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Creating Ink Swatches

So, I have a first world crafter problem! When I am trying to decide on what ink color to use for my projects, I go by the lid color. But lately, I have been finding out that this is not a good idea. The color on the lid is often very far off from what the actual color looks like when it is stamped. It frustrates me because I often pick the closest color to my scrapbook paper or other accents and want it to look as close to matching as possible.

To remedy this problem, I decided to create ink swatches. I took regular 8 1/2″ x 11″ white scrapbook paper and cut it into 2″ x 3 1/2″ pieces. This allows enough room for a stamped image on the front and for me to write what ink pad it is on the back. I punched a hole in the top left corner of each piece so that I could put them on a ring. I used the My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set to stamp my images with each color. I then let the ink dry and then wrote the manufacturer’s name and the ink color name on the back.

All of the pieces are organized by color so that I can find things easily. I stamped out my dye and hybrid inks, but not my distress inks. I will do that over the coming weeks. I may also add in some pieces that are a little larger so I can easily pick out where the blues, pinks, reds, etc are on the ring. I do have some tab dies that I haven’t used yet……… : ) If I do update it, I will show a picture here!

Here is the video of how I created this ring:

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Fairly new to scrapbooking and learning as I go. I wanted to share some of my tips with others who may be new to scrapbooking or card making. Feel free to comment or make suggestions on any of my work or ideas - I love feedback! Especially if it's about a new product I should try - I love getting new material! Check out my other blog for tips on party planning, ideas for party themes and how to stretch your party budget! *I do not get paid to endorse any of the products and/or retailers I talk about in my blog.*

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