Color Inspiration for Christmas

Today’s post is jam-packed with goodness.  Not only am I sharing inspiration for great Christmas color combinations, but I have some other fun shares, too.


I love playing with colors – and Stampin’ Up! gives us the best colors to play with as we create beautiful cards for every occasion.  I’ve really enjoyed sharing color suggestions for the Fall holidays over the past couple of weeks – if you missed them you can click on either of these links for a closer look:

Today we are looking at Christmas colors.  Yes, there are amazing non-traditional colors for Christmas (the crisp blues, the shiny grays, the neutral neutrals), but today is all about the greens and reds of Christmas.  Since there is larger variety of greens in the current Stampin’ Up! color family (but only a few Christmas-suitable reds), I created three charts to pair those greens with each of the three reds.  I hope these will give you some good ideas about how you might want to pair-up your greens and reds this Holiday season:Cherry Cobbler.  Cherry Cobbler is the most formal of the reds.  It’s rich and regal and filled with beautiful depth.  While this rich red complements the dark greens, it really lets the softer and brighter greens shine.

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Classic Christmas Pairings with Cherry Cobbler

Real Red.  Real Red is the bright and shiny red in the current offering of colors.  Real Red is Santa’s suit and the red you’d find in children’s wrapping papers for the holidays.  It’s fun, flirty and vibrant.  Like Cherry Cobbler, Real Red pairs well with all greens – it pulls out different elements from each green.

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Classic Christmas Pairings with Real Red

Rose Red.  I wouldn’t say that Rose Red is a traditional red for the Holidays (Cherry Cobbler and Real Red share that title equally), but it really does make for some elegant combinations of colors.  Don’t count out Rose Red when you sit down to make your cards this year.Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Classic Christmas Pairings with Rose RedI hope these charts can help you to settle in on color selections this year.  Whether you are looking for rich and formal or fun and festive, I’m sure one of your green-red combinations can be found here.


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  1. Thank you for sharing the Christmas color combinations. That will be so helpful.

  2. Thanks, Brian! It’s hard to choose a favorite. I may have to use more than one combo!

  3. Thanks for the charts Brian…have a great weekend!

  4. Great Brian, I love seeing the colors side by side. this chart is very useful. I also like very vanilla with cherry clobber and whisper white with real red.

  5. Hadn’t thought of Rose Red as a Christmas color. I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Chris R. from Iowa

    More great charts that I am going to have to get ran off. These are so wonderful to use. Maybe we need a swatch book of these samples! I hadn’t really considered the rose red but I really like the look of the rose red with garden green. Thanks Brian!

  7. Be still my heart ! Purrrrrr….. You have a color loving fan here as you know . Love these charts !! Big hug ,Yogi !

  8. Thanks so much. I love your color combinations!!! I started a new board on Pinterest JUST for all of yours. Thanks for all of them! I STILL miss Hunter Green which is probably before your time!

  9. Hi Brian:

    Again you have shown us how much you like us by making all these wonderful charts for us to print out and use. It must take forever to make them but since SU has given up on the color combo cards it’s wonderful to have your charts. Your efforts are very much appreciated and we all thank you so much.

  10. OH! MY!! STARS!!! This is AMAZING, Brian! Sooooo loving your helpful tips, and now the color charts! THANK YOU, SIR!!!!

  11. Love these charts! Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

    Don’t forget the pink/green combos. I just made a Christmas card in Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron.

  12. WOW, these are all awesome, Brian! I would never have thought to pair ANY red with Mint Macaron, but it works well. Cherry Cobbler is my favorite one with the MM. I am going to go home from work now, and since it’s my last day of working, I’m going to print these beautiful charts out, like I did the others, and begin to PLAY! Thanks friend! Hugs

  13. Great stuff Brian – thank you so much! Do you have other color pictorials?

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