HELLO, HELLO & Happy Sunday!! I’m here today with a colorful offering for Artistic Outpost! I felt badly about not having something Easter/Spring related last weekend to share, so I made up for it today–Hello, Spring, Hello!!
This card is neon-like in its brightness, but it did not get this bright of a start. After a couple of creative, darker toned, more vintagey miss-starts, I scraped the original tag, and made this brightly hued card instead!! I couldn’t present another vintagey-grungy creation again this weekend ;) :)
The idea was born out of the need for color and to use up left-over supplies! I have
collections hoards stashes of fussy cut pieces that I save for the future. Sometimes that future comes for those pieces, sometimes it doesn’t. The letters that are in this picture, didn’t make the cut for the finished card, but I did end with a larger stash of fussy cut letters for the future!! It’s great how that all works out–more stuff in the stash for the future-GREAT! ;)
I’m using lots of separate images from several Artistic Outpost stamp sets for this card–Kudzu Kafe, The Outpost, Serenity, Generation Redux & Secretary Pool. I know, it seems like a lot, but it’s not, really. There are single images in each set that I really enjoy using, a lot! :)
Here, I’ve got my wrinkle free Distress Stain background, created with Picked Raspberry DS & Mustard Seed DSS, layered with color coordinated stamped images from Generation Redux. I then splattered Picket Fence DP over the surface with a round paint brush and heat dried. I stamped Kudzu Kafe girl onto the panel with Jet Black Archival–she’s a place holder and will be covered when all is said and done.
I stamped the alphabet block letters from the Secretary Pool set onto white card stock several times in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade DIs and fussy cut the letters I needed to spell out ‘Spring’. I also did a little monoprint stenciling using my Latticework LS with Walnut Stain DI. I applied a couple of pieces of tissue tape, adhered the letters to the panel and stamped ‘hello’ from the Serenity set in Jet Black Archival.
Kudzu Kafe girl, who is a left over from a previous project, was stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and my water brush. To update her for this card, I gave her a pair of Butterfly Duo wings from a piece of mixed-media paper that was also a left over from a previous project-so it was already stained and stamped and ready to go! The script is from The Outpost set and is another one of my favorite, go-to AO images.
After the letters were adhered in place, I outlined with Walnut Stain DM first, smudged with a damp finger, then outlined again with a white gel pen. I added a couple of enamel dots and outlined those with my white gel pen, too.
Even though Kudzu Kafe Girl has a bit of a scowl on her face (she’s squinting because of the sun!), this card brings a smile to my face! It really is quite bright in person and it’s like holding a little piece of sunshine in your hands :)
Thank You for joining me today and spending a little bit of your Sunday with me! I sure hope you got a little burst of sunshine with my Artistic Outpost creation this week :)
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Stamps: Kudzu Kafe, The Outpost, Secretary Pool, Generation Redux & Serenity (Artistic Outpost)
- Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Orange & White Card Stock (Papertrey Ink)
- Distress Stain & Spray Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); White Gel Pen (Sakura)
- Latticework LS (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Butterfly Duo Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix)
- Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye)
- Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Double-Backed Tape (3M); Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Round Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Cutting Mat