#290 Black & White Backgrounds with Color Focal Images | Vera Lane Studio

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The May 'black and white with a POP of color' theme continues on Vera Lane.  I LOVE this theme!  Especially if you want to spend your time working on your focal image. 
This card is all about the 'POP of color'.  My green and yellow tones POP against the gray tones I used to color most of the owl.  The background images were printed at 51% ~ meaning that I didn't utilize a solid black image for printing.  I lightened the image for a softer variation. 
All of my focal images are printed normally.  I layered the focal image onto the background where I wanted it placed and printed it this way. 

I wanted to add a touch of dimension so layered one image on top of the other. 
TIP:  I added color just around the outline of the owl on the main layer.  In this case I used gray tones and just colored around the inside perimeter of the image.  When you look at the popped up image from the side you still see a colored owl beneath as opposed to black and white.
How cute are Vera's Owls!  This is a whimsical and quirky collection of owls and I LOVE that I can print them at any size needed.
I used Doodle Garden to create each of my backgrounds.  I erased the stem on my working copies ONLY and then dropped the flowers in.  I love creating patterns and designs this way.
This little cutie has a background printed normally.  I didn't adjust any of my printer ink tones for either the background or the owl.
I have had a crazy, busy, black and white kind of week and found myself wanting to splash color onto EVERY thing!  Bright, happy COLOR ... it's good for the soul.
TIP:  Remember to add black around your cut edges ... it helps to hide fussy cutting lines.
I had no idea how much I would fall in LOVE with this Frida image!  I tried VERY hard to keep my color to a POP {it really was hard!}.  This background is printed at 51% which gives me a soft gray tone.  I turned the tulip upside down and created a pattern.  The tulip looked good upside down and right side up ... I LOVE images like that.
To keep my saying from disappearing into the background I went around my word blocks with a black pen.
Frida and friends has quickly become one of my favorite collections!
This shot gives you a glimpse at the color I added to the Frida printed on my card base.  It's a nice finishing touch that kicks up your cards.
And then ... there's my favorite Frida!  I look forward to coloring this image again and in bright, happy color palettes.
The background layer is printed normally.  I LOVE this tulip image on the background ... it's interesting but not overpowering.
Here you can see the color added just around the perimeter on the Frida background layer.  I also had some fun with my white Posca Marker and black pen ... adding my own doodles to Frida's gown.  After playing with Frida I am craving a collection of authentic Latina women in their authentic gowns.  It would really be fun to color them in all the colors of Mexico ... GORGEOUS!
I also did some creating with this little cutie from Frida and Friends, however, you'll only find those cards in our Vera Lane Studio Facebook Group.  It's my favorite place to hang out on Facebook and I'm always inspired by fellow group members.  You should check it out!

It's always a pleasure to share what I love ... I hope you're feeling inspired and ready to get artsy this weekend!


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