Swatching your ink pads is an essential part of organizing your craft supplies. It can save you time and money in the long run, as well as prevent frustration and disappointment with the outcome of your projects.
Gather Your Supplies:
To start swatching your ink pads, you will need to gather your supplies. You will need your ink pads, cardstock or paper, a label maker or pen, and a stamp set. I used the Ink Swatching Stamp Set from Picket Fence Studios to make this process easier. You may also want to include additional information on your swatch, such as the brand name, color name, and date.
Begin by cutting a small square of cardstock or paper. I used scraps of white cardstock that I had left over from another project. The one that I used was Basic White Cardstock but use whatever cardstock that you normally stamp on. This will give you a true impression of what the ink will look like on your cardstock. I then stamped out all the black outline images from the stamp set and then came back and stamped in my colored image for each ink. I also stamped a row on the back so I could flip through and match colors easily.
Once you have swatched all of your ink pads, you can start labeling them. Use a label maker or pen to write the brand name, color name, and any other information you want to include on the back of the swatch.
How to Organize them:
Finally, create a swatch book or ring to organize your ink swatches. I picked up a pack of 2” rings from Staples for around $3.00 or so. This will make it easy to reference your ink colors when you are working on a project. You can also use the swatches to help you coordinate colors for future projects.
Swatching your ink pads is a simple process that can make a big difference in your crafting experience. It can help you save time and money, and make your projects look more professional. So, take some time to swatch your ink pads and get organized today!
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