Postcard Texture Stamp Cards

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 25, 2015
Hi stampers! Recently we released the Postcards Texture Stamp and today we have some cards to share to show how it can be used. 

Joy Taylor shows how it can be used as the main feature of a card. While it's still in the background, the image is bold and takes centre stage on the card! Perfect mail theme for all the mail enthusiasts out there!

Susie Campbell has created an altered envelope using the Postcards in the background layer. This shows how the stamp can be used with a collage to add some extra detail. 

As you can see, the Postcards Texture Stamp is a very versatile stamp and can be used in many ways. 

Happy stamping! 

Encouragement Card Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 24, 2015
Hi, Connie here with a card using the new Try Quote Stamp. This quote really spoke to me in a personal way - what it says is so true!

* The card is approximately 5" X 5 1/2".
* The background is created on white cardstock, using a stencil and the Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set.
* The Try Quote is stamped on white cardstock and cut down to 3" X 4" and then matted on yellow cardstock.
* Stamp a few splats over the quote.
* It is popped up with foam adhesive and centered on the background mat.
* The mat is adhered to a yellow card base.
* Twine and a button are added.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Try Quote Stamp
Ink: Ranger
Stencil: Clear Scraps Chevron

Thanks for stopping by!

Door Hanging and Stamp Storage

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Hi folks! Teresa here with a fun little project. It's a door hanging for my craft room:

I stamped the Stamp Quote Stamp onto a some patterned paper and embossed it with white embossing powder. I then layered it onto some other patterned papers and hessian, added some eyelets, some rope and finally strung up some buttons to embellish.

The quote really resonates with a lot of the crafters I've shared it with….who knew when I started that I'd end up with a whole room of stuff that's ALL MINE! All the wonderful experiences I've had and all the friendships I've made……I really owe a lot to that very first rubber stamp purchase! (And yes….I still own it!)

All of this attention on my room prompted me to take a few more photos to show you how I store my single Darkroom Door stamps (ie anything that isn't a set). These are stamps that I use all the time, so my storage solution has to be very accessible and easy to pack away.

I adhere the paper index sheet that comes with every stamp onto some stiff cardboard and laminate it:

The EZ Mounted stamps stick to the laminate very well indeed:

I then stack all the stamps in long plastic tubs:

which fit into the shelves of my Ikea unit:

I'd love to hear (and see!) how you store your Darkroom Door stamps. Why not join our new group on Facebook, Darkroom Door Inspiration and share your photos there?

Thanks for looking!

Stamping With Mesh Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a floral card featuring the new Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp.  I think this is my favourite of the new Texture stamps released, it will be so versatile for cardmaking, scrapbooking and particularly art journaling. The pattern is slightly larger or more open than the Mesh Background Stamp so they will look great used in the same project.

1. Trim a piece of kraft cardstock to suit the card front. Stamp with the Darkroom Door Mesh Texture a few times using clear Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

2. Stamp some flowers from the Darkroom Door Carved Flowers rubber stamp set using Archival Vermillion ink and trim closely.

3. Stamp a greeting from the Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 2 stamp set onto kraft cardstock using Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink. Heat emboss with clear powder and trim closely. 

4. Trim a layer for the greeting from a scrap of kraft cardstock.  Sponge Archival Vermillion ink over the kraft cardstock to create a layer colour which will tone well with the floral images.  Add to card front with foam tape.

5. Tear a strip of white vellum and layer onto card front, add a length of ribbon over the top.

6. Arrange the flowers so that they overlap slightly and attach. Raise one flower using foam tape for some added dimension.

7. For a finishing touch, add spots of white to the flowers using a white gel pen or paint pen.

• Angle the Mesh Texture stamp for variety and interest. Try to have some of the images bleed off the edge.
• Don’t worry if specks of white embossing powder land where they shouldn’t – it will add to the messiness of the card background.
• Run the length of ribbon around the card edges and affix on the back of the card for a cleaner finish.
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Mesh Texture Stamp
Darkroom Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Bright Blossoms Vol 2 Rubber Stamp Set
Tsukineko Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Ranger Archival Ink – Vermillion
Tsukineko Brilliance Graphite Black
White gel pen or white paint pen
White vellum, ribbon

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this simple card. The design is very easy to copy with whatever stamps you have as the solid images can be swapped out with coloured line drawn images. Why not try images such as the Frangipani from the Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 2 set or perhaps group a few coloured butterflies from the Darkroom Door Wings set?  Don’t forget to pop in and share your creations in the Darkroom Door Inspiration Facebook page.  I’d love to see them!  

Until next time,

Neapolitan Pink Brown & White ATC Gallery

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 03, 2015
Hi stampers! Here are the ATC's we received for the Neapolitan Pink, Brown & White ATC swap. Each artist used any Darkroom Door rubber stamp or image using pink, brown and white colours to create their ATC's. The different techniques and ideas are always inspiring! Check them out:

Thanks again to all the artists who took part in the swap!

If you're keen to join in our monthly Artist Trading Card swaps, please click here for all of the details!

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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

Thanks for stopping by!


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! 

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