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A Bit Darker Card

I watched the Harry Potter Marathon this weekend and decided to check out the Haunted Design House Challenge. The current challenge is skulls. I have used all my skull images a few too many times so I went looking for a cool new one. I ran across this really great site called Aurora Wings. The images range from totally cute to really scary and they are really amazing! I bought an image called Santa Muerte - Day of the Dead Catrina Skull. This is what it said about the image: "this is a beautiful line art with wonderful flow and movement, full of details that will make coloring this quite a challenge. This is a line art best suited for advanced colorists or colorists with patience." I am not an advanced colorist and I have no patience with coloring. In fact, lately I have been just dragging my images through some ink and calling it done. But something about this image just made me want to buy it and try to color it. I didn't do it justice, but I am going to keep trying until I get it right! In fact, you would laugh if you saw how I colored this. I dipped a little paint brush pen in Tim Holtz stamp pads and dotted it on. Then I used some fine line Copics to darken up a few spots. Scary I know!

I am also entering this in the Aurora Wings Challenge - their first one! The challenge is anything goes so I am going to include this in that challenge as well.


  1. I'm really happy to have you stumble onto my shop, Nancy. I love your unique coloring approach - it looks great here - and the traditional Day of the Dead colors of orange and yellow with black. Thank you so much for joining our very first challenge at Aurora Wings with your creation. Best wishes! Mitzi

  2. Nancy, I'm just going to say your flowers are gorgeous....she's not such a beauty. LOL I do like her dress, though. And, I really like the design of your card.

  3. Yay! So happy to have you back playing in the dungeon again! Welcome to the world of Aurora Wings, too! I think you did a smashing job of coloring up this beauty! I am getting ready to try my hand at coloring her, and was thinking that less is more with this gal. So much detail, but quite stunning in monotones. I love what you did, here!! Let me know if she needs a home...

  4. Absolutely FABULOUS!, Nancy! I think your coloring is just stunning on one of my FAVE AW images. Amazing work. Thanks so much for sharing with the Minions and for joining our first challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  5. Wow! Amazing card and amazing embellishments!

  6. Wow, this looks amazing! Love the colors and all the layers.

  7. This is a fabulous card Nancy, I think your colouring is brilliant and I love your gorgeous colours and design.

  8. Nancy,
    I love, love your wonderful card - and the image is just way cool! You did an amazing job and the touches of color on her are perfect!

  9. Can't miss a HP marathon!!!!
    Beautiful layers and it! ~jeni :)

  10. oh my word, this is fantastic nancy.i love the stunning image and your colouring and details are amazing ;D

    xx coops xx

  11. Are you saying this was a happy accident....well I think the coloring looks amazing. How beautiful it looks-I am loving it. I just heard that one of my childhood friends will be getting married. She has lived with her parents all this time and is taking care of them now. And guess what, she is getting married on Halloween and wants a skull cake with "To Death Do Us Part" written on it. How cool is that. She always loved Halloween. Pssst, if you look on my pin board titled "Halloween Wedding" you will see the cake. I want the challenge of making her a Halloween Wedding mini album and am pinning ideas for it
    Bear Hugs,

  12. wow Nancy. Great image and a great card. Thanks for playing along with us at HDH. XX

  13. Fabulous card and colouring

    Looks great. Thanks for playing at hdh

  14. OMGosh your coloring looks so fabulous for dragging a little color and then deepening with copics, lol. I would have guessed you spent several hours. Love the great design and the flowers. I saw a special on "the day of the dead" on TV and it's really quite a holiday and big deal in Mexico.

  15. Such an amazing card Nancy, I love the colours and the design fab too, thank you so much for sharing it with us for our Aurora Wings Challenge.
    Huge Hugz, Lorraine xx

  16. Congratulations, Nancy! Your beautiful creation has been selected by the DT as one of the Top 3. Please stop by at AuroraWings Challenge Blog and see the winners announcement and claim your prizes.


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