January 2019 New Release Stamps & Stencils

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, January 15, 2019
We'd like to introduce NEW Stamps & New Stencils! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist!  

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Square Stencil Set Cards

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 31, 2018

Hi folks! Teresa here, and I have some cards I have created using the new Square Stencil set.

We are well and truly in the grips of the 'silly season' so it's wonderful to come across a product that is practical, time saving and easy to use. I have used the stencil part of the set to create a focal point for a couple of different images and sentiments, and then I have used it to create a colour blocking background. 

Here's how I made these samples:

1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge some Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink through it onto a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of white cardstock. While it is still in place, stamp the star cluster from the Christmas Reindeer set repeatedly using the same ink.
2. Remove the stencil, dry the ink with a heat gun, apply an antistatic pad over the area then stamp the word 'cheer' using the same ink. (Distress Oxide stays wet and embosses beautifully!). Sprinkle copper embossing powder over the word and melt with a heat gun.
3. Stamp the bauble and emboss again with copper embossing powder, then fussy cut. Sponge Pumice Stone and Tattered Rose Distress inks over the bauble and tie a silver twine bow at the top. Use foam tape to adhere to the card front.
4. Adhere the card front to a folded white card, then embellish with clear diamentes.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Season's Greetings Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Fine Baubles Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose
Ranger Copper embossing powder
Silver twine
Clear adhesive diamentes

1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge some Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink through it onto a 10 x 14.3 cm piece of white card. While it is still in place, sponge just the edges with some Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.
2. Remove the stencil and spatter some water droplets over the inked area. Allow to sit for a few seconds then blot with a tissue.
3. Stamp the daisy from the Viva la Flora Vol 2 set using black Archival ink. 
4. Add a Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker and a diamente, then adhere this over some woodgrain patterned paper using foam tape. Adhere to the front of a folded white card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Viva la Flora Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Tea Dye, Hickory Smoke
Archival Jet Black ink
Tim Holtz Big Chat sticker
Clear adhesive diamente
Kaisercraft Woodgrain patterned paper

1. Holding the stencil down firmly, sponge Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink to create some solid blocks of colour.  Dry the ink well with a heat gun and wipe the stencil clean.
2. Repeat the process with Festive Berries and Mermaid Lagoon ink, overlapping some of the sqaures and leaving some areas white.
3. Trim this piece down to 10 x 14.3 cm, then stamp 2019 using the Big Numbers stamp set using black Archival ink.
4. Stamp the sentiment using the stamp from the All Occcasions set using Distress Embossing ink, and sprinkle with white embossing powder. Melt with a heat gun, trim to size and adhere to card front using foam tape.
5. Apply small pieces of striped washi tape then adhere card front to a folded white card using foam tape.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Small Stencil - Square set
Darkroom Door Big Numbers Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber stamps
Distress Oxide ink: Mustard Seed, Festive Berries, Mermaid Lagoon
Archival ink: Jet Black
Distress Embossing Ink
Ranger Fine Detail White embossing powder
Striped washi tape

Thanks for joining us! I hope you have gleaned some ideas to use with the Square stencil set. I look forward to exploring the options with the template part of the set - the square from the centre - to create frames and outlines on some future projects.

Season's greetings and Happy New Year!


Watercoloured Yuletide Greetings

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hi there! It’s Autumn Clark here today to share two Christmas cards using the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set and Spanish Tiles Background Stamp

These cards were inspired by meditative coloring. Using a variety of embossing powders and Distress Inks can yield numerous color combinations for your own card creations. 

1. Emboss the Spanish Tile Background Stamp in red and white embossing powder on two separate panels. 
2. Color the patterns with Fired Brick and Pine Needles Distress Inks using a water brush. Tip: Use the lighter color (red) first then work darker. 
3. Stamp sentiments from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set into die cut panels in coordinating inks. 
4. Sponge die cut holly and berries with coordinating inks and layer as shown. 

These traditional colors put me in the festive spirit, but switching up the color palette and embellishments will help you customize your creations. I’m sure you will find coloring your Spanish Tile Background Stamp therapeutic and the result will be beautiful!

