January ATC Swap Theme - Eclectic Stamps!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, January 01, 2015
Happy new Year! 

We are very excited to be hosting another year of Artist Trading Card swaps with a new bunch of themes to get you inspired! 

The theme for January is Eclectic Stamps!

Create ATC's using any Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp as the main feature of your ATC. You can use any stamping technique and any other embellishments to complete your ATC's. 

Here's a couple of ATC's to get you inspired. This first one is created by Belinda Spencer using the Butterfly Eclectic Stamp:



Susie Campbell has been creative with the Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp by using it as a frame for a highlighted spot on her ATC, then combining it with other Darkroom Door stamps:


For the full details on how you can participate in this month's swap, click here.

Due date: January 31st, 2015.
 
Look forward to seeing your creations!
 

Pebbles Inchies Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Hi stampers! I'm back today sharing a quick card created with the Pebbles Background Stamp and Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamps Set!


Instructions:
1. Fold a piece of grey A5 cardstock in half to create an A6 folded card. Stamp the Pebbles Background on the front using Watering Can Archival Ink Pad. Sponge around the edges of the card using the same ink with an ink blending tool.

2. Stamp a strip of Seaside Inchies onto Gloss cardstock using Watering Can Archival Ink. Trim so you have a row of three inchies. Adhere the stamped inchies onto steel blue cardstock. Trim to leave a small border around the top and a larger border at the bottom. Wrap flat jute ribbon around the bottom and tie at the front. Fray the edges with your fingers. 

3. Layer a piece of gauze onto the front of the card and adhere with glossy accents. Mount the stamped panel on top to complete!
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Pebbles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamps Set
Archival Ink Pad: Watering Can
Grey and Steel Blue Card Stock
Gauze, Flat jute ribbon

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Steampunk Cogs Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Hi stampers! Today I'm sharing a quick card created with the Cogs Background Stamp!


This is a simple card, great for the guys!

 

Instructions:
1. Stamp Cogs Background Stamp onto cream cardstock using Archival Sepia Ink Pad. Adhere to folded dark brown card.

2. Stamp gentleman from Dashing Gents Stamp Set onto cream card using Tree Branch Archival Ink. Stamp 'Steampunk' and 'Inventor' words from Steampunk Stamp Set onto cream card using Tree Branch Ink.

3. Mount all stamped pieces onto dark brown cardstock and trim to leave a small border. Adhere them onto the Cogs Background.

4. Add some Tim Holtz Ideaology pieces to the card to complete!

 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Cogs Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Dashing Gents Rubber Stamps Set
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamps Set

Archival Sepia and Tree Branch

Cream and Dark Brown Card Stock

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Gears

 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Distress Paint Mail Art

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 01, 2014

Hi stampers! It's Rachel here today with some mail art to share with you using a variety of Darkroom Door stamps with Distress Paints.

 

 

Here's how I created it:

1. Ink up the Damask Background Stamp with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. Roll the background stamp over various sections of the black envelope so you only get a portion of the stamp touching the envelope. This gives it a more random look.

2. Repeat the above technique, this time using French Script Background Stamp with Picket Fence Distress Paint, stamping alongside the Damask background areas.

3. Stamp the Paris Postmark (from Montmartre Rubber Stamps Set) randomly over the envelope using Picket Fence Distress Paint.

4. Swipe Brushed Pewter Distress Paint around the edges of the envelope to give it a little border.

5. Stamp the large Tag from the Tags Rubber Stamps Set onto kraft cardstock using Archival Jet Black Ink. Trim around the edges.

6. Stamp the paperclip from Mail Art Rubber Stamps Set a couple of times in the top left corner of the tag. Stamp 'To' (Mail Art Rubber Stamps) onto the tag. Adhere the tag to the front of the envelope.

 

It's now ready for addressing and sending off in the mail!

 

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Damask Background Stamp

Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Montmartre Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door Tags Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door Mail Art Rubber Stamps

Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter, Picket Fence

Black envelope

Kraft cardstock

 

Hope this has inspired you to send out some mail art!

