Red, green, blue, white … these are common colors associated with the holidays of December. However, the classic black is one color that can find its way into just about any holiday design if brought in the right way.
Black holiday cards can bring a strong touch of elegance to your design. It can reduce a busy feel to a card that often holds a lot of information and imagery and allows you to focus on the message you are trying to send. For holiday cards where photos are being included, a strong black background can create a wonderful frame, allowing the image or images to pop without drawing the eye away. This stands true with color portraits, black and white, and photos that are muted in color -- or even a combination of these styles -- creating a gallery effect.
Are you looking for photo-free cards? Black holiday cards can relay grace and simplicity such as with the Shining Season option, which offers a magical season’s greeting with a gold scripted font atop a dark background. Or, choose a design that is straightforward, and then dress it up with scalloped edges, thick paper and a subtle shimmer finish.
If you are less keen on the classic styles and more about sharing the fun-loving spirited aspect of the season, black backgrounds with bright, vibrant lettering can be a fantastic way to bring an energetic and edgy feel to card. Choose photos that represent the light-hearted sense that you are trying to convey, perhaps with candid images filled with laughter and whimsical moments.
Do not be intimidated by the use of darker tones in your card, fearing that they will bring about an unwanted somberness. Inclusions of black can be used to showcase your images in a lively manner and allow your design to stand out.