July 27, 2015

She Makes her Own Way



Happy Monday, Artistic Outpost fans!  Lisa here today, sharing a Mixed Media card I created using images from the Cowgirl Strength and Keeper stamp sets. I love being able to mix stamps from other sets to create different scenes.

I stamped the grass from the Keeper set in Black Archival Ink across the bottom, of my Gelli Plate background, then added the bunting and "stitching" from the Cowgirl Strength set, popping up pieces of the bunting.  The cowgirl is stamped on White card stock, then colored with Watercolor pencils, blending with Gamsol.  The sentiment is stamped on scraps of the background panel, with the "stitches" stamped on the edges.

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 are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

July 26, 2015

These Things Are Fun

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  It's me, Shari--Thanks for joining me here at Artistic Outpost today!  For today's project, I brought out a set of stamps that I haven't played with for a while - Think & Wonder


I also had a play with my 8" x 10" gelli plate and made a master board-a piece of which I'm using for the background in today's card. 


I dotted my gelli plate with PA Fresco Chalk Acrylics in Banana, Bougainvillea & Caribbean Sea and a touch of Translucent White DA Media Acrylic here and there.  I used my brayer and rolled all of the colors together and pressed my Harlequin LS into the paint.  I used a piece of mixed-media paper to lift the print and let air dry. 


'Cocoa Boy' was stamped onto my background panel with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I then used an old gift card and paint cap to add the messy paint lines and circles.  I outlined the image of the boy with Black Soot DI and my water brush then distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool. 


I separately stamped 'Cocoa Boy' again onto a piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water  brush.  I fussy cut him and edged his image with my Pumice Stone DM.  He was adhered onto the background panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined again with a white gel pen.

 
I crackled up the word bands with DA Crackle Glaze and when dried, brushed a coat of DA Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream over the surface.  I let air dry, then gently rubbed off with a damp cotton cloth.  I edged each band with Black Soot DP and adhered to the background panel with matte Decou-Page. 


I gave the word bands an outline of Black Soot DI with my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen.  I masked the boy off and flicked paint over the surface here and there and heat set.  I attached the finished panel to a magenta-pinkish, top-fold card base. 

Do you have any sets of Artistic Outpost stamps that you haven't played with in a while?  Well, how about creating something with them and join in our Show Us Your AO Art Challenge?  There's the chance to win a $15 gift certificate towards a purchase of Artistic Outpost stamps!!  You gotta be in it to win it--Hope to see your AO art there!!

Thanks so much for spending a little bit of your Sunday with me!  I'll see you next week!

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

July 25, 2015

Western Lady



Welcome to the blog! Today I am sharing a card using the Wander and Dream stamp set. The card base was made using Distress inks. I layered a few pieces of lace and attached the die cut with the focal image.  Easy, right?

Designer - Kate Yetter

July 24, 2015

Come On!

Come on, I am taking you on a Hayride this Friday! Well at least on this jumbo tag in which I layered up various stamps, watercolored using Stampin Up markers and masked to create an autumn scene!
Love this old tractor which was stamped in Black Archival and then using a water brush colored with Mellow Moss and Going Gray.
The apple basked was stamped in Black Archival and colored with Real Red, Certainly Celery and a mix of Creamy Caramel and Summer Sun and metal rings with Going Gray. The sign was masked off at the bottom and stamped in Coffee Archival to fit in the center.
Next the pumpkins were stamped using a mix of Sepia and Tiger Lily Archival and colored with Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun. Cut a mask and then stamped the hay bale and the sentiment above the scene by stamping and cutting apart the words and finished off with a few vines.
Thank you for visiting today and have a lovely weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

July 23, 2015

Friendship

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am using the fabulous Springtime stamp set once again.
I cut a piece of card 5" x 5", spritzed with water and then brayered over the surface lightly with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint. I then ran my brayer through a small amount of Fired Brick Distress Paint and brayered lightly over the card, making sure both layers are still visible.
I then added a further layer, applying Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink through a stencil and a few touches of the same stencilling but with Black Soot Distress Ink. I stamped the two children onto the card with Black Archival Ink and then stamped them a second time onto a separate piece of card, cut them out and then added to the card, this gives a shadow to the image by stamping the image in the background first.
I thought the 'Friendship' sentiment from the Skating Emporium stamp set was perfect for this card. I also added a few delicate splatters of Fired Brick Distress Paint for added interest.
I coloured their faces with a Distress Marker and added a few more splatters.
I also included some stamping and stencilling to the inside of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

July 22, 2015

Artistic Outpost Country Life Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are sharing projects using Artistic Outpost stamps found in the Country Life stamp category on our website, 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 Stamp sets: Huck Finn

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: Hayride

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: The Outpost, Home



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  • August 1-2, 2015 - will be at Heirloom Products Novi, MI Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival Show, click here for more details.
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Thanks for visiting!


