I am merely in disguise

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hello, Lynne here today with the second page completed in my art journal.

This page was inspired by a stamp from the Venetian Collection Vol 2 Stamp Set, a quote from Margaret Atwood “Everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise”

1. Randomly adhere torn pieces of vintage French book pages which are further distressed after a wash of Gesso. Randomly apply texture paste to the stencil.  Once dry apply Distress Paints, spritzing with water, allowing the paints to drip down the page and blending with a baby wipe. Distress the book pages once again, peeling the paper away from the page before applying further washes of Gesso and Distress Paints.

2. Stamp small butterflies from Butterflies with Distress Inks Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet.

3. At this stage I journalled my thoughts and feelings in regard to the quote I would be incorporating into the page. As with my first journal page (but a matter of moments) I once again applied washes over my thoughts, you can choose to leave your journaling exposed.

4. With an old credit card or palette knife, swipe Gesso onto the page in bold strokes.

5. Stamp quote from Venetian Collection Vol 2, one large butterfly and two small butterflies onto vintage dressmaking tissue.  Note that I partially stamped the large butterfly to create added interest. Adhere the quote, large and one small butterfly to the page with Gel Medium.

6. Cut out image from Photobooth Ladies, slightly distress the image and abrade the edges. Also to the edges apply Distress Paints Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet.  Staple a fragment of fabric with Tiny Attacher.

7. Stamp letter from Correspondence onto a piece of watercolour paper (note:- I had this piece of watercolour paper which had previously been stained with dissolved walnut ink crystals and sprayed with homemade ink.) Apply Distress Paints to edges and adhere to the page.

8. Gather the Photobooth image and the last of the stamped butterflies. Adhere the butterfly to the Photobooth lady with Gel Medium further applying Gel Medium to the Photobooth to adhere to the page.  Finally tuck a teeny piece of vintage lace beneath the fragment of fabric.


* Use a brayer to ensure good adhesion of the book text.  Do not use your good inking brayer as you don’t want adhesive straying onto your brayer!

* Keep any fragments of fabric or lace to incorporate into your art.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps: Venetian Collection Vol 2, Butterflies, Correspondence
Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
Versafine – Vintage Speia
Staz-on Jet Black
Distress Paints:- Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet
Distress Ink:- Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet
TCW – Mini Specimens
Texture paste
Gel Medium
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Extras:- fragments of fabric and vintage lace, vintage dressmaker tissue, vintage French book pages

This is only my second page but as with the first I found that in both instances the quote stamps used were a springboard for expressing my thoughts and it is certainly freeing, writing those thoughts knowing that I would all but obliterate them with Gesso and paint.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Darkroom Door Blog.



Cosy Carved Village

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 18, 2014
Hi, it's Godelieve here. This card was created using the Carved Houses Stamp Set with Distress Markers.



1. I made a background using Distress Ink pads and water on a non stick craft sheet.


2. I added texture, using the new Floral Texture Stamp and inked the edges.


3. The houses were inked with several Distress Markers, stamped, cut out leaving a tiny white edge to each house.


4. I arranged the houses to form a cosy little village on my card.


5. Words are from the Home Sweet Home set, I stamped these with Archival Ink.


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps: Carved Houses Stamp Set, Home Sweet Home Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Texture Stamp: Floral
Distress Inkpads: Broken China, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs
Distress Markers
Archival Inkpad: Coffee


Thanks for visiting!


Dots Texture Stamp Congratulations Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hi! Suzz here.
I am in love with the new Dot Texture Stamp! The dots have been getting lots of love.
I had created a pretty pink alcohol ink background on glossy cardstock. I decided to cut up the background with heart dies in a variety of sizes. After they were cut I used the dot stamp with white chalk ink to stamp a soft pattern of dots across the different hearts. I decided to use the same pattern in reverse (pink dots) on white cardstock for the background.


I added a sentiment from the Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Stamp Set to turn my card into a Congratulations card.

Happy Inking!

Create Magic Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Hi! Belinda here today to share with you my latest art journal page combining the gorgeous new Star Texture Stamp with Viva La Flora images using a layering technique.

