September 1, 2015

Show Us Your AO Art - September Challenge



We would love for you to share your AO Art with us!  Our challenge for the month of September 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 August Show us your AO Art Challenge, we love to see what you are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! 



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


Stamps - Artistic Outpost Paperboy

Congratulations Miss Iowa, please email Lisa by 9/15/15 to claim your prize! Please put AO August 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 - Artistic Outpost Huck Finn

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - September Challenge.  All links must be posted by 9/30/15, 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 October to see if you've won.

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








August 30, 2015

Dare To Be

Hello There!!  Shari here with you today, which means another Sunday is upon us and it's time for my weekly project here at Artistic Outpost!!  I had my Kudzu Kafe set on my craft table this week and created this little bi-fold ATC....


These ATCs are a bit of an experiment in backgrounds for me and during the experimentation phase, I did not take pictures, but I do explain what I was experimenting with at my blog today, if you'd like to go over and have a looksee. 


I stamped each Kudzu Person onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I heat set then gave each image a rubbing with Tea Dye Distress Ink and fussy cut. 


I stamped the tree image from the Home set in the background with Jet Black Archival--it's a 2nd generation stamping to keep the image a little shadowy.   I adhered the fussy cut Kudzu Lady to the surface and outlined her with Black Soot DI and my water brush, then with another outline of white gel pen. 


Each panel, like that of this handsome Kudzu Kid, was adorned with an altered numbered  brad.  I rubbed the surface of the brad with Picket Fence Distress Paint, let air dry just a little, then rubbed off with my finger. 


I made little word bands out of each Kudzu quote and adhered to each ATC panel.  I outline the bands with Black Soot DI and my water brush and outlined a second time with my white gel pen. 


This is one of my favorite quotes that I have in my AO stamp sets and I wanted it to make a statement so I left it on its own, so to speak, with no extra stamping in the background or embellies. 

Thanks so much for joining me on this last Sunday of August! Holy Moly--I just realized that as I typed it!  Well then, I'll see you here next week in September! 

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

August 29, 2015

Circus Peanuts



Hello! Today I am sharing a page from my Vintage Circus themed altered book. I used a variety of images from the Vintage Circus stamp set not only as my focal images and embellishments but also in my background. Don’t you just love those Elephants advertising the Jumbo Peanuts? My background is layered using paper scraps, gesso, trim, paint and of course stamping. Go grab your AO stamp stash and start creating!

Designer - Kate Yetter

August 28, 2015

My Hat's Off To You!

Hello and Happy Friday! Today I am sharing a masculine card I designed using Hat's Off and Hats Background stamps for our recent Designers Choice Blog Hop. Oh and before I tell you about it, the current "Show Us Your AO Art" is quickly ending, but September will bring a whole new month!
Using Watering Can Archival, I stamped the Hats Background on a Cameo Frame die cut from kraft paper and then shaded the edges in Weather Wood. Cut a second frame from black card stock and used just the edge portion which was cut away with an craft knife and then clear embossed. The gentleman and sentiment from Hat's Off were stamped in Black Archival and shaded in Black Soot. The background panel was stenciled using the Harlequin stencil and Weathered Wood, shaded in Black Soot.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

August 27, 2015

Birds Of A Feather

Time for my weekly post for Artistic Outpost.
I am showcasing one of my all time favourite stamp sets, Birds of a Feather which I have set against an inky background. I applied Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles to a heart stencil and then spritzed with water and pressed the stencil onto the white card and dabbed with a piece of kitchen towel which I then dried with a heat tool. I repeated the same process to one of the hearts.
I die cut two hearts from white card and stamped the bird image from the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather stamp set onto the heart with Potting Soil Archival Ink to give a vintage feel to the piece. I also added a touch of background stamping using the background stamp from Ephemera Background stamp set, stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to give a tone on tone effect. I also added some natural twine, token and a small rose for added interest and dimension.
I stamped the birds head only onto the second heart and once again added touches of background stamping but this time with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I also added 'feather' part of the sentiment from the same set.
I added a touch of shading with Distress Inks around each heart and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges for definition. I also included the sentiment from the Birds of a Feather stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 



August 26, 2015

Artistic Outpost Monthly Blog Hop

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

Artistic Outpost - Birds of a Feather

Artistic Outpost Hat's Off!, Hats Background

Artistic Outpost Springtime, Typography

Artistic Outpost Springtime, Typography

Artistic Outpost Springtime, Typography, Whimsical Melange, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Dies: Ovals, Stitched Ovals

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

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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 August Challenge for your chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate! 