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Spanish Tiles Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Embossing Powder: White & Red
Distress Inks: Fired Brisk, Pine Needles

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Autumn Clark

A Thousand Miles Quote Stamp Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 10, 2018

Hi! Suzz Czosek here to share a few projects using the brand new Quote Stamp A Thousand Miles. I thought what a lovely inspirational quote for someone who is starting out on something new that might be challenging. Here’s what I have created: 

1. Lay the small Sunshine Stencil over white cardstock. Sponge Yellow dye ink around the small circle on the stencil.  
2. Sponge orange dye ink around the yellow dye ink, slightly overlapping. Then sponge purple dye ink around the orange dye ink, slightly overlapping. 
3. Blend the overlaps with the lighter colored dye ink.  (example: blend between the purple and orange with the orange ink)
4. Cut the sponged background to fit front of card. 
5. Stamp the A Thousand Miles Quote using black archival ink on right side. 
6..Stamp VW Beetle Photo Stamp using black archival ink on white cardstock. 
7. Color beetle with dye inks and waterbrush. Let dry. 
8. Cut out beetle and adhere to background with foam dots. 
9. Mount inky background to cardbase. 
10. Rub on sentiments along rays of sunshine. 

Supplies used:  
Darkroom Door Sunshine Small Stencil 
Darkroom Door A Thousand Miles Quote Stamp 
Darkroom Door VW Beetle Photo Stamp
Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pads: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Seedless Preservers
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Idea-ology Tim Holtz Remnant Rub-ons

After I created my beetle card I was still thinking of sunshine and bright colors and decided to use the pretty Eclectic daisy stamp to create an ombre card. 

1. Ink up a mat with yellow dye ink. Spritz with water. 
2. Dab cardstock onto inky mat and pick up color onto background. Let dry.
3. Ink up A Thousand miles with yellow dye ink on the top third of the stamp. Ink up the middle of the stamp with orange dye ink and the bottom of the stamp with red dye ink. 
4. Spritz the inky stamp with a mist of water and stamp the sentiment in the middle of the inky background. 
5. Ink up the center of the daisy flower stamp with yellow dye ink, the middle with orange dye ink and the edges of the daisy stamp with red dye ink. 
6. Mist the daisy stamp and stamp randomly around the sentiment. 
7. Repeat inking and stamping the daisy around the sentiments. 
8. Cut card front from stamped sentiment and flowers. (I cut mine to a long and narrow card size) 
9. Stamp and cut a second set of flowers to add layers to the original images on the card front. 
10. Attach second layers of flowers to card front. 
11. Add bead centers to flowers with glue and randomly sprinkle glue and beads to front of card. 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door A Thousand Miles Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Daisy Eclectic Stamp
Ranger Distress Oxide Inks: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Candied Apple
Seed Beads

After I finished my two cards I made a sweet layout with a photo of my daughter. 

1. Apply crackle paste using the Small Stars Stencil randomly across background. Let dry.  
2. Splatter a mix of olive green and brown sprays across the background. 
3. Stamp sentiment in bottom right of layout. (I heat embossed the sentiment with brown embossing powder) 
4. Stamp Journey Wordblock stamp using brown archival ink on tissue paper.  
5. Stamp Butterfly stamp with brown ink onto white cardstock. Repeat. 
6. Heat emboss stamped image with brown embossing powder. 
7. Cut out butterflies. 
8. Stamp Journey Wordblock Stamp with brown ink on white cardstock. Cut out words for center of butterflies.  
9. Assemble layout with butterflies, photo, tissue paper, and twine. 

Supplies used:  
Darkroom Door A Thousand Miles Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterfly Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Starry Night Small Stencil
Darkroom Door Journey Wordblock Stamp
Tattered Angels Olive Vine
Ranger Distress Ink Spray: Ground Espresso
Archival Ink: Potting Soil
Brown Embossing Powder
Crackle Paste

The beautiful quote stamps are always a wonderful focal point or addition to any card, art journal or layout. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Reflection Stamping With Stencils

Darkroom Door - Sunday, December 09, 2018

Hi there! Miss Jane here, today I’m sharing a reflection stamping tutorial using the new small Rectangle Stencil Set with the Nature Walk Stamp Set. Creating this card and getting a perfect reflection was a breeze thanks to the rectangle frame stencil. I also used the inner piece as a stamp to get the reflective image, I loved how sturdy it was to use too!


