Transparency Yuletide Card Set

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 01, 2010

Sarah has been at it again... creating another fabulous card set, this time with the Yuletide Vol 2 stamp set!


Darkroom Door Products used:
* Star background stamp.
* Yuletide Vol 2 stamp set
* "Meadow" patterned paper
* "Blush" patterned paper.

Notes from Sarah:

I recently taught this set of cards as a class at Erina Scrapbook Store.

The bases of my cards are made out of transparency sheets.


For the background, I stamped the Star background stamp onto the "Meadow" and "Blush" papers with white ink, and heat embossed using White embossing powder. The star backgrounds were stuck to the inside of the cards, and the mats behind them were stuck to the outside so that you can't see any adhesive. The same technique was used for the images on the fronts of the cards.

I stamped the images using Jumbo Java Versamagic ink.




A touch of white satin ribbon finishes off the shabby chic look!


The images on the front cover of the card overlap the writing spot on the inside of the card so that you can't see it when the card is closed.


Thanks so much for sharing these with us Sarah!!!

They're just fabulous - love the transparencies :) Very very clever!

Parisian Frame

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Creative Team member Michelle Loffler has created this stunning Parisian frame using the Paris Collection. Here's some notes from Michelle on how she created it:

I made this for a friend of mine who loves Paris and loves to show papercraft items in frames around her home.
I stamped the background with the French Script in white ink on black card.
The finished size of the project is 5x7"
Stamped images on whitecard stock and fussy cut
Finished with Photobooth, torn paper strips and wordstrip




Gorgeous Michelle!!!! I think we all want one now! ;) Thanks for sharing!

Hello Baby Card Set by Sarah

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 20, 2010


Creative Team member Sarah Schwerin has created this fun card set using the Hello Baby Vol 1 stamp set and Plaid Background stamp

Here's some notes from Sarah:

I created this set of cards for a class I taught recently at Erina Scrapbook Store.

I just LOVE that teddy bear stamp - it is just so cute and stamps up so well!

For the background of each card, I stamped the Plaid Background stamp in ink that matched the pre-made card bases. I used Versacolor inks in ‘Orchid’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Canary’, and ‘Sand Beige’. The plaid pattern goes so well with the baby stamps - they are made for each other! I inked around the edges of the background with Jumbo Java VersaMagic ink.

The netting was white, and I inked it with the same colour ink that I stamped the images with, and also inked the edges of the background with.

I wanted a dimensional look for my cards, so I have used double sided foam mounting tape to raise the images.

On the "Baby Boy" card, the greeting, booties, and bear are all single layers which have been raised with the foam tape.


The same was done with the pram on the "Hello Baby" card. For the background strip, I randomly stamped both the stars from the set in the Canary yellow, then stamped the "Hello Baby" with the Jumbo Java ink.


For the pink card, I stamped the bear image twice, and then cut out the head of the bear from one image and mounted it with foam tape on top of the full bear. The "Baby Girl" sentiment was also raised with foam tape.


The brown card takes the dimension one step further and not only mounts the bear's face, but his legs as well. Again, the "Welcome to the World" sentiment has been raised with foam tape as well.


These were so much fun to make! And the beauty about these designs is that you can pick the design you like and make it in what ever colour scheme you like to match the occasion!

These are fabulous Sarah! Thanks so much for sharing them with us :)

Vintage Photobooth Christmas Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 13, 2010

Sarah Schwerin from our Creative Team has created a set of fun vintage Christmas cards using the new Photobooth Friends & Lovers sheet along with some rubber stamps!


How cool are these!! Here's some info from Sarah:

Darkroom Door Products used:

* Star background stamp
* Christmas Reindeer stamp set
* "Friends and Lovers" Photobooth images.
* Walnut Stain Distress ink.

I created this set of Christmas cards for a class that I taught recently at Erina Scrapbook Store.

The card bases are all made from "Crimson" Bazzill cardstock, and the finished cards measure 4x6".

For the backgrounds, I stamped the Stars background stamp onto Kraft cardstock using Rose Red Versacolor ink, then heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I inked around the edges using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I attached Santa Hat brads to the heads of each of the people from the "Friends and Lovers" Photobooth images and they were mounted to the card fronts with double sided foam mounting tape.

I stamped images from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set onto Kraft cardstock, and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. The elements were attached to the card fronts along with Red satin ribbon.





These are fabulous Sarah.... such a fun way to send a Christmas greeting! Thanks for sharing these with us :)

ohh la la Paris cards...

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 09, 2010

I've been having a little play with the new Paris Collection paper products and have some samples to share with you...

