Teddy Bear Photo Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, June 15, 2015
Hi stampers! Today we have some projects to share with you that have been created by Michelle Morrison of Michelle's Cards and Stamps. Michelle loves teddy bears and has created some gorgeous cards with the new Teddy Bear Photo Stamp

For this first card, Michelle stamped the bear in a dark brown ink and shaded the image with Copic markers. The bear was trimmed and adhered into a rosy card stock and framed using the Regal Frame Stamp. To add some detail to the background of the card, Michelle used the Postcards Background Stamp and added the word 'Cherish' which was stamped from the Love Word Block Stamp.

This card uses both the Teddy Bear Photo Stamp and the smaller version from the Hello Baby Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set. Michelle stamped both bears using a grey ink and coloured their neck ties with yellow tones of Copic Markers. 'A Great Friend' was stamped from the Friendship Word Block Stamp. 

This card is so rich and warm by stamping the Teddy Bear Photo Stamp with brown ink, then shading again with Copic Markers. Michelle used the Plaid Background Stamp and the Friends Quote Stamp to complete the card. 

To create the different colours, Michelle first stamped the Teddy Bear Photo Stamp with a light brown ink pad, then coloured the bear over the top with blue markers. The bear is framed using the Emulsion Frame Stamp and layered onto the Plaid Background. 'Just For You' was stamped from the Birthday Word Block Stamp. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Teddy Bear Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Postcards Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Regal Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Love Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Friendship Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Birthday Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Friends Quote Stamp

Thanks so much to Michelle for sharing these cards with us! 

Vintage Planes Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Hi Stampers! It's Rachel here today with a card using the Vintage Planes Rubber Stamp Set!

This stamp set has a great variety of planes and quotes that can be used for lots of different occasions! I've used one of the larger planes and created a sign with one of the quotes to make it look like it's being pulled or dragged by the plane.

Instructions to make this card:

1. Fold A5 sized kraft card in half.

2. Emboss black cardstock using Sizzix Gridlock Embossing Folder and distress the edges with a paper distresser. Adhere to card using foam adhesive.

3. Stamp World Map Background onto Almond cardstock using Archival Potting Soil ink pad. Sponge around the edges with an ink blending tool. Adhere over back cardstock.

4. Stamp plane and quote from the Vintage Planes stamp set onto Almond cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink pad. Trim around the plane and create a banner with the quote. Sponge the edges with Archival Potting Soil ink pad.

5. Punch a hole at the end of the quote and thread some twine through and tie at the front. Position the twine so it loops up to the bottom of the plane. Adhere the plane and quote to card using foam adhesive.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Vintage Planes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Archival Inks: Potting Soil, Jet Black
Cardstock: Almond, Kraft, Black
Sizzix Gridlock Texture Fades Embossing Folder

Thanks for stopping by today!

World Map Adventure Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Hi there stampers, it's Rachel here today to share a card using the Adventure Quote Stamp and World Map Background Stamp

I love this quote, it's a bit cheeky and suitable for anyone you've had a crazy fun time with! For this card, I created a travel theme by combining it with the World Map Background stamp and a little plane charm. 

Instructions for making the card:

1. Die cut white cardstock with Sizzix Ornamental die. Stamp the World Map Background onto the cardstock using Archival Tree Branch Ink Pad. Sponge around the edges of the cardstock using the Tree Branch Ink Pad, then lightly around the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink to give it a little dark edge. 

2. Stamp the Adventure Quote over the World Map Background using Archival Jet Black Ink Pad. 

3. Wrap black crinkle ribbon around the bottom of the die cut cardstock and adhere to the back. 

4. Put a jump ring onto the end of the aeroplane charm and thread onto some twine. Wrap the twine over the black crinkle ribbon and tie at the front. 

5. Fold an A5 piece of kraft cardstock in half to create your card base. Lightly tap the Black Soot Distress Ink pad around the edges of the card. Marks will show from the ink pad which is what you want, just a random pattern. 

6. Adhere the stamped die cut piece onto the front of the card using 3D foam adhesive to finish! 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Adventure Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Black Soot
Cardstock: A5 Kraft, White
Die Cut: Sizzix Ornamental Die
Other: crinkle ribbon, charm, twine

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Buttons Texture Stamp Tags

Darkroom Door - Friday, March 27, 2015
Hi! Belinda here today to share two tags I created using the new Buttons Texture Stamp on kraft tags to create a shabby chic/vintage look.


1. Add some Spun Sugar and Picket Fence Tim Holtz Distress Paint as well as Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to a Ranger Non-stick Craft Sheet. Spritz with water using a Ranger Mister Bottle. Swipe a #8 Ranger Kraft Tag through the paint to create a marbled effect. Dry with a heat gun. Press the tag back onto the paint to pick up a little more colour. Dry and repeat until you have adequate coverage. Ensure that the tag is COMPLETELY DRY for the next step.

