Cards using the Carved Leaves Small Stencil

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hi, Connie Mercer here today, sharing some ideas for creating with the Small Carved Leaves stencil. It is a beautiful stencil and just the right size for cards! Here’s 4 card ideas for you: 



Instructions:
Creating the background for the card:
1. Lay the stencil over the cardstock and lightly add colour. I used Brushed Corduroy Distress ink. 
2. Stencil with the Large Mesh stencil in random spots using Archival Jet Black ink. Again lightly.
3. Using the small circle stencil, tape down (off centre) and stencil in 3 shades of colour. I used Brushed Corduroy, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
4. Adhere the background to coordinating cardstock with dimensional foam squares. Then adhere to a folded card base.
5. Stencil 3 or 4 leaves using the same inks listed above. Shading lightly with the 3 colours of ink.
6. Trim them out. 
 

7. Stamp two leaves, from the Carved Leaves Vol. 2 set, using the same inks, as above.  Dab a little colour, of each shade, and then stamp on off white cardstock. Trim out.
8. Start building your focal point to the side of the stenciled circle.
9. Adhere the leaves, one flat and one with dimensional foam squares.
10. Adhere small pieces of ribbon and buttons.
11. Stamp the sentiment on off white cardstock using black ink.
12. Trim out in a rectangle and mat on coordinating cardstock.
13. Adhere to the center of the ribbons.
14. Add vintage corner to right top corner.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil
Darkroom Door Large Mesh Stencil
Darkroom Door Small Circle Stencil
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiments Stamp 
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint.
Distress Mixed Media heavy stock
vintage corners, buttons, ribbon trim.


Instructions:
1. Tape down (use washi or painters tape) the stencil over the cardstock and spray with Tea Dye Distress Spray Stain.
2. Let it dry a few minutes and then remove the stencil. Take the stencil and turn it over on a journal page (so nothing goes to waste). Makes for cool a design on a journal page.
3. Take Distress Oxides (3 colors, listed below) and dab the card front in the mixture. Dab off and heat set with a heat tool. Keep going to get the desired look for the card background.
4. Mount the card front on coordinating cardstock using dimensional foam squares.
5. Adhere to a folded card base.
6. Stamp the sentiments on off white cardstock and trim out in a rectangle. I used Archival Sepia Ink for this. 
7. Mat rectangle sentiment on brown cardstock and trim out.
8. Stamp succulent on off white cardstock with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide. Trim out succulent image. 
9. Add ribbon trim to the front, breaking up the background.
10. Add the succulent and a button in the center.
11. Splat with Distress Spray Stain.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil
Darkroom Door Anniversary Sentiments Stamp 
Darkroom Door Succulents Stamp Set
Distress Oxides Inks: Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint.
Distress Spray Stain: Tea Dye
Archival Ink: Sepia
Distress Mixed Media heavy stock
ribbon, buttons


Instructions:
1. Shade an oblong shape of cardstock (Kraft) and adhere it to a folded card base.
2. Take a piece of corrugated cardstock and tear off until you get an oblong shape, that fits nicely in the center of the card front. 
3. Using two leaves, from the previous card, adhere them to the corrugated piece of cardstock. 
4. Adhere on flat and one with dimensional foam squares. 
5. Wrap twine or natural jute around the corrugated cardstock, several times, and then tie off in a bow.
6.  Adhere corrugated cardstock to card front.
7. Stamp the sentiment on off white cardstock with Archival/jet black ink.
8. Trim out in a rectangle and mat on coordinating cardstock.
9. Adhere to the card front.
10. Speckle with black ink or paint.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil 
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiments Stamp
Distress ink: Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Paint: DecoArt: carbon black
Distress Mixed Media heavy stock
cardstock: Kraft
twine or jute


Instructions:
1. Using Distress Mixed Media heavy stock, lay the small Carved Leaves stencil on top and tape down (with washi or painters tape).
2. With a pallet knife apply Wendy Vecchi embossing paste to the stencil.
3. Scrap off leaving a smooth finish.
4. Remove stencil and clean with water. Set aside to dry.
5. Using a heat tool apply heat to the embossed leaf images.
6. When the embossing paste has changed colour and is set, mat the card front on coordinating cardstock, with dimensional foam squares.
7. Wrap black twine around the embossed card front and tie off.
8. Adhere to folded card base.
9. Stamp sentiments and trim out to a rectangle. Stamp two sentiment that read nice together.
10. Add vintage corners to each sentiment.
11. Adhere to card front.
12. Add buttons.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Carved Leaves Stencil
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiments Stamp 
Embossing paste: Wendy Vecchi pastel metallic gold
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Mixed Media heavy stock
cardstock: off white, black
vintage corners, buttons, twine or jute

