Grunge Marks Tags and Art Journal

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 16, 2017
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing some quick ideas using the Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set! This set contains 10 different mark making stamps that are so useful and versatile for creating interesting backgrounds and patterns in your artwork! 



One of the things I love about stamping is the way you can add layer after layer of different stamps to build up backgrounds and create interesting effects in your art work. You can see the journal page above shows how I have used different coloured inks to stamp the various Grunge Marks stamps to create an interesting background. 

I've done the same for the tags here:


The tags are now ready for a quote or other stamped images on top. Or just leave as is and add them into your collage artwork! 

You can also create borders by repeating the stamps to cover the full length of your journals and cards: 


And you can never have too much fun just playing around and building up layers of stamping like this: 


Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Heavy Weight Tags
Dylusions Paint
Dina Wakley Media Paint

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Butterfly Garden Border Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hi, my name is Heather Telford and I am happy to be sharing some butterfly themed cards with you today. I used the Butterfly Garden Border Stamp to create two emboss resist cards. The stamp is a long one designed with journals and scrapbook pages in mind but it works beautifully for cards too.


For both of today's cards I started by stamping on hot pressed watercolour paper with versafine onyx black ink then embossed in clear powder. On the warm autumn toned card I stamped the butterfly border stamp again but this time offset to the right and lower in spiced marmalade distress ink. I then used several distress stains to paint colour over the whole panel. Most of the painting is abstract but I did apply darker colour inside the embossed butterflies to make them a little more prominent. Once the panel was dry I splattered some water droplets here and there and trimmed the panel to fit an A2 card. I matted with black and rust cardstock then wrapped some gold cord around the panel before attaching it to a natural card base next to a tiny happy birthday sentiment.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Butterfly Garden Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp set
Versafine onyx black ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Spiced Marmalade distress ink
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany
Gold cord
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Natural, black and rust cardstock


My plan for the second card was always to slice it up into panels. It's a big stamp so to use most of it on a card I had to work out a layout to make that happen. The card is quite wide and fits in a business envelope. Once again I started with the image stamped in black and embossed in clear on watercolour paper. I taped down the panel to keep it from warping then painted distress stains over the whole area tipping and tilting the panel to let colour spread around the embossing. I used a fine paintbrush to fill a couple of the butterflies. When the panel dried I splattered some stain over it so I would have some pink, blue and green droplets here and there. I used dies to cut squares from the panel and from a piece of textured green cardstock then attached them to the wide natural coloured card base.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Butterfly Garden Border Stamp
Versafine onyx black ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Stains: Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Natural and green cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Alphabet Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Hi, it’s Anneke de Clerck here. Today I have two cards to share that I’ve made with the new Alphabet Texture Stamp. I’m a big fan of the Darkroom Door Texture Stamps. I use them often on my cards, in my art journals and on my mixed media projects. Stamping with texture stamps is a simple way to add interest to a project.


Instructions
1. Paint a card panel as shown with pink, orange, yellow and magenta paint using a flat brush. Make sure to leave some white space.
2. Overstamp the painted background randomly with the Alphabet Texture stamp using light blue paint.
3. Attach a strip of blank paper tape to a non sticky surface and overstamp with the Alphabet Texture Stamp using violet paint. Let dry and add pieces of torn tape to the card.
4. Stamp the tulip twice on white paper, cut out and glue to the card. Stamp the wish straight onto the card.
5. Finish the card off with a button.


Here's another card:


Instructions
1. Apply green paint to the top of a card panel, spray water on top and let the paint drip. Repeat this step using yellow, pink, orange and light blue paint. Dry with a heat gun in between steps. 
2. Load the Alphabet Texture Stamp with several colors of paint using your fingers and stamp randomly.
3. Attach a strip of blank paper tape to a non sticky surface and overstamp with the Alphabet Texture Stamp using Archival Ink Jet Black. Adhere the strip to the bottom of the card
4. Create marks by stamping with a lid and white paint and by scribbling with a black pen.
5. Stamp the Daisy on a scrap of paper, cut out and glue to the card.
6. Finish the card off with embroidery thread and buttons. 


Supplies
Darkroom Door Alphabet Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Daisy Eclectic Stamp 
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Talens Amsterdam Acrylic Paint: Persian Rose, Sky Blue Light, Primary Yellow, Azo Orange, 
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Violet Dark
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime
Dina Wakley Media: paper tape

Thanks for looking!

Anneke

Triangles Texture Stamp Projects

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 06, 2017
Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here today to share my projects featuring the fabulous new Triangles Texture Stamp. I have created both a watercolour effect card as well as a funky art journal stamp with this stamp.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of white cardstock 14.5cm x 22cm and fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to 10.5cm x 14cm. Apply Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron and Wild Honey to the stamp. Spritz with water and apply to this piece of cardstock. Ink the edges with the Twisted Citron ink. Stick down on the card base.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Using the same technique as step 2 with the Triangles Texture Stamp, apply the stamp to this piece. Squish the three ink pads onto an acrylic stamping block or heat resistant craft sheet making sure they don't touch (or do one colour at a time). Spritz the ink with water and use a wet paintbrush to flick the colours over the surface of this piece. Dry with a heat gun. Ink the edges with the Twisted Citron ink. Stick down on the card front. Draw a rough border around the edge of this piece using a co-ordinating gel pen.


4. Use these same ink colours on the pineapple stamp from the Tropical Fruit Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with water and stamp on an extra piece of smooth white cardstock. Dry with a heat gun. Flick the colours over the
surface of the pineapple image as per step 3. Dry again with the heat gun. Add 3D foam to the back of the pineapple.
5. Add some strands of embroidery thread to the front of the card in co-ordinating colours. Add the pineapple on top using the 3D foam to hold the thread in place. Add tiny drops of glue to hold the thread in place where you need to.
6. Apply the Twisted Citron ink to one of the flags on the Bunting Border Stamp. Spritz with water and stamp on a piece of smooth white cardstock. Flick the three inks over the surface. Cut out and add to the pineapple using 3D foam.
7. Stamp the 'Yay!' sentiment from the Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set using the Wild Honey ink. Fussy cut and add to the flag using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Triangles Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Triangles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Bunting Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Tropical Fruit Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron, Wild Honey
Kaisercraft Gel Pen
Embroidery thread


1. Apply some Dylusions paints of your choice to the art journal page. Here I have used Fresh Lime, Funky Fuschia and Vibrant Turquoise applied with a palette knife.
2. Once the paint is dry, add some heavy white gesso in places using a palette knife also. Don't cover all of the paint though as you want to see some of that lovely colour peeking through. Allow to dry or speed things up with a heat gun.
3. Apply the Triangles Texture Stamp to the page in various places using a neon ink pad such as Hero Arts Neon Ombre Ink. Next apply the stamp again in various places using Jet Black Archival Ink. Allow to dry.


4. Apply the VW Beetle, quote and various stamps from the Simply Circles Stamp Set onto book paper using the Jet Black ink. Add a droplet or two of Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink re-inker to an acrylic stamp block. Add a little water to dilute. Use a soft, wet paintbrush to paint the beetle with this ink as well as highlight the word 'adventure' on the quote (or the key word in whatever quote you use). Dry with a heat gun before tearing around the edges of these pieces. Add to the art journal page using a gel medium or matte medium. 


5. Use Distress Crayons to add some colour around the edges of the page. Blend the colours with a wet paintbrush. Dry with a heat gun.
6. Once the page is dry, add a little more gesso with a palette knife to blend the edges of the images and tie everything in together. Apply the 'adventure' word from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink over the page. Draw a border around the page using a black journal pen. Highlight some of the stamped triangles by drawing around them with a white pen.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Triangles Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Adventure Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door VW Beetle Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Funky Fuschia, Vibrant Turquoise
Distress Crayons: Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Distress Ink Re-inker Cracked Pistachio
Gesso
White Posca pen
Hero Arts Neon Ombre Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you have been inspired by my projects using the Triangles Texture Stamp.

