First Class Typewriter Card

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 29, 2014

Hello, it's Susie here. I've been having fun playing with Typewriter Collage Stamp. Having a secretarial background in my distant working life, I can relate well to this stamp!

1. Stamp Typewriter collage stamp on the bottom left corner of a piece of watercolour paper (smooth side). Add scripted text images from both the Correspondence and Vintage Office stamp sets with red and grey ink.
2. Stamp postmark stamp (Correspondence) twice, in red ink.
3. Stamp the three rubber stamp images and ink well (Vintage Office) with black ink and 'First Class' label with red ink on white card. Trim to size.
4. Layer sections of vintage text around the Typewriter collage image. Add two mini paper clips to the edge of work.
5. Stamp scripted text on edges of a separate page of vintage text and affix collage work to this.
6. Embellish with stamped images, vintage postage stamp, punched vintage text and a pen nib.
7. Finally, mount onto folded watercolour card.


A simple colour palette can help tie elements together. Using neutral colours (white, taupe and grey) with a splash of red helps to make focal images really pop.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Typewriter Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Rubber Stamps
Ink Pads: Red Brick (VersaMagic), Onyx Black and Smokey Gray (VersaFine)
Watercolour paper, vintage novel and postage stamp
Tim Holtz pen nibs and mini paper clips

Thanks for visiting Darkroom Door today!

Sydney Filmstrip Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, it’s Robyn joining you today to share a simple but effective card using the Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp with Sydney Filmstrips. 
The Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp is the perfect size for adding little bits of grungy texture to a background. The gorgeous black and white pictures from the Sydney Filmstrip suit this texture perfectly.

1. Start the card by tearing around a piece of pale brown cardstock to suit a darker brown card front.  Ink the torn edges with brown Distress Ink and add some sponging to parts of the card stock.

2. Randomly stamp across the piece with Weathered Stripes Texture stamp using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

3. Tie a length of ribbon across the bottom of the cardstock and adhere to card front.
4. Affix a length of Sydney Filmstrip at an angle.  Trim flush with the sides of the card front.
5. Add a word from the Seaside Wordstrips and a couple of buttons to finish.
Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door  Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Sydney Vol 2 Filmstrips
Darkroom Door Seaside Wordstrips
Ranger Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Chipped Sapphire
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Ribbon & buttons
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this card – any of the beautiful Darkroom Door Filmstrips with landscape oriented images would work perfectly with this design. 
Until next time,

3D Patchwork Butterfly Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hi, Connie here with a 3D card using the Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp. This is a very cool technique that makes the design really pop off the front of the card. 

1. These are the sizes I worked with, 5" x 3 1/2" , 4" x 2 1/2", 3" X 1 1/2" . Cut all three sizes out of cardstock or pattern paper.
2. Stack them together on top of each other, putting the smallest in the middle on top.
3. Take a small piece of adhesive and place it in the middle on the back of each piece of cardstock to keep the stack together. This means the stack doesn't move while I stamp the image.
4. Stamp the image on top of the stack. The stamp will stamp onto all three panels.
5. Take the stack apart and matt each section with cardstock.
6. Put the stack together again and you will be pleasantly surprised at the image.  It looks 3D.
7. Mist with brown spray mist. 
8. Add embellishments and sentiment.
9. Adhere card front to card.
Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door All Occasions Rubber Stamps
Ranger Archival Ink
Trims, flowers, stick pin
Jillibean Soup pattern paper
Thanks for stopping by!

Elegant and Stylish Corsetry Cards

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hello, Lynne here today sharing two cards featuring the Corsetry Stamp Set.

1. Tear panel approximately the size of 6"x4" cardbase. Repeatedly stamp Floral Texture Stamp with London Fog ink. With Tuxedo Black ink, stamp lace along top edge. Adhere this panel to cardbase and sponge Distress Ink onto the edges. Trim the top edge with velvet ribbon, ric rac and a paper flower.

2. Tear a second, smaller panel, sponge Distress Ink onto the edges.  On this panel, second and third generation stamp the Floral Texture Stamp with London Fog ink pad.  Continue stamping on this panel with Tuexdo Black ink and lace stamp, stamped along the edges to create a border.  In the middle of the panel stamp corset. Trim the panel with laces.

3. Stamp Floral Texture Stamp with Jet Black onto muslin.  Fray the edges before adhering to cardbase with Gel Medium.

4. Adhere the smaller stamped panel to card base.

5. Stamp postal mark and label  from the Montmartre stamp set onto white cardstock.  Ink edges.  Adhere to cardbase, embellishing label with pearl sticker. 

Lace stamps create pretty borders around an image.

1.Repeatedly stamp French Script Background Stamp onto white cardstock with London Fog ink pad, then stamp label from the Montmartre stamp set with Jet Black ink on the top corner.  Stamp lace along the top edge.
2. On a different piece of white cardstock, repeatedly stamp Floral Texture Stamp with London Fog ink pad then stamp lace around the edges with Gray Flannel ink pad, creating a border.
3. Stamp corset onto white cardstock with Jet Black ink.  To create a pretty detail, re-ink only the top edge of the corset and stamp onto mulberry paper.  Fussy cut the detail then apply Gel Medium only along the bottom edge before layering over the main image. With Gray Flannel inkpad, stamp lace around the edging to create a border.
4. Tear each stamped panel around the image. Apply Distress Ink and Paint to all edges. 

1. Sandwich torn black lace and decorative handmade paper between the cardbase and second panel.
2. Onto scrap cardstock stamp Texture Floral Stamp then use a punch to punch out two tags.  Onto the tags stamp Stylish and Elegant words from the Corsetry stamp set with Jet Black ink. Apply Distress Ink to edges and embellish one of the tags with a pearl sticker. Thread through ivory jute twine before adhering to corner of the smallest panel, embellishing with a lace rose.
3. Stamp Floral Texture Stamp onto muslin, fray the edges for a lovely effect before layering with various laces and trim.
4. Stamp postal mark from Montmartre stamp set onto a piece of the scrap stamped cardstock. Cut out, ink the edges then adhere to the stamped muslin. Finally embellishing the card with a pearl sticker.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Corsetry Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Lace Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Montmartre Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Floral Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Background
Ranger Gel Medium
Memento London Fog, Grey Flannel, Tuxedo Black Ink Pads
Staz-on Jet Black Ink Pad
Distress Ink Black Soot
Other: white cardstock, pearl stickers, muslin, paper blossom, ric rac, lace, velvet ribbon, ivory jute twine, lace rose, pearl stickers, tag shaped punch, mulberry paper, floral handmade paper, black lace.
Thank you for your visit to the Darkroom Door blog today!
Until next time,

Typewriter Collage Stamp Card

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 25, 2014

Hi! Belinda here today to share with you a card I created using the fabulous Typewriter Collage Stamp with lots of distressed and torn layers of book paper in keeping with the 'type' theme.


1. Swipe some gesso over a piece of book paper using a make-up wedge. Allow to dry completely.

2. Apply the Tyoewriter Collage Stamp onto the book paper using Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink.

3. Tear around the image and ink the edges with Antique Linen Tim Holtz Dustress Ink. Crinkle the paper up a bit.

4. Layer the stamped piece onto to more pieces of gessoed book paper torn to size. Ink all pieces and crinkle slightly. Stick down onto the black cardstock base.

5. Stamp some leaves from the Leaves Rubber Stamp Set onto some scraps of book paper. Scrunch up a little and then staple together with a piece of Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon on top. Add a sentiment cut from a Wordstrip.

6. Place the Tim Holtz Schoolhouse Layering Stencil over parts of the card and apply some Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio Black Gesso using a make-up wedge.

