July 28, 2016

Bottle Cap Fun

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am showcasing the Bottle Caps Background stamp along with the Paperboy stamp set from Artistic Outpost, available from Our Daily Bread Designs website.


I began with a piece of white card 4" x 6" which I coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add an aged grungy feel to the background.


I stamped the Paperboy image onto the inked backdrop, created a mask of the boy and then I inked the Bottle Caps Background stamp with Black Archival Ink and stamped onto the background over the Paperboy image and then removed the mask so that the Bottle Caps appear behind the Paperboy. I added a spotlight to the boy, adding an old vintage pocket watch rim around the image. To highlight the boy further I drew around the image with a Stabilo All pencil and then smudged with a waterbrush. I added Live, Laugh, Play to the rim using The Golf Club stamp set, colouring the edges of each word with Fired Brick Distress Ink.


I added splatters of Fired Brick Distress Paint to the background and also included an old bottle cap for added dimension. Scratchy paint lines ground my Paperboy image.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x





July 26, 2016

You Are The Hero


Hello, Avril here with my weekly post and today I'm mixing and matching!

I've used an image from the Generation Redux, background from the Ephemera Backgrounds and a sentiment from the Paperboy set, all available from Our Daily Bread Designs website.

I began by inking my craft sheet with Ground Espresso  ink, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo spray stains, a good spritz of water and then dragged my card stock through.  After drying, I did some random stamping with Walnut stain, using the bubbles and numbers elements from  Generation Redux.

The ledger sheet from the Ephemera backgrounds was stamped in Potting soil Archival and layered with foam tape on a piece of embossed script card, and 'secured' with a piece of burlap.

My main image, stamped with Black Archival is those two handsome guys from Generation Redux.
I stamped the image onto a 'post it' note and masked the guy on the right, before spritzing with Antique Linen distress spray as I wanted him to be my Hero.  I mounted the image with foam pads for some dimension.

The sentiment, again stamped in black and spritzed with Antique linen DS was added with foam pads only to the bottom half.  A scrap of die cut was added for interest.

I hope I've inspired you to ink up your Artistic Outpost rubber stamps, as you've still got a few days left to link up to this months 'Show Us Your Art' challenge, where the theme is as always - Anything Goes with AO stamps.  You can find all the details here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

July 23, 2016

Life is Better with Ice Cream

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, sharing another quick Mixed Media card using Ice Cream Shoppe along with Bottle Caps Background from the Artistic Outpost Spring 2016 Release available on Our Daily Bread Designs website.

I stamped the Ice Cream Shoppe images with gray ink onto white cardstock, colored with water-based markers, fussy cut the images and mounted each onto black cardstock.

I created a quick splattered background using water based markers along with an acetate envelope, then stamped the Bottle Caps Background with gray ink onto the background.

I die cut a square opening in a piece of white cardstock using the ODBD Double Stitched Square Dies and mounted the background panel along with the girl image.

I stamped the sentiment from Ice Cream Shoppe using gray ink and finished off the card by adding the silver cord behind the ice cream cone, a few silver sequins and mounting on layers of pink and black cardstock before adding to the white card base.

Ok, that's it- quick and easy!!  Now, I think I need to go have some ice cream- lol!! 

I hope I have inspired you to pull out your Artistic Outpost stamps and have fun this week, and if so, don’t forget to come play along and enter your AO artwork into the “July Show Us Your AO Art Challenge” – please click here for details.

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

Designer- Julie Gearinger

July 21, 2016

Live, Laugh, Play

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


I have opted for a vintage more muted colour palette this time around for The Golf Club imagery. I begann with a piece of kraft card which I coloured lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink; applying the ink to a piece of recycled packaging, spritzing with water and then smooshing the ink across the backdrop and then drying with a heat tool. I distressed the edges of the card with scissors and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age further.


I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to Tim Holtz Striped Stencil; simply swiping the inkpad directly over the stencil and then spritzed with water and placed the inked stencil onto the background, dabbing with a piece of kitchen towel and I then removed the stencil and dried with a heat tool. I also included a touch of background stamping using the Ephemera Backgrounds stamp set and Black Archival Ink.


I stamped the lady golfer onto a piece of white card which I had coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, cut out the image and then added to the card front. I applied white paint to a lid and then stamped the circle around the golfer to add a spotlight. I also added some torn pieces from the top of my watercolour pad, again coloured lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age. I then added these below the golfer to ground the image. I also included text and the sentiment from The Golf Club stamp set again aged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Delicate splatters of white paint lift the design.


