Great Color Combinations with the 2016-2018 In Colors

This past weekend, I introduced you to Stampin’ Up!’s 2016-2018 In Colors.  I compared the new colors with similar colors in Stampin’ Up!’s current color families and shared projects I made with each.  If you missed that fun post, you can check it out here.

Today I’m sharing some great suggestions for color combinations with these incredible new colors.  Let’s start by recapping the new colors:

2016-2018 In Colors, Stampin' Up!And here are some of my suggestions for color combinations with these colors.  I drew some inspiration from Designer Series Papers in the new Catalog, some inspiration from color combinations in past Designer Series Papers with similar colors and some inspiration from thin air.  I hope you find these combinations helpful as you start to incorporate these new colors into your projects

Dapper Denim

Different colors pull out different shades of Dapper Denim.  I love that it pairs so well with soft colors, rich colors and bright colors.

Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, So SaffronDapper Denim, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon Dapper Denim, Cucumber Crush, Soft Sky Emerald Envy

Whether you are celebrating a birthday, sharing the excitement of Mardi Gras or sending thoughts of sympathy, Emerald Green proves to be a very versatile color that works well with lots of colors.

Emerald Envy, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise Emerald Envy, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry Emerald Envy, Early Espresso, Delightful DijonFlirty Flamingo

Don’t let the name fool you – Flirty Flamingo can be just as sophisticated and serious as it can be fun.

Flirty Flamingo, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango Flirty Flamingo, Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Island IndigoPeekaboo Peach

Peekaboo is certainly a soft and subtle color – this is going to be one of my favorites – but it takes on new life when paired with bright colors.

Peekaboo Peach, Real Red, Daffodil Delight Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Soft SkySweet Sugarplum

Sweet Sugarplum is versatile, too!  It pairs as well with sweet & sassy as it does with bold & elegant.

Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo, Pink Piroutte Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand Sweet Sugarplum, Basic Gray, Elegant EggplantDo any of these combinations stand out to you?  Will you use some of them for yourself?  I hope you’ll save these combinations and reference them when you sit down to work with these new In Colors.  Not only do these combinations showcase the versatility of these great colors, but they are a great starting point for a project.  🙂

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  1. Great inspiration Brian!

  2. I just came across your website through the Global Design Team. I love the color combinations. So inspirational. All the Best from Germany

  3. Awesome combinations Brian, thank you so much for sharing them, it helps a lot to see the new colors combined with the old ones.

  4. Love that you share your combos, Brian! Pinned! 😉

  5. would have never paired peekaboo peach with real red, but it WORKS! thanks!

  6. Brian, that was so nice of you to put those combinations out there for us. I miss the Color Coach, as I can usually put two colors together but the third one baffles me!

    Not on the cruise?
    Thanks again. Connie

  7. Thanks for putting the color combos together. I save them and find them to be very helpful.

  8. Thank you so much Brian. Putting colors together is not always so easy for me so I know your combo chart will be a huge help! Thanks for all you do, every day, every way.

  9. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new colored papers… it didn’t even occur to me that I could still play with color combinations on my computer. Doh! Thanks for the reminder that digital color mixing is still a possibility! By any chance, can you share what the rgb or hex values are for the new colors?

  10. Thank you Brian
    great combinations and a lot of work. Thank you again.

  11. The coquette has conquered! I have decided I shall fall in love with flirty flamingo.

  12. Swoon…..colors ! Love these combos …. Glad to see you added one of my faves Pear Pizzaz to the mix because I think it will be a good mixer with the new colors too.
    Thank you !

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