Tropical Flower Ladies

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 05, 2018

Hi there! It's Belinda Spencer with you again today sharing more projects using the Tropical Flowers Stamp Set! I am loving this set and can't seem to stop using it! Today I have another card and art journal page to show you. 


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 15cm x 22cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10.5cm x 14.5cm. Apply Neon Purple Hero Arts Neon Dye Ink to the Fallen Leaves Background Stamp. Stamp on this piece. Use an ink blending tool to apply Wilted Violet Distress Ink. Ink the edges with the Wilted Violet Ink also. Stick down on the card base.

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Stamp the Scratches Background Stamp on this piece using the Neon Purple ink. Use the ink blending tool with the Wilted Violet ink again to apply the colour to this piece. Ink the edges also. Stick down on the card front.

4. On a separate piece of smooth white cardstock, apply the Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp using Jet Black Archival ink. Use watercolour pencils to add colour to her face and blend with a soft wet paintbrush. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut removing the strawberry from her head. Stick the head onto the card front.

5. Stamp about 13 of the small frangipani flowers on the extra piece of cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Colour these with the watercolour pencils also. Blend the colour with the soft wet paintbrush. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut. Stick down on the 'Frangipani Lady'.

6. Stamp three butterflies and colour with the watercolour pencils as before. Dry with a heat gun, fussy cut and stick down on the card front.

7. Stamp the sentiment using Rose Madder Archival Ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Rose Madder
Distress Ink: Wilted Violet
Hero Arts Neon Ink Neon Purple
Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils

One of my favourite things to do right now is practice drawing faces in my art journal inspired by the stunning art work of Jane Davenport. I have in fact been learning to draw faces again in her fabulous workshops which you can find on her website here: https://janedavenport.com/online-workshops/ I was totally inspired by the beautiful Tropical Flowers Stamp Set to create a 'Tropical Girl' in my journal


Instructions:

1. Sketch out your girl in your art journal. (I have used the small Jane Davenport art journal).

2. Stamp some of the tropical flowers from the Tropical Flowers Stamp Set in her hair using Jet Black Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Apply Distress Inks to an acrylic block or heat resistant craft sheet. Use a soft wet paintbrush to pick up the ink and paint the flower images.

4. Paint the rest of the girl using whatever mediums you prefer. Here I have used a combination of watercolour pencils as well as Jane Davenport products. Use a white fine point Sharpie paint pen to doodle around the flowers to 'anchor' them into the hair.




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry,  Squeezed Lemonade
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport Sparkle Markers
Jane Davenport Art Journal Small
Sharpie Fine Point White Paint Pen

I hope you love this fabulous stamp set as much as me and you are inspired to create your own Tropical style projects.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Tropical Flowers Stamp Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, January 04, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here today to share some projects with you featuring the stunning new Tropical Flowers Rubber Stamp Set using my favourite watercolour stamping technique.


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 15cm x 22cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10.5cm x 14.5cm. Apply Picked Raspberry Distress Ink to the Woodgrain Background Stamp. Give a very light mist of water from a spray bottle and stamp on the white cardstock piece. Ink the edges with the Picked Raspberry ink and stick down on the card base.

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Apply Carved Pumpkin Distress ink to one of the stamps from the Watery Washes Stamp set. Spritz with water and apply to this piece. Use a soft wet paintbrush to blend the ink in the stamped image a little more. Repeat this process once more and then dry with a heat gun. Use the same technique to apply the spotty stamp in the set to the background using both the Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry inks. Stick down on the card front.

4. On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the large hibiscus from the Tropical Flowers Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival Ink. Press the Picked Raspberry Stamp Pad onto an acrylic block or heat resistant craft mat. Use the wet paintbrush to pick up the ink and paint onto the stamped flower image. Reapply until you are happy with the depth of colour. Use the paint brush to flick both of the inks across the flower. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut.