1. Place the rectangle frame stencil in the top section of white card, sponge Distress Oxide salty ocean ink at the top and Distress Oxide lucky clover ink at the bottom, blending them together in the centre.

2. Dab a wet paintbrush over a few areas in the top portion, let it sit for a few seconds then dab the water off using a clean cloth. This removes the top layer of the sponged ink to create clouds.

3. Remove the rectangle frame stencil and secure it below the sponged area so it slightly overlaps the bottom of the sponged area. Sponge Distress Oxide blueprint sketch ink in the top 1/3rd section then fill in the remaining area using the Distress Oxide salty ocean ink.

4. Dab a wet paintbrush over a few areas in the top portion, let it sit for a few seconds then dab the water off using a clean cloth. Try to match up the areas from the top portion, to give the illusion that the clouds are reflecting on the water.

5. Place the rectangle frame stencil over the top area and stamp the Nature Walk field of flowers at the bottom using Distress Oxide black soot ink, sponge along the bottom with the same ink to fill in any gaps.

6. Position the rectangle frame stencil over the bottom section. Stamp the field of flowers image directly on the inner rectangle stencil using Memento tuxedo ink, flip it over and place it at the top of the bottom sponged area in alignment with the top stamped image to create the reflection. Press all over the inked inner rectangle piece to transfer the ink.

7. Sponge the centre with more black ink if needed. 

8. Draw a few lines just below the centre to look like water ripples using a white pencil. Stamp a Nature Walk sentiment in bottom right-hand corner using black ink.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Rectangle Stencil Set
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Black Soot, Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch 
Ink Blending Tool & Foam
Paint Brush 
White Pencil 

Have a go and see what reflections you can come up with.

Happy creating!
Miss Jane

Days Count Quote Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Hi, it’s Anneke De Clerck here today to share some cards featuring the brand new Days Count Quote Stamp. I created two backgrounds using one of my favourite techniques: building layers with paint. Thanks to the bold font style of the quote stamp it was perfectly possible to stamp it on top of those rather busy backgrounds. 

1. Cut a card panel out of a sheet of mixed media paper. 

2. In order to add interest to the background start by stamping the rose from the Bright Blossoms Vol 2 stamp set using blushing and fuchsia paint. 

3. Paint the rest of the background by applying blushing, lemon, cheddar, blue and grey paint with a flat brush.

4. Stamp script randomly with the Inky Script Background Stamp using Stazon Ink Teal Blue.

5. Stamp two white spirals with a stamp from the Grunge Marks set using white paint.

6. Stamps letters (D-A-Y-S) randomly using stamps from the Scratched Alphabet stamp set and lemon paint.

7. Stamp the quote on top of the painted background with Archival Ink Jet Black. For a crisp outcome use a stamping platform.

8. Fold a tab from a torn strip of fabric and glue in place.

9. Adhere the panel to a top fold card.


1. Cut a card panel out of a sheet of mixed media paper.

2. Mix white paint with a small amount of black paint to create shades of grey. Apply grey and white paint to the background randomly. 

3. Paint color blocks freehand with pink, blushing and grey paint using a flat brush. 

4. Stamp with the Grid Texture Stamp randomly using Archival Ink Watering Can.

5. Stamp marks with various stamps from the Grunge Marks stamp set using white paint, Archival Ink Jet Black & Watering Can

6. Stamp the quote on top of the painted background with Archival Ink Jet Black.

7. Add accents with a white Sharpie.

8. Adhere the panel to a top fold card.

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Days Count Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Grunge Marks Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Scratched Alphabet Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Grid Texture Stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black & Watering Can
Stazon Ink: Teal Blue
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint: Blushing, White, Cheddar, Lemon, Fuchsia
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Blah Mange
Golden Fluid Acrylics: Carbon Black, Manganese Blue Hue, Paynes Gray
White Sharpie

Thanks for stopping by!


