September 24, 2016

The Most Important Shot

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, sharing a Mixed Media card using the Artistic Outpost Spring 2016 Release stamp sets, The Golf Club and Grunge Elements  (available at Our Daily Bread Designs).


With the arrival of Fall here in the Northeast, I wanted to use autumn colors so pulled out a piece of the bright green paper from the ODBD Birthday Brights 6x6 Paper Pad and die cut it with the largest die from the ODBD Pierced Rectangle Dies.

I stamped the various texture images from AO 
Grunge Elements with black soot distress ink over the background panel before mounting onto white cardstock and the black card front.

I die cut three additional panels from white cardstock- two with the ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies and one with the ODBD Pierced Square Dies before stamping the advertising images and sentiment from AO The Golf Club with archival black ink.


I used distress inks to water color the panels and added a bit of distressing with the large splatter stamp from AO Grunge Elements (using black soot distress ink) before mounting onto black cardstock and adhering to the card front.

I created the banners from the ODBD Birthday Brights 6x6 Paper Pad, stamped the grid image from AO Grunge Elements with black soot distress ink before mounting onto black cardstock, adding the copper spiral clip and adhering with dimensional foam.

I stamped the golfers from AO The Golf Club using archival black ink, fussy cut each image and mounted onto black cardstock (fussy-cutting again) before mounting onto the card front to finish off the card.

I had fun designing this card and hope I have inspired you to create a project this week with your Artistic Outpost stamps!  If so, don’t forget to enter your AO artwork in our “Show Us Your AO Art- September Challenge”- please click here for details.

Thanks again for taking the time to visit us and I hope you have a fabulous week!


September 22, 2016

You are the HERO in your own story.

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am showcasing the Paperboy stamp set once again.


I am loving the Gesso resist technique at the moment and the background to my tag has used this technique once again, applying Gesso over one of Tim Holtz number stencil and then applying Broken China Distress Ink over the Gesso once dried. The Gesso resists the ink.


I then added three circles; applying paint to an old lid and stamping onto the background. I then applied Distress Crayons Hickory Smoke and Mermaid Lagoon to the edges of each circle to add a touch of shading.


I added scribbly lines around each circle using a white pen and also added splatters of water to the background.


I added the sentiment from the Paperboy stamp set and also added splatters of white paint to the background.


I also added stamped numbers around each of the circles to echo the stenciled numbers in the background. The fabulous focal image from the Paperboy stamp set has been stamped with Black Archival Ink.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Designer: Tracy Evans x

September 20, 2016

Today I am Thankful

Hello, Avril here today with some Autumn inspiration for you using images from the Harvest and Serenity sets of rubber stamps.

My base layer was made with embossing paste through the Tim Holtz wood grain stencil.  When it was dry, I used the new Distress Crayons  and scribbled Vintage Photo and Walnut stain and blended the colours with my finger.

I stamped the country scene from the Serenity set onto white card and then twice onto a piece of tissue paper.  I tore away just the field and added this to the image using matte medium as I wanted to extend the field.  I coloured the sky with Tumbled glass and Tattered Rose Distress inks.  I also coloured the field with Crushed Olive DI when the tissue paper had dried.

My young farmer from the Harvest set  was stamped, fussy cut and coloured with Distress inks and then adhered using foam pads for some dimension.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine and used Copper EP and heat set, then added with foam tape. I also stamped and cut apart the R.L.Stevenson sentiment to get the Harvest word.

The Autumn leaves were cut using the Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings strip die and for the final harvest embellishment, I stamped, fussy cut and coloured my young farmers harvested crop.

You've still got time to ink up your Artistic Outpost rubbers stamps and show us what you create in our current challenge - Anything Goes using AO stamps,  so why not join in, all the details can be found here.

Thanks for visiting, hope you have a great week

Designer:  Avril Bailey







September 17, 2016

Fall Harvest

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, sharing a fun Mixed Media card using the Artistic Outpost Harvest and Seed Packets Background stamp sets, available on Our Daily Bread Designs website.

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To create the background for this card, I embossed the green flourish pattern piece of ODBD Christmas 2013 Collection 6x6 Paper Pad with the ODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies, trimmed close to the edge and distressed the edges and lightly sanded the embossing with a sanding block.

I heat embossed the AO Seed Packet Background as well as the farmer image from the AO Harvest stamp set with black embossing powder on white cardstock and colored the images with markers and a water brush.