I hope you have enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

Connie

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

Diamonds Large Stencil Journal and Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Hello stampers, it’s Robyn Wood with you today sharing some projects using the new Diamonds large stencil. The diamond is a common geometric shape used for stencils but this one has the unique twist of being a little grungy and imperfect. Let me show you some ideas for using the large Diamonds stencil:



Geometric style stencils such as the Diamonds stencil work beautifully to give pattern to the background of an art journal page. This time I have used it over a blue & yellow toned, pre-done page in a Dylusions Dyalog Insert Book.

Instructions:


1. Stencil randomly over page using large Diamonds stencil with Distress Inks and the ink blending tool. I wanted the stencilling to ‘pop’ so have gone for contrasting ink colours.
2. Add a touch of colour to parts of the page using a colour complimentary to the background, in this case I’ve used lime. 
3. Create a horizontal page element over the right-hand side using some printed papers. Give the element some definition with a black Stabilo pencil.
4. Use a flat, dry brush or the top of a Distress Paint dabber to add a border around the page in a colour complimentary to the background. I’ve used blue.
5. Stamp Film Frame stamp onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely around the whole stamp then tie the left side with twine.
6. Stamp various flowers from the Tropical Flowers set using Distress Ink. I spritzed the ink before stamping to give a splotchy, watercolour look to the image. Fussy cut.
7. Stamp ‘Aloha’ word onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely around the word and glue over the edge of a painted tag.


8. Assemble page elements over the horizontal feature created in step 3. I have glued the flowers down by just the centres so the edges lift a touch for dimension.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Film Frame Stamp
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral, Ripe Persimmon & Picked Raspberry
Dylusions Dyalog Insert Book
Acrylic paint in blue & lime


Of course, this stencil pairs beautifully with stamps to create unique handmade cards. For this one I’ve gone for a vintage look to suit the Penny Farthing bicycle for a small square card.

Instructions:
1. Stamp the centre of the panel of Kraft card with Penny Farthing bicycle using black Archival ink.
2. Sponge pattern around the bicycle using large Diamonds stencil, Distress Inks and the ink blending tool.
3. Ink edges of the square with dark brown ink.
4. Layer panel with black card and mount onto chocolate card base.
5. Stamp ‘Vintage’ onto white card using black Archival ink. Trim closely, mat with black then affix to card using foam tape.
6. Finish card with black gemstones in each corner.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Penny Farthing Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Ink: brown shades


Stencilling with bright, happy colours gives a card an instant lift so that is what I tried for this simple card. For the flower stem on this card, I have used a dark grey ink – it will mean that my flower image will stand out nicely when watercoloured instead of being overwhelmed with black lines.

Instructions:
1. Stencil all over a square of yellow cardstock using large Diamonds stencil, Distress Inks and the ink blending tool. Allow the ink colours to mix slightly.
2. Stamp flower stem from Tropical Flowers stamp set onto white card using Watering Can ink.
3. Colour flower with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks or watercolours, allow to dry and fussy cut. (Fussy cutting means you don’t need to stay within the lines when colouring!)
4. Add flower stem to the centre of a white panel and layer panel with pink card. Add panel to stencilled yellow square using foam tape and affix to square, aqua card base.
5. Finish card with a Happy Birthday greeting from Happy Birthday stamp set.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Diamonds Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Flowers Stamp Set
Archival ink: Jet Black & Watering Can
Distress Ink: pinks & oranges
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks

I hope you have enjoyed learning how these projects came together, until next time!

Robyn

Square Stencil Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 31, 2018

Hi folks! Teresa here, and I have some cards I have created using the new Square Stencil set.

We are well and truly in the grips of the 'silly season' so it's wonderful to come across a product that is practical, time saving and easy to use. I have used the stencil part of the set to create a focal point for a couple of different images and sentiments, and then I have used it to create a colour blocking background. 

