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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Prague Collection

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 24, 2009

Today I'm showing you the Prague paper products which include the Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips:








As you can probably tell by now, I love European cities, especially ones that have character like Prague. I'm so pleased to be able to share with you my favourite photographs from my time in Prague. The timeless black and white means they will co-ordinate with any project and you can alter the images in so many ways...


Here's a couple of samples:




I tinted the entire Prague Photochip using Antique Linen Distress Ink first, using a blending tool and foam. This gives the Photochip a real warmth - almost a sepia tone. You can do this with any of the Distress Inks, obviously the tint will differ depending on the colour used.


I then stamped 'enjoy the journey' from the Prague Vol 1 Stamp set using Jet Black archival ink. The corners were stamped with the small flourish from the same stamp set. Heat set the ink if it's still a bit wet, then adhere to black card. Wrap ribbons around the bottom and tie at the front. Adhere to a brown card. I've also lightly inked the card to show a little of the texture.

Here's an artist trading card:




For this I used one of the larger images from the Prague Montage. Simply wrapped the brown ribbon around the bottom and adhered to brown card, then onto a black ATC. Have you noticed we have introduced a BLACK Wordstrip for this collection? I just LOVE it!!! Not only the black, but also the size of the words. I've been wanting some really tiny words for ages, so finally I was able to incorporate some into this wordstrip. Perfect for ATC's!


Speaking of the small words on the Prague Wordstrips... here I've used them in bottlecaps:




To create the bottlecaps, punch out an image from the Prague Filmstrip using a 1" circle punch. Adhere inside the bottlecap using some Glossy Accents. trim a word from the Prague Wordstrip and adhere inside. Then fill the bottlecap with Glossy Accents and allow to dry!


One more card:




Simple card made with a Photochip and a section from the Prague Wordstrip. Did I mention how much I love the Prague Wordstrips???


Hope you like the ideas!

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Prague Vol 2 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, July 23, 2009

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




One thing I just LOVE about European cities are the cobblestoned streets and alleyways that lead you on amazing and wonderous adventures. I wanted to create a stamp that was like a pathway that leads you to.... anywhere! That is the basis for this stamp set. The bottom image is of a street in Prague, but really, it could be anywhere. So this set is rather generic and you could turn the scene into all sorts of places.


The circle in the top right is the Astrological Clock that is in the main square of Prague. It represents the 12 astrological signs of the zodiac. Pair this with the lamp post, small flourish and a few quotes and single words and you have a versatile stamp set.

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

  • Stamp the street scene in black ink on light cardstock and colour with Marvy Le Plume pens.
  • Stamp the street scene in other colours such as sepia or olive for a more rustic tone look.
  • Use the clock as a background stamp, or stamp and punch out to make it the centrepiece.
  • The four single words at the top of the set can be mixed and matched according to your needs.
  • The quotes are small enough to be used on ATC's yet large enough to be used as a sentiment on cards. They are a nice size so they can also be used with the street scene and not take up too much room.
  • Stamp the quotes as is, or trim into separate parts for more different uses. Use some of the words on their own.
  • Stamp the flourish repeatedly for a background.
  • This small flourish would also make great jewelry by stamping into UTEE or polymer clay.

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




I stamped the street image onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. Then coloured the image using Marvy Le Plume pens.I used: 95 Celadon, 68 Daffodil Yellow, 81 Pale Mauve and a really great colour for the cobblestones is 38 OysterGrey. I then stamped the words onto white cardstock, mounted them onto light green cardstock and attached them to the stamped image. Mounted onto light blue card, tore the bottom edge. Then mounted onto light green, tore the bottome edge and adhered to a dark blue card.


Here's an artist trading card I completed:




For this I stamped the clock with Olive ink onto the background. To get the light impression I first stamped onto scrap paper then onto the background. This gave it a lighter shade. I did the same with the small flourish, but with Sepia ink. Then stamped the light post, but using the full amount of ink so it was darker. Stamped the quote, trimmed into three pieces, mounted onto brown cardstock and attached to the ATC.


Hope you like the ideas!


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Prague Vol 1 Rubber Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thank you to everyone who has left comments or sent emails about our new releases!! We are so excited that YOU love them just as much as us!!! Over the next ten days we will show you some projects created from each new stamp set and from the paper products.


So, let's begin with Prague Vol 1 Rubber Stamps:




Stew and I visited Prague in our blue Kombi van many years ago and spent a week walking through this amazing enchanted city. We loved every minute of it. The history, the old cobble stoned streets, the ornate buildings, the river, the castle, and of course the famous Charles Bridge.


This stamp set includes one of my most favourite photographs that I have ever taken. See the image of Charles Bridge at the bottom? The framed black and white original hangs right here in the Darkroom Door studio. We have been looking at it every day... and now you can stamp it every day!


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


  • Stamp the bridge scene in black ink on light cardstock and colour with Marvy Le Plume pens.
  • This stamp would also look great against a brayered colour background - like a sunset. You could also mask a moon in the sky!
  • Use the quotes and smaller words for layering. I always love to include the city definition, as it can be combined with the images to describe the actual location.
  • The flourish stamp has been created from elements of the gates at Prague Castle. This can be used as a decorative border, accent or corner element in your stamped artwork. I really want to try this with Distress Embossing Powders, I think the texture and details would be amazing!
  • The postage cancellation is from the postcards I sent home from Prague!
  • The little trio words are small enough to be punched out with a 1" circle punch, great for bottlecaps, or smaller artworks when you just need a few words. They could also be stamped separately if needed. That would be great for the really tiny mini tags.


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




I stamped the Charles Bridge image onto white glossy cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. Then coloured the image using Marvy Le Plume pens. I used: 95 Celadon, 77 Pastel Peach, 68 Daffodil Yellow, 42 Cream Yellow and a really great colour for the cobblestones is 38 Oyster Grey. I then stamped the Prague definition, mounted it all onto dark red card, then onto the dark brown card. Simple, but effective!!

Here's an artist trading card I completed:




For this I just wanted to randomly stamp the different stamps onto a background. They work really well together, and I love the little trio words! I've just used Archival Jet Black, Olive and Sepia inks onto Fawn and Rosey Bazzill cardstock. Inked the edges, and adhered it to a black ATC.


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New Collections!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 15, 2009



Dream, discover, explore! The Prague Collection includes 2 rubber stamp sets along with Photochips™, Montage™, Filmstrips™ and Wordstrips™.




Santa Claus is coming to town! The Yuletide Collection includes 2 rubber stamp sets along with Photochips™, Montage™, Filmstrips™ and Wordstrips™.




The Essentials 4 Collection includes 4 new rubber stamp sets:
Vintage Automobiles, Wildflowers Vol 2, All Occasions and Enjoy Life.


All product will be shipping from 31st July 2009. 

Please contact your local stockist to place your pre-orders!

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Wilderness Matchbox

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Our Guest Artist Michelle Loffler has created the cutest little altered matchbox using the Wilderness Collection, Venetian Papers and Photography Rubber Stamps. Check it out:





Darkroom Door Supplies used:

Wilderness Montage
Wilderness Wordstrips
Photography Rubber Stamps
Venetian Papers: Rialto (on the lid and outer sides), Ti Amo (for the inside base), San Marco (inside edges)

Malaysian Newspaper Article

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 06, 2009


The Star newspaper in Malaysia have featured Darkroom Door in an article about our recent trip to Kuala Lumpur for the Scrap-N-Crop retreat.


Read an excerpt from the article here!