Starry Night Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Starry Night Background Stamp!



This stamp is great for adding an overall star pattern to your backgrounds and can be used for a variety of occasions such as Christmas, Birthdays, Baby cards and more. It is also great for use in art journals, scrapbooks or pressed into clay and texture pastes. Let’s take a look at a few card ideas: 


For this card, Connie has embossed the Starry Night Background with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder to give it a glittery metallic shine! Connie also used the Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Stamp Set to stamp the tree and sentiment. 


Here is a another Christmas card idea, using the Starry Night Background as a subtle background this time by clear embossing the stamped image and then sponging inks over the top. Connie has also used the Bird Life and Season’s Greetings Stamp Sets. To read more about Connie’s cards, please visit her blog here.  

Next we have some colourful cards by Belinda:  


Belinda has used the Starry Night Background Stamp to create cards in a one-colour palette for different occasions. To create each background, Belinda placed the mask from the Star Stencil Set onto white cardstock and sponged ink over the top and stamped the Starry Night Background Stamp with the mask still in place. It’s a great way to use the stamp and stencil together! 

Here’s a look at the other cards Belinda has created in a similar way, just using different colours and stamps: 





It’s fun to see how different stamps can be combined together to make beautiful cards! To read about these cards and how Belinda created them, please visit her blog here.  


If you’d like to see more projects using this stamp and our other Background Stamps, check out the Pinterest Board!  


You can find our complete collection of Background Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Great Friend Small Stamp Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Sunday, October 27, 2019

Hi there! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Today we’d like to share some card ideas using the Great Friend Small Stamp! This is a fun sized sentiment, perfect for tags and cards.: 



Here’s a few different ways it can be used:


Rachel has stamped the Great Friend stamp with Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber Distress Archival Inks, and stamped a small tag with the Flower Garden Background Stamp using Potting Soil Archival Ink. Added these to a spotted Kraft card using foam adhesive for some dimension. A fun way to layer up the card! 

Here are some more ideas by Godelieve: 


Godelieve has sponged Fossilized Amber and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks over the Heart Stencil to create the background. Then stamped the Great Friend Small Stamp in Archival Jet Black ink over the top. The Torn Text Texture Stamp was used around the edges. To see more details about this card, visit Godelieve’s blog here.  


For this card, Godelieve has created a one layer card using the Small Circles & Carved Flowers Stencils, then stamping the Great Friend Small Stamp over the top. It looks fabulous and is a great way to make quick cards! Read more about this card here. 

Connie has some cards to share too: 


Connie has used the Circle Stencil on the background and stamped the Great Friend Small Stamp over the top. Another great way to use the stencils with these Small Stamps!  


For these cards, Connie used the flower head to create a background pattern by masking off the stems and stamping the petals all over the card stock. Then stamped the sentiment over the top. For the card on the right, Connie layered up the flower to highlight it and create more depth. Beautiful cards!! You can read more about these cards on Connie’s blog here.


These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used! If you’d like to see more Small Stamp projects, check out our Small Stamps Pinterest Board!  


You can find all of the Small Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Festive Ornaments Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hi there stampers! The festive season is almost upon us and we’d like to share some card ideas using the Festive Ornaments Stamp Set! This set includes 4 detailed long ornaments along with lots of vertical sentiments that can be used to create cards and projects in many different ways.! 



Let’s take a look at how these stamps can be used: 


The ornaments in this stamp set are vintage style glass ornaments and have a lot of detail! The best way to show this details is by stamping with an Archival Ink, which is what Suzz has used on this card. Suzz then added little bits of glitter to each bauble to give it a bit of shimmer.  



In this set we have lots of vertical sentiments which are great for using on the edges of your cards, but here’s another great way to use them - by making a complete background! Suzz has stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment all over the base card to create a text pattern. It looks fabulous! Suzz then stamped the reindeer from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set to add over the top.  



For this card Suzz has repeated the same ornament in Plum Archival Ink. The sentiments are from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set. It’s a stunning card! To see more details about all of Suzz’s cards, please visit her blog here.  


Here’s a quick card by Rachel where she has stamped the ornaments in Vermillion Archival Ink and added the curly ribbon at the top. The sentiment on the side shows how you can use up your thin strips of card stock with the vertical sentiments in this set!  

As you can see, there are so many ways the Festive Ornaments Stamp Set can be used! If you’d like to see more projects from this stamp set, check out the Pinterest Board!   


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Bauble Set Small Stencil Ideas

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Hi there! Today we are sharing lots of different ways to use the new Bauble Stencil Set!  



This stencil set consists of a Christmas bauble shape and a ribbon, which can be used together to create a hanging bauble with a ribbon on top. The stencil set also includes the shaped masks too which can be used to draw around, sponge around and use in many other ways. 