July 20, 2015

Christmas in July Sale - 3 Days Only!

Get a head start creating your Christmas Cards, by shopping the Artistic Outpost Christmas in July Sale!  This THREE DAY SALE runs now through Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:00 PM EDT, during this sale you can save 20% on all of our Christmas and Winter stamp sets found here on our website.  

There is no code needed to shop our Christmas in July Sale, the discount will automatically be reflected in your shopping cart for the sale items.  Please note, this sale is for our Retail Customers only.

Orders can be placed via our website, or by calling our Toll Free Number 1-877-451-4909.

This THREE DAY sale ends Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT. Click here to shop our website! Be sure to shop early for your best selection!

For inspiration using these and other Artistic Outpost products, please visit our Gallery, and Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page.

Upcoming Rubber Stamp Shows
Please note that Artistic Outpost can be found in Our Daily Bread Designs Booth
  • August 1-2, 2015 - will be at Heirloom Products Novi, MI Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival Show, click here for more details.
  • August 7-8, 2015 - we will be at Stampaway USA in Cincinnati, OH, click here for more details.

July 19, 2015

Down by the Sea

Hello, Hello!!  It's me Shari and that means it's Sunday and that also means another week of July has flown by!  How is this happening so quickly?  Where do these days get off to?  Maybe, Down by the Sea, perhaps? 


I'm still having a play with our Boardwalk stamp set--There are so many fun images in this set, the possibilities are endless!! 


For today's card, I'm also having a go with the Ken Oliver Color Bursts, too.  I used his Ultramarine Blue & Pthalo Green CBs to create the vibrant blue and green background. I also did some stenciling using the Bubbles layering stencil and transparent texture paste. 


This vintagey gent was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut him and mounted him to the section of 'wood decking'  that I created out of stained craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks).  When he was set in place, I outlined him with Black Soot DM and my water brush, then I gave him an outline with my white gel pen.  For a little more interest, I hot glued the little shells in place and sprinkled the microbeads over the areas that had exposed glue. 



The quote and token image were stamped onto mixed-media paper that I used to sop up all of the left over Color Bursts with.  I used Jet Black Archival, heat set then gave them a coat of Clear Rock Candy DCP and let air dry. 


I distressed the edges of the panel with my paper distresser then inked with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.  I adhered all of the pieces in place with a combination of matte Decou-Page and hot glue and added a piece of cheesecloth behind the wood element to soften it up a bit.  When the word bands and token were set in place, I outlined with Walnut Stain DM, smudged with my water brush then outlined in white gel pen.

There you go, another day at the Boardwalk, Down by the Sea!!  I swear I can smell the salt water and feel the ocean breeze just looking at this card!! 

Thanks so much for joining me here at Artistic Outpost today!!  Don't forget to bring your Artistic Outpost creations to our monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge!!  There's plenty of time to enter and we'd love to see your AO Art!! 


Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

July 18, 2015

Spring Pastels

Hello! I made this card using some pretty pastels and one of my favorite stamp sets, GenerationRedux. I used texture paste, a stencil, some stamping as well as some Distress Paints for color in the background. I stamped my focal image and painted it using Distress Markers. A few flowers  were used to embellish. Thank you for stopping by the blog today.

Designer - Kate Yetter

July 17, 2015

Dream Big!

Well Happy Friday to you all! Today I am going to share a card I made using the Wander and Dream newer release. A Cowgirl has to have her day as well and she is rearing to go! We are past the middle of the month and there is still time to "Show Us Your AO Art," so come on and get inky!
The Cowgirl Dreamer image was stamped on a cut oval in Coffee Archival, masked and inked over with Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge and then shaded in Brushed Corduroy. Next the Desert Scene was stamped in Watering Can Archival and the Sentiment in Black Archival. Added a few flicks of water for interest.
The Pocket Watch was cut from grunge, inked over, crackled and then stained with Vintage Photo. The kraft card stock was inked in the same colors, a little more background stamping and embellishments to finish.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

July 16, 2015

Spring's greatest joy!

Today is my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am showcasing the fabulous Springtime stamp set.
I created an aperture in the centre of my card to showcase the fabulous imagery. I applied some scribbles of drawing gum to the centre and allowed to dry. I then coloured the central area with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink and also added a touch of Brilliant Red Brusho, spritzed lightly with water and dried with my heat tool. I then rubbed away the drawing gum to reveal the white scribbles, love this technique!
I stamped the two children with Black Archival Ink, masked off the image and then stamped the ornate fence.
I added a few delicate splatters of Fired Brick Distress Paint for a further layer of interest and also included the fabulous sentiment from the Springtime stamp set. Scratchy paint lines have also been added for a touch of texture.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x



July 14, 2015

Winged Friends


Hello there, Artistic Outpost Fans!  Lisa here today, sharing a card I created with the Bluebird, Birds of a Feather and Flower Market stamp sets.  I love to take images from other AO Stamp sets and mix them together to create something totally different.  For the background collage, I stamped the flourish part from the collage image on the Bluebird set, then added the text from the same set. The sweet girls from Birds of a Feather got their wings from the moth image on the Flower Market stamp set.

