October 30, 2014

Winter Wishes

This week for Artistic Outpost I am using the SNOWY WOODS stamp set.

I decorated the background with Tim Holtz star layering stencil using Pine Needles Distress Ink, blending a touch of colour around the edges.. I also added a touch of background stamping using Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I added a second layer again with stencilled stars, applying background stamping to the stars and matting onto a piece of brown Core'dinations card stock. A central panel has been added along with Winter Wishes using Tim Holtz Holiday Words.
I cut out three stars from white card stamped the Father Christmas image onto one of the stars and added a touch of shading with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Two further stars have been cut from white card and this time stamped with images from the CHRISTMAS CHALK stamp set stamping each of the images with Potting Soil Archival Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

October 27, 2014

Vintage Santa

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  If you missed the blog hop last week, this is the card I posted on my blog.  The vintage Santa image is from the Snowy Woods stamp set, stamped in Ranger Cocoa Archival on a scrap of pattern paper.  I die cut the panel using the ODBD Circle Ornaments Die and layered the stamped image on a Gold panel that was die cut using the ODBD Matting Circles Dies.  All pattern paper is from the ODBD Christmas Paper Pad Collection 2014.  To embellish I added a die cut using the Beautiful Borders Dies, Seam Binding, Gold Cording and buttons that were die cut using the Matting Circles Dies.

Don't forget to play along with the Show Us your AO Art Challenge - we would love to see what you have been creating!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

October 26, 2014

Christmas Grunge

Hello, Linda back today sharing a tag that I made for our October Artistic Outpost blog hop.  For my piece, I started with a jumbo manila tag and affixed white cheesecloth to it using multi medium matte.  When that was dry, I applied white embossing paste through a stencil.  After letting that layer dry, a coat of gesso was applied and again, I let it dry thoroughly.  Once dry, I misted the corners with Salty Ocean distress stain spray and then spritzed it with Walnut Stain Distress Stain Spray.  The greens were cut with the new Holiday Greens thinlits dies and colored with Brushed Pewter distress stain.  

The sentiment was cut apart and I drew around the edges with a stabilo pencil.  That didn't work very well on such a rough surface so I took a water brush and went around the edges when the pencil line was.  The water reacted with the graphite and the lines got super dark and thick.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  

October 25, 2014

Keep Calm and Carry On

Good Morning! This journal page was made using stamps from the London Underground, Chalk It Up, GenerationRedux, and Flapper Fashion stamp sets. I used scrap paper for the background before adding a coat of gesso and dripping paint.

Designer -  Kate Yetter

October 24, 2014

Snow Had Fallen

On this Friday, I am sharing with you a Winter/Christmas card from the recent blog hop, using stamps from MidWinter. This year I am starting a little early with a collection for mailing out! There is still a week left to join in October's Show us you AO Art challenge, for a chance to win a $15 store voucher for stamps, so get inky.
I started by stamping the pinecone trio on Christmas paper from Our Daily Bread Designs with Coffee Archival which I then clear embossed. Next I colored in the areas with Vintage Photo and then added snow with a gel pen. The Christmas paper background was treated with white paint for a snowy effect.
The sentiment was stamped, cut using Vintage Label dies also from ODBD, then shaded. I added some snowflakes and holly leaves embellishments, which were also painted with some white.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

October 23, 2014

Snowy Woods

I am showcasing one of my favourite stamp sets once again, Snowy Woods.
I am loving using neutral tones for my Christmas cards and kraft is perfect to add a rustic touch. The background has been embossed and sanded to reveal the core.
I applied embossing paste through a Tim Holtz layering stencil onto kraft card and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I love adding lots of layers of interest to my designs. I added 'believe' using a ShadowPress Embossing Folder and Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I die cut two baubles from kraft card and then stamped the Father Christmas image onto each bauble using Potting Soil Archival Ink, blending Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges. I also tried my hand at some metal stamping and added two circles to the top of each bauble stamping 'joy' onto each and ageing with Black Soot Distress Paint and a touch of Alcohol Ink.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

October 22, 2014

Yuletide Greetings!