I die cut the AO Seed Packets Background image with the ODBD Double Stitched Rectangle Dies, mounted the die cut panel onto black cardstock and added to the card front along with the fringed burlap ribbon.

To create the narrow piece of the layout, I re-inserted the scrap piece of the embossed/colored AO Seed Packets Background back into the ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles Dies to die cut the opposite edge (matching up the stitched edges to the original die cut at the top and bottom)- this is how you can achieve different size rectangles from one die set :-)

I die cut and embossed a piece of suede cardstock with the ODBD Pierced Square Dies and stamped the AO Seed Packets Background onto the square.  

I fussy-cut the AO Harvest farmer image and mounted this image onto black cardstock before adding to the card front to finish off the card.

I decided to wait to add the sentiment later so I can customize the card as needed.

I had a great time designing this card and hope I have inspired you to create a project this week with your Artistic Outpost stamps!  If so, don’t forget to enter your AO artwork in our “Show Us Your AO Art- September Challenge”- please click here for details.

Thanks again for taking the time to visit us and I hope you have a great week!

Designer- Julie Gearinger

September 15, 2016

Write Your Story

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am using the fabulous Paperboy stamp set.

My background has been created using PanPastels; applying the PanPastels to the background using a sponge and then adding circles using black paint. I then painted each circle with Titanium White paint, dried with my heat tool and then applied Gelatos to each of the circles, blending with my finger.


I stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink and added random numbers to each of the circles.


A touch more stencilling has been added using the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and PanPastels.


Delicate splatters of white paint have been added along with a sentiment 'write your story' stamped using an alphabet set.


Thanks so much for stopping by.

Designer: Tracy Evans x

September 13, 2016

Born to Stand Out


Hello, Avril here today and this week I'm mixing and matching my stamp plates again.

I started off with a mop up piece of card, (I never just wipe up my inky mess, instead I always mop up the inks with a piece of scrap card which always comes in handy for some background or another). I stamped the Hats background in Black Archival ink and then distressed the edges with a pair of blunt scissors, before layering on black card stock.

I then stamped the gentlemen from  Generation Redux, again with Black Archival but this time onto white card.  Again I distressed the edges and added some shading with Antique linen ink and coloured his tie,  then again layered onto black card.

I stamped the Hats background stamp again onto white card and fussy cut out a hat that I thought would suit my gent, coloured the hat band to match his tie and adhered it with foam pads.

The sentiment is from the Think and Wonder plate,  stamped onto white card, trimmed to size, distressed and then given a very thin coat of Glossy Accents.  After it was dry I slight bent the sentiment, just enough to create stress lines for an aged look and adhered it covering the coffee sentiment on the image.

All the stamp sets used can be purchased from Our Daily Bread Designs website.

One of the things  I've always loved about Artistic Outpost rubber stamps is the way all of the stamp plates can be used with one another and I hope I've inspired you to get mixing and inking up and hopefully joining us in our Show us Your Art Anything Goes with an AO stamp, the details of the current challenge can be found here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

September 10, 2016

Life Is Better...With Ice Cream!

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with a fun Mixed Media card using the Artistic Outpost Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set available on Our Daily Bread Designs website.


I started by die cutting and embossing a piece of paper from the ODBD Boho Bolds Paper Pad with the ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies and “distressed” the die cut with ink using the Smakin’ Acetate Technique (ink within acetate- see the next step for more info), mounted the die cut frame onto a piece of white cardstock before adhering to the black card base.

I created the center panel using a modified version of the Smakin’ Acetate technique- scribbled water-based markers in the middle of two pieces of acetate (I used a clear envelope), spritzed lightly with water, closed the acetate and "smooshed" the ink around, re-opened and placed the white cardstock into the ink.

After the ink dried, I applied crackle texture paste using a palette knife along with a circle stencil, then die cut and embossed the panel with the ODBD Pierced Rectangle Dies and applied shimmer with a clear glitter pen.


I mounted the panel onto a piece of black cardstock (die cut and embossed with the ODBD Double Stitched Rectangle Dies) and added the strip of black satin ribbon.

I die cut and embossed circles from the ODBD Boho Bolds Paper Pad for the outer circles with the ODBD Pierced Circle Dies and used white cardstock with the ODBD Circles Dies for the inner circles.

I stamped the Ice Cream Shoppe cone images onto white cardstock, colored with water-based markers and used a clear glitter pen to apply shimmer. I fussy-cut the images, mounted them onto black cardstock and fussy-cut again.

