Yuletide Greetings

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hello friends! Autumn Clark with you today to share some festive cards featuring the new Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set.  



Instructions:
1. Repeatedly stamp the Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp with Versamark ink onto a watercolor panel and emboss with silver, gold or white embossing powder.

2. Tap craft mat with Distress Oxide ink pad and spritz with water. Dip embossed panel into ink and dry. Repeat with second and third Distress Oxide color, drying between layers. (Color Combos: 1. Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch onto white embossing. 2. Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet onto gold embossing. 3. Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry onto silver embossing.)

3. Stamp sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in coordinating Distress Oxide pad using a stamp platform. Ink and press the image two or three times for vibrancy. Die cut sentiment.

4. Attach foam tape to layered card and adhere metallic thread in loopy bundles onto foam tape, then adhere die cut sentiment.

Here is a one minute video on the Distress Oxide inking process for you to enjoy.


Here's a look at each card individually:





Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp
Watercolour Cardstock 
Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Pad

I hope these merry makes have sparked your creativity today!  

Autumn

Shape stencil cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing a series of cards using the new shape stencils! These stencils include the positive and negative shapes for you to create backgrounds and fun designs with ease!

One of the easiest ways to use these stencils is by sponging ink through the shape to create a focal area for your card. 


Instructions:
1. Secure a piece of white cardstock to your craft mat using a piece of washi tape. Lay the shaped stencil over the top and secure down with washi tape too. 
2. Choose a few colours of Distress Inks in the same shade of colour, ranging from light to dark. Starting with the lights colour, sponge inside the shaped area using an ink blending tool. Cover the entire shape with this colour. 
3. Change the foam on your blending tool to the next Distress Ink colour and sponge the ink around the edges, blending it with the first ink colour. Continue to do this with all of the Distress Ink colours you’d like to use, going from the lightest to darkest. 
4. Place the Ferns stencil over the shape stencil and sponge through one of the Ferns using the darkest Distress Ink colour in your background. Repeat so you have two ferns stencilled within the shaped area. 
5. Lift ff the stencils and it will reveal your stencilled shape! 
6. Adhere panel to folded Kraft card and attach a stamped label from the Happy Birthday stamp set. 

Here are some more cards and samples using the other shapes: 




To see how I have created this effect, you can watch this video: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Circle Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Oval Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Square Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Rectangle Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Ferns Stencil 
Mini Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Mini Ink Blending Tool 
Mini Ink Blending Foam


Thanks for stopping by! 

Rachel

New Release Spetember 2018

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  


Watch Rachel share some ideas using the new Stamps Sets here! 





Our NEW Small Stencils are a great way to create sponged or inked background shapes for your projects! 



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Boxes 6up Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hi there! It’s Teresa Abajohere today to share two cards using the Boxes 6 Up Frame Stamp and matching stencil.



Instructions: 
1. Stamp the island silhouette from the Tropical Island stamp set using Archival ink. I used a MISTI stamp positioning tool because I planned to stamp this image again over the top of all the sponging in the last step.
2. Tape the edges a piece of white cardstock down to a craft sheet with painter's tape, then tape the Boxes 6 Up stencil over this to prevent any movement.
3. Sponge some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink in the area you want a moon to appear. Use a circle punch or die to cut a circle from a Post It Note and place it over the moon.
4. Sponge some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink over the Post It Note and the rest of the image, keeping an area under the moon a little lighter to look like moonlight reflecting on the water.
5. With the stencil still in place, spatter some water droplets over the sponged ink then blot with paper towel. Remove the stencil and dry well.
6. Apply a spray fixative or Distress Micro Glaze over the image, then replace this piece into the MISTI and stamp the island silhouette image again in black ink. This ensures a sharp, well-defined image.
7. Stamp the sentiment over the moon and emboss with clear embossing powder. Trim the edges to neaten and adhere to the front of a white card over some kraft cardstock.
8. Stamp some of the leaves from the Tropical Leaves stamp set using Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Inks. Fussy cut and adhere to the card. Add a raffia bow.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Small Stencil Boxes 6 Up 
Darkroom Door Tropical Island Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Archival ink: Jet Black


