January 31, 2015

Hat's Off



Welcome! I hope you have been enjoying all the projects featuring our new releases! Today I am sharing a card I made for my recently retired Dad. The Hat’s Off stamp set is a fabulous way to make any card masculine. I created my background using paper strips, gesso and paint. I stamped and embossed using stamps from our new Hats Background and Skating Emporium stamp sets. I topped  the card off with a focal image and sentiment from the stamp set. Thank you for stopping by.

Designer - Kate Yetter

January 30, 2015

Sound of the Sea!

Hello and I hope you are having a wonderful Friday! You have just a little time to join in the January "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge, so don't delay! I am so loving this entire new release and that includes the singles, such as this beauty, "Sound of the Sea."
The main image was stamped in Black Archival, removing the ink on the net and seashells, I applied Sepia Archival. Using Stampin Up markers, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel and Blush Blossom, the SEA, her dress, skin and seashells were colored using a water brush. The land and ocean were colored in with chalks. The panel was shaded in Vintage Photo and Walnut stain and backed with a distress black layer. I stamped a second set of seashells using Sepia and shaded in black and  then sprayed with matte sealer to set the colors.
The sentiment from "Boardwalk" worked just perfectly for this card and to finish, I applied Antique Linen and Vintage Photo stain to cheesecloth which was applied with a gel medium along with some seashells.
Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

January 29, 2015

Altered Suitcase

Morning all today I am showcasing two of the new releases from Artistic Outpost, you can find all the new releases HERE.
I decided on an altered suitcase/travel case for my piece with a vintage, aged feel using the fabulous HAT'S OFF AND HATS BACKGROUND stamp sets.
I die cut the suitcase from mountboard covered with Core'dinations card stock, sanding the edges to add to the aged feel. I then decorated the front with the Hats Background stamp set, stamping in black Archival Ink and colouring with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and flicking the background with water.
I die cut an oval from white card, coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then stamped the gentleman with black Archival again adding water to the background to give bleached out areas. I also included a  mini top hat and natural twine for added texture and dimension.
I also added a touch of decoration to the inside of my suitcase.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 


January 28, 2015

Artistic Outpost January Design Team Blog Hop - Transportation

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are sharing projects using Artistic Outpost stamps along with a Transportation Theme, we hope you'll enjoy us on our travels!  Please click on the designers name under their projects to be taken to their blog posts for more information on their projects.


Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Hats Background
 Tracy 

Stamps - Artistic Outpost SteamPunk, Hat's Off, Route 66, Industrial Backgrounds, Gatsby

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium
Lisa 

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Home, Chalkboard Wisdom

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Diesel Punk, Route 66, Industrial Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Paris Exposition, Skating Emporium

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We would LOVE to see what you have been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! There is still time to enter our Show us your AO Art January Challenge for your chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate! Click here for more details. 

Upcoming Shows:
  • January 31 - February 1, 2015we will be in Lawrenceville, GA, at Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival show.  Please note that Artistic Outpost can be found in Our Daily Bread Designs Booth. For more details, please see our Facebook Events post here.

Thanks for visiting!






January 26, 2015

A Proper Gentleman


Hi Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog. This week, I'm sharing a card I created using the new Hat's Off stamp set along with the Generation Redux stamp set and Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Flourish Star Pattern Die and Pennant Dies.

I stamped the gentleman from the Hat's off stamp set in Black Archival on Vanilla card stock, masked the image and repeatedly stamped the background using the collage of the 2 gentlemen from the Generation Redux stamp set being careful to only ink the background portion.  I die cut the stamped panel with Oval dies, sponged the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and layered on a Black oval die cut.

To add a bit of texture to a few of the card stock and pattern paper panels, I die cut the largest die (border) from Flourish Star Pattern Die.

There's still a few days to play along with the Artistic Outpost Show Us your AO Art Challenge. Click here for more details.

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday, for the Artistic Outpost DT Monthly Blog Hop!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

January 25, 2015

A Gentle Man

Hi!! It's me, Shari--Happy Sunday!!  Have you recovered from the excitement of the New Releases yet?  I sure haven't!!  But I do have to admit, I'm relieved the news is out and I can freely share projects that I've been making with the new stamps! WHEW!! 

I'm terribly enamored of the new Hat's Off stamp set and the single Hats Background stamp.  They're very versatile and wonderfully masculine! I love 'em!!


I used Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye & Black Soot to create the heat-embossed resist background panel with the Hats Background image. 


This gentle man from the Hat's Off set, was stamped with Jet Black Archival onto mixed media stock then water colored with Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose & Pumice Stone Distress Markers and my water brush.   I gave his hat a light layer of Diamond Glaze to give it a satiny shine and I adorned him with an Observations Word Band.



The quote is in the Hat's Off set, and I stamped it with Jet Black Archival onto distressed manila stock.  I then fussy cut each word, inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and mounted onto a scrap piece of black stock.  I snipped out each word and adhered to the background panel with matte gel. 


I hope you're enjoying the samples that all of us DT members have been sharing!  I just love all of the different styles and all of the different ways my teammates have been using these images in their creations!  I know I'm inspired even more!! 

OH--and don't forget!! You've got until January 31st at 11:55pm CST to enter your Artistic Outpost creations in our January Show Us Your AO Art Challenge.  We'd love to see what you do with your sets of Artistic Outpost stamps! 

Thanks for joining me today! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

January 24, 2015

Gift Certificate Winners

Thank you to those who took the time to leave comments here on the AO Blog and our Designers Blogs for our January New Release Post and Blog Hop! 

Congratulations to the following people who were randomly selected from comments left on our Design Team Blogs January New Release Posts. You have each won a $15 Gift Certificate to the Artistic Outpost Store, to be used toward the purchase of AO Stamps.  Winners, Please email Lisa by February 7, 2015, to claim your gift certificate, be sure to put January Winner in the subject line. 


From Gerrie's Blog:
Jenny Shepherd said... love these stamps, and the masculine but fun feel with the techniques. Thank you for the inspiration

From Tracy's Blog:
Pamellia JohnsonWOW, WOW, WOW!!! Did I say WOW!! I could sit and stare at these cards for hours Tracy! The amazing layering and depth to both cards is incredible! I have just bookmarked the Artistic Outpost store because you have just sucked me right in!! GORGEOUS!! hugs :)

From Lisa's Blog:
Shari Czerwinski said...
Gorgeous! I adore this color scheme!

January 23, 2015

My Hat's Off To You!

What a happy Friday it is and I am so excited to share with you a card I created using those new Hat's Off and Hats Background stamps. Now if you missed the new release, be sure to click right HERE for all the details! Before I start, there is still some time to enter your gorgeous AO projects in the January,"Show Us Your AO Art" challenge for a change to win a $15 gift certificate to the store!

I fell in love with the New Release and I really don't have a favorite, but I love to make masculine or grungy type cards and tags and these are just what the doctor ordered! I cut the background panel for the Hat's Background to 5" x 5" and inked the over with Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Pumice Stone and Crushed Corduroy. The green areas were shaded in Walnut Stain and brown areas in Peeled Paint and then I flicked on some water. Used Black Soot to shade in the corners and stamped the Hats Background using Black Archival.
That dapper gentleman from Hat's Off was stamped in Black Archival and colored using inks listed above and a little Tattered Rose for his skin color and then I went over the entire image with Antique Linen. I decided to cut a second hate for a little extra dimension. To finished I stamped and cut apart the sentiment and place it over filmstrip and added a few metal bits and chain. Fun images to work with.

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

January 21, 2015

Artistic Outpost New Releases and Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost January New Release post and Blog Hop! Please keep reading to find out how you can WIN a free Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate!

Our New Releases are now available for purchase, click here to order from our website! You can also call Josh at 877-451-4909 to place your phone order.

