Watercolour Grevilleas

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here with you today to share a fun watercolour card using the Grevilleas Stamp Set. I really enjoyed designing this set and finding just the right grevillea plants to photograph to turn them into stamps. I've included 4 different Grevilleas at different stages of their maturity, so you have lots of options of combining them together in your projects! 

I thought it would be fun to create a watercolour card using the new Make Art Blendable Ink Pads by Wendy Vecchi. 



Instructions: 
1. Choose the largest grevillea stamp from the set and ink up with Poppy and Red Geranium Blendable Ink pads. Spritz the stamp with water and stamp onto white watercolour card stock. Allow to dry. 
2. Stamp two of the other grevillea stamps either side, using only Sunflower and Poppy Blendable inks, spritz with water before stamping onto the cardstock. Allow to dry. 
3. Stamp up the smaller leaf onto light cream card stock with Fern Green Archival Ink. Fussy cut around the leaves and adhere the end to the base of the grevillea flowers. 


4. Stamp the sentiment from the Thank You Sentiment Stamps onto white watercolour cardstock and die cut with a small tag die. Put some green and orange ribbons through the end and tie in a bow. Adhere tag over the leaves with foam adhesive. 
5. Adhere entire panel to a folded green card to finish! 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Grevilleas Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Sentiment Stamps
Blendable Ink Pads: Poppy, Sunflower, Red Geranium 
Archival Ink Pad: Fern Leaf, Jet Black 
Watercolour Card Stock 
Water Spritzer Bottle 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Rachel 

Painted Garden Birds

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 21, 2018
Hi, it is Godelieve Tijskens today with some projects I made using the new Garden Birds Rubber Stamp Set. So happy to see my drawings turned into Darkroom Door red rubber stamps. Inspiration came from the birds in our garden. I like to watch them through the kitchen window, and grab my camera for a quick shot whenever I have the chance.

Before I cut new stamps apart I always stamp the complete sheet several times. I used one of those for my first project. 



Here I used Archival Ink Peat Moss to stamp the birds.


I used Distress Paints and Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint to colour the birds.


I masked the birds to add stamping ‘behind’ the birds. The masks were created from post-it notes. Simply stamp the birds onto a post-it note and cut around the image to create your masks. Place the masks over the matching bird to protect the birds while you stamp over the top with other stamps. 


The lines are from the Calendar stamp set. And I added smaller stamps from several other sets, listed below. I removed the masks and added splatters using paint and a very wet brush.


The strip at the right was colored on a craft sheet, using the same paints that were used to color the birds. I taped the paper together at the back. To finish the piece off I stamped the Friends quote, but replaced ‘friends’ by ‘birds’ using the Alphabet Medley stamp set. I have cut the quote into strips to glue them in place. The whole panel was adhered to cardboard, leaving a narrow border. The Journal Clips by Dina Wakley make it able to use it as a wall hanging.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Garden Birds, Calendar, Ornate Elements, Hello Baby Vol 1, Home Sweet Home, Alphabet Medley
Darkroom Door Quote Stamp: Friends
Archival Inkpad: Peat Moss
Distress Paints: Cracked Pistachio, Forest Moss, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Ruby
Dina Wakley Media Journal Clips


The Film Frame stamp, the bird and the leaves on this card were stamped with black Archival ink and cut out.


I watercolored the bird and leaves (and some flowers that I didn’t use now) with Distress Paints and Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint. I arranged the pieces onto light yellow cardstock. 

Using Distress Paint I coloured the edges and a spot where the sentiment was going to be stamped. The panel was glued onto a white card.


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Stamp Sets: Garden Birds, Fine Leaves, Simple Sayings Vol 2
Darkroom Door Frame Stamp: Film
Distress Paints: Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Night

I really enjoyed creating with these stamps!

Thank you Rachel and Stewart for turning my drawings into red rubber stamps.  I love the quality of Darkroom Door stamps.

Thank you all for visiting Darkroom Door blog today!

Godelieve

New Release May 2018

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  


Our NEW Sentiment Stamps are a strip of different sentiments that can be used as an entire strip or you can cut each sentiment into individual stamps! The choice is yours! The different sizes of sentiments give you lots of options for fitting them onto your cards and tags. 

Sentiment stamps measure approximately 178mm x 36mm (7" x 1.4")  




Our NEW Small Stencils can be used on their own to create quirky fun backgrounds and they also conveniently match the Collage Stamps with the same name. Simply stamp the Collage Stamp first and place the stencil over the top to sponge ink through the stencil. It's a great way to colour the stamped image quickly and easily!


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Butterflies & Books Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Hello Darkroom Door fans! It’s Belinda Spencer here with you today to share an art journal page featuring the fabulous new Small Stencil Butterflies. The idea for this art journal spread began with me wanting to use the butterfly stencil as wings for a cute vintage girl die-cut. I then needed to ground her by sitting her on something and the book stack was the perfect size. I then began flicking through an old Smash album I had in my stash and came across a bookshelf page. Perfect! That then made me think about all of the amazing books full of everything you can imagine and more in a library which pretty much gave me free reign to use as many stamps as I liked!



Instructions:
1. Place the Butterflies Small (outer) Stencil over a piece of smooth white cardstock. Tape the stencil in place with a little washi tape to secure if you need to. Apply Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. 

2. Now add the inner stencil and secure with washi tape. Using the ink blending tool again, apply Spiced Marmalade and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Remove the inner stencil.

3. Lightly trace around the edge of the outer stencil. Remove the stencil and fussy cut the butterfly. Ink the edges with the Spiced marmalade ink. Add to the back of the die-cut girl.

4. Use a stamping platform to firstly stamp the stacked books using Tree Branch Archival Ink onto smooth white cardstock. Then use Faber-Castell Pitt Artist ‘Big Brush’ Pens to colour the spines of the individual books and re-stamp.

5. Ink the pages of your art journal using the same inks as for the butterfly wings. 

6. Add some stamping to the background pages using the Alphabet Background Stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink. For this project I used the stamp without an acrylic block. I inked the stamp haphazardly and lifted the edges of it so that I wouldn’t get full contact. This gives a more random stamping effect.

7. Apply various stamps of your choosing on smooth white cardstock using the same Jet Black ink. Ink with the Brushed Corduroy ink, fussy cut and add all images to the page. Add some quote stamps too.




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Butterflies
Darkroom Door Alphabet Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hello Baby Vol. 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bold Blossoms Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wild Africa Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch
Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen “Big Brush”: 118 Scarlet Red, 133 Magenta, 146 Sky Blue, 178 Nougat, 199 Black

I hope you are feeling inspired by my project featuring this fun new stencil to give it a try yourself. I absolutely love how well all of the various Darkroom Door products co-ordinate with each other. It makes it so easy and so fun to create art journal spreads as well as any other project you can think of.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Belinda

Enjoy Life Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today to share an art journal page using gel printed backgrounds in my Dina Wakley Media journal. This journal has different surfaces to work on and this spread uses a watercolour page and a canvas page. 


 

To create the background on the left side (the watercolour surface), I spritzed the large Polka Dots stencil with Spiced Marmalade Dylusions ink spray before placing it onto a large gel plate face down so the ink went onto the gel plate. Then I squeezed out some Lime Dina Wakley Media paint and brayered over the entire surface so the lime would go into the open circle areas. Lift off the stencil and then place the gel plate directly onto the watercolour page to make the print. The print will show the orange and the green colours. 



On the right side (the canvas surface) I used the round gel plate to create three circle prints with the same Lime paint. Draw around them with a black Scribble Stick. Stamp inside the circles using quotes from the Enjoy Life and Amsterdam Vol 2 stamp sets using Archival Jet Black ink. 



Back onto the left side, I adhered some painted torn sheet music to the page using Gel Medium. The tag was created using the crayon resist technique using the French Script Background Stamp and the Wings stamp set with Distress Inks. Tie some ribbon at the top of the tag and adhere to the journal page. To finish the page I hand wrote some text at the top and bottom of the sheet music. 




Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Large Polka Dots Stencil 
Darkroom Door Wings Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Enjoy Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Amsterdam Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Gel Plate 9"x11" 
Round Gel Plate
Dylusions Ink Spray: Spiced Marmalade
Dina Wakley Media Paint: Lime
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Scribble Sticks Set 1
Distress Inks
White Crayon 
Dina Wakley Media Journal 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Watercolour Butterflies Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 23, 2018

Hello, I'm Heather Telford and I have a couple of cards to share with you today made with the beautiful Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set. I piled on the colour for the first card and kept it minimal for the second. 



Instructions: 
Before I cut the stamps apart into thirteen separate butterflies I stamped the whole panel a few times, including once in versamark which I then embossed with clear powder. I taped down my watercolour paper panel and shook some prussian blue, yellow, rose red and orange brusho into the wells of a palette then added a few drops of water to each well. I painted the brusho over the embossing, dried it then repeated the process several times to build up depth of colour. After completing the painting I dropped some water over the panel, let it sit then dabbed it up with a paper towel. The result is pale odd shaped watermarks. I also splattered some white gesso over the panel to break up the background colour a bit.

 
I completed the card by popping up a blue banner with an embossed sentiment from the 'Thank you" set. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Butterflies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Stamp Set
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Blue cardstock
Versamark ink
Clear embossing powder
White embossing powder
Prussian blue, yellow, rose red and orange brusho 
White gesso
Dimensional tape


Instructions: 
To create the minimal second design I once again used hot pressed watercolour paper, this time with zig clean color real brush pens. I had cut all the butterflies out by the time I made this card so I was able to line three of them up evenly with a stamping platform then ink them with  light green, cobalt blue, blue and olive green pens. I spritzed the stamps lightly so the ink would blend on the stamps.
I popped up another little embossed banner, this time featuring a stamp from the 'Happy Birthday' set. 

 
Supplies:
Darkroom Door Butterflies Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Hot pressed watercolour paper
Green cardstock
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Llight green, cobalt blue, blue, olive green zig clean color real brush pens 
Dimensional tape
 
Thanks for joining me today. Do you go for the bold splashes of colour all over the first card or the clean and simple style of the second?

Heather

Cherish Today Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 20, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig with you today to share an art journal page from my Dina Wakley Media journal. This spread uses one of the watercolour pages and one of the Kraft pages. I've created each page as a separate piece of artwork, but used colours that kept it consistent so they look good together as a double page spread. 



I started by scraping some white gesso onto the watercolour card stock (left side) and then painting over the top with diluted paint. The diluted paint will lightly resist the gesso. 


The two tags I used were coloured with Distress inks. The tag on the left was stamped with the Imperfection Quote Stamp and hearts from the Hearts stamp set. The tag on the right was stamped with the French Script Background Stamp before stamping two numbers from the Big Numbers stamp set. I trimmed two images from the Photo Booth collage sheets to adhere to the tags. The 'Happy Days' text is from the Art de Fleur Vol 2 stamp set. Tie some string at the top of the tags and adhere to the page as shown. This is a great way to use tags in your journals! 


The Kraft page was super easy and quick! I stamped the Vine Border Stamp several times across the top of the page using Archival Jet Black ink. The quote from Art de Fleur Vol 2 Stamp set was stamped in the bottom right corner using Distress Embossing ink and embossed in gold embossing powder. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Vine Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Art de Fleur Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Hearts Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Embossing ink
Gold Embossing Powder
White Gesso 
PhotoBooth 

I love the different surfaces in this journal - I hope this has inspired you to give it a try! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Rachel 

Postmarks Background Stamp Cards Part 2

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 16, 2018

Hi, it’s Emilia Hsu here to share some more cards featuring Postmarks Background Stamp. If you missed my first post using this stamp, you can find it here.  

When making cards, I have a habit of taking step-by-step photos. Hope you find them helpful. 

Here is a simple card with blue houses from the Carved Houses stamp set:


 
Instructions:
1. Stamp Postmarks Background Stamp onto white cardstock using Archival Sky Blue inkpad. Sponge it around the edges with a blending tool.
2. Stamp some greetings from All Occasions in line using Archival Cobalt and Cornflower Blue inkpad.
3. Stamp Carved Houses onto the background by using the same blue inkpads. Each roof is cut apart from the house for easy inking. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Caravans Stamp Set
Archival Ink Pad: Sky Blue, Cobalt, Cornflower Blue

Here is a pink card with the very adorable caravan from the Carved Caravans Stamp Set:


Instructions:
1. Stamp Postmarks Background Stamp onto white cardstock using Archival Pink Peony inkpad. 
2. I found some postmarks stamps from other Darkroom Door sets and stamped them onto the background with Archival Rose Madder inkpad. Sponge the background around the edges with an blending tool.
3. Stamp the caravan from Carved Caravans and a stripe from Tribal Background Stamp on white stamping paper, cut out and adhere to the background. I separated Tribal Background Stamp into many stripes and put them in Storage Case so I could use one as a stand alone border stamp. 
4. Stamp some circles from Simply Circles and punch them out. Adhere them with foam onto the background


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Carved Caravans Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Tribal Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Stamp Set
Archival Ink Pad: Pink Peony, Rose Madder

Here is a greeting card with the New York Vol 1 stamp set: 


Instructions:
1. Stamp Postmarks Background Stamp onto white stamping paper using Archival Peat Moss inkpad. Stamp the hand written letter from Correspondence and the postmark from New York Vol 2 on the background. Sponge it around the edges with distress inkpad. 
2. Stamp the Statue of Liberty from New York Vol 1. stamp set. Cut it out and color it with distress ink and white pen. Adhere it onto the background with foam. 
3. Make “greetings from New York” wordings from these stamp sets.
4. Sponge the cardstock and stamp Postcards Texture Stamp randomly around the edges. Mount the background panel onto it. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Correspondence Stamp Set
Darkroom Door New York Vol 1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door New York Vol 2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Postcards Texture Stamp
Archival Ink Pad: Peat Moss, Cobalt, Jet Black 

