Window Aperture Card Tutorial Video

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hello! It's Rachel Greig here today with a tutorial showing how to create a window aperture opening on the front of a card using label dies with the Cheetah Background Stamp


I combined the Cheetah Background Stamp with a sentiment from the Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set, and used a Tim Holtz Sizzix die to create the opening on the front of the card. To create the background colour, I used Distress Inks with a Wrinkle Free Distress technique. 


To see the full tutorial, please click on the video image below: 


Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Cheetah Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Mini Ink Blending Foam
Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin
Non-stick craft sheet

Mixed Media Cardstock
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Die: Tim Holtz Sizzix Labels Set
A5 Black Cardstock

Thanks for stopping by! 

Cheetah Background Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share two cards I have created using the fabulous new Cheetah Background Stamp.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 14.5cm. Apply the Cheetah Background Stamp using Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set with black embossing powder.
2. Using an ink blending tool, apply Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks. Distress the edges. Ink with Black Soot Distress Ink.
3. Punch a 2” circle from the smooth white cardstock. Apply the Distress Inks as per the background. Stamp just the head area of the cheetah from the Wild Africa Vol. 1 set onto smooth white cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink. Fussy cut the cheetah head and add it to the punched circle. Glue the bottom of the cheetah head piece to the circle so it is not sticking up. Distress the edges and ink with the Black Soot ink. Add to the cheetah background piece using 3D foam.


4. Create a wire thread or twine circle and place around the circular cheetah piece. Staple in place.
5. Stamp a small heart from the Hearts set onto white cardstock with the Jet Black ink. Ink with the Picked Raspberry ink. Fussy cut and add to the left hand side of the cheetah circle with 3D foam. Stamp two of the tiny hearts from the set, ink, fussy cut and add those to the card front with 3D foam also. Stamp the cheetah paw prints, fussy cut and add those too.
6. Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock with the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front with 3D foam.
7. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock 15cm x 21cm. Fold in half to create the card base. Attach the card front to this piece.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of white cardstock 15cm x 21cm. Fold in half to form the card base.
2. Cut another piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 14.5cm. Centre it on the card base and punch a 2” circle through this piece and the card front. Apply the cheetah background to the card front using Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set with black embossing powder.
3. Use an ink blending tool to apply Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron Distress Inks to the cheetah background piece. Distress the edges and ink with Black Soot Distress Ink. Applt the Black Soot ink to the edge of the circular window also. Stick this piece onto the card front.
4. Use the window in the front of the card as a stencil to draw a faint pencil outline onto the inside back of the card. Stamp the cheetah from the Wild Africa Vol. 2 onto the inside of the card base with Jet Black Archival Ink making sure the head of the cheetah is inside the pencilled in circle. Allow the ink to dry before erasing the pencil line. Also stamp the ‘cheetah’ word from the same set.
5. Stamp two tags from the Tags set onto smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Apply the same Distress Inks as per the background before fussy cutting. Add to the card front. Create a circle from black wire thread or twine and staple to the front of the card.
6. Stamp the sentiment from the Wild Africa Vol. 2 set onto smooth white cardstock with the Jet Black ink. Cut out and ink the edges with the Twisted Citron ink. Add to the card front using 3D foam.
7. To finish, stamp the cheetah paw prints with the Jet Black ink, fussy cut and add to the card with 3D foam.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Cheetah Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tags Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Embossing Ink
Distress Ink: Black Soot, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Zebra Background Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hi crafty folk! It's Teresa Abajo here. Isn't it wonderful when your favourite stamp company comes up with a stamp you've been wanting for aaaaages? Ta - dah! I present the Zebra Background Stamp.

http://www.darkroomdoor.com/background-stamps/background-stamp-zebra

I don't know if I can put into words why I've wanted a zebra print for so long - something about it being bold, very recognisable, looks fantastic in black and white…..dunno, but I do know that I LOVE it!

Here it is on a very simple card - just black and white and silver glitter:


I stamped it with black ink, then layered it on silver glitter cardstock then on black cardstock. The word has been die-cut from glitter cardstock then layered onto foam to help it pop out from the background:


The stamped word comes from the Wild Things Quote stamp. This is a card that can be made as you're walking out the door to a party!

