Saturday, July 16, 2011

Obsessive compulsive ink indexing project

There has been a lot of discussion lately about which inks are the best match for various Papertrey cardstock colors. I was inspired by this discussion to start finding out which of the suggested colors I might already own, since I've been collecting inks for several years. What I found was kind of shocking:

No ink here.

No way.

Uh uh.

What I found was that my ink pad total is nearly 200! Yikes. But the good part is that I really do have lots of inks to coordinate beautifully with almost all of the Papertrey colors. And many are dead on matches.

I made a set of pages for my notebook showing all of the coordinating inks. These are on Papertrey white cardstock. I made the grid in Microsoft Publisher and filled it in with the inks that I own. I stamped each ink in its spot and then attached a piece of the corresponding cardstock color so that I can see them side by side.

These pages don't even show all of the inks that I own. This spawned a separate project where I made a master page for each color, with every single ink I have on it. The blue page has nearly forty colors on it! I'll have to show those pages in a future post. They're pretty cool, too.


Lola G. said...

This is way beyond fabulous! I have most, if not all, of the SU inks, and in some cases they look to be a better match than the PTI ink. Thank you so much for posting all of this info for all of us to benefit from!

Mel said...

All I can say is "WOW"

Jennifer K said...

Holy Moses! What a project. I bet that will come in handy for you having it all indexed like that.

Jessica Wekenman said...

What a great ink index! I may have make one like this! I also got some great ink alternatives from seeing yours! I have all the Jenni Bowlin inks, and am loving those! I can't wait for her new colors to come out! I think one of them may be a good match for Smokey Shadow! And the blue she has coming out doesn't look like a PTI match, but sure looks pretty! Anyway, Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Mc said...

WOW, Chris, you certainly were organized with this time-consuming project but well worth it. Most of my inks are SU so will find this very useful in determining which PTI papers I need to match my inks when my SU cardstock is depleted. Super-duper job!
(aka bdlakebum on PTI Forum)