Trendy Tuesday – Black & White
by Katherine Elliot

 Ever find yourself in a color slump, or looking for something different to get your crafty mojo running?   You may find today’s projects a great way to recharge your creative batteries. Today’s post features the simplicity and elegance of black and white paper craft projects.   Black and white cards are classy and elegant when used for weddings, anniversaries and other serious occasions.  Take a look at some of these talented artists’ beautiful creations…

Card by Vanessa Menhorn,  featuring stamp from Hero Arts, image source Wings of a Butterfly

An addition of bling pulls it all together to make a stand out black and white card for a happy couple.  Andrea Ewen is the queen of elegant cards in my book and shows off how well just a few well placed baubles amp up the elegance factor in her b/w card shown here…

Card by Andrea Ewen, image source Ewen Style

No bling on hand?  Layered patterns and some subtle embossing can also add some dimension and style to your project.

Wedding card sizedCard by Linda Auclair, image source Ruby Rock-It

Weddings and anniversaries are not the only occasions suited to a classy black and white design.  A black and white color scheme is completely seasonless and appropriate for every day occasions, too.

Card by Andrea Ewen, image source Ewen Style

Keep things clean and simple with a repeated pattern or use a bold, large image as shown in the next projects featuring stamps from Stampin’ Up!

Thank You card by Maureen Merritt, featuring Mosaic Madness stamp from Stampin’ Up!, image source Mama Mo Stamps

Stampin Up Swallowtail ButterflySwallowtail Butterflycard by Brandy Cox, featuring stamps from Stampin’ Up!, image source Brandy’s Cards

A black and white design can also be used in combination with hot trends using sketch patterns,  geometric designs, and chalkboard styles.  These styles are appropriate for a wide variety of occasions, too.  I love how these next cards show off some modern, trendy patterns with more images from Stampin’ Up!  Check ’em out…

Gorgeous Grunge, Lots of Thanks, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingThank You card by Brian King, featuring Gorgeous Grunge stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, image source Stamp with Brian

 Stampin’ Up! Thinlits swing card by Laurie Zoellmer, image source Laurie’s Stamping Spot

Chalkboard styles are still hot and what could be better for a totally on trend black and white project.  Throw on a few enamel dots and you have one amazing project, as the talented Debby Hughes displays in her projects shown here…

limedoodleSSScardkit5Card by Debby Hughes, image source Lime Doodle Design

Chalkboard sentiment and embellishments combined with trendy arrows and patterns look terrific with a timeless black and white photo, perfect for your next scrapbook layout.  Tarrah McLean shows off her talented design on her page shared here…

Scrapbook page by Tarrah McLean, image source Live to Scrap Scrap to Live

A little splash of color on your project can enhance your design without a lot of fuss or difficult color combo decision making.  It would also be a great way to use a color that can be outside of your comfort zone.  See what just a hint of color adds to these next projects that still have roots in a basic black and white design…

Card by Penny Ward, image source Penny Ward Ink

Halloween card by Jessica Witty, image source Witticisms

limedoodleSSSCschoolCard by Debby Hughes, image source Lime Doodle Design

Card by Annette Allen, featuring stamps from Mama Elephant, image source My Clever Creations

Combine a neutral color with black and white for another option to keep your color scheme neutral and not at all fussy.  The options are endless with this color combination as well, be it elegant or casual and modern.

Card by Teresa Kline, image source Paperie Blooms

Oh yeah, and chalkboard style, it looks great with this color combo, too!

Good DayCard by Linda McClain, featuring stamps from My Favorite Things, image source Catered Crop

Black and White Stamping techniques from Hero Arts

I loved discovering the projects for today’s post as it reminds me that this is a fantastic way to get back to basics, and perfect for any beginning paper crafter.  Grab some crisp, white cardstock, your favorite basic black ink and see how simple it can be to make a card that is perfect for any occasion.  Keep it simple and have fun.  Happy crafting, everyone!

9 replies on “Trendy Tuesday – Black & White”

  1. Gorgeous cards. Thanks for posting them. I struggle with black and white, so lots of these will get Pinned and CASE’d. Lots of inspiration to be had here.

  2. Love all these black and white ideas. Hope to incorporate them into some of my cards. And those little shots of color add a little zing!

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