Sep 25, 2012

Distress Ink Tutorial: Color Swatch Book

Today I'm going to share how I made my Distress Ink color swatch book.
It is so handy to have around and I use it every single day -- whether I'm trying to match certain ink colors to the designer paper I'm playing with, or just seeing which colors would work well together to finish coloring a stamped image.
I started out by cutting strips of white card stock into small tag sizes of 3.5 in x 2 in.
I rounded two of the corners with a corner punch.
I then took each Distress Ink pad and rubbed it onto the card stock, while slightly dragging it from left to right, to get even color coverage.  I left about an inch of white card stock on the left side of the tag.
While the tags were drying, I printed this Distress Ink color chart from Ranger Ink and cut out each square.  I stamped the coordinating ink color onto the square with a solid flower stamp.
I did this for all 36 colors of ink that I have.  I wanted the process to be simple, so if/when I acquire the seasonal Distress Inks, I can easily make another matching tag to add to the collection.
Using a glue stick, I adhered the labels onto the right-hand side of each tag.
I took two more white tags and decorated them for the front and back covers.  I "laminated" them with clear packaging tape for a little protection and to make them a bit more sturdy.
I punched a hole in the left side of each tag and cover piece.  I added a small eyelet to the covers to help prevent any tearing while it's being flipped through.
Ideally, they would be held together with a metal O or D ring.  Since I didn't have one on hand, I threaded through some wax-covered twine and knotted it securely over each eyelet.
If you bind them this way, be sure that the twine isn't knotted too tightly, or else it will prevent each individual tag from being able to fan out.
That's all there is to it!  It's a bit time consuming but definitely worth the trouble.  I knew it would come in handy, but I had no idea how many times I would reach for it while crafting!  It has become a definite must-have for my creative process.
And, bonus.... it's pretty!
Ooh, just look at those ink colors.....


Blankina said...

So clever and pretty the way you explain and show the photos too.

Have a great day, have just received my "new" Do si Do Anya stamp ( it took almost a month to arrive ).

Hugs Blankina

Rachel Parys said...

Look at you go with your distress inks!! I'm so jealous! lol! I want to come play at your house!

Vicki L. said...

Good idea! You're so smart! Love your crafting.
Thanks for Sharing,

Renee said...

Gorgeous!!! Would love to try something like this out!!!

Kathy Humphrey said...

I've stamped each color on the blank chart from Ranger and have stamped all my ink colors in color families but I LOVE this swatch book so much more!! Gives more than just a small stamp of color-with this swatch book I can match up cardstock and other inks in a snap! Going to have to "borrow" your idea:)

Darla said...

Another fabulous idea. Had been meaning to do some kind of chart but now I am inspired. Thanks for the tutorial.

Saba Faisal said...

This is looking pretty amazing! So colorful. This is on my 'to-do list' now.. :)