Quick Stamped & Stenciled Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 18, 2019

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here with you today to share some cards using the latest stamp and stencil release! It’s fun to see how the different stamps and stencils can be used together. Here’s a look at the cards: 



I started by stamping the Portrait Inchies Stamp Set onto Mixed Media Cardstock using Archival Plum Ink, then shaded around the edges slightly using an ink blending tool with the same ink. I then stamped the Friendship Sentiments Stamp onto Mixed Media Cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink and trimmed out a few sentiments individually to use on the card. That’s one thing I love about the Sentiments Stamps, they can be so versatile this way! I sponged Archival Plum ink around the edges of each sentiment to make to blend in with the background and adhered them to the card using foam adhesive. Mount the stamped panel to plum yardstick and wrap some twine around the base. Adhere to a folded Kraft card base to complete. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Friendship Sentiments Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Plum 
Mini Ink Blending Tool 


The Tall Flowers Stamp Set is perfect for using with a watercolouring technique! I inked the stamp with Sunflower, Poppy and Red Geranium Make Art Ink Pads for the petals and Fern Green Make Art Ink Pad for the stem, then misted the stamp lightly with water before stamping it onto watercolour card stock. If you’d like to blend the inks even further, use a water brush to blend and move the inks around on the card stock until you achieve the watercolour effect you desire. Repeat this using different stamps from the Tall Flowers Stamp Set until you have created a little garden of flowers. Stamp the long Happy Birthday sentiment from the same stamp set onto light green card stock and trim to fit on the left side of the flowers. Distress all the edges with a paper distresser. Mount onto dark green card stock and distress the edges, before wrapping twine around the bottom. Adhere to a folded Kraft card base to complete. 



While I had the inks out from the last card, I created a similar designed card using the small Carved Leaves Stencil with the same Sunflower, Poppy and Reg Geranium inks. First I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Tall Flowers Stamp set down the left side of the cardstock and masked off the sentiment before sponging ink through the stencil on the right side of the sentiment. I alternated the leaves and ink colours to create a collection of leaves. This stencil is very intricate, so be slow and gentle with your sponging to get the most accurate results. I also sponged a small strip of colour down the left side of the sentiment using Poppy ink pad, and masking off the sentiment. Adhere the finished panel onto black cardstock and wraps twine around the left side before adhering to a folded Kraft card base. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil 
Make Art Inks: Sunflower, Poppy, Red Geranium, Fern Green 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Water Spritzer Bottle 125ml 
Paper Distresser 



I stared this card by stamping the World Map Background Stamp onto beige card stock using Archival Jet Black ink. Using the small Sunshine stencil, I sponged Sunflower and Poppy Make Art Inks through the stencil to create a sun burst. Wrap a torn piece of material around the base to add some texture. Stamp a car from the Classic Cars Vol 2 stamp set onto hot press watercolour paper using Archival Jet Black ink and colour in the car using the Poppy and Red Geranium Make Art Ink Pads and a water brush. Use Pumice Stone Distress Ink for the tyres and metal areas. Trim out the car and adhere to the card using foam adhesive. Stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set and trim. Sponge Pumice Stone ink around the edges before adhering them to the card with foam adhesive. Adhere entire stamped panel to a folded black card to complete! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Sunshine Stencil 
Make Art Inks: Sunflower, Poppy, Red Geranium
Distress Ink: Pumice Stone 
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Paper Distresser 

These new stamps are available now from the Darkroom Door website or check out the store locator for a retailer near you. 

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

Rachel

Portrait Inchies Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 08, 2019

Hi crafty folk! It's Teresa Abajo here with a couple of cards I made using the new Portrait Inchies Stamp Set. Before I show you those however, I wanted to address the dilemma these Inchies stamp set present to some of us - to cut or not to cut? I usually like to keep them as one complete sheet so they can be used as a background stamp or if I need only a few images I can still just ink up a smaller section and trim out the stamped images after they have been stamped. To stamp a full sheet you will need either a large block or a stamping tool that takes this large size. 

However if you prefer them to be in smaller stamps, here is a compromise, if you cut them out by hand, this adds little curves and angles that can be used to put the stamp back together like a jig saw puzzle. Which means you can use them as a full background, a horizontal strip, a vertical strip and as individual images, depending on how you cut them. Another option is to cut the sheet in half (horizontally in the middle), so you have two stamps the same size as the Photo Stamps. So the choice is yours!  

Now onto the cards:

This first one uses the set as a complete background for a large (A5) card:



Instructions:
1. Stamp the entire stamp onto some white card using grey ink. Trim to size then mount onto pink cardstock.
2. Stamp one of the images again, and colour it using your preferred medium (I used acrylic paint and some Distress Inks).
3. Cut this image out and adhere it over one of the grey ones on the card front. Embellish with flowers.
4. Stamp the words using black ink, trim into a strip and mount it onto black then pink cardstock. Adhere to card front with foam tape.
5. Adhere the card front to a folded white card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet medley Stamp Set
Archival ink: Watering Can, Jet Black
Acrylic paints
Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose
Cardstock: pink, black, white
Flowers
A5 folded white card

This second card uses a 3 x 3 panel of the inchie images. You can either cut the stamp up into this arrangement, or stamp it and then cut the cardstock.


Instructions:
1. Spritz some Milled Lavender Distress Spray Ink onto a craft sheet and swipe some cream cardstock through it. Cut in half.
2. Spritz some Old Paper Distress Spray Ink onto a craft sheet and swipe one half of the cream cardstock through it. Dry well.
3. Stamp the Inchies onto this piece using black ink. Trim to size.
4. On the other piece of cream cardstock, stamp the Spanish Tiles Background Stamp in the bottom left hand corner using Milled Lavender Distress ink. Stamp the French Script Background using Old Paper Distress Ink. Adhere a strip of old dictionary page down the centre of the card front. Adhere this to a folded cream card.
5. Stamp the Postcards Texture Stamp onto a 9.5cm sqaure of cream cardstock using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Adhere to card front.
6. Stamp the quote from 1920's Chic Stamp Set using brown ink and adhere to card front.
7. Adhere the 3 x 3 Inchie panel to the card front using foam tape. Embellish with pearls and flowers.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Postcards Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door 1920's Chic Stamp Set
Distress Spray Ink: Milled Lavender, Old Paper
Distress Ink: Milled Lavender, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Old dictionary page
Adhesive pearls
Flowers
Cream cardstock
A6 folded cream card

Thanks for joining me today!

Teresa

Tall Flowers Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hi there, it's Heather Telford from snowy Canada looking forward to the day when flowers are seen around here once more. We have loads of snow so I enjoyed the contrast of stamping spring flowers. These new flowers stamps are great to work with especially as they have nice long bendable stems; you can make one stamp bend this way or that to fill your stamped vase or garden!



Instructions: 
1. In a stamp positioner, place tall daisy stamp from 'Tall Flowers' set on cold pressed watercolour paper panel
2. Ink stem with peeled paint distress ink and flower head with fossilized amber ink then stamp
3. Using markers ink petals of the stamp with spiced marmalade marker, spritz stamp and stamp over initial print
4. Ink petal partially with rusty hinge distress marker close to flower centre, ink centre with ground espresso marker. Spritz with water and stamp.
5. Blend stem, petals and flower centre with fine tip paintbrush and water.
6. When dry restamp flower centre in ground espresso ink.
7. Repeat two more times to add flowers to panel using a stamped and hand cut mask to overlap flowers.
8. Using the mask again to protect stamping add background foliage using a stamp from 'Nature Walk' set inked with weathered wood and tea dye distress ink.
9. Splatter with tea dye ink.
10. Stamp sentiment in brown Stazon ink on vellum strip then wrap around panel before attaching to kraft card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress inks: Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood, Tea Dye
Distress markers: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, Forest Moss
Cold pressed watercolour paper
Brown stazon ink
Vellum
Kraft cardstock


