A Comprehensive Guide to the Gina K. Designs Ink Collection: Swatches and Layering

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This blog post was so much fun to prepare! I swatched every Gina K. Designs ink and grouped them by color to better show how the colors coordinate and blend together. It can be so difficult to know which color to use for which project, or which ones have similar undertones for good color blending or layering. I stamped all of the colors within a certain category next to each other so that you could see the differences between them. Even farther down the post, you will see some ink layering combos!


A little disclaimer- Please keep in mind that you are looking at these colors on a computer screen. The colors may not appear 100% accurately.

  1. The Red Family


Faded Brick          Coral Reef

Red Hot                 Lipstick

Cherry Red           Red Velvet

Faded Brick is the color of a brick. Literally.

Both Coral Reef and Red Hot are orange-toned. Coral Reef is a deep reddish coral, but it could be paired with either oranges or reds. Red Hot is a bright, fire engine red.

Lipstick borders on neon, but the ink is less bright than the cardstock. It paired very well with the reds, which surprised me. In my ink layering section, I actually layered it with Cherry Red!

Cherry Red is a classic, blue-toned red. For a classic Christmas color palette, pair Cherry Red with Christmas Pine, which is a blue-toned green.

The best red ink EVER = Red Velvet. It is the perfect neutral red. For a more modern, bright Christmas color palette use Red Velvet paired with Jelly Bean Green or Grass Green.

2. The Pink Family


Passionate Pink          Dusty Rose

Bubblegum Pink             Innocent Pink

Passionate Pink is a bright, yet deep fuchsia. It pairs beautifully with Bubblegum, because both have similar undertones.

Dusty Rose is one of my all-time favorite pinks. When I want a nice springy, pastel color palette, I always reach for Dusty Rose, Innocent Pink, and Peach Bellini. That trio is the absolute best.

One word comes to mind for Bubblegum pink- Barbie. Such a fun color.

Innocent Pink is a delicate peachy pink.


3. The Orange Family


Sweet Mango           Tangerine Twist

Honey Mustard           Peach Bellini

Sweet Mango is such a pretty, muted orange. It has very similar undertones to Tangerine Twist, so they would be great for layering.

I used to think Sweet Mango was a straight up orange until Gina came out with Tangerine Twist. This color is saturated! The perfect pumpkin orange.

Honey Mustard is a color I use for autumn cards. I like to specifically use it for ink blending with a sponge for leaf stamps. On a side note, I want a big, droopy sweater in this color.

Peach Bellini is BEAUTIFUL. (I had to force myself to not italicize and use bold print as well.) I have two of this ink cube. I love it so much. It is a great base for red florals when using layering stamps, and it also pairs well with pink color palettes.


4. The Yellow Family


Wild Dandelion          Sweet Corn

Prickly Pear                Lemon Drop

Wild Dandelion is such a punchy color. The color of happiness. And the sun. This is a true bright yellow.

Sweet Corn is buttery and smooth. I use this color for so many different things. It pairs with autumn colors, like Honey Mustard, Faded Brick, and Fresh Asparagus, but it also looks beautiful with the spring color palettes, like Innocent Pink, Dusty Rose, Peach Bellini, and Grass Green.

Prickly Pear is very unique ochre color. (Ochre is a yellowish-brown that is a natural clay earth pigment. Thank you, Wikipedia.) It can be used for autumn or Christmas cards. I like to use it for ink blending autumn leaves.

Lemon Drop is such a delicate, light ink. I always think it would be great for making baby cards. (Which now you can do with the new ‘Reasons to Celebrate’ stamp set by Gina K.! #ad) A great baby card palette is Ocean Mist, Lemon Drop, Applemint, Lovely Lavender, and Innocent Pink.


5. The Green Family


Applemint               Lucky Clover

Jelly Bean Green       Grass Green

Key Lime         Fresh Asparagus

I have not used Applemint until very recently, and now I cannot stop using it. I love how pretty this green is! It is so smooth and minty. I made a leafy background for a card using vine and leaf images from Lisa Hetrick’s stamp sets in the Gina K. collection using all greens. I used Applemint, Lucky Clover, Jelly Bean Green, and Grass Green. (Fresh Asparagus is too dark and olive-toned for this combo, and Key Lime is too bright.)

