May 17, 2015

Sunshine Girl

Hello & Happy Sunday!! It's me, Shari and I've got a quick and easy tag to share with you today using two sets of Artistic Outpost Stamps.

I'm using images from The Outpost and Kudzu Kafe stamp sets.  These two sets have my favorite, go-to images and I'm very comfortable working with them.  I was really trying to challenge myself with making a single layer tag, but NOPE!  I just can't resist my fussy cut layers!   

This is the only picture I managed to take of my tag, before I got busy on it-Sorry about that!  This tag really was that quick to put together, even with my fussy cut parts.  But, here's how I began--I started my tag with two layers of Distress Stain colors-Squeezed Lemonade & Worn Lipstick.  I used the wrinkle free technique to apply the color, and heat dried.  Then I blotted up all of the extra stain with the tag to get all of those fun spots of color. 

Here's my favorite go-to girl image--this time I'm calling her 'Sunshine Girl' because she really does bring her own brand of sunshine to the projects I use her on!  I smile every time I gaze upon her and this time 'round I gave her a little bouquet of Distressed Tattered Florals.  She was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with Distress Markers and my water brush.  When I fussy cut her, I edged the image with the side of my Walnut Stain Distress Marker. 

Oh, I just love these little areas where you can see all of the layers of colors and stamping and stenciling.  Another one of my favorite go-to images is the script stamp in The Outpost set.  I've stamped it randomly on this tag with Sepia Archival then filled in other areas with stenciling using the Latticework stencil and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. 

Before adhering the word bands and 'sunshine girl' into place, I ran the tag through my sewing machine to stitch a messy border around the house/windmill scene, then I gave the entire tag a nice spritz & flick of water to get those lovely water spots. 

I glued everything down with matte-multi medium and when dry, outlined with my Pumice Stone Distress Marker and smudged with a damp finger.  I finished with distressing the edges with my paper distresser, inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and added a messy, Distress Stained seam binding bow at the top. 

What about making your own, almost-single-layer Artistic Outpost creation and bringing it over our Show Us You AO Art Challenge this month?  There's still plenty of time to join in and you've got the chance to win a $15 gift certificate towards the purchase of Artistic Outpost stamps!  Hope to see you there!!

Thanks for joining me today!

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

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