How to Create Color Swatches for Handmade Christmas Cards

ink colors for christmas cards

by Jowilna Nolte

Hi everyone, today I am showing you how I swatch out my favorite ink colors for my handmade Christmas cards. I usually choose the classic reds and greens for the holidays and then add some additional colors like a brown/green and purple/red color to compliment. These additional colors I used for stamping images like twigs and berries or shading tones. Another feature in this video, I show how these water-based inks can easily be used for watercolor effects. Each time I stamp with a color, I also lift the color with a paintbrush and color to create a soft finish.

These amazing Color Combo stamp & die sets from Waffle Flower Crafts are amazing and I can’t wait to get started on creating color swatches for all my ink pad families. Swatching colors helps generate more crafting ideas and helps you imagine how colors can be used together.

Skill: All levels
Time: Varies on the number of ink pads

Directions

Art Supplies

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  • Waffle Flower Crafts Stamp & Die Combo set – https://bit.ly/33hW8Cm
  • White cardstock
  • Stamp Press – Couture Creations
  • Guillotine – Tonic

Beginner Guide: Kaleidacolor Ink Variety of Colors for Any Time of the Year


kaleidacolor swatching video

by LeeAnn McKinney

Greetings crafty friends! In this quick ink swatching video, I used the Waffle Flower Swatch Stamp and Die set for Kaleidacolor Ink Pads to show how these multicolor inks can be used throughout the year. These dye, water-based inkpads are a favorite of mine for fun quick backgrounds, easy stamp pad storage, keeping colors organized and the 5 colors in one ink pad make it even better.

Kaleidacolor in Baby Powder has a light pastel variety — perfect for baby shower invitations with light pinks, blues, and yellows. Kaleidacolor in Autumn Leaves and Vineyard – perfect for Fall themed cards – Halloween + Thanksgiving. My favorite for Winter Christmas Cards or Holiday Cards is Blue Breeze which is an all-blue palette giving that icy winter wonderland mood.

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Create Jewel Tones for Fall Color Blend for a Mazel Tov Wedding Greeting Card

by Nicole Watt

wedding mazel tov good luck greeting card for weddings

In this cardmaking tutorial, Nicole shares one of her favorite fall color combos using VersaColor inks. Nicole swatches out jewel-tone colors in dark pink with a rich true blue mixed in with a light warm splatter with Delicata. Pigment inks are a perfect ink for blending a colorful gradient from two different color ranges.

This DIY Mazel Tov greeting card (or Good Luck greeting card) is topped with a gold heat embossed vellum layer. This beautiful style is a perfect card for a newlywed couple. Enjoy!

Skill: Intermediate – Advanced
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

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  • Waffle Flower Stamps – Color Combos
  • Picket Fence To the Lovely Couple 
  • Altenew sequins 
  • Cardstock
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Vellum
  • Heat Tool
  • Waterbrush or paintbrush

 

How to Make Chocolate Cat Theme Halloween Cards

By Jowilna Nolte

how to make a homemade halloween card with chocolate cat theme

In this card making tutorial, I show you how I created an amazing bokeh background effect using StazOn ink onto glossy paper. I stamped with a texture fall leaf pattern plate to create a faux resist effect. My focal point is a heat embossed and ink blended circle with a cute scary kitty – perfect (purrrfect) for Halloween. Learn how I made this homemade greeting card with the message saying “This calls for Chocolate!”

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Art Supplies

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  • Art By Marlene Texture Plate
  • Cardstock
  • Stamping Tool
  • Kitty Stamp – PSX
  • Circle Panel
  • Glossy paper
  • Blending Brush
  • Heat Gun
  • Gesso – Martha Stewart
  • Paint Brush

Just say Hello Greeting Card with a Fall Leaves Background

by Nicole Watt

red, yellow, orange ink pad use to make fall leaves october hello card gold splatter background

Fall is one of the best times of the year. The transition from green to rich yellows, oranges, and reds is not only inspiring to witness, it can also inspire beautiful art. In today’s cardmaking tutorial, Nicole shows a simple technique to create a card without the use of stamps! Join Nicole as she creates a beautiful leaf imprint card using a real leaf, Goosebumps medium, and ink blending with Memento Ink.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 10 minutes + dry time

Directions

Supplies

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  • Brayer 
  • Altenew Waterbrush Hello die 
  • Cardstock 
  • Paint Brush
  • Waterbrush
  • A Leaf to use as an imprint

See How to Use Ink Blending Tools for a Fun Halloween Witch Card

by Lisa Mensing

flying witch halloween card with a glowing moon background made with memento inks in a how to tutorial on ink blending

In this card making lesson, Lisa shares how to create this very quick and simple ink blended night sky, perfect for Halloween cards. Learn how to do ink blending for a flying witch Halloween greeting card. Use Memento dye inks in black, a light green, yellow, grey, and purple to create moon glow effects. Lisa walks you through each step in the process.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 20-30 minutes

Directions

Supplies

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  • Background Blender Brushes | Set of 2 | Honey Bee Stamps
  • Silver Brush Black Velvet Brush – Round, Size 8 | BLICK Art Materials
  • Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board Pads | BLICK Art Materials
  • CLASSIC CREST Avalanche White Card Stock – 8 1/2 x 11 in 100 lb Cover Smooth 250 per Package
  • Shapeabilities Witch on Broom Holiday 2017 Etched Dies
  • Simon Says Clear Stamps IF THE HAT FITS SSS101758
  • Gem Stickers | 300 Count | Black
  • Double-Sided Adhesive Foam – Large and Small Squares
  • Journey Platinum Machine w/Plates