Here's how I made these samples:



1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge some Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink through it onto a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of white cardstock. While it is still in place, stamp the star cluster from the Christmas Reindeer set repeatedly using the same ink.
2. Remove the stencil, dry the ink with a heat gun, apply an antistatic pad over the area then stamp the word 'cheer' using the same ink. (Distress Oxide stays wet and embosses beautifully!). Sprinkle copper embossing powder over the word and melt with a heat gun.
3. Stamp the bauble and emboss again with copper embossing powder, then fussy cut. Sponge Pumice Stone and Tattered Rose Distress inks over the bauble and tie a silver twine bow at the top. Use foam tape to adhere to the card front.
4. Adhere the card front to a folded white card, then embellish with clear diamentes.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Fine Baubles Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose
Ranger Copper embossing powder
Silver twine
Clear adhesive diamentes


1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge some Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink through it onto a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of white card. While it is still in place, sponge just the edges with some Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.
2. Remove the stencil and spatter some water droplets over the inked area. Allow to sit for a few seconds then blot with a tissue.
3. Stamp the daisy from the Viva la Flora Vol 2 set using black Archival ink. 
4. Add a Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker and a diamente, then adhere this over some woodgrain patterned paper using foam tape. Adhere to the front of a folded white card.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Viva la Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Tea Dye, Hickory Smoke
Archival Jet Black ink
Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker
Clear adhesive diamente
Kaisercraft Woodgrain patterned paper


1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink to create some solid blocks of colour.  Dry the ink well with a heat gun and wipe the stencil clean.
2. Repeat the process with Festive Berries and Mermaid Lagoon ink, overlapping some of the sqaures and leaving some areas white.
3. Trim this piece down to 10 x 14.3 cm, then stamp 2019 using the Big Numbers stamp set using black Archival ink.
4. Stamp the sentiment using the stamp from the All Occcasions set using Distress Embossing ink, and sprinkle with white embossing powder. Melt with a heat gun, trim to size and adhere to card front using foam tape.
5. Apply small pieces of striped washi tape then adhere card front to a folded white card using foam tape.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Mermaid Lagoon
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Embossing Ink
Ranger Fine Detail White embossing powder
Striped washi tape

Thanks for joining us! I hope you have gleaned some ideas to use with the Square stencil set. I look forward to exploring the options with the template part of the set - the square from the centre - to create frames and outlines on some future projects.

Season's greetings and Happy New Year!

Teresa

Reflection Stamping With Stencils

Darkroom Door - Sunday, December 09, 2018

Hi there! Miss Jane here, today I’m sharing a reflection stamping tutorial using the new small Rectangle Stencil Set with the Nature Walk Stamp Set. Creating this card and getting a perfect reflection was a breeze thanks to the rectangle frame stencil. I also used the inner piece as a stamp to get the reflective image, I loved how sturdy it was to use too!



Steps:


1. Place the rectangle frame stencil in the top section of white card, sponge Distress Oxide salty ocean ink at the top and Distress Oxide lucky clover ink at the bottom, blending them together in the centre.


2. Dab a wet paintbrush over a few areas in the top portion, let it sit for a few seconds then dab the water off using a clean cloth. This removes the top layer of the sponged ink to create clouds.



3. Remove the rectangle frame stencil and secure it below the sponged area so it slightly overlaps the bottom of the sponged area. Sponge Distress Oxide blueprint sketch ink in the top 1/3rd section then fill in the remaining area using the Distress Oxide salty ocean ink.


4. Dab a wet paintbrush over a few areas in the top portion, let it sit for a few seconds then dab the water off using a clean cloth. Try to match up the areas from the top portion, to give the illusion that the clouds are reflecting on the water.


5. Place the rectangle frame stencil over the top area and stamp the Nature Walk field of flowers at the bottom using Distress Oxide black soot ink, sponge along the bottom with the same ink to fill in any gaps.



6. Position the rectangle frame stencil over the bottom section. Stamp the field of flowers image directly on the inner rectangle stencil using Memento tuxedo ink, flip it over and place it at the top of the bottom sponged area in alignment with the top stamped image to create the reflection. Press all over the inked inner rectangle piece to transfer the ink.


7. Sponge the centre with more black ink if needed. 


8. Draw a few lines just below the centre to look like water ripples using a white pencil. Stamp a Nature Walk sentiment in bottom right-hand corner using black ink.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Rectangle Stencil Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Black Soot, Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch 
Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Paint Brush 
White Pencil 

Have a go and see what reflections you can come up with.

