Christmas Card Design Tips: How Much Contrast do You Want?

I love to give you tips on handmade card designs, and today I have some color tips on a Christmas Card made with the Card Front Builder Dies. Here is the first version I made of the card.

Handmade Christmas Card, Card Front Builder Thinlits, Star of Light Stamp Set

The colors are Tranquil Tide and Soft Sky, with Silver Glimmer Paper providing just a touch of bling. The stamps are from Star of Light Stamp Set, one of my favorites from the last Holiday Catalog that I’ve kept using throughout the year. Now THAT’s a versatile stamp set! And it’s still current!

I like the softness of the first version, but after seeing the photo of it, I realized that the Glimmer Paper doesn’t show through the Soft Sky very well. It’s less of a problem in person, since the sparkles of the Glimmer Paper are more visible. But I decided to make a second version with more contrast between the background and the Glimmer Paper.

With this Tranquil Tide background, the die-cuts show off the sparkly Glimmer Paper much better. Of course it meant changing everything else on the card, and finding ways to make the light colors stand out on the dark cardstock. It was fun to play with, though.

Handmade Christmas Card, Card Front Builder Thinlits, Star of Light Stamp Set

The reason I wanted to post these samples is that it brings up a really important design consideration when choosing colors: Do you want high or low contrast in your color scheme? Neither is more “correct” than the other. What is important is that you choose based on the effect you want. In the low contrast version, the soft look adds to the muted feel of a snowy night. The high contrast version has a very different feel, and suggests a bright, clear night. 

Leave a comment and let me know which one you like best and why? Your comments are important to me! They help me know what you like to see here at Stamping Madly. When I don’t hear from you, I feel like I’m talking to myself, so PLEASE talk to me!

I hope these Christmas Card design tips on how much contrast you want in your cards will help you consider the effect you’re looking for when choosing colors!

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4 Responses to Christmas Card Design Tips: How Much Contrast do You Want?

  1. bernath October 28, 2017 at 6:00 am #

    TRES REUSSIES

    • Sage October 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

      Merci!

  2. Ter November 8, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    I love both, they’re so pretty!

    • Sage November 8, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

      Thanks, Ter!

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