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! 

Click here to visit our website.

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

When ordering from our website, be sure to add the code DOGDAYS to the DISCOUNT CODE area in the shopping cart and then click APPLY CODE.  If ordering over the phone, please mention code DOGDAYS.

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

August 22, 2014


Happy Friday to all of you and today I would love to share with you a card I created combining stamps from Bluebird, Quotes and Quotables and Secretary Pool. Before I begin, "Show us your AO Art" August challenge still has a week left for a chance to win a store gift certificate, so hope to see you there.
I really love this Bluebird stamp collection and I thought they would look even more lovely using the Vintage Labels from ODBD. After I stamped the bluebirds using Marvey #3 Blue ink and die cut, I heat set and then colored the birds with Broken China and Tattered Rose while still in the die, then I removed and shaded the edges. The larger die was inked with Broken China, highlighted with Faded Jeans and shaded with Chipped Sapphire and Vintage Photo.
The sentiment was stamped in Black Archival, colored with leftover blues from the applicator, shaded and cut apart and mounted on chipboard.
All was layered on a piece of doily stenciled card stock and a piece of burlap trellis that was also inked with blues. Added the "Fly" from the alpha stamp from Secretary Pool. The letters were also inked in various blues. Added a few of those pretty pearls to finish.
Thank you for visiting and enjoy the weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

August 21, 2014

Happy Christmas

I have been using one of my favourite Christmas stamp sets today, SNOWY WOODS from Artistic Outpost.
To create the background I die cut an oval from white card, placed the oval piece into the cenre of the card and then brayered over the oval with Broken China and touches of Fired Brick Distress Paint.
I stamped my focal image with Potting Soil Archival Ink and I also added a touch of shading to the oval using Broken China Distress Ink. I also included a banner stamped with Happy Christmas from the same plate.
25 has been added using Alpha Parts, colouring with a touch of wax to highlight. I also included some background stamping using the stamp from the GENERATION REDUX plate.
I also included a large poinsettia die cut from Clearly For Art Film which I coloured with Alcohol Inks. I also added a small tag stamped with 'DEC'.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans xx

August 19, 2014

You are Braver

Hi there!  Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog! This week, I have a Mixed Media card to share with you using stamps from the Think and Wonder and Typography plates.

Before I share the details of my card, I wanted to remind you that the AO Referral Challenge is back, and is now called Show Us your AO Art!  You can see all the details for this months challenge here on our Blog.  We would love to see what you are creating with Artistic Outpost plates!

To create the background panel, I applied Modeling Paste to a Chevron Stencil.  The sweet girl from the Think and Wonder plate is stamped in Black Archival on White card stock, then I trimmed the panel down to the size I wanted to use on my card.  I only used a portion of the quote from the image on the Think and Wonder plate, stamping the quote in Black Archival on White card stock, then die cutting the panel with Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Pennant Dies.  I sponged the edges with Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and layered on a Black panel.  To embellish, I added some flecks of Black Paint, Crystal Flourishes, and a Mini Rose with leaves that were die cut using the ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Die.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

August 17, 2014

Be Transformed

Hi Artistic Outpost friends, this week I decided to play around with clear embossing for my background - just experimenting to see what I could create.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and gave it a light coat of Frayed Burlap distress stain, then using a Prima stencil I sponged on embossing ink in a flourish pattern.  I also did some stamping with embossing ink and a sentiment stamp from Serenity.  Next clear embossing powered was applied, the excess tapped off and it was heated on with a heat tool.  Then I whitewashed the entire tag with watered down gesso and blotted off some of it from where it was embossed. 

The sentiment panel was stamped with a sentiment from Chalkboard Wisdom using Gathered Twigs and clear embossed.  I also sprinkled a little Enamelware embossing powder around the edges to add  interest.  Once the embossing powder was heated on, I sponged the panel with Gathered Twigs.  I cut the feather from white card stock and made a splat with Gathered Twigs distress stain. Vintage Photo distress stain was blotted at the bottom, sort of like a pen had leaked.  I've had the pearl flourishes in my stash for probably about four years - one of those hoarded things that we hate to part with!  I finished my tag off with a crinkle bow that had been dyed with Vintage Photo distress stain.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you will join us for this month's Show Us Your AO Art challenge.  

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

August 16, 2014

Hello - Mixed Media Card

Welcome! Kate here, sharing a card. I love using my Artistic Outpost stamps in my backgrounds. I had some fun playing around with them on this card. On the background I embossed stamps from the Generation Redux plate. I also used paint and stencils to create texture. The tag was made by stamping a shell from the Boardwalk plate and sentiment from the Serentity plate. A bit of twine and a doily bring it together. Have a great weekend!

Designer - Kate Yetter

August 15, 2014

The Bluebird!

Happy Friday to all of you lovely people. Here we are midway through August and there is still plenty of time to join in "Show us your AO Art," so come on and get those AO stamps inky with us for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store. For all the details, just click the link above.
Today I am sharing with you a tag on card using the gorgeous "Bluebird" collection. I so love these stamps and could not wait to get them inked. The tag background was started some time ago and had a marbled paint technique on it, but from there I added a little crackle, stenciling and added the text from the Bluebird plate, along with some flicks of paint and stain.
All images were stamped in Black Archival. The main focal image and the extra little flying Bluebird were colored using chalks as I wanted a soft and vintage feel. After I was done with the chalk colors, I gave a spray of sealer.
Also felt a little stamping of the "birds on the wire" was in order on the inked ribbon tie.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope your weekend is wonderful.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

August 14, 2014

Sing From The Soul

This week I have used the SONGBIRDS plate from Artistic Outpost.
I cannot remember the last time I used purple in any of my creations so today I thought I would challenge myself to use purple in some way. I spritzed white card with water and then brayered Dustry Concord Distress Paint over the card and then brayered Peeled Paint over the top, brayering only lightly so that the first layer is still visible. I also added a touch of background stamping using the background stamp from the GENERATION REDUX plate using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  Once I was happy with the background I then embossed the inked backdrop to add a further layer of interest.
I then applied some White Fire Wax over the embossed design to highlight the texture and detail further. I brayered a second piece of white card with Dusty Concord Distress Paint, dried with a heat tool and then stamped the ornate frame with Potting Soil Archival Ink, cut out the frame and then stamped the Songbirds to the centre of the frame and added to the centre of the card.
I added a banner to the card, stamping the sentiment with Potting Soil Archival Ink and colouring with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.
I also included some seam binding which I died with Peeled Paint Distress Ink along with a dimensional flower and tiny tag with the word SONG stamped from the SERENITY plate.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 

August 12, 2014

Think and Wonder - Mono Printing

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  This week I've created a Mixed Media card using the Gelli Arts Plate, and stamps from the Ephemera Backgrounds and Think and Wonder plates.

Once I pulled the print onto Mixed Media paper, I placed the stencil back over the print, then stamped the script from the Ephermera Backgrounds plate using Ranger Black Archival.

Leaving the stencil in place, I outlined the stencil with a Black fineliner

To add a little more depth to the panel, I dry embossed the stencil on my printed panel and also on the base panel

The children from the Think Wonder plate are stamped in Black Archival on Vanilla card stock, cut from their background, colored and adhered to the printed panel using Decou-Page.  To add further dimension to the background I applied Modeling Paste through a stencil.

Don't forget to enter the Show Us Your AO Art Challenge for a chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate!

Mark your calendars, the AO DT August Blog Hop will be on Wednesday, August 27, 2014!

Designer - Lisa Somerville