Sunday, March 25, 2012

Making a Distress Color Swatch Book - Revisited

Distress Ink Swatch Book
I originally posted this book in February last year (you can see the original post HERE), but there were no clear directions until now.  =)  In addition, I've added more of the Tim Holtz Distress line of products to this same booklet:  re-inkers, stains, markers, crackle paint, stickles, & embossing powder.  Yep...all in this one, little, handy-dandy, 4x4 booklet!

Finally, here are the written directions.  And for further clarification, you can check out my YouTube video below...or HERE, if you aren't able to see it in this post.

Making a Distress Swatch Book

-        Cut cardstock (CS)  8” x 12” \\ Score on the vertical (8”) side @ 4”  \\ Score on the horizontal (12”) side at 4” & 8”

-        With CS vertical, cut on the center score line from top edge to 1st horizontal score line.  Rotate CS 180 degrees and repeat.  (DO NOT CUT INTO CENTER SECTION)

-        With CS vertical, fold top of CS on first horizontal score line toward center.

-        Trim 1/16” off bottom unfolded edge.  Then fold bottom of CS on nearest horizontal line (2nd from top) up toward the center.

-        Fold left side of CS booklet around to the backside, so that the right side of the cardstock booklet becomes the front cover.

-        Print a swatch sheet from Ranger’s website - HERE (click on the product, then download the swatch chart PDF.

(I recommend printing onto brochure paper or matte coated paper (something thicker than copy paper). 

-        Cut swatch sheet as desired to fit into sections of swatch book.  Cut title of swatch sheet for front of swatch book.

-          Embellish as desired.

Swatch Book for Liquid Pearls & Paint Dabbers
To fill this book up with color is on my list of Wants!  =)

I hope you guys enjoy the video -- I'm still trying to learn the best way to film without wearing my husband's arm out too quickly. =)  I try to fit a lot in on this video as quick as I can, but it's still a ten minute video.  Hopefully you'll find the information useful. 

Remember that you can customize these books to fit your taste.   The book is quick to make -- it's adding your colors that might take a bit more time.  

Thanks for popping in!  Lisa


  1. I'm in LOVE with this. Following, bookmarking & want to say a HUGE TY for all the time you put into this idea. TFS so much!

  2. Just lovely and many thanks for sharing! Hope you are having a great week!

  3. i like that book design though i would not make it for swatches.

  4. Watched your video and i like the books and the method for making the swatches. Most of all i liked the tag with all the colors you want to buy that is a good idea I will make one to fit in my purse.

  5. Fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

  6. This is awesome! I love your videos, they are so easy to follow along and you have a very soothing voice. Thank you for your tutorials!


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