Last week I asked on my Facebook Page if anyone had any topics of interest for me to suss out at #CHAshow and one lovely friend asked for the color trends that are coming out for the Holiday/Christmas season this year. So I kept that in mind as I walked the show floor and took pictures of the lines I saw. I only color-corrected as necessary if the lighting was wonky, so you could easily see the colors as I did.
Ready to start the tour?
First is Doodlebug Designs. Their “Home for the Holidays: line is bright and fun, with traditional cherry reds and kelly greens. There is a dash of pink and lime green thrown in for a whimsical touch.
Next, we have Cosmo Cricket and “Chalkboard Cheer. Here we have that lovely chalkboard effect, but NOT in black! Instead, there are topaz and indgo blues with hints of grey to complement the silver and white. There is also a more traditional color palette of cherry and brick reds alongside the traditional Christmas green (almost a hunter green but not that dark.)
Now we’ll take a peek at Bazzil’s “Nordic Pines” line, designed by Margie Romney-Aslett. It’s anything BUT traditional with khaki, ivory, black, and red. But maybe I’m wrong- that IS a traditional Christmas red! I really like this palette- you could use it all year and it’s equally suited to masculine or feminine layouts!
Also by Bazzill is the “Countdown to Christmas” line by Sweetwater. Notice that this line, too, has black that accentuates the traditional reds (cherry and tomato) and greens (kelly and grass) of Christmas. That bit of grey and black makes it fresh and a bit edgy.
Now on to Simple Stories “December Documented” line. Look familiar? Yep, traditional reds and greens set off by a bit of black! But THIS color story is also accented by a dash of robin’s egg blue. And yes, that black IS a chalkboard motif. I think it’s classic and yet youthful and fun!
Bo-Bunny’s Elf Magic line also leans to the young and whimsical with…traditional reds, greens, and YEP- robin’s egg blue! There is also a coffee and a denim blue that keep the “magic” going.
How about a peek at Lawn Fawn’s “Peace Joy Love” holiday collection. Here it is again- reds and greens and blue and black. The chalkboard black accents plus the strips and dots make the collection so usable throughout the year, too.
Up next is Authentique’s two offerings. The first, “Tradition” certainly fits the bill with brick reds, smatterings of hunter green, and a denim blue on backgrounds of ivory.
The “Scatter Joy line (also by Authentique) is an edgier color story with cherry red, lime green, ivory and chalkboard black. See how that black keeps sneaking in??
Lastly we’re going to look at Graphic 45′s “12 Days of Christmas” line. Here you’ll see a more muted, vintage palette filled with ivory, goldenrod yellow, dusty pink, grass green, brick red and azure blue.
So…this is a LOT of information to take in…but it’s safe to say that if you want your holiday cards to be spot-on with the color trends of the season, use traditional reds and greens with a splash of robin’s egg blue and chalkboard black to keep it fresh. Of course, gold or silver accents as you see fit!
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I think I’m going to start working on cards soon. Which company do you like best? Which speaks to you?