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 are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

July 12, 2015

Kudzu Wisdom

Hi There! It's me Shari and I'm back with you today sharing a canvas board that almost went into the trash can!  I was so disappointed with what I was originally doing on this and I thought there was no way to camouflage the 'damage' that I had done.  But, alas--one of my favorite Artistic Outpost stamp sets came to the rescue....Kudzu Kafe!! 

 
I had a bit of a 'mojo has left the building' moment when I was initially working on this canvas board-just, not happy with it at all.  When all else fails, it's OK to return to your comfort zone.  Sometimes, that's just the thing you need to get your creative mojo back--go back to what you know, and the creativity will flow!!


I won't go into the details of what's behind this tissue paper (you can find a brief before picture at my blog), but this is how I camouflaged it.  This is a 5" x 7" canvas board, that I coated with gesso, then laid a piece of TH Melange Tissue Wrap over the wet paint and rubbed into place with my fingers. 


I applied Abandoned Coral DP on the top half of the panel and Mermaid Lagoon DP on the bottom half then rubbed in with a baby wipe.  I love these two colors together!  Can you see the little rain drop looking nubbies back there?  That's from my original plan that I wasn't happy with, but here, they add a bit of fun textural interest in the background, that you may or may not see in the finished piece! 


Oh this Kudzu Girl-I just love her to pieces!!  As one of the tenants of Kudzu Wisdom is to 'be silly', I gave her a pair of wire antennae that I coated with Black Diamond Stickles.  You can see some of the glitter sparkling in the sunshine! 


I did some random stamping in the background using one of the flourishy images from the Serenity stamp set with Cobalt Archival.  I also added some random stenciling using my Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil with Scattered Straw DP and Black Soot DI.  The circles were created using a paint cap dipped in Picket Fence DP and Prussian Blue Hue DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic.  To finish the board off, I applied tissue tape to the edges to frame the entire piece easily and neatly. 

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I'll see you again next week!!


Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

July 11, 2015

Dream Big



I made this tag pouch using the Wander and Dream, Springtime and Hayride stamp sets. The tag background was made using spray ink and the Springtime script stamp. I stamped and cut out the focal image and framed it in a die cut. The tag pouch was embellished using a stamped sentiment, stamped vines and some flowers. Thank you for visiting the blog.

Designer - Kate Yetter

July 10, 2015

Good Old Days!

Happy Friday to all of you and thank you for stopping by today! This tag uses the Wander and Dream recent release stamps and just so happens to be this week's Product Focus, so is on sale until Saturday, July 11th at 20% off. Not bad at all, so check out all stamps in that category and gather up some vintage savings!
I think the AO Cowboy looks right at home on that weathered crackled background, which was done with tan acrylic paint over a tag, two step crackle medium and a Chalky Chocolate spray by Tattered Angels. He was stamped in Black Archival (as were the two sentiments) and watercolored using Gathered Twigs and Tattered Rose, the of course fussy cut and placed around the sentiments and all tied up together with a rope!
The Desert Scene was stamped directly onto the crackled background and heat set and then the Cactus and Supplies were stamped in Coffee Archival, fussy cut and shaded. Finished off with a dyed black ribbon and life is good!

Have a great weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress




July 9, 2015

Birds of a Feather

Morning and welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. This week I am showcasing one of my favourite stamp sets from the  NATURE and OUTDOORS category.
I made a selection of projects this time around using the BIRDS OF A FEATHER stamp set.  I have had a dabble at doing a video for you, simply showing the projects in more detail and highlighting how I use the Drawing Gum. Pop by my blog for more details.
I have used two sets of products to colour all my backgrounds, Color Bursts and DecoArt Media Shimmer Misters.
On each of my pieces I have added a layer of Clear Rock Candy Crackle, applying in thick and thinner layers randomly around my pieces and then highlighting all the cracks with DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream. Before applying the Clear Rock Candy, I applied a coat of DecoArt Matte Medium to seal the layers below; this also allows me to draw around the imagery with a Pitt Pen and smudge with my finger to create a shadow.
This piece showcases perfectly the finer and larger cracks the Clear Rock Candy gives and the added texture to the design.
I created an accordion card to fit in my matchbox, tiny gift cards, coordinated card and my matchbox with mini easel sitting on the top.
All stamps in the NATURE AND OUTDOORS category are ON SALE for 20% off through to Saturday, 11th July 2015!  No code is needed to shop in this sale, the sale price will be reflected in the shopping cart. (Retail Customers only).

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x