Instructions: 
1. Ink delicate flower stamp from 'Nature Walk' set with stormy sky and iced spruce distress inks, spritz stamp with water then stamp several times across cold pressed watercolour paper panel before re-inking and repeating.
2. Use stamp positioner to stamp tall daisy stamp from 'Tall Flowers' set over background foliage. Ink petals first with wilted violet distress ink and stem with forest moss distress ink, spritz stamp then stamp. 
3. Clean stamp and partially re-ink with blueprint sketch distress ink, spritz with water then stamp again. Because the ink is diluted with water the two colours will blend and fill the outline petals. If desired blend more with a paintbrush.
4. Repeat to add more daisies across panel bending the stem to change the orientation of the flower heads.
5. Stamp sentiment in black Stazon ink on vellum strip then wrap around panel before attaching to card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress inks: Stormy Sky, Iced Spruce, Wilted Violet, Bluepring Sketch, Forest Moss
Cold pressed watercolour paper
Vellum
Black stazon ink


Instructions: 
1. Trace a circle in pencil on hot pressed watercolour panel.
2. Sponge fossilized amber distress ink around circle then erase pencil line.
3. Using sponging as a guide, stamp small flower heads from 'Tall Flowers' set round the circle in carved pumpkin ink, holding stamp so only flower(not stem) is inked and stamped.
4. Repeat process with small leaves and ferns from 'Leaves' set in fossilized amber, peeled paint, forest moss and tea dye distress inks.
5. Splatter forest moss ink over wreath.
6. Mat panel in orange cardstock, attach to kraft card base and add a raffia bow.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Tall Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Leaves Stamp Set
Distress inks: Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Carved Pumpkin, Forest Moss, Tea Dye
hot pressed watercolour paper
kraft cardstock, orange cardstock
raffia

The Tall Flowers stamp set is fun to use, I hope you’ll enjoy using it as much as I do! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Heather

Bottles Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hello Stampers, it is Godelieve Tijskens today, sharing some ideas with the fabulous new Bottles stamp set.

First I have created an art journal page with the complete set: 



Before I cut a set of new rubber stamps, I like to stamp the whole sheet a few times.


A sheet fits perfectly on a page in one of my journals.  I stamped the bottles with Versamark ink and heat embossed  with white embossing powder.

Next I used stamps from the Grunge Marks and Wings set to stamp and heat emboss onto the bottles. 


Using an ink blending tool and Dylusions paints I colored the pages.  I used a paper towel to remove the paint from the embossed parts immediately, to keep the embossing white.

Garden Patina Archival ink was used to stamp the Grid Texture stamp and the butterflies.


To add a lighter touch to the bottles I used a white Distress Crayon.


Shadow around and below the bottles was done with a Distress Crayon and a grey pencil.

From an early Darkroom Door stamp set, Ornate Elements, I used the numbers, stamped onto white cardstock with black Archival ink, cut out and glued in place.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Sets:  Bottles, Grunge Marks, Wings, Ornate Elements
Darkroom Door Texture Stamp: Grid
Archival Inkpads: Garden Patina, Jet Black
Versamark Inkpad
WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White
Dylusions Paints: Mushy Peas, Fresh Lime, Vibrant Turquoise

Distress Crayons: Picket Fence, Peeled Paint

Pencil
Strathmore Visual Journal

Darkroom Door has lots of beautiful flower stamps.  On this card I used a favourite tulip stamp, also from an early Darkroom Door set, to put in a bottle.


Black Archival ink was used to stamp the bottle and tulip onto watercolor paper. 

Two more tulips were stamped on another piece of watercolor paper to cut out later.


I watercolored the flowers and bottle with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks by taking pigment from the sticks with a wet brush.


I covered the bottle and tulip with a mask to stamp the Spanish Tiles background with Distress Oxide Pumice Stone.  

I removed the mask from the stamped bottle, and because I used a Misti, I was able to restamp the Spanish Tiles in exactly the same place, to get a subtle impression 'behind' the glass.

The card was finished off with the 2 cut out tulips, and by adding words from the Thank You Sentiment Stamps.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Sets: Bottles, Full Bloom Vol 1
Darkroom Door Sentiment Stamps: Thank You

Darkroom Door Background Stamp: Spanish Tiles

Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Distress Oxide Inkpad: Pumice Stone
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

On my next card I wanted to create ceramic vases instead of glass bottles.


First I made a colorful background to stamp the bottles on.

I used Distress Oxide inkpads, pressed them onto my Tim Holtz glass media mat, sprayed water and put the watercolor paper in the puddle to pick up the ink. I repeated this a few times, drying the ink inbetween layers.

