Journey Through Venice

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This fabulous piece was created by Jill Geraghty-Groves.

Darkroom Door Supplies:
Venice Gondolas Photo Stamp
Star Background Stamp
Size 8 Buff Tag

Other supplies:
Black Staz On inkpad
Tattered Rose Distress Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Fabric, glove, beads, buttons, flowers, lace, doilies, book pages and more from own stash.



The Venice Gondolas image was stamped onto silk using StazOn ink in black. 


The Star Background was stamped onto a Size 8 Buff Tag using Tattered Rose Ranger Distress Ink. I have then heatembossed it using clear embossing power.  (I LOVE the Rose on themanilla luggage tag).


I basically just stitched everything on, wanting to create the "feel"of Venice, using a glove that my Grandmother wore to my mother'swedding.  Although it has a modern twist to it, I think that it hascaptured the "magic" and contrast of Venice.....

Here's some more close ups:






Just beautiful!!

Thanks Jill!!

The road to a friend's house is never long...

Darkroom Door - Monday, January 11, 2010

Godelieve has created this great hanging artwork which includes a fabulous idea on using Montage sheets. Can't see the Montage sheet in the image above? Then check this out:


Godelieve has used the white areas around the Montage photos to use as a frame. Of course you'd need to cut the actual photos out with a craft knife rather than a paper trimmer so you keep the frame intact. I think it's very clever!! Here's the frame stamped with the Plaid Background:


And full instructions from Godelieve here:

- I used leftover pieces from the Yuletide montage sheet as a frame (see photo above)
- Stamped the Plaid Background with Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink
- Added more color with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and Ranger ink blending tool.
- Stamped the Country Cottage, Vintage Automobile and quotes with Memories Black ink, distressed the background with more Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap.
- Glued the frame onto the stamped piece, and secured with staples from Tim Holtz tiny attacher
- Layered with black cardstock
- Glued onto corrugated cardboard
- Attached Tim Holtz Hinge Clips and ribbon
- Attached the button and twine with Judikins Diamond Glaze

Here's some close ups of the finished project:







Isn't it fabulous!!!

Thanks for sharing Godelieve :)

Garden Fairy Couture with the Floral Background Stamp

Darkroom Door - Sunday, January 10, 2010


Sarah Schwerin created this wonderful project using the following supplies:

* Darkroom Door Floral Background stamp
* Darkroom Door Butterflies stamp set
* COllections dress form and bodice
* Opals UTEE - Fernglade
* Gold metallic rub-ons
* Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Peeled Paint, Broken China, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo.
* Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paint - Walnut Stain
* Gauze
* Ball Chain
* Verdegris embossing powder
* Distress Stickles - Rock Candy
* Gel Medium
* Twig
* Stazon Timber Brown
* Double sided foam mounting tape.
* Opalites Ink - Arctic Emerald
* Beads
* Glossy Accents


Instructions from Sarah:

* I created the background using white cardstock, and inking with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo distress inks using a non-stick craft sheet. I stamped the DD floral background onto the paper using Timber Brown Stazon ink.

* For the wings, I created a background using a non stick craft mat with Peeled Paint and Broken China distress inks. I then stamped the DD butterfly with Brushed Corduroy ink, heat set, and cut out with Tim Holtz fine tipped scissors.

* I created the bodice by first inking it with Brushed Corduroy ink. I then covered it with Versmark ink and built up three layers of Fernglade UTEE, and stamped the DD Floral Background stamp (covered in Timber Brown Stazon) into it while it was still hot. I waited for it to cool, and then lifted it off to reveal the texture. I accentuated the features using gold metallic rub-on.

* The skirt is made up of pieces of gauze that I dyed using Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. I did this by using a zip lock bag, and rubbing the ink pads on the inside of the bag and spraying in some water using a mini mister. I then put the gauze strips in the bag, and rubbed them around until they were covered in colour. I dried them off with a heat tool. I attached them in layers to the bottom of the dress form using Gel Medium. For added sparkle, I swiped on a small amount of Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

* The dress form was inked with dark brown ink, and then I rubbed some Opalites Arctic Emerald ink over it to make it shine.

* The belt and necklace were cut from a metal ball chain (found in office supplies stores) and attached using Glossy Accents.

* The inside frame was inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and coated with a think layer of Walnut Stain Distress Crackle Paint. The outer frame was coloured using an assortment of blight and dark brown distress inks, and I randomly swiped it with versamark ink and embossed with Verdigris embossing powder to create a moss-like effect.

* A twig from my garden was added at the bottom as a stand for the dress form. The whole piece was mounted inside the shadow box frame using double sided foam mounting tape. Green beads were adhered to the outside of the glass using Glossy Accents.

Check out the gorgeous detail:


Isn't she fabulous!!! Thanks Sarah!

Plaid Flower Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Created by Godelieve Tijskens

Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 Stamps (frangipani flower)
Memories Black inkpad
Distress Ink - Weathered Wood (stamping and distressing)
Distress Ink - Frayed Burlap (distressing)
Tim Holtz blending tool
Tim Holtz paper distresser
Nestabilities Label 1
Sewing machine


Godelieve has also shared a card on her blog created with Viva La Flora Vol 2 stamps and Marvy Le Plume II Pens. Check it out here.