I love to organize and have a place for everything so that it’s easy to find, and easy to put back in its place. Keeping both of these things in mind, I’d love to share with you how to organize ink pads from Stampin’ Up! in a way that might just help you stay organized too!
Following these tips will help you to keep your ink pads organized and easy to find. So you can spend less time searching for the perfect color and more time creating beautiful cards and projects!
Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ pads come in 40 different “core” colors, which are divided up into four color groups – Brights, Neutrals, Regals, and Subtles. The colors within each color group are gorgeous together and designed for easy color coordination. Years ago, I always kept mine stored in the color groups. It is just what made sense in my brain!
Then, several years ago, I decided to try arranging them in more of a rainbow. Or by “colors” rather than color groups.
- Reds together,
- Blues together,
It was really hard at first to make this leap after many many years of organizing my ink pads in the other way. The bottom line is, do what works best for you! In this article, I will show you how to organize ink pads the way that I do, and give you the order in which I have mine. If you’d like to give it a try, you might even move a few around to what makes better sense for you!
How to Organize Ink Pads By Colors, Not Groups
Before I show you the list of the order I have mine in, I also want to mention the storage unit that I use. It is the INK PAD & MARKER STORAGE units from Stampin’ Up! They have a whole collection of Storage by Stampin’ Up! that you might want to check out if you are looking to organize your crafting space.
The bottom shelf shows the 40 core colors of ink pads and on the top you will see the current 10 In Colors. These I keep separate because they are only around for two years and I don’t want to have to always reorganize the order I store them.
My Favorite Tip for Easy Clean-Up and Organization
Once I have the order figured out, I number the ink pads from 1 to 40. This helps me always know where to put them back. I am a messy stamper and often have 8-10 ink pads all over my stamping desk. Then, when I go to clean up, I forget how they were organized and don’t know where to put them.
By numbering them, it is easy to put them back in the correct spot!
Color Order That My Ink Pads are Organized In
If you’d like to order yours like mine, here is the list of the order I have them in. You might want to change a few of them, but this is what makes sense to me!
- Early Espresso
- Crumb Cake
- Pecan Pie
- Gray Granite
- Smoky Slate
- Basic Gray
- Petal Pink
- Flirty Flamingo
- Melon Mambo
- Berry Burst
- Cherry Cobbler
- Real Red
- Poppy Parade
- Cajun Craze
- Calypso Coral
- Pumpkin Pie
- Crushed Curry
- Daffodil Delight
- Lemon Lolly
- Soft Sea Foam
- Lemon Lime Twist
- Granny Apple Green
- Old Olive
- Mossy Meadow
- Garden Green
- Shaded Spruce
- Pretty Peacock
- Lost Lagoon
- Coastal Cabana
- Pool Party
- Balmy Blue
- Azure AFternoon
- Misty Moonlight
- Blueberry Bushel
- Night of Navy
- Bubble Bath
- Fresh Freesia
- Highland Heather
- Gorgeous Grape
- Blackberry Bliss
I also store my card stock organized in the same order in a lateral filing cabinet.
A Couple More Ink Pad Storage Tips
You will notice the label on the edge of each pad. These labels are actually on the bottom of the ink pad when you receive them from Stampin’ Up! Just peel it off and add it to the edge of your ink pad.
This makes it so easy to see the colors.
And, as a reminder, stampin’ ink pads should always be stored UPSIDE DOWN. This keeps the ink on the surface and makes them last longer. Stampin’ Up! designed their ink pads to be UPSIDE DOWN, when they are RIGHT SIDE UP! I love this feature. When you open them, they flip the right way, but you don’t have to think about storing them upside down because they do that automatically!
Want to Learn More About Ink Pads?
Are you confused about the different types of ink pads, especially the different black ones? My COMPLETE GUIDE TO INK PADS will give you all of the information you need to be a successful card-maker by always using the correct ink.
Are You New to Card Making?
If you are a new stamper, or new to card-making, I would love to be able to help you in any way that I can. I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for over 28 years. I love to create quick and easy cards without being overwhelming or needing a ton of supplies!
Make sure to check out my GETTING STARTED PAGE for lots of information to help you get started, plus many easy card-making ideas that are not only quick and easy, but perfect for beginners.
41 thoughts on “How to Organize Ink Pads – All 40 Stampin’ Up! Colors”
wonderful hints and ideas for storage. thank you
Nice tips. I especially like the one about numbering the ink pads. Thanks Jackie.
You’re welcome, glad you’ve enjoyed these ideas!
