May 1, 2016

Show us Your AO Art - May Challenge



We would love for you to share your AO Art with us! Our challenge for the month of May is Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost Stamps.  This challenge has no theme, we'd just like to see your creations using Artistic Outpost stamps. This challenge will be open for the entire month, and you can enter as many times as you wish, provided you follow the challenge rules found here. At the end of the month we will randomly draw one winner from all the entries to receive a $15.00 Artistic Outpost Gift Code good towards the purchase of Artistic Outpost stamps! 

In an effort to recognize those who play along with us, in addition to the random winner, we will be featuring participants cards on our blog with the announcement of our next Show us your AO Art Challenge.


Thanks to everyone who played along with the April Show us your AO Art Challenge, we love to see what you are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! 

The randomly selected winner from the April Challenge is...

AO Stamps - London Underground

Congratulations Stephanie, please email Lisa by 5/15/16 to claim your prize! Please put AO April Winner in the subject line, and Lisa will email you back with details on how to use your Gift Gift Code. 

We have also chosen to highlight the following entries:

AO Stamps - Cracker Jack

AO Stamps - Loverly London

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - May Challenge.  All links must be posted by 5/31/16, 11:55 PM CDT to be eligible for this challenge. The winner will be chosen through a random drawing and will be posted here on the Artistic Outpost Blog, be sure to check back in June to see if you've won.

We are looking forward to seeing your creations using Artistic Outpost images.








April 30, 2016

Rather Be On My Farm Than Emperor of The World

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with another fun Mixed Media card using Harvest along with Seed Packets Background and Grunge Elements from the Artistic Outpost Spring Release.


To create the background for this card, I started with a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped the Seed Packets Background with Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink.

I hand tore and distressed the edges, sponged Tim Holtz® (TH) Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the edges and image, mounted the panel onto a distressed piece of Black cardstock, then added TH Distress Crazing Medium over the background.

Once the crazing medium had dried, I used a honeycomb stencil with Crackle Texture  Paste, allowed the texture paste to dry and applied ModPodge® over all of the background surfaces.

I stamped the young man image from Harvest onto Kraft cardstock, add the white highlights with a Faber-Castell® White Pitt Pen Marker, trimmed the image, mounted onto Black cardstock and applied TH Distress Crazing Medium.

I heat embossed the sentiment from Harvest with Black Embossing Powder onto Kraft cardstock, trimmed the image and mounted onto Black cardstock, added the Grunge Elements splatters with TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I layered a 1 ½” Black Grosgrain strip of ribbon along with strands of Burlap Ribbon on a diagonal and mounted the focal image and sentiment using dimensional foam.

The entire card front was mounted onto the White card base and the edges were lightly sponged with TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink to finish off the card.

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a wonderful week!!

April 29, 2016

I Had Rather Be On My Farm!

Here we have another Friday and so I am here to share with you a little gardening tag using the Seed Packets Background, Harvest and Grunge Elements stamps from the March New Release. Just a reminder that there is only a couple of days left to join in the April "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge, so hurry up!
I using a black tag to start with and applied buttermilk paint to various Grunge Elements stamps and stamped on the background. Next I cut apart the Seed Packets Background stamps which were inked over in Antique Linen, Old Paper and Gathered Twigs, spritzed on some water and Walnut Stain. The young man from Harvest was masked off and the background inked with Antique Linen and a little watercoloring of the suspenders using Faded Denim.

Next the George Washington sentiment from Harvest was inked over and cut apart. What a great sentiment and one I certainly believe in!

Have a great weekend and thank you so much for visiting today!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work in Progress


April 28, 2016

Your can't buy happiness but you can buy ice cream!

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am showcasing the newly released Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set.


I decided to do something a little different this week. I thought the imagery from this stamp set was perfect for a sweet treat container. Eileen Hull's Canister die was perfect for this.


I coloured the background of the Canister die with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks, applying one colour at a time. I applied the Distress Inks to a piece of plastic packaging, spritzed with water and then pressed the packaging onto the die cut and then dried with a heat tool. I continued with this process until I was happy with the coverage of colour.


I stamped the Ice Cream Cone onto each side of the Canister using Potting Soil Archival Ink.


I placed the Tim Holtz Chevron stencil onto the background and applied Picked Raspberry Distress Ink over the stencil to add a further layer of interest
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I used part of the sentiment from the stamp set to add the 'ice cream' text to each side of the canister, stamped with Pink Peony Archival Ink.


I applied Squeezed Lemondade Distress Paint to old lids and stamped onto the background and also added delicate splatters of paint for a further layer of interest.