 

Boat Helm Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hi stampers! It's Rachel here with a couple of cards using the new Boat Helm Eclectic Stamp! This stamp is such a great addition to the Eclectic Series!

 

 

This card shows a quick and easy way to use the Boat Helm. Simply stamp the Boat Helm onto light blue cardstock using Archival Coffee ink pad. Stamp the sentiment from Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamps underneath using the same ink pad. Sponge Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges of the cardstock and adhere to royal blue cardstock. Distress the edges of the royal blue cardstock using a paper distresser. Tie a reef knot around the left side using twine. Mount entire panel onto folded light blue card. Lightly tap the Walnut Distress ink pad directly onto the edges of the card to give it a weathered look.

 

Here's another card using the Boat Helm stamp:

 

 

Stamp the Seashells Background onto beige cardstock using Archival Coffee ink pad. Distress the edges with a paper distresser. Wrap brown netting around the centre of the stamped background panel and adhere in place on the back. Stamp the sentiment from the Sail Away Rubber Stamp Set onto beige cardstock using Archival Coffee ink pad. Trim to make a banner. Sponge the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Stamp the Boat Helm onto beige cardstock and trim around the image with small scissors. Adhere onto royal blue cardstock and trim again to leave a small border. Adhere the boat helm to the left side of the background. Adhere the sentiment banner over the netting, tucking it under the boat helm. Adhere the entire stamped panel onto a folded royal blue card.

 

Supplies used:


Darkroom Door Boat Helm Eclectic Stamp

Darkroom Door Shells Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Sail Away Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Archival Ink: Coffee

Distress Ink: Walnut Stain

Paper Distresser

Brown Netting

Cardstock: Beige, Royal Blue, Light Blue

Twine

 

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

 

Brushed Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Hi stampers! It's Rachel here today with a few quick cards using the new Brushed Christmas Vol 1 and Brushed Christmas
Vol 2
Stamp Sets.

 

 

 

These two stamp sets are so easy to use. Usually stampers need to make a larger quantity of cards for Christmas, so here are some ideas that can be created quickly but still give stunning results.

 

 

1. Stamp Christmas Tree from Brushed Christmas Vol 1 stamp set onto kraft cardstock using Archival Olive ink pad.

2. Stamp the small star on top of the tree using Archival Vermilion ink pad. Stamp the sentiment underneath the tree using the Archival Vermilion ink pad.

3. Adhere to red cardstock, then onto a folded green card. 

 

 

1. Stamp the round bauble from Brushed Christmas Vol 2 onto white cardstock using Archival Vermilion ink pad. Stamp it again onto a post it note and trim around the image to create a 'mask'.

2. Place the post it note mask over the stamped red bauble. Stamp a different bauble on the left using Archival Olive ink pad. Lift off the mask sheet and you'll see the Olive ink only stamped around the red bauble, making it look like it's behind the red bauble.

3. Stamp the sentiment underneath the baubles using Archival Olive ink pad.

4. Make a small hole in the bauble hangers and thread silver ribbon through and wrap over the top of the cardstock. Adhere panel to red cardstock, then onto a folded green card.

 

Here's a similar idea, using gold bows:

 

 

1. Stamp the round bauble from Brushed Christmas Vol 2 onto white cardstock using Archival Vermilion ink pad. Stamp it again onto a post it note and trim around the image to create a 'mask'.

2. Place the post it note mask over the stamped red bauble. Stamp a different bauble on the left using Archival Olive ink pad. Lift off the mask sheet and you'll see the Olive ink only stamped around the red bauble, making it look like it's behind the red bauble.

3. Stamp the sentiment to the right using Archival Olive ink pad.

4. Make a small hole in the bauble hangers and thread gold cord through the holes and tie a bow.

5. Use a corner rounder punch to round the bottom left and top right corners. Adhere panel to green cardstock and do the same.

6. Mount onto a folded red card to finish.

 

Supplies used:


Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set

Archival Ink: Vermilion, Olive

Silver Ribbon

Gold Cord

Cardstock: Red, Green, White, Kraft

 

I hope these cards give you a few ideas for your Christmas creations this year!

 

Darkroom Door and Art Journey Blog Hop Final Post

Darkroom Door - Friday, June 27, 2014

Helllloooo stampers! Who has enjoyed all of the hopping and inspiration this week? It has been an amazing ride, hopping all over the world to see what the Darkroom Door and Art Journey teams have created. Thank you so much for joining us!

 

 

I have one final project to share with you today, using both Darkroom Door and Art Journey Stamps. 

 

 

Instructions:

1. Cover white cardstock with Faded Jeans Distress Stain. Spritz some water into your hands and flick onto the stained cardstock. The water will react with the stain and cause some water droplets to appear. Pat with a paper towel try dry.

2. Gently mist the background with Perfect Pearl Mist. I went a little overboard here and have ended up with a blast of pearly shimmer in some places. Looks like puddles of shimmery rain :)

 

 

3. Stamp the Art Journey 'Water Drops' stamp several times over the background using Cobalt Archival Ink. Squeeze some Glossy Accents onto the water droplets and allow to dry. This will make the water drops look real! Sponge Cobalt Archival Ink around the edges of the background.

 

 

4. Stamp the Darkroom Door 'Dance' quote onto light blue cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Trim out the words into strips, and fussy cut around the larger words as best you can! Adhere to the background using 3D foam adhesive.

5. Lightly tap the edges of a folded kraft card with Cobalt Archival Inkpad to give it a weathered look. Adhere the stamped panel onto the front using 3D foam adhesive to complete! 

 

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Quote Stamp: Dance

Art Journey Stamp: Water Drops

Faded Jeans Distress Stain

Perfect Pearls Mist: Perfect Pearl

Archival Ink: Jet Black, Cobalt

Glossy Accents

Cardstock: White, Kraft, Light Blue

3D Foam adhesive

 

Remember we are having a GIVEAWAY!!!!!
 
Both Darkroom Door and Art Journey will be giving away a few prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, June 29th, 2014. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter! Winners will be announced next week!

If you have missed any of the blog hop posts, click HERE to start at the beginning and see the full list of blogs that are participating! We don't want you to miss any of the awesome projects and inspiration!

 

And if you just 'need' to add any of these stamps to your stash, be sure to check out the Darkroom Door and Art Journey websites!

Hope you have enjoyed our week long blog hop! I'd like to say a BIG thanks to Art Journey for collaborating with us for this blog hop and a HUGE thanks to all of the artists who shared their artwork with us for this hop! Lastly, a BIG thanks to our blog readers for joining us and hopping with us this week!

Darkroom Door and Art Journey Blog Hop!

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 23, 2014
Hello! Welcome to the Darkroom Door and Art Journey Blog Hop!
 


 
We are so excited that you are joining us in what will be a very creative and inspirational week ahead! Over the next 5 days, all 23 members of the Darkroom Door and Art Journey design teams have joined together to bring you creative projects using stamps from both of these fabulous companies.
 
This is the first stop on the blog hop. At the bottom of this post you will see the entire list of artists who will be participating in the blog hop. If you ever lose your way along the hop or need to find which artist is next, please come back here to see the list of blogs and the direct links.

So . . .  before I share my project, I'd like to give you a little background information about the history and friendship between Darkroom Door & Art Journey. When I first opened Darkroom Door and released our first series of stamps back in 2008, we soon heard from Louise, the owner of Art Journey in the Netherlands. Louise wanted to stock our stamps in her Art Journey store in Sleen, Netherlands. Over the next couple of years Louise and I formed a strong friendship and in 2010 I visited her store and taught some workshops at her Art Journey retreat. It was a fantastic experience and I loved meeting all of the Art Journey team, along with students from all over Europe!

 
I also fell in love with Art Journey stamps! They are sold as unmounted red rubber, fabulous quality with amazing detailed designs...   just what I love!!

In 2012, we had the pleasure of welcoming Louise (owner of Art Journey) and Jeanette (from the Art Journey Design team) to stay with us here in Australia. We had a wonderful time together again and enjoyed geocaching, feeding pelicans and showing them the amazing beaches here near the Darkroom Door headquarters! This photo is Jeanette (left), Louise (middle) and myself (right) in the Darkroom Door warehouse.


One of the things I love about working in this industry is the friendships that are created and I really love the rapport we have between the Darkroom Door and Art Journey teams. So it just made sense to bring us all together for one big blog hop! Louise and I traded stamps for our design teams and all the artists have been busy behind the scenes creating amazing projects to share with you!

Enough talking, let's get to the projects! I received the 'Nature Flowers' Art Journey stamps and instantly I knew I wanted to try them out with the brushless watercolour technique.


Instructions:

1. Colour the flower stamp using orange shades of watercolour markers. I used Brilliant Yellow and Butterscotch Marvy Le Plume pens, and Jungle Green for the stem.

2. Lightly mist the stamp using a water mister. Stamp the image onto watercolour cardstock. Without re-inking the stamp, stamp it again to the right of the first image to give a lighter impression.

3. Trim watercolour cardstock to 11cm x 7.5cm. Sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges of the cardstock.


4. Using the Jungle Green Marvy Le Plume pen, ink up the quote 'Enjoy Every Moment' and stamp onto beige cardstock. Trim each word out separately and ink around the edges by tapping the edge of the cardstock directly onto the inkpad. Adhere to the stamped image using 3D foam adhesive.

5. Wrap beige embroidery floss around the bottom of the stamped panel a few times, then tie in a bow at the front.

6. Tear some corrugated cardstock to be slightly larger than the stamped panel. Sponge with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Slight sponge over some Orange and Lava Green Inka Gold to give a shiny look to the corrugated card. Adhere stamped panel to the top of the corrugated card.

7. Spray some Mandarin Perfect Pearls Mist onto a folded black card. Adhere entire stamped panel to the front to complete!
 


I've also created a matching ATC using the same stamp set.


Instructions:

1. Colour the flower stamp using purple shades of watercolour markers. I used Scarlet and Pale Violet Marvy Le Plume pens, and Jungle Green for the stem.

2. Lightly mist the stamp using a water mister. Stamp the image onto watercolour cardstock. Without re-inking the stamp, stamp it again to the right of the first image to give a lighter impression.

3. Trim watercolour cardstock to 7cm x 5cm. Sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges of the cardstock.

4. Using the Jungle Green Marvy Le Plume pen, ink up the quote 'See the flowers smiling' and stamp onto beige cardstock. Trim each word out separately and ink around the edges by tapping the edge of the cardstock directly onto the inkpad. Adhere to the stamped image using 3D foam adhesive.

5. Tear some corrugated cardstock to be slightly larger than the stamped panel. Sponge with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Adhere stamped panel to the top, adding a hing clip for added decoration.

6. Adhere entire stamped panel to a black ATC to complete!

Supplies used:

 

Art Journey 'Nature Flowers' Rubber Stamps

Marvy Le Plume Pens: Jungle Green,Brilliant Yellow, Butterscotch, Scarlet, Pale Violet
Distress Ink: Peeled Paint
Perfect Pearl Mist: Mandarin
Inka Gold: Orange, Lava Green
Corrugated cardstock
Ranger Watercolour Cardstock
Black & beige cardstock
Hinge clip
Water mister

I hope you've enjoyed these projects!

Here's the complete list of artists taking part in the blog hop and the date their posts will be live. Each day's blog posts will be live at 9am Sydney Eastern Standard Time.

