Introducing You to the 2016-2018 In Colors

I love the rollout of Stampin’ Up!’s In Colors.  What a treat to finally meet our new friends for the next two years!  By now, you’ve seen these colors (either here or on other blogs or in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog).  Either way, I’m excited to share them with you today, along with my thoughts about each color.

Please allow me to introduce the 2016-2018 In Colors:

2016-2018 In Colors, Stampin' Up!I adore this year’s selection of In Colors – some are rich, some are bright, some are soft.  At first pass, it’s easy to say, “That’s very similar to…” and feel like we already have that color, but that’s not the case again this year.  I’ve pulled selections of other current colors for comparison purposes to show you that these colors have a personality of their own.  The new color is highlighted with a white star.

For each color, I’m also sharing a card I’ve previously shown that features each color.  You can click on the picture of the card if you want to see the original post.

Dapper Denim

I love blues.  Dapper Denim will likely be my most used of the new In Colors.  It’s richer than Marina Mist, bluer than Island Indigo and softer than Night of Navy.  I wouldn’t say it’s the color of jeans, but it’s definitely got a sophisticated country feel to it.

Dapper Denim - compared to Island Indigo and Night of NavyHere’s a card I made for the Global Design Project challenge that features Dapper Denim:

Confetti Celebration, Gorgeous Grunge, Memories in the Making Project Life Card Collection, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, GDP035Emerald Envy

Emerald Envy straddles the fence between a rich, regal shade of green and a bright, celebratory green.  As such, it’s a throughout-the-year color.  It will be a perfect accent to flowers in Spring and will be perfect for holly at Christmas.

Emerald Envy - compared to Old Olive and Garden GreenHere’s a card I featured this past week that showcases both Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy – see how perfectly Emerald Envy pairs with the blue and the pinkish red of Rose Red:

Moroccan Nights, Designer Tin of Cards, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingFlirty Flamingo

I’m not quite sure I understand the name Flirty Flamingo (are those birds particularly coquettish?), but I do understand the balance of softness and vibrancy in this beautiful shade of pink.  It’s not as soft as Blushing Bride or Pink Pirouette, and it’s not as orange as Calypso Coral.  It’s a lovely shade of pink that we’ve been missing from our collection – glad to have it with us now.

Flirty Flamingo - compared to Calypso Coral and Watermelon WonderThis card is my tribute to Flirty Flamingo:

Perfectly Wrapped, Grateful Bunch, Playful Palette Designer Series Paper, Flirty Flamingo, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA300Peekaboo Peach

As a native of Georgia, I know a thing or two about peaches.  As a peach ripens, it transforms from a pinkish tone to a orange/yellow tone (we aptly call the latter tone “peach”).  A peach is softer than a tangerine in color and less orange than a pumpkin, so you wouldn’t expect Peekaboo Peach to be exactly like Pumpkin Pie or Tangerine Tango – and so it is.

Peekaboo Peach - compared to Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine TangoI shared a fun card with Peekaboo Peach yesterday – look at how beautifully Peekaboo Peach pairs with Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party.

Marquee Messages, Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS237Sweet Sugarplum

I don’t use purple a lot, but when I do I go all the way!  We’ve been missing this soft purple from our collection of colors – I love Wisteria Wonder, but it has too much gray to compare to Sweet Sugarplum – Rich Razzleberry and Perfect Plum have more purple in them for an accurate comparison.  Soft and sweet – just like a sugarplum.

Sweet Sugarplum - compared to Rich Razzleberry and Perfect PlumI used Sweet Sugarplum on a recent card for FabFriday Design Team – it’s a very important supporting character in this fun card:

A Whole Lot of Lovely, Sweet Sugarplum, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FabFri87, FMS236

How do you like them?  I’m really excited about incorporating all of these into my collection of colors.  I’ve pulled together some great suggestions for wonderful color combinations with these colors – and I’ll be sharing those later this week.  I hope you’ll come back to see my suggestions.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Beautiful job with the comparison, BK!

  2. Hello Brian: Thank you for the comparison on this new colors, all are really bright and beautiful, my favorite one is Sweet Sugar Plumb, to me it’s a softer version of Rich Razzleberry and you are right, Perfect Plumb has more purple in it.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Great notations about these colours, Brian! I love the comparisons and can’t wait to get my itching hands on them…yummy colours!

  4. I like your comparisons more than orher demonstrators. You really have a hand for colours! Cannot wait to see more. Have a nice weekend .

  5. Great combo fun ! I think you have to have these colors in hand to see how they really look. They are festive colors and I think I like the green one the best . It is different and should be fun to pair up with other colors .

  6. Superb comparison…and great color combos for future cards! Thanks for sharing this today.

  7. Great comparisons Brian, thank you!

  8. I enjoyed your descriptions. Thanks for providing.

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