I believe one of the biggest strengths of Stampin’ Up! is the quality of their paper and the coordination possibilities. You can get solid card stock, ink pads, and markers in the four core color collections and the two sets of In Colors. I’ve listed just the basics in the color families below, but you can also get the paper, ink pads, and refills individually. There are also lots of embellishments and printed patterned papers in these same colors. Coordinating projects is easy!

When you’re done reading about Color on this page, you will probably also want to read my pages about Cutting and Scoring, Adhesives, and More. And if you haven’t already, I suggest you go back to read my page about stamps.

Look to the bottom of this page to see a bit about the 2018 Color Revamp, coming June 1st.





2016-18 In Colors

2017-19 In Colors

Firm Foam Pads

The video says you’ll need to refill your ink pads often. I have not needed to refill nearly as often as this video suggests.

More ways to use those labels!

To open the stamp pads, hold the the case with the big label right side up. Push the top away from you. The end of the top should have a section without ink. Flip that end up and toward you. If it doesn’t flip easily, wiggle it a bit to get it to the right place in the track. Push the pad onto the base. To close, reverse that process.

The lid and base can separate, but they’re not difficult to put back together.

Shop Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Pads

And here are a few more thoughts about Color.


Shop Markers

Watercolor Pencils

Shop Watercolor Pencils

AquaPainter vs. Blender Pens

Consider using Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Paper when water coloring.

Color Tools: Charts, etc. on this website

Shop AquaPainter and Blender Pens

Here are some other ways to add color.

Stamping Sponges

Stamping Sponges can be cut into 4, 5, or even 6 pieces to sponge color all over a project, around the edges, or with Decorative Masks from Stampin Up or cut from sticky notes.

Sponge Daubers

Sponge Daubers give more precision. I use both, probably depending on how much space I want to cover. I keep mine in a special box with this insert.

Sponge Brayers

If you have a lot of territory to cover, use a Sponge Brayer.

Color Revamp

Coming in the 2018-2019 annual catalog, there will be a Color Revamp… new stamp cases, 13 colors going away with new coming in and a few beloved retired colors returning to the core color families. Some colors are moving from one to another. There will wonderful new cases that should be easier to open with tighter fitting lids. And they take less space and best of all, they stack!!!

Click here for more details about the color changes. 

There was not the wonderful color spectrum like there was on page 183 in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, so I made my own.

Click here to download the full size chart.











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