Guest Artist - Wendy Vecchi Part 2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Here is the grand finale of Wendy's projects...

Butterfly Tag:


Darkroom Door Materials:
Stamps: Full Bloom Vol 1, Wildflowers


  • Tear the bottom off a tag.
  • Color the tag using vintage photo distress ink, using the blending tool.
  • Stamp the left side of the tag with the houndstooth border stamp (Stampers Anonymous) with jet black Archival ink.
  • Stamp the saying (Darkroom Door) on the bottom right, using black ink.
  • Stamp the flower (Darkroom Door) twice and stamp 2 butterflies (Darkroom Door) on grunge board & cut out and shape.
  • Ink the flower with faded jeans distress ink, on the front & the back. Ink the butterflies with vintage photo distress ink on the front & back.
  • Stamp the butterflies as shown & adhere the grunge board butterflies on top of the stamped images.
  • Cut a thin strip of grunge board to make the stem color with peeled paint distress ink and add glaze pen accent dots.
  • Stamp scrolls as shown.
  • Layer the flower as shown & glue to the left side of the tag.
  • Add dots with the glaze pen, pen stitch around the edges with a .05 Precision pen (American Crafts).
  • Add a vintage button to the center of the flower & a metal dot to the end of the stem.
  • A gingham bow adds the finishing touch.



A HUGE thanks to Wendy for being our Guest Artist this week! I've always admired what she has created with Stamps, Distress Inks & Grungeboard, so we are very excited to share some of her art on here. For more eye candy, go and visit her blog!

Guest Artist - Wendy Vecchi

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Wendy_PhotoName: Wendy Vecchi

Zodiac Sign:

in USA, on 5 acres we call Green Acres...just like the old TV show! Think of the blonde, half her brain missing & LOVED diamonds & get the picture! Rick is the goofy guy who is ALWAYS on the riding lawn mower. Include 2 horses & a few cats in the picture...

Known For:Hmmm...I guess flowers of all types. Chipboard...grungeboard...cardstock...flower stamps. I can put them on every project & never tire of them.

Blog, website or gallery:
Studio490 -

Loves to:
SHOP!! a little more...stamp...I'm pretty simple...

Loves to create:
anything that I can use stamps & vintage photo distress ink! And if I can include chipboard & grungeboard, then I'm REALLY happy. If I could choose only one thing...probably mini books.

Favourite Darkroom Door product:
RUBBER...for sure! Those wildflowers are to die for cool!

Have you ever been in a darkroom?
Sure...In the x-ray darkroom in surgery.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
  A HUGE suitcase so that when you were not looking, I'd sneak into your studio & load it up with ALL your stamps! HA! Lucky for you that you live FAR away from me! You're safe.

Are you afraid of the dark?
Not in my house or a hotel, but outside?? YIKES!! I HATE bugs & mice so I want to see them in advance & NOT be surprised! NEVER ever would I sleep outside in the dark.

Now onto Wendy's projects...

Tulip Card:

Darkroom Door Stamps: Full Bloom Vol 1
Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint
Other: Grid Stamp, Polka Dot Paper, Grungeboard


  • Make a card from green cardstock.
  • Stamp with the grid stamp.
  • Add a scrap of polka dot paper to the top.
  • Glue a piece of black “Just the Edge” from Bazzill to cover the seam.
  • Add a dot at each intersecting line, using a glaze pen, and stamp Happy Birthday.
  • Color the grungeboard brackets with fired brick distress ink & glue as shown.
  • Stamp the tulip twice on grunge board, cut out & color with fired brick distress ink (tulip) and peeled paint distress ink for the leaves.
  • Shape the grunge board by rolling the tulip & the leaves. Like magic, they stay in place.
  • Adhere the 2 tulips as shown to create dimension.
  • Pen stitch around the top of the card using a ..05 Precision pen from American Crafts.
  • Add a button accent to the tulip leaves.



Darkroom Door Stamps: Wildflowers
Distress Ink: Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint
Eyelets, Ribbon, Polka Dot Paper


  • Color the flowers with Faded jeans distress ink & the stems with peeled paint distress ink.
  • Hold the stamp level & spritz with water from a Mini Mister (Ranger). About 3 or 4 squirts should be good.
  • Stamp onto watercolor paper & immediately dry with a heat tool.
  • Sew a line around the edge of the watercolor paper with a sewing machine.
  • Add 2 black eyelets on either side of the stems & tie a black & white polka dot ribbon to accent the card.
  • Adhere to a green mat, then a black mat, then a green polka dot paper and finally to another black mat.
  • Add rhinestones to each flower to embellish.

Wendy has more stuff to share... so come back tomorrow to see more of Wendy's art!

Artist Trading Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, June 27, 2008

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd share with you a set of 3 artist trading cards that I completed for the Tarisota June gallery. They feature Darkroom Door Venetian Filmstrips and Venetian Wordstrips.

Rachel_34194Other supplies:
Collections Paper
Collections Chipboard Houses
Delish Designs Stamps
Black & White Trims

To create:
* Trim black cardstock to 3.5" x 2.5" to create the ATC backs. Attach Collections paper on the front.
* I've inked up the chipboard houses with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and stamped the edge of the label stamps over the top. The Venetian Filmstrip images were cut to fit under the chipboard. Attach to the ATC.
* Trim words from the Venetian Wordstrip and mount onto black cardstock. Attach to ATC where desired.
* Add trims to complete!



Hope you enjoy!



Guest Artist - Susan Mcgettigan Part 3

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Here we are! The grand finale of Sue's projects...

Travel Journal



Darkroom Door Stamps:  Venetian Vol 1, Venetian Vol 2, Journal
Darkroom Door Paper:  Esplori, Meadow
Darkroom Door Montage: Venetian
Additional materials: Ranger Distress Inks, fiber, brads, eyelets, brown paper grocery bag, envelope, glassine envelope, assorted 'found' papers - grid stamping paper, children's school paper, recycled maps.

Sue says: This is the little journal that could! It's made from a mixture of new and recycled materials, it's small enough to fit in a backpack and tough enough to survive the journey. It would make a nice gift for someone who's going on a trip or would just be fun for an armchair traveler to doodle in. The envelopes in the front and back of the journal can hold ticket stubs, souvenirs and gleaned goodies found along the way. I made it with just one signature of papers, but you could add another two or three for a larger journal to cover a longer trip. The long fiber wrap around closure means you can add more found materials along the way and still be able to secure the journal. The handle is the original handle of the grocery bag, and the cover of the book is the side panel of the bag. I like the way the Venetian map can be lined up easily to make a brickwork style background paper.

Inside Cover & Title page:









What a fabulous journal! Thanks so much Sue for being our Guest Artist this week! Your ideas have made me want to travel to Venice again! Or anywhere for that matter :) I love how you have used the Journal stamps to create two very different styles - one vintage for the journal, and bright tags for the presents! Thanks again for all of the inspiration!

Guest Artist - Susan McGettigan Part 2

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 16, 2008

Here are some more projects from Sue...

SueMcG_05 Tags

* Darkroom Door Stamps: Journal, Venetian Vol 1

Stamp the Journal block onto white cardstock with coloured ink. Sponge using the same coloured ink. Attach to corresponding coloured tag, stamp the top of the tag with the Venetian scroll. Add ribbon. Attach a blue flower to the bottom. Stamp the Venetian postmark and punch out with a circle punch. Attach to the inside of the flower to complete.

Travel Notebook:

* Darkroom Door Stamps:  Venetian Vol 1 and Vol 2
* Darkroom Door Paper: Ti Amo, Meadow
* Ranger Distress Inks
* Purchased notepad

This little notepad has three sections to keep track of lots of lists, ideas and details.  It can be tucked into the travel journal or carried separately in a pocket, ready for random inspiration.  Just take the spiral off a purchased notebook, cover with Ti Amo paper, stamp with elements from Venetian Vol. 1 and 2, stamping the inside of the cover too.  The main Venice image is sponged with several different layers of ink to look like sunset / sunrise, super quick and easy to do.  Put the sprial back on after punching holes and bend the ends down to secure.  Add the stamped tabs to make dividers in the book.


So... tomorrow is the grand finale of Sue's projects... and it's a big one! Here's a sneak peek. Make sure you drop by tomorrow to see the whole project!


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!

Guest Artist - Linda Cain Part 3

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Here is our final piece from Linda Cain...

Venetian ATC:


* Darkroom Door Montage: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors
* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco, Ti Amo

Linda says: This wonderful little piece was almost complete before I started! The Venetian collage papers worked great when cutout for this ATC. Ti Amo and San Marco papers for the background and the key stamp and hinge from the Doors collection pulled it together. I layered up the word and added 2 silver coin studs and it's done!

