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.  

Arty Collage Stamps Art Journal Page and Tags

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page and two tags using the Arty Circles, Arty Triangles and Arty Hexagons Collage Stamps! 


This page started by brayering Dina Wakley Media paints over the background to create a grungy textured painted layer to start with. Then stamp the Arty Circles using a light coloured ink pad to co-ordinate with the paint colours. Next add some washi tape, a few strips along the bottom and top in black and white. I used Tim Holtz ideology tape. 


Next stamp the Arty Circles Collage Stamp onto the background using Archival Jet Black ink. This will give a nice contrast to the lighter stamped areas. You can stamp over the washi tape too as the Jet Black ink will dry on the tape. 


Ink up the large butterfly stamp from the Wings stamp set using various colours of Distress Inks and lightly mist with water before stamping onto a white tag. Stamp a sentiment from Wildflowers Vol 1 rubber stamp set onto white card stock using Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere tag and sentiment to the art journal page. Draw around the edge of the tag and sentiment with a Distress Crayon and rub to blend it out a little to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Viridian
Distress Ink: Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers 
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lime, Lemon
Size 8 White Tag
Distress Crayons
Small Brayer
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape

To use up left over paint, I brayered the paint onto two tags. For the first tag I stamped the Arty Triangles along the left hand side to create a funky border. Then I stamped a quote from the Art De Fleur Vol 1 rubber stamp set. This is a quick and easy tag to create!  


Here's a similar tag, this time using the Arty Hexagons Collage Stamp and a quote from Art De Fleur Vol 2 rubber stamp set. I love how the Collage Stamps can be nested into each other to create continuous patterns! 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Hexagons Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Art de Fleur Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Art De Fleur Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lemon, Lime, Turquoise
Size 8 Tags


Thanks for stopping by today!

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!

Variegated Embossing Junk Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello! Autumn Clark back with you to share my second junk journal spread with the new Border Stamps. This time I've used the Star Border Stamp to create a luxurious yet grungy background to set the stage for the Sensational Quote Stamp and my collage bundle.  


 
To create my bundle, I stamped the Sensational Quote Stamp onto vellum and layered over lots of printed papers, bundled strings, torn crocheted lace, embroidered trim, and paper flowers. The result is a lot of visual dimension without bulk.  

 
I used a variety of embossing powders to create a variegated background with beautiful texture. I used dark to light to create an ombre effect. The white embossing has a pop and the dark embossing lends to the moody quality of the pages.

 
Splashes of gesso, and inks further grunge up the cardboard pages.  


I hope you'll take the time to watch this process video. Perhaps you'll be inspired to break out your powders and coordinate your own color combination using your Darkroom Door stamps. Do share with us in the comments section.  
 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Star Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Sensational Quote Stamp
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry 
Archival Ink: Coffee
Embossing Ink
Embossing Powders

Gesso
Ink Sprays

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Art Studio Border Art Journal and Clipboard

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 26, 2016
Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here today to share two projects I have created featuring the totally fabulous Art Studio Border Stamp.

First is an art journal page: 


I just couldn't wait to have a play with this stamp in my art journal. I have teamed it up with the 'Happy' Quote Stamp to sum up exactly how I feel about creating something every day. I am using an altered Little Golden Book for my current art journal so I started by sealing the pages with a coat of heavy white gesso. I then played around with colour using Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals as well as Kaisermists. Once this layer was dry, I added some stamping using the Brushstrokes Rubber Stamp Set and Archival Inks. I applied the Art Studio Border Stamp onto some tissue paper using Jet Black Archival Ink and then dried it off with a heat gun. I used Prima Soft Matte Gel to apply the tissue paper to the journal page across the bottom as well as some torn pieces across the top. Once that was dry, I added some highlights to the images using a white Posca Pen. 