I also stamped the lady golfer onto the inside of my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

July 19, 2016

Bird Song


Hello and welcome to my weekly post and this week I'm showcasing the Serenity set of stamps.
I started by masking off the birds and leaf swirls part of the image with low tac masking tape and used Potting Soil Archival ink on the words.  I removed the tape and then used Peeled Paint on the leaves and Tumbled Glass on the birds.  To keep the ink moist I 'huffed' on the stamp before stamping on white cardstock and immediately sprinkled Clear EP and heat set.

My next layer, a piece of pink card was stamped with the small swirl stamp using Tattered Rose DI, just to add a little interest.   I did the same stamping on a small tag and again used Tattered  Rose DI to colour the tag, before stamping the quote in Potting soil and again heat setting with Clear EP.
I've used the Blushing Rose paper pad for the base layer along with two doilies cut with  the Doily Dies, both available from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I hope I've inspired you to ink up your Artistic Outpost rubber stamps and create as you've still got a couple of weeks left to join in our July challenge.  All the details can be found here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

July 16, 2016

Rather Be on My Farm

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, sharing another Mixed Media card using the Seed Packets BackgroundHarvest and Grunge Elements stamp sets from the Artistic Outpost Spring 2016 Release available from Our Daily Bread Designs website.


I have to confess that love the artwork on the Artistic Outpost stamps and the Seed Packets Background is no exception.  I find myself struggling to cover up the gorgeous seed images- how about you?

For this card, I chose to use a monochromatic scheme and stamped the Seed Packets Background onto taupe cardstock using Vintage Photo Distress Ink and sponged Tea Dye Distress Ink to age the paper.

I added a bit of distressing with the large splatter image from Grunge Elements before die-cutting the center spotlighting circle with the ODBD Double Stitched Circle Dies and die-cutting the panel with the ODBD Double Stitched Rectangle Dies.

I layered the die cut image onto dark brown and taupe cardstock before adding the wire clip with twine and mounting onto the a piece of embossed paper from the ODBD Vintage Ephemera 6x6 Paper Collection.

I finished off the card with a few antique brass brads along with the heat embossed sentiment from Harvest (stamped and heat embossed on a scrap piece of ODBD Vintage Ephemera Paper) before mounting the entire panel onto the white card base.

I hope I have inspired you to pull out your Artistic Outpost stamps and have some fun this week, and if so, don’t forget to come play along and enter your AO artwork into the “July Show Us Your AO Art Challenge” – please click here for details.

I am so thankful that you visited us today- I hope all of you have a wonderful week!


Designer- Julie Gearinger

July 14, 2016

Summer Artist Trading Block

This week I am showcasing the Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set from Artistic Outpost, available from Our Daily Bread Designs website.

This time around I decided to create a summer ATB using the imagery from the Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set using a vibrant uplifting colour palette of Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade. I applied one colour to a piece of recycled plastic packaging, spritzed with water and then smooshed the ink onto the panel and then dried with a heat tool . I repeated the process with the second colour and again dried with a heat tool. I repeated this process until I was happy with the coverage of colour. I then added some background stamping using the Ephemera Backgrounds stamp set. I then stamped the focal image with Black Archival Ink and added the sentiment.


I continued with the same background around each side of the ATB adding further stamping from the Ice Cream Shoppe stamp set.


I love how you can see all the layers in the background and the black outline really does make the colours pop.


A touch more stamping to complete the sides of the ATB.


The top of the ATB has been decorated in the same way and I added a banner stamped using the Country Life stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x

July 12, 2016

Live, Laugh, Play


Hello, Avril here today with my weekly post this time using The Golf Club and Grunge Elements rubber stamps from the March new release, both available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I began by sprinkling Leaf Green Brushos on to a piece of card and spritzing with water until all the colour ran and covered the card.   Although I only used one colour, you do get some lovely shading.
When the card base was dry, I stamped the flagpoles with Black Archival directly onto the coloured card.

My lady golfer and the quotes, were  stamped onto white card stock before cutting.

My next step was to sprinkle the Brushos directly onto my craft mat, spritzing with just enough water to get a very intense colour which I used to stamp the ring stain and the splashes onto the card.   I stamped the scribbles to create some 'grass' to ground the image.  I also used the colour to paint the flags, and the hat, tie and belt on the image, before adding her with foam pads to create some dimension.  The sentiments were dipped into the leftover colour and when dry matted onto black.

