May ATC Swap Details - Pink and Orange

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The theme for our May ATC swap is Pink and Orange!

Use any Darkroom Door rubber stamp or paper product to create ATC's with a pink and orange colour palette!

Here are some ATC's to inspire you! This first one was created by Susie Campbell


Susie has used the Tropical Fruit Rubber Stamp Set to create her ATC! 

Here is another sample to inspire you, this one was created by Belinda Spencer



Belinda has used the Under The Sea and Sail Away Stamp Sets for her ATC. 

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

Due date: 31st May 2016.

We look forward to seeing your creations!

Fleur-de-lis Eclectic Stamp Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 02, 2016

Hi stampers! Today we are sharing project ideas using the Fleur-de-lis Eclectic Stamp

First we have a stunning mixed media project by Suzz Csozek


When I saw the lovely Fleur De Lis I thought of regal families, foreign countries and rich metals. It inspired me to think of canvas or fabric with a beautiful gold emblem.

Instructions:
1. Start with a soft linen or canvas fabric to stamp on. I used a bag but would have been happy to have a piece of fabric to put on a canvas board.
2.  Stamp the script from the Correspondence set using black water resistant ink over the background.
3. Stamp the Fleur De Lis using Versamark on the fabric off to the right side. Heat emboss using gold embossing powder. A detail embossing powder will give you a softer effect and keep the image details intact.
4. Stamp the Flower Garden Texture stamp using Versamark in random areas of the background. Heat emboss with detail gold embossing powder.
5. Stamp sentiment from Melody Stamp Set on tissue paper using Jet Black Archival ink. Heat set. Tear edges and sponged on Versamark around the edges and heat emboss using gold embossing powder.
6. Using mod podge or fast finish, layer the sentiment over the canvas.
7. Embellish bag with butterfly, feathers, resin angel head, and heart bling. 
8. Apply Luxe glitter/Mica over surface in various places.
 
Teresa Abajo shares a stunning card using gold embossing powder:


Instructions: 
1. Stamp French Script Texture stamp down the centre of a cream card front using Archival Cobalt ink. Spatter with a little Distress Spray Stain Tarnished Brass.
2. Stamp Fleur de Lis using Cobalt ink, and quickly before it dries, sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Sprinkle lightly so as not to get complete coverage - you want some of the blue showing underneath. Heat to melt the embossing powder.
3. Fussy cut around the image, then adhere it to the card front over some tea stained calico and cotton gauze. Layer this onto some navy cardstock and adhere to a cream card.
4. Stamp Harlequin Texture stamp onto cream cardstock using a light inking of Archival Cobalt blue.
5. Stamp the word 'remember' from the Everyday Life stamp set, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, then heat to melt powder. Mount this piece onto navy cardstock, then adhere to card under the Fleur de Lis.

The Fleur-de-lis also works well for home decor projects. Lynne Moncrieff has created a keepsake box:


Instructions: 
1. Prepare the box with Gesso before applying Toffee and French Roast paints with a foam brush. Remember to also paint the inside of the box. Dry with heat gun before applying Crackle Glaze. Following manufacturer’s instructions, continue, by applying a top layer of Fresco Chalk. Crackles will begin to appear immediately.
2. Ink up Texture Stamp French Script with Potting Soil ink pad and randomly stamp onto the lid and sides.  Heat set the ink.  Next, with a pencil, lightly mark the mid point of the box lid.  This will be the guide to lining up the Fleur De Lis stamp. Ink up the stamp with Staz-on Timber Brown, stamping onto the lid.  


3. To create feet for the box, paint four vintage Bingo counters with Fresco French Roast.  Once dry, adhere to bottom of box with Gel Medium.  
4. Finally, apply a coat of varnish to the box.

