Tied Up With String ATC Swap Gallery

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hi stampers! Here are the ATC's we received for the Tied Up With String ATC swap! Inspired by the lyrics from the Sound Of Music, artists used any Darkroom Door rubber stamp or paper product to create ATC's with a piece of string incorporated into the artwork! 

We love the different ideas! Take a look:













Thanks again to all the artists who took part in the swap!

If you're keen to join in our monthly Artist Trading Card swaps, please click here for all of the details!

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Skateboard Photo Stamp Project Ideas Part 2

Darkroom Door - Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hi there! Today we are sharing more projects using the Skateboard Photo Stamp! If you missed Part 1, you can find that blog post here. 

Anneke De Clerck has created four different cards using the Skateboard Photo Stamp! Here is the first one: 


Instructions: 
1. Apply stripes of paint on a 6 x 6" (15 x 15 cm) card panel 
2. Add black and white paint on top randomly
3. Create letters and numbers by sponging through stencils using black and white acrylic paint
4. Stamp stains from the Coffee Time set with white paint
5. Stamp flowers from the Whimsical Words set wit black paint, add accents with a white pen
6. Stamp the Skateboard Photo Stamp with Archival Ink Jet Black on watercolor paper and cut out
7. Sponge letters on top with black paint, make drips with diluted light blue, yellow and turquoise paint
8. Color the skateboard with magenta paint
9. Add lime paint to the edges of the skateboard print and adhere it to the painted background using mini staples


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Skateboard Photo Stamp on watercolor paper using Archival Ink Cobalt
2. Color the print with Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron using a water brush
3. Cut a background out of painted paper and glue the stamped print on top
4. Stamp text using Archival Ink Cobalt 


Instructions: 
1. Color Distress Woodgrain Cardstock with Spray Stains Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet 
2. Stamp the Skateboard Photo Stamp on watercolor paper using Distress Ink Wilted Violet 
3. Color the skateboard with Distress Ink Twisted Citron using a water brush
4. Stamp text to the right upper corner using Archival Ink Jet Black
5. Paint wooden numbers with Distress Paint Twisted Citron 
6. Assemble the card as shown, decorate with a paperclip and some ribbon


Instructions: 
1. Pick up a thin layer of lime and sky paint with a brayer, make sure the lime paint is at one side, sky at the other
2. Load the Skateboard Photo Stamp with that paint and make a print
3. Overstamp with Archival Ink Jet Black
4. Stamp mini solid flowers from the Full Bloom Vol 2 set on scraps of paper using sky paint
5. Overstamp with the mini open flowers using Archival Ink Jet Black, cut out
6. Assemble the card as shown 

Godelieve Tijskens has two cards to share: 


Instructions: 
1. I stamped the Skateboard Photo Stamp with Archival Ink Vermillion on smooth watercolor paper
2. I used Distress inkpads and a brush to watercolor the image. A stamping block was used as a palette.
3. The image was stamped once more with black Archival ink. 
4. The cut out legs and board was glued onto the colored image.
5. Words from the Robot Vol 1 set are stamped onto the brick background and cut out too.
6. The image was glued onto black cardstock, and then onto a kraft card.


Instructions: 
1. For this card I used watercolor paper
2. I used a MISTI stamping tool, a handy stamp positioner.  
3. I inked the stamp with Distress Markers and misted with water. I stamped the colors one by one and let them dry inbetween, to avoid that the colors would mix. The colors I used are Rusty Hinge, Festive Berries, Faded Jeans and Hickory Smoke.
4. Then I over stamped the complete image with Archival Ink Watering Can.
5. I layered the image with brown cardstock.
6. Blue photo corners were used as arrows to embellish the card.
7. I glued the panel onto a white card, and stamped the words from the Happy Birthday set with Archival ink too.

Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Skateboard Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Skater Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Coffee Time Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Robot Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Rusty Hinge, Pumice Stone
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Sky, Lime, Turquoise,White, Black, Lemon, Magenta
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Cobalt, Watering Can, Vermillion
Distress Woodgrain Cardstock
Distress Spray Stains: Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet
Distress Paint: Twisted Citron
Distress Markers: Rusty Hinge, Festive Berries, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke
Ranger Watercolour Paper
Donna Downey Signature Stencils: Mini Numbers Repeat, Mini Alpha Rerun

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Skateboard Photo Stamp Project Ideas Part 1

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hi there! We have some fabulous new projects to share with you today using the Skateboard Photo Stamp

