Monday, May 16, 2022

Impression Obsession - Discontinued Dies

There are so many amazing dies at Impression Obsession - this special feature lets them have the spotlight. We hope you're inspired! The team is especially featuring dies that are in our clearance section - you'll see that they are marked down 50% there already!

I thought a jewelry project would be fun! I hope you like it - I'll apologize now for not taking process photos - we are having an electrical issue in the room where I create (none of the outlets work) so I had to move to another room. I'll try to explain the process, and when things get repaired I'll do a video.


Here is the die set I used - there are coordinating stamps, but I made these pieces without them - the shapes stand alone well enough, and I didn't need the stamped detail. You can still grab this die/stamp set of 4 dies for half price! 


I needed 4 cuts of each key, so it was nice to have them all on one base for easy cutting. I cut the pieces from heavy (140#) watercolor paper, and glued them together to create a sturdy stack. I painted each key with a coat of metallic brown/bronze acrylic paint. Next I added a couple of coats of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder, and then sprinkled other powders little by little until I had a vintage patina that I liked. I used a Verdigris powder, black, pearl, and gold. 



I had made these house beads from polymer clay - I'm not even sure I was done with them, but since the project has a primitive feel, I like how this looks. I created a wrapped loop with 18g copper wire and hammered it for strength, then attached the keys at varying heights using bits of chain and jump rings. The turquoise bead is another handmade one.


The keys are quite stiff and sturdy, and very lightweight! I might just wear this tonight! Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspirationsee the I.O. blog for all the details!

In other creative news - I scored this antique Hamilton drafting table on a local auction site for $10! It's 70-80 years old, and it's enormous. Needs a little care, but I think it will be a fun project. 


This is a busy week with graduation and all the activities that surround it - one day at a time! Cheers!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Impression Obsession Monthly Kit - May 2022

I hope you've had a chance to check out this month's red rubber kit at Impression Obsession! I used it last week to make a sample for the tutorial at Splitcoaststampers - it's an easy fold with fun pop-out panels to decorate inside.


I did my stamping in purple Versafine Clair ink, then watercolored the images with QoR paints and added a little water misting and stenciling in the background. It was a perfect format for a mother's day card (which arrived in Idaho late, after a weird visit to Alabama!).


Check out our team's creations with the May Limited Edition red rubber stamp set May 4th – 11th for more inspiration!  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.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Individual stamps at IO - going, going, gone! 💔


Just a few more days to take advantage of the 20% site discount and grab your favorite individual red rubber stamps before they cease to be available in that format. Don't miss out!


Our assignment this week is to share some favorite projects using red rubber stamps... I've struggled for weeks with this post, to be transparent. Over 1000 of those stamps are my designs, and each one carries a little piece of my heart (some more than a little piece). It's like choosing a favorite child! I can go through the collection and remember what I was going through with each design. My kids are in this collection, memories of my dad, family illnesses, major moves, friendships, culture shock and changes... needless to say, it's a big chapter to close. And those are just my designs - every artist who has contributed to IO's catalog of 20,000+ images has shared their story. Annnnnnnnd we will continue to do so through clear sets and other new and exciting products we've been working on (I've been working on!) - it's exciting to look forward! Just feeling wistful today.

I've picked a few favorites - I hope you like them too! This collection of images for artists and stampers  was probably my favorite to create...



These lantern images are some of my favorites too.



So many of you have loved my silhouette stamps - you'll be happy to know that they'll be featured in the monthly kits from time to time. I loved the combination of images in this card.


This guy has been my most popular clear set, but he comes in 2 sizes in rubber too.  Remember when we were all obsessed with a baby giraffe that was being born in a zoo? I drew him then.


And finally, a nod to the stamp I use the most! These are gel printed tags I make to tuck in with my Etsy orders (I've been out for a while now - time to fix that!)


And a Thank Youuuuu to you for loving and purchasing my stamps and other products - don't stop! 

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Impression Obsession - Die Cut Obsession

There are so many amazing dies at Impression Obsession - this special feature lets them have the spotlight. We hope you're inspired! The team is especially featuring dies that are in our clearance section - you'll see that they are marked down 50% there already, and you can also use the coupon code at the end of my post for an additional 20% off!



I love this little bird die - such a sweet little scene. There are a lot of tiny cutouts that I wanted to keep in, so I flipped the die over with them still in place and covered the cut lines with glue to hold them. I colored the piece with Copic markers and added a few of the tiny cuts over the top. Additional details were added with a white Posca marker.



I used a stencil to add a little texture to the base panel - that one is from Gina Marie Designs. The frame piece is popped up on foam tape for a little extra dimension. 

I grabbed the wrong tag die set (that one is sold out, so I'll link the one that is still in stock below - those sets layer together and they're such a cute size and great price!

IO Products:

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration - see the I.O. blog for all the details!


Remember: E
ffective May 1st, 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 stamps and 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 dies and 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! 

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Impression Obsession DT Theme: Spring Colors

The Impression Obsession team has some projects to share today featuring a spring color theme - play along with us! 



I think I mentioned it in a previous post, but in case I forgot... IO has a new feature that kicks off this month! There will be an exclusive red rubber kit offered monthly. I'll be designing some of those kits, and I'm excited about that! If you love a kit be sure to grab it, because these will only be offered in the month of their release. (You can use the discount code at the end of my post for 20% off this one too!)


This month's kit is full of sweet spring critters - I colored up the little bunny pair on a kraft cardstock tag using a variety of pencils and a white paint pen. The loose grass image layers nicely on itself and overlapping the bottoms of the images as well. It's a keeper! 



You can see some of the colored details better here - there are lots of layers of pencil in the grass, working from light to dark, and then fading into the background. Prismacolors work best for this kind of coloring, I think.



IO Products:

Be sure to check out the other designers' blogs for inspiration - see the I.O. blog for all the details!


Reminder: E
ffective May 1st, 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 stamps and 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 dies and 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! 

Have a great week! 

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Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Impression Obsession News

For my readers who may not be on the Impression Obsession mailing list, I wanted to share this email that was sent out this weekend:

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.
ENJOY
20% OFF
Be sure to enter code
2020 at checkout to save!
Sale ends at midnight EST on 4/30/22
*Wholesale orders excluded
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!

As you can imagine, this is a difficult chapter for me to close, especially as an artist - my rubber stamp line has over 1000 designs, and it has been my joy to license them for your creative use. I can go back through the entire collection and remember where I was and what I was going through when I designed each one over these last 10 years. You've walked with me through illness, a move halfway around the planet, the loss of my dad, and so much more. I want you to know that the artwork itself is not going anywhere - I have been working on preparing all of those images for release as digital stamps, AND you will certainly see it going forward in some of those "new products" that will be coming to IO soon! I'm excited about all the new skills I am learning this year as I work to produce new artwork for clear stamp sets and MORE!! You're going to love this new chapter, and so am I. 


As you shop for rubber stamps from the website over the next month, I appreciate your thoughts for the artists - these rubber stamps are our babies!  If I've inspired you through my artwork, cards, or blog posts, I'd love for you to click through any of my IO links to shop. Your support means so much to me!


The team will be highlighting some of the discontinued clear sets and dies today and tomorrow, so watch for those posts as well. The rubber stamps are made in house and will continue to be made to order until April orders are all filled, but there are a selection of clear sets and dies that are taking up space we're going to need for new products this summer. The 20% discount applies to those too - they are already marked down 50%, so be sure to take advantage of the extra discount on those! There are some beautiful items left.


If you've reached out to me in response to this announcement, I appreciate your thoughts and kind words so much! 

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