Fill the box with lots of keepsakes or treasures: 


To finish off, here is a card by Rachel Greig:


Instructions: 
1. Create a background by sponging Barn Door and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks onto white cardstock. 
2. Spritz a little water onto the Flourish and French Script Background stamps and stamp onto the background. The water will react with the ink and lighten it. Blot the cardstock with a paper towel. 
3. Lightly mist with Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stain and Turquoise Perfect Pearl Mist. 
4. Spritz some water into your hand and flick onto the background. Allow the water to sit on the background a little before blotting with a paper towel. 
5. Adhere background panel to white cardstock then onto a folded blue card. 
6. Stamp the Fleur-de-lis onto white cardstock using French Ultramarine ink pad. Trim around image and adhere to card using 3D foam adhesive. 

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp Fleur De Lis
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Flourish Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Texture Stamp French Script
Darkroom Door Correspondence Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Everyday Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Melody Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Flower Garden Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Harlequin Texture Stamp 
Archival Ink: Potting Soil, Jet Black, Cobalt, French Ultramarine
Distress Ink: Barn Door, Evergreen Bough
Gesso 
Gel Medium 
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics:- Toffee, French Roast and Chalk
PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze
DecoArt Media Ultra Matt Varnish
Staz-on Timber Brown
Other: Wooden box, Vintage Bingo Counters, Old credit card, fabric 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

New Release: Photo Stamps & Eclectic Stamps

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 28, 2016
Introducing our NEW Photo Stamps and Eclectic Stamps! Now available from the Darkroom Door website or your favourite stockist

New Photo Stamps



New Eclectic Stamps



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Capture Life Art Journal Page

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 22, 2016
Hello stampers! It is Anna-Karin here with you today with an art journaling tutorial using the new Capture Life Rubber Stamp Set. Even though I did an art journal page, you can use the techniques for many types of projects.
 

The Capture Life set has a wonderful long sentiment stamp which I thought was perfect for an art journal page, especially together with the stunning vintage camera stamps. I like to sometimes include photos in my art journal, to support the theme or feeling I am trying to convey on a page, and today, I used a relatively recent photo of myself, together with five small teenage photos.
 

I worked in my large Dylusions journal and started with a layer of gesso. When that was dry, I scribbled some Distress Crayons over the page, applying quite a lot of colour.
 

Mist the background with water.
 

The background technique was a fun discovery and totally unplanned. I was planning to mist the background and blend the colours with a paint brush. But I had forgotten to take the first step photo, so after misting some water, I took a roll of paper towels, to just remove the water for the photo. The paper towel roll gave a really cool texture to the background. Roll a roll of paper towels over the misted background. Repeat with more water, if needed.
 

Stamp the background with the two sentiment stamps and Jet Black ink.
 

Stamp randomly with French Script and the circular stamp from the Photography set. Use second and third generation stamping (stamp on a piece of scrap paper first).
 

Stamp the Film Frame and the smaller frame from Photography on acetate.
 

Distress with alcohol ink, on the back. I later removed some of the ink, so that there wouldn’t be too much ink over the photos, but mainly around the edges.
 

Stamp one of the vintage cameras From Capture Life and three labels from Photography on Mixed Media cardstock and cut out. Ink with Antique Linen and Ground Espresso.
 

I was really happy with the look that the paper towel technique gave to the Distress Crayon background, and the random stamping adds even more texture.
 

Adhere small photos behind the frames, my photos didn’t quite fill the frames, but I let it be like that since I liked that you could see some of the background.
 

The vintage camera stamps from Capture Life are wonderful. There is a second one too, with a large external flash.
 

I also used a small piece of Tim Holtz idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon and a Small Talk sentiment.
 
Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Capture Life Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Photography Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Film Frame Stamp
Dylusions Journal
Mixed Media Cardstock
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Ground Espresso
Tsukineko Stazon Jet Black
Distress Crayons: Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Fossilized Amber
Alcohol ink: Ranger Adirondack: Lake Mist, Mushroom, Latte, Teakwood, Blending Solution
Ranger Dina Wakley White Gesso
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Film Strip Ribbon, Passport Design Tape, Dapper Design Tape, Small Talk Stickers
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!
 
Happy stamping!
 
Anna-Karin

Watercolour Fine Flowers Projects

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Hi there! Today we have some watercolour style projects using different ink and colouring mediums with the Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set!

