Guest Artist - Rachel Clarke Part 3

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Today we have the last few projects by Rachel Clarke to share with you!




12x12 Robot Stripes & Dots paper (also used dots paper for alpha die cut)
Stamps from Hello Baby Vol 2 stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Ink
Welcome Baby and It's a Boy stamped images mounted out with foam tape.
Journalling block holes have been punched with Crop-a-dile and torn to make it look realistic.





Stamps from Hello Baby Vol 2 - row of hearts and heart from the middle of the "it's a girl" stamp. 
To stamp the individual heart on the chipboard heart pieces I just coloured the heart with a brown Tombow pen.
Small Teddy Bear from Hello Baby Vol 1 Filmstrip and Large Teddy from Hello Baby Photochips have been coloured with Tombow pens.






Hello Baby Boy wordstrips
Stamps from Hello Baby Vol 2 - row of hearts, It's and Boy and New Baby Special Delivery all stamped with Stormy Sky Distress Ink.




And a couple of cards... this one uses the Plaid Background Stamp and the circle from Hello Baby Vol 2 stamp set:





Old Truck Photo Stamp stamped with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink onto white cardstock and embossed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Powder.  Lightly coloured with water coloured pencils.


And one last layout using the Wilderness Vol 2 Rubber Stamps:




We'd like to send out a HUGE thanks to Rachel for being our Guest Artist this week! It's has been fun sharing your projects with our blog readers :)

Thanks also to everyone who have left comments here for Rachel over the past few days. It's so nice for the Guest Artists to see comments and to hear about what projects you particularly found inspiring! So please keep the comments coming in!

Guest Artist - Rachel Clarke Part 2

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 07, 2010

We had lots more layouts by Rachel Clarke to share with you today! Let's get straight to it:




Stamped the shell on to cream cardstock and embossed using Pumice Stone Distress Ink and Brushed Corduroy Distress Powder - it's just like sand and looks and feels so real :-)
Using an Ink Blending Tool I have sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink over the image.
Highlighted with glossy accents to give a 'wet' look.

Used Seaside Wordstrips and a Montarge piece for accents in top right corner - all edged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.






12x12 Blush Paper
Strip of Esplori 12x12 paper
Seashell stamps were stamped onto Shrink Plastic using Archival Ink
I had already applied various colours of alcohol inks to the shrink plastic before I stamped the images.





Seashell stamps were stamped randomly onto Kraft cardstock using Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Hands from Hello Baby Vol 2 stamp set were stamped onto shrink plastic using black Archival Ink.
Letters cut from Alpha strips.






All shells, starfish and journalling block were stamped with Pumice Stone Distress Ink onto cream cardstock and embossed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Powder. 
Some of the shells were mounted with foam tape.
The journalling block was cut out then using my Crop-a-dile I re-punched the holes and "ripped" them to make it look like it had come out of the a journalling notebook.






12x12 paper - Robots and Robot Stripes
Black & White Robot cut from Robot Journal 12x12 paper
Robot Vol 2 Filmstrip




Sprayed white cardstock with chocolate glimmer mist and inked edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  Stamped & embossed shells with Brushed Corduroy Distress Powder and rubbed Antique Linen Distress Stickles over them.  Cut word from Seaside Wordstrip, inked edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink and mounted with foam tape.





Dripped a couple of drops of alcohol ink onto white glossy cardstock one colour at a time and blasted with a can of compressed air (Tim Holtz's alcohol ink splatter technique) to get the splatter effect.  Stamped the Shell images with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.





Clear embossed large & small starfish on white cardstock.  Sprayed with blue & yellow glimmer mist and dabbed off excess on stamped images.  Stamped wording with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.  Distressed edges of Starfish from Seaside montage sheet and inked with Vintage Photo distress ink and mounted it on card with foam tape.


Woo hoo.... fabulous projects Rachel!!! Especially LOVE how you created the sandy shells with Distress Embossing Powders! Thanks for sharing these with us!

Rachel has even more to share with us tomorrow, so make sure you stop by!

