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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Stencil blog hop winners!

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 07, 2017

Thank you to everyone who stopped by all the blogs this past week in our Stencil Blog Hop! it was wonderful to read all of your messages and enthusiasm for the new stencils and the artwork that was created by our wonderful contributing artists! 

We would now like to announce the winners (drawn at random) from each of the blogs. If you see your name and comment below, please email us: info@darkroomdoor.com with your choice of 3 stencils and your mailing address so we can ship out your prize! 

Here are the winners: 
 
Alison Bomber 
I've already been admiring the new stencil line - especially those gorgeous Wildflowers and Blossom - so it's fantastic to see them in action here as well as in the hands of the amazing team. A great addition to your range, and thank you so much for the chance to win some! Alison x 

Heather Miller
So many amazing projects!! Wow! Each one showcases so many ways to use the stencils... I want them all now! You are very talented!

Peg Hewitt
Such pretty cards, I'm really loving all the different projects with these new stencils!

Jackie P Neal
WOW and WOW! Robyn, your showcasing of these stencils is just incredible!!! If I had to pick a favorite card, tag, journal spread,etc. I don’t think I could! Each is as lovely as the last! Great work and fabulous inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!!

Enny
Wat een prachtige pagina Anneke, supermooi, zoals we van jou gewend zijn ! Die stencils zijn prachtig, en ik ben ook al benieuwd naar je kaartjes ! Groetjes, Enny

Lisa
These are both so gorgeous, Autumn!! You've showcased the stencils so perfectly!! The first card is stunning!! I love the colors and texture!! The second one is so beautiful!! I love the stencil bumping technique - need to try that!! Love these!

Sara Barker
Ooh, la, la! Amazing samples! I thoroughly enjoy the neutral journal page! Great use of that wonderful stencil and crackle paste! Two fabulous designs from you, Teresa!


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Darkroom Door Stencil Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 31, 2017
Hello! Welcome to the Darkroom Door Stencil Blog Hop! It's Rachel Greig here and we are so excited to finally have stencils as a part of our product range. To kick of our new stencil release, we have partnered with several amazing artists to bring you a bunch of inspiration! We also have a big giveaway too, so be sure to read to the bottom for all the details. 


First, let's talk about the designs. Our new stencils are based off our rubber stamp designs. The Mesh, Circles and Crackle stencils are all based off our Background Stamps of the same name. The Wildflowers, Ferns and Blossom stencils are based off stamp designs from the Wildflowers, Leaves and Bold Blossoms stamp sets. 

Our stencils are available in Large 9" x 12" and co-ordinating Small 6" x 4.5" sizes. Perfect for art journals, scrapbooking, cardmaking, mixed media and more. 


If you're new to stencils, here are a few ways you can use them: 

• Create backgrounds, layers, textures and patterns! 
• Use with inks, paints, texture pastes and other mediums. 
• Trace and outline with markers and pens. 
• Spray through the stencil using an ink spray. 
• Sponge over the stencil with paint or ink. 
• Scrape texture paste and other mediums through the stencil to create raised textured effects. 
• Mix and match stencil designs to create layers in your projects. 
• Suitable for art journals, card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and more! 

For the blog hop, I wanted to share some ways the stencils can be used with gel printing. Each of these stencils can create some great designs with your gelli plate. Here's a couple of backgrounds using the patterned stencils: 




The Wildflowers, Ferns and Blossom stencils help create some bold designs! Here's a look at some prints created with those stencils. I've also used the Mesh, Crackle and Circles stencils to create some of the backgrounds in these too: 







Here is a list of the artists participating in this blog hop. To see some more ideas using these stencils, hop along to their blogs here: 

Teresa Abajo 

Belinda Spencer 

Autumn Clark 

Godelieve Tijskens 

Anneke De Clerck 

Robyn Wood 


Who would like a giveaway?


Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment. Five lucky winners will receive 3 stencils of their choice! Winners will be drawn from comments left across all the blogs, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog for more chances to win! Comments received before midnight Friday 4th August are eligible to be in the draw. Winners will be announced Monday 7th August on the Darkroom Door blog and Facebook page. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed the inspiration! 

