Big Statement, Little Card

Peek-a-Boo!!  It’s time for my weekly sneak peek for Artistic Outpost….


Today’s project is a quickie little card that packs quite the punch with its big statement.  Come on over to the Artistic Outpost Blog and have a visit–it’ll be quick, I promise! 😉 🙂

Hope to see you there!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Go Team (Artistic Outpost)
  • Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Acetate
  • Archival Inks (Ranger); Distress Spray Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Matte Decou-Page (DecoArt); Silver Embossing Powder (SU); Mica Flakes (Red Lead Paperworks)
  • Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Sewing Machine (Kenmore)

Motorcycle Road Trip

Hi There!! Happy Sunday!!  I’m here with my weekly offering for Artistic Outpost and I seem to still be getting my kicks with our Route 66 stamp set!!  This time, it’s a two-wheeled road trip!  🙂


I took a more Southwestern turn with the colors I used on this jumbo tag card.  I used Rusty Hinge & Fired Brick DSSs to stain my #12 jumbo manila tag.


Behind the scenes, I did a lot of stamping,  heat embossing and fussy cutting.  This motorcycle wheel could be my favorite little detail on this tag card.  I had stamped and heat embossed the motorcycle image in black. Then I stamped the wheel onto acetate with Jet Black StazOn and fussy cut the spoke section.  I fussy cut the same section out of the heat embossed bike and glued in the acetate spokes.  I did the same with the very small section of spoke on the back wheel, too 🙂


I like this little detail on the gas pump–I attempted to make a little glass window using a stamped piece of vellum and Diamond Glaze.  After gluing the vellum to the backside of the gas pump, I applied a layer of Diamond Glaze, which started to make the vellum warp, then I accidentally dropped a piece of paper on top of the wet glaze! Ooopps big time!  Luckily, the glaze was goopy enough to settle on its own once I carefully removed the piece of paper that dropped on it-WHEW 🙂


Now that I look at the gas pump, I should have made the nozzle and hose of the gas pump more matte–I’ll remember that for next time!  OH–you can see where I added the piece of stamped acetate to the rear wheel!


I added a couple of cacti to my map stamped background, some tissue tape to anchor the bike and word bands that I stamped and fussy cut.  I outlined everything with my Pumice Stone DM and smudged with a damp finger.  I finished with a spritzing of Walnut Stain DM with my air art tool.

If you get hip to this kind of tip–Get your kicks with Route 66, Artistic Outpost stamp set that is!! 😉 🙂

Thanks for coming by today!  Do you have the song “Route 66” firmly swirling in your head?  I know I do (the Depeche Mode version!)!  I’ll leave you with that 🙂

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Route 66 (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces:  #12 Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); White Stock (PTI); Acetate; Vellum; Tissue Paper
  • Distress Spray Stains, Inks & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Black Embossing Powder (WOW); Frosted Crystals EP (Ranger); Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Air Art Tool (ArtWorx); Ink Blending Tools; Matte Multi-Medium (Ranger)

Jingle Bell WOW!

Happy Friday!!  I’m sure there’s the sound of crickets out there (in the U.S. especially!) with everyone out and about shopping, shopping, shopping!!  Well, I’m at home crafting, crafting, crafting at the worktable and recuperating from the Thanksgiving day of cooking and playing and eating!!  The weather even allowed us to traipse about the property yesterday and look for our Christmas tree!!  We’ve tagged 4 of them and will make the final selection this weekend 🙂

I’ve got a Christmas themed tag I made for two challenges, one of which is a ‘new’ one for me to enter; Fashionable Stamping Challenge and my ‘early’ entry for Compendium of Curiosities 3 at Studio L3!  At FSC Challenge #86 is to make A Christmas Tag and it’s challenge #16-Layering Stencil Embossing at CC3.  I’m going to try to turn any challenge makes into a card or tag for Christmas, so that I stayed motivated and multi-task with getting Christmas cards made!

There are FABULOUS sponsors and prizes to be won at both challenges!  Fashionable Stamping Challenge has a $20 gift certificate from their sponsor, Flonzcraft!  Very Cool, indeed! (I’ve got a couple of their Vintage Fashion sheets of stamps) CC3 #16 is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique with a $25 shopping spree at Linda’s store and then there’s the coveted prize-bonanza, donated by Tim & Mario, that’s awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice!  WOO-HOO! 🙂


In keeping with the rules and such with the CC3 challenge, I’m working from my copy of Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 book-page 50, and not sharing the technique.  But, I can share the details of what I used to bring this tag together and how I used the Layering Stencil Embossing technique.


So, here you can see some of the items I’ve gathered to concoct this tag–I’ve got a #8 manila tag, some DIs in Broken China & Evergreen Bough & Scattered Straw is in there, too.  Of course there’s my copy of Tim’s CofC #3 and two of Tim’s Layering Stencils that I’m going to use.