Here are some cards by Teresa Abajo:


Instructions:
1. Colour the Echinacea image stamp from the Carved Flowers set using Distress Markers (Antique Linen, Old Paper and Aged Mahogany).
2. Spritz lightly with water, then stamp onto white cardstock.
3. Stamp the matching image from the Fine Flowers set over the top using Archival Tree Branch ink.
4. Mount onto brown cardstock, then wrap some twine around it.
5. Mount onto a kraft card. Stamp the sentiment from the Happy Birthday set using Archival Coffee ink, cut into a tag shape, then adhere to card.


Instructions:
1. Stamp the daisy image using Archival Jet Black ink, then emboss using clear embossing powder.
2. Spray the image lightly with water, then sprinkle with Ken Oliver's Color Burst in Burnt Orange.
3. Spread the colour around within the images using a water brush.
4. Mount this piece onto brown cardstock, then wrap some twine around it.
5. Mount this onto a cream card that has had the Scratches Background stamped onto it using Archival Coffee ink. Stamp the sentiment from the Happy Birthday set using Archival Coffee ink, trim and adhere to card.


Instructions:
1. Ink up the poppy image from the Carved Flowers set using Distress inks (Dried Marigold and Abandoned Coral). Stamp onto white cardstock.
2. Stamp the matching image from the Fine Flowers set using Archival ink Coffee. Use the same ink to stamp the sentiment from the Brushed Sentiments set.
3. Mount this onto glittered gold cardstock, then onto a white card.
4. Apply gold Stickles to the flower centre.

Connie Mercer has created a series of cards using chalks as the colouring medium:


Instructions for all cards:
Stamp the flowers on white cardtstock using black or brown ink. Color in the flowers using chalks. Spray with Fixatif (so chalk won't smear).  Mat on coordinating cardtstock and then add to card front. Speckle with black ink or a similar product. Stamp sentiment (Whimsical Words Stamp Set) on coordinating cardstock and cut it out. Add to card front.  Add sparkle mist to flowers.This is a great design to make a set of cards for gift giving.




Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival ink
Distress Markers: Antique Linen, Old Paper and Aged Mahogany
Gold Stickles
Ken Oliver's Color Burst
Pen: Wink of Stella
Chalks
Fixatif

Thanks for stopping by today!

Fine Flowers Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 18, 2016
Hi there! It's Godelieve Tijskens here today sharing some projects I have created using the Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set! As you may know, I am the designer of the Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set and it was the Carved Flowers that inspired me to draw some whimsical hand drawn flower designs that could be used with the Carved Flowers or also used by themselves with many different colouring techniques. I am very happy that Darkroom Door have produced these drawings into the Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set!

Here are some projects I have created using the Fine Flowers:


Instructions:
- Stamp the Fine Flowers onto smooth watercolor paper
- Colour the flowers using watercolor paint. I used Neocolors, picking the color from the crayons with a wet brush, but you can use any watercolor paint.
- Add texture using the French Script Texture Stamp with black ink
- To do a soft blue wash around the flowers, apply a coat of water with a wide brush (don't touch the painted flowers) before adding the blue paint.
- Cut the paper to size (9,5 x 20 cm) and ink the edges with Distress Ink Broken China
- Fold a 21 x 21cm piece of cardstock in half and glue the watercolored piece in place.


This next card shows a resist technique:


Instructions:
- Stamp the flower several times with Versamark ink and  heat emboss with white embossing powder
- Spray with Distress Spray Inks in the colors of your choice. I chose these vibrant colors: Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron
- Once the ink has dried, cut the paper to size, 12,5 x 12,5 cm, and heat emboss the edges too.
- Stamp the saying and the flower using Archival Ink Aquamarine onto white cardstock and cut out.
- Assemble the card, glue the stamped piece onto a green folded card.


