This isn’t a question you ask yourself often enough and, apparently neither do I!

As I was making some cards yesterday afternoon, I realized that I was tap tap tap TAP TAPPING on my stamp pad to get enough ink coverage–and it really still wasn’t enough.

You're the Best image needing a juicier stamp pad
HELP! I need more ink!

Ding! Dong!  The bell finally went off…….time to reink your stamp pad, Lady!

How to reink your SU! Classic Stampin’ Pad:

Preparing to re-ink a classic stamp pad
You’ll need a stamp pad (really!), ink refill of the same color, a flat edged scraper
Add a few drops of the ink refill fluid
Place about 10 drops (not as many as I used in the photo!) of reinker over the pad
Use scraper to smooth ink drops into pad
Use your scraper as you would a spatula spreading frosting on a cake–gently spread the ink from left to right and top to bottom until the drops are all absorbed into the pad
no more re-inking drop showing.  Done.
When your pad shows no more drops or puddles of ink, you are done. Wipe residual ink from scraper with tissue.

After the reinking all I had to do was gently touch my ink pad and stamp—with enough ink to make my words look ever so much more vibrant.

You're the Best image getting a juicier stamp pad
AHHHHH, that’s so much better!

Moral of the story:  when you have to tap too hard and too many times, it’s definitely time to apply some reinker to your stamp pad!  Shame on me for letting mine go so long.  And yeah for me for finally waking up.

Side by side comparison of ink pad juiciness
It’s easier to see the difference when the images are side by side.

If your pads aren’t giving you a sharp enough image when stamping, you probably need to reink them.  I always recommend to my customers, when purchasing a new stamp pad, to purchase the Ink Refill right along with the pad.  You won’t be sorry!  If you don’t have reinkers (ink refills) for your Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink pads you can order them right now from my Stampin’ Up! store.

July’s host code to use if your online order is under $150: GP3QAAEU.  If you place online order in July that will not exceed $150, then place it as part of a workshop order with me as the Host/ess.  I’ll randomly select a name from all online orders placed in July and that person will receive the Host Reward Benefits for the month.   (If your order is going to be over $150, then you are your own hostess and you receive your own benefits!)

Have a great Thursday.  Thanks so much for stopping in today and I hope you learned how to reink your stamp pads.  It really does make a difference.


  1. Thanks! I didn’t really know how to re-ink properly! The 10 drops…. Or the scraper. I usually use a cellophane wrapper (from my garbage can) wrapped around my finger….but the scraper sounds a lot more professional!

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