Butterflies Stencil Art Journal Pages

Darkroom Door - Monday, January 29, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a couple of art journal spreads featuring the fabulous new Large Butterflies Stencil. I have created two very different art journal spreads to show you how versatile this two stage stencil is. It is such an easy and fun stencil set to use that I can see myself filling my whole journal with butterflies!


Instructions:

1. Create a colour base in your journal using gesso and acrylic paints. Allow to dry completely.


2. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Numbers Border Stamp. Stamp across the centre of both pages. Dry with a heat gun.

3. Place the outer stencil on the pages and sponge on some black gesso to fill the whole butterfly. Allow to dry. Stamp some small butterflies from the Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set as well as tiny stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink.

4. Place both the outer and inner stencil back on the page over the black painted butterfly base. Secure with washi tape and mask off any other areas to avoid getting paint in the wrong places. Use a sponge to apply a thicker acrylic paint such as Prima Art Alchemy Impasto Paint. The heavier paint helps to avoid any paint bleeding under the stencil. Allow the paint to dry. Outline the butterfly using a white paint pen to make it really pop from the background.


5. Add some fun pink stars using the Large Starry Night Stencil with the same pink paint as used for the butterfly. Dilute a little of the paint with water and flick across the pages. Allow to dry before adding some white flicks of colour with the paint pen.

6. Finally stamp your sentiment onto white cardstock. Fussy cut and ink the edges with Picked raspberry Distress Ink. Stick down on the art journal pages.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Large Stencil – Starry Night
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Numbers Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Creativity Quote Stamp
Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
Archival Ink Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise
White Gesso
Black Gesso
Prima Art Alchemy Impasto Paint: Green Apple, Jade, Raspberry Pink
Sharpie White Paint Pen


Instructions:
1. Create a colour base in your journal using gesso and acrylic paints. Allow to dry completely.

2. Place the outer stencil on the left hand side and fill in the whole butterfly using the same acrylic paints. Allow to dry.

3. Next nest the inner stencil in the outer one. Secure with washi tape or hold steady with your hands. Apply Black gesso over the stencil using a sponge. Allow to dry.

4. On a separate page in your journal spray Dylusions Black Marble Spray over the same butterfly stencil. Remove the stencil and carefully flip over onto the second page of the 'Follow Your Heart' spread. Place a sheet of scrap paper over the top and smooth over the stencil. Remove the stencil and allow the ink to drip down the page.

5. Spray some of the Dylusions spray onto a craft sheet and gently press a Paint Splat stamp into it swishing around a little to ensure the stamp is covered. Apply to the page and allow the ink to drip. Repeat until you are satisfied with the amount of drippage on your pages.


6. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 using the Small Butterflies Stencil. Allow to dry.

7. Apply stamps from the Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set to the butterflies bodies using Jet Black Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun. Use a white paint pen to highlight the words and/or shapes and doodle some messy rings around the stamped images.

8. Dilute some of the acrylic paints used on the background and flick some colour across the spread. Also use a soft wet paintbrush to add some drippage in the paint colours. Allow to dry.

9. Stamp the sentiment onto smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and stick down on the art journal pages.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Follow Your Heart Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Jane Davenport Acrylic Paints
UNI Posca Pen White

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own art journal pages using this fabulous stencil se. Don't forget to share your beautiful creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Group on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Boxes Frame Stamp & Stencil Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing 3 cards using the new Boxes series of Frame Stamp and Stencils! These stamp and stencil combo makes ink blending so easy! 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp onto white yardstick using Archival Jet Black ink. Lay the matching stencil over the stamped image and place some washi tape on the sides to keep the stencil in place. 
2. Using Distress Ink and an ink blending tool, sponge the ink over the stamped image, leaving some areas white. Change colours of ink and fill in the white areas until the entire piece is sponged with ink. For this card I used Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. 
3. Stamp inside the boxes using different stamps from the Wings stamp set. You can leave the stencil in place for this step, however if you are using larger stamps, sometimes it can be harder to press down onto the stencil to get a complete image, so it can better to use post it notes to mask the area if needed rather than using the stencil. 
4. Remove the washi tape and lift off the stencil.
5. Adhere some textured mesh onto a white folded card. Adhere the stamped panel to the front to complete. 

Here are some more cards using the Boxes 12up and Boxes 6up Frame Stamps and Stencils: 



As you can see, you can create cards for all sorts of occasions using a variety of stamp sets! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Boxes 6up Frame Stamp

Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Stencil
Darkroom Door Boxes 12up Stencil
Darkroom Door Boxes 6up Stencil 

Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Under The Sea Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol 1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol 2 Stamp Set
Distress Inks
Archival Jet Black ink

Thanks for stopping by! 

