Video: Ink Swatch Book

Hello! Today I have some organizational fun for you. I have *finally* found an ink swatch system that works for me and I am excited to share it in case it works for you, too! I also have several free downloads for you… ink swatches for my favorite inks.

I have tried 3 different systems and show them all in the video. The system I focused on today is the one I found works best for me – the ink swatch book. However, we are all different! One of the others may be better for you. But in case you like the one I like, I have several free downloads for you below.

I use coin pages to hold my 2” x 2” ink swatches and hold the pages together with ring clips. The Simon Says Stamp Swatch Stamp works perfectly for getting a nice ink sample on each square. (However, you can use any stamp you may have.) This makes for a very convenient ink organization system. I love it! I plan to also add my cardstock swatches to the book.


Since I was already creating the swatch files for my favorite inks, I thought I would share them here. All you have to do it download the files (click DOWNLOAD for each) and print on your favorite white cardstock. (I printed mine on Neenah since that is what I use most.) Some inks have more than one page since there are so many colors. The last link is an editable file so you can do other inks. You will need PS or PS Elements to edit it.

[ETA… click HERE for an updated list of downloads. I have many more!]

If you like different inks than me, you can easily create your own swatches by cutting 2″ x 2″ squares and writing the name on the bottom or using a label maker.

I feel so relieved to have a system that works for me. I hope it works for you, too! I would love to hear how you currently keep track of your ink colors – please share below. See you soon.


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143 thoughts on “Video: Ink Swatch Book”

  1. Thank you for the downloads! Your organizational tips are so spot on, I know I’ll love this one as well.

  2. I’m so confused now that Avery Elle, Studio Calico, My Favorite Things, Mama Elephant and more are all releasing inks. Can you please do a post comparing the brands and letting us know what you like each brand for? Is it just the color range or is it the properties of the ink? Help, Jennifer!

  3. Absolutely loved the video, detailing the ink system. You are SO generous for sharing all these organizational tips with us crafters!

  4. Thanks so much, Jennifer, for sharing your tutorial and downloads for ink storage. Not only will this come in handy to have in my craft area, but I plan on putting ink swatches in a mini book that contains other mediums I currently have (such as stickles, watercolor pencils, etc.) which goes with me when I need to get more craft supplies. You’re awesome! : )

  5. that is totally awesome!! you can do that with ANY colors that you use, different sets of watercolors, it’s endless . . . thanks!

  6. Jennifer, you are amazing. Thanks you so very much for the storage and organizational ideas. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help.

  7. This is fabulous! I started my binder of ink swatches after reading about your system. To create my swatch stamp, I cut a rectangle of leftover rubber from an unmounted rubber stamp and stuck it on cling mount foam. It makes a nice solid impression and I was able to make it with supplies I had on hand! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  8. Thank you so much for this swatch book. I have organized all my Distress Inks and looking forward to organizing more inks. However, I am having trouble opening up the Editable Ink DOWNLOAD…any suggestions?

  9. Thank you so much!!! I’m just getting back into art, and will be adding you to my blog as well as when I get that going again. Great ideas, thank you so much! I love finding new ideas for things like those coin pockets!

  10. Hi Jennifer, I’m wondering if it would be possible for you to take photos of your swatch sheets and post them to your blog. It’s so hard to order colours online and it would be SO helpful to see the different companies side by side to compare colours. Would very much appreciate it if you had the time, I know you are busy moving at the moment.

  11. Hi, Jen. When I put the document into PSE, it is small. How can i get it to print 8 1/2 x 11 so the swatches will be 2×2?

  12. Have you considered updating the list of Companies included in the 2×2 company list knowing many more are creating inks and some of the ones you did in 2014 have changed their inks pads for sale. I would love to have Taylored Expressions and Pink Fresh Studio included.


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