Instructions:
- Stamp the Fine Flowers onto a kraft tag using black Archival Ink
- Use colored pencils to color the flowers
- Doodle a frame using a black pen
- Attach twine


Instructions:
- Stamp the Fine Flowers and Textures using Distress Paint Hickory Smoke onto white cardstock
- I did not use watercolor paper for these cards, so I colored the flowers with Distress Markers and colored pencils
- Add splatters, using a really wet brush with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
- Use a paper distresser on the edges, then add a bit of color using Distress Paint
- Stamp the circles with Archival Ink Watering Can, cut or punch them out
- Assemble the cards. Add some twine and adhere the stamped circles with 3D foam tape


Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Fine Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Happy Birthday Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Simply Circles Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Polka Dots Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Harlequin Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door French Script Texture Stamp
Distress Paint: Hickory Smoke
Distress Ink pad: Hickory Smoke, Broken China
Distress Spray Stains: Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron
Archival Inkpad: Aquamarine, Watering Can, Jet Black
Distress Markers
Coloured Pencils
Caran d' Ache Neocolors II
Versamark Inkpad

WOW embossing powder: Opaque Bright White

 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 

Touch Of Gold ATC Swap Gallery

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 16, 2016
Hi stampers! Here are the ATC's we received for the Touch Of Gold ATC swap! For this swap, artists needed to add a touch of gold to their ATC, whether it was using gold embellishments, embossing powder, inks, foils, pens or any other way to add gold! As always, each artist used a Darkroom Door stamp on their ATC as the main feature.

We love the different ideas! Take a look:




Helen created different coloured flowers with gold highlights for each of her ATC's! Here's a pink version:








Here's a different angle of Jenny's ATC to show off the gold edging:


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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Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 15, 2016

Hi there! Today we are sharing lots of projects using the Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set. This is a great set to use when you'd like to create watercolour wash style backgrounds and accents for your cards. You can stamp them simply with ink, or to create a more watery effect, use water based inks and give the stamp a little spritz with water before stamping to make the inks run and bleed a little to achieve the watercolour effect. If you use a couple of ink colours, it will create a mix and blend of colour. There are so many possibilities with this stamp set! 

Let's take a look at some projects. First up is a card by Rachel Greig:


Instructions: 
1. Ink up one of the Watery Washes stamps with Mustard Seed and Broken China Distress Ink. Lightly spritz the stamp with water and stamp onto watercolour cardstock. If you'd like to blend the colours even further, use an aquash brush to mix the colours around on the cardstock. 
2. Stamp over the top using one of the Brushed Sentiments rubber stamps using Archival Jet Black ink. 
3. Mount onto yellow and aqua cardstock, then onto a folded white card to complete! 

Here are some cards by Belinda Spencer using an underwater theme! 


1. Apply Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers to two of the Watery Washes stamps. Spritz with water and stamp on a piece of watercolour paper that has been cut to size. Use a soft, wet paintbrush to blend the colours on the paper. Dry with a heat gun.
2. Apply the Cracked Pistachio ink to the spotty stamp from the Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with water and apply to the watercolour paper. Smooth the colour with the paintbrush again. Next repeat this process using the Peacock Feathers ink. Dry with the heat gun.
3. Smoosh the Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon inks onto an acrylic block or craft sheet. Use the wet paintbrush to pick up some of the colour and flick it onto the watercolour paper.
4. Use the same inks on the angel fish, seaweed and seashell stamps. Spritz with a little water and stamp onto scrap watercolour paper. Use a fine, soft, wet paintbrush to smooth and blend the colours. Dry with a heat gun and fussy cut each image.
5. Apply the Mermaid Lagoon ink to the bubbles stamp from the Under The Sea Rubber Stamp Set. Stamp on the card front. Add all of the fussy cut images using 3D foam behind the fish, shell and one of the seaweed images.
6. Stamp the 'Hello' and the 'You' from the 'Thinking of You' sentiment from the Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set on scrap white cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink in Aquamarine. Fussy cut and add to the card front.
7. Use the three colours of ink on the Circles Background Stamp. Spritz with water and stamp on another piece of watercolour paper cut slightly larger than the card front. Blend the colours with the paintbrush. Dry with a heat gun. Distress the edges of both pieces and ink with Cracked Pistachio. Layer together and add to an aqua cardstock card base.


