World Card Making Day - Photochip Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 04, 2008

Happy World Card Making Day!


Today I went over to the Erina Scrapbook Store to teach a couple of make & takes with our Robot Collection. The store was certainly a busy place today - as they had all sorts of fun activities and card making challenges and demo's and other make & takes going on! One my table we created two cards using the Filmstrips, Wordstrips, and the Photochips from the Robot Collection. Here's the cards we created with the Photochips and Wordstrips. Quick, easy, and fun!














As you can see, they are all the same basic design, but using colours and ribbons that co-ordinate with the colours in the Photochips. Also, the different words from the Wordstrips created a whole lot of fun too. I always say that it doesn't matter if you used the same card design for the whole pack of Photochips - as it's rare you'd be giving two cards to the one person anyway! Of course there are many other ways to use the Photochips too, just check out the Darkroom Door Gallery


Hope you are all having a creative world card making day!

Guest Artist - Ros Rayner Part 2

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 02, 2008

Please enjoy more wonderful projects by Ros Rayner...

An Orchestral Rehearsal:


Darkroom Door: Harmony Rubber Stamps, Music Wordstrips, Legato Patterned Paper
Distress ink: Walnut Stain, Tattered Rose
Brilliance ink: Coffee Bean
Other: Vellum, eyelets, shrink plastic, copper wire, beads.
Vintage Image: Nancy Dooren

1) Distress the edges of patterned paper square and a vintage photo with Distress Ink Walnut Stain.This great image from Nancy Dooren has a pinkish background, which compliments the colours in the paper. Attach the image to the paper. Mat the paper to white paper sponged with the Walnut Stain.

2) Edge 'Counting the Beat' from Music Wordstrips with Distress Ink Tattered Rose. Attach to the image.

3) Stamp music definition with Brilliance Coffee Bean on a torn piece of vellum. When dry, attach to one corner using copper eyelets.


4) Stamp violin and trumpet with Coffee Bean onto sanded opaque shrink plastic. Cut around the shape, and punch a hole at the top. Heat to shrink. I used a hot air gun. (the image above shows the original size of the violin at the bottom, and after it has been shrunk at the top)

7) Set a large eyelet in the top left hand corner of the card. Assemble the instruments using copper wire and beads.

Music Quotes Box:


Darkroom Door: Melody & Chorus Rubber Stamps
Ranger: Distress Inks (Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord), Adirondack (Wild Plum, Pink Sherbert), Archival Jet Black; Adirondack Dabbers (Snow Cap, Cloudy Blue, Purple Twilight)
Other: Wooden Box


1) Undercoat a wooden box with Snow Cap.When dry, mix together on a palette Snow Cap, a couple of drops of Purple Twilight, and a couple of drops of Cloudy Blue. Paint this on as a 2nd coat. Paint the inside of the box with Purple Twilight. Allow to dry.


2) Brayer Milled Lavender onto thick white paper. Stamp 4 sayings with Archival ink. Cut each one to the same size.


3) Sponge the edges with Pink Sherbert ink.


4) Then sponge the edges with Dusty Concord.


5) Then sponge the edges with Wild Plum. Stamp music with Pink Sherbert on top.

6) Sponge the edges of each side of the box with the Dusty Concord and Wild Plum in the same way. Not really visible on my photo! Stamp flourish in diagonal corners with Wild Plum. Allow time to dry.


7) Glue on the sayings. Varnish with mat or gloss depending on your desired finish.

Thanks Ros for sharing your artwork with us! Love the piano pens too :) You've created the perfect wooden holder for them.

Please leave a comment for Ros to help me say thanks for sharing her artwork with us! Thanks for the inspiration Ros :)

Unlock the artist within!

Guest Artist - Ros Rayner

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 01, 2008

RosName:  Ros Rayner

Lives: West Midlands, UK

Known for: being calm (but I don't know why!), laughing lots, being Mum to 3 wonderful kids, and being a violin teacher and freelance violinist.

Blog, website or gallery:
Loves to:
play violin, join in with stamping challenges and swaps

Loves to create:
  with stamping, and making my own backgrounds. Just love to create full stop. I'm not happy if I haven't got a project on the go.

Favourite Darkroom Door product: This has to be the whole Music

Have you ever been in a darkroom? no

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  I would bring my camera, and ask to be taught how to use it properly - my photography leaves a lot to be desired. I can't even hold it straight!

Are you afraid of the dark?  No. It's in the dark that I think and ponder. I think of witty retorts that I could have made earlier in the day, or play through music in my head, or plan my next card.

Ros has been busy with our new Music Collection... here are some of her creations:

Artist Trading Cards:


Darkroom Door: Chorus, Melody Rubber Stamps
Ranger: Distress Ink (Scattered Straw, Tea Dye), Perfect Pearls (Gold), Archival Ink (Jet Black), Adirondack Ink (Lettuce, Willow)
Other: Water spritzer, foam tape.

