Monday, May 16, 2022

Impression Obsession Die Days

 

 

We have set aside a day to share some fabulous Impression Obsession die projects! Have fun checking out what our designers have made today. Today's participants can be found on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Greetings friends. On this die cut day, I thought I would share a birthday shaker card. It uses the Balloon Tag die, which includes both the shaker and balloon:


 

To make the card, I cut out the tag multiple times using white cardstock as well as several layers cut from foam to give me depth. I layered all of the pieces together and added the confetti before attaching the top cardstock layer and acetate. Of course, I had to add extra embellishments such as epoxy stickers and thin washi tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Impression Obsession Items Used:

Balloon Tag DIE1073Q 

Banners and Greetings CL445 (currently 50% off)

Thursday, May 5, 2022

IO May Kit Release


                    Welcome to the Impression Obsession May Limited Edition Kit Celebration!
 
May 4th – 11th The IO Team will be sharing new projects with the May Limited Edition red rubber stamp set.
 
You can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog each day through the event. We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for the event - so the more you comment through our Release Celebration the more chances to win!
 
All comments for each of the event days will be open until Tuesday May 16th at 8pm CT All winners will be announced on Wednesday May 17h on the Impression Obsession Blog.
 
 
Greetings friends. The new May stamp kit has lots of beautiful images and sentiments, but I unfortunately needed a sympathy card, so that is what I made. Be sure to visit all the participating designers this week because there is nothing better than having a new set of stamps and getting very different inspirational card ideas from other cardmakers. 


To make my card, I stamped one of the flowers onto white cardstock paper with black Memento ink and then colored it with Copic markers. I had the rare chance to use my neon/fluorescent Copic markers on this card because the image is very detailed and there were a lot of black lines. I find that using a really bright marker or pencil works well for this type of image so that the color doesn't blend in with the lines.

After I colored the petals with the markers, I added extra detail to the petals with a yellow Prismacolor pencils. I added a little blue copic marker around the flowers to make them pop and added some clear dew drops for embellishment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Impression Obsession Items Used:

Sunday, April 24, 2022

IO- Going, Going, Gone Sale

 

Greetings friends. As I have mentioned before, Impression Obsession is retiring their rubber stamp catalog and switching focus to clear designs. If there is anything you have been wanting, now is the time to grab it before it is gone! Don't forget to use the promo code to get 20% off everything. You can find all of their stamps for sale here.

Each of the designers this week are sharing some of their favorite designs For me, the thing I liked the most were the humorous stamps or the ones that made me smile. IO has so many quirky characters as well as hilarious sentiments. Here are some of my favorites:

There is just something about this image that makes me smile. I've used her on lots of different cards because she just makes me feel happy and I hope that happiness translates to the card recipient. I also created the background using 3 different cover a card backgrounds in 3 shades of ink

Stamps used:
Bluebelle D19499
Distressed Denim Cover a Card CC051
Scribble Checkerboard Cover a Card CC199
Flourishes Cover a Card CC027
 


 The sentiment in this card is one of my all-time favorites. It makes me laugh each and every time. The background is sponged Distress Oxide inks onto black cardstock with a watered- down splatter of white acrylic paint.

Stamps Used:
 

This sentiment is a go-to for me and my girlfriends. Pair it with some actual cookies and wine and you have a very quick and easy to make gift. Don't forget to add as much bling as you can handle to the tiara.

Stamps Used:
Tiara D7904
 
 
I love this sentiment because it is very "me." I also like to pair it with this sentiment when I am late making a birthday card:


Stamps Used:
 

Last, but not least, I absolutely love this Animal Stack Silhouette. I haven't seen anything like it (the animals are already stacked for you) and it just makes me smile.

Stamps Used
Mondays Clear set CL1030 (this set has tons of funny sentiments)

Thanks for visiting today and for letting me share with you some of my favorite stamps that are about to be retired.



Monday, April 11, 2022

IO Theme Day- Spring Colors



We have set aside a day to share some fun themed projects! This month’s theme is spring colors!

Have fun checking out what our Designers have made today. Today's participants can be found on the Impression Obsession Blog.

 

Greetings friends. For this month's theme, I decided to go with yellow. In addition to pastels, it is the color I often associate with spring. It probably has something to do with all the daffodils we get around here.

Speaking of daffodils, I made my own background for this card using a base layer of the Distressed Denim Cover a Card image stamped in IO Banana ink and then stamped the Daffodil Cover a Card image on top using the IO Goldenrod ink. Here is a close up so that you can see the two patterns stamped on top of each other:


For the main image, I used the April Red Rubber kit. It has really sweet images for spring:


I stamped the chicks in black ink and then colored them with some yellow PanPastel chalk and added some Prismacolor pencils on top.