Hopefully,  I have inspired you to ink up your Artistic Outpost rubber stamps and show us what you've created by linking up to our July AO Show Us Your Art challenge, you could be the lucky random winner and receive a $15 Gift Certificate to spend on even more stamps!  You'll find all the details of the challenge here.

Thanks for visiting,
Designer: Avril Bailey

July 9, 2016

Don't Judge Each Day

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, sharing a monochromatic Mixed Media card using Harvest, Seed Packets Background and Grunge Elements from the Artistic Outpost Spring 2016 Release by Our Daily Bread Designs.

I used Tim Holtz® Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks to stamp the Seed Packets Background onto pieces of taupe and vanilla cardstock (I lightly spritzed the inked stamp with water before stamping onto the panels).

On the main taupe focal image panel, I added the coffee stain image from Grunge Elements using white craft ink, trimmed the panel, distressed the background panel before mounting onto dark brown cardstock (distressing that layer as well).

I used the ODBD Double Stitched Circle Dies to die cut the partial circle in the corner, added the espresso seam binding ribbon (with the burlap twine and vanilla ribbon slide) and mounted the sentiment from Harvest (distressed and stamped also with Grunge Elements).

After designing and photographing this card, I decided to "step it up" a bit with vintage watercoloring (using a black waterbased marker to add shadows) along with some color to the Seed Packets Background.

So, what do you think- the first version that is mainly brown or I like to think of as "chocolate" or the second, more "colorful" version :-) ?

I hope I have inspired you to pull out your Artistic Outpost stamps and have fun this week, and if so, don’t forget to come play along and enter your AO artwork into the “July Show Us Your AO Art Challenge” – please click here for details.

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


Designer- Julie Gearinger

July 7, 2016

Thankful

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost, this week I am showcasing the fabulous Seed Packets Background and Harvest stamp set available from Our Daily Bread Designs website.


I began with a piece of kraft card which I bent and creased to add to the aged feel. I added some colour the the background of the card, applying Vintage Photo Distress Ink to some plastic packaging, spritzing with water and then dabbing the ink onto the card and then drying with a heat tool. I then stamped the Seed Packets Background stamp onto the backdrop. I inked the stamp randomly with Potting Soil Archival Ink and stamped lightly onto the background to give a more random feel and then coloured the creases and edges which I had distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


I die cut a tag from white card and then stamped part of the Seed Packets Background stamp onto the tag using Potting Soil and touches of Fern Green Archival Ink. I coloured the tag lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age and added Vintage Photo ink to the edges of the tage and also included a rusty star for added interest.


I coloured a piece of white card with Vintage Photo Distress Ink; applying the ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzing with water and then mopping up the ink with the card and then drying with a heat tool. I then stamped the children onto the coloured card, cut out and added to the decorated card. I used an old lid, applied Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic to the edges and stamped the circle around the children to give a spotlight.


I added the text 'Thankful' just above the tag and added some random background stamping using the Grunge Elements stamp set.


Delicate splatters of white paint have also been added for further interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x



July 5, 2016

On the Farm


Hello and welcome to my weekly post,  today I've a tag to share with you using images from the Harvest and Serenity  stamps sets to build up my farmstead scene.


I started off by inking up the top half of a manilla tag with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks to create my sky and for the field I used  Peeled Paint DI


Next, I stamped the 'farm' scene from the Serenity set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and applied Clear Embossing powder and heat set as I didn't want this to fade into the background.  I drew around the image with a wet paint brush as this helps when tearing around the image.  I stamped the image twice again on the tissue paper, but this time I didn't heat set and only tore the 'field' part of the image.


I used a multi matt medium to apply the tissue to the tag and built up my little scene.  I applied Tumbled Glass DI around the tree to blend and Peeled Paint over the field to disguise any joins.



The young farmer was stamped onto card, fussy cut and coloured before applying to the tag along with the sentiment from the Harvest set, which had been stamped and heat embossed with clear EP. before matting with dark brown card.  I then decided to stamp the Serenity sentiment on tissue, and again heat set with clear E.P.  The whole tag was then layered onto the dark brown card as a base layer to add definition, before being finished off with rustic twine.

The July  AO Show Us Your Art challenge is now open, so why not ink up your Artistic Outpost stamps and show us what you like to create, you can find all the details here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

July 4, 2016

Sweet Land of Liberty

Happy 4th of July Everyone!  

