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

Imagine
Other
  • 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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Hope & Strength Call for Art

Call for Hope & Strength Art

In tough times we all need to focus on being strong and supporting each other. Submit a photo of an Inspiration-themed project. Some of the themes can include: Hope, Love, Faith, Prayers, Be Strong, Hang in There, Stay Strong, Brighter Days are Ahead, Journal pages, At-home crafts, etc.

Submit an attractive 600 x 600 pixel square or 900 x 900 pixel square photo of your project, a short description and a link to your Instagram profile or blog to marketing@imaginecrafts.com. Submissions are due by Monday, March 30th, 2020

We will review all submissions and post a collection in one blog post and will share it on our social media platforms. Potential reach = 10,000 followers.

Call for Spring Time Art

Call for Spring Time Art

Be published on the Imagine Blog! Submit a photo of a Spring related project using (mostly) Imagine or Tsukineko products. Some of the spring themes can include: Spring is Coming, Happy Spring, Happy Birthday, Baby Shower, St Patricks’s Day, Easter, Spring Cleaning, Organize the Home, Mason Jar Crafts, Wedding Preparation, Earth Theme crafts, Floral Wreaths on cards or large Paper flower wreaths.

Submit an attractive 600 x 600-pixel square or 900 x 900-pixel square photo of your project, a short description and a link to your Instagram profile or blog to marketing@imaginecrafts.com.

We will review all submissions and post a collection in one blog post and share it on our social media platforms. Potential reach = 10,000 followers.

Submission Deadline is Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

 

Learn How to Papercraft Your Own 2020 Desk Calendar

by Annie Collins

Learn How to Papercraft Your Own 2020 Desk Calendar

Create this easy desk calendar with a Pineapple Tropical theme! Stamp with VersaFine and Memento inks with a layered pineapple stamp and a printed 3-month calendar print out.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 30 minutes

Directions

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Recollections Brand 11 lb Cardstock: Light Gray  5-1/2″x8-1/2″
  • Recollections Brand 65 lb Cardstock: Yellow 2″x3″
  • Recollections Brand 65 lb Cardstock: Cream 4″x5-1/4″
  • Recollections Brand 65 lb Cardstock: Dark Gray 1″x4-3/4″
  • Sizzix Framelits Set: Pineapple
  • Scrapping for Less Stamp Set: Did Someone Say Picnic
  • Printfree.com Mini 2020 Calendar

Creating Ink Swatches for Easy Color Matching

by Nicole Watt

Do you ever get stuck in the middle of a project looking for coordinating colors? Having color swatches on hand will make that process a whole lot easier! Nicole shares how easy this is to do. All you need is your favorite white cardstock, Versafine Clair a stamp set from Waffle Flower and your inks for swatching!

Skill: All Levels
Time: 5-10 minutes per ink color

Directions

Supplies 

Imagine
Other
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb Cardstock
  • Strathmore 140lb Watercolor Cardstock 
  • Waffle Flower Color Swatches stamp set 
  • Waffle Flower Color Swatches for Inkpads 
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic Block
  • Stamping Positioner Tool
  • Pen or pencil