I added the circles to the card front along with silver thread and mounted the ice cream cones with dimensional foam.

I finished off the card by stamping the sentiment from the Ice Cream Shoppe onto white cardstock, hand trimming and mounting onto black cardstock and adding to the card front with a few silver sequins.

I had fun creating this card and hope you have been inspired to design a project with your Artistic Outpost stamps this weekend.  If so, we would love for you to join us in on our September Show Us Your AO Art Challenge- click here for details. 

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Designer- Julie Gearinger

September 9, 2016

Ice Cream Happiness!

Happy Friday! Can you believe how quickly the summer has passed and now we are heading to cooler season? It is never too late to enjoy some Ice Cream Shoppe sweetness with some sprinkles from Grunge Elements. There is always a chance to win a nice little store voucher by entering the Show Us Your AO Art challenge, so come on and join in!


The tag background was stamped with the Grunge Dots in Archival Red Geranium and then edged with Distress Festive Berries. All images/sentiments were stamped in Archival Coffee and sentiments edged with Festive Berries and the Ice Cream Man and treats were water colored with Distress, Stormy Sky, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Scattered Straw and Festive Berries. For Ice Cream dish, I applied a layer of clear nail polish for a bit of a glass sheen and paint was dotted on for the cherries. Our Daily Bread Designs Stitched Ovals was also used for the "Buy Happiness" sentiment.

Hope your weekend is long and wonderful and thank you for stopping by today!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

September 8, 2016

Paperboy

Today I am showcasing one of my favourite stamp sets from Artistic Outpost, the Paperboy stamp set.

The background has been created using an old credit card and various Distress Paints. Simply add the paints to a non-stick craft sheet, dip the credit card into the paints and swipe each of the paints across the card.


A touch of stencilling to the background gives further interest, using several varieties of stencils.


The focal image has been stamped and cut out and coloured with pencil crayons. Torn strips of book pages have also been added to ground the focal image.


Splatters of red and white paint have been added to the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Designer: Tracy Evans x


September 6, 2016

C'est Magnifique!

Hello, Avril here with my weekly inspiration and I'm featuring the Artistic Outpost Paris Exposition stamp set available on Our Daily Bread Designs website.

The flourish on my background tag was made by using embossing  through a stencil and when dry, I used Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose and Bundled Sage.

My main image, the Eiffel Tower, was stamped with Watering Can Archival,  the word 'Paris' was achieved by masking off the word  'Exposition', using low tack tape on the sentiment stamp, inking and then removing the tape before stamping on the previously trimmed image.  The image was coloured with Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage Distress inks.

I added Our Daily Bread Designs Beautiful Border die cut, before layering on some vintage french book page and adding a little spray of flowers.

To finish I added the c'est magnifique! sentiment.

I hope I've inspired you to ink up your Artistic Outpost rubber stamps and show us what you create by joining in our September challenge - Anything Goes using AO stamps, all the details can be found here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey



September 3, 2016

Live in the Sunshine

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with a Mixed Media card using The Outpost and Grunge Elements stamp sets from Artistic Outpost available on Our Daily Bread Designs website.


I started by die cutting and embossing a piece of pumpkin cardstock using the Our Daily Bread Designs Pierced Rectangles Dies and mounted the die cut frame onto the black card base.

I stamped the grid image and border from Grunge Elements with bright melon ink onto the edge of the pumpkin pie layer before mounting the black frame cut and embossed with the ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles Dies.

I stamped the large image from The Outpost with archival black ink and used a stencil brush as well as sponge daubers to apply pumpkin and bright melon ink to the sky area (masking the house before sponging).

I added the script image from The Outpost with pumpkin ink and the large splatter from Grunge Elements with bright melon ink to the sky area before cutting the panel.

I mounted the layered focal image panels onto the black die cut frame (the main panel was added with dimensional foam), added the sentiment as well as three of the leaves from The Outpost.

To finish off the card, I used a clear glitter pen to add sheen to the leaves and windowpanes. 

I hope I have inspired you to create a project using your Artistic Outpost stamps this weekend and if so, we would love for you to join us in on our September Show Us Your AO Art Challenge- click here for details.
 
Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a fabulous week!!

Designer- Julie Gearinger

September 2, 2016

Today I Am Thankful!

Hello to all of you on this first Friday in September! It has been a while since I posted and I am excited to be back and have a tag to share with you using the Seeds Packets Background and Harvest. These two collections work so well together or apart! This is also the start of the new "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge for September, so be sure to join in!


