Monday, January 18, 2016

Aurora Wings Ice & Snow


EEEK!  It's the first Aurora Wings Challenge of 2016 and I'm beside myself with excitement.  Besides LOVING the theme of Ice & Snow, I managed to get my rear in gear early enough to do a mixed media project I've had in my mind FOREVER, using the gorgeous Icy Snow Queen, also available HERE in the AW Digi Shop.  WooHoo!  I started with an 8x8" canvas that I primed with DecoArt Media Gesso.  One of my New Year's resolutions is to stop procrastinating and explore new avenues of crafting, so I'm especially thrilled with this.  (And to organize my craft room, but don't hold your breath on that one.  LOL)



Then I colored the gorgeous Icy Snow Queen with Copics in the B0000-B05 range. I really wanted her to sparkle, so after coloring, I applied a sheet of Be Creative Tape to the entire image, but before I sprinkled on the Microfine Transparent Art Glitter, I applied fussy cut eyes from another print, because I didn't want them to be frosty looking.  This particular glitter is so fine, you can actually color over it with your Copics without damaging the nib, although I did that only minimally here.  I do wipe the tip off though, in case a few particles come dislodged from the tape.  Then I added some DecoArt Liquid Glass to her eyes and lips for shine.  



I tore around the image to avoid a harsh edge and used DecoArt Matte Medium to adhere it to the canvas.  Then I applied DecoArt Modeling Paste with a palette knife and sprinkled it with some Mica glitter and waited (impatiently) for it to dry.

Now the fun really began.  I had a serious stash of stuff to embellish this project, wired stems of crystals, faceted gems, garlands of tiny snowflakes and icicles that I cut apart with nippers.



Then I painstakingly glued them to the gorgeous image  and surrounding "snow" using DecoArt Liquid Glass until I was satisfied...



and added acrylic glitter snowflakes from MAMBI (hoarded for years!) that I layered with various others by JoLee's.  Finally, I adorned the peaks of "snow" with Stardust Stickles and I've gotta say, I haven't been this excited about one of my projects in a long time.  I'm already itching to play with more mixed media.

Be sure to check out the Aurora Wings Challenge Blog for more frosty goodness from my teamies.  We can't wait to see what you come up with.  And BTW, if you've ever wanted to join the Aurora Wings family, check out our Open DT call HERE for a brand new DT.  Applications and Blog Link up due by January 29th, so hurry.


Here's how to keep up with all that's happening at Aurora Wings.



I'm also thrilled to be entering this in the DecoArt Mixed Media Winter Wonderland Challenge.  WooHoo!  It's about time I get around to using some their fab products that I've amassed in my stash.

I'm also entering this in the Crafty Time January Make it Sparkle Challenge, the Creatalicious Snowflakes Challenge, Creative Craft Cottage Release the Glitter, Dream Factory The Ice Queen, More Mixed Media "Blue"The Sparkles Monthly January Blues Challenge, Left of Center Winter WonderlandAllsorts Girly and Sparkly Challenge, the Corrosive Challenge New Resolutions, Crafty Friends ATG, the Digi Designs Snow or Snowflakes Challenge, Winter Wonderland Glitter and Shine, Craft Your Passion ATGthe C.R.A.F.T. Not a Card Challenge, 613 Avenue Create ATG/Stylish and Elegant, Clear it Out Theme: Winter Stash: SnowflakesInspiration Destination ATG, Crafting with an Attitude ATG, the ABC Christmas Challenge "A" is for ATG, Crafting for All Seasons Monochrome, A Snowflake's Promise Challenge 14Glitter and Sparkle Monochrome and The Paper Shelter Shades of Blue.



50 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE this canvas!!!!! The coloring, added glitter and all the embellishments are just perfect!

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  2. Gorgeous ! Love the Colors and design !
    Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges Blog and good Luck !
    MARYVONNE DT Member

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  3. I always enjoy reading your posts to learn exactly what goes into your fabulous creations, Donna. I must say, I'm always blown away by the details you put into them. Can't believe you fuzzy cut the eyes so she'd have clear sparkly eyes. I did not realize that the first time I saw the whole project image. Wow! Love this mixed media canvas!! You really brought the Ice Queen to life! Thank you for this spectacular inspiration for our latest challenge at AuroraWings, Donna!!

    Mitzi xxx

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  4. WOW!! this canvas is simply stunning Donna, I just love all texture, sparkle and bling and I truly do appreciate just how long those gems took to add having painstakingly done the same, especially those 1mm ab gems, talk about eye strain lol ;) Huge Hugz, Lorraine xx

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  5. Wow!!! This is amazing! Love, love, love her!
    Cheers,
    Aurora

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  6. I can't talk, my jaw is sitting in my lap, in awe of this amazing creation!

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous card, thanks for sharing with Inspiration Destination and good luck. Wendy DT x

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Love it! ....Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Designs Challenge.
    Wendy xx

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  9. Gorgeous mixed media creation Donna! Makes me want to try something like this! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage!