2. Apply the Buttons Texture Stamp onto the tag using Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink. Sprinkle over some Detail White Stampendous Embossing Powder and shake off the excess. Heat set with a heat gun. Repeat these steps on another kraft tag or piece of kraft cardstock and fussy cut 5 individual buttons. Colour them with a little diluted Spun Sugar Tim Holtz Distress Paint. Dry and then top with Glossy Acents. Allow to dry.

3. Apply the Plaid Background Stamp onto a scrap of kraft cardstock using the embossing ink. Heat set with white embossing powder. Tear off a strip and add to the right hand side of the tag.

4. Layer a crochet doily over the top of the Plaid stamped piece and secure using a tiny attacher.

5. Apply the sweet booties stamp from the Hello Baby Vol 1 stamp set onto kraft cardstock using the embossing ink. Heat set with white embossing powder and swipe through a little diluted Spun Sugar Distress Paint. Cut the booties out and separate. Distress the edges. Add to the tag with a little 3D foam added behind the top bootie.

6. Add the fussy cut buttons to the tag along with some real buttons that have been threaded with pink embroidery thread. Add some ribbons to the top of the card.

7. Lastly heat emboss your sentiment using white embossing powder onto kraft cardstock. Cut out and add to the tag using 3D foam. Add a little hand stitching to the corners of the tag.

Here's another tag I've created in a similar style but this time I have embossed the Buttons Texture Stamp using a clear embossing powder and added Picket Fence Distress Stain over the top.

Supplies used for both tags:
Darkroom Door Buttons Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dressmaker Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
TIM HOLTZ Distress Spray Stain Picket Fence
TIM HOLTZ Distress Paint Picket Fence/Spun Sugar
TIM HOLTZ Distress Stain Picket Fence/Brushed Pewter
TIM HOLTZ Distress Embossing Ink
RANGER Inkssentials #8 Size Kraft Tags
RANGER Non-Stick Craft Mat
RANGER Mister Bottle
RANGER Glossy Accents
RANGER Melt Art UTEE Clear
RANGER Archival Ink Tree Branch

STAMPENDOUS Embossing Powder White Detail

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my tags today. I hope they inspire you to get creative with your Texture Stamps too. Don't forget to check back soon for some more inspiration from the Creative Team.


Stamped Booklet

Darkroom Door - Thursday, March 26, 2015
Hello, It's Godelieve here with a little booklet I made using the new "Stamp" Quote Stamp on the front cover.

This quote stamp made me laugh, because I really had no clue when I bought my first stamp what I was getting into!

Stamps from the Stamper set and Photography set are used here, to go with pictures from my craft space.

I had no clue that my carved stamps would be turned into Darkroom Door stamps!

I met Rachel a few years ago when she was teaching in the Netherlands.

Leather ribbon was used to close the booklet.

I stamped a sheet of copy paper with the Polka Dots Background stamp and Distress Paints.

I made folds and a cut as shown on the photo.

After stamping and doodling on each "page" glued the pages together.

The cut makes it possible to turn the sheet into a little book

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Background Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stamper Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Distress Paint: Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn
Ranger Distress Inkpad: Salty Ocean
Ranger Archival Inkpad: Jet Black
Black pen

Thanks for visiting here today!

Stone Texture Stamp Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Hi! Belinda here today to share two cards I have created using the Stone Texture Stamp and some mixed media techniques.

1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock 10cm x 14cm.

2. Apply the Torn Text Background Stamp using Watering Can Ranger Archival Ink.

3. Swipe some gesso over the top using a make-up wedge. You still want to see the text background so don't cover it up completely. Allow the gesso to dry completely.

4. Spray this piece with water using a Ranger Mister Bottle. You want it to be quite wet before adding some watercolour paint with a paintbrush. Give it a light colour wash using a grey paint. Flick some of the paint on with the brush for some more concentrated splatters of colour.

5. Spray and flick on some Brushed Pewter Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain. If you find you have too much colour on your stamped piece you can spray on a little more water or blot with scrunched up paper towel. It's a bit of an experiment to get the amount of colour right. Allow to dry completely or dry with a heat gun.

6. Apply the Stone Texture Stamp over the top using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Dry with a heat gun.

7. Add some highlights to the 'stone' with a white Uni Posca Pen. Flick some white dots over the top using the same pen.

8. Distress the edges of this piece and ink with Pumice Stone Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Layer onto a piece of yellow cardstock cut to size and inked with Squeezed Lemonade Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

9. Add some yellow Prima Wire Thread or yellow string onto the card front and secure using a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

10. Stamp a butterfly from the Butterflies Stamp Set onto smooth white cardstock using the Watering Can ink. Use a white wax crayon to highlight some areas of the wings before applying Squeezed Lemonade ink. Buff with paper towel and flick a little Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain over the top. Glue onto the card front.

