Celebrating 10 years of Darkroom Door!

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Happy Birthday to us! It has been 10 years since we first opened Darkroom Door!

Our very first stamp sets and paper products debuted at the SIA Trade Show in Sydney. Here's a look at our booth at that show: 


Since then, we have designed well over 1000 stamps and products, and continue to grow our product line each year. Here's a small snapshot of our current product offering:


We've also worked with many amazing artists to bring these products to life by sharing artwork, videos, tutorials and by teaching classes and workshops throughout the world! It has been a wonderful journey so far and we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for supporting us throughout the past 10 years! Thank you to everyone who has used our stamps, to the amazing artists we have worked with for creating so many wonderful projects to inspire us and to the many stores worldwide who stock our stamps! You have all been instrumental in the success of our business and we send a big heartfelt thank you to you all! 

To celebrate this milestone, we want to share the gifts with you! For the month of September, each order placed through our website will receive a free commemorative birthday stamp! Limit one stamp per customer. No coupon required, we will simply add it in with your order! 


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We would like to say a big THANK YOU for your support over the past 10 years and for joining us along this creative journey!

Correspondence Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 01, 2017

Hi, it's Heather Telford happy to be sharing a card on the Darkroom Door blog today. I have pulled out stamps from the vintage style Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set and used the World Map Background Stamp also. This mosaic style card was made for the wedding anniversary of friends of mine. I chose the correspondence and map stamps because they are a couple who love books, travel and literary memorabilia.


To create my background I used a layering technique featuring distress oxide inks. I pressed fossilized amber, broken china and cracked pistachio inks onto a craft sheet. I spritzed with water and pressed my hot pressed watercolour paper onto the ink. After picking up a layer of colour I dried the panel before laying it back into the ink to pick up more colour. By drying the panel in between layers I was able to keep the colours bright and distinct. Once I had layered enough colour I splattered some gold paint lightly over a few areas then let it dry.

I chose several stamps from the Correspondence set and stamped them in versafine onyx black ink onto the distress oxide background. I also stamped the world map stamp so I could cut out a little map panel. The next step was a bit like putting a puzzle together as I trimmed and arranged my stamped and unstamped rectangles to fill a natural coloured card front. Once I was happy with my layout I added black foam to the back of three rectangles for some visual interest. I was left with one little space which I filled with four dots of ebony black nuvo crystal drops.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Versafine Ink Onyx Black
Distress Okide inks: Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio
Gold paint
Nuvo crystal drops: Black ebony
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Black foam sheet

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Artist Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hi crafty folks! Teresa Abajo here today!

Who better to appreciate a handmade item than a fellow crafter? The new Artist Quote Stamp is one to which any crafter can relate.  Here are a couple of cards I made with it.

First up is a bright one! I made the background with acrylic paint and a scraper - so quick, easy and effective:


1. Scrape very small amounts of different colours of paint across the front of a folded white card. By very small I mean half a pea or less. The paint is spread so thinly that it dries almost instantly and is ready for the next colour almost immediately.

2. Ensure the paint is very well dried, then stamp the quote using Archival Jet Black ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder.

3. Stamp the droplets of paint from the Paint Splats set and clear emboss this as well.

4. Tie some black cord around the left hand side of the card near the fold, then tie some beads to the ends.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Artist Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Stamp Set
Archival ink Jet Black
Acrylic paint various colours

The next card feels a little cleaner because of the white space, but there's still lots of opportunity to add colour:


1. Ink up the paint spatter image from the Paint Splats set with a few colours of Distress Oxide ink. Stamp onto white cardstock.

2. Stamp the Artist Quote stamp over the paint spatter.

3. Trim to size then mount onto black cardstock.

4. Stamp some of the splat, spatter and drip images onto a 9.5 x 13.8 cm piece of white card in different colour Distress Oxide ink.

5. Mount this onto a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of black cardstock then onto a card front.

6. Adhere the quote piece to the front of the card at an angle.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Artist Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Stamp Set
Distress Oxide inks: Twisted Citron, Broken China, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry
Archival ink Jet Black

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day is a crafty one!


Crackle Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 28, 2017

Hi, It's Belinda Spencer here today with some cards using the new Crackle Texture Stamp


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Crackle Background Stamp to this piece using Watering Can Archival Ink.  Apply Hickory Smoke Distress Ink around the edges. Stick down on the card base.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock 9cm x 12.5cm. Apply the Flower Garden Background Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Apply Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Inks around the edges. Stick down on the card
front.
4. Stamp the Crackle Texture Stamp on another piece of white cardstock using the Watering Can ink. Apply Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. Add a coat of Glossy Accents to this piece and set aside to dry.
5. Apply the Ornate Mirror Frame Stamp on smooth white cardstock using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat Set with Super Fine Details Silver Embossing Powder. Apply Black Soot ink over the top. Use paper towel to buff the frame and remove any ink from the embossed areas. Fussy cut the frame and stick down over the 'crackle' piece from Step 4. Add to the card front using 3D foam.
6. Apply two more coats of Glossy Accents to the 'mirror' part of the frame. Make sure you allow them to dry completely in between coats. You should end up with a lovely cracked mirror effect.


