STAMPtember® Feature: Impression Obsession


Hi readers! TGIF! Welcome to our second to last brand feature for the month! *sniffle sniffle*. Did you know that Impression Obsession has been in business for 17 years?! This brand continues to offer a wide variety of stamps in cling, clear, and mounted, as well as some well loved die designs. I found their bio quite interesting. Read on below!


I know people are curious sometimes about who the people are behind the anonymous-looking website. Impression Obsession was formed in March 1998 by Mitra Friant and Charmaine Jackson, two high school teachers who thought it would be fun to run a stamp business part-time after school. We published our first stamp catalog with 92 images in August, 1998 and we were off and running.

We had a lot of success with that first catalog and continued adding images (and customers) until the company became too busy to be a part-time job. In September, 1999, I (Mitra) quit teaching and started working at the stamp business full-time. Charmaine, meanwhile, had a baby and decided to continue teaching so she got out of the stamp business.

2015 marks 17 years in business…I can’t believe it! IO has come a long way since then. We now have 10,000 images in production at any given time and have expanded into offering clear stamps, cling stamps (stamps with gray cushion that temporarily stick to acrylic blocks), and metal dies. We are proud to offer designs from Dina Kowal, Seth Apter, Lindsay Ostrom, Yvonne Blair, Alesa Baker Designs, Heart Art Studios, Melissa Gordon, Leigh Hannan, Gary Robertson, Gail Green, Claudia Tenorio-Pearl, Kalani Allred, Hannah Davies, Tara Caldwell, Aislinn Adams, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and Joanne Fink. With so many different artists, we offer stamps in a wide range of styles. There is truly something for everyone at Impression Obsession.

I am helped (greatly) by 8 full-time and one part-time employees who work in our warehouse pressing rubber, trimming stamps, indexing wood, and packing orders. I truly can’t remember what it was like when Charmaine and I made all of the stamps ourselves (I think I’ve blacked the memory out). I’m lucky to have a great staff who has stuck with me (several of them for years and years) through all the ups and downs that come with running a small business.

It’s been a great ride so far and we’re still going strong. 2016 will bring lots of new products, new designs, and new techniques. Happy stamping!

We want everyone to pick a favorite Impression Obsession item and try it, so in the spirit of that, we are offering a limited time 20% discount off all Impression Obsession products when you use code IMPRESS2S. Please know that this code is not valid with other codes, nor can it be used for previous purchases. This code will expire at 11:59 PM eastern time on September 27th.

In addition to their blog and online shop, follow along with Impression Obsession on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest!

Fall Love Jeanne.Streiff

I reached out to Impression Obsession designer Jeanne Streiff to make a card showcasing this fabulous brand in celebration of this feature. Isn’t this card lovely? Just add a PSL and be ready to experience Autumn’s full bounty! :D Be sure to check out Jeanne’s blog Inky Paws for lots of inspiration!


Thanks for reading today!


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  1. Congratulations to Impression Obsessions! Marvelous company and products. The card showcased today is just lovely! I really like the Fancy Leaves stamp…makes a gorgeous background. The Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade Inks are so perfect for fall!

  2. Congratulations on your many years of supplying wonderful stamps, etc. I wish I had your courage to leave my job and start up a business that makes so many people happy. Thank you for your dedication

  3. Impeccable timing as I am just in the process of cataloging 20 years worth of stamp collecting, & I just finished with my IO inventory, so now I know what I have & what I “need,” LOL! I just placed a huge order with Simon, but this just might influence me to break the piggy bank & get one more round of Stamptember specials! I love IO & SSS!

  4. I love Impression Obsession products and this is a beautiful. Love the background and the color.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  5. Fascinating history of the company. Really enjoyed reading it.
    Love the pretty autumn card. The leafy background is fabulous!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  6. Beautiful card! I love the wide range of styles offered by IO. I am inspired by the story of how the company started and has evolved!!

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