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Boxes 6 Up Frame stamp onto a piece of white card using Archival ink. Tape this down to a craft sheet using painter's tape.
2. Align the Boxes 6 Up stencil over the stamped image and tape down with painter's tape to prevent movement.
3. Sponge through the stencil with Old Paper, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss inks, creating a gradient in each square.
4. Stamp the wildflower images onto the sponged areas with the stencil still in place. It may be necessary to press the stamp down a little harder than usual to ensure the ink gets right up to the edge of the stencil.
5. Remove the stencil and trim the edges of this piece. Mount onto copper, then sage green cardstock, then adhere to the front of a card.
6. Stamp the sentiment onto sage green cardstock and emboss with copper embossing powder. Adhere to card front with foam tape and embellish with flowers.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Boxes 6 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Boxes 6 Up
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Saying Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Old Paper, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss
Archival ink: Jet Black

Hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by! 

Teresa

Ferns Stencils Ideas and Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with a video showing some ideas and techniques using the Ferns Stencils! It is such a versatile stencil that can be used with ink sprays, paints, texture pastes and more! 

Take a look at the video here: 

 


Here are some of the projects from our contributing artists that we share in the video:











We hope this inspires you! You can see all of our stencil designs here

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Have a creative day! 

Two ways to use the Grevilleas Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 07, 2018
Hi, it’s Heather Telford here today! I have a couple of grevillea cards to share with you using the Grevilleas Stamp Set

This first card shows how you can make a bright and bold card using embossing powders and Brush pigment powders. 



Instructions:
1. Stamp grevillea in versamark ink twice, foliage twice then emboss in silver embossing powder.
2. Sprinkle brilliant red brusho around the flower heads and prussian blue brusho round the perimeter of the panel.
3. Spritz with water, let brusho activate before adding any more. Add more water if necessary, tilt to make paint move.
4. Add more brusho powder or pick up wet paint from panel with paintbrush and move it to an empty area. Let dry
5. Stamp Mesh Texture Stamp four times on white card base with versamark ink (or use Mesh Background Stamp to fill card base), emboss in silver.
6. Stamp sentiment from Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp in versamark on red cardstock, emboss with silver powder.
7. Mat grevillea panel with red cardstock, attach to card base.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp
Inks: versamark
Ranger silver embossing powder
Brusho - brilliant red, prussian blue

The second card features a more true to life colour palette, using Distress Stains.


Instructions:
1. Paint a circle in wild honey distress stain on cold pressed watercolour paper. Let dry.
2. Paint scattered straw distress stain over whole panel. Let dry
3. Ink large grevillea flower in wild honey, ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade and forest moss distress stains. Spritz stamp then stamp on watercolour panel. Spritz stamp again and stamp a paler impression.
4. Repeat previous step to fill base of panel with flowers.
5. Ink foliage stamp with forest moss distress ink. Stamp and restamp for bold and paler images.
6. Stamp sentiment from Happy Birthday Sentiments Stamp in rusty hinge distress ink.
7. Trim and attach panel to natural white card base


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamp
Distress Stains: Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss 
Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge 

Hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration! 

Heather

Circles Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share cards featuring the Circles Texture Stamp. As soon as I saw this awesome stamp I knew I had to create something seaside related! I’ve also created another card with a garden bird theme! 



Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Circles Background Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the card front.

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Apply the Circles Texture Stamp using embossing ink. Heat set with white embossing powder.

4. Press the Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides onto a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water and place the embossed cardstock piece onto the surface. Drag a little as you pull the piece away. Dry with a heat gun and repeat this process until you are happy with the coverage. Flick a little water over the surface and dry with the heat gun again. Stick down on the card front.

5. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp the starfish from the Seashells set on an extra piece of smooth white cardstock. Fussy cut and add to the card front.

6. On the extra piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the Arty Circles Collage Stamp using the Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide. Add double-sided tape to the back and then cut out 4 of the circles. Also stamp the star circle from the Simply Circles set using the same ink. Cut out and add all circles to the card.

7. Heat emboss a stamp from the Seaside Inchies set. Repeat Step 4 with this piece. Add to the card using 3D foam along with some messy embroidery thread. Add some sequins and ‘water droplets’ using Nuvo Crystal Drops. Stamp a sentiment and add to the card.


