September 18, 2014

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

I have used the fabulous THINK AND WONDER plate against a mixed media background this week for my DT piece for Artistic Outpost.
I have gone for a more vibrant colour palette this week using Dylusions Ink Sprays and added layers of stamping to the background along with a few stencilled areas.
I stamped my focal image with Black Archival Ink and added black tape across the bottom to ground my image. I also added a few delicate paint splats with Black Soot Distress Paint.
I love how all of the layers are visible in my design, I love adding layers to my backgrounds.
The sentiment has been stamped onto white card with Black Archival Ink using the TYPOGRAPHY plate. I did not add any colour to the sentiment as I thought it made a lovely contrast to the background . I also used a charcoal pencil to draw around the sentiment and added black circles using a lid and Black Soot Distress Paint.

DESIGNER:Tracy Evans xx

September 14, 2014

Golden Autumn

I'm still trying to coax fall into being here in north Florida.  I have visions of golden days with all the harvest colors of autumn.

I started with one of my favorite jumbo manila tags, smooched a frayed burlap distress ink pad on my craft sheet and spritzed it with Heirloom Gold perfect pearls mist.  Then I inked up the leaf stamp from the Old Grist Mill with my mixture and stamped it as a base on the tag.  A stencil and gold embossing paste were used to create the leaf flourish.  Once the embossing paste was good and dry, I sponged Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint distress ink over the entire tag.  The doily was cut with a Prima die from kraft card stock and sponged with Frayed Burlap.

Two circles were die cut and gold embossed the mill image from the Old Grist Mill and the trees from the Home set.  The circles were then sponged with Rusty Hinge and edged with Vintage Photo.   The scene reminded me of growing up in upstate New York so I cut a curvy banner (by hand), stamped it with the leaf stamp and stamped Home on it.  It still needed something to finish it off so I went to my go-to die - Spring Greenery decorative strip - and cut the ivy.  Since I was going for the gold, I embossed it with my old jar of Judi-kins Egyptian Gold embossing powder.  Love that sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by.

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

September 13, 2014

The Queen

I am so glad that you joined us on the blog today. Kate here, and I am sharing a card. I tore some scrap paper for my background and added a bit of gesso and paint. I stamped over the top using the flower image from the Serenity plate. I doodled a little around the stamped images to give them more of a pop. My sentiment came from the London Underground plate and is by far my most used quote by Artistic Outpost. Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Designer - Kate Yetter

September 12, 2014

Coffee and Friends!

Hello and Happy Friday to you all! Today I am sharing with you a masculine tag using Generation Redux and Chalkboard Wisdom. Before I start with the details, I want to mention the September "Show us your AO Art" challenge is "anything goes" and we can't wait to see what you share with us using those wonderful Artistic Outpost stamps. OK, so here we go!
I inked Black Soot through the Harlequin stencil and then clear embossed, inked with Peeled Paint and then removed the embossing. Some flicking of water and then I outlined the diamonds in a gold glitter pen. I thought this made a nice manly background!
The gentlemen and sentiment were stamped using Black Archival and then I colored the tie using a red marker and using a foam applicator applied Tattered Rose and Brushed Corduroy. Peeled Paint was used on the background stamp to pull the green from the tag background. Then I lightly added Antique Linen for a more vintage look. I stamped the image a second time in Red Geranium Archival and cut it out. Added a few gears with the lucky 17!
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

September 11, 2014

Joyeux Noel

This week I am showcasing the Snowy Woods plate from Artistic Outpost.
I created the background by applying Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then mopped up the ink with my card and then dried with a heat tool. I then embossed the background with an embossing folder, applied Vintage Photo Distress ink over some of the raised areas, lightly brushing the inkpad over the raised areas. I also added touches of White Fire Wax to some of the areas to add a further touch of shimmer.
A die cut poinsettia cut from Glassine and spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist has been added to my card for added dimension and interest. I also crumpled the petals for added texture and to age a little too. I also die cut a small tag from white card, coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stamped with the Joyeux Noel sentiment.
I die cut an ornate frame from white card, coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, adding touches of black soot to the edges for definition adding the wonderful focal image to the centre and spritzing with a touch of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. I also used a water brush to bleach out his beard.
The background is so tactile and I love the touch of shimmer achieved from the wax and mist along with the Tarnished Brass Distress Stain in the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x

September 9, 2014

Treat me like a Queen

Hello Artistic Outpost fans!  Lisa here, with my weekly share on the AO Blog.  This week, I've created a Mixed Media card using stamps from the Wonderland Collage and London Underground stamp sets.