I added a couple of ice cream embellishments to the top of the canister and decorated using all the same layers as with the outside edges.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x



April 26, 2016

City Fun?


Hello, today I'm showcasing the Harvest set of stamps from the March New Release and for a fun take on the images, I've used this handsome chap and put him in the City instead of on his farm, no wonder he looks rather petulant!

I  used a Tim Holtz Cabinet card frame, which was stamped with the grid  from the Grunge Elements and inked with DIs, to frame the city scape from the Paperboy set.  This was attached with foam pads to give dimension, to a brick stenciled background, I also stamped some ink splats, again from the Grunge Elements.

My young farmer was fussy cut along with his 'harvest' and attached to the frame.  I only used part of the sentiment, as obviously he would rather be on his farm than in the city (well he has to sell his produce somewhere!)

I hope you like my  take on using the Harvest stamps, as sometimes we do need a fun card, and just by altering a sentiment this can be achieved.

Don't forget, you still have a few days left to enter the April Show Us Your Art challenge, you can find all the details here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

April 23, 2016

The Most Important Shot

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with another Mixed Media card using Grunge Elements along with The Golf Club from the Artistic Outpost Spring Release.

To create the background for this card, I started with a piece of Watercolor Paper and added Tim Holtz® Distress Stains to a craft mat, spritzed with water, laid the Watercolor Paper into the ink and lifted to allow the ink to run.

Once the background ink was dry, I stamped the different Grunge Elements images using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink over the entire panel and added Tea Dye Distress Ink to ”age” the paper.

To create the grid for the background, I used a 1 ¼” Square Punch to punch squares from the entire panel and mounted each square onto a pre-punched 1 3/8” square of black cardstock.

I adhered all of the layered background squares onto the white card base, added the stamped advertising elements from The Golf Shop and covered the entire panel with Distress Crazing Medium.

To finish off the card, I added the fussy-cut female golfer along with the heat embossed sentiment (both images from The Golf Club) using dimensional foam.

Don’t forget, we would love to see what you are creating with your Artistic Outpost stamps- click here for details on how to join in on our April Show Us Your AO Art Challenge.

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Designer- Julie Gearingersign by
Julie Gearinger     
www.stampingwithjuliegearinger.blogspot.com

© Stampin’ Up! 2016

April 22, 2016

A Gardening We Will Go!

Yes, it is that time of the year to start those gardens and enjoy the warmer weather! Today I am sharing a card I created using the Seed Packets Background, Harvest and Grunge Elements.

This card began with the Seed Packets Background being stamped using Black Archival and then using a variety of Stampin Up markers the veggies were colored. Next the entire background was inked over in Antique Linen and Old Paper, shaded with Walnut Stain and Black Soot.


The sentiment from Harvest was lightly inked over with Antique Linen and cut using pinking scissors and layered. Using the dot stamp from Grunge Elements, I stamped here and there for a little extra interest!

Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress


April 20, 2016

A Look Back at the Artistic Outpost Spring Release

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Blog!  Today we are taking a look back at our Spring Release and sharing new inspiration from our Design Team. Please click here to order from our website! You can also call Josh at 877-451-4909 to place your phone order.

The images from the Harvest stamp set can be used with our Verses and Greetings stamp sets and also with the Seed Packets Background!  You can also mix the sentiments from this set with our other Flowers and Gardening stamp sets.




Our Ice Cream Shoppe and retro Bottle Caps Background stamp look wonderful when used together on your cards!



Great for the Golf fanatic, The Golf Club stamp set can be used for both masculine and feminine cards!  This set would also look great on scrapbook pages!


The versatile Grunge Elements stamp set can be used with many of our stamp sets as background filler images and is a must have to add to your stamp collection!


Purchase the Artistic Outpost Spring Release Bundle and you will save 20% off the regular price and receive FREE SHIPPING!  Please note that this bundle is only available until 4/30/16!  (Free Shipping applies to USA retail customers only, $6.00 off regular shipping for international orders.)


To inspire you, we are posting cards from our Designers using the Spring Release. Please visit the designers blogs, as highlighted under their cards, to leave comments on their projects!







For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost stamps, please visit our Samples Gallery, follow us on Pinterest and like us on Facebook.

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Please note that Artistic Outpost can be found in Our Daily Bread Designs Booth
  • April 23-24, 2016 - we will be in Akron, OH at Adventures in Stamping Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Convention.  Click here for more details.
  • May 5-7, 2016 - we will be in Novi, MI at Great Lakes Mega Meet.  Click here for more details.
  • May 21-22, 2016 - we will be in Syracuse, NY at Too Much Fun Productions NY Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway.  Click here for more details.
Thanks for visiting with us today!