Here's a card using the Paris Photochips:


I've also used 'Bonjour' from the Paris Vol 1 Wordstrip. It fitted perfectly into the small ornate frame! The Photochip was distressed around the edges using a Paper Distresser.

Here's a card showing off the Paris Filmstrips:


Again, I've used some more of the Paris Vol 1 Wordstrip. They look SO nice! These wordstrips also come in black with white writing too. I've stamped the French Script Background along the bottom.

And here's a card and ATC using some images from the Paris Montage sheet:


So easy to make simple and elegant projects! I've used the French Script Background for the bottom of the card along with another word from the Paris Vol 1 wordstrip. I adhered the Montage image to a size 4 white tag. On the ATC I've used some letters from the Red Alphastrip to spell Dream.

Hope you enjoy these!

Cards for the guys!!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 02, 2010

Creative Team member Sarah Schwerin has created a fabulous card set for the guys in your life! With Father's Day coming up (in Australia) this weekend, check these out for some great inspiration:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
* Harlequin Background Stamp
* Photobooth - Gentlemen
* All Occasions stamp set.
* Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Other materials:
* Kaisercraft patterned papers.
* Sepia Archival Ink.
* Bazzill cardstock.
* Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners brads.
* Chipboard crown.

Sarah recently taught this set of cards as a class at Erina Scrapbook Store.

Notes from Sarah:
We don't often make cards for the men in our life, so it's handy to have some ready to go when you need them!

The Harlequin background stamp goes so well with the Photobooth Gentlemen - especially when you stamp in vintage colours. For my cards, I stamped in Sepia ink, onto a light beige and cream coloured piece of patterned paper. Stamping onto patterned paper helps give your design more depth.

The greetings on all the cards have been mounted to the card fronts using foam mounting tape, as have 2 out of the 4 Photobooth Gentlemen. I love using foam tape on the front of my cards to give them some dimension.





Thanks for sharing these with us Sarah! And we hope all the Dads out there have a great Father's Day!!!

Harlequin Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, August 05, 2010

Today we're going to share lots of ideas from the Creative Team using the Harlequin Background Stamp:


First up, Godelieve has combined many of our stamps to create this beautiful card:


Godelieve used the Harlequin Background, Art de Fleur Vol 1 stamp set, Harmony stamp set, and a Music Wordstrip. Isn't it stunning! I love the colour.

Jill has been busy creating with vintage frames:


The Harlequin looks fabulous with the distressed stamping. She's also used the Art De Fleur Vol 1 stamp set. Along with some words from the Prague Wordstrip.



Sarah has used the Harlequin to accent chipboard letters and shapes:


Shows that a background stamp doesn't always have to be a background stamp! Can add patterns to all sorts of things. Very versatile.


Michelle has created even more texture by stamping the Harlequin onto Bazzill cardstock:


Michelle has teamed it up with the Full Bloom Montage, Hats Photobooth and some Alphastrips.

Melissa has used a beautiful colour combination of pink & brown. Very pretty, and the pattern looks great in the background!


The Harlequin Background Stamp has a texture within the pattern itself too, you can see what it looks like in this close up:


And again here... and how cute does that Viva La Flora Wordstrip look on the little tag!


So there's some fabulous ideas showing off the Harlequin Background Stamp! Hope that's inspired you (and kept you all entertained while you're waiting for the new releases on Monday ;)

I tell you a little something though... you'll want to drop by again tomorrow.... I'm just sayin'

More French Script Background...

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Jill has been having lots of fun with the French Script Background Stamp... here are some paintings that she's created incorporating the French Script into the background. These paintings are just beautiful!


I just LOVE this!!! Isn't it divine? I love the colours, flowers, everything! Here's a close up where you can see the French Script in more detail:


Jill was on a roll... here's another...



Simply beautiful! Thanks Jill!

Thanks also to all those who have commented and emailed about yesterday's Paris Collection post. Seems we have stirred up some excitement!!! Usually we don't tease so much, but I've been having a hard time keeping this one to myself, so I just had to share something. Can't wait to show you the full reveal next Monday. Did I tell you that there's 4 stamp sets in the Paris Collection?

And how perfect is it to have the French Script Background Stamp available as we're releasing the Paris Collection... you'd think someone may have planned that in advance! hehehe.

Have a great day!

French Script Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 02, 2010

One style of Background Stamp that is always versatile and useful in almost any project is the French Script Background. Our Creative Team has put together a range of projects to show how this stamp can be used. Here's the stamp we're talking about:


The French Script Background Stamp is large enough to cover a full 6" x 4" card (as with all of our background stamps) so it's a big stamp! And yet, it can be used on smaller projects too like Artist Trading Cards, dominos, chipboard pieces or any other embellishment. The script itself is small and fine, so it doesn't overpower any image and sits quietly in the background, or can be used as the main feature - either way, it's nice and easy to use!