The background panel was created using the Gelli Plate along with DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Coastal Waters, Flamingo and Cotton Ball.  The stenciled area on the monoprint background was created by placing a die cut card stock panel using the ODBD Custom Doily Dies onto the Gelli Plate before printing onto my Mixed Media panel.

The sentiment is from the London Underground stamp set.  Fellow DT member Kate Yetter inspired me do use this on my project - you'll see why later this week when she shares her project.

I stamped the image from Wonderland Collage, cut it out and colored it using watercolor pencils, blending with mineral spirits and adhered both the sentiment and stamped image to the card using DecoArt Deco-Page.

Don't forget, if you use AO stamp sets on your projects, we would LOVE to see them!  Enter them in our monthly Show us Your AO Art Challenge, for a chance to win an Artistic Outpost gift certificate!

PS - if you live near Lore City, Ohio, you can shop the Artistic Outpost Booth this weekend at the Salt Fork State Park Lodge!  Our Daily Bread Designs (AO's parent company) will have the ODBD, NCC and AO booth set up with their entire product line of over 850+ stamp sets, custom dies and paper pads!
  • Friday, September 12 from 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 13 from 10:00 AM- 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 14 from 9:00-Noon
Thanks for stopping by!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

September 6, 2014

Vintage Anniversary

Hello! I made this anniversary card for my parents with a vintage flair. The background is patterned paper that has been painted with gesso and spray ink. I stamped the background using the Ephemera Backgrounds plate. I chose a beautiful frame for my image from the Chalk It Up! plate. Thank you for stopping by!

Designer - Kate Yetter

September 5, 2014

Still Think of You!

I hope you are doing well and have some wonderful plans for the weekend. Last Friday I shared a card using the Bluebird collection and as I mentioned, today I am sharing the tag version! The new September challenge "Show us your AO Art" is waiting to see what you have, so come on and join in all the fun and a chance for a prize! Now for the tag!
The main image was inked with Distress markers and then stamped on inked card stock, torn and shaded. The sentiment was stamped using Walnut Stain and then punched and applied over the cut and distressed greenery and mirror cut lattice and I had to add a few long stemmed roses along the way.
For the background I stamped it with the music sheet from Ephemera Backgrounds and place piece of the torn Blooming Gardens ODBD paper. All was inked, gesso applied in a thin coat and then clear embossed. Added some ODBD Fence that I crackled to finish.
Thank you for visiting today and enjoy the weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

September 4, 2014


My thoughts are definitely turning towards Autumn with this weeks card for Artistic Outpost.
As you can see those autumnal shades are making an appearance this week with a combination of Orange Blossom and Potting Soil Re-inkers in the background a technique from Wendy Vecchi which I absolutely love. A touch of background stamping using the stamp from the BIRDS OF A FEATHER stamp set and a few scratchy lines to add a further layer of interest.
I love the sentiment which is from the SERENITY stamp set stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I have stamped the focal image onto coloured card and die cut using the Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Elegant Ovals Die and then mounted it onto a larger oval coloured with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I added a dimensional flower cut from coloured card using Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Aster and Leaves Dies adding a coordinated button to the centre for added dimension. I also cut a small tag from white card and added the Serenity text.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans xx

September 3, 2014


Imagine life in the Roaring 20's..........everything was moving so fast, including the fashion world. Using the Artistic Outpost, Flapper Fashion stamp set, I created this card very easily.  There are so many images on this sheet, it was a tough decision on which Flapper to use.

Some very easy stamping and color added to just the right piece of paper makes for a very quick card!

