July 2, 2015


It's time for my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am focusing on the Wander and Dream stamp set.
I placed a circular piece of paper in the centre of my card to act as a mask. I then added Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade to the Stripes Layering Stencil, simply press the inkpads directly onto the stencil and then spritz with water. Lay the Stencil onto the card and dab with a piece of kitchen towel and then remove and dry with a heat tool. Repeat to add detail to the whole of the background.
I then began work on the central aperutre, applying Wild Honey and a touch of Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink the the circular area. I used Wendy Vecchi's Frames to create this and placed the mask over the background area to mask off my coloured background.
I stamped the gent into the centre of my aperture using Black Archival Ink, stamped him once again onto scrap paper, cut it out and then used this as a mask. Witth the mask in place I then stamped the desert in the background. I then added the sentiment 'DREAM BIG'again from the Wander and Dream stamp set.

I added delicate paint splatters to the central aperture using Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint and I then added scratchy lines to the background by simply pressing my acrylic block onto my Black Archival Inkpad and then pressing onto the card. I love adding layers to my designs.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

July 1, 2015

Show us Your AO Art - July Challenge

We would love for you to share your AO Art with us!  Our challenge for the month of July 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 June Show us your AO Art Challenge, we love to see what you are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps!  

The randomly selected winner from the June Challenge is...
Artistic Outpost stamps sets - Snowy Woods, MidWinter

Congratulations Nicola, please email Lisa by 7/15/15 to claim your prize! Please put AO June 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:

Artistic Outpost stamp sets - Country Life, Whimsical MelangeHayride

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - July Challenge.  All links must be posted by 7/31/15, 11:55 PM 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 August to see if you've won.

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

June 30, 2015

Joyeux Noel

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  Today, I'm sharing an quick and easy Holiday Card using the Snowy Woods stamp set. Both the vintage Santa and sentiment are stamped in Ranger Coffee Archival on scraps of pattern paper.  The Santa was die cut using Our Daily Bread Designs Circle Ornaments die set, then layered on an Espresso panel that was die cut using the Matting Circles die set.  To add texture and interest to the pattern paper panels, I randomly stamped snowflakes from the Snowy Woods stamp set in Coffee Archival and used Embossing Folders to add texture to some of the pattern paper layers.

Don't forget TODAY is the last day to enter the Show us your AO Art Challenge! Click here for more details.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

June 28, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Hi There! It's me Shari, and I'm here 6 days early with a tag that I made for the 4th of July holiday!  Since I post here at Artistic Outpost on Sundays, I won't be back again until the 5th of July and I didn't want to miss another occasion because of poor creative planning!  So, it's Happy 4th of July early!!

I'm using the Hero stamp set to create this pretty simple tag.  If you can ignore the bit of crookedness going in, so can I! ;) :)  Things went askew on me when I stitched the piece of enameled Beautiful Border die cut down at the bottom, OH BOY-Let's just say I'm lucky this actually came through the sewing machine in one piece!! 

This is how the background of my #8 manila tag started out--I'm using the Distress Stain/Ink-Distress Paint Resist technique with my Stars Layering Stencil and Broken China Distress Spray Stain & Barn Door Distress Stain. 

I stamped the flag image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival.  I then painstakingly fussy cut the flags & frame of this image out and adhered to this tag with Matte Decou-Page and heat set.  I stamped the flag image again onto mixed-media paper and heat embossed with black glossy embossing powder, then fussy cut the frame and adhered over the image on the tag. 

This handsome little soldier was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, water colored with Distress Markers and my detail water brush and heat set.  I rubbed a little Tea Dye DI over him and fussy cut.  I adhered onto the tag with foam squares and outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen. 

Here's a nice close-up of that enameled piece of Beautiful Border die cut. I inked it with Vermilion Archival then covered it with Red Geranium embossing powder and heat set.  I did that two more times to the front and back.  I stamped the sentiment onto tissue paper, fussy cut and adhered to the bottom on the tag with Matte Decou-Page. 

This number 4 is actually part of the flag image.  I inked and stamped that section of the image onto mixed-media paper three times, fussy cut and glued together with Matte Decou-Page.  Then I inked it with Watering Can Archival and covered with silver embossing powder and heat set.  I adhered it into the corner with Matte Decou-Page and outlined with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush, then outlined again with my white gel pen. 

