Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gothic 31 - New Stamps From Artistic Outpost!

It's been awhile since I joined in with the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Studio L3, but having just received the most gorgeous rubber stamps from Artistic Outpost, and my favorite die of all time from Sizzix, I had all the inspiration I needed to sit down and make a quick tag.

This week we're working with Tim Holtz's Blended Stains technique. I decided to experiment a little with the new Metallic Distress Stains by mixing Tarnished Brass, Spiced Marmalade, and Black Soot. I love how it turned out! It's really hard to see in the photo, but it adds the coolest luster to the whole tag. Can't wait to play with it some more!

The skeleton woman (isn't she amazing?!) was stamped with embossing ink on black cardstock and embossed with Seafoam White ep. I think it gives it such a cool cameo effect! I cut the Bell Jar from leftover packaging and the base from chipboard. The base was painted with a Pitch Black Dabber and then embossed. I sanded the embossed portion and inked it with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

The top is tied with idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon that was dyed with Black Soot Distress Stain. I added Baubles that were tinted orange with a mixture of Terra Cotta and Butterscotch Alcohol Inks and an Idea-ology Wire Pin.

All of the supplies (other than the stamps) can be purchased from Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Be sure and use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order! The rubber stamps are from Artistic Outpost's Gothic 31 collection and can be purchased on their web site.

Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring this week's challenge. Be sure and check out all the fantastic submissions here!


  1. Hello Shelly
    A wonderful array of different textures and your ink staining looks incredible; the spiced marmalade adds a zing to the Black palette.
    And what can I say about the skeleton head; it is unique by any-ones definition.
    You have excelled again in designing an amazing Tag.

  2. Oooooh, these colors are so yummy!! I love how you made it 'glow'. Love this tag!!

  3. Fantastic tag Shelly, love the colours and the bell jar. You have used the AO images beautifully. Tracy x

  4. Hello Shally!
    The tag, you has been fantastic. I like the experiment.
    Getting ready for Halloween? :))

  5. This is so cool, and I love that skeleton cameo! =) TFS!

  6. That stamp will be mine for sure. I just found 3 cabochons of her I have left over from last Halloween.And of course getting the bell jar.
    Thank you again for all your terrific inspiration.

  7. Great tag and I lve the bell jar....mine has just arrived cannot wait to play! A fab Halloween tag, trace. X

  8. Shelly, this is truly one of the most magnificent Halloween tags I've ever seen. Ever! I love the metallic stains in the background, and holy cow, the bell jar is awesome! Your attention to detail is just mind-blowing-- the embossed base on the jar, the scratches on the glass, the amazing skeleton woman-- you're such an inspiration!

  9. Great artwork Shelly...gorgeous colours!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  10. OH WOW WOW WOW!!!! This is AWESOME....Absolutely STUNNIING!!!!

  11. Great Art work Shelly
    Love the colors and the stamp.

    Greetings Janny

  12. Another piece of art that blows me away! Love the color experiment. And of course I loooovvvveeee the bell jar-it's a musy have. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

  13. What is a musy have? Ha, ha, meant to say must have.

  14. Glorious tag... Your blended stains look sensational, and the bell jar is fabulous!
    Alison x

  15. I just LOVE your work! Everything is inspiring! Do you or have you done any video tutorials?


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