Floral Watercolour Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 20, 2009

Here's a couple of cards that I created while I was in New Zealand teaching at the Pounawea Retreat for Wilma Sharp and Hasting Rubber Stamps. These are from the Brushless Watercolour class. I sprayed a LOT of water on the stamps for this particular demo, so the ink colours have really blended. I like the effect. I like that these stamps can give you a lot of detail when stamped normal (without water) or they can look like real solid blooms when stamped like this:




Stamps: Full Bloom Vol 1 (flower) and Full Bloom Vol 2 (quote).
Inks: Adirondack Meadow, Butterscotch, Red Pepper.


Here's another card:




Stamps: Wildflower (Flower), Full Bloom Vol 2 (quote)
Inks: Adirondack Meadow, Butterscotch, Red Pepper.


I've updated my photography blog with photos and stories from NZ. You can check it out here. I had a lot of fun with everyone at the retreat - thanks to everyone who took my classes :)


Have a great weekend everyone!

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Filmstrips Swap Gallery!

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 17, 2009



The Filmstrips Swap has been completed and all of the swappers are starting to receive their return parcels! I am so excited about this swap - the diversity and range of ideas and styles was amazing. I just LOVED what everyone created!!

Click here to view the gallery!

Thanks to everyone who participated! I am always so inspired by your artwork and really appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our swaps. I'm eager to start another swap soon... so watch this space!

Photography Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 28, 2009
Today we are sharing projects using the Photography stamp set! It's about time we did a photography themed set don't you think?




This set shows off some of my camera collection and along with some words to create some fun in your projects!! I'm still in Artist Trading Card mode from yesterday, so I've created a couple of ATC's to show off the stamps a little...




See the stamp on the bottom left of the stamp tin? That's a vintage light meter guide and great to use for a collage background. I've stamped this on the background of this ATC using Butterscotch ink, then the Filmstrip border along the right side with Olive ink. Attached the photo (which I had spare from a previous project. It already had the Filmstrip frame printed on there, but you could stamp your own with the Filmstrip Frame from the stamp set.) Then stamped the quote with Olive ink, trimmed into smaller strips, inked the edges and attached to the ATC as shown.


I think it's fun to include your own photos onto ATC's too! Who said photos are just for scrapbooking ;)


Here's another one:




For this one I used a strip of photos from an Index print. (You know those prints you get from the photo lab when they process a bunch of photos for you?) I've added the date of the photos into the 'Date Taken' stamp, also stamped Mug Shot. I have changed the direction of the arrow on the 'Look right here' stamp by masking the arrow from the first stamp impression, then only stamped the arrow next to the words in the direction I wanted it to point. See... versatile :) All of these stamps are really suited for scrapbooking too.


Here's my third sample:




I stamped the box brownie with black ink and coloured with Marvy Markers. Then stamped the words randomly around the camera. I stamped a couple twice without re-inking to have different shades.


So there's a couple of ideas to get your creative brains ticking!

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Artist Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 27, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Artist rubber stamp set!




Oh yum, I love this set :) There's lots of elements on here that can be used in so many different ways (that's the recurring theme in all of our stamp sets - we try to make them as versatile as possible!) First of all there's the Artist Trading Card back. Fits an ATC perfectly of course. Other stamps like the quote, 9square art stamp, and the smaller words will fit onto an ATC but can also be used to decorate larger projects such as cards, journals, altered books, layouts... you name it.


Here's some samples to show you how they look...




The ATC on the left uses the 9 square Art stamp. I've embossed it with black embossing powder, then coloured with markers. You could also use Twinkling H2O's for a shimmery effect. The squares could also be cut out individually, in rows of three, or you could also raise some of the squares to give a bit of depth to particular images. Lots of fun to be had! I've photographed the back of an ATC using the Artist Trading Card stamp too.


Here's some of the other stamps in use:




For the ATC on the left, I've stamped the quote with black ink then embossed with Hologram embossing powder, giving it a real shimmer! I stamped around the quote with the splatter stamp. The red gaffer tape is by 7gypsies.


The ATC on the right: I stamped the splatter stamp in blue to cover the complete background, then stamped 'create art', the paintbrush and calligraphy pen in black and embossed with Hologram EP. Inked the edges with Cobalt ink and simply mounted onto black cardstock. I imagine the pen and paintbrush stamp would also look great stamped in different colours. Or in black ink on a white background and coloured in with different colours too. Again... lots of options!


