Mini Mason Jar Tag

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 07, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today sharing a tag using the new Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp! This is such a cute stamp, as it's a smaller version of the popular Mason Jar Frame Stamp, which means you could also use them together to create a collection of jars in your projects. 

The Mini Mason Jar is a great size to use on tags:


Instructions:
1. First I created the background on the tag using Distress Oxide inks by swiping them onto a non-stick craft sheet and spritzing with water, then running the tag through the ink. Repeat until you have the tag covered in a delicious layer of colour! Allow to dry. Do the same on a smaller piece of card for the quote. 
2. Adhere a green die cut piece to the bottom of the tag. 
2. Stamp the Mini Mason Jar and two flowers from the Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp set onto smooth watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink and trim around each image. Colour the flowers with Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks by picking up some of the ink from the craft sheet and colouring with an aquas brush. Do the same with Broken China ink to create water in the jar. 
3. Wrap some thin twine or embroidery floss around the top of the jar and tie at the front. Adhere the jar to the tag with foam adhesive. 
4. Cut the stems of the flowers and adhere the bottoms to the jar and the tops underneath the top of the jar so it looks like they are sticking out from the top. Adhere to tag with foam adhesive. 
5. Stamp a quote from the Viva la Flora Vol 2 stamp set onto the small background piece of card using Archival Jet Black ink. Use a paper distresser to distress all sides before adhering to the tag.
6. Colour some crinkle ribbon using Worn Lipstick Distress Stain and allow to dry before tying to the tag to complete! 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Viva La Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Broken China
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Distress Stain: Worn Lipstick
Distress Heavyweight Tag
Paper Distresser
Non-stick craft sheet
Aquash Brush
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Watercolour Wildflowers Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Hi, I'm Heather Telford and I am so happy to be sharing another project on the Darkroom Door blog today.  


 
I used two sets to put this card together; floral images from Wildflowers Vol 2 stamp set and vintage details from Correspondence. I began by taping down a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper so it wouldn't warp too much once wet. Then I spritzed water over it and inked a flower stamp from Wildflowers Vol 2 in spiced marmalade, scattered straw and peeled paint distress stains. I stamped it on the wet watercolour paper then spritzed the paper some more so the colour spread and bled all over the panel. Once it had dried somewhat but was still a bit damp I inked the floral stamp with three flower heads in spiced marmalade and peeled paint. I stamped onto the damp paper and let it dry completely. The result was a soft watery background image. 
 
I un-taped the panel and placed it in a stamp positioner to do the next flowers. I picked the stamp with a single bloom and stamped first the flower head in spiced marmalade, then the base of the petals in rusty hinge and finally the stem and leaves in peeled paint stain. Using the stamp positioner gave me the chance to stamp one colour into the next rather than mix them on the stamp. I bent the head of the same flower stamp then repeated the process again. Once the flowers dried I partially inked the letter, postmark and 'from the desk' stamps from the Correspondence set in vintage photo and added them over the floral stamping. To add to the aged look I splattered some water, vintage photo stain and some gold wink of luna ink over the panel. To assemble the card I wrapped the panel with linen thread, matted it in brown cardstock and attached to a natural card base. 

 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp set
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Vintage photo
Linen thread
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Brown cardstock
Gold wink of luna pen
 

I used a similar technique to create this scene with cattails. I began by adding stain to a wet piece of watercolour paper, this time scattered straw, spiced marmalade, peeled paint and broken china. I spritzed water over the panel so the colours would soften and fill the background. While the panel was damp but not soaking wet I inked the cattails stamp in vintage photo and peeled paint stain and stamped them a couple of times. The images bled into the damp paper to create the look of movement. Once the panel was dry I stamped again over the top in the same two colours. 
 
