Using Quote Stamps for Cards and Art Journals

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing 4 cards and an art journal page using the new Quote Stamps! When I'm working on projects, I'll often make extra backgrounds or have left overs from experimenting with inks and other products. I keep these backgrounds to use on later projects. When I want to make some quick cards, I'll pull out my stash of these pre-made backgrounds and all I need to do is add some stamping on top. Quote stamps are great to use in this way, as they are the perfect size for a card front and look great over different styles of backgrounds! 

Here's some ideas to show you. 

I had been making backgrounds with Distress Oxide inks on tags. To make the tag fit the card, I simply tore the bottom edge and sponged the bottom edge with more ink to blend it in. I stamped the I Am Creative Quote Stamp over the top using Archival Jet Black ink. Mounted it onto some green card stock then onto a folded white card base. I added some orange splatters with a paint brush and watered down orange paint. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door I Am Creative Quote Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Broken China 
Distress Mixed Media Tags
Dina Wakley Paint: Tangerine

This background was created with Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Both inks were swiped onto a non-stick craft sheet and misted with water, before placing the white card stock down into the ink and moved around. Lift up the card stock and dry with a heat tool before stamping the Heart Of You Quote over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to a white card base with foam adhesive, then add some pearl drops to the corners. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part Of You Quote Stamp
Distress Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 


This card is super simple to make and only uses the Postmarks Background Stamp and the Along The Way Quote Stamp. Both stamps were stamped onto Kraft card stock using Archival Potting Soil ink pad. Adhere the quote to black card stock and add two metal arrows to each side. Adhere over the stamped background and mount onto black card stock, then onto a folded cream card. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Along The Way Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Metal Arrows: American Crafts
Cardstock: Oatmeal

This card is a great stash buster card, using gel prints and embossed card stock. If I have random pieces of card stock left over, I will often use embossing folders to create patterns in them and save them for layering onto cards. It creates texture without making the background too busy, especially if you're adding a colourful background on top like I have here. 

The background was created by gel printing with with Circles stencil. If you've ever tried gel printing before, check out my video here to give you some ideas. 

The Say Yes Quote Stamp was stamped over the top using Archival Jet Black ink pad. All of the pieces were mounted onto black card stock then onto a folded white card base. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Say Yes Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Circles Stencil 
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Sizzix Rays
Dina Wakley Media Paints 

For one last idea, here's how you can use Quote Stamps in your art journal, along with using extra painted backgrounds from your stash. 

Simply layer and collage them together in your journal to create a page! 

I hope you enjoyed these ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 


Say Yes Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share some projects featuring the brand new Say Yes Quote Stamp. I‘m really fond of the quote. In my opinion it’s suitable on many occasions.

Below I’m sharing a mixed media card and a card on which I used Distress Oxide Inks in rainbow colours. Thanks to the bold font style of the stamp it’s perfectly possible to stamp on top of a rather busy background. 


1. Stamp on white tissue paper with various Darkroom Door Background Stamps using green, blue and turquoise paint. 

2. Cut small strips out of the stamped tissue paper and create a collage with those strips. Use matte medium both for adhering and sealing.

3. Brush a wash of gesso on top of the dried collage.

4. Stamp with the Grid and Postcards Background Stamp on tissue paper using Archival Ink Jet Black. Cut parts out of those prints and adhere randomly to the background.

5. Stamp with Distress Ink Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon inkpads on a craft sheet. Spray water on top and put parts of the card into that puddle to add colour. Make drips as well. Repeat until you’re happy with the result.

6. Stamp randomly with parts of the Checkered Background Stamp using white paint.

7. Stamp the quote using Archival Ink Jet Black.

8. Finish the card off by stamping 3 circles with white paint.

Supplies used
Darkroom Door Say Yes Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Checkered Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Numbers Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Abstract Triangles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Buttons Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Postcards Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamps
Distress Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron
Dylusions Paint: Fresh Lime, Mushy Peas, Vibrant Turquoise, and Cut Grass
Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Titanium White, Sky Blue Light
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Matte Medium


1. Put the small Polka Dots stencil onto special stamping paper. Apply Distress Oxide inks through the stencil using a blending tool. Start on top with Abandoned Coral and alternate colours every 2 rows. Use a scrap of text paper to mask off the part that’s already done. 