In all my excitement of getting inky, I totally forgot to take a picture of the tag background, but here is how it happened. I stamped the Seeds Packets Background using Archival Black and then heat set. Next i sprinkled on some Color Bursts and then gave it a misting, blotting up the excess and again drying, then the ends were shaded.

The darling young children, I decided to just let stand alone and inked around them using Frayed Burlap and shading. I added a little tissue tape to frame.


The sentiment was stamped in Tiger Lily Archival and layered up and then the harvest collection of goodies all water colored and then shaded.



Well I do thank you for visiting today and wish you all a wonderful weekend and Happy Labor Day to all in the USA!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work In Progress

September 1, 2016

Show Us Your AO Art - September Challenge



We would love for you to share your AO Art with us! Our challenge for the month of September is Anything Goes using Artistic Outpost Stamps. This 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 Gift Code good towards your product purchase on Our Daily Bread Designs website. 

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 August Show us your AO Art Challenge, we love to see what you are creating with Artistic Outpost stamps! 

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


AO Stamps - Boardwalk

Congratulations Jayzor, please email Lisa by 9/15/16 to claim your prize! Please put AO August Winner in the subject line, and Lisa will email you back with details on how to use your Gift Gift Code. 

We have also chosen to highlight the following entry:

AO Products - Snowy Woods

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - September Challenge.  All links must be posted by 9/30/16, 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 October to see if you've won.

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









Wonder and Think

Today I am showcasing the fabulous Think and Wonder stamp set from Artistic Outpost.


I created a Gesso resist background using a stencil and then applied Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks over the Gesso.


The focal image has been stamped with Black Archival Ink, cut out and coloured with pencil crayons. I have also added further layers of stencilling using Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.


I love the pop of red, brings everything to life! The sentiment has also been edged with red and stamped onto the same Gesso resist background.


I have added a few random strips of Tissue Tape and added delicate splatters of paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Designer: Tracy Evans x x

August 30, 2016

Never Drive Fast!

Hello, Avril here today with my weekly inspiration and this time I'm using images from the Diesel Punk set of rubber stamps, available from our Daily Bread Designs Designs website.

My card base started life as a mop up piece with, I think, some Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed inks.

I don't have a cogs stencil, but used a spare corner diecut from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Gearhead mixed media die set, as my home made stencil and applied embossing paste to the right-hand side of the card.  My 'home made' stencil  was also used with inks to create extra interest.  I also did a little wrinkle free distressing around the edges of the card, before adding some Aquamarine and Bronze Gilding pastes over the embossed areas.

I stamped my main image of the two men, and coloured their clothing with Distress inks.  For further interest, I stamped the lady with the car image with Jet Black Archival ink and heat set with clear  EP. As I only wanted the car, this was fussy cut  and added using foam tape onto the image.

The gear corner and spare cogs die cuts were inked with Tumbled Glass, Peacock feathers and Vintage Photo Distress Inks  and  then some bronze and clear embossing powders  were added and heat set to give a rusted vintage look,  before adding to the card.

The sentiment, which is cut apart, is also from the Diesel Punk set, again stamped in Archival and heat set with clear EP, before being distressed with Vintage Photo and Tumbled Glass.

I hope I've inspired you to get out your Artistic Outpost rubber stamps and get inking and if you're really quick, you could show us what you've created and link up by 31st August to our current AO challenge.

Thanks for visiting.

Designer:  Avril Bailey


August 27, 2016

Ice Cream Happiness!

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with another fun card using Ice Cream Shoppe along with Bottle Caps Background from the Artistic Outpost Spring Release.


To create the background for this card, I used a direct to paper (DTP) technique- first I swiped the light blue ink in the center of a piece of white cardstock followed with the olive green ink, then added the melon ink and finished with the dark blackberry ink.

Once the ink dried, I stamped the AO Bottle Caps Background stamp over the inked panel with archival black ink and cut the panel into four pieces.

Using the ODBD Pierced Rectangles Dies, I die cut two pieces from black cardstock and one piece from white cardstock.  I layered the black and white die cuts onto a white card base and mounted two of the inked background panels onto the smallest black die cut panel.

I stamped the girl image and sentiment from the AO Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set with archival black ink onto white cardstock, die cut the sentiment with the ODBD Filigree Frames Dies and fussy-cut the girl image (mounting the fussy cut image onto black cardstock and fussy cuting a thin border around the stamped image as well).