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Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hi stampers! Today we have some projects to share using the Alphabet Medley stamp set:




An alphabet set is always essential to your stamp collection - and this set has two alphabets in one! :) The larger alphabet measures approximately 18mm (0.7"). The smaller letters are approximately 9mm (0.35"). Here's a few things you can do with this set:

  • Create titles for scrapbook layouts with the larger alphabet
  • Stamp journaling for scrapbook layouts with the smaller alphabet
  • Create your own sentiments for greeting cards
  • Stamp gift tags with the recipients name
  • Create mail art - address your envelopes with these stamps!
  • Create words for ATC's, journals etc
  • Stamp dates - for layouts, birthdays, anniversaries.... any occasion!

These are only a few ideas... the good thing about having an alphabet set is it gives you options. Here's a couple of things I created with them:




I've used the Full Bloom Vol 2 paper on the card and have stamped 'Happy' with the large alphabet letters and 'birthday' with the smaller letters using Adirondack Butterscotch ink.


For the ATC - I've just created a number medley and mounted it onto the Robots Stripes paper.


If you're into mail art - here's a cool way to decorate your envelopes:




I've stamped the address using a combination of the large and small alphabet, then added some Butterflies. Sponged the envelope with Olive ink. Now it's ready for me to mail to myself, haha!

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Butterflies Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hi there stampers! Today we are sharing some ideas using the Butterflies stamp set:




There are 13 butterflies in this stamp set - all from photographs that I have taken of butterflies which gives these stamps such realistic detail. :) The hardest thing I found when I started using this stamp set was deciding which butterfly to use first! Then to decide a colour!! The options really are endless.


Here's a card I created:




Using Violet Versacolor ink onto light purple cardstock, then trimmed around the butterflies and bent their wings up a little to give a bit of depth to the image. Adhered them to the card from their bodies only. The quote is from the Wildflowers stamp set. Patterned paper is by Cosmo Cricket.




Here's an ATC:




For this one I simply stamped the butterflies onto the 7gypsies paper. You can still see the detail in the butterflies even over the text pattern. 'Spread your wings' is also from the Wildflowers stamp set.


These are just the tip of the iceberg of what these butterflies are capable of! I've also thought of some other ideas:

  • Create your own patterned paper by stamping lots of butterflies (large and small).
  • Stamp and emboss with a glitter or holographic embossing powder to give the butterflies some sparkle!
  • Add Stickles glitter glue to various parts of the stamped butterfly for bits of bling.
  • Ink the butterfly stamp with different inks or pen colours to create a multi-colour butterfly.
  • You could also spritz the stamp after inking (as above) to create a watercolour butterfly!
  • Stamp the butterflies in a resist ink and brayer or sponge a coloured ink over the top.


There's a couple of ideas to get you started!

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Wilderness Collection

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Today we're looking at the paper products from the Wilderness Collection which include the Wilderness Photochips, Wilderness Montage, Wilderness Filmstrips and Wordstrips.








I absolutely love landscape photography, especially in warm sepia tones. I also love traveling, hiking, adventure and exploring new and uncharted places! The photographs in this collection include areas such as Mt Kosciuszko, Mt Field, Blue Mountains just to name a few from Australia, along with Nepal, Belgium, Switzerland, Scotland, Thailand and more. It's a real mixture and can be used for so many different styles of projects.


Here's a few samples:




This card literally takes only a couple of minutes to make! Using the Photochip image with a Wordstrip underneath. Tip: Although it looks like the wordstrip is the full height of the card, I have only used two smaller sections which means there are no words underneath the Photochip. No point wasting words when you can't see them!

Here's a project using the Wilderness Montage:




I've used four of the middle sized images from the Montage to make a composite image for the card. I've added some texture by finding a little stick from the garden and have attached it with eyelets and twine. Added a couple of Wordstrip words and it's done!


The texture from the stick looks great and certainly adds to the overall 'feel' of the card:




Notice how I've been photographing all the projects in the wilderness too?


Also here's a tip for the Wordstrips. If you don't want them to be white, they can easily be coloured with inks. Just sponge your desired ink colour over the top of them. Distress Inks and other dye inks work really well. Here's a sample of what they can look like: (white original Wordstrip at the top, Olive green ink sponged on the left, Coffee & Sepia ink sponged on the right.)




So remember the Wordstrips can be altered to any colour you choose!


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Wilderness Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 23, 2009

Today we'd like to share some projects using the Wilderness Vol 2 stamp set:




I love this set. The two quotes on this set are some of my most favourites - and I love the detail in the forest image. It has been a busy weekend here, so I've only had time to do two samples today... here they are:




I've created a light background using Mushroom and Stonewash Alcohol inks onto white glossy cardstock. Then stamped the image with Archival Jet Black ink. Mounted it onto the card, stamped 'explore' and mounted it over the image to complete. The 'take a walk on the wild side' quote is also appropriate for this image!