I’ve been working with Tim’s Christmas Blueprints #5 and this is the jingle bell image from that set.  It’s fun and playful and a chance for me to go ‘non-traditional’ with color.  Here, I’ve stamped my focal image onto the tag with black pigment ink, then I heat embossed with black WOW embossing powder.


 And just like that–I’ve got layers of color, stenciling and embossed stenciling!!  I layered my DIs on the tag first-Scattered Straw, Broken China & Evergreen Bough and heat dried.  Then I used the Stars LS with Broken China DP and heat dried.  I used the Layer Stenciling Embossing technique with that last layer of blue stenciling!  Isn’t that fun?!  I love that blue embossing!! 🙂


Before I embellished, I flicked Bolivian Blue Twinkling H2Os and Picket Fence DP over the entire tag with a round paint brush.  The label & sentiment is from the Simple Sayings set.  I stamped the label image onto manila stock with Distress Embossing ink and heat embossed with Cornflower Blue EP from Wendy Vecchi.  I love that blue!


I did spritz one more layer of Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist spray over the tag!  I really was in a spritzing mood–it’s totally fun to do! Once I felt I’d done enough spritzing, I heat dried everything.  After all of that, I wasn’t about to smudge any of it!!  I positioned my collection of mirror stars and set in place with matte gel.


Here’s the backside of the tag–spritzed with Peeled Paint DS (from a mini-mister) and White Linen Dylusions ink spray through the Christmas LS.  I heat dried the sprays and blended a little bit of Broken China DI over the surface and rubbed Vintage Photo DI over the edges.


And yet, more spritzing!!  I stamped the jingle bell image with Distress EI onto manila stock and heat embossed with Silver EP.  I colored the bell with Scattered Straw & Mustard Seed DI’s and heat set.  Then I spritzed the bell with Sunflower Sparkle & Pewter Perfect Pearls Mists.  I fussy cut it and adhered to the tag with adhesive foam.


I used Chit Chat & Seasonal Chit Chat stickers to form ‘jingle all the way’.  I distressed the stickers a bit with Tea Dye & Black Soot DIs.  I attached them to the bell and tag with little strips of double-back tape and mini foam dots.  I tied a little bow out of silver cord and attached to the top of the bell with matte gel.


OH–I love these little itty bitty bells!  I have these silver bells (leftover from Christmas card creations past) strung on a piece of silver cord that I tied into the ribbon that tops the tag.  Now, the tag makes a little jingle noise when it’s shaken 🙂


 I’m really happy with how this tag came out.  Those little shadows of white stars in the background, with the shine of the mirror stars in the foreground could be my favorite parts of this tag…but I’m not biased or anything!! 😉

So, “Jingle all the way” over with me to Studio L3 for CC3 #16 (this challenge ends Dec 5th) and FSC for Challenge #86 (this challenge ends tomorrow, Nov 29) with your creations!  I’d love to see you there, too!!

I’ll be back soon with my 1st Eclectic Ellapu Design Team post, that I’m really excited about!!  So, until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: #8 Manila Tag (Inkssentials/Ranger); Manila Stock; Black Stock (Core’dinations)
  • Stamps: Christmas Blueprints #5 & Simple Sayings (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks, Paint & Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Colorbox Pigment Ink (Clearsnap); Archival Ink (Ranger); Black EP (WOW); Cornflower Blue EP (Wendy Vecchi/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger); Perfect Pearls Mist Spray (Ranger)
  • Layering Stencils (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Mirror Stars, Chit Chat Stickers & Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Silver Cord; Tiny Bells; Satin Ribbon
  • Double-Back Tape (3M); Matte Gel (Liquitex); Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Foam Squares & Dots; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Detail Scissors (Fiskars); Mini Mister (Ranger)

Last, but Not Least….

HAPPY Friday Everyone!!  I’m back with the final card in my self-imposed, Christmas Card Creative Roulette (not much of a roulette, I know, with only 3 choices)(insert shrug of shoulders here…) and I think maybe my favorite out of the three that I’ve made–and I’m trying not to be biased here!!

Christmas Card #3

Christmas Card #3

This could be my favorite because it was the easiest and quickest of the three to make–No extra drying times, no mistakes to ponder over how to fix, stuff like that!  I kept everything pretty simple (so I wouldn’t mess up!) and ended up making a card that has two different types of embossing techniques that go together so well in this design!

I think this may be my Christmas Card...Oh, spoiler alert!!

I think this may be my Christmas Card…Oh, spoiler alert!!

My background is a piece of manilla stock that I inked with Barn Door DI and my ink blending tool.  I spritzed it with water and heat dried.  I used the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and my now red piece of manilla stock and ran it through my Big Shot machine.  After I trimmed it down to size, I distressed it all over with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s.

