Prague Projects

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 07, 2009

Liesbeth Fidder from The Netherlands shared some projects with us that she created with the Prague Vol 1 and Vol 2 rubber stamps! Check them out:




Isn't this fabulous? I love how she created the frame with the large flourish stamp from the Prague Vol 1 stamp set!





Aren't they fabulous! Liesbeth has a great blog too... she has many other projects using Darkroom Door stamps on there, just scroll through her posts to see some of them. Thanks for sharing with us Liesbeth!

Enjoy Life - Take a Ride

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hi stampers! Rachel here with a card using the I Enjoy Life stamp set!




Stamps: Little Dreams (text), Enjoy Life (Bike image, Enjoy)
Marvy Le Plume II Pens: 68 Daffodil Yellow (bike), 27 Olive Brown (tree branch), 13 Ochre (Door), 38 Oyster Grey (Path), 46 Crimson Lake (seat and guards on bike), 24 Beige (Bricks)
Ink: Archival Jet Black.

Viva La Flora Swap Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Last month we hosted an Artist Trading Card Swap using the Viva La Flora Collection! We had participants from all over the world and as usual the ATC's were amazing!!!!


Here's a video to show you everyone's ATC's:



Thank to everyone who participated! It is always such a thrill to see what everyone creates :)

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Enjoy Life Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 31, 2009

So the last stamp set we have to show this week is the Enjoy Life rubber stamps:




The images from this set are from the Netherlands and Denmark - two places where we loved riding our bikes to explore the cities and landscape. The quotes are all about enjoying life (of course!!), meeting up with friends, staying young, letting the wind rush through your hair...


Here's a couple of samples I've made:




The bike image was stamped onto an alcohol ink background (Butterscotch & Lettuce) using Jet Black ink. Mounted onto black then fawn cardstock and adhered to a folded rosey card. Stamped 'Enjoy Life' and cut them into separate words. Mounted onto black cardstock and adhered to the card with foam adhesive. 


Here's another card:




I stamped this bike image on an alcohol ink background (same as last card: Butterscotch and Lettuce). Then mounted onto Burgundy cardstock, then black. Tied some ribbon around the left side and adhered to a folded brown card. Stamped the quote onto the alcohol ink background, mounted to black cardstock and adhered to the card with foam adhesive.


And here's an ATC using that same stamp:




This was stamped onto an alcohol inked background that I had left over from previous projects. I can't recall the exact inks used, but there is some Metallic Copper in there. Looks yummy in real life. I stamped the bike image, trimmed it down and mounted onto some green cardstock, then onto black cardstock. Stamped the quote onto some more of the alcohol ink background and trimmed each word separately. Adhered them over the stamped image. Mounted the entire panel onto a brown ATC base.


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All Occasions Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, July 30, 2009

Today I'm showing you the All Occasions stamp set:




How's this for value? There's 47 stamps on this set! How many times have you wanted to make a card but didn't have the right sentiment? Look no further - or as my 8 yr old son would say 'problem solved'! I wanted to do a set that includes the most popular occasions I could think of, with a few little picture stamps to make it even more useful and fun. This would be an essential set to have in everyone's stamp collection, I know I'll be using it over and over!


The sentiments from the All Occasions stamp set can be combined with any picture stamp from other sets, but for today's samples, I wanted to show you how you can create cards using JUST this stamp set. Here's the first sample:




See the small candle stamp on the stamp set? I used this one stamp to make a row of candles. I used Marvy Le Plume II pens to it ink up as it was a lot easier using the pens rather than big inkpads. The flame was coloured with 43 Brilliant Yellow, and the base of the candle was coloured with (from left to right): 97 Apple Green, 46 Crimson Lake, 100 Sapphire, 96 Jungle Green, 49 Vermilion, 31 Pale Violet. I stamped Happy Birthday underneath in Jet Black ink. Trimmed the white cardstock, mounted onto Sweetheart cardstock and wrapped white ribbon around the bottom. Mounted onto green cardstock, added some photo corners and attached to a folded Sweetheart card!

Here's an ATC:




I stamped the tiny little heart using pink ink onto light pink cardstock. The cardstock measured 2" x 3" and 5 hearts fitted perfectly from left to right, with 7 rows. I stamped one of the hearts in white just to give it a focal point! Mounted it onto black then white cardstock. Stamped 'love' onto pink cardstock with Jet Black ink, mounted onto black cardstock and wrapped ribbon around the right hand side. Adhered to white cardstock and onto the ATC!


Here's some other ideas for using this stamp set:


  • Stamp the flowers in different colours all over a background to make a garden of flowers. Stamp any sentiment on top!
  • The base of the candle (or the arrow) could be used to create a 'house' - like bricks. Use 'new home' for the sentiment!
  • Combine the sentiments from any of our other stamp sets. For instance, use Happy Father's Day from this set with the Vintage Automobiles. Or Happy Mother's Day with any of our flower sets! Really, the options are endless...


