Monday, October 8, 2012

Handy Ink Tip

I got this wonderful idea from the last Online Card Class, Kick Start. Specifically from a wonderful post by Kelly Rasmussen. She showed us a great ink swatch ring. I was going to wait until I had all my inks done to share but it is taking quite a while, so I will just show what I have done so far.

I decided to make my own tags because I thought the colors would show truer on a white background and when I went shopping I only found tags that were colored like the one shown in the foreground. So it was cheaper and it didn't really add too much work to the project. I cut strips of cardstock 2.75" by 1.5". Then I used the bought tag as a pattern to snip off the top edges, traced the inside of the circle and punched it out with a punch. For now I didn't reinforce the punched hole but I can do that later if there is a need. Then I selected a stamp and stamped a tag with each of the colors. Never realized how many inks I had until I did this.

This is going to save me a lot of time when I am deciding which ink to use on a card.  I can use the swatches for color comparisons to the other card elements instead of dragging out all of the inks and trying them out to see which one works the best, and then having to put them all away. The company name and the ink color are on the back of the tags for easy identification. My inks are stored together by which company makes them, and that is what works for me as far as locating a color quickly.
It's amazing to me how many shades of one color you can have and how it can be to find a good match. If you are just getting started with card making I would encourage you to do this as you acquire your inks so that it doesn't take you as long as it is taking me to get them all done. I do think it is going to be well worth the effort.

It's much cooler here and rainy. Love the cooler fall temps and the absence of heat and humidity.
Thanks for visiting!!


  1. What a brilliant idea! I love it! I often struggle to decide which ink to use, so I may well borrow this idea. Thanks for sharing x

  2. wow, what a lot of inkpads do you have, a splendid idea however, thanks fot sharing, Jeannette

  3. You're way more patient than I am, Debbie! I just swiped all my colors on paper strips I keep at my desk & slip into an envelope when I go shopping. It works, but yours looks so much better! If you didn't, you might want to add whether or not you have a marker in that ink. I have some markers only & some pads only & some both, so that's another thing I note.


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