January 28, 2015

Artistic Outpost January Design Team Blog Hop - Transportation

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Design Team monthly Blog Hop! This month, the designers are sharing projects using Artistic Outpost stamps along with a Transportation Theme, we hope you'll enjoy us on our travels!  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 Hat's Off, Hats Background

Stamps - Artistic Outpost SteamPunk, Hat's Off, Route 66, Industrial Backgrounds, Gatsby

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Home, Chalkboard Wisdom

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Diesel Punk, Route 66, Industrial Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Paris Exposition, Skating Emporium

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We would LOVE to see what you have been creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! There is still time to enter our Show us your AO Art January Challenge for your chance to win an Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate! Click here for more details. 

Upcoming Shows:
  • January 31 - February 1, 2015 we will be in Lawrenceville, GA, at Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival show.  Please note that Artistic Outpost can be found in Our Daily Bread Designs Booth. For more details, please see our Facebook Events post here.
Thanks for visiting!

January 26, 2015

A Proper Gentleman

Hi Lisa here today, with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog. This week, I'm sharing a card I created using the new Hat's Off stamp set along with the Generation Redux stamp set and Our Daily Bread Designs Custom Flourish Star Pattern Die and Pennant Dies.

I stamped the gentleman from the Hat's off stamp set in Black Archival on Vanilla card stock, masked the image and repeatedly stamped the background using the collage of the 2 gentlemen from the Generation Redux stamp set being careful to only ink the background portion.  I die cut the stamped panel with Oval dies, sponged the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and layered on a Black oval die cut.

To add a bit of texture to a few of the card stock and pattern paper panels, I die cut the largest die (border) from Flourish Star Pattern Die.

There's still a few days to play along with the Artistic Outpost Show Us your AO Art Challenge. Click here for more details.

Be sure to stop back on Wednesday, for the Artistic Outpost DT Monthly Blog Hop!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

January 25, 2015

A Gentle Man

Hi!! It's me, Shari--Happy Sunday!!  Have you recovered from the excitement of the New Releases yet?  I sure haven't!!  But I do have to admit, I'm relieved the news is out and I can freely share projects that I've been making with the new stamps! WHEW!! 

I'm terribly enamored of the new Hat's Off stamp set and the single Hats Background stamp.  They're very versatile and wonderfully masculine! I love 'em!!

I used Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye & Black Soot to create the heat-embossed resist background panel with the Hats Background image. 

This gentle man from the Hat's Off set, was stamped with Jet Black Archival onto mixed media stock then water colored with Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose & Pumice Stone Distress Markers and my water brush.   I gave his hat a light layer of Diamond Glaze to give it a satiny shine and I adorned him with an Observations Word Band.

The quote is in the Hat's Off set, and I stamped it with Jet Black Archival onto distressed manila stock.  I then fussy cut each word, inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and mounted onto a scrap piece of black stock.  I snipped out each word and adhered to the background panel with matte gel. 

I hope you're enjoying the samples that all of us DT members have been sharing!  I just love all of the different styles and all of the different ways my teammates have been using these images in their creations!  I know I'm inspired even more!! 

OH--and don't forget!! You've got until January 31st at 11:55pm CST to enter your Artistic Outpost creations in our January Show Us Your AO Art Challenge.  We'd love to see what you do with your sets of Artistic Outpost stamps! 

Thanks for joining me today! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

January 24, 2015

Gift Certificate Winners

Thank you to those who took the time to leave comments here on the AO Blog and our Designers Blogs for our January New Release Post and Blog Hop! 

Congratulations to the following people who were randomly selected from comments left on our Design Team Blogs January New Release Posts. You have each won a $15 Gift Certificate to the Artistic Outpost Store, to be used toward the purchase of AO Stamps.  Winners, Please email Lisa by February 7, 2015, to claim your gift certificate, be sure to put January Winner in the subject line. 

From Gerrie's Blog:
Jenny Shepherd said... love these stamps, and the masculine but fun feel with the techniques. Thank you for the inspiration

From Tracy's Blog:
Pamellia JohnsonWOW, WOW, WOW!!! Did I say WOW!! I could sit and stare at these cards for hours Tracy! The amazing layering and depth to both cards is incredible! I have just bookmarked the Artistic Outpost store because you have just sucked me right in!! GORGEOUS!! hugs :)

From Lisa's Blog:
Shari Czerwinski said...
Gorgeous! I adore this color scheme!

January 23, 2015

My Hat's Off To You!

What a happy Friday it is and I am so excited to share with you a card I created using those new Hat's Off and Hats Background stamps. Now if you missed the new release, be sure to click right HERE for all the details! Before I start, there is still some time to enter your gorgeous AO projects in the January,"Show Us Your AO Art" challenge for a change to win a $15 gift certificate to the store!

