If you haven’t been introduced to our color of the year, this is the perfect time to do so! Meet Melon! A dreamy, orange hue that we simply can’t get enough of!
In just a couple of months, this gorgeous color will be retiring and replaced with a new color for the following year. To give it the proper sendoff it deserves, we are celebrating Melon with an exciting collection of new exclusive products and limited time discounts on existing Melon items. Make sure to check out the Melon Mania on our website so you don’t miss out!
We’ve talked about color theory quite a few times on this blog before, and today we’ll touch on it again to show you where Melon fits in the mix.
The layout above is saturated in Melon, as you probably figured. If you look closely, (or maybe use the recipe of all the products we used, listed at the end, as a cheat 😉) you will see that we added a bit of a similar, yet slightly darker color, Desert Rose. The glitter paper mat that the photo rests on is Desert Rose and so is the bottom half of the stamped “MELON” in “one in a MELON.” A third color that you’ll find is that orangy-yellow Shortbread shadow that we sponged behind the two floral clusters on the page.
A lot of us know, or at least think we know, what a monochromatic color scheme is. Monochromatic color designs make use of a single color that varies in lightness and saturation. This type of color “combination,” if you will, is easy to achieve with some of our favorite Close To My Heart products. Take our two-toned Melon cardstock, for example. We have Melon on one side and light Melon on the other. Because they are two tones of the same color, when used together they are considered monochromatic. Second generation stamping, where you stamp an image a second time without applying more ink to get a lighter image, is another way to play with monochromatic colors in your art.
Sometimes, a piece of artwork that we may think is monochromatic is actually following an analogous scheme, which is just a fancy way of saying that the featured colors are next to each other on the color wheel. One color is typically dominant while neighboring colors are used to enhance the design. In our example layout above, we make use of both monochromatic and analogous colors.
If we look at the color wheel, the three colors we used to make our layout, Melon, Desert Rose, and Shortbread (or roughly red-orange, orange, and yellow-orange) are adjacent to each other.
The right color combinations can also assist in creating or amplifying dimension.
We already mentioned the sponged Shortbread ink color behind the floral clusters in our layout. Still keeping to our monochromatic and analogous theme, we used the Melon shimmer brush to draw leaf stems on light Melon cardstock and Desert rose ink to sponge the edges of the large, bottom flower. Both clusters were topped with a hand trimmed, stamped flower that was colored with Shortbread ink. The colors in these clusters were organized like a sandwich. With Shortbread only at the base and very top, your mind subconsciously notices all of the layers in between.
Complementary colors are two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, such as orange and blue, or red-orange and blue-green. If you notice, one side of the color wheel is made up of warm colors while the other is made up of cool colors. Complementary colors, since they are across from one another, will have one of each. They create a vibrant contrast, making each other pop without being jarring to the eye.
In our gorgeous Melon layout, can you spot the complementary color?
The blue sky in the photo! When choosing colors for your artwork, don’t forget to consider the colors in the photo you are wanting to scrapbook. Go to the color wheel and pick a dominant color, then look at the colors around it. Make use of these colors with your papers, inks, and embellishments and you can’t go wrong!
One final element to note in this scrapbook page is the use of lines. While our patterned paper may not be striped, let’s consider the lines created by the paper shapes themselves. Lines in art can be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal, straight, or curved, thick or thin, and they lead your eye around the artwork.
The lines in this page all point our attention to the center, where the photo rests. It’s important to note that the lines in the background, created by the four rectangular patterned papers, were placed vertically because the photo is horizontal. If the photo in the center were vertical, then we’d want the background papers to be horizontal. This is because the cross section is where all of the line pointing ends. To put it simply, X marks the spot.
This is what the pointing and cross-sectioning can look like in cards.
We are visually communicating to zero in on the sentiments. Not only do these lines provide a place for our eyes to land and rest, but they also create a visual anchor for the sentiments, so they don’t appear to be floating on an empty space.
The ideas that we discussed in this post are what really matter—not the technical names or reasons why they do work. The end goal is to know how to, time and time again, choose colors and designs that will work well together as you create art worthy of preserving your memories and celebrating your relationships.
If you love this dreamy Melon color that we’ve been head-over-heels for this past year, make sure to visit our website and participate in the Melon Mania! A lot of the products used to create the artwork we shared today will only be available through June 30, while supplies last, so get to it and don’t miss out!
12″ x 12″ One In a Melon Page
CC6234 My Acrylix® Melon Mania Stamp Set, CC6231 Melon Mania Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X6065 Melon Cardstock, X6059 Shortbread Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3842 Desert Rose Glitter Paper, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6535 Melon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6530 Shortbread Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4582 Melon Shimmer Brush, Z2519 Gold Yellow TriBlend™ Marker, Z4642 Melon Flowers, Z4644 Melon Loose Sequins, Z4654 Sprigs & Leaves Thin Cuts, Z4103 Slimline Shaker Window Thin Cuts, Z697 Round Sponge, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Z5038 Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, Cricut® Artiste Collection, Cricut® Flower Market Collection
3½” x 8½” The Happy Life Card (Vertical)
CC6234 My Acrylix® Melon Mania Stamp Set, CC6231 Melon Mania Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, CC6233 Melon Mania Coordinating Cardstock, X6065 Melon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6535 Melon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
4¼” x 5½” Thanks a Melon Card (Vertical)
CC6234 My Acrylix® Melon Mania Stamp Set, CC6231 Melon Mania Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, CC6233 Melon Mania Coordinating Cardstock, X6065 Melon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6525 Desert Rose Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6535 Melon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4644 Melon Loose Sequins, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots