March 1, 2015

Show us your AO Art - March Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us! Our challenge for the month of March is Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost Stamps. 

This month our 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 Certificate 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 February Show us your AO Art Challenge, we love to see what you are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! 

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

Congratulations Laurart, please email Lisa by 3/15/15 to claim your prize! Please put AO February Winner in the subject line, and Lisa will email you back with details on how to use your Gift Certificate. 

We have also chosen to highlight the following entry:

Stamps - Vintage Circus

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful artwork using Artistic Outpost stamps! If you would like to display the Show Us your AO Art Badge on your Blog, you can find the HTML code on our sidebar. 

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - March Challenge. All links must be posted by 3/31/15, 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 April to see if you've won. 

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

February 28, 2015

Sound of the Sea

Hello! Kate here, sharing another card using the newest Sound of the Sea stamp. My background has some gesso, sprayed ink and stamping from the Ephemera Backgrounds. The focal image has been stamped onto book paper, distressed and framed with pattern paper. I added a few flowers and twine to compliment this lovely image.

Designer - Kate Yetter

February 27, 2015

Winter Walk

Happy Friday to all of you! Today I would love to share with you a wonderful new single "Winter Walk" along with "Skating Emporium."
The background started by applying white acrylic paint to the snowflake and stamping on a white background. Once dried this was inked over using Tumbled Glass and shaded with Vintage photo. The sentiment was stamped after masking off each word in black Archival, cut and shaded and mounted on a red backing to go along with the lovely sweet image.
Oh how I love this image of a child and canine companion going for a Winter Walk! The image was stamped in black Archival and watered colored using Tumbled Glass, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose. A little snow texture was added to the ground and roof top by thinning out acrylic white paint and a little added Rock Candy glitter. To finish I added a couple of photo corners after shading around the edges.

As always I thank you for stopping by and there is still time to join in the monthly challenge, "Show Us Your AO Art." So hope you will join in with your AO creations for a chance to win a $15 store voucher.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

February 26, 2015

Wonderland Collage

I am showcasing the fabulous WONDERLAND COLLAGE stamp set on an accordion which I brayered with Broken China Distress Paint, using a light touch to leave some of the white areas exposed.
I stamped the rabbit image onto the background using black Archival Ink and added splattters of Fired Brick Distress Paint to the background along with painted circles using the top of a lid from my desk. I love the pop of red against the pale blue backdrop.
I added Alice to the central panel along with a die cut heart which I painted red to coordinate with the red splatters and painty circles.
The clock face from the stamp set has been stamped on the last page of my accordion and for added interest I also included Game Spinners, die cut painted heart and more splatters of paint. I also included a Remnant Rub "a little story".

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

February 25, 2015

Artistic Outpost February Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are sharing projects using Artistic Outpost stamps along with a Book Theme, we hope you'll hop along with us!  

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 The Baker, Industrial Backgrounds, Huck Finn, Secretary Pool, Typography

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Huck Finn

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Wonderland Collage

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Wonderland Collage

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Neverland, Ephemera Backgrounds, Whimsical Melange, Flower Market, Our Daily Bread Designs Blushing Rose Paper Collection, ODBD Custom Vintage Labels Die

Book open view

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We would LOVE to see what you have been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! Click here for more information on how to enter our Show us your AO Art February Challenge for your chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate!

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  • March 7-8, 2015, we will be in Mesa, AZ, at Rubber Stamp Events Mesa Spring Show, click here for more details.
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  • March 28-29, 2015, we will be in Allentown, PA at Heirloom's Allentown Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival Show, click here for more details.

Thanks for visiting!

February 24, 2015

Friendship Never Melts Away

Hi there!  Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  This week, my card uses stamp from the Skating Emporium stamp set.  I die cut the pattern paper circle panel from the rectangle piece using the smallest circle die from the ODBD Circle Ornaments die set, masked the image with Eclipse Tape, as I wanted to omit the words, then stamped on the die cut panel.  I layered the stamped panel on a Black circle that was die cut using the smallest circle from the ODBD Matting Circles die set.  Using a SAMJ, I added the sentiment.  The sweet children are stamped on scraps of pattern paper, cut out and sponged, then adhered with glue dots.  Using additional scraps of pattern paper, I die cut the fish tail using the ODBD Pennant Die.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the Artistic Outpost Monthly Design Team Blog Hop!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

February 22, 2015

Winter Holly Candle Holder

Hello and Happy Sunday!!  I've brought a little bit of Christmastime back with this glass votive candle holder that I've altered with one of the new single stamps from the January Release-Holly and the Ivy

We've still got a month of Winter to get through, so I figured since it is still Winter, it's OK to share this little Christmas d├ęcor piece with you. 

I started with tinting the outside of my clear glass square with alcohol inks, and stamping the Holly image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink.  I gently 'fussy-ripped' each image and attached to the outside of the candle holder with gloss multi-medium.  I actually gave the entire outside of the glass a layer of gloss multi-medium in preparation of the next layer.  

When the tissue paper layer was dry, I added a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the entire outside surface and let dry overnight.  When dry, I rubbed the crackle with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and my ink blending tool and heat dried.  I stamped a couple of more Holly images onto mixed-media paper and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut out and attached to opposite sides of the square. 

With this young lady all bundled in her furry cloak and matching hand-muff, I wanted to evoke a feeling of her being outside in the snow, stargazing perhaps?  I embellished her with Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste and a few heat embossed holly leaves and glass bead berries that I tucked into place while the embossing paste was still wet.  I gave the paste a sprinkle of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter while it was still wet, too.   

I gave these laser cut wood stars & snowflake embellies a coat of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, air dried, then brushed a coat of gloss multi-medium over the surfaces then sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and let air dry.  When dry, I adhered to the candle holder with gloss multi-medium. 

This is what the candle holder looks like at night, with the nearest interior lighting turned off, too.  The reddish/burgundy glow that this creates is really pretty and oh so festive! 

I'm having a lot of fun finding unused items around the house to alter!  I'm looking at plain boxes, blah frames, clear glass everything so much differently now!!  Who knows what Holly and the Ivy is going to turn up on next? 

Thanks so much for joining me here at the Artistic Outpost blog today!!  Have a Great rest of your weekend!! 

Have you altered anything with your Artistic Outpost stamps lately?  This month's Show Us Your AO Art Challenge is still open!!  You've got until Saturday, February 28th (11:55pm CST) to show us what you've created using your Artistic Outpost images!  Let's see your AO Art!!

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

February 21, 2015

Colors of the Sea

Welcome to the blog! Kate here, sharing a card using a few of our newest stamp sets. I made the background of my card using paper, gesso and inks. I stamped the background using the Sound of the Sea stamp. The stamped frame is from Chalk it Up and the sea shells are from the Boardwalk stamp set. The focal image from the Sound of the Sea has been colored with markers. The frame background has been stamped in script from Skating Emporium

Designer - Kate Yetter

February 20, 2015

Holly and the Ivy

Happy Friday to you all and I am excited to share with you today another piece from the AO new release. There is only one more week remaining to enter the February, "Show Us Your AO Art," so hurry up and get inky with AO!
Are you loving the new singles from Artistic Outpost which are so wonderful to mix and match or just use alone? This lovely "Holly and the Ivy" was stamped in black Archival and with a wet liner brush I watercolored in the areas using Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap and Tattered Rose. When that was dry, I inked over the open areas with and coat trim with Antique Linen.
The background panel was inked with Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn, next using the Holly Bough Stencil, I applied modeling paste that had been tinted with Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint. After it was completely dried, it was inked over with Antique Linen and flicked on a little water. Again when all was dry, I applied a thick coat of One Step Crackle and that was inked with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting on this Friday.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

February 19, 2015

Snow Much Fun

Today I am showcasing the SKATING EMPORIUM stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
The background has been coloured with Distress Inks and I have added embossing paste through a stars layering stencil to add texture and dimension to my design. Once I applied the embossing paste I then added clear embossing powder and allowed to dry, once dry I then melted the powder, lovely technique from Pamellia.
I die cut two baubles from white card and then added stamping to each bauble along with shading using Broken China Distress Ink and then flicking the background with water to add blotches. I also added die cut WINTER to the top and bottom of my design.
This close up picture highlights the wonderful texture from the embossing.
I added two banners behind the focal image and once again added stencilled stars along with the sentiment "Snow much Fun!".

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog! Everyone needs a good masculine set for Birthday cards, on my card I used one of the gentlemen from the Hat's Off stamp set, masking the image then added the ledger stamp from the Ephemera Backgrounds set.  I also used the Circle Ornaments, Matting Circles, Pennant and Mini Tags dies from AO's sister company Our Daily Bread Designs along with a sentiment from the Mini Tag Sentiments stamp set.

We would love to see what you have been creating with your Artistic Outpost stamps!  Join us for our monthly Show Us your AO Art Challenge, for a chance to win an Artistic Outpost gift certificate! More details on the challenge can be found here.

 Designer - Lisa Somerville

February 15, 2015

Simple Hats

Hi There--It's me, Shari!  Welcome back to my Sunday post here at Artistic Outpost!!  I've got a quick and simple card to share with you today that I made using, mostly, one image from the new Hat's Off stamp set. 

OK-So, I'm using a total of three images!  I'm also using the Hats Background stamp, that I shadow-stamped (aka 2nd gen stamping) onto my roughly stitched piece of kraft stock with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I flicked some Spiced Pumpkin Twinkling H20s onto the panel with a small round paint brush, heat dried and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. 

I picked a few different colors of kraft-core stock, gently sanded the surface and stamped the hat onto each piece, with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I then used my 1.5" square punch and punched each hat out, distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I mounted all of the squares onto another scrap piece of kraft stock then stitched it onto my background panel.  With that panel stitched into place, I adhered the background panel onto my card base with lots of double-back tape. 

I stamped the quote from the Hat's Off set onto two pieces of kraft-core that I had placed together (adhered together with double-back tape on the back, then pressed onto a scrap piece of kraft), roughly stitched around, then fussy cut.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Walnut Stain DI and adhered to the card with double-back tape. 

I stamped the hat a few more times onto kraft core, fussy cut and adhered to the inside of the card with little pieces of double-back tape. 

This card took me about 15 minutes to make, especially since I didn't add any extra embellishments and kept my images to a minimum.  As a matter of fact, with all of the images available within the Hat's Off set, there are many 15 minute card options just waiting to be created!! 

Happy Weekend to you all and hanks for joining me today! 

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

February 14, 2015

Love and Friendship

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought I would share and Friendship/ Love themed card today. I used scrap paper and left over die cuts in the background. The Die cut is the VintageFlourish Pattern Die from Our Daily Bread Designs.  I stamped in the background with stamps from the Skating Emporium and Ephemera Backgrounds stamp sets.  The focal Image was colored using markers and the sentiment is also from Skating Emporium.

Designer - Kate Yetter

February 13, 2015

The Baker!

It is Friday and that means I get to share with you! Today I am sharing a single from the new release "The Baker" and she has been so lovingly busy with Valentine's Day orders! There is still plenty of time to join in the "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge for February and of course using those AO wonderful stamps.
This started with a kraft tag being inked through using a brick stencil and Festive Berries and with the stencil still in place, I stamped through the bricks using the receipt from Ephemera Backgrounds to go along with the writing on her brick wall.
The adorable Baker was stamped on an ATC die cut in Black Archival. Her blouse, dough, and chefs hat were painted in thinned white acrylic paint. Watercolored the brick wall background, floor, pots, pans, bowls and table using Distress Stains of Barn Door, Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Blush Blossom Stampin Up marker for her face and hands. Shaded the edged using Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot.
The little plastic spoon was spray painted in Pewter and the Apothecary Label, Cents and Photo Corners (from the label) where stamped in Black and Geranium Archival. Finished off with a clip and a little Bakers Twine!

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

February 12, 2015


Morning all, today I have a wintry card for you showcasing one of the fabulous new releases from Artistic Outpost.
This card showcases the SKATING EMPORIUM stamp set, perfect for those winter birthdays or seasonal cards.
I added embossed stars to my background using embossing paste through a layering stencil and then spritzing with Broken China, Weathered Wood and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains, adding just a touch of Olive Bronze Wax here and there as a contrast. I thought the winter wonderland word band was perfect with these images.
I wanted to do a wintertime piece with these images and I thought showcasing them in a time piece was perfect. I added several layers to the pocket watch to give dimension and so that it acted like a type of shadow frame. Again I added embossed stars to the top of the timepiece and coloured with Distress Spray Stains. The focal image from the stamp set has been stamped with black Archival Ink and I have coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and flicked with water. I masked the focal image and then stamped the background image, adding faux snow for that frosty feel. I also embedded an ice skate embellishment within the snow.
I added wintertime using label letters and matted my design onto a grey card stock.
I added seam binding coloured with Distress Inks, along with a die cut snowflake and coordinating embellishment.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x x

February 9, 2015

Snow Much Fun

I love the skating children from the newly released Skating Emporium stamp set.  I masked the words from the ATC stamp of the skating scene and stamped in on White card stock, then created a double mat from Black card stock and pattern paper to frame the image.  The ice skating couple are stamped in Black Archival on White card stock, then colored with Distress Inks.  The sentiment was stamped on to tags die cut from White card stock using Our Daily Bread Designs Mini Tags Dies.

We would love to see what you have been creating with your Artistic Outpost stamps!  Join us for our monthly Show Us your AO Art Challenge, for a chance to win an Artistic Outpost gift certificate! More details on the challenge can be found here.

Designer - Lisa Somerville