Saturday, January 2, 2016

Inspiration Words For 2016

Happy New Year!  My first post of 2016 is for a color challenge  on the Less Is More blog.  The link to the challenge is .  With a clean slate before us for 2016, I thought I would use some positive and inspiring words on my first card this year.  The challenge is to use neutrals only.  If you know me, you know that this is a definite challenge for me.  I love color, so it's difficult for me to keep things neutral.  Also, simplicity is not my go-to style, although I dabble in it once in a while for variety.  Anyways, here is my card for this challenge....
I chose grays for my neutral palette.  The stencil flower background is one of ColorBox Art Screens, bloom.  The flower stamps are from Wplus9, Fresh Cut Florals, with the Fresh Cut Floral dies.  I sponged Tim Holtz hickory smoke and black ink through the stencil, increasing intensity as I went along.  The words are from an old Impression Obsession word set I have.  The flowers are cut out and layered and dimensional with foam tape.
Looking at this card on the post, I feel like the color knob is all the way off on my computer!  I know I will be doing this card again, only with color next time.
It was fun for a change.  That's what's great about stretches you to do what you are not comfortable with.  Hope you will join some challenges this year!


  1. Love your card, all of the positive sentiments are perfect petals on your flower, Cathy x

  2. A clever and striking make Lynda and what a fab use of those positive sentiments. Thanks for playing along in our new year challenge at Less is More. Sarah x

  3. Neutrals are hard for me too, so I think you did a fab job on this one! Also love the idea of the inspiring words on each of the petals. Great design, great use of neutrals, and you certainly met the challenge wonderfully well.TFS & Hugs & HAPPY NEW YEAR

  4. I really like the limited colour palette on this card, it's a lovely design... we do like to see a little white space too!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  5. How clever to add the words, what a striking creation!
    Thank you so much for joining us
    "Less is More"

  6. What a fab stencil, love the way you've graduated the ink blending and a great way to add the sentiments. As Chrissie mentioned, we do prefer to see a little more white space but even so, this is really striking.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More


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