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

August 11, 2014

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August 10, 2014

Take Me to the Sea

Hi everyone!  I'm still in full summer seashore mode and have I created a project using Artistic Outpost's Beyond the Sea set.  I wanted a watercolor, misty effect so I started with a half sheet of Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper and my Broken China ink pad.  I spread a little ink on my craft sheet, misted it and smooshed the paper into the ink letting it run a bit.  Then I added a few drops of Peeled Paint and let it run also.  The stamping was done by inking a stamp with Black Soot DI and misting the stamp to give a water color effect.  For the grass, I used the grass stamp from the Keeper set, also misting the stamp before stamping each time.  Then I misted the paper VERY lightly just to let it blur a bit.  I followed that by dipping a paint brush into watered down Peeled Paint and filling in some of the grassy areas with touches of green.  Next the sentiment and birds were stamped followed by some stenciling with embossing ink and the Bubbles stencil.  I sprinkled on Antique Linen distress embossing powder and heated it on.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin
The Funkie Junkie

August 9, 2014

Paperboy Mixed Media Pouch

I am using my favorite image from the Paperboy stamp plate. I cut a heart out of patterned paper and made it into a pouch. The background has been painted and stamped from the London Underground plate. I made some doodles around the edges and stamped a bit more. The stamped image has been sprayed with a pale blue ink and mounted onto an ephemera background. I embellished with lots of flowers, die cuts, word stickers and bling. Thank you for joining us!

Designer - Kate Yetter

August 8, 2014

Obey All The Rules!

Happy Friday and it is hard to believe we are already starting August! I would like to share with you today a card I created for the recent Artistic Outpost Blog Hop and so appropriate for TGIF!
The AO working girls from the Paperboy collection are getting ready to enjoy the weekend. I stamped the image using Black Archival on to vanilla card stock and the background was then Distress inked and treated with some water flicks and I used a toothbrush to further distress the background with Rusty Hinge stain. I did cover the girls when I was doing any spattering.
Both background panels were done pretty much in the same manner, one using the text from Paperboy and the alphabet from the Secretary Pool (pencil/statement) and the fun sentiment is from "Quotes and Quotables." I just love that one and so true it is. Distressed the edges and shaded.
I sure do thank you for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Designer: Terry
Terry's Work In Progress

August 7, 2014


I have created an aged vintage card this week using the fabulous THINK AND WONDER plate.
The background has been coloured with Antique Linen Distress Ink, spritzing the background with water and then applying the ink directly to the card. I have also added touches of background stamping using the background stamps from the GENERATION REDUX plate.
I stamped the frame from the CHALK IT UP plate onto white card using Black Archival Ink and then added the focal image to the inside of the frame. I bent the card in places to add creases to add to the aged feel and then coloured with Distress Inks. I also added a banner and stamped 'GO TOGETHER' from the CHALKBOARD WISDOM plate, along with a coordinated button threaded with natural twine.
A tag has been added, again stamped with part of the focal image, creased in places and then coloured with Distress Inks. I have also added seam binding died with Distress Ink along with a heart button threaded with twine and an Adage Ticket.
I also added a touch of stamping to the inside of my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 

August 6, 2014

On the Boardwalk

Gerrie here today, sharing my card made from the Artistic  Outpost,  Boardwalk stamp set. I'm going to pack a picnic lunch and go to the seaside, walk the beach, watch the birds and look for shells! Would you like to come along? I'm sure we'll have an amazing day together.

 My card uses the bathing beauties, on a distressed Post Card background. I added the lighthouse die cut, an old postage stamp and a flattened bottle cap to capture the moment in time.

Designer - Gerrie Johnnic

August 4, 2014

Dare to Live the Dream

Lisa here today, sharing a colorful Mixed Media card.  Cowgirl Annie from the Cowgirl Strength plate is making a powerful statement with her colorful background and the quote from the Kudzu Kafe plate.  The cowgirl and building are stamped on Vanilla card stock, and colored with colored pencils.  The quote and bunting are stamped in Black Archival on scraps of the monoprinted background.  The grass along the bottom of the card is from the Keeper plate, stamped in Black Archival.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

August 3, 2014

A Shabby Hello

Hi there, Linda back with my weekly Sunday make for Artistic Outpost, this week featuring the Whimsical Melange stamp set.  I had some fun with gesso and sepia archival ink, staring my tag by applying the sepia ink direct to paper and then brushing over that layer with gesso.  When the gesso was dry, I sanded the entire tag, revealing some of the sepia ink below.  Then I randomly stamped the images from the stamp set with sepia ink.  