First are two cards by Belinda Spencer


Instructions: 
1. Apply the Brick Wall Background Stamp onto a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size using Cornflower Blue Ranger Archival Ink. Use an ink blending tool to apply Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans ink. Stamp with quotes from the Skater Rubber Stamp Set using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Stick down on a slightly larger piece of black cardstock and then on a white cardstock card base.
2. Apply the Skateboard Photo Stamp onto another piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size using the Cornflower Blue ink for the wall section and Watering Can ink for the ground section of the stamp. Use a white crayon to draw in the mortar on the wall. Use an ink blending tool to add Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans ink to the wall and Hickory Smoke ink to the ground. Stick down on a slightly larger piece of black cardstock. Stick down on the card front.
3. Stamp the Skateboard stamp again on another piece of smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Fussy cut the skateboard and skater. Add some black wire thread or twine to the card front. Layer the Skater and skateboard over the top using 3D foam.
4. Stamp the 'dude' from the Skater Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink as well as some words from the Photography Rubber Stamp Set. Fussy cut and add to the card.


This stamp also looks great just in black and white: 


Instructions: 
1. Apply the Alphabet Background Stamp onto a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Use an ink blending tool to apply Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink to the edges. Stick down on a black cardstock card base.
2. Apply the Skateboard Photo Stamp onto another piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size using the Jet Black ink. Ink the edges with the Black Soot ink. Add to the card front using 3D foam.
3. Stamp the filmstrip image from the Photography Rubber Stamp Set on a scrap of white cardstock with the Jet Black ink. Cut out and add to the card front using 3D foam. Add a circle of black twine or wire thread around the film strip. Add a metal wings charm on top of this.
4. Stamp the 'rip it up' and the 'dude' from the Skater Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card using 3D foam. Flick some black ink over the top of the card.


Teresa Abajo has created a cool street scene card: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Skater image using Archival Jet Black ink onto light brown cardstock and onto blue patterned paper.
2. Fussy cut the legs and skateboard from the blue patterned paper and layer over some cotton gauze that has been coloured black.
3. Adhere this in place over the image on brown cardstock, then onto a piece of blue patterned paper.
4. Stamp the 'hi' circle from the Simply Circles stamp set in black ink, punch it out and adhere to the card.


Lastly, here's a quick and easy card by Rachel Greig: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Skateboard Photo Stamp onto white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Colour the skateboard with Crushed Olive Distress Marker. Colour the jeans with Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Markers. Sponge around the image with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. 
2. Adhere to black cardstock and use a tiny attacher to add some small staples to the sides of the image. 
3. Stamp the Criss Cross Texture Stamp onto a folded light blue card using Cobalt Archival Ink. 
4. Adhere Skateboard image to card using foam adhesive.  

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Skateboard Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Brick Wall Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Skater Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Cornflower Blue, Jet Black, Watering Can, Cobalt
Ranger Distress Ink: Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood
Distress Markers: Crushed Olive, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood
White crayon

Thanks for stopping by today! We will have more cards to share with you tomorrow using the Skateboard Photo Stamp - be sure to check them out! 

Lighthouse Photo Stamp Project Ideas Part 2

Darkroom Door - Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hi there! Today we are sharing more projects using the Lighthouse Photo Stamp! If you missed Part 1, you can find that blog post here

Our first card today was created by Godelieve Tijskens


Instructions: 
• I applied a layer of Gesso onto bookpaper
• I stamped the Lighthouse Photo Stamp with brown Archival Ink
• Then I noticed the word "Sydney" landed on the lighthouse :)
• I used diluted Distress Paints to color the sky, water and shrubs
• To get more intense colors I also used pencils 
• A bird from the Love Birds set was stamped with Archival Ink Potting Soil
• I embellished with a word from the Seaside Wordstrips and some twine, and assembled the card. 


Suzz Czosek has created two cards showing two different ways the Lighthouse can be used: 


Instructions: 
1. Cover a piece of white cardstock with strips of tissue tape. 
2. Spray edges with Black Soot Distress Spray Stain. Let dry completely. 
3. Stamp Lighthouse Photo Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. 
4. Heat emboss image using black embossing powder. 
5. Color around the image using watercolor pencils and waterbrush.  
6. Add word sticker and frame with hand drawn frame.  Add metal embellishment. 
7. Mount image on card front. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Lighthouse Photo Stamp on scrap paper to create mask. 
2. Stamp Lighthouse Photo Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink on white cardstock. 
3. Cut out image to fit on front of card. 
4. Lay cut out image on card base. 
5. Mask lighthouse to prevent color from being sponged into lighthouse.
6. Sponge yellow ink over sunburst stencil onto main image and card front. 
7. Mount main image onto black cardstock. 
8. Stamp sentiment from New York Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set. 
9. Add color to lighthouse and water using waterbrush and distress ink. 
10. Assemble layers on black card base.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Lighthouse Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Love Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door New York Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seaside Wordstrips
Archival Inkpad: Potting Soil
Distress Ink: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass
Distress Paint: Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio

Distress Spray Stain: Black Soot

Ranger Black Embossing Powder
Aquash Brush
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Tim Holtz Stencil
Talens Amsterdam Gesso
Colored Pencils
Tiny Attacher
Twine
Bookpaper 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Lighthouse Photo Stamp Project Ideas Part 1

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hi there! We have lots of great projects to share with you today using the Lighthouse Photo Stamp

First we have two cards by Rachel Greig:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Lighthouse onto white gloss card using Jet Black Archival Ink. Colour image by sponging Distress Inks over the image. I used Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass. 
2. Use a Barn Door Distress Marker to colour in the stripe and some of the details on the Lighthouse. 
3. Stamp the Sunshine Background Stamp onto white cardstock using Chrome Yellow Archival Ink. Trim out some of the sun rays and adhere them to the Lighthouse to create a light beam. 
4. Stamp 'By The Sea' from Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set onto cream card and distress the edges with a paper distresser. Adhere to image. 
5. Adhere Lighthouse to cream card and distress the edges with a paper distresser. Attach plait rope to left side with two antique brads. Adhere entire panel to folded blue card. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Lighthouse onto white gloss card using Jet Black Archival Ink. Colour image by sponging Distress Inks over the image. I used Mowed Lawn, Storny Sky, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon. 
2. Stamp two flying birds from the Love Birds Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival Ink. 
3. Stamp quote from Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set onto white card and mount with black cardstock. 
4. Adhere quote over Lighthouse image using foam adhesive. Adhere entire stamped panel to black cardstock then to a folded tan coloured card. Tap the Jet Black Archival Ink around the edges of the card to create some added texture. 

Belinda Spencer has created two amazing cards with lots of little details: 


Instructions: 
1. Apply Watering Can Ranger Archival Ink to the World Map Background Stamp and stamp on a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size. Add to a kraft cardstock card base. Add a strip of hessian across the bottom of the card.
2. Apply the Lighthouse stamp to another piece of white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Stamp it again on a piece of scrap printer paper. Cut away all of the negative space and use the lighthouse section as a mask over the cardstock stamped image. Now apply the World Map stamp over the top using Watering Can ink. Remove the mask.
3. Colour over the lighthouse with a white crayon to create a crayon resist effect. Next apply Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire with an ink blending tool. Buff over the lighthouse image with paper towel to remove any ink residue. Flick some water droplets at the image using your fingers to create a water stained look. Allow to dry. Add to the card front using 3D foam.
4. Add a circle of twine around the lighthouse image. Add a metal jolly roger charm. Stamp the ship’s wheel, the North symbol and the Set Sail quote using Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the bottom of the twine circle. 


This next card shows how beautiful the Lighthouse can look by using a softer colour palette. I love how this looks! 


Instructions: 
1. Apply Watering Can Ranger Archival Ink to the World Map Background Stamp and stamp on a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size. Add to a kraft cardstock card base.
2. Apply Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens to the Lighthouse Stamp. The colours used in the example are: May Green 170, Cobalt Green 156, Nougat 178 and Black 199. Lightly spritz the coloured stamp with water and stamp onto a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to size. Dry with a heat gun.
3. Colour over the lighthouse with a white crayon to create a crayon resist effect. Next squish a Tumbled Glass Distress Ink onto an acrylic stamping block. Dilute with water and wash over the background of the stamped image using a soft, wet paintbrush. Allow to dry.
4. Apply the Watering Can ink to the compass stamp from the Sail Away Rubber Stamp Set and stamp on a scrap of white cardstock. Cut out and add to the right hand side of the Lighthouse piece. Staple a circle of grey wire thread around the compass. Add this whole piece to the card front using 3D foam.
5. Stamp the anchor and quote using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut and add to the card. 


Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Lighthouse Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Sunshine Background Stamp
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Sail Away Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Love Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can, Chrome Yellow
Distress Ink: Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon
Distress Marker: Barn Door
White Crayon
Faber Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens 

Tomorrow we will be sharing 3 more cards using the Lighthouse Photo Stamp in Part 2! Until then, wishing you a creative day! 

Tealight Palm Trees Glass Jar

Darkroom Door - Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hi there! Today we have a great project by Godelieve Tijskens using the Palm Trees Photo Stamp to create a tealight holder - perfect for those summer evenings in the backyard or to create nice ambience in your home. 


Instructions:  
Stamp the Palm Trees photo stamp 4 times on tissue paper, using Black Archival ink and cut them out.  


Use a gluestick to apply glue directly to the glass and adhere the stamped tissue paper. Creases or crinkles will disappear.


Add a tealight into the jar. The one I am using is a battery operated one. 


 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Palm Trees Photo Stamp 
Archival Inkpad Jet Black
Tissue paper
Gluestick
Jar
Tealight 

Thanks for stopping by today! 
 

