I got in trouble recently when I was looking for information on ink color comparisons, because I found this post on Jennifer McGuire's blog: Complete Ink Swatch Book Downloads
At first I thought, as I'm sure you also may have, "This woman is crazier than I am."
But as I thought about this fantastic organizational aid Jennifer has created, I realized how much I really needed to make this book. So I downloaded all the pages including the blank one to create my own, ordered some of the coin pocket pages from Amazon, and I started printing them on Neenah Solar White card stock. I rummaged through my stash of single stamps and found an old Hero Arts shadow stamp that was the perfect size for swatching, and I got started.
I have (cough, cough) a lot of inks, maybe not as many as Jennifer, but I've been collecting ink colors for years and I still am acquiring new ones, so I figured it would take a while to get this done. In fact, it took the best part of 3 days to complete. My family wondered if I would ever come out of the basement. I skipped church! (well, okay, that was the snow, but still). And I learned SO MUCH.
Pearlescent/glimmer colors, whites and vanilla pigments. I decided to keep the glimmer inks separate because I wouldn't really use one just for the color, the shimmer is really the more important feature.
Grays and Blacks. I don't know too many stampers who don't have every black pad on the market. We are always looking for the perfect black ink.
Tans and browns.
Poor lonely Early Espresso, guess I need to get a few more tans or browns to help him feel less lonely.
Peaches and oranges. For someone who doesn't really like orange much, I sure have a lot of orange inks.
So much that there is a second page.
Reds. Who knew Calypso Coral was a red? Yet, that's where it seemed to fit best.
More pinks and magenta.
And more purples. But more about that later.
And I have more blue ink that anything else, which is not surprising because blue is my favorite color.
And more blue ink.
And more blue ink.
Lots of green ink too!
And greens that are almost brown.
And finally, the real topic of this post. Yes, that color that is the loneliest color of them all. Yup. It's the color that just doesn't know who it is.
Orchid Opulence. Orchid Opulence is the Pat of all ink colors. Do you remember that skit from Saturday Night Live, "It's Pat!"?
The funny thing about Pat was that no one knew whether Pat was a man or a woman. Just when it seemed like Pat's coworkers figured out the answer, Pat would say or do something that totally made the whole thing a mystery again.
So, you tell me...Is Orchid Opulence a purple? Or is it a Pink?
When you put it with the purple inks, it looks pink.
And when you put it with the pinks, it looks purple:
It's Orchid Opulence! A lot of people ask, "Is it pink? Or is it purple?" A pink or a purple, accept it as whatever it might be. It's time for color androgyny. Here comes Orchid Opulence!
I bought two packs of the coin pocket pages, and I really only needed one...until I realized how well this would work for card stock too...yeah...see you in a few months!