Happy creating!
Miss Jane

Circle Stencil Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 23, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share some quick and easy cards I made with the new Small Stencil - Circle Set. This set contains a stencil and a mask and I had a great time playing with both!

On the first card I used the stencil. To create the sets of cards I worked with the mask and on the final card I used both the stencil and the mask. The possibilities are endless.



Instructions

1. Put the stencil on top of a top fold card. Hold in place with tape. Stamp a small bird from the Garden Birds set in the circle with black ink. Stamp the bird on masking paper as well, cut out and adhere that mask on top of the bird on the card.


2. Apply Distress Ink Tumbled Glass through the stencil using a blending tool. Colour the entire circle. Leave the stencil in place.

3. Stamp branches in the circle using Archival Ink Leaf Green. Stamp stars using Stazon Ink Teal Blue.

4. Remove the bird mask and the stencil. Draw ‘strings’ using a black fineliner.

5. Stamp a wish from the Yuletide Greetings set at the bottom of the card.


Instructions

1. Put the stencil on top of a top fold card. Hold in place with tape.

2. Apply Distress Oxide Ink Worn Lipstick through the stencil using a blending tool. Leave the stencil in place while stamping through it with the Inky Script Background Stamp and Distress Oxide Ink Ripe Persimmon. Remove the stencil. Repeat on a second card using Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon.

3.  Stamp a wish from the Yuletide Greetings set at the bottom of each card.


4. Stamp two small trees from the Stitched Christmas set with black ink, cut out and adhere using 3D dots.


Instructions

1. Put the mask on top of a card. Hold in place with one hand while colouring the background with Distress Oxide Ink using a blending tool. On this set of cards I used the following colours: Worn Lipstick, Bundled Sage and Tattered Rose. Carefully remove the mask.


2. Stamp a Christmas wish from the Yuletide Greetings set in the middle of each circle using Archival Ink Jet Black.

3. Make multiple prints with the smallest leave from the Carved Leaves Vol 1 set using Distress Oxide Ink Peeled Paint and cut out.

4. Stamp three small flowers from the String Sentiments set on white paper and cut out. Decorate the centres of the flowers by adding a dot with a paint marker.


5. Attach leaves and flowers on the cards as shown.

Here’s another idea, this time for a birthday card:


Instructions: 

1. Put the mask on top of a card panel. Overstamp with the Inky Script Background Stamp using Distress Oxide Ink Ripe Persimmon.

2. Remove the mask. Put the stencil on top of the print after drying. Stamp a flower from the Fine Flowers Vol 2 through the stencil in the white circle

3. Stamp a birthday wish on a scrap of white paper. Cut into a banner and glue in place.

4. Adhere the panel to a white card,

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil – Circle Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Garden Birds Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door String Sentiments Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black & Leaf Green
Stazon Ink: Teal Blue
Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Bundled Sage, Tattered Rose, Peeled Paint

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke

Watercolour Rectangle Stencil Background

Stewart Yule - Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hi there, Jane Clark here showing you can easy way to create a beautiful watercolour background using the Rectangle Stencil.



Instructions: 
1. Dab Distress Oxides inks - Salty Ocean, Broken China and Blueprint Sketch on the inner rectangle stencil piece, spray it with water, enough so it starts to pool. Working quickly - flip it over and place it ink down on watercolour card. Press all over it, let the pools of watery ink seep out the edges slightly to create little pockets of colour. Dry completely with a heat gun or overnight.
2. Secure the rectangle frame stencil over the dried watercolour background using Washi or low tack tape.  
3. Ink the Nature Walk tall flower image with Distress Oxide salty ocean, press a finger dauber in Distress Oxide wilted violet ink and dab this over the ink salty ocean ink, this will create a varigated coloured image. Stamp it on the right-hand side as shown.
4. Stamp the writing from the Correspondence Stamp Set using Wilted Violet ink. Stamp the Watery Washes small dots using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink at the bottom as pictured.
5. Stamp 'Enjoy Nature' in the top left-hand corner using Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink and layer the piece on folded stream blue card.


I love that the small rectangle stencil has an inner and outer section, this means my stamped images will fit perfectly over my watercolour background.  I also love how sturdy they are, they don't lift easily while sponging and they're easy to clean too!


Have a go today!

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Stencil: Rectangle Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Correspondence Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Salty Ocean, Broken China, Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch
Watercolour Cardstock 
Water Spritzer

Happy creating!