Palm Trees Photo Stamp Project Ideas & Video

Darkroom Door - Thursday, June 09, 2016

Hi there! Today we are sharing lots of project ideas using the Palm Trees Photo Stamp

Our first card was created by Rachel Greig: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Palm Trees Photo Stamp onto gloss cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad and allow to dry. 
2. To create the sunset, lightly sponge Tumbled Glass Distress Ink at the top of the sky and on the water. Next sponge Mustard Seed, overlapping with some of the Tumbled Glass to get a nice graduation of colour. Continue to sponge down to the horizon line with Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon inks. Allow the Ripe Persimmon to go onto the water a little to form a reflection of colour in the water. 
3. Sponge around the edges at the top and bottom with Salty Ocean Distress Ink. 
4. Mount stamped image onto black cardstock then onto a folded blue card. 

Suzz Czosek said the Palm Trees Photo Stamp had her thinking of beautiful sunsets and tropical vacations. To make the trees really pop Suzz used vellum and dye inks to get vibrant colours for her card: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Palm Trees using Ranger Archival Ink on vellum. 
2. Heat Emboss using black embossing powder. 
3. Flip image over and sponge on dye inks in streaks across back of image. 
4. Cut image out and attach to acetate card base. 
5. Splatter white acrylic paint across surface of card.

Connie Mercer created two cards that scream hot summer nights! 


Instructions: 
Stamp the Sunshine Background Stamp on yellow cardstock with Archival Cobalt Blue ink. Trim out and mount on white cardstock. Stamp the Palm Trees Photo Stamp on white cardstock with Sepia ink. Trim out. Spray Palm Trees with yellow, orange and blue Distress Spray Stains. Let dry and speckle with water. Double mat with blue and yellow cardstock. Stamp sentiment on yellow cardstock and hand cut word out. Adhere to cardfront. 


Instructions: 
Stamp the Sunshine Background Stamp on white cardstock using Sepia Ink. Shade with black ink. Stamp Palm Trees Photo stamp with Sepia ink on white cardstock. Trim it out. Shade with black ink. Add color with Distress Spray Stain - I used yellow and orange. Let it dry and go back with some water splats. The water will bleach out some spots on the card front. I really like the look. Double mat on black cardstock and then adhere to the Sunshine background. Take that matted set and adhere to black and orange cardstock. Add twine and sentiment from the Brushed Sentiments Stamp set. Adhere to black card. 

Here are two cards by Teresa Abajo showing how to stamp onto acetate and create a moon with masking:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Palm Trees image onto cream cardstock, then sponge with Distress Ink (Stormy Sky).
2. Stamp the Palm Trees again onto acetate using StazOn ink.
3. Stamp the Corrugated Iron Background stamp using Archival Watering Can ink, and cut a window to fit the Palm Trees image. Adhere the acetate to the back of this frame.
4. Adhere the frame to the cream cardstock using foam tape.
5. Adhere this to the card front, and embellish with a Tim Holtz metal tag and words from the Seaside Vol 2 stamp set.


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Palm Trees image using a waterproof black ink (Archival Jet Black).
2. Punch a circle from a Post-It Note and place it where you'd like the moon.
3. Sponge blue Distress inks over the image (Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire).
4. Trim to size, wrap some twine around the botton and adhere the words from the Everyday Life stamp set using foam tape.
5. Layer this onto an old book page, then onto a layer of cardstock that has the Mesh Background stamped on it in Archival Coffee, then embellish with wooden stars.

Teresa filmed a video while she created this card, so you can see the whole process here! 


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Palm Trees Photo stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sunshine Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Corrugated Iron Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Seaside Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Mesh Background Stamp
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can, Cobalt Blue, Sepia, Coffee
Distress Spray Stain
Ink Blending Tool
Black Embossing Powder
Dylusions Paint: White Linen

Thanks for stopping by today! 

June ATC Swap Details - Landscape

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 06, 2016

The theme for our May ATC swap is Landscape!

Use a Darkroom Door landscape theme stamp (Photo Stamps are a great place to start, or Wilderness Vol 1 & Wilderness Vol 2 Rubber Stamps) to create your ATC's. Create your ATC's in the landscape orientation too!

Here are some ATC's to inspire you! This first one was created by Susie Campbell


Susie has used the Tree Line Photo Stamp to create her ATC! 

Here is another sample to inspire you, this one was created by Belinda Spencer


Belinda has created a gate fold ATC where you open it up to reveal the landscape inside: 


Belinda used the Tree Line Photo Stamp, a quote from the Discover Stamp Set, Wings Rubber Stamp Set, Woodgrain and Fallen Leaves Background Stamps. 

For the full details on how you can participate in this month's swap, click here.

Due date: 30th June 2016.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

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