1) Swipe Scattered Straw and Tea Dye Distress Inks on a craft mat. Spritz with water and press paper on. Allow to dry a little, and press again. Repeat until you like the effect. Leave to dry completely.
2) Spritz lightly with gold glimmer spray or homemade spray made up of Perfect Pearls Gold and water.

3) Stamp music from Music Collection Melody with Tea Dye

4) On another piece of paper stamp each of the sheet music covers from Music Collection Chorus with Black Archival ink twice. On one of the images sponge with Lettuce, and the other Willow.

5) Cut out the centre portions of the Lettuce coloured covers, and also required parts of the willow covers. Assemble as shown.

6) Attach sticky foam pads to the back and press onto the music background.


Aren't these great!! Ros has more great projects to share with us tomorrow, so please drop by for more Music inspiration!

Lunchbox Surprise

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 25, 2008


A few days ago I put little surprise in my 7 yr old son's lunchbox. I made a little card using a Robot Filmstrip and one of the words from the Robot Montage. I wrote a couple of extra words so it said 'You are amazing', and also wrote a little message for him on the inside. I placed it on top of his food so when he opened his lunchbox at school he'd get a nice little surprise.

His reaction? He LOVED it! He said 'It was cool, Mum.'

These little cards also make great gift tags or cards for birthdays. They're so quick and simple to make too. There's both boy and girl robots on the Filmstrips and Montage, plus some 'friends' robots, so there's something for everyone.

Go make someone's day!

Guest Artist - Tim Holtz

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 15, 2008

Tim_2 Name:  tim holtz

Zodiac Sign: capricorn

Lives: prescott, az. USA

Known for: all things distressed

Blog, website or gallery:
Loves to:
ink, paint, sand, grunge, stamp, and eat those crazy bananas and tim tams!

Loves to create:
  dimensional collage – anything to incorporate found elements.

Favourite Darkroom Door product: photobooth

Have you ever been in a darkroom? yes, I took 3 years of photography in high school and was a photographer for the school newspaper and yearbook.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  ink, idea-ology trinkets, grungeboard, and marmalade ☺

Are you afraid of the dark?  definitely not – the dark provides a quite time to explore your creative mind and process your deepest dreams

Samples4Now onto the projects! Tim has created a complete step-by-step project for us using a combination of Darkroom Door products and elements from his own product lines. (and they look fabulous together!) For anyone who knows Tim, he likes to be thorough and this time there's no exception! Loads of pictures and instructions for you to be able to re-create these little beauties! I'll hand it over to Tim... so sit back and be inspired...

"The nostalgia of photographs from the days gone by tell a story that words simply couldn’t describe.  My fascination with these elements of the past inspired me to create these timeless trinkets.  The eclectic images and vintage palette of Darkroom Door captures the look and feel of a well designed product line – thanks for unlocking this artist within…"


Darkroom Door: Photobooth/Ladies & Gentlemen, Venetian Collection Papers, Little Dreams Stamp Set

Ranger: Distress Ink/Vintage Photo & Black Soot, Ink Blending Tool, Memory Frames
Tonic Studios: Scissors, Scratcher
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Sanding Grip, Embellishments
Other: adhesive; mica

STEP 1: Cut paper to 2x2 square & also cut a piece of chipboard 2x2

STEP 2: Glue paper to chipboard with glue stick

STEP 3: Choose image from Photobooth sheet and cut out

STEP 4: Sand edges of image with Sanding Grip to reveal raw white paper

STEP 5: Sand edges of paper tile as well

STEP 6: Extend Scratch Tool and drag it across photo to create scratches

STEP 7: Tap Ink Blending Tool on to Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad and ink Photobooth piece (this will work ink into the sanded areas and scratches)

STEP 8: Continue inking until entire piece is covered

STEP 9: Mist a cloth with water from Mini Mister and wipe away ink from face to create a highlight

STEP 10: Ink edges of cardstock as well with Ink Blending Tool and Vintage Photo

STEP 11: Ink text stamp with Black Soot Distress Ink and stamp over various parts of the image

STEP 12: Ink flourish stamp with Black Soot and stamp as an accent

STEP 13: Dry stamped images with heat tool

STEP 14: Glue Photobooth image on to inked background

STEP 15: Apply glue to edge of collage

STEP 16: Press a piece of mica and hold in place to dry

STEP 17: Trim off excess mica with scissors

STEP 18: Using scraps, continue gluing various pieces of mica until collage is covered

STEP 19: Trim off all excess mica pieces so background is 2x2

STEP 20: Attach vintage film strip or ribbon to background

STEP 21: Adhere word from label maker or vintage book

STEP 22: Open Memory Frame by carefully bending tab on the side our from edge of frame - *Do not straighten out this tab – leave it at an angle

