Darkroom Door and Art Journey Blog Hop!

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 23, 2014
Hello! Welcome to the Darkroom Door and Art Journey Blog Hop!
 


 
We are so excited that you are joining us in what will be a very creative and inspirational week ahead! Over the next 5 days, all 23 members of the Darkroom Door and Art Journey design teams have joined together to bring you creative projects using stamps from both of these fabulous companies.
 
This is the first stop on the blog hop. At the bottom of this post you will see the entire list of artists who will be participating in the blog hop. If you ever lose your way along the hop or need to find which artist is next, please come back here to see the list of blogs and the direct links.

So . . .  before I share my project, I'd like to give you a little background information about the history and friendship between Darkroom Door & Art Journey. When I first opened Darkroom Door and released our first series of stamps back in 2008, we soon heard from Louise, the owner of Art Journey in the Netherlands. Louise wanted to stock our stamps in her Art Journey store in Sleen, Netherlands. Over the next couple of years Louise and I formed a strong friendship and in 2010 I visited her store and taught some workshops at her Art Journey retreat. It was a fantastic experience and I loved meeting all of the Art Journey team, along with students from all over Europe!

 
I also fell in love with Art Journey stamps! They are sold as unmounted red rubber, fabulous quality with amazing detailed designs...   just what I love!!

In 2012, we had the pleasure of welcoming Louise (owner of Art Journey) and Jeanette (from the Art Journey Design team) to stay with us here in Australia. We had a wonderful time together again and enjoyed geocaching, feeding pelicans and showing them the amazing beaches here near the Darkroom Door headquarters! This photo is Jeanette (left), Louise (middle) and myself (right) in the Darkroom Door warehouse.


One of the things I love about working in this industry is the friendships that are created and I really love the rapport we have between the Darkroom Door and Art Journey teams. So it just made sense to bring us all together for one big blog hop! Louise and I traded stamps for our design teams and all the artists have been busy behind the scenes creating amazing projects to share with you!

Enough talking, let's get to the projects! I received the 'Nature Flowers' Art Journey stamps and instantly I knew I wanted to try them out with the brushless watercolour technique.


Instructions:

1. Colour the flower stamp using orange shades of watercolour markers. I used Brilliant Yellow and Butterscotch Marvy Le Plume pens, and Jungle Green for the stem.

2. Lightly mist the stamp using a water mister. Stamp the image onto watercolour cardstock. Without re-inking the stamp, stamp it again to the right of the first image to give a lighter impression.

3. Trim watercolour cardstock to 11cm x 7.5cm. Sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges of the cardstock.


4. Using the Jungle Green Marvy Le Plume pen, ink up the quote 'Enjoy Every Moment' and stamp onto beige cardstock. Trim each word out separately and ink around the edges by tapping the edge of the cardstock directly onto the inkpad. Adhere to the stamped image using 3D foam adhesive.

5. Wrap beige embroidery floss around the bottom of the stamped panel a few times, then tie in a bow at the front.

6. Tear some corrugated cardstock to be slightly larger than the stamped panel. Sponge with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Slight sponge over some Orange and Lava Green Inka Gold to give a shiny look to the corrugated card. Adhere stamped panel to the top of the corrugated card.

7. Spray some Mandarin Perfect Pearls Mist onto a folded black card. Adhere entire stamped panel to the front to complete!
 


I've also created a matching ATC using the same stamp set.


Instructions:

1. Colour the flower stamp using purple shades of watercolour markers. I used Scarlet and Pale Violet Marvy Le Plume pens, and Jungle Green for the stem.

2. Lightly mist the stamp using a water mister. Stamp the image onto watercolour cardstock. Without re-inking the stamp, stamp it again to the right of the first image to give a lighter impression.

3. Trim watercolour cardstock to 7cm x 5cm. Sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges of the cardstock.

4. Using the Jungle Green Marvy Le Plume pen, ink up the quote 'See the flowers smiling' and stamp onto beige cardstock. Trim each word out separately and ink around the edges by tapping the edge of the cardstock directly onto the inkpad. Adhere to the stamped image using 3D foam adhesive.

5. Tear some corrugated cardstock to be slightly larger than the stamped panel. Sponge with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. Adhere stamped panel to the top, adding a hing clip for added decoration.

6. Adhere entire stamped panel to a black ATC to complete!

Supplies used:

 

Art Journey 'Nature Flowers' Rubber Stamps

Marvy Le Plume Pens: Jungle Green,Brilliant Yellow, Butterscotch, Scarlet, Pale Violet
Distress Ink: Peeled Paint
Perfect Pearl Mist: Mandarin
Inka Gold: Orange, Lava Green
Corrugated cardstock
Ranger Watercolour Cardstock
Black & beige cardstock
Hinge clip
Water mister

I hope you've enjoyed these projects!

Here's the complete list of artists taking part in the blog hop and the date their posts will be live. Each day's blog posts will be live at 9am Sydney Eastern Standard Time.