New Stencils!

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 28, 2017

We'd like to introduce 12 NEW Darkroom Door Stencils! Available in Large 9" x 12" and co-ordinating Small 6" x 4.5" sizes. Perfect for art journals, scrapbooking, cardmaking, mixed media and more. 


If you're new to stencils, here are a few ways you can use them: 

• Create backgrounds, layers, textures and patterns! 
• Use with inks, paints, texture pastes and other mediums. 
• Trace and outline with markers and pens. 
• Spray through the stencil using an ink spray. 
• Sponge over the stencil with paint or ink. 
• Scrape texture paste and other mediums through the stencil to create raised textured effects. 
• Mix and match stencil designs to create layers in your projects. 
• Suitable for art journals, card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and more! 


On Monday 31st July we will be celebrating the release of these new stencils with a Blog Hop! We have seven amazing designers sharing their projects and showing you lots of different ways these stencils can be used! 

What's more - we'll be hosting a giveaway! So be sure to stop by again on Monday 31st to be inspired and have a chance to win some of these fun new stencils! 

In the meantime, the stencils are now shipping and available from the Darkroom Door website, or ask for them at your favourite retailer

Using Eclectic Stamps in a Traveler's Notebook

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 03, 2017

Hi, it's Rebecca Sawatsky here and today I am sharing another page from my Midori Traveler's Notebook using the Seven Days, Mini Calendar and Bare Tree Eclectic Stamps! 







Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mini Calendar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Seven Days Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp
Tombow brushpens and water mixed on a plastic surface for the tree leaves
Aquash pen
Washi tape
Feather paper die cuts from old ledger paper
Vintage postal stamps
Vintage tickets

Thanks for stopping by! 

Mini Calendar Card

Darkroom Door - Sunday, July 02, 2017
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a birthday card using the Mini Calendar Eclectic Stamp! This stamp can be used for planners, scrapbook pages and journals to highlight dates. However I thought it would be fun to create a birthday card where I circled the actual birthdate of the recipient of this card! 


Instructions: 
1. Ink up the Abstract Triangles Background Stamp using Cracked Pistachio and Broken China Distress Oxide inks. Stamp onto a folded Kraft card. 
2. Tear some old book pages and colour up with Distress Oxide inks. Adhere to card using gel medium. 
3. Stamp two flowers from Fine Flowers Vol 2 stamp set onto watercolour paper and colour with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks. Adhere to card. 
4. Stamp the Mini Calendar onto white card stock using Archival Jet Black ink and circle the birthdate with Scribble Sticks. Adhere to card. 
5. Stamp Happy Birthday from the Happy Birthday stamp set onto white card stock using Archival Jet Black ink and trim to create a banner. Ink the edges with the same ink. Adhere to card using foam adhesive. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mini Calendar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Abstract Triangles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxide Ink: Broken China, Cracked Pistachio
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Kraft cardstock
Watercolour Paper

Thanks for stopping by! 

Grunge Marks Gel Printing

Darkroom Door - Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hi there, it's Rachel here today! Recently I attended the Gel Press Academy in the United States to learn all about Gel Press plates and how to create amazing gel prints! I have been doing gelatine printing for a while now, as it's a process that works really well with rubber stamps. I brought along some of our latest stamps to the class to try them out with some of the gel plates. I particularly loved using the Grunge Marks stamps! There are so many different marks in this set, so it made some interesting patterns and effects with the gel printing. 



Here's a look at what you can create using the 6x6 round gel plate: 





I also had fun with the 6x6 square plate: 



Gel Press also sell shaped plates, this little hexagon was fun to use: 




I hope this inspires you to have a go at gel printing with the Grunge Marks stamps! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamps
Dina Wakley Media Paint
Pebeo Paint
Gel Press Plates
Brayer

Thanks for stopping by! 

Quick and easy Step-through Bicycle Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hi there, it's Rachel Greig here today with a quick card using the Step-through Bicycle Eclectic Stamp

This is a quick and easy card that can be made in a couple of minutes, and is a great way to use up little scraps of patterned paper that you may have in your stash! 


Instructions:
1. Trim a piece of patterned paper to 10cm x 4cm and adhere to a folded white A6 card. 
2. Trim a piece of white card stock to 11.5cm x 9.5cm. Stamp the bicycle using Archival Viridian ink pad in the lower right corner. 
3. Stamp a sentiment from the Enjoy The Ride Stamp Set underneath the bicycle using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 
4. Adhere stamped panel to the front of the card using foam adhesive to give it a little dimension. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Step-through Bicycle Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Enjoy The Ride Rubber Stamps
Archival Ink: Viridian, Jet Black
Patterned paper

I've also been enjoying using the Step-through Bicycle to add some stamped layers to collaged art journal pages. Here's a peek at one here: 


Thanks for stopping by today! 

Planner Page with Eclectic Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Hi, it's Rebecca Sawatsky here and today I am sharing a page from my Midori Traveler's Notebook using the Seven Days, Mini Calendar and Bare Tree Eclectic Stamps! 







If you'd like to see how I created this page, you can watch it on You Tube here. 

 
Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Seven Days Eclectic Stamp 
Darkroom Door Mini Calendar Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Bare Tree Eclectic Stamp
Ink: Brown & Black
Gold Embossing Powder
vintage book pages, tickets, tag, postal stamps
Washi tape 
Zig embossing pen 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

3 ways with Roses Photo Stamp

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Hi, it's Heather Telford here today, happy to be back on the Darkroom Door blog with three ways to work with the lovely Roses Photo Stamp. The techniques are not dramatically different but each has it's own look and feel once completed. 


Instructions:
1. Begin with a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper a little larger than the Roses stamp. Using a stamp positioning tool ink the Roses stamp in Victorian Velvet distress stain and stamp it on hot pressed watercolour paper. 
2. Wipe off the stamp and ink only the centre of the roses with Aged Mahogany distress stain and stamp over the still damp roses.
3. Spritz the panel if you want more blending. Dab the panel with paper towel if it is too wet.
4. Once panel is dry stamp sentiment from Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Stamp Set on panel in black pigment ink. Emboss in clear powder. 
5. Trim panel and mat panel in black cardstock, add a b&w gingham ribbon and attach to white card base.
6. Add some ebony black nuvo crystal drops.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Versafine Ink Onyx Black
Embossing powder: clear
Distress Stains: Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet
Nuvo crystal drops: Black ebony
B&W gingham ribbon


Instructions:
1. Begin with a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper a little larger than the Roses Photo Stamp. Emboss Roses stamp on hot pressed watercolour paper in clear powder.
2. Paint over embossing with Victorian Velvet distress stain. 
3. Add darker accents or paint over whole roses with Aged Mahogany distress stain.
4. Trim panel and wrap burgandy ribbon around.
5. Stamp sentiment from Bright Blossoms Vol 1Stamp Set  in Crimson Red versafine ink on a small rectangle of watercolour paper. Swipe inkpad round edges of panel then emboss edges and sentiment in clear powder.
6. Pop sentiment up over ribbon and attach roses panel to cream card base.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Versamark ink
Embossing powder: clear
Distress Stains: Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet
Burgandy ribbon


Instructions:
1. Begin with a piece of hot pressed watercolour paper a little larger than the Roses stamp. Ink Roses stamp in Memento Love Letter ink. Add Memento Rhubarb stalk ink to centres of roses with a marker. Spritz lightly and stamp on hot pressed watercolour paper.
2. Using a water brush or small watercolour brush blend some of the rose petals to soften the edges and spread the colour. It isn't necessary to blend over all the stamping; some white areas help make the petals stand out.
3. Trim rose panel and swipe a versamark pad around the edges. Swipe versamark around edges of small rectangle for a sentiment and the front of a cream card base also. Stamp sentiment from Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Stamp Set in versamark on small panel. Emboss sentiment, card edges and panel edges in gold powder.
4. Add a gold cord to roses panel assemble panels on card base.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Roses Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Versafine Ink Onyx Black
Embossing powder: gold
Memento inks: Love Letter, Rhubarb stalk
Gold cord

I hope you enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

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