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April 24, 2014

A Masculine Touch

Morning, time for my Artistic Outpost weekly piece and I am showcasing the wonderful GENERATION REDUX plate this time around.

Once again I have gone for a masculine piece this week creating a background using Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste, colouring the background with Faded Jeans Distress Stain and then colouring the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to age.
I die cut the Weathered Clock from white card and coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then cut in half and added separately to my tag. I then stamped the masculine image, cut in half and added half to each piece of Weathered Clock. Both pieces have been coloured with Distress Ink and flicked with water to add to the aged feel.
A chunky twine bow and clock button have been added to the top of my tag along with a piece of burlap for added texture. I have also added some background stamping using the number background stamp from the set and Potting Soil Archival Ink.
Remnant Rubs have been added over the tag to add a further layer of interest along with a buckle threaded with burlap to add a further masculine touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans

April 23, 2014

Artistic Outpost April Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month the designers are creating projects using the Artistic Outpost plates of their choice. 

If you follow Artistic Outpost via Facebook, or are a newsletter subscriber, you may have read the news Robyn shared last week.  If you missed it, you can read it here on Facebook.  While there are many reasons that led up to Robyn's decision to sell Artistic Outpost, it is exciting that under new ownership, there will be no changes to AO’s core style, just an expansion of the already extensive product line.  Plans are to expand the vintage style line of stamps and to also include vintage papers and coordinating dies!  Click here to read more.

This month I am sharing the complete photo of the projects created by the designers. Be sure to click on the Designers name under their project to be taken to their blogs for more details on their creations!



Even though the Monthly Customer Referral Program is on hiatus, we would still love to see what you've been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!  Be sure to share you projects on our Facebook Page!

April 22, 2014

Dare to Dream

Hello all, thanks for stopping by.  I've a tag to share today using the brother and sister from my favourite Think and Wonder set.  And for this tag, I've split them up...

The background is created using Grunge Paste and a stencil from Red Lead Paperworks.
I inked over it with a combination of Distress and Archival inks until I was happy with the look.  Then it was on to the stamping - the sister in the top corner...
And the brother down below.
The sentiment is from the Kudzu Kafe stamp plate, and is mounted on padded tape to give a touch of dimension.
And the whole thing is finished off with some gauzy, dreamy ribbon...
I hope you're daring to live the life you've dreamed, or even daring to dream - the first step towards it!  There are big new dreams afoot here at Artistic Outpost... if you still haven't heard about it all, then take a look here.  

Thanks for your company today, and I'll see you again soon, either here or elsewhere in Craftyblogland.

Designer: Alison Bomber

April 21, 2014


Happy Monday!  Lisa here today, sharing an Americana card created with the Artistic Outpost Hero plate.  This sweet image has always been a favorite of mine!  Inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch, I stamped the image in Ranger Black Archival on a scrap of Authentique pattern paper, and added a little "flesh" coloring, then cut the image from the frame.  I sponged the edges of the image and adhered it to another scrap piece of pattern paper, placing the image so it was slightly "out of the box" when layered onto the Black panel.  

To embellish I added a few rustic stars.
Be sure to stop back on Wednesday for the monthly Design Team Blog Hop!
Designer - Lisa Somerville

April 20, 2014

Our Hero

I didn't set out to make a military tag this week but when I started playing around with the new Chevron Frameworks die, it just developed that way.  It was a brand new die and as I slid it out of the case, I thought why not cut the acrylic packaging with the die and make a stencil, so I did.  The tag already had green distress stain on blotted on it.  Then I sponged over the areas that weren't green with Stormy Ski.  You can see on the lower right I stenciled the tag using my homemade stencil and black archival ink.  Next, the Chevron die was used to a die cut from  Co'ordinations kraft core card stock which was then sanded.  The stars were stenciled across the top with the Tim Holtz stars stencil and silver Wendy Vecchi embossing paste. After the stars dried, I silvered embossed the flag on the base of the tag and then glued the chevron die cut over it.  My focal point is the stamped photo of the soldier with the flag in the background.  It's stamped on the shield die cut from the Regal Crest die.  The leaves were blotchily embossed with Silver Embossing.  I stamped HERO on the banner, rubbed it with Vintage Photo to age it.  Once it was glued down, I embellished it with a mirrored star on each end. 

I finished the tag off with a rosette.  I  reinforced it by adding two strips of tissue tape before swiping it with Barn Door distress stain.  

And that's it. All the stamps used are from the Hero stamp set.   The photos don't do it justice.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope your weekend is fabulous.

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

April 19, 2014

Tag Trio

This trio of tags was made using some of my favorite stamped images from the Paperboy and Hayride stamp plates. I stamped my images on cardstock colored with Distress Paints. I cut around the images and layered them over a background of scraps, gesso, paint and more stamping. 

Designer - Kate Yetter

April 17, 2014

You Were Born To Stand Out

Time for this weeks DT creation for Artistic Outpost and this time around I am using the fabulous THINK AND WONDER plate.

I have opted for a more masculine make this time around colouring the background with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then adding stencilled numbers in the backdrop using the Numbered Layering Stencil. I have then flicked the background with water to add blotches.
I have stamped the focal image onto a piece of white card using Black Archival Ink and then coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, again adding stencilled numbers to the backdrop for added interest. I have repeat stamped the image onto a circular piece and added to a bottle cap coloured with Ginger Alcohol Ink.
I have used that wonderful Lattice Frameworks die once again, die cut from black card and I have added the diamonds back into the lattice, stamped with parts of the image to echo that of the focal image. 'explore life' is a Remnant Rub which also adds a further layer of interest. I have also included a Stancil Mark added to the top of my tag, again coloured with Alcohol Ink.
I love the sentiment which I added to the bottom of my tag, along with more touches of the Lattice Frameworks pieces.
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans

April 16, 2014

Huck Finn Travels The World.