STEP 23: Bend Memory Frame apart and insert collage - *Be Sure Jump Ring is on the BOTTOM of your collage

STEP 24: Insert tab back into slot in Memory Frame and bend back down to close

STEP 25: Attach a Jump Ring through a Hinge Clip

STEP 26: Clip on to top edge of Memory Frame and insert chain through Jump Ring and Attach a Key or Charm through bottom Ring attached to frame




Hey everyone, how great are these projects!! I've known Tim now for a few years, and I'm always inspired by his creativity, products and friendship. Thanks so much Tim for sharing your artwork and creativity with us, and for taking the time to play with our stuff :) You're work is always amazing!!

Unlock the artist within!

Darkroom Door Swap Gallery

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lorri_LennoxI have just finished hosting the first ever Darkroom Door Swap! Participants could take part in the Card swap and/or the Artist Trading Card swap, and needed to use Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps as a part of their creations. All up there were 30 artists who took part. I have loved receiving the swap parcels in the mail, eagerly opening each one to see what goodness and creativity was inside! I especially loved seeing how the stamps were used. The artists really used their imagination in this swap. There were lots of  inking techniques, layering, collage, interesting backgrounds, unique stamp combinations, papers, Photobooth, and lots of texture. For a few of the artists - this was their first swap ever! I'm so pleased you all took part and shared your creativity with us.

Here are the galleries to check out all the art:

2008 Swap Card Gallery

2008 Swap ATC Gallery

Thank you to all of you who participated! I feel like I can never express how much I love seeing our stamps used in such different ways. When I design the stamps, I have a fair idea of how I'd be using them myself, but I always look forward to seeing what other artists create with them. It's the most wonderful feeling knowing that you are enjoying using them too!

I'll be hosting a Photobooth swap soon... I'll post the details up on the blog next week.

Thanks again to all the participants for this swap - your artwork is truly inspirational!

Unlock the artist within!

Ornate Elements & Christmas Reindeer

Darkroom Door - Sunday, August 31, 2008

Here's our last day of teasers! Only one more sleep and everything will be up on the website. I can't wait!! In the meantime, here's the last two ATC's...

From DDRS019 Ornate Elements:


The lady image is from the Ladies Photobooth. Everything else is stamps from this set. (The scan of the ATC is a little wonky... but as they say in Babe... It'll do pig, it'll do.)

And last but not least... from DDRS020 Christmas Reindeer:


Woo hoo! That's the end of the teasers! I'll be back again tomorrow with the full reveal.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Garden Greetings, Friendship Flowers & Trees

Darkroom Door - Saturday, August 30, 2008

I have 3 new sets to tease you with today! All of these come from the new Essentials 2 Collection.

First off is the DDRS016 Garden Greetings:


Similar in style to the Full Bloom Vol 1 set. Just different flowers and different sentiments!

Next up is the DDRS017 Friendship Flowers stamp set:


Lots of flowers and words in this one! I've been playing around with this one a lot, and look forward to sharing more with you over the next week.

And last but not least..... DDRS018 Trees:


Oh my word - I love this set!! I have been creating some real earthy toned cards with this (like this ATC) and have been loving the results! Lots of detail in the trees!

I hope you're enjoying the teasers! I'm madly trying to complete more samples for the gallery which will go up on Monday 1st September too.

Don't forget to drop by again tomorrow to see the last of the teasers!

Robot Vol 1 and Robot Vol 2 ATC's

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 29, 2008

Now for something a little more funky...

From DDRS014 Robot Vol 1 in the Robot Collection:


Created with one of the Robots from this collection (my fave robot actually. Look at those eyes! They make me laugh!) The background was created with alcohol inks. There is much more to this set that I couldn't include on one ATC, which is the story for all of these ATC's. Can't give everything away all at once, can I?

Here's one made from DDRS015 Robot Vol 2 in the Robot Collection:


One for all you funky chicks out there! I've stamped these directly onto coloured backgrounds, but you could also stamp these onto white cardstock and colour them in. Lots of fun to be had with these two sets!!

Chorus & Rockstar ATC's

Darkroom Door - Thursday, August 28, 2008

Continuing on with the teaser ATC's...

Here's one made from DDRS012 Chorus in the Music Collection:


It's quite challenging doing just one ATC from the stamp set, as there's so much more to show! This set is the more arty one of all the Music sets - I love it!!

And here's an ATC created from DDRS013 Rockstar, also from the Music Collection:


This one is for all the rockers out there!

I'll be back tomorrow with more ATC's. Also - we've uploaded the new intro movie to the website, so check it out here.

(Note: If you have visited the Darkroom Door site recently, you may need to refresh your cache to see the new movie. So refresh - and enjoy!) Come back and tell me what you think!