To finish the card I wrapped linen thread around the card base and attach the watercolour panel over the top.
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp set
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Vintage photo, Broken China
Linen thread
Hot pressed watercolour paper

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

New Eclectic Stamps

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 01, 2017
We'd like to introduce 12 NEW Eclectic Stamps! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist


Here are a few cards to show you how they can be used: 




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Coffee Lovers Cards & Giveaway

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 25, 2017

 
Hello and happy spring (or autumn for those in the Southern Hemisphere!) all of you coffee loving cardmakers! Autumn with you today to share some inspiration with my favorite coffee stamp set, Coffee Time. As a bonus, anyone who comments on this post will be entered into a random draw to win this stamp set.  *** Giveaway now closed. Winners have been announced at the end of this blog post ***


 
Like everyone else, I have been busy creating backgrounds with the new Distress Oxide ink pads.  Here I first created an inky background with water and regular Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then dipped the panel in watered Walnut Stain Distress Oxide.  Finally, I stamped the Polka Dots texture stamp in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide over the partially wet panel and spritzed it with water, more in some areas to create seepage.  
 
 
I stamped the coffee stains with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, spritzing the inked stamp before stamping. I gave the background flecks of water for more interest.
 
 
I stamped the coffee mug onto scrap inky paper in Sepia Archival ink.  I used a fine black pen to create some artistic interest and a white Galaxy marker to make the reflection in the coffee.  I cut the rubber apart for the word stamp "take time to smell the coffee".  Because the stamps are cling mounted, they easily fit back together to reform the phrase.  I stamped coffee repeatedly across the background and added a strip of tissue tape.
 
 
To finish I stamped a flower from the Fine Flowers Vol. 2 stamp set with Jet Black Archival ink and then watercolored it.  I used the Galaxy marker to add white to the petals. I fussy cut the flower and used foam tape to mount over the coffee cup.

 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Coffee Time Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Texture Stamp
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo 
Distress Oxide Ink: Walnut Stain, Faded Jeans 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
White Galaxy Marker
Tissue Tape
Foam Tape
Watercolour Card
 
 
For my next card, I centered my design around the takeout cup and used a few die cuts to add dimension.
 
 
To create this background, I dipped my panel into water and regular Vintage Photo Distress Ink, then layered by dipping into puddled Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides. I inked my sentiment with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, spritzing with water before stamping each time. When all of the stamping was done, I gave the panel a spritz of water to make sure the chalky look of the Oxides came through. I layered with a dyed ribbon and doily die cut.
 
 
I created a bundle with a handmade flower, a die cut label and vines with a bundle of string beneath.  

 
Here you can see the beautiful chalky background. I applied stickers over the label to for my focal sentiment.
 
 
I stamped the cup in Jet Black Archival ink onto scrap inky paper. I used the Galaxy marker to make the highlights on the cup lid. I finished the card off with splashes of watery gesso.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Coffee Time Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Distress Oxide Ink: Walnut Stain , Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
Various Die Cuts
White Galaxy Marker
Sentiment Stickers
Twine
Foam Tape
Watercolour Card
 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to experiment with mixed media cardmaking. Remember to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the Coffee Time stamp set. The winner will be announced on April 2nd, 2017! 


WINNERS!! Congratulations to the following 3 commenters: 


jackie P neal: Omg- I absolutely love these stamps- coffee is my drink #CoffeeLove 
Autumn did a beautiful job creating both of these cards with this stamp set! The layering and just the right amount of color added to the stamps- perfect marriage! Bravo Autumn! 
Linda KAddicted to coffee so of course I not only love these gorgeous cards but also that fabulous stamp set! Thanks so much for a chance to win this set :)
SammibugOh wow this card is stunning! The background alone is gorgeous! Now I must have these Tim Holtz distress Oxides! Can't wait for them to arrive in stores, here! Thanks for sharing and for the wonderful inspiration! Thanks, also, for the chance to win this fabulous stamp set!
If this is your name and comment, please email your mailing address to: info@darkroomdoor.com and we will send a Coffee Time Stamp Set out to you :) 
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to leave a comment! 


Hummingbirds Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with some cards using the Hummingbirds Stamp Set


Instructions: 
1. Ink up the Hummingbird stamp with Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. Spritz the stamp lightly with water and stamp onto smooth watercolour paper. 
2. Swipe the same inks onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up some of the ink with a wet paint brush. Flick the ink onto the card stock to create coloured droplets. 
3. Stamp the sentiment from the Hummingbirds stamp set with Archival Jet Black ink. 
4. Stamp the script stamp several times over white card stock using Walnut Stain Distress ink. Repeat without reinking to create lighter shades of stamping. 
5. Distress the edges of both stamped pieces with a Tonic Paper Distresser. Wrap embroidery floss around the bottom of the bird image and tie at the front. Adhere panels to a folded Kraft card to complete! 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Hummingbird onto specialty stamping paper using Stormy Sky Distress ink and allow to dry. Over stamp with Archival Jet Black Ink, slightly off the first stamping so you create a shadow for the bird. 
2. Stamp the script stamp around the edges of the card stock using Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky Distress Inks. Sponge around the edges with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. 
3. Adhere to black card stock, then onto a folded blue card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Hummingbirds Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Stormy Sky, Shaded Lilac, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Walnut Stain
Archival Inks: Jet Black
Tonic Paper Distresser
Watercolour Cardstock
Specialty Stamping Paper
Ink Blending Tool
Non-Stick Craft Sheet

Thanks for stopping by! 

Classic Cars Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 20, 2017
Hi there! Rachel Greig with you today to share two cards using the Classic Cars Rubber Stamp Set! This is such a fun set, and each car can be coloured in with any colour your choose using many different colouring mediums and pens! For these cards I have used Distress Markers to colour them up. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the car onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Swipe Barn Door Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the ink with a water brush to colour the car. 
2. Swipe Iced Spruce Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the ink with a water brush to colour underneath the car. 
3. Sponge around the edges of the card stock with Iced Spruce Distress ink using an ink blending tool. 
4. Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad and sponge around the edges with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. 
5. Stamp the Damask and French Script Texture Stamp onto a large Black tag using Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Add some time through the hole and tie a knot. 
6. Cut a card from Tim Holtz Kraft Resist cardstock and adhere the black tag and stamped panels to the front to complete. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the car onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Swipe Broken China Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet and pick up the ink with a water brush to colour the car.  
2. Sponge around the edges of the card stock with Iced Spruce Distress ink using an ink blending tool. 
3. Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad and sponge around the edges with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. 
4. Stamp the Damask and French Script Texture Stamp onto a black cardstock using Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Wrap twine around the bottom of the cardstock.  
5. Cut a card from Tim Holtz Kraft Resist cardstock and adhere the black cardstock and stamped panels to the front to complete. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Damask Texture Stamp
Archival Jet Black ink pad
Distress Markers: Barn Door, Iced Spruce, Broken China
Distress Ink Pad: Iced Spruce
Black Size 12 Tag
Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Cardstock

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Simple Sayings Vol 2 Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 18, 2017
Hi, it's Rachel Greig here and today I have two quick cards to share using the Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set. I have combined it with the Fine Butterflies and Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamps. Here's the first card with the Fine Butterflies: 


1. Stamp the Fine Butterflies stamp onto hot press watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Stamp a sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 stamp set underneath with the same ink. 
2. Swipe some Wilted Violet and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink onto a non-stick craft sheet and mist with water. Pick up the ink with a small paint brush and paint the inside of the butterfly, making sure to blend where the colours meet. Allow to dry. 
3. Underline two of the words with Wilted Violet Distress ink to emphasise those words. 
4. Lightly squeeze some dots of Diamond Stickles onto the butterfly and allow to dry. 
5. Mount stamped panel onto light green cardstock and wrap matching colours of embroidery thread around the bottom and tie a bow at the front. 
6. Mount onto a folded black card to complete. 

Here's the next card with the Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp set: 


1. Stamp the Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp onto hot press watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Repeat across the cardstock to create a bunch of flowers. 
2. Swipe some Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn and Broken China Distress Ink onto a non-stick craft sheet and mist with water. Pick up the ink with a small paint brush and paint the inside of the flowers with the Wilted Violet and Broken China, and the stems with Mowed Lawn ink. Allow to dry. Tear the bottom of the cardstock so the stems fall off the page. 
3. Stamp a sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 stamp set onto violet cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink pad. Trim the violet cardstock and the stamped flowers panel to the same width, and adhere to a folded black card to complete.  

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink Pad: Wilted Violet, Broken China, Mowed Lawn
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Non-stick craft sheet
Mister Bottle

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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

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