7. Stamp some butterflies and the sentiment on white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Crackle Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Flower Garden Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Ornate Mirror Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Imperfection Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can
Glossy Accents
Embossing Powder Silver Super Fine Detail
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Hickory Smoke
Distress Embossing Ink


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of white cardstock 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Crackle Background Stamp to this piece using Watering Can Archival Ink. Stick down on the card base.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock 9cm x 12.5cm. Spritz with a little Winter Grey Kaisermist and also some water. Blot away the excess with scrunched up paper towel. Dry with a heat gun. Add the Crackle Texture Stamp using Watering Can Archival Ink. Apply Hickory Smoke ink using an ink blending tool in the stamped area to create a slightly darker area. Also ink around the edges of this piece with the Hickory Smoke ink.
4. Stamp a flower from the gorgeous Fine Flowers Stamp Set on white cardstock using the Watering Can ink. Press Candied Apple and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks onto an acrylic block and spritz them (separately) with a little water. Use a soft wet paintbrush to paint the colours onto the stamped flower. Also add some flicks of colour to the flower and the crackle background. Dry the flower with a heat gun. Fussy cut the flower and add to the card front using 3D foam along with some messy embroidery thread. Use a white paint pen to add some splashes of white across the card front also.
5. Stamp your sentiment on white cardstock using the Watering Can ink. Fussy cut and add to the card.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Crackle Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Watering Can
Distress Ink: Candied Apple, Hickory Smoke



Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of black cardstock 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Crackle Background Stamp to this piece using Jet Black Archival Ink.  Apply Candied Apple Distress Ink around the edges. Stick down on the card base.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock 9cm x 12.5cm. Spritz with a little water followed by Charcoal and Winter Grey Kaisermists. Blend with a little more water then blot away the excess with scrunched up paper towel. Flick some water over the top to create a water stained look. Dry with a heat gun. Apply the Crackle Texture Stamp over the top using the Jet Black ink. Stick down on the card front.
4. Stamp the Pretty Poppies Collage Stamp onto another piece of smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Press the Candied Apple and Black Soot Distress Ink pads onto an acrylic block and spritz each separately with a little water. Use a soft wet paintbrush to paint these colours onto the main poppy. Keep adding colour until you have the depth of colour required. Dry with a heat gun. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam along with some messy red embroidery thread. Add a little messy black embroidery thread to the centre of the poppy and glue on a metal button.
5. Use a white paint pen to add some white splashes over the front of the card. Stamp a sentiment using the Jet Black ink on white cardstock. Fussy cut and add to the card.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Crackle Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Pretty Poppies Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Candied Apple


Thanks so much for stopping by! 

3 Seasonal Background Techniques

Darkroom Door - Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hi there, I'm Heather Telford and I am happy to be back at Darkroom Door sharing three different techniques for creating colourful backgrounds to use behind the atmospheric path stamp from the Wilderness Vol 2 Stamp Set. I love the pretty overhanging trees in this image and decided to try it over a series of backgrounds to get some seasonal scenes.


My winter scene background was created on glossy photo paper, with the colour from brusho paints. I sprinkled turquoise, violet and prussian blue on a craft sheet, spritzed with water then swiped photo paper through the paint. I think this background was probably the second panel I pulled through the paint because the colours are soft and blended. Once the panel was totally dry I stamped with stazon jet black ink. The sharpness of the image is quite amazing on photo paper and yupo; it's possible to see every little twig.

 
For my summer scene I created an alcohol ink background on yupo paper with meadow and aqua alcohol inks. I dropped the inks on opaque white yupo and let the colours move and blend. I spread and diluted them a little with some blending solution then let the panel dry. I chose the 'path' stamp from the Wilderness Vol 2 stamp set and stamped it in jet black Stazon ink. 


I have recently switched to a new method when stamping yupo and photo paper; I lay the stamp down flat, ink it thoroughly then press the paper panel face down on top. I rub the back of the paper panel all over for a good impression. To complete the summer scene I handwrote a sentiment with a Sakura micron pen.

