However, those entries from today through the 30th may enter in BOTH competitions.

Sandra Carey
Before we move on we must say goodbye to Sandra Carey who is stepping down for personal reasons.  Thank you, Sandra,  for your lovely work here at Aurora Wings and best of luck in your future endeavors.

On a happier note, lets welcome our newest DT sisters

Laila Anesland

Charlene Short

Both ladies are no strangers to Aurora Wings and have consistently WOW'ed us with their beautiful creations.  We are so thrilled to have you join the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog Team and look forward to more of your fabulous work.

Now, are you ready for some fabulous DT inspiration?


The challenge will be open at 9:00 am EDT September 15th and close at 11:55 pm Saturday October 18th. Entries posted prior to September 15th will be deleted. All entries must have a hand colored digital or rubber stamp on their completed project to be eligible. Please follow the chosen theme. ONE entry per person if not using an Aurora Wings image, THREE entry limit if ALL entries include an Aurora Wings stamp. You may enter your project in as many other challenges as desired. Please link to your POST address, NOT your BLOG address and link back to the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog. We would greatly appreciate you removing word verification and switching to comment moderation if you fear spam. In fairness to all, those not following the rules will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding and please have fun. We look forward to your fabulous creations.

Also, because of the difficulties we have experienced with Facebook entries, I regret that we will no longer be accepting them on the Challenge Blog.  I'm so sorry, but we do have an Anything Goes Challenge currently running on our Facebook Group page, so you are welcome to post your appropriate entries there through September 30th.  Thank you for your understanding. 

However, if you do not have a blog and would still like to enter the challenge,  please email me at dlmundinger(at)gmail(dot)com with your name, a picture of your entry and Aurora Wings Challenge # 7 in the subject line, and I will add it to the Linky so you can participate. Hopefully this will accommodate everyone.  xx

Challenge #6 Winners Post

Mitzi and the team want to thank you all for the fabulous entries for our Under the Sea Challenge. We know August is a busy month for many of you and appreciate those who took the time to join us. Again, the creations were AMAZING, making our winners choices so difficult. However, choose we did, so without further ado.....

The ARTIST'S CHOICE AWARD ($20 GC and Badge) chosen by Mitzi from among the entrants using Aurora Wings images goes to

The RANDOM WINNER ($20 GC) goes to

And the Top 3 ($10 GC and Badge) in no particular order, chosen by the Design Team
from ALL the entries goes to

#3 Laila aka Koneko

 #6 Kat

#19 Lucy Patrick

A huge Congratulations to our fabulous winners! Please e-mail Mitzi at studiomiyabi (at) aol (dot) com, with subject line "AW challenge blog ACA winner/top3/random winner" with your list of LINKS (not the titles of the digis) to the digis you wish to receive up to the total amount of your prize (all values are in USD) to receive your prize.

Hope to see you all back for our seventh challenge which again goes live at our new earlier time, 9:00 am EDT today.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Special Tutorial on Background by Debra

August 18 ~ September 13, 2014

Click right here to go to our current challenge running through  Sept. 13, 2014.

Hi, everyone!  Today we have a special tutorial on airbrush background by Debra Shaw from AuroraWings Showcase Blog as our mid-challenge reminder post.  My special thanks to Debra for writing this tutorial up for us.  This is a way to achieve a smooth and clean look on your background by the use of masking paper and airbrush.  Here's Debra's tutorial.  Enjoy!

I have been asked how I created the background on my "The Secret" Box, I masked the digital stamp and then air brushed it in, here is how I did it.

1. I use Eclipse masking paper that's 6" wide and on a roll, it's a low tack tape that can be printed on, using a household printer, I beleive you can also get it in A4 sheets with a paper backing.

2. Firstly print your image, to the size you want, onto your blending card.

3. Stick a piece of Eclipse tape onto a sheet of ordinary paper.
Then using the exact same settings as before print your image again onto the Eclipse, so it is the same size as the first.

4. Now cut out your image, make sure it is on the inside of the black line, otherwise you will get a halo effect later. For the more intricate parts, around the neck and arms I used a craft knife.

5. Once it's all cut out, the tricky bit is to line the mask up with your image on the blending card, this can take a few attempts but because it's low tack nothing will be ruined, it pays to take your time here because if it overlaps you will get a white line (halo effect)around your image.

6. Once your happy it's in the correct place, it's time to have fun creating your background with an airbrush, I sprayed from left to right to give the effect of waves, the colours I used were.
B14, B04, G16, BG000, BG45, BG75

The darker colours I used under the image to create shadows.

7. Then gently peel away the mask, and you're left with your image ready to colour. You can store your mask and use it again if you want.

I hope this tutorial helps and if you have any questions please ask.

Thank you so much, Debra, for writing this wonderful tutorial on creating a smooth and beautiful background with the use of masking paper and airbrush!  The final project is breathtaking!  We hope this presentation was helpful and introduced you to something new and different, especially if you have not been aware of masking technique - paper and fluid (which you peel off after it dries) are available at art supply shops -before.

Today (Sept 1, 2014) is the last day for your to receive a free gift digi "Elven Queen" with any size digi purchase at either AW Etsy shop or AW web shop.  See details in the ad below.