Here's another card created in a similar way: 



Teresa Abajo shows how the Watery Washes look when used with the Brushed Sentiments stamps. These two stamp sets are designed to work together so you can layer the sentiments over the washes. 


Instructions:
1. Stamp the image from the Watery Washes set using Archival Watering Can ink onto white cardstock.
2. Stamp the word Congratulations over the top using Archival Jet Black ink.
3. Add a few more spatters over the top using Distress Spray Stain Brushed Pewter.
4. Embellish with a few scattered adhesive diamentes.
5. Mount onto silver cardstock then onto a white card base.


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the image from the Watery Washes set using Distress Ink (Ripe Persimmon and Dried Marigold).
2. Stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment using Archival Coffee ink.
3. Stamp the balloon image from the Party Time set using Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon and Dried Marigold), and colour the string using a Distress Marker (Vintage Photo).
4. Mount onto brown cardstock then onto a white card base. 


Instructions: 
1. Ink the spot image from the Watery Washes set using a variety of Distress ink colours. You can use two colours on each spot for extra interest.
2. Mount this piece onto pink then purple cardstock, then adhere to a white card.
3. Stamp the sentiment from the Brushed Sentiments set onto white cardstock using Archival ink Jet Black. Trim to size, mount onto purple cardstock, then set three eyelets onto the right hand side.
4. Thread ribbons through the eyelets, then adhere this piece to the card at an angle.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Seashells Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Under The Sea Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Circles Background Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Aquamarine, Watering Can, Coffee
Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold
Distress Spray Stain: Brushed Pewter
Distress Marker: Vintage Photo

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Brushed Sentiments Stamp Set Project Ideas

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hi there! There's one thing that stampers always need, and that is sentiment stamps! Today we are sharing projects created with the Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set! These are big bold sentiments that can make a real impact on your cards. 

Belinda Spencer has created a series of bright coloured cards using the Brushed Sentiments with other Darkroom Door stamps, showing how you can mix and match to create some unique effects!  


Instructions:
1. Apply Cracked Pistachio and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks to the Shadow 12 Up Frame Stamp. Spritz the stamp with water and apply to a piece of watercolour paper. Use a soft, wet paintbrush to blend the colours. Don?t use too much water though as you may lose the shape of the squares. Crop around the image keeping a small border. Distress the edges and ink with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.
2. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock slightly larger than the watercolour piece. Apply Spiced Marmalade ink to the Triangles Background Stamp. Spritz with water and apply to the cardstock. Use the paintbrush again to blend the ink a little. Dry with a heat gun. Distress the edges and ink with the Spiced Marmalade ink. Layer the two pieces together.
3. Add some embroidery thread and sequins to the background. Add the card front to a yellow cardstock base.
4. Apply Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio to a flower from the Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with water and stamp on a piece of watercolour paper. Soften the lines of the carved flower by blending the inks slightly with the paintbrush. Add 3D foam to the back and stick down on the card front.
5. Stamp the Thankyou Brushed Sentiment on white cardstock using the Spiced Marmalade ink. Fussy Cut the sentiment and add to the card using 3D foam.


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of watercolour paper to size. Apply Distress Inks in Brushed Corduroy, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey to one of the Watery Washes stamps. Spritz the stamp with a little water and apply onto the watercolour paper. Use a soft, wet paintbrush to blend the inks a little and spread the colour further.
2. Apply the same inks to the splats stamp from the same set. Spritz with water and apply to the watercolour piece. Repeat as many times as you would like. Use a soft, wet paintbrush again to blend the ink a little for a smoother finish.
3. Stamp the cute chicken from the Carved Birds Vol 1 Stamp Set onto smooth white cardstock using Red Geranium Ranger Archival Ink. Stamp the chicken three more times using the Distress Inks from Step 1. Fussy cut various pieces from the different colours and piece together on top of the red chicken base. Fussy cut the whole chicken and add 3D foam to the back.
4. Add some embroidery thread across the ?ground? before layering the chicken on top. Glue on a few sequins in a co-ordinating colour.
5. Create a two-toned sentiment by applying two colours of Ranger Archival Ink to the ?Hello? Brushed Sentiment. Pale Ochre and Red Geranium have been used in the example. Fussy cut the word and add to the card using 3D foam. Ink the edges of the card front with the Mustard Seed ink.
6. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock slightly larger than the watercolour piece. Apply the Plaid Background Stamp to this piece using Red Geranium ink. Distress the edges and ink with Candied Apple Distress Ink. Layer the two pieces together and add to a yellow cardstock base.