Let's check out what the Creative Team created with this stamp...

Michelle created a set of Artist Trading Cards using the French Script as the background:


Melissa uses part of the French Script for the bottom of the card - a nice contrast to the Frangipani Photo Stamp used at the top:


Godelieve stamped created a full tag book and stamped the French Script onto the Full Bloom Montage:


Sarah has used the French Script as the background to her card:



Jill has stamped the French Script onto fabric and created a beautiful mixed media piece with lots of texture and detail:



And I (Rachel) used the French Script to cover the entire base of a card in one go:


I designed the stamp horizontally so you can cover an horizontal card in one press. If you were creating a vertical card, you simply stamp the script once, re-ink the stamp and stamp again under the first. It's MUCH easier to line up the stamp this way rather than if I had designed the stamp vertically (where you'd then need to stamp it side by side to cover a horizontal card.) Does that make sense? Don't worry - there's always a method to my madness, so trust me on this one :)

So there's a couple of ideas on how to use the French Script Background! Hope it's inspired you!

Old Truck Photo Stamp Projects - Part 3

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 30, 2010

Today we have some more great projects showing off the Old Truck Photo Stamp! But first... congratulations to:

Kaeren Sutherland said...

Verycreative ladies and so different in use of this stamp...........iwonder how this image would look stamped on fabric then a little colouradded. Must have a go if I win this stamp.

Congrats Kaeren! We'll ship out an Old Truck Photo Stamp to you right away. Hope you have fun with it :)

Now onto today's projects... Sarah has teamed the Old Truck stamp with the new Harlequin Background for two different cards, and boy they look good!!!


* Old Truck Photo Stamp
* Harlequin Background Stamp
* Vintage Automobiles stamp set
* Walnut Stain Distress Ink
* Broken China Distress Ink

Notes from Sarah:

The Old Truck Photo stamp made me think of rusty, distressed metal, so I wanted to bring that feel over into my card. To do this, I used Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder to create a rough, sandpaper like texture that you just can't help but run your fingers over!


First I stamped the Old Truck stamp onto Cosmo Cricket paper with Jumbo Java Veramagic ink, then heat embossed using Walnut STain distress embossing powder. I cut around the image, and inked around the edges using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

For the background, I stamped the Harlequin background stamp onto Cosmo Cricket paper with Broken China distress ink, and heat embossed using Faded Jeans Distress Embossing powder. I cut the background to size, and then inked around the edges with Walnut stain Distress Ink.  The same was done with the quote from the "Vintage Automobiles" stamp set. I distressed the edges of the background using a distressing tool.

The background was stuck to a Bazzill cardstock card base, then the Old Truck image was adhered at an angle. The quote was mounted to the card front using double sided foam mounting tape.


Fabulous Sarah! Here's another take on those stamps:


* Old Truck Photo Stamp
* Harlequin Background Stamp
* Vintage Automobiles stamp set
* Walnut Stain Distress Ink
* Barn Door Distress Ink
* Antique Linen Distress Ink
* Peeled Paint Distress Ink

Notes from Sarah:

For my background, I stamped the Harlequin background stamp onto Cosmos Cricket paper using Barn Door distress ink. I cut it to size, and then inked around the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I did the same with the quote, tearing the top edge.

I stamped the Old Truck Photo stamp onto Cosmos Cricket paper using Timber Brown Stazon ink. I cut the image down and inked around the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink. I then coloured the image using Distress inks and an Aquash pen. I used Barn Door for the truck, Peeled Paint for the trees, and Antique linen for the ground. I mounted the image and the quote onto the background using foam mounting tape.

I attached 5 copper coloured brads to the background, before adhering to the Bazzill cardstock card base.


Fantastic projects Sarah!

And lastly, here's a card I've created using the crayon resist technique. It looks great with the Old Truck! 


* Stamp Old Truck onto white matt cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink.
* Colour in the truck with a white wax crayon.
* Sponge Weathered Wood and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks over the top. The water-based ink will resist the wax crayon, leaving the truck white while the ink will colour the surrounding areas. This makes the truck 'pop' from the background! Easy and fun to do!! Check out my demo video here for a look at the Crayon Resist technique. 

So... hope you have enjoyed seeing what can be created with the Old Truck Photo Stamp! I have one more Old Truck stamp to giveaway... so be sure to leave a comment here to be in the draw :) Winner will be announced tomorrow (Sat 31st July).