February 7, 2016

Love Deputy

Howdy Folks!!  It's me, Shari with you today and I've just been given a Love Warning from the....

She's patrolling the blogosphere and handing out love citations to remind everyone that there's one week left until the official Day of Love-Valentine's Day.  Let me show you how I set up this love-trap for the Deputy--

I started today's card with creating the background panel.  I taped this Inky Hearts stencil from StencilGirl, over the mixed-media paper panel, that I had also taped down.  I didn't want the panel or stencil to move. 

I spread translucent embossing paste over the stencil with a palette knife...

....and carefully lifted the stencil to reveal all of those wonderfully stenciled hearts!  While the embossing paste is wet, it's opaque, but when it's dry....

...it's clear.  Because I applied a kind of thick layer of paste over the stencil, there's a lot of fun texture, that I tried to capture in this picture.  I can't wait for the next steps! 

I sprinkled Merlot Color Burst onto the panel.  I know this doesn't look like much now, but wait until you see what it does when spritzed with water---
The Color Burst literally bursts with color---I love this part!  After taking this shot, I spritzed a little bit more water and Merlot CB onto the panel and started to dry with my heat tool. 

I LOVE all of this color and I love the resist effect of the stenciled hearts--exactly what I was going for! 

I ran the panel through my sewing machine and stitched an outline around each heart then stitched the border and inked the edges with Black Soot DI. 

I punched these hearts out of shrink plastic and colored with alcohol ink.  I didn't know what size these were going to shrink down to, so I punched out 4 of them--I know that at least one of them will be the right size!

I carefully shrunk the plastic hearts down with my embossing heat gun.  As I'm dealing with a Love Deputy here, she needs the right adornment for her belt buckle. 

I stamped this deputy of love from our Cowgirl Strength set, onto mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear EP.  I fussy cut her with my finger knife and adhered the heart to her belt with a dab of diamond glaze. 

I took this picture while the glaze was still wet, so it looks a little milky, but it dried clear and adhered that heart firmly into place. 

Using the letter block image from our Secretary Pool set, I stamped it once onto mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed then stamped it again on a piece of mm-paper that I had colored with Merlot CB, with white pigment ink that I heat embossed with white EP. 

I fussy cut the letters that I needed to spell out Love Deputy and edged each letter with Black Soot DI.

I gave the background a splatter of Hunter Grey Twinkling H2Os, heat set, then adhered the letters and the Love Deputy onto the panel with matte Decou-Page.  I outlined the words and LD with a combo of Black Soot DI, Picket Fence DS and white gel pen.  I kept trying to add some kind of embellishment, but I so like how the background came out, that I'm leaving it sans embellies.
Thanks so much for having a visit here with me today--I know that today is a big day in the U.S. for many a football fan, so I do appreciate you stopping by!!  Oh, I wanted to let you know that my schedule here at the Artistic Outpost Blog is going to change, a little bit, to every other Sunday, so, I'll be back with you on Sunday, Feb 21st, and I'll be counting the days until then! 
Designer: Shari Trumbull

February 5, 2016

Super Bowl 2016 AO Style

Welcome to Friday's addition of Super Bowl Sunday 2016 AO Style using that fabulous "Go Team" collection! So we have the Broncos and the Panthers and I decided to celebrate both teams with tag! With this also being the first week in February, so begins the new "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge, some come on and play along!
Using the colors of the Broncos on the left (Orange, Navy and White) and the Panthers on the right (Panther Blue, Black Silver and White), I divided the tag in half using masking tape and inked the appropriate colors with Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Black Soot, Weathered Wood). Next I flicked on some water and dried and to finish the background, using a toothbrush I flicked on similar paint colors and then stamped on various football images.
The sentiment and and banners were stamped in Black Archival as was the two football friends dressed in their favorite teams colors which was applied with applicators, cut and ready for some football!
Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend and Super Bowl Sunday!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