To stamp the bottles I used Thistle Archival Ink.


After I had cut out the bottles I used stamps from the Foliage set to decorate the bottles.

At the bottom of a landscape folded card I glued a strip of cardstock in a coordinating color and arranged the bottles on the card.

I added a saying from the Thank You stamp set, also stamped with Thistle Archival ink.

A white gelpen was used on the berries.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Sets: Bottles, Foliage, Thank You
Distress Oxide Inkpads: Carved Pumpkin, Broken China, Seedless Preserves
Archival Inkpad: Thistle
White Gel Pen Signo

I hope I inspired you with my projects.

Thank you for visiting the blog today.

Godelieve

Classic Cars Vol 2 Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Hi from Texas! Connie Mercer here, to share with you some guy cards and a journal page using the new Classic Cars Vol.2 Stamp Set!  This is great for creating cards for the men in your life. They all love cars and especially fast ones. This set also goes great with Classic Cars Vol.1. You will want both sets for sure. They compliment each other so well.
 



Instructions:
1. Start with a grey piece of cardstock for your card front.  
2. Stamp the Grid Background Stamp on the grey cardstock with Distress Oxide Ink (Black Soot).
3. Using a spray bottle of water mist the front of the card. The ink will oxidize and create a distressed look. Dab off extra water. Dry with heat tool.
4. Stamp the car (front side view) stamp on card front.
5. Stamp numbers (from Vintage Office) in left top corner of card with Black ink.
6  Stamp the car (side view) on grey cardstock with black ink.
7. Trim out three sides and gently tear off bottom side.
8. Mat on beige cardstock. Repeat the tearing technique on the beige cardstock also.
9. Adhere to card front.
10. Mat the card front on beige cardstock and then black cardstock.
11. Then add to a folded white card base.
12. Speckle card front with white ink.
13. Stamp sentiment on beige card stock and trim out.
14. Shade with black ink and add to card front.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Cardsock: Letter It by Ranger
Distress Oxide Ink Pad: Black Soot
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Dylusions ink Spray: White Linen 


Instructions:
1. Using the Torn Text Background Stamp and grey cardstock, stamp the image on the cardstock with black ink.
2. Using the Large Mesh Stencil apply in random spots, on the card front, using black ink.
3. Do the same thing with the Large stars stencil, random spots on the card front with black ink.
4. Stamp the car on a smaller piece of grey cardstock and apply the Large Mesh stencil in random spots with black ink.
5. Matt the smaller piece on black cardstock.
6..Adhere to the card front.
7. Stamp sentiment with black ink on white cardstock and trim out.
8. Shade with black ink and adhere to card front with dimensional foam squares.
9. Speckle with white ink.
10. Add card front to a folded white card base.
11. Add three rhinestones to each star on the front of the card.

Products used:
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Large Mesh stencil
Darkroom Door Large Starry Night Stencil
Cardstock: Letter It by Ranger
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Dylusions Ink Spray: White Linen 
Other: black rhinestones


Instructions:
1. Using the Sunshine Background Stamp with grey cardstock, stamp the image using black ink.
2. Adhere a tag to the center of the card front.
3. Stamp the front facing car on white cardstock. Colour in the head lights to match colour of trim on the tag. I used watercolors to achieve this look.
4. Trim out to a rectangle shape.
5. Adhere to card front. Centre the rectangle over the tag.
6. Using the Large Mesh stencil apply random spots on card front.  
7. Add circle sticker (had in my stash).  Mat the card front to beige cardstock and then again on black cardstock.
8. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock with black ink.
9. Trim apart and shade each section with black ink.
10. Add to card front using dimensional foam squares.
11. Speckle with white ink.
12. Adhere to folded white card base.


