Miss You and Celebrate Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 15, 2016

Hi there! It's Connie Mercer here today sharing two cards using the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp


Instructions: 
Stamp the World Map Background Stamp on white cardstock. Spray the background with a mist of light blue. I created the mist with a light blue Gelato, by slicing a piece off of the end of the Gelato and add water.  When the Gelato dissolves, add it to a mini mister. Stamp the Bold Arrow Eclectic Stamp using three different coordinating inks.  If the inks get on other sections of the stamp, just wipe it off with a baby wipe. When the Bold Arrow is inked up, stamp on white cardstock. Trim out. Stamp sentiment and little star from the All Occasions stamp set and adhere to card front. Add the post mark sign from the Correspondence stamp set. Speckle with black ink.


Instructions: 
Stamp the Tickets Background Stamp on white cardstock using different shades of inks. I chose the blue and deep green as my two colours. Trim out and mat on a coordinating cardstock and then the card front. Stamp the Bold Arrow Eclectic Stamp using three different coordinating inks.  If the inks get on other sections of the stamp, just wipe it off with a baby wipe. When the Bold Arrow is inked up, stamp on white cardstock. Trim out and add the card front. Stamp and cut sentiment out by hand. Add the Bold Arrow. Add Paint Splats.

Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Bold Arrow Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Tickets Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
 Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Archival ink
White cardstock
Blue cardstock
 
Thanks for stopping by today! 

Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 23, 2016

Hi there stampers! Today we are sharing 6 card ideas using the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp

First we have two cards by Belinda Spencer. I love how Belinda has created a rainbow by stamping the Bold Arrows in different colours! Check it out: 


Instructions: 
1. Apply the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp multiple times onto smooth white cardstock using Ranger Archival Inks in rainbow colours. Fussy cut one arrow from each colour and add 3D foam to the back.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 11cm x 20cm. Use a black journaling pen to freehand draw a border around the edges. Stick down on a black cardstock card base. Add the rainbow arrows to the card front.
3. Stamp some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set as well as the sentiment using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Also stamp the star in the circle using the Red Geranium Archival Ink. Cut out all images and the sentiment and add to the card front using 3D foam behind some of the pieces. 


Instructions: 
1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to size. Apply the Brick Wall Background Stamp to this piece using Cornflower Blue Ranger Archival Ink. Use an ink blending tool to apply Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Stick down on a black cardstock card base.
2. Use the same Cornflower Blue ink to stamp some splats from the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set.
3. Stamp the Bold Arrows on a piece of smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Cut out the arrows and add to the card front using 3D foam.
4. Stamp the appropriate age on some smooth white cardstock using numbers from the Big Numbers Rubber Stamp Set and the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut the numbers.
5. Stamp the large mesh background star from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set on white cardstock with the Cornflower Blue ink. Cut out and add to the card front using 3D foam. Stick the fussy cut numbers on top.
6. Stamp some smaller stars as well as the sentiment and the ‘today’ from the Everyday Life stamp set using the Cornflower Blue ink again. Fussy cut each image and word and add to the card front with 3D foam. 


Here are two cards by Robyn Wood


I thought the new Bold Arrows pairs beautifully with this vintage dragster and harks back to a time when life was simpler.

Instructions: 
Stamp Darkroom Door Bold Arrows Eclectic onto white cardstock using Sap Green Archival ink. Orient the stamp so that the arrows are facing to the right and there is a gap of approx. 1cm from the top of the panel. Over stamp the arrow slightly with the vintage dragster from the Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride stamp set using black Archival ink. Give the bike a little colour with a Distress Marker. Layer with dark yellow cardstock and affix to a white card base. Stamp ‘live simply’ onto white cardstock using black Archival ink, trim, layer and mount onto card front using foam tape.


Instructions: 
Stamp a portion of the Darkroom Door Torn Text background stamp onto the centre of a white panel using black Archival ink. Layer with purple and then affix to a green card front. Stamp Darkroom Door Bold Arrows Eclectic stamp onto white cardstock using Saffron Archival ink and trim out each of the arrow pieces. Affix to card, over the torn text stamp but on the right hand side as shown. Stamp large cone flower from Darkroom Door Carved Flowers stamp set onto white cardstock using black Archival ink. Trim closely and affix to the left hand side of the card, over the text and arrow images. 