February 4, 2016


This week I am showcasing the Think and Wonder stamp set from Artistic Outpost available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I had the circular ink blending tools on my desk from a previous project and thought this was a perfect time to use them on my card.
A simple process of using the circular ink blending tool to stamp various colours onto the background and then adding white circles using a white pigment ink pad and a sponge dauber. I highlighted the focal image with a black circle of paint which I applied with a lid from one of my products.
I also added delicate splatters of paint along with scratchy black paint lines using an old credit card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

February 3, 2016

A Boy and his Dog

This sweet image is from the Artistic Outpost Springtime stamp set, frames with dies from Our Daily Bread Designs Layered Lacey Squares die set.  The fun geometric shapes are from the Whimsical Melange set, and the sentiment is from Think and Wonder.

We would love to see what you are creating with your Artistic Outpost stamps! Click here for more details on how you can play along with the Show Us your AO Art Challenge.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

February 1, 2016

Show Us Your AO Art - February Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us!  Our challenge for the month of February is Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost Stamps.  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 found here. 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.

Thanks to everyone who played along with the January Show us your AO Art Challenge, we love to see what you are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! 

The randomly selected winner from the January Challenge is...

Artistic Outpost stamps - Cutie Pie 

Congratulations Becky, please email Lisa by 2/15/16 to claim your prize! Please put AO January Winner in the subject line, and Lisa will email you back with details on how to use your Gift Certificate. 

We have also chosen to highlight the following entry:

#4 Miss Iowa
Artistic Outpost stamps - Charles and Amelia

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - December Challenge.  All links must be posted by 2/29/16, 11:55 PM CST 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 March to see if you've won.

We are looking forward to seeing your creations using Artistic Outpost images.

January 31, 2016

Get a Man

Howdy There and Happy Sunday!!  It's me Shari with you today, which means I've got a little something something to share with you!  With Valentine's Day a couple of weeks away, I'm keeping our Cowgirl Strength stamp set busy in preparation--

---I just love the haughty way this cowgirl is pulling her glove on!  Watch out--she means business this Valentine's Day!! 

I started this card by making a master board with DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paints that I brayered onto a piece of mixed-media paper.  I added polka dots using a pencil eraser then stenciled hearts onto the MB using black modeling paste. 

Here's the finished master board before I started cutting it up.  This MB is 9" x 12" so I will be able to get lots of fun background panels from this!

I cut out my background panel and gave it the grunge treatment with roughed up and inked edges, paint lines, a stitched border and paint splatters. 

I stamped this cowgirl onto mixed-media paper with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear EP.  I fussy cut and attached to the panel with matte Decou-Page.  I outlined her image with Black Soot DI and my water brush then outlined again with white gel pen. 

I altered this quote a bit and turned 'can't' into 'can'....The original quote says "You can't get a man with a gun", but this cowgirl is all about 'can' and she'll be gettin' her man for Valentine's Day!! 

I adhered the word bands onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush and white gel pen.  I mounted the finished panel to a piece of black card stock and adhered to a purple card base. 

Thank ya'll for coming by for a visit with me today.  Now, it's time for me to giddy-up for another week, but I hope ya'll will come back and visit again soon!! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

January 29, 2016

Love Potion!

Happy Friday to you and welcome to a little sweetness! With Valentine's Day just in a couple of weeks, I thought I would share with you a little "love" via the Paperboy, Birds of a Feather and Apothecary stamps of goodness.
Using Tim's heart stencil, I inked over a few of the hearts in a pattern using Festive Berries and then clear embossed. The background was then inked with Pumice Stone and a few water flicks added for interest. The Paper Boy and Sweet Girls were stamped in Black Archival and watercolored with Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose using a water brush and then fussy cut.  The label was stamped in Black Archival, masked off the 9 and then stamped in Festive Berries and clear embossed. Added another heart to the newspaper and did a tiny slit for the young lady to offer her heart! Edges were shaded and distressed.