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Linda for being our guest artist this week! Your artwork is very inspirational - and we especially love seeing the 3D art that you have created!! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us all!

Guest Artist - Linda Cain Part 2

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 02, 2008
Here are some more projects from Linda Cain...

Door Tag:


* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors
* Tim Holtz Distress Inks
* White opaque pen

Linda says: I used Distress Inks all over the tag, blending the Marmalade and Fired Brick from the edges in. Then I stamped the Door stamp and the knocker at the top. White pen was used to add highlights and doodles to the tag. The stamps are so detailed and beautiful, little else is needed to enhance them!



* Darkroom Door Paper: Ti Amo, Rialto
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors, Wildflowers
* Maya Road Chipboard House
* Acrylic Paint
* White opaque pen
* Ten Second Studio metal
* Chipboard swirls & shapes

Linda says: The Maya Road house was painted with Metallic Regal Red acrylic paints first. The roof was covered with Ti Amo papers and key stamped images, then white pen was added for accent. Green chipboard swirls were glued to the roof. The door knocker stamp was added to the corners of the house. Rialto paper was cut and glued to the sides. I used Ten Second Studio metal embossed and glued onto the front and sides. The chipboard door was painted and stamped with the Butterfly wings and accented with white pen. Chipboard diamonds and pen strokes were added around the house....they're my thing!

Thanks Linda!!!

Drop by again tomorrow to see Linda's final piece! :)

Guest Artist - Linda Cain

Darkroom Door - Sunday, June 01, 2008
LindaCainName: Linda Cain

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Lives: Morton, small town in Central Illinois, USA

Known for:
Loving to collect junk from flea markets for collage...then hoarding the stuff in drawers!

Blog, website or gallery:

Loves to:

STAMP and getting inky!  But I like painting, too. Started as a watercolor artist.  And love taking photos. I took a few classes in photography to take shots of my garden.

Loves to create:
Anything using paint, wood, paper, canvas, wire...LOVE wire! And having a Studio Party with my grandkids. They all love to make art projects. I love to create my garden in the the rabbits can have a buffet in it!

Favourite Darkroom Door product:
The Doors Stamps!

Have you ever been in a darkroom?
Once....YEARS ago.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
Notebook to try to remember everything I learned there.

Are you afraid of the dark?
Nope, practice walking around in the dark after DH is asleep in case I ever become blind...just to see if I could do it. I really pretty good at it now.

Now onto the projects...

Tin Box:


* Darkroom Door Paper: Rialto, San Marco
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors
* Tim Holtz Grungeboard
* Tim Holtz Distress Ink
* Adirondack Paint Dabbers: Gold, Copper
* Collections word
* Other: wire, metal star etc

Linda says: This tin box was really fun. I started by gluing papers to the tin in layers. Different torn pieces at the top and bottom.  The keys were stamped on Grungeboard and Distress Ink was added to the front. Gold and Copper Paint Dabbers by Adirondack colored the backs. I used a piece of chipboard and brads with an antiqued star screwed into the top. It needed height! A layered up word on the front, and rusty wire stringing the keys completes the box.

Spread Your Wings:



* Darkroom Door Stamps: Wildflowers
* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco
* Watercolour paper
* Tim Holtz Distress Inks
* Versafine Ink
* Black ribbon

Linda says: The card starts on 140lb. coldpress watercolor paper. I sprayed water on first, then used Distress Inks and applicators to swipe color across the page to represent a sunrise sky. The flowers and butterfly were stamped after the paper dried and layered onto black cardstock. I then stamped the pink Bazzill cardstock in Smoky Grey Versafine ink using the largest flower head around the edges. It was then layered onto the San Marco paper. Finally a ribbon was added as well as the layered up words.

Linda has created 5 projects that will be featured over the next 3 dayson the blog... so make sure you come back each day to see her amazingwork!

Guest Artist - Michelle Loffler Part 4

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 19, 2008

And now for the grand finale of Michelle's projects! Here is a card she has created using the Full Bloom Photochips:




Mat Lily Photochip on burgundy and white cardstock. Then mat onto green cardstock.
Wrap lengths of ribbon around the green cardstock at the edges. To create a tailored bow follow these instructions here. Mat on burgundy greeting card. Cut out Tulip Photochip and adhere to bottom of card. Here's a close up:




And we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Michelle for being our Guest Artist this week! We all love the ATC's and card you have created. It's so inspiring to see how many different ATC's can be created using the same supplies. :) Thanks again Michelle! Love your work! :)