Stampin Up Color Revamp

By | April 10, 2018

At this past weekend’s Onstage event, I learned all about the Stampin Up Color Revamp.  Read on to find out more about all the changes.

Stampin' Up! Color Revamp



The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of color. Stampin’ Up! is always researching current trends for color. When they see changes happening they review their color spectrum to ensure that they remain on top of the trends. That’s what the 2018 Stampin Up Color Revamp is all about!


There are still four color collections, each with ten colors. However, a new color group was added, called Basics.

Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White were moved out of the Neutrals collection.  These three colors make up what is now called the “Basics Collection”.

A few of the other colors have been moved into the Neutrals collection, making this collection more than just blacks, browns and grays.

Some additional colors have changed color collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below.  These changes were based on needing to maintain color balance in the updated collections. For example, Poppy Parade is now the brightest red so it is part of the Brights collection.

(Note: This chart is to give you an idea of how the collections are arranged.  The look of some of the colors seem a bit off to me, Real Red for instance, the actual colors of ink and paper will be right on.)

Stampin' Up! Color Revamp



There are no changes to the “In Color” program. Every two years Stampin Up! will continue to introduce five new “In Colors” that will be available for the next two years.  Here are the two color collections you will see in the upcoming 2018-2019 catalog.

Stampin' Up! Color Revamp

There are also previous In Colors that are returning and joining the core color collections above.  Here’s the list:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

Here are the brand new colors that will be joining the color collections.

Stampin' Up! Color Revamp




In order to make room for all this gorgeous new colors, there are some current colors that are retiring.  On May 31, 2018, thirteen 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

In addition, these 2016-2018 In Colors will also retire:

  • Dapper Denim
  • Emerald Envy
  • Flirty Flamingo*
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Sweet Sugar Plum

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


Hope that answers some of the questions you may have about the Stampin Up Color Revamp.



In addition to new colors, the ink pads and case have also been re-designed. The case is a new, more intuitive design and the ink formula has been improved, as well!


Why did Stampin’ Up! change the case?

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

DOES THIS MEAN I HAVE TO REPLACE ALL MY OLD PADS?  DEFINITELY NOT!  They still work and the new refills can be used on the stamp pads with the old case.  The exception is basic gray and basic black archival inks.

What’s better about the case?

  • 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.
  • With the new design there is a tighter fit between the lid and the base. This means the lid doesn’t accidentally become disconnected, which was a common problem with the old case style. With use, the lid will become easier to slide.
  • The new cases are stackable. This makes them easier to store and transport. There is 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.
  • 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.
    • Color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case are provided.  This makes it easy to identify the ink’s color at a glance.
    • The addition of  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?

Stampin’ Up! improved the ink formula. This should solve the bubbling problem that sometimes occurred, especially on new pads and with lighter colors. The improved ink formula will:

  • Reduce ink bubbles.
  • Help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp.
  • Help the ink to lay down 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  recently received an ink refill and it has the new branding label (black and white), 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! Absolutely, 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’ ink refills 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 our ink offering. 

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 store the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy. Turn it slowly so the ink pads don’t fall out.

Please note that the color caddy will be retiring on May 31st or while supplies last – if you want it, you need to get it now!  (Get it in my online store.)

I hope this information answers most of your questions about the Stampin Up Color Revamp.  If you have anymore questions, email me.




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