REMINDER!! Things are going away…..
REPEAT MESSAGE FROM LAST WEEK…….Please note that inks and paper will disappear fast. If there is something that you want, I suggest getting it sooner rather than later!
Please watch the ** and *** “asterisks” on the retirement lists. While some of these items are NOT going away, they will be un-bundled in the annual catalog and you will no longer be able to obtain them at the bundled 10 percent discount!
Repeat after me….change is good — change is very, very good!
Most everyone hates change, but there are times that change is a good thing. In this instance, it is going to be AWESOME!Generally, every five years, Stampin’ Up! does a color revamp as they pay attention to current trends in clothing, home decor, furniture, etc. The last time there was a revamp of colors was in 2013. I was a demo for about a year when that revamp happened–wished I had known it was coming as I had a LOT of ink pads, markers and re-inkers that I had just purchased disappear. Ah well, you live and you learn!
On May 31, 2018 — 13 colors are retiring.
- Always Artichoke
- Chocolate Chip
- Elegant Eggplant
- Island Indigo
- Marina Mist (one of two that I will truly miss!)
- Perfect Plum
- Pink Pirouette
- Rose Red
- Soft Sky
- Tangerine Tango
- Tempting Turquoise
- Wild Wasabi
- Wisteria Wonder (one of two that I will truly miss!)
The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:
- 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 as part of our core color collection.
- Mossy Meadow
- Poppy Parade
- Flirty Flamingo
- Coastal Cabana
- Mint Macaron
- Blackberry Bliss
2018-2020 “In Color” Collection & 2017-2019
“In Color” Collection
And now, the new colors….
The fully “revamped” color collections….
Ink pads are changing too….
Stampin’ Up! has redesigned the stamp case and formula for stamp pads. The details behind this decision follows:
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!
Do I have to replace all of my old pads? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Your old pads will still work and the new ink refills can be used on the stamp pads in the old cases. The EXCEPTION to that is basic gray and basic black archival inks (Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed).
So, how did the case improve?
- They will 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.
- They 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.
- Stack-ability. Being able to stack the cases makes them easier to store and transport. We 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.
- We’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.
- We’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? Stampin’ Up! improved the ink formula because the old ink would sometimes bubble, 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 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 recently 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 StazOn 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’ve stored the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy and not turn it too fast.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!
If you have any questions about the color revamp, the new ink pads or the In Colors, please contact me by leaving a message in the comments section below or give me a call!