Pinstripe Background Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, December 03, 2018

Hi there, it’s Rachel Greig here today to share some ideas using the Pinstripe Background Stamp. This is a very delicate stamp design that can be used in a number of different ways. Here’s a few ideas: 

For this card I wanted a hint of sparkle and glitter, so I stamped the Pinstripe Background Stamp with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder. It just gives a nice hint of glitter without being too dominant for the card. The sentiment is from the Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set, stamped onto Kraft card stock with Vermillion Archival Ink. A couple of grunge board stars covered in Brilliance Gold ink finish it off! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Pinstripe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Yuletide Greetings Stamp Set
Distress Embossing Ink 
Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder 
Archival Ink: Vermillion 
Kraft & Red Cardstock
Brilliance Gold Ink Pad 

Another way to use the Pinstripe Background is for journaling: 

I’ve stamped the Pinstripe Background onto the right hand side page using Archival Jet Black ink to use as journaling lines to write onto. Makes it so easy to journal! The size of the lines are the same as the lines you’ll find in composition notebooks. So now you can create your own notebooks and journaling spaces in your journals! 

Supplies used: 
Darkroom Door Pinstripe Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Inky Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Butterfly Script Stamp Set

Darkroom Door Botanical Script Stamp Set

Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Distress Markers 
Distress Crayons 
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo 

This next card shows how you can create a rainbow background using an embossing resist technique: 

You can read the full instructions for this card here https://www.darkroomdoor.com/blog/4-ways-with-quote-stamps. I’ve also  filmed a video to show you how it can be created using the Pinstripe Background Stamp. Watch here: 

The Pinstripe Background is one of those staple backgrounds that is useful for so many projects, I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 


Book Spines Frame Stamp Layout and Card

Darkroom Door - Saturday, December 01, 2018

Hi, it’s Belinda Spencer here today to share a layout and a card created using the awesome new Book Spines Frame Stamp. I have used this stamp in two very different ways to show how versatile it is.


1. Cut a piece of blue cardstock measuring 8½” x 11¾”. Cut a piece of white cardstock measuring 8¼” x 11½” and stick down on the blue cardstock piece.

2. Apply the Book Spines Frame Stamp to the bottom left hand side of the layout using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink. Also stamp some books from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set next to the Book Spines using the same ink. Dry with a heat gun. Apply a thin coat of clear gesso to the whole layout and allow to dry.

3. Add a few drops of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink Re-inker to a paint palette and dilute with a little water. Spritz the background with water and then use a soft wet paintbrush to add the colour to the background. Once you are happy with the coverage dry with a heat gun. Add a few splatters with the same ink too. Dry with a heat gun again.

4. Use various stamps from the Everyday Life, Mail Art and Steampunk Rubber Stamp Sets with the Jet Black ink to apply ‘titles’ to the book spines. Use a white paint pen or gel pen to add some doodling to the spines. Stamp a quote from the Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set on the right hand side.

5. Stamp the Filmstrip Border Stamp on some extra smooth white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Cut out one side and add to the layout at the bottom of the books to form a ‘shelf’. Also stamp the Spiral Notebook Frame Stamp, the hot air balloon and gentleman from the Steampunk set, some stars from the Stars set as well as the title using the Alphabet Medley set. Fussy cut all images and add to the layout along with the photo.

Next here is a card idea: 


1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 10.5cm x 29cm. Fold in half to form the card base.

2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock measuring 10cm x 14cm. Apply the Woodgrain Background Stamp at the bottom of this piece using Watering Can Ranger Archival Ink. Stamp the Alphabet Background Stamp in the top section using the same ink. Dry with a heat gun. Use an ink blending tool to apply Hickory Smoke Distress Ink around the edges. Stick down on the card base.

3. On an extra piece of smooth white cardstock, use Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink to stamp the Book Spines Frame Stamp twice. Cut out one whole Book Spines image and apply the Hickory Smoke ink using the ink blending tool. Stick down on the card front.