Teresa Abajo has used the Bold Arrows to create a Skater card: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Brick Wall Background stamp onto white cardstock using Archival ink Watering Can.
2. Sponge the edges with Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, mount onto dark grey cardstock then onto a white card. Spatter with a little Distress Spray Stain Black Soot.
3. Stamp Bold Arrows onto white cardstock using Archival ink Cornflower Blue, fussy cut then mount onto a scrap of denim fabric. Adhere to card front.
4. Stamp one of the images from the Skater stamp set onto white cardstock using Watering Can ink, fussy cut, then adhere to card front using foam mounting tape.
5. Stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Skater set onto the card front using Archival ink Jet Black.

And lastly, a simple one layer card by Rachel Greig: 


Instructions: 
Stamp the Bold Arrows down the left side of a folded A6 white card using Chrome Yellow, Magenta Hue and Viridian Archival Ink pads. Stamp the quote from Art de Fleur Vol 1 Rubber Stamp set on the right side using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Skater Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Art De Fleur Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Brick Wall Background Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Aquamarine, Chrome Yellow, Cobalt, Jet Black, Leaf Green, Monarch Orange, Red Geranium, Cornflower Blue, Sap Green, Saffron, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky, Hickory Smoke
Distress Markers: Dusty Concord
Distress Spray: Black Soot
Hero Arts Neon Purple Ink

Hope you've enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by today!

Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 20, 2016

Hi there! Today we are sharing 5 great card ideas using the Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp

Our first card was created by Teresa Abajo


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Cogs Collection onto cream cardstock using Archival Coffee ink.
2. Spray with Distress Ink Spray in Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen. Distress the edges and sponge with Distress Ink Frayed Burlap.
3. Stamp the hot air balloon image from the Steampunk stamp set onto teal cardstock using Archival ink Watering Can. Cut out leaving a small border and adhere over Cogs Collection using foam mounting tape.
4. Stamp out the words from the Steampunk set, mount onto teal cardstock, and adhere to card front over scraps of Frayed Burlap stained cotton gauze.
5. Mount the card front onto teal cardstock, then onto a cream card.

Connie Mercer created this stunning card:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp leaves from Carved Leaves Vol.1 stamp set on beige cardstock. Stamp two leaves on the front of the card, using two different shades of green ink. Stamp a third leaf and cut it out.  
2. Using the Chicken Wire background stamp, stamp over the leaves on the card front, giving the effect the leaves are behind the Chicken Wire. 
3. Stamp the Cog Collection in brown ink, using the same beige cardstock and cut it out. Shade with brown ink. Stamp the words "Live Simply" from the Enjoy The Ride stamp set on the beige cardstock and trim out. Mat the words on black cardstock. Adhere the Cog next to the leaves on the card front. 
4. Adhere the third leaf on top of Cog and then the words. Mat card front on yellow cardstock and then black. Then adhere card front to yellow cardstock. This card is 5" X 5". 
5. Stamp small butterfly from the Wings stamp set on the same yellow cardstock and cut it out. Adhere to front of card. Speckle with black ink or similar product. Apply Wink of Stella to leaves. Add corners.

Here are two cards by Robyn Wood:


Instructions: 
Trim a panel of craft coloured cardstock to suit a red card base and stamp two opposite corners with the Darkroom Door Cog Collection Eclectic stamp using black ink. Allow the stamp to go over the edges slightly. Sponge edges with Soot Distress ink & attach a black brad to each corner. Stamp a vintage car from the Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles set onto white cardstock using black Archival ink. Colour the car with Distress Markers and trim closely. Stamp phrase from the same set onto white cardstock using black Archival ink, trim and mount onto black cardstock. Assemble card by adding a length of ribbon and affix to card front. Finish by adding car flat on the right hand side and the greeting on the left using some foam tape for a height. 

The steampunk era was full of adventure and of course lots of cogs, gears and complicated machinery - so the Darkroom Door Steampunk stamp set is perfect to pair with this new Eclectic stamp. Robyn has used a crayon resist technique to give the cogs a bit of highlight.


Instructions: 
Stamp Darkroom Door Cog Collection Eclectic stamp three times across a panel of white cardstock cut to suit a black card front. Highlight some areas of the stamp using a white crayon and sponge across the centre with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. Sponge either side of the purple with Frayed Burlap ink and then sponge the top and bottom with Vintage Photo ink. Sponge each side with Vintage Photo ink to give the edges some depth. Tie panel with ribbon and affix to card front. Stamp the word ‘Adventure’, the engine and compass from the Darkroom Door Steampunk set onto white cardstock using black Archival ink. Trim the word, layer with black cardstock and mount onto card front with foam tape. Colour the other pieces with Distress Markers, trim closely and add to card. 

