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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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!