Cheers

Belinda

Corrugated Iron Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hi, Connie Mercer here with three different cards using the new Corrugated Iron Texture Stamp


Instructions:
1. On white cardstock spray London Blue Dylusions ink on one side and Postbox Red on several different spots on the other side of the cardstock. 
2. Using the Corrugated Iron Texture stamp and the inked & sprayed cardstock, stamp over the sprayed ink using Jet Black Archival ink. Stamp several times depending on the size of the card front. I stamped four times making a rectangle.
3. Cut a section out and that will be the card front.
4. Mat on black cardstock.
5. Still using the cardstock that you inked and sprayed on, stamp three stars using the Stars stamp set.
6. Stamp one large star using Red Geranium Archival Ink, and the other two with Jet black. Trim out the stars.
7. Stamp the words "follow your dreams" from the New York Vol 1 Stamp Set, on scrap cardstock that is left over from the sprayed and inked pieces.
8. Mat the words in black cardstock.
9. Position the stars on the card front and adhere using dimensional adhesive.
10. Adhere the words in the middle of the stars.
11. Wrap twine around the words and tie off.
12. Add pearls to card front.
13. Splat with White Linen Dylusions ink spray. Take the lid off and hit the spray tube to add splats to the card front.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door Corrugated Iron Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door New York 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival ink: Red Geranium, Jet Black.
Dylusions Ink Spray: London Blue, Postbox Red, White Linen.
Divine Twine
Pearls


Instructions:
1. Add a piece of white cardstock to a white card, creating a card front.
2. Using Ranger Distress Stains: Fossilized Amber and Lucky Clover, spray over the card front. Drips and splats are all good.
3. Ink up the Corrugated Iron Texture Stamp with Archival Jet Black and stamp the image in the center of the card front. The stamp moved and smeared, but the smear added to the charm, so it stayed.
4. Stamp two birds (lots to choose from) from the Carved Birds Vol.2 stamp set on the card front, using Archival Jet Black.
5. Using a scrap piece of white cardstock mist with the Fossilized Amber Distress Stain.
6. Stamp the word "friendship" from the All Occasions stamp set and trim it out.
7. Adhere under the birds with dimensional adhesive.
8. Wrap twine around the word and tie off.
9. Roll up the bottom corners of the stamped card front.
10. Add a vintage photo corner to top right corner.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door Corrugated Iron Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol.2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black.
Distress Spray Stain: Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover.
Twine
Vintage corner


Instructions:
1. On a scrap piece of white cardstock spray it with Dylusions Postbox Red Ink Spray. If it drips or puddles, great!
2. Using the Corrugated Iron Texture Stamp and Archival Jet Black, stamp in the middle or side of the sprayed cardstock. 
3. Mount that piece on black cardstock.
4. Adhere the black cardstock to a white card, creating a card front.
5. Using the scrap pieces from the sprayed cardstock, stamp heart shapes, using Archival Red Geranium and Rose Madder inks. Stamp 5 or 6 depending on how full and layered you want the card to look.
6. Stamp the word "love" from the Hearts Stamp Set on the left over scrap cardstock and trim the word out.
7. Layer the hearts at the bottom of the card front. Add dimensional adhesive to some of them.
8. Wrap twine around one of the hearts and tie off.
9. Splat the card front with Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray. Remove the lid and tap on the tube to get the splats.
10. Add a vintage white corner to right top and roll the left top corner of the card front.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door Corrugated Iron Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Archival: Jet Black, Red Geranium, Rose Madder.
Dylusions Ink Spray: Postbox Red, White Linen.
Divine Twine

Thanks for stopping by!
Connie Mercer

Postage Stamps Texture Stamp Projects

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hi, it’s Anneke here. Today I have two projects to share that I’ve made with the new Postage Stamps Texture Stamp. It’s a great stamp to use on correspondence themed cards/projects.