Guest Artist - Rachel Clarke

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 06, 2010

Rachel_Clarke_Photo Name: Rachel Clarke
Zodiac Sign:  Leo
Lives: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with hubby & 3 kids :-)
Known For: carting the camera everywhere, eating chocolate, drinking ice cold water and being blunt!
Blog: Wishful Thinking
Loves to: eat chocolate :-), take loads of photos - especially of the kids, listen to the little conversations my kids have (they make me laugh!), scrapbook & make cards, browsing (and buying!) in scrapbook shops :-)
Loves to create: Pages for my scrapbooks, cards and mini albums.
Favourite Darkroom Door product: Stamps of course ... I don't think I could pick an absolute favourite though as I love so many of them, but the ones I have used the most recently would be Wildflowers Vol 1 and the Seashells.  Oh and the journaling block in Hello Baby Vol 2. :-)
Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  Do you think I would need night vision goggles?  heheee   I'd bring my camera & I'd probably have chocolate somewhere in my bag & definitely my credit card because I just know I wouldn't be able to resist purchasing new rubber!  :-)


We first met Rachel last year when we traveled to Malaysia to teach at a retreat in Kuala Lumpur. Rachel also particpates in our ATC swaps, so you may have received some of her little artworks from those swaps!! We have loads to share from Rachel this week... let's start with some layouts and cards:


Old Truck photo stamp inked with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and Embossed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Powder.
Sponged gently, avoiding truck, with distress inks - Shabby Shutters, Broken China and Antique Linen.
Screw Brads also dipped into embossing ink and Brushed Corduroy Distress Powder to age them.
Alpha strips to create the journaling.



12x12 papers - Meadow, Robot Journal
Trees Rubber Stamps & Forest Moss Distress Ink



12x12 papers - Robot Dots, Music Journal, Legato
Tag from Music Montage
Keyboard - Music Photo chip
Keyboard - Music Vol 1 Filmstrip
Music Wordstrips
All inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink




Set of cards using Viva La Flora Photochips
Inked edges of each photochip with black ink and mounted onto burgundy cardstock.
Tied cream satin ribbon around front of card and tie in a bow.  Attached Photochip to front of card. 
Cut words from Full Bloom Wordstrips and attach to card.  Add trinket pin in behind bow.







Fabulous projects Rachel!!! Thanks for sharing these with us!

We have more of Rachel's artwork to share with you tomorrow... in the meantime, we'd love for you to leave some comments for Rachel!


Plaid Background Scrapbook Layouts

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ok... time for some scrapbook layouts!! Sarah has created some fab layouts all sorts of rubber stamps from our collections. Check them out:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Plaid Background Stamp.
Roses Photo Stamp.
Full Bloom Vol 1 set (Rose).
Little Dreams set (Flourish at sides).
Alphabet Medley.
Wildflowers Vol 1 (Butterfly).
Buff Tags

Other Supplies:
Patterned paper - Basic Grey, MME.
Heidi Swapp Damask Sticker.
Kaisercraft Pearls.
Ink - Versacolor "Pinecone" and "Old Rose".


* I used a sketch from as inspiration for my layout.
* I stamped the Rose, Roses photo stamp, and the plaid background stamp onto buff tags with Old Rose ink. The journaling spot and butterfly were stamped onto a buff tag with Pinecone ink.
* The butterfly was mounted using double sided foam mounting tape.
* The flourishes on the side were stamped with Pinecone ink. I used the same stamp, alternating between different sides of the stamp to get the border pattern.
* "Maggie" and "1912" were also stamped with Pinecone ink using the Alphabet Medley stamp set.




Darkroom Door Supplies:
Plaid Background Stamp.
Alphabet Medley Stamps.
Journal stamp.
Marvy Pen - No 54 Burnt Umber

Other Supplies:
Basic Grey papers.
Bazzill cardstock.
Ribbon, Kaisercraft flowers, gem brads, eyelets.
Pinecone Versacolor Ink
Mint Versacolor Ink
Magenta Verscolor Ink

Details from Sarah:

I cut a large strip of basic grey off white coloured paper and created a lace border down the edges with a Fiskars border punch. I attached it to the background paper.
I used the same colour paper to stamp the plaid background stamp onto with Mint Verscolor ink. I  rounded the corners, and inked around the edges with Pinecone Versacolor ink. I attached 5 pink eyelets on each plaid piece, and then adhered them to the layout. I then laced a pink and white polka dot ribbon through the holes and tied a bow.

I stamped the title, and the journaling block onto cream coloured basic grey cardstock with Magenta Versacolor ink. I inked around the edges of the words in the titled, and glued them to my layout.

I journalled onto my layout using a Marvy Pen (No 54 Burnt Umber).

The plaid background stamp was the perfect pattern to compliment my daughter's school uniform! It's such a great stamp because you can get so many different looks just by changing colours!


Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Countdown to Christmas - 3 days to go!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I think it's about time we shared a layout!


Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer & Alphabet Medley Stamp sets
Basic Grey papers
Archival Crimson inkpad

I used the Alphabet Medley stamps to create the title along with the Christmas Reindeers. Added a circle to the centre of the flower and stamped a little cluster of the small stars to finish it off!

Not long to go now until Christmas Day!!! I have been wrapping gifts each night... the stockings are almost full!

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Calendar Stamp set ideas!

Darkroom Door - Saturday, November 28, 2009

As another new year looms around the corner, it's a great time to start thinking about those 'calendar style' projects. So I thought I'd share some ideas using our Calendar Stamp set.




This set was one of our first stamp sets that we released in 2008 and it is still a very popular seller, especially at this time of year as everyone gets ready for their yearly projects! The set can be used in lots of different ways, from scrapbook pages, journal pages, homemade calendars, birthday books and diaries. Loads of uses!!


When you first purchase the set as a full unmounted sheet, you need to cut each month out individually. As for the date section, this can be cut in two different ways, depending on how you prefer to use it.


First option: Leave the numbers and lines together as one whole stamp. Like this:




Second option: Trim the numbers and lines separately. This is the option I prefer as it gives you more versatility in the stamp set, which I'll explain later. But here's what it looks like when you trim them apart: (keep the numbers in a full row like shown, otherwise they will be far too fiddly to work with.)




But first, let's look at the first option of having it all together as one stamp. You'll notice the numbers on the left are the right way up and the numbers on the right are upside down. When you stamp the first lot of numbers, don't ink the numbers on the right hand side. Just ink the left numbers and the lines. Then stamp.




Next, turn the stamp around so now the numbers 17-31 are the right way up. Ink those numbers and the lines, then stamp underneath your first set of numbers & lines.(you may need to mask the 1-16 numbers as they may still have ink on them)




If this is the only way you want to use this set, then having the numbers and lines together is an easy way to go. But! if you trim the numbers away from the lines...  you can use the stamps in more ways!

1. To stamp the numbers and lines together, just place the numbers next to the lines on the acrylic block and stamp the same as I mentioned above. When you're done, just take off the strip of 1-16 numbers and replace with 17-31 to stamp the next lot as required.




2. Having the line stamp separate means it can be used as a journaling block! Just take off the numbers off the acrylic block (if they were on there like in the photo above), and use the lines by themselves. Super easy to use on scrapbook layouts or to create your own notepaper or diary. Here's a layout where I've just used the lines as my journaling block:




3. Use the line stamp to create a grid. Simply stamp the lines horizontally, then turn the stamp 90 degrees and stamp vertically to create a criss cross effect. Godelieve did this to create a crossword puzzle effect, then stamped the numbers separately down the left hand side. Then added the month at the bottom. Great for specialising birthday cards:




4. Or just simply create a grid background with the lines: (Another card by Godelieve.)




5. Do a layout a month, using the Calendar set as the place to jot down notes of what you did each day. It fits perfectly to fit a 12x12 layout. Here's one I've created:




6. Create a birthday book! Check out this gorgeous book Godelieve created: (Can you tell she loves this stamp set?)






So there you have it... lots of ideas for the Calendar stamp set! I hope this has sparked some inspiration on how this stamp set can be used in your 2010 projects... remember, the new year is just around the corner! (yikes)


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Guest Artist - Lisa Pate Part 4

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 09, 2009

To finish off Lisa's week with us, she has created two layouts using the Robot Collection papers and embellishments! Check them out:





Darkroom Door Robot papers
Darkroom Door Robot Filmstrips
Darkroom Door Robot Wordstrips
Distress inks - aged photo
Sharpie Pen
Kaiser pearls
Basic Grey Chippie letters


Thanks for sharing your artwork with us this week Lisa!!! It has been truly inspiring :)

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Calendar Stamp Set

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm just interrupting our Christmas Competition for a moment as I wanted to share with you some ideas using our our Calendar Stamp set!  2009 is just around the corner and there's lots of ways you can use these stamps to help document your year.




The layout below shows how the stamp set looks on a 12x12 layout. There is space to write what happened for each day, and the photographs are a mixture of the events from that month. This idea could also be used for a pregnancy album, baby's first year album, school achievements during the year, travel diary, or many many other themes!




You could also create this wonderful birthday book for an off the page project. Our Guest Artist Godelieve created this for us, full details can be found here.




I hope that gives you some ideas on how to use the Calendar Stamp set along with some ideas on how you can record your life and activities for the year!