To finish off the card, I added a bit of looped silver cord and mounted the sentiment along with the girl image with dimensional foam. 

I hope I have inspired you to create a project using your Artistic Outpost stamps this weekend, and if so, it is not too late to join in on our August Show Us Your AO Art Challenge- click here for details

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a fabulous week!!

Designer- JulieGearinger

August 25, 2016

What's The Buzz?

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am showcasing the fabulous Paperboy stamp set.
I have opted for a mixed media tag this time around which began with a Gesso Resist background which I then cut down to size.
I applied Gesso over one of Tim's Layering Stencils, dried the Gesso with a heat tool and then applied Broken China Distress Ink over the top. The Gesso resists the ink. I then added splatters of water to the background which I allowed to sit for a few moments and then dabbed dry with a piece of kitchen towel.
I also added further stencilling, this time applying Broken China Distress Ink over the same stencil to give a tone on tone effect.
The focal image has been stamped with Black Archival Ink and once again I have added a circular spotlight around the image using Titanium White Paint. I have also added a few random numbers to strips of card to echo the stencilled numbers in the background.
A few delicate splatters of paint complete the design.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Designer: Tracy Evans x

August 23, 2016

Wonder and Think




Hello, Avril here, and today I'm featuring an image from the Think and Wonder set of rubber stamps, available from Our Daily Bread Designs wesbsite.

I stamped the image onto water colour paper with Black Archival before using the reverse stencil technique with Distress inks to colour the background, using a harlequin stencil.  The base card also uses this technique but using a different stencil and when dry I used the schoolhouse stencil to add letters.

If you haven't used this technique before, just ink up you stencil with Distress inks, lightly spritz with water and then flip the stencil, ink side down onto your card, blot any excess inks coming through with a paper towel and carefully lift the stencil for a lovely watercolour effect.

I've also added a Tim Holtz die cut with coordinating card underneath.

You've still got a couple of days left to join us in our monthly 'Show Us Your Art' challenge where the theme is Anything Goes with an AO stamp and you can find all the details here.

Thanks for visiting today,

Designer:  Avril Bailey

August 20, 2016

Live, Laugh, Play- Having Fun with The Golf Club

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, sharing a "sports inspired"  Mixed Media card using The Golf Club along with Grunge Elements from the Artistic Outpost Spring 2016 Release available from Our Daily Bread Designs website).  


To create the background for this card, I inked the grid image from the Grunge Elements stamp set with green distress ink, repeatedly stamped onto a piece of white cardstock, added the corner border stamp from Grunge Elements using a denim distress ink, spritzed the panel with water and once dried, die cut  with the frame from the ODBD Flourished Star Pattern Dies.

I mounted the background panel onto black cardstock, trimming close to the die cut frame and mounted onto the white card base.

I stamped the collage map image from The Golf Club with archival black ink onto white cardstock, die cut with the medium die from the ODBD Double Stitched Rectangle Dies, used a water brush to watercolor with green distress ink and added vintage watercolor touches with a water-based black calligraphy pen.

I cut this collage panel in half, mounted the panels onto two pieces onto black cardstock (trimming close to the die cut edge) and adhered both of the panels flush to the card front.

I die cut a piece of white cardstock and two pieces of black cardstock with the medium circle from the ODBD Double Stitched Circle Dies, stamped The Golf Club flag image onto the white cardstock circle die cut, followed the steps above for the adding the background and vintage watercolor and mounted onto the two black cardstock circle die cuts.


Using embossing ink, I stamped the golfer image from The Golf Club onto white cardstock, heat embossed with black embossing powder and fussy-cut out the image.

I heat embossed the sentiment and the advertising image from The Golf Club with white embossing powder onto black cardstock and hand trimmed the images.

I die cut a piece of black cardstock with the ODBD Pennant Swag Die, trimmed off the ends of the pennant and positioned the pennant onto the card front, mounting the advertising image above the pennant and the sentiment  onto the collage area (both with dimensional foam).

To finish off the card, I used dimensional foam to add the die cut circle with the fussy-cut golfer image.

I had fun designing this card and hope I have inspired you to create a project this week with your Artistic Outpost stamps!  If so, don’t forget to enter your AO artwork in our “Show Us Your AO Art- August Challenge”- please click here for details.

Thanks for taking the time to visit and I hope you have a great week!


Designer- JulieGearinger