July 24, 2014

Keep A Song In Your Heart

Today I am using the SONGBIRDS plate from Artistic Outpost.
I began by spritzing my card with water and then brayering Broken China Distress Paint over the white card and then lightly brayering over the top with Rusty Hinge.
I stamped the Songbirds onto a piece of white card which I had brayered with Distress Paints, stamping the image with Potting Soil Archival Ink, I also added Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the edges for definition. A touch of background stamping has been added using the background stamp from the GENERATION REDUX plate and Rusty Hinge ink.  I then added a tag stamped with the text from the SERENITY plate, perfect I thought for the Songbirds. I also added a small circular plate with a touch of stamping from the same text stamp, adding Rusty Hinge Ink to the edges of both tags. I have also included two coordinated buttons threaded with natural twine.
Seam binding died with Distress Ink has been added along with a mini tag with SONG stamped from the text stamp and I have also included a metal embellishment coloured with Distress Paints.
To complete I have also stamped the Songbirds to the inside of my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x

July 23, 2014

Snowy Woods

We had our hottest day of the year yesterday, and to cool off, I started to create Christmas cards!  The vintage Santa image is from the fabulous Artistic Outpost Snowy Woods plate.  I stamped the image in Black Archival on a scrap of pattern paper from the collection I was using, then sponged the edges in Ranger Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and die cut the panel with circle dies.  To further age the panel, I applied Ranger Crackle Paint and for a bit of sparkle I added Dry Glitter.

To age the background paper panels, I applied Gesso to a Snowflake Stencil, once dry, I embossed the panels with a Snowflake Embossing Folder, sponged the edges and raised areas, then applied Crackle Paint and Dry Glitter.

To embellish, I die cut the "fishtails" from Black card stock and scraps of pattern paper using the Pennants Die.  The Black scallop border is die cut using the ODBD Custom Beautiful Borders Dies,  and Gesso was added to the Poinsettia flower.

Don't forget that you can save 25% on all the Artistic Outpost Christmas/Winter stamp plates through Saturday, July 26, 2014!  See our blog here for more details! 

Mark your calendars, as the Artistic Outpost Design Team Monthly Blog Hop will be back next Wednesday!  

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Designer - Lisa Somerville

July 22, 2014

Vintage Tag

Today I have created a tag using leftovers from my desk using the fabulous THINK AND WONDER plate from Artistic Outpost.
I had a jumbo tag lying around on my desk and this was the perfect opportunity to use up some scraps and challenge myself. I applied Crackle Texture Paste to the background applied to a coat of metallic gold Embossing Paste. Once dry I applied a good coverage of Vintage Photo Distress Stain; I love how the stain seeps through the cracks to add to the vintage feel.
Wax has been applied to the edges of my tag and I used the ornate frame to showcase my focal image which I coloured with a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink and flicking with water to add blotches to the background. The frame has been coloured with Antique Linen Distress Ink and Vintage Photo applied to the edges along with touches of wax.
I died some seam binding with Distress Ink and created an enamelled embellishment by adding Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to a mould again adding wax to the top to highlight the design and texture. The enamelled embellishment has been added to the died seam binding and some rustic twine.
I took a scrap of seam binding from my desk, died with Distress Inks and then stamped part of the focal image onto the seam binding using Black Archival Ink. I also added a smaller enamelled embellishment to the bottom corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans

July 21, 2014

Artistic Outpost Christmas in July Sale

Get a head start creating your Christmas Cards, by shopping the Artistic Outpost Christmas in July Sale!  From now through Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:00PM EDT, you can save 25% on all of our Christmas and Winter stamp plates found here on our website.  

There is no code needed to shop our Christmas in July Sale, simply add the products to your shopping cart, and you will see the discount reflected at the bottom.  Please note, this sale is for our Retail Customers only.

Orders can be placed via our website, or by calling our Toll Free Number 

For inspiration using these and other Artistic Outpost products, please visit our Gallery, and Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page.

July 20, 2014

Blessings Abound

Hello!  Linda here, back with a quick tag I made before I left for my vacation.  I started this tag with a jumbo manila tag and white embossed the flowers from Flower Market.  I did a little stenciling with the Tim Holtz Schoolhouse stencil and Jet Black archival ink plus I inked up the text stamp from Paperboy and rolled it on very lightly.  Then it was sponged with a combination of Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for the greens and Broken China for the blue and then had a little spritz 'n flick done to it.  Finally, I spritzed it a bit with Dylusions White Linen.  

I made a little flower with crinoline cut with the Mini Tattered Florals die and colored with Scattered Straw.  The ivy was cut with the Spring Greenery decorative strip die, stamped with the text stamp from Paperboy and spritzed with Perfect Pearls Biscotti spray.  

The sentiment is from the Flower Market set plus I second generation stamped a flower from Flower Market on the panel in Broken China.  I pulled a couple of tiny brass metal filigrees out of my stash for embellishments and topped the tag off with a piece of embroidered lace.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are having a great weekend!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

July 19, 2014

Summer Fun

I created this chipboard piece to attach to a card and then decided I like it better by itself. I added gesso to the board and then sprayed it with ink. I used the flourish stamp from the Serenity plate to create my embossed background. I water colored my main image from the Paris Exposition plate along with the balloon. I added a bit of twine and this side is complete.

On the backside I inked and sprayed some book paper. I inked the bathhouse image from the Boardwalk plate. I added a few doodles to the bathhouse and stamped the year from the Paris Exposition plate. I hope you are enjoying your summer. Thank you for stopping by the blog.

Designer - Kate Yetter

July 18, 2014

Down By the Sea!

TGIF and I have a cooling tag to share with you on this fine Friday! What better way to enjoy the summer with a good cool down on the "Boardwalk," so here we go.
The background was created by masking and layering for land, sea and air and I used Distress inks. For the land and sea, in between layers of color, I did cover with embossing powder, which was removed when I finished with the sky background.
The images were stamped using Archival Watering Can and Black Archival for the sentiments. For the Atlantic City Beach Mall scene, I did watercoloring using Distress inks on regular card stock. All was finished off with some dyed cheesecloth and seashells.
Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

July 17, 2014

Grand Opening!!! The Website is Now Open!!

After many glitches and setbacks we are finally open!!! Thank you for patiently waiting for us to get the new website all set up!  All of the Artistic Outpost stamp sets are now mounted on cling cushion. Click here to shop our website!

As the brand new owners, we are extremely excited about our new venture and proud to be offering such a dynamic product line! We look forward to continuing the unique style of Artistic Outpost by designing new vintage inspired stamp sets, dies and custom papers. 

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July 14, 2014


Hi, Lisa here today, with my weekly Monday share on the Artistic Outpost Blog.  This week, I'm showcasing one of my favorite quotes from the Typography plate.

The quote is stamped in Chocolate ink onto a scrap of the pattern paper, then die cut using a circle die, and layered on an Espresso panel.  To add interest to the large background panel, I stamped a portion of the ledger from the Ephemera Backgrounds plate using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  To embellish I add a Doily behind the quote panel, crystal gems, a mini rose and leaves and a flourish that were die cut from Olive card stock using Our Daily Bread Designs (AO's parent company) Custom Fancy Foliage Die.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

July 13, 2014

Office Angel

Hi everyone!  Linda here back with my Sunday post.  This week I decided to use Secretary Pool and Ephemera Backgrounds for my Artistic Outpost piece.  I started with a jumbo manila tag and stenciled on Jet Black archival in with a checker stencil.  Then it was sponged again with Faded Jeans distress ink and given a couple of splats with Faded Jeans distress stain.  Next the images from both Secretary Pool and Ephemera Background were sponged on.  The letters were stamped on kraft card stock, cut out and affixed.  I added a beautiful angel wing charm held on with a ring fastener that started life as deep bronze.  I altered it to silver tone with silver alcohol ink mixture.  I also stamped three pencil point stamps onto kraft card stock and then fussy cut and mounted them.  

That's it for this week.  Hope my Office Angel card made you smile.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.  

Designer:  Linda Coughin

July 12, 2014


Hello and welcome to Artistic Outpost. I have a Patriotic card to share using the Hero and Serenity stamp plates. My background was created using a flourish stamp. It has been embossed in red over patterned paper and tissue tape. I sprayed the background with ink before adding my embellishments. My focal image and sentiment have been stamped onto patterned paper and then I layered some die cuts, chipboard button and a large flower.  

Designer - Kate Yetter

July 11, 2014

Laughter Is Timeless

TGIF and I am happy to share with you today! I decided to display that fabulous Chalkboard Wisdom sentiment in a timely fashion, so after it was stamped in Black Archival, embossed and inked, Tim's pocket watch was die cut, crackled and inked.
The background I created using stamps from Ephemera Background, Industrial Backgrounds and Whimsical Melange. I first stamped the main gears using embossing ink and powder and then after heat seat continued with coloring the background using Distress Inks, water flicks and added subtle stamping. When I was finished, I ironed off the embossing and added a little more inking to tone down and blend.
Added a couple of movers and shapers mini pocket watches following the steps above, but just changing the colors. The images were stamped and colored and then placed inside.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend and thank you for stopping by.

