Cleaning? I'd rather be stamping!

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I've been busy today cleaning up the craft area in the warehouse and snuck in a bit of creating time too...

Using the new Tree Line stamp:


* Created a background on Gloss Cardstock with light alcohol inks. Then stamped the Tree Line image over the top using Archival Jet Black ink.

Here's one using the Laneway stamp:

* Stamped the Criss Cross Background onto the card. Used another alcohol inked background to stamp the Laneway onto using Archival Jet Black ink. Used a sentiment from All Occasions stamp set and adhered with a large metal brad.

Then I started having fun with the Background Stamps... here's one with the Splatter Background:


* Stamped the Splatter Background onto the blue card with Archival Sepia ink. Sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Die cut a chipboard label using the 'Styled Labels' Tim Holtz sizzix die and stamped the quote from the Artist stamp set using Archival Jet Black. (I use the Archival inkpads to stamp with as they don't smudge or smear) Then sponged the chipboard with Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Attached two metal brads to the top and bottom.

And last but not least... another card using the Criss Cross Background:


* Stamped Criss Cross Background onto the card with Archival Crimson inkpad. Inked around the edges of the card. Adhered a strip of red cardstock to the bottom. Stamped the sentiment from All Occasions stamp set onto white cardstock and trimmed to create a little flag. Adhered to the top of red cardstock. Attached flowers with metal brad. (I'm loving those metal brads today!!!)

Hope you like these... so simple to make too!

Happy stamping!

New Photo Stamp & Background Stamp Sample Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 26, 2010

Our new Photo Stamps and Background Stamps are now shipping... and they're quite literally flying out the door!! We've been busy manufacturing them here in the warehouse and shipping them out to customers and stores and our distributors worldwide.


In between packing all the orders, I've been bursting to have a play with them myself, but have only managed a couple of quick sample cards using the Motorcycle and Flower Basket stamps:


- Flower Basket image was stamped onto glossy cardstock with Archival Jet Black inkpad.
- Coloured in with Marvy Le Plumes
- Simply adhered to a folded mustard coloured card! Easy peasy!


- Stamped the Motorcycle onto mat whote cardstock with Archival Jet Black ink.
- Sponged image with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. (Perhaps a bit heavy in top left corner. Whoopsies. Oh well. More grunge!)
- Stamped quote from Prague Vol 1 stamp set in top left corner. Adhered to black cardstock with antique gold brads, then onto folded Kraft cardstock.
- Lightly sponge Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edge of the card to finish.

Ta da! There's just a couple of quick samples...

I've also had a quick play with some of the new Background Stamps:


I'm LOVING these new designs and have so many ideas for them!


- Stamp Weathered Stripes onto light blue card using Archival Cobalt Inkpad.
- Sponge Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges of the card.
- Stamp house and quote from Home Sweet Home stamp set onto light green cardstock, trim and sponge with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere to navy blue cardstock, and again onto light yellow cardstock. Ink edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
- Wrap twine around left side of cardstock and adhere to the front of the card.

Here's another card:


- Stamp Flourish Background onto yellow cardstock with embossing ink and emboss with Antiquities embossing powder.
- Adhere wide two tone blue ribbon along the bottom and the striped ribbon over the middle.
- Paint chipboard label with Ice Blue Precious Metal Colour. Stamp quote from Chocolatier stamp set with Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to card using foam adhesive.
- Distress the edges of two Art de fleur Montage images and tuck underneath the chipboard as shown.

There you go! Hope this gives you a couple of ideas :) Can't wait to share more with you!!

Hope you all have a wonderful crafty weekend!

Croco Bird Cage... and for your eyes only!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 25, 2010

The talented Angella Peardon has created an amazing project using the Croco paints and a few Darkroom Door stamps... check it out:


The cage has been covered in White Croco.



Here's another project that Angella has created using Maya Road chipboard, along with Darkroom Door stamps.


Words from the Mail Art stamp set:


The French Script Background is stamped into the paint:



Really stunning projects!!! Thanks for sharing these with us Angella!

Guest Artist - Fiona Shultz Part 2

Darkroom Door - Friday, November 19, 2010

We have some more fabulous projects by Fiona Shultz to share with you!! Take it away Fiona...

Starbright ATC's


There are two designs here which are similar.  The white stars were stamped and embossed on black base cardstock.  Using white cardstock, trim it slightly smaller and cut away a section to reveal the white star (I achieved this by stamping the star again as a template to cut out of the white cardstock).  Colour the white cardstock with Distress Ink, stamp the Christmas Definition in black archival repeatedly and attach to base.  Add word strip words mounted on black and an extra black embossed star.  For the other version, stamp and emboss stars in black on white cardstock and trim.  Colour white cardstock, stamp the Christmas Definition in black archival repeatedly and attach to black base layer.  Add the black star, the word strip phrase, and a white embossed star.

Stamps: Yuletide Vol 1, Noël
Wordstrip: Yuletide Vol 1


Shrinky Christmas Cards


Using dark blue cardstock as a base, I clear embossed the Background floral stamp, and used white paint and the resist technique – I wanted a bit of a distressed look, so I didn’t wait for my paint to dry completely before removing the excess from the embossed area.  Edge this in black ink and attach ribbon and ribbon slide, then attach to the layers (black then white, or white then black).  The flowers are die cut Tim Holtz tattered florals – the base one has been stamped with the Christmas Definition stamp randomly in black and edged in black, the upper one edged in black only.  I scrunched up some lace and sewed it to the flowers.  The centre piece of the flowers is made using the Noël stamps stamped on to Shrinky Dink plastic which was coloured with Derwent pencils before shrinking.  Finally, attach the layers of flowers to the card base, and add the Yuletide word strip phrases.

Stamps: Noël, Floral Background
Wordstrip: Yuletide Vol 1


These are great Fiona!! Totally fun & fabulous!!! Love the bright ATC set, and how cute do those collage stamps look all tiny from the shrinky dinks! :) Woot - not long now until Christmas... anyone made a little (or big) wish list for gifts? I know the season is not all about gifts, but hey, one can have a little fun wish-list shopping! After all, 'tis the season to be jolly!

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!!!