It is a very quick and easy card to make!

Don't forget that all Impression Obsession items are 20% off this month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Impression Obsession Items Used: 

Banana ink  

 


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

IO Sale Hop- Day 2

                         
                                Welcome to the Impression Obsession On Sale Now Hop!
 
Each day, April 4th & 5th you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog
We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab Bags for this hop - so the more you comment through our On Sale Now Hop the more chances to win! Comments will be open until Tuesday, April 12th at 8pm CT. All winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 13th on the Impression Obsession Blog.
 
Effective April 30, 2022, Impression Obsession will no longer produce red rubber single stamps.
The final day to order red rubber single stamps (except Cover-a-Card background stamps, our popular Slimline stamp select rubber sets) is 4/30/22 midnight EST. Look for new Clear stamp sets, dies and other new exciting products from Impression Obsession coming soon!
 
We are having a 20% off sale sitewide that extends through all of April. This includes all the already discounted Clear sets as well. Get those stamps you've wanted forever off your wish lists at a discount!
Be sure to enter code 2022 at checkout to save! Sale ends at midnight EST on 4/30/22 *Wholesale orders excluded
 
Here is a list of the participating designers:

IO Stamps Blog
Laura Fulcher
Laura Williams
Susan Wymer
Angela Bode
Anna Wight
Dina Kowal
Giovana Smith
Jeanne Streiff


 Greetings friends. Today I want to talk about the Stamp/Die Duos that are being discontinued. These are some of my favorite Impression Obsession items, but I am afraid people don't know how to use them. Therefore, I thought I would give you a little tutorial. I used the birthday candles for a quick and easy card, but I am also going to show you what the candy corn and keys look like when they are stamped and cut.

Most coordinated stamps and dies need a stamp positioner to get them to line up with each other. These stamps and dies work a little bit differently.

First, stamp your image. It will stamp a box around the designs. This will be important for lining things up later. Here are the candy corn. You will be cutting out 24 of them at the same time:

 


Next, place the die on top of the stamped images so that the outer edges of the die lines up with the square that you just stamped. I like to add some washi tape to hold the die in place:

Run the die through your die cutting machine to cut out all the candy corn at once. This die and stamp are a favorite of mine because the candy corn that you get is the perfect size for embellishing Halloween cards. Tiny stamps and dies are often a pain to cut out because you have to line up really tiny pieces in a stamp positioner This one is so much easier!


 Here are what the keys look like. I stamped them with Staz On onto metallic cardstocks:



When I stamped the candles for my card, I inked the bottom half of the stamp with one color and the flames in yellow:

 


I then repeated the process with different colors of candles till I made a ton to have on hand for quick and easy (and last minute) birthday cards:


To make my birthday card, I chose some of my candles from my assortment and popped them up onto a white notecard. I had scored lines onto my card for extra interest and to leave a space for my birthday message. It was difficult to photograph the lines, but perhaps you can see them better from a side view:


As a finishing touch, I added some epoxy stickers for embellishment. I hope you give these stamps/dies a try because are really easy to use. The stamp/die duos are 50% off until they are gone and don't forget to use code 2022 at checkout for an extra 20%off.

Impression Obsession Items Used:

Small Candle Block DIE316T

Candy Corn Block DIE315S

Key Block DIE307U





Monday, April 4, 2022

IO Sale Hop- Day 1

 

 

 
                        Welcome to the Impression Obsession On Sale Now Hop!
 
Each day, April 4th & 5th you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog
We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab Bags for this hop - so the more you comment through our On Sale Now Hop the more chances to win! Comments will be open until Tuesday, April 12th at 8pm CT. All winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 13th on the Impression Obsession Blog.
 
Effective April 30, 2022, Impression Obsession will no longer produce red rubber single stamps.
The final day to order red rubber single stamps (except Cover-a-Card background stamps, our popular Slimline stamp select rubber sets) is 4/30/22 midnight EST. Look for new Clear stamp sets, dies and other new exciting products from Impression Obsession coming soon!
 
We are having a 20% off sale sitewide that extends through all of April. This includes all the already discounted Clear sets as well. Get those stamps you've wanted forever off your wish lists at a discount!
Be sure to enter code 2022 at checkout to save! Sale ends at midnight EST on 4/30/22 *Wholesale orders excluded
 
Here is a list of the participating designers:
 

 
 
Greetings friends. Today the designers are all using discontinued clear sets and dies. They are currently available on the IO site for 50% off until they are gone. Of course, you can also stack that discount with the 20% off everything on the site discount code. If you see something in the hop you like, don't wait around or it will be gone! Mitra is clearing out space to make room for new clear stamps, kits and dies.

