Kathy’s Color Chart - January 6, 2011 - by Jenyfur
STEP 1:Decide how to divide your inks. I chose to split mine by ink type, but you could also sort by color, manufacturer, etc.
STEP 2:Write divider name onto tab stickers included in the Creativity Keeper. Apply to dividers and adhere decorative stickers as desired throughout the book.
STEP 3:Write name on "This Book Belongs To" flap inside cover
STEP 4:Use printed papers that come with the book or cut regular office paper down to size if you'd prefer to have an all white background for your ink catalog.
STEP 5:Choose a stamp (I selected a rubber stamp with a mix of small detail and a larger coverage area) and stamp each ink pad in your collection. Stamp each color twice in order to show the effect of second generation stamping for each pad.
STEP 6:Label each ink color.
STEP 7:Be sure to thoroughly clean your stamp between each ink color.
STEP 8:For specialty inks, get creative. I wanted to show off the most options possible in a small space with my spray inks. I used stickers included in the kit to mask off a few spots, and for each color I sprayed once lightly over the entire area. Then toward the right I sprayed a second time to show a darker coverage option.
STEP 9:If desired, remove the "I Love Art" image from the front cover frame and replace with a custom design. I trimmed down a green page from a photo mat pad and slid it into the pocket. Then through the frame window I added dimensional felt stickers to spell "Ink".
What is that woman talking about, you ask?
An ink catalog is simply a visual display of ink colors one owns, placed in an easy-to-manage-and-use format. And it’s a snap to make!
Let’s go through the steps to creating your own:
- Purchase your “housing.” the structure that will hold your ink information. I bought a small, 3-ring binder. I liked this option best because I can use white cardstock for the pages, giving me a true representation of ink color with the paper I usually use for projects. The binder option also lets me manage my pages easily and you can add more if needed.
- Create your pages. Create labels to name the color of each page or section.
- Fill in your pages. Select a color family and gather the appropriate inks. Using a small, solid image, ink and stamp each color onto the page. I inked once and stamped twice, recording what each color’s 1st and 2nd generation shade is.
- Keep records. After you stamp a color, jot down some basic information to help you find it later. Next to each ink color, I wrote the manufacturer’s name, added a simple “code” that tells me the manufacturer and the type of ink it is. For example, “CB-C” tells me that it’s ColorBox chalk ink, and “AP-D” means it’s Ancient Page dye. Because I store my inks by color, I can easily find any pad with this information (if I want “Sienna” from Ancient Page, I go to my stack of brown ink, look at the Ancient Page section, and easily find that shade). Make up a code that is simple for you to recall and use according to your storage system.
- Add pages for “special cases.” If you have multi-colored pads or other specialty inks that don’t fit neatly into a color family, create another section or pages and repeat the above process.
Something more for me to aspire to . . .
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