April 18, 2015

Summer Days Tag

Hello. Kate here, sharing a tag. My background is a piece of scrap paper that has been washed with gesso. I dripped acrylic paint down the tag and stamped a background stamp from the Ephemera Backgrounds set and the Generation Redux set. The main image from the Paper Boy stamp set has been colored with markers. Thank you for joining us this Saturday.

Designer - Kate Yetter

April 17, 2015

Spring Is Here!

Happy Friday to you and today I am sharing a tag hopefully welcoming Spring all over! I am amazed at some of the crazy weather so many regions have been experiencing and it is time to bring on the warmer days!
The Flower Market and Birds Of A Feather are the stamps I used for this tag and all images were stamped using Black Archival. The tag background was inked through a Lattice stencil using Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade and then shaded with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. Next was to randomly stamp some Butterflies and Dragonflies.
This sweet little girl was watercolored using the same ink colors as the tag background. For her skin, I used Spun Sugar. The frame was cut from ODBD Vintage Labels! We a midway through April's "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge which means you still have plenty of time to join us in some AO inky fun and a chance to win a store gift certificate!

Thank you for visiting today and have a lovely weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

April 16, 2015

A Touch of vintage for Artistic Outpost

Today I am showcasing the fabulous Hats Background and Hat's Off stamp sets from Artistic Outpost.

I was aiming for a vintage feel with a spotlight for added interest.

The background of the card has been coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and flicked with water and then a touch of stencilling added using the Harlequin Layering Stencil.

I have also added a lens with stamped image and remnant rubs for further interest. The background has been stamped with the Hats background stamp, set against an inked background flicked with water.

A spotlight has been added to the background for added interest and dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

April 12, 2015

Hello Spring

Hi There! It's me Shari--Thanks for joining me here at Artistic Outpost today!  I'm trying to make up for not having a bright and colorful Spring/Easter themed creation for you last weekend, with the card I have for you today--

I'm using one of my favorite Artistic Outpost images as my focal point--This darling girl from the Kudzu Kafe stamp set, along with images from Generation Redux, Secretary Pool, Serenity and The Outpost stamp sets.  It sounds like a lot, but there are stamps in each set that I really enjoying using :)

Using a piece of mixed-media paper, I gave it the wrinkle free technique with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain and Mustard Seed Distress Spray Stain and heat set.  I then used stamps from Generation Redux to build the mottled background, with coordinating colors of Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade.  I splattered Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface with a round paint brush and stamped the Kudzu Kafe girl right in the middle as my reference.  She'll get layered over later. 

I added a monoprint of my Latticework stencil with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, a few random pieces of tissue tape and the words 'Spring' that I created using the alphabet block from the Secretary Pool set.  I stamped it onto white card stock several times in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks and fussy cut the letters I needed to spell out "Spring". 

Kudzu Kafe Girl received a pair of Butterfly Duo wings that I had stamped with the script image from The Outpost set and she was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush. 

I finished the panel with stamping the 'hello' from the Serenity set a few times next to the fussy cut letters.  I outlined the block letters with my Walnut Stain DM and smudged with a dampened finger, then outlined again with a white gel pen.  I added the enamel dots and outlined with gel pen and attached the panel to an orange card base. 

I do hope you've enjoyed my brighter Spring themed offering for Artistic Outpost today!  Thank you again for joining me today! 

Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

April 11, 2015

Skating Emporium Tag Pouch

Hello! Kate here, sharing a tag pouch I made using the new Skating Emporium stamp set. I sent my paper through the embosser before folding it in half. I then glued it with the opening up to create a pouch. I added a gesso wash and some paints before stamping a little on the background. The die cut foliage is from the ODBD Fancy Foliage die set. I colored my main image using markers and added a flower to complete the front of the pouch. 

Designer - Kate Yetter

April 10, 2015

Transportation and Aviation!