Here’s a few card ideas using this stencil set: 


This first card by Rachel Greig shows how you can sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the bauble stencil onto a plain white card front to create some quick and easy Christmas cards! To add the ribbon, tap Distress Embossing Ink through the ribbon stencil area and then heat emboss the wet ink with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. This creates a beautiful metallic ribbon for the bauble! To finish the card, simply draw the string with a black fine marker and stamp the sentiment from Stitched Christmas Stamp Set in Archival Jet Black ink

Here are some more card ideas by Suzz Czosek: 


Suzz has sponged gold ink through the bauble stencil, then stamped the script from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set through the stencil and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Suzz used the same gold embossing to create the ribbon for the top of the bauble, and created this in a separate piece of card stock so it could be cut out and added to add more layers. It’s a beautiful effect! 


Here is a similar card, this time adding the streamers from the Festive Ornaments Stamp Set onto the card front. Very festive!! 


For this card, Suzz used the Snowflakes Background Stamp to stamp inside the bauble and added a real ribbon to the top. The card front was also splattered with gold ink spray to add some more colour! Suzz also stamped one of the vertical sentiments from the Festive Ornaments Stamp Set and added it to the side of the card. It looks wonderful!! 


If you’d like to really make your baubles shine, here’s a fun way to do that! Simply press embossing ink or VersaMark ink inside the bauble to ink up the bauble shape and emboss with Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder! Repeat until you have covered the card stock how you want it. Add some real pieces of red twine or string. The sentiment is from the Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Stamp Set


Here is a similar version, however this time the Snowflakes Background Stamp was stamped inside the baubles and embossed with Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder. Then Suzz placed the bauble mask over the baubles to stamp the script stamp from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set

These are some beautiful card ideas from Suzz and ones you can create in bulk if needed! To read the full detailed instruction for each card, please visit Suzz’s blog here.  


If you’d like to see more ideas using our Small Stencil Sets, please check out the Stencils Pinterest Board.  


You can also find all of our Stencils here.  


Happy creating!

Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 18, 2019

Hi there stampers! Today we have lots of wonderful projects to show you using the Diagonal Stripes Background Stamp!



This looks like a bold stamp when shown in the packaging, but it can be used to create some soft and subtle effects too. It all depends on the ink and supplies you use! Which makes it a great stamp to have in your stash, as it can be used with watercolour, embossing powders and to create some fun cross hatch patterns. Let’s take a look at a few card and envelope ideas: 


First, here’s a look at how the Diagonal Stripes look when stamped and embossed. The stripes look amazing embossed in red embossing powder, making it great for Christmas cards! You could also emboss it on white card stock to make it look like a candy cane! The sentiment on this card is from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set. 


Here is a another embossed background, this time using the Mint Chip Speckle Embossing Powder, which gives it a much more soft and subtle look, while still having texture from the embossing powder. The Birthday Sentiments Stamp was stamped in Viridian Archival ink, which matches perfectly with the Mint Embossing Powder! The small butterflies are from the Fine Butterflies Stamp Set


For an even softer look, try a watercolour technique. For this card, the Diagonal Stripes Background was inked up with Brown China and Dusty Concord Distress Markers, then spritz the stamp with water before stamping it onto mixed media card stock. It creates a watery look to the stripes which makes a beautiful background! Try this in different colour combinations! The other stamps used on this card are the Fine Flowers Stamp Set and Take Flight Small Stamp.


The Diagonal Stripes can also be used for mail art! Cut a piece of scrap card stock to use as a mask on your envelope so the stamp only stamps around the edges. Do this by measuring your envelope and cutting a piece of card stock that is about a centimetre smaller on all sides. Place this mask on the centre of the envelope so you can only see the edges showing. Ink up the stamp with red and blue markers and stamp onto the envelope. On this card, Rachel has misted the stamp with water before stamping to give it a watercolour look. 

If your envelope is larger than the stamp, you can use the same method as above, and stamp the left and top sides first, then repeat to do the bottom and right sides. Fill in any gaps with a water brush and ink or by masking and stamping additional times. 

Combine the Diagonal Stripes Background with the Merry Mail Stamp Set to create some fun Christmas envelopes! 


Another fun technique is to create a cross hatch background by stamping the Diagonal Stripes in two different directions with two different ink colours. The background for this card was created with Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks. The Great Friend Small Stamp was stamped with Archival Garden Patina, Sunflower and Fern Green inks which matched the background. 

As you can see, there are so many ways the Diagonal Stripes Background can be used! If you’d like to see more projects using Background Stamps, check out the Pinterest Board!  


