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Color Palettes and Swatches

Color Palettes and Swatches

Hi All,

I put together a quick video on how I catalog my colors in all the different mediums… Copic markers, Zig pens, Stampin’ Up! inks, Distress inks, and more. Links to everything I reference in the video are below. Enjoy!



  1. wrote on October 17th, 2016 at 7:57 am


    What a pleasant surprise, Darlene! I was checking out your recent Throwback Thursday video again and was amazed to see a new video. This was really quite unexpected and very much appreciated. I use a similar method to yours but not quite as organised. I don’t think I’ve ever watched one of your videos that I haven’t learned something helpful from viewing it ! They’re never a waste of time and most appreciated!

  2. wrote on October 17th, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Donna Penny

    Organizing colors really is very helpful. Especially when I want to match or coordinate patterned paper (that isn’t SU) to ink! Thank you for the video.

  3. wrote on October 17th, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, glad you did this, I remember the request in the forum! I will have to make a template for my zigs and water color pencils on water color paper (I am assuming) like yours. I don’t have that many so it won’t take long.

    One other thing I did was take a photo of each one of my wood mount stamp sets and put them in a binder with the name of the set below the photo (4 on a page). Then I keep the stamp sets from a-m on one shelf and n-z on another shelf and have used white labels for the name so they are easier to see. I know what stamps I have but can never remember which set they are in!

    Thanks for another great video! ?

    • wrote on October 17th, 2016 at 6:30 pm


      Carol, What a cool idea with the wood block sets!! I think that was very clever of you. I think I’ll give it a try.

    • wrote on October 18th, 2016 at 5:56 pm


      Carol, I’ve done that too, started a binder about 5 yrs ago and it was a friend’s idea. Good thing I had bought a big binder lol….
      I know it might seem daunting, or a little crazy, but since it was more manageable in the beginning, I have an index list in the front of my binder with Stampin Up sets by name, alphabetically. Then, I have a few pages of lists by theme after that. I write in the name of any set if it has any images in that theme. For example I have flowers say as one theme, or masculine, background, various holidays etc. I know that might be a little too uptight for some people but I would otherwise overlook a lot of stamps that come in sets that aren’t say the main stamp you notice in a set like a large flower that also has a smaller but great nonflower image also in the set. If I just file it by alphabet, I’ll only remember that flower. If I only file it by theme I also forget those extra images. Some stamp sets might now be listed say under 5 themes but if I didn’t do it that way, without my lists I would forget many things I have already if that makes sense. Now I know what I have, so if I think I want to make say a masculine card, I go to that list and see the names of all the sets I could pull from or additional stampsets by other companies I’ll include in my theme list.
      Or, I can also just flip through my binder and see a page I’ve stamped or photocopied a cover image of for each stamp set, sometimes there’s more than one on a page if it’s a small set. They are generally ordered alphabetically and things non SU are after those. Then I have a section for punches, die cuts and embossing folders. This really helps keep my shopping down too. It’s like my own catalogue lol…Now it’s already set up and easy to maintain over the years as the stash has grown. Mostly it’s SU bc that’s what I had initially started with. It was fun to discover there’s a whole other world of companies out there too! The way stampsets are stored, in a cupboard it’s hard to see and to pull them all out to look at and would actually be more overwhelming. If I go to a crop, I can bring my binder with me for ideas or even browse it at home on the couch… So sharing some of my secret “crazy”, but just in case anyone else might find that “order to the chaos” also appealing I thought I would share….and no, the rest of my life is not so orderly haha but in that little slice of crafting heaven it is…..

      • wrote on October 18th, 2016 at 6:33 pm

        Carol Mac

        Wow, that was a long winded reply! Great idea to sort them by themes too!! I will have to add that to my binder. In another book I have my SU inks, re inker, marker and paper list all in one table so I don’t have to search for a marker that i don’t have (did that a lot before my list) LOL! BTW, I don’t have any kids (as I am sure ppl are wondering where I find the time) so I have lots of time to do this and it does save a lot of time in the long run…much like Darlene’s color swatches! That is my next project! ?

        • wrote on October 18th, 2016 at 6:45 pm


          sorry everyone, I know it was long…but explains it I hope. I do have kids, and little time to craft hence the need to be organized, in that one tiny area of life lol….have a great night everyone!

          • wrote on October 18th, 2016 at 6:57 pm

            Carol Mac

            No problem Daniel, I always love hearing a new way to organize! I have a small room that I share the computer with my husband so really I only have 2 walls so I have to be creative in my storage solutions! Or stop buying…nope, that won’t happen! LOL This would be a good topic in the forum! I love this site…worth every penny!?

  4. wrote on October 17th, 2016 at 3:37 pm


    Great tips! I was wondering what kind of paper you did your Inktense color chart on? I did one of my own when I got my pencils, using 2 wide strips of watercolor paper. I wrote the color name, colored on a little “daub” with each pencil next to its name, and then blended it out with a water brush. I keep them in the case that I store my pencils in. I just ask what paper you used, since that can make a difference in how the color behaves. I generally use mine on watercolor paper, hence my choice. Anyway, thanks so much for doing this & I hope you have an awesome day! 🙂 ~Andrea

    • wrote on October 18th, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Andrea. I actually used Neenah paper for my Inktense chart.

  5. wrote on October 17th, 2016 at 6:32 pm


    Thanks Darlene, you are so organized. I’m slightly behind, so I love your ideas.

  6. wrote on October 17th, 2016 at 8:24 pm


    Holy organization Batman!! Seriously, this is terrific. Thanks for sharing.

  7. wrote on October 17th, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Shirley H

    Thank you for sharing your creative ideas for color palettes and swatches. When my ZIG set arrives I’ll make a chart. I also like your idea for the SU inks. Each and every one was a great idea!

  8. wrote on October 18th, 2016 at 7:54 am


    This is very cool and helpful. I love all the ideas. I use some very similar. When I click on the derwent link it goes no where. just thought you should now. i would be grateful if it was fixed as that is the one I don’t have organized yet. 🙂

    • wrote on October 18th, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi LesLee. The Derwent link opens an Excel file. I added a clarification note to the post.

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