May 31, 2016

The Next Shot


Hello, Avril here with my weekly Tuesday post and today I'm showcasing a card using stamps from The Golf Club .

The background uses a Harlequin stencil with Peeled paint Distress ink on Kraft cardstock,
the images were all stamped with Black Archival and coloured with Distress inks for a vintage look before being fussy cut and layered up on a scrap of vintage newsprint.

The little golf clubs, which were layered on a piece of recycled coffee cup holder,  were silver, so I coloured the 'sticks' with Alcohol inks for a more realistic finish.

Have a great week,

Designer:  Avril Bailey


May 28, 2016

Hero

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with a Mixed Media card in honor of Memorial Day using Grunge Elements from the Artistic Outpost Spring Release along with Hero and Ephemera Backgrounds and the Patriotic Paper Collection from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30th in the United States and we can never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom- they are all heroes!




To create the main panel for this card, the Ephemera Backgrounds images were stamped to depict a collage effect with water-based inks onto white cardstock- the Telegram image and Postcard image using a denim blue ink and the Ledger image with cherry ink.

After stamping the collage, I sponged Tim Holtz® Tea Dye Distress Ink over the entire panel and added Grunge Elements images with Tim Holtz® Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I decided to add Gesso® to tone down the background, stamped a few more Grunge Elements onto the panel to build up the collage, distressed the edges with a distressing tool, mounted the panel onto cherry cardstock, trimmed and mounted onto the denim blue card base.

I used markers to color the serviceman focal image from Hero directly onto the stamp, “huffed” onto the stamp to moisten the ink, stamped onto white cardstock, trimmed the panel, mounted onto denim blue cardstock and "antiqued" the paper in the same manner as the background panel.

I cut a strip of the ODBD Patriotic Collection 6x6 Paper, embossed it with a star embossing folder, lightly sanded the embossing and mounted onto a piece of denim blue cardstock before adhering to the card front.

I stamped the sentiment from Hero with denim blue ink onto white cardstock and die cut with the ODBD Rectangles Dies(distressed as noted above for the focal image) and mounted onto a denim blue rectangle die cut using the ODBD Double Stitched Rectangles Dies.

I created two of the stars from the same pattern piece of the ODBD Patriotic Collection Paper, the flag star was created with the large flag image from Hero and all three were die cut with the ODBD Sparkling Stars Dies, “antiqued” with Tea Dye Distress Ink and Gesso®, mounted onto the denim blue cardstock and fussy-cut a small frame around each star.

I added the sentiment, focal image and stars with dimensional foam to finish off the card.

Don’t forget, there are only a few more days left to enter your artwork into the “May Show Us Your AO Art Challenge” – please click here for details.

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a very relaxing and safe weekend!


Designer- Julie Gearinger

May 26, 2016

The joy is in the planting!

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am using the fabulous Seed Packets Background stamp and the Harvest stamp set. As I am a keen gardener, these are a favourite of mine at the moment.


I cut a piece of white card 4.5" x 6.5" and then applied removable tape around all the edges of the card, leaving me a panel in the centre to stamp and decorate. I added a piece of book page to the central panel.


I coloured the central panel with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I applied the inks directly to a non-stick craft sheet, applied water to the panel with a paintbrush and then used a wet paintbrush to apply Peeled Paint Distress Ink first and then Vintage Photo; blending as I moved around and then dried with a heat tool.


I then stamped the Seed Packets Background image onto the coloured background using Black Archival Ink. I then applied a good thick coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and allowed to dry completely. DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream was applied to accentuate the cracks and then I added Matte Medium over the top to protect. I stamped the sentiment from the Harvest stamp set onto white card using Fern Green Archival Ink, colouring the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then added to the card.


I coloured two plastic plant labels with Citrus Alcohol Ink and then stamped them with some of the text from the Seed Packets Background stamp. I added a brad to attach them together and then adhered to the card along with some appropriate wording from the Harvest stamp set.


I added stamping to the inside of my card; applying Fern Green and touches of Black Archival to part of the imagery. I then removed the removable tape from around the edges of my card, applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges and added splatters of Peeled Paint Distress Paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

May 24, 2016

Uncomplicated

Hello, Avril here today with a card featuring those sweet kids from the Harvest set of stamps.

I wanted to create a feeling of an uncomplicated life down on the farm, so I've used rustic colours to mat and layer as well as some paper piecing for their clothes. I added a strip of burlap to anchor my retro flower and stamped some words from one of the sentiment stamps in the Think and Wonder set, which I think suits so many images.

Well, thanks for calling in and don't forget you still have a few days left to enter the May Show us your AO art challenge and you can find all the details here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

May 22, 2016

Red, White and YUM!

Hello There & Happy Sunday!!  It's Shari with you today-Thanks for joining me!  I've got a fun and patriotic card to share with you that I made using our new Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set along with ODBD Patriotic Paper and ODBD Beautiful Borders Dies.   
 
 
I had so much fun making this card, I completely forgot to take pictures along the creative way-DUH!  I was too in the-stamping, heat embossing, fussy cutting, die cutting, machine stitching-zone to remember the camera!
 
 
Oh, but wait--Look, one 'before' shot of the background!  I mounted a piece of ODBD Patriotic Paper to a red card base and ran through my sewing machine to add the stitched border.  The two ODBD Beautiful Borders are 'enameled' in white and I stitched them into place with my sewing machine using an applique stitch. 
 
 
I masked off one of the quotes found in the Ice Cream Shoppe set and stamped 'ice cream' several times onto white card stock with black pigment ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I fussy cut into word bands and mounted onto a red or blue base.
 
 
I stamped 'ice cream girl' onto white card stock with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I fussy cut her and framed with blue card stock then ran her through my sewing machine to add a touch of stitching. 
 
 
I adhered all of the fussy cut pieces onto the background panel with matte Decou-Page and finished with adding a few frosted red dots. 
 
Thanks again for joining me here at the Artistic Outpost Blog today and don't forget to join us in our monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge!  This month's Anything Goes with AO stamps is open until 11:55pm CDT May 31st, so bring your AO Art over for a chance to win!! 
 
 

Designer:  Shari Trumbull

May 21, 2016

Lacy Bottle Caps Background

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with another card using the Bottle Caps Background stamp from the Artistic Outpost Spring Release along with a faux wood background.

This time I decided to create a more feminine card using lace and an actual bottle cap embellishment.


To create the main panel for this card, I stamped the Bottle Caps Background stamp with Stāz-On® Midnight Blue Ink onto white cardstock and sponged Tim Holtz® Tea Dye Distress Stain over the image to distress the paper.

I used a woodgrain embossing folder to emboss the image, applied Tim Holtz® Distress Vintage Medium with a foam brush, allowed that layer to dry and then applied Tim Holtz® Distress Collage Medium.

Once the panel was completely dry, I used a sewing machine with a zig zag stitch to adhere the panel to a piece of dark navy cardstock.

I created the bottle cap embellishment by stamping the Bottle Caps Background onto another piece of white cardstock using Stāz-On® Midnight Blue Ink, colored the image with dark navy markers and punched the image out with a 1” circle punch.

I flattened a real bottle cap through the Big Shot™, adhered the stamped bottle cap image in the center and filled the center with Crystal Effects™ (setting the embellishment aside to dry for a few hours).

After the bottle cap embellishment had dried, I added the 1 ¼”  dark navy grosgrain ribbon and the ivory crochet lace to the card front (wrapping the ends behind the panel), add the string of pearls and popped up the bottle cap embellishment with dimensional foam.

I mounted the entire panel onto a white card base and decided not to add a sentiment at this time.  

I think this could be a fun note card to send for encouragment or a just "thinking of you" :-)

Don’t forget, we would love to see what you are creating with your Artistic Outpost stamps- click here for details on how to join in on our May Show Us Your AO Art Challenge.

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a relaxing weekend!


Designer- Julie Gearinger

May 19, 2016

Live, Laugh, Play

Today I am showcasing the Bottle Caps Background stamp and the Paperboy stamp set from Artistic Outpost, available on Our Daily Bread Designs website.

I opted for a neutral backdrop created with Vintage Photo Distress Ink; applied to plastic packaging, spritzed with water and the ink pressed onto the background and then dried with a heat tool. I then applied Fired Brick Distress Ink to the Stripes Layering Stencil, spritzed with water and then lay the inked stencik onto the background, dabbing with a piece of kitchen towel and then removing and drying with a heat tool,


I also added touches of background stamping using the Ephemera Backgrounds stamp set, stamped with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I then stamped three of the bottle caps only using the Bottle Caps Background stamp and Black Archival Ink. I also added Live, Laugh, Play from The Golf Club stamp set.


I used stamps from the Grunge Elements stamp set to age the background further and to add more layers of interest.

I recycled a bottle cap and added one of the stamped bottle caps to the centre. This adds dimension to the design.


I added the children from the Paperboy stamp set to the bottom of the card, and coloured the imagery with a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age. I also added a painty circle over the imagery using Fired Brick Distress Paint and an old lid. Live, Laugh, Play was added once again, this time to the edge of the circle.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

May 17, 2016

Life is Better with Ice Cream

Hello, Avril here today and I'm showcasing stamps from the Ice Cream Shoppe and Grunge Elements sets.

My background was coloured with Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass before applying the sun rays with texture paste and colouring with Squeezed Lemonade DIs.  For some extra interest I stamped the 'splat'  from the Grunge Elements first with white Gesso and then with Victorian Velvet Distress paint (don't forget to clean your stamp straight away after using paint).

My images were fussy cut and coloured with DIs.  The sentiments were stamped and clear embossed.

Don't forget, you still have a couple of weeks left to enter the May Show us Your Art Challenge and you could be in with a chance to win a $15 Gift Code to spend in the online store, you can find all the details here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

May 14, 2016

Seed Packets Background Shaker Card

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with a fun shaker card featuring the new Seed Packets Background stamp from the Artistic Outpost Spring Release.

I could not decide on a sentiment since I did not want to cover any of the beautiful artwork.  I think that this card would be a great note card or you could add a sentiment as needed at a later date :-)


To create the main panel for this card, I stamped the Seed Packets Background Stamp with Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink onto white cardstock and colored each of the seed packets images with water-based ink and markers (using a water brush to blend the colors).

After the panel dried, I applied Tim Holtz® Distress Vintage Medium, allowed that layer to dry and then applied Distress Collage Medium.

The black cardstock frame was die cut with the Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangle Dies and a piece of acetate was adhered behind the frame.

I added two-sided self-adhesive dimensional foam all around the back of the die cut frame, poured the green seed beads into the center of the acetate and adhered the stamped background panel onto the frame.

I mounted the entire shaker panel onto the and sponged the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink to finish off the card.

It has been a while since I designed a shaker card- I had fun putting this one together for sure!

Don’t forget, we would love to see what you are creating with your Artistic Outpost stamps- click here for details on how to join in on our May Show Us Your AO Art Challenge.

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you have a fabulous weekend and take some time to stamp!


Designer- Julie Gearinger

May 12, 2016

The Game of Golf

Today I am showcasing The Golf Club stamp set from Artistic Outpost, available from Our Daily Bread Designs website.

I love this stamp set for masculine designs.

I began by applying Peeled Paint Distress Ink to a piece of plastic packaging, spritzing with water and then pressing the ink onto the background and drying with a heat tool. I then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to Tim Holtz Stripes Stencil; simply press the inkpad directly onto the stencil and then spritz with water. Press the stencil onto the background, pressing on the back with a piece of kitchen towel and then remove the stencil and dry with a heat tool.


I also added a touch of random background stamping using the Ephemera Background stamp and Potting Soil Archival Ink. I then stamped the golfer with Black Archiva Ink onto the background. I created a mask of the golfer, placed the mask onto the stamped image and them stamped the image once again with Black ink. I used an old lid, applied DecoArt Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic to the lid with my finger and then stamped the lid over the focal imagery.


I used a mix of the stamps to add Golf, Club, Ball to the background; drew around each word with a Stabilo All pencil and then smudged with a water brush. I also added the Live, Laugh, Play sentiment with Black Archival Ink. To add a further layer of interest I added splatters of Burnt Umber paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x




May 10, 2016

Plant Seeds


Hello, Avril here today and I'm featuring a card made with the Harvest set of stamps and the Seed Packet background from the March New Release which are available on Our Daily Bread Designs website.

I know the  stamp title is Harvest, but this time I wanted to create a vintage/spring feel to this card.

I stamped the seed packet with black archival and shaded it with Antique linen DI before using  DI markers to colour the veg. I stamped it again and fussy cut some of the elements, tucking them in behind the main image. My farmer boy was also stamped and coloured with Antique linen DI.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed.