Products used:
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sunshine Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Large Mesh Stencil
Archiva Ink: Jet Black
Dylusions Ink Spray: White Linen 
Cardsock: Letter It by Ranger


Instructions:
1. Create a background using layers and layers of random colors of acrylic paint. Mine started out as a page that I had cleaned the roller from the Gel-Press on.  It has hints of pink and purple under the green and yellow tones. I dulled that with the black paint.  
2. Add texture to the pages with stencils and modeling paste. The white modeling paste applied over paint kinda of takes on the colors of the paint and I lost the look I was going after.
3. So I re-applied the stencil using acrylic paint.  The paint stayed white and I loved it on the black painted spots on the pages. 
4. The sides of the pages were stamped with Stitched Borders set, giving the look that the pages were stitched with a sewing machine.
5. The center was created by stamping the car images on vintage dictionary paper with black ink. When the journal was closed the center paper tore apart. 
6. Stickers were added and stamped with StazonOn black ink. (The stickers have a shiny surface and I wanted to make sure the text was not going to smear.)
7. Add speckles with black ink over the vintage dictionary paper.
8. Shading was added to the center, where the paper tore.
9. Vintage photo corners were added to the vintage dictionary paper.

Products used:
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol 1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stitched Borders Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Large Mesh Stencil
Archival Ink: Jet Black
StazOn Ink: Black
Paint: DecoArt
stickers

Thanks for stopping by!
Connie 

Watercoloured Yuletide Greetings

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hi there! It’s Autumn Clark here today to share two Christmas cards using the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set and Spanish Tiles Background Stamp



These cards were inspired by meditative coloring. Using a variety of embossing powders and Distress Inks can yield numerous color combinations for your own card creations. 



Instructions:
1. Emboss the Spanish Tile Background Stamp in red and white embossing powder on two separate panels. 
2. Color the patterns with Fired Brick and Pine Needles Distress Inks using a water brush. Tip: Use the lighter color (red) first then work darker. 
3. Stamp sentiments from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set into die cut panels in coordinating inks. 
4. Sponge die cut holly and berries with coordinating inks and layer as shown. 


These traditional colors put me in the festive spirit, but switching up the color palette and embellishments will help you customize your creations. I’m sure you will find coloring your Spanish Tile Background Stamp therapeutic and the result will be beautiful!


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Embossing Powder: White & Red
Distress Inks: Fired Brisk, Pine Needles

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Autumn Clark

Christmas Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing some new Christmas card ideas using the Yuletide Greetings and Pine Cones Stamp Sets! These stamp sets can be used on their own or combined together to make some simple and classic card this Christmas. 



Instructions: 
1. Stamp the Inky Script Background Stamp onto a folded Kraft card using Vermillion Archival Ink. 
2. Stamp the Pine Leaves Frame Stamp onto white cardstock using Fern Green Archival Ink. 
3. Stamp a large sentiment from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set in the centre of the Pine Leaves Frame using Vermillion Archival Ink. Trim the image to the edge of the leaves and adhere to 13cm x 8.5cm red cardstock, leaving a larger border on the left side to wrap twine or ribbon around and tie at the front. 
4. Adhere entire panel to the front of the Kraft card. 

This card would also look great if the Pine Leaves Frame or the sentiment was stamped and embossed with a tinsel embossing powder to add some bling! 

This next card combines the Yuletide Greetings and the Pine Cones Stamp set together: 



Instructions: 
1. Stamp a pine leaf from the Pine Cones stamp set onto 13cm x 9cm white cardstock by placing the end of the stem at the top third of the cardstock. Stamp the leaf two times facing down and then rotate the stamp and stamp it facing upwards. Adhere this panel to 13.5cm x 9.5cm red cardstock. 
2. Stamp a sentiment from Yuletide Greetings stamp set onto white cardstock and trim to 9cm x 5cm and adhere to 9.5cm x 5.5cm red cardstock. Adhere this panel over the stamped pine leaf panel to cover the area where the stems finish. Use foam adhesive to give it some dimension. 
3. Adhere entire stamped piece to a folded white card. Add some pearl rhinestones to the top right and bottom left of the card. 
4. Stamp a smaller sentiment from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set inside the card using red ink. 



This last card uses only the Pine Cones Stamp Set and has a softer look with the use of Distress Inks. 




