Crackle Stencil Ideas and Video

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hi there! Rachel Greig here again today with a video showing some ideas and techniques using the new Crackle Stencils! These stencils are fantastic to use with texture paste to create an easy crackle paint effect, or with ink sprays, ink pads and more for other amazing effects! 

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Here are some of the projects from our contributing artists that we share in the video:  










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Circles Stencil Ideas & Video

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with a video showing some ideas and techniques using the new Circles Stencils! It is such a versatile stencil that can be used with ink sprays, paints, texture pastes and more! 

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Here are some of the projects from our contributing artists that we share in the video: 













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Mesh Stencil Ideas & Video

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 02, 2017

Hi there! Rachel Greig here today with a video showing some ideas and techniques using the new Mesh Stencil! It is such a versatile stencil that can be used with ink sprays, paints, texture pastes and more! 

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Here are some of the projects from our contributing artists that we share in the video: 










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Our Everyday Life Layout

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 29, 2017

Hi! Belinda Spencer here today to share a layout I have created featuring stamps from the awesome NEW Succulents Rubber Stamp Set. I have created my own background by embossing several succulent stamps with white embossing powder and adding a lovely wash of soft colours over the top.


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of pale green cardstock 8 ½ " x 11 ¾ " to form the layout base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 8 ¼ " x 11 ½ ". Ink the edges with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and stick down on the pale green cardstock base.

3. Choose two of the succulent stamps. I have used the large and small versions of the same design. Apply Distress Embossing Ink and stamp the succulents over the background. Heat set with white embossing powder.

4. Spritz the background with a little water. Dilute a little Bundled Sage Distress Paint and wash over the background along with some shimmery soft pink mist using a soft wet paintbrush. Reapply until you have enough coverage of your background as well as depth of colour. The aim is for a lovely soft wash of colour. You could also try this technique with watercolour paints, diluted acrylic paints, mists or Distress Inks. Dry with a heat gun or set aside to dry. Also apply a quote stamp from the Gardening Stamp Set over the background using Sap Green Archival Ink.


5. Layer some co-ordinating patterned papers together. Add your photo on top using 3D foam. Tie some natural jute around the bundle. Stick down on your layout.

6. Stamp the same succulent stamps again on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock using Sap Green Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun and then paint on a little of the shimmery pink mist. Dry with a heat gun, fussy cut and add to your photo/patterned paper bundle.


7. To finish, add your title some chipboard leaves and
sequins as well as any journaling.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Succulents Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gardening Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink Tattered Rose
Distress Paint Bundled Sage
Distress Embossing Ink
White embossing powder
Chipboard
Sequins
Twine

Thanks for checking out my layout today using this brilliant new stamp set.

Cheers

Belinda

Succulents Stamp Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hello! It's Belinda Spencer here again today sharing a series of cards using the Succulents Stamp Set



Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of aqua cardstock 12.5cm x 19cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9cm x 12cm. Apply the Woodgrain Texture Stap in the centre using Watering Can Archival Ink. Wash some grey watercolour paint over the top of the stamped area. Dry with a heat gun. Ink the edges with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. Stick down on the card base.

3. Apply Lucky Clover Distress Ink to the Succulents stamp and spritz with a fine mist of water. Just a little. Stamp on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock. Use a fine soft wet paintbrush to smooth and blend the ink. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut.

4. Apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to the Fine Leaves stamp. Huff on it before stamping on white cardstock. Dry the ink and then fussy cut the leaves.

5. Add some messy strands of co-ordinating embroidery thread to the card front. Layer on the fussy cut leaves followed by the succulent. Use 3D foam under the succulent to give it some dimension. Flick some Lucky Clover ink over the card front as well as some white droplets from a paint pen.

6. Stamp a sentiment and add to the card using 3D foam. Glue
on some sequins to finish.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Succulents Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Woodgrain Texture Stamp
Archival Ink Watering Can
Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover

PRIMA Metallic Accents Watercolour Paints
Embroidery thread
Sequins
UNI Posca Pen white


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of pale pink cardstock 12.5cm x 19cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9cm x 12cm. Apply Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide to this piece using an ink blending tool. Splash some water over the surface using your fingertips. Dry with a heat gun. It needs to be perfectly dry for the next step.

3. Apply Distress Embossing Ink to the Crackle Texture Stamp and stamp on the pink background. Heat set with white embossing powder. Ink the edges of this piece with the Worn Lipstick ink. Stick down on the card front.