5. Stamp some butterflies from the Butterflies Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink. Colour the same way as the flower. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut.

6. Add some messy orange thread to the card. Stick the flower on top using 3D foam. Glue on the butterflies.

7. Stamp the sentiment on the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card using 3D foam


Here are another two cards, created in a similar way, but using the Brushed Sentiments stamp set for the words: 




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Woodgrain Background Stamp
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Picked Raspberry
Hero Arts Neon Ink: Neon Pink, Neon Yellow 
Embroidery thread


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 15cm x 22cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10.5cm x 14.5cm. Apply Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink to the Woodgrain Background Stamp. Give a very light mist of water from a spray bottle and stamp on the white cardstock piece. Ink the edges with the Carved Pumpkin ink and stick down on the card base.

3. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Apply Wilted Violet Distress Ink to the Plaid Background Stamp. Spritz with a light mist of water and stamp at the bottom of this piece. Spritz a little water onto the rest of this piece. Squish the Peacock Feathers Distress Ink onto an acrylic block or heat resistant craft sheet. Use a soft wet paintbrush to pick up the ink and apply to the card to create a watercolour wash of colour on the background. Dry with a heat gun. Ink the edges of this piece using the corresponding inks. Stick down on the card front.

4. On a separate piece of smooth white cardstock, apply the Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut the jar cutting off the lid. Place a small slit under the rim of the jar to slide the flower stems in.

5. Stamp the Bird of Paradise flowers onto the separate piece of white cardstock using the Jet Black Archival Ink. Squish Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron inks onto the acrylic block/craft sheet and paint the flowers.

6. Ink the leaves from the Tropical Leaves Stamp Set with Distress Inks. Spritz with water and stamp on the separate white cardstock piece. Use the paintbrush to blend the colour on the stamped images. Dry with a heat gun and then fussy cut.

7. Add the leaves and flowers to the mason jar by sliding the stems through the slit created under the rim of the jar. Secure in place using glue. Add 3D foam under the flower heads to make them stand out. Paint the water in the jar using Peacock Feathers ink. Dry with a heat gun. Tie some orange thread around the neck of the jar. Stick down on the card front using 3D foam.

8. Stamp the sentiment on the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Woodgrain Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Mini Mason Jar Eclectic Stamp
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Carved Pumpkin, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet

Hope you've enjoyed these cards! I have more projects to show you using this stamp set, drop by tomorrow to see them! 

Belinda
 

Watercolour Cards with Tropical Birds Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Hi stamping folk! It's Teresa Abajo here to show you what I've made using a new stamp set called Tropical Birds Rubber Stamp Set.

First up is a card using the flamingo stamp:


Step 1

Lightly sponge some Weathered Wood ink in the centre of a 9.5 x 13.8 cm piece of smooth white cardstock. Mask off the top part using a Post It Note and sponge Broken China ink on the bottom part of the card front. This will become the water. Spatter a few droplets of water over the sponged area, then blot dry with some paper towel.

Step 2

(Note: I used a Misti stamp positioning tool for this next step. If you don't own one then you could carefully apply the inks to the stamp then stamp all the colours in one go.)

Apply Pumice Stone ink to the legs and beak of the flamingo and stamp these onto the card front. Wipe the stamp clean, then apply Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink to the feathers of the flamingo and stamp this. Spread the pink around a little using a water brush.

Step 3

Apply Twisted Citron Distress ink to the grass image and stamp onto the card front, carefully lining up so that the centre of the grass lines up with the water line.

Step 4

Wipe the stamp clean then apply Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink to the stamp in a patchy manner. This allows some of the lighter green to show through the darker green grass.

Step 5

Dry the card front well, then stamp the words using Archival Jet Black ink. Add a few spots of Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew and allow to dry.

Step 6

Mount this onto some black cardstock then onto a 5 x 7 inch kraft card.


