Vine Garden Art Journal Video

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 07, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal process video using the Vine Border Stamp, along with Dylusions Ink Sprays and Distress Inks. I also show the crayon resist technique. 

Here's a look at the full page: 



To see the whole process, watch the video here: 

 
Here's a few close ups of the pages: 



Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Dreams Quote Stamp
White Crayon
Large Dylusions Journal
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Mini Distress Ink Pads: Forest Moss, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Mini Ink Blending Tool 
Dylusions Ink Sprays: Mushy Peas, Vanilla Custard
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin 
Windsor & Newton ink

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Using Quote Stamps for Cards and Art Journals

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing 4 cards and an art journal page using the new Quote Stamps! When I'm working on projects, I'll often make extra backgrounds or have left overs from experimenting with inks and other products. I keep these backgrounds to use on later projects. When I want to make some quick cards, I'll pull out my stash of these pre-made backgrounds and all I need to do is add some stamping on top. Quote stamps are great to use in this way, as they are the perfect size for a card front and look great over different styles of backgrounds! 

Here's some ideas to show you. 



I had been making backgrounds with Distress Oxide inks on tags. To make the tag fit the card, I simply tore the bottom edge and sponged the bottom edge with more ink to blend it in. I stamped the I Am Creative Quote Stamp over the top using Archival Jet Black ink. Mounted it onto some green card stock then onto a folded white card base. I added some orange splatters with a paint brush and watered down orange paint. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door I Am Creative Quote Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Broken China 
Distress Mixed Media Tags
Dina Wakley Paint: Tangerine



This background was created with Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Both inks were swiped onto a non-stick craft sheet and misted with water, before placing the white card stock down into the ink and moved around. Lift up the card stock and dry with a heat tool before stamping the Heart Of You Quote over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to a white card base with foam adhesive, then add some pearl drops to the corners. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part Of You Quote Stamp
Distress Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 

 

This card is super simple to make and only uses the Postmarks Background Stamp and the Along The Way Quote Stamp. Both stamps were stamped onto Kraft card stock using Archival Potting Soil ink pad. Adhere the quote to black card stock and add two metal arrows to each side. Adhere over the stamped background and mount onto black card stock, then onto a folded cream card. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Along The Way Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Metal Arrows: American Crafts
Cardstock: Oatmeal



This card is a great stash buster card, using gel prints and embossed card stock. If I have random pieces of card stock left over, I will often use embossing folders to create patterns in them and save them for layering onto cards. It creates texture without making the background too busy, especially if you're adding a colourful background on top like I have here. 

The background was created by gel printing with with Circles stencil. If you've ever tried gel printing before, check out my video here to give you some ideas. 

The Say Yes Quote Stamp was stamped over the top using Archival Jet Black ink pad. All of the pieces were mounted onto black card stock then onto a folded white card base. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Say Yes Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Circles Stencil 
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Sizzix Rays
Dina Wakley Media Paints 

For one last idea, here's how you can use Quote Stamps in your art journal, along with using extra painted backgrounds from your stash. 



Simply layer and collage them together in your journal to create a page! 

I hope you enjoyed these ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Rachel

Say Yes Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share some projects featuring the brand new Say Yes Quote Stamp. I‘m really fond of the quote. In my opinion it’s suitable on many occasions.

Below I’m sharing a mixed media card and a card on which I used Distress Oxide Inks in rainbow colours. Thanks to the bold font style of the stamp it’s perfectly possible to stamp on top of a rather busy background. 



Instructions

1. Stamp on white tissue paper with various Darkroom Door Background Stamps using green, blue and turquoise paint. 


2. Cut small strips out of the stamped tissue paper and create a collage with those strips. Use matte medium both for adhering and sealing.

3. Brush a wash of gesso on top of the dried collage.

4. Stamp with the Grid and Postcards Background Stamp on tissue paper using Archival Ink Jet Black. Cut parts out of those prints and adhere randomly to the background.

5. Stamp with Distress Ink Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon inkpads on a craft sheet. Spray water on top and put parts of the card into that puddle to add colour. Make drips as well. Repeat until you’re happy with the result.


6. Stamp randomly with parts of the Checkered Background Stamp using white paint.

7. Stamp the quote using Archival Ink Jet Black.

8. Finish the card off by stamping 3 circles with white paint.

Supplies used
Darkroom Door Say Yes Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Checkered Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Numbers Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Abstract Triangles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Buttons Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Postcards Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamps
Distress Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Mushy Peas, Vibrant Turquoise, and Cut Grass
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Titanium White, Sky Blue Light
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Matte Medium
Gesso


Instructions

1. Put the small Polka Dots stencil onto special stamping paper. Apply Distress Oxide inks through the stencil using a blending tool. Start on top with Abandoned Coral and alternate colours every 2 rows. Use a scrap of text paper to mask off the part that’s already done. 


2. Stamp the quote stamp on top using Archival Ink Jet Black.

3. Cut a banner out of special stamping paper. Stamp the word ‘happens’ using the same Distress Oxide inks as for the background. Hold stamp and banner in place using the MISTI or a similar stamping platform. Stamp in steps, ink up the letters one by one while masking off the rest with tape.

4. Attach the banner to the card using mini staples. Finish off with a black fineliner.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Say Yes Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil-Polka Dots
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxides: Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Reading Together Bookshelf Layout

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 02, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share another layout featuring the fabulous new Bookshelf Border Stamp. This is just the perfect stamp to create a funky background for photos of bookworms. Luckily both my children are bookworms like me so I have plenty of photos to keep creating layouts with this stamp. 



Instructions:
1. Crop a piece of black cardstock to 8½“ x 11¾” to form the base of the layout.

2. Crop a piece of smooth white cardstock to 8¼” x 11½”. Choose some Distress Oxides and squish the pads onto a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water and then place the smooth white cardstock onto the colour. Remove (swiping it slightly through the ink) and dry with a heat gun. Repeat this process, drying after each inking, until you are happy with the result (or you have run out of ink!). Stick down on the black cardstock base.


3. Stamp a quote from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set over the background using one of the Distress Oxide inks that was used to create the background.

4. Use co-ordinating Distress Oxides to apply the Torn Text Background Stamp to the layout. For this technique I did not add the stamp to an acrylic block. I applied the ink to the middle section of the stamp and held the sides up with one hand while stamping over the background in a random manner.


5. Stamp the Bookshelf Border Stamp onto a separate piece of glossy white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun. Use Distress Inks to colour the books. Squish the ink pads onto the craft sheet and then pick up the colour with a soft wet paintbrush. If you have Distress Markers you could use those instead to make it easier. Allow to dry. Fussy cut and add to the layout.

6. Stamp the Open Book Frame stamp on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut. Apply the Torn Text Background Stamp over the top using a co-ordinating Distress Oxide. Ink the edges of the pages and add to the layout.

7. Stamp some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set on another piece of smooth white cardstock using co-ordinating Distress Oxides. Stamp a quote from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set as well as the title using the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set with the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut all images and add to the layout along with the photo and any other embellishments.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bookshelf Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Open Book Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Oxide Ink: Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey
Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany, Cracked Pistachio, Forest Moss, Hickory Smoke, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey

I hope you have fun playing with this stamp and creating some layouts for the bookworm in your life.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

I Am Creative Tag

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hello, it is Anna-Karin here with you today sharing a tag made with the new I Am Creative Quote Stamp. This is such a fun quote and it fits me well since there is almost always a certain level of creative chaos on my desk. I actually often quite like it, since I tend to find interesting bits and pieces to use on projects, and some of them made their way onto this tag.



I wanted the sentiment to take up most of the space on the tag, but to be surrounded by odd bits and pieces and lots of textures and splatters. The background is actually made up by two tags, one of which I found in my scrap box from a project when I had made too much glittery sand and prepared a tag for the future with the left-overs. Glitter and paint had been mixed into Texture Paste to make it look like glittery sand. Sequins were pressed into the paste before it dried.


I started out doing a Distress Oxide background on another manila tag. Smear the oxides on a non-stick craft sheet, mist with water and press the tag into the ink. You can mist more water on the tag to blend the oxides. Dry with a heat tool and repeat until you are happy with the look. 


Emboss the I Am Creative stamp with Gun Metal powder on the tag.


Give the words a shadow with a marker. I used a Black Soot Distress Marker first, and then went over it again with a permanent marker. Stamp with the Dots Texture Stamp and Jet Black ink. Distress the edges and run the black ink pad over them. 


Next, stamp the background with the Splatter Texture Stamp and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide.


Ink the leaf that looks like a feather from the Tropical Leaves set with Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon and mist with water. Stamp and repeat until you have enough feathers.


The shadow makes the words stand out better from the background. As you can see, I worked quickly and didn’t worry about getting it perfect.


I cut fringes into the feathers to give them more dimension and texture. Adhere the two tags together and tie with a piece of dyed cheese cloth that I found on my desk. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door I Am Creative Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamps
Ranger: Manila Tags
Watercolor Paper
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Ranger Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Embossing powder: Ranger Gunmetal
Ranger Distress Marker: Black Soot
Permanent black marker
Glitter: Ranger Tim Holtz: Distress Glitter Dust Vintage
Sequins: 28 Lilac Lane: Neutrals Sequin Mix
Ranger White Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Matte Medium
Ranger Distress Paint: Antique Linen

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to let the words be focal points on a project and to mix seemingly random bits and pieces together. Thank you so much for looking!