If you're wondering how to use the 'Yay' sentiment, here's a fun idea from Belinda. She has used it for a birthday card. You could also use it to celebrate a special event, or for any happy news such as pregnancy, engagement, graduation, new job and more! It's a fun stamp! 


Instructions: 
1. Apply Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks to the Shadow 6 Up Frame Stamp. Spritz with water and apply to watercolour paper. Blend the inks using a soft, wet paintbrush. Try not to use too much water so as to maintain the square shapes of the frame stamp. Dry with a heat gun. ?Smoosh? some Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet Distress Inks onto an acrylic block. Add some water with a paintbrush a flick the colours over the stamped piece. Cut around the frame stamp image adding a small border. Distress the edges and ink with Squeezed Lemonade.
2. Crop a piece of smooth with cardstock slightly larger than your frame stamp piece. Apply Wilted Violet ink to the Brushed Stars Background Stamp and stamp on this piece. Distress the edges and ink with the Wilted Violet ink. Layer the two pieces together.
3. Add some purple embroidery thread to the background and adhere using tiny blobs of glue.
4. Apply Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet inks to the balloon from the Party Time Rubber Stamp Set. Spritz with water and stamp on watercolour paper. Blend with the paintbrush. Dry with a heat gun. Flick some Cracked Pistachio over the top. Fussy cut the balloon and add to the card front with 3D foam.
5. Stamp some stars from the Stars Rubber Stamp Set on smooth white cardstock using the Cracked Pistachio and Wilted Violet inks. Add some double sided tape to the back of the cardstock before fussy cutting the stars. This means you now have ready made little star stickers! Add the stars to the card front.
6. Stamp the ?Yay!? sentiment on cardstock using the Spiced Marmalade ink. Fussy cut and add to the card front using 3D foam. Add the card front to a yellow cardstock card base.


Now to share some cards by Teresa Abajo who has created two different sympathy cards: 


Instructions: 
1. Stamp the first few letters of the With Sympathy sentiment onto a Viva La Flora Photochip image using Versamark ink. Emboss with white embossing powder.
2. Stamp the sentiment onto white card using Archival ink Jet Black, then adhere the Photochip over the top, lining up the letters.
3. Mount onto black cardstock then onto a white card base.
4. Adhere some pearls to the corners for the Photochip.
Here is another version where Teresa has used vellum to give it a softer look. 


Instructions:
1. Stramp the With Sympathy sentiment onto the front of a white card using Archival ink Jet Black.
2. Fold a piece of vellum to fit over the card, then stamp the Fancy Flourish Eclectic stamp in the top left hand corner using Archival ink Chrome Yellow.
3. Apply vellum adhesive tape to the back of the white card and adhere the vellum in place.
4. Attach a large flower and some pearls over the flourish.

Thank you for joining us today, here's a final card from Teresa showing how the sentiments look when layered and gold embossed. It's a beautiful effect! 


Instructions:
1. Apply Distress Inks (Twisted Citron and Pine Needles) to the Checkered Texture Stamp, and stamp onto white cardstock. Trim down to size.
2. Stamp the Thank You sentiment with Versamark ink, then emboss with Copper embossing powder.
3. Add a butterfly paperclip and flower to the top right hand corner of this piece.
4. Adhere this piece to some hessian, then onto a piece of green card. Adhere to a white card base.
5. Use a sewing machine to attach a scrap of cotton lace and a scrap of hessian to the bottom left and side of the card.