11. Stamp the 'love' word from the Hearts Stamp Set onto smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Fussy cut and glue onto the card front.

12. Attach the card front to a base of grey cardstock.

Here's another card I created in a similar style but this time the Stone Texture Stamp was stamped into wet gesso to give even more texture.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Stone Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
RANGER Archival Ink Watering Can, Jet Black
Distress Spray Stain Brushed Pewter
Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Pumice Stone
White Crayon

Thankyou so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my cards today. I hope they inspire you to get creative with your Texture Stamps too.


Altered Papier Mache Book

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Hello, Lynne here today with a tutorial on how to create an altered papier mache book using the Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set

Reading is a large part of my life. I can still re-call, as a child, my Mum and I visiting the local Library which, in those days, was housed in an imposing building. To this day I still love the anticipation of a new read, opening the cover to reveal a story which will engross me. 

You can imagine how delighted I was to learn that there was to be a Darkroom Door stamp set devoted to books ..... bliss! 

I had such fun altering this small papier mache book. 

Step one is to apply Gesso prior to the layers of paint and ink, applying to the cover and inside of the book. Sandpaper the book, paying attention to places that would naturally become worn, such as edges and the spine.  

Cover: Randomly stamp Damask Texture Stamp onto front and back cover. Aim for a distressed appearance. You want the result to represent worn gilding. Also heat emboss the spine of the cover. 

Inside: Stamp Torn Text Background Stamp onto tissue paper with Archival Potting Soil ink pad.  Tear into small pieces and adhere with Gel Medium to the surrounding area of the left side panel.  Leave to dry.  Sponge with Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Stamp sentiment onto page from an old book. Curl edges and sponge with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. Adhere to panel with Gel Medium.

The stamp I wanted to use had too many books to fit into the right-hand recess so I stamped the books onto tissue paper, cutting away the section surplus to requirement. Tear several pages from an old book. Stack inside right-hand recess. Adhere stamped tissue paper with Gel Medium.

The papier mache will withstand plenty of abuse so don't be gentle with your distressing methods! 

Supplies Used
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Damask Texture Stamp
Ink: Archival Potting Soil
Versamark Ink Pad
Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany and Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Vintage Photo
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish: London Fog and Irish Cream
Ranger Gold Detail Embossing Powder
Ranger Gesso
Ranger Gel Medium
Papier mache book
White tissue paper
Vintage French book
Heat gun

Thank You for your visit to the Darkroom Door Blog today!

Until next time,

Birdie Bookworm Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 09, 2015
Hi! Suzz here today with a card using the new Bookworm Rubber Stamps! As a child you would always find my nose buried in a book. They took me many different places and on many adventures. This sentiment in the Bookworm made me laugh as there have been many times something didn't get done because of a good book! 
1.  Stamp over background with the Torn Text Background Stamp in Sepia Archival Ink.
2. Sponge around the edges with the same ink pad.
3. Stamp books using Sepia Archival Ink Pad on white cardstock. Color with watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.
4. Stamp bird and color with watercolor pencils.
5. Poke hole in top of books. Tie twine around books.
6. Mount image on brown card base. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamps Set
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Torn Text Background Stamp
Sepia Archival Ink Pad
Watercolour Pencils
Aquash brush
Have a great day! 

Robin Noel Card Set

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Hello, Lynne here today sharing mini Christmas cards featuring the sweet Robin Eclectic Stamp.

Onto a 4"x4" Kraft card base, stamp Christmas Script Background stamp with Distress Ink Fired Brick, heat embossing with twinkly embossing powder.   With fingers, apply white Gesso to edges. 

Tear Kraft panel slightly smaller than cardbase. Working quickly, stamp Robin with Staz-on.  Dab Distress Ink onto Robin's tummy using your fingertip before quickly sprinkling twinkly embossing powder and heat embossing.  Alternatively apply Glamour Dust to the red tummy.  Randomly swipe Gesso onto the panel followed with a generous sprinkle of Glamour Dust.  Lightly apply Distress Paint to edges of panel.

Adhere panel to cardbase.  Finish by simply adhering torn pieces of washi tape.

Noel Alternative:-

Stamp Noel with Distress Ink onto a piece of Kraft which has been lightly painted with Gesso.  Heat set the ink.  Apply Glamour Dust to sentiment.  Edge panel with Distress Paint before adhering to cardbase.