Thank you for stopping by today and have a fabulous weekend.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

January 28, 2016

Go Together

Time for my weekly Thursday post for Artistic Outpost and this week I am showcasing the Think and Wonder stamp set.
I began by brayering the background of a piece of white card with Hey Pesto and Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paints, using a light touch with the brayer so that some of the white card is still visible.
I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink and then added a circle of paint to spotlight the girls.
I added a further layer of interest applying Fern Green Archival Ink over a Layering Stencil to echo the lettering in the focal image.
The "Go Together" sentiment is from the Chalkboard Wisdom stamp set. I also added delicate splatters of paint for further interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 

January 24, 2016

Cowgirl Valentine

Howdy There!!  Thanks for joining me here at the Artistic Outpost Blog today for my weekly project--Hope you're all having a Fab Sunday!!  I'm trying to change my creative mood from Winter into any other season, really, but today, I've got a little mixed-media canvas to share, that might invoke the Season of Love...

I think if a young woman states she'll be your Valentine, you better listen, especially accompanied with eyes like these!!  This vexing vixen is from our Cowgirl Strength stamp set--Love Her!-and I just had to make her center stage on this fun little canvas.
This canvas is 3 3/4" x 4" and I gave it a coating of white gesso and added a few pieces of book page.

I pressed Barn Door, Picked Raspberry & Seedless Preserves Distress Paints onto the TH Hearts stencil and spritzed with water. 

I pressed the stencil onto the canvas and blotted away any excess with a paper towel.  I heat set then laid the stencil back down into place. 

I applied a layer of Crackled Texture Paste through the stencil with my palette knife and set aside to air dry. 

I die cut a bunch of Tattered Florals out of red, pink and burgundy card stocks and stamped with images from our Ephemera Backgrounds, The Outpost & Kudzu Kafe stamp sets.

I spritzed the stamped flowers with water and wadded into little balls and let air dry.  When they were dry, I rubbed them with Ground Espresso DI then opened each flower and inked the edges, too.  I also had some previously cut tulle Tattered Florals, that I brushed with some white gesso and spritzed with Candied Apple DSS. 

I stamped this silent beauty onto coffee stained mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, heat embossed with clear EP and fussy cut.  I had also stamped the entire image onto tissue paper and adhered to the surface of the canvas with matte Decou-Page--you can kind of see the frame around her. 
I adhered my Cowgirl Valentine image onto the canvas with matte Decou-Page and outlined her with a wash of DAM Translucent White Acrylic and heat set, then I outlined her again with Hickory Smoke DI using my water brush.   
I stamped the quote out onto coffee stained mixed-media paper using alphabet stamps that I have, and fussy cut into word bands.  Those got mounted onto black card stock and adhered to the canvas with matte Decou-Page, then I hot glued the finished Tattered Floral into place.    
Thanks again for stopping by today!  I sure enjoy being here to share weekly projects with you--How about sharing your Artistic Outpost art with us? 
You've got 7 more days to enter our Show Us Your AO Art Challenge for January, so bring your Artistic Outpost creations over before 11:55pm CST on the 31st for the chance to win a $15.00 AO gift certificate!  Hope to see you there!! 

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

January 22, 2016

Vintage Fashion!

Thank you for stopping by on this fabulous Friday! Today I am sharing a tag using "Vintage Fashion" and the hearts were added as it is intended for a birthday close to Valentine's Day. There is only a week left to join in the "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge for January, so hurry up and play along with the AO stamps!
The tag background was inked over in Frayed Burlap, DecoArt Crackle Paint applied through a stencil and then left to dry. Once nice and dry, I sprayed "Simply Khaki" Glimmer Mist over this and blotted up the excess with a paper towel.
The lovely lady and sentiments were stamped with a mix of Coffee and Tree Branch applied on top of the Coffee, fussy cut and torn. Next all edges were shaded using the Frayed Burlap.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress