Dream, Fisher Girl

Hi There!  See, I told you I’d be back for my weekly spot for Artistic Outpost!  Thanks so much for hanging with me during this past week–I know it was quiet, but regularly scheduled programming should return to normal this week 🙂 🙂

Today, I’m bringing you a mixed-media card I made using two sets of Artistic Outpost stamps–Keeper and Huck Finn.


I really love how all of the Artistic Outpost images mix & match so wonderfully together.  The hardest thing about making this card was narrowing down the several AO sets that I had out, that have great quotes or text images in them!


Here’s how I started out on this card.  I was having a play with my 5″x7″ gelli plate and created these two prints using Dylusions Acrylics in Bubble Gum Pink, Crushed Grape & Squeezed Orange.  The top panel is the first print and the bottom panel is the second print and the background I’m using for today’s card.


I used my Brick stencil from MFT to create the pattern in the background.


I stamped the beach house image onto tissue paper and glued down to the panel with matte Decou-Page.  I heat set then applied pieces of tissue tape.


I stamped this young woman-whom I’ve affectionately dubbed ‘Fisher Girl’-from the Keeper set onto the panel with Jet Black Archival and heat embossed.  I rubbed a little Black Soot DI through my Burlap LS here and there and distressed the edges with my paper distresser and inked with Black Soot DI.


For a little bit of textural fun, I ran the panel through my sewing machine and added some zig-zag stitching.

I stamped ‘Fisher Girl’ onto a piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored her with my Distress Markers and my water brush.  I used Faded Jeans, Tattered Rose & Abandoned Coral DMs, heat set then gave the entire image a rubbing with Tea Dye DI and my ink blending tool.


I fussy cut her out and adhered to the panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined with Black Soot DM and my water brush.  I’m having a bit of a creative go using wire in my projects, and about all I can shape ‘successfully’ at this point are hearts!  So, these three hand bent, rusty wire hearts are going to be my simple embellies for this project 🙂


I stamped the words from the Huck Finn set onto another piece of mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival, heat set, then sealed with a coat of matte Decou-Page.  I heat set that layer than brushed a boat of DAM Crackle Glaze over the surface and let air dry.


When the crackle glaze was dry, I rubbed the surface with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.  Look at those cracks–Love Them!!

I cut out each word band and rubbed the edges with Walnut Stain DI.  I adhered each band to the panel with matte Decou-Page and outlined with Black Soot DI and my water brush and my white gel pen.  I stapled each heart to the panel using my tiny attacher.


I gave the panel a splatter of Scattered Straw DP with a round paint brush and heat set.  I thought it needed a little extra something, so I spritzed Walnut Stain DM here and there using my air art tool then fully heat set and mounted to a rusty orange card base.

Thanks so much for having a visit with me today!  I sure do appreciate your company and hope you enjoy what I share here at my blog as much as I enjoy sharing with you!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Keeper & Huck Finn (Artistic Outpost)
  • Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Markers, Ink & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Crackle Glaze (DecoArt Media); Black Embossing Powder (WOW); Dylusions Acrylic Paints (Ranger)
  • Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts); Brayer (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Finger Knife (Fiskars); Sewing Machine (Kenmore)
  • Tissue Tape & Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Rusty Wire; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Ink Blending Tool

16 thoughts on “Dream, Fisher Girl

  1. I always get excited when an email comes in to say you have posted something. It is so funny, I clicked on the link and was sitting here waiting, impatiently, for the comments box to come up and then realised that I needed to click on the comments at the top!!! drrrr! I was sitting impatiently because I wanted to shout out Wow!!! 🙂 I think this is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing the step by step photos.
    Hugs Flo xx

  2. It is gorgeous Shari, wonderful colours, the sweet rusty hearts you stapled, and your siksak stitches here and there, making texture, the background is fantastic with stencil, and splashes !!
    Hugs, Dorthe

    • Thank You, Dorthe!! I’m so glad that you like this card 🙂 This fisher lady is another one of my favs and I thought she could use some big color and little hearts 🙂 🙂 Thank You sooo much for stopping by!! XOXO-Shari

  3. Oh my, gorgeous, gorgeous colour background and the black stamping on top looks fabulous. I love the fisher girl and you have coloured her beautifully too. The stitching has become a bit of a trademark for you and it looks amazing, it brings the whole wonderful piece together. Love it! Hugs, Anne xx

    • Thank You, Anne!! I love this fisher girl image, too 🙂 🙂 I seem to be adding crackle and stitching to everything of late 🙂 A little effort for big WOW 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, Anne!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

  4. Shari, what you create with AO stamps never fail to amaze me. The colours are sublime and the machine stitching brings gorgeous texture but they are just sooooo pleasing to the eye, always love when you run your art through your sewing machine.
    She has the most wonderful expression, I’d say she is over the moon to be the focal on a piece of Shari art 🙂

    • Thank You, Lynne 🙂 🙂 When I get stumped with ‘what to do next’ there’s always my sewing machine 🙂 🙂 LOL 🙂 🙂 And as long as I can keep my fingers safe, I’m sewing!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for having a visit, Lynne 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

    • Hi Deb!! Oh you make me laugh!! I can’t even make a curl with my wire!! I can barely turn these hearts out!! LOL 🙂 🙂 Thank you so much for your always kind words!! XOXO-Shari

  5. what a great panel Shari – love the Gelli plate background (I have yet to make anything worth using on mine! I need to play more!) Wonderful design with your images, tissue tape and wire hearts! Julia xx

    • Oh, Julia–Everything you make on your gelli plate is worthy!!! Play and Play, but then use and use those prints!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you sooo much for stopping by, Julia!! 🙂 🙂 XOXO-Shari

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