Stampin’ Up! Color Revamp & Ink Pad Changes

I’ll be back a little later today with my project for the Stamp to Share International Blog Hop.  But in the mean time, I figured that we could talk a little about the Color Revamp and the changes to the ink pads in the new 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp!

The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of color. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on color trends across different markets and industries. When they see changes happening, they review our color spectrum to ensure that we remain consistently on top of the trends.

In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colors, they’ve decided it was time to give their color collections a makeover!  And here are the new color collections!
In Colors:

Core Color Families:

There are still four color collections, each with ten colors. There is also a new color group called Basics.  The Basics Collection will include: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White

Click here to download a PDF with the full color list and the Hex Values for each color!

On May 31, 2018, thirteen core colors are retiring:

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

Four of the five 2016-2018 In Colors are retiring on May 31 as well:

  • Dapper Denim
  • Emerald Envy
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Sweet Sugar Plum

*Please note that while Flirty Flamingo is retiring as an In Color, it will continue to be available as part of our core color collection.

Whenever colors are retired, there is always some confusion about the status of various products in those colors. Stampin’ Up! wanted to be sure that customers have a chance to buy retiring ink pads and refills before they are gone. They have worked with their vendors to ensure that they have a period of guaranteed stock before the retirement date. This means that even if an ink pad/refill goes on backorder during that guaranteed time, those orders will be fulfilled.

However, after that guarantee date has passed, those products in retiring colors are available while supplies last. Please see the chart below that details this. It also shows how other products with retiring colors will be handled.

PRODUCT RETIRING COLOR(S)
Classic Stampin’ Pads Guaranteed stock of old ink pad design through May 7, 2018; then, available while supplies last May 7–31, 2018
Classic Stampin’ Pad Collections While supplies last—through May 31, 2018
Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills Guaranteed stock through May 7, 2018; then, available while supplies last May 7–31, 2018
Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill Collections While supplies last—through May 31, 2018
Single Color Cardstock (All sizes and colors) While supplies last—through May 31, 2018
Cardstock Packs, Collections, etc. (all sizes and colors) While supplies last—through May 31, 2018
Stampin’ Write Markers (2-pack, Collections, and Many Marvelous Markers) While supplies last—through May 31, 2018
Color Caddy While supplies last—through May 31, 2018
Color Embellishments While supplies last—through May 31, 2018

Let me know if you have any questions about the Color Revamp.  I’m thrilled with the new color collection!!  I can’t wait to get my hands on all of them!

Stampin’ Up! Ink Pad Redesign

Stampin’ Up! has improved their ink pad cases and ink formula!

Why did they change the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. They can only use a mold a limited number of times before they need to replace it, so they had to decide if they wanted to order more of the same molds or try to improve the design. They chose to improve it!

What’s better about the case?

Using research, focus group feedback and comments, they discovered a few things that could improve the design of the Classic Stampin’ Pad case.

They wanted the new case to:

  • Be less confusing to open. Opening the new ink pad case is now more simple and intuitive—just insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
  • Have a tighter fit between the lid and the base. With the new design, the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will be easier to slide open and close.
  • Be stackable. The ability to stack the cases makes them easier to store and transport. They designed a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. Tip: Removing the label stickers from the bottom of the case (after applying the needed labels to the case) also makes the ink pads stack a little better.
  • Include improved labels and stickers. Here are a few of the ways we’ve done that:
    • The top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color.
    • The stickers include a new In Color icon.
    • They’ve continued to provide color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance.
    • They’re introducing a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.

How is the ink different?

They improved their ink formula because they noticed that their old ink would sometimes bubble, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. When this happened, the ink wasn’t as even and smooth when stamped as they’d like to see it.

The improved ink formula will:

  • Reduce ink bubbles.
  • Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
  • Help lay down the ink better.

How do I know if my Classic Ink Refill has the new and improved ink?

Beginning with the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog, all ink refills will have the improved ink formula. Also, if you received an ink refill and it has the new branding label, it contains the improved ink formula.

Can I use an old ink refill on a new ink pad or a new ink refill on an old ink pad?

Yes! You absolutely can with the exception of the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. All other Classic Stampin’ inks will work fine.

Where is the archival ink?

Archival ink will no longer be part of our ink offering. Basic Gray will now be part of the Classic Stampin’ ink family. Please note that you cannot use an archival ink refill on the new Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad, as this will ruin the new ink pad. Only use Classic Stampin’ ink refills on Classic Stampin’ pads. Your best options for black ink pads are the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, to use with Blends and general black stamping needs, and the Jet Black StāzOn Pad, to use for watercolor and nonporous surface stamping. Both will be part of Stampin’ Up!’s ink offering. Stampin’ Up! is confident that both the Memento and StāzOn pads are high-quality inks that perform to our customers’ needs.

Will the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fit in the Color Caddy?

Yes, it will fit into the Color Caddy–just not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast. Stampin’ Up! is working on a new storage solution for the updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case and do not yet have a launch date.

Hopefully that clarifies a few things for you, let me know if you have questions about the ink pads too!  I only have one of them to play at the very moment…but I do have a few more on the way!  🙂


Stampin’ Up! Retiring List Has Been Posted!

Select products from the 2018 occasions catalog and 2017-2018 annual catalog are retiring—and this is your last chance to get them!

  • Click here to see a printable PDF of the retiring list from the Annual Catalog.
  • Click here to se a printable PDF of the retiring list from the Occasions Catalog.
  • Click here to go right to my online store to start shopping the retiring list!

Head over to my online store to shop for those retiring items now!!


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