Stampin’ Up! Color Collections vs. In Colors

Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between Stampin’ Up! Color Collections and their In Colors?  Or why the In Colors go away so fast, and new ones keep getting introduced?  How are they different from the four Color Collections:  Brights, Regals, Subtles, and Neutrals?  These are things I explain to customers frequently, so I thought a blog post would help all who are confused!

Here’s the scoop:

The four Color Collections are the foundational colors, grouped in types of colors.  The collections are fairly stable, and you won’t see them retiring very often.  Although the Neutrals Collection shows fewer Markers than the others, that’s because there isn’t a Whisper White or Very Vanilla Marker.

Markers from Four Color Collections from Stampin' Up!, also available in Inks, Card Stock, embellishments and more!

Every year Stampin’ Up! introduces 5 new In Colors, which reflect color trends in the world of design.  After two years, that set of In Colors retires.  It used to be that In Colors were only around for one year, so having them for twice that long is a wonderful thing!  We still have a new set of 5 In Colors introduced each year, which means that at any given time there are two sets of trending In Colors.

The 2013-2015 In Colors that are on this year’s retiring list have been a treat to use in handmade cards and paper craft projects.  I tend to abbreviate their title, and just refer to the year they were introduced.  So here are the 2013 retiring In Color Markers:  Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, and Coastal Cabana.

Click here to order 2013 In Color Markers from Stampin' Up! while supplies last

As you may have seen in earlier posts (Going, Going . . and Already Gone), the retiring ink refills, ink pads, and card stock all sold out quickly.  The Markers are still available at this time, but only while supplies last.

Last year Stampin’ Up! introduced the 2014 In Colors:  Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Blackberry Bliss.  I LOVE these colors!  Especially the ones in the cool end of the spectrum, and I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve used them in lots of my cards this year.

2014 In Color Markers from Stampin' Up!, colors also available in Inks, Card Stock, Embellishments, and more!

I created a video last year when the 2014 In Colors came out, showing them off and giving some tips for combining them with other colors for best effect.  Take a look at that video:

The Color Class referred to in the video is a great resource for anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of how to look at colors and combine them effectively.  You can learn more about the class using this link:

Use Colors Like a Pro!!  Color Theory Made Simple for Paper Crafters

I tend to get attached to the In Colors I use a lot and have a hard time saying goodbye.  The only thing that helps is knowing that come June, there will be a whole new set of 2015 In Colors.  And you can bet I’ll make a video showing off the new colors and suggesting great combinations!

Every few years, Stampin’ Up! mixes up the Color Collections by retiring some old colors and bringing back some of the popular In Colors.  The last time they did that was in 2013, and they added 9 past In Colors, plus one new color (Smoky Slate).  In order to add those colors, ten old colors had to retire.

You may be wondering why Stampin’ Up! retires colors at all.  Or why they retire stamps and other products as well!  The answer is simple, they want to keep offering fresh, new products that change as the crating industry evolves. Although it’s hard to say goodbye to retiring products, I’m glad they keep updating the palette of colors and the variety of stamps and other merchandise.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.  You can use this link to order Stampin’ Up! products online:

Stampin’ Up! Online Store

Or if you’d rather have me submit the order for you, just give me a call at 505-266-6240.

I hope this explanation of Stampin’ Up!’s strategy for their Color Collections vs. the In Colors will help you as you peruse the catalogs and choose the products you want to purchase!

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