Our final card was created by Rachel Greig:


Instructions: 
1. Sponge Vintage Photo and Iced Spruce Distress Inks over white cardstock to created a blended background. 
2. Randomly stamp the postcard and memorabilia stamps from the Love Letters Vol 2 Rubber Stamp set over the background using Archival Coffee ink. 
3. Stamp the Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp a few times over the background using Archival Coffee ink. 
4. Trim stamped panel to fit on the front of a folded A6 card front. Sponge around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink and adhere to front of a kraft card. 
5. Tear a piece of corrugated board and ink the sides with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Stamp the man from Steampunk stamp set onto kraft cardstock with Archival Coffee ink. Trim and sponge around the edges. Adhere to corrugated card. 
6. Attach metal cogs with brads or glossy accents. Stamp the word Steampunk from the Steampunk set and adhere to card with foam adhesive. 

Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol.1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Chicken Wire Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Steampunk Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Love Letters Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Coffee, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo
Distress Markers: Squeezed Lemonade, Festive Berries, Shattered Glass, Spiced Marmalade
Distress Spray: Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen
Black brads
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
White Crayon

Thanks for stoping by today! 
 

Cassette Tape Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hi there! Today we are sharing projects using the Cassette Tape Eclectic Stamp! This stamp is a great way to remember the good old days of mix tapes, walkmans and portable tape players! Oh and not to mention tangled tape that needed winding up with a pencil! Let's take a look at how this stamp can be used . . .

Here are two cards by Belinda Spencer:


Instructions:
1. Apply Magenta Hue Ranger Archival Ink to the sheet music stamp from the Melody Rubber Stamp Set and stamp on a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to 10cm x 14cm. Continue stamping until the whole piece is covered. Use an ink blending tool to apply Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Stick this piece down on a black cardstock card base.
2. Stamp the Cassette Tape Eclectic Stamp on white cardstock using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Cut out the cassette tape. Stamp the Cassette Tape again using Monarch Ornage Archival Ink. Fussy cut the label only and stick down on top of the first cassette tape. Add 3D foam to the back of the tape and add to the card front. Add the Feel the rhythm quote from the Music Wordstrip to the tape.
3. Stamp some music notes from the Melody Rubber Stamp Set using the Magenta Hue, Monarch Orange and Jet Black inks. Fussy cut and add to the card front.
4. Stamp the quote from the Melody Rubber Stamp Set and cut out the Love, Dance and Sing words. Stick down on the card.
5. Stamp three sharp symbols from the Melody stamp set using Jet Black ink. Cut out and add to the card front.


Here's another great idea by Belinda for a party invite or birthday bash! 


Instructions: 
1. Apply the Chevron Background Stamp to a piece of smooth white cardstock cut to 10cm x 14cm using Archival inks in three different shades of blue. Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China and Black Soot Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Ink the edges with Black Soot and then stick this piece down on a black cardstock card base.
2. Stamp the streamers border from the Party Time Rubber Stamp Set at the top of the card using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink.
3. Stamp the Cassette Tape Eclectic Stamp onto smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Cut out and add to the card front using 3D foam.
4. Cut out the Party Mix letters from the Alpha 1 Alphastrip. Stick down on the cassette tape. *TIP: Add double sided tape to the back of your Alphastrip first so that when you cut your letters out, you create a letter sticker. This saves messing around with glue.
5. Stamp three music notes from the Melody Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front.
6. Cut out letters from the Robots Wordstrip to create the sentiment at the top of the card. Stick down over the top of the streamers. 

Teresa Abajo has created mini album covers with the Cassette Tape, a great way to share memories between friends! 

I thought I'd make a little album for a friend I have had for a very long time. The handles look like the tape has unraveled on the cassette. I won't show the album with photos in it - the hair's too big and the fashion too 80s! Ha! 

Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Cassette Tape Eclectic stamp onto orange cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. Cut out leaving a small border around the image.
2. Concertina fold some strips of patterned paper to fit inside, and attach with thin black ribbon handles.
3. Cut white cardstock to fit on each page, stamping each with a different Texture Stamp in Archival Venetian Orange ink.
4. Give the little album a title using Archival Watering Can ink and the Alphabet Medley stamp set.



