Friday, October 14, 2016

Tiger Lily Card (KBD Aloha Friday Challenge #82 Mid Inspiration)

Happy Friday everyone! :o)

Today I'm sharing a mid-inspiration project for an ongoing Aloha Friday Challenge at Kitty Bee Designs.

The challenge for this fortnight is #82 - Orange and Black. Feel free to use other colors, just make Orange and Black main colors in your project.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Aurora Wings, whit an amazing prize for one lucky winner.

For this challenge I made this Tiger Lily Card, using our sponsor's gorgeous image 'Tiger Lily Sprite' Digital Stamp.

How I made my card...

I printed the image on a watercolor paper. I left it dry through the night. When I print digital images I always leave them dry at least half an hour, to prevent ink smearing. I tried different mediums on printed images in the past and they all smear black printer ink, if not dried well. You can find more helpful tips on how to use digital images in one of my old posts, here.

Next day I colored the image. I colored sprite's skin and sepals with colored pencils. I used paper stump to blend colors in paper. Then I colored petals and stamens in watercolor technique using Distress Inks, water and fine rounded paint brush. 

When I was finished with coloring I fussy cut the image and colored the edges with black marker.

And then my troubles started... I couldn't decide what to do with the image. Background, no background, clean or busy, splatters, sentiment, no sentiment... I liked it all, but there was so little black and it didn't meet the challenge, at leas tin my eyes. Well, now I have some great layouts and ideas I will definitely use very soon, with this or some other image. Lastly I went with black and white busy patterned paper. To do so, I was inspired with gorgeous card by Marika Gewalli of Craftybit Creations. :o)

I glued the image on the patterned paper, glued it on a white top folded square card base and my card was finished. :o)

Dimensions: 89 mm x 89 mm (3.5" x 3.5")

List of supplies:
  • Aurora Wings 'Tiger Lily Sprite' digital stamp
  • white cardstock paper
  • watercolor paper 
  • Teresa Collins 'Urban Market' 6" x 6" designer paper pad
  • colored pencils: 
    • skin and cheeks: skin color, pink, light violet
    • sepals: olive green, dark green
  • Tim Holtz's Distress Inks:
    • petals: Spiced Marmalade
    • stamens: Walnut Stain
  • Stabilo Pen (Marker), Black 68/48
  • doublesided strong adhesive tape
  • Art Potch découpage glue and varnish
  • printer
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • Sigma Rotary Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • scissors
  • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. 5/0 (for coloring)
  • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0 (for glue)
  • paper stump no. #3
  • paper towels
  • water

I hope you liked my project for today and got inspired. For more inspiration, stop by the Kitty Bee Designs blog and check out lovely projects my Design Team mates created. And don't forget to join us in this challenge. We are looking forward to see your projects. :o)

I'm entering my card to following challenges:
Note: bold text and challengbadge (if any) are direct links to the current challenge and blog badge (if any) is a direct link to blog or challenge home page.

1) Aurora Wings Challenge Blog, Challenge #37 - Black, Orange and One Other Color
My colors: Black, Orange and White
Thank you for sponsoring our Aloha Friday Challenge! :o)

2) Cards und More Shop Blog, Challenge no. 5 - Anything Goes
This is my 4th entry to this challenge.

This is my 5th entry to this challenge.

4) 613 Avenue Create, Challenge #190 - Anything Goes
This is my 6th entry to this challenge.

Thank you for visiting and your kind feedback. Enjoy and smile! :o)



  1. Oh, this is FABULOUS!!! Love very much the contrast by the vibrant yellow/orange of the image and the black & white of the background! It makes the image really pop! And I think that the white script is so elegant! Very well done!!! :)

  2. Milka, this is gorgeous!! Love your coloring on the Tiger Lily Sprite with rich golden orange hue. The fussy cut is amazing, too! Glad you settled on this design as your final choice, as it is totally bold with the contrast against the black, but the white writings soften the stark black and add a lot of interest. Thank you for joining our latest challenge at AWCB! And thanks for having me as a sponsor at Kitty Bee Designs! xx Mitzi/AuroraWings

  3. Fabulous Milka! Your coloring of the Sprite is amazing and I love the bold black and white background you chose. Thanks so much for joining us at Aurora Wings. xxD

  4. Very beautiful card! Your fussy cutting skills are fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at Kraftin Kimmie Challenges!

  5. Your little sprite is beautifully coloured and just pops on the black script paper. A gorgeous creation. Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create this month.
    Hugs, Sandy

  6. Can I just tell you how stunning I think this is? I adore the way you colored that tiger lily so perfectly and just popped it on that black back drop!! It takes guts to leave something that clean and simple in a craft world full of all those beautifully embellished cards but this is just perfect!! I cannot tell you enough how much I love how that sprite pops off the background like that!!! I love it!!!!!
    Thanks for playing at Aurora Wings!!!

  7. What a great card! Thanks for joining us at the Cards und more challenge :) Hugs Anneke

  8. Love the design and the beautiful image!
    Thanks for playing along with our Challenge at Cards und More Shop Blog.



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