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

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! 

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
 

New Release Rubber Stamp Sets, Line Art Stamps, Frame Stamps and Stencils

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

We'd like to introduce 12 NEW Stamps & 4 New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist! 



We have created 4 new Frame Stamps with matching stencils! These Frame Stamps can be used with the stencils to create beautiful sponged or coloured boxes for stamping into! Combine them with our rubber stamp sets and the options are endless!




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Cherry Apple & Strawberry Ladies

Darkroom Door - Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hello, Lynne here today sharing cards featuring two of the Line Art stamps along with one of the Texture Stamps.


For both cards I had some fun dipping into paints to colour the Line Art ladies and also creating washes of colour for the backgrounds.


The instructions apply to both cards.

1. The pots of Twinkling H20s need to be misted with water to wake them up.  Make this your first step as you can start your stamping preparations while they wake themselves up!
2. Tear Hot Press watercolour paper to required size. Ink up Line Art stamp with Jet Black Staz-on. 
3. Paint the stamped image with a fine detail watercolour brush. Leave to dry or heat set with heat gun before selecting a larger watercolour brush to paint washes of colour for the background. Work loosely, allowing the paint to drip down the panel but be careful, you do not want the washes to touch your painted lady. Heat set.
4. Tear muslin into small strips. Paint with Twinkling H20s. Leave to dry.
5. Stamp Texture Stamp Splatters with Staz-on. For Strawberry Lady also stamp Splatters with Distress Ink.  Randomly stamp Scratches.  Adhere painted muslin strips with Gel Medium, leave to dry before swiping Gesso with old credit card.
6. Adhere watercolour panel to cardbase and finally swipe Distress Paint Black Soot onto edges.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Cherry Apple Lady Line Art Stamp

Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Staz-on Jet Black
Twinkling H20s
Distress Ink: Worn Lipstick
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Golden Gesso
Golden Gel Medium
Watercolour paper 
Watercolour brushes
Heat gun
Muslin

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Until next time,

Pina & Genevieve Fabric Dolls

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hello, it's Susie here. Today I'm sharing two cloth dolls I've created using two of the Line Art Stamp Ladies and Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).


Here's Pina, the explorer of the tropics!


Instructions:
1. Stamp 'Tropical Lady' onto TAP and transfer onto fabric following the manufacturer's instructions.
2. Stamp 'Explore' collage stamp onto TAP paper and colour the image. I used Tim Holtz Distress markers, scribbling the colour onto plastic and then 'picking up' the colour with an Aquash brush. Iron this image onto a panel of fabric too.
3. Stamp the word, 'Explore' directly onto fabric using Alphabet Medley stamp set.
4. Cut the front panel of fabric for the 'body'. I layered fabrics and the stamped panels together to work out the height of doll. Once you've cut out the shape, stitch the panels onto the fabric and embellish.
5. Sew two tubes of fabric and stuff to create 'arms' for the doll. I wrapped a piece of coordinating fabric to one of the arms.
6. Sew the arms and front and back of the dolls body together, leaving the bottom of doll open. Stuff the doll with toy stuffing. Sew and oval shaped panel to the bottom of doll to help it to 'stand'.

Note: When using TAP, stamp images with be reversed. This can be problematic when using text-based stamps.


Tips: 
When using TAP, it's a good idea to experiment with some small images first to get an idea of how long you need to iron.

When using watercolours on TAP, try to keep it as 'dry' as possible, so as not to damage the coating on the paper.  Again, it's good to experiment with some small samples first.

Now, say 'Hello', to Genevieve!


She was created in much the same way as Pina. However, her central fabric panel has direct to fabric stamping with the sewing images from the 'Dressmaker' stamp set.  To create this panel I stamped the 'Emulsion' frame onto fabric using a teal coloured ink and then added the sewing images as well as the Criss Cross and Star texture stamps.

Genevieve's face was stamped onto TAP and coloured with the same Tim Holtz Distress marker technique as mentioned above. I've found transferring onto silk fabric the easiest so far. It's very quick!

Genevieve's 'arm' are panels of lace sewn directly onto the body.


Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Explore Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dressmaker Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Emulsion Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Star Texture Stamp
TAP – Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley
Distress Markers
Aquash Brush

Thanks for visiting the blog today!  I hope I've inspired some of you to experiment more with stamping and transferring images onto fabric!