Instructions
1. Stamp the Postage Stamps Texture Stamp randomly on a grey board panel using white paint.
2. Put a stencil on a sheet of paper, apply light modeling paste through it. Punch 3 circles out of that  paper and color with light blue paint.  
3. Colour a scrap of watercolor paper with Distress Ink Broken China. Overstamp with the Postage Texture Stamp. Tear away the bottom of the print.
4. Colour an image from the Photobooth Friends & Lovers sheet using a Distress Marker. Put a piece of ribbon underneath.
5. Adhere strips of Dina Wakley Media tape to a scrap of paper. Punch a heart out of that paper. Make a tab using Dina Wakley tape. Sew a cross stich on top using red thread.
6. Make a print with the Plaid Texture Stamp using red paint. Punch a heart out of that print.
7. Arrange each item on the grey board and glue in place.
8. Make dots with red paint using a Needle Tip Applicator, add white and black accents with a pen.
9. Stamp text at the bottom with Archival Ink Jet Black.
10. Finish the panel off with a stamped pen, a chitchat sticker and a binder clip.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Postage Stamps Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door: Plaid Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door: Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door: Photobooth Friends & Lovers 
The Crafters Workshop stencil: Mini Art Is
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Titanium White, Sky Blue Light, Red 
Distress Ink Pad: Broken China
Distress Marker: Broken China
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Chitchat
Dina Wakley Media Tape


Instructions
1. Colour a 15 x 20 cm card panel with a brayer using black paint. 
2. Stamp leaves and flowers with Versamark Ink. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. Heat emboss one of the Carved Flowers with fuchsia embossing powder.  Colour the Scribbled Flower with Distress Ink Picked Raspberry using a water brush. Cut out flowers and leaves.
3. Fold a pocket from a size 9 tag, stamp the Postage Stamps Texture Stamp on the front using Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry.  Add some extra color with the same ink using a water brush. Close the pocket by machine stitching the edges. Attach number and ribbon.
4. Stamp parts of the French Script Background Stamp on 2 scraps of vellum and put these ‘letter’ inside the pocket. 
5. Arrange each item on the panel and glue in place. 
6. Stamp text straight on the panel with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.  
7. Finish off with a vintage post stamp.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Postage Stamps Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Golden Fluid Acrylic: Carbon Black
Versamark Ink
WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White, Primary Fuchsia Fusion
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Mini Plaquettes

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Numbers Texture Stamp Projects

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 26, 2017
Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here today to share my projects featuring the awesome new 'Numbers' Texture Stamp. This stamp is so cool and I have used it on a Valentine's Day card, a boy card and a girly layout just to show how very versatile it is.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock 14.5cm x 22cm and fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to 10.5cm x 14cm. Apply the Harlequin Background Stamp using Red Geranium Archival Ink. Use an ink blending tool to add Fired Brick Distress Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the card base.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Apply the Numbers Texture Stamp on the right hand side of this piece using Jet Black Archival Ink. Use the ink blending tool to apply the Fired Brick ink. Ink the edges with the Black Soot ink. Stick down on the Harlequin stamped piece.
4. On a separate piece of smooth white cardstock and using the Red Geranium ink, stamp the large outline heart from the Hearts Stamp Set as well as three tiny outline hearts. Stamp the vintage telephone from the Vintage Office Stamp Set in the Red Geranium ink also. Using Jet Black ink, stamp the "I {heart} you" quote from the Hearts Stamp Set and the "hello" from the Brushed Sentiments Stamp Set. Fussy cut all elements.
5. Assemble all fussy cut elements on the card front and play around with the arrangement until you are happy with it. Stick down all elements and use 3D foam behind the telephone.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Numbers Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Harlequin Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Red Geranium
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Fired Brick


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock 14.5cm x 22cm and fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10.5cm x 14cm. Apply the Torn Text Background Stamp using Deep Purple Archival Ink. Ink around the edges with Mermaid Lagoon, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. Stick down on the card base.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Apply various blue and purple Distress Inks to a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water. Place the cardstock face down in the inks. Remove and dry with a heat gun. Repeat this process until you are happy with the depth of colour achieved or you have used up all of the ink. Use a white Posca Pen or some diluted gesso to flick some white spots over the surface. Ink the edges with Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire inks.
4. Apply the Numbers Texture Stamp to the inked piece using Jet Black Archival Ink. Stick this piece onto the card front.
5. Stamp the large 'criss cross' star from the Stars Stamp Set on some smooth white cardstock using the Deep Purple ink. Cut out the centre of the star and discard. Cut around the outside of the remaining outline of the star adding in a small border. Glue and staple onto the card front.
6. Using the Deep Purple ink, stamp a star circle and punch out. Use the Jet Black ink to stamp a skater boy and a sentiment. Fussy cut and add all elements to the card with 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Numbers Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Skater Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Deep Purple, Jet Black
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Faded jeans, Mermaid Lagoon

Next up is a pretty, girly layout I created to celebrate my daughter's 10th birthday.


Instructions:
1. Crop a sheet of smooth white cardstock to 29.5cm x 29.5cm. Stick down on a 12" x 12" sheet of pink cardstock or patterned paper.
2. Using embossing ink, apply the Numbers Texture Stamp to the background. Heat set with white embossing powder. Repeat these steps until you have created an interesting background.
3. Spritz the background with water before spraying on a mist in the colour of your choice. Spray on some more water to create lovely pools of colour. Blot the excess with some scrunched up paper towel. Dry with a heat gun.
4. Using embossing ink again, stamp the "Bunting" Border Stamp on another piece of white cardstock. Heat set with white embossing powder. Cut out the bunting. Using a mix of different texture stamps, apply them to each flag of the bunting with embossing ink. (Use scrap paper to mask off flags either side of the one you are working on) Place the bunting on a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water followed by a grey spray mist. Blot away the excess colour from the bunting using scrunched up paper towel. Use a wet wipe to remove any colour residue from the embossed areas. Dry with a heat gun. Stick down on the layout.


**TIP** Spray some water on the leftover mist on the heat
resistant craft sheet. Swipe some tags or art journal pages through the excess
colour. Now you have instant backgrounds ready to go for future projects.


5. Add your photo and patterned paper layers to the layout. Add some strands of pink embroidery thread across the layout. Add a chipboard banner painted with white gesso. Add some stamping to the background using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Mask your photo using a scrap of paper and apply some pink splatters over the layout using the pink mist. Add some white splatters using a white paint pen or diluted gesso.

6. On some smooth white cardstock, stamp some stars, numbers and quotes using the Picked Raspberry ink. Fussy cut each element and add to the layout along with any other embellishments to suit.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Numbers Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Triangles Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Bunting Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Embossing Powder Super Fine White Detail
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry
Distress Embossing Ink

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you have been inspired by my projects using the Numbers Texture Stamp.

Map Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hi, Connie Mercer here sharing some cards using the new and pretty cool Map Texture Stamp. This stamp is beautiful stamped in Cobalt ink, giving it that blue print look. Keeping that in mind, that was my inspiration for this first card. One is good but lets try stamping it three times, side by side:
 


 
Instructions:
1. Using the Map Texture Stamp and white cardstock, stamp three images with the Cobalt ink.
2. Trim the three stamped images to 2 1/4" x 3 1/4".
3. Mount the three map images on dark blue cardstock. (7 1/4" X 3 1/2")
4. Using the Season's Greetings set, stamp the word PEACE on the lower bottom panel, in Cobalt.
5. Splat with black ink or black acrylic paint, all three panels. Both work great. Let dry.
6. Using the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp and Cobalt ink, stamp on white cardstock.
7. Select three or more triangles and trim them out.
8. Attach a piece of twine over the first and second panel with the Tiny Attacher.
9. Add the triangles to the twine, creating a banner.
10. Attach the dark blue cardstock mat to white cardstock, creating a card front.
 
The finished card is a hope for PEACE around the world.  
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Map Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink Pad: Cobalt
Archival Reinker: Jet Black (for the splats)
Tim Holtz: Tiny Attacher
Divine Twine

For these next two cards, I have combined the Map Texture Stamp with the World Map Background Stamp. Both stamps were designed from the same original map, so the co-ordinate really well together. 
 