 
My fall scene background was created with distress oxide inks on glossy photo paper. I pressed the distress oxide inks (spiced marmalade, fossilized amber & a little peeled paint) onto a craft sheet, spritzed the ink, then swiped my photo paper through the ink to pick up colour. The photo paper stays wet for a while so I let it air dry then stamped the wilderness path image in jet black stazon ink. Once again I inked the stamp and laid the paper face down onto the stamp. The stamp clings to the photo paper so I was able to peel up a corner, check the impression and add more ink if necessary as long as I kept one half of the panel firmly stuck to the stamp while I re-inked the other half.

 
I finished all the cards by matting with wood textured white paper and black cardstock before attaching to a white card base.
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wilderness V2 Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Alcohol inks: Meadow & Aqua 
Distress Oxide Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint 
Brusho Paints: Violet, Turquoise, Prussian Blue Colourcraft 
Stazon ink: Jet Black 
Sakura Micron Pen - Black
Opaque Yupo paper
Glossy photo paper
White Wood textured cardstock
Black & White cardstock

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Brick Wall Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 25, 2017

Hello wonderful crafters! Teresa Abajo here to share a couple of projects I've made using the new Brick Wall Texture Stamp

The bricks make a fantastic background for a wide variety of themes, and they're not gender or age specific, so they can be used for just about anything!

Here's my first card:


Stamp the Brick Wall Texture stamp in the centre of the card front with Archival Watering Can, then stamp the flower from the Poppies set and colour it with Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks and a waterbrush.

Fussy cut the flower and adhere it to the bottom right of the card front, and stamp the word Remember, cut it out and adhere it to the top left hand side over a torn scrap of book page. Slip a scrap of ribbon under the flower.

Mix some Fossilized Amber Distress Paint with a touch of Black Soot, water it right down and paint over the whole card front to help it look aged.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Brick Wall Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Poppies Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Watering Can
Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks
Waterbrush
Ribbon
Distress Paint: Fossilized Amber, Black Soot

This second sample has the Brick Wall Texture stamp over some gel prints I made with the new Large Circles Stencil:


Stamp the bricks with Archival Jet Black, then stamp the skater image from the Skater set onto a lighter coloured gel print. Then fussy cut the skater.

Stamp a few splats from the Paint Splats stamp set with Versamark ink, and emboss them using yellow/orange embossing powder. Adhere the skater to this piece and stamp the sentiment from the Happy Birthday set and adhere this to the top left hand side.


Distress the edges of the gel prints and don't apply adhesive to them so they will roll up and create extra dimension. Painted scraps of hessian and adhere this under the edges at the top and bottom of the card front.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Brick Wall Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Skater Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats stamp set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday stamp set
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Circles
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Embossing Powder: Yellow/Orange
Gel Press gel plate
Acrylic paints
Hessian scraps

Thanks for looking and I hope you will love the Brick Wall stamp as much as I do!

Gazette Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hi, it's Belinda Spencer here today with some cards I've created using the new Gazette Texture Stamp


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of pink cardstock 13.5cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 13cm. Apply the Gazette Background Stamp to this piece using Watering Can Archival Ink. Press down the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink Pad on a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with a little water. Swipe this piece through the colour. Allow to dry. Ink the edges with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. Stick down on the card base.
3. Cut another piece of white cardstock 9cm x 125cm. Colour this piece with the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide as in Step 2. Dry with a heat gun. Apply the Gazette Texture Stamp on top using the Watering Can ink. Ink the edges with the Hickory Smoke ink and stick down on the card front.
4. Apply the mannequin from the Dressmaker Stamp Set onto smooth white cardstock using the Watering Can ink. Stamp again using the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. Cut out the whole 'grey' mannequin. Stick a small
piece of torn tissue wrap on top to form the skirt. Cut out the top only of the Worn Lipstick mannequin. Layer over the top. Add some messy embroidery thread to the card front before adding the layered mannequin using 3D foam.
5. Swipe another piece of white cardstock through the Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide. Dry with a heat gun. Stamp a butterfly and the sentiment on this piece. Fussy cut both and add to the card front.


Here are three more cards featuring the Gazette Texture Stamp created using the same techniques.


I made a little bow tie from the triangles in the Arty Triangles Collage Stamp!






Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Gazette Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Gazette Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dressmaker Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Skater Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Arty Triangles Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Friends Quote Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Rose Madder, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Hickory Smoke
Distress Oxide Ink: Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick


Thanks for stopping by today! 

Fine Leaves Stamp Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 21, 2017

Hello stampers, Godelieve Tijskens here. I'm happy to have some of my designs in latest release again! Today I'm sharing cards I made with the Fine Leaves Stamp Set.
 