Designer - Gerrie Johnnic

September 2, 2014

Friends are Forever

Hello Artistic Outpost Fans!  Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the AO Blog!  I created a Mixed Media card using the Artistic Outpost PaperboyGeneration Redux and Chalk It Up stamp sets.

After creating the background panel using Stencils, Acrylic Paints and the Gelli Arts Plate, I stamped images from the Generation Redux stamp set in Black Archival, and added circles to the background using Gesso.The trio of girls is from the Paperboy stamp set, stamped in Black Archival on White card stock, and masked with Eclipse Tape, then stamped with one of the images from the Generation Redux set. The words are from the Chalk It Up set, stamped in Black Archival on scraps of the printed background.  The fishtail was cut from scraps of the printed panel and Black card stock using Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Pennants Die.

If you use Artistic Outpost stamps on your projects, we would love to see them!  Click here to read the details on our Show us your AO Art - September Challenge!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

September 1, 2014

Show us your AO Art - September Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us!  Before we get to the details of our September Challenge, we want to thank those of you who played along with our August Challenge, we love to see what our Customers are creating with our stamps!

The random winner from our August Challenge is....

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Boardwalk

Shari's beautiful Mixed Media card uses the Artistic Outpost Boardwalk stamp set.  I love the colors, texture and added embellishments!  Congratulations Shari! please email me to claim your Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate.

We have also randomly selected three entries to spotlight from our August Challenge:

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hayride The Outpost Home Old Grist Mill PaperBoyKudzu Kafe

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Charles & Amelia 

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Boardwalk, Generation Redux, Paperboy

Ladies, if you would like to post the Show us your AO Art Challenge Badge on your blog, you can find the HTML code on our sidebar!

Show us your AO Art Challenge Details:
Our challenge for the month of September is Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost Stamps. Please limit your stamps to Artistic Outpost ONLY for this challenge. 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 below. 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.

To enter the Show us your AO Art Challenge, please use Artistic Outpost images ONLY along with the challenge theme Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost stamps, then add your permalink to the InLinkz Tool found at the bottom of this post. When uploading your image to your blog, online gallery or Flickr Album be sure to include AO stamp credits in your post and link back to this blog post.  Projects can be posted on blogs or online galleries, but links left on the must be direct links to your projects, please use your name as the Link Title of your entry. Please do not link to cards that were created prior to the challenge date.  If you have the captcha enabled on your blog, please consider turning it off, as it makes it so much easier for us to leave comments.

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - September Challenge.  All links must be posted by 9/30/14, 11:55PM 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 31, 2014

Autumn Rx

Linda here with my Sunday post.  Today I have a card to share that I made for the August Artistic Outpost blog hop.  Here are a few quick details on my card.  I started by making a background panel with a piece of white card stock, inking a stencil with Rusty Hinge DI and misting it very lightly.  Once inked and misted, the stencil was laid face down on my white CS.  A paper towel was laid over it and burnished lightly with my hand.  I pulled it away and revealed this lovely pattern that is heavily inked in some areas and lightly in others.  I love the faded look of random parts of the pattern.

The leaves were cut with one of my all time favorite dies, the Mini Tattered Leaves Movers and Shapers.  I stamped them with the advertisement stamp from the Old Grist Mill in Jet Black Archival.  Then the edges were sponged with Black Soot DI and misted with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls.  I scrunched them and then dried them with my heat tool and once dry, the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo DI.  The flowers were made the same way except the stamp used was the ledger stamp from Ephemera Backgrounds.  The prescription form is from the Apothecary set and the sentiments are from Kudzu Kafe.

That's it for this week's Artistic Outpost make.  I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

August 30, 2014

Nature Baby

Kate here to share an art journal page. My background started out with paper, gesso and paints. I stamped from the GenerationRedux plate. I stamped the frame for my photo from the Chalk It Up plate as well as the tree embellishment. Tissue tape, paper ferns and lace were added to embellish. Thank you for joining us today!

Designer - Kate Yetter

August 29, 2014

Thinking of You!

