What Are the Pantone 2021 Core Colors?

Hey Stampers! Have you heard of the Pantone 2021 Core Colors?  I love to check these out each year and see what’s trending. I know the designers at Stampin’ Up!®  follow this, too. Some years the colors are so bright, yet in other years, soft and subtle is “in”. This year the two core colors are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.

Pantone 2021 colors of the year
Abstract geometric modern seamless pattern. Hand drawn texture in grey and yellow colors of 2021 year. Trendy illustration background. Print for poster, banner, textile, wallpaper, wrapping paper.

Pantone calls the color pair, “A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” (by Erin Dollar, Jan 4, 2021). For me, these colors convey “hominess”, tranquility, and peace. I’ve always loved gray tones but, honestly, haven’t been too much into yellow. But, these Pantone 2021 core colors had me thinking. what Stampin’ Up!® colors are similar? Here’s what I selected:

Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight

Stampin' Up! Smoky SlateS

Whatcha think? Pretty close!

Here’s a card I created using the new Color and Contour stamp set coming on May 4.


I’d love to see what YOU create using the Pantone 2021 core colors! Email me your creations and, who knows? You might be featured on one of my social sites.?


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