Lucky Clover is a newer Gina K. color, and I am in love with it. I was trying to think of how to describe this color, and the Prismacolor pencil Kelly Green came to mind. This is the definition of Kelly Green- “Kelly green is an intense, pure green that sits between blue and yellow in the color wheel. Named after the common Irish family name, Kelly, it is reminiscent of the lushgreen Irish landscape. It is also commonly associated with the colors of St. Patrick’s Day.” And that is the color Lucky Clover.

Jelly Bean Green is a lighter, more yellow-toned green than Grass Green, which is a deepr true green. They both pair very well together, but because they are similar, I usually choose one or the other for my projects.

Key Lime is bright! This is a very happy color. It layers well with Jelly Bean or Grass Green for a true green, or with Lucky Clover for a brighter green blend.

I have two Fresh Asparagus regular sized ink pads and one ink cube. This was my original favorite Gina K. green when I started stamping. My new green love is Grass Green, but Fresh Asparagus will always be a favorite. It is my favorite Christmas green. I like to pair it with Red Velvet.

Now would be a good time to mention that I forgot to include Christmas Pine in all this. I am very sorry, Christmas Pine, for the abandonment. Here he is. All alone.


Christmas Pine is a very rich, pine green. It has blue undertones, which makes it difficult to layer it with some of the Gina K. greens, as they have more yellow undertones. This color stand out on its own, especially on Christmas cards.


6. The Greenish-Blue Family


Turquoise Sea         Tranquil Teal

Ocean Mist              Sea Glass

Turquoise Sea is exactly like the Tiffany color. I love how rich this color is.

Tranquil Teal is one of Gina’s new colors that is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites. It is a very pigmented color that really makes an inky mess, but it is so worth it. It is so deep, and the most beautiful teal. It pairs great with any of the blues in this category.

Ocean Mist and Sea Glass are similar. Ocean Mist is lighter and more pastel, while Sea Glass is very rich. Ocean Mist has more of a true blue vibe, and Sea Glass has some green undertones.


7. The Blue Family


Blue Denim             In the Navy

Blue Raspberry      Powder Blue

Blue Denim is basically a bright navy, and In the Navy is a true navy. Many people are curious about which of these is better for wedding invitations, and my opinion is that In the Navy is better for a classic wedding navy.

Blue Raspberry makes me think of a slushy. It is so bright and fun. A bright multicolored palette would be Blue Raspberry, Passionate Pink, Tangerine Twist, Lucky Clover, and Wild Dandelion.

Powder Blue is like a cornflower blue. No green undertones at all. It pairs absolutely amazingly with Blue Denim and In the Navy, which I did not expect. I used this color combo in my layered flowers a little farther down.


8. The Purple Family


Lovely Lavender     Wild Lilac

Plum Punch      Wild Wisteria   

Edible Eggplant

Lovely Lavender is the sweetest color. It has the same undertones as Plum Punch. These colors are made for each other. Lovely Lavender is a very pale, pastel color.

Wild Lilac is a classic, bright purple that looks great with greens like Lucky Clover.

Plum Punch is amazing. It is so unique and unlike any color ink that is in the Gina K. collection. I love this color and use it constantly. Sea Glass and Plum Punch look so pretty together.

Wild Wisteria is a blue-ish purple. It really stands alone in the Gina K. color lineup.

Edible Eggplant is a very dark plum purple. It’s a great Christmas purple, but it could also work well for autumn cards.


9. The Grey/Black Family


Slate        Moonlit Fog

Black Onyx      Jet Black Amalgam

Slate and Moonlit Fog are such beautiful grey inks. Slate is a rich, charcoal color while Moonlit Fog is softer and has greenish blue undertones. These colors layer great together.

Black Onyx is a very crisp black ink that is great for stamping greetings or solid stamps. It is not recommended for coloring with watercolors or Copics, because it may bleed a bit.

Jet Black Amalgam ink is designed to be used to stamp outline images for coloring. It does not bleed with Copics, colored pencil and gamsol, or watercolor. It is not best to stamp very large, solid images with this ink.


10. The Brown Family


Kraft        Sandy Beach

Charcoal Brown     Warm Cocoa

Dark Chocolate      Dark Sage

Kraft paper is my greatest obsession, and the ink is not too far behind. I love this neutral ink. I used to use it for no line coloring, but it is a tad dark for that on white paper. On Kraft, it is perfect.

Sandy Beach is a new Gina K. color that was designed with no line coloring in mind. It is a very soft, tan ink. I also love stamping backgrounds with this ink.

Charcoal Brown is a very rich brown that definitely leans more towards charcoal. I don’t use it very often, because I prefer Dark Chocolate most of the time. Whenever I make a card that uses a lot of brown, I use Charcoal Brown for my greeting rather than black ink.

Warm Cocoa is a lighter version of Dark Chocolate. These two colors layer nicely.

Dark Sage is olive (brownish green).


Ink Layering-

These pretty much speak for themselves, since I labeled each color. The stamp set I used for the layering is the Gina K. Designs ‘Painted Autumn’ set. It is absolutely gorgeous for creating a loose watercolor floral look with stamps.

These are most certainly not the only combinations you could create with the Gina K. inks. These are just the most beautiful blends of colors that I found with my experimenting. I am loving the blues.





Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful Gina K. Designs ink colors together. What is your favorite Gina K. color? Let me know in the comments if this helped you!

Emily ❤️


  1. The ink swatches combined with your comments is an incredible aid to me for knowing which colors to use together and on what type of project. The layering guide is an awesome belp with my layering stamps. Thank you for your hard work to put this together.

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  2. WOW! This is so helpful. You did an awesome job on this. Thanks so much for including all the details on the colors and how they work together.Thank you. This will help me make my own swatch guide.

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  3. This is wonderful! Emily, I have bookmarked this page for future use. You have packed in so much information that I know I will be looking at it again and again. As for a favorite color, I couldn’t pin one down. Thank you so much for this. Blessings.

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  4. You did an excellent job in showing the color families and your demonstrations of layering and such. I tried ordering some ink as well as her glue, but for some reason her site doesn’t work for me so I wasn’t able to order the items I wanted. Oh well, I’ll just have to use Memento as I’ve got all the dewdrops and reinkers.

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  5. Great post! This is unbelievably helpful. I have a question please…For the swatches at the beginning of your post, did you put pad to paper or is that a square stamp? Thanks.

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  6. Love this comprehensive description as well as pictures!!! Thank you so much. HOWEVER,
    I could not find Tomato Soup in this. Am I not seeing it and it is here?
    I am using this in my color book where I have all my swatches. Very helpful. Thank you again.

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  7. Thank you so much. It is so helpful to be able to have at your finger tips the color combos. The layering stamp sets are a fantastic idea, but can be time consuming to use when having to test all kinds of ink combos.

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  8. I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time. My question is – the colors of Sea Glass and Ocean Mist look so alike in my color swatch, I wonder whether you could add Blue Lagoon to the Greenish-Blue family? Thank you very much for sharing!


  9. If you were near me I’d be hugging you like crazy. Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve been searching for something like it for a couple of years now. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  10. Even though I’m late to the party on this post, I had to comment to tell you how much I appreciate this and what a fantastic job you did, not only creating the swatches but describing the relationships between the colours and discussing effective combos. Absolutely outstanding. Thank you!

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  11. Oh my goodness, you have no idea how much this helps me! Thank you so much for this labor of love! A very helpful lady named Kara Gardner Howard at Gina K Designs & Stamptv Friends Facebook group sent me this link. I had posted I have been looking for ink sets to use with my layering stamps because I stink trying to pick them out myself. Thank you again.

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