I love the freedom of creating an art journal page. When I begin, I never really know what it is going to look like in the end. It is all about playing with mediums and building up layers to hopefully finish with a page rich in colour and texture. My current art journal is an altered Little Golden Book. I have primed the pages with a couple of coats of white gesso. On top of this I like to add colour using various mediums. For this page I used Faber Castell Gelatos, Distress Inks and Glimmermists. Once my colours are right I then like to start layering the stamps. I applied the Star Texture Stamp mostly around the edges of the page using Aquamarine and Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Next I added some images from The Viva La Flora Montage. I always like to torture these images a little by sanding and distressing the edges. I love that the quality of this product means it can handle it really well. Once the images were in place, I then added a few more stamped words as well as sentiments from the Viva La Flora Wordstrip.

Supplies used:
DDTS001 Star Texture Stamp
DDRS027 Artist Rubber Stamp Set
DDMN005 Viva La Flora Montage
DDWS005 Viva La Flora Wordstrip

DDAS001 Alpha 1 Alphastrip
RANGER Archival Ink: Aquamarine, Jet Black
RANGER Distress Ink: Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and checking out my project today. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for some more inspiration from the Creative Team.


White Carved Caravan Card

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Hi, it's Godelieve again with another caravan card using the Carved Caravans Rubber Stamp Set! I am loving using these stamps in red rubber!



1. I stamped the caravan with Versamark ink, and heat embossed the image with silver embossing powder


2. The heat embossing made it quite easy to cut the caravan out.


3. I wanted the tire to be black, so I used a ZIG sketching pen to color it.


4. I decorated my card with a piece of banana leaf, twine and wordstrips from the Wilderness collection


5. I glued the caravan onto the card


Extra tip: The heat embossing would make it easy to watercolor the caravan for a colorful version


Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Rubber Stamps: Carved Caravans
Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Wilderness
WOW embossing powder
ZIG Artist Sketching Pen
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher


Thanks for visiting the blog today!


Dripping Dots Texture

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 14, 2014
Hello, it’s Robyn here with you today to share a bright and colourful card using the new Dots Texture Stamp. I’ve used some watercolour cardstock for the card base this time and it is worth investing in a pack as you can create gorgeous watery effects without getting a waterlogged, soggy mess.

1. Stamp your card front with the quote from the Artist Stamp Set using black Archival Ink.

2. Using clear Versamark Ink, stamp the card front with the Dots Texture stamp in a random fashion and emboss with clear powder.

3. Using the Distress Stains, add splats of colour onto the card front and quickly spritz with water.  Allow the water to dribble and flow as much as you like but take care not to let the colour get too muddy. I used Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean & Picked Raspberry but you can use any combination. Allow to dry naturally.

4. Ink the edges of the card front using Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, layer and attach to card base.

5. Stamp the pen/brush images from the Artist stamp set onto some scrap watercolour card and colour with Distress Stains in Salty Ocean & Peacock Feathers. Trim and attach to card front.


• Try not to get the stamping of the Dots stamp too perfect, slightly smudgy images will work better for this technique.

• Practice this step on some scrap first! The ‘roundness’ of the stain applicator may look more pronounced, but a touch with some extra colour on the tip of your finger while the cardstock is wet will make the shape more random.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Artist Stamp Set
Ranger Distress Stains: Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers
Ranger Mister Bottle filled with tap water
Watercolour paper, approx. 200gsm
Versamark clear embossing ink & clear embossing powder
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Ranger Distress Ink: Picked Raspberry

I hope you enjoy getting a little inky when you make this card – it is lots of fun! All of the new Texture Stamps would work well with this technique.

Until next time,

Etched Flowers Serene Nature

Darkroom Door - Sunday, April 13, 2014
Hello, Lynne here today with a card featuring the Etched Flowers Stamp Set, a set which I cannot seem to stop inking!

1. Swipe Fresco Finish Vintage Lace onto cardbase.

2. Select lace stamp and ink with Vintage Sepia, stamping onto mulberry paper. Adhere to cardbase with Gel Medium.

3. Stamp Etched Flower onto book page which has been painted with Gesso. Also stamp letter and script from the Little Dreams and Correspondence Stamp Set.

