Compliment refers to either flattery or (in its adjectival form) free stuff.
- The teacher complimented the student's excellent grasp of the subject.
- The soap and shampoo were complimentary, so Bob put them in his suitcase without guilt.
Complement, on the other hand, refers to completion of a set or group. You can remember this by the "e" after the "l" in both complement and complete.
- The centerpiece complemented the tablecloth.
- Blue complements its opposite on the color wheel: orange. Blue and orange are complementary colors.
And thus we come to a Complementary Birthday Card...one that incorporates shades of blue and orange. Inside, one might write a note complimenting how youthful the aging person looks. Or not, because really, who wants to be reminded about his/her appearance on his/her birthday? Not I.
I already know silver my hair is, thank you very much.
But I digress.
Here's the card.
This color scheme came from this pin. The inks are Hero Arts soft stone, pool, and pumpkin pie...and what a great combination that is! A largish rhinestone and silver metallic line complement the design nicely, don't you think?
Remember that complementary color schemes generally add energy to a card, while monochromatic schemes are generally calming and peaceful. Today's card would have more energy if bright blue and orange were used, but with grayed-down shades of each, the effect is a bit more subtle. I made this card after this mostly monochromatic hot-pink card, which is anything but calming and peaceful, and wanted a subtler feel to it.
Besides, bright orange and blue make me think of Boise State University, where I taught briefly. I didn't want the card to feel collegiate...even though this card will go to someone on the east coast and I'm the only one who would notice!
And that's all I have to say about that.
stamps: Papertrey Birthday Basics, Good Times
ink: Hero Arts pool, soft stone, pumpkin pie (yum!)
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: silver metallic marker, metal ruler, craft foam, glue, rhinestone