4. From the second stamped image, cut out individual book spines. Use various Texture Stamps and Archival Inks to add patterns to the books. Use the ink blending tool to ink with co-ordinating Distress Inks. Add to the card front using 3D foam under some of the books.

5. Apply the Journey Word Block Stamp to the extra white cardstock using the Jet Black ink. Cut out some of the words to use as titles on the book spines and stick down on the spines. Stamp a sentiment and add to the card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Book Spines Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Spiral Notebook Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Journey Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door Filmstrip Border Stamp
Darkroom Door Woodgrain Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bookworm Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Mail Art Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Steampunk Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Chevron Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Marbling Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Postcards Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Star Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Swirls Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Archival Ink: Cobalt, Jet Black, Library Green, Plum, Watering Can
Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany, Faded Jeans, Hickory Smoke, Peeled Paint
Distress Re-inker Tumbled Glass

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today!



Time Machine Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hello stampers! It is Anna-Karin here with you today sharing an art journal page made with the new Time Machine Quote Stamp. This is a wonderful sentiment and it works well for cards, art journaling pages and scrapbooking layouts.

The beautiful sentiment is the focal point of this art journaling page, and I wanted it to be surrounded with a field of wildflowers. The wildflowers from the Nature Walk Stamp Set fitted well with the message of valuing both memories and dreams. Wildflowers also make me think both of visiting my grandmother, where we used to pick a lot of wildflowers, and also of going for walks in nature as an adult. There is something about the beauty and resilience of a wildflower, which makes them very special to me.

I worked in my Small Creative Flip Journal and started out by white embossing the sentiment on the page. It looks nicer if the sentiment isn’t right in the middle of the page, but instead a little to the left or right.

White emboss two of the flowers from the Nature Walk set, bending the stems a little to give them more life and movement. Ink the page with Distress Ink, using an ink-blending tool.

Splatter the page with water droplets to create texture. 

Stamp a shadow for the white embossed flowers, by inking the stamp with Hickory Smoke and stamping it a little to the side of the original impression. Use the same stamp with Forget-Me-Not ink to make it look like there are more flowers further away. Stamp a field of grass around the flowers with two shades of green Archival ink. I also used the bird stamp from the African Trees set to stamp birds in the sky.

I just love this sentiment, and it is so true. Another idea would be to use it on a vintage or steampunk page together with, for example, a clock such as the Pocket Watch Eclectic stamp, or perhaps the cool Mr Bright Idea Collage Stamp.

Stamping a shadow gives dimension to the flowers. Don’t worry too much about getting it exactly right.

The Nature Walk set comes with lovely small sentiments and I stamped them here and there on the page.

Stamping a field of grass and wildflowers is such fun, and I like having these types of happy and hopeful pages in my art journal. They make me smile as I look through a journal.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Time Machine Quote Stamp
Darkroom Door Nature Walk Stamp Set
Darkroom Door African Trees Stamp Set
Ranger Dylusions Small Creative Flip Journal
Ranger Distress Ink: Mermaid Lagoon, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Forget-Me-Not, Fern Green, Leaf Green
embossing ink
Embossing powder: white

Die: Simon Says Stamp Clipping Heart
Embellishment: Tim Holtz idea-ology Journey Design Tape

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspired you to add sentiments and words to your projects. Thank you so much for looking!

Happy stamping!


Creative Jump Start 2019

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Hi there! Rachel Greig here and I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2019, run by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2019! This will be the 8th year for CJS and each year it just gets better and better!! 

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called "JumpStarters." See for yourself:

CJS19 Promo Video from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

You will receive 31 videos - over 6 hours of unique content - for just $40 USD if you sign up before November 26th (11:59 pm EST New York time) 2018 (That's 4pm Tuesday Nov 27th Sydney time!). Afterwards it will be $45 USD until November 30th 2018, $50 USD through to December 31st 2018,  before it goes to its normal sale price of $60 USD on January 1st 2019.

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details! Hope you'll join us in starting 2019 off in a creative way!