Julie here, sharing my Mixed Media card using the Grunge Elements stamp set from the Artistic Outpost Spring 2016 Release by Our Daily Bread Designs along with the previously released Hero stamp set.


In the United States, we are celebrating Independence Day today and I wanted to create another patriotic card using a modified version of the Vintage Watercolor technique.




I absolutely love the images in the Hero stamp set and they are a perfect pair with Grunge Elements! I used two of the images from Hero in this vintage style card- the flag image as well as the female poster style image. 

I inked the flag image from Hero with water-based markers before stamping onto white cardstock- a denim blue for the stars and cherry for the stripes.

Once stamped, I added Ranger® Tim Holtz® Tea Dye Distress Ink to the background and used a Speedball® Elegant Writer® 2.0 mm pen to outline some of the flag areas, blending the ink with a water brush to achieve the vintage watercolor effect.


I continued to add the TH Tea Dye ink along with the black marker until I was satisfied with the results, then I stamped the large splatter stamp from Grunge Elements with TH Tea Dye Distress Ink as well.


The background was created by stamping the poster female image stamp from Hero with TH Tea Dye Distress Ink three times across a piece of ODBD Patriotic 6x6 Paper, trimming the image and adding additional distressing with a star embossing folder (even though most of the background stamping is covered up by the other elements, you can see a bit of her face and eye in the upper right hand corner). 

I layered the background panel onto white denim blue and cherry cardstock, added the ODBD Beautiful Borders Die cut with cherry grosgrain ribbon before mounting the entire background panel to the denim blue card base.

I added the flag panel with dimensional foam to finish off this vintage card. 

Hopefully I have inspired you to pull out your Artistic Outpost stamps and have fun this week!  If so, don’t forget to come play along and enter your AO artwork into the “July Show Us Your AO Art Challenge” – please click here for details.

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


Designer- Julie Gearinger

July 2, 2016

Happy 4th of July

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, sharing another fun card using several stamps from the Artistic Outpost Spring 2016 Release (along with a previously released Artistic Outpost set, Hero). 

In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th and I decided to combine Harvest, Ice Cream Shoppe and Grunge Elements along with Hero and the Patriotic 6xx6Paper Collection from Our Daily Bread Designs.


I inked the girl image from Harvest with archival ink, fussy-cut the image and mounted her onto black cardstock for stability, fussy-cut around the edges again and used water-based markers to watercolor (FYI- sounds time consuming but I already had this image in my stash ready to go from my last post). 

I repeated the same steps above using the ice cream cone image from Ice Cream Shoppe to create three ice cream cones.

I used Tim Holtz® Walnut Stain and Tea Dye Distress Ink to repeatedly stamp the border image from Grunge Elements along the edge of a piece of the Patriotic Collection 6x6 paper for the background panel.

After stamping the borders, I decided to add more dimension to the background by embossing the paper with a star embossing folder, lightly sanding the embossing and adding a bit of white Gesso® with my fingers over the panel to "age" the paper. 

After I was satisfied with the "aging" process, I trimmed the panel and layered it onto white cardstock, trimmed again and layered onto cherry cardstock, trimmed once more to layer onto denim blue cardstock before mounting the entire panel onto the white card base.

To add a background strip for the sentiment and ice cream cones, I layered a piece of scrap piece of white cardstock onto denim blue cardstock and added a strip of cherry cardstock across the center.

I inked and repeatedly stamped the graph image from Grunge Elements with Tim Holtz® Tea Dye Stain on a diagonal across the entire strip before mounting it onto the card base.

I used denim blue and cherry markers to color the sentiment from the Hero stamp set, stamped onto a strip of white cardstock, trimmed close to the stamping and mounted the sentiment onto the card front.

At this point I added all of the stamped images with dimensional foam to finish off the first layout for this design.

I tend to be a vintage shabby chic designer so I decided to "step-up" the card a bit for version #2 :-)




For the "stepped-up" design, I added the partial paper doily under the sentiment and ice cream cones along with a few sequins.

So which version do you prefer- Design #1 without the extras or Design #2 with the doily and sequins?  Inquiring minds want to know :-)

Thanks again for stopping by- I hope all of you have a fabulous week and take time to celebrate (with ice cream of course)!


Designer- Julie Gearinger

July 1, 2016

Show us Your AO Art - July Challenge



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

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


AO Stamps - Boardwalk

Congratulations ellie.knol, please email Lisa by 7/15/16 to claim your prize! Please put AO June 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 Products: Gatsby, Picture Star

AO Products: Picture Star

Please use this post to leave your links for the Show us your AO Art - July Challenge.  All links must be posted by 7/31/16, 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 August to see if you've won.