I embellished this tag with a couple of mirrored stars and a messy seam binding bow that I colored with my Broken China & Barn Door Distress Markers.  I inserted a wire pin into the bow and attached a typed token to finish this off. 

Do you have any of our patriotic images in your creative inventory?  How about making something with them and bring them over to our, quickly winding down, monthly challenge?  It's Anything Goes with your AO stamps at our Show Us Your AO Art Challenge and you've got until 11:55pm MDT on June 30th to show us your stuff!! 

Thanks so much for joining me today!  See ya'll next week!!

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

June 27, 2015

I Remember Journal Page

Today I am sharing another page from my grief journal. As you can see I am loving the new Springtime set. It is perfect for many various themed projects. I am working on an envelope and the background was made with paper scraps, gesso and paint. I stenciled and used a sentiment stamp to stamp my script in the background. The balloon from the Paris Expedition stamp set was leftover on my desk as well as the new paper scrap from the London Underground set. Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to stamp!

Designer - Kate Yetter

June 26, 2015

Holidays In June!

Happy Friday to you all and I am sharing a tag from our recent AO Holiday Blog Hop! It is never too early to start thinking about the Holidays and starting a little stash! There are are few days left to join in the monthly "Show Us Your AO Art," so hurry up!
My tag uses the MidWinter stamp collection in which all images have been stamped in Black Archival on Our Daily Bread Designs, Christmas Collection Paper 2013. Love that paper with these fabulous stamps!
The Christmas Paper was cut from the Carved Ornament Die and after the gorgeous Cardinal image was stamped it was colored with Stampin Up Markers is soft shades. I also stamped it a second time for extra Pine Cones.
The Sentiments were also stamped in Black Archival on the Christmas Paper and layered. Love the added interest with the paper. All edges where shaded using Vintage Photo and Black Soot.
The tag background was painted in a tan acrylic paint and while wet I applied Color Burst and spritzed with water. After that was dry I applied a two step crackle medium per manufacturers instructions and then sprayed on Chalkboard Glimmer Mist in Hot Chocolate and wiped off the excess. To finish off, I stamped the Pine Branches in Black Archival and added a dyed tie!

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

June 25, 2015

Enjoy The Beauty of The Season

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost.
I am showcasing the MIDWINTER stamp set this week, set against a brayered background. I placed a frame into the centre of my card and then brayered over the frame with Broken China followed by touches of Brushed Pewter Distress Paints. The Brushed Pewter adds a wonderful shimmer to the background. I then flicked touches of each paint to the background to give delicate splatters. I then removed the Frame which leaves an aperture for my focal imagery.
I placed the Star Layering Stencil into the centre of the aperture and applied Broken China Distress Ink over the stencil. I then stamped the stag with Potting Soil Archival Ink, placed  a mask over the first image and then stamped him once again. I also added the sentiment to the top of the aperture.
I added a decorative bow, coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and I added touches of SnowTex to add to the frosty/snowy feel of my piece. I also attached a token and addes some foliage which is covered with Distress Glitter adding yet more shimmer to the design.
This picture highlights the shimmer from the glitter a little more and you can also see the layers added to my design with the stamping and stencilling.
I die cut 25 from card and then coloured with Broken China Distress Ink and then added a coat of Clear Rock Candy. I also added touches of SnowTex to the aperture.
I also decorated the inside of my card, again with a brayered background and stamped the stag and sentiment once again.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

June 24, 2015

Artistic Outpost Holiday 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 Holidays 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: MidWinter


Artistic Outpost Stamp sets:MidWinter

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: Christmas Chalk

Artistic Outpost Stamp sets: Snowy Woods, Sleigh Ride

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We would LOVE to see what you have been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! Click here for more information on how to enter our Show us your AO Art June Challenge for your chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate! 

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  • June 27-28, 2015, we will be in Bloomington, MN at the Rubber Stamp Events Show, click here for more details. 
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Thanks for visiting!