Susie

Mixed Media Strawberry Lady

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a card which combines my love of mixed media and the Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp. Mixed media is the use of different media types onto the one project. In this one I have used Inktense watercolour pencils, acrylic paint, Pan Pastels and a collage technique. Anything goes with mixed media, so long as you remember a few basic rules of what is water soluble and which media work happily together you are set.



If you look closely at my card, you will see that I was lucky with the dictionary paper I used – it was a sheet from the S section and the word ‘strawberry’ fell in just the right spot!  Here is how I created my luscious Strawberry Lady:

1. Glue dictionary sheet onto a piece of cardstock using Multi Medium and allow to dry well.
2.  Stamp with Strawberry Lady Line Art stamp using black Archival ink. Use a fine pen to give the lady shoulders.
3. Add colour to her face using Ecru Dye-na-flow paint and a small paintbrush.  Allow to dry.
4. Colour the rest of the image using Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils.  Work by laying down two tones of colour for each area and then blending with an Aquawash brush.  For the strawberries I used pale yellow for the catch lights, and two tones of red for the rest.  Same idea for her hair, flowers and greenery. The two tones will blend together with the waterbrush and add a lovely graduation in colours.
image 346 5. Give the lady luscious red lips, blue eyes, some purple eyeshadow and a touch of pale red/pink for some blush.
6.Finish the lady by adding dots of white Sharpie paint pen for catch lights in her eyes and a touch to her lips.  If you are lucky to have a ‘word’ obvious in the dictionary paper – go around it with a line of Sharpie as well.
7.Trim the image to size to suit card front and sponge with blue toned Pan Pastels.  Give a light spray of fixative so that the colour won't rub off.


8. Mount onto a pale turquoise cardstock using double sided tape and then onto a darker turquoise card front with foam tape. A piece of pattered paper that tones with card colours can be used for added interest.
9. Stamp the Birthday Darkroom Door Word Block stamp using black pigment ink and emboss with clear powder. Trim out a suitable word and mount onto card front.
Hints

I tend to use watercolour pencils one section/colour at a time. I coloured the whole image for this project to make it easier to photograph where I put each colour.

Some substitutions – Inktense are watercolour pencils which are permanent once dry but any watercolours will work; Pan Pastels – papercraft chalks will work or you can sponge the background with Distress Ink; Dye-na-flow – a free flow paint but watered down skin colour acrylic paint will work; White Paint Pen - white paint or liquid paper will work; fixative – a light spray of aerosol hairspray will work but it won’t be archival.

Supplies Used
Darkroom Door Strawberry Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Birthday Word Block Stamp
Ranger Archival ink – Jet Black
Ranger Multi Medium – Matte
Aquawash brush
Black pigment ink & clear embossing powder
Sharpie White Paint Pen
Jacquard Dye-na-flow - Ecru
Derwent Inktense pencils in reds, browns, greens, purple, blue, orange, yellow
Pan Pastels – Turquoise, Phthalo Blue & sponges
Fixative
Dictionary paper
Fine black pen with permanent ink

I’d love you to give this mixed media lady a try and invite you to share your project to the Darkroom Door Inspiration Facebook Group if you do.  She is lots of fun to create, especially if you need to experiment with new supplies or work out the substitutions.  

Until next time


Wild and free Leafy Lady

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 16, 2015
Hello, Lynne here today sharing a card where I have used the Leafy Lady Line Art Stamp and two of the new Texture Stamps.


1. Onto a Kraft card base repeatedly stamp the Splatter Texture Stamp with Staz-on. Next, apply copper acrylic paint to the stamp and repeatedly stamp onto the card base.

2. Repeatedly stamp the Flourish Texture Stamp onto a panel of wax paper. Scrunch the paper to create texture.

3. Stamp Leafy Lady onto mulberry paper (I had a beautiful piece flecked with silver and gold). Tear around image before layering, along with the stamped wax paper and torn pieces of handmade paper, onto the Kraft cardbase.  

4. Stamp sentiment from Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamp set onto tissue paper twice. Tear around words. Adhere wild and free to wooden piece. Attach to card with raffia and jute twine bow. Adhere second wild onto cardbase. 

5. Finally embellish card with burlap, crochet lace, wooden button and bark butterfly.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Leafy Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamps
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Wilderness Vol 1 Rubber Stamps Set
Staz-on Ink Pad: Timber Brown
EcoGreen craft acrylic paint Pure Copper
Idea-ology Mini Fasteners
Golden Gel Medium
Prima Bark Butterfly Icon

Happy Stamping!


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