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
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: and we will send a Coffee Time Stamp Set out to you :) 
Thanks again to everyone who took the time to leave a comment! 


*Vicki* commented on 25-Mar-2017 12:09 AM
Wow! These cards are amazing! Autumn has done such a stunning job with the oxide inks! I love them both! :) Thanks for sharing!
Ann Barnes commented on 25-Mar-2017 12:21 AM
I love both of these cards you have created! The layering effect with the doily and flowers complement the coffee cup so well! I love that the stamp provides such a textural quality on the "holder" portion of the cup. What wonderful details these stamps have! Your background color choices are so pleasing. I especially like the way you used the word continuously across the cards. The coffee cup turned out so well, right fown to the reflection. Thanks so much for sharing and sending inspiration today!
Nikki Acton commented on 25-Mar-2017 12:24 AM
Wonderful designs with a great stamp set! Coffee and craft - doesnt get much better ! xx
pooja commented on 25-Mar-2017 01:10 AM
Awesome cards with superb Backgrounds ,thanks for the tutorial :(
Simona commented on 25-Mar-2017 01:10 AM
Oh my...Autumn did an outstanding job with these two cards...and this stamp set is just great!
jackie P neal commented on 25-Mar-2017 01:12 AM
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!
Ellie commented on 25-Mar-2017 01:20 AM
Loving these mixed media creations, amazing details and color choices. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Connie Mercer commented on 25-Mar-2017 01:32 AM
Gerrina commented on 25-Mar-2017 01:53 AM
I don't drink coffe, but know so many that I would really like to get the oppurtunity to play ith these stamps! They are beautiful and look great on all the cards!
2amscrapper commented on 25-Mar-2017 02:56 AM
these cards are stunning. I enjoyed learning about using the new distress oxides in the tutorials. Darkroom Door has the best stamps!
Lisa F commented on 25-Mar-2017 05:27 AM
Both cards are absolutely stunning!! The layers and colors are gorgeous!! I love the details!! Autumn did an amazing job on these!! I love, love them!!
Lori Kobular commented on 25-Mar-2017 05:54 AM
I love the background that you created on the first card with the oxide ink! It is gorgeous! Love all your layers, especially that pretty doily!
Judy commented on 25-Mar-2017 06:09 AM
Stunning cards, and absolutely love the backgrounds created with the distress oxide inks
papermintpatty commented on 25-Mar-2017 06:19 AM
I so love these coffee stamps and I absolutely adore the wonderful cards you've created.
Thank you for the chance to win - hugs!
Barbara M commented on 25-Mar-2017 06:40 AM
These cards are so full of interesting layers and beautiful colors. Darkroom Door stamps are my absolute favorites. I have a long wish list of stamps that I plan to purchase. Right now, Grunge Marks is at the top of my list.
Jessika commented on 25-Mar-2017 06:42 AM
Wow....what a fantastic rubber stamp set for a coffeeholic like me 😍 The cards are so beautiful! Many greetings, Jessika
Linda K commented on 25-Mar-2017 06:45 AM
Addicted 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 :)
Mac Mable commented on 25-Mar-2017 07:42 AM
Your projects are so unique and so beautiful. Gorgeous colours, lots to look at and admire. Such talent and creativity...Thank you for the inspiration x
Leona Kitteridge commented on 25-Mar-2017 08:13 AM
A great stamp set and wonderful samples thanks for some great ideas
Leesa commented on 25-Mar-2017 08:17 AM
Beautiful distressed backgrounds and cards, my favorite stamp set!
Linda commented on 25-Mar-2017 08:29 AM
Love the composition and colour choices! Great cards!
Denise Ackers commented on 25-Mar-2017 08:55 AM
What beautiful cards. I am always drawn to ones with anything coffee or tea related.
Sally Richardson commented on 25-Mar-2017 09:05 AM
Awesome... Love these new oxides and that stamp set is cool!!!
Kathryn Lincoln commented on 25-Mar-2017 09:13 AM
Absolutely fabulous. Love you stamps. Would love another saying added "Coffee is the Spice of Life"!!!!!!!!
Julie Collins commented on 25-Mar-2017 09:22 AM
The cards are awesome, I haven't picked up my stamps in such a long time (about 8 years) but coffee does inspire great things in me each morning so it could do that in stamps too!

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