Fabulous Finds Friday — Artistic Outpost

I am a sucker for the unmounted sets from Artistic Outpost. I love the vintage feel, the way the stamps form a theme, the design possibilities.

Combine that with my love of  lighthouses, and how could I resist this set, *“Beyond the Sea”

I must admit, I am not always the most imaginative stamper; sometimes I have a hard time implementing my “vision.” Oh, who am I kidding? Sometimes I have a hard time getting a vision at all! So I need to stamp and play a lot to get a feel for the images and what they want me to do.  Sometimes I get a … here it comes… creative block.

I am also impatient, and I wanted — NEEDED — to stamp something from this set as soon as it arrived. My first attempt at making a card had me flumoxed. I have this really cool blue-grey paper that has subtle sparke in it. I envisioned the lighthouse stamped and embossed in white on this paper. 

I stamped the lighthouse using VersaMark, then embossed in white. My idea was to mount the entire panel on another card, but it just didn’t work, especially with the punched corners (dumb idea!). I didn’t think this through, I was too impatient to stamp. I played around with various background cards and finally just decided to cut the darn thing out and start all over. Here is what I finally came up with:

(The blue is not quite that vibrant in person. It really blends better with the blue grey!) The music background is from the same set; the sentiment is by Rubber Stampede. The lacy border is a new punch from EK Success — which I will talk about next week! Love these punches!

I played around some more with the lighthouse and came up with these:

I do like this one above — I white embossed the lighthouse over a piece of background paper made with alcohol inks.

I finally gave up on the white embossing and stamped the lighthouse with other backgrounds:

(other images are from same set. Anyone remember that Bobby Darin song? Hum along with me… “Somewhere, beyond the sea….”)

(Found the above scrap of blue paper — it seemed like a good fit.)

Then I decided to take a risk and add this image to the scene:

To make the border, I used drafting tape to mask off the margins on my white cardstock. I colored the scene with Pebbles’ Pearlescent Chalk.

Whew! I haven’t even touched another great image in the set — a man and woman in a gondola!

Thanks for stopping by.

(*this set was a gift from Artistic Outpost)

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7 Responses

  1. Wow. I love that stamp and what you did with it.

    • Thanks, Rita! You have a beautiful blog — can’t wait to see what you do with all the coffee dyed fabric!

  2. Beautiful cards you created with the Beyond the Sea Plate – don’t forget about the monthly referral program on the Artistic Outpost Blog – http://www.artisticoutpost.blogspot.com

    Thanks for using Artistic Outpost images!

  3. […] already used the lattice punch in this card from last week, but here are some more […]

  4. WOW, Robi! I am SO impressed with the variety of cards you made with just one image . . . they’re FABULOUS!

    • Thanks again Michi! I always figure that as long as I have something out, I may as well use it! And sometimes it takes me a while to get the mojo going!

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