Travel Squares Collage Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 22, 2016
Hi, it is Godelieve here today sharing two cards I've made with the Travel Squares Collage Stamp.

The first card has a tag attached.  


1. Stamp the Travel Squares Collage using Jet Black Archival ink
2. Use the small letters from the Alphabet Medley set with black Archival ink to stamp “travel escape explore”
3. Cut the piece out
4. Distress the edges. Mat onto green cardstock and adhere to the card base
5. To create the colored tag, stamp the collage stamp again on another piece of (watercolor) paper and stamp the large tag from the Tags set on top, at an angle.
6. Cut the stamped tag out. Trim the edges, so the stamped edges will not hide too much of the black and white image underneath.


7. To watercolor the tag, scribble Distress Markers onto a stamping block or a craft scheet, and pick the colors up with a water brush.
8. Distress the edges of the tag using a paper distresser, and add a bit of color by dabbing Distress Paint around the edges.
9. Add ribbon and twine. Attach words from the Prague Vol 1 Wordstrips. Glue the finished tag in place.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Travel Squares Collage Stamp 
Darkroom Door Tags Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 1 Wordstrips
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Distress Markers
Distress Paint: Twisted Citron
Water brush
Tonic paper distresser


The second card is a square Vintage Card. Size is 14 cm.


1. Only 1 ink pad was used to create this card:  Archival Potting Soil
2. Stamp the Travel Squares collage stamp onto cream cardstock
3. Apply a layer of  Distress Crazing Collage Medium. It takes a while before the cracks appear


4. Meanwhile stamp a mixed background onto a square piece of kraft cardstock (13 x 13 cm). Darkroom Door has a range of beautiful city stamp sets to choose from. Mix with the Scratches Texture Stamp and the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp. Distress the edges and ink them with Archival ink.


5. After the cracks showed up on the stamped Travel Squares piece, use Distress Crayons to color the images.  Rub with your fingers to make the cracks visible


6. Cut the squares out and distress the edges
7. Arrange the squares on the card. Glue and staple them in place 
8. Adhere this panel to a cream folded card

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Travel Squares Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Montmartre Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door London Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door New York Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sydney Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Inkpad: Potting Soil
Distress Collage Medium: Crazing
Distress Crayons: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
Tonic Paper Distresser
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Arty Hexagons Collage Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hi,  it is Godelieve here. Today I’m sharing 2 cards I made with the Arty Hexagons Collage Stamp. I’m a fan of Darkroom Door’s Background and Texture stamps. So I love this stamp with lots of these textures inside the hexagons. I think it is a great stamp to use in an art journal too.


1. Select some Distress Paints and dab onto the Arty Hexagons stamp.  Stamp on smooth watercolor cardstock
2. Stamp the Chevron Texture stamp randomly, using Distress Paint Salty Ocean
3. Cut to size and dab the edges with the same paint
4. Colour the paper by swiping Distress Stain Twisted Citron across the paper. Let dry
5. Ink the edges with embossing ink and heat emboss with red embossing powder


6. To do the vellum circle, stamp the Mesh background stamp and the Coffee Stain Eclectic stamp with embossing ink, heat emboss with red embossing powder.
7. Staple the cut out vellum circle onto the Arty Hexagons background
8. Ink the Being Creative Quote stamp partly using black Archival ink.  Cut out “Be Creative” and adhere to the vellum circle using 3D tape
9. Add dots using Enamel Accents
10. Glue the panel to a white folded card


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door
Arty Hexagons Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Chevron Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Being Creative Quote Stamp
Distress Embossing Inkpad
Distress Paint: Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber, Barn Door, Twisted Citron
Distress Stain: Twisted Citron
Enamel Accents Caribbean Coast
Ranger Embossing Powder Rich Red
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher


1. Stamp the Arty Hexagons stamp onto smooth watercolor cardstock using embossing ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder


2. Choose 3 Distress inkpads to color the cardstock using an ink blending tool. The heat embossing will resist the inks


3. Flick water drops onto the background and let dry
4. Cut the cardstock to size and glue onto the card base
5. Stamp, heat emboss and ink another piece of cardstock, using the same inks. Also stamp and heat emboss a saying from the Simple Sayings set


6. Cut out some of the hexagons from this second piece, use 3D tape to adhere them to the card
7. To finish off the card, attach the cut out saying

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arty Hexagons Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Stamp Set
Distress Embossing inkpad
Clear embossing powder
Distress inkpads: Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord
Ranger Mini ink blending tool

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Arty Circles Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 12, 2016

Hello lovely crafters! It's Teresa Abajo here and I'm excited to bring you a couple of projects using the new Arty Circles Collage Stamp. First up, I stamped the Circles and coloured them with Copic markers:



I used a couple of different stamp sets to complete the sentiment, added a chevron layer and added some sequins to help this card sparkle:


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Chevron Background Stamp
Copic markers: BG10, BG13, BG15 and shading with C2
Memento ink Tuxedo Black

Next up is a card using a background I made using a gel printing plate and acrylic paints:


I stamped the circles on white card and cut each one out. I also stamped the Circles on the background to help me put each one in the right place. The black and white circles really pop on the coloured background.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Chevron Background Stamp
Archival ink: Jet Black
Gel Press gel printing plate
Acrylic paint: various colours

Last up I have an art journal page that shows how easy it is to line this stamp up for a continuous pattern, and have the design go right up the page:


I even stamped the Circles onto acetate and heat embossed that to create a window in the page. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Collage Stamp
Ranger Distress Embossing ink
Ranger Embossing powder white
Uni-ball Signo Gel Ink Pen White Broad

Thanks for dropping in for inspiration!