June 23rd:

Rachel Greig
Louise Kolker 
Teresa Abajo
Liesbeth Fidder
Susie Campbell

June 24th:

Godelieve Tijskens
Suzanne Czosek
Corine van Kuilenburg
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Anette van den Berg

June 25th:

Hilary Kanwischer
Ellen Schrik
Connie Mercer
Willy Duit
Lynne Moncrieff

June 26th:

Joke Schipper
Hels Sheridan
Anneke de Clerck
Belinda Spencer
Dianne ten Hove

June 27th:

Joy Taylor
Jeanette Blok
Robyn Wood
Louise Kolker

Rachel Greig

 

And we can't have a blog hop without a GIVEAWAY!!!!!
 
Both Darkroom Door and Art Journey will be giving away a few prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, June 29th, 2014. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

Your next stop on the blog hop is Louise at Art Journey! Click here to visit the Art Journey blog!

Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back here to the Darkroom Door blog for a complete list to all the blogs in the hop!

Hope you enjoy the creative week ahead! Thanks so much for joining us!

Artist Trading Card Swap Details: Texture Theme

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card swap theme for April is: TEXTURE!
 
 
Create a ATC using texture in some way. You could use texture paste, fabrics, different types of embellishments, embossing powder, embossing folders or anything that creates texture! There are lots of options and ideas! These ATC's by Teresa Abajo and Belinda Spencer show how you can use lace, fabric and raffia to add some texture.
 
Click here for the full details on how you can participate.

Due date: April 30th, 2014.
 
Look forward to seeing your creations!
 

Sizzix and Darkroom Door Artist Trading Cards Swap

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 27, 2014
Every month on the Darkroom Door blog we hold an Artist Trading Card swap. It's a great way for crafters to share a bit of their own artwork with other like minded crafters around the world and gain some new ideas and inspiration! Each month has a different theme. Recently one of the themes was 'Darkroom Door & Sizzix' where all the artists needed to use a Darkroom Door stamp or paper product combined with a Sizzix die or embossing folder. 

 

It was so much fun watching the ATC's arrive in the mailbox and seeing what all the artists created! Each idea was different and the combinations of dies, stamps and embossing folders used gave us all some new great ideas on how they can be used.

 

Here are all of the ATC's that were created for this swap:

 

 

 

Created by Belinda Spencer using Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die -  Festive Greenery #657467, Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamps and Christmas Word Block Stamp

 

 

 

Created by Godelieve Tijskens using Sizzix Bigz Caged Bird Die #656634, Notebook Texture Fades #656647, Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol 2 Rubber Stamps, Wildflowers Rubber Stamps and Flourish Background Stamp.

 

 

Created by Jenny Webster. A Darkroom Door Art de Fleur Photochip was cut using the Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set Butterflies #658367 on a Sizzix Base tray.

 

 

 

Created by Judith Beattie using the Sizzix Bigz Caged Bird Die #656634 and the Darkroom Door 'Ferns' Photo Stamp. 

 

 

 

Created by Rachel Greig (that's me!) using Darkroom Door Kimono Montage and Wordstrip, framed with the Sizzix Thinlits Scallop Polka Dot Frame Layers Die #659129

 

 

 

Created by Susie Campbell using Sizzix Movers &Shapers Magnetic Die 'Fleur' from the Mini Crown and Fleur Set #657210 and Darkroom Door Tour Eiffel Rubber Stamps.

 

 

 

Created by Teresa Abajo using Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Mini Sewing Room  #657487 and Darkroom Door Measuring Tape Background Stamp, Fashionable Rubber Stamps and Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamps.

 

 

 

Created by Tracey Strong using Sizzix Texture Fades Pattern & Stitches Set #657198 and Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamps.

 

 

Created by Vicky Fernando using Sizzix Mini Flourish Alterations die #657205, Darkroom DoorWildflowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamps & the sentiment from Gothic Arches Rubber Stamp set.  

 

I'm sure you'll agree with me that the different ideas and artwork from all of these artists is amazing!  

 

If you are interested in participating in the ATC Swaps, please click here for all of the information! We'd love to have you take part!! It's a lot of fun :) 

 

Hope you have a creative weekend! Thanks for stopping by today! 

 


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