African Trees Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 24, 2016

Hi there, Joy Taylor here bringing you a simple technique card and pretty much a one layered card. I just adore the latest release from Darkroom Door called Wild Africa, so many possibilities with this release and I am sure you have been seeing loads of inspiration here on the blog and around cyber world.


I took a piece of white card stock, that I taped around the edge to mask off, just eyeballing this, then using Tim Holtz distress inks and applied Seedless Preserves, Fired Brick, Dried Marigold and Mustard seed, I applied each of these colours fairly heavily, going back and forth between colours so they would blend nicely together, once I was happy with the overall effect, I took off the masking and took out the stamps from the African Trees, I positioned them where I wanted the layout of the scene to be, starting out with one of the trees. I chose to put the masking back on one side of the card stock as I wanted the tree to once inked and stamped to be contained only onto the blended part, so inking up the stamp I stamped out the tree and removed the masking. I then stamped out the giraffes to the other side of the trees as if they were running through the African landscape. I finished off the stamping by stamping out the birds flying in the sunset sky, next was to add some sentiments, by which I took from the word strips, adding 3 of these throughout the scene. Mounted the panel to a white card base and the card was complete.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 2 Wordstrips
Distress Inks: Seedless Preserves, Fired Brick, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
A5 Smooth white cardstock

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Christmas Trees Tags

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here. Today I have three tags to share that I have created using the fabulous new Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set.


Instructions:
1. Take a size 8 kraft tag. Apply the Christmas Script Background Stamp using Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink. Sprinkle with Ranger White Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. Repeat until the whole tag is covered.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 7.5cm x 11cm. Stick down on the tag towards the bottom.
3. Apply Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the Postage Stamp Frame Stamp. Spritz with the lightest mist of water and stamp onto smooth white cardstock. Use a moist soft paintbrush to smooth out the stamped image. Dry with a heat gun before cutting out the frame. Stick down on the tag using 3D foam.
4. Apply Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to a Christmas tree from the Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with water and stamp on smooth white cardstock. Blend the colour a little with the paintbrush if required. Dry with a heat gun and fussy cut.
5. Stamp some baubles and stars from the Christmas Trees set using various Distress Inks. Stamp a star for the top of the tree also. Add double sided tape to the reverse of the cardstock behind these images before fussy cutting to create instant stickers. Decorate the tree with the custom stickers. Add 3D foam behind the tree topper star.
6. Apply Tim Holtz Wilted Violet Distress Ink to the 'Cheer' sentiment from the Season's Greetings Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with a little water and stamp on white cardstock. Dry with a heat gun before fussy cutting. Add to the tree with 3D foam.
7. Stamp some stars inside the frame on the tag using the Peacock Feathers ink. Add the Christmas tree with a double layer of 3D foam behind it to make it really pop out from the frame. Add some star sequins too. Finish off the tag by adding some co-ordinating ribbon and twine to the top.

Here are a couple more tags I created using the same techniques.




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Christmas Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Postage Stamp Frame Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Watering Can
Ranger Embossing Powder Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder: Silver, White
Distress Embossing Ink
Distress Ink: Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet

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6 Christmas Trees Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 10, 2016

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a video tutorial using the Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set! There are 3 different trees in this set which can be stamped over the top of each other in a 3-step stamping technique, or they can be stamped individually on their own. There are little stars and bauble stamps that can be added to the trees to add extra interest and sparkle too! Here's a look at the cards that are shown in the video: 












Take a look at the full tutorial here: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Embossing Ink Pad
Archival Ink: Sap Green, Leaf Green, Fern Green, Olive, Library Green
Embossing Powder: Gold Tinsel, Red Tinsel, Green Tinsel
A5 Smooth White Cardstock
Stickles: Gold
Stamping Block: 130mm x 100mm 

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Season's Greetings Cards by Belinda Spencer

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 07, 2016

Hi, it’s Belinda here today to share three cards I have created using the fabulous new Season’s Greetings Rubber Stamp Set. I just love that beautiful brush script!