I hope this Wednesday is finding you well and creative! This is a blast from the past I am sharing with you today at Artistic Outpost. The Huck Finn collection is one of my favorites and works so well for many occasions! There is a special announcement from Artistic Outpost and you can find out what it is all about right HERE.

Can't you just hear the young lads discussing their future adventures together? Chalks were used to color the images and then sealed with a matte spray. The edges were distressed and shaded.
This is such a great sentiment and I stamped it in black Archival on some of Tim's paper. The paper worked so well with the Huck Finn stamps. I also stamped the text from the set to add along "The World" paper background.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Designer:  Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

April 15, 2014

Birds in the Wood

Hello all, thanks for stopping by.  I'm sharing my not-quite-chunky-ATC with you today... it's not really the right dimensions, so basically it's just a hunk of wood really!

However, it seemed the perfect place to stamp the gorgeous robins from the Birds of a Feather plate, making them "birds in the wood".
There's some text stamping in the background...
... some leafy stencilled texture paste...
... as well as some clear-embossed inky stencilling for a dewy look.
The robins themselves are so beautifully detailed... (though it seems American robins are slightly different from British ones).
And helpfully, one looks in one direction and the other faces in the other - very good for composition possibilities!
And the nest may be my favourite stamp in the whole set.  I had great fun getting it to go round corners.
I added some Idea-ology flowers, altered with paint, as well as some cogs.
The little sentiment is mounted over a 7 Gypsies scientific instrument of some sort (information as to its name/purpose very welcome).
And the twine seemed the right sort of rustic accompaniment to finish the whole thing off.
I hope the Spring weather is being kind to you and your robins (US or UK style, or indeed any other nationality)... Have a great week, and I'll see you again soon!

Designer: Alison Bomber
Words and Pictures

April 14, 2014

Vintage Girl

Don't you just love this sweet image from the Think and Wonder plate!  I've created a shabby chic card, stamping the image in Espresso ink on a scrap of pattern paper, then used coordinating papers for the base card adding a few die cuts along the way.  To embellish my card, I added Vintage Brown Seam Binding, Zva Creative Crystal Gems and Mini Roses.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

April 13, 2014

Good Advice

Hi everyone!  For my design team piece this week, I decided I wanted to do something more masculine so I pulled out my Diesel Punk set and played around.  Here is the outcome of my play session.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and stamped multiple images from the Diesel Punk set  in  jet black archival.  Then I sponged the entire tag with Vintage Photo, then added some distressing with Walnut Stain DI.  Next I pulled out my Chalk it Up set and stamped the frames for the wonderful auto and motorcycle + sidecar images.  

I created a smaller tag with the speed limit sign stamped second and third generation and then embossed the sentiment using jet black archival ink and clear EP.  I added a few fun masculine embellishments - a wrench held on by twisted wire, a compass charm and a couple of keys dangling from a swivel clasp.  

I had also made a tire track embossed piece using a Tim Holtz texture fade.  I had planned to use it in the background, but it didn't really work out. But at the last, it seemed to work out well to place it on the left side.  I thought it was kind of fun to expand the tag past the normal boundaries. 

That wraps it up for another week for me.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

April 12, 2014

Jazz Tag

Happy Saturday! I made a tag using the Flapper Fashion stamp plate. The background is card stock that has been washed with gesso, stamped and inked with a doily stencil. I used some ephemera and and canvas embellishments along with my stamped focal point. She has been cut and colored using Distress Markers. I added some Stickles throughout to give a little sparkle. Have a crafty weekend!

Designer - Kate Yetter

April 10, 2014

Wonder and Think

Today I am showcasing the favulous THINK AND WONDER plate from Artistic Outpost.

I decided to go for a real feminine feel for this weeks piece, colouring the background of my tag with Spun Sugar and Broken China Distress Paints. I applied the paints with an old credit card and simply scraped the paint across the tag. To add a little more texture to the backdrop I embossed the background and added touches of Silver Treasure Wax to the raised areas.
I added the angelic little girl to two hearts which I coloured with Distress Paints, this time applying the paint to a non-stick craft sheet spritzing with water and then mopping up the colour with the hearts. I then stamped the girl with Potting Soil Archival Ink. A touch of burlap has been added behind the larger heart (a very kind gift from my fellow team member, Linda). To add further dimension I have also included three Bitty Blossoms, sanding the edges to reveal the core colour.
I have added touches of Lattice to the tag for further interest cut from white card using the Lattice Frameworks Die and colouring with Broken China Distress Paint. I also included a metal ornate embellishment and pretty button, again another generous gift from my fellow team member Linda.
Touches of background stamping have been added using the background stamp from the BIRDS OF A FEATHER plate and Potting Soil Archival Ink.
To complete I have added the Wonder and Think sentiment to the bottom of my tag again coloured with touches of Distress Paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans

April 9, 2014

Why Creep When You Can Soar?

Good Wednesday to you all! Today I am sharing a masculine tag using Industrial Backgrounds and Steampunk fabulous stamps!

I just love how these two stamp collections work so well combined together. The tag background was inked with Distress inks and then the gears were stamped on the background using the same colors (Brushed Corduroy and Peacock Feathers).
This powerful sentiment was stamped in black archival over the inky background and layered and the edges distress. Of course had to add a few metal gears. 
The airplane was stamped and fussy cut as was the Steampunk Gentleman, who was colored with Distress inks. I cut a little area around his hand to rest the sentiment against him.
The black panel tag background was cut larger and die cut with the "Steampunk" on the edge, embossed and highlighted.
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Designer:  Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress