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.  


 
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.
 
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!
 

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

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! 

Grunge Marks Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Hi there, Autumn Clark with you today to share a project from my latest junk journal featuring the new (must have) stamp set, Grunge Marks. This versatile set is perfect for creating backgrounds for any of your crafty projects.


 
I picked up this very old 3-ring binder at a secondhand store. 


The lovely, worn fabric cover will be a great surface to alter. I emptied the address ledger pages and filled the book with chipboard pages cut to size.  

 
On the inside covers, I adhered torn old French book pages with Mod Podge. I adhered tissue tape as well, particularly along the creases to reinforce the spine. I gave a light coat of gesso to tone down the text. I sprayed various inks and moved them around by spraying water onto the edges to create a lightly colored background.  
 
 
I chose the stripe stamp for my main pattern because it reminds me of corrugated cardboard. I stamped it with light brown archival ink. Next, I stamped the small lined pattern with grey ink, overlapping the stripes. I added layers of vintage papers, along with a Found Relatives photo with distressed edges.
 
 
I used a permanent marker to add my journaling and then stamped the repeating circles to fill any gaps.
 
 
I stamped the harlequin in black over the paper seams to blend the layers. I added a fluffy bow for dimension with a rounded safety pin to the binder.
 
 
For my sentiment, I gessoed a piece of chipboard and sprayed it with light brown inks, then embossed the Wander Quote stamp in gold and cut it out. I used the marker to add shadows to the text. I mounted it onto the layout to highlight the focal image. What fun it was to work with these amazing designs! I hope you are inspired and more importantly, will put the Grunge Marks stamp set on order. Its uses are endless and I know you will be pleased.  
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Archival Ink Pads: Jet Black, Tree Branch, Shadow Grey
Spray Inks
Gesso
Tissue Tape
Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad
Vintage Papers
Fine Tipped Permanent Marker

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Fine Butterflies Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hi, it is Godelieve Tijskens here today, sharing two cards with the Fine Butterflies Stamp Set. It is great to see my drawings turned into rubber stamps again! The Fine Butterflies can be used on their own, but some of them match with stamps from the Butterflies set, as shown on the sample below  



On this card, a large butterfly stamp from the set was used.


Instructions: 
1. Apply a thin coat of gesso to bookpaper using a plastic card and let dry
2. Stamp the large butterfly from the Fine Butterflies set twice on this page, using Archival Ink Potting Soil.
3. Colour both butterflies with diluted Distress Paint Rusty Hinge.


4. Paint a blue background around one butterfly using diluted Distress Paint Salty Ocean. Let dry and cut to size.  Ink the edges with Distress Ink Vintage Photo
5. Cut the other butterfly out and ink the edges with Distress Ink Vintage Photo using an ink blending tool.
6. Stamp and heat emboss the butterfly once more onto vellum. Cut out. You can try to keep the antennae, but it is not really necessary.


7. Staple the butterflies together onto the bookpaper panel
8. Adhere a strip of cardstock, large enough to stamp the words. I have chosen a stamp from the new Simple Sayings Vol 2 set, stamped with Archival Ink Potting Soil.
9. Mat onto brown cardstock and glue onto a cream card.
10. Add Enamel dots as finishing touches.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Inkpad: Potting Soil
Distress Paint: Salty Ocean, Rusty Hinge
Vellum
Distress Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder WOW 
Tiny Attacher
Enamel Accents Caribbean Coast

Here is my next card using the small butterfly stamps from the set. 


1. Ink the Shadow 6 Up frame stamp with Distress Ink Shabby Shutters and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, mist water and stamp onto smooth watercolor paper
2. Ink the Postal 6 Up frame stamp with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers and stamp on top of the shadow squares
3. Stamp a small butterfly inside each square using black Archival ink
4. Stamp words from the Wildflowers Vol 1 set, using black Archival ink.


5. Color the butterflies in with pencils.
6. Use a paper distresser on the edges, glue onto cream cardstock.
7. Glue the panel onto the card, leaving enough room to stamp the words from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Postal 6 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Shadow 6 Up Frame Stamp 
Distress Inkpads: Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers
Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Colored Pencils
Tonic Paper Distresser

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

New Release: Rubber Stamp Sets and Texture Stamps

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Introducing our NEW Essentials 21 Collection of Rubber Stamp Sets and 6 new Texture Stamps!  

Now available for pre-order from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist


Here are a few ways the new stamp sets can be used! We will be sharing full projects on the blog using these fabulous new stamps so please add our RSS feed to your blog reader so you don't miss a thing!




The New Texture Stamps are perfect for creating random patterns on art journal pages, cards, scrapbook layouts or using as a bold image on card fronts and more! 


Now available for pre-order from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist! 

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