Here's an ATC:




I stamped the leaf with Cranberry Adirondack ink several times without re-inking to give the shadow effect. The compass is stamped with Rust Adirondack ink and punched out with a 1 1/2" circle punch. (we always try to make our circle stamps fit a punch so it's easier to create with!) Then stamped the quote, trimmed into individual words and added to the left side of the ATC.

Here's some other ideas for both Wilderness Vol 1 & Vol 2 stamp sets:

  • Mix and match the quotes to the different images throughout both sets.
  • The trees from Vol 1 can be stamped several times in a row to create a longer border of trees.
  • Brayer sunset colours behind the silhouette images (trees & mountain range).
  • Colour the images with Marvy Le Plume pens (or other colouring mediums).
  • Stamp the forest image from Vol 2 set in white ink on a coloured background to create a wintery scene.

So there's just a couple of ideas to get you started! These stamp sets are great for making cards or projects for adventurers, travelers, explorers, men, women or anyone!


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Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 22, 2009

I'm so pleased to see that you're enjoying the projects and products! Thanks again for all the ideas and inspiration that you are bringing with your comments :)


Today we are moving on to the Wilderness Collection... firstly the Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




The Wilderness Collection was born from my love of hiking, nature and wild places. The stamps in this set are very detailed with many possibilities for each one. Here's a couple of cards I've created with them:




The mountain image was stamped onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. The image was then coloured with Marvy Le Plume markers to give colour to the water and foliage. The quote was stamped with black ink, trimmed into separate strips and adhered over the bottom of the image. Added some fibres, mount the image and it's done! I have a huge stash of fibres that I have collected over the years and these stamps are the perfect reason to bring them out again! Just adds that textured 'wild' look!


Here's another card:




Using the wild trees stamp, it has been stamped with Sepia ink, then sponged the cardstock around all edges. Added some twine - again going for the more natural embellishments. I also think adding some twigs and small sticks would be great too. The quote was stamped in Sepia ink and sponged the edges. I also stamped the quote a second time on scrap cardstock and cut out the two words 'wild' and 'free' and added to the quote with foam tape just to emphasise those words a little more. It's a simple card, but so great for all those people who love earthy colours and love nature! I also think the wild trees stamp would look great embossed in one of the brown Distress Embossing powders! The texture would be fabulous. Something for me to try later.


Moving right along... here's an ATC:




This time I've used the smaller single tree branch stamp to go around the edge of the ATC in Olive ink. Stamped the quote in Sepia ink and trimmed them to be separate words. I've also added a waterfall image from the Wilderness Montage. (Loving those smaller images on the Montage sheets!!)


There's so much that can be done with this stamp set, especially combined with the Wilderness Vol 2 stamp set and other Wilderness images - but we'll move onto those over the next couple of days!


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Viva La Flora Collection

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 21, 2009

Today we're looking at the paper products from the Viva La Flora Collection. They include the Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips.






I always love the classical beauty of black and white flowers and I wanted to bring that to life in a complete collection. These images are simple and elegant, with the option of using them as they are or by altering them into something a little different.

Here's some options for using these products:

  • Photochips are the perfect size for creating greeting cards. They are also a great size to add as an embellishment for scrapbook layouts. They can be punched, sanded, scratched, inked, stamped - so can be altered in many ways to suit your projects!
  • The Montage sheet has several different sized images that are suitable for gift cards, ATC's, jewellery, and miniature projects! They are made from the same stock as the Photochips, so can also be sanded, inked etc.
  • The Filmstrips and Wordstrips can be used as a complete strip on scrapbook layouts (they are 12" long) or can be cut into individual images or words for smaller sized projects. The Filmstrips can be used in slide mount frames. Or punch them out with a 1" circle punch and place inside a bottlecap or jewellery piece.

That's only the tip of the iceberg for ideas! Here's another idea:




This card uses the Lilies Photochip. I love the look of hand tinted black and white photographs, and you can achieve this on the Photochips by using colouring pens. I have used Marvy le Plume pens to colour the lilies. The Le Plume pens are so smooth and the colours are so soft and dreamy.


Here's one of the Montage images used to create a gift card. I have the same colour scheme going on here as I just used the left over scraps of cardstock and ribbon from the greeting card above. So simple and quick:




Last but not least - I have created a pendant using a Filmstrip image and Wordstrip word. I just trimmed them to size and adhered into the pendant (Nunn Design) using Glossy Accents.




It would also look nice if the Filmstrip & Wordstrip were inked in a nice Antique Linen Distress Ink to give them a more vintage look.

So there's some ideas for the paper products from Viva La Flora! I'm sure you guys have plenty more ideas of what you'd like to do.... so share away! Comment here with an idea, or simply tell us your favourite flower from the collection and we'll draw a winner who will receive the Viva La Flora Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips!

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