On this wonderful Friday, I would like to share with you a card for a recent blog hop that I created using the Bluebird plate. Oh and this lovely collection along with all other AO stamps are on sale for 20% off during the Dog Days of Summer Super Sale, using code "DOGDAYS," but hurry up as this hot sale ends tomorrow!
The sweet child image was inked using Distress markers and then applied to vanilla card stock that had been antiqued using Distress inks. I torn around the image edge and then shaded with brown and black inks. Once I was happy, I gave this a spray of matt sealer.
The sentiment was stamped and punched out, shaded and then attached with brads.
This was layered over the Blooming Garden paper from ODBD and I added some foliage and flowers through the ODBD Fence Die that was crackled and I cut an opening for the child to deliver the freshly picked flowers.

There are still a couple of days remaining for the August "Show us you AO Art" and hope to see you there. Next Friday, I will share with you the matching tag. Thank you for stopping by today and have a lovely weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

August 28, 2014

Joyeux Noel

Time for my weekly post for Artistic Oupost and this week I am continuing with the SNOWY WOODS plate.
I die cut an oval from white card, brayered the card with Broken China and Fired Brick Distress Inks and then embossed the background with an embossing folder, highlighting the texture with wax.
The focal image has been stamped with Black Archival ink onto a brayered background and I have also added Joyeux Noel to the bottom of the oval. A mini tag has been added with repeat stamping of the sentiment.
I die cut a poinsettia from red card, bent to add movement and also added wax to the tips along with twine and died seam binding.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

August 27, 2014

Artistic Outpost August Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are creating projects using the Artistic Outpost stamps of their choice.  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 Bluebird, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Fence Die, Our Daily Bread Designs Blooming Garden Paper Collection
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Flapper Fashions

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Generation Redux, Paper Boy, Chalk It Up, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Pennants Die

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Chalk It Up, Ephemera Backgrounds

For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost stamps, visit our GalleryPinterest Boards and Facebook Page.

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 August Challenge for your chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate!  Click here for more details.

If you missed our Blog post or email this week, through Saturday, August 30, 2014 11:00PM EDT, you can save 20% on all stamp Artistic Outpost stamps during our Dog Days of Summer Super Sale when you enter code DOGDAYS at checkout. (Sorry, no rainchecks, retail customers only) Click here for more information.

We hope you have enjoyed the inspiration from our talented Design Team! 

August 25, 2014

Shop the Artistic Outpost Dog Days of Summer Super Sale!

STOCK UP on all of the Artistic Outpost plates on your Wish List during our Dog Days of Summer Super Sale! During this sale, ALL Artistic Outpost plates are 20% off the regular prices when you enter code DOGDAYS at checkout. (Sorry, no rainchecks, retail customers only)

The Artistic Outpost Dog Days of Summer Super Sale ends Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00PM EDT, shop early for the best selection! 

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

August 24, 2014

Welcome Autumn

Whew, it's so hot and humid here in Florida that autumn will certainly be welcome.  I can't wait for fall to come and I'm gearing up by starting my fall crafting.  I pulled out my Hayride and Old Grist Mill sets and started to play.  I used the grist mill to stamp a tag which I tucked inside a sweet glassine envelope that I had done some white heat embossing on.

I stamped a little wooden sign and tucked it in behind a cluster of leaves cut of card stock and burlap. I stamped the card stock leaves with the grist mill sign and sponged them with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint.

My trellis die cut and Welcome Autumn sign were cut from chipboard, painted with Walnut Stain and and then swiped with Spiced Marmalade distress paints.  I also clear embossed the Welcome Autumn sign.

Hope my Welcome Autumn card brought a breath of fall air into your day.

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

August 23, 2014

Mind the Gap

Happy Saturday! Kate here, with an art journal page. I layered scrap paper in my background before adding gesso and paint. I stamped with the script stamp from the London Underground plate. I stamped my sentiment onto patterned paper and then stamped and cut out flowers from the Serenity plate. The photo was stamped up the side with a date stamp from Paris Exposition. I added some twine to the background before adding my photo and layered sentiment on top. I then placed the flowers around as embellishments.

Designer - Kate Yetter