4. Apply Lucky Clover Distress Ink to the Fine Leaves stamp. Huff on it and stamp on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock. Dry the ink and fussy cut the leaves. Add some messy co-ordinating embroidery thread to the card front and layer the leaves on top.

5. Apply embossing ink to the succulent stamp and stamp on white cardstock. Heat set with white embossing powder. Apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide to the centre of this image using an ink blending tool. Apply Lucky Clover Distress Ink around the edge. Fussy cut the succulent and add to the card front with 3D foam.

6. Apply the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to the sentiment stamp and stamp on white cardstock. Dry the ink with a heat gun before fussy cutting. Add to the card with 3D foam.


Here is another card I created using the same techniques.



Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Succulents Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Fancy Flourish Eclectic Stamp
Distress Oxide: Cracked Pistachio, Worn Lipstick
Distress Ink: Lucky Clover
Distress Embossing Ink

White embossing powder
Embroidery thread
UNI Posca Pen

I hope you love this fabulous stamp set as much as me and you are inspired to create your own sweet succulents cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Belinda

Succulents Art Journal Spread

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 25, 2017

Hi! Belinda here today to share an art journal spread I have created featuring stamps from the awesome NEW Succulents Rubber Stamp Set. I have created a fairly simple art journal page featuring the stunning stamps along with gesso, ink and metallic watercolour paints.


Instructions:

1. Apply Watering Can Archival Ink to the Torn Text Background Stamp and stamp roughly over the art journal pages without using an acrylic block. This allows you to slightly bend the stamp so you get a more random effect with no edges. Allow the ink to dry.

2. Apply a thin coat of gesso over the pages to soften the stamping. Allow to dry.

3. Next apply the various succulent stamps across the pages using the Watering Can ink. For my art journal pages, I used every single stamp in that set and why not when they are so good! Also stamp the love heart circles from the Simply Circles Stamp Set. Allow the ink to dry.

4. Spritz some water over the stamped area and wash some lovely watercolours over the images using a soft wet paintbrush. Dry with a heat gun before adding a little more depth of colour to the leaves. Dry again.

5. Add some quotes to the pages using the same Watering Can ink. Draw some scribbly circles around the love heart circles using a fine white paint pen. Flick some white droplets over the pages using the white paint pen or diluted gesso.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Succulents Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Archival Ink Watering Can
Prima Metallic Accents Watercolour Paints
UNI Posca Pen White


Thanks for checking out my art journal pages today using this brilliant new stamp set. I hope you love this stamp set as much as I do.

Cheers

Belinda

Fine Baubles cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hello Stampers, it is Godelieve Tijskens here. Today I'm sharing some cards I made with the Fine Baubles Stamp Set. These stamps are my designs, turned into rubber stamps by Darkroom Door. Love the excellent quality of Darkroom Door's red rubber stamps! The set comes with 4 large and 4 small baubles. On my cards I used the large ones.

Here's how I made them.


1. Stamp the Christmas Word Block stamp onto cream cardstock, using Archival Ink Potting Soil, but keep the bottom corner uninked, where the bauble will be placed later.
2. Sponge with Distress Ink Vintage Photo using an ink blending tool
3. Stamp the bauble onto cream cardstock with Archival ink. Sponge the top and bottom with Distress Ink
4. Stamp the bauble again onto kraft cardstock and once more on cream, to cut apart.
5. Shape the cut out flowers using an embossing stylus and glue the pieces in place.
6. Create a twine bow to attach to the top.
7. Add a piece of twine, and feed it through a punched hole at the top of the background.
8. Layer onto corrugated cardstock and adhere to a cream card.


Supplies:
Darkroom Door Fine Baubles Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Word Block Stamp 
Archival Inkpad: Potting Soil
Distress Inkpad: Vintage Photo

Twine

This card is a bright version of the previous card


1. Create a Distress Oxide background, by swiping the inkpads onto a non stick craftsheet, mist with water and put the paper in this puddle. 
2. Let dry, you can use a heattool, and repeat until you're happy with the result. Let dry completely. 
3. Stamp the Word Block stamp onto the Distress Oxide background, and heat emboss with bamboo and turquoise embossing powder.
4. Stamp and heat emboss the bauble stamp on white cardstock
5. Stamp and heat emboss the bauble stamp once more onto a left over piece of the Distress Oxide paper, and onto white cardstock to cut apart.
6. Glue the cut out pieces together, adhere twine and compose the card.
Photo 4.
7. Add Glossy Accents to the flowers for a finishing touch.