Happy Friday to all of you lovely people! Monday's "Product Focus" is all about stamps in the category of Transportation and Aviation and are 20% off through April 11th, so click on over for a nice savings!
I decided to go a masculine route and the SteamPunk stamps was just what the doctor ordered. All images were stamped using Black Archival and colored in with Vintage Photo and Antique linen. A little bit of fussy cutting for the gent and the hand. I added some photo corners for extra interest.
Using a black tag, I stamped some gears from Industrial Backgrounds using bleach and also ran the edges of the tag through the paper towel and flicked on a little with a toothbrush.
Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Don't forget to enter your AO projects in the April's "Show Us Your AO Art," as we sure would love to see you there!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

April 9, 2015

Sprint Towards Your Dreams

I am focusing on the Charles and Amelia stamp set this week to create a vintage masculine card.
I began by die cutting my card from kraft card adding splatters of Gathered Twigs Distress Paint to the card and applying Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges for definition.
This is the front of the card which I added a die cut oval to the centre along with the fabulous sentiment from the Charles and Amelia stampset. I coloured the background with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then flicked the background with water, applying Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges for definition. A touch of stamping, remnant rubs and a Chitchat sticker complete the front of my card.
I die cut two further ovals from white card and coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, again flicking with water to add bleached out areas to the background and then I stamped the focal images with Black Archival Ink.
I added a monocle to one of the focal images, adding a remnant rub to the glass of the monocle and attaching a mini sprocket with a jump ring.
A touch more background stamping and remnant rubs along with mini sprockets complete my design.

Thanks so much for stopping by

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 

April 6, 2015

Artistic Outpost Product Focus - Transportation and Aviation Stamp Sets

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Blog!  Thank you for joining us for our April Product Focus Feature.  This month, our Product Focus is on the stamps found in the Transportation/Aviation stamp category on our website.  

All stamps in the Transportation/Aviation category of our website are ON SALE for 20% off through Saturday, April 11th, 2015!  No code is needed to shop this sale, the sale price will be reflected in the shopping cart. (Retail Customers only)

The Artistic Outpost stamps on sale are:
To inspire you, I'm sharing some projects created by a few of our Design Team members using some of the Artistic Outpost Transportation/Aviation stamp sets. For more details on the designers projects, please click the blog link located under their project.

To purchase the Artistic Outpost sale stamp sets, simply click the product images below.  This limited time sale ends Saturday, April 11, 2015!

Click here to shop our website!  

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

Upcoming Shows:
Please note that Artistic Outpost can be found in Our Daily Bread Designs Booth
  • April 25-26, 2015, we will be in Akron, OH at the Adventures in Stamping Show, click here for more details.
  • May 7-9, 2015, we will be in Novi, MI at the Great Lakes Mega Meet, click here for more details.
  • May 30-31, 2015, we will be in Syracuse NY at The Syracuse, NY Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway, click here for more details.

Thanks for visiting!

April 5, 2015

Your Own Story

Hello & Happy Easter Weekend!  This holiday weekend surely did hop up on me rather quickly, otherwise, I would have made something just for the occasion to share today.  I actually thought I had another week until Easter...I'm one of those last minute holiday crafter types.  I hope you enjoy what I'm offering just the same :)

I was perusing my Artistic Outpost stamp sets and realized I have not inked up my Paperboy set yet--Ding Ding...idea instantly happened!  That's a rare treat! 
I had two tags all ready to go, that I brought out for this project-a #10 Distressed Stained jumbo manila tag and a #8 stenciled & gesso'd kraft tag.  I stamped all of the fussy cut images onto mixed-media paper and colored with my Distress Markers and water brush. 
The megaphones are heat embossed with Red Geranium EP and the pencils, from the Secretary Pool set, are coated with a thin layer of Diamond Glaze.  I even gave our paperboy here a fussy cut paper that I stamped 'What's the buzz' onto, using a stamp positioner, but part of it got snipped off during finishing touches. 
I stamped the quote onto a journaling ticket with Jet Black Archival ink and stapled to the tag.  Before I adhered all of the kids into place, I gave the tag a flicking of Hunter Grey Twinkling H20s.  All of the fussy cuts images were adhered down to the tag with matte multi-medium, then I pressed the tag between some heavy books to seal everything into place. 
I've got a few more details about this tag available at my blog, if you'd like to pop over and have a looksee.  Thank you so much for taking a little time out of your Easter celebrations to join me here at Artistic Outpost today.   
Designer: Shari Trumbull

April 4, 2015

Mail Art

Today I am sharing a mixed media mail envelope. I love mail art and I find it to be a fun, relaxing and easy project. I started off gluing strips of left over paper. I covered the strips in a gesso wash before adding my drippy paint and stamping. In the background and on the flowers I stamped from the Skating Emporium stamp set. The focal image is from The Baker stamp. Thank you for reading the blog today!

Designer - Kate Yetter

April 3, 2015

A Gentleman!