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

July 10, 2014

Summer Tag

Today I have a summery tag using the fabulous Artistic Outpost Birds Of A Feather images.
I decorated the background with Broken China and Mustard Seed Distress Paints applying the paints with my brayer. I also added touches of background stamping with Broken China Distress Ink and included some painty circles to give my tag an artsy feel. I have also added a few paint splatters to the background for added interest.
I die cut three circles from white card, coloured with Distress Paints and then added the images from the Birds Of A Feather plate, stamping with Potting Soil Archival Ink and again adding subtle paint splatters to each circle. I have also added three roses for a touch more dimension.
Died seam binding and twine have been added to the top along with a feather embellishment coloured with Distress Paint and a heart charm.
Two small banners have been tucked behind the larger circle and a 'summer' Chitchat sticker added to the top.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x

July 9, 2014

A quick trip to Paris...

I'm afraid it's only in your imaginations though!  Hi all, Alison (butterfly) here for my monthly flutter with the Artistic Outpost stamps.  I'm sharing my first time of playing with the delicious Paris Exposition set today... and since the stamps are so lovely, I really didn't do very much other than stamp them!
I started with a tag from one of the Prima pre-printed tag pads.  They're a little taller than the normal tags, so that seemed perfect - giving lots of space for aerial adventures in the sky!
I stamped my main images direct onto the tag... the fabulous gentlemen proudly showing off their big wheel for the Exposition...
The balloons making their daring ascensions... a dangerous business!
I fear somebody has already had to make a desperate bid for safety, jumping with his parachute from a balloon which has gone astray.
I added some advertisements for the Exposition.
They're stamped on separate card and inked and distressed for a vintage look.
I added some metal detailing with some industrial brads...
and swirled smoky black clouds around them, echoing the script in the background, for some added movement and drama...
And amidst all the excitement, who wouldn't feel a sense of Joie de Vivre?!
I stamped the words and added one of the Idea-ology number plaques - they look so French to me, so it seemed like the perfect thing to top off the tag.
There you go - a pretty straightforward stamped tag - but with stamps this good, sometimes that's all you want to do!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - I always love to hear what you think - and I'll see you again in August!

Designer: Alison Bomber
Words and Pictures

July 7, 2014


Hi, Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog!  This week, my card uses stamps from the Think and Wonder and Ephemera Backgrounds plates along with pattern paper and Custom Dies from Our Daily Bread Designs (Artistic Outpost's parent company).

I stamped the children from the Think and Wonder plate in Coffee Archival then cut them from their background panel, and layered them on a Vanilla panel that was stamped with the ledger stamp from Ephemera Backgrounds plate.  The border die is cut from Espresso card stock using the ODBD Custom Beautiful Borders Dies, and the leaves on the flower are die cut using the ODBD Custom Fancy Foliage Die. The beautiful paper is the Blushing Rose paper collection.

If you're looking for more inspiration using Artistic Outpost plates, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, or visit our Gallery.

Designer - Lisa Somerville

July 6, 2014

Finding Serenity

Greetings!  Linda here again with my Sunday post, this week looking for a little serenity with the Artistic Outpost Serenity set.  Love this set!  I started with a jumbo manila tag, sponging it with Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn for the greens and Peacock Feathers for the blue sky, then I spritzed it a bit with Perfect Pearls Perfect Pearl mist to give it a little sheen.  Once I had the background laid down, the stamps from the Serenity set were stamped in Jet Black archival.  

I cut a piece of card stock that had been sponged with Walnut Stain and the Woodgrain stencil with the Courtyard Frameworks die and embellished it with several filigree metal pieces.  The sentiment was stamped on a book page that had been brushed with gesso.  I finished it off with a stencil mark, key and tiny heart.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you find some serenity this week!

Designer:  Linda Coughlin

July 5, 2014

Island Kings

Hello! This is Kate and I have another journal page. I love how I can use my Artistic Outpost stamps with my art journaling. My background is paper scraps, gesso and stamping from the Ephemera Backgrounds. The crown and sentiment are from the Wonderland Collage plate. My background has been sprayed and dripped with green spray ink. Thank you for looking.

Designer - Kate Yetter