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).

Old Truck Photo Stamp Projects - Part 1

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Creative Team have been busy with the Old Truck Photo Stamp and they have lots of fab projects to share with you!! Today we're sharing projects created by Michelle and Godelieve...

First up, here's the Old Truck Photo Stamp:


Here's a card created by Michelle:


Darkroom Door Old Truck Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Harlequin Background Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occassions Rubber Stamps
Ric-Rac ribbon, Chalks, Black ink

  • Stamp Old Truck on brown paper and colour with green, brown and grey chalks using a cotton bud
  • Stamp Harlequin Background stamp on green card base.
  • Stamp French Script on orange strip of card and assemble card
  • Finish with ribbon and sentiment


Father's Day is just around the corner (first weekend in September here in Australia), and this stamp would be great for all the Dad's out there!

Godelieve has created a couple of beauties too... check this one out:


- I stamped the Old Truck Photo Stamp with Archival #Jet Black ink and colored it with pencils
- I used a Versamark marker on parts of the truck, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
- Edges are distressed with the Tonic paper distresser.
- From the All Occasions set I used "Bon Voyage"
- Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and some string are used to finish off the card.



Love how the All Occasions stamp set can turn the Old Truck into... all occasions!!! ha!
Very versatile that's for sure (both stamps that is!)

Here's another little beauty from Godelieve:


- I stamped the Old Truck Photo Stamp 3 times with Memories #Midnight Blue on smooth watercolor paper.  I used two of these to cut out.
- I added color with Distress Ink #Vintage Photo using the ink blending tool.
- I attached the cut out parts with 3D foamtape.
- I colored a piece of watercolor paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and embossed it in the Cuttlebug using Tim Holtz embossing folder #Collage.
- I glued the stamped piece onto the embossed layer and finished off with mini staples from Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
- After attaching it to a blue card I added a stamped sentiment from the Vintage Automobiles set.


One thing many people praise Darkroom Door for are the quotes included in our stamp sets. (thank you!) I love good quotes, and it's so great to hear that you like them just as much as we do. And while we do include the quotes in a 'set', as you can see, they can be used outside of the set with our Photo Stamps and many of the other stamps in other sets. Mix and match as you please!!

And how fabulous is the layering that Godelieve has done with the truck! It looks fantastic!

Thanks Michelle and Godelieve for creating great projects with the Old Truck. Inspiring work as always :)

Now for all our blog readers.... I know you'll want to get your inky hands on these juicy stamps... so leave a comment here and tell us what you'd do with the Old Truck stamp! We'll draw a winner from today's post! (if you already own the stamp - comment anyway - if you win, give it to a friend!)

I'll be back tomorrow with more Old Truck projects, you won't want to miss it!

From Melissa's Kitchen - Strawberry Jam!

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 26, 2010

When we created the From The Kitchen stamp set, I knew that Melissa would create something super sweet with it (pardon the pun!!). And she certainly has! Melissa has cooked up some homemade strawberry jam and created some embellished tags to use as a gift:


Darkroom Door supplies used:
From the Kitchen Rubber Stamps
French Script Background Stamp 
Size 4 Buff Tags 
Size 1 Buff Tags
Other supplies used:
Basic Grey paper
Vintage book print
Scrunched seam binding
Green and cream cardstock
Assorted trims
Brown and burgundy ink


Embellish size 4 buff tags with paper scraps and stamps in order to create sweet gift tags for bottled jam or other goodies

Food tag instructions:

  • Stamp “White Wings” image on tags using brown ink.
  • Cut scraps of coordinating paper to fit bottom, top, or sides of tags.  Ink and adhere.
  • Stamp “Homemade by:” image on cream cardstock, punch out and set aside.
  • Punch a scalloped circle from green cardstock and embellish with assorted trim and coordinating paper.
  • Adhere “Homemade by:” circle to center of each embellished scallop circle using dimensional adhesive.  Adhere to tags.
  • Tie the top of each tag with scrunched seam binding, button, and twine.


Recipe card instructions:

  • Cut cream cardstock the size of a recipe card.  Trim a strip of green cardstock to fit across the top of the recipe card, cut top edge with decorative scissors, ink, and adhere.
  • Cut ledger paper to fit front of recipe card, ink, and adhere.
  • Stamp “recipes”, “with love”, and “ingredients” on front of card.
  • Stamp hearts across bottom of card.
  • Stamp “flour” image on small tag and adhere tag along right edge.
  • Embellish tag with scraps of trim, button, and paper to finish.

Aren't they the sweetest!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us Melissa!

Thanks also to our blog readers for being patient with me this past week. It has been extremely busy here at DD HQ and all my plans for blogging went out the window! This week is also a busy one, but I promise to be updating as much as I possibly can. I have some more amazing projects from the Creative Team to share with you too! They're always creating amazing stuff, I am so grateful for such a fabulous and talented team :)

Hope you're all having a great start to the week!

Guest Artist - Tracey Strong Part 3

Darkroom Door - Friday, July 09, 2010

I bet you're all enjoying Tracey's cards as much as I'm enjoying sharing them with you! I love how elegant they are, just the right finishing touches, little embellishments etc.

Today we're showing off some of Tracey's cards using the Floral Background stamp!



