These Things Are fun

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  Thanks for popping in with me on this Sunday!  I’m here with my weekly project for Artistic Outpost and I’ve brought out a set of AO stamps that I haven’t played worked created with for a while-Think & Wonder 😉 🙂


Isn’t this a fun set?  I just love the nostalgic children and the quotes are fabulous!!


I’m using the ‘Cocoa Boy’ image for today’s card on a background panel that’s from a master board that I created using my 8″ x 10″ gelli plate.  Let me show you a little bit of what I did behind the scenes!


This is set #3 of Lin Brown’s limited edition paint collection from PaperArtsy that I found through a U.S. distributor called Frantic Stamper.  I’m going to use Caribbean Sea, Bougainvillea & Banana for today’s gelli print, with a dot or two of Translucent White DA Media Acrylic thrown in there for good measure 😉


I rolled all of the paints together using my brayer, then I pressed my Harlequin LS into the wet paint.  I used a piece of 9″ x 12″ piece of mixed-media paper to lift the print off of the gelli plate and let air dry.


The panel I’m using for today’s card measures 3.75″ x 5″.  I stamped cocoa boy onto the panel with Jet Black Archival and heat set.


I used a gift card and paint cap to add the messy paint lines and circles.  I distressed the edges with my paper distresser then inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool.


I outlined cocoa boy with Black Soot DI and my water brush in preparation for a fussy cut one who will be added later.


I decided to add another light layer of Harlequin stenciling with Pumice Stone DI.


After lifting the stencil, I gently rubbed my finger across the freshly stenciled Harlequin design so there would be a more ghostly effect in the background.


Oh, here’s my lovely little fussy cut cocoa boy!  I stamped him separately onto a piece of mixed-media paper and colored with my Distress Markers and water brush.  I fussy cut him with my finger knife and adhered onto the panel with matte Decou-Page.  When set into place, I added an outline with white gel pen.


I stamped the quote onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and heat set.  I coated with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  Then I brushed on a layer of DA Media Crackle Glaze and let air dry.  I cut the words out into their little strips, then brushed each word band with a layer of DA Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream.  When dry, I used a damp cotton cloth to wipe away the excess and reveal the color left in the crackles.


Before adhering the words bands onto the panel, I outlined each one with Black Soot DP.  I adhered onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  When they were set, I outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush and my white gel pen.


  I masked off the boy and flicked paint over the surface with a stiff paint brush and heat set then attached the finished panel to a magenta-pinkish top fold card base.  I left any extra embellishments off this time to let the colors of the background and the stamped images take center stage.

Thanks so much for having a visit with me today!  I’ll be back before the weekend is out with a posting for A Vintage Journey.  I hope you come back and join me for that!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Think & Wonder (Artistic Outpost)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore)
  • Fresco Chalk Finish Acrylics (Paper Artsy); Crackle Glaze, Antiquing Cream, White Acrylic (DecoArt Media); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Ink, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studio); Ink Blending Tool; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Paint Brushes
  • Gift Card; Paint Cap; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; White Gel Pen (Sakura); Water Brush; Double-Backed Tape (3M)

19 thoughts on “These Things Are fun

    • Hi Astrid!! Thank you sooo much!! I hadn’t used this little ‘cocoa boy’ image from this set and I’m so glad that I did. He looks properly annoyed at being brought out, I’d say!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you for coming by, Astrid!! XOXO-Shari

  1. Cocoa Boy looks fabulous! Shari, that background is a great mix of paints and colors! Love the added interest with the stencil! Totally cool card! Happy Sunday!

    • Thank You, Terry! Oh, you like ‘Cocoa Boy’, too! 🙂 I can’t believe I haven’t used his image until now–the look on his face is just as priceless as the look on my favorite Kudzu “angry” Girl!! 🙂 🙂 This little guy is coming out to play more!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  2. It is so amazing Shari, your background in those fantastic colours, the crackled signs, and wonderful boy stamp, so lovely coloured, and with his shadow, it is amazing. dear .
    Dorthe, xoxo

    • Thank You, Dorthe!! I think this little ‘cocoa boy’ is going to grace us with his presence a little bit more from here on out!! He’s so cute!! The look on his face says so much!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Shari!!! 🙂
    And for once, I have this stamp set!! 😀 It’s a fabulous one I agree, but I never find enough time to play with it.. 😦
    And tee-hee… I also have this limited edition of paints haha… So I could reproduce this lovely piece in some way. But it wouldn’t be fun anywore haha; since we are creative ladies.
    But love this piece (as all you do), so I pinned it instead on my inspirational “craft pieces by others” board! 😀

    • Hi Coco!! Oh, I’d love to see what you’d do with the same colors & image!! That would be fun!! I hope you do create something with this stamp, Coco!! I wanna see!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for coming over!! XOXO-Shari

  4. I also have this beautiful stamp set and the paints 🙂
    Gorgeous use of the Frescos to create that amazing background, love the stencilling (!) and I like the painty circles and also the way you highlighted the boy. Can you gather I really, really like this (!) and then we have the wonderful crackle elements.
    A fabulous creation.

    • Hi Lynne!! Thank You soooo much!! I thought you may have these paint colors–I could swear I’ve seen you use these colors in some of your creations 🙂 And luckily, I found a distributor here in the US for PaperArtsy supplies 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad that you like the gelli print I made using these colors–I’m still getting used to using the gelli plate…I need to practice with it more 😉 🙂 Practice makes perfect, right? 😉 🙂 LOL!! Thank you for coming by for a visit!! XOXO-Shari

  5. I just love this set of stamps (I really ought to use it more) and you have used it beautifully. Your background is stunning, I love your colour choices and the crackled sentiment is such a perfect finishing touch. Love this – a lot!! Hugs, Anne xx

    • Hi Anne!! Oh, gosh, I’m glad that I’m not the only one who’s neglected this lovely set of images!! 😉 🙂 LOL! I’m going to try to bring this set out to play more–I just love the expression on this ‘cocoa boy’s face!! Talk about priceless!! Thank you for coming by, Anne!! XOXO-Shari

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