Thursday, July 14, 2011

Using Color To Make Your Projects Pop!

The colors we use in our projects has a definite effect on the message they convey. In the last post, I shared how warm and cool colors effect the mood and appearance of our work.  It all has to do with how the mind perceives the colors.  Cool shades (blues, greens and purples) have a calming effect on our mood while the warm colors (reds, oranges and yellows) evoke a feeling of excitement and movement.  So what happens when we mix cool and warm colors in the same project?
In this card, the main color is the cool color green.  I've used red as an accent on the trim of the hat, mittens, buttons and the heart.  Notice how the red and the yellow stands out?  When you mix cool and warm colors together, the warm colors will visually dominate the project and the cool colors will receed.  This is valuable to remember when you want to highlight a specific element of a project as I did with this one....the heart and the star.

This cute little snowman is "Twinkle" and he is a digi stamp by Michelle Perkett.  You can find more information about her wonderful digi stamps here.  The card is made for her current challenge "Cute as a Button." and information about the challenge can be found at the same link.  The papers are from CTMH's Mistletoe packet and the card stock is New England Ivy.  Twinkle has been colored with my Copics.

Adding a warm color as an accent on a cool color card is a very simple way to highlight an element and make your projects pop!  More on using colors in my future posts.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

6 comments:

Jenn Borjeson said...

What a great card! Thank you for playing along with us at Michelle Perkett Studio! :)

Irene (Ivy Swan Cards) said...

Wonderful holiday card, Cindy! Great Copic work with the warm and cool colors, and I love the glittery snow too. Thank you for joining this week's “Cute as a Button” challenge at Michelle Perkett Studio.

Karen S said...

Cindy, I adore this! Great coloring, love the layout design, and love how you used your buttons. Thanks for joining us at Michelle Perkett Studio.

Michelle said...

Oh Cindy, this is SO cute! I love how your colored little Twinkle and love your buttons and card design! Thank you for joining us at MPS this week!

Sharon said...

Great card with Michelles Snowman - what fun!! Thanks so much for entering the MPS Challenge this week!

Nancy Keller said...

I love your snowman :) Here comes my card, I am sorry I am so durned slow this weekend! Big hugs to you!