April ATC Swap Theme - Quote Stamps

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The theme for the April Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card swap is Quote Stamps!


Darkroom Door Quote Stamps are the perfect size for ATC's! Use one of these stamps in your ATC this month. You can combine it with other Darkroom Door stamps, embellishments and use any technique or stamping medium. Click here to see all Darkroom Door Quote Stamps!

Here are a couple of ATC's to get you inspired. This first one, by Susie Campbell, is an interactive ATC that opens like a little book. This is what it looks like closed up with fabric:

Then when you open it, you see the Dance Quote Stamp along with clever use of the Carved Flowers Rubber Stamps (turned into an umbrella!!) and Photobooth images. 

Great minds think alike as Belinda Spencer has created her ATC using the same Dance Quote Stamp! Belinda's ATC is also interactive as you can lift up the vellum sheet to reveal the Trees Photo Stamp underneath. I love how Belinda has embossed some droplets onto the vellum over the quote to make it look like rain: 

For the full details on how you can participate in this month's swap, click here.

Due date: 30th April, 2015.
We look forward to seeing your creations!

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Water Coloured Carved Flower

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello, Joy here today sharing a fun card I created using the Carved Flowers Stamp Set!

It really started out just having fun with water colouring and I knew that this would be a fabulous no line water colouring feature.

Instead of stamping directly onto water colour paper with one main colour and then adding layers of extra colour, I chose to colour directly to the stamp with distress markers: Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet and Pumice stone, spritzing the stamp with water and then stamping onto water colour paper.

I added splatters of gold mist and the addition of a sentiment from the Bright Blossoms Wordstrips.

Completing the card by die cutting around the image to give it a stitched look, adding this to a trimmed grey card and white enamel dots.

Remember to look at your stamps and see how you can extend them into something else other then just stamping.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Wordstrip
Distress Markers: Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone
Distress Spray Stain: Tarnished Brass

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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!

New Release: Rubber Stamp Sets, Photo Stamps, Texture Stamps and Quote Stamps!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Introducing our NEW release rubber stamps, including the NEW Essentials 16 Collection, NEW Photo Stamps, NEW Quote Stamps and NEW Texture Stamps! All Darkroom Door stamps are suitable for art journalling, scrapbooking, card making, mixed media, home decor pieces and more!

NEW Rubber Stamp Sets - Essentials 16 Collection 

NEW Photo Stamps! 

NEW Quote Stamps! 

NEW Texture Stamps! 

We will be sharing projects on the blog using these fabulous new stamps so please add our RSS feed to your blog reader so you don't miss a thing!

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Enjoy The Game Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a chess themed card using the new Checkered Texture Stamp.  When I first saw this it reminded me of a chess board – perfect to pair with images from the Darkroom Door Fun & Games Rubber Stamp Set

1. Trim black and red cardstock to suit a white card front.  This will enable you to easily stamp the Checkered image into the centre of the black card stock.

2. Stamp Checkered image using clear Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.  Place the image at a slight angle, right in the centre.

3. Stamp each of the chess pieces using Archival Red Geranium ink and trim out closely.

4. Affix chess pieces randomly across the checkerboard image. Place them at random angles.

5. Stamp ‘Enjoy the Game’ wording using Archival Jet Black, trim closely and attach to card front at an angle using foam tape.

• Use an embossing buddy on the black cardstock first to stop stray particles of white embossing powder ending up where they shouldn’t.

• You can easily change out the cardstock for other colours, try for a dramatic pairing to make the checkerboard image really pop!

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Checkered Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Fun & Games Rubber Stamp Set
Tsukineko Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Ranger Archival Ink – Red Geranium, Jet Black
Embossing buddy

This card would be good for the anyone in your life who loves chess and other board games. You could easily change out the greeting or add an extra to customise for a birthday or Father’s Day theme. 

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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.


Rachel Greig Stamping Cruise 2015

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, March 04, 2015
What an adventure! We are back home after the 2015 Stamping Cruise and buzzing from all the fun we had! I have to say, this cruise was amazing in every way. Our ship, Voyager of the Seas was refurbished only a couple of months before our cruise, so it looked like new and had lots of extra features for us to enjoy! The weather was incredible, our stamping group was amazing and the fun and laughs we all had together will now be memories that will last a lifetime. One of the things I love most about the cruise are the new friendships that are formed during our adventure. Everyone shared their creativity and excitement and we all had fun in the workshops and around the ship. 

The projects we created had a mixture of techniques and ideas, from cards to home décor and a cruise album to store all our photos and cruise compass newsletters along the way. Here’s a look at the album, which was also a great place to store our Stamping Cruise ATC swaps! 

Second class was a card making class using the retiform stamping technique. This is just one of the cards they made: 

Third class was a home décor wall hanging with a seaside theme to remind them of their time at sea. 

Class four was creating easel cards with lots of stamping and embellishments:

Class five was the Dreams Configurations Book class:

Our final class was stamping with Collage Stamps. This is just one of the cards we created:

As you can imagine, organizing an event like this is quite a big task and we couldn’t have done it without our fabulous helpers Simone and Michelle (and their families!). From packing kits to helping get all of our pallets up to the conference room, set up and help throughout the classes, they certainly deserved a cocktail (or three!) each night. 

The goodie bags were packed to the brim with product donated by our favourite companies. Even Kung Fu Panda wanted to learn how to stamp! 

Throughout the cruise, many of the stampers created cards to be sent to charities. Over 250 cards were created which is an amazing effort! 

A big thanks goes out to all of the stampers and their families for joining us, sharing your creativity, laughter, enthusiasm and for making this cruise so memorable! 

Here is a video to show you how much fun we all had in the south pacific:

If you’d like to join us on the next cruise, please make sure you are subscribed to the Darkroom Door newsletter to receive details of any future cruises we organise.

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March ATC Swap Theme - Watercolour Stamping

Darkroom Door - Sunday, March 01, 2015
The theme for the March Darkroom Door Artist Trading Card swap is Watercolour Stamping!

Create the look of watercolour using the watercolour stamping technique with any

Darkroom Door stamp! Watch a video tutorial on watercolour stamping here

Here are a couple of ATC's to get you inspired. This first one is created by Susie Campbell using a flowers from the Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamp Set:  

Belinda Spencer has created her ATC with a seaside theme using Seashells, Carved Leaves Vol 1 and Seaside Vol 1 Rubber Stamps Sets. Belinda also used the Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp on her background.

For the full details on how you can participate in this month's swap, click here.

Due date: March 31st, 2015.
We look forward to seeing your creations!

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Scrapbooking with Texture Stamps

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 27, 2015
Hi, Connie here with a scrapbooking page using four of the Darkroom Door Texture Stamps! The Texture stamps make a great one of a kind background for your photos. So fun to use too!

I marked off the area where I wanted my photo to sit and then started building my background with the French Script, Weathered Stripes, Dots and Scratches Texture Stamps. I stamped layer after layer to build up the background.

The Polaroid Frame Stamp was used to create an extra embellishment in the bottom left corner. I also stamped the Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp a few times onto the background to add extra interest!

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door Polaroid Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Coffee Stain Eclectic Stamp
Ink: Ranger, Imagine Crafts
Pattern paper: Heidi Swapp
Other: Maya Road, Momenta, October Afternoon, American Crafts

Thanks for stopping by!