Sunday, July 25, 2010

High Contrast

When I was an elementary schoolteacher, I enjoyed putting up bulletin boards. I changed them frequently and always made them interactive so that I could use them as teaching tools. During this time, I read about graphic design, and one thing I learned was that high contrast can create visual interest. One day, one a whim, I created a yellow and black bulletin board. My students loved it, and so did I. I've never forgotten this combination, and decided to use it to make a birthday card. Rachael and I recently talked about playing with the yellow/black combination, and it was fun to see how we each applied it.

For this card I used Crushed Curry and Basic Black . The layout is not unique, but I like how the card came together. The stamp is from a set called Pocket Silhouettes, and is often called "a beginner's set" because it is easy to use. I stamped the image in Crushed Curry four times. Underneath I stamped a very simple "happy birthday" in Basic Black. I punched the bottom of the yellow with a border punch to add interest, added black satin ribbon, and finished off the card with three black brads.



Kelli said...

Lissie...I always love your layouts! I miss Crushed Curry and Pocket Silhouettes is one of my favorite stamp sets. This is a great really pops!

Rach said...

Well, you know how I LOVE that color combo. :o)

ME said...

I love this card! Somehow the layout makes me think of an old TV set - the kind that was framed in wood. :)
Very pretty.
Mary Ellen (a reader of Rach's blog!)