They’re here…the AMAZING redesigned Classic Stampin’ Pads! I have to say that I loved the old design…and when I first heard that a redesign was in the works I was like wait…WHAT? WHY? How could these pads be any better? Well…guess what? The new design IS better…and I’ll give you all the scoop…but first…a bit about why the changes were made.
So…the case’s manufacturing mold was about to expire. A mold can only be used a limited number of times before it needs to be replaced…and Stampin’ Up! had to choose between ordering more of the same molds and working to improve the design. Of course they chose to improve it…and it also made perfect sense to update the case in line with the color revamp. In addition to the case redesign…the ink has been improved…and the packaging and rebranding has been updated. Importantly…making these important changes at the same time saves us money…as when we invest in new colors we’re getting all the changes at the same time. How’s that for efficiency?
Okay…so how are the redesigned pads better? Let’s see…
- It’s less confusing to open…more simple and intuitive. Simply insert your thumb in the lip at the front of the case and lift it to open.
- There’s a tighter fit between the lid and the base…and 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.
- They’re stackable…which makes them easier to store and transport. The design includes a nub in each bottom corner that fits nicely into the dimple on the top of another case. And here’s a 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.
- The labels and stickers are improved…in several ways:
- 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.
- The pads will continue to have color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance.
- You’ll also find a new color sticker to be placed on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.
Oh…and in case you’re wondering about the new ink formula I mentioned before…here’s the details.
- The ink formula has also been updated…and improved! Stampin’ Up! had noticed that the old ink would sometimes bubble…and the ink wasn’t as even and smooth as it should have been when it was stamped. So…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.
- 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’s the improved ink formula.
- Old ink refills can absolutely be used on a new ink pad…and a new ink refill can be used on an old pad! The only exception is the Basic Gray Archival and Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ inks. Archival and Classic inks should not be mixed. With everything else…you’re good to go!
- The updated Classic Stampin’ Pad case fits in the Color Caddy…but not as tightly as the previous ink pad style. If you’re storing the updated pads in your caddy, you’ll want to be careful when rotating the caddy…and don’t turn it too fast.
And now…finally…let’s take a look see at the redesigned ink pads!