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Wildflower Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Wildflower Vol 2 Stamp set:




More wildflowers from my morning walks! We've included a few clusters of flowers too for something different to our other stamp sets. See the long stemmed cluster in the bottom left corner? I see them every morning at our school bus stop and I've always thought they'd make a great stamp! And I was right... check out this card using that stamp:




This was created by stamping the stems using Brilliance Moonlight White ink onto the light pink cardstock. I stamped it three times to create a bigger cluster of stems. I stamped the butterfly from the Wildflowers Vol 1 stamp set in the top right corner. Mount onto green cardstock and wrap ribbons around the bottom and tie at the front. I stamped the 'Carefree' word using Adirondack Raisin ink. Adhere completed panel to a Sweetheart Bazzill folded card to complete!


Here's another card:




This card is created using Stampbord and Alcohol inks. Firstly, cover the Stampbord with a combination of TerraCotta, Lettuce, Red Pepper and Butterscotch Alcohol Inks. Stamp flower with Jet Black ink. Allow to dry. Stampbord is a clay based product that can be scratched to reveal white underneath. I scratched the right hand side of the flowers to give them highlights. Adhere the Stampbord to green then orange cardstock. Attach to a folded green card. Stamp words and attach to the card as shown.


Here's some other ideas for using this stamp set:


  • Stamp the flowers repeatedly without re-inking to give a shadow effect. This creates a whole field of flowers!
  • Ink the flowers using a colour for the petals and green for the stems to give a more realistic look. For the smaller flowers, use a fine tip pen like Marvy Le Plume II to get into the smaller areas easily.
  • Combine a variety of flowers from the stamp set to create a field of different flowers.


Here's lastly, here's an ATC:




Simple ATC using the Brushless Watercolour technique. I used Caramel, Raisin and Meadow Adirondack Inks to ink up the stamp, then sprizted the stamp with water and stamped onto watercolour cardstock. Dry with heat tool. Then stamped the words over the top using Jet Black ink. Adhere to red cardstock then black cardstock. Added some german scrap to complete. Simple and fun :)


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Vintage Automobiles Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Vintage Automobiles Rubber Stamps:




Here's a stamp set for all the guys! My Great Grandfather owned a series of T-Fords and my Grandfather has fond memories of driving around in them. Apparently a few days after my Grandfather was born, he was brought home in one of these cars. He still has that car in his shed today :)


Here's some ideas on how to use this stamp set:


  • The automobiles are in two different sizes. A larger size, perfect for cards or layouts, and a smaller size perfect for ATC's, Tags, Gift Cards or smaller embellishments. Mix and match for your own needs!
  •  We've added the 'hill' quotes as a fun birthday greeting. You could stamp the 'Over the hill?' quote on the outside of the card and the 'Just remember' quote would work well on the inside too!
  • The 'Old Friends' quote is great for... friends!! Likewise the journey quote could be used for any occasion - travel, bon voyage, general life. With all of these quotes it makes it a versatile set for different occasions.
  • While the vintage images look great in vintage colours such as brown & black, they would also look great stamped in red, blue, and other more contemporary colours for other generations!
  • Combine the images with the 'Happy Father's Day' sentiment from the All Occasions stamp set! (or any other occasion that suits!)


Here's a card I created using this stamp set:




I stamped the convertible onto Fawn cardstock with Black Ink, then mounted it onto green and brown cardstock. Inked the edges with Sepia ink. Stamp the quote onto Fawn cardstock with black ink. Mount onto brown cardstock and ink the edges. I've used Esplori paper from the Venetian Collection as a background - I think the map works well! Wrapped some ribbon around the right side, and adhered it all as shown.


Here's a quick and easy artist trading card:




I stamped the quote (a little crooked!) with Black ink on fawn cardstock. Then stamped the smaller automobiles with sepia ink. I stamped them first onto scrap paper, then onto the fawn cardstock so they were lighter. Ink the edges with sepia ink, adhered to black then red cardstock. Added some german scrap to complete!


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Yuletide Collection

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 27, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Yuletide paper products which include the Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:





When I was dreaming up this collection, I wanted to do a series of photos that were mainly red & white with a hint of green here and there. I wanted to create a collection that could be used for scrapbook layouts, Christmas Cards, gift tags, tree ornaments... the list goes on! I'm so happy with how everything looks together!


Here's a couple of samples:




When you want to send handmade cards but don't want to spend too much time making them, then use Photochips! This card is so quick to make. Simply adhere the Photochip to light green cardstock, tie red ribbon around the right hand side and attach to a dark green folded card. Trim a word off the Wordstrip and adhere to light green cardstock. Attach to the card to complete! Doesn't get easier or quicker than that!! You'd have all your Christmas cards made in no time at all :)


Here's another card:




For this I used one of the larger images from the Yuletide Montage. I trimmed the light green cardstock long enough to allow some of the white sheer ribbon to wrap around the bottom. Adhered the light green cardstock to red cardstock. Attach the Montage image and wrap the sheer ribbon around the bottom. Trim a word off the Yuletide Vol 2 Wordstrip and attach to the ribbon. Adhere entire piece to white cardstock, then onto a folded green card.