Happy stamping!

Anna-Karin

Part Of You Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hi! Suzz Czosek here. Today I am sharing a few projects using the beautiful quote stamp Part of You

For my first card I incorporated the boat shed with the lovely sentiment. 



Instructions:

1. Stamp the Boat Shed Photo Stamp using a gray archival ink.
2. Color image using watercolor pencils an waterbrush.
3. Paint background using blue dye inks and waterbrush.
4. Dry background.
5. Stamp Part of You using black archival ink. Heat emboss with black embossing powder.
6. Assemble card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door Boat Shed Photo Stamp 

Ranger Archival: Jet Black Ink, Watering Can 
Watercolor Pencils, 
Ranger Distress Ink: Broken China

For my next card I wanted to highlight the sentiment with a soft background texture. 


Instructions:

1. Spray the background of white cardstock with a light colored mist. 
2. Stamp the Part Of You Quote Stamp using black archival ink.
3. Place the small Butterfly Stencil over the sentiment and smear translucent embossing paste over the butterfly and slightly beyond the edges of the butterfly. I wanted uneven edges around the butterfly but keeping it close to the edge to allow the stucco effect to show on the card front.
4. Let dry completely.
5. Sponge distress ink over the embossed butterfly. Sponge around the edges to highlight the rough edges and the center of the butterfly.
6. Assemble card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Butterflies
Ranger Distress Spray: Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Ink: Tattered Rose
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Translucent Embossing Paste

For my last project I wanted to play with a journal page using the sentiment.


Instructions: (Let dry between steps) 

1. Paint a swatch of white gesso in the center of a journal page. (Mine is part of an old ledger)
2. Add random stars using the small Starry Night stencil and crackle embossing paste. 
3. Spritz with Pink, Gold, and Antique Linen sprays to get the desired colors and spots as desired.
4. Stamp the Part Of You Quote Stamp using black archival ink.
5. Spray cheese cloth with gold spray.
6. Trace heart shape using watercolor pencils randomly across surface and around the sentiment.
7. Use waterbrush to soften the traced images.
8.Stamp script using gold ink randomly across surface. 
9. Using stick pins attach pieces of cheese cloth with baubles and charms. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Starry Night
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Ranger Distress Spray: Antique Linen
Tattered Angels: Pink Coral, Gold Shimmer Spray
Ranger Archival Ink: Black
Watercolor Pencils
Waterbrush
White Gesso
Cheese Cloth
Idea-ology Tim Holtz Baubles & Charms

This lovely sentiment is so versatile and I can see using it for sympathy cards, journal pages and layouts remembering loved ones.

Suzz

Along the Way Quote Stamp Tags

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 26, 2018

Hi there, it's Helen Chilton here with you today, using the new Along the Way Quote Stamp to make a card and tag.  



I love Distress Oxides, especially using them with a stencilled or stamped gesso background on kraft card. The colours show up slightly differently on the gessoed areas. 

Stamp the leaf from the Fine Leaves stamp set in gesso onto kraft cardstock. When dry dip into Distress Oxides that have been rubbed onto a craft mat and spritzed. I used about 5 colours. Build up layers until you're happy.

Colour a panel of white card with some of the same Distress Oxides - I used Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade. Splat with water and blot. Stamp the quote in black over the top. Then add twiddly bits - brads, wired beads, fibres, doodling etc.


The next two projects use similar techniques. I like stamping repeatedly all over the cardstock to build up a background. Then use the same stamp as your focal point and it all ties in together. It's an especially useful technique if you only want to use one stamp.


Stamp the Along The Way Quote Stamp repeatedly onto a glossy cardstock panel in several different colours - I used VersaFine Clair inks, but you could also use Distress inks. Add black edging and scratchy lines with a credit card.

Use some of the same inks to colour a background panel of glossy card and stamp quote over the top. Add black edging.


You get an impression of the whole image with odd details (in this case words) jumping out at you.


Similar technique here, except colour the glossy card first and then stamp over in same colour inkpads not quite as many times as before. Die cut quote panel coloured with cotton wool balls to add texture.


Supplies List:
Darkroom Door Along the Way Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide inkpads: Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Spiced marmalade, Peeled Paint
VersaFine Clair inkpads: Summertime, Warm Breeze, Golden Meadow, Purple Delight
Cardstock: glossy white, kraft
Gesso

Embellishments


Thanks for stopping by!

