"So," - someone says to me - "I think that CiM Sangre and CiM Oz are the perfect Christmas Red and Green. What do you think?"
Well - I think that who ever came up with the idea of "classic holiday colour combinations" should be taken out back and quietly clubbed to death. For one thing - it forms such strong associations that you can't use those colours anywhere else, and for another - the colour combinations are generally ghastly. To whit - Red and Green. Gack. Purple and Yellow. Double Gack. And I like black and orange - but try using them w/o someone getting all Halloweeny on you. And don't get me started on "Red, White, and Blue" - a colour trio with potential for huge abuse.
But - I do like the visual of red berries on a green background - so - what the heck. Oz plus Sangre. Let's try a holly leaf and berries.
Oh - right. Sangre is a transparent. Well - transparent red on green - soooo not going to work.
Helps if you wait for the red to strike too.
So let's try that again.
This time - white under the Sangre - to make it pop. Much better.
The whole effect is very "cheery." Festive. Happy.
That red certainly does pop. And it's a nice bright green. But in my mind - holly leaves are darker, and berries darker and bluer. Hmmm.
Are they the perfect holiday red and green? Well - if you like red and green as a colour combo - maybe they are. If you love festive holiday colour combos - perhaps they are.
I like 'em individually.
Together? Bah, humbug.