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October 10, 2012

 Hi Everyone! I’m Vivian Masket  and I don’t know about you, but I love color! I can spend hours poring over color combos in magazines, on Pinterest, and in the paint aisle in home improvement stores. I love that a simple combination of colors can create a mood, evoking happiness or sadness, a feeling of peace, or any other possible emotion.

There are many types of color combos that I love – monochromatic, rainbow, ombre, etc. - but my absolute favorite combos include bright colors against neutral backgrounds. In particular, I love looking at bright colors placed atop a black background. The black makes the bright colors pop, grabbing the eye immediately and attracting the viewer’s attention.

Here’s an example of a simple layout I created on a black cardstock background, using just one journaling card and three lobsters die cut from a tone-on-tone red patterned paper:

White and kraft are the main go-to neutrals in the papercrafting world, but for me, black holds an equal position at the neutrals’ table. I especially love black when I am creating a no-photo layout, as I can vividly highlight my embellishments against black, making them powerful stand-ins for the absent photos. Five brightly-colored die cut houses pop off the black page below, helping to tell my story by supporting both the theme and the mood of my journaling:

This brights-on-black color technique also works well on cards. I love using this color combo when I want to use lots of embellishments on a card, as none of them can fade into the background against the black:

Are you already using black backgrounds for your layouts and cards? If not, consider giving a brights-on-black color combo a try on your next project!


Posted by Wendy Smedley  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)

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I never think to use black as a background color, but WOW!! These examples are stunning!
Posted By Lisa M.  |  October 15, 2012 at 07:16 PM

Of the neutrals, i love BLACK!...for me almost every bright color takes extreme qualities within....and if it is glossy....that is the best to show your composition...
Posted By Grandscraperona  |  October 10, 2012 at 08:35 PM

I always love seeing your stuff, Vivian : )
Posted By edillow  |  October 10, 2012 at 07:38 PM

Really love this idea. Yes I use black, but this approach, as you said, makes it a go-to neutral which allows for versatility and up-dates paper crafting projects. Thanks for the inspiration and love the impact that black creates!
Posted By Frances  |  October 10, 2012 at 05:57 PM

I agree on the blacks and brights. My favorite scenes in nature are tree silhouettes against a bright sunrise or sunset. Thanks for reminding me.
Posted By Prentzess  |  October 10, 2012 at 01:10 PM

Love the idea of black background page. Your lobsters just are clawing their way out!!!!
Posted By Karen  |  October 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM

These are stunning projects! I love black, but I tend to shy away from it in scrapbooking, as I worry that it might be seen to be negative. However, using it as a neutral background with bright colours (which I love) is an excellent idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration, Vivian!
Posted By Ambi-Scrap  |  October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM


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