2. Stamp the quote stamp on top using Archival Ink Jet Black.

3. Cut a banner out of special stamping paper. Stamp the word ‘happens’ using the same Distress Oxide inks as for the background. Hold stamp and banner in place using the MISTI or a similar stamping platform. Stamp in steps, ink up the letters one by one while masking off the rest with tape.

4. Attach the banner to the card using mini staples. Finish off with a black fineliner.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Say Yes Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil-Polka Dots
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Oxides: Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Wilted Violet

Thanks for stopping by!


I Am Creative Tag

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hello, it is Anna-Karin here with you today sharing a tag made with the new I Am Creative Quote Stamp. This is such a fun quote and it fits me well since there is almost always a certain level of creative chaos on my desk. I actually often quite like it, since I tend to find interesting bits and pieces to use on projects, and some of them made their way onto this tag.

I wanted the sentiment to take up most of the space on the tag, but to be surrounded by odd bits and pieces and lots of textures and splatters. The background is actually made up by two tags, one of which I found in my scrap box from a project when I had made too much glittery sand and prepared a tag for the future with the left-overs. Glitter and paint had been mixed into Texture Paste to make it look like glittery sand. Sequins were pressed into the paste before it dried.

I started out doing a Distress Oxide background on another manila tag. Smear the oxides on a non-stick craft sheet, mist with water and press the tag into the ink. You can mist more water on the tag to blend the oxides. Dry with a heat tool and repeat until you are happy with the look. 

Emboss the I Am Creative stamp with Gun Metal powder on the tag.

Give the words a shadow with a marker. I used a Black Soot Distress Marker first, and then went over it again with a permanent marker. Stamp with the Dots Texture Stamp and Jet Black ink. Distress the edges and run the black ink pad over them. 

Next, stamp the background with the Splatter Texture Stamp and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide.

Ink the leaf that looks like a feather from the Tropical Leaves set with Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon and mist with water. Stamp and repeat until you have enough feathers.

The shadow makes the words stand out better from the background. As you can see, I worked quickly and didn’t worry about getting it perfect.

I cut fringes into the feathers to give them more dimension and texture. Adhere the two tags together and tie with a piece of dyed cheese cloth that I found on my desk. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door I Am Creative Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Splatter Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Rubber Stamps
Ranger: Manila Tags
Watercolor Paper
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Ranger Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Embossing powder: Ranger Gunmetal
Ranger Distress Marker: Black Soot
Permanent black marker
Glitter: Ranger Tim Holtz: Distress Glitter Dust Vintage
Sequins: 28 Lilac Lane: Neutrals Sequin Mix
Ranger White Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Distress Matte Medium
Ranger Distress Paint: Antique Linen

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to let the words be focal points on a project and to mix seemingly random bits and pieces together. Thank you so much for looking!

Happy stamping!


Part Of You Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hi! Suzz Czosek here. Today I am sharing a few projects using the beautiful quote stamp Part of You

For my first card I incorporated the boat shed with the lovely sentiment. 


1. Stamp the Boat Shed Photo Stamp using a gray archival ink.
2. Color image using watercolor pencils an waterbrush.
3. Paint background using blue dye inks and waterbrush.
4. Dry background.
5. Stamp Part of You using black archival ink. Heat emboss with black embossing powder.
6. Assemble card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door Boat Shed Photo Stamp 

Ranger Archival: Jet Black Ink, Watering Can 
Watercolor Pencils, 
Ranger Distress Ink: Broken China

For my next card I wanted to highlight the sentiment with a soft background texture. 


