8 Favorite Inks for Writing Your Holiday Cards

Holidays cards are one of the most tell-tale signs that the holiday season is upon us. Opening your mailbox to find an envelope filled with joyful greetings and warm hugs from afar can make any chilly, dreary day brighter. Are you preparing to send some holiday cheer to your friends and family in the form of cards? We’ve got the perfect inks! Check out our 8 favorite inks to find some fun and festive choices for adding some dazzle to your holiday cards!

J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor

If you’re looking to delight your friends and family the moment they open their cards this holiday season, this is the ink for you. This lovely green ink has shimmer for days and a glorious red sheen that rivals Rudolph’s nose! You can pick up a 50ml bottle for $26 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.85

Diamine Red Lustre


This is not your typical red ink! A real crown jewel in the Diamine Shimmertastics line, Red Lustre is the perfect red shimmer ink for holiday cards with its glittering golden sparkle. Snag this gem of an ink in a 2ml ink sample for $1.75 or a 50ml bottle for $20

Noodler’s X-Feather

A tried and true favorite black ink, X-Feather will stand up to the journey across miles, looking fresh and crisp as ever. This bulletproof Noodler’s ink is water-resistant, resists feathering, and is a true black color. Give it a try, you can find it in a 2ml ink sample for $1.25, a 3oz bottle for $12.50, or a 4.5oz bottle for $19. 

Diamine Sherwood Green

There isn’t a much jollier green out there than Diamine Sherwood Green. Your loved ones will smile when they read your heartfelt sentiments written in this festive hue. Bring it home in a 2ml ink sample for $1.25, a 30ml bottle for $7.50 or an 80ml bottle for $14.95.

Noodler’s Empire Red

Make your holiday memories last forever with the eternal Noodler’s Empire Red. This great ink is the perfect shade for holiday tidings and will hold fast for those trips over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s mailbox. Grab a 3oz bottle for $18.50 or a 2ml ink sample for $1.25.

Diamine Golden Sands

The love of friends and family is a golden treasure, share that radiant gift with everyone on your mailing list this year. Diamine Golden Sands is a glittering, shimmering gem of an ink that looks great in all situations. Snatch up a 2ml ink sample for $1.75 or a 50ml bottle for $20.

De Atramentis Plum

You’ll have visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in your head the whole time you write with De Atramentis Plum. Awaken a little whimsy with this reserved but unusual deep turquoise ink that also features a fresh plum scent! Available in a 2ml ink sample for $1.45 or a 35ml bottle for $14.95 

Monteverde Yosemite Green

Your cards will come alive with the enchanting evergreen hue of Monteverde Yosemite Green. This ink is great for cards but can also be used to spruce up those everyday notes all year round. Give it a test with a 2ml ink sample for $1.25 or buy a 90ml bottle for $15 and you’ll be set!

Honorable Mention: De Atramentis Charles Dickens

What’s the Christmas season without Charles Dickens? This gorgeous gray ink, named for the famed Christmas Carol author, is a lovely ink to offer your season’s greetings in style. Available in a 2ml ink sample for $1.30 or a 35ml bottle for $12.95.

Want to give all of these inks a try and have a rainbow of holiday cards to share? Check out our Inks for Holiday Cards ink sample package set.

What is your go-to ink for correspondences?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T13:54:34+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Holiday Gift Guides|12 Comments
  • Thudthwacker

    My standard ink is Waterman Inspired Blue, so it tends to end up in most of the letters I write. (Not that I don’t change pens once or twice over the course of most letters; if you can’t brighten your friends’ days by showing them lots of lovely inks, what’s the point of owning a fountain pen?)

  • Thudthwacker

    I think, this year, I’ll likely lean towards Sheaffer Green for writing out cards. It’s not the deep primary green often associated with the Yule season, but it leans blue in a way that makes me think of spruce needles — and nothing says winter holidays to me like an evergreen.

    • Kathy

      I agree, Thudthwacker. I love Sheaffer Green because of its “blueness.” I hadn’t thought if the comparison with spruce, but it does resemble the color of spruce needles. And there is nothing like the fragrance of spruce to bring Christmas to mind!

  • ec

    I plan to use the inks I used last year on this year’s Christmas cards–Diamine Magical Forest for signing them, and Night Sky for addressing the envelopes. The added bit of sparkle lends itself well to this most special holiday.
    Wise men still seek Him!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Great choices! I bet your cards will be gorgeous!

  • I can see th shimmering inks for holiday writing, but the green nd red you have chosen are meh. I’d choose Diamine Poppy Red and Diamine Emerald for my colors!

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Those are beautiful choices as well

  • Tom Johnson

    One year I used Noodler’s Hunter green and Fox red inks for my Christmas cards. The next year it was J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite for the red. Last year I used Rouge Hematite and Emerald of Chivor, they are fantastic. This year it will be both of those and probably Diamine Brandy Dazzle too for some of the notes. For general correspondence I often mix inks and pens in a letter or card, like Thudthwacker says below, that’s part of the enjoyment.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Hunter Green and Fox Red, what an ironic pairing, Tom! I bet the shimmer inks are absolutely dazzling to all who receive your cards! šŸ™‚

  • GL

    I use waterman green and private reserve Blackberry for my holiday ink scribbles!

  • GL

    I use Waterman Green & Private Reserve Blackberry for my holiday scribbles!

  • GL

    I use Waterman Green and Private Reserve Blackcherry!!!