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  • Photo cards - easy as 1,2,3

    Amber, one of our design team members shared her holiday photo card with us.  Besides being a mom and working at Impress two days a week,  Amber is a photographer.  She took this shot of her daughter and then had the photo professionally printed on matte paper. To embellish, she then embossed the greeting stamp with white embossing powder and added a metallic touch using a Savvy DIY wreath die and mirror paper. Thanks for sharing Amber.

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  • Penguin Mania!

    We're crazy for penguins at Impress.  Come make 6 holiday cards with these lovable creatures using stamps from Mama Elephant, Savvy and Impress. You'll use glitter, tape, dies, fun embellishments and more. These cards will add some whimsy to your holiday season! Taught by Shari Acuff. $30.00 Tukwila - Nov. 29th. 2:00 - 4:00

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  • Washi tape just arrived!

    We love washi tape and get so excited when a new shipment arrives!  There's always a few new one's in the box that we haven't carried before.  I think this black typewriter tape is one of my favorites from the season.

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    You may notice on the snowglobe card that the tape doesn't look as wide.  You're right,  I ended up trimming it!  It looks a little better with it not being so wide and it's easy to do with your scissors.  I think this tape could be fun on a tag or a small package.  Thanks for visiting!

  • Holiday greetings . . . .

    Everyone loves to get holiday photo cards from friends and family.  Here's a simple one anyone can make in a short time. Simply print your photo, attach to your card and embellish with Savvy's happy holidays banner cut from gold mirror paper. The contrast of the shiny metallic banner and the natural kraft card stock is eye catching.

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    Here's a few design tricks we use when creating photo cards at Impress.

    - We always start with the photo and then pick our card stock.  It's like matting an art print - you want to pick papers and layers that enhance the colors of your image.

    - We often print our photos on ordinary card stock like our smooth 80 pound Neenah classic white card stock. We like the natural, non glossy look.

    -  We often like to adjust the size of the photos so they don't look like the usual 4" x 6" prints one gets when ordering photo reprints. An unusual shape or size adds interest.

    We'll post more photo card samples later soon.

     

     

     

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  • Impress-ive Techniques for Christmas

    We are thrilled that Whitney is on our design team.  She is extremely talented and if you enjoy all of the cards you see displayed in the Impress stores, then join Whitney as she teaches you how these cards are made.  You will create 6 unique cards with dies, inks, glitter, paint, stencils, stamps and more.  You will always learn something new in this class!  ($29.00)  This class is this weekend, November 16th from 2:00 - 4:00.  A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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  • Watercolor Technique

    The Koi watercolor set is a really nice set!  It's compact and the colors are perfect.  It comes with a palette to mix colors along with a brush that holds water making it perfect to travel with too.

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    You can even watercolor on the back of stamps!  Of course, some stamps will work better than others based on how much detail.  This wreath stamp was created specifically so that the end result would look watercolored instead of hand stamped.  We used the paint to color onto the back of the stamp and then stamped onto watercolor paper.  We love Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock!

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    Thanks for visiting our blog!

  • Class today! Merry + Quick with Jean Okimoto

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    Need some quick Christmas card ideas - including some unique Seattle-style greetings?  Join Jean for a fun, fast-paced session of holiday card making on Veterans Day.  Dies, stamps, glitter, sequins and great time saving techniques highlight 6 colorful cards for everyone on your list.  Please bring a small paper trimmer.  $35  Call our Tukwila store to sign up! 206.901.9101  Class is today!  November 11th from 11:00 -1:00

    Check back soon for other upcoming classes and projects that our design team members are working on!

  • Announcing the Impress Design Team

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    We are excited and proud to announce our Impress Design Team! Our talented team includes staff members and instructors. We will be featuring each member individually in the months ahead and will show you projects they’re working on and the use of some of our new products. Many on our team also teach classes at Impress so this will be a great way for you to see their personal style. We can’t wait to get started! Check back often to see what they are up to!

  • It makes me happy . . .

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    I see many handmade cards every day but every time I look at this one that's been on Impress' counter, I think, "I like this card".  It makes me happy!  Maybe it's the watercolored mint green leaf or the way the color goes outside the lines on this beautifully detailed leaf image or the splatters of metallic gold color shine, I enjoy looking at this card. Thanks Cindi!

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  • Mama Elephant Penguin Set!

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    This clear stamp set by Mama Elephant - Arctic Penguins is so adorable!  To create the sky I sponged using a mini blending tool.  Ink colors:  Memento Ink Pads - summer sky and zeal teal.  The white snow was done by hand using my favorite white pen!  It's the best and never clogs.

    The gold paints are a new product and are amazing!  They are from Germany and made with mica.  You can use it to watercolor, paint or even use with your pointed calligraphy pen!

    Have a great day!

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