Double Layer Flower Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 19, 2018

Hi there! Rachel Greig here today sharing a double layer technique using the Sweet Bloom and Pointy Petals Line Art Stamps! These two bold designs can be stamped twice and layered on top of each other in an offset way to create a fuller flower image. 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Sweet Bloom Line Art Stamp onto white card stock with Archival Jet Black ink. Stamp again onto a second piece and trim around the flower petal area. 
2. Colour the flower petals using Chameleon pens. 
3. Adhere the coloured flower on top of the black and white flower, offsetting the petals so you can see some of the black and white petals underneath. Adhere with foam adhesive to give it dimension. 
4. Mount panel onto green card stock then a yellow card base. 


This card was created in the same way, just using different coloured pens. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Sweet Bloom Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Pointy Petals Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Chameleon Pens

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

New Release January 2018

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist






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Mixed Up Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, January 14, 2018

Hi, it's Liesbeth Fidder here today with two cards using the Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp and Mixed Boxes Stencil


For the first card, I used the stamp and stencil together, like Rachel showed us on Facebook Live. If you haven't seen it, you can watch here. 


I masked the rectangles and stamped the images from the Tour Eiffel, Montmartre and Notre Dame stamp sets using black StazOn ink (the best option if you use bleach) and I bleached the buildings and other imaged  here and there with some chlorine and a small synthetic brush. The white accents in the word 'Paris' is made with a white gel pen.

This next card was made a little different:


First I stamped the Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp with black ink. After that I used the stencil... but not at the same place. I put the stencil a little bit to the right and to the top so it was slightly off centre. Then I sponged the rectangles using Distress inks Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. After that I did the same on the other side, so I put the stencil a little bit to the left and bottom of the card, and sponged with the same colours. 


I masked every rectangle and stamped the different laces from the Lace stamp set and the text. I highlighted the text with a white marker.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Mixed Boxes Stencil 
Darkroom Door Tour Eiffel Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Montmartre Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Notre Dame Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Lace Stamp Set
Staz On Jet Black
Distress Inks
White marker

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Liesbeth

Pointy Petals Tags

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 12, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share two tags I made with the wonderful Pointy Petals Line Art Stamp. Already one of my favourite stamps!

On the first tag I created a background using the Small Circles Stencil, definitely another favourite of mine! 


Instructions

1. Die cut a size 9 tag out of watercolour paper. Put the Small Circles Stencil on top and apply heavy gesso through the stencil using a palette knife. Let air-dry. 

2. Apply a small amount of pink, lime and turquoise paint randomly and spray water on top with a mini mister to dilute the paint and to create drips. Stamp randomly with the Abstract Triangles Background Stamp using lime paint.


3. Stamp the Pointy Petals Line Art Stamp with Archival Ink Jet Black on mixed media paper. Make a mask/stencil on masking paper by stamping the flower and cutting out the petals. Put the mask on top of the image on the mixed media paper.


4. Use the eraser at the end of a pencil to stamp dots on the petals. Work through the mask using pink paint. Remove the mask and paint the centre of the flower and the leaves with lime and turquoise paint. Doodle on the petals with a white pen. Cut the flower out and adhere to the tag as shown.


5. Decorate the tag with black thread and a charm. Paint white ribbon (seam binding) with lime, turquoise and pink paint and use as a tag topper.

On the second tag I used a foiling technique with transfer foil.


Instructions

1. Die cut a size 9 tag out of watercolour paper. Apply a small amount of diluted pink, orange and yellow paint randomly and spray water on top to create a watercolour effect. Let the paint drip. 

2. Create numbers by sponging through a stencil with lime paint. Stamp randomly with the Checkered Background Stamp using pink paint. Create dots by sponging through a stencil with white paint.

3. Stamp the Pointy Petals Line Art Stamp straight on the tag with Versamark ink. Treat the surface with an anti static pad first. Sprinkle WOW bonding powder over the stamped image. Shake of excess and heat with a heat gun. Immediately place foil on top. Start dabbing gently and continue by rubbing all over. When the image has cooled down, remove the foil.

4. Finish the tag off with a button and sculpture flowers. Paint white ribbon with pink, yellow and orange paint and use as a tag topper.

Supplies used
Darkroom Door Pointy Petals Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Background Stamps: Checkered & Abstract Triangles 
Darkroom Door Small Stencil: Circles
Dylusions: Fresh Dots Small stencil
Donna Downey Signature Stencil: Mini Numbers Repeat 
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Versamark Ink
WOW: Bonding Powder WX01
Heidi Swapp: Silver Reactive Foil
Dylusions Paint: Tangerine Dream, Rose Quartz, Lemon Zest, White Linen
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lime, Turquoise
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Pixie Dust

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Springtime Sprouts Line Art Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hello crafty people! Teresa Abajo here with a couple of ideas for the new Springtime Sprouts Line Art stamp.


The lines on these new Line Art images are thick and lovely, making them perfect for paper piecing techniques. I chose to use some gel printed papers on these samples, but you could use commercial designer papers or even create your own patterned paper using stamps, inks and paints.


Step 1

Create some patterned paper by gel printing using the Mesh Large Stencil and acrylic paints.