Instructions:
1. Fold in half a Buffalo Kraft Natural Brown A5 card to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 14cm. Apply the Christmas Script Background Stamp using Ranger Sky Blue Archival Ink. Stamp twice to make sure the whole surface is covered. Apply Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Distress the edges. Stick down on the kraft card base.
3. Using a stamp positioning tool (such as a MISTI), stamp the Window Frame Stamp onto smooth white cardstock with the Sky Blue ink. Re-ink the stamp with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink and stamp again. Remove the stamped cardstock from the MISTI and sprinkle with Ranger Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel and heat set. Cut out the frame and add to the card front with 3D foam.


4. Use the stamp positioning tool again to apply the Pine Leaf Eclectic Stamp to smooth white cardstock with the sky blue ink. Re-ink the stamp with Distress Embossing Ink and stamp again. Remove the stamped image from the MISTI. Sprinkle with Ranger Embossing Antiquities Frosted Crystal embossing powder and heat set. Fussy cut the pine leaf and add to the card front with 3D foam.
5. Apply Distress Embossing Ink to the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Season’s Greetings Rubber Stamp Set and stamp onto smooth white cardstock. Sprinkle with Ranger Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder and heat set. Fussy cut the sentiment and add to the card front with 3D foam.
6. Heat emboss three stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set using the silver embossing powder. Fussy cut and add to the card front with 3D foam. Use a white Posca Pen to flick some ‘snowy’ white splatters across the surface of the card.


Instructions:
1. Fold a Buffalo Kraft Natural Brown A5 card in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to 10cm x 14cm. Apply the Christmas Script Background Stamp to this piece using Ranger Aquamarine Archival Ink. Distress the edges. Stick down on the card base.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock measuring 9cm x 13cm. Apply a variety of blue Distress Inks to the Shadow 6 Up Frame Stamp. Spritz with water. Stamp onto the cardstock. Flick some water over the top using your fingertips. Dry with a heat gun. Distress the edges and stick down on the card front.


4. Apply Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to three of the Christmas Inchies from the Christmas Inchies Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with water and stamp on smooth white cardstock. Dry with a heat gun. Cut out with a small border around each. Distress the edges and add to the card with 3D foam.
5. Add a die cut snowflake and a couple more stamped images. Add some wire thread or twine around the circular stamped image.
6. Stamp the sentiment from the Season’s Greetings stamp set on white cardstock using Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink. Sprinkle with Ranger Silver Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. Stamp some stars in the same way. Fussy cut and add to the card front with 3D foam. To make the sentiment really stand out, add two layers of 3D foam underneath

Here’s another card I created using the same technique.



Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Season’s Greetings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Window Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Shadow 6 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Pine Leaf Eclectic Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Aquamarine, Red Geranium, Sky Blue
Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel Clear
Ranger Embossing Powder Antiquities Frosted Crystal
Ranger Embossing Powder Silver Super Fine Detail 
Distress Embossing Ink

Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral, Broken China, Candied Apple, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry

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Season's Greetings Embossed Resist Video Tutorial

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Hello there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today with a video tutorial using the Season's Greetings Rubber Stamp Set with Ranger Tinsel Embossing Powders and Distress Spray Stains! The Season's Greetings set has lots of different words for the festive season that can be used on cards, tags and gifts. 


In this video, I share how the words look when embossed with a variety of Tinsel Embossing Powders that give a shimmery embossed effect. I also use the Snowflakes Background with Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder and Distress Spray Stains to create a resist effect. 


Take a look at the full tutorial here: 

 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Rubber Stamp Set
Snowflakes Background Stamp
Embossing Powders: Gold Tinsel, Red Tinsel, Green Tinsel, Snowflake Tinsel, Super Fine Silver
Distress Embossing Ink Pad
Distress Spray Stain: Broken China, Brushed Pewter
Archival Ink Pad: Olive, Vermillion
Tags
Heat Tool 

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African Trees Cards by Teresa Abajo

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 01, 2016

Hi folks! Teresa here with a couple of samples I made using the new African Trees Stamp Set.

This set consists of silhouettes of not only trees, but also a few handy animals. My mind immediately drifted to the many amazing sunset photos I've seen of African sunsets, so I created this card first up:


I sponged some yellow, orange, red and brown Distress Inks to create the warm glowing sky. 