Materials used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Weathered Wood, Broken China, Pumice Stone
Distress Oxide Ink: Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint
Archival Jet Black
Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew

Next up is a card using the Toucan stamp. Toucans have black feathers and a wildly colourful bill, which makes the toucan image in this set super quick to colour.


Step 1

Stamp the toucan image using Archival Jet Black ink onto smooth white cardstock. Colour using Ecoline markers and a water brush (or any other colouring medium of your choosing).  

Step 2

Stamp the words close to the toucan, then trim down and mat with black cardstock.

Step 3

Stamp the Mesh Background stamp onto a 9.5 x 13.8 cm piece of white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. Add some spatters using similar colours to the toucan image. Mat this onto black cardstock, then adhere the toucan image at an angle.

Step 4

Take short scraps of ribbon in colours similar to those used on the toucan and stitch together. Adhere these to the card front using a mini attacher.


Step 5

Adhere the card front to a white card and add a couple of sequins to the bottom right hand corner.

Materials used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Birds Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Mesh Background Stamp
Archival Jet Black ink
Talens Ecoline Brush markers
Mini Attacher
Scraps of ribbon
Sequins

Thanks for looking and stay crafty!

Teresa

Watercolour Cards with Tropical Leaves Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Monday, January 01, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Happy New Year! It's Belinda Spencer here today to share some projects with you featuring the stunning new Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamp Set using my favourite watercolour stamping technique. The leaves in this set are so beautiful and lend themselves beautifully to a watercolour look.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of 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. Stick down on the card base.

3. On a separate piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink. Place the Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil over the top and apply Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the boxes using an ink blending tool. Spritz a little water on your fingertips and flick the water over the image. Dry with a heat gun and then cut out the boxes. Stick down on the card front using 3D foam.

4. Apply Distress Inks to the various leaves from the Tropical Leaves Stamp Set and spritz with water. Stamp on the extra piece of white cardstock. Use a soft wet paintbrush to blend the stamped images a little. Flick some more ink over the top using the paintbrush and then dry with a heat gun. Fussy cut all of the leaves.

5. Stamp the flower pot from the Gardening Vol. 1 Stamp Set using the Jet Black Ink. Colour the pot with watercolour pencils and blend with the paintbrush. Dry with a heat gun and fussy cut.

6. Stamp the Sitting Cat on the extra cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Colour with the watercolour pencils and blend with the paintbrush. Dry with the heat gun and fussy cut. Arrange all fussy cut pieces on the card front and stick down. Use 3D foam behind some elements to add dimension to the card.

7. Stamp the sentiment on the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card using 3D foam


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gardening Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils


Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of green cardstock 14cm x 22cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 9.5cm x 13.5cm. Squish three different green Distress Inks onto an acrylic block or heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz water onto the white cardstock. Use a medium soft wet paintbrush to pick up the ink and add to the cardstock to create a wash of colour. Dry with a heat gun. Ink the edges of the cardstock with green ink. Stick down on the card front.

3. Use the three green inks to ink up the Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp. Ink the stamp from lightest at the top to darkest at the bottom to create an ombre effect. Spritz with water and stamp on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock. Dry with a heat gun, fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.

4. Use Tree branch Archival Ink to stamp the Compass Eclectic Stamp on the extra cardstock. Use a die or punch to cut out. Ink the edges with Twisted Citron Distress Ink. Add to the card front.

5. Apply the green inks to a variety of leaves from the Tropical Leaves Stamp Set, spritz with water and stamp on the extra cardstock. Smooth out the ink on the stamped images using the wet paintbrush. Flick some water over the surface of the images and then dry with a heat gun. Fussy cut all of the leaves and glue together. Add a wood veneer or chipboard arrow to the stems of the leaves and wrap with jute and coloured thread. Stick down on the card front using 3D foam behind the leaves.


6. Stamp a sentiment using the Tree Branch ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bold Arrows Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Compass Eclectic Stamp
Archival Ink: Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron

Thank you for stopping by the blog today to check out my projects. I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects using this gorgeous stamp set.