Step 2

Stamp the Springtime Sprouts image onto a 9 x 13.3 cm card front using Archival Jet Black. Stamp the image again onto the gel printed paper, and fussy cut the 'cup' part of each flower. Adhere these in place on the card front using glue.

Step 3

Layer the card front onto a 9.5 x 13.8 cm piece of gel printed paper, then onto some coordinating cardstock, then onto a folded white card.

Step 4

Apply adhesive diamonds over the end dots of each flower.


Step 5

Adhere a Tim Holtz Quote Chip or other stamped quote over the stem of the flowers.

This image is also versatile in that it can be used with the flowers growing upwards in the example above, or growing down as in the example below:


Step 1

Create some patterned paper using a gel plate and acrylic paint.

Step 2

Stamp the Criss Cross Texture Stamp using Evergreen Bough Distress Ink in the centre of a 9 x 13.3 cm card front.

Step 3

Stamp the Springtime Sprouts image onto the card front using Archival Jet Black. Stamp the image again onto the gel printed paper, and fussy cut the 'cup' part of each flower. Adhere these in place on the card front using glue.

Step 4

Layer the card front onto some coordinating cardstock, then onto some gel printed paper, then adhere to a folded white card.

Step 5

Apply Nuvo Crystals Drops to the end dots of each flower.


Step 6

Adhere a Tim Holtz Quote Chip or other stamped sentiment over the stem of the flowers.

Do you prefer growing up or hanging down?

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Springtime Sprouts Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Large Stencil
Archival Jet Black ink
Evergreen Bough Distress Ink
Gel printing plate
Acrylic paints
Tim Holtz Quote Chips
Adhesive diamonds
Nuvo Crystal Drops Red Berry

I hope you've enjoyed this look at Springtime Sprouts. Thanks for looking!

Teresa
 

Sweet Bloom Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, January 08, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share two cards featuring the new Sweet Bloom Line Art Stamp. I’m a big fan of large flower stamps so I was very pleased with the release of the beautiful Line Art Stamps. On both cards I used homemade embossed paper. I created the paper using a dry embossing technique with the Small Circles Stencil. It’s super easy to do and I love the outcome.


Instructions
1. Stamp a bunch of prints using various background stamps. Put a small amount of paint on a gelli plate and pick that paint up with a brayer. Roll gently over the background stamp to ink it up. Make prints on white paper and on painted paper.


2. Stamp the flower on white paper and partially on 8 different background prints. Put the flower together as shown using the paper piecing technique. Because of its bold lines, this technique works very well with the Sweet Bloom Line Art Stamp. 

3. Dry emboss a white cardstock panel using the Small Circles Stencil. I used my Cuttlebug and made the following sandwich: A plate, C plate, foam or embossing mat, cardstock, stencil, foam, B plate.


4. Attach the flower to the dry embossed cardstock. Adhere that panel to a card using 3D tape. Decorate the card with die cut crosses.


Here's a second card using the patterned pieces as a background instead: 


Instructions
1. Punch 24 inchies out of the stamped background prints. Use 10 cm wide double-sided adhesive tape to attach the inchies to a card panel. Lay a pattern out first before glueing everything down. Go for a nice balance between the different colors/patterns.

2. Stamp the Sweet Bloom Line Art Stamp on the dry embossed paper with Archival Ink Jet Black, cut out and adhere to the background.

3. Finish the card off with buttons and sculpture flowers.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Sweet Bloom Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Background Stamps: Checkered, Polka Dots, Plaid, Circles, Fun Flowers & Flourish
Darkroom Door Circles Small Stencil 
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dylusions Paint: Peony Blush, Tangerine Dream, Rose Quartz, Lemon Zest
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lime, Turquoise
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Mermaid, Wisteria

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Tropical Leaves and Birds Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, January 07, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today to share a card and tag using the Tropical Leaves and Tropical Birds stamp sets! I loved designing all of these stamps and it has been great to finally get to play with them! 

Here's a quick one layer card using the Tropical Leaves stamp set: 



Instructions: 
Ink up the leaves with either Fern Green or Library Green Archival Ink and stamp around the edge of white card stock. Stamp a sentiment from the Tropical Island stamp set in the centre. Adhere to folded green card! 

How simple is that! Certainly a great way to make quick cards! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Island Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Fern Green, Library Green, Jet Black 
Cardstock: White, green 


Instructions: 
Stamp the Macaw bird onto Specialty Stamping Paper using Archival Jet Black ink. Allow to dry. Colour with Wild Honey, Broken China and Antique Linen Distress Markers. Stamp sentiment beside the bird with Archival Jet Black ink. Trim the image and mount onto black card stock then onto a painted size 8 tag. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tropical Birds Stamp Set
Specialty Stamping Paper 
Distress Markers: Wild Honey, Broken China, Antique Linen
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Sky, Lemon
Size 8 Tag

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! 

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