Cherish Today Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 20, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig with you today to share an art journal page from my Dina Wakley Media journal. This spread uses one of the watercolour pages and one of the Kraft pages. I've created each page as a separate piece of artwork, but used colours that kept it consistent so they look good together as a double page spread. 



I started by scraping some white gesso onto the watercolour card stock (left side) and then painting over the top with diluted paint. The diluted paint will lightly resist the gesso. 


The two tags I used were coloured with Distress inks. The tag on the left was stamped with the Imperfection Quote Stamp and hearts from the Hearts stamp set. The tag on the right was stamped with the French Script Background Stamp before stamping two numbers from the Big Numbers stamp set. I trimmed two images from the Photo Booth collage sheets to adhere to the tags. The 'Happy Days' text is from the Art de Fleur Vol 2 stamp set. Tie some string at the top of the tags and adhere to the page as shown. This is a great way to use tags in your journals! 


The Kraft page was super easy and quick! I stamped the Vine Border Stamp several times across the top of the page using Archival Jet Black ink. The quote from Art de Fleur Vol 2 Stamp set was stamped in the bottom right corner using Distress Embossing ink and embossed in gold embossing powder. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Art de Fleur Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Embossing ink
Gold Embossing Powder
White Gesso 
PhotoBooth 

I love the different surfaces in this journal - I hope this has inspired you to give it a try! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Rachel 

Vine Garden Art Journal Video

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 07, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal process video using the Vine Border Stamp, along with Dylusions Ink Sprays and Distress Inks. I also show the crayon resist technique. 

Here's a look at the full page: 



To see the whole process, watch the video here: 

 
Here's a few close ups of the pages: 



Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Dreams Quote Stamp
White Crayon
Large Dylusions Journal
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black
Mini Distress Ink Pads: Forest Moss, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon
Mini Ink Blending Tool 
Dylusions Ink Sprays: Mushy Peas, Vanilla Custard
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin 
Windsor & Newton ink

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Reading Together Bookshelf Layout

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 02, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share another layout featuring the fabulous new Bookshelf Border Stamp. This is just the perfect stamp to create a funky background for photos of bookworms. Luckily both my children are bookworms like me so I have plenty of photos to keep creating layouts with this stamp. 



Instructions:
1. Crop a piece of black cardstock to 8½“ x 11¾” to form the base of the layout.

2. Crop a piece of smooth white cardstock to 8¼” x 11½”. Choose some Distress Oxides and squish the pads onto a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water and then place the smooth white cardstock onto the colour. Remove (swiping it slightly through the ink) and dry with a heat gun. Repeat this process, drying after each inking, until you are happy with the result (or you have run out of ink!). Stick down on the black cardstock base.


3. Stamp a quote from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set over the background using one of the Distress Oxide inks that was used to create the background.

4. Use co-ordinating Distress Oxides to apply the Torn Text Background Stamp to the layout. For this technique I did not add the stamp to an acrylic block. I applied the ink to the middle section of the stamp and held the sides up with one hand while stamping over the background in a random manner.


5. Stamp the Bookshelf Border Stamp onto a separate piece of glossy white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun. Use Distress Inks to colour the books. Squish the ink pads onto the craft sheet and then pick up the colour with a soft wet paintbrush. If you have Distress Markers you could use those instead to make it easier. Allow to dry. Fussy cut and add to the layout.

6. Stamp the Open Book Frame stamp on a separate piece of smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut. Apply the Torn Text Background Stamp over the top using a co-ordinating Distress Oxide. Ink the edges of the pages and add to the layout.

7. Stamp some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set on another piece of smooth white cardstock using co-ordinating Distress Oxides. Stamp a quote from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set as well as the title using the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set with the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut all images and add to the layout along with the photo and any other embellishments.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bookshelf Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Open Book Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Oxide Ink: Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey
Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany, Cracked Pistachio, Forest Moss, Hickory Smoke, Seedless Preserves, Wild Honey

I hope you have fun playing with this stamp and creating some layouts for the bookworm in your life.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Cogs Border Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 23, 2018

Hi folks! Autumn Clark with you today to share a grungy journal page featuring the fabulous new Cogs Border Stamp. I decided to continue on in my cardboard junk journal for this project. The rough edged pages provide the perfect substrate for this theme.


Instructions:

To start I Mod Podged pages from an old book onto my lightly gessoed spread. When the adhesive was dry, I lifted the edges of the pages to give some texture and variation to the page, then covered the pages with a coat of watery gesso. 


I stamped the Cogs Border Stamp in Versafine ink, then partially covered the image with Baked Texture Embossing Powders in Ancient Amber, then Chunky Rust, then filled in any gaps with Allure Embossing Powder in Burnt Copper Leaves. This gives a great color variation to the image and a more authentic rusty metal feel.  


Next I applied my Vintage Photo Distress Oxide pad directly over the embossed cogs and spritzed with water. I allowed the ink to bleed up the page by tilting my journal upside down.  I dried then repeated with my Iced Spruce Distress Oxide pad.  


I applied various tissue tape over my background and sanded them to remove the sheen. Next I took some watercolor paper panels I had inked with various Distress Inks and made a bundle of pages, stamping Mr. Bright Idea Collage Stamp in mixed Sepia and Jet Black Archival Ink on the top page.  


I die cut a tab and stamped with the Adventure stamp from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set. I affixed with hex shaped brads.  


On the opposite page I stamped the Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp in Rust Chalk Ink and spritzed with water to let it bleed.  This color was more vibrant than my rust embossing, so I went back around the embossed cogs and partially stamped this image in the Rust Chalk Ink to help it coordinate.  


I partially stamped the Mesh Texture Stamp in Rust Chalk Ink repeatedly around my spread. I cut two tags from my inky paper and stamped the Gazette stamp on one tag and used the top tag for my journaling.  

I stamped the word Time from the Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set onto a scrap and adhered it to the top of my page with a tiny paper clip.  I tucked in some metal gears and bundled threads beneath my layers to add a final bit of texture.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Cogs Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Mr. Bright Idea Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Cog Collection Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gazette Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp
White Acrylic Gesso
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Sepia
Versafine Ink Pad
Distress Oxides: Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce
Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone
ColorBox Chalk Ink: Rust
Mod Podge
Baked Texture Embossing Powders: Ancient Amber, Chunky Rust
Allure Embossing Powder: Burnt Copper Leaves
Tim Holtz Tissue Tapes

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Autumn

Book List Planner Pages

Darkroom Door - Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a fun planner spread featuring the fabulous new Bookshelf Border Stamp. I wanted to create a page or two in my planner to keep track of all the books I read in a year and this stamp just added the perfect touch.


Instructions:

1. Choose two planner page inserts and stick together at the back using washi tape. Apply the Bookshelf Border Stamp across the bottom of the pages using Jet Black Archival Ink.

2. Apply the Torn Text Background Stamp around the edges of the pages using Watering Can Archival Ink. Doodle a border around the inside edge of this using a black journaling pen.


3. Apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink to a stamp from the Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with a little water and add to the top of the left hand page. Repeat for the other page. Use the ‘spotty’ stamp from this set to add some more colour around the pages.

4. Stamp some quotes from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set over the pages using Cracked Pistachio and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.


5. Stamp the title on smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink and the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set. Fussy cut and add to the pages. Add some freehand borders around each letter/number using the black journaling pen.

6. Stamp a couple of quotes to add to the bottom of each page.


7. Add your books!


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bookshelf Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio, Hickory Smoke

I hope you are feeling inspired to create your own planner book list pages. I wonder how many books you will read this year?!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Vine Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hello, it is Anna-Karin Evaldsson here today sharing an art journal page made with the new Vine Border Stamp. I love these big border stamps since they are full of potential for fun techniques. The stamps are 11.8 inches long, and are therefore perfect for scrapbooking layouts, or, as in my case, for art journaling. At the same time, they will work just as well for cardmaking and other smaller projects too. 


I wanted the ivy to take centre stage on my art journal page and decided to stamp it repeatedly to let it almost flow down the page from the top left. The page was done on a cotton-rag watercolour paper in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. The technique works best on watercolour paper, but you can try other surfaces too.


I worked on a page that I had previously coloured with Infusions Coloured Stains, for a soft watercolour background. You can also use watercolour paint or Distress Ink. If you use Infusions, mist lots of water on the page before and after sprinkling it with the Coloured Stains and dab off some of the colour with a paper towel.


Ink the Vine Stamp up with Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. Mist it repeatedly with water before stamping. Leave the stamp in place for a few seconds to give the ink time to transfer to the paper. Experiment with the amount of water. I tried to get some of the impressions more detailed and others more dissolved. Repeat until you are happy with the look.


When the ink is dry, you can add shadows and extra details with a Forest Moss Distress Marker.


Randomly stamp the French Script Texture Stamp here and there on the page with brown ink.


I really love this Wander quote and stamped it on natural sticky-back canvas. Cut out the words and ink the edges.


Glue the sentiment to the page with Matte Medium. As you can see, the stamping picks up the texture of the canvas.


A word from Gum Trees stamp set was also stamped on canvas, cut out and inked. The butterflies were die cut from another piece of blue Infusions coloured watercolour paper, just to give more life to the page.


I also splattered the page with a blue and a brown Dina Wakley Scribble Stick. The opaque colours contrast nicely with the watercolours. Just dip the Scribble Stick in water and flick a paint brush against the tip to create splatters.

Adding some details and shadows with a marker gives interest and dimension to the watercolour stamping. You can also dissolve the lines with water if you would like to, but I left them as they were.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamps
Ranger Dina Wakley Media Journal
Ranger Natural Sticky-Back Canvas
Canson watercolour paper
Ranger Distress Ink: Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Ground Espresso
Ranger Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Palette
Ranger Distress Marker: Forest Moss
Ranger Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Coloured Stains: Paper Artsy Infusions: Golden Sands, A Bit Jaded
Sizzix Tim Holtz Dies: Tiny Shapes
Ranger Distress Matte Medium

The Vine Border stamp looks really nice with a watercolour stamping effect, but it also has amazing detail, which you will see if you stamp it without misting with water and / or with a different ink.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for looking.

