Save This Post! The Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp

I’m doing the happy dance!  Stampin’ Up! is updating their core color collections as well as adding 5 new In Colors starting June 1.  Plus, there’s a new stamp pad design that makes a great stamp pad even GREATER!  Here’s everything you’ll want to know!


There are still four color collections, each with ten colors. There is also a new color group called Basics.

In order to keep the color collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White have been moved out of the Neutrals collection. Stampin’ Up! also moved a few colors (Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow and Night of Navy) into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colorful!

Some additional colors have changed collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below. You can refer to the old and new color charts in the 2018-2019 catalog when it’s released on June 1. 

Color Revamp charts & summary PDF


In addition to new colors, Stampin’ Up! redesigned their ink pads. The case is a new, more intuitive design and they improved the formula of the ink, as well! 

Why the change to the case?

The case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. Stampin’ Up! 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!  Smart!

Stampin’ Up! wanted to align the updated case with the color revamp and improvements to the ink. In addition, they chose to time these changes with Stampin’ Up!’s rebranding and packaging updates. This way, when you invest in the new colors, you are also getting the new and improved ink pads at the same time! 

What’s better about the case?

  • Less confusing to open. 
  • Tighter fit between the lid and the base. 
  • Stackable. 
  • Improved labels and stickers.

How is the ink different?

  • Reduced ink bubbles.
  • Smoother coating of ink on the stamp.
  • Improved ink coverage. 
  • You can re-ink the new ink pads with old re-inkers, you just won’t get the benefit of the defoamer that’s been added to the new re-inkers. The only exception to this is, you don’t want to use the Archival Basic Gray Re-inker on the new pads because it will ruin it.









My color comparison charts show how the new colors fit in with the Stampin’ Up! line-up!



PRINT OR SAVE FREE Online Color Coach: The online color coach shows great color combinations featuring all new and returning colors. There is also a blank color coach that serves as a template where you can create your own color combinations.



The Stampin’ Up! retiring product lists have been released!  It’s your last chance to purchase retiring products!  Click here to see which products are retiring and currently available.  

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring – purchase your favorite products now before they are sold out.

  • 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

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 the new Stampin’ Up! core color collection.

I love hearing from you!  Please leave me your questions or comments below.

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  1. gail howerton

    Mary, thanks so much for your info! i love organizing and your charts make it easy. i am trying the blank color coach cards for my old, long retired card stock. works great!
    i am so happy to see the new blues. i am a carolina girl, so the balmy blue will come in handy for my UNC family. LOL. also, ive hoarded the retired brilliant blue which looks similar to blueberry bushel. love it for Christmas and snow cards. hope these two stay around.
    oh, please ask for return of personal name stamps. thank you. gail

  2. It looks like the color caddy is also retiring. Is there a new one specifically for the new ink pads? Thanks for clear, concise, informative posts!

    • We were told at our event last month in Vegas that alternate ink storage was in the works. Designed for the new pads. No date yet. Thanks, Rebecca, for your kind feedback!

  3. I am so looking forward t9 the new colours! Would you mind sharing what Avery label you used for the “colour labels”?

  4. Can you please tell me if the new ink pads will still fit into the Color Caddy?

  5. I have printed most all of the lists to keep in my reference notebook. They will be very helpful. Thanks so much for making them easy to incorporate with my current “stash”. Enjoy your day!

  6. Thank you so much, Mary, you are always very helpful

  7. Thank you for the update! It’s very informative, but I have a question: will the new stamp pads fit into the stamp pad storage unit sold by SU?
    Thank you!

  8. Are the new ink pads a size that will still fit in the color caddy?

  9. Jackie Ziegler

    Thank you so much for your visual & complete showcasing of the New Color Re-Vamp! As a fellow demo this helps me & my customers a lot. Thanks too for the Color Coach charts- they too are a big bonus. Congrats on your beautiful Million Dollar Sales Stamp & Punch! It’s a winner for sure! Thanks Mary for all you do and post.

  10. Jean Bergenthal

    Thank you for the color combinations. I’ve never seen anything like this and printed it out. Looking forward to the new colors…. Sharing His Love, Jean B

  11. This is a fabulous overview Mary. Thank you so much!

  12. This is so exciting…the new colors and returning ones are just downright yummy…Questions: will Whisper White, Basic Black, Very Vanilla still be available to order? And the Stamp-n-Storage ink holder I ordered through your link—will new ink pads fit? Thanks, Mary!

    • Good question, Rene. Whisper White, Basic Black and Very Vanilla will be in a section all their own called Basics. Not going anywhere. Stampin’ Up! wanted the color collections to reflect unique Stampin’ Up! colors. Yes, the new pads will fit in the ink pad holder since they are smaller. They move around more but still work.

  13. Thanks for all the updates especially the charts.

  14. Thanks for this post Mary. So many new colors, it can be overwhelming! Used my new Stamparatus yesterday for the first time. It rocked my creative world. I have watched your videos and can’t wait to CASE some of your cards.

  15. I really like the new core colors. And, I agree, the names are pretty
    spot on!

  16. Jeannine Garner

    I love the names that Stampin Up names their colors. They put a smile on my face. I really like the color coach, too. Thanks for this post!!!

  17. This is so helpful. Thank You. Just saw a sneak peek card using your new $ stamp set. When I make my must order list it will be at the top. Love seeing Coastal Cabana and Blackberry Bliss coming and that yummy Mint Macaron too.

  18. Thank you so much for this post and for the print outs – an invaluable resource!!

  19. Rebecca Council

    Great information. Excited to learn more about what is coming up with stamping up!!

  20. Wow!!! I am so excited and can hardly wait to see the new colors, product and oh heck, the new catalog!! Thank you for sharing!!

  21. Mary, this is such a helpful post! Thank you SO much for doing this.

  22. Such an informative post. Thank you Mary!!!

  23. An excellent post Mary! So much good information in a small space. I love the new colours and very happy to hear about the improved ink and ink pads. Thanks for all you do.

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