Cheers

Belinda

Tropical Island Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 29, 2017

Hi folks! It's Teresa Abajo popping in to share some of the fun I've been having with the new Tropical Islands Rubber Stamp Set.


I was so excited to work with this set! The gorgeous silhouetted palm tree images meant I could crack out the super blendable Distress Oxide inks to create some awesome sunset backgrounds. This makes for wonderful fun on a hot summer's evening after a day at the pool.

A quick google image search for sunsets revealed a fantastic range of colours that would work besides the regular red and orange that we know so well.  This first sample has yellow and orange, with some hot pink and even purple added at the very top:


Step 1
Mask off the bottom quarter of a 13.8 x 9.5 cm piece of smooth white cardstock with a Post It Note. This will be the horizon line.

Step 2
Over a craft sheet, sponge some ink over the exposed area in this order: Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade again, Picked Raspberry then Seedless Preserve just on the top edges and corners. Add very light touches of Picked Raspberry at the very bottom. If necessary, go back over these areas to create a smooth blend.

Step 3
Turn the piece around, and place the Post It Note over the coloured area, exposing the area that will be the water. Sponge Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber and blend well.

Step 4
Stamp the tropical island image precisely over the horizon created with the Post It Note using Archival Jet Black ink. I used a Misti stamp tool to ensure correct placement and to enable repeated stamping to get a nice solid black image. Stamp the birds image in the sky.

Step 5
Allow the piece to dry well, then stamp the word 'enjoy' using Versamark ink and emboss with gold embossing powder. Mount onto black cardstock, tie some twine around the left hand side and mount onto a folded 5 x7 inch kraft card.

I used pretty much the same colours here, but went for a vertical arrangement this time:


Step 1
Mask off the bottom part of a 6 x 14.8 cm piece of white cardstock.  Sponge some Antique Linen ink toward the top of this piece of cardstock, then punch a circle shape from a Post It Note and place it over the Antique Linen area. This will be the sun on our sunset.

Step 2
Sponge some ink over the masked piece in this order: Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade again, Picked Raspberry, and just at the very top some Seedless Preserve.

Step 3
Remove the masks, then replace the Post It Note to cover the inked area. Sponge Spiced Marmalade over the water area.

Step 4
Stamp the island scene using Archival Jet Black ink, and add one extra tall palm tree to the scene, ensuring the top of it reaches the sun.

Step 5
Mat this piece onto black cardstock, then adhere it to a kraft card. Stamp the sentiment onto kraft cardstock, mat it with black cardstock and adhere to the card. Embellish with adhesive bling.

I used very different colours on this last card:


Step 1
Mask off the bottom quarter of a 13.8 x 9.5 cm piece of smooth white cardstock with a Post It Note.

Step 2
Sponge Spiced Marmalade ink, then Antique Linen, then Broken China inks to create the sunset background.

Step 3
Place the Post It Note over the sponged area, then sponge Broken China for the water, adding just a touch of Spiced Marmalade around where the island will be stamped.

Step 4
Stamp the tropical island and birds images using Archival Jet Black ink.

Step 5
When dry, stamp the words using Versamark ink, then emboss with gold embossing powder.

Step 6
Mount onto black cardstock, tie twine around the left hand side, and adhere to a 5 x 7 inch kraft card.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Island Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide inks
Archival Jet Black ink
Gold embossing powder
Misti stamp positioning tool
Non-stick craft sheet

Thanks for looking! I hope you've been inspired to experiment with your own sunset backgrounds and Darkroom Door's Tropical Island stamp set.

