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


Art Supplies

  • Waffle Flower Crafts Stamp & Die Combo set –
  • White cardstock
  • Stamp Press – Couture Creations
  • Guillotine – Tonic

See How to Make a Snowflake Shaker Ornament with Mboss

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Hello crafty friends, Martha Lucia here! Today, I am sharing a snowflake shaker ornament that you can use to decorate your gifts and/or Christmas tree. To create this, I am using a shaker dimension set with a snowflake design, VersaMark Clear Ink and Mboss Blue Icicle. Like this set came with a piece of acetate sheet to cover the free areas, I made it like a shaker piece adding some sprinkles.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 30 minutes


Step 1

Ink one of the sides of your or the ornament directly with the VersaMark Inkpad. Cover it with your selection of Mboss color. I used the Blue Icicle.

Step 2

Melt the powder with the heat tool. And repeat the process twice or three times to give more dimension to your ornament.

Step 3

Cut a piece of card stock with the same shape or your ornament and apply over it some touches of Frost Sheer Shimmer Stix. Let the paper dry naturally.

Step 4

Paste the base shape or double-sided foam tape onto the inked shape. Add your fillers, it could be sequins, sprinkles, beads or whatever you want. Adhere the clear acetate on top with liquid glue and cover it with the embossed design. Finalize your ornament adding a tie or pasting it to your gift. You can try different designs and different colors of Mboss to add your personal touch! Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!


  • Snowflake Shaker Dimension Set by Kat Scrappiness
  • Chipboard Ornament
  • Cardstock
  • Plastic
  • Heat tool
  • Coffee Filter

Dewlet Poinsettia Card Plus A Giveaway

by Nadine Carlier

Have you seen the new Dewlet Etched Metal Dies yet? The possibilities are endless as to what you can create with these fun little dies. For example, the Poinsettias on these cards were created using the Dewlet dies and Memento Dew Drops and embellished with some irRESISTible Pico Embellishers. Watch my video below to find out how you can win all the Imagine products I used, including the Dewlet dies!

Head over to our YouTube Channel! Comment and subscribe on this video by the end November 20th, 2018 (midnight) for a chance to win craft products by Imagine.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 15 minutes





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Create a Matching Envelope and Christmas Card

by Kassy Tousignant

Create a Matching Envelope and Christmas Card

VersaFine Clair Ink and large sponge daubers make great patterned background papers for all of your projects! Check out this video to see how I used them to make a beautiful, distressed background for my Christmas card and matching envelope. The colors are so rich and vibrant and create the perfect matching set.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour



• VersaFine Clair – Nocturne, Pinecone, Rain Forest, Morning Mist
• VersaMagic – Cloud White
• All-Purpose Ink – Cool Grey
Embossing powder – Black
Memento Markers – Tuxedo Black, London Fog
• Ink Potion No 9
• Sponge daubers
• Fireworks Shimmery Craft Spray – London Fog
• Walnut Ink – Walnut
• IrRESISTibles Pico Embellisher – Black
GooseBumps – shimmer
• Tear It! Tape


• Prima – Clear gesso
• Black twine
• Cardstock – white
• Envelope
• Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Christmas stamp set

Use a Plaid Stencil for a Mixed Media Christmas Card

by Kassy Tousignant 

Use a Plaid Stencil for a Mixed Media Christmas Card

It’s never too early to start making Christmas cards! How about making them mixed media style?! Imagine makes so many wondering mixed media products that work great on canvas layouts and cards alike. In this project, I use Fireworks Craft Spray and a plaid stencil to create multiple Holiday backgrounds at once.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour



  • Liquitex – Flexible modeling paste
  • Prima – Heavy body gel, flower
  • Cardstock – white
  • Gold thread
  • 49 & Market – flower
  • My Minds Eye – brads and embellishments
  • Christmas patterned paper
  • Echo Park – plaid stencil
  • Stampin Up – dimensionals

Create a Simple and Cute “I Ruff Christmas” Card

by Mischelle Smith

The challenge at Imagine this month is Winter Window. Of course, visions of snowmen were dancing in my head until I thought of this darling little puppy that is. I went for a non-traditional holiday card and used the speech bubble to create my own window. The cutest part of this card is the little puppy inside waiting to be discovered!

Sketch a speech bubble on card front and cut out. With VersaMarker outline edge of speech bubble and emboss with black emboss powder. Stamp snowflakes on card with VersaMark ink. Emboss with black powder. Create a bow out of black sheer ribbon. Add silver metallic thread to it and attach to card front.

Thank you for stopping by the Imagine blog and if you enjoyed this tutorial then please comment below or share on social media! 


  • Heat Tool
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Black Sheer Ribbon
  • Adhesive
  • Close to My Heart – Patterned paper
  • Snowflake stamp
  • Puppy stamp