June 23rd:

Rachel Greig
Louise Kolker 
Teresa Abajo
Liesbeth Fidder
Susie Campbell

June 24th:

Godelieve Tijskens
Suzanne Czosek
Corine van Kuilenburg
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Anette van den Berg

June 25th:

Hilary Kanwischer
Ellen Schrik
Connie Mercer
Willy Duit
Lynne Moncrieff

June 26th:

Joke Schipper
Hels Sheridan
Anneke de Clerck
Belinda Spencer
Dianne ten Hove

June 27th:

Joy Taylor
Jeanette Blok
Robyn Wood
Louise Kolker

Rachel Greig

 

And we can't have a blog hop without a GIVEAWAY!!!!!
 
Both Darkroom Door and Art Journey will be giving away a few prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, June 29th, 2014. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

Your next stop on the blog hop is Louise at Art Journey! Click here to visit the Art Journey blog!

Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you can always hop back here to the Darkroom Door blog for a complete list to all the blogs in the hop!

Hope you enjoy the creative week ahead! Thanks so much for joining us!




Comments

Leonie Mercer commented on 23-Jun-2014 09:15 AM
Love the look of these stamps and water colour techniques give them a perfect finish
Joanne Caird commented on 23-Jun-2014 10:24 AM
Great technique, looking forward to visiting all the blogs.
Betty Seuren commented on 23-Jun-2014 10:45 AM
the technique you used was very interesting and one I will try looking forward to all the other blogs
Michelle Walpole commented on 23-Jun-2014 10:46 AM
These are stunning Rachel!
vicky commented on 23-Jun-2014 11:10 AM
What a great technique to use with those beautiful images, & thanks for sharing the b'ground story to the DD & AJ collaboration, art does bring people together : )
Peta Cave commented on 23-Jun-2014 11:56 AM
I am just getting in to the whole watercolour thing. I will be trying this technique. Thanks for the inspiration.
Pam Warburton commented on 23-Jun-2014 12:39 PM
Lovely as always Rachel, your instructions are very easy to follow too.
Roslyn Machon commented on 23-Jun-2014 12:48 PM
A gorgeous card and ATC - I love this technique and the flowers you've chosen for these projects are the perfect way to showcase it. Really looking forward to a week of blog hopping with these two fantastic stamp companies.
Holly Parkin commented on 23-Jun-2014 01:50 PM
Beautiful colours, simple design but just gorgeous x
Margriet commented on 23-Jun-2014 01:56 PM
Inspiring use of beautiful stamps. Thanks!
Rein commented on 23-Jun-2014 02:24 PM
Stunning art work!
Evelyn commented on 23-Jun-2014 03:09 PM
Can't believe that it has been such a long time since you brought your first set of stamps out - I remember the excitement leading up to that so well. Cards are lovely and I may just have to have another go with my much neglected stamps again.
Hermine commented on 23-Jun-2014 03:14 PM
Both are gorgeous!
renje heidsta commented on 23-Jun-2014 04:34 PM
this shows you don't need much to create something wonderful. I love this stamp from artjourney, I have used it a lot of times.
Anna-Karin Evaldsson commented on 23-Jun-2014 04:47 PM
Gorgeous cards Rachel and such a great post!
Jeanette Hebden commented on 23-Jun-2014 04:48 PM
Rachel, you get better every time. I love your card and ATC
Gerrina commented on 23-Jun-2014 04:53 PM
I love watercolourtechniques and those flowers are so perfect with it! Great tags!
Sid commented on 23-Jun-2014 04:56 PM
Great projects and loving the look !
Lyndall Askew commented on 23-Jun-2014 05:12 PM
Love the texture and colours in your cards, Rachel. I'm looking forward to all the creations in this Blog Hop!
Anita commented on 23-Jun-2014 05:17 PM
I'm a big fan of art journey stamps.....love what you did with it...and i gonna try to follow the bloghop this week lots of succes
Greetings
Anita
Elaine G commented on 23-Jun-2014 06:01 PM
Two of my favourite stamp brands, so I know I am in for a real treat in hopping from blog to blog this week. Great cards, really lovely what you have done here Rachel. Looking forward to a great week! Elaine
Claire Boyd commented on 23-Jun-2014 06:30 PM
I have the blog hop pencilled into my diary all week - I'm not going to miss a single inspirational moment. Beautifully executed designs today. What a great start. Can't wait for Godelieve's creations tomorrow as she is a bit of a crafty Shero for me !
Gerrittina commented on 23-Jun-2014 06:48 PM
What a great blog hop. I am looking forward to all the nice cards and ideas off both teams.
Linda van Vliet commented on 23-Jun-2014 07:01 PM
Fabulous card and atc, Rachel. I too am a fan of AJ stamps and DD stamps. Love the technique and colors you used today!
Katy commented on 23-Jun-2014 07:21 PM
Stunning work Rachel - the colours are so fresh and I love the added texture of the corrugated card. Beautiful start to the hop!

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