Teresa

Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hello Darkroom Door fans! It's Belinda here today to share a couple of cards with you featuring the Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp. First up is a card where I have used my favourite watercolour effect technique followed by a card that is very bold and striking. This stamp really is very versatile.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of 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. Stick down on the card base.
3. Apply the Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp onto the card front using Jet Black Archival Ink.
4. Use a little washi tape to hold the card in place on your work surface. Place the Boxes 3 Up Stencil over the top of the stamped image. You will find that they perfectly match. Secure in place with a little more washi tape. Grab a couple of pieces of thin paper such as printer paper. Use these to mask off two of the boxes at a time so you can individually ink each box. Apply Twisted Citron Distress Ink to the top box first using an ink blending tool. Next apply Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to the middle box and Lucky Clover Distress Ink to the bottom box. This gives a lovely ombre effect. Flick some water over the surface using your fingers and then leave to dry.
5. Place the feather from the Feathers Stamp Set onto an acrylic block. Place the acrylic block on top of the card front so that you can see the inked boxes underneath. This provides a guide for inking up the feather stamp. Use the same green Distress Inks to ink up the feather to co-ordinate with the boxes. Spritz the stamp with a little water and apply on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock. Use a soft wet paintbrush to blend out the colours a little. Dry with a heat gun and then use a fine black journaling pen to draw an outline around the feather. Fussy cut.
6. Glue a chipboard arrow onto the stem of the feather. Wrap some twine around the length of the arrow and tie off to secure.
7. Stamp the compass from the Sail Away Stamp Set onto the extra white card stock using Tree branch Archival Ink. Use a circle punch to cut out and then glue onto the card front. Add a little coil of twine to the centre of the compass image. Stick down the feather using 3D foam under the feather part.
8. Stamp the sentiment and the little 'north arrow'from the Sail Away Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Sail Away Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Feathers Rubber Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set

Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron

 
Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of black 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. Stick down on the card base.
3. Apply the Boxes 3 Up Stamp to the card front using Jet Black Archival Ink taking care to centre it.
4. Apply the Boxes 3 Up Stamp again to an extra piece of smooth white cardstock using the same ink. Stamp the Fallen Leaves Background stamp over the top using the same ink. Cut out the individual boxes. Add to the card front using 3D foam.
5. Stamp the Fallen Leaves Background Stamp again on the extra white cardstock. Cut out some individual leaves and add to the card front using 3D foam.
6. Stamp some butterflies from the Butterflies Stamp Set onto the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and glue onto the card front.
7. Stamp a sentiment using Red Geranium Archival Ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Archival: Jet Black, Red Geranium

Thank you for stopping by the blog today to check out my projects. I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects combining the Boxes 3 Up Stamp and Stencil.

Cheers,
Belinda

Boxes 3 Up Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 22, 2017

Hello Darkroom Door fans! It's Belinda Spencer here today to share a couple of cards with you featuring the Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil, and considering the time of year, they just happen to be Christmas cards! This is just the coolest stencil that can easily be used on its own or matched up perfectly with the Boxes 3 Up Frame Stamp.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of red glitter 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. Stick down on the card base.
3. Secure your card front to your work surface with a little washi tape. Place the Boxes 3 Up Stencil over the top taking care to centre it on the cardstock. Secure the stencil also with a little washi tape. Use an ink blending tool to apply Festive Berries Distress Ink over the stencil. Leave the stencil in place for the next step.
4. Apply Red Geranium Archival Ink to the small Christmas text stamp from the Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set. Stamp in the top box of the stencil. Repeat for the remaining boxes. You will find that this stamp fits perfectly in the boxes of the stencil.
5. Apply the Festive Berries ink to a reindeer from the same stamp set. Spritz with water and stamp onto another piece of smooth white cardstock. Blend the colour on the stamped image a little with a soft wet paintbrush to ensure even coverage. Dry with a heat gun. Add tiny droplets of water to the reindeer's back and let it sit for a few seconds. Use the very corner of a piece of paper towel to just touch the top of each water droplet to suck up all of the water. This will leave you with cute little spots on the reindeer's back. Dry with a heat gun and fussy cut.
6. Apply a large star from the Stars Stamp Set onto the extra white cardstock using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. Also stamp three small stars, a bauble and the sentiment and heat set with the Gold Tinsel powder. Fussy cut all images and add to the card front using 3D foam behind some for added dimension. Glue the bauble to the reindeer's antlers.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Red Geranium
Embossing Powder Gold Tinsel
Distress Embossing Ink

Distress Ink Festive Berries


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of 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. Stick down on the card base.
3. Secure your card front to your work surface with a little washi tape. Place the Boxes 3 Up Stencil over the top taking care to centre it on the cardstock. Secure the stencil also with a little washi tape. Use an ink blending tool to apply Twisted Citron Distress Ink over the stencil. Leave the stencil in place for the next step.
4. Choose some small stamps (stars and baubles are perfect) from the different Christmas Stamp Sets. Use the Twisted Citron ink to stamp the chosen images into each of the boxes. Stamp repeatedly until the whole box is covered. Remove the stencil.
5. Use a stamp positioning tool to stamp each layer of the Christmas Tree from the Christmas Trees Stamp Set onto an extra piece of smooth white cardstock. Start with the Mowed Lawn ink for the bottom layer. Spritz the stamp with a little mist of water before applying to the cardstock. Next use the Lucky Clover for the second layer. Remove the cardstock from the stamp positioning tool and completely dry with a heat gun. Place back in the stamp positioning tool to apply the third layer of the tree using Distress Embossing Ink. Remove from the stamp positioning tool, sprinkle with Gold Tinsel Embossing Ink and heat set. Fussy cut the tree.
6. Next stamp the pot from the Gardening Vol. 1 Stamp set as well as some stars and the sentiment using the Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set all with the Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. Fussy cut all images and add all to the card front.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Boxes 3 Up Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Merry Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gardening Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Christmas Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron
Distress Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder Gold Tinsel

 
Thank you for stopping by the blog today to check out my projects. I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own projects using the fabulous Boxes 3 Up Stencil.

Belinda


 

Springtime Sprouts Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 18, 2017

Hi there! It's Jane Clark here today with two cards using the new Springtime Sprouts Line Art Stamp


Instructions: 
Stamp the Springtime Sprouts image twice on a panel of watercolour card using StazOn jet black ink as shown. Colour one flower at a time - paint a flower with clean water then add a light shade of yellow watercolour paint to shade it. Add some orange shade of watercolour paint over the top but stop short of the top edge of the bud, repeat with darker shades of orange then finish by using red, stopping shorter with each application, this will give a lovely blended effect. Colour the remaining buds the same way. 

Dip a paintbrush in clean water and dabbed it down one side of each bud, allow it to dry, this will give a diluted water effect. Create a watery background effect by firstly adding a wash of light blue watercolour paint, then add a darker shade of blue amongst the buds, while the piece is still wet add some purple watercolour paint around the buds and blend them together. Keep blending and adding more blue and purple shades of watercolour paint until you are happy with the result, a few layers will be needed to create the loose watercolour effect. Let dry completely. 

Dab clean water in a few areas on the background using a paintbrush, allow to dry, this will create a watery effect. Colour the stamens using a white gel pen, stamp and white emboss a sentiment in the bottom left-hand corner then add a white enamel heart next to it. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Springtime Sprouts Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Ink pads: StazOn jet black, VersaMark
Watercolour Paints: Nicholson's Peerless Transparent Watercolors
Pen: Signo white gel
Embossing powder: white
Tools: selection of paintbrushes, heat gun
Orange and yellow check Washi tape
Small enamel white heart
Card: watercolour, white 


Instructions: 
Create a yellow watercolour background panel - dab Distress Ink lemonade on a non-porous craft mat and spray with water,  place a panel of  watercolour card on it, lift, dry with heat, repeat until you achieve desired effect. Die-cut the watercoloured panel using two frame die-cuts, layer it on white card using mounting/foam tape. 