Miss Jane

Shape stencil cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hi there! It’s Rachel Greig here today sharing a series of cards using the new shape stencils! These stencils include the positive and negative shapes for you to create backgrounds and fun designs with ease!

One of the easiest ways to use these stencils is by sponging ink through the shape to create a focal area for your card. 


Instructions:
1. Secure a piece of white cardstock to your craft mat using a piece of washi tape. Lay the shaped stencil over the top and secure down with washi tape too. 
2. Choose a few colours of Distress Inks in the same shade of colour, ranging from light to dark. Starting with the lights colour, sponge inside the shaped area using an ink blending tool. Cover the entire shape with this colour. 
3. Change the foam on your blending tool to the next Distress Ink colour and sponge the ink around the edges, blending it with the first ink colour. Continue to do this with all of the Distress Ink colours you’d like to use, going from the lightest to darkest. 
4. Place the Ferns stencil over the shape stencil and sponge through one of the Ferns using the darkest Distress Ink colour in your background. Repeat so you have two ferns stencilled within the shaped area. 
5. Lift ff the stencils and it will reveal your stencilled shape! 
6. Adhere panel to folded Kraft card and attach a stamped label from the Happy Birthday stamp set. 

Here are some more cards and samples using the other shapes: 




To see how I have created this effect, you can watch this video: 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Circle Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Oval Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Square Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Rectangle Set Stencil 
Darkroom Door Small Ferns Stencil 
Mini Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Mini Ink Blending Tool 
Mini Ink Blending Foam


Thanks for stopping by! 

Rachel

New Release Spetember 2018

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  


Watch Rachel share some ideas using the new Stamps Sets here! 





Our NEW Small Stencils are a great way to create sponged or inked background shapes for your projects! 



We will be sharing projects on the blog using these fabulous new stamps so please add our RSS feed to your blog reader so you don't miss a thing! 

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Boxes 6up Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hi there! It’s Teresa Abajohere today to share two cards using the Boxes 6 Up Frame Stamp and matching stencil.



Instructions: 
1. Stamp the island silhouette from the Tropical Island stamp set using Archival ink. I used a MISTI stamp positioning tool because I planned to stamp this image again over the top of all the sponging in the last step.
2. Tape the edges a piece of white cardstock down to a craft sheet with painter's tape, then tape the Boxes 6 Up stencil over this to prevent any movement.
3. Sponge some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink in the area you want a moon to appear. Use a circle punch or die to cut a circle from a Post It Note and place it over the moon.
4. Sponge some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink over the Post It Note and the rest of the image, keeping an area under the moon a little lighter to look like moonlight reflecting on the water.
5. With the stencil still in place, spatter some water droplets over the sponged ink then blot with paper towel. Remove the stencil and dry well.
6. Apply a spray fixative or Distress Micro Glaze over the image, then replace this piece into the MISTI and stamp the island silhouette image again in black ink. This ensures a sharp, well-defined image.
7. Stamp the sentiment over the moon and emboss with clear embossing powder. Trim the edges to neaten and adhere to the front of a white card over some kraft cardstock.
8. Stamp some of the leaves from the Tropical Leaves stamp set using Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Inks. Fussy cut and adhere to the card. Add a raffia bow.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Small Stencil Boxes 6 Up 
Darkroom Door Tropical Island Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tropical Leaves Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Antique Linen, Faded Jeans, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss
Archival ink: Jet Black


Instructions:
1. Stamp the Boxes 6 Up Frame stamp onto a piece of white card using Archival ink. Tape this down to a craft sheet using painter's tape.
2. Align the Boxes 6 Up stencil over the stamped image and tape down with painter's tape to prevent movement.
3. Sponge through the stencil with Old Paper, Bundled Sage and Forest Moss inks, creating a gradient in each square.
4. Stamp the wildflower images onto the sponged areas with the stencil still in place. It may be necessary to press the stamp down a little harder than usual to ensure the ink gets right up to the edge of the stencil.
5. Remove the stencil and trim the edges of this piece. Mount onto copper, then sage green cardstock, then adhere to the front of a card.
6. Stamp the sentiment onto sage green cardstock and emboss with copper embossing powder. Adhere to card front with foam tape and embellish with flowers.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Boxes 6 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Small Stencil Boxes 6 Up
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simple Saying Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink: Old Paper, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss
Archival ink: Jet Black

Hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! Thanks for stopping by! 

Teresa