Great ideas! I was just trying to figure out how to organize my ink pads. I love the numbering idea!
Happy I could provide ideas at the right time!!
Thanks Jackie. I store my colors as you do but I think I need to add the number system. Great idea.
Thanks! The numbers have really helped me with easy clean up, I do recommend adding them!
I love your idea of numbering the pads. That idea goes along with an idea I got recently to number your re-inkers to match with your pads so it’s easier to identify.
Such a great idea! Would be much easier to find what you’re looking for that way.
I’ve grouped by color families for years but the numbering them is a great idea!!
I love your fun fold templates that you do with your husband. As a fellow demonstrator I have a suggestion-You should add a teepee fun fold to your monthly line up.
Thanks for the suggestion!
I storage mine by family color (rainbow) but never thought to number them. Thank you for sharing.
You’re welcome! The numbering has helped me most with easy clean-up, I do highly recommend it!
Lol… let me join the pack by saying I also organize my ink pads by color family, but never thought to number them… GENIUS!! Now I’m like “ Duh! Why didn’t I think of that!”
Thanks for your helpful tips and your kind generosity in providing us with so many card design ideas!
Haha! I’m so happy I was able to share this idea with so many crafters!
I just decided to change to grouping by color family. With the shifts of some colors to new groups in recent years, it’s been challenging to get them back in order. Next step numbering though I may use removable stickers to allow for future changes.
Stickers would work. But a little acetone takes Sharpie off the pads, that’s how I was able to change up my order with the color refresh.
I was just wondering that! Good too! Thank you Jackie. I grew up in Wyoming MI then after married moved to Jenison. Now live in Manistee MI. 🤗. Have followed you since becoming a SU Demonstrator a few years ago. Love your ideas! THANK YOU.
Thanks for following me… another Michigander!!
This is exactly how I store my ink pads and card stock. Grouping colors together makes it easy to pick out. Didn’t number but I usually dont have more than 2 or 3 out but maybe I’ll do this. Thanks for all your great tips.
You’re welcome! The numbers have been very helpful for me because I’ll end up with 10+ colors out at a time when creating projects!!
I love the tips you offer for both storage and creating! I had no idea pads should be stored upside down, and now I am off to number and change mine. I especially appreciate that you gave us the list of the order of your colors – HUGE time saver for me. Thank you, Jackie.
You’re welcome! Glad you were able to find this post helpful.
Thanks for the organization tip! I need to add the numbers now. Regarding the upside down storage of ink pads: What about the ink spots from Paper Pumpkin? I store mine with the label facing up.
Same for the ink spots! Storing upside down will help them last longer.
Hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol will also remove sharpie from plastic.
Love the numbering idea!
Good to know!Thanks for sharing.
I still have some Berry Burst Ink and Lemon Lime Twist CS from their previous lives. I know I’m stretching things but Jackie, what do you do with inks and paper colors that are no longer current? HELP!
And, while I’m here, THANKS to you and Dave for your card template series – love em, USE em!
I continue to use the paper until it’s gone! I always tell people that just because a product has retired doesn’t mean you can’t use it anymore!
Yes! I get a lot of FOMO but really try to use old paper. It’s just as pretty and still usable!
Jackie I just want to say a Huge THANK YOU for always being there to set us up to be organized, equpped with knowledge, successful and making card making easy, fun and something to look forward to. Wish money wasn’t such an obstacle, but you always encourage us to use what we have and you help us by showing us how we can.
I really really Appreciate you so much. Thank You Jackie.
Thank you for this sweet comment! So glad I’m able to help others with this craft!
Jackie, I do enjoy your ideas, posts, card layouts, measurements you offer. Always helpful. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.
You’re so welcome!!
What a great idea. I also think you could add the first letter of the color collection to the right side of the ink pad ie.
11 Cherry Cobbler R 21 Lemon Lime Twist B
12 Real Red R 22 Granny Apple Green B
24= in color end year 25= in color end year
B= Brights N= Neutrals R= Regals S= Subtles
That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
I love that ink storage idea, so I think I need my husband to build me a rack that will fit in the cabinet I have in my craft room. He’ll be thrilled to pieces to help get some organizing into that chaos!
A personalized rack will be wonderful!!
This is wonderful Jackie. I too struggled going from colour families to rainbow. I though am more intrigued by the shelving unit your inks are stored in. They fit the Stampin’ Storage perfectly.
Dave build those shelves for me – so they’re personalized to fit all the storage stuff!