Inspiration for Christmas Colors – 2017

I love playing with colors – and Stampin’ Up! gives us the best colors to play with as we create beautiful cards for every occasion.  Today I’m sharing a new look at some great, traditional Christmas colors.  While there are some amazing non-traditional colors for Christmas (the crisp blues, the shiny grays, the neutral neutrals), I’m sticking with the options for greens and reds today.

Since there is larger variety of greens in the current Stampin’ Up! color family (but only a few Christmas-suitable reds), I created two charts to pair those greens with each of the 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.

Christmas Color Combinations, Cherry Cobbler, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

 

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.

Christmas Color Combinations, Real Red, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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.  I think it would be perfect for Victorian-themed cards.  Don’t count out Rose Red when you sit down to make your cards this year.

Christmas Color Combinations, Rose Red, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Berry Burst.  Berry Burst is, in no way, a traditional Christmas color.  It’s brighter than Rose Red and has a more vibrant appeal.  Berry Burst looks mighty beautiful with these greens, though, so why not?  Your Christmas card doesn’t have to be sassy to feature a pop of hot pink.

Christmas Color Combinations, Berry Burst, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

I 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 combinations can be found here.  Please feel free to save these or add them to Pinterest for future reference.

What’s your favorite red for the holidays? What greens do you love most with your favorite green?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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16 Comments

  1. What an awesome graphic to see the possibilities . . . I love the modern spin when the red goes more pink!

  2. Great display Brian. I do prefer Real Red for most of my holiday things but will start to look at Rose Red and Berry Burst. Hard to choose a favorite green! And I think I like the Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi combo. Thanks for making me color out of the box!

    • I agree – that’s what’s so wonderful about having great colors to choose from. Cherry Cobbler and Real Red are similar but very different. I love the color combo you suggest. <3

  3. This is such a great way to show all the possible color combos. Thank you!

  4. My favorite color combo (besides the blue and silver) is Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive for Christmas cards. I’m sure that’s because I love bright colors and traditional colors for any of the holidays. Thanks a gazillion times over for these wonderful charts. You can bet they will get a lot of use at my house.

  5. Chris R. from Iowa

    Great charts Brian. I swear I need a color printer just for your comparisons and color ideas. I actually used Rose Red with Old Olive on a couple of cards and it looked really good – sort of an old timey feel I was needing. Victorian works too. I love Rose Red with the Tranquil Tide too. Thanks for some colorful ideas!

    • So glad I can share and so happy you like the charts, Chris! I think Rose Red can be really gorgeous – somewhere between a red and a pink. Thanks so much for your kind comments!

  6. You color combo genius, YOU!! Love how you took the time to combine some fabulous color combos for the upcoming season and beyond, too. Thank you! Rose Red doesn’t get much love here in my craft room, but now you’ve opened up lots of possibilities! My Rose Red thanks you! Have a wonderful rest of your day!

    • 🙂 Thanks so much, Debbie! I can just hear your voice as I read these words. <3 I occasionally try to throw in some Rose Red because I think it's under-utilized. Glad you like it!

  7. I really love these teaching moments that you include in your blog. This will be a great help in creating cards or other projects.

    • Thanks, Robbye! I always try to have something “teachy” in my posts because I’m always learning something new. It’s fun to sit back and look at things with a different perspective every once in a while. <3

  8. Love the graphics and comparisons, Brian. With all of those choices I always come back to Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. That combo is so rich and gorgeous. Nice to see so many other possibilites I should explore.

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