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









June 30, 2016

Paperboy

Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost. Today I am showcasing the fabulous Bottle Caps Background stamp and the Paperboy stamp set, available from Our Daily Bread Designs.
I began with a 4" x 6" piece of card, colouring the background with Vintage Photo and Fired Brick Distress Inks. I applied each of the inks to a piece of reclycled plastic, spritzed with water and then pressed the ink onto the background. I repeated this process for both colours; continuing until I was happy with the coverage and then dried with a heat tool. I flicked droplets of water onto the background and then dried to add bleached out areas.
I added touches of background stamping using the Ephemera Backgrounds stamp set and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I stamped three of the Bottle Caps onto the background using Black Archival Ink and then stamped the Paperboy onto a scrap of card that had been coloured with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I cut out the image and then added to the card. I also included a bottle cap with the text from The Golf Club stamp set.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x



June 28, 2016

Even Good Girls Like Ice Cream


Hello and welcome to my weekly post,  and as promised last week,  I'm showing you the 'happy accident'.

After finishing last weeks tag, I had an idea to layer the arm up with a foam pad underneath the ice cream to give some extra dimension.  So I stamped an extra image of the girl from the Ice Cream Shoppe set of stamps.

As I said, I had finished the tag when I had that idea.

I was in the process of making a card for a girlfriends birthday and had decided to use the sweet girl from the Generation Redux.

I stamped and fussy cut the arm,  cleaned my stamp and then noticed the 'arm'  lying in just the right place to give someone else an ice cream instead!  So my 'happy accident' lead to a completely different card from what I'd intended and the tag didn't get the extra dimension.

I've also used a couple of papers from the Blushing Rose Paper Collection along with a Beautiful Border die cut in cream, both available from Our Daily Bread Designs.  My card was finished off with a couple of sentiments and of course Ice cream, which are from the Ice Cream Shoppe set of stamps.

Don't you just love it when you can create something totally unexpected from an image.
Don't forget, you still have a couple of days left if you want to ink up your Artistic Outpost stamps and show us what you've created in the June challenge, all the details can be found here.

Designer:  Avril Bailey

June 25, 2016

The Next One

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Julie here, sharing a Mixed Media card using The Golf Club stamp set from the Artistic Outpost Spring 2016 Release.

I used Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink to repeatedly stamp the advertising image from The Golf Club onto a piece of kraft cardstock and die cut the three circles using the Double Stitched Circle Dies from Our Daily Bread Designs.

After heat embossing the golfers along with the flags with black embossing powder, I fussy-cut the images and adhered them to the circle elements.

I heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder onto black cardstock and hand trimmed the image.

Once the background was mounted onto a piece of black cardstock, I trimmed the panel and mounted onto the white card base.

I added the circle elements to the card front using dimensional foam along with the sentiment to finish off the card.

I just love the images in The Golf Club stamp set- I think they work well for both masculine or feminine cards and projects, don’t you?

I hope you have a chance to pull out your Artistic Outpost stamps and have fun this weekend!  If so, don’t forget to come play along and enter your AO artwork into the “June Show Us Your AO Art Challenge” – please click here for details.

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

Designer- Julie Gearinger

June 23, 2016

The Game of Golf

Today I am showcasing a masculine card using the fabulous Golf Club stamp set from Artistic Outpost, available from Our Daily Bread Designs website.


I began by adding removable tape to all the edges of my card; masking the outside edges so that only the central panel is visible for decoration. The central panel was then coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and dried with a heat tool.


I then placed Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil onto the panel and then blended Vintage Photo Distress Ink randomly over the stencil to add a further layer to the background. I then flicked the background with water to add bleached out areas and then dried with a heat tool. I then stamped the golfer onto the background with Black Archival Ink. I created a mask of the golfer, placed this over my stamped image and then stamped the background stamp over the top and then removed the mask. I applied Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic to an old lid and stamped a circle around the imagery.


To add further interest I added a touch of random stamping to the background using the Ephemera Backgrounds stamp and Fern Green Archival Ink. I also included some painted scratchy lines using an old credit card.


I added the sentiment Live, Laugh, Play to the background and added a stamped image to the inside of the card. I also included delicate splatters of Peeled Paint Distress Paint to the background once I had removed the removable tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

DESIGNER: Tracy Evans x x