I use Gel Medium as my chosen adhesive for applying Glamour Dust.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Robin Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Christmas Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Staz-on Timber Brown
Distress Paint Fired Brick
Distress Ink Fired Brick
Gel Medium
DecoArt Glamour Dust - Crystal
Heat gun
Kraft cardstock
3 x 4"x4" pre-scored Kraft cardbases
Twinkly embossing powder
Washi tape

Thank You for visiting the Darkroom Door Blog today!

Until next time,

Brushed Christmas Card and Tag

Darkroom Door - Friday, December 19, 2014
Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a card & tag created for you using the new "Christmas Script" Background stamp, "Brushed Christmas Vol 1" Stamp Set, and "Snowflakes" Eclectic Stamp. I used lots of layers and blending, along with some heat embossing on these cards, and I'm excited to show you how I created them. I hope you enjoy!

1. To create this card first begin with a kraft cardstock base, cut, scored and folded to create a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 standard base. 
2. Next, using a smaller piece of white cardstock, cut to 5 1/4 x 4, and using Distressing Inks in the following colors: "Broken China", "Faded Jeans", and "Tumbled Glass", along with a blending tool, begin to add your inks to the white cardstock blending as you go until you get the desired effect.  Then using "Vintage Photo" Distressing Ink, ink the edges.  
3. Stamp the "Christmas Script" background stamp onto the colored panel, using "Coffee" archival ink by Ranger, pressing the image down until you feel like you have an even coverage, and remove. 
4. Next, ink the edges using Versamark, and sprinkle on clear embossing powder along the edges, shaking off the excess and heat set with a heat tool.
5. The next step is to create a subtle "snowy" background using vellum.  To do this, I simply cut a piece of vellum out to 5 x 4 and using scissors, cut out a slope to resemble a snow drift, and machine stitched the vellum to the stamped background image.  
6. Die cut a background from white cardstock using "Courtyard" Frameworks die by Tim Holtz, and then ink the edges using a blending tool along with Vintage Photo distressing ink, then spray final piece with "Sparkle" Shimmer Spritz from Imagine Crafts, and set aside to dry, or for faster results, use your heat tool to dry it. 
7. Next, stamp the largest tree from the "Brushed Christmas" stamp set onto white cardstock using green archival ink, and cut out the image, ink the edges with Vintage Photo distressing ink, and spray a mist of "Sparkle" Shimmer Spritz and set aside to dry as well. 
8. Stamp "Merry Christmas" sentiment onto white cardstock and cut out.  Ink the edges with Vintage Photo and mist with "Sparkle" Shimmer spritz and set aside.  
9. Die cut snowflakes from vellum and white cardstock.
10. Now it's time to assemble the card.  First adhere the "Courtyard" frameworks background onto the vellum, then back the tree with 3-D pop dots and adhere it to the front of your card. Adding a pop dot to the sentiment, adhere that to the front of the card as shown.  Tuck snowflakes to upper left of card, underneath the tree and adhere in place, then finally adhere a vintage silver button to the top of the snowflakes. 

The closeup shows the different layers and textures of this card, which I love oh-so much.  
I also decided to create a small gift tag to accompany the card using much of the same techniques as above, but I used the "Snowflakes" Eclectic stamp along with the "All Occasions" stamp set.  I hope you enjoy!

1. To create, simply start with a white tag and ink the tag with Vintage Photo distressing ink, then using Versamark, ink the edges like you did for the card above, and sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.  
2. Next stamp "Snowflakes" using "Coffee" archival ink from Ranger randomly on the tag.  
3. Create another "Courtyard" Frameworks background and using "Tumbled Glass" & "Vintage Photo" Distressing Ink, ink the background and spray with "Sparkle" Shimmer Spritz, adhere to tag.
4. Next adhere a small silver bow and three white bells to the front of the tag.
5. Finally stamp sentiment using the "All Occasions" stamp set, with "Coffee" archival ink by Ranger and adhere to the tag as shown, using small pop dots. 

Adding lot's of layers and different mediums and textures, make this a fun, vintage inspired Christmas set.  
Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Brushed Christmas Vol 1 Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Christmas Script Background Stamp

Darkroom Door Snow Flakes Eclectic Stamp

Darkroom Door All Occasions Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Coffee & Fern

Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans

Sparkle Shimmer Spritz
Clear embossing powder
heat tool
blending tool
white & kraft heavyweight cardstock
silver metalic cord, and ribbon
3 little white bells vellum
"Courtyard" Frameworks die by Tim Holtz
die cutting machine, (I use a Sizzix Big Shot)
Vintage silver button
3-D glue dots and a good permanent tape runner
I hope you enjoyed by projects today, and I hope I've inspired you to create your own Christmas cards and gift tags.