Supplies Used:

Darkroom Door Brushed Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Flowers Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol. 1 Rubber Stamp Set 
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Party Time Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Brushed Stars Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Shadow 6 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Triangles Background Stamp 
Darkroom Door Shadow 12 Up Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Fancy Flourish Eclectic Stamp
Darkroom Door Checkered Texture Stamp
Photochips: Viva La Flora Collection
Archival Ink: Pale Ochre, Red Geranium
Distress Ink: Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Brushed Corduroy, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Black Soot, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet

Until next time, happy stamping! 

Tropical Fruit Project Ideas!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 07, 2016

Hi there! Today we are sharing lots of yummy projects using the Tropical Fruit Rubber Stamp Set! This stamp set is full of delicious goodness, with 5 different fruits and a sentiment to match each one. 

Let's take a look at some ideas on how you can use these stamps. First we have some fun cards by Belinda Spencer


Instructions:
1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to size. Using Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens, apply a variety of green pens to one of the Watery Washes stamps. Spritz with a little water before stamping on the cardstock. Scribble the green pens onto an acrylic stamping block and use a soft, wet paintbrush to add more colour to the stamped image. Dry with a heat gun and then wash a little more colour over the stamped image allowing it to spread across the bottom of the cardstock. Flick a little colour over the top too. Dry again with the heat gun.
2. Using a Scarlet Red Pen colour in a couple of Paint Splat stamps, spritz with water and apply to the background. Repeat until you have as many awesome splats as you would like.
3. Next colour in the watermelon stamp with the pens. Use the black pen to carefully colour the watermelon seeds. Spritz with a little water and apply to a scrap of smooth white cardstock. Dry with a heat gun. Scribble the green and red pens onto an acrylic block again and paint the colours onto the watermelon image taking care not to smudge the black seeds. Dry with a heat gun before fussy cutting the image. Add to the card front with 3D foam.
4. Stamp the sentiment using Leaf Green Archival Ink. Cut out the words and ink the edges with Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. Stick down on the card front. Also add a few sequins to the card front. Ink the edges of this whole piece with the Abandoned Coral ink.
5. Cut a slightly larger piece of smooth white cardstock. Apply the Criss Cross Texture Stamp to the two corners as per the example using Rose Madder Archival Ink. Cut a piece of green cardstock slightly larger than this one and then layer all three pieces together. Add to a white cardstock card base.


Here's a jar full of lemons, also created by Belinda Spencer: 


Instructions: 
1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to size. Using Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens, apply yellow and grey pens to one of the Watery Washes stamps. Spritz with a little water before stamping on the cardstock. Apply the grey pen only to another Watery Washes stamp, spritz with water and apply layered over the previous stamp. Scribble the pens over an acrylic block and using a soft, wet paintbrush, wash a little more colour over the stamped images. Flick the colours over the top too. Dry with a heat gun.
2. Apply the yellow pen to a selection of splats from the Watery Washes as well as the Paint Splats sets. Spritz with water and add as many as you like to your background. Dry with a heat gun.
3. Apply the lemon stamp from the Tropical Fruits set onto a scrap piece of printer paper three times using Chrome Yellow Archival Ink. Cut these three images out. These will be the masks for the next step.
4. On a separate piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the lemon slice using the Chrome Yellow ink. Place one of the masks over this lemon slice and stamp another one next to it and slightly overlapping it. Continue to mask off the already stamped images while you stamp more lemons. Stamp enough to fill the Mason jar Frame Stamp.
5. Next stamp the Mason Jar Frame Stamp over the top of the lemon slice background you have created using Watering Can Archival Ink. Fussy cut the Mason Jar. How cute does it look all filled up with lemon slices? Scribble the yellow pens onto an acrylic stamping block and apply a little more colour to the lemon slices with a soft, wet paintbrush. Stamp the lid of the Mason jar again, cut out and stick down over the top of the other one. This eliminates any of the lemon slices appearing in the lid. Tie some twine around the neck of the jar and add to the card front using 3D foam.
6. Use the Watering Can ink to stamp the fun sentiment from the Tropical Fruit set. Cut out and ink the edges with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Stick down on top of the jar using 3D foam.
7. Stamp some mini stars from the Stars Stamp Set using the Chrome Yellow ink. Cut out and add to the card front along with some yellow sequins.