Happy stamping!
Anna-Karin

Harry Potter Bookshelf Layout

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 12, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door fans! Belinda Spencer here with you today to share a layout featuring the fabulous new Bookshelf Border Stamp. This is just the coolest stamp for adding wonderful detail to layouts, cards, art journal pages and more. Here I have incorporated the stamped image as an anchor for the Open Book Frame Stamp as well as a silhouette photo of my son reading one of his Harry Potter books.


Instructions:
1. Crop a piece of black cardstock to 8½" x 11¾" to form the base of the layout.

2. Crop a piece of smooth white cardstock to 8¼" x 11½". Choose some Distress Oxides and squish the pads onto a heat resistant craft sheet. Spritz with water and then place the smooth white cardstock onto the colour. Remove (swiping it slightly through the ink) and dry with a heat gun. Repeat this process, drying after each inking, until you are happy with the result (or you have run out of ink!). Stick down on the black cardstock base.

3.Stamp a quote from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set over the background using one of the Distress Oxide inks that was used to create the background.

4. Stamp the Bookshelf Border Stamp onto a separate piece of smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut and stick down on the background.

5. Stamp the Open Book Frame Stamp on another piece of smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Stamp the Torn Text Background Stamp over the top using the same ink. Fussy cut and add to the layout along with some torn book paper (NOT from a Harry Potter book!) and some die cut/fussy cut images relating to the theme of the layout.

6. Stamp the title using the Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set and a co-ordinating Distress Oxide ink. Also stamp some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set using co-ordinating Distress Oxide Inks. Fussy cut all images and add to the layout.

7. Add a stamped quill from the Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bookshelf Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Open Book Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Oxide: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey


I hope you have fun playing with this stamp and creating some layouts for the bookworm in your life.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda
 

Seashells Border Stamp Art Journal

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 09, 2018

Hello Darkroom Door friends, Fiona Paltridge here with you again to share an art journal page I have created featuring the new Seashells Border Stamp. Last time I was sharing with you, I created a layout using the Polka Dot Circle stencil and right at the end of the video you saw me "cleaning off" my stencil into my art journal. Well this is the basis of my next creation. I often clean off my stencils and stamps into my journal and then when it comes time for me to create a little something i can open it up and already have some inspiration in a background.



And this was exactly that, I opened my journal and was immediately inspired to create an "Ocean" scene. The video below shows you how I went about this and created some textured stamping and some stamping with spray inks! The Darkroom Door stamps are of such high quality that they really don't mind if you try out something a little less conventional and if anyone is going to do something non conventional .... it'll be me. It's the best way to play!



Watch the video here: 
 
 
Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Large Stencil - Polka Dots
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Grunge Marks 
Darkroom Door Border Stamp: Seashells
Darkroom Door Acrylic Stamp Block: 315mmx65mm
Ranger Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
Ranger Dylusions Spray
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
Ranger Dylusions Art Journal - 8x8"
Modelling Paste or Heavy gesso
White card stock

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Fiona
 
 

New Release January 2018

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Butterfly Garden Border Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hi, my name is Heather Telford and I am happy to be sharing some butterfly themed cards with you today. I used the Butterfly Garden Border Stamp to create two emboss resist cards. The stamp is a long one designed with journals and scrapbook pages in mind but it works beautifully for cards too.


For both of today's cards I started by stamping on hot pressed watercolour paper with versafine onyx black ink then embossed in clear powder. On the warm autumn toned card I stamped the butterfly border stamp again but this time offset to the right and lower in spiced marmalade distress ink. I then used several distress stains to paint colour over the whole panel. Most of the painting is abstract but I did apply darker colour inside the embossed butterflies to make them a little more prominent. Once the panel was dry I splattered some water droplets here and there and trimmed the panel to fit an A2 card. I matted with black and rust cardstock then wrapped some gold cord around the panel before attaching it to a natural card base next to a tiny happy birthday sentiment.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Butterfly Garden Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp set
Versafine onyx black ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Spiced Marmalade distress ink
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany
Gold cord
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Natural, black and rust cardstock


My plan for the second card was always to slice it up into panels. It's a big stamp so to use most of it on a card I had to work out a layout to make that happen. The card is quite wide and fits in a business envelope. Once again I started with the image stamped in black and embossed in clear on watercolour paper. I taped down the panel to keep it from warping then painted distress stains over the whole area tipping and tilting the panel to let colour spread around the embossing. I used a fine paintbrush to fill a couple of the butterflies. When the panel dried I splattered some stain over it so I would have some pink, blue and green droplets here and there. I used dies to cut squares from the panel and from a piece of textured green cardstock then attached them to the wide natural coloured card base.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Butterfly Garden Border Stamp
Versafine onyx black ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Distress Stains: Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Natural and green cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by today!