Don't forget the May Show Us Your Art challenge is now open and we would love to see what you create using Artistic Outpost stamps, all the details are here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey


May 8, 2016

Tee Time for Two

HAPPY SUNDAY & HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you Mom's out there celebrating today's holiday in the U.S.!!  For the occasion, I created a card perfect for the golfing Moms (and golfing Dads) in your life using our New March Release The Golf Club stamp set with a little touch of Grunge Elements
 
 
These two cards were fun and easy to make and I whipped them up pretty quickly.  Let me show you how--
 
 
I've recently invested in a new set of Mini Gelli Plates--I'm using the 3" round circle for today's cards.
 

 
I applied dots of Green Gold and Sap Green DAM acrylics to the gelli plate and brayered out.  I pressed pieces of mixed-media paper onto the gelli plate to obtain both prints.  The one on the left is the first print and the one on the right is the second print.  I Love how they both turned out! 
 
 
I masked around the circle and stamped the collage image from the The Golf Club set in Jet Black Archival onto the background.  I heat set then ran through my sewing machine to add the stitched border. 
 
 
I stamped the lady golfer onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and fussy cut.  To create an anchor for this image, I used one of the Grunge Elements images and stamped a little bit of it into the corner.
 
 
I splattered Bamboo Twinkling H20s over the surface and heat set.  I adhered the lady golfer and the word band onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and mounted the finished panel onto a fleur di lis embossed piece of kraft core stock.  I also added a stitched border to the accent panel, just to make it a little different than the masculine version of this card....
 
 
 
I made this card exactly the same as the feminine version, except this card has a harlequin embossed background and I didn't add the extra machine stitching to it. 
 
So there you go--A Mother's Day card, and an early Father's Day card, to celebrate those people in our lives who love to hit the links!!   
 
Thanks for joining me today here at the Artistic Outpost Blog!  See you next time!!
 
 
Designer:  Shari Trumbull

May 7, 2016

Bottle Caps Background- Faux Wood Panels

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with a fun Mixed Media card using the new Bottle Caps Background stamp from the Artistic Outpost 2016 Spring Release at Our Daily Bread Designs.



I decided not to add a sentiment and cover up any of the fun bottle cap images since the technique used created a faux wood appearance.  I think this card would be a great notecard for any occasion and the recipient may even want to display it year round (especially in a family den or "man cave" :-)).

To create this card, I stamped the Bottle Caps Background using Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink onto white cardstock and colored each of the bottle caps with Distress Markers.

After coloring each of the individual bottle caps, I sponged a bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink over the entire panel, then applied a layer of TH Distress Vintage Medium and once dried, applied TH Distress Crazing Medium.

I cut the background panel into three separate pieces, mounted each piece onto black cardstock and adhered all onto the black card base (popping up the central panel with dimensional foam to finish off the card).

Don’t forget, we would love to see what you are creating with your Artistic Outpost stamps- click here for details on how to join in on our May Show Us Your AO Art Challenge.

Thanks again for stopping by- have fun stamping!

Designer- Julie Gearinger

May 5, 2016

Seeds, Plant, Harvest

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am showcasing the fabulous newly released Harvest, Seed Packets Background and Grunge Elements stamp sets available on Our Daily Bread Designs website.
I have opted for a more neutral colour palette this time around, giving an aged vintage feel to the imagery. I began by applying Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the background of the Kraft card; adding the ink to a piece of plastic packaging, spritzing with water and then pressing the ink onto the background and then drying with a heat tool. I then applied Potting Soil Archival ink to the Seed Packets Background stamp and stamped towards one edge of my card. I then die cut a small circle from the card using a circle die and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the circular aperture.
I then die cut a second circle from white card and then stamped the boy from the Harvest stamp set onto the circle using Potting Soil Archival Ink. I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then mopped up the ink lightly with the card to age and then dried with a heat tool. I then adhered the decorated piece and the circle to a card blank. I added a memo pin, attaching a small tag to the pin stamped with part of the imagery from the Seed Packets Background stamp along with a stamped plant label, again using part of the imagery from the Seed Packets Background. I aged the plastic plant label with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
I stamped the sentiment onto a separate piece of craft card, bent the card to age and then coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, applying more ink to the creases. To add further to the aged feel I used background stamps from the Grunge Elements stamp set, stamping with Potting Soil Archival Ink.
To complete, I added some splatters of Fresco Finish Snowflake Paint to the background.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x



May 3, 2016

Happiness


Hello, and thanks for visiting, today I'm showcasing the Harvest set of stamps from the New Release.
I've used these sweet children and lightly coloured the image with Distress inks.  I wanted to keep everything sweet and innocent, so have stuck to a blue and white scheme with a Tim Holtz doily and tiny tattered  florals.

I cut the word Happiness for the sentiment  from the Ice Cream Shoppe and the quote at the bottom is from the Think and Wonder set.

Don't forget, the May 'Show us Your AO Art' challenge is now open and we would love to see what you create using your Artistic Outpost stamps, you can find all the details here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

May 1, 2016

Show us Your AO Art - May Challenge



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

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

AO Stamps - London Underground

Congratulations Stephanie, please email Lisa by 5/15/16 to claim your prize! Please put AO April 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 entries:

AO Stamps - Cracker Jack

AO Stamps - Loverly London

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - May Challenge.  All links must be posted by 5/31/16, 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 June to see if you've won.

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








April 30, 2016

Rather Be On My Farm Than Emperor of The World

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, with another fun Mixed Media card using Harvest along with Seed Packets Background and Grunge Elements from the Artistic Outpost Spring Release.


To create the background for this card, I started with a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped the Seed Packets Background with Stāz-On® Jet Black Ink.

I hand tore and distressed the edges, sponged Tim Holtz® (TH) Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the edges and image, mounted the panel onto a distressed piece of Black cardstock, then added TH Distress Crazing Medium over the background.

Once the crazing medium had dried, I used a honeycomb stencil with Crackle Texture  Paste, allowed the texture paste to dry and applied ModPodge® over all of the background surfaces.

I stamped the young man image from Harvest onto Kraft cardstock, add the white highlights with a Faber-Castell® White Pitt Pen Marker, trimmed the image, mounted onto Black cardstock and applied TH Distress Crazing Medium.

I heat embossed the sentiment from Harvest with Black Embossing Powder onto Kraft cardstock, trimmed the image and mounted onto Black cardstock, added the Grunge Elements splatters with TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I layered a 1 ½” Black Grosgrain strip of ribbon along with strands of Burlap Ribbon on a diagonal and mounted the focal image and sentiment using dimensional foam.

The entire card front was mounted onto the White card base and the edges were lightly sponged with TH Vintage Photo Distress Ink to finish off the card.

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

April 29, 2016

I Had Rather Be On My Farm!

Here we have another Friday and so I am here to share with you a little gardening tag using the Seed Packets Background, Harvest and Grunge Elements stamps from the March New Release. Just a reminder that there is only a couple of days left to join in the April "Show Us Your AO Art" challenge, so hurry up!
I using a black tag to start with and applied buttermilk paint to various Grunge Elements stamps and stamped on the background. Next I cut apart the Seed Packets Background stamps which were inked over in Antique Linen, Old Paper and Gathered Twigs, spritzed on some water and Walnut Stain. The young man from Harvest was masked off and the background inked with Antique Linen and a little watercoloring of the suspenders using Faded Denim.

Next the George Washington sentiment from Harvest was inked over and cut apart. What a great sentiment and one I certainly believe in!

Have a great weekend and thank you so much for visiting today!

Designer: Terry Horrall
Terry's Work in Progress


April 28, 2016

Your can't buy happiness but you can buy ice cream!

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am showcasing the newly released Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set.


I decided to do something a little different this week. I thought the imagery from this stamp set was perfect for a sweet treat container. Eileen Hull's Canister die was perfect for this.


I coloured the background of the Canister die with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks, applying one colour at a time. I applied the Distress Inks to a piece of plastic packaging, spritzed with water and then pressed the packaging onto the die cut and then dried with a heat tool. I continued with this process until I was happy with the coverage of colour.


I stamped the Ice Cream Cone onto each side of the Canister using Potting Soil Archival Ink.


I placed the Tim Holtz Chevron stencil onto the background and applied Picked Raspberry Distress Ink over the stencil to add a further layer of interest
.

I used part of the sentiment from the stamp set to add the 'ice cream' text to each side of the canister, stamped with Pink Peony Archival Ink.


I applied Squeezed Lemondade Distress Paint to old lids and stamped onto the background and also added delicate splatters of paint for a further layer of interest.


I added a couple of ice cream embellishments to the top of the canister and decorated using all the same layers as with the outside edges.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x