I fell in love with the New Release and I really don't have a favorite, but I love to make masculine or grungy type cards and tags and these are just what the doctor ordered! I cut the background panel for the Hat's Background to 5" x 5" and inked the over with Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Pumice Stone and Crushed Corduroy. The green areas were shaded in Walnut Stain and brown areas in Peeled Paint and then I flicked on some water. Used Black Soot to shade in the corners and stamped the Hats Background using Black Archival.
That dapper gentleman from Hat's Off was stamped in Black Archival and colored using inks listed above and a little Tattered Rose for his skin color and then I went over the entire image with Antique Linen. I decided to cut a second hate for a little extra dimension. To finished I stamped and cut apart the sentiment and place it over filmstrip and added a few metal bits and chain. Fun images to work with.

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

January 21, 2015

Artistic Outpost New Releases and Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost January New Release post and Blog Hop! Please keep reading to find out how you can WIN a free Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate!

Our New Releases are now available for purchase, click here to order from our website! You can also call Josh at 877-451-4909 to place your phone order.

We are so very excited to be revealing to you our first new releases since we became the new owners of Artistic Outpost! We are pleased to let you know that Robyn Sharp, founder of Artistic Outpost, will be a contributing stamp designer.  We are so happy to have Robyn on our team to continue with her well-loved and unique artistic style.

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hats Background

New for Artistic Outpost are the collage singles, which are ATC sized, and are perfect for adding to a card, tag or mixed media project!
Stamps - Artistic Outpost Sound of the Sea

Stamps - Artistic Outpost The Baker

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Winter Walk

Stamps - ArtisticOutpost Holly & the Ivy

Purchase the Artistic Outpost January 2015 Bundle and save 20% off the regular price!  (Retail Customers only)

Click here to shop our website!

To inspire you, I am posting the Design Team January Blog Hop projects, with links to their blogs under the photos.  Three randomly selected winners will each receive a $15 gift certificate to the AO Store, to be used toward the purchase of AO Stamps just for commenting on the Design Team cards on their blogs!  You have until January 23, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. CST to leave your comments for a chance to win!  The Winners will be posted on the AO Blog on January 24th, so be sure to check back to see if you won!

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Hats Background

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Hats Background, Ephemera Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Sound of the Sea

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Winter Walk, Skating Emporium

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, Hats Background

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium, The Baker, Ephemera Backgrounds

Stamps - Artistic Outpost A Lovely Day, Hat's Off, The Outpost

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Hat's Off, SteamPunk

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium, ODBD Custom Mini Tags Dies, ODBD Custom Beautiful Borders Dies

Stamps - Artistic Outpost Skating Emporium, Winter Walk, ODBD Custom Pennants Die, ODBD Custom Circle Ornaments Die, ODBD Custom Matting Circles Die

For more inspiration visit our Samples Gallery, "like us" on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest!

Thank you for visiting!!!

January 18, 2015

Love Potion #9

Happy Sunday-It's Shari here-Thanks for joining me today!!  Have you noticed that there's a lot of  wonderful Valentine's Day related crafty things being made out there in blogland?  All of these lovey-dovey creations get me thinking of some of my favorite love-themed songs.  I love music and will sometimes let song titles or lyrics take me down the crafting road.  I've gone back to the 1950's with an oldie but goodie - "Love Potion #9" to make my first Valentine's Day card of the season.

I'm blending the Apothecary & Secretary Pool stamp sets together to create this mixed media ode to the season of love. Other amorous ingredients include some of my pink & red Distress Stains & Inks, a bloom of Tattered Florals and that mysterious little bottle of 'Love Potion #9'. 

This is the bottle image and text from the Apothecary set, that I stamped onto modeling film with Jet Black StazOn ink.  I colored it with Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol ink and an old alcohol ink from my very beginning crafty days called Studio 2 Ink-It in Watermelon.  I treated the bottle with gloss multi-medium, let dry, then applied a thin layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and let that air dry and perform its crackle magic. I rubbed Black Soot Distress Ink over the surface to accentuate those wonderful cracks!

The tattered floral bloom is layered with stamped card stock, painted & inked tulle and backed with that fun, heart shaped, metal flower embellie-all attached together with a mini silver brad.  The prescription of love that this is attached to, has a heart stenciled background, Worn Lipstick brayed color and a spritz of Pewter Perfect Pearls mist. 

Although the gent on this card is not a fortune teller, as the song details, he's quite the doctor of love and can compound a potion or two of his own.  I used the letters from the Secretary Pool to form the two doses of love text at the bottom, stamped in Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Worn Lipstick and Black Soot Distress Inks. 

Take a look at your Artistic Outpost stamps and see if you can transform them into a Valentine's Day card, or a birthday card, or any other kind of creation you'll need this year and bring it over to the monthly Show Us Your AO Art challenge.  It's anything goes with your AO stamps, so what are you waiting for?  Hope to see you there! 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy

January 17, 2015

Summer Days

Hello. Kate here, sharing a tag pouch today. I started off by layering paper scraps in my background. After a light wash of gesso and some dripped paint I stamped my background from the Ephemera Backgrounds and Hayride stamp sets. I then painted and glued my focal image and embellishments from Boardwalk and Serenity stamp sets.

Designer - Kate Yetter

January 16, 2015


It is Friday and here I am with another masculine card using the Steampunk totally awesome stamps! We are in the middle of January and there is still plenty of time to get inky with us and join in the "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge for a change to win a store gift certificate or to have your artwork showcased!
All of the front images were stamped using Black Archival and inked or watercolored. The Conductor's hat and jacket were inked using Vintage Photo, his face Tattered Rose and the bow-tie and hat band watercolored using Fired Brick. The background behind him was stamped in Dove Grey Stazon and then inked over and shaded.
I love this train! Once stamped this was watered colored using Faded Jeans for the sky, Crushed Olive and Shabby Shutters for the trees, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap for the ground and the train with Weathered Wood and then a combination of that and Black Soot. Added some extra paper layers and it was done.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope your weekend is wonderful!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

January 15, 2015

Birds Of A Feather

I am already thinking about Spring and its only January! I long for those light filled Spring days filled with blossom and fresh green foliage.
Thinking of Spring inspired my piece today for Artistic Outpost using the fabulous Birds Of A Feather stamp set. I began with three die cuts, cut from white card using Our Daily Bread Designs Elegant Oval Dies. Keeping the dies in place I applied Broken China Distress Ink over the card, adding touches of Gathered Twigs ink to the edges and I then flicked the background with water to add blotches. The bird image was then stamped onto two of the die cuts using Potting Soil Archival Ink. Once I was happy with my stamping and colouring I then removed the die to leave a white border around the edge. The central die cut has been stamped with the background stamp from the same stamp set.
I love adding layers to my designs and being able to see each layer within the design. I added subtle touches of Remnant Rubs to the die cut pieces and added the sentiment 'Birds of a feather' to the top of my design.
I applied Crackled Texture Paste, coloured with Potting Soil Reinker to a layering stencil to add further interest to the background. I love the touch of crackle to the stencilled areas. Subtle background stamping has also been included. Die cut feathers coloured with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink have been added for further dimension and interest.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I always appreciate your kind comments.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

January 14, 2015

My Favorite Book

Hi there, Lisa here today with my weekly share on the Artistic Outpost Blog! This week, I inked up the sweet school girl from the Favorite Book stamp set. I stamped her multiple times on pattern paper, did a little paper tole and paper piecing.  She's layered on a die cut folder, cut from the same pattern paper collection.  When die cutting, it just so happened that the alpha ended up on the tab portion of the folder too!  To embellish I added Black Seam Binding, a button with twine and a vintage typewriter charm.

There is still plenty of time to play along with the Show Us your AO Art Challenge, click here for more details!  We would love to see what you've been creating with AO stamps!Thanks for stopping by!

Designer - Lisa Somerville

January 11, 2015

A Fisher of Men

Happy Sunday!  Welcome back to my weekly post here at Artistic Outpost (I'm still getting used to being here!).  I know that Spring comes before Summer, and we're barely into the first month of Winter, but I find my thoughts already drifting to those warmer, sunnier days that Summer will bring and the pleasant outdoor activities that come with (still a good 6 months away, I know...big sigh).

The Keeper stamp set was just calling my name, not to mention screaming SUMMER! Now, doesn't it look like this gal had a good day?  I'm using a #8 manila tag, stained with Worn Lipstick & Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stains that gave me this warm, Summer sunset background.  The house image is stamped with Jet Black Archival and I added strips of tissue tape here and there.  I blended Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress inks over the entire surface, then spritzed and flicked water for those wonderful water spots. 

This is a good close-up shot of the rustic frame from the Chalk It Up stamp set.  I stamped it onto manila stock with Coffee Archival Ink and heat embossed with Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder.  I fussy cut it and distressed the edges then finished it with an inking of Walnut Stain Distress Ink. 

I stamped the quote onto a scrap piece of acetate with Jet Black StazOn, fussy cut and outlined with Black Soot Distress Paint.  When dry, I adhered to the manila tag with matte gel, which dries completely transparent...gosh I love that stuff! 

My 'fisher of men' gal is stamped with Jet Black Archival ink onto a piece of mixed media stock and water colored with my water brush and Distress Markers in Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo and Rusty Hinge.  I fussy cut her out, made her a fishing pole out of toothpicks and adhered her into the frame with foam squares and double-back tape.  I masked her off and spritzed the entire tag with my art air tool and my Rusty Hinge Distress Marker. 

I topped the tag with stained seam binding and jute twine with the embellishment of a fishing line swivel clip thingy and a type charm adorned with the letter 'K' for Keeper!

I'm so glad that you joined us today and I hope you enjoyed my early offering of Summer on this chilly, Winter's day.  And speaking of joining us--Show Us Your Artistic Outpost Art and join our monthly challenge!  It's Anything Goes with AO stamps, so-show us what you've got! 

See you next week!!

Designer:  Shari Trumbull
Ain't That Artsy Fartsy