Plaid & Floral Background Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 19, 2010

Godelieve has combined the Dots and Floral Background stamps to create a couple of cards...



Darkroom Door Supplies:
Floral background
Dots background (I love that these dots are bigger than other dotsstamps I already have, and they have a bit of texture on them)
All Occasions stamps

Other Supplies:
Versamark ink, Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink, Memories Black ink
Silver Pearl embossing powder
Prima flower
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
metallic thread

-I stamped the dots with Versamark ink on lavendar cardstock, heat embossed with silver pearl embossing powder.  Cut two squares.
-The Floral background is stamped with  Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink #Pink Pastel, also cut into two squares.
-I layered the squares on another piece of cardstock, and machine stitched with cream metallic thread.
-A Prima flower with button in the center
-words from the All Occasions set, stamped on a piece of floral background.
-Adhered to a dusty pink card.



Darkroom Door Supplies:
Dots Background stamp
Floral Background stamp
Butterflies stamps
Wordstrip: Venetian
Tim Holtz paper distresser

Other supplies:
inkpad: Brilliance #Graphite Black
Spellbinders Nestabilities Label One
ribbon: Stampin'Up!
gemstones : Hero Arts

- I stamped the Dots background, the Floral background and the butterfly on smooth watercolor paper with Brilliance #Graphite Black.
- I cut the stamped dots piece to card size (the stamp is more than big enough to stamp a card front in one go, I actually had to cut off strips)
- The floral background and black layer are cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Label One.
- All edges were distressed with Tim Holtz paper distresser
- I glued everything onto a black card.
- "Dream" is from the Venetian wordstrip
- Ribbon from Stampin'Up and gemstones from Hero Arts.



and here's a real close up of the stamps to show the actual texture and how it looks on the card:


Love these Godelieve!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Happy Valentine's Day Frame

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hope you're all having a wonderful day with those you love! I'm spending today teaching with my friends at Art Journey :) but Stew is all the way over the other side of the world back in Australia :( Nevermind! Will have to bring home some of our favourite European chocolates for us to share and have a belated Valentine's Day!!!

Anyhow - wishing you all the best day ever! Here's a project that Godelieve created for Valentine's Day:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Floral Background Stamp
All Occasions Stamp set (Happy Valentine's Day)

Notes from Godelieve:

I used an old picture frame, sanded it and covered it with gesso.
After it dried, I sanded the frame again to give it a distressed look.

I stamped the Floral background on vellum, using Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with Ranger Seafaom White embossing powder, to create a lacy look.

I replaced the picture by the embossed vellum on red cardstock.

The sentiment and little red heart are from the All Occasions set.

Red Prima flowers and pearls add a finishing touch.




Forever Card with Floral Background

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ready for some more Melissa goodness? Of course you are!!!! How perfect is this for Valentine's Day (or a wedding card)...


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Floral – Background Stamp 
Ornate Elements – Rubber Stamps 
Venetian – Wordstrips 
Distress Ink Pad – Antique Linen 
Distress Ink Pad – Worn Lipstick 
Other Supplies Used:
Vintage sheet music
October Afternoon paper
Melissa Frances glitter chipboard wings
Decorative scissors
Glimmer Mist
Decorative Scissors

  • Create card base and edge with acrylic paint.  Ink to distress.
  • Stamp Floral Background stamp on cream paper, trim to fit center of card and trim right and bottom edges with decorative scissors.  Ink to distress and adhere.
  • Cut a strip of vintage sheet music to fit down center of card, ink, and adhere.
  • Stamp frame on cream paper, cut out, wrap and tie with ribbon, attach a piece of trim along bottom edge, and adhere to center of card.
  • Cut out a block to fit center of frame from coordinating paper, ink, and adhere to frame using dimensional adhesive.
  • Ink edges of chipboard wings and adhere to center of frame.  Top with a flower that has been coated with Glimmer Mist.
  • Cut out “Forever” strip from Wordstrip, ink to distress, and adhere near bottom of card.

I know I rave about Melissa's cards... but come on, I know you all agree! They're pure delight!!! Thanks Melissa!

I Love You Valentine's Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 11, 2010

Here's a card by Sarah. Perfect for Valentine's Day which is just around the corner!


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Roses Photo Stamp
Plaid Background Stamp
"I Love You" sentiment from Darkroom Door All Occasions stamp set.

Other Supplies:
Pink Collage Press paper
Black Bazzill Cardstock
Plain white cardstock
Red Stazon Ink

Details from Sarah:

* I stamped the Roses Photo Stamp onto the pink Collage press scrapbook paper using Blazing Red Stazon Ink, and cut out. I wrapped some white lace around the bottom of the image and adhered it to the black base card.

* The heart was created by stamping the plaid background stamp onto white cardstock, then cutting a heart shape freehand. I then inked around the edges and attached it to the card over the lace.

* The "i love you" sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock with Blazing Red Stazon ink. I cut it out and then inked around the edges before adhering it to a piece of black cardstock and trimming around the edges to create a border. I then mounted it to the card front using double sided foam mounting tape.

* I LOVE that roses stamp! It is so amazingly detailed and I've been having fun creating new looks by playing around with different inks and different coloured papers to stamp on!".

Live Laugh Love Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I'm catching a plane to Amsterdam today... and really looking forward to teaching at the Art Journey retreat this weekend!!! Hopefully I'm not too jet-lagged! I checked out the weather forecast, looks like there's a pretty high chance of snow on the day I arrive. Would be nice to have a little snow falling around! I love snow, not so fond of rain when I'm trying to take pictures, so I'll take the snow! I'll hopefully be updating my RGP Blog during my travels, so if you want to see pictures from the trip, jump over to the RGP blog to see what I'm up to!