 
On this card I used the heat emboss resist technique with Distress Oxide inks

1. Attach all stamps to a large stamping block, Misti or any other stamp positioning tool to stamp them all in one go
2. Stamp with embossing ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Don't remove the stamps from the block, because you will use them again in this position later
3. Swipe Distress Oxide inkpads across a non stick craftsheet, mist with water and drag the heat embossed piece through the ink


4. Let dry, or use a heat tool to speed things up
5. To remove the clear embossing, put a sheet of printer paper onto the stamped piece and use a hot iron to melt the embossing off


6. Ink the stamps, which are still attached to the stamping block, with Distress Oxide inks and over stamp the leaves. It doesn't matter if some of the white parts show up, in fact it looks even better that way.
 


7. Stamp and heat emboss a Fine Butterfly onto vellum, cut it out and attach to the stamped piece.
8. Add words from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set, using black Archival ink.
9. Distress the edges using a paper distresser, and glue the finished panel onto a white card.
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Embossing inkpad
Distress Oxide inkpads:  Broken China, Peeled Paint
Archival inkpad:  Jet Black

Embossing powder:  Clear and white
Vellum
Large stamping block, or Misti, or any other stamp positioning tool
Non stick craftsheet
Paper distresser
Tiny attacher
 

I love to create simple 1-layer cards like this one!

1. Mask the left and right side of a card, using sticky notes
2. Stamp the Grid Background stamp using a light ink, such as Archival Ink Shadow Grey
3. Add color using Distress inks Evergreen Bough and Rusty Hinge with an ink blending tool


4. Stamp a leaf several times, using black Archival Ink. Stamp over the edges onto the sticky notes
5. Add a sentiment from the Simple Sayings Vol 2 set
6. Remove the sticky notes and add tiny dots of Enamel Accents to finish off the card
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Distress Inkpads:  Evergreen Bough, Rusty Hinge
Archival Inkpads: Shadow Grey, Jet Black

Sticky Notes
Mini Ink Blending Tools
Enamel Accents:  Electric Lime, Cheese Puff
 

On this card I used a resist technique again, watercolored with Distress Stains

1. Stamp the leaves with black Archival Ink


2. Use masking fluid onto the parts that you want to keep white. I used masking fluid, but you could use a white crayon
3. Let the masking fluid dry completely.


4. Watercolor the leaves using Distress Stain Twisted Citron & Mowed Lawn
5. Watercolor the background using Distress Stain Iced Spruce & Weathered Wood. Let dry
6. Add texture to the background using the Crackle Texture stamp with Distress Oxide Iced Spruce
7. Stamp Happy Birthday using stamps from the Simple Circles and Happy Birthday sets with Archival Ink Watering Can and cut out
8. Rub off the dried masking fluid to reveal the white cardstock
9. Distress the edges with the Tonic paper distresser 
10. Glue the cut out pieces in place and adhere the finished panel to a white card
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Crackle Texture Stamp
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Stain: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood
Masking Fluid
Circle punch
Tonic Paper Distresser
 
Thanks for stopping by today!  

Sunshine Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 18, 2017

Hello happy people! It's Teresa Abajo with a couple of cards I made using the awesome new Texture Stamp called Sunshine.

The Sunshine stamp is a great way to embellish the focal point of a card, scrapbook page, art journal page or any other project.

In my first sample I have used it to draw the eye to the butterfly in the centre of the card:


I stamped the Stitched Threads Frame stamp using Archival Jet Black ink, and then stamped the Sunshine image in the centre of it using Distress Oxide Broken China. I used some of the words from the Dream Catchers stamp set for the bottom of the card.

I then stamped one of the images from the Butterfly stamp set in black ink on a gel print I made with one of the new stencils - Large Circles. I fussy cut the butterfly, then stitched it in place in the centre of the Sunshine with a sewing machine.

I left lots of thread attached to the butterfly and loosely wound it around and secured it in place with a few adhesive diamantes.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Sunshine Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Stitched Threads Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Dream Catchers stamp set
Darkroom Door Butterflies Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Broken China ink
Archival Jet Black ink
Black cotton thread
Adhesive diamantes aqua

In this second sample, I have used the Sunshine Texture stamp to centre a bit of an eccentric design:


I stamped the Sunshine Texture stamp using Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink in the centre of a white card front. Then I stamped a few of the stars from the Stars set using Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry ink and fussy cut them.

I stamped the word Celebrate from the Brushed Sentiments set using Versamark ink, and sprinkled some pink embossing powder on the bottom of the letters and some gold embossing powder on the top of the letters, before melting it with a heat gun and fussy cutting the word.

Then I assembled the card by balancing the word toward the right with the large star toward the left of the Sunshine image. The two smaller stars were adhered under the word and some adhesive diamantes placed here and there around the focal points.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Sunshine Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Stars Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink - Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry
Embossing powder - pink, gold
Adhesive diamantes


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed seeing how useful the Sunshine Texture Stamp image can be!

New Release Stamps and Stencils

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 09, 2017
We'd like to introduce 16 NEW Stamps & 12 New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist






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