Supplies:
Darkroom Door Fine Baubles Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Word Block Stamp
Distress Oxide Inkpads: Broken China, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber
Embossing Inkpad
Embossing Powder Izink: Turquoise, Bamboo
Glossy Accents
Twine

This 1 layer card was made using the masking technique. Perfect if you want a layered look, but don't like cutting. Although you have to cut some masks first.


1. Stamp the baubles you want to use onto sticky notes, cut them out to create masks. You can use these masks over and over again.
2. Stamp the first bauble using black Archival ink. Cover with a mask before you stamp the second one. Cover again and stamp a third bauble.
3. Color the baubles. I used pencils on this card.


4. After coloring the baubles, cover them again with the masks to do the background.
5. Cover the top and bottom part of the background, to color the center part using a grey pencil.
6. Cover this grey background using sticky notes.
7. Stamp the top part with the Splatter Background stamp using Archival Ink Watering Can.
8. Stamp the bottom part with the Crackle Texture stamp.
9. Draw lines to "hang" the baubles.
10. The circle stamp in the top corner is from the Christmas Reindeer set, stamped with black Archival ink and colored with pencils too.


11. Apply Glossy Accents to the baubles
12. Adhere the stamped piece to a white card.

Supplies:
Darkroom Door Fine Baubles Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Splatter Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp 
Archival Inkpads: Black, Watering Can
Colored Pencils
Glossy Accents

By the way, the large round bauble from the Brushed Christmas stamp set matches with the large ones from the Fine Baubles set. 


Thanks for visiting Darkroom Door Blog today!

Godelieve

Wonderful Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, September 17, 2017
Hello wonderful crafters! Teresa Abajo here with a couple of card ideas you can make using the new Wonderful Quote Stamp.

In my first card, I have put the new Sunshine Texture stamp behind it. The quote would also work with most of the other Texture stamps in the range, just remember to use a pale ink so that it doesn't compete with the words for attention.


1. Stamp the Sunshine Texture stamp using Archival Verdigris ink.

2. Stamp the quote over the top using Archival Jet Black, then quickly sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat to melt.

3. Trim down leaving a white border around the stamping, then apply a glue runner around  the edges. Apply copper foil to the glue.

4. Apply dots of glue over the word 'wonderful', allow to dry then apply foil to the glue.

5. Stamp the Sunshine Background stamp onto green cardstock using Versamark ink, and emboss with clear embossing powder.

6. Trim to fit the front of a card and assemble


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wonderful Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Sunshine Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Sunshine Background Stamp
Archival ink: Verdigris, Jet Black
Versamark ink
Copper foil

I have created a little window for my next card:


1. Stamp the Wonderful Quote stamp onto some heat proof acetate using Versamark ink.

2. Emboss with gold embossing powder.

3. Create a frame for the quote from white cardstock. I used rectangular dies for this step. Sponge some Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap over the frame before adhering to the acetate piece.

4. Sponge various colours of Distress Oxide ink over a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of white cardstock. I have used Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.

5. Lay the small Wildflowers stencil over this piece and remove some of the colour with a wet wipe. Dry this off, replace the stencil then sponge some Frayed Burlap through the flowers.

6. Adhere the framed acetate piece to the card front using foam mounting tape.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wonderful Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Wildflower stencil small
Distress Oxide ink: Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder

I hope you have enjoyed my projects using this wonderfully inspiring quote! Thanks for looking.

Teresa

Cacti Stamp Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hello, Belinda Spencer here again today with my last instalment of projects using the Cacti Stamp Set! Today I have 3 cards to share. 


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of red cardstock 14cm x 20cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Apply the Crackle Texture Stamp to this piece using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set with clear embossing powder. Spritz a little water over the background. Press the Fired Brick ink pad onto an acrylic block. Use a soft wet paintbrush to pick up the colour and add to the card background. Also flick some colour over the surface to create little droplets of colour. Dry with a heat gun. Stamp some 'XO's' over the background using the same ink. Ink the edges of this piece with the Fired Brick ink and stick down on the card base.


3. Choose the roundish cactus in the pot from the stamp set. Apply embossing ink to the stamp and then Lucky Clover for the cactus and Spiced Marmalade for the pot. Stamp on a separate piece of white cardstock and heat set with clear embossing powder. Repeat this process with the separate pot stamp and another cactus. Add a slit to the top of the pot so that the cactus can be slipped in. Add the cacti to the card using 3D foam.

4. Apply embossing ink and Fired Brixk ink to a small heart from the Hearts stamp set. Stamp on white cardstock and heat set with clear embossing powder. Paint a little Fired Brick ink over the heart as in Step 2. Add to the cactus pot using 3D foam.

5. Stamp the sentiment on white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Cut out the individual words. Ink the edges with the Spiced Marmalade ink and add to the card.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Cacti Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Fired Brick, Lucky Clover, Spiced Marmalade
Distress Embossing Ink
Clear embossing powder


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of lime green cardstock 14cm x 20cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Apply embossing ink and Fossilized Amber ink to the Crackle Texture Stamp and stamp on this piece. Heat set with clear embossing powder. Spritz the background with water. Press the Twisted Citron ink pad onto an acrylic block. Lift the colour from the block with a soft wet paintbrush and wash the colour over the background. Add some flicks of colour and then dry with a heat gun. Ink the edges of this piece with the Twisted Citron ink.

3. Choose a cactus from the Cacti Stamp Set. Apply embossing ink and Fossilized Amber ink to the stamp and stamp on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock. Heat set with clear embossing powder. Paint the cactus with various Distress Ink colours. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut.

4. Stamp a heart from the Hearts Stamp Set onto the white cardstock using embossing ink and Peacock Feathers Ink. Heat set with clear embossing powder. Fussy cut the heart. Add some messy embroidery thread to the card front and then staple the heart over the top. Stick down the cactus using 3D foam.

5. Stamp the tiniest heart from the Hearts stamp set onto white cardstock using the Peacock feathers ink. Fussy cut and add them to the card front along with some sequins.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Cacti Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Distress Embossing Ink
Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock 15cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Create a background print by using a gel press along with the Mesh Small Stencil and some acrylic paints. Allow to dry and then cut to 10cm x 14.5cm. Ink the edges with black ink. Choose a stamp from the Brush Strokes Stamp Set and apply to the bottom of this piece using Jet Black Archival Ink. Add some weeds from the Home Sweet Home Stamp Set using the same ink. Stick down on the kraft card base.

3. Stamp the two tall cacti onto a separate piece of smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Paint the cacti using various Distress Ink colours. Dry with a heat gun, fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.

4. Stamp some small stars from the Stars Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front.

5. Stamp the sentiment and add to the card.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Cacti Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brush Strokes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Mesh Small Stencil
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles
Acrylic paint

I hope you love this fabulous stamp set as much as me and you are inspired to create your own funky cacti cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Belinda

Let's Stick Together Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 11, 2017

Hi! Belinda Spencer back again today to share another project using the Cacti Stamp Set! This time it's an art journal spread. I have created my own cute cacti embellishments for this art journal spread using an
embossing technique as well as watercolour painting with Distress Inks. 


Instructions:
1. Apply some co-ordinating acrylic paint to your art journal pages using a palette knife. Allow to dry.

2. Place the small Crackle Stencil on the background and swipe some texture paste over it using a palette knife. Lift off the stencil and reapply in several places until you have enough texture added to your pages. Allow to dry.

3. Dilute some of the acrylic paint and add over the top of the crackle areas to add some colour. Dry with a heat gun.


4. Use some matte gel paste to add some torn tissue paper across the centre of the spread. Allow to dry.

5. Apply some stamps from the Grunge Marks set using Ranger Archival Inks to add more interest and texture to the background. Add some messy strands of co-ordinating embroidery thread across the centre of the background.


6. Apply clear embossing ink and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to the cactus stamps and stamp on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock. Heat set with clear embossing powder. Select co-ordinating Distress Ink colours and press them onto an acrylic block. Use a soft wet paintbrush to apply the colours to the cacti images. Dry with a heat gun, fussy cut and add to the art journal pages.


7. Stamp the quote from the Cacti Stamp Set on a separate piece of white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Cut out and ink the edges with the Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. Stick down on the art journal page. Use the letters from the Alphabet Medley set to add 'C'mon C'mon' to the pages.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Cacti Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Crackle
Distress Ink: Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron
Distress Embossing Ink
Archival Ink: Aquamarine, Chrome Yellow, Jet Black
Clear embossing powder
Acrylic paint
GOLDEN Light Molding Paste
Embroidery thread


Thanks for checking out my art journal pages today using this brilliant new stamp set. I hope you love this stamp set as much as I do.

Cheers

Belinda

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