I love what distressing does to

I love what distressing does.

For the collage image, I used tinted embossing ink and stamped it onto manilla stock and covered with a layer of clear embossing powder.  I heat set it, then trimmed the image down to size.  I randomly inked with Barn Door, Vintage Photo and Broken China DI’s and my ink blending tool, spritzed it with water and heat dried.  I finished by distressing the edges and inking with Walnut Stain DI.

LOVE the resist effect with clear embossing powder and Distress Inks.

LOVE the resist effect with clear embossing powder and Distress Inks.

Wanting to add a vintage sentiment, I used the label and Merry Christmas stamps from the Simple Sayings plate and stamped in Barn Door DI & Archival Ink in Jet Black onto a scrap piece of natural stock.  I trimmed the label down to size, distressed the edges and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

This simple stamped sentiment of Merry Christmas

The Simple Sayings plate is a go-to collection for greetings of every occasion.

Of course I had to add red & white Baker’s Twine and those cute little mini jingle bells!!  When I adhered the bells, I controlled those pesky strings of  the hot glue I was using by placing my blobs of hot glue onto my craft sheet and carefully dipping each bell into the glue (I was using tweezers to handle each bell).  That way, I didn’t end up with strings of hot glue all over the Baker’s Twine or the entire card for that matter.

I could have sold myself on this card with the cute trio of jingle bells alone...

I could have sold myself on this card with the cute trio of jingle bells alone…

And there we have them–the three sample designs of my proposed Christmas Cards this year.  Honestly–I may like today’s card design the best because of its versatility.  The Holiday Collections plate has a total of 4 collage images and by changing my Distress Ink colors, I’ll be able to get 4 different cards, yet, all with the same, simple layout…Easy Peasy and Artsy Fartsy–Perfect!

I just have to end with this–I’ve been visiting some of my fav blogs and some of the creations that are being made—FABULOUS!  One in particular is Paula Cheney’s Holiday Wishes card she shared this week.  It’s the background–I just LOVE what she did and that’s all I’m going to say about that (I may have just gotten inspired…)  You’ll just need to go to her blog One Lucky Day and get inspired, too!  She’s so Good!!

Thank You for joining me today–I truly appreciate your visits and remember–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO–Shari

Supplies I Used:

Beware 13 Black & Purple & Yellow

Superstitious, Anyone?

Superstitious, Anyone?

Supplies I Used:

  • Stamp Sets:   Wicked (Oxford Impressions)  & Oddities (TH/Stampers Anonymous)
  • Distress Inks & Paint, Pigment Ink, Embossing Powder, Alcohol Ink, Distresser, Ink Blending Tool, Dimensional Magic
  • Manilla Stock, Textured Card Stock, Ivory Card Stock
  • Harlequin Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Tulle, Facet, Remnant Rub-Ons

This is a card where I had the background ready to go, all I had to do was think of a design and get it down!  The easy part, right?  The Dusty Concord & Mustard Seed DI background made me think – mystical – carnival — Palm Reader!  Got It!

Embossed Hand

I heat embossed the palm image from the Oddities set with black pigment ink and clear embossing powder and chose a couple of remnant rubs as surface embellishments.  The background stamps I used are from the Wicked set from Oxford Impressions and I randomly stamped a couple of the images around the palm.

The harlequin rub-on is what inspired me to use a harlequin embossing folder on the corners.

The harlequin rub-on is what inspired me to use a harlequin embossing folder on the corners.

I ran 2 of the corners through the Big Shot machine with the Harlequin embossing folder and rubbed Walnut Stain DI over the raised texture.  The card is almost done, but I needed some flair.

I colored the facet with alcohol ink before gluing in place.

I colored the facet with alcohol ink before gluing in place.

The larger tear drop facet fit perfectly over the rub-on #13 so I used Dimensional Magic to glue it in place.  I did color the facet first, with Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Eggplant and let air dry.  I ripped a small piece of black tulle and tied through the jump ring of the facet.

I treated this corner piece with DCP in Clear Rock Candy.

I treated this corner piece with DCP in Clear Rock Candy.

I felt I needed something to offset the tear drop facet on the opposite corner so, I stamped the 13 Black corner onto a scrap piece of ivory card stock with Jet Black Archival, heat set and then spread a thin layer of DCP in Clear Rock Candy.  When it was dry, I gently inked the crackled finish with Walnut Stain DI and adhered with 3D Dots.

Finished 13 Black Card

Because my “Type-A” kicked in, I added the two black brads at the very last minute before attaching to the dark purple textured card stock, that is my card base.  There–now, I’m feeling Lucky!  How about you?

Thanks for stopping by!