Color Inspiration for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  You have all the papers and inks you need, so I’m going to offer some suggestions for color combinations that are very “Valentinesy.”  As you know, I’m a huge proponent of stepping away from traditional colors – I like to use non-green-and-red combinations at Christmas, and I love the idea of using colors on cards for men.  For this post, though, I’m sharing some combinations of traditional colors (reds and pinks) for Valentine’s Day.  I shared similar charts last year, but I’ve updated the colors with some new colors and different combinations.

Browns.  The first chart pairs Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Rose Red with brown neutrals.  The tones in all four of these pinks and reds pair well with browns.

Sweet Color Combinations for Valentine's Day, Browns, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Grays.  Flirty Flamingo looks as good with browns as it does with grays, so I’ve included it in both schedules.  Real Red, Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo also look great with Black and Gray shades.

Sweet Color Combinations for Valentine's Day, Grays, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingMore combinations.  For further inspiration, I also pulled a couple of Valentine’s Day-themed pictures and defined the colors in each picture – there’s lots of inspiration to be found in the world around us.  What do you think of these?

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Rose Red

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo, Pink Pirouette

What do you think?  What are your favorite colors for Valentine’s Day?

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  1. Love this discussion of “Valentinesy” color combinations. Pretty inspiration photos, too!

  2. Ooooh , my friend thanks ,❤❤
    Hugs Frenchie ❤❤

  3. Hi Brian, I think I have to stick with traditional red, white and pink. I’m not too fond of black, although I see it a lot!

  4. Thanks for the inspiration Brian! <3

  5. The birds and floral designs scream me!!!

  6. Great color combo aids ! Love all of them ! There are a couple I think I will try .
    Thank you !

  7. I really like the one with Mint Macaron, as you often say, Mint Macaron looks good with just about everything!

    I also really like purples for Valentine’s Day. I’m a fan of Sweet Sugarplum + Rich Razzleberry mixed with something else.

  8. Omg. I love the bird combo. It is so cute.

  9. I must say the bird combo is cute, BUT, red is my favorite color, sooooo I must say Real red, Pink Pirouette, Smokey Slate!

  10. Great ideas to run with! Thank you Brian!

  11. Brian ~ I’ve told you this before but I’ll say it again: you are such a great teacher! Your post today with good color combos for Valentines is a perfect example of how you go way beyond just showing us the cards you’ve made (which are always beautiful, by the way). Thank you for being such an influence in my paper crafting life

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