 
Instructions:
1. Using the World Map Background Stamp and Cobalt ink, stamp on white cardstock (6 1/4" X 4 1/4" size).
2. Stamp the Map Texture Stamp on white carstock with Fern Green ink. Trim out to 2 1/4" X 3 1/4" (approximately).
3. Mat with Green cardstock. 
4. Stamp a small heart and color it in with Cobalt ink. Use a paint brush and squeeze a small amount of ink, on the inside lid.  Pick up the ink color with the paint brush and fill in the small heart.
5. Adhere heart to Map Texture Stamp piece.
6. Stamp the sentiment from the Whimsical Words stamp set vertically on the card front, in Cobalt ink. 
7. Adhere the Map Texture Stamp piece to the World Map Background card front.
8. Speckle card with black ink splats or acrylic black paint. Both work fine.
9. Add twine to front of card. Staple both ends of twine to attach. 
 
 
To make a second card, that will coordinate with the Cobalt card, just switch the ink color to Fern Green. 
 
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Map Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words Rubber Stamp Set 
Ranger Archival Ink Pad: Cobalt, Fern Green
Archival Reinker: Jet Black (for the splats)
Tim Holtz: Tiny Attacher
Divine Twine
 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Connie Mercer

Simple Sayings Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hello! Autumn Clark with you today to share a second journal spread in my upcycled vintage binder. You can find the details on how I converted this old book in my post here.  I wanted to use a subtle watercolour palette of blues and greens, mixed with vintage paper layers to coordinate with the worn grey cloth cover.

 

 
First I embossed the Polka Dots Texture Stamp with white embossing powder across my gessoed pages. Next, I sprayed inks to add some color, then layered more stamping with the French Script in brown and Fancy Flourish in blue. A few strips of washi added texture.
 
 
I layered vintage papers, a doily, paper lace, and a Found Relative in bundles over my background.  
 
 
I stamped the repeated open circles from the Grunge Marks stamp set in brown over some of my layers for interest.
 
 
Here you can see how beautifully the layers of stamping blend from page to page.  
 
 
I stamped this precious sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol. 2 set onto adhesive canvas and overlaid a sentiment sticker. My journaling overlaps the various layers, all reflections of this simple saying. 

 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Fancy Flourish Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol. 2 Stamp Set
Archival Ink Pads: Coffee, Cornflower Blue
Spray Inks
Gesso
Tissue Tape
White Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Vintage Papers
Fine Tipped Permanent Marker

I hope this project encourages you to use your Simple Sayings sets in new ways. They are truly perfect for cardmaking, but are wonderfully versatile for all of your artsy needs.  

Fine Flowers Vol 2 Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hi, it is Godelieve here today. Here are two cards I made with the Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamps that I designed for Darkroom Door. It is exciting each time, sending my drawings to Australia and receiving them back as Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps!

The first card is a Mother’s Day card. It is a mix of Spring, Summer and Autumn flowers, watercoloured with Distress Markers.


I started by making masks out of sticky notes.


Using Archival Ink Potting Soil I started stamping at the bottom, and covered each flower with a mask before I stamped the next one.


To colour the flowers I scribbled with Distress Markers on a stamping block and picked the ink up with a damp brush.


A lot of colours were used


I used a paper distresser on the edges. I stamped words from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set using Archival Ink Potting Soil. The saying is cut out and attached to the card with 3D tape

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Inkpad: Potting Soil
Distress Markers
Tonic Paper Distresser
Watercolour Paper

On the second card I used one of my favorite techniques: heat embossing resist.


I stamped and heat embossed the Grid Background stamp onto smooth watercolour paper. I used Distress Stain Twisted Citron to colour the paper. Water droplets cause the light spots.


I chose a flower from the Fine Flowers Vol 2 set, stamped and heat embossed it several times onto smooth watercolour paper, colored them using  Distress Stain Twisted Citron and Festive Berries.


I’ve cut out the flowers. Some of them were made a bit smaller by cutting off petals. To mat this panel I coloured the edges of white cardstock with Festive Berries too to match the flowers.

I assembled the card, and added words from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set, also heat embossed and punched out.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Embossing Ink
WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White
Distress Stain: Festive Berries, Twisted Citron
Circle Punch

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