Here is a quote card with London bus


Instructions:
1. Sponge a white stamping paper with Distress Antique Linen. Fold up the Postmarks Background Stamp and use partial image as a stamp with various Distress inkpads 
2. Create a quote panel with Grid Background Stamp and Wander Quote Stamp. Tear the edges off and distress it a bit. Adhere it onto the background with foam
3. Stamp the street scene from London Vol 1. stamp set. Stamp a bus and cut it out. Adhere it onto the background with double-sided tape. 
4. Sponge the cardstock and stamp Scratches Texture Stamp randomly around the edges. Mount the background panel onto it.


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Postmarks Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Wander Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door London Vol 1 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp
Distress Ink Pads

I hope you enjoyed these ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Emilia 

Sunshine Stencil Art Journal & Gel Printing Video

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 13, 2018

Hi there! It's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page using the large Sunshine Stencil. One of the things I also love to do with stencils is play around with gel printing to see what effects can be achieved with just the one stencil. I created a video of my experiments which you will see below. First, let's look at the art journal page: 



This spread was created in my Dina Wakley Media journal. If you've not seen this journal before, it has different surfaces throughout the journal which make it an interesting feature as you flip through the pages. I'm working on a canvas material on the left and watercolour paper on the right. 


I adhered two tags to the canvas side using Multi Medium. The tags were created by sponging Distress Inks and then stamping the images over the top with Archival Jet Black ink. I created custom colours of satin seam binding ribbon by colouring it with Distress Stains. 


For the watercolour page I started by scraping some Gesso over the page before adhering some old books page strips randomly over the page. Next I scraped some Cut Grass Dylusions paint in a few areas and let dry before adhering some more book pages and sheet music strips. To match the colours of the tags, I placed the Large Sunshine stencil over the page and spritzed with Dylusions Tangerine Dream Shimmer Spray. It is a richly coloured spray with lots of shimmer! You can see where the shimmer has resisted the gesso a little bit which I think gives an interesting effect as it creates different shade of colour with the shimmer spray. To finish off, I wrote in between the sun rays with a black pen. 


I also wanted to test the stencil with gel printing to see what different effects you could get by using different colours and layers of paint. It was fun to play and create these prints! You can watch the video here: 



Here are some of the prints I created with the Sunshine Stencil: 








Supplies Used: 
Darkroom Door Large Sunshine Stencil 
Darkroom Door Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Distress Inks
Dina Wakley Media Paints
Dylusions Shimmer Spray: Tangerine Dream
Archival Ink Pad: Jet Black 
Dina Wakley Media Journal 
Dylusions Paint: Cut Grass
Gel printing plate

I hope this inspires you to try out some stencils in your journal and for gel printing! Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Rachel

Starry Night Stencil Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hi there, it's Rachel Greig here today sharing an art journal page using the large Starry Night Stencil along with a variety of Darkroom Door Stamps. I'm used a double page of the cotton watercolour pages in a Dina Wakley Media journal.

 

Instructions: 
1. Cover the pages lightly with white gesso. 
2. Brayer Lime and Lemon Dina Wakley Media paint onto a circle gel plate and make several prints across the width of the pages, making them overlap at some areas. 
3. Squeeze some Sky Dina Wakley Media paint onto a palette and spritz with water to make a diluted wash. Lightly paint over the page outside of the gel printed circles. 
4. Using some of the leftover Sky paint, mix a little with Texture Paste and scrape through the large Starry Night stencil over the blue painted areas. Allow to dry. 


5. Draw around the gel printed circles with a black Scribble Stick. Use a waterbrush to blend some areas. 
6. Stamp the Lady Lace Collage Stamp onto white card stock and trim the lady image out and adhere to one of the circles as shown. 
7. Stamp two butterflies from the Butterflies stamp set with different ink pads. Trim and adhere to two more circles. 
8. Stamp the sentiments from Butterfly Script stamp sets onto white tissue paper using Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to the remaining circles using gel medium. The tissue will virtually disappear after the gel medium has dried so it will look like you have stamped straight onto the page. 


Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Starry Night Large Stencil
Darkroom Door Lady Lace Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Butterfly Script Rubber Stamp Set
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dina Wakley Media Journal
Dina Wakley Media Paints: Lemon, Lime, Sky
Gel Medium 
Texture Paste Opaque
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks Set 1 

Tissue paper 
Darkroom Door Spritzer Bottle 125ml

Thanks so much for stopping by!