June 23, 2015

Go Together

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog! Today, I'm sharing a card I created using Springtime stamp set along with a sentiment from Chalkboard Wisdom, the house scene from Serenity and dies from Our Daily Bread Designs

To create the scene, I stamped the image from Serenity in Black Archival on scraps of pattern paper and colored with Watercolor pencils. The Gilded Gate is die cut from Black card stock and adhered it in place with a Quickie Glue Pen. The sweet grouping of children are stamped in Black Archival on Vanilla card stock, cut out and colored with Watercolor pencils and added to the scene using Dimensionals.  I added a cloud die cut to the stamped panel, and finished with a sentiment from the Chalkboard Wisdom stamp set.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for our Monthly Blog Hop!   

Designer - Lisa Somerville

June 21, 2015

Bursts of Spring

Hello & Happy Sunday!!  Happy Father's Day & Happy 1st Day of Summer!!  I'll keep today's post short, so you all can get out and celebrate the day!! 

I've created a Summery feeling card using the group image of darling kids from our new Springtime set on a stenciled and Color Bursts background.

Here's the background panel, layered with a few pieces of tissue tape first, then a layer of stenciling with Distress Paint, then those wonderful Color Bursts--I used Orange & Violet CBs then spritzed with water to activate. 

I stamped the kids onto the background panel and onto a piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival.  I outlined the stamped kids with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and my water brush then adhere the fussy cut kids on top and outlined them again with my white gel pen. 

I stamped the quote onto a piece of mixed-media paper that I had used to sop up the extra Color Bursts with.  I fussy cut it and mounted on a piece of black stock and adhered to the background panel. I outlined it with Walnut Stain DI and my water brush and finished with an outlining of white gel pen. 

I also treated the background panel with random swipes of a gift card dipped in Mustard Seed, Black Soot & Seedless Preserves Distress Paints and random dots of Black Soot DP & Translucent White DecoArt Acrylic, made with a pencil eraser.  I distressed the edges of the panel with my paper distresser, inked with Black Soot Distress Ink and adhered to a card base. 

Thanks so much for joining me today and Hey--Don't forget to bring your Artistic Outpost creations to our monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge!  We'd love to see what you make with your AO stamps and you've got a chance to win a $15.00 gift certificate towards the purchase of Artistic Outpost stamps!

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

June 20, 2015

Children in the Rain

Hello and welcome to the blog. This is Kate and today I am sharing a card. I made my background with patterned paper, gesso and paints. I stamped with a script stamp from the new Springtime set in the background as well as my sentiment and focal images. The vine is from the Hayride set. Thank you for stopping by the blog.

Designer - Kate Yetter

June 19, 2015

Spring's Greatest Joy!

I hope you are getting ready to have a wonderful weekend! Today I am sharing another tag using those adorable children from Springtime. Before I start, a little reminder about the monthly "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge and a chance to win a store gift certificate. It is again a theme of Anything Goes, but of course you must use AO stamps!
These adorable kids were all stamped in Black Archival, watercolored using Tattered Rose, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Black Walnut and then fussy cut. The doggy and little child were tucked in to fit right into the group along the tags bottom edge.
The sentiment was stamped and cut apart to fit the blue rays of the stenciled background which was created by using the leftover colors on the craft mat from watercoloring the kids. Next the Rays stencil was inked over with Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean and then the entire background was spritzed with water and a tie dyed using the blues.
Thank you for stopping by today!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

June 18, 2015

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

Today I have my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and this week I am showcasing one of my favourite sets Charles and Amelia.
I wanted to create something a little different so opted for a canvas this week full of rusty texture and dimension.
My focal image from the Charles and Amelia stamp set has been stamped onto white card and coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then flicked with water to age. I then adhered my focal image to my canvas.
This picture shows the fabulous textures and amazing crackle along with the touches of Mega-Flakes added randomly around the canvas.
I have included step by steps for this canvas on my blog.
I have also added a Prima Marketing embellishment to the top of my monocle along with a Remnant Rub for added interest.
I have also included a few rusted mini sprockets which again have been rusted and aged.
The focal image from the Artistic Outpost Charles and Amelia stamp set has been encased behind a vintage monocle and I have added a Remnant Rub to the top and aged a little with a touch of Rust Alcohol Ink.
I stamped the sentiment "Adventure is worthwhile in itself" from the Charles and Amelia stamp set, stamped onto white card with Black Archival Ink and coloured around the edges with paint.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x