7. Attach the leaf cluster to the bottom left hand side of the card.

8. Cut out an image from the Friends & Lovers Photobooth sheet. Sand around the edges and ink with Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Distress the edges and apply the Antique Linen ink again. Add to the top right hand side of the card. Staple on a couple of pieces of Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon and attach a Tim Holtz Hinge Clip.

9. Cut out a sentiment using random letters from various Wordstrips. Add a Tim Holtz Stencil Type letter and tie some twine onto the hinge clip.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Typewriter Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Leaves Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Friends & Lovers Photobooth
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
Darkroom Door Prague Vol 2 Wordstrips

Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Tree Branch

Ranger Black Gesso

Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Schoolhouse
Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Filmstrip Ribbon, Stencil Type, Hinge Clips

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


Bold Blossom Colourful Tags

Darkroom Door - Friday, August 22, 2014

Hi stampers, it's Godelieve here, sharing some tags I made featuring the Bold Blossoms Stamp Set.

After stamping the Bold Blossoms on textured cardstock, I used the stamps without reinking them on these white tags. I loved the pattern, caused by the textured cardstock.
I colored the tags on my craftsheet with Distress Inks and water. I stamped the flowers again, with Archival inks. The French Script Texture stamp and Thank You Word Block were also stamped with Archival inks. I used blue pearls and flowers from my stash, and black twine to finish off the tags.

Supplies used:  

Darkroom Door Bold Blossoms Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Thank You Word Block Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Archival Inkpads: Jet Black, Carnation Red, Fern Green
Distress Inkpads: Evergreeen Bough, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry
Thanks for dropping by today!

Creating Texture with Texture Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, Lynne here today sharing cards where I have used two of the fabulous new Texture Stamps to bring texture to the backgrounds. For both cards I stamped the flowers with Distress Paint, it creates a lovely dramatic effect.

Tear watercolour paper to required size then create texture by adhering torn pieces of lace and muslin with gel medium, leaving to dry for a few moments before applying paint with old credit card. Adhere panel to cardbase and apply Distress Paint Black Soot to edges. 
Ink up Texture Criss Cross stamp with Distress Ink Weathered Wood, randomly stamping onto cardbase. Leave some areas clear of stamping.

Dab Black Soot Distress Paint onto flower (Wildflowers Vol 1), lightly misting with water before stamping onto panel. 
Onto scrap piece of watercolour paper apply paint.  Stamp sentiment (Art de Fleur Vol 2) with Staz-on before cutting out each individual word, sponging Distress Ink Black Soot onto edges before adhering to cardbase.  Draw around each word with fine liner pen. 
Create base in the same way as the first card. After applying paint, blend with Gesso. 
Ink up Texture Damask stamp with Distress Ink Dusty Concord, randomly stamping onto cardbase (first and second generation stamping) and again for this card leave some areas clear of stamping.
Dab Black Soot Distress Paint onto flower (Friendship Flowers), misting with water before stamping onto panel.
Onto scrap piece of watercolour paper apply paint.  Stamp sentiment (Art de Fleur Vol 2) with Staz-on before cutting out each individual word.  Sponge Distress Ink Black Soot onto edges before adhering to cardbase.  Draw around each word with fine liner pen.

Clean stamps immediately after applying paint.
Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Damask Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 1 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Art de Fleur Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Black Soot and Dusty Concord
Distress Paint: Black Soot
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish:- Moonlight, Antarctic and Honeydew
Staz-on Jet Black
Gel Medium
Heat gun
300gsm hot press watercolour paper
Water mister bottle
Black fine liner pen
lace, muslin
Please take a look at the other samples created with the new Texture Stamps, they are all such useful stamps to have no matter the size of your project, whether it be an ATC, card, journal page or large canvas. They really are suitable for all of your art projects.
Until next time,

Bicycle Tag

Darkroom Door - Monday, August 18, 2014

Hi there! Suzz here, today I am sharing a tag using the beautiful new Scratches Texture Stamp.

