Did you know that Stampin’ Up! carries just over 50 different colours of card stock in its Annual Catalogue ? If you have all of those colours in your craft space, then you know that that can be a lot to keep track of. When I am brainstorming a card or paper craft project, I end up with half of my card stock collection on my desk as I try to figure out the right colours to use. Then, once I have decided on the colours, I have to spend five minutes putting it all away! It’s such a pain in the butt!! But now, I have a new system for viewing and choosing colours… and I love it!!
I saw an idea from Ardyth Percy-Robb (@ardythpr1) on Instagram and had to watch her YouTube video on how to make magnetic card stock swatches. It was pure genius and I started making little squares of card stock immediately!! I modified my swatches slightly from how Ardyth made them, but the concept is the same.
I started out by cutting 1″ squares of every colour of card stock that I had and also cut 1″ squares from an adhesive-backed magnetic sheet. Then I printed out labels (return address labels, 1.75″ x 0.5″) with the names of each cardstock and trimmed those to 1″ as well.
To assemble, simply put a square of cardstock on the adhesive side of the magnetic sheet and add the corresponding colour name to the back. This can be a bit time consuming, but the end result is totally worth it!!
Now that you have a full inventory of all the card stock colours, how are you going to organize it? By hue…
…or by Stampin’ Up! Colour Collection?
After trying different arrangements, I decided to organize my swatches by hue. They live right in front my desk on a magnetic board and are only an arm’s length away! They are easy enough to rearrange if I decide to organize them a different way later on.
I love being able to see all the colours at once and if I need to know the name of it, I just flip the swatch around! I also love being able to take the swatches off to mix and match colours without creating a big mess!! It’s now so easy to experiment with new colour combos!
If you are an avid Stampin’ Up! crafter, then you may notice that I have used the 2019-2021 and 2020-2022 In Colors for these swatches. I still need to make the swatches for the new 2021-2023 In Colours and will share an update next week when the colours are available for everyone to order.
Happy crafting and swatch making!!
Love the card that is posted here – just wondering if there are instructions on creating it – thanks and have a great day..
Oh yes… that card was a bit of an experiment!! I don’t have instructions for it other than it was a lot of masking technique and used the Back to Back Blooms stamp set. The colours were Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Bumblebee, Balmy Blue, and Pacific Point.