First of all, the new design:
Isn't it pretty?
- 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 be replaced, 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! YAY!
- Stampin' Up! wanted to align the updated case with the color refresh 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! They wanted to make these updates and changes in a way that was most cost efficient for you.
What's better about the case?
How is the ink different?
Some inks had a tendency to "bubble" on the pad, and it was hard to get a good image. So here are the changes:
I've ordered a sampling of inks with the new pads, and will begin to show the difference in my classes, starting this month. So if you have questions, please ask! And remember, you can continue to use your current ink pads - only order new colors if you like them, or replace any pads that need to be replaced.
The only thing to remember is to only use NEW reinkers on your NEW pads. Although you can use your old bottles it will change the ink (the de-foamer) so you won't want to do that. And DO NOT use your Archival Gray ink refill on your new Basic Gray pad--the inks are very different and you will ruin your new pad.
I can't wait to show you these new pads. I think they are much improved, and it's an exciting change along with the new color revamp. Oh, can June get here any sooner?