For my card, everything come from the CL765 Aloha clear stamp set. I think the figure and flowers are all so much fun to color and use for summer cards. Everything was stamped with black Memento ink and then colored with Copic markers. For the tiniest of areas that needed coloring, I used Prismacolor pencils.

To color the "sand" underneath the woman, all I did was dot 4 or 5 colors of Copic markers to give the impression of texture. Here is a close up:
 

Here are all the images that can be found in the set:

Impression Obsession Items Used:

CL765 Aloha



Saturday, April 2, 2022

Huge Impression Obsession Changes

Greetings friends. I don't know if all of you are signed up for the Impression Obsession newsletter or not, but there are big changes ahead for Impression Obsession.

In general, the cost of manufacturing red rubber stamps has become unmanageable and to counteract this, IO is switching entirely to clear stamp sets (with the exception of the Cover a Card backgrounds a few of the slim line designs).

I will definitely miss the rubber stamps. IO was one of the few companies where you could order their entire line of rubber stamps from when they first opened. However, the market seems to have moved on to clear stamps and IO is moving along with that.

In the meantime as the company makes room for the switch to all clear stamps as well as dies, they are having a month-long site wide sale of 20% off anything. If there is anything you have been wanting, now is the time to get it because many items won't be coming back. Don't forget to enter the code 2022 to get the discount.

Here is the email that Mitra sent out to the Impression Obsession Community:

 

A new chapter...
For 24 years, Impression Obsession has been proud to produce the finest quality red rubber stamps in the industry. It is with great sadness that I have made the decision to close a chapter in my company’s history with the announcement that effective April 30, 2022, Impression Obsession will no longer produce red rubber stamps as we have done for all these years. I appreciate the many, many customers we have gotten to know over the years, and the amount of enthusiasm you have shown about our products has kept us going through all of the challenges that running any business brings, and more so through the pandemic.

Over the past few years, our expenses have risen so dramatically that making red rubber stamps from a catalog of 20,000+ images is no longer viable. We are excited to have an opportunity to add new products to our line, focus more energy on designing fabulous clear sets and dies, and taking Impression Obsession in an exciting new direction. We will also be keeping our red rubber Cover-a-Card background stamps, and our popular Slimline stamps for now.

To commemorate this bittersweet ending we are having a 20% off sale that extends through all of April. Get those stamps you've wanted forever off your wish lists at a discount! And stay tuned for lots of exciting new things coming up!

Sincerely,
Mitra Palmer
Owner
Impression Obsession, Inc.
New! Limited Edition
Red Rubber Cling Sets
While we are discontinuing our catalog of individual red rubber stamps, we are adding a new monthly set of stamps that comes packaged in a plastic storage container with an idea sheet insert with multiple sample cards for inspiration. These sets will only be available for one month and then we will retire them. This month's set is an adorable spring-themed set, so cute and perfect for the season!

Monday, March 21, 2022

IO- March Team Favorites

Welcome to the Impression Obsession March Team Favorites Hop!

The Impression Obsession Designers are sharing their favorite projects from this month’s release today!

We will be giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab Bags - so the more you comment through our Favorites Hop the more chances to win! Comments will be open until Tuesday March 20th at 8pm CT. All winners will be announced on Wednesday March 30th  on the Impression Obsession Blog.

Designers Participating in the hop:

IO Stamps Blog
Laura Williams
Susan Wymer
Angela Bode
Anna Wight
Dina Kowal
Giovana Smith
Jeanne Streiff
Laura Fulcher

 

Greetings friends. My favorites from the new release are the new Popsicle die and coordinating sentiments. Granted, the sentiment I used for the first card might not be for everyone, but it made me laugh. I have been needing some laughs lately, so there you go. Here are the other sentiments that you could choose to use:


I think it is safe to say that the sentiments run the gamut of occasions you might want to send a card. To make the first card, I cut out the parts of the popsicle die using gradients of color and glitter paper and then popped up the sweets using some foam tape. I finished with attaching some coordinating epoxy  stickers.

The second card uses a scrap of watercolor paper I had on hand. the paint had dripped and made weird puddles, but when I cut out the best parts, I was left with a section I really liked. I finished the card by adding another of my popsicle dies.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Impression Obsession Items Used:

DIE1174 Popsicle

CL1121 Popsicle Sayings