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp
White, black and silver glitter cardstock
Archival Jet Black ink pad
Kaisercraft Decorative Dies Fabulous

The Zebra Background is bold and beautiful, and perfect for a card to offer encouragement:


I stamped the Zebra Background in black again, and layered it on black cardstock. I added a splash of pink with the doily, then stamped the elephant from another new set called African Trees in pink. A pink twine wreath and a couple of cirlces from the Simply Circles stamp set, together with the quote from the Wild Africa Vol 2 set complete the card. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
White, black cardstock
Archival ink: Jet Black, Magenta Hue
Doodlebug paper doily
Pink twine

The splash of pink got me thinking about how this stamp would look stamped in colour. I started with a pink tag:


and soon I had a little collection of handy gift tags:


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp
White and coloured cardstock (to match inks)
Archival Inks 
Various twine, ribbon in matching colours

Lastly, I simply stamped the background onto some mustard coloured cardstock:


Doesn't it look like tiger print? I love that this background can be so versatile!

Supplies used
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Jet Black ink
Mustard and black cardstock
Black ribbon
Brown flowers

Thanks for looking! Now go forth and create!

Zebra Background Card Video Tutorial

Darkroom Door - Friday, October 14, 2016
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today with a quick and easy card tutorial using the Zebra Background Stamp


I've used a sentiment from the Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp set along with Tim Holtz Sizzix dies to create the card. You can watch how I created the card here in only 3 minutes! 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Zebra Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Pigment Ink Pad: Black Tie
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Background Stamping Block
Smooth White Cardstock
Empty Storage Case
Water-Based Stamp Cleaner
Tim Holtz Labels Dies
Grey sheer ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today! 

New Release: Rubber Stamp Sets and Background Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Introducing our NEW Rubber Stamp Sets and Background Stamps! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist

New Rubber Stamp Sets


New Background Stamps

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Stand Tall And Proud Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 07, 2015
Hi there! It's Rachel here today with a page out of my art journal using lots of Darkroom Door stamps! I use both the small and large Dylusions Journals for my art. This page was in one of the large journals.


Instructions:
1. Apply Ranger Texture Paste through a flower stencil onto a blank page in the journal. Allow to dry. 
2. Sponge Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries Distress Inks over the entire page. Using the same flower stencil, sponge Festive Berries Distress Ink through the stencil to create another 'layer' in the background. 
3. Sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Dina Wakley 'Tracks' stencil over random areas on the page. 
4. Stamp French Script Texture Stamp and Fallen Leaves Background Stamp in random areas over the page using second generation inking (by stamping first onto a scrap piece of paper, then onto the art journal page to create a lighter shade of ink). 
5. Stamp Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamps along the top and bottom edges of the page using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Stamp the bird stack from Carved Birds Vol 1 Rubber Stamps using the same ink. 
6. Paint a little square in the centre of the page using Dina Wakley Media White Acrylic Paint. Allow to dry. Stamp quote from Gum Trees Rubber Stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink pad. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Gum Trees Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Fallen Leaves Background Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Dina Wakley Media White Acrylic Paint
Dina Wakley Media Stencil: Tracks
Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries, Peeled Paint
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Ranger Texture Paste
Dylusions Journal
Flower Stencil 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Stamp Quote Stamp Projects

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 04, 2015
Hello! Today we have some projects using the Stamp Quote Stamp! Belinda Spencer has created a pocket scrapbook page using the Stamp Quote Stamp as the starting point, then scrapbooking about her love of craft! 


This is a 6" x 4" pocket  insert. Created with the Woodgrain Background Stamp, Everyday Life and Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamps, and of course the Stamp Quote Stamp in the centre. The Words 'The Story' and 'Daily Life' are from the Everyday Life Stamp Set. The borders were created using the Stitched Christmas Stamp Set. See the arrows? They're also from the Everyday Life Stamp Set.  

Here is the full scrapbook page:


As you can see, Belinda has used a LOT of Darkroom Door stamps on this page! The full supplies list can be found at the bottom of this blog post. 

Robyn Wood has created a fun and vibrant card using the Stamp Quote Stamp. Perfect for sending to a fellow stamper! 