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Please note that Artistic Outpost can be found in Our Daily Bread Designs Booth
  • October 3, 2015 - will be in Strongsville, OH at the Adventures in Stamping Show, click here for more details.
  • October 10-11, 2015 - we will be in York, PA at Heirloom's York Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival Show, click here for more details.
  • October 17-18, 2015 - we will be in Sevierville, TN at The Smoky Mountain Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway 2015, click here for more details.
  • November 7-8, 2015 - we will be in Mesa, AZ at Rubber Stamp Events Mesa Show, click here for more details

Thanks for visiting!

August 24, 2015

Braver...Stronger...Smarter


Hello Artistic Outpost Fans!  Lisa here today, sharing a card using one of the quotes from the Typography stamp set.  When I first started using the Typography set, I neatly trimmed the grass from the bottom of the quote, so that I could easily use the quote on it's own.

The quote is stamped in Ranger Archival Ink on confetti card stock, then die cut using Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Stitched Ovals dies, layered the stamped panel on a Black panel that was die cut using the Ovals dies.  The beautiful intricate background die is the Boho Background.  The beautiful paper is from the Christmas Paper Collection 2014.

There is still time to play along with the Artistic Outpost Show us Your AO Art Challenge, click here for more details!  We would love to see what you have been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

August 23, 2015

Adventure a Little

Happy Sunday!!  It's me, Shari and I'm back with a quickie tag I made this week just for the sake of having a little creative adventure. 


The Generation Redux set has been on my craft table and I can't help but use this image of this wonderful young woman-again.  It's all about her glasses for me! 


I'm working on a #8 manila tag that I spritzed with water, then squeezed Lemon Yellow, Alizarin Crimson & Ultramarine Blue Color Bursts over.  I let the CBs do their CB thing, then heat set when I was happy with the blending.  I used several stencils to add a little extra interest in the background, before starting my stamping. 


I stamped her image directly onto the tag and onto a separate piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I water colored the image stamped onto the mixed-media paper with Distress Markers and my water brush and fussy cut.  I ran the tag through my sewing machine to add a messy, stitched border, then I adhered the fussy cut image to the tag and applied little dots of Diamond Glaze to her glasses. 


I added Remnant Rubs and lines of paint here and there with an old gift card.  I gave the young lady a shadow of Black Soot DI using my water brush, then I outlined her again with my white gel pen.


I stained a Mirrored Star with alcohol ink and a long piece of seam binding with Distress Markers and attached to the tag.  I attached a Typed Token to the messy bow with a jump ring and spritzed the entire tag with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  Talk about quick!  Not quite an under 10 minute creation, but definitely under 30, especially with the help of a heat tool!! 

Thanks so much for joining me here at Artistic Outpost today!!  Don't forget--Bring your AO creations to our monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge!  You've got until August 31st at 11:55pm CDT to enter and there's the chance of winning a $15 gift certificate to the AO online store!!  Hope to see you there!!

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

August 22, 2015

Welcome to the Circus



Hello! Kate here, sharing another card from the fabulous Vintage Circus stamp set. The main image is one large stamp that has been colored using Distress Markers. I just love the variety of vintage images included. Thank you for coming by the blog!

Designer - Kate Yetter

August 21, 2015

Under the Boardwalk!

It is another HOT Friday here in California and it has me dreaming about being Under the Boardwalk and listening to the Sound of the Sea! Today I am sharing a tag combining very cool Artistic Outpost stamps and a little mixed media fun! There is just a little over a week to enter the August "Show Us Your AO Art" and we would love to see you there!
The background for the tag began by combining DecoArt Media paints and Color Burst powders and then a spray of water and moving the tag around to cover. When all was done, I also sprayed a second tag with a little water and then swiped the smaller tag over it and then blended with a baby wipe. Next I applied some crackle paint through the Rays stencil, let it dry a little and then painted over the entire tag. When completed dried and crackled, I applied Salty Ocean over the Rays stencil and then shaded in Black Soot. Next I stamped the Beach House with Watering Can Archival, twice and masking over the first house.

The Sound of the Sea darling was stamped in Black Archival, watercolored and then fussy cut and the sentiment and sign was also stamped in Black Archival, shaded in Black Soot and cut apart.
Thank you for visiting today and have a lovely weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

August 20, 2015

Wander without a reason or purpose.

I am showcasing the Wander and Dream stamp set from Artistic Outpost today.
To begin I cut three layers of card, placed each layer together, holding in place with low tack tape. I die cut a circle from white paper, removed the circle and placed the aperture onto the white card. I die cut a small circle of scrap paper and placed that into the aperture, to act as a mask.  I tore a piece of scrap paper lengthways placed this piece onto the aperture and sponged Wild Honey Distress Ink over the edges. I then removed the torn paper and moved it up the aperture, inking as I went along. I repeated this process until I had what appear like mountains in the background of the aperture. I then removed the circular die cut piece and lightly sponged a touch of ink over the circle. With the three layers of card still in place I placed the Rays Layering Stencil onto the layers of card and sponged Distress Ink over the stencil, adding ink over the three pieces of card. I used Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and a touch of Fired Brick. I repeated these steps on both sides of the card, I then removed the stencil and separated the three layers and matted each piece onto a piece of black card, leaving a very narrow border.
I stamped the cactus into the aperture using Potting Soil Archival Ink and I added the sentiment also stamped with Archival Ink.
I love how the stencilled rays blend over the three pieces of card. For added interest I also included delicate splatters of paint to the background.
I die cut a small suitcase from white card, crumpled the die cut to add creases and then coloured with Distress Inks, adding more depth of colour to the creases to add to the aged feel. I then stamped the focal image onto the suitcase using Potting Soil Archival Ink. I also added the sentiment DREAM BIG along with a Remnant Rub.
I die cut two layers of the suitcase and adhered them together to make a dimensional suitcase.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 


August 17, 2015

Dog Days of Summer Super Sale - 3 Days Only!


STOCK UP on all of the Artistic Outpost stamp sets on your Wish List during our Dog Days of Summer Super Sale! 

During this sale, ALL Artistic Outpost stamp sets are 20% off the regular prices when you enter code DOGDAYS at checkout. (Sorry, no rain checks, retail customers only.)

The Artistic Outpost Dog Days of Summer Super Sale ends Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 11:00 PM EDT, shop early for the best selection! 


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*Please note this sale is only valid on Artistic Outpost stamp sets during our Dog Days of Summer Super Sale when using the promotion code DOGDAYS


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For inspiration using Artistic Outpost plates, visit our Gallery, Pinterest Boards and Facebook page.


Upcoming Rubber Stamp Shows
Please note that Artistic Outpost can be found in Our Daily Bread Designs Booth
  • October 3, 2015 - will be in Strongsville, OH at the Adventures in Stamping Show, click here for more details.
  • October 10-11, 2015 - we will be in York, PA at Heirloom's York Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival Show, click here for more details.
  • October 17-18, 2015 - we will be in Sevierville, TN at The Smoky Mountain Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway 2015, click here for more details.
  • November 7-8, 2015 - we will be in Mesa, AZ at Rubber Stamp Events Mesa Show, click here for more details



August 16, 2015

Enjoy Simple Beauty

Hi There! Shari here with you today--Which means it's Sunday and another crafty week is coming to an end.  I ended my week out with working on a set of rustic postcards I made using the covered bridge image from our Old Grist Mill set. 


I chose this more detailed image to practice the technique of water coloring, using Distress Markers and my detailed water brush. 


I also wanted to see what the water color effect would look like with three different colored stamped images.  I chose Cobalt, Sepia and Jet Black Archival inks to stamp the covered bridge image onto mixed-media paper. 


After applying my layers of water coloring with Distress Markers, I sealed the postcards with matte Decou-Page, heat seat, then brushed a layer of Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry. 


On the backside of the postcards, I adhered pieces of Rustic Beauty paper from ODBD that I lightly sanded and dry brushed with Gathered Twigs DP.  I stamped the 'PostCard' image from the Ephemera Backgrounds set onto the top of each card with Jet Black Archival, then rubbed the edges and surface with Vintage Photo DI, then rubbed Black Soot DP over the edges with my finger and heat set. 


The sentiment, also from the Old Grist Mill set, was stamped onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy ripped.  I adhered to each corner of the postcards with matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I rubbed the entire crackly surface of the cards with Vintage Photo DI and Walnut Stain DI. 

I hope you enjoyed these rustic postcards that I brought you today.  I do have a few behind the scene details of my water coloring process available at my blog, if you'd like to pop over and have a looksee! 

Thank you for joining me here at Artistic Outpost today!  I'll see you here again next week!!

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

August 15, 2015

The Lion Tamer


Hello and welcome. Today I am sharing an older AO stamp set but it is new to me. I love the vintage circus theme and I love that this set is not all about clowns. There is a clown stamp set if that is your thing but this set is plain, old fashioned circus fun! My background is layers of circus themed paper, washi tape, gesso and paint. My main image, sentiment and the tickets are stamped from the Vintage Circus stamp set. I framed the man and lion with a die cut gear and added a bit of sparkle with Stickles. Thank you for stopping by the blog this Saturday. Happy  stamping. 

Designer - Kate Yetter