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!

Special delivery

Darkroom Door - Thursday, June 17, 2010

Melissa Phillips has created another gorgeous project using the Hello Baby Vol 1 stamp set. Check this out:


The lace.... oh. my. goodness!!! It's just soooo sweet.

Melissa has used the Hello Baby Vol 1 stamp set along with the Dots Background stamp.



Isn't it gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing Melissa. What a treasure this card is!

Meanwhile... I'm back from the Brisbane Scrapbook Expo. It was a fabulous weekend with loads of people dropping by our booth to check out the demo's. I had 5 or so different techniques that I concentrated on during the show, but hands down the most requested technique was the crayon resist. It seems you all love it, and I can understand why. It really does lift a stamp and give it a whole new dimension. I do have some demo tags left over from the show, but they're still packed away. Once I finish unpacking I'll share them here on the blog.

If you're wondering what the technique is, I've used the Crayon Resist Technique on a Scrap-It TV segment, which you can see here.

If you'd like to join me in a Crayon Resist card class, I'll be teaching it at Scraploot on June 26th. Details can be found here.

Family Recipes Book

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 28, 2010

Our From The Kitchen stamp set is just perfect for making your own recipe book! The 'Recipes' word stamp fits perfectly into the large label stamp so it's easy to make the cover label for your own recipe book. Godelieve has created a fabulous recipe book to show you here:


Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door From The Kitchen stamp set
Darkroom Door Alphastrips 04
Marvy le Plume II pens
Blank Book, green ribbon, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Silver embossing powder

  • I inked up the Plaid Background stamp with Marvy Le Plume markers.
  • Cut the stamped cardstock into 4 pieces and distressed the edges
  • Glued onto black cardstock.
  • I stamped the large label and "Recipes" on cream cardstock, cut out and glued onto black cardstock.
  • Cut out letters from the alphastrip to for  "Family".  I used Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to put the letters in place.
  • The whisk is stamped and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Carefully cut out and glued onto the plaid background.
  • I attached this piece to the linen book cover with bookbinding glue.
  • Tied a green ribbon around the book.


The whisk looks fabulous embossed in silver!


What a great recipe book! This would make a great gift too, especially to someone who's just moved out of home and needs a bunch of recipes! Not only that - how awesome does the Plaid Background look with the different colours!

Thanks for sharing Godelieve!

From The Kitchen - card, bookmark & labels!

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 21, 2010

Godelieve has been busy with the From The Kitchen stamp set... check out the gorgeous card, bookmark and labels that she's created:


The card has a detachable bookmark that can be taken off and used in your cook books to mark your favourite recipes!


Great idea, hey!! Here's Godelieve's instructions for the card:

- I used the Spellbinders Label One Nestabilities to cut 2 labels.
- Plaid background was stamped with Distress Ink #Old Paper.  Distressedwith Vintage Photo & Old Paper
- I used parts from the Enjoy Life set and the From the Kitchen set tomake up my own sentiment :)  Stamped with Vintage Photo.
- finished off with linen thread and a button



Here's another bookmark idea:


Instructions for creating the bookmarks:
- I scored a square piece of cardstock on the diagonals, cut the piece inhalf to get two rectangular pieces.  I folded one piece into a triangle= bookmark, and cut the triangle from the second piece to glue ontothe front of the bookmark.
- I stamped the Plaid Background on the front and back, decorated withstamps from the "From the Kitchen" set.  I used the small letters fromthe "Alphabet Medley" set to stamp "Secret".

Next some labels:


- The round labels are stamped on Plaid Background and cut out.  Layeredonto brown scallop Nestabilities diecuts.
- I also cut two heat shaped labels, stamped the words, layered thehearts with brown cardstock.




Godelieve used these stamps: From the Kitchen, Enjoy Life, Alphabet Medley, Plaid Background.
Distress Ink
- Vintage Photo & Old Paper.

Love these - especially the warm colours! Thanks for sharing Godelieve!!

SIA Make & Take Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 12, 2010


This is the card we made for the make & takes at our SIA booth. They use a combination of our new Background Stamps and new Photobooth sheets.

Here's how you can make it yourself:

  • Stamp Harlequin Background onto Almond coloured card with Sepia inkpad. Sponge the edges of card with Sepia ink.
  • Stamp French Script Background onto a smaller piece of Almond cardstock using Jet Black inkpad. Mount onto black cardstock. Sponge edges with Sepia ink. Mount onto front of card.
  • Trim two images from the Friends & Lovers Photobooth sheet. Attach to card as shown. Create small hats with red cardstock, ink edges and attach to their heads! (idea from Teresa & Godelieve)
  • Stamp sentiment from All Occasions stamp set onto Almond cardstock with JetBlack inkpad. Trim and mount onto black cardstock. Trim and attach to card.