Stamp quote image using Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink and heat emboss with clear powder.  Trim so that there is an approx. 0.5cm space all around. Select two colours to layer over the base card front.Try to make them a happy, fun combination – the brighter the better! Trim two rectangle shapes approx. 8.5cm x 11.5cm. Layer the pieces so that they are at different angles and attach to card front. Add a shaped paperclip.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Woodgrain Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Chevron Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Triangles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Smile Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Creativity Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Brilliance Ink: Graphite Black
Clear Embossing Powder

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget that we would love you to upload your own Darkroom Door projects to our new Darkroom Door Inspiration Facebook page.

Paint Tubes Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 14, 2015
Hi there stampers! Today we have a very colourful set of projects to share with you using the Paint Tubes Eclectic Stamp

Anneke De Clerck has created two cards using the Paint Tubes. Love the use of colour and texture in Anneke's cards! 


Instructions:
For this card I used a sheet of used 'underpaper'. That's the paper I put on my worktable while creating, to protect the surface. After finishing a project I end up with a messy sheet of paper filled with paint scraps. Cut a cute part out of your underpaper to use as a background. Stamp a brush and text from Artist Rubber Stamp Set on top with Archival Ink Jet Black. Stamp the paint tubes on white paper, cut out and attach to the card with foam tape. Add details to the tubes and brush with acrylic paint. Attach small strips of painted paper to the card, using mini staples. Stamp parts of the Mesh background stamp with black ink to create a frame. Add details with a white Sharpie. 


Instructions:
Paint the background with turquoise and white paint and over-stamp with the Polka Dots Background Stamp and white paint. Stamp the paint tubes on scraps of painted paper, cut out and adhere to the bottom of the card. Curl up the blue tube to imitate a squeezed out paint tube. Stamp the sentiment from String Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set with Archival Ink Jet Black. Stamp inchies from the Artist Rubber Stamp Set on scraps of paper with lime paint and StazOn Ink Teal Blue, cut out and glue in place.  

Belinda Spencer has created another vibrant neon card which looks totally fabulous of course! 


Instructions:
Cut a piece of watercolour paper to fit a folded black card. Spray with neon mists and allow to run down the paper. Dry with a heat gun and turn the paper up the other way so that the drips are at the top. Apply the Paint Tubes stamp on top of the mist at the bottom of the card. Apply some splats from the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set using neon inks. Stamp the paint tubes again onto some smooth white cardstock. Cut out and layer on top of the images on the card. Stamp the labels again on smooth white cardstock this time using various neon inks. Cut out and add to the paint tubes. Add the sentiment and stick down on a black cardstock base.

Teresa Abajo has come up with a fantastic ideas of using the Paint Splats Rubber Stamps pouring out of the Paint Tubes. Love this! 


Instructions:
Stamp the Paint Tubes onto whtie cardstock in black ink and cut a couple of them out. Colour them by sponging Distress Inks on them. Stamp and emboss a couple of images from the Paint Splats set onto white cardstock and adhere the tubes over them with foam tape. Stamp a few more paint drops from the Paint Splats set, then mount this piece onto black cardstock, then onto a white card. Stamp and trim part of the Imperfection quote, mount onto black cardstock then onto the card. 

Lastly, here's a card by Rachel Greig using the Paint Tubes and the Paint Brushes Eclectic Stamps together: 


Instructions:
Create a painted background using Postbox Red and Lemon Zest Dylusion Paints. Stamp over the top using the Paint Brushes Eclectic Stamp and Flourish Background Stamp with Archival Jet Black ink. Create a lighter coloured painted background using Squeezed Orange and Bubblegum Pink Dylusion Paints and stamp the Paint Tubes Eclectic Stamp over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. Mount stamped background onto folded black card. Mount the Paint Tubes onto black card stock and adhere to front of card with 3D foam adhesive. 

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Paint Tubes Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door String Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Artist Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Flourish Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Mesh Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Paint Brushes Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Imperfection Quote Stamp
Ranger Watercolour Paper
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Dylusions Paints
StazOn Teal Blue Ink Pad

Thanks so much for visiting the blog today! Wishing you a creative weekend! 

Paint Brushes Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, August 13, 2015
Hi stampers! Time to get a little paint on our hands with the new Paint Brushes Eclectic Stamp! We have a few projects to share with you today from our talented contributing artists! 

First a card by Belinda Spencer: 


Instructions:
Cut a piece of watercolour paper to size. Spray with neon mists and allow to run down the paper. Dry with a heat gun. Apply the Paint Brushes stamp at the top of this piece using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Add some brush strokes from the Brush Stokes Rubber Stamp Set using neon inks. Stamp the paint brushes again on smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Cut out and stick over the image stamped on the card front. Apply the paint brushes again on smooth white cardstock using Time Holtz Distress Embossing Ink. Heat set with Super Fine Detail Silver Ranger Embossing Powder. Cut out the silver part of the paint brushes and layer on top of the brushes on the card. Add the quote from the Artist Rubber Stamp Set using the Jet Black ink. Add this whole piece onto a black cardstock base.

Teresa Abajo shares a fun clever card: 


Instructions:
Stamp the Paint Brushes onto white cardstock in black ink. Cut a couple of them out. Stamp the Grid Background onto white cardstock and mount onto black cardstock, then onto a white card. Stamp a couple of the images from the Brush Strokes set in different colours and adhere the brushes over them with foam tape. Stamp some splats from the Paint Splats set. Add the words using Alphabet Medley.

Lastly, here's a quick card by Rachel Greig:


Instructions: 
Spray two or three colours of Distress Spray Stains onto a non-stick craft sheet. Lay Specialty Stamping Paper into the puddle of ink and twist around. Lift off and dry with heat tool. Stamp Paint Brushes along left side of card stock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Stamp quote from Art de Fleur Vol 1 Rubber Stamp set on the right side. Mount onto black cardstock, then onto a folded blue card. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paint Brushes Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Brush Strokes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Artist Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Art de Fleur Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Ranger Watercolour Paper
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Ranger Embossing Powder Super Fine Detail Silver
Distress Embossing Ink
Distress Spray Stains
Specialty Stamping Paper

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Penny Farthing Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Hello! Today we are sharing projects created with the Penny Farthing Eclectic Stamp

Rachel Greig has created a vintage style card: 


Instructions:
Stamp Penny Farthing Eclectic Stamp onto cream cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Sponge around edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Mount onto black cardstock. Emboss kraft cardstock using Sizzix Tim Holtz Collage Embossing Folder and sponge Vintage Photo Distress ink over the raised areas to bring out the detail. Mount onto black cardstock and wrap black ribbon around the bottom. Adhere Penny Farthing panel to the top and adhere entire panel to folded kraft card. 

Robyn Wood shows great use of colour with her card:


This card features a masking technique and crayon resist to give a bit of a vintage feel to the image. Masking is made simpler by stamping onto a large sticky note and trimming out the image.

Instructions:
Stamp Penny Farthing onto white card (approx. 9cm x 8cm) using black Archival Ink. Mask the image and overstamp with Scratches Background stamp using Archival Aquamarine ink. Draw over parts of the image with a white crayon to highlight. Sponge the wheels with Mustard Seed Distress ink and around the image with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. Wipe over the areas with crayon to remove excess ink. Distress the edges of the card and sponge with Peacock Feathers Distress ink. Use torn cardstock for layering, firstly with black and then attach to a larger piece of dark yellow cardstock. Tie with twine and attach to a black card front. Embellish with a metal mini gear over the small wheel and use a metal word band as a greeting.

Love how Connie Mercer has combined the Penny Farthing with other Darkroom Door stamps in her cards:


Instructions:
Stamp World Map Background Stamp on white cardstock and trim out.  Adhere to card front. Stamp Criss Cross Texture Stamp on both sides of card front. Stamp Penny Farthing stamp on white cardstock and trim out. Stamp Craved Leaves and trim out. Add corner to card front. Stamp sentiment from Classic Motorcycles Rubber Stamp set and trim out. Shade all stamped images with ink. Add corners. Create card and adhere to card front. Add Wink of Stella, for shimmer. 


Instructions:
Stamp Chicken Wire Background Stamp on white cardstock and trim out. Mount on black cardstock. Mount that on pattern paper. Add corners. Stamp out Carved Leaves (3 long leaf) and trim out. Stamp Penny Farthing stamp and trim out. Stamp sentiment from Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set and trim out. Create card and adhere all pieces to front of card. Add Wink of Stella to Carved Leaves. Splat with black ink.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Penny Farthing Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Simple Sayings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Leaves Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Classic Motorcycles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Chicken Wire Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Ranger Archival – Jet Black, Aquamarine
Ranger Distress Ink – Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Ideology - Mini Gears, Word Band
White crayon
Paper: Authentique
Sizzix: Collage Embossing Folder

Thanks for stopping by today!