I wanted to use the scratches stamp to create a distressed aged effect by using it in the background of an image. The Bicycle Photo Stamp worked perfectly because of the lovely edges on the photo stamp. I stamped everything using Ranger Archival Potting Soil ink.

After inked up the bicycle stamp I wiped up the top edge of the frame on the photo stamp before stamping onto the tag. I colored the image using watercolor pencils. I decided to sponge on a little blue dye ink around the top of the tag.

The image reminded me of my trips abroad and how happy I am to return home after my adventures. I decided to pull out the lovely sentiment from Welcome Home Rubber Stamp Set and add it to the top of my tag.

I added a trim of numbers along the bottom by repeating the numbers from the Home Sweet Home Rubber Stamp set. To finish the tag I added a few chains and charms.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Scratches Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Bicycle Photo Stamp
Darkroom Door Welcome Home Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Home Sweet Home Rubber Stamps
Ranger Potting Soil Archival Ink

Happy Inking!

Vintage Style with Flourish Texture Stamp

Darkroom Door - Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hello, it’s Robyn with you today sharing a male themed card featuring the Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp. If you love the larger Flourish Background Stamp then you will enjoy having this one in your collection as well! The pattern has been miniaturised so there is less space between the wonderful curly lines of the image – this makes it perfect for stamping in smaller sections.

I used a sheet of 7 Gypsies collage style paper as the base for this card but you can use any of the collage style patterned papers on the market. Choose something with a subtle pattern and plainer flipside.

1. Cut a strip of paper 9.5cm by approx 20cm.

2. Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to the Flourish Texture stamp and stamp over the patterned paper a couple of times. Wash the paint from the stamp immediately as it can harden and set.
3. Tear the end from the right-hand side and fold approx. 4.5cm from the right side. Affix the flap.

4. Stamp greeting from Vintage Automobiles stamp set using black ink.

5. Stamp a vintage car from the same set onto a scrap of white cardstock, add some colour to the car using Distress Markers and trim out. Affix as indicated in the photo.

6. Affix some Tim Holtz Mini Gears and maybe a black brad to the stamped piece.

7. Layer the assembled piece with matching cardstock and add to a card front.


•  Leave the final trimming of the stamped/folded front piece until it has been torn, stamped and folded. This will ensure it ends up the right width to match the layers beneath.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Vintage Automobiles Stamp Set
Ranger Distress Paint: Picket Fence
Ranger Archival Black ink
Ranger Distress Markers
Tim Holtz Mini Gears & black brad
Vintage/collage style patterned paper
This is an easy card to create and it is possible to interchange whatever stamps and embellishments you have to make it more feminine. 

Until next time,

Scrapbooking with Line Art and Texture Stamps!

Darkroom Door - Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hi, Connie here with a couple of scrapbooking layouts and a card, using the new Line Art Stamps by Darkroom Door. The beautiful faces of the Line Art girls inspired this layout.

I stamped the faces on white cardstock, using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and then framed them out with the Polaroid Frame Stamp. The Flourish Texture Stamp is stamped on the corners of the Polaroid Frame. The background was created using the Weathered Stripes and World Map Background stamps.
This next layout is using the Leafy lady stamp with chalks.  I stamped the image on paper and used the chalks to color her. After she was complete, I sprayed the image with a Fixatif  (so the chalk wouldn't move or smear).  I then fussy cut her out and added her to my page.  I stamped directly on the page and repeated the process for the chalking.

I have one last project, a card. I used the same technique as I described above - chalks! They are so fun and forgiving :)
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Leafy Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Flower Lady Line Art Stamp

Darkroom Door Polaroid Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door World Map Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Flourish Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Weathered Stripes Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Creativity Word Block Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio,  Beige cardstock, Kraft cardstock, Webster's pages, Authentique,
Stickers: October Afternoon, American Crafts
Other: twine, rhinestones, button, old text paper, Curtsey Boutique, Fixatif (Krylon)
Thanks for stopping by!