Happy to share with you this first Friday in April a manly tag using those totally cool "Hat's Off" images. This also starts the April "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge, so come on and get inky!
The sentiment was first stamped on the tag using VersaMark and clear embossed. Next all the images were stamped in Black Archival and then the tag was inked using Tumbled Glass, Rusty Hinge, Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen over the face area.
When I was happy with my colors, water was flicked on the tag and edges were shaded with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black soot, before distressing all the edges. The "Hat's Off" was cut apart and just added a little tissue tap and pen nib to finish. Love how the bicycling gents fit so nicely along the tags edge!
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

April 2, 2015

Wherever I lay my hat that's my home

Today I am showcasing the fabulous Hat's Off and Hats Background stamp sets from Artistic Outpost.
I created a card with shadow frame, I have seen quite a few of these around in blogland and thought I would give one a try and I am really please with how it turned out. The background has been coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and flicked with water to add an aged vintage feel to my piece.

I added the hats and bike riders to the edges of my frame embossing them with clear embossing powder and I stamped the Hats Background to the centre of my frame. The text is printed on my computer and I added HAT to the centre for added interest.
These images are perfect for a masculine card and I know I will be using them frequently.
I added a metal hook, top hat embellishment and natural twine to embellish.
I also decorated the inside of my card to give a professional finish.

Hope you like my creation for today!

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x 

April 1, 2015

Show us your AO Art - April Challenge

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

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

Congratulations Yvonne, please email Lisa by 4/15/15 to claim your prize! Please put AO March 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:

Stamps - Think and Wonder

Thank you all for sharing your beautiful artwork using Artistic Outpost stamps! If you would like to display the Show Us your AO Art Badge on your Blog, you can find the HTML code on our sidebar. 

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - April Challenge. All links must be posted by 4/30/15, 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 Mayl to see if you've won. 

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

March 30, 2015

Friends are Forever

Hi, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog. Today, I'm sharing with you a card I created with some of my favorite AO stamps.  I've always loved the girls from the Birds of a Feather stamp set, here I've given them wings using the moth from the Flower Market stamp set, added the bunting from Country Life, flowers from Serenityand a sentiment from Chalkboard Wisdom. To pull the pattern paper panels together I added the dots from Generation Redux.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

March 29, 2015

Wonder and Think

Hi There!  It's me, Shari!  Thanks for joining me for my Sunday posting here at Artistic Outpost--It's the last Sunday of March at that!!  April is just a few days away now and I have to admit that I'm already 'wondering and thinking' about Summer!  I just can't help myself. 

  I was playing around with techniques this week and using different mediums, and thought this Distress Painted background would look wonderful with this image from the Generation Redux stamp set.  I just love this demure looking young woman-Don't let those glasses fool you! 

I used Tim Holtz's remnant rub resist technique with Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmons Distress Paints.  I used Jet Black StazOn to stamp the young woman onto my tag and onto a piece of mixed-media paper.  I water colored her image on the mixed-media paper with Distress Markers and my water brush and heat dried.  I rubbed a little Tea Dye Distress Ink over the surface, fussy cut and edged with Black Soot Distress Paint. 

I ran the tag through my sewing machine to add some fun texture with random stitching.  The quote is from the Think & Wonder stamp set.  I stamped the quote onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, distressed with Tea Dye DI, fussy cut, adhered to black card stock then adhered to my tag with matte multi-medium.  When the word bands where dry, I outlined them with Picket Fence Distress Marker and lightly smudged with my damp finger. 

I have a large envelope filled with unused tattered floral die cuts, cut from all kinds of different materials.  Here is a layered bloom with burlap paper, manila stock and corrugated cardboard.  OH--There's a little layered patch of stamped muslin fabric that I sewed onto the tag, too.  I've got a couple of details about that at my blog if you'd like to see.

Before I adhered my fussy cut young lady onto my tag, I gave the tag a spritz of Fired Brick DM with my air art tool, heat dried, then gave a splattering of Picket Fence Distress Paint with my splatter brush and heat set.  I then outlined the image of the woman I stamped on the tag with Picket Fence DM and smudged with my finger and adhered the fussy cut gal on top with matte multi-medium.  I topped the tag with a piece of stained seam binding and a trinket pin, then finished with a spritz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist and heat set. 

I hope you enjoyed my tag today!  With a couple of Artistic Outpost images and fun background techniques, you too, can create your own AO art!  You've still got until Tuesday, March 31st (11:55pm MDT) to enter your AO creations in to our monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge!  Come On! Show us Your AO Art!! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy