Saturday, April 15, 2017

Impression Obsession hybrid inks

I'm so excited to have some of the new Impression Obsession inks to play with! I wanted to bring you a review of what these inks can do - they are a lot of fun, and a really great all-purpose ink! These 48 raised felt pads are a hybrid ink... and hybrid ink is a huge victory for those of us who like to use a variety of different mediums but don't want to have a different ink for each one. The IO site describes the hybrid ink this way: "Featuring the best of both worlds, it dries quickly like a dye pad but has the coverage and opacity of a pigment pad."

Impression Obsession Hybrid Inks

I started by indexing the inks - you can see how vibrant and saturated these colors are. They are also grouped into 16 color trios (light, medium, dark) for color matching and layering. I actually made 2 sets of index cards - one to add into my existing index, and another to group the trios together with a sample of what they look like layered. (These little 2" square cards tuck neatly into coin binder pages, which I keep in a binder next to my desk.) You'll notice the contrast here is pretty great between the layers on my stamped samples - that's because each layer got two impressions with the MISTI - when I layer images, I don't usually double up like that.

Here's a swatch of each color trio and what they look like together - there's a warm and cool trio for each color family - these are picked directly from my scanned swatches and not edited, so there may be some color variance, as there always is with scans. (You can click on the picture to see it larger.)

I used a solid stamp to ink up a little strip of label paper for each pad so they're color coded on the front. (I use this label paper - it's a great value!).

I started by stamping a detailed image to see how the ink performed with fine lines - you can see that the image is crisp and clean.

I did a couple of samples using Copic markers, and the ink was perfect - no bleeding at all (summer sneak peek there!).

The ink dries very quickly on paper too - in fact I noticed how clean my fingers were when I was indexing. So impressive!

Next I moved to watercolor, and you can see in the photo how much water I used for the background coloring - the ink is permanent on paper, even when wet.

I did a card using the inks with layering stamps, and they worked very well - on these ones, I used the lightest ink for the first 2 layers (one impression on the first layer stamp, and 2 impressions on the second layer stamp). 

The 3rd stamp was done with the medium color (2 impressions), and the final layer with the darkest color.

I did some layering for a background, brushing all 3 inks together on the background, then stamping the darkest ink with a Cover-a-Card stamp and some other design elements (summer sneak peek again!).

The inks can be used on fabric and canvas (they're permanent when heat set) so I tried out a background on this mini canvas - I rubbed the pads directly on the canvas then blended lightly with my finger. 

After that I was able to stamp directly onto the canvas with the inks to make this little scene, and blend with a SU blender pen. A tip for canvas panels like this - you can set them in your stamp positioner without the foam pad and stamp with clear stamps - the height is just right!

Here's an image colored with pencils and blended with OMS - no smearing.

So what can these inks not do? Well, their quick dry time means they're not good for heat embossing. They're also not good for watercoloring, as I like to do with a drop or swatch of ink on a palette. 

If you made it this far, you know that I'm impressed with these new inks, and I'm looking forward to playing with them more! I've read that they can be used on glass, wood, and other nonporous surfaces that can be heated, so there's more playing to be done!

Their high points for me:

--vibrant, opaque colors, great coverage
--matching trios
--versatility with different mediums - waterproof and non-solvent
--possibilities on canvas and other surfaces
--refills available

One thing to note, in case you're like me and don't clean your stamps... there is something in the formula of this ink that pulls up old dried ink from stamps, so if you're using a lighter color on a stamp that's been used with a darker color, you may not end up with the color you thought you were stamping. 

That's all I know! Hope this information is helpful to you - if I discover more, I'll be sure to share!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks for sharing! These new inks sound like a lot of fun.....

  2. Awesome review, thanks Dina!!!!

  3. DO SHOW US, Dina when you do the playing with more surfaces???? This was a WONDERFUL REVIEW & I enjoyed reading every bit of it!!! ;) THANK YOU DINA!!!! ;)

  4. Love the inks! And also the stamp of the mouse in the tea cup, who makes it? I would love to get it.

    1. Maria, it will be coming out from Impression Obsession in a couple of weeks!


  5. Thanks for explaining these inks! I am trying to find an ink for me other then SU and CTMH. I like Stamps of Life but thinking this might be a good one too add to collection.

  6. Great coverage on these inks. Thanks for posting this. They sound like great inks and will give them serious consideration.

  7. Thank you for the information, very helpful.

  8. Thanks Dina, great info. I am slowly building up my collection.

  9. How do they work for blending?

  10. I’m looking for a good black ink for water coloring. I use Staz-on now but it doesn’t transfer well from photopolymer stamps. Can you tell me how well this ink works with photopolymer?

    1. No issues! The layering stamps (leaves and roses) and the flowers on the canvas in this post are photopolymer stamps.

  11. Do you have a blog post showing the newer earth tone colors? I'm trying to find examples where they've actually been stamped because the cases shown on the website aren't necessarily how it will look when stamped.

    1. I don't have one, but I can stamp swatches out for you if you will email me! I have 11 of the 12 colors.