Essential Guide to Christmas Colors

Christmas card color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko!

Essential Guide to Christmas Colors

Christmas isn’t just about red and green any more! You can spice things up with all sorts of trendy and modern colors… and still not sacrifice the feeling of Christmas. Here’s how!

I’m going to share my favorite colors of the season along with some examples of how I used them in my own Christmas cards this season.

Light Blue

Light blues, life Pool Party and Soft Sky, are now a staple Christmas color and are almost as popular as green and red for Christmas. You’ll most often see it with silver, white, or dark blue in winter weather related cards. It also looks great paired up with red and gold. A touch of black can also really make light blues stand out.

Christmas card color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko featuring combinations with light blue!

Holiday Color Guide

I’ve got the color combos you see here, plus a whole lot more in my printable 2017 Holiday Color Guide PDF. Interested? Enter your info below and I’ll send it straight to your email!

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Red

One of the most eye catching colors of the Christmas season is red! Rather than putting the tried and true red and green together, try pairing it up with light blue. Red and gold create a really elegant look for Christmas and are also perfect for Chinese New Year. Once again, black makes an excellent accent color when paired with red.

Christmas card color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko featuring combinations with red!

Green

Green is still trendy for Christmas. To give it a modern twist, try a different shade of green. Garden Green is the most traditional, but you could shake things up by using Old Olive or Pear Pizzazz instead. If you want to be really edgy, you could even mix in a little Lemon Lime Twist! Green with black, white, and gold make a really elegant card, while adding a little bit of pink to the traditional red and green creates a fun and modern look!

Christmas card color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko featuring combinations with green!

Raspberry

The two raspberry colors Stampin’ Up! offers are Berry Burst, which is a little brighter and pinker, and Rich Razzleberry, which is darker and more purple.  You can use raspberry on its own or pair it up with other cool colors, such as blue, for a cool winter look. You can also substitute raspberry for red in the traditional red / green combo for a brighter version of the traditional combo.

Christmas card color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko featuring combinations with raspberry!

Navy Blue

Navy blue, or Night of Navy to Stampin’ Up! fans, is a gorgeous color to use for Christmas cards. It’s so dark, rich, and elegant and perfect for nighttime scenes of angels on high or starlight. It’s beautiful on it’s own or as a backdrop for metallic or even rainbow accents.

Christmas card color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko featuring combinations with navy!

Pink

My favorite color of the Christmas season has to be pink this year. Pink gives cards a tropical or even whimsical feeling. Pink snowflakes seem especially to me. Snowflakes cannot be pink in real life, but on a card they can be any color of the rainbow, so why not pink?

Christmas card color inspiration by Natalie Lapakko featuring combinations with pink!

Pink Inspiration

I must admit that I didn’t think I would be so into pink on Christmas cards at the beginning of the season. I almost didn’t make any, then I was inspired to make pink cards by such awesome designers as Lauren Alarid, Charlet Mallett, and Shannon Lane. Click their names to see the gorgeous pink cards that inspired me!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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5 thoughts on “Essential Guide to Christmas Colors”

  1. Nice combination of colors! Thanks for the fresh look at Christmas colors, I don’t know if I will try this Christmas or the next one, but for sure helps to look at them with fresh eyes. Thank you!!!

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