Then I tore some sharp peaks in a Post It Note to use as a mask to create some mountains in the distance. I sponged these with brown Distress Ink:


Then I sponged some black ink below the horizon line. This will be where the trees and animals will sit when I stamp them in black Archival ink:


I made sure the base of the trees and the feet of the aminals was just slightly below the horizon, otherwise they'd look like they were jumping up in mid air.

I then cut this piece into panels and adhered them to the front of a white card. The birds stamped at the top provide a continuity through all the panels.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Fossilised Amber, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon, Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Archival Ink: Jet Black 

Next up I wanted to use the cute little elephant silhouette to hold a balloon on a birthday card:


I stamped the elephant in grey, then cut him out. I inked up the balloon from the Party Time stamp set using some green/blue Distress inks, and stamped it directly onto the 13.8 x 9.5 cm top piece. The elephant was adhered over the top of the balloon string using foam tape.

I mixed the same Distress ink colours on the edge of an acrylic block, spritzed and applied the colours to the edge of a card that is slightly larger than the top piece. I stamped the sentiment using the darkest blue Distress Ink and adhered it to the top left hand corner with foam tape. The sequins were added using Glossy Accents.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch
Archival ink: Watering Can

For this last card, I wanted to have a parade of animals with a  pop of colour for a fun birthday card:


I place all of the animal silhouette stamps on an acrylic block, ensuring their feet where all on the same line. I then coloured each stamp with Distress Markers before spritzing and stamping. This allowed the colours to blend well and create a watercolour look.

The sentiment comes from the Wild Africa Vol 1 set, and is layered over a piece that has been stamped with the Zebra BackgroundStamp

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp
Distress Markers: Fossilised Amber, Carved Pumkin, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers
Archival ink: Jet Black

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African Trees Sunset Card Video Tutorial

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 30, 2016

Hello there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today with a video tutorial using the African Trees Rubber Stamp Set! I love this set, it has lots of different trees and silhouette images that can be used with the trees or on their own. 

For this card, I wanted to create an African sunset with rich oranges and yellows, with a silhouette scene. 


I used Distress Inks and a masking technique to create the sunset. To see how I created the card, watch this video for the full tutorial: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door African Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Stamping Blocks: Size 1, Size 4

Smooth White Cardstock
Black Cardstock
1.5" Circle Punch
1" Square Punch

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Wild Africa Vol 3 Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hello lovers of Darkroom Door! Teresa Abajo here with a couple of cards using the new Wild Africa Vol 3 Stamp Set.

Now, I had heard on the grapevine that the detail in these stamps was something impressive, and I was certainly blown away! These are certainly very realistic, and are going to be fantastic images to use for masculine cards.

This is my first card using the elephant image:


and this is some of the impressive detail I'm talking about:


To make this card, I stamped the elephant image using black ink, then sponged colour onto the background to create the scene:


I stamped the Scratches Background stamp over the whole piece using Antique Linen Distress ink. Then I stamped the elephant again, fussy cut it and sponged grey ink over it carefully avoiding the tusks:


The fussy cut image completely covers up the blue/green elephant, leaving a very clean, crisp image in the foreground. The words that come with the new Wild Africa Vol 3 set are perfect, but I wanted them in a straight line so I reached for Wilderness Vol 2 set and used the sentiment from there instead. I cut it out and placed it on the card front over some Tim Holtz linen ribbon.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 3 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Hickory Smoke
Tim Holtz Linen Ribbon

I wanted to create a more feminine card for my next project, so I used pink ink along with the rhino image and words from Wild Africa Vol 3:


Perfect for a teenage girl - I seem to be needing lots of cards for this demographic lately! The footprints add a fun, playful touch.

I stamped the words in black ink so that they'd stand out against the pink and white, and added another pink layer using the lovely new Zebra Background stamp.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 3 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp
Archival Inks: Magenta, Jet Black 

Thanks for looking!

Wild Africa Vol 3 - Elephant and Rhino Cards and Video

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 26, 2016
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today and I want to share two cards using the new Wild Africa Vol 3 Rubber Stamp set! This set includes one of my favourite animals - the elephant! I love them! I saw them numerous times during my safari and each time I loved them even more. They are just magnificent creatures! 

Here is a card using the elephant image:  


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the elephant image and sentiment on mat white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
2. Swipe Hickory Smoke Distress Marker onto a non-stick craft sheet. Pick up some of the ink using a waterbrush and start colouring in the body of the elephant. Continue to colour to create some shading and darker edges. 
3. Sponge Antique Linen Distress Ink around the elephant with an ink blending tool to create a glow. Sponge Peeled Paint onto the ground. Lightly sponge Black Soot Distress Ink around all edges. Do the same to the stamped sentiment. 
4. Adhere stamped panel to black cardstock. 
5. Crumple a sheet of kraft glassine paper. Adhere stamped panel to the glassine paper and then to the front of a folded kraft card.  
6. Adhere sentiment to black cardstock and to the card with foam adhesive. 

The rhino is a very rare animal to see in the wild. I was so amazed when we saw a family of rhino's. They are beautiful to watch! I created this card in the same way as the elephant card: 


Here is a video showing this set with these cards:


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 3 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Marker: Hickory Smoke
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Antique Linen
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
White Smooth cardstock
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Non-stick craft sheet

Kraft Glassine Paper

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Wild Africa Vol 2 Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here today to share two cards I have created using the awesome new Wild Africa Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set.

I'm Wild About You Easel Card


Instructions:
1. Fold a Buffalo Kraft Natural Brown A5 card in half. Fold the top in half again. Crop 3cm from the side and discard. This piece now forms the easel card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 11cm. Cut another piece 5cm x 11cm. Using Ranger Tree Branch Archival Ink, stamp both of these pieces with the Cheetah Background Stamp. Distress the edges of both pieces and ink with Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Add the larger piece to the base of the easel card and the smaller piece to the folded over top section of the easel card.
3. Stamp the cheetah from the Wild Africa Vol. 2 set onto smooth white cardstock using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink. Apply some colour to the image using Lyra Aquacolour Crayons and a wet paint brush. Dry with a heat gun. Fussy cut the stamped image. Apply Brushed Corduroy ink to the grass area of the stamped image using an ink blending tool.
4. Cut a piece of blank Filmstrip or add a strip of hessian or ribbon. Add this to the folded over top section of the easel card. Add the cheetah on top of this. Glue on a strip of Tim Holtz Linen Ribbon.
5. Stamp the quote and the paw prints from the Wild Africa Vol. 2 set onto scrap white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Stamp a love heart from the Hearts Stamp Set using the black ink also. Using Tree Branch Archival Ink, stamp the filmstrip from the Photography Stamp Set. Fussy cut all images and add to the card front. Use 3D foam under some pieces to really make them pop.


Be Strong and Brave Card


1. Fold a Buffalo Kraft Natural Brown A5 card in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to 10cm x 14cm. Using Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, apply the Tribal Background Stamp to this piece. Distress the edges. Ink with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock measuring 9cm x 13cm. Using the jet black ink, apply the lion from the Wild Africa Vol. 2 set to this piece. Onto a heat resistant craft sheet, add 1 drop each of Tim Holtz Distress Ink Re-inkers in Antique Linen and Scattered Straw. Spritz with a little water before dragging the lion stamped piece through it. Dry off with a heat gun. Flick a little water over the top with your fingertips. Dry again with the heat gun. Blot any excess water away with paper towel. Add some more re-inker to the craft sheet including some Frayed Burlap. Using a wet paintbrush add a little more colour to the lion image. Dry again with the heat gun. Distress the edges of this piece and ink with Antique Linen. Stick down on the Tribal Background piece.
4. Stamp some of the Tribal Background Stamp onto scrap white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Cut out three strips of pattern. Chop up and add some strips to the card front.
5. Stamp the quote and add to the card front using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Cheetah Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Tribal Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Filmstrips Blank
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Re-inkers: Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Scattered Straw

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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