Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Awesome Artistic Outpost Release!

Hello and welcome!  I have the honor again this month of being a guest designer for Artistic Outpost's March stamp release.  There are three wonderful sets being released today that I had the privilege of working with to create samples.  March is Women's History Month here in the US, and Artistic Outpost wants to celebrate all of our customers of the female persuasion by offering THREE brand new collections that should tickle any gal's fancy.

The first sample I am sharing with you today is from Flower Market:  inspired by the famous flower markets of France, this collection of spring images includes 13 images including daffodils, lavender, poppies, and a cherub French girl who will most likely be chasing butterflies.   I was playing around with Tim Holtz's Wrinkle Free Distress technique after watching one of his Chemistry 101 videos and created this vivid colored background for this tag.  Not my usual style but fun and satisfying nevertheless.  I stamped the poppy from this set onto Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap and colored it with Copic markets.  The die cut was made using two Holtz dies - the Styled Labels and Mini Labels.  I pounced it with Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber and then edged it with Gold Paint Dabber.  The floral hardware is from my boutique (see thumb link below) as is the Tim Holtz ball chain holding the sentiment tag.

Moving on, my next sample features a sentiment from a fabulous set Quote & Quotables: women, ladies, girls...they say the darndest things. This collection of nine fanciful quotes features idyllic and profound statements by Helen Keller, Lucille Ball, and Audrey Hepburn among others.  I LOVE sentiments and this set is sure to become a favorite go-to set for me!

My main backgound layer was stamped randomly with a number of images from the Flower Market set and then sponged with distressinks icluding Weathered Wood, Dried Marigold, Scatterd Straw and Vintage Photo.  After sponging, I ran it through the Damask Texture Fade. The sentiment and winged things were stamped and then cut out with a new favorite die from Tim Holtz - the ATC and corners die.  My other new favorite die is the ticket die also used her in black, both dies are such perfect sizes for including on cards.  The letters from the Secretary Pool set are definitely going to be another go-to fav, this time I used them to spell out SOAR.  Continuing the theme of winged things, i hadded a tiny Venise applique butterfly that I hand dyed.

And to close out a terrific trio, I have a sample using Secretary Pool: featuring retro images including a typewriter, paper clip, staple collage, telephone, and a wonderful vintage alphabet, enjoy creating whimsical cards and other works of art with this versatile vintage collection.  I had a lot of fun with this collection and you will also be seeing a lot of this vintage typewriter.  I used the alphabet, stamping in blocks on Very Vanilla and embossing according to Tim's enameled stamping found on page 44 of the Compendium of Curiosities II.  It was sponged with Victorian Velvet.  The "typing" was done on my computer.  The metal work is Ranger's Metal Foil Tape Sheets, cut with the Vintage Lace and Mini Hearts M&S dies.  I ran the heart through the Regal Flourish texture fade and painted both with Pitch Black acrylic paint dabber.  When about half dry, I rubbed of all I could get off with a paper towel.  Love the tarnished look it gives.  I used a mini paper clip and a die from PTI to cut the "steno pad". And I'm sure you can see lots of Vintage Photo DI was used to shabby this one up.

All three stamp collections measure 8.5" x 5.5". They are available unmounted as a sheet of beautiful red rubber, or you can have our wonderful owner Steven mount them on clingfoam and hand trim them to perfection. The mounted stamps come with a plastic index sheet/card for ease of storage.

I hope you will stop around to all the Artistic Outpost designers' blogs and leave some encouraging comments.  There is some wonderful artwork just waiting for you to drool over!

Gerrie Johnnic * Lisa Somerville * Suzanne Czosek * Anita Houston * Linda Coughlin * Tracy Evans * Yvonne Garner

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Absolutely stunning! I don't think I have seen you make a it! It's so bright and fun, and that second card...I'm swooning!!!

Suzanne C said...

Lovely use of the background on the secretary pool! Fantastic design! Love the tag with the frame and metal embellishment details! The lovely flowers with the little girl and quote is gorgeous! (Brilliant detail with the wings too!)

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW these pieces are GORGEOUS!!!! I especially am over the top on the 1st one.......I love all the amazing detail!!!!

Susan said...

Always as exciting as expected. Love it all.

Robyn Phelan Sharp said...

BEAUTIFUL...a feast for the eyes. I'm sure even lovelier in person!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love love how you have showcased the stamps, your tag is gorgeous, love how you have framed the poppy. The cards are stunning Linda. Tracy x

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Linda! You have absolutely inspired me and taken my breath away with your pieces. I love the unusual color of your tag and your unique approach to showcasing the AO images. I love the background stamping and damask embossing on your Secretary Pool card, too. The third piece is gorgeous with all the metal accents and the personal touch you achieved using your own typewriter. Rethinking donating my manual typewriter I received as a teen! Bravo! My best to you, Yvonne

MarcyK924 said...

I'm sad to say, LOL, that I knew exactly that the ribbon was a typewriter ribbon! You had to hold the shift key down to get the RED ink! All from typing class in Junior High!!

These pieces are flippin' gorgeous, Linda! Your details are a study in the vintage genre and I'm inspired and learning from you each day! You need to get a YouTube channel for doing tutorials, then write a book.... XOXO

Scrumplescrunch said...

Great work as usual on both Genres Linda. Good Luck in this first Challenge.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Wonderful release! All your release samples are fabby and so very cre8tive.

Anonymous said...

O marvelous ..
An absolute beauty!
Plastic Gift Cards
Cleaar Business Cards

Lisa Somerville said...

Fabulous showcase of the new AO images! Love what you've done with the Market Place collection!

Anonymous said...

Speechless Linda ! Absolutely gorgeous, I never cease to be amazed by your talent ! Sue C x

Linda S. said...

All the cards are beautiful, but the secretary pool is my fav. Yes, since my name is also Linda, I am old enough to have used a manual typewriter. However, I do remember being almost giddy when getting to high school where they had electric typewriters. I also remember those pencil-like erasers we used on both the original and the carbon copy. Remember those stiff little brushes at the end of the eraser? Believe it or not, I still have one of those in my desk drawer and use it occasionally to try and erase a stamping mistake. Good memories, and now being in the keyboard/computer age, I am ever so grateful to my parents for insisting that all three of their children learn how to type when we were in school. Thanks Mom and Dad!! Linda S. in NE ls4atwindstreamdotnet

Tammy said...

WOWZERS Linda!! You've been busy!!! you are so very gifted!!! Your cards/tags are uber fab!!! My favorite is the last one---I love the different texture and color combos that you created and combined together!! :) Thank you for sharing and allowing me to glean from you!!!be blessed
~Beyond Measure

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