Who loves to organize, besides me?! I have swatched my inks (all but my distress colors, but they'll be done soon) and my complete Copic collection - what a great feeling. This will be so much quicker when searching for a particular color/shade than having to test all the possibilities individually. Bliss!
For my copic project (which I did some time ago) I used the Waffle Flower Swatch Tag dies. What a huge time saver that project has been! I used heavyweight cardstock for the tag, then for the color swatches I used Copic Xpress it Blending Cardstock to get a true version of the color. Be sure to saturate it well.
I hadn't really thought about doing this for my inks until I saw this awesome die set by Catherine Pooler and my organizational mind went crazy. I HAD to have it!!! Game changer, my organizer-people. And if you have Catherine Pooler inks, even easier - there are color labels and swatches available premade for her line of inks.
For my other swatches, I did the same and used the Copic Xpress it Blending Cardstock for the color patches. I did it this way because I typically use the Xpress it paper when coloring and this will give me the truest shade of color when I use that ink or marker. This is a personal preference, so if you typically use a different cardstock for coloring, that is the one I would suggest you use to make your swatches for a true color match.I do not have the complete line of oxide inks, but what I have is now swatched and by the end of the day will also be copic matched. I tried a couple of ways of doing this and ultimately decided to cut the shape first, then ink over directly with the pad. I also tried making color patches then cutting them out, but it's harder to keep track of the color names that way (for me), so this was the best option. Also, I got a pack of latex gloves at the dollar store, and rather than wear a full glove, I just cut off the fingers and used them as "little condoms" to keep from inking my fingers. To prevent colors from mixing, I used a baby wipe to clean between colors.