Whatever You Are

Hi There!! I’m back!!  I know, it’s been a little busy around here lately–That’s OK because I like it like that, I hope you do, too!!  Here we are, the first Monday of August and that means it’s time for our monthly Product Focus Blog Hop at Artistic Outpost!! Join me and my fellow AO Design Teammies as we showcase images from our Verses & Greetings line of stamps for you!!

TracyShari (you are here!) * Terry * Gerrie  

(Lisa and Kate are sitting this one out, but you can always go by their blogs to see what they’ve been up to-)  🙂

After hopping, how about some shopping?  All stamp sets in the Verses & Greetings category at the Artistic Outpost online store are ON SALE for 20% off now through Saturday, August 8, 2015.  No code is needed to shop this sale, the sale price will be reflected in the shopping cart (retail purchases only).

I’m using our Typography set–



–along with Generation Redux to create my card today.


This card was really easy to make, as I already had the background panel ready to go and I knew which AO images I was going to use.


I’m using another piece of this master board I made last week.


I had to show you a close-up of what this background looks like, before I start covering it up.  I just love how pressing the stencil around on the gelli plate transfers the different paint colors about!


This demure young woman is in the Generation Redux set (and another one of my fav AO images) and I stamped her onto my panel with Jet Black Archival and heat set, then I roughed up the edges with my paper distresser.


I added lines & circles of paint with an old gift card and a paint cap.  I’m using DAM Fluid Acrylics in Carbon Black & Translucent White and PA Chalk Fresco Acrylic in Banana.


I stamped this image again onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers and water brush.  I fussy cut her out and added Diamond Glaze to her glasses.


I mounted her onto the panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined her with Black Soot DI and my water brush.  I added a second outline with my white gel pen and anchored her with some messy machine stitching.


This is one of the quotes found in the Typography set, a set filled with fantastic verses!  I stamped it onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and carefully fussy cut with my finger knife.  I adhered the pieces of stamped tissue paper to the panel with matte Decou-Page and let air dry.  Once it was dry, I outlined them with the fine tip of my Black Soot DM and my white gel pen.


I inked the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool and attached to a dark purple card base.  Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!!

Thanks so much for coming back today and hopping along in our August Product Focus feature!  If you’re hopping in order Terry is next, but if you like to hop in no particular order, here’s the line-up again–

Tracy * Me * Terry * Gerrie

I’ll be quiet here this week as my Mom-in-Law is in town visiting for a few days, but I’ll be back on Sunday for my regular weekly posting for Artistic Outpost 🙂

Have a GREAT week and-Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Typography & Generation Redux (Artistic Outpost)
  • Paints:  Chalk Fresco Acrylics (PaperArtsy); Fluid Acrylics (DecoArt Media); Distress Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Harlequin Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Diamond Glaze (Judikins); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Flat Paint Brush; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Gift Card; Paint Cap

20 thoughts on “Whatever You Are

    • Hi Gerrie 🙂 🙂 Thank You!! Lisa got me thinking about master boards, so I made a big one and have almost used up every square inch of it!! 🙂 🙂 Thank You for coming by, Gerrie!! XOXO-Shari

    • Thank You, Anita!! 🙂 🙂 Thank goodness messy stitching is OK, otherwise I’d never sew anything again! LOL 😉 🙂 Thank you for having a visit, Anita!! 😉 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  1. Shari, so much to look at here, with your wonderful idea, of creating her on your already created masterboard background ,-and the use of pens to highlight !
    The stamps are wonderful, and your stitching is great, I love stitches with everything !!
    Hugs, Dorthe

    • Hi There Dorthe! 🙂 I feel like I have cheated by using an already created master board 😉 But maybe not 😉 LOL 🙂 I love stitching, too 🙂 I have a little philosophy–when all else fails–Add Stitching :):) Thank You for stopping by and having a visit, Dorthe!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  2. Wow, I just love the gelli plate background, the colours are gorgeous Shari! Great choice of image and the sentiment is brilliant! Beautiful work, as always! Hugs, Anne xx

    • Hi Anne 🙂 🙂 Thank You soooo much 🙂 🙂 I thought this demure image would look really good on a grungy background with big words!! This young girl deserves big words!! 🙂 🙂 LOL 🙂 Thank you for coming by, Anne!! XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Terry!! You got it!–having the master board ready set me on the course of the image and quote I wanted to use 🙂 It was fun creating this, but at the same time, I felt like I cheated by not creating a special background just for this image! Oh there’s that guilt in crafting again!! LOL 🙂 🙂 Thank You for having a stop by!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Each time I am amazed how you take such precious time to share the step photographs as you create, you are such a selfless artist.
    A stunning background and she looks right at home set against it. What also struck me is that you somehow managed such clarity with the colours, no muddiness to that background. In my hands I am sure it would be quite a different outcome! The touches of black and white really make those elements “pop”.

    • Hi Lynne!! Oh, gosh–I wish I would remember to take more photos as I’m crafting! I usually forget, just being in the creative moment and all 😉 🙂 Oh and see, I don’t know if I’m ‘doing’ the gelli print correctly, not blending enough–Ooops, or is it too much now-Drat!! 🙂 🙂 I can imagine the beautiful art you would make with a gelli plate!! 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad that you like this demure young lady 🙂 She’s one of my favs–Never underestimate a girl who wear glasses!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  4. Well easy squeezy for you perhaps, I think it is entirely fabulous! Love your background, the paint transfers with the stencil is delish, and that young woman stamp is so great, adding the Diamond Glaze to her glasses was a brilliant touch. What a wonderful quote too, love it Shari, another work of art! Deb xo

    • LOL!! 🙂 🙂 Easy Peasy for you, too!! 🙂 🙂 This is one of my fav AO images–it’s those glasses 🙂 Never underestimate a girl who wears glasses 🙂 🙂 Thank You sooo much for coming by for a visit!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  5. Shari…this is such a fabulous card using the AO stamps! The background is awesome using stencils on your gelli plate. Great colors and patterns! Your step by step tutorials and photos are always wonderful! I know how much time that takes to do…so it’s much appreciated. 🙂 The pen work along with the stamping adds so much…as does the machine stitching! I also wanted to thank you SO MUCH for ALL of the lovely comments you’ve left on my blog throughout the CC3C challenges. Your comments mean alot to me and I appreciate your time to come by and leave some really nice things to say. ❤ Candy

    • Hi Candy!! Thank You soooo much!! I think I’m going to cry because of all of the nice things you’ve just said! 😉 🙂 I’m just trying to be a good crafter and share whatever I can whenever I can 🙂 I’m sometimes not the best at taking those process photos, but I will share what I do, as long as I can 🙂 🙂 Thank You soooo much for visiting, Candy!! XOXO-Shari

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