March 5, 2015

Harmony

Artistic Outpost is now having a monthly feature known as Product Focus and this month we are focusing on Flowers/Gardening and all the stamps in the Flowers/Gardening category are all on sale up until 7th March and you can find them all HERE.
I am showcasing the fabulous SERENITY stamp set , I love the foliage, flowers and birds on this set and I thought this focal image fitted the theme perfectly.
I decorated the background with Distress Paints Cracked Pistachio and Gathered Twigs, I love these two colours together. I added drops of the paint to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then picked up the beads of colour with my card and then dried with a heat tool, and then repeated the process until I was happy with the coverage.
I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink and stamped a few of the delicate flowers from the stamp set, cut them out and then added to my background, adding beads to the centre for added interest.
I am now thinking more and more about Spring and looking forward to the longer days and spending more time in my garden, this focal image really reminds me of my garden.
The letters were die cut from mountboard, coloured with Potting Soil Archival Ink and I then added Tree Branch embossing powder to the top to give an aged feel.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

March 4, 2015

Huck Finn Is On The Blog

I think we've all read Huck Finn!  He was one of my early heroes next to Johnny Appleseed and Daniel Boone, LOL!


You can find all the rest of our Storybook stamps here.  I'm sure you will find an old favorite to brig back fond memories.

Gerrie Johnnic
Artistic Outpost Design Team

March 2, 2015

Artistic Outpost Product Focus - Flowers and Gardening Stamps



Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Blog!  Thank you for joining us for our new Product Focus Feature. Once a month we will be sharing different themed Artistic Outpost stamp sets and samples from some of our Design Team members to inspire you to create with your Artistic Outpost stamps!

This month, our Product Focus is on the stamps found in Flowers and Gardening stamp category on our website.  All stamps in the Flowers and Gardening section of our website are ON SALE for 20% off through Saturday, March 7th, 2015! (Retail Customers only)

Our deeply-etched rubber stamps are mounted on Cling Cushion, cut out and ready to use.  Simply peel the stamp off the backing sheet and mount it onto your acrylic block. After stamping, clean the stamp and place it back on the sheet for storage. 

The Artistic Outpost stamp sets on sale are:


No code is needed to to shop this sale, the sale prices will be reflected in your shopping cart.  Be sure to shop early for your best selection! This sale ends Saturday, March 7th, 2015! (Retail Customers only)

We hope you enjoy the inspiration from our designers!  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 Serenity, Bluebird



Stamps - Artistic Outpost Flower Garden

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Serenity
Tracy Please note that Tracy's project will be posted on her Blog on 3/4/15

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Bloom and Grow, Country Life, Our Daily Bread Designs Blooming Garden Paper Collection
 Lisa

To purchase the AO sale stamp sets, simply click the product images below.








For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost stamps, please visit our Gallery, follow us on Pinterest and like us on Facebook

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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 you can enter our Show us your AO Art March Challenge for your chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate! 

Upcoming Shows

  • March 7-8, 2015, we will be in Mesa, AZ, at Rubber Stamp Events Mesa Spring Show, click here for more details. 
  • March 14-15, 2015, we will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Rubber Stamp Events show, click here for more details. 
  • March 28-29, 2015, we will be in Allentown, PA at Heirloom's Allentown Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival Show, click here for more details

Thanks for stopping by!

March 1, 2015

Show us your AO Art - March Challenge

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

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


Congratulations Laurart, please email Lisa by 3/15/15 to claim your prize! Please put AO February 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 - Vintage Circus

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 - March Challenge. All links must be posted by 3/31/15, 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 April to see if you've won. 

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









February 28, 2015

Sound of the Sea


Hello! Kate here, sharing another card using the newest Sound of the Sea stamp. My background has some gesso, sprayed ink and stamping from the Ephemera Backgrounds. The focal image has been stamped onto book paper, distressed and framed with pattern paper. I added a few flowers and twine to compliment this lovely image.


Designer - Kate Yetter

February 27, 2015

Winter Walk

Happy Friday to all of you! Today I would love to share with you a wonderful new single "Winter Walk" along with "Skating Emporium."
The background started by applying white acrylic paint to the snowflake and stamping on a white background. Once dried this was inked over using Tumbled Glass and shaded with Vintage photo. The sentiment was stamped after masking off each word in black Archival, cut and shaded and mounted on a red backing to go along with the lovely sweet image.
Oh how I love this image of a child and canine companion going for a Winter Walk! The image was stamped in black Archival and watered colored using Tumbled Glass, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Tattered Rose. A little snow texture was added to the ground and roof top by thinning out acrylic white paint and a little added Rock Candy glitter. To finish I added a couple of photo corners after shading around the edges.

As always I thank you for stopping by and there is still time to join in the monthly challenge, "Show Us Your AO Art." So hope you will join in with your AO creations for a chance to win a $15 store voucher.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

February 26, 2015

Wonderland Collage


I am showcasing the fabulous WONDERLAND COLLAGE stamp set on an accordion which I brayered with Broken China Distress Paint, using a light touch to leave some of the white areas exposed.
I stamped the rabbit image onto the background using black Archival Ink and added splattters of Fired Brick Distress Paint to the background along with painted circles using the top of a lid from my desk. I love the pop of red against the pale blue backdrop.
I added Alice to the central panel along with a die cut heart which I painted red to coordinate with the red splatters and painty circles.
The clock face from the stamp set has been stamped on the last page of my accordion and for added interest I also included Game Spinners, die cut painted heart and more splatters of paint. I also included a Remnant Rub "a little story".

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x



February 25, 2015

Artistic Outpost February Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are sharing projects using Artistic Outpost stamps along with a Book Theme, 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.