Another great idea from Teresa:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Sunshine Background stamp in Archival Aquamarine on white card.
2. Stamp the Cassette Tape Eclectic stamp in Archival Jet Black ink onto white card and cut out leaving a small border. Adhere to Sunshine Background.
3. Stamp out the sentiment using letters from the Alphabet Medley stamp set in Archival Jet Black ink. Stitch the larger letters across the top with a sewing machine.
4. Mount this onto black cardstock then onto a white card.

Robyn Wood has created two fun cards: 


Instructions: 
Stamp Darkroom Door Sheet Music stamp onto white cardstock using sepia Archival ink and trim to approx. 9.5cm square. Sponge with Vintage Photo Distress ink, leaving the centre paler and distress the edges. Trim some teal cardstock to approx. 10 x 13.5cm leaving a torn bottom edge, distress the edges and mount onto craft card front. Affix sheet music panel to the upper part of the card. Stamp ‘Dare to Dream’ onto white cardstock using black Archival ink and sponge with Vintage Photo Distress ink. Trim, layer with brown cardstock and mount using foam tape onto card front beneath music panel. Stamp Darkroom Door Cassette Tape Eclectic Stamp onto white cardstock using black Archival ink. Sponge with Antique Linen Distress ink to colour and trim closely. Affix to card at an angle. 


Instructions: 
Stamp record from Darkroom Door Rockstar stamp set randomly onto a 9cm square of white cardstock using black Archival ink. Round the corners and layer with yellow cardstock (corners rounded) and affix to the left side of a pink card front. Stamp Darkroom Door Cassette Tape Eclectic stamp onto white cardstock using black Archival ink and highlight some areas with a white crayon. Sponge with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink - the white crayon will resist the ink and give some areas of highlight. Trim closely and mount onto orange cardstock and trim that layer to the cassette shape, affix over record panel using foam tape. Stamp words ‘Rock & Roll’ from the same set onto white cardstock using black Archival ink, trim closely and add to card front. 

And finally, an unraveled tape card by Rachel Greig:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Cassette Tape onto white cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
2. Stamp Rock & Roll from the Rockstar Stamp Set beneath the stamped cassette using Archival Vermillion ink pad.
3. Draw some loopy tape from the cassette to resemble tape that has unwound from the cassette. 
4. Mount stamped panel onto red cardstock then onto a folded black card.

Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Cassette Tape Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Rockstar Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dream Catchers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sheet Music Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Chevron Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Sunshine Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Music Paper Collection 
Darkroom Door Robot Paper Collection
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Magenta Hue, Monarch Orange, Aquamarine, Cobalt, Cornflower Blue, Vermillion, Venetian Orange, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen
Ink Blending Tool
Ink Blending Foam

White Crayon

Thanks for stopping by today! We'd love to hear your own memories of cassette tapes! Please share in the comments below.

Treble Clef Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hi there stampers! Today we are sharing project ideas using the Treble Clef Eclectic Stamp

The first card is by Rachel Greig: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp Sheet Music Background onto white card with Tree Branch Archival Ink. Stamp the Treble Clef Eclectic Stamp over the top with Jet Black Archival Ink. 
2. Stamp the piano from the Harmony Stamp Set onto white cardstock and trim around the image. Adhere to left side of stamped Sheet Music background using foam adhesive. 
3. Mount stamped panel onto kraft cardstock then onto a folded black card to complete! 

Here's our next project by Suzz Czosek:


The treble clef pairs beautifully with old music sheets, romantic images and song inspired art. I decided to create a layered music inspired collage card. 

Instructions: 
1. Cut card base.
2. Stamp the sheet music from the Melody Stamp set over the background using Ranger Distress Ink - Ground Expresso. Sponge edges with the same ink.
3. Stamp the same music stamp on scrap white cardstock using the same ink. Tear across bottom. Distress edges with distressing tool and sponge with same ink. Splatter with brown spray.
4. Stamp Treble Clef Eclectic stamp using Sepia Archival ink onto tissue paper. Tear image from tissue paper. Sponge with Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Splatter with brown spray.
5. Stamp sentiment from Melody Stamp Set using Archival Jet Black ink on white cardstock. Distress edges of sentiment and stamp a portion of the music using brown ink lightly over sentiment.
6. Punch birds from white cardstock. Stamp with French Script Texture Stamp using Ground Espresso Ink pad and sponge around the edges.
7. Stamp music symbols from Melody Stamp set randomly using brown dye ink on background and layers.
8. Layer up images and assemble card.

