Complementing Colors That Also Contrast

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey

Complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For example, blue and orange, or red and green. These create a high contrast, so they are used when you want something to stand out. Artists are known to use these colors in their artwork to allow something to “pop” or “stand out” in whatever they are creating. One color will often be used as a background color while the other color will be used for accents.

Here are some wonderful items from team members of the Etsy Christmas in July team who have used this concept to create some beautiful items on display in their shops. Be sure to check them out and witness some talent in action!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Red Longhaired Dachshund on a dark green background. This cute dog is similar to a small fox. To paint him very realistic I put it on a dark green background. The strong contrast makes it very realistic and the whole composition is in autumn colors. You can choose the color of the frame, but I prefer gold because it slightly neutralizes the contrast and adds warm colors.

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Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I designed this cross body bag around a piece of Japanese fabric featuring cranes. I love the contrast of green treetops against the red background and of course the metallic gold for a bit of bling. Definitely a stand out color combination!

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio  says:

Blue and Gold – cool and warm, complimentary and contrasting.

This is all reflected in our Best Friends Card: Soul Sisters. Perfect for your childhood best friend, graduation buddies, or members of a bridal shower.

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Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

The contrasting colors in this Harris tweed tea cozy make it really eye-catching. Many traditional tartans use red and green, but I think this twist to brick and turquoise is rather unusual.

 

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Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

Bright pink has a fantastic contrast on a black background.

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Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

Here you will see the contrasting decorative stitch in a golden yellow upon a terrific purple flannel backing of this baby bib set.

The yellow and purple are repeated in the painted Easter egg fabric. The contrasting yellow verses violet (and orange verses blue ) add to the excitement of the holiday! Feed your little golden egg with less mess and more style.

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Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says:

I chose these contrasting colors when creating the label so that when you need light during an emergency situation, you can easily find this candle! This candle provides light and is very lite!

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Chunky jewel tones gemstone necklace in tones of blue, amber, bronze, brown, turquoise and gold. The gemstones included are African turquoise, amber, natural blue aquaterra jasper beads with a mixture of a fabulous blue and a sparkling gold quartz, red agate, pietersite and brown mookaite jasper.

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsByCristal says:

Purple and gold are the colors of my favorite school. To me these colors represent strength, spirit and excellence. Purple is also so regal!

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

It is interesting to me how the orange will stand out differently with the shades of deep purples and then with the shades of teal greens. This makes a cool wool felted hot pad how it all came together after knitting and felting. Color is so fascinating, don’t you think?

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#CIJPopUpMarket #3 – BellaBoutique23

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 Shop – Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23

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1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

The name of my shop is BellaBoutique23 and I named my shop after my sweet Golden Retriever Bella. I have unique scrapbooks, greeting cards, scripture cards in my shop and what makes my items unique is the special attention to detail. I love to make my items intricate and put lovely details in the designs and I love to please my customers by putting love and as much perfection as I can in my products.

2. What is your favorite July activity where you live?

My favorite activity in July is getting together with family. This is the month that I see nieces and nephews, have barbeques with family, go to the family cabin and enjoy the lakes and walks in the wilderness listening to the birds and seeing other wildlife. It brings joy and peace!

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I have always wanted to travel to Africa! I would absolutely love to go on an African safari. Animals bring me great joy and I find them amazing, they are such a wonderful creation.

4. Who do you most admire in life?

I most admire my parents. They adopted me and have shown me such unconditional love and support. They have given so much and showed me God’s love in so many ways through their selfless giving.

5. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

The skill I have always wanted to learn is to play the violin or the cello. I love the sound of string instruments when I go and listen to a symphony I find them so beautiful and would love to be good enough to play in a symphony someday!

6. What are your social media sites?

Twitter: twitter.com/praise232
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/BellaBoutique23/303936406444684
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/humprey232/bellaboutique23
Instagram: www.instagram.com/sarahsbellaboutique23/

Ghost Tours

This week I’m talking about houses and the things that haunt them. Some are friendly, some aren’t. So oil those door hinges and check beneath your bed before you go to sleep at night. You never know what will go bump in the night!

In the spirit of Halloween, Sue of Holiday Time Decor brings us a traditional haunted house complete with a spiked fence, creaking windows, and wavy ghosts floating around the property, haunting the brave trick-or-treaters that dare open up the rusy gate in hopes of a bit of candy.

Or Adventure.

Even though the doorbell sounds like a shriek, and two black cats are staring, unblinking, from the porch rail, the old woman who comes to the door has a basket of treat bags. With a nervous glance between your friends, you lift your gloved hand to the basket, and lift one out, depositing it into your candy bag.

Is it a poison apple inside?

After you’ve mumbled an apprehensive “thank you”, the woman holds up a crooked finger, then disappears. When she returns, she hands you a greeting card.

“Please give this to your mother,” she croaks, before smiling and exposing the creases her other wrinkles had hidden, “you kids are getting so big.”

Closing the gate behind you, you shrug and grin. Maybe haunted houses aren’t so bad after all.

Happy Haunting!

Frenchie