Monday, March 5, 2012

Less is More: Neutrals!

The challenge at Less is More is to use neutrals (white to black and any shades of beige, brown, or grey).  Oh, I love me some neutrals.  I do love color, too, but there is something so soothing about shades of brown and so classic about white and black together.  I got a little carried away.
I made three cards using Hero Arts Just Saying Hi and Brilliance lightning black ink.  I have been loving this ink lately; it has a great shimmer to it. I used the same basic layout for all three cards.   The first two are on PTI vintage cream and the third is on PTI rustic white

Then I decided to play a little bit with tea dye distress ink.  I have admired so many beautiful cards made with Stampin' Up's French Foliage set, so when Lynn at The Mango Boys and Me listed her set for sale, I snatched it right up.  It is just gorgeous.  This started out as a one layer card using masking.  I didn't like how the sentiment stamped in distress ink, so I cut it down and matted it onto a new card base.

Finally, I took the one-layer card I had made for this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge and turned it into a two-layer card.  I had made a boo boo on the backside of the card, so it needed to be cut down and matted.  It uses Close to My Heart stamps.


Jen W. said...

Wow! You've been busy! I love your set of phone cards - those images are perfect for the neutrals challenge.

Your French Foliage card is gorgeous! I love the inked edges and the border.

I have a few one layer cards I need to mat as well. Glad I'm not the only one! :) Love those flower images!

Vicky Hayes said...

The phone cards are just beautiful Ann - I really like that side block of dark colour. I'm glad you managed to get the French Foliage set and you've already got off to a great start with it! Your OLW card looks just as lovely matted I think.

Deborah Frings said...

You're on a roll Ann - these are just fab! I love old fashioned telephones, and I'd so like to have one of the old bakerlite phones. But the card that I adore is the one with the French Foliage - so pretty, love the punched border too!

Rosemary said...

a gorgeous set of cards, ann!! i always know when i come to your blog i'm going to be treated to some wonderful cards!

Jenny said...

The phone cards are just so cool, I love the softness of the black ink...must try that inkpad... and the stamps too !
You're working wonders with the French foliage set, a great set of cards Ann :0)
Jenny x

Michelle said...

Ann, you've outdone yourself! They're all fantastic! Those first three are perfectly CAS, and make me smile. :-)

Judy1223 said...

Wow, Ann, all of your cards are PERFECT for this week's challenge at Less Is More...and they are all beautiful! Well done!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love those telephone cards.

Bonnie said...

Wow, Ann! You have quite a collection here. I love your black and cream telephones. Great sentiment to go with them. The French Foliage is so pretty in the beiges. And I like the way you made a layered card from your OLW card and still it's CAS.

Chrissie said...

Wow what a bumper bundle of fabulous cards Ann, every one is perfect.
The French Foliage one really is my style, but they are all superb!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Anonymous said...

These cards are amazing! Love the CAS phone cards and the 'French Foliage Set' - voila!

Mandi said...

errific cards Ann, what creativity.
All perfect for us
Knew Chrissie woudl like the FF one

Thank you very much
"Less is More"

onecraftymama said...

Oh, I love them all!
I find distress ink is tricky for stamping sentiments, since it bleeds. One trick that's worked for me is to condition the stamps - even ones that work with regular ink - or to use first Versamark, then distress ink. Somehow it gives it more to cling to, I guess?

Cheryl said...

Adorable "phone" cards! Love them and the great sentiment that go along with them! Very CAS.

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Hi Ann! Wor, what a wonderful bunch of creations you've made! I love the old fashioned phones - fabulous images and I love the way you used them. Your French Foliage panel is gorgeous, as is your OLW card. Crisp and clean. Just beauatiful!

Aileen said...

What a brill set of cards. The phone ones are so quirky especially like the old fashioned Hello in this day and age of text messages it's so appropriate.

French foliage is fab and love how you've used it and your last card is very serene. x

Gibmiss said...

Hi anne
Gorgeous cards ... All stunners .... Fabulous
Hugs Sylvie