We are so very excited to be revealing to you our first new releases since we became the new owners of Artistic Outpost! We are pleased to let you know that Robyn Sharp, founder of Artistic Outpost, will be a contributing stamp designer.  We are so happy to have Robyn on our team to continue with her well-loved and unique artistic style.



Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hats Background

New for Artistic Outpost are the collage singles, which are ATC sized, and are perfect for adding to a card, tag or mixed media project!
 
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Sound of the Sea

Stamps - Artistic Outpost The Baker

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Winter Walk

Stamps - ArtisticOutpost Holly & the Ivy

Purchase the Artistic Outpost January 2015 Bundle and save 20% off the regular price!  (Retail Customers only)



Click here to shop our website!

To inspire you, I am posting the Design Team January Blog Hop projects, with links to their blogs under the photos.  Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the AO Store, to be used toward the purchase of AO Stamps just for commenting on the Design Team cards on their blogs!  You have until January 23, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. CST to leave your comments for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the AO Blog on January 24th, so be sure to check back to see if you won!

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Hats Background

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Hats Background, Ephemera Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Sound of the Sea

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Winter Walk, Skating Emporium

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Hats Background

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium, The Baker, Ephemera Backgrounds
Kate 

Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day, Hat's Off, The Outpost

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, SteamPunk

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium, ODBD Custom Mini Tags Dies, ODBD Custom Beautiful Borders Dies

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium, Winter Walk, ODBD Custom Pennants Die, ODBD Custom Circle Ornaments Die, ODBD Custom Matting Circles Die


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Thank you for visiting!!!



January 18, 2015

Love Potion #9

Happy Sunday-It's Shari here-Thanks for joining me today!!  Have you noticed that there's a lot of  wonderful Valentine's Day related crafty things being made out there in blogland?  All of these lovey-dovey creations get me thinking of some of my favorite love-themed songs.  I love music and will sometimes let song titles or lyrics take me down the crafting road.  I've gone back to the 1950's with an oldie but goodie - "Love Potion #9" to make my first Valentine's Day card of the season.


I'm blending the Apothecary & Secretary Pool stamp sets together to create this mixed media ode to the season of love. Other amorous ingredients include some of my pink & red Distress Stains & Inks, a bloom of Tattered Florals and that mysterious little bottle of 'Love Potion #9'. 


This is the bottle image and text from the Apothecary set, that I stamped onto modeling film with Jet Black StazOn ink.  I colored it with Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol ink and an old alcohol ink from my very beginning crafty days called Studio 2 Ink-It in Watermelon.  I treated the bottle with gloss multi-medium, let dry, then applied a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and let that air dry and perform its crackle magic. I rubbed Black Soot Distress Ink over the surface to accentuate those wonderful cracks!


The tattered floral bloom is layered with stamped card stock, painted & inked tulle and backed with that fun, heart shaped, metal flower embellie-all attached together with a mini silver brad.  The prescription of love that this is attached to, has a heart stenciled background, Worn Lipstick brayed color and a spritz of Pewter Perfect Pearls mist. 


Although the gent on this card is not a fortune teller, as the song details, he's quite the doctor of love and can compound a potion or two of his own.  I used the letters from the Secretary Pool to form the two doses of love text at the bottom, stamped in Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Worn Lipstick and Black Soot Distress Inks. 

Take a look at your Artistic Outpost stamps and see if you can transform them into a Valentine's Day card, or a birthday card, or any other kind of creation you'll need this year and bring it over to the monthly Show Us Your AO Art challenge.  It's anything goes with your AO stamps, so what are you waiting for?  Hope to see you there! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

January 17, 2015

Summer Days


Hello. Kate here, sharing a tag pouch today. I started off by layering paper scraps in my background. After a light wash of gesso and some dripped paint I stamped my background from the Ephemera Backgrounds and Hayride stamp sets. I then painted and glued my focal image and embellishments from Boardwalk and Serenity stamp sets.



Designer - Kate Yetter