Variegated Embossing Junk Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello! Autumn Clark back with you to share my second junk journal spread with the new Border Stamps. This time I've used the Star Border Stamp to create a luxurious yet grungy background to set the stage for the Sensational Quote Stamp and my collage bundle.  


 
To create my bundle, I stamped the Sensational Quote Stamp onto vellum and layered over lots of printed papers, bundled strings, torn crocheted lace, embroidered trim, and paper flowers. The result is a lot of visual dimension without bulk.  

 
I used a variety of embossing powders to create a variegated background with beautiful texture. I used dark to light to create an ombre effect. The white embossing has a pop and the dark embossing lends to the moody quality of the pages.

 
Splashes of gesso, and inks further grunge up the cardboard pages.  


I hope you'll take the time to watch this process video. Perhaps you'll be inspired to break out your powders and coordinate your own color combination using your Darkroom Door stamps. Do share with us in the comments section.  
 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Star Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Sensational Quote Stamp
Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry 
Archival Ink: Coffee
Embossing Ink
Embossing Powders

Gesso
Ink Sprays

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Blended Distress Technique Video

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today with a tutorial showing how to use a blended distress technique with the Giraffe Background Stamp


I used three different Distress Inks on the Giraffe Background Stamp to create a more realistic colouring effect. To see the tutorial, please click on the image below: 


Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Giraffe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Fine Aquash Brush
Mister Bottle
Background Stamping Block
Mixed Media Cardstock
A5 Kraft Cardstock
Kraft Tag #5
Crinkle Ribbon
Non-stick craft sheet

I hope you'll try this technique! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Window Aperture Card Tutorial Video

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today with a tutorial showing how to create a window aperture opening on the front of a card using label dies with the Cheetah Background Stamp


I combined the Cheetah Background Stamp with a sentiment from the Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set, and used a Tim Holtz Sizzix die to create the opening on the front of the card. To create the background colour, I used Distress Inks with a Wrinkle Free Distress technique. 


To see the full tutorial, please click on the video image below: 


Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Cheetah Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin
Non-stick craft sheet

Mixed Media Cardstock
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Die: Tim Holtz Sizzix Labels Set
A5 Black Cardstock

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Zebra Background Card Video Tutorial

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 14, 2016
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a quick and easy card tutorial using the Zebra Background Stamp


I've used a sentiment from the Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp set along with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies to create the card. You can watch how I created the card here in only 3 minutes! 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Pigment Ink Pad: Black Tie
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Background Stamping Block
Smooth White Cardstock
Empty Storage Case
Water-Based Stamp Cleaner
Tim Holtz Labels Dies
Grey sheer ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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 

Thanks for stopping by! 



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 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wild Africa Vol 2 - Lion and Cheetah and Video

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with two cards and a video using the Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set! I love the two images in this set, with the bold and brave lion and the majestic cheetah sitting up there on his perch. I vividly remember watching this cheetah in the wild and watching how graceful and yet commanding he was in the way he walked, stretched and lay on the grass. What an amazing creature! 

Here are two cards using this set:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp lion image onto gloss cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
2. Swipe Antique Linen 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 lion. Continue to colour the rest of the lion using Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress Markers. Colour the ground in the same way. 
3. Sponge Antique Linen Distress Ink around the lion with an ink blending tool to create a glow. Sponge Rusty Hinge onto the ground. 
4. Adhere stamped panel to black cardstock. Wrap twine around bottom of image and tie at the front. Adhere to folded kraft card. 

Here is a card with the cheetah, made in a similar way to the lion card: 


You can see how I made this card here: 


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint
Distress Markers: Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint 
Gloss Cardstock
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Non-stock craft sheet

Twine
Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits Dies

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wild Africa Vol 1 - Zebra and Giraffe Cards and Video

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today and I want to share two cards using the new Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set! But first, let me tell you a little about the Wild Africa stamp sets. Last year I visit Africa and while I was there I went on safari to see some African animals in their natural habitat. It was a life changing experience and one that I will never forget! The images in these stamp sets are from photographs that I had taken on that trip, so as you can imagine, the stamp images hold a special meaning for me! I am so excited to be able to share them with you too! 

The first animal I saw in the wild on that trip was this zebra. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the zebra image on mat white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
2. Colour in the zebra using a white wax crayon.
3. Sponge over the sky using Stormy Sky Distress Ink with an ink blending tool. Sponge over the grass area using Peeled Paint Distress Ink. 
4. Lightly sponge Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of the cardstock. 
5. Wrap twine around the left side of the stamped image and tie a knot at the front. 
6. Adhere stamped panel to front of folded black card. 
7. Die cut a circle from the Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits Die Set. Stamp the sentiment inside using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Sponge around the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink and adhere to card using foam adhesive. 

The second animal I saw on my trip to Africa was this giraffe! I was in awe just watching these magnificent creatures stroll around the countryside. 


Instructions: 
1. Spritz Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey Distress Spray Stain onto a non-stick craft sheet. Lay a piece of Distress Specialty Stamping Paper into the ink and twist around before lifting up. Dry with a heat tool. rub some crinkle ribbon (satin seam binding) into any left over ink to colour it and set aside to dry. 
2. Stamp the giraffe and sentiment onto the background using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
3. Sponge around the edges with Wild Honey Distress Ink pad. Adhere to folded Size 12 Black Tag. 
4. Wrap the dry ribbon around the left side of the card and tie at the front. Use a small extra piece for the hole in the tag. 

Here is a video showing these two cards and other tags that I have created with this set:


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Wild Honey, Black Soot, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Spray Stain: Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber
Distress Specialty Stamping Paper
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Non-stick craft sheet

Size 12 Black Tag
Crinkle Ribbon
Tim Holtz Labels Thinlits Dies

Thanks for stopping by! 





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