Distress Ink Colour Swatch Organisation

I find it really helpful to have swatches of all the inks, markers, watercolours etc. I own for easy reference when cardmaking. At this point, I don’t always remember what each colour looks like or what will go well together. Having swatches helps with this greatly. Today’s post looks at how I organise my Distress Ink colour swatches. I currently only have the mini’s and of those I only have 28 of the 61 colours so far, but having them all together lets me easily see how each one looks and what ones I still need to buy.


I really only use Distress Ink for blending and watercolouring, so that’s what I add to each swatch card. I started by creating printable sheets with cutting guides on my computer and printing them off on Neenah Classic Crest 80Lb (216Gsm) cardstock. Each square is 4cm x 4cm and has the colour name along the bottom. Then I cut them all out.

I tape off the top of each card and using a mini ink blending tool I blend the ink onto the card to show a gradation of the colour. Underneath this I add a swatch using a watercolour pen so I have a sample of both on the one card.


Using photo corners in opposing corners, I add them to a piece of cardstock cut to 6 x 4 inches which fit perfectly in a small photo album or ‘brag book’.


This little album has plenty more room for the Distress Oxides as well so they are all kept together and easy to use.

I hope this has been helpful! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out the accompanying video on my YouTube channel.

Have a wild & lovely day!

Interested in any of the products used? I have listed some of the places I have found them here for you.

Neenah Classic Crest 80Lb (216Gsm) Cardstock

Distress Ink Mini

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Knife

Universal Crafts Acrylic Block

Crafters Choice Photo Corners

β€˜Brag Book’ Photo Album


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