Guest Artist - Susan McGettigan

Darkroom Door - Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sue_Photo Name: Sue McGettigan

Zodiac Sign:

Sunny Southern California, but I'm a proud West Australian :)

Known For:
Creative addictions! Artistic obsessions! Reckless use of punctuation! Excessive blog surfing! A sense of fun, and love of family. Some of my stamping projects have been featured in Stamper's Sampler (Stampington), Paper Crafts - Stamp-It! Cards, Creating Keepsakes, and Rubber Stamper Magazine, and online designer features and articles. Not Known For: Love of housework ...

Blog, website or gallery:
Wandering Star -

Loves to:
Travel, write, read, make art, take photos, spend time with family and friends, listen to music, explore, enjoy life.

Loves to create:
Anything inky. I love to try new techniques and materials, and challenge myself creatively. I like 3-D projects and altering found items, recycling and repurposing to make something new out of something old. I like creating paper and textile arts, mixed media and even metalwork.

Favourite Darkroom Door product:
I'm loving it all! The Venetian collection feeds my travel fetish, I love the versatility of the stamps and the way the paper products work with ink (photobooth, montage, everything!)

Have you ever been in a darkroom?
Not a REAL darkroom (flashbacks to a dark room and 'truth or dare' here :) - I always wanted to learn how to work in a darkroom ... someday.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
  Some undeveloped film from my trusty ancient Olympus camera, a sense of adventure, willingness to learn, and a notebook.

Are you afraid of the dark?
Not really, I like the way being in the dark heightens other senses like hearing, smell and touch.  I like the sense of calm and cool in the dark, it's restful.  If I do get spooked though, I don't like to have my back to the darkness :)

Button Fairies:


Darkroom Door Stamps: Map from Venetian Vol. 2 for wing background on green/orange fairy
Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
Additional materials:  buttons, wire, beads, Ranger Distress Inks, Tattered Angel Glimmer Mists, Prima flowers.

Sue says: These little button fairies are so much fun to make, and the Photobooth Ladies make great fairies!  Choose your Photobooth image and trim out the background, use inks, pens or paints to add color.  For the green fairy I stamped the map from Venetian Vol. 2, then stamped the wings over that image, trimmed to wing shape.  Sponge on inks to add color to the wings.  Punch two holes close together in the center of the wings to thread the wire through, make a loop in the wire then add buttons and beads, finishing with a bead and round-nosed jewelry pliers to make a coil.  If you don't want the loop to hang your fairies you can omit it.  Adhere the Photobooth image and a flower behind the top button and there you have your button fairy!  For the pink fairy I stamped the wings on a thesaurus page, any printed page will work, then sprayed with Glimmer Mists for a fairy-like glow.  Hope you have fun making Photobooth fairies!

House #1:


Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian Vol 2, Full Bloom Vol 1
Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco, Ti Amo, Rialto
Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies

House #2:


Darkroom Door Stamps: Full Bloom Vol 2, Venetian Vol 2
Darkroom Door Paper: Ti Amo, Rialto
Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
Darkroom Door Filmstrip: Blank

Sue Says: These little houses are so much fun to make, I could just imagine the Photobooth folks looking out of them.  Start out by cutting a piece of cardstock or chipboard to a rectangle in the size you want - both of these houses are 4" x 6".  Then measure the midpoint at the top of the rectangle and trim off triangles to shape the roof.  Cut Darkroom Door papers to fit, I love the way stripes cut from Rialto paper can build the eaves of the roof and the windowframe.  Before adhering the paper to your cardstock background, stamp images to give the house more detail - flowers for the garden, architectural elements like the Venetian border, the large flower looks like a Victorian sun element under the roof pitch (on the sundial house).  Frame the Photobooth images using paper strips or a Filmstrip frame.  Assemble the items onto the cardstock base, adding items like brads, buttons, diecuts, hardware, lace, etc. to embellish your house.  There's no end to the variations you can come up with!

Sue has made a bunch of fabulous creations... so check back tomorrow to see more of her work!


Godelieve Tijskens commented on 04-Jan-2014 08:20 AM
Fabulous work! I remember seeing door photos on Sue's blog a while ago. She is has a fascination for doors. So these projects are really "Sue" :)

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