April 17, 2016

Ice Cream Man

Hello There!! Thanks for joining me today--It's me Shari with you on this lovely Sunday!  Today, I'm sharing the card I featured during last month's New Release Blog Hop that I made using our new Ice Cream Shoppe and Grunge Elements stamp sets.


 Let me show you a little bit of what I did--


I'm loving the new Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set--the images are so fun and kitschy! 


Inspired by my (artistically awesome!) fellow AO DTmate Tracy, I used a piece of acetate to apply color to my background panel.  I smooshed Distress Inks directly onto the acetate, spritzed with water, then pressed down onto a piece of mixed-media paper. 


Using the same colors of Distress Inks that I colored the background with, I stamped the water rings and speckles images from our New Grunge Elements onto the water colored panel. 


Here's a close-up of the background with those wonderful water rings and speckles!  I ended up adding polka dots and paint lines to the background just to add a little additional interest and texture. 


Behind the scenes, I stamped this happy 'Ice Cream Man', the two ice cream treats and the quote onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I water colored the treats and the man with Distress Markers and my water brush. 


I painted the cherries on top with a touch of DAM Pyrrole Red acrylic, heat set then dabbed a dot of Diamond Glaze over the paint to create the dimension and shine of an itty bitty little maraschino cherry--YUM!


I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the stitched border then adhered all of the fussy cut elements onto the background with matte Decou-Page and  attached the finished panel to a pink card base. 

Thanks again for joining me today!  Oh, before I forget--we're half way through our monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge for April.  Get your AO creations in by 11:55pm CDT April 30th for a chance to win a $15.00 gift code towards the purchase of Artistic Outpost stamps!  Come On--Show Us Your AO Art!! 

Designer: Shari Trumbull

April 16, 2016

The Seeds You Plant

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with another fun card using the new March release stamp sets, Seed Packets Background along with Harvest and Grunge Elements.


I started with a piece of Watercolor Paper and added Tim Holtz® Distress Stains to a craft mat, spritzed with water, laid the Watercolor Paper into the ink and lifted to allow the ink to run.

Once the background ink was dry, I stamped the Seed Packets Background using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink, distressed the edges, added the 1 1/4" Burlap ribbon strip and mounted the panel onto black and kraft cardstock before adhering it to the white card base (also "antiqued" the white edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink).

After embossing the sentiment from Harvest with black embossing powder, I added distressing with the splatter stamps along with the grid image from Grunge Elements before mounting onto the card front with dimensional foam.

Don’t forget, we would love to see what you are creating with your Artistic Outpost stamps- click here for details on how to join in on our April Show Us Your AO Art Challenge.

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a fabulous week!!


Designer- JulieGearinger

April 15, 2016

Terry here to share with you on wonderful Friday a little golfing adventure using The Golf Club and Grunge Elements from the March New Release! Oh and don't forget we are mid-month with the April "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge for a chance to win a $15 store voucher!
If you have a golfer in  your life, this is the perfect stamp collection to use! The tag background began with the circles from Grunge Elements being clear embossed and the using Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso inked over and then I spritzed on some water and made sure there were some big droplets. Next I ironed off the embossing and shaded the edges and using another stamp from Grunge Elements, I stamped Black Archival around the edges and some grungy dots in Weathered Wood. All images from The Golf Club were stamped in Black Archival.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope your weekend is grand!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

April 14, 2016

Live, Laugh, Play

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost, today I am showcasing the Bottlecaps Background stamp available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I began by using a background created as a masterboard. I simply brayered Dylusions paint randomly onto the background and then dried with my heat tool. I added a touch of random background stamping using the Ephemera Background stamp and Vermillion Archival Ink.
I then created a stencil by die cutting a circle from scrap card and using the aperture as the stencil. I placed the stencil onto the background and then stamped the Bottlecaps background stamp into the circular aperture using Black Archival Ink. I repeated this process to add three circles to the background. To highlight the circles further I drew around each with a Stabilo All pencil and then used a water brush to smudge.
I stamped the Paperboy with Black Archival Ink, onto a section of the masterboard; where the paint was only lightly applied using the image from the Paperboy Stamp set, cut him out and then added him to the background. I also added scratchy paint lines using an old credit card along with some delicate splatters of paint. 'Live', 'Laugh', 'Play' were added from The Golf Club stamp set, stamping with Black Archival Ink onto a piece of the masterboard background piece.
I love how all the layers are visible!
Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x