1. Spray the background of white cardstock with a light colored mist. 
2. Stamp the Part Of You Quote Stamp using black archival ink.
3. Place the small Butterfly Stencil over the sentiment and smear translucent embossing paste over the butterfly and slightly beyond the edges of the butterfly. I wanted uneven edges around the butterfly but keeping it close to the edge to allow the stucco effect to show on the card front.
4. Let dry completely.
5. Sponge distress ink over the embossed butterfly. Sponge around the edges to highlight the rough edges and the center of the butterfly.
6. Assemble card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Butterflies
Ranger Distress Spray: Antique Linen
Ranger Distress Ink: Tattered Rose
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Translucent Embossing Paste

For my last project I wanted to play with a journal page using the sentiment.

Instructions: (Let dry between steps) 

1. Paint a swatch of white gesso in the center of a journal page. (Mine is part of an old ledger)
2. Add random stars using the small Starry Night stencil and crackle embossing paste. 
3. Spritz with Pink, Gold, and Antique Linen sprays to get the desired colors and spots as desired.
4. Stamp the Part Of You Quote Stamp using black archival ink.
5. Spray cheese cloth with gold spray.
6. Trace heart shape using watercolor pencils randomly across surface and around the sentiment.
7. Use waterbrush to soften the traced images.
8.Stamp script using gold ink randomly across surface. 
9. Using stick pins attach pieces of cheese cloth with baubles and charms. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Part of You Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Starry Night
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Ranger Distress Spray: Antique Linen
Tattered Angels: Pink Coral, Gold Shimmer Spray
Ranger Archival Ink: Black
Watercolor Pencils
White Gesso
Cheese Cloth
Idea-ology Tim Holtz Baubles & Charms

This lovely sentiment is so versatile and I can see using it for sympathy cards, journal pages and layouts remembering loved ones.


Along the Way Quote Stamp Tags

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 26, 2018

Hi there, it's Helen Chilton here with you today, using the new Along the Way Quote Stamp to make a card and tag.  

I love Distress Oxides, especially using them with a stencilled or stamped gesso background on kraft card. The colours show up slightly differently on the gessoed areas. 

Stamp the leaf from the Fine Leaves stamp set in gesso onto kraft cardstock. When dry dip into Distress Oxides that have been rubbed onto a craft mat and spritzed. I used about 5 colours. Build up layers until you're happy.

Colour a panel of white card with some of the same Distress Oxides - I used Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade. Splat with water and blot. Stamp the quote in black over the top. Then add twiddly bits - brads, wired beads, fibres, doodling etc.

The next two projects use similar techniques. I like stamping repeatedly all over the cardstock to build up a background. Then use the same stamp as your focal point and it all ties in together. It's an especially useful technique if you only want to use one stamp.

Stamp the Along The Way Quote Stamp repeatedly onto a glossy cardstock panel in several different colours - I used VersaFine Clair inks, but you could also use Distress inks. Add black edging and scratchy lines with a credit card.

Use some of the same inks to colour a background panel of glossy card and stamp quote over the top. Add black edging.

You get an impression of the whole image with odd details (in this case words) jumping out at you.

Similar technique here, except colour the glossy card first and then stamp over in same colour inkpads not quite as many times as before. Die cut quote panel coloured with cotton wool balls to add texture.

Supplies List:
Darkroom Door Along the Way Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Fine Leaves Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide inkpads: Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Spiced marmalade, Peeled Paint
VersaFine Clair inkpads: Summertime, Warm Breeze, Golden Meadow, Purple Delight
Cardstock: glossy white, kraft


Thanks for stopping by!


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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Distress Oxide Quote Tags

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing two tags created with Distress Oxide inks and Quote Stamps. These are quick and fun to make and once you start playing with the inks, it's very hard to stop! 

Here's a look at the first tag:

The background was created by swiping a few different colours of Distress Oxide ink onto a non-stick craft sheet, misting the ink with water and swiping the tag through the ink. The inks I used were: Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint. Dry the tag with a heat tool and repeat to add several layers of ink of desired. Mist some water into your hands and flick onto the tag and allow to sit for a moment before patting dry with a paper towel. The water will react with the ink and lighten the ink in the areas where it has connected with the water. 