You can find our complete collection of Background Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Milestone Small Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Hi there! Our latest release of stamps includes 4 new Small Stamps! These stamps are just a bit smaller than our Quote Stamps, and each Small Stamp has a fun element added into the design. Today we’d like to share some ideas using the Milestone Small Stamp



This is a versatile stamp that can be used for lots of different occasions to celebrate a special milestone. It could be for a special age birthday, a new promotion at work, a retirement, or a special achievement someone has been working towards! This sentiment can be used on the front or the inside of cards, on gift tags or gift wrap! Here’s a few different ways it can be used:


Rachel has stamped the Milestone stamp with Aquamarine and Tiger Lily Archival inks, and stamped a small tag with the Swirls Background Stamp using Potting Soil Archival Ink. Added these to a spotted Kraft card using foam adhesive for some dimension. A fun way to layer up the card! 

Here are some more ideas by Connie: 


Connie has created little 3x3 inch cards. She first spritzed Dylusions Shimmer Spray (Vibrant Turquoise) onto white card stock and stamped the Milestone Stamp over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. A fun and quick way to make a series of cards! 


Here’s a fun idea to wrap some chocolates and use the Milestone Stamp as a tag. These could be used as party favours or for gift giving to a friend or colleague. You can read how Connie’s projects were created here.  


These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used! If you’d like to see more Small Stamp projects, check out our Small Stamps Pinterest Board!  


You can find all of the Small Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Shells Texture Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 14, 2019
Hi there! We’d like to kick of our new release inspiration by sharing some ideas using the Shells Texture Stamp! Our range of Texture Stamps now includes over 40 designs, so there’s lots of options for adding textures and layers to your projects!! Here’s a look at the Shells Texture Stamp: 



This stamp is great for using as a main feature on your card and can be used with many of our Seaside themed stamps.  

The Shells Texture Stamp and the sentiment from Seaside Vol 1 Stamp Set were stamped in Potting Soil Archival Ink onto a natural cream card base. 


The seahorse from Under The Sea Stamp Set was stamped in the same ink onto Kraft card stock and coloured lightly with white Scribble Stick to add some highlights to the seahorse body. 

The Texture Stamps are also great for making smaller gift cards. 



The Shells Texture Stamp was stamped in Viridian Archival Ink  onto white card stock. Stamped sentiments and shells from the Seaside Vol 2 Stamp Set were stamped onto Kraft card stock using Tree Branch Archival Ink


Another way to use Texture Stamps is to combine a few different designs together to create a fun background. On this card, the Shells Texture Stamp was stamped a few times in Cobalt Archival Ink. The Torn Text Texture Stamp was then stamped with French Ultramarine Archival ink and the Map Texture Stamp was stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink


Now that the background is created, the Seaside Word Block Stamp is added over the top, stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink, and splattered with After Midnight Dylusions Ink Spray. The two fish are from the Under The Sea Stamp Set and stamped with Watering Can Archival Ink.


Here you can see the Shells Texture Stamp in the corner of the card. The detail looks amazing when used with an oil based ink like Archival Ink! These inks really show the detail in our stamps! 

To see more of Rachel’s work, visit her website here
These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used on your cards! If you’d like to see more Texture Stamp projects, check out our Texture Stamps Pinterest Board!  

You can find all of the Texture Stamps on our website here.  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

October 2019 New Release Stamps and Stencils

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 04, 2019

We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!







Watch Rachel introduce the new stamps with some ideas on how they can be used: 


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Needle And Thread Eclectic Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Hi there! Today we’d like to share some card ideas using the Needle And Thread Eclectic Stamp



This stamp is great for any maker - from dressmakers, quilters, scrapbookers, card makers, or any type of maker who uses a needle and thread! This stamp also pairs perfectly with the Scissors Eclectic Stamp too. Here are some ways to use these stamps:   


This card by Rachel Greig combines the Needle And Thread Eclectic Stamp with the Scissors Eclectic Stamp and Buttons Background Stamp, along with a sentiment from the Stitched Borders Stamp Set. It’s fun to bring stamps together in a similar theme and use them together! The Buttons Background was stamped with Distress Oxide Ink Pads (Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo) and the Siccors and Needle And Thread Stamps were stamped in Orange Blossom and Potting Soil Archival Inks


This next card by Rachel simply uses the Needle And Thread stamp on it’s own as the main feature of the card. The Buttons Background Stamp was used on the base of the card, stamped in Potting Soil Archival Ink. It creates a simple yet stunning card. 



Connie Mercer has combined the Needle And Thread Eclectic Stamp with the Scissors Eclectic Stamp for this card. She has also used the Postage Stamp Frame Stamp and the Gazette Background Stamp, along with the Plaid Texture Stamp. To read more information about Connie's card, please visit her blog here

These are just a few ideas to show how this stamp can be used on your cards! If you’d like to see more Eclectic Stamp projects, check out our Eclectic Stamps Pinterest Board!  


You can find all of the Eclectic Stamps on our website here.  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!