Carefully stamp a small sentiment in the bottom left-hand corner inside the frame with black ink. Stamp Springtime Sprouts twice on white card using VersaMark ink and white emboss them. Colour the flowers with pencils then add shadows to the bottom of the flowers edges, shading right over the stamens using a light grey mark. Fussy-cut one image and add it inside the frame using mounting/foam tape, allow some of the buds to overhang the edge of the frame as shown. 

Trim the other Springtime Buds image into three separate pieces, arrange them to the card front using one or two layers of mounting/foam tape as pictured. Glue three irridescent sequins inside the frame to finish.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Springtime Sprouts Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set 
Ink pads: VersaMark, Distress Ink lemonade, StazOn jet black
Pencils: PrismaColor
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh 
Die-cuts: Avery Elle Finished Frames set
Card: watercolour, smooth white
Tools: selection of paintbrushes, heat gun, non stick craft mat

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Watercolour Stamping ATC Swap Gallery

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 15, 2017

Hi stampers! Today we'd like to share another ATC Swap Gallery, this time it is the Watercolour Stamping swap. Artists used any Darkroom Door rubber stamp with a watercolour stamping technique to create their ATC's. 


Here are the different ATC's that were created for this swap:












If you're interested in trying watercolour stamping, here's a demonstration by Rachel Greig from Scrap It TV showing you how: 


Thanks to all the artists who took part in the swap!

Fresh Buds Cards

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 07, 2017

Hi there! It's Jane Clark here today with two cards using the new Fresh Buds Line Art Stamp


This first card uses a faux cloisonne technique. 

Stamp the Fresh Buds Line Art Stamp on four sheets of patterned paper using black ink. I used two sheets which had small floral prints in yellow tones and the other two sheets had green prints on them. I trimmed one green sheet for the card front, then I cut out all the images from the other three sheets and glued them over the corresponding images on the card front panel using a glue stick, set aside to dry. Coat the images with three-dimensional medium and put aside to dry,  add another layer on top and set aside again to dry. Once the piece is fully dry apply a light grey marker around the edges of the stamped images to make them stand out more. The buds stamens were coloured with a pink marker.
 
 
Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Fresh Buds Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Ink pad: Staz On jet black
Adhesives: Bostik blue glue stick (dries clear), three dimensional medium 
Paper pad 6 1/2 x 6 1/2in Kaisercraft Golden Grove
Card: white, black
Marker: Tombow light grey
 
This next card uses a resist effect: 
 
 
Stamp Fresh Buds all over a panel of white card using a watermark ink pad, rotate the image so it goes off the edges of the panel and faces in different directions as shown. Apply a very watery application of purple watercolour paint over the top, do this quickly and only once, it will resist the inked impressions and stand out as pictured. If you do apply too much paint it will still be okay but won't have white images, they will be a darker version of the paint you used. Let the piece dry completely. Apply watercolour paints directly to the sentiment and stamp it on a small panel of white card, this suits the Brushed Sentiments font particularly well. Dry it using a heat gun, stamp a small 'Happy' above it using violet ink. Stamp the Fresh Buds on more white card using violet ink, fussy-cut one of the small buds, add it to the left-hand side of the sentiment using mounting/foam tape. Stick a white die-cut bow and a glittered silver enamel dot on top as shown. Secure the sentiment panel to the card front along with a strip of silver glitter card at the top and bottom to add more sparkle!
 
 
Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Fresh Buds Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Wilted Violet
Ranger Watermark Resist Ink Pad
Watercolour Paints: Koh-I-Noor  watercolour disks standard 24 
Die-cuts: Avery Elle Finished Frames set
Card: smooth white or Copic blender card seems to work best, white for card base, silver glitter
Tools: selection of paintbrushes, heat gun
Enamel dot: You and Your Stamps silver dots
 
Hope you've enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by today! 
 
Jane
 

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