Instructions: 
1. Stamp a pinecone from the Pine Cones stamp set in the top left corner using brown Archival Ink onto mixed media cardstock. Stamp the pine cone so it looks like it is hanging down. 
2. Stamp a pine leaf from the same stamp set using Fern Green Archival Ink. Repeat as necessary to cover the edges of the card as you wish. 
3. Stamp a sentiment from the Pine Cones stamp set in the bottom right corner using Fern Green Archival ink. 
4. Using Distress Ink, lightly sponge around the edges of the cardstock to give the edges some shading. Use light colours of brown or green Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint etc) 
5. Trim red cardstock to 10cm x 5.5cm and adhere across the bottom third section. Adhere a green piece of cardstock on an angle to a folded Kraft card.  
6. Adhere stamped panel on an opposite angle to the green cardstock.
7. Add a small amount of Frosted Lace Stickles to some areas of the stamped pine cone to give it a little glimmer. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Pine Cones Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Pine Leaves Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Archival Inks: Vermillion, Fern Green, Coffee
Distress Inks: Brushed Corduroy 
Stickles: Frosted Lace
Pearl Rhinestones 
Twine
Ink Blending tool and foam 
Mixed Media Cardstock
Cardstock: Kraft, white, red, green

I hope this gives you a few ideas for your Christmas cards this year! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Majestic Mountains Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 29, 2018

Hi there, I'm Heather Telford and I am excited to be sharing some scenic cards today featuring mountains and trees from the new Majestic Mountains Rubber Stamp Set. I love tree stamps so I this set was a must for me. All my scenes are snowy because I am heading into winter soon here in Canada but I can see myself creating with these stamps year round.



Instructions: 
1. Splatter masking fluid over cold pressed watercolour paper. Let dry
2. Place torn post-it note mask across panel. Stamp mountain several times in weathered wood distress ink so the base of stamp overlaps the post-reit.
3. Paint sky in dusty concord and tumbled glass distress stains. Add small amount of mustard seed stain close to mountain edges. Dry panel.
4. Place another torn post it note across panel below base of mountains. Stamp trees in chipped sapphire distress ink so trunks of base of trees overlap post it note edge.
5. Blend stamped trees with water to make trees look more solid. 
6. Paint a line of weathered wood distress stain along base of trees to create a snow bank.
7. Paint diluted weathered wood stain into foreground of scene.
8. Remove masking fluid.
9. Stamp sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in chipped sapphire ink


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Majestic Mountains Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Distress Ink: Chipped Sapphire
Distress Stains: weathered wood, dusty concord, tumbled glass, mustard seed
Masking fluid
Cold pressed watercolour paper


Instructions: 
1. Splatter masking fluid over hot pressed watercolour paper. Let dry
2. Partially ink mountain stamp in weathered wood distress stain so base is uneven. Stamp across lower half of panel
3. Stamp small tree repeatedly in front of mountains in memento olive grove ink including second generation stamping to fill the space.
4. Stamp large tree in memento olive grove ink overlapping small trees.
5. Paint sky in stormy sky distress stain taking care to paint to the edge of mountains and tree tops. Dry completely
6. Remove masking fluid
7. Add sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in versafine olympia green ink.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Majestic Mountains Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Memento ink olive grove
versafine olympia green ink  
Distress Stains: weathered wood, stormy sky
Masking fluid
Hot pressed watercolour paper


Instructions: 
1. Cut circle mask from frisket film and attach to hot pressed watercolour panel
2. Splatter masking fluid over panel. Let dry.
3. Paint water over whole panel.
4. Paint stormy sky distress stain over panel keeping colour darkest in the top half.
5. While panel is still damp stamp large tree from Majestic Mountains set in memento northern pine ink repeatedly over panel using first and second generation stamping for dark and lighter images.
6. Remove moon mask and stamp one more tree to overlap moon.
7. Dry completely then remove masking fluid.
8. Add sentiment from Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set in versafine olympia green ink


Supplies used
Darkroom Door Majestic Mountains Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Memento ink northern pine
Versafine olympia green  
Distress Stains: stormy sky
Masking fluid
Frisket film
hot pressed watercolour paper

Thank you for stopping by today! 

Heather

Vintage Style Pine Cone Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 26, 2018

Hi there! Autumn Clark with you today to share some holiday cards featuring the beautiful new Pine Cones Stamp Set.



These cards were all made by using a stamp platform and Distress Ink pads to repeatedly stamp in a variety of colors to achieve depth and variation in each image. Careful fussy cutting and layering builds dimension and blends the Robin and Pine Cones stamps into one focal grouping. Take a look at the details.


Here's a one minute video showing how to a framing effect with the Spanish Tile background stamp.


Instructions for the cards: 
1. Follow the video tutorial above to create backgrounds with the Spanish Tile background stamp. (Color Combos: 1. Antique Linen Distress Oxide, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  2. Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany Distress Oxide, Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  3. Iced Spruce Distress Oxide, Pumice Stone Distress Ink, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.)  Tips: Tap heavily onto the edges of the stamp and lightly on the center.  Blot it away the center with a cloth, leaving a little ink remaining. If the center of your panel has too much color, spritz it with water and lift away the color with a cloth. Blending Distress Oxides with Distress Inks creates beautiful oxidized effects. For the second and third colors, don't cover the image entirely so you will get more variation.

2. Use a stamp platform to apply various colors of Distress Ink onto your Pine Cones stamp set and Robin eclectic stamp, spritzing lightly with water between impressions, changing color as needed to produce shadows. 

3. Fussy cut all images, including stamped sentiments from the Yuletide Greetings stamp set.  

4. Glue base images to background panel as shown, then attach Robin and sentiments with foam tape, tucking in a little bundle of thread beneath your birds.  




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Pine Cones Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Spanish Tile Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Eclectic Robin Stamp
Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone, Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Gathered Twigs
Distress Oxides: Antique Line, Aged Mahogany, Iced Spruce
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I hope you're inspired to try repeat stamping and see what color combinations you can achieve today!

Autumn

Watercolour Nature Walk Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, October 22, 2018

Hi there, I'm Heather Telford and I am happy to be sharing some cards featuring the gorgeous new Nature Walk Stamp Set. The detail is amazing and the sentiment tiny and delicate. When I opened these I was definitely a happy stamper. I created my cards in an artsy style, sometimes adding sharp detail images and sometimes using looser watery images. I hope you enjoy my approach.



Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over panel but it doesn't have to be fully wet.
• Stamp round topped wildflowers from Nature Walk set in bundled sage and iced spruce distress stains across two thirds of panel. Let dry
• Ink stamp with chipped sapphire, seedless preserves and dusty concord and stamped it several times across the panel. Let dry
• Rub off masking fluid.
• Stamp sentiment from Nature Walk in versamark on co-ordinating cardstock. Emboss in white powder. Pop up on watercolour panel
• Attach panel to white card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: bundled sage, iced spruce, chipped sapphire, dusty concord, seedless preserves 
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
masking fluid


Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over panel but it doesn't have to be fully wet.
• Spray crushed olive distress stain on glass mat or craft mat. Swipe wet panel through stain and tilt to move colour around.
• Spray  forest moss distress stain  on glass mat or craft mat.   Swipe corner of panel through stain.
• Ink wildflower stamp in rusty hinge distress stain and stamp onto wet panel. Let panel dry completely
• Stamp same wild flower stamp several times on dry panel in versafine clair shady lane ink.
• Rub off masking fluid.
• Mat panel in co-ordinating cardstock and stamp sentiment on same cardstock in versamark, emboss in white.
• Wrap natural twine around panel and attach to cream card base.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: crushed olive, rusty hinge, forest moss
Versamark ink
Versafine clair shady lane ink
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Rust coloured cardstock
natural twine
masking fluid


Instructions: 
• Splatter masking fluid on hot pressed watercolour paper panel. Let dry
• Spritz water generously over pane
• Drop aged mahogany and victorian velvet distress stain onto wet panel. Tilt panel to move colour across panel.
• With a paintbrush add antique linen distress stain to damp panel. Let dry.
• Stamp grasses in golden meadow versafine clair ink a little up from base of panel
• Stamp grasses in chianti versafine clair ink to cover base of panel and overlap previous stamping. Let dry
• Remove masking fluid
• Wrap twine around panel.
• Mat panel in co-ordinating cardstock and stamp sentiment on same cardstock in versamark, emboss in white.
• Attach panel to cream cardbase.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress stains: aged mahogany,  victorian velvet, antique linen
Versamark ink
Versafine clair golden meadow & chianti inks
White embossing powder
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Burgandy coloured cardstock
natural twine
masking fluid 

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

Heather