Arty Triangles Art Journal & Card

Darkroom Door - Saturday, December 10, 2016
Hi, it's Belinda here today to share both an art journal page and a card using the fabulous new Arty Triangles Collage Stamp. This is such a versatile and cool stamp! Let's have a look at how I used it.


1.Take a #12 Dylusions Journaling Tag. Apply Distress Inks in Broken, Fossilized Amber, Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade using an ink blending tool. Spritz the whole tag with water to help the colours blend. Lift the tag at the top to allow the inks to run down the tag. Dry with a heat gun. Flick some water over the surface using your fingertips and dry again.

2. Apply a combination of Darkroom Door stamps to the surface of the tag including the brand new Arty Triangles Collage Stamp using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Blend Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of the tag using an ink blending tool.

3. Stamp the Arty Triangles again twice on another piece of smooth cardstock. Also stamp your chosen quote. Apply the same inks to these stamped images. Draw a freehand border around the quote and cut out. Also cut out some of the triangles. Glue all pieces onto the art journal tag. Add a little washi tape for added interest.


4. Use the same ink blending technique to apply the same ink colours to your art journal page as well as the back of the tag. Here I have used a Smash Album and added the colours to a complementary page in the album. Stamp the Numbers Border Stamp or any of the super cool new border stamps to the edge of the page in the album. Add some the same washi tape to tie in with the tag. 

5. Score a fold on the left hand side of the tag. Tape onto the art journal page along this edge and add washi tape to decorate the edge.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Numbers Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Creativity Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Artist Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fun & Games Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratched Alphabet Rubber Stamp Set
Dylusions Journaling Tags #12 Size
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Broken China, Fossilized Amber, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade

For my second project, I wanted to use the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp in a different way to create a sweet little banner.


1. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock 12.5cm x 19cm and fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of watercolour paper 9cm x 12cm. Distress the edges and ink with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Stick down on the card base.
3. Apply Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush in Orange Glaze to the Plaid Texture Stamp. Spritz the stamp with water and stamp on the watercolour paper. Scribble the pen onto an acryic block and use a wet paintbrush to pick up some of this colour and flick over the watercolour papr. Dry with a heat gun.
4. Use Venetian Orange Archival Ink to stamp 'fly' (from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set) repeatedly down the left hand side of the watercolour piece.
5. Apply the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Big Brush Pens in Black, Deep Scarlett Red, Nougat and Orange Glaze to the Robin Eclectic Stamp. Spritz the stamp with water and apply to a piece of smooth white cardstock or watercolour paper. Dry with a heat gun before fussy cutting. Add to the card front using 3D foam.
6. Use the same pens to colour a leaf from the Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set. Stamp the leaf three times, dry with the heat gun and then cut out. Glue onto the card front.
7. Stamp the Arty Triangles onto some smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Dry the ink with the heat gun before adding colour using the pens. Blend with a wet paintbrush. Dry off with the heat gun and then cut out 5 of the smallest triangles to create a banner.
8. Use the Venetian Orange ink to stamp the love heart circle from the Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set. Cut out and add to the card front with 3D foam. Add some kitchen twine around the circle and extending across the front of the card. Glue the Arty Triangles onto the twine. Stamp the word 'fly' again using Jet Black ink. Cut out and add to the card using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Plaid Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Venetian Orange
Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade 
FABER-CASTELL Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush: 113 Orange Glaze, 178 Nougat, 199 Black, 219 Deep Scarlett Red

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Gel Printing Numbers Border Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 02, 2016

Hi, Anneke De Clerck here with a project I made using the brand new Numbers Border Stamp. I love the grungy look of that stamp. In my opinion it’s a very versatile stamp.


I did a spread in my large Dylusions journal using a small gel printing plate. For the monoprinting I worked with a whole bunch of Darkroom Door Background Stamps. These stamps are my favourites when making cards but I use them often for art journal and other mixed media projects too.


1. Gather your paints, a variety of background stamps and the 3 x 5” gel printing plate. Stick the plate to an acrylic block and use it as a stamp. Hold leftover paper or an old book by hand to wipe off excess paint from your brayer in between layers.


2. Apply 2 colours of paint on the gel printing plate using your brayer, press a background stamp into that paint to make marks. Stamp colour blocks on the pages using that loaded gel printing plate. Make ghost prints too.


3. Continue adding colour blocks until you’re happy with the result. Add several layers on top of each other. Add white prints to tone down blocks that turned out too bold.


4. Add pink/yellow numbers and use the following “kissing” technique to avoid a mirrored image. Apply pink and yellow paint on a second gel printing plate (can be a larger one), press Numbers Border Stamp into that paint to make marks and press the 3 x 5” gel printing plate on top to take away the paint/print. Stamp on the journal page.


5. Stamp numbers directly on the spread using white paint, mask off the surrounding blocks. Make rows of big dots using fuchsia paint.


6. Stamp the solid flower from the Full Bloom Vol 2 set randomly using white paint. Overstamp each flower with the matching open flower stamp from the set using black paint. Add a yellow centre with a paint marker. Draw stems with a black pen.

7. Add white squares, yellow dots and black marks as shown using paint markers. Add details with a white pen.

8. Stamp the Numbers Border Stamp with black ink on tissue paper. Glue torn pieces in place with gel medium.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Numbers Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Abstract Triangles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Checkered Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Floral Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp 
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Tangerine Dream, Vibrant Turquoise, Bubblegum Pink
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Persian Rose, Sky Blue Light
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: Lime, Turquoise, Tangerine
Paint Markers: white, yellow, black

Thanks for stopping by!

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