Once your background is complete, stamp the Artist Quote stamp over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. Stamp various Paint Splats stamps around the edges using matching Distress Oxide inks. 

Colour some satin seam binding with the same Oxide ink colours and allow to dry. Tie through the tag hole to complete! 

Here's another tag created in the same way, but using different Distress Oxide ink colours: 

This time I have used Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks for the background, and stamped the Wonderful Quote Stamp on top. I've stitched some crumpled sheet music to the bottom to add some extra texture. 

With over 24 different Distress Oxide ink colours available, you can create so many different colour combinations for your backgrounds! I've also found the Distress Mixed Media Tags are a fabulous surface to work on with the Distress Oxides! The best part is to just experiment and have fun! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Artist Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Wonderful Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Broken China and Vintage Photo
Distress Heavyweight Tags
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 50ml
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Satin Seam Binding Ribbon
Old sheet music

Thanks for stopping by today! For more great ideas, check out our YouTube channel here

Painted and stamped Christmas Tags

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 06, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a Christmas video tutorial showing how you can create painted and stamped Christmas tags using the We Wish You Quote Stamp and Dylusions Paints!

Here's a look at the tags created in the video: 

Click here to watch the video tutorial: 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door We Wish You Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Pine Leaf Eclectic Stamp
Dylusions Paints: Postbox Red, Fresh Lime and White Linen
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Leaf Green 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml
Non-stick Craft Sheet
Size 8 Tags
Craft Squeegee

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Distress Oxide Resist Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 04, 2017

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a Christmas card video tutorial showing a Distress Oxide resist technique using the Dear Santa Quote Stamp

Here's a look at the cards created in the video: 

Click here to watch the video tutorial: 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Quote Stamp

Darkroom Door Dear Santa Vol 2 Stamp Set

Distress Oxide Inks
Clear Embossing Powder
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml
Non-stick Craft Sheet
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamping Platform 
Paper Distresser 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Wonderful Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, September 17, 2017
Hello wonderful crafters! Teresa Abajo here with a couple of card ideas you can make using the new Wonderful Quote Stamp.

In my first card, I have put the new Sunshine Texture stamp behind it. The quote would also work with most of the other Texture stamps in the range, just remember to use a pale ink so that it doesn't compete with the words for attention.

1. Stamp the Sunshine Texture stamp using Archival Verdigris ink.

2. Stamp the quote over the top using Archival Jet Black, then quickly sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat to melt.

3. Trim down leaving a white border around the stamping, then apply a glue runner around  the edges. Apply copper foil to the glue.

4. Apply dots of glue over the word 'wonderful', allow to dry then apply foil to the glue.

5. Stamp the Sunshine Background stamp onto green cardstock using Versamark ink, and emboss with clear embossing powder.

6. Trim to fit the front of a card and assemble

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wonderful Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Sunshine Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Sunshine Background Stamp
Archival ink: Verdigris, Jet Black
Versamark ink
Copper foil

I have created a little window for my next card:

1. Stamp the Wonderful Quote stamp onto some heat proof acetate using Versamark ink.

2. Emboss with gold embossing powder.

3. Create a frame for the quote from white cardstock. I used rectangular dies for this step. Sponge some Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap over the frame before adhering to the acetate piece.

4. Sponge various colours of Distress Oxide ink over a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of white cardstock. I have used Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.

5. Lay the small Wildflowers stencil over this piece and remove some of the colour with a wet wipe. Dry this off, replace the stencil then sponge some Frayed Burlap through the flowers.

6. Adhere the framed acetate piece to the card front using foam mounting tape.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Wonderful Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Wildflower stencil small
Distress Oxide ink: Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Frayed Burlap
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder

I hope you have enjoyed my projects using this wonderfully inspiring quote! Thanks for looking.