I was driving through town the other day and saw a long car (short limousine or extended station wagon) pass on the cross-street that was two-tone: black and a tomato-bisque pink. Up until that time, I would have said black goes with anything… Wrong! This particular color combination was only eye-catching at second glance because you couldn’t believe those colors were paired!
The problem was the tomato-bisque pink was a dusty tone, whereas the black was a true, intense black. The two intensities just didn’t work well together. If the tomato-bisque pink was a pure tint, with no hint of dustiness, it would have worked beautifully. Conversely, if the black was a charcoal gray, it also would have gone together better with the tomato-bisque pink.
Black works best with pure Hues, Tints and sometimes Tones at the lightest end of the grayscale. For the most dramatic contrast, use black with Hues and Tints. Of course, the #1 dramatic contrast combination is black and white, but we’re working with colors here.
My card for the day pairs Basic Black with Calypso Coral. Calypso Coral is a Tint of Red-Orange, but not very light. It’s closer to the pure Hue. It is intense enough to hold its own with Basic Black, so the dramatic contrast works very well.
Supplies Used: Happy Watercolor Stamp Set (#133188, Wood-Mount; #133191, Clear-Mount); Label Love Bundle (#132723, Wood-Mount; #132722, Clear-Mount; includes Label Love Stamp Set #130619, Wood, or #130622, Clear and Artisan Label Punch #130920); Basic Black (#121045), Calypso Coral (#122925) & Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (#100730); Calypso Coral (#126983) & Tangerine Tango (#126946) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Scallop Trim Border Punch (#118402); Stampin’ Trimmer Paper Cutter & Scorer (#126889); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430)
This card goes together very quickly. The most time you will spend is splitting the Basic Black card front layer (5-1/4” x 4”) along the diagonal and punching the border. I made two cards, since I had two Basic Black triangles. You can see the second one later this evening if you go to my Facebook page. While you’re at it, “Like” my page and you’ll receive a free tutorial. To get there quickly, click on the Facebook button in the right sidebar.Read More