4. Apply Distress Paint to edges of Etched Flower. Embellish with a fibre stapled with the Tiny Attacher. Stamp serenity onto mulberry paper and adhere to image.

5. Adhere to the cardbase creating a collage of textures - I gathered some fragments of burlap, floral fabric and a textured piece of paper. I tore a piece of the stamped script, adding this to the mix.

6. Adhere torn piece of stamped letter onto the cardbase before finally embellishing the card with a paper flower.


• Ensure you dry brush the paint onto the cardbase.

• Utilise any scraps you have lying around.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Rubber Stamp Sets: Etched Flowers, Correspondence, Little Dreams (script on side of Etched Flowers), Prague Vol 1 (serenity)
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Gel Medium
Ranger Distress Paint Vintage Photo
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Vintage Lace
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher

Thank you for visiting the Darkroom Door Blog today.

Until next time,


Kombi Photo Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hi, Connie here with a couple of cards using the Kombi Photo Stamp. This stamp reminds me of the beach, just needs a surf board on top. Truly love it !!!
I stamped the Kombi image on the reverse side of the pattern paper which was a solid yellow. I love the yellow tint it gave the image. The brown ink is by Ranger (Wendy Vecchi).
The sentiments are from the Wilderness Wordstrip.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Kombi Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Wilderness Wordstrip
Ranger Archival Ink Potting Soil
Pattern paper

Thanks for stopping by!


Framed Harlequin Texture Stamp Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 11, 2014
Hello, it’s Robyn here today to show you a project using the brand new Harlequin Texture Stamp. I love how these stamps are a variation on the original background stamps but in a easily managed size – perfect for use as smaller images and for art journaling!

1. Stamp Darkroom Door Regal Frame Stamp using Brilliance Graphite Black ink pad and emboss with clear powder.

2. Ink Darkroom Door Harlequin Texture stamp with Ranger Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade and Mowed Lawn.

3. Sponge lightly around the edges of the stamped image using the Mowed Lawn ink. The aim is to draw colour up to the inner edges of the frame.

4. Using your finger or a sponge applicator, smear a small amount of Inka Gold in Old Gold colour over the frame. Buff lightly with a tissue to remove excess colour from the embossed areas. Trim the frame closely and mount onto card layer.

5. For added interest, tie a button and some twine around the base of the layered frame and then attach to card front.

6. Stamp various butterflies from the Darkroom Door Butterflies Stamp Set using black Ranger Archival Ink. Colour with Distress Markers and trim closely.

7. Attach butterflies to the card front. I mounted the largest one with foam tape.

8. Trim some words from your favourite Wordstrips and attach to the card front. I used Darkroom Door Wordstrips Prague Vol 2.


* Ink the Harlequin stamp in the middle using Squeezed Lemonade and then ink around the edges using Mowed Lawn. This will prevent muddying of your lovely yellow ink pad.

* Gently curl the butterfly wings and attach just the centres of the butterflies to the card front. Once the glue is dry, lift the wings a little to give some dimension.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Harlequin Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Regal Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wordstrips Prague Vol 2
Ranger Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black ink pad
Clear embossing powder & heat gun
Viva Decor Inka Gold: Old Gold
Sponging tool
Ranger Distress Markers: Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Festive Berries
Button & twine

Did you see that there are new Frame Stamps in the new release of Darkroom Door stamps? I think this technique would look great using the different frames. You would also cover the frame with flowers instead of butterflies. 


Until next time,


Artist Trading Card Swap Details: Texture Theme

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card swap theme for April is: TEXTURE!
Create a ATC using texture in some way. You could use texture paste, fabrics, different types of embellishments, embossing powder, embossing folders or anything that creates texture! There are lots of options and ideas! These ATC's by Teresa Abajo and Belinda Spencer show how you can use lace, fabric and raffia to add some texture.
Click here for the full details on how you can participate.

Due date: April 30th, 2014.
Look forward to seeing your creations!