Here’s another card created using the same techniques:



Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Circles Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seaside Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Embossing Powder Super Fine White Detail
Distress Oxide: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers
Distress Embossing Ink
NUVO Crystal Drops
Sequins
Embroidery thread

Here is another card where I have used the stamp to create some interest on my background and to differentiate the sky from the ground.


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Circles Background Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Stick down on the card front

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 9cm x 12cm. Take a piece of scrap printer paper (or other thin paper) and mask off the bottom quarter of this piece. Apply the Circles Texture Stamp using Paradise Teal Archival Ink slightly overlapping the scrap paper. Remove the scrap paper to reveal a flat base to the stamped image. Now place the printer paper over the top section of the piece to mask off the ‘sky’ portion. Apply the Splatter Background Stamp using Tree Branch Archival Ink. Allow the ink to dry or dry with a heat gun.

4. Replace the scrap printer paper to mask off the ‘ground’ area. Place the Arty Circles Small Stencil over the ‘sky’ area and apply Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Repeat this process for the ‘ground’ section using the Arty Triangles Small Stencil and Antique Linen Distress Ink. Use a black journaling pen to add a messy freehand border around the edge.

5. Using Jet Black Archival Ink, stamp a house from the Carved Houses set, a bird from the Garden Birds set and some leaves from the Fine Leaves set on extra smooth white cardstock. Also stamp the music note and the quote from the Melody set. Fussy cut all images. Apply Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks to the bird using an ink blending tool. Add all images to the card front along with some messy embroidery thread.

Here are two more cards using the same method: 



Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Circles Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Garden Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Houses Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Circles Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Small Stencil
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Paradise Teal, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!

Cheers

Belinda

Photo Stamp Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 03, 2018
Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here and today I’d like to share 4 cards using the latest Photo Stamps! We have now released over 40 different Photo Stamps, giving you lots of options for creating unique cards! 

The Photo Stamps are sized to fit onto a 6”x4” card front (or similar), with a little room for matting or adding layers and embellishments onto the card, while keeping the Photo Stamp image large for maximum impact. You can keep the card simple by just using the stamp with no embellishments, like I have done here with there Woodlands Photo Stamp: 



For this card I stamped the Woodlands Photo Stamp onto an alcohol ink background using Archival Jet Black ink. It makes a quick and easy card! 

You can also dress up the images with a few embellishments: 



I first stamped the Boat Shed Photo Stamp onto gloss paper using Archival Jet Black ink, then coloured with light Distress Inks. Adhere the stamped image to a piece of embossed cardstock. Wrap some hessian/burlap around the left side of the image and attach a couple of vintage seaside charms using a jump ring. Attach a Tim Holtz Idea-ology compass to the right side of the image. Adhere entire panel to a folded Kraft card. 

The Crayon Resist technique is fun to use with Photo Stamps too, like I have done here with the Farm Truck Photo Stamp:



Stamp the Farm Truck Photo Stamp onto white cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink. Colour in the image with a white crayon where you’d like the image to remain white. I coloured the headlights, windows, side tray and little highlights on the truck and wheels. Then sponge different colours of Distress Inks over the image using an ink blending tool. The Distress ink is a waterbed ink and will resist the wax crayon, leaving the crayon areas white. Trim the image and adhere to black cardstock. Wrap linen ribbon around the right side and tie at the front. Stamp the Criss Cross Background Stamp onto a Kraft card base with Coffee Archival Ink. Adhere stamped panel to the front to complete! 

Another great technique to try is watercolouring with Distress Inks, like I have done here on the Summer Oasis Photo Stamp: 


Stamp the Summer Oasis Photo Stamp onto mixed media cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink. Swipe some Distress Ink pads directly onto an acrylic block and pick up the ink with a waterbrush to colour in the image. Repeat as needed to colour the entire image however you wish! Stamp the Lazy Days sentiment from Seaside Vol 1 Stamp Set in the top right corner with Archival Jet Black ink. Stamp the Shells Background Stamp onto a Kraft card base with Sepia Archival Ink. Adhere to the left side of the card with a stapler or large brads. Adhere stamped panel to the front to complete! 