To finish I added some more stamping using the Jet Black ink because you can never have too much stamping on your art journal page! To accentuate the quote, I stamped it onto white cardstock first before cutting it up and adding to the page.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Art Studio Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brush Strokes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Aquamarine, Cactus Flower, Jet Black, Paradise Teal

For my second project I have altered a cute little clipboard that I picked up at Kmart. This is how it looked before I had a little arty fun with it.


I began by covering the whole clipboard with pages torn from a thesaurus. I then added a coat of heavy white gesso to seal the paper. I wanted to create a rainbow of colour to sit under the border stamp so I used Kaisermists and allowed them to run down the clipboard.


Next I added a layer of neon stamping in rainbow colours using the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set to add to the messy paint effect.


Then it was time to add the border stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. I also stamped it again on white cardstock and fussy cut a few of the images to layer on top.


To finish I added some more neon coloured paint splats as well as the quotes.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Art Studio Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Creativity Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Archival Ink Jet Black
Kaisermists

Thanks for stopping by! 

Bunting Border Party Theme Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hi, Anneke De Clerck here with an art journal project I made using the brand new Bunting Border Stamp. I’m totally in love with this stamp! For this blogpost I did a festive spread in my large Dylusions journal but I’m looking forward making cards with this stamp as well. Lots of possibilities!


To create the background of these journal pages I used lots of Darkroom Door stamps. Hope I can give you a few ideas along the way of what’s possible with the different texture, quote and background stamps.

Instructions:


1. Cover both pages with gesso first. Apply buff, pink, grey, orange and fluo magenta paint using a flat brush. Soften the colour blocks with white paint using your fingers.


2. Add spirals and squares by sponging white paint through stencils.


3. Stamp on top of the paint with the Dots, Chevron and Flower Garden Texture Stamps using white, magenta, pink and buff paint. 


4. Create tiny pink squares by sponging through a stencil. Stamp numbers randomly using white paint and parts of the Numbers Background stamp. Add texture by applying light structure paste through a script stencil.


5. Stamp the Bunting Border Stamp twice with black ink on gesso-ed vintage book text. Colour the banner with acrylic paint, trim to size and attach to the top of both pages. 


6. Stamp the large balloon 5 x with black ink on white paper and cut out.  Stamp the small balloon 5 x with orange and pink paint on vintage book text and cut out. Arrange to the spread as shown.


7. Stamp the robin with Archival Ink Jet Black on white paper and cut out. Use one of the leftover flags to create a hat. Finish off with a mini pompom.


8. Stamp text using black ink. Add black and white details with pens.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Bunting Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Chevron Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Flower Garden Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Numbers Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Things Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp 
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Tangerine Dream
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Persian Rose, Titanium White, Titanium Buff Deep
Golden Heavy Body: Neutral Gray N8
Golden: Fluorescent Magenta
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil: Linen
The Crafter’s Workshop: Mini Mosaic Squares
Dina Wakley Media Stencil: Bullseye
Donna Downey Signature Stencil: Script
Golden: Light Modeling Paste

Thanks for stopping by!

Safari Art Journal Page with Filmstrip Border Stamp

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hello, it is Anna-Karin Evaldsson here with you today sharing an art journal page made with the new Filmstrip Border Stamp. I love these new big border stamps and they can be used for many types of projects and techniques. The stamps are 11.8 inches long, and are therefore perfect for scrapbooking layouts, or, as in my case, for the large Ranger Dylusions journal. At the same time, they will work just as well for cardmaking and other smaller projects too. You could, for instance, use just one of the sections on the filmstrip.


I have a thing for Filmstrip elements, since it brings my mind back to the pre-digital camera days, and also makes me think of my grandfather’s darkroom. For this project, I paired up the Filmstrip Border Stamp with the Wild Africa stamps. This page is dedicated to the rhino, which is seriously threatened by poaching. South Africa has the biggest rhino population in the world, and poaching has increased dramatically, from 13 rhinos in 2007 to 1175 last year. It is very tragic.


The Filmstrip Border looks great stamped on acetate. I stamped it with Stazon Jet Black. Use a 12 inch acrylic block. 


I stamped the filmstrip with small images from African Trees and sentiments from Wild Africa Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 rubber stamp sets, on the same side as the Stazon stamping. Turn the filmstrip around and distress it with alcohol ink. It is important to work on the non-stamped side, otherwise you will smudge the stamping.


The rhino from Wild Africa Vol. 3 stamp set looks great stamped on glossy cardstock. Ink the rhino up with Watering Can and the grass with Fern Green Archival Ink. Colour the rhino with Distress Inks. I used a Colorbox Stylus Tool with an Oval tip and Ranger’s Craft Nibs. You can also use other ink-blending tools. 


I made my own washi tape using Dina Wakley’s Blank Media Tape. Adhere to a craft sheet and colour with alcohol inks. 


Stamp with rhino foot prints. 


For the background, I covered a page in my large Dylusions journal with gesso, and later added some mountains from torn old book paper. The page was painted with Distress Paints. 


Create a scene using a mix of tree and animal stamps from the African Trees set. Stamped with Stazon Smoke Gray.


Place the stamped filmstrip along one edge of the journal. The alcohol ink gives a great effect to the filmstrip. I like that you can see the scene below through the filmstrip. 


In the sky, I stamped the birds from African Trees, as well as a sentiment from Wilderness Vol. 1


Add some pen work here and there on the page.


Use paint and a pen to add shadows to the trees, animals and mountains.  


Adhere the cut-out rhino to the page and layer the stamped and torn tape at the bottom. You could also stamp the rhino right into the scene, but in this case, I wanted her to stand out from the background and be clearly visible.


Add more journaling with letter stickers.

You could do this filmstrip technique with any theme, just stamp different images and sentiments along the filmstrip.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Border Stamp
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 3 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol.1 Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Dylusions Large Journal
Gloss Cardstock
Ranger Alcohol Ink: Latte, Teakwood, Mushroom, Pitch Black, Pesto
Ranger Archival Ink: Fern Green, Watering Can, Jet Black
Ranger Distress Ink: Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs
Tsukineko Stazon Ink Pads: Jet Black, Smoke Gray
Ranger Distress Paint: Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Label Letters
Ranger Dina Wakley: Blank Media Tape
Darkroom Door: 12 inch Acrylic Block
Colorbox Stylus Tool with Oval Tip

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking.

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin


 

Listen Art Journal Page with Numbers Border Stamp

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hi, Marjie Kemper here to share an art journal page using the Numbers Border Stamp. I love the size of this giant border stamp and the fact that it includes numbers in a variety of sizes. You can highlight certain numbers (great for birthday cards or Top 10 lists) by cutting them out with a paper punch and using them as accents.

I like using quotes in my journals and decided to focus on the #2 in this spread, to accompany my quote which is “You have one mouth and two ears. Listen twice as much.”  If only!


To make this page, begin by spraying Dylusions Bubblegum Pink ink spray on one page of your art journal. Spritz the wet page with a bit of water till it’s very wet and runny. Press the dry facing page of the journal into the wet page to absorb excess.


Let dry thoroughly and decide which page you like best. Tear the other page out and save it for stamping/punching letters and embellishments.


Stamp the Numbers border along the edge of your page with Distress Ink and sprinkle embossing powder onto the wet ink. You can use Versamark and brown powder, instead, if you don’t have Distress Ink. 

Run a dry paint brush along the edge of your stamped/powdered image to remove any excess powder before heating. Then melt the powder with your heat tool.


Add background patterns with stencils and Dylusions Ink sprays. Go lightly to avoid seepage of the fluid under the stencil. Once completely dry, spray outdoors with a light Fixatif. This will seal the page and allow you to work with matte medium later.


Stamp the Numbers Border Stamp repeatedly on your ‘scrap’ page and then stamp your open-font alphabet stamps on top of it. Cut out the letters. Do the same to highlight any particular numbers. Emboss if desired, and use a circle paper punch to cut your circles.  

Use matte medium to adhere the stamped/cut letters, chipboard letters, and circle embellishments. Since you’ve already sealed the page with the Fixatif, you’ll have no worries about the Dylusions running with the matte medium.

My last step is stenciling with the Archival Ink and hand-writing the rest of the quote.

Here are a couple of close-ups:



Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Numbers Border Stamp
Art journal (mine is a Canson 9X12 mixed media book)
Dylusions Ink Spray: Bubblegum Pink & Cherry Pie
Stencils (StencilGirl Products)
Chipboard letters (Unknown)
Alphabet stamps (Autumn Leaves Snap Frame Alpha)
Embossing Powder
Heat tool
Round punches
Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
Workable Fixatif
Multi Matte Medium 

It’s been a pleasure to be with you here today. Please come visit me at Marjie Kemper Designs to see more of my work and connect. 

Have a great day!

Star Border Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Hello, it is Anna-Karin Evaldsson here with you today sharing an art journal page made with the new Star Border Stamp. I love these new big border stamps and they are full of potential for fun techniques. The stamps are 11.8 inches long, and are therefore perfect for scrapbooking layouts, or, as in my case, for the large Ranger Dylusions journal. At the same time they will work just as well for cardmaking and other smaller projects too.


I had such fun using the Star Border stamp to create my entire background, and because the stamp is so big, I only had to stamp it four times to cover an entire page in my large Dylusions art journal, only leaving a thin border on each side. The Star Border stamp is so pretty and I really like the pattern and intricate details. 

Now and then I like to include a photo in my art journal, and I thought this photo taken on a beach in South Africa fit really well with the Wander Quote stamp. The design could just as well have been a scrapbooking page. 


Place the Star Border stamp on a 12 inch acrylic block. I used a Hero Arts Neon Ombre ink pad to ink up the stamp, with the darker side of the ink pad being applied on the tips of the star. Either way is fine, just make sure that you use the same direction of the ink pad every time you reink the stamp. You can also make your own ombre ink pad by using the Distress Ink Custom Blend DIY pad and Distress Ink reinkers. 

Start on the one side of the page, and for the second impression, turn the stamp around and position the stars in between the stars you have already stamped. It is quite easy to line it up. Depending on how large your project is, you might have to stamp half a star at the top or bottom of the page too, to make sure the stamping covers the full surface.


Stamp the background with sentiment and image stamps. I used the birds from the African Trees set, the Wander Quote Stamp, and sentiments from Venetian Vol. 1 and Capture Life. 


Add some Deco Tape and Tissue Tape to the background for an additional design element. 


Ink up a butterfly from Wildflowers Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set with Spiced Marmalade and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink. Mist with water and stamp on watercolour cardstock.


I really liked how my background turned out and with these large stamps, you can very quickly cover an entire background. It would look great in a neutral colour too, or done with embossing powder. Don’t worry if you don’t line the stamp up perfectly, it won’t really show in the finished project.


I also used a piece from the Filmstrip Border stamp, stamped on acetate with Stazon Jet Black ink. 


I like to sometimes stamp sentiment stamps more than once without reinking in between. 


This is one of my all-time favourite quotes, and I am so happy to have it as a stamp now. 

The Star Border would also look great covering the entire background of a scrapbooking page or an oversized card. It is such a versatile stamp and I will be using it a lot. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Star Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Venetian Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Capture Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Dylusions Large Journal
Watercolour Paper
Hero Arts: Neon Chartreuse to Blue Ink Pad
Ranger Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Mermaid Lagoon
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Tsukineko: Stazon Jet Black
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Sketchbook Tissue Tape, Silver Deco Tape, Elementary Flash Cards, Label Letter

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking.

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

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