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  10. Gorgeous card Donna! the image is beautiful and I love all the texture and sparkle, absolutely FABULOUS! LOVE IT :-)

    thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  11. Wow this is so gorgeous! I love all the details you have managed to incorporate in it. Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas challenge this week.
    Lorraine DT

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  12. Amazing ice queen on a fantstic frosty background. Fabulous!
    Greetings
    Sabine

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  13. Stunning as always! Thanks for joining at Creatalicious: Snowflakes
    Hugs
    Dewi

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  14. I'm not much into doing mixed media - I like to look at it, but not do it. BUT, this is absolutely stunning! TFS!

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  15. Gorgeous prohject!! Love all the sparkles and texture and layers you added!! Beautiful job on this and thanks for playing along with us at the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge blog!! :)

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  16. I am floored by the uniqueness, polish and artistry of your work. This Snow Queen is simply stunning. It is a true work of art.

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  17. Wow absolutely stunning, fabulous detail and design.
    Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
    Hugs Julie xxx

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  18. I am speechless......this is amazing...gorgeous....lovely....wowwwwwww.
    Thanx for joining us at Winter Wonderland. xxx Plony

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  19. That is amazing - love it!

    Thanks for joining us at the Creative Craft Cottage Challenge.

    Helen N x

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  20. bbbrrrrr.. so cold!!!!
    I love it
    Thank you for joining us at craft your passion!
    Veronica

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  21. Stunning card, gorgeous image, thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Girly & Sparkly' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

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  22. WOW !!!! Thanks for sharing your canvas with the 'Anything Goes' challenge over at CRAFTY FRIENDS... your canvas is absolutely stunning, I enjoyed reading how you created your fabulous project... good luck in the draw and hope to see you again.
    Diane Louise (DT) xx

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  23. Fabulous creations and a great entry into the Glitter N Sparkle Challenge blog this week, thanks for entering. Tracey C - DT

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  24. Wooow, I love your card! Really fantastic work!
    Thanks for joining us at Dream Factory!
    Hugs,
    Conny

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  25. Oh, this is so gorgeous! WOW! Wow-wow-wow! Reall Snow Queen! Your card is really a piece of art! Fantastic! So creative and so many wonderful details!
    Thank you very much for sharing your amazing work with us at 613 Avenue Create this week. Good luck and hope to see you again soon!
    Sasha

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  26. Well what can I say that everyone else hasn't said about this amazing project? I love that you tell us how you achieved such an awesome design and layout. Spectacular work, I LOVE IT.
    Thanks for joining in with our 'Glitter and Shine' challenge at Winter Wonderland this week, hope you will join us again.
    Eileen x

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  27. What a fantastic project and so beautifully creative.Your colouring is super and you've enhanced this further by adding all those wonderful details.Amazing work.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

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  28. wow, it´s fantastic and soooo much beautiful things on it... great.

    thanks for joining us at Dream Factory.
    Hugs
    Simi

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  29. Wowww!!!! I love her!!! This colouring is amazing!!!! Thanks for joining us at LOC
    Ana Isabel DT

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  30. wow!! absolutely stunning work!! I love everything about it. Thankyou for joining us over at Di's Digi's for our snow or snowflakes challenge. Hope you join us again Lynda DT xx

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  31. Grandioso trabajo de mixed media, felicidades, mucha suerte gracias por participar en The Corrosive Challenge Blog Gaby DT

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  32. Beautiful icy snow queen canvas. She is gorgeous with all of her jeweled details. Lovely coloring of her face as well. Thank you for sharing with us at DecoArt's Winter Challenge.

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  33. Diamonds are a girls best friend (:o) Oh my....what a glamour with a frosty touch. You've nailed the ice queen. Thanks for sharing your project with us, at the DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge.

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  34. Simply gorgeous. I love all the bling. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Time Challenges.

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  35. wow this is so beautiful! loving the sparkle and added embellishments as well as the beautiful image. Thanks for joining us at More Mixed Media Challenge - Blue. Michelle, DT Member

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  36. Beautiful Icy Snow canvas, love all the detail and layers you captured in the canvas!!! Thanks for creating for the DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge.

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  37. Wow. This is one gorgeous piece of art.
    Your canvs looks fantastic. Just had to come by and leave a comment. hugs Mrs A.

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  38. Wow is this interesting art! Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi challenge!

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  39. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for our first challenge at More Mixed Media, our ‘blue’ theme – hope to see you again soon x

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  40. What a beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges.
    Mieko xx

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  41. Your work is outstanding!! Always in awe of your creations. So happy to see your entry on The Corrosive Challenge!!!! :)

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  42. Absolutely gorgeous love the beautiful image and and icy results and texture--Thank you for joining us at Crafting With An Attitude
    Carol DT x

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  43. A great card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "snowflakes” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    Hugs,
    Melanie
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

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    1. thanks as well for joining our challenge over at Crafty Friends.

      Hugs,
      Melanie

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  44. Oh wow Donna! You have excelled yet again! I am envious of your talent!

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  45. This is truly stunning! I love all of the embellishments you used. They all work so well together and make a gorgeous finished piece.

    Thank you for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge for our New Resolutions challenge.

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  46. This is stunning and so pretty, love all the sparkles and how you have made the face pop..Thank you for joining us for our 1st challenge at More Mixed Media and hoping you would like to join us again..Good luck in draw..Hugs Lozzy xx

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  47. Me again!

    Thanks for joining us at the Sparkles Challenge too.

    Helen N x

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Thanks for making my day!