Connie Mercer has created a card to show how the Treble Clef can be used as part of the background:


Instructions: 
Using the Treble Clef eclectic stamp like a background stamp, stamp it several times on a sheet of script pattern paper. Use the ink color that will coordinate with the pattern paper. Cut to size 5"X 5". Mat on black cardstock and then on the pattern paper that will be the card. Using green ink, stamp out two leaves and cut them out. Adhere them to the corner of the card (building a cluster). Stamp out a bird using brown ink and cut it out. Add the small bird to the cluster. Stamp out the sentiment saying and poem on white cardstock. Trim out. Mat poem on black cardstock and adhere to center of the card. Sentiment goes in the lower left corner. Add punched corners and speckle with black ink or similar product. 

Here's more cards by Connie: 


Instructions: 
Using the Sheet Music Texture stamp, stamp it over a hybrid image (Jingle Jangle Jingle example) or on beige cardstock. Stamp the Treble Clef Eclectic stamp over the texture stamped image. Gives a fun layered look and looks great in black ink. On one of the cards I used the Stitched Borders stamp set and stamped a border on all sides. The other card was matted on white cardstock. These cards are about 3 1/2" 4 1/2". Cute small cards to add to a gift or hand deliver, especially great for music peeps!!  



Our last two cards were created by Robyn Wood. Robyn’s sons are musicians and the eldest is a drummer so it gets a little loud in her house! This card would be perfect for a budding drummer.


Instructions: 
Make a few puddles of watery Distress Paint by swiping two colours onto a non-stick craft mat and spritzing with water. Tear the edges of some white cardstock to create a panel approx. 8 x 13cm and smoosh through the Distress Paint. Allow to dry. Affix a blue layer to the front of a white cardbase and then add painty panel at an angle. Hand draw lines for the treble clef to sit on using a black marker – you will need five, roughly evenly spaced lines. Stamp Darkroom Door Treble Clef Eclectic Stamp, words and snare drum from Darkroom Door Rockstar stamp set onto white cardstock and trim closely. The treble clef is affixed to the left hand side and each of the words is separated then mounted over the centre of the painty panel using foam tape. Colour the snare drum with sponged ink and markers and add to the bottom right of the card to finish.


Instructions: 
Stamp sheet music from the Darkroom Door Melody Stamp set onto cream cardstock using black Archival ink. Trim to suit card, tearing the bottom then layer with black cardstock, add two black brads to the top edges and affix to card front. Stamp Darkroom Door Treble Clef Eclectic Stamp and the word ‘Melody’ from the Melody stamp set onto cream cardstock. Trim Treble Clef closely and affix over sheet music. Trim the word, layer with black cardstock and affix to card front using foam tape.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Treble Clef Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Rockstar Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol.1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stitched Borders Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Harmony Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Love Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sheet Music Texture Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade
Distress Markers: Salty Ocean, Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Ranger Blending Tool
Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat
Black marker
Pattern paper
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Ink

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
 

Pencils Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 09, 2016

Hi stampers! Today we are sharing project ideas using the Pencils Eclectic Stamp

First is a notepad cover by Suzz Czosek:


The pencils always remind me of taking notes and I thought they would be the perfect cover for a matchbook note pad to keep handy when and idea strikes.

Instructions:
1. Cut a 8 3/4" x 3" piece of white cardstock.
2. Score at 4", 4 1/4", and 8 1/4". This will give you your basic match book.
3. Cut scraps for your inside 3 3/4" x 2 1/2".
4. I stamped on my note paper on the inside using the pencil stamp and the French Script Texture Stamp in a light colored ink. It gives it some color and interest but in soft shades to allow me to write notes on the paper. This is a great way to use up inky backgrounds you had leftover form other projects.
5. Stamp the Pencils on the front of the matchbook in Archival Saffron ink. Repeat until the front is covered with the pencils image. I repeated the process on another piece of cardstock.
6. Cut out pencils from second piece of cardstock. Sponge around the edges with brown dye ink.
7. Ink up the Floral Post Collage stamp using the Potting Soil ink along the top where the postcard and script image aligns. Stamp along the top edge of the front of the matchbook. Ink around the edges with the same brown ink.
8. Ink up the Floral Post Collage stamp along the side and stamp along the bottom folded up edge of the matchbook.
9. Pop dot the pencils and attach to the front. Tie twine and charm over pencils on front.
10. Staple the scraps to the inside through the front fold.


Here's a quick card by Rachel Greig:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Pencils onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Repeat until the pencils cover the card from left to right. 
2. Colour in the pencils using coloured pencils! :) 
3. Stamp two words from the String Sentiments Rubber Stamp set above the pencils. I wanted to use sentiments that looked like they were drawn with pencils! 
4. Adhere white cardstock to mint cardstock, black cardstock then onto a folded watermelon card. 

Lynne Moncrieff has created a journal cover using resin and the Pencils Stamp: 


Instructions: 
1. Create resin paper by following manufacturer’s instructions to mix the two parts resin and hardener followed by applying the resin to two sheets of vintage book text. Leave to cure.
2. Using the resin paper as a guide, cut cardstock to required size, creating holes for binding in the cardstock and resin paper. Bind them together with torn satin fabric, tying into a bow. 
3. Onto the Kraft cardstock apply dissolved walnut ink crystals, also sprinkling some of the Frank Garcia powders, misting with water to blend. Heat set before stamping Eclectic Stamp Pencils. Re-ink, stamping again onto another piece of prepared Kraft cardstock.  
4. Ink up selected words/phrases from the Word Block Creativity stamp and once again, stamp onto another piece of the prepared Kraft cardstock.  
5. Gather all the stamped elements, tearing, cutting and inking the edges.    
6. Layer the stamped panels to the front cover of the journal with Gel Medium. Layer one of the stamped pencils over the stamped word, adhering the second stamped pencil below the panel. Create a detail with two Tiny Attachers in upper corner.  
7. Finally, apply Frank Garcia powers to Relic and Artifact, misting with water before heat setting. Adhere to journal with Gel Medium.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Pencils Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Floral Post Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Creativity Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door String Inspiration Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Saffron, Potting Soil, Jet Black
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Word Charm
Distress Ink Black Soot
Prima Frank Garcia Memory Hardware Artisian Powder – Chapeliere, Parthenay, Vausseroux
Dissolved walnut ink crystals (substitute with Distress Stain Walnut Ink)
2 sheets of resin paper (to create resin paper you require Ice Resin and two sheets of vintage book text)
Prima Relics and Artifacts Milagros
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Kraft cardstock (re-cycled packaging)
Crop-a-dile
Heat gun
Cardstock
Water mister
Gel Medium 

Thanks for stopping by today! For another idea using the Pencils Eclectic Stamp, check out Anna-Karin's tag here!

Do More Of What Makes You Happy Pencils Tag

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 06, 2016

Hello everyone! It's Anna-Karin here with you today! The humble pencil is perhaps the most basic art supply and it holds so many possibilities. Today I am sharing a tag made with the new Pencils Eclectic stamp
 

 
I just love this Pencils stamp and you can use it as it is, or only one pencil, or as I did make the pencils long and bunch them together. When I saw the Happy Quote stamp, I thought it was a perfect companion to the pencils. 
 

Stamp pencils on smooth (hot-press) watercolour paper with Archival Jet Black ink, or another waterproof ink. I stamped more than I needed.
 

Colour the pencils with watercolours, colouring the same pencil on two different impressions with the same colour. Then cut them out. Cut the tip of one of the colours and glue together, to make a long pencil. 
 

Ink the Peeled Paint background stamp with Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass and Broken China, mist with water and stamp on a manila tag. You can use stronger colours if you want to, I was in the mood for a light coloured project today.
 

Stamp the background with the Dots Texture Stamp and Fossilized Amber ink, ink the edges with Black Soot and use a Black Soot marker and the Distress Spritzer tool to add more texture.  The sentiments were cut from the Prague Vol. 2 Wordstrips and sanded.
 

Use as many pencils as you want to and you can of course change the colours to fit your project. 
 

Stamp the Happy sentiment with Archival Jet Black ink. Glue the pencils together and tie with a Linen Ribbon. 
 