Stamps - Artistic Outpost The Baker, Industrial Backgrounds, Huck Finn, Secretary Pool, Typography

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Huck Finn

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Wonderland Collage

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Wonderland Collage

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Neverland, Ephemera Backgrounds, Whimsical Melange, Flower Market, Our Daily Bread Designs Blushing Rose Paper Collection, ODBD Custom Vintage Labels Die

Book open view


For more inspiration using Artistic Outpost stamps, please visit our Gallery, follow us on Pinterest and like us on Facebook

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 to enter our Show us your AO Art February Challenge for your chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate!


Upcoming Shows:

  • March 7-8, 2015, we will be in Mesa, AZ, at Rubber Stamp Events Mesa Spring Show, click here for more details.
  • March 14-15, 2015, we will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Rubber Stamp Events show, click here for more details.
  • March 28-29, 2015, we will be in Allentown, PA at Heirloom's Allentown Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival Show, click here for more details.


Thanks for visiting!

February 24, 2015

Friendship Never Melts Away


Hi there!  Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  This week, my card uses stamp from the Skating Emporium stamp set.  I die cut the pattern paper circle panel from the rectangle piece using the smallest circle die from the ODBD Circle Ornaments die set, masked the image with Eclipse Tape, as I wanted to omit the words, then stamped on the die cut panel.  I layered the stamped panel on a Black circle that was die cut using the smallest circle from the ODBD Matting Circles die set.  Using a SAMJ, I added the sentiment.  The sweet children are stamped on scraps of pattern paper, cut out and sponged, then adhered with glue dots.  Using additional scraps of pattern paper, I die cut the fish tail using the ODBD Pennant Die.

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

Designer - Lisa Somerville

February 22, 2015

Winter Holly Candle Holder

Hello and Happy Sunday!!  I've brought a little bit of Christmastime back with this glass votive candle holder that I've altered with one of the new single stamps from the January Release-Holly and the Ivy


We've still got a month of Winter to get through, so I figured since it is still Winter, it's OK to share this little Christmas d├ęcor piece with you. 


I started with tinting the outside of my clear glass square with alcohol inks, and stamping the Holly image onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival ink.  I gently 'fussy-ripped' each image and attached to the outside of the candle holder with gloss multi-medium.  I actually gave the entire outside of the glass a layer of gloss multi-medium in preparation of the next layer.  


When the tissue paper layer was dry, I added a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to the entire outside surface and let dry overnight.  When dry, I rubbed the crackle with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and my ink blending tool and heat dried.  I stamped a couple of more Holly images onto mixed-media paper and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush.  I fussy cut out and attached to opposite sides of the square. 


With this young lady all bundled in her furry cloak and matching hand-muff, I wanted to evoke a feeling of her being outside in the snow, stargazing perhaps?  I embellished her with Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste and a few heat embossed holly leaves and glass bead berries that I tucked into place while the embossing paste was still wet.  I gave the paste a sprinkle of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter while it was still wet, too.   


I gave these laser cut wood stars & snowflake embellies a coat of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, air dried, then brushed a coat of gloss multi-medium over the surfaces then sprinkled with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and let air dry.  When dry, I adhered to the candle holder with gloss multi-medium. 


This is what the candle holder looks like at night, with the nearest interior lighting turned off, too.  The reddish/burgundy glow that this creates is really pretty and oh so festive! 


I'm having a lot of fun finding unused items around the house to alter!  I'm looking at plain boxes, blah frames, clear glass everything so much differently now!!  Who knows what Holly and the Ivy is going to turn up on next? 

Thanks so much for joining me here at the Artistic Outpost blog today!!  Have a Great rest of your weekend!! 

Have you altered anything with your Artistic Outpost stamps lately?  This month's Show Us Your AO Art Challenge is still open!!  You've got until Saturday, February 28th (11:55pm CST) to show us what you've created using your Artistic Outpost images!  Let's see your AO Art!!


Designer: Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

February 21, 2015

Colors of the Sea


Welcome to the blog! Kate here, sharing a card using a few of our newest stamp sets. I made the background of my card using paper, gesso and inks. I stamped the background using the Sound of the Sea stamp. The stamped frame is from Chalk it Up and the sea shells are from the Boardwalk stamp set. The focal image from the Sound of the Sea has been colored with markers. The frame background has been stamped in script from Skating Emporium

Designer - Kate Yetter

February 20, 2015

Holly and the Ivy

Happy Friday to you all and I am excited to share with you today another piece from the AO new release. There is only one more week remaining to enter the February, "Show Us Your AO Art," so hurry up and get inky with AO!
Are you loving the new singles from Artistic Outpost which are so wonderful to mix and match or just use alone? This lovely "Holly and the Ivy" was stamped in black Archival and with a wet liner brush I watercolored in the areas using Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap and Tattered Rose. When that was dry, I inked over the open areas with and coat trim with Antique Linen.
The background panel was inked with Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn, next using the Holly Bough Stencil, I applied modeling paste that had been tinted with Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint. After it was completely dried, it was inked over with Antique Linen and flicked on a little water. Again when all was dry, I applied a thick coat of One Step Crackle and that was inked with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting on this Friday.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

February 19, 2015

Snow Much Fun

Today I am showcasing the SKATING EMPORIUM stamp set from Artistic Outpost.
The background has been coloured with Distress Inks and I have added embossing paste through a stars layering stencil to add texture and dimension to my design. Once I applied the embossing paste I then added clear embossing powder and allowed to dry, once dry I then melted the powder, lovely technique from Pamellia.
I die cut two baubles from white card and then added stamping to each bauble along with shading using Broken China Distress Ink and then flicking the background with water to add blotches. I also added die cut WINTER to the top and bottom of my design.
This close up picture highlights the wonderful texture from the embossing.
I added two banners behind the focal image and once again added stencilled stars along with the sentiment "Snow much Fun!".

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x