Supplies used for all cards: 
Darkroom Door Woodlands Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Summer Oasis Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Boat Shed Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Farm Truck Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Shells Background Stamp
Distress Inks
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Coffee, Sepia
Gloss Paper 
Mixed Media Cardstock 
Alcohol Inks
Ink Blending Tool & Foam 
White Crayon 
Waterbrush 
Hessian, linen ribbon
Metal charms

You can see all of our Photo Stamps here

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Rachel

Sunshine Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 01, 2018
Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing two quick and easy cards using the Small Sunshine Stencil


Instructions: 
1. Place the small Sunshine Stencil onto white cardstock. The card I’m using here has a texture through it, but you could use regular flat white card stock too. Sponge Wild Honey Distress Ink in the centre of the stencil where the ‘sun’ is and gently sponge outwards. 
2. Change foams on your blending tool and now sponge Spiced Marmalade on the edges of where the Wild Honey ink ended. Go a little further out, then change sponges again to sponge Ripe Persimmon to the edge of the stencil. Using these 3 colours will give you a nice graduation of colour, like a real sun. 
3. Trim the stencilled background and adhere to a folded white card. 
4. Stamp Hello Summer and the single palm tree from the Tropical Island Stamp Set onto white cardstock. Stamp two more palm trees. Trim out all of the stamped pieces with scissors. Adhere to the card using foam adhesive to give it some dimension. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Sunshine Stencil 
Darkroom Door Tropical Island Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Stamping Block



For this card, I used Marabu acrylic sprays and sprayed them through the stencil onto the cardstock. These sprays are fabulous to use and are permanent when dry, so you can layer more colours on top without it interring with the colours underneath. On this card I used the Lemon and Orange colours. Wait for it to dry, then stamped the Along The Way Quote Stamp over the top using Archival Jet Black ink. Tear the edges and sponge around the torn areas using Distress inks to give the edge some nice shading. Adhere to a folded cream card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Sunshine Stencil 
Darkroom Door Along The Way Quote Stamp
Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Marabu Acrylic Sprays: Lemon, Orange
Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Stamping Block

I hope these cards inspire you to create some quick cards using stencils with inks and sprays! It’s a lot of fun! 

Thanks for stoping by today! 

Rachel

Arty Triangles Origami Animals

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 24, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a tag and two cards featuring the fabulous new Small Stencil Arty Triangles. My projects today also feature some fun origami creatures created using the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp.




Instructions:

1. Take a size 12 giant manilla tag and use an ink blending tool to apply various Distress Oxides in the colours of your choice. Here I have used a combination of Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers.

2. Apply the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink in various places around the tag. Dry the ink with a heat gun. Place the Arty Triangles Small Stencil over the stamped triangles and apply Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink using the ink blending tool. Add more stencilled triangles around the tag using the Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock feathers inks lightly. Flick some water over the tag to create a water stained effect. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Place the Arty Circles Small Stencil on the tag and apply white gesso over a few of the circles to create air bubbles. Wash your stencil straight away so the gesso doesn’t dry. Dry the stencil and then place back over the top of the gessoed circles. Use a fine black journaling pen to draw outlines around the air bubbles.

4. Use the air bubbles stamp from the Under The Sea Rubber Stamp Set and the Jet Black ink to stamp more air bubbles. Colour them white using a white paint pen such as a Uni Posca Pen.

5. Stamp a quote from the Seaside Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set repeatedly over the tag using the Jet Black ink.

6. Stamp the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp on some extra smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Apply double-sided tape to the back of the stamped images to make it easier to stick them down later. Fussy cut each individual triangle and then play around with them to create an origami fish shape. Draw in an eye. Stick them down on some extra white cardstock and then cut out. Add to the tag using 3D foam.


7. Stamp a seahorse and a couple of fish from the Under The Sea Rubber Stamp set using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the tag using 3D foam.

8. Stamp the sentiment on extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Cut out, ink the edges with Peacock Feathers ink and add to the tag. Finish by adding some sequins and water droplets using Glossy Accents or Nuvo Crystal Drops.


Here are two cards I have created in the same style:





Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Friends Quote Stamp

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects using this fabulous stencil. Why not have a go at creating your own origami animals too. I wonder what you will come up with. Don’t forget to share your beautiful creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda