Fine Leaves Stamp Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 21, 2017

Hello stampers, Godelieve Tijskens here. I'm happy to have some of my designs in latest release again! Today I'm sharing cards I made with the Fine Leaves Stamp Set.
 

 
On this card I used the heat emboss resist technique with Distress Oxide inks

1. Attach all stamps to a large stamping block, Misti or any other stamp positioning tool to stamp them all in one go
2. Stamp with embossing ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Don't remove the stamps from the block, because you will use them again in this position later
3. Swipe Distress Oxide inkpads across a non stick craftsheet, mist with water and drag the heat embossed piece through the ink


4. Let dry, or use a heat tool to speed things up
5. To remove the clear embossing, put a sheet of printer paper onto the stamped piece and use a hot iron to melt the embossing off


6. Ink the stamps, which are still attached to the stamping block, with Distress Oxide inks and over stamp the leaves. It doesn't matter if some of the white parts show up, in fact it looks even better that way.
 


7. Stamp and heat emboss a Fine Butterfly onto vellum, cut it out and attach to the stamped piece.
8. Add words from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set, using black Archival ink.
9. Distress the edges using a paper distresser, and glue the finished panel onto a white card.
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Embossing inkpad
Distress Oxide inkpads:  Broken China, Peeled Paint
Archival inkpad:  Jet Black

Embossing powder:  Clear and white
Vellum
Large stamping block, or Misti, or any other stamp positioning tool
Non stick craftsheet
Paper distresser
Tiny attacher
 

I love to create simple 1-layer cards like this one!

1. Mask the left and right side of a card, using sticky notes
2. Stamp the Grid Background stamp using a light ink, such as Archival Ink Shadow Grey
3. Add color using Distress inks Evergreen Bough and Rusty Hinge with an ink blending tool


4. Stamp a leaf several times, using black Archival Ink. Stamp over the edges onto the sticky notes
5. Add a sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set
6. Remove the sticky notes and add tiny dots of Enamel Accents to finish off the card
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Distress Inkpads:  Evergreen Bough, Rusty Hinge
Archival Inkpads: Shadow Grey, Jet Black

Sticky Notes
Mini Ink Blending Tools
Enamel Accents:  Electric Lime, Cheese Puff
 

On this card I used a resist technique again, watercolored with Distress Stains

1. Stamp the leaves with black Archival Ink


2. Use masking fluid onto the parts that you want to keep white. I used masking fluid, but you could use a white crayon
3. Let the masking fluid dry completely.


4. Watercolor the leaves using Distress Stain Twisted Citron & Mowed Lawn
5. Watercolor the background using Distress Stain Iced Spruce & Weathered Wood. Let dry
6. Add texture to the background using the Crackle Texture stamp with Distress Oxide Iced Spruce
7. Stamp Happy Birthday using stamps from the Simple Circles and Happy Birthday sets with Archival Ink Watering Can and cut out
8. Rub off the dried masking fluid to reveal the white cardstock
9. Distress the edges with the Tonic paper distresser 
10. Glue the cut out pieces in place and adhere the finished panel to a white card
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Stain: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood
Masking Fluid
Circle punch
Tonic Paper Distresser
 
Thanks for stopping by today!  

New Release Stamps and Stencils

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 09, 2017
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Watercolour Wildflowers Cards

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


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

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

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Coffee Lovers Cards & Giveaway

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 25, 2017

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


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

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

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

Supplies Used:

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

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


WINNERS!! Congratulations to the following 3 commenters: 


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


Hummingbirds Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 23, 2017

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


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


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

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

Thanks for stopping by! 

Classic Cars Cards

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


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


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

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

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Simple Sayings Vol 2 Cards

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


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

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


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

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

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Grunge Marks Tags and Art Journal

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 16, 2017
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing some quick ideas using the Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set! This set contains 10 different mark making stamps that are so useful and versatile for creating interesting backgrounds and patterns in your artwork! 



One of the things I love about stamping is the way you can add layer after layer of different stamps to build up backgrounds and create interesting effects in your art work. You can see the journal page above shows how I have used different coloured inks to stamp the various Grunge Marks stamps to create an interesting background. 

I've done the same for the tags here:


The tags are now ready for a quote or other stamped images on top. Or just leave as is and add them into your collage artwork! 

You can also create borders by repeating the stamps to cover the full length of your journals and cards: 


And you can never have too much fun just playing around and building up layers of stamping like this: 


Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Heavy Weight Tags
Dylusions Paint
Dina Wakley Media Paint

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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.  

Fine Flowers Vol 2 Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hi, it is Godelieve here today. Here are two cards I made with the Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamps that I designed for Darkroom Door. It is exciting each time, sending my drawings to Australia and receiving them back as Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps!

The first card is a Mother’s Day card. It is a mix of Spring, Summer and Autumn flowers, watercoloured with Distress Markers.


I started by making masks out of sticky notes.


Using Archival Ink Potting Soil I started stamping at the bottom, and covered each flower with a mask before I stamped the next one.


To colour the flowers I scribbled with Distress Markers on a stamping block and picked the ink up with a damp brush.


A lot of colours were used


I used a paper distresser on the edges. I stamped words from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set using Archival Ink Potting Soil. The saying is cut out and attached to the card with 3D tape

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Inkpad: Potting Soil
Distress Markers
Tonic Paper Distresser
Watercolour Paper

On the second card I used one of my favorite techniques: heat embossing resist.


I stamped and heat embossed the Grid Background stamp onto smooth watercolour paper. I used Distress Stain Twisted Citron to colour the paper. Water droplets cause the light spots.


I chose a flower from the Fine Flowers Vol 2 set, stamped and heat embossed it several times onto smooth watercolour paper, colored them using  Distress Stain Twisted Citron and Festive Berries.


I’ve cut out the flowers. Some of them were made a bit smaller by cutting off petals. To mat this panel I coloured the edges of white cardstock with Festive Berries too to match the flowers.

I assembled the card, and added words from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set, also heat embossed and punched out.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Embossing Ink
WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White
Distress Stain: Festive Berries, Twisted Citron
Circle Punch

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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