After a few weeks of using the new Firm Foam Ink Pads from Stampin' Up! I'm ready to officially declare these ink pads a winner. The new ink pads were introduced with the debut of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog on June 1, although demonstrators were able to order them early.
I purchased the new In Color pads and what a difference! Now, as I switch between the old style felt pads and the Firm Foam, it's like night and day. With the felt pads, it was necessary to really work to ink a stamp properly - especially with a larger solid stamp. The best method for achieving a well inked stamp on the felt pads was to twist the stamp on the pad a couple of times (applying a fair amount of pressure) then tap, tap, tap and stamp. This could still result in blotchy looking images.
The new Firm Foam pads are really juicy and you will not want to do any twisting or mashing! In fact, the best method is to very lightly tap, tap the stamp on the pad and stamp the project. You need not apply pressure when inking the stamp and, in fact, doing so may result in excessive ink on the stamp and/or your block.
A few other things I like about the new pads:
- No "dip" in the center of the pad - the pad will stay nice and flat and won't dip or become "wavy".
- Color coded labels included with each ink pad - in four languages - for easy identification.
- A new glossy label on the top of the pad that won't fade or chip off.
- The ink has an increased opacity for nice solid images and dries quickly.
HIP TIP: Use the extra labels! I cut the ends off of one extra label and placed them on the inside of the pad. In doing so, with two or more open ink pads sitting side by side, I can easily tell which color is which. Have you almost (or actually) put a stamp in the wrong color pad? Yikes!
I'll be switching over to the new Firm Foam Pads - most likely one color collection at a time. Stampin' Up! offers the pads individually ($5.95 each) or in a bundle by color collection ($49.95/$39.95 for Neutrals) saving about 16%.
Shannon West of Stampin' Up! gives us a great side by side stamping comparison plus tips regarding the new Firm Foam pads ...
Please note - The following ink colors were re-formulated for use with the new ink pads: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Perfect Plum, Tempting Turquoise, and Marina Mist. Therefore, new ink refills should be purchased for these five colors and the older refills can be discarded or used for other projects.
I hope you enjoyed this review of the new Stampin' Up! Firm Foam Ink Pads. Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.