Maroon,cream card
hatpin, cream split pins, cream twill ribbon, flowers and button


  • Base card isfolded cream card.
  • Stamp the FLORALBACKGROUND onto cream card using raisin ink. Draw a heart shape to size youwant, and cut it out from cream stamped card.  Swipe edges with raisin ink.
  • Layer onto squareof cream card and then maroon card.
  • Stamp sentimentfrom ALL OCCASIONS onto cream twill ribbon using raisin ink.
  • Attach all cardlayers to maroon card.  Set creamsplit pins in place.  Stick maroonlayer to cream card.
  • Lastly, I attachlayered flowers, hat pin and button.



stamps: FLORALbackground, FULL BLOOM Vol 2 set; ALL OCCASIONS set
Kraft,light blue, white, dark brown card

Mushroom,espresso ink

flowersfor embellishment

  • Base card isfolded kraft card.
  • Stamp the lightblue card with the floral background using mushroom ink; trim and ink the edgeagain with mushroom ink.
  • Stamp the largesolid frangipani from full bloom set on white card in mushroom ink.  Trim this image and ink edge withmushroom.  Layer onto kraft and thendark brown card.
  • Layer flowers oncentre of stamped frangipani, finish with pearl brad.
  • Stamp the sentimentonto kraft using espresso ink. Trim and ink edges with mushroom. 
  • Attach flower andsentiment to the stamped blue layer. Staple ends of sentiment; then attach allof this to the folded kraft card.




stamps: FLORAL background, VINTAGE AUTOMOBILES set
Denim,cream and kraft card

flower for embellishment
, printed twill tape, brad
Denim ink


  • Stamp one of thelarge vintage automobiles onto kraft card 9 x 4.5cm using denim ink.  Swipe edges with denim.
  • Stamp floralbackground with denim ink onto cream background; trim and ink edges with denimink.  Attach to folded denim card.
  • Layer stamped caronto small denim card.  Mount ontocream stamped layer.  Attach twill;distress blue brad and insert into twill; attach cream flower.

Beautiful cards Tracey!!!!

Tomorrow Tracey has an altered tin to share with you... be sure to drop in to check it out!

Hello Baby Card set

Darkroom Door - Thursday, July 01, 2010
Still catching up on sharing projects with you all... the Creative Team has been churning out so many great projects, so remember to keep checking back here to see what they've creating! It's fabulous stuff indeed!

Today we're sharing a Hello Baby card set created by Michelle Loffler...


I love the colours and the pom pom trim is so cute! Here's some details:

Darkroom Door Hello Baby Montage
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Wordstrips
Darkroom Door Floral Background Stamp
Taylor's by Daisy D patterned paper
Flower shaped ribbon
Cotton ball ribbon


  • Stamp Floral Background Stamp with white inkpad on cardstock
  • Affix patterned paper to right side of cards with strip of flower shaped ribbon
  • Mat Montage images on coloured cardstock and then on white
  • Mat Wordstrips on cardstock and adhere with foam tape
  • Finish with cotton ball ribbon





I love the subtle floral background too... which new parents wouldn't love these to celebrate their new little one?

Thanks for sharing Michelle!

Got buttons?

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The latest Handmade magazine Vol 28 No 2 just landed on my doorstep and inside it you'll find a set of cards created by yours truly. If you're like me, you may just have a stash of buttons that are just waiting to be used in some crazy creation! My stash includes all sorts of vintage buttons that I've picked up at op shops or inherited from my Grandma or bought from scrapbook or craft stores.

So... I mixed up a few buttons with some stems from our Wildflowers stamp set to create flowers. I've also used the Plaid Blackground stamp with light ink colours for the backgrounds. The sentiments are from the All Occasions stamp set.

Here's a peek at the cards:


Full instructions can be found in the magazine. Here's the cover to look for in the shops:


Hope this may inspire you to use up some of the buttons in your stash! (I know you have them ;) If you do create something using buttons and Darkroom Door stamps, please upload them to the Darkroom Door Flickr group. We'd love to see them!

Art De Fleurage!

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 21, 2010

Is that even a word? Fleurage? I doubt it, but that's what's happening around here! Lot's of yummy Art De Fleurage everywhere! I have just finished swapping out all of the ATC's in the Art de Fleur swap and they have been posted back to all the participants this afternoon. So if you took part in the swap, keep an eye on your mail box :) Beautiful ATC's as usual. You guys really do amazing stuff. My 6 yr old daughter Zoe was helping me sort the swap and she was impressed with the pink lace, ribbons, utee crackle, raffia, bling, distressing and all sorts of other embellishments and techniques! A little artist in the making, I'm sure. 

This month's ATC theme is 'Favourite Quotes'. There's still a week until the deadline, so if you're keen to take part, click here for all the details!

Speaking of Art de Fleur, Godelieve has been busy with the Art De Fleur stamps. Look at this stunning card she's created:


Art de Fleur Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Floral Background Stamp
Distress Ink : Vintage Photo & Old Paper

After coloring the stamped flowers with pencils, Godelieve stamped the Floral Background with Distress Ink Old Paper.  Then added more color to the background using the same Old Paper ink and Vintage Photo.


I love the colouring of the flower stamp. You can almost feel the texture on the leaves!

Here's another fabulous Art de Fleur project from Godelieve:



Art de Fleur Vol 1 stamps
Art de Fleur Vol 2 stamps
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, & Crushed Olive
Tonic paper distresser
White pencil - string - button - watercolor background


Notes from Godelieve:

- I used 3 ATCs on this triptych
- Background here is made with Talens Ecoline inks, but Distress Inks on a craft sheet would work too.
- I stamped the flowers with Vintage Photo.
- Distressed with Vintage Photo and Crushed Olive
- Used the tonic paper distresser on the edges.
- I scored a card size piece of cardstock, and used a lid to draw the top, cut and distressed the top edge.
- The quote is cut into pieces, and attached to each part of the triptych.
- String and button are used as finishing touches.



I love the white pencil technique!!

Thanks for sharing Godelieve!