In the meantime, here's a card from Michelle. I was lucky enough to receive this for my birthday a few days ago!! Thanks Michelle!!


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Wordstrips Prague Vol 1
Background Stamp (Star)
Pearlescent Paper (Pink Gerberas 12up)

Other supplies:
Cardstock (pink, white, musk)
Personal Stamp Exchange (Fushsia) Ink pad


  • Stamp Star background on musk and white cardstock using Fushsia inkpad
  • Cut two strips of white card and create a scallop edge
  • Mount Pink Gerbra square on pink and musk card
  • Build layers of card as shown
  • Mat Wordstrips on musk and white cardstock, adhere with 3d tape
  • Finish with ribbon


While I'm away there'll still be lots of projects from the Creative Team uploaded to the blog here... so be sure to check back every day! It's been a big creative month for the ladies!!! They're creating up a storm :)

Plaid Photobooth Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 08, 2010

I don't know what's more exciting for today.... this card or that it's my birthday!!! haha.. I know the answer.... Jill's card! Check it out:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Plaid Background Stamp
Ladies Photobooth
Prague Vol 2 Wordstrips

Notes from Jill:
Using the Plaid background stamp, I have stamped it toughly onto kraft cardstock and heat embossed it it gold.  I love the gold and kraft together and think it looks fabulous with the grungy sepia tone photobooth images.  A little bit of vintage papers, a grunged up photobooth image, a spot of glitter and you're done!


Isn't it gorgeous!! Thanks Jill!

Venetian Gondolas Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 06, 2010

Creative Team members Godelieve and Michelle have created two different cards using the Venetian Gondolas Photo Stamp... check them out:

Here's Godelieve's card:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Venetian Gondolas Photo Stamp
Venetian Wordstrip
Venetian Vol 1 & Ornate Elements Rubber Stamps (for the envelope)

Notes from Godelieve:

I stamped the photo stamp with Versafine Onyx Black ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
The stamped image and wordstrip are colored with Ranger Distress Inks
A small piece of cardstock, embossed in the Cuttlebug is used at the right hand side.

I decorated the envelope with a stamped border from the Ornate Elements set and the gondola from the Venetian Vol 1 stamp set.



Great card Godelieve! Love the embossing and coloring of the image and Wordstrip!!

Here's Michelle's card:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Star Background Stamp
Venetian Gondolas Photo Stamp
Wordstrips Prague Vol 2
Distress Ink: Faded Jeans
Marvy Le Plume Pen: Salvia Blue

Other supplies:
Cardstock (blue, white, gloss white)
Baby Wipe or Tissues


  • Stamp Venetian Gondolas on gloss cardstock with Versamark ink.
  • Colour over whole surface with Marvy Le Plume pen. Allow to dry.
  • Wipe over surface with baby wipe or tissue. Colour over water and sky again to intensify these areas. Wipe again.
  • Stamp Star Background with Faded Jeans on Blue cardstock. Mat on white and blue cardstock.
  • Adhere Venetian Gondolas onto card and embellish with ribbons and Wordstrip.

Michelle also wanted to mention that she's not sure how the Marvy Pens would react long term from being in contact with baby wipes. An alternative resist method would be to use an inkpad and brayer over the Versamark ink with a water-based inkpad (such as Distress Ink, Adirondack etc)


Such different looks from the same stamp! Thanks so much for sharing these cards - aren't they gorgeous!

Roses Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Today we are sharing a card created by Godelieve using the Full Bloom Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set.




The subtle Plaid Background, with the Blue/Beige hues of the Roses... just stunning!


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Plaid Background
Full Bloom Vol 1 Stamps
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser


  • The plaid background was stamped with Colorbox pigment ink.
  • I stamped the roses on top of the background with Memories Black, and colored them with pencils, using the same colors as the cardstock.
  • I used Tim Holtz paper distresser on the edges
  • Card was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
  • A blue strip is glued on the bottom part of the card, I stamped Happy Birthday from Full Bloom Vol 2.
  • Tied ribbon around the card.


Have a creative day! 

Full Bloom Plaid Flower Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, January 25, 2010

What a gorgeous combination Michelle has used to create this card:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Plaid Background Stamp
Full Bloom Quartet Vol 2 Paper
Full Bloom Montage
Full Bloom Wordstrips
Distress Inkpad - Dusty Concord

Other supplies:
White, Green & Purple cardstock
White ribbon



  • Stamp Plaid Background Stamp on patterned paper
  • Adhere ribbon, distress edges with ink and mount on purple cardstock, then mount on white cardstock
  • Adhere to green card
  • Mount Montage on cardstock in order of purple, white, green purple then adhere to card
  • Mount greeting on cardstock in order of purple, white, green, purple and adhere under Montage

Isn't it gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Michelle!!

Country Cottage Card & ATC's

Darkroom Door - Saturday, January 23, 2010

Godelieve has created some fab projects using the Country Cottage Photo Stamp and Plaid Background Stamp together! Here's a card:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Country Cottage Photo Stamp
Plaid Background Stamp
Wilderness Wordstrips
Distress Ink Frayed Burlap (on the wordstrips)

Other supplies:
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink - Creamy Brown
Glossy photo paper
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Linen thread and button

And here is a set of ATC's using the same stamps, but different technique:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Country Cottage Photo Stamp
Plaid Background Stamp
Wilderness Wordstrips
Distress Ink Frayed Burlap (on the wordstrips and edges)

Other supplies:
Talens Ecoline & Perfect Pearls background
Memories Black Inkpad (for Country Cottage stamp)
Colorbox Fluid Chalk - Chestnut Roan (Plaid stamp)
Colored pencils
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
QuicKutz photo corner
Making Memories mini brads

It's great to see the same stamps used in different ways! Thanks for sharing Godelieve!!