I had the die cut from the Courtyard Frameworks die kicking around my desk, left over from a previous project.  It had been covered with Vintage Photo distress embossing powder, but I didn't like the way it looked so I dry brushed it with gesso and then rubbed some sepia ink over it.  The star has been in my scraps box for several years and I don't really remember how I made it, but it involved coating it with clear glue and then heating it with the heat tool until the glue bubbled.  That's all I remember about it.  I altered the metal pieces according to Candy Colwell's wonderful tutorial today at Frilly & Funkie.  The tiny 'Hello' stamp is from Serenity.

That's it for this week.  Thanks for stopping by...wishing you a wonderful week ahead.  

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

August 1, 2014

Show us your AO Art - August Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us! Our challenge for the month of August 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 below.  At the end of the month we will randomly draw one winner from all the entries to receive a $14.00 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 inspire you this month, I'm sharing the Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder Pinterest Board

Follow Artistic Outpost's board Think & Wonder on Pinterest.

To be enter the Show us your AO Art Challenge, please use Artistic Outpost images 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 or online gallery, 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 Show us your AO Art Challenge  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 - August Challenge.  All links must be posted by 8/31/14, 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 September to see if you've won.

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

July 30, 2014

Artistic Outpost July Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month the designers are creating projects using the Artistic Outpost plates 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.

Before I share the fabulous projects the Design Team created this month, I would like to bid a fond farewell and a heartfelt thank you to team member Alison Bomber for all the fabulous projects she has created for Artistic Outpost.  It is with much regret that Alison has to step down from the Design Team at this time. Alison will be greatly missed, but I know we will continue to see her lovely AO projects on her blog!

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Think and Wonder, Generation Redux, Chalk It Up, Chalkboard Wisdom

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Paperboy, Secretary Pool, Quote and Quotables

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Loverly London

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition, London Underground, Serenity

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Beyond the Sea, Keeper

Stamps - Artistic Outpost London Underground, London Elements

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe, Keeper, Cowgirl Strength

For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost stamps, visit our Gallery, Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page.

If you missed our Blog post or email this week, through Saturday, August 2, 2014 11:00PM EDT, you can save 20% on all stamp plates found in the Flowers and Gardening section on our website.  Click here for more information.

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We hope you have enjoyed the inspiration from our talented Design Team!

July 28, 2014

Artistic Outpost Sale Items of the Week - Save 20% on our Flowers and Gardening Plates

Artistic Outpost has some new sale of the week items to feature for you today! From now through Saturday, August 2, 2014 11:00PM EDT, you can save 20% on the stamp plates found in the Flowers and Gardening section on our website. (Sorry, no rain checks, offer is for our retail customers only.)

Click here to shop our website, or call our Toll Free Number 1-877-451-4909, to place your order.

When ordering from our website, be sure to add the code Flower20 to the DISCOUNT CODE area in the shopping cart and then click APPLY CODE.  If ordering over the phone, please mention code Flower20.

Please note that the Artistic Outpost Sale of the Week offer is only valid on orders placed via our website, or on phone orders.

Here is some inspiration from our Design Team using some of the items on sale this week, along with additional Artistic Outpost plates.  The products used are listed under the photos.

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Happiness
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Happiness

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe, Bloom and Grow, Country Life
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe, Bloom and Grow, Country Life

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Bloom and Grow, Ephemeral Backgrounds
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Bloom and Grow, Ephemeral Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Flower Market, Quote and Quotables
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Flower Market, Quote and Quotables

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Serenity, Chalkboard Wisdom, Ephemera Backgrounds
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Serenity, Chalkboard Wisdom, Ephemera Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hayride, Kudzu Kafe, Whimsical Melange
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hayride, Kudzu Kafe, Whimsical Melange

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Kudzu Kafe, Whimsical Melange, Country Life, Quotes and Quotables

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Country Life
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Country Life 

Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day
Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day

Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day
Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day

For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost plates, visit our Gallery, Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page.