I also added some tissue tape and design tape to the tag and a few Mirrored Stars. The tag was tied with tissue tape folded over on itself, crumbled up and inked. 
 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Pencils Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Peeled Paint Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Prague Vol. 2 Wordstrips
Ranger Manila Tag
Arches Hot Pressed Watercolour paper
Ranger Archival ink – Jet Black
Ranger Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso
Watercolours: Prima Marketing - Tropicals Set 
Distress Marker - Black Soot
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology - Mirrored Stars, Nailheads Findings, Dapper Design Tape, Symphony Tissue Tape, Linen Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 
 
Happy stamping!
Anna-Karin
 

Fleur-de-lis Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 02, 2016

Hi stampers! Today we are sharing project ideas using the Fleur-de-lis Eclectic Stamp

First we have a stunning mixed media project by Suzz Csozek


When I saw the lovely Fleur De Lis I thought of regal families, foreign countries and rich metals. It inspired me to think of canvas or fabric with a beautiful gold emblem.

Instructions:
1. Start with a soft linen or canvas fabric to stamp on. I used a bag but would have been happy to have a piece of fabric to put on a canvas board.
2.  Stamp the script from the Correspondence set using black water resistant ink over the background.
3. Stamp the Fleur De Lis using Versamark on the fabric off to the right side. Heat emboss using gold embossing powder. A detail embossing powder will give you a softer effect and keep the image details intact.
4. Stamp the Flower Garden Texture stamp using Versamark in random areas of the background. Heat emboss with detail gold embossing powder.
5. Stamp sentiment from Melody Stamp Set on tissue paper using Jet Black Archival ink. Heat set. Tear edges and sponged on Versamark around the edges and heat emboss using gold embossing powder.
6. Using mod podge or fast finish, layer the sentiment over the canvas.
7. Embellish bag with butterfly, feathers, resin angel head, and heart bling. 
8. Apply Luxe glitter/Mica over surface in various places.
 
Teresa Abajo shares a stunning card using gold embossing powder:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp French Script Texture stamp down the centre of a cream card front using Archival Cobalt ink. Spatter with a little Distress Spray Stain Tarnished Brass.
2. Stamp Fleur de Lis using Cobalt ink, and quickly before it dries, sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Sprinkle lightly so as not to get complete coverage - you want some of the blue showing underneath. Heat to melt the embossing powder.
3. Fussy cut around the image, then adhere it to the card front over some tea stained calico and cotton gauze. Layer this onto some navy cardstock and adhere to a cream card.
4. Stamp Harlequin Texture stamp onto cream cardstock using a light inking of Archival Cobalt blue.
5. Stamp the word 'remember' from the Everyday Life stamp set, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, then heat to melt powder. Mount this piece onto navy cardstock, then adhere to card under the Fleur de Lis.

The Fleur-de-lis also works well for home decor projects. Lynne Moncrieff has created a keepsake box:


Instructions: 
1. Prepare the box with Gesso before applying Toffee and French Roast paints with a foam brush. Remember to also paint the inside of the box. Dry with heat gun before applying Crackle Glaze. Following manufacturer’s instructions, continue, by applying a top layer of Fresco Chalk. Crackles will begin to appear immediately.
2. Ink up Texture Stamp French Script with Potting Soil ink pad and randomly stamp onto the lid and sides.  Heat set the ink.  Next, with a pencil, lightly mark the mid point of the box lid.  This will be the guide to lining up the Fleur De Lis stamp. Ink up the stamp with Staz-on Timber Brown, stamping onto the lid.  


3. To create feet for the box, paint four vintage Bingo counters with Fresco French Roast.  Once dry, adhere to bottom of box with Gel Medium.  
4. Finally, apply a coat of varnish to the box.

Fill the box with lots of keepsakes or treasures: 


To finish off, here is a card by Rachel Greig:


Instructions: 
1. Create a background by sponging Barn Door and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks onto white cardstock. 
2. Spritz a little water onto the Flourish and French Script Background stamps and stamp onto the background. The water will react with the ink and lighten it. Blot the cardstock with a paper towel. 
3. Lightly mist with Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stain and Turquoise Perfect Pearl Mist. 
4. Spritz some water into your hand and flick onto the background. Allow the water to sit on the background a little before blotting with a paper towel. 
5. Adhere background panel to white cardstock then onto a folded blue card. 
6. Stamp the Fleur-de-lis onto white cardstock using French Ultramarine ink pad. Trim around image and adhere to card using 3D foam adhesive. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp Fleur De Lis
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Flourish Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Texture Stamp French Script
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Flower Garden Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Harlequin Texture Stamp 
Archival Ink: Potting Soil, Jet Black, Cobalt, French Ultramarine
Distress Ink: Barn Door, Evergreen Bough
Gesso 
Gel Medium 
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics:- Toffee, French Roast and Chalk
PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze
DecoArt Media Ultra Matt Varnish
Staz-on Timber Brown
Other: Wooden box, Vintage Bingo Counters, Old credit card, fabric 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

New Release: Photo Stamps & Eclectic Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 28, 2016
Introducing our NEW Photo Stamps and Eclectic Stamps! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist

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Flower Garden Texture Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Hi stampers! Today we are sharing lots of projects using the Flower Garden Texture Stamp

First a little gift card by Rachel Greig:


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Flower Garden Texture Stamp onto white cardstock using Olive Archival Ink Pad. Distress the edges with a paper distresser. 
2. Distress yellow cardstock with a paper distresser. Wrap wide green mesh around the top and bottom and adhere at the back. 
3. Attach the stamped Flower Garden on top. Stamp Happy Birthday from the Happy Birthday Stamp set onto yellow cardstock and punch out with a Stampin Up! label punch. 
4. Adhere the stamped sentiment over the background using foam adhesive. Adhere entire panel to folded green card to complete! 

Suzz Czosek has created two different cards using the Flower Garden texture Stamp:


Instructions:
1. Create an inky background by spritzing a mix of Ranger Distress Stains on a craft mat.
2. Spritz water in with the stain sprays. 
3. Drag white cardstock into the ink on the mat. Repeat until desired background is achieved.
4. Let dry.
5. Stamp Flower Garden Texture Stamp with Khaki colored ink on the background.
6. Re-ink the stamp and repeat until desired effect.
7. Stamp Eclectic Butterfly Stamp with Kahki Ink on scrap from inky background. Cut out.
8. Color butterfly to shade with brown watercolor pencil and blend with waterbrush.
9. Stamp sentiment on right side with Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee.
10. Stamp Postcard and Postmark stamps from the Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set randomly using Coffee ink.
11. Mount background on card base.
12. Frame out sentiment with a touch of lace and a few flowers.
13. Pop dot butterfly on card.


Instructions:
1. Stamp Flower Garden Texture Stamp on ivory cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.
2. Cut out Photo from Love Letters Montage sheet. Distress edges with distressing tool.
3. Mount image on ivory cardstock. Paint edges of cardstock with pink from watercolor pencil.
4. Splatter Pink Glimmer Mist over stamped background.
5. Add touches of pink around Flower Garden Texture background using waterbrush and watercolor pencil.
6. Distress edges of the stamped background with distressing tool.
7. Paint pink around edges of stamped background using waterbrush.
8. Mount stamped background to ivory cardbase.
9. Tie pink died twine and roses to photo montage image and attach to front of the card. 
  
Connie Mercer has created some quick and fun 3" x 4" cards. These would be great to make in a batch so you have some cards on hand when you need one quickly! 


Instructions:
I used white cardstock and coordinated the colored cardstock with the ink color I used to stamp the Flower Garden Texture Stamp with. Stamp the Texture Stamp on white cardstock. Stamp the bird image in the center of the stamped texture image. Use the Stitched Border Rubber Stamp set to put a stitch line around the card front. Speckle with brown paint or ink. Add the sentiment from the Thank You Rubber Stamp set and for an extra shimmer, go over the bird with Wink of Stella/Clear. Adhere to a white card. 


This idea could be used with different combinations of Texture Stamps and images from the Eclectic Stamp range. There's lots to choose from! 


Mix up the sentiments according to what you need. The little tiny sentiments like this Thank You look great on tiny tags! 


For a larger Thank you card, Connie has stamped the Flower Garden in two different inks for the background and added the birds from Love Birds Stamp Set and leaves from Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamp set. . The Thank You sentiment is from the Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Flower Garden Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Love Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stitched Borders Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tick Tock Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Love Letters Montage 
Distress Stains
Archival Ink: Olive, Jet Black, Coffee
Mister Bottle
Aquash Brush
Tonic Paper Distresser
small tags and rhinestones
Cardstock: white, blue, green, yellow
Thanks for stopping by today!


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