Here's some other ideas for this whole Yuletide Collection:


  • Any of the products can be used as accents or embellishments on scrapboook layouts. 
  • The Filmstrips and Wordstrips are a full 12" strip, so they can be used as an entire border on a layout. There is one vertical and one horizontal Filmstrip so you can have a border that goes up and down, or left to right on your layout.
  • Trim the Filmstrip into singular images for smaller accents on tags etc.
  • The tiny Montage images look fabulous on gift tags on your Christmas gifts!
  • Create Christmas tree ornaments with the Filmstrips by creating bottlecap accents. You can see the Prague ones here. Just drill a hole in the edge of the bottlecap, thread some ribbon through it to hang from a tree!
  • You can also create more tree ornaments by trimming two of the same sized Montage images and sticking them back to back so there is an image on both sides. Punch a hole at the top and thread some ribbon through to hang from the tree.


Hope you like the ideas!

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Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Sunday, July 26, 2009

Today we are sharing projects using the Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps:




Judging by the amount of pre-orders we have for this stamp set - you must like it already! I'm with you on that, I love this set. There's collage, quotes, pine leaf, and some ornaments which can be used in so many ways. The collage stamps can be so versatile. You can just stamp them as is onto cardstock, or you can layer them and use different colours, depending on how detailed you want to go. I love the pine leaf too, so great for adding a bit of nature into your creations! And the ornaments.... oh I love those! I'll talk more about them in a moment though.


Firstly, here's a card I created using the Santa Claus stamp:




I stamped the Santa image into fawn cardstock with Sepia ink. Then mounted it onto green cardstock. Stamped the pine leaf randomly over the red folded card background using Olive ink. Adhered the mounted Santa image to the front. Stamped 'Believe', mounted it onto green cardstock and attached it to the card. Done! 

Here's a card showing the hanging ornaments:




First stamp one of the quotes in Olive cardstock. Then you know where you can stamp the ornaments. I simply stamped them in Crimson and alternated them in height. Once they're stamped, draw the line through the top loop to show they are actually hanging! These stamps would look fabulous embossed in a glitter embossing powder too. Or covered in a light layer of Stickles. 

Hope you like the ideas!


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Yuletide Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's time to introduce the Yuletide Collection! Let's begin with Yuletide Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




We've had LOTS of requests for a Christmas themed collection, and I was keen to comply! Usually Christmas cards are made in large quantities, so I wanted to design stamps that were easy to use and still versatile so you can do more complex creations if needed. This first set concentrates mainly on trees and stars, with a holly sprig too. 

Here's some ideas on how to use this stamp set:


  • Stamp the tall tree a few times without reinking to get a shaded effect that looks like a forest. 
  • The smallest star fits perfectly on top of the tall tree. Stamp in gold or silver to make it a Christmas tree!
  • The forest of trees look great stamped on a landscape style card and also stamped again if you want a longer or larger forest.
  • The stars can be stamped to create a whole background, stamped and trimmed then adhered to cards with foam tape to make them stand out, stamped on gift tags... endless possibilities!
  • Combine all three stars together to form a star cluster.
  • Ink the holly with red and green ink or pens to make it look more realistic.
  • The quotes can be mixed and matched. We have included the '&' symbol so you can create things like 'Merry Christmas & Happy New Year' or "Love & Hope'


Here's a card I created using this stamp set:




I stamped the tall tree onto cream cardstock using Olive ink, then stamped to the left and right without re-inking. I stamped the small star in gold ink at the top of the middle tree. Stamped a quote onto cream card using Olive ink then inked all sides with gold ink. Mounted both pieces onto gold cardstock, then onto the green folded card to complete! 


Here's another card:




Fo rthis card I stamped Merry Christmas & Happy New Year onto cream cardstock. The holly was inked up using Marvy Le Plume pens: 15 Olive Green and 46 Crimson Lake. I coloured the leaves green and the berries red. Then stamped around the edges of the card. By stamping the quote first, you then know how much room you have for the holly. You can see I stamped twice in some areas without re-inking just to give a bit more depth to the holly branches.


I want to show you the stars too, so here's an ATC:




I stamped the background with the flourish stamp from Ornate Elements stamp set using Olive ink. I stamped it first onto scrap paper, then onto the green card so it was just a 'hint' of a pattern. The stars were stamped onto cream cardstock using Crimson ink. I trimmed around them and adhered the large star directly to the ATC, then the smaller star over the top with foam adhesive. Stamped '25th December' onto a strip of red using Olive ink.


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