Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TIPsy Tuesday - Cardstock Reference Deck

This project started because I needed a fast way to find paper to match my projects without pulling out half my stash.

Stampin' Up! cardstock is great quality, available in a huge number of colors, and available in both 8 1/2 x11" and 12x12" papers so it is becoming my go-to paper.  I typically start a project with designer paper choices that appeal to me or match my photos if I'm scrapbooking.  Then I'm looking for cardstock to match the designer paper.  If I'm using SU! designer paper (DSP), I know what solid colors match the prints.  However, I'm often using other companies papers.  I needed an easy reference to find the cardstock that matched my paper.

So in about an hour and half Monday afternoon, I created these cardstock palettes similar to a paint deck.  Each one has one of the SU! color family and a piece of cardstock from each color in the family.  I ran the cardstock to the edge of my paper so it would be easy to lay it next to pattern paper and get a match.  I'm matching up cardstock from Earth Elements to this October Afternoon paper below quick and simple.

If you would like to do this project, the Word document I created is available on Splitcoaststampers.  (I haven't figured out how to link a file to a blog entry yet.)  Here is the link to my thread on Splitcoast ... Splitcoast Link for Word Doc;  You'll see that I didn't leave myself quite enough space for all the In Colors in mine.  I have corrected that on the file posted on Splitcoaststampers.  Also I left a little more room at the top of each card.  To do this project:

  1. Download and open the document in Word (I created this in Word 2002)
  2. Print on 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock and cut into thirds - approximately 2 3/4" wide strips.
  3. Add grommets to the top of each card.  My example uses some I had on hand; I'm not sure of the source.
  4. Cut a piece of each color of SU! paper and glue in place.  The pieces are approximately 1/2" x 2 3/4".  I just cut mine by hand from scraps and let them lay over the edge. Then I trimmed all the edges at once.
That's it.  You have an easy reference for all the SU! colors to use in your craft room or to take with you when you shop.


  1. This is super cute! I love swatch books, and I have one for all my inks, paints, etc., but not paper! Great resource! Thanks, and I am e-mailing you a question now. Blessings,

  2. TFS this with us, Lisa. This is REALLY useful because I usually take my scraps out to match the colors to my DP. Great job!

  3. Awesome idea, Lisa! This is so much easier than pulling out full sheets of cardstock every time I need to color match!

  4. I really love this! much easier to match! I just have 3x3 squares of cardstock cut of each color and put them on a binder ring but your idea looks a lot more user friendly to match DP! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so great -- and so kind of you for sharing!!

  6. What a great idea. I am going to do it too!! I have soooo much designer paper that it will be great to be able to match it like you show here. Thanks for sharing it!!!!

  7. What an awesome idea, I need all the help I can get, :) thanks.

  8. What a great idea!!! So much better than my little oval swatches on book rings. I'll download your file on SCS - many thanks for sharing!!!

  9. thx for the great idea. I think I will do a similar form and save as for my Bazzill, etc.
    have a blessed day

  10. Thank you so much for sharing!!This is so much nicer than the handwritten swatch deck I made.

  11. This is awesome! Thank you for the Word document and the instructions!


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