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are creating projects using Artistic Outpost stamps along with a Winter or Christmas Theme.  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 Snowy Woods

Stamps - Artistic Outpost MidWinter, ODBD Custom Vintage Labels Dies, ODBD Christmas Paper Collection 2013

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Christmas Chalk, Paperboy

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods, Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Beautiful Borders Dies/Circle Ornaments Dies/Matting Circles Dies/Peaceful Poinsettias Die, ODBD Christmas Paper Collection 2014

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Frosty and Friends, ODBD Custom Doily Dies

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods

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October 21, 2014

Vintage Christmas Wishes

Hello there Artistic Outpost fans, Lisa here, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog!  This week I'm sharing a Christmas card created with the Frosty and Friends stamp set.  I love the vintage feel to Frosty along with the added music sheet background and sweet little bird!

Both the sentiment and Frosty image are stamped on scraps of pattern paper using Ranger Black Archival ink.  I colored the image with colored pencils, blending with Gamsol and a blending stump.  All edges of the panels are sponged with Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  The Red pattern paper panel was embossed with the Snowflakes Embossing folder.  I used Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Pennants Die to die cut the Fishtail from both the Black card stock and pattern paper, trimming the pattern paper panel slightly to layer onto the Black panel.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the Monthly Design Team Blog Hop!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

October 19, 2014

A Merry Little Christmas

Hello, Linda here with a tag to share that has a homespun, folksy feeling to it.  I used the Christmas Chalk set and matched it up with the Tim Holtz Festive stencil.  My inks were Evergreen Bough and Barn Door distress inks.  I added to the homespun feeling by trimming the edges with pinking shears and adding rick rack and gingham ribbon. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

October 18, 2014


Hello! Kate here, sharing a card. My background was made using patterned paper and scraps. I used a gesso wash before adding spray ink and stamping from the Generation Redux stamp set. My main sentiment is from the London Underground set and the main image is from the PaperBoy stamp set.

Designer -  Kate Yetter

October 17, 2014

Let It Snow!

Happy Friday and hard to believe we are past the midway point of October. The good news is there is still plenty of time to join in the October "Show us you AO Art" challenge, so get those lovely stamps out and play!
Today I am sharing a fairly simply Christmas card using stamps from "Christmas Chalk" and Christmas Paper from ODBD. Sure makes it easy when you start out with some great designer paper! The Christmas Chalk Frame and Let It Snow were stamped on the Christmas Paper using Coffee Archival and clear embossed. I did shade inside the frame and then matted it on red. This was then placed on two more pieces of patterned paper, the center red ticking was also pinked. I liked the look with the frame. To finish I just tied a white bow around some twigs with berries.
Hope you have a most wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by today.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

October 16, 2014


I am working on my Christmas cards at the moment to try and get ahead and today I have created a festive card for Artistic Outpost.
The background has been coloured with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain and Pine Needles Distress Ink, applying both to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and then mopping up the beads of ink. I then embossed the background piece to add further interest and highlighted the texture and design with Treasure Gold Olive Bronze Wax.
I added some seam binding which I coloured with Pine Needles Distress Ink along with some natural twine and a Tim Holtz Tidings Token.
I added the Father Christmas image from the Snowy Woods plate to a die cut frame die cut using the Our Daily Bread Elegant Oval Dies. Natural twine has been added behind my focal point for added texture and interest.
I used Tim Holtz ShadowPress to add 'believe' to the bottom of my card along with mirrored stars which I coloured with Alcohol Inks to coordinate with my design.
A monocle has been added to the focal image, adding touches of Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the monocle so that it blends with my design. I also added a further Tidings Token attached to the monocle. From this picture you can also see the shimmer from the wax added to the embossed design.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans xxx

October 14, 2014

Dare to live the Life

Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog!  This week, I've created a Mixed Media card using stamps from the Think and Wonder, Generation Redux, Kudzu Kafe and Serenity stamp sets.