This next card is berry good too (sorry, couldn't help myself!):


Instructions: 
1. Cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to size. Using Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pens, apply two shades of red pens on to one of the Watery Washes stamps. Spritz with a little water before stamping on the cardstock. Scribble the pens over an acrylic block and using a soft, wet paintbrush, wash a little more colour over the stamped images. Flick the colours over the top too. Dry with a heat gun.
2. Apply the red pens to a selection of splats from the Paint Splats set. Spritz with water and add as many as you like to your background. Dry with a heat gun.
3. Add a tangle of red embroidery thread across the background and staple in place in the centre where the strawberry will be.
4. On a separate piece of smooth white cardstock, stamp the sweet strawberry using Red Geranium and Leaf Green Archival Inks. Scribble a red and a green Big Brush Pen onto an acrylic stamping block. Paint a little more colour over the strawberry. Dry with a heat gun. Fussy cut and add to the card front with 3D foam.
5. Stamp the sentiment using the Red Geranium ink. Cut out and ink around the edges with Abandoned Coral Distress Ink. Matte with red cardstock and add to the card front with 3D foam.
6. Add a few sequins across the card front and add to a red cardstock base.


Our next card was created by Connie Mercer. I love how she used the Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp for the background! 


Instructions:
Stamp Tropical Lady (treating it like a background stamp) on white cardstock using brown ink. Trim to 5" X 5". Shade edges with brown ink. Mat on brown pattern paper. Punch out corners, shade with brown ink and adhere to the left top corner of card front. Stamp the Pineapple and Lemon from the Tropical Fruit set on white cardstock using yellow ink for the bottom of the Pineapple and the Lemon. Cut them out. Shade the top of the Pineapple and around the Lemon with green ink. Adhere to card front. Stamp out sentiment on white cardstock and mat it to green cardstock. Adhere to middle of Pineapple image.  Add twine. Speckle with brown ink or similar product.

Connie also created these cute tags to hang off water bottles. Great gift or party idea! 


Instructions: 
1. Cut pattern paper to 3 3/4" W X 8" L.
2. Laying the paper in landscape position on a score board, score at 2 1/2" .
3. Using a 1 1/2" circle punch, punch a circle in the middle of the small paper (above the score line)
4. Under the score line is where a pocket goes to hold the drink packet.
5. The size for the pocket is 3 1/2" W X 3 1/4" L.  If you like, in the middle of the pocket (before you adhere it to the hang tag) punch a half circle. Adhere pocket to front of hang tag.
6. Stamp fruit from the Tropical Fruit set in different colors of ink, on white cardstock and cut them out. 
7. Decorate the front of the pocket.
8. Speckle with black ink or similar product.
9. Add twine.

Lastly, here's a quick card by Rachel Greig using Distress Inks to watercolour: 


Instructions:
1. Stamp pineapple onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black ink. 
2. Rub some Squeezed Lemonade and Dried Marigold Distress Ink onto a non-stick craft sheet. Using an Aquash brush, pick up some of the Distress Ink with the brush nib and colour in the bottom of the stamped pineapple. Do the same to the pineapple stem using a combination of Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. 
3. Adhere stamped panel to light green cardstock, then onto a folded yellow card. 
4. Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using Archival Jet Black Ink. Create a banner from light green cardstock. Adhere sentiment on top and adhere to card using 3D foam adhesive.

Supplies used:

Darkroom Door Tropical Fruit Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Watery Washes Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Paint Splats Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Whimsical Words Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Stars Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Mason Jar Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink: Leaf Green, Rose Madder, Chrome Yellow, Watering Can, Red Geranium, Jet Black
Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron
Aquash Brush
Non-stick craft sheet
Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pens: 118 Scarlet Red, 167 Permanent Green Olive, 170 May Green, 171 Light Green, 199 Black, 104 Light Yellow Glaze, 107 Cadmium Yellow, 232 Cold Grey III, 219 Deep Scarlet Red
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink 
Twine
Circle Punch 1 1/2"

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