Welcome, welcome! I think you'll be happy you stopped by today... I'm so excited to be able to share with you the new Artistic Outpost release Paperboy. The whole team has been creating projects to tempt you - and you'll find links to them all here at the Artistic Outpost blog - though for my part I think the stamps speak pretty much for themselves: it's a gorgeous set!
I've got several pieces to share with you and I'll spread them out over the next few posts, but I thought I'd give you a quick glimpse of them all to whet your appetites.
So, without more ado, I give you: Paperboy...
Here's what Robyn, designer and owner of Artistic Outpost has to say about them:
Amazing vintage photographs of "newsies" were used as the inspiration for Artistic Outpost's newest release, Paperboy.
This collection features iconic newsboys and girls from the early 1900's when children hocked the latest news on the street corners of America's busiest cities. Also included are a newsprint collage, a megaphone for announcing the latest and greatest, and sentiments professing that "you are the hero in your own story".
The collection is available in both unmounted sheets of red rubber for $14 or mounted on EZ Mount cling foam and pre-cut for you for $22.99. Mounted version comes with a cling card for easy storage.
Find the set here.
These stamps have such a fantastic vintage feel to them, and the characters have the trademark direct gaze of some of my favourite Artistic Outpost sets (Think and Wonder, Generation Redux). These children capture you and hold you with their eyes, challenging you to engage, to look again.
I found myself drawn to a neutral palette with these stamps (with the occasional blue invasion) - probably influenced by the fact that old photographs and newspapers live in that colour world, so the stamps inhabit it very comfortably.
And I mostly kept it pretty simple to let the stamps do the work.
So the first one I'm going to share in detail is the one that sprang to mind immediately when I received the set.
The 3D frame structure seemed like a great "period" way to display the images, reminiscent of a turn of the century diorama. It was the first thing that came to me, since there seemed to be a natural progression of distances given the relative sizes of the images.
(And if you saw yesterday's tiny "theatre", you'll see that the 3D thing infected me a little!)
I stuck Tim Holtz text tissue wrap onto some strong chipboard and cut several frames and plaques using the Vintage Cabinet Card and mini-Cabinet card dies. (These were to form the basis of a couple of my pieces.)
So the fabulous cityscape goes right in the background, the girls are in the middle-ground, and one of our two paperboys comes right into the foreground.
They're stamped in Archival Black. I added some gentle shading with Antique Linen Distress Stain, applied with a waterbrush.
And what did I use to separate the frames, I hear you cry... the distance between them is far more than just some padded tape.
Yup, you're right. Well, you know those bits of white foam that come in the bottom of the packaging when you buy a Texture Fade embossing folder... it's those, sliced in half lengthwise.
I always knew they had to be useful for something, and I've finally found out what!
I added a few metal accents - including one of the lovely new Papermania Chronology clocks, and that was pretty much that.
I hope you'll be able to visit the rest of the team if you haven't already; they've really created some amazing projects... I think we've all been inspired by this great new stamp set. See more by visiting...
For now, thanks so much for dropping in and I'll see you out there somewhere in Craftyblogland soon!
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