I created the background with stencils, Arcylic/Mixed Media paints and the Gelli Arts Plate.  Once the background was dry, I randomly stamped images from Generation Redux and the Serenity stamp sets.  The children from the Think and Wonder set were stamped in Black Archival on card stock, cut from their background and adhered with Gel Medium.  The sentiment and additional collage elements from Generation Redux were stamped on scraps of the Gelli Plate background and adhered with Gel Medium.

Don't forget to play along with the Show Us your AO Art Challenge, we would love to see what you've been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

October 11, 2014

Fall Apples

Welcome! Don’t you just love fall? I made this card using my favorite aspects of fall. Apples! My background is made of scrap paper and stamping from the Serenity stamp set. I used some spray ink and and the ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Die to embellish the background. The stamped images are from the Hayride stamp set and are colored using Distress Markers. Thank you for looking!

Designer -  Kate Yetter

October 10, 2014

Born Super Stars

Thank you for stopping by on this wonderful October Friday! Today I am sharing a birthday tag for a nine year-old boy, who really is a super star in many ways.
The tag background was inked using Distress inks in brown and blue and a little subtle mesh stamping from Whimsical Melange (it is there), then I ran Faded Jeans Distress ink across the craft sheet and mixed in a little modeling paste and applied this through the star stencil. After it dried, I pounced on lightly a little more FJ.
Before I did any inking on the tag, I stamped Huck Finn and Dog in black Archival and then heat set. I watered colored the images and then cut a mask to keep the image clean from inking the background.
This sentiment from Chalkboard Wisdom was perfect for a birthday!
Finishing it off with another sentiment from Quote and Quotables as there will be plenty of friends to celebrate.

Have a wonderful weekend. Don't forget to get your AO stamps all nice and inky and join in October's Show us you AO Art challenge. You could win a store gift certificate!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

October 9, 2014


I am making a head start on my Christmas cards this year so that I am organised and can enjoy the festivities in December. With this in mind I have created a Christmas card for Artistic Outpost using the fabulous Snowy Woods stamp set.
I love using red for Christmas and I love the combination of red and white and that was my inspiration for this card. The background was created using Tim Holtz Holiday Knit Layering Stencil, embossing the design with white embossing powder onto red card.
I stamped the focal image onto a heart stamping with Vermillion Archival Ink and adding touches of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.
I used the Christmas Layering Stencil to add 'believe' and 'joy' to my card using Vermillion ink .
I cut out two further hearts stamped one with 'joyeux noel' and the smaller heart with 'Dec' adding a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of each heart. I also added touches of a snowflake garland to the top and bottom edges for added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

October 8, 2014

Just Being Me

Today is my day to post on the Artistic Outpost Blog, so I thought it was a great day to be me.....be free.....and post a selfie today!

A little distress ink, and a white and red pen is all it took to entertain myself today!  I used the Generation Redux and The Outpost sets to make this tag, so live and have fun!  

Gerrie Johnnic
Design Team

October 5, 2014

Simple Beauty

Hello!  It's Linda back with another fall tag using the Old Grist Mill set.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and stenciled it with a pretty flourish stencil.  After the embossing paste dried, I went over the entire tag with Crushed Olive and Rusty Hinge distress ink.  Then I did a little random stamping with the post card stamp from Ephemera Backgrounds.  The leaves were stamped with jet black archival ink and sponged with archival inks to color them.  Then I applied crackle paint over them.  

The sentiment is from the Old Grist Mill set.   I also die cut three small tags, laying them together I stamped the leaf stamp on them and then another sentiment from the Old Grist Mill set.  I finished them off with a bit of burlap thread and a brass brad.

That's it for this week.  Thanks so much for stopping by⁄

Linda Coughlin

October 4, 2014

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Happy Saturday! Kate here, sharing a card using some of my favorite Artistic Outpost/Our Daily Bread Designs products. I used the Paperboy stamp set for the main image. In the background I used pattern paper and my new Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Vintage FlourishPattern Die. Simple but I like the outcome.

Designer - Kate Yetter