Helen

Cogs Border Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 23, 2018

Hi folks! Autumn Clark with you today to share a grungy journal page featuring the fabulous new Cogs Border Stamp. I decided to continue on in my cardboard junk journal for this project. The rough edged pages provide the perfect substrate for this theme.


Instructions:

To start I Mod Podged pages from an old book onto my lightly gessoed spread. When the adhesive was dry, I lifted the edges of the pages to give some texture and variation to the page, then covered the pages with a coat of watery gesso. 


I stamped the Cogs Border Stamp in Versafine ink, then partially covered the image with Baked Texture Embossing Powders in Ancient Amber, then Chunky Rust, then filled in any gaps with Allure Embossing Powder in Burnt Copper Leaves. This gives a great color variation to the image and a more authentic rusty metal feel.  


Next I applied my Vintage Photo Distress Oxide pad directly over the embossed cogs and spritzed with water. I allowed the ink to bleed up the page by tilting my journal upside down.  I dried then repeated with my Iced Spruce Distress Oxide pad.  


I applied various tissue tape over my background and sanded them to remove the sheen. Next I took some watercolor paper panels I had inked with various Distress Inks and made a bundle of pages, stamping Mr. Bright Idea Collage Stamp in mixed Sepia and Jet Black Archival Ink on the top page.  


I die cut a tab and stamped with the Adventure stamp from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set. I affixed with hex shaped brads.  


On the opposite page I stamped the Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp in Rust Chalk Ink and spritzed with water to let it bleed.  This color was more vibrant than my rust embossing, so I went back around the embossed cogs and partially stamped this image in the Rust Chalk Ink to help it coordinate.  


I partially stamped the Mesh Texture Stamp in Rust Chalk Ink repeatedly around my spread. I cut two tags from my inky paper and stamped the Gazette stamp on one tag and used the top tag for my journaling.  

I stamped the word Time from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set onto a scrap and adhered it to the top of my page with a tiny paper clip.  I tucked in some metal gears and bundled threads beneath my layers to add a final bit of texture.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Cogs Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Mr. Bright Idea Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gazette Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp
White Acrylic Gesso
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Sepia
Versafine Ink Pad
Distress Oxides: Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone
ColorBox Chalk Ink: Rust
Mod Podge
Baked Texture Embossing Powders: Ancient Amber, Chunky Rust
Allure Embossing Powder: Burnt Copper Leaves
Tim Holtz Tissue Tapes

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Autumn

Be You Art Journal Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal process video using Darkroom Door stencils and other fun supplies in a Dina Wakley Media journal! I've often been asked to show how I do a journal page from start to finish, so I have filmed the whole process so you can watch and create along with me! 

Here's a few close ups of the journal page: 

 

This is the first page in a Dina Wakley Media journal. It has such a fabulous texture is a great surface to work on! I have used the Small Butterflies and Small Wildflowers stencils as the main design feature. 


I've also added some collage for more layers and texture. 


To watch the full process video and create along with me, click on the video here: 


Here's the completed project: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Small Wildflowers stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Butterflies Stencil 
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Dina Wakley Media Journal 
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks Set 2
Dina Wakley Media White Gesso
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Peacock, Sedona, Olive, Buff 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml
Ranger Medium Brayer
Texture Paste Opaque
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium 
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black, Leaf Green 

I look forward to sharing more art journal process videos with you in the future! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Book List Planner Pages

Darkroom Door - Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a fun planner spread featuring the fabulous new Bookshelf Border Stamp. I wanted to create a page or two in my planner to keep track of all the books I read in a year and this stamp just added the perfect touch.


Instructions:

1. Choose two planner page inserts and stick together at the back using washi tape. Apply the Bookshelf Border Stamp across the bottom of the pages using Jet Black Archival Ink.

2. Apply the Torn Text Background Stamp around the edges of the pages using Watering Can Archival Ink. Doodle a border around the inside edge of this using a black journaling pen.


3. Apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to a stamp from the Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with a little water and add to the top of the left hand page. Repeat for the other page. Use the ‘spotty’ stamp from this set to add some more colour around the pages.

4. Stamp some quotes from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set over the pages using Cracked Pistachio and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.


5. Stamp the title on smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink and the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set. Fussy cut and add to the pages. Add some freehand borders around each letter/number using the black journaling pen.

6. Stamp a couple